News and Announcements

  • SWBOCES Board of Education to hold Special Meetings June 29 and 30

    The Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting to discuss the employment history of particular candidates on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at  5:30 p.m. at 17 Berkley Dr., Rye Brook, NY 10573. It is anticipated that the Board will move directly into Executive Session. It is not anticipated that the Board will take any action or discuss any Board business upon return to Public Session.

    The Board of Education will hold a second Special Meeting to discuss the employment history of particular candidates on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 7 p.m. at 17 Berkley Dr., Rye Brook, NY 10573. It is anticipated the Board will move directly into Executive Session. It is not anticipated that the Board will take any action or discuss any Board business upon return to Public Session. 

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Adult Learning Center Honors Students at End-of-Year Ceremony

    On June 27, 2022, the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Adult and Community Services recognized students who have completed programs in High School Equivalency, Citizenship, and English as a Second Language. The End-of-Year Recognition Ceremony took place at St. Gabriel’s School in New Rochelle.

     

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Specially designed flower beds bring joy to Tappan Hill students

    Specially designed flower beds are creating joy and excitement for students who attend SWBOCES Center for Special Services programs at Tappan Hill School in Tarrytown.

     

     

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • St. Matthew's celebrates 10 graduates

    Luther Hall at St. Matthew's School was filled with cheers and saw more than a few tears as the Southern Westchester BOCES Special Services program there celebrated 10 graduates at commencement.  Each student was presented with a diploma, and their teachers and Principal David Nisenbaum reflected on the special moments and tremendous growth and progress each student made during their time here. Families were joined by St. Matthew's staff  in post-commencement refreshments and photographs with the graduates. Congratulations to all! View a gallery of photographs from the event at this link.

    "Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready. You're ready to fly!"

    "Promise me you'll always remember. You're braver than you believe, & stronger than you seem, & smarter than you think." --A.A. Milne

    --From the Commencement Program 

     

     

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • Tappan Hill 'Flyers' soar at Nassau County Games

    Congratulations to our Tappan Hill Flyers for their success at the Nassau County Games for the Physically Challenged June 3 and 4. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Games resumed and seven Tappan Hill students returned with their families and athletes from other area schools to compete. The Tappan Hill team earned gold, silver, and bronze medals in events ranging from the Power Wheelchair 40-meter, 400-meter ambulatory, 40-meter ambulatory along with a variety of field events. Way to go! 

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Rye Lake Middle School, High School celebrate graduations

    In back-to-back ceremonies, Rye Lake Middle School and Rye Lake High School celebrated the graduations of eight students and nine students, respectively, on June 10. The commencements were held in the gymnasium and featured performances of Lean on Me and This Is Me by students in the music program. The high school graduation included valedictorian, salutatorian and student council president addresses. Interim Principal Dr. Martin Fitzgerald addressed the graduates at both ceremonies. View galleries of photos from both events below. Congratulations to all the graduates!

    Rye Lake High School - Class of 2022 (55 photos)

    Rye Lake Middle School - Class of 2022 (41 photos)

    News Feed - Rye Lake Campus Middle/High
  • Eighth-graders honored at Irvington program's Moving Up Ceremony

    Eighth-grade students in the SWBOCES TSP Program at Irvington High School were celebrated at a Moving Up Ceremony June 10. The students will remain at Irvington but will transition to the high school program, which affords them more opportunities to independently access mainstreaming opportunities, such as participating in classes, sports, plays, and clubs.

    News Feed - Irvington High School
  • Tappan Hill School honors students during Moving Up and Graduation Ceremonies

    The Special Services program celebrated students during an emotional ceremony on June 10 .

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • 300 CTE students recognized at annual Career Services Recognition ceremonies

    On Saturday, June 11, 2022, the Center for Career Services celebrated the 300 students who completed our programs. The ceremonies were held across two events, in the morning and afternoon, outside on the Career Services campus in Valhalla. Here are scenes from the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Congratulations to all!
     
     
    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Five students honored at Rye Lake Lower Campus's AIIM Program Moving Up

    There were few if any dry eyes in the house by the end of the AIIM Program Moving Up ceremony at the Decagon on the Rye Lake Lower Campus June 10.  

    News Feed - Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • SWBOCES students move up at final Pocantico Hills ceremony

    The Moving Up Ceremony for students in Southern Westchester BOCES’s Special Services programs at Pocantico Hills School was a bit more final than usual. Programs here will move in the new school year to other SWBOCES locations or to programs in students’ home districts. In all, eight students received completion certificates while seven others were honored as they moved up and on to new challenges.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • That’s a Wrap: Commercial Art / Automotive Collision students collaborate with real-world client

    Mark Weinstein has deep roots in Westchester County. His company, Graphics by Color Group, has been operating in the region for more than 40 years. So, in 2019 when it came time to have his company vehicle wrapped with an eye-catching design, he knew exactly where to go: the Commercial Art Program at Southern Westchester BOCES’ Careers Campus in Valhalla.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • American Dreamer Awards return, honoring Special Services partners

    For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Center for Career Services was able to host its annual celebration of the partners and supporters whose crucial work helps ensure we meet the needs of all of our students. The 28th annual American Dreamer Achievement Awards luncheon took place at SWBOCES’ Career Services campus in Valhalla June 9.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Rye Lake graduation to feature students' musical performance

    Performances by students in the revived music program will be featured portions of the Rye Lake Middle/High School graduation ceremonies on June 10, and rehearsals this week portend for some very special moments for those who attend.

