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2014-15 News

2015 Open House & Senior Showcase

This week we held our annual student showcase event, an opportunity for our students to display the senior class projects and to welcome families and friends to visit.  This year we had the opportunity to showcase projects that will have a future impact in the region.  This is possible when educators take the initiative to link to community organizations to expand or enhance the learning experience.

At the Chenango Campus the welding students developed an armillary sphere (photo on the left) with support from a Teachers Grant from the New York State Arts Decentralization Program.  This sculpture will be installed at the entrance of the facility and will be recognized as a Teacher Project for the local Chenango County Council of the Arts.   

At the Harrold Campus, students from the Conservation, Law Enforcement and Visual Communications secured a grant from the Catskill Watershed Corporation to develop a Macroinvertebrate ID Card Set, a tool that can be used for water conservation projects.  (photo on the right)

Law Enforcement Program Field Trip II

On May 28th the second half of the Harrold Campus Security and Law Enforcement class attended a field trip to the New State Police 911 Center in Sidney.  Students learned about the history of the NYSP, the academy and the different operational units.  They also visited the 911 center and learned about what it's like to be a dispatcher.  The field trip concluded with a canine demonstration by Trooper Skiff, an explosives detection dog.  Trooper Skiff quickly discovered an empty shotgun shell hidden by his handler, K-9 Trooper May.  The group was hosted by Trooper Grundle.  In the photo from left to right:  Jon Croby (Sidney), Trooper Grundle, Zach Hotaling (Bainbridge), Jordan Brown (Unatego), Joe Gales (Downsville), Alexa Treffeisen (Unatego), Brian Tiska (Sidney), Lexi Lockwood (Afton), Daren Lent (Sidney) and Montessa Warner (Bainbridge)

Law Enforcement Program Field Trip I

On May 22, students from the DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus Security and Law Enforcement program attended a field trip to New York State Police Troop C Headquarters in Sidney.  The purpose of the field trip was for students to tour the facility, experience firsthand the operation of the areas 911 center and observe a canine demonstration.  In the 911 center, dispatchers explained their job duties and demonstrated the operation of the 911 computers.  Dispatchers also shared the training requirements to become and remain a dispatcher.   Additionally, dispatchers reviewed the protocols used to handle 911 emergencies if the computers go down.  Next the students toured the portion of the facility that houses the NYSP Sidney Substation.  They saw the processing rooms and equipment, interview rooms and investigator offices.  The trip concluded with a canine demonstration by Trooper Skiff, a four-year old German Shepard.  Trooper Skiff is an explosives detection dog that is also cross-trained in officer protection, crowd and riot control, and search for a person.  For a demonstration, Trooper Skiff expertly performed an area search and quickly discovered a very small mock explosive devise planted by his handler.

Pictured in the photo from left to right are:  K-9 Trooper May, Trooper Skiff, Trey Garrow (Franklin), Amber Robertson (Afton), Blake Hitt (Walton), Allison Wylubski (Afton), Brittany Palmetier (Afton), Michaela Tompkins Gilmore (Walton), Trooper Riegal (Troop C Public Information Officer) and Kevin Malia (Walton).

Raymond Corporation Mentors Students at DCMO BOCES

John Sassani, Manager Business Partner Operations and HR Representative at The Raymond Corporation visited both the Chenango and Harrold Campuses to mentor students on workforce skills requirements.  He also shared the history of The Raymond Corporation.  Sassani urged students to consider teamwork and good communication skills as a priority learning to enter today's tough job market.  He explained the hiring process and shared common mistakes young people make when applying to jobs.  Students had an opportunity to learn about job opportunities locally at The Raymond Corporation. 

Students Participate in Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the week that includes May 15th as Police Week.  To celebrate police week, students from the from the Harrold Security and Law Enforcement class participated in a ride along with a local agency.  During a ride along, students spend the day with a police officer responding to emergency calls, performing traffic stops, investigating criminal activity and in some cases the officer will permit the student to communicate on the police radio.  Of course, students are excluded from any dangerous activity.  We are grateful to the Delhi PD, Walton PD, Sidney PD, Delaware County Sheriff's Department and Chenango County Sheriff's Department for hosting our students.  Students participating in this year's ride along were:  Colin Spangenberg (Delhi), Conner Erckert (Afton), Christine McKee (Walton), Brad Jackson (Walton), Alex Ellerson (Walton), Chris Dyke (Franklin) and Jeff Gaias (Bainbridge).

