News from Our Campuses

  • Students Learn about Prominent African Americans during Assembly

    Rye Lake High School students celebrated Black History Month Feb. 8 with a slide show on prominent figures in the black community, a skit in which staff played important historical figures, and special desserts.




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  • Student work at Katonah Museum of Art

    Students have put their best work forward and have been invited to participate in the Katonah Museum of Art Young Artists 2019 exhibit.

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  • Rye Lake Hosts Third Annual Chili Cook Off

    Edith Rivera – who used a combination of three meets in her chili – won the third annual Rye Lake Superbowl Chili Cook Off with 46 votes after coming in third last year. Chef Omar Laaraj took second place, and Principal Scott Kaufman came in third with 29 votes. A total of nine staff members competed in the event.


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  • Cosmetology students use skills for production

    For the past several years Cosmetology students have helped with makeup for the annual production at Easchester Middle School. This year students had fun doing the makeup for the show Suessical, Jr.

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  • Cosmetology students practice their skills, help others

    Cosmetology students have an opportunity to practice their skills on clients from the YWCA in White Plains, a collaboration that benefits both.

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  • 2019-2020 SWBOCES Services Guide is available

    The Southern Westchester BOCES Services Guide for the 2019-2020 is available to view or download at this link. The Services Guide catalogs the many cooperative services offered by our BOCES and its centers, from Adult Education to Career and Special Services to the offerings of the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center and much more. Printed copies of the 56-page guide will arrive in component districts offices in a few days. 

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  • Career Technical Education prepares future employees

    Career Technical Education, or CTE, offers students an opportunity to learn valuable skills in a vocation of their choice. February is CTE month, and students at Career Services are actively training for the future.

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  • CTE white paper details the value of Career and Technical Education

    Today's economy demands a better, more highly skilled workforce. February is CTE Month. Click here to read our recently released White Paper to see how a career and technical education can become a valuable resource for local graduating high school teens. 

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  • Students get job search advice

    Students in Sean Harty's TV/Video Sound Production class heard some sound advice on how to get a job from guest speaker Piers Plaskitt, CEO of Solid State Logic. The advice included tips on networking and "Roas Chicken."

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  • Training animals, big and small, on our Careers campus

    Michael D'Abruzzo's Animal Science class has shared more videos to the growing library at his class page, one demonstrating in-class training techniques to teach a rat to "play soccer," and another in which a veterinary technician uses the same concepts at a zoo to train a tiger to present body parts for medical exams and blood draws without the need to tranquilize the animal.

    D'Abruzzo says these skills will be significant assets for graduating students seeking employment in a range of animal fields. These all skills are difficult to acquire without direct work experience, says D'Abruzzo, the kind of experience his students are gaining routinely in has classroom.

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  • Community partner to honor SWBOCES for literacy programs, collaboration

    Southern Westchester BOCES will be honored later this year at a gala in White Plains in recognition of its role as collaborative community partner in support of the mission of El Centro Hispano.

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  • Parents and Guardians Learn How to Prepare for Their Children’s Next Steps in Life

    Although adulthood may be years away, parents of children with special needs must start preparations for the transition from school-based to adult services, The Arc Westchester’s transition services director said at a recent SWBOCES SEPTA workshop.

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  • 2019 Spring/Summer Adult Education Brochure to Hit Mailboxes Soon

    The 2019 Spring & Summer Adult Education brochure is set to arrive in mailboxes in the coming days, featuring dozens of career-focused programs like practical nursing, cosmetology, welding and networking plus many more. Also featured are ESL, Citizenship Exam prep and HSE Exam prep courses at many nearby locations. Free workforce orientation sessions are taking place, providing an overview for many of these programs, at our Harrison and Valhalla campuses. For more information, visit our Adult Education website at or call 914-592-0849.

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  • Auto tech winners

    Read about how Auto Tech students were big winners at an annual competition sponsored by the Greater New Yorkk Automobile Dealers Association.

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  • SWBOCES PD Center presents Kylene Beers and Bob Probst: Strategies that Improve Comprehension

    This workshop offers the perfect opportunity to work with colleagues to learn strategies that will help all readers, especially struggling readers, develop skills for attentive, engaged reading. Build upon their books: Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies; Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters.

    Join us Thursday, Jan. 17, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Register at MyLearning Plan.

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  • SEPTA Workshops set for Thursday morning and evening on Transition Guidance

    The Special Education PTA is sponsoring a workshop this Thursday, Jan. 17, about transition for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Carin Horowitz, Transition Services Director at The Arc Westchester, will speak to parents and guardians about how to prepare for children’s transition from school to adult services. There are two workshop sessions: 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. at the Rye Lake Campus, 1606 Old Orchard St., White Plains. All are welcome! See attached flyer for details.

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  • Tappan Hill students visit, make new friends at Elmsford's Grady School

    See what fun students from our Tappan Hill School in Tarrytown had visiting and making new friends at the Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford. 

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  • Best friends, Careers Center classmates, take honors and spotlight at auto tech tourney

    SWBOCES Automotive Technology students Jeffrey Hernandez & Gurleen Singh took home trophies and scholarship awards in a regional competition this week testing their skills at diagnostics and repair. On top of that, they and the in-demand field they are entering, were featured on ABC-7's Eyewitness News.

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  • Leading Instructional Improvement the topic in latest Fordham-SWBOCES Speaker Series event

    Join us Jan. 15 at Fordham University's Westchester Campus for the latest in our collaborative Speaker Series for Educational Leaders. Professor Elizabeth Stosich, EdD, will be presenting on "Leading Instructional Improvement - Striving for Instructional Coherence".

    All sessions in this ongoing series include welcome remarks, the presentation and a Q&A segment. The series is a free service for educational leaders and alumni in the region. For those interested, there will be a follow-up discussion of Fordham’s masters and doctoral programs in educational leadership.

    To RSVP, contact Staci Wang at or Betty Ann Wyks at

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  • Volunteers and Staff Help Make SEPTA's Annual Holiday Party a Success

    The Southern Westchester BOCES would like to thank all the staff members and volunteers who helped make the annual Holiday Party a great success.

    Students and families had a blast at the Dec. 13 event at the Rye Lake Campus. They spent time decorating (and eating) cookies, coloring and making crafts, and playing games like snowball toss.

    Phyllis Rizzi, principal of Tappan Hill School, and her staff were instrumental in planning the party, said Trish Banfield, a SEPTA Executive Board member. “They come out in full force each year to decorate, support the kids, emcee, supply gifts, DJ and morph into Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman,” she said. “They also fill in the gaps where needed.”

    Ms. Banfield also thanked mothers Hayley, Anne Marie and Nicole for volunteering their time.


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