News from Our Campuses

  • Veteran educator named new LHRIC Executive Director

    Kathy Conley, currently Assistant Executive Director of the LHRIC, has been named to succeed Executive Director Dennis Lauro effective Dec. 28. The SWBOCES Board of Education made the appointment following a collaborative process that engaged partners from the LHRIC, Rockland, Putnam/Northern Westchester and Southern Westchester BOCES, and their component Districts.  

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  • Students for a day

    Read about how Career Center Staff had the experience of being a student for a day during their recent Professional Development Day.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2018-19
  • Support the SEPTA at our book fair at Barnes & Noble Nov. 10 & 11

    Attend the annual SEPTA Book Fair Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 & 11, at Barnes and Noble in White Plains from noon to 4 p.m.

    There will be story readings, a treasure hunt and a coloring station. If can't make it, you can still participate and get your holiday shopping done early by ordering online at from Nov. 10-15. At checkout, enter Book Fair ID #12453643.

    We hope to see you there. Thank you for your support!

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  • Teachers immersed in mindfulness in the K-5 classroom

    Teachers at our Harrison training center today are learning what mindfulness is and how the benefits can help both them and their students in the K-5 classroom.
    Among the mindfulness tools discussed are those that can help students increase their focus and attention skills, develop social and emotional skills, and reduce stress and anxiety. Erin Trapasso is facilitating as participating teachers gain an understanding of the importance of mindfulness as well as lessons for adding to their mindfulness “tool kit." In the future when they instruct students to pay attention, they will have a better understanding of what is being asked and how to help students succeed.
    Using principles derived from modern brain research, the workshop is focusing on how to strengthen teachers' social and emotional capacities by equipping them with practices that help regulate emotions, increase compassion, and cultivate inner resilience.
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  • Students visit schools to consider future options

    Several students at the Center for Career Services got an inside look at possibilities for their futures with two career-related field trips.

    On Oct. 30, students traveled to the Universal Technical Institute in Bloomfield, NJ.

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  • Fordham, SWBOCES announce speaker series to begin Nov. 8

    The Fordham University Graduate School of Education’s Division of Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy and Southern Westchester BOCES are pleased to announce an upcoming speaker series for current and aspiring school and district leaders in the greater New York City area.

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  • Culinary Arts program joins 'Taste of Westchester'

    Southern Westchester BOCES Culinary Arts program was among 30 food and beverage vendors invited by Cerebral Palsey of Westchester to participate in its 13th annual 'Taste of Westchester' fundraiser on Oct. 29.

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  • Sewing for a paws cause

    The good news came  when students in Carmen Galiano’s Fashion and Retail class took a field trip to the Westchester SPCA in Briarcliff Manor to deliver cat and dog toys they had made.

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  • High Line offers big city views, bigger inspiration

    Click to read about why 15 students in Christine Ireland’s Architecture and Interior Design/3D Art classes took a field trip to New York City’s High Line in search of inspiration. 

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  • Audio Production students tour Pro Audio Convention

    Teacher Sean Harty took his students to the Audio Engineering Society’s Pro Audio Convention at the Jacob Javitz Center Oct. 18. Read more about how they met industry leaders and tested equipment they had only heard of but never seen.

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  • Special Services students celebrate Spirit Week at Valhalla campus

    Students in Mr. Walsh's, Ms. Lloyd's, Mrs. Gaines-Chastine's and Ms. Culler’s classes our Valhalla campus participated in “Spirit Week” Sept. 24-28.

    Monday: Crazy Hat Day
    Tuesday: Sports Day
    Wednesday: Backwards Day
    Thursday: Pajama Day
    Friday: Blue and White Day (for SWBOCES' colors)

    Students made posters to advertise each day’s activity.  Staff also joined in and enjoyed the activities with the students.

    Principal Leslie Handler provided cupcakes, which students decorated with blue and white icing and sprinkles, and several flavors of ice cream for sundaes with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

    Kaya loved wearing pajamas to school on Pajama Day.  She said she was so comfortable! Chantay’s favorite day was Blue and White Day because she got to make an ice cream sundae! Brandon liked Sports Day best because he loves to wear his jerseys to school. Christian loved Pajama Day! He said he was very comfortable. Clarence said his favorite day was hat day because he liked seeing all the different hats, and we decorated my helmet in Occupational Therapy, which was fun.

    Elijah said his favorite day was Sports Day because he likes watching sports at home, and he got to wear his New York Yankees shirt. He also liked seeing what his friends' favoritesSports and teams were.

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  • Tappan Hill School Hosts Open House

    Parents who attended the Oct. 12 Open House at Tappan Hill School spoke with teachers, learned about the curriculum and activities, and found out about students’ daily routines.


    During a gathering with refreshments in the gym, Tappan Hill Principal Phyllis Rizzi announced that the school is getting a new playground. Parents clapped when she told them the news.


    “This playground, as you can see, is so beautiful,” she said as she showed them a rendering of it.

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  • Parents Learn about Community Resources, SEPTA at Meet and Greet

    Parents who attended the Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education PTA’s recent Meet and Greet learned about the variety of community support services available, from music therapy and recreation to special education advocacy.

    Parent Marcela Stern, a SEPTA executive board member, said the group sponsors educational and fun events for students and parents throughout the year. Topics covered at educational sessions include guardianship and transition planning. The annual book fair fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in White Plains is in November.

    “Every time that we have something like this, parents find out new information that is useful for their lives,” Ms. Stern said during the morning session. There was a second Meet and Greet in the evening.

    One of SEPTA’s goals this year is to get more families involved, said Frank Alvarez, SWBOCES’ director of special services.

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  • SWBOCES Culinary Arts students 'Turn Up the Heat' at White Plains event

    Inspiring role models and awesome apple tarts were both in amply supply at the White Plains YWCA's 'Turn Up the Heat' event, thanks to SWBOCES Culinary Arts students. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2018-19
  • Open House puts Careers Center programs on display for parents

    Students showed off their newly developing skills for their parents, and teachers answered questions and showed off their programs at the Careers Center's annual Open House.

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  • 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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