Pictured are Chris Dyke with Deputy Jeff Clark from the Delaware County Sheriff's Department.

Eileen Tallmadge

Harrold Campus - Math Teacher

Receives "Service to Mankind Award"

Eileen Tallmadge, was honored with this year's Sertoma's Service to Mankind Award.  The award is given to a community member demonstrate a commitment and dedication to the spirit of volunteerism for the betterment of the region.  The award sponsored by the Afton Sertoma Club, recognized Tallmadge's multiple volunteer efforts especially her involvement during the 2011 floods. Eileen and her family helped those stranded during the flood emergency. They paddled canoes through the flood waters to the Afton Edge Apartments to retrieve needed items, medicine and even pets. Other endeavors recognized were her leadership with Girl Scouts and keeping Camp Amahami in good conditions for all visitors.  She was also recognized for playing the guitar at St. Agnes Catholic Church and her role as Board Member of the Afton Community Theater.

Harrold Campus “Making a Difference” team makes a big difference.

The Harrold Campus team participated in the Relay For Life event held on April 25th at the Delaware Academy in Delhi. The team raised, through numerous fundraising events, $3557.40!

Team's spokesperson, Beth O’Brien commented; “We are sure that all of you have at some point been touched by Cancer whether it be personally or through a loved one. By joining a team, you could show your support in fighting the battle against cancer. Our team here at the Harrold Campus have already begun our plans for next year’s Relay For Life in helping in the Fight to find a cure!!”

Kim Bodo (pictured on the third photo above) put the challenge out in the Locks For Love, to break last years record of 10 people that had donated their hair.  Once they had their tenth person, she said that she would be the 11th and so she did.  That was a great moment ,kudos to Kim!

Members of the Making A Difference Team include; Beth O'Brien- Captain, Kim Bodo - Co Captain, Joan DeBoer, Christine Monahan, Patty Wagner, Jane Ward, Susan Zandt, Barb Mackey, Robin Little, Rich Houck, Matt Hoffmeister, Lorelle VanHouten, and other family members of the team.

Girls Rate The Event AWESOME...

Women Helping Girls Make Choices is a FREE program for fifth and sixth grade girls attending schools in the DCMO and ONC BOCES service areas. With the collaborative effort of a number of educators and community resources including support from a co-sponsorship by the Secondary Education Department at SUNY Oneonta, we are able to offer the program at the college on the first Saturday in May.  The 2015 event provided girls with outstanding ideas and career exploration activities to help them make decisions and solidify their academic plans. Support from local business professionals make this event possible.  Learn more about the event and consider joining us in 2016.

Our Future Leaders In Action...

SkillsUSA New York 49th Leadership & Skills Championships

On Thursday, April 24 Nineteen students from DCMO BOCES competed in the SkillsUSA New York 49th Leadership & Skills Championships.  Competition was challenging as this event brought together nearly 3,000 students from across the state.  The motto of this Career and Technical Student Organization is “Champions at Work:  Educated and Skilled to Lead America”.  Our students participated in competition in Culinary Arts, Welding and Nurse Assisting just to name a few.  We are so proud of these students and their willingness to give it their all!

2nd Annual Mountain Mover 5K

On Saturday, April 25 walkers, runners and volunteers gathered at the Chenango Campus in Norwich for the 2nd Annual Mountain Mover 5K.  The participants braved the muddy, rocky terrain of our course to raise money for this great cause.  The money raised supports students at the Chenango Campus.  "For example we provided money this year for a CDL physical, appropriate footwear for programs (both in CTE and Gym class), TB testing for work experience, money toward tuition in a New Vision program, CNA retesting and an end of the year scholarship," said event planner Gretchen Hoag who also encouraged people to save the date and consider joining this great effort.


The 3rd Annual Mountain Movers 5K is scheduled for October 15, 2016.

Round Up 2015 Deemed a Success

DCMO BOCES hosted a Business Round-Up, a business networking event on April 14th at the Chenango Campus and on April 16th at the Harrold Campus. Over 60 employers and business owners in attendance commented about the proactive involvement DCMO BOCES is taking with drug prevention initiatives.  
Department of Health Speaker Barb McCarty shared with our guests alarming facts about the drug situation in Chenango County and discussed the efforts of the drug coalition. Under-sheriff DuMond shared information about multiple strategies the Delaware County Drug action group is taking to work with prevention, treatment and prosecution.  

