News from Across Our BOCES

  • Valhalla Campus to open its doors for exciting summer program

    Three sessions available for first ever Summer Camp exploration

    Southern Westchester BOCES’ Valhalla campus will host a Career Exploration Summer Camp for students entering grades eight through 10 in July. There are three week-long sessions available, and students can mix and match the course of study. Click the link to read more or go to to register by June 14.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • Sound Production students visit Mercy University for campus tour

    Career and Technical Education students get a sample of college life

    Students in the Sound Production program had the opportunity to tour the Mercy University campus in Dobbs Ferry. While there, they enjoyed demonstrations and hands-on lessons.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • American Dreamer Awards spotlight those who've made a difference

    Special Services thanks partners for support of students and programs 

    Once a year, Principals and administrators in Southern Westchester BOCES’ Center for Special Services invite the partners whose contributions have benefited our students on a daily basis to a celebratory luncheon to say thank you. The American Dreamer Awards are a three-decades-old tradition marking the long history of community partnerships that make a difference in the lives of SWBOCES students with special needs.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Commercial Art students win Exemplary Media Arts Awards

    Young artists participate in Media Art Teacher Association art show

    The Lower Hudson Region of the New York State Media Arts Teachers Association (NYSMATA) recently announced the winners of their annual Exemplary Media Arts Awards, an online exhibition that showcases the work of media artists students. Two Commercial Art students Maria Damiani and Timothy Fernandez received the Presidents’ award for their artwork. This award is given to students whose entire body of work meets a specific set of criteria including a creative approach and is visually and technically outstanding. Maria and Timothy join a list of students from the Lower Hudson region who were recognized for their originality and overall vision.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • Back-to-back days reflect careful planning by educators for a thoughtful break from routine

    St. Matthew’s & Valhalla Center celebrate wellness with music, mindfulness and creativity

    Wellness Days at both locations provided a creative slate of activities planned carefully by staff, offering an opportunity for a break from the routine to relax, be creative and enjoy activities that were a little different than those of the usual school day.

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • CTE students get rare opportunity to speak on behalf of difference-making program

    Architecture students represent SWBOCES at statewide expo

    The marble lobby at the Legislative Office Building in Albany was clad in BOCES logos as representatives from across New York State showcased for state officials the cooperative services that serve students and families and provide cost-efficient options for school districts. Two students in the Architecture program at the Center for Career Services represented Southern Westchester BOCES at the BOCES Expo.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • White Plains fashion show features SWBOCES students’ original designs

    Barbie-inspired ‘Fashion in Toyland’ puts childhood memories on the runway through May 24

    Students in Teacher Carmen Galliano's Fashion Design & Merchandising class staged a the toy-themed “Fashion in Toyland” fashion show at the White Plains Library May 16. While they were inspired by the film “Barbie,” Ms. Galiano encouraged them to delve deeper for toy themes with a childhood connection. Students in SWBOCES' Commercial Art, Cosmetology, TV/Video and Sound Production programs all collaborated. The exhibit runs through May 24.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • Barbara E. Chin Endowment honors the memory of a longtime BOCES teacher

    Four graduating Cosmetology students awarded newly established scholarships

    The Southern Westchester BOCES Education Foundation will award $500 scholarships to four graduating Cosmetology students thanks to a newly created endowment established in memory of longtime BOCES instructor Barbara E. Chin.

    “She never had children of her own, but she adopted so many along the way, primarily through her work with BOCES, ” said Ingrid Dixon, a White Plains resident, who established the endowment. “She had a tremendous passion for young people and mentored many. I thought it would be a fitting tribute to her to continue to help young people as they find their place in life.”

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  • Rye Lake Lower Campus celebrates Mothers Day with a garden party

    Moms in Teacher Janeelia Henry's class at Rye Lake Lower Campus were invited to a 'Mothers are like Flowers' Garden Party. In recognition of Mother's Day, each was invited to bring a small plant to plant with their child in the flower garden in front of the classroom. The students showcased their homemade video on what plants need to grow. They also reinforced their knowledge about plants to their mothers by reading, coloring and labeling their mother's picture. A continental breakfast was served, and everyone wore t-shirts custom made by a parent honoring the theme for the day. 
    News Feed - Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Special Services and Career and Technical Education crossover creates new form of therapy

    Special Services partners with cosmetology

    What started out as an idea of a new reinforcer for students in Special Services at the Valhalla Center has quickly become a new form of therapy. Students in Special Services earn the ability to go on a trip to the Cosmetology class where they get to choose a beauty treatment such as having their hair or nails done. In turn, the Cosmetology students gain real-world experience dealing with clients and hone their skills.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • Notes of appreciation, hand-delivered treats all ways of saying thanks

    Rye Lake Lower Campus celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

    The Rye Lake Lower Campus honored their incredible teachers, teacher assistants, teacher aides, and related service providers throughout Teacher Appreciation Week.

    Staff, student, and family involvement are a huge part of the success of RLLC's Teacher Appreciation Week and the school community. As a result, the campus continued its tradition by creating an Appreciation Station in the foyer of the Decagon Building.

    News Feed - Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Tappan Hill School celebrates Earth Week with lessons on recycling

    In the spirit of Earth Week, Teacher Linda Christiansen's class at Tappan Hill School spent last week learning about ways we can all care for our world. Recycling is so important, and cleaning up our classroom became a top priority!
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  • CTE PREMIERE! Sound Production student Edgardo Mendoza takes risks, explores creativity

    Hear the latest in a series of original presentations by students in our Sound Production program, utilizing state-of-the-art studio equipment and techniques to produce professional quality work.

    This month's CTE Premiere features Edgardo Mendoza's "New Age Hip Hop Instrumental, which just launched on our Center for Career Services website.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • Open House successfully shows off students against colorful automotive backdrop

    Annual Car Show on Careers Campus spotlights CTE students training, skills

    The recent Car Show and Open House at the SWBOCES Center for Careers Services campus in Valhalla was a huge success, despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. The free annual event, sponsored by the Rock ‘N’ Rods Car Club of New York, brought together car enthusiasts from all over the area to marvel at an impressive lineup of vintage cars while offering  tours of the Career and Technical Education training facilities.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • Career and Technical Education student honored for daring to be different

    Student celebrated for her volunteer work

    Senior Briana Benjamin of Woodlands High School was celebrated for her hard work and dedication to her community as a Youth Honoree at the recent Women Who Dare To Be Different 10th Anniversary Awards Gala. The Computer Information System/Medical Administrative Assistant student joined hundreds of guests at the Theodore D. Young Community Center in White Plains for an evening of celebrating Women's History Month.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
  • SkillsUSA Members return from Spring Leadership Conference with Medals

    Career and Technical Education students prepare for Nationals

    Students from the Southern Westchester BOCES campus in Valhalla returned from the SkillsUSA Spring Leadership Conference adorned with medals after showcasing their readiness for their chosen career paths. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2023-24
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