    News Feed - Rye Lake Campus Middle/High
  • Read the Spring 2022 Tools of the Trade newsletter from the Center for Career Services

    The Spring 2022 edition of the Tools of the Trade newsletter from the Center for Career Services is out. Read it here, or look for a hard copy on campus. This latest edition features stories on SkillsUSA and HOSA medalists and dispatches from Commercial Art and Cosmetology. Then there's the return of the annual Car Show, CTE students who are also hockey champion teammates and the career plans of one student ambassador.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Rep. Jamaal Bowman tours CTE campus in Valhalla

    We were proud to welcome U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman for a tour of our Career Services campus in Valhalla June 1. The Congressman met with dozens of our students in programs from Culinary Arts and Cosmetology to Automotive Technology, Sound Production, Animal Science and more.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Animal Science grad grateful to SWBOCES for wealth of career options

    Class of 2020 alumna Scarlett Cabrera is grateful for her decision to study Animal Science at Southern Westchester BOCES, saying the experience put her in position to pursue a range of career options. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
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Calendar of Events

  • Independence Day - LHRIC Offices Closed

    LHRIC - Lower Hudson Regional Information Center
  • Virtual Self-paced Workshop

    The 1:1 Classroom: Now What?

    Now that most students have a device while in school, teachers face the challenge of how to leverage them successfully. In this 6-hour course, participants will be exposed to strategies that maximize the benefits of a 1:1 laptop classroom. This course will focus on strategies and instructional models that foster the use of these devices efficiently and effectively.

    Some topics to be addressed include:
    • classroom management (using technology) and use of the LMS
    • the 4 Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking)
    • overview of tools that work well in this setting, including content creation tools
    • instructional models such as HyperDocs, Choice Boards and playlists
    • digital citizenship The course will consist of readings, videos, and discussions, with plenty of examples that can be modified for your own use. An optional "live” session will be held each week for those interested.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    NOTE: This course is 100% online and will take approximately 6 hours to complete. Optional "live” sessions will be held each week, at the request of participants. This course begins on July 5, 2022, and participants have until August 5, 2022 to complete all required assignments and activities to receive CTLE credit. LHRIC Model Schools utilizes the Schoology Learning Management System. Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message from your instructor with information on how your course works, what you can expect, how to get help along the way, and steps you need to take to enroll.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Gizmos from Explore Learning (Math and Science)

    Gizmos are online simulations for math and science topics, grades 3-12. When students engage with simulations, they use their spatial reasoning to learn fundamental concepts, and are encouraged to explore and experiment and build conceptual understanding. Gizmos lend themselves to group work, independent work, and whole class instruction. This session will provide a fresh look at the Gizmos library of content and correlations to textbooks and standards. We'll also brainstorm ways to effectively incorporate Gizmos into daily classroom routines.

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    Registered participants will receive Zoom invite by email prior to session start

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Vendor Webinar

    Vendor Spotlight: Nearpod and NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards

    Nearpod has recently developed content based on the new NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards. Explore this new content and how to engage learners while expanding teacher resources. Nearpod is a program that takes presentations and slideshows to the next educational level, promoting varied student responses and learning styles. Nearpod's extensive library of educational content for learning and life skills saves time and allows any lesson to be "digitized” and enhanced with opportunities for student feedback and interaction.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to session date.Registered participants will receive Zoom invite by email prior to session start

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison

    Board of Education Reorganization Meeting

    See the full list of 2021-22 Board of Education Meeting Dates

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Introduction to IXL

    This "Crash Course” is designed for anyone curious or new to IXL. Our session begins with a brief overview of functional information relevant to IXL, and then examines the Continuous Diagnostic feature of the program. Included are ways to use the Real Time Center, showing exactly what the students are working on at the moment and if they need assistance. Additional overview of the SmartScore (an algorithm-based assessment tool) and tips on what to look at after student practice will be addressed.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive a Zoom invite prior to session start date.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Lumio Playground

    Join the fun! If you are new to Lumio or have used Lumio but have questions stop by our Lumio Playground! This will be an open forum for questions answers and structured play!

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Connection information will be provided to participants prior to session.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Vendor Webinar

    Vendor Spotlight: TYTO Online - Where Students "Do" Science

    Tyto Online helps empower students as they experience what it's like to "do" science, by setting up authentic, meaningful problems in a video game. For example, students work with a botanist to solve a food shortage while learning about genetics, or they investigate why a seal is sick to uncover a microplastics problem that must be addressed. Tyto Online is designed for middle school with the new three-dimensional science standards, and are designed with strategies to engage marginalized students in STEM.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive webinar instructions prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Strawbees Awareness Session (CS/DF Standards Series): Come Build With Us!

