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2015-16 News

BOCES Summer Camp Brings Home The Gold!

The 2017 Special Education summer program had very exciting activities and initiatives. The morning program welcome 2004 Olympic Medalist Dan Ketchum to speak. He was a member of the USA 4 x 200 freestyle relay team that won gold at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Dan brought his medal, and the students had an opportunity to ask questions, to view and to touch the medal.  Each year, the students hold a community project. This year’s initiative collected 40 pounds of old/broken crayons. These crayons will go to a non-profit organization that recycles and re-molds the crayons to meet the orthopedic needs of special needs children and then donates them to local hospitals.  For the past four years, Cheryl Porter, John Shaver, and the teacher's aides team lead a book giveaway effort that provides each student with three free books of their choice. This year, the program expanded to gifting the students a duffle bag to stuff with school supplies. The Stuff the Duffle Giveaway initiative received school supplies donations from individuals and local merchants and provided students with a very special resource.  We applaud the collaborative efforts of the students, faculty, staff, families, and volunteers who made all these special initiatives possible. For more information on how to get involved with future programs contact Charlotte ManWarren at [email protected] .

Thank You Relay for Life Team

The 2016 DCMO BOCES Relay for Life team raised over $5,700 for the Chenango County Relay for Life!  Since 2010 the DCMO BOCES team has donated over $35,000 to this cancer fighting initiative of the American Cancer Society.  We congratulate or employees:  Brenda Campbell, Maureen Cooley, Christine Corey, Judy Hendrickson, Patty Ives , Cindy Maynard, Eric Moore, Alisha Oliver, and Frank Oliver for working so hard to support this effort.  

Harrold Campus CNA Class rewarded for their hard work

The Nurse Assisting class of the Harrold Campus DCMO BOCES received $2,500.00 in scholarship money from the American Red Cross for the successful work in managing several blood drives and collecting 203 pints of blood over the past 2015-2016 school year.  This could not have been possible without the tremendous support of the campus's CTE, CA,Special ED, Support Staff, and community members. This scholarship was divided among 6 graduating seniors in the Nurse Assisting class that are continuing their education in the health care field.  The Harrold Campus was the only one to receive this award in our manager's territory, which includes Otsego and Delaware counties. Thank you for your continued support in assisting our students in meeting their goals!

Thank You Wellness Day Committee!

Our wellness day was rated AWESOME by the many employees who enjoyed hand massages, culinary lessons, financial fitness education, dance and sports fitness activities, coloring, and more!  We sincerely congratulate the employees who planned and delivered a special time for all our employees.  

Making a Difference

Students at the BOCES Harrold Campus got involved with making a difference in their community by working on an ongoing monthly charitable donation led by Kirsty Roefs of House of Consignment. Students and their teacher, Christine Monahan, helped make braided dog toys to sell at the store and during the Carnival of Sales days in Unadilla. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Delaware SPCA in Sidney. Great job everyone! (left,  Destiny Falconio and on right, Gillian Knapp)

Conservation Students Receive Certification

17 BOCES Conservation students recently received Game of Logging Level 1 certification at the Robert W. Harrold campus. Game of Logging trainer Bill Lindloff taught students how to maintain and sharpen their chainsaws, how to properly use personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features and tree felling techniques that included, a felling plan and understanding the strengths of different portions of the tree. The training session was a total of 8 hours in length and was wrapped up with each student successfully felling a tree. The students came away from the training with a wealth of new knowledge and a very important course pertaining to forestry and logging career/employment after graduation. The following is a list of students and their home schools who completed the course.

Evan Bass- Hancock, Lane Bass- Hancock, Lucas Beebe- Bainbridge Guilford, Damon Decker- Afton, Tyler Hart- Bainbridge Guilford, Jon Havens- Unatego, Hunter Simmons- Delhi

Travis Merwin- Unatego, Alex Morgan- Walton, Steven Morgan- Walton, Brandyn Nichols- Unatego, Jarred Pinner- Downsville, Holden Smith- Unatego, Korbin Valentine- Sidney

Eli Van Buren- Delhi, Hunter Wood- Delhi

Chenango Campus Celebrates Special Achievements

The Career & Technical Education Class of 2016 celebrated with family and friends a very important moment.  Visitors commented on the large list of scholarships and gifts given to students at the Chenango Campus event indicating that this was an amazing resource for our students.  Congratulations to our staff for all the hard work and dedication.

A moment to frame!  The Chenango Campus staff celebrated with friends and families the outstanding achievements of  our students.   The graduates present at the ceremony were: Austin Bowers, Sylvia Gavett, 

Chad Robert Hotaling, Cameron Mitchell Jones, Amanda Grace Ketzak, Bryan Anthony Olmstead, Jessica Leigh Stone, and Tucker Wilchinski.  Congratulations to everyone and special thank you to our staff.