Multiple employers and business owners sign up to support the Consultant Committee.  For more information to explore opportunities as a consultant or mentor contact Lee Shaver, Director of Career and Technical Education at 607-335-1234.

2015 National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony Chenango Campus & Harrold Campus

Families, faculty, and friends joined the DCMO BOCES team to participate in the 2015 National Technical Honor Society Inductions Ceremony. The National Technical Honor Society strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it. NTHS understands changes in industry within local communities and on a global scale.   Chenango Campus Building Principal Judith McCann congratulated the students for their exceptional performance and recognized their families for their support.  

Field Trip!

On Wednesday, February 11 2015, a group of Culinary Arts students from DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus in Sidney Center, NY, visited the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. The students, taught by Chef Amanda Gargano, traveled to the renowned school to participate in an informational tour and presentation by the Admissions Department. A three-course fine dining lunch at one of the school's on-site student-run restaurants, Caterina de Medici, followed.

The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for more than six decades.  Founded in 1946, the CIA is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs.  So far, one of this year's graduating Culinary Arts students has accepted admission into the Culinary Arts bachelor's degree program at the CIA.

Culinary Students To Participate in Iron Chef Competition

Harrold Campus Culinary Arts students will be joining the 2015 Bassett Research Institute’s Junior Iron Chef Competition to take place Saturday, April 11, at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta.

This is a competition for teams of various middle and high school students to develop and prepare healthy, tasty dishes that could be prepared in a school cafeteria. This year’s competition is open to school teams in Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

The competition is organized into two divisions, middle school and high school. Middle school teams compete in the morning and high school teams in the afternoon, with each division including up to 12 teams. Competing teams consist of three to five youth members and one to two supervising adult coaches. 

Meet Our Competitors:

Connor Kiss

Unatego Central School 

11th Grade 

(Culinary Arts Vice President, Student of the Quarter) 

For fun - play xbox, hangs out with friends

Inspirations- his grandma, who made amazing food 

Post-graduation - go to culinary school, continue on in the field

Jake DeJoy

Unatego Central School

11th Grade 

(Culinary Arts Treasurer for 1st Year Class, Student of the Quarter) 

For fun - plays sports (Football, wrestling, basketball) 

Inspirations - watching mom and grandma cook 

Post-graduation - go to a renowned culinary school and own a food truck

Lily Livingston

Unatego Central School

12th Grade 

(Student of the Quarter, Safety Award Recipient) 

For fun - spend time with family, movies, photography 

Inspirations - her family, especially her parents who are both hardworking and supportive 

Post-graduation - attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, become a restauranteur

Olivia Possemato

Bainbridge Guilford Central School

12th Grade 

(Student of the Quarter, Outstanding Student of the Year, Safety Award Recipient, Culinary Arts Treasurer for the 2nd Year Class, Skills USA Culinary Arts Competitor) 

For fun - plays video games, extracurriculars Inspirations - her grandmother, who bakes and cooks from scratch; Chef Gargano, who taught her culinary techniques 

Post-graduation - attending Delhi in the fall as a Baking and Pastry major

 Safety Award Winners!

Our Harrold Campus Safety Award winners for the first 20 weeks of the school year. As a recipient, their instructors determined they were operating at the highest level of safety!

Students At Work


Students from the computer technology class, worked this month on a computer networking lab project that involved stringing cables and connecting them to a server.  

Computer Technology Instructor, Jim Faulks, shared with us these cool photos that depict the opportunities for hands on learning experiences available at BOCES.


Culinary Arts

Students from the Culinary Arts Program had the opportunity this month to have a real work experience at one of our annual events.  Chef and Instructor Judy Bleyle praised students for using the event to apply learned skills and for delivering exceptional customer service.  

A lovely cartoon to bring the concerns of addiction to life in a simple, sweet child friendly animation. This was created by Dr Robert Lefever Director of Promis Recovery Center.


Our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students had the opportunity to conduct clinical work at the Chobani's Employee Health Fair this week. Students administered blood pressure, glucose and oxygen levels tests.  They also had an opportunity to speak to employees about healthy habits.  Special recognition and appreciation to everyone involved especially our instructors who coached our students to educate others on healthy habits. 

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