    Calling ALL makers! Strawbees is an award-winning Swedish Ed Tech company that inspires the next generation of inventors. They provide physical building and coding solutions supported by curriculum aligned, class ready resources. Join us for a "virtual build" series, demonstrating the power and engagement of linking physical building exercises with STEAM concepts. This is a four part series with four separate mini projects: "This is Not a Tetrahedron", "Create a Lesson from a Pocketful of Ideas", "The Sustainability Station", "Why Skyscrapers Are Not Built With Concrete." Participants will be invited to participate in each virtual build without the need for any elaborate materials or equipment.
    Meet our host: https://classroom.strawbees.com/for-schools/meet-fanny

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive webinar instructions prior to session start.
    This is a 4 session program: 7/13, 8/16, 8/18 & 10/11

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • School Violence Intervention And Prevention Course VIA ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    School violence is a significant public health issue and a harsh reality that educators face in the United States. School violence prevention is a top priority of policymakers nationwide. Education Law in New York State requires that certain individuals seeking licensure are required to complete two hours of training in school violence prevention and intervention. Upon completion, the learner will be able to:
    *Identify the goal of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation.
    *Discuss how the components of the SAVE legislation interface in the prevention of violence in schools.
    *Describe how educational, legal/regulatory, and environmental domains promote school safety within the SAVE legislation.
    *Describe how the Public Health model relates to school violence prevention and intervention.
    *Discuss risk and protective factors related to school violence
    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Lumio Playground

    Join the fun! If you are new to Lumio or have used Lumio but have questions stop by our Lumio Playground! This will be an open forum for questions answers and structured play!

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Connection information will be provided to participants prior to session.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Child Abuse: Identification and Reporting Procedures - VIA ZOOM

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    According to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention, at least in 7 students experience child abuse or neglect in the United States. While much progress has been made, there are things that can be done to protect children from abuse. Through this training, K-12 educators will become equipped with the knowledge to recognize and report signs of abuse.
    During the training, participants will be able to identify:
    •Child abuse and neglect
    •Professional issues and concerns
    •Community resources
    •Legal responsibilities in reporting child abuse/neglect cases
    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Mandated Autism Training (3 Hr. Course) VIA ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Many students require individualized support to succeed academically and socially in the K-12 environment. As the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders increases, educators must be equipped with the tools necessary to meet this demand. As part of the New York State Regulations, this workshop will address the needs of students on the autism spectrum.
    This overview will meet the state mandate for certification and will include the following topics:
    -Definitions
    -Etiology and prevalence
    -Characteristics
    -Evidenced-based instructional methods
    -Behavior management resources

    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Self-paced Workshop

    Differentiation Through Choice

    According to Dr. Catlin Tucker, "student agency, or a students' ability to make key decisions about their learning experience, is an essential aspect of blended learning.” Choice boards and "playlists” are simply digital documents that outline specific resources and tasks, but they are also strategies for blended learning when we combine active, engaged learning online with active, engaged learning offline. This session will unpack some essentials of creating choice boards and playlists richly enhanced by digital technology tools. PD Your Way NOTE: This course is 100% online and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This course begins on July 18th, and participants have until July 29th to complete all required assignments and activities to receive CTLE credit. LHRIC Model Schools utilizes the Schoology Learning Management System.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message from your instructor with information on how your course works, what you can expect, how to get help along the way, and steps you need to take in order to enroll.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • 3rd Annual Summer Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan

    Our DEI Institute brings together teachers, leaders, and experts from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who share responsibility for and a deep commitment to advancing equity. As colleagues, we will learn, collaborate, plan, and lead for actionable change to build more equitable and inclusive school communities.

    Institute Highlights:
    - Inspiring keynotes with experts
    - In-person, hybrid, and remote sessions led by K-12 educators
    - Work sessions to apply new learning to curriculum, practice, and policy
    - Networking and community-building opportunities
    - Customize your institute experience to meet personal and professional interests and needs

    Institute registration fee will be credited to 2022-23 DEI Leaders' Network Membership

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • 3rd Annual Summer Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan

    Our DEI Institute brings together teachers, leaders, and experts from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who share responsibility for and a deep commitment to advancing equity. As colleagues, we will learn, collaborate, plan, and lead for actionable change to build more equitable and inclusive school communities.

    Institute Highlights:
    - Inspiring keynotes with experts
    - In-person, hybrid, and remote sessions led by K-12 educators
    - Work sessions to apply new learning to curriculum, practice, and policy
    - Networking and community-building opportunities
    - Customize your institute experience to meet personal and professional interests and needs

    Institute registration fee will be credited to 2022-23 DEI Leaders' Network Membership

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Gizmos from Explore Learning (Math and Science)

    Gizmos are online simulations for math and science topics, grades 3-12. When students engage with simulations, they use their spatial reasoning to learn fundamental concepts, and are encouraged to explore and experiment and build conceptual understanding. Gizmos lend themselves to group work, independent work, and whole class instruction. This session will provide a fresh look at the Gizmos library of content and correlations to textbooks and standards. We'll also brainstorm ways to effectively incorporate Gizmos into daily classroom routines.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive Zoom invite by email prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
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