Join us in congratulating Justin Giannetto who was nominated and chosen by one of his students for the "Excellence in Education" feature on WBNG.  The story can be seen below.  Well done, Justin!!

Harrold Campus - Special Graduation Celebration

At the Harrold Campus on  June 9, 2014, we celebrated the achievements of these amazing students who graduated .   Congratulations to Wade Daniel Armstrong from Delaware Academy, Mya Joan Emma Fairbairu from Deposit, Nicholas Joseph  Giarraputo from Downsville, Anna Alina Hood from Delaware Academy, Nicoleta Lydia Hood from Delaware Academy, Shannon rose Janitz from Unatego, Tyler David Katalinas from Unatego, and Heavynly Fayth Seward from Unatego.  

Career Academy Class of 2016

Students received their High School diploma at the 2016 Graduation Ceremony held at the Harrold Campus.  Students were : Cheyenne Spinola from Sidney, Brendon Frank and Clayton Washburn from Unatego, and Siara Mettler from Walton.  Career and Technical Education Director Lee Shaver congratulated the students and shared a poem by Robert Frost inspiring students to follow the path to their passion.

2016 Scholarships Awarded

The Rolling Antiquers club awarded $1,000 scholarships  to our students.   Recipient Spencer Quinn (pictured on left)  from Greene Central School is going to University of Northwestern Ohio to be a diesel mechanic for large equipment and would be a candidate for the tool scholarship.  Dale Bolinger (pictured on right) is a student at Sherburne Earlville Central School  who is planning to attend Morrisville State College to study  diesel mechanic on farm equipment.  He is also interested in auto collision repair and would be a candidate for the college tuition scholarship.  Congratulations to our students and our message of appreciation to the Rolling Antiquers for inspiring our students to pursue higher goals.

Burger War at the Chenango Campus


Spelling bee participant wins the 2016 national video competion

Although Oneonta's representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Mollie Dugan, didn't make it to the finals, another local girl — who participated at the competition — walked away from the bee with a trophy and a cool $1,000. Mary Noorlander, an eighth-grader at Oneonta Middle School, is the winner of the Spellebrity Video Contest, which was launched this year by the bee and sponsor Kindle as part of a celebration of National Reading Month in March. The Spellebrity winner was announced Saturday night at the bee's anual awards banquet and farewell party.

Media Festival Award Recipients

The DCMO BOCES Annual Media Festival provides students the opportunity for teachers and students to work on multi-media platforms to create unique projects.  These projects and reviewed and judged and the  top projects are recognized at the award ceremony.  This year's ceremony was held at the Harrold Campus.   To learn more visit the program's webpage .

DCMO BOCES female student wins first place at welding competition

On April 28, 2016, students from the DCMO BOCES distinguished themselves as participants and winners at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Syracuse, NY.  

Among the students were, Kiersten Maraglio from Unatego Central School who won first place in the Welding competition. Lee Shaver, Director of Career & Technical Education celebrated Miss Maraglio’s achievement, “The rigorous competition requires students to develop a design, work with the material list, and develop a final project within a time frame. Beyond quality of workmanship, students are judged on their ability to communicate and work as a team. The oral presentation further challenges students to share their knowledge and convey their skills confidence.”

Jenn Waite-Ambra, the Building Principal at DCMO Harrold Campus where Miss Maraglio studies commented about the student’s commitment to her career, “Kirsten is currently working on American Welding Society (AWS) test plates; she has completed all welding processes in all positions. She works hard in both the shop as well as the classroom.” Waite-Ambra also shared that Miss Maraglio is a motivated and highly focused student who demonstrates maturity when working on welding projects. “She is going to be an asset to the field,” said Waite about Miss Maraglio’s career and technical performance.

Harrold Campus Conservation Program 

During the first week of April, the Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District (DCSWCD) Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) engaged students from the DCMO-BOCES 12th grade conservation class in a riparian buffer planting along sections of the Third Brook, on Lower Third Brook Road in the Town of Walton. Three days of effort by groups of students from the DCMO-BOCES Conservation Class resulted in 150 native riparian trees and shrubs being planted along over 500 feet of Third Brook. In total over 225 trees, shrubs, and live stakes were installed by the students. Tarra Barnhart, DCMO-BOCES Integrated Science Consultant Teacher for the Conservation class, expressed the importance of these activities for her students when she said that "Activities such as these are valuable for many reasons; they not only enhance academic concepts that my students were taught in the classroom but also serve to promote environmental stewardship and foster the value of service to the community.”

Hunter Simmons and Korey Fisher, holding native hazel alder and elderberry seedlings for planting along Third Brook.  (Picture 1: from left to right- Hunter Simmons and Korey Fisher both from Delhi)

DCMO BOCES students Wade Armstrong, Hunter Wood, and Korbin Valentine, cutting native willow branches to use for “live stake” installation along Third Brook. Potted native plants are ready for planting in the background.  (Picture 2: from left to right- Wade Armstrong and Hunter Wood (both from Delhi) and Korbin Valentine (from Sidney)

Harrold Campus Students Attend Police Week Event

National Police Week was established by Congress in 1962 to recognize the service and 
sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement.  In celebration of National Police Week, first year students from the Harrold Campus Security and Law Enforcement class attended Police Week at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City on Friday, May 6th.  Numerous area agencies set up various displays and demonstrations in the mall for the general public.  

The first photo is Syles Bakker, a Walton student, attempting to walk a straight line during a field sobriety check wearing special goggles that simulate what a highly intoxicated person sees.  Obviously, Syles isn't even close the the line!  The demonstration was put on by the Tioga County Sheriff's Stop DWI program.

The second photo is Dylan Brooks form Hancock and John Gilmore from Sidney with a New York State Police motorcycle.  

The displays and demonstrations were a meaningful and fun learning experience for the students.  All students reported having a great time, especially lunch at the China Star buffet!

DCMO BOCES Educational Forum

A proactive effort to find new venues to maximize education resources gathered component school districts in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Madison County at the 26th annual DCMO Educational Forum. The event presented by DCMO BOCES focused on a relevant topic for school leadership. This year’s event chose Opportunities for Sharing of Services as the discussion topic.    Chief Operating Officer Gray Stevens encouraged district superintendents and school board members to focus on the benefit to our students and to explore any opportunity to collaborate and share services. Stevens also congratulated the Culinary Arts educators and students who delivered a first class dinner experience for the guests.

From left to right, Gray Stevens - DCMO BOCES Chief Operating Officer; Terrance Dougherty - Hancock Central School  Superintendent,  Elizabeth Rickard - Director of Career Opportunities in Rural Education,  and Alan Pole - Educational Consultant.

National Technical Honor Society Inductions at Harrold Campus

At the Induction Ceremony held at DCMO BOCES this month, 48 students celebrated their achievement.  The Chenango Campus 2016 National Technical Honor Society inductees are: from Sherburne-Earlville: Olivia Clark, Richard Eggers, Gerald Hicks, Kevin Salvatore; from Greene: Garrett Bull,  Joel Carlson, Brandon Desmond, Rochelle Moran; from Norwich: Ashley Colabelli, Cassidy Davern, Kathleen Hanrahan; from Unadilla Valley: Abigail Avolio, Hunter Lakin, Katlyne Gad, and John Daniel Hadac.  The Harrold Campus NTHS inductees are: from Afton: William McManus, Travis Neumann, Amber Robertson, Brittany Palmetier, Allison Wylubski; from Bainbridge-Guilford: Lindsey Barnhart, Shayla Baldwin, Camille Hawkins, Dezaray Ives, Daria Kozak, Emily Palmer, Rebecca Reyes, Hunter Richter, Brandon Sickler, Ray Zukowski; from Delaware Academy: Adia Vohs; from Downsville: Nikolas Dupuis, Quinnlyn Shields, Hancock, Michelle Brejwo, Molly Thompson; from Sidney: Samantha Cunningham, Elizabeth Rawson-Fink ; from Unadilla Valley: Juliette Blanchard, Brianna Burton, Jake DeJoy, Desire Figueroa, Mike Rose, Kristen Sperry; from Walton: Madison Hosdal, Alex Morgan, Kali Mullineaux, Alan Rought, and Timothy VanDemark.  Congratulations to our very special students and to our hard working staff.

Harrold Campus Community Service

Ten seniors from the Harrold campus cosmetology program participated in a Learning and Looking Good program with some ladies from the Delaware ARC. The ARC ladies would come weekly to learn about hair care, hair styling, manicures, facials, and makeup. Each participant received a beauty kit containing items to use for the skills mentioned.  Our students paired up and taught the ladies how to do these skills so that they would be able to do it on themselves at home. It was a very fun and successful program for all involved. 

Students that participated:

  • Shayla Baldwin
  • Myriah Christian
  • Taylor Gonzalez
  • Dakota Lockwood
  • Kassie McKee
  • Havannah Rickard
  • Dani Rowe
  • Kayla Sanfilippo
  • Cassie Schoonmaker
  • Molly Thompson

Skills USA 

      Back in December, the Skills USA club at the DCMO BOCES Harrold campus had a campus wide Christmas party. The party included cookies and other food supplied by the cafeteria staff, an ugly sweater contest, and the all time favorite: pictures with Santa Clause. The party had a wonderful turnout and was a huge success! Fun was had by all and the Skills USA team has accomplished yet another wonderful party.

         For those that do not know what Skills USA is, it is a nation wide club that offers the chance for CTE program students, as well as regular high school students, to compete at area, state, and national level competitions. These competitions are compatible with many of the offered CTE courses, however there are opportