News from Our Campuses

  • FEMA training focuses on emergency planning for schools

    Trainer Jim Soto of the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, along with the New York State Police, presents "Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools" today for three dozen school and district officials from the Southern Westchester region and beyond.

    The training lasts three days and covers the development of school Emergency Response Plans; the process used to assess your school environment; the development of training and exercises based on your ERPs; and a tabletop activity that can be used as a model for your school district. For more training like these and information on ways to contact Brandon Cruz, SWBOCES Supervisor of School Safety & Facilities, at

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  • Workshop demonstrates techniques of non-violent crisis intervention

    In today’s Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training, Director of Safety & Facilities Brandon Cruz demonstrated techniques to de-escalate and disrupt confrontations and potentially violent behavior. Learn more about our Safety & Facilities programming at

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  • Maria Bradley joins SWBOCES as Practical Nursing Program coordinator

    Veteran nurse and nursing administrator brings three decades' experience to leadership role with SWBOCES' flagship nursing program.

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  • Teachers delve into Fountas & Pinnell at free workshop

    Educators who utilize Fountas & Pinnell resources attended a free workshop this morning at our Harrison training center. The seminar, led by Mary Ruff-Heinemann, focuses on what proficiency looks like and will help educators develop shared expectations and a common language. 

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  • SEPTA Welcome Back Coffee set for Oct. 3

    Southern Westchester BOCES SEPTA invites you to the annual Welcome back Coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 3,  from 9:30-11 a.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Rye Lake Campus, 1606 Old Orchard St., White Plains.

    Join us for coffee, learn about SEPTA’s plans for the new year and meet representatives from different Westchester organizations that provide workshops, respite, therapeutic and recreational services:

    ARC Westchester Carin Horowitz will be available to discuss overnight/weekend respite options and other support and recreational services available through their organization.

    Music Conservatory of Westchester Lisa Sandagata will talk about their programs for children and adults with special needs, including music therapy, given by certified professionals.

    Parent to Parent Mariela Adams will present on parent support systems, self-direction and resources for parents.

    North East Westchester Special Recreation Nanci Bellini, the Program director, will present about their non-profit, community-based therapeutic recreational agency and its programs, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

    Special Needs Advocate/ Special Needs Family Counseling Jennifer Kahn Ruoff will speak about what it means to be an advocate and other issues concerning family counseling.

    Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center at Westchester Institute for Human Development Lulu Bencosme will speak about their services to support families with children with special needs.

    For questions, contact Cathy Fragoso at  914-366-2560

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  • Cosmetology students shine at White Plains festival

    Students and faculty in the Cosmetology program provided manicures, natural skin treatments and other offerings at Saturday's Family Fun Festival at Tibbits Park in White Plains.

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  • UPDATED: Pearl River A.D. Todd Santabarbara appointed Director of Interscholastic Athletics, to start 11/26

    The recommended appointment of Todd Santabarbara to the position of Director of Interscholastic Athletics was approved by the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education Wednesday, Sept. 12. Click the attachment to read the announcement. 

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  • Tappan Hill, Volunteer New York! Partnership a Success

    After six weeks working together to decorate bags and fill them with candy, a group of SWBOCES students and Volunteer New York! mentors invited Tarrytown first responders to Tappan Hill School to thank them for their service.

    The Volunteer New York! mentors are adults with developmental disabilities in the RISE program, which stands for Readiness for Integrated Service Engagement. The collaboration was a pilot project whose purpose was for the Volunteer New York! volunteers, who are in their 20s, to serve as role models for some Tappan Hill students who are approaching graduation. Those who participated are in the school’s multiply disabled program, which educates young adults who have developmental disabilities and are often medically fragile.  

    “Our goal is to connect young adults with different abilities who have already been in school to volunteer out in the community,” said Patti Colombo, RISE manager.

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  • Volunteers, Tappan Hill students 'RISE' to the occasion

    Read about a unique collaboration this summer between Tappan Hill Students and some special volunteers who are helping us say thanks to the first responders who do so much for us!

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  • Graduates at county jail told 'these lives matter'

    Read about nine young men and women enrolled in SWBOCES programs who received high school equivalency diplomas in a recognition ceremony at the Westchester County jail Wednesday. 


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  • Join SWBOCES SEPTA Today!

    The Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) invites families of children with special needs to join and take part in events throughout the school year. Read their Letter of Introduction and complete a membership form and survey today!

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  • Take a look back at last month's Decagon Prom

    Last month the Decagon team on the Rye Lake Campus decided to go above and beyond on graduation day, throwing a prom for the graduate and her classmates.

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  • Register now for International Baccalaureate workshops

    The Center for Professional Development is partnering with International Baccalaureate to offer IB workshops at our Harrison training center in September. Click here now to learn more and line up top-shelf professional development in this prestigious and in-demand specialty. 

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  • Fordham Summer Institute under way!

    Partnering with Fordham University, SWBOCES and Rye City Schools educators are participating in “Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Schools & Systems.” The three-day seminar, July 10-12, is led by Fordham’s Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, co-author of “The Internal Coherence Framework,” and Margaret Terry Orr, and hosted by SWBOCES’ Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support. Learn about more such great learning opportunities at

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  • Opportunity Leaders workshop highlights College Board, NYSED partnership

    Presenter Nimat Jones led this July 16 Opportunity Leaders workshop in partnership with NYSED and the College Board at our Harrison training center. The half-day program prepared school leaders to use information from AP courses and SATs to prepare students for college and career. One aim is to increase school leaders’ access to AP programs and offer a look at new supports for AP schools.

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  • Students Graduate from Irvington High School TSP Program

    It was a beautiful day for 20 students who graduated from the Irvington High School TSP Program June 16th. 

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  • Rye Lake High School Graduates Seven

    It was a joyous moment for the seven graduates who celebrated the completion of their high school years at the Rye Lake High School graduation ceremony in June. 

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  • Thank you Harrison PD!

    We thank the members of the Harrison Police Department - including Lt. John Vasta, pictured here with Supervisor of Safety & Facilities Brandon Cruz - who this morning toured our Mamaroneck Avenue training center. 

    Their walkthrough allowed them to offer expert insights to improve the safety and security of our building, which houses three SWBOCES centers and numerous departments and programs. 

    Our school districts are encouraged to invite local law enforcement agencies to do the same. This helps to familiarize officers with the layout of facilities to better support them during responses to emergency events. We appreciate their partnership!

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  • Successful Cosmetology Grad Returns to Career Services Campus

    A successful graduate of the Cosmetology Program, salon owner Ashley Cermele-DiMatteo returns to give some advice to current students

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  • Alert: Our website is changing

    Beginning July 2, 2018, you'll find a new look at Our goal is to provide you with the information you need, quickly and efficiently. This is an ongoing process as we work to ensure the highest level of presentation and organization throughout the site. If you can't find what you need, contact Brian Howard, Director of Communications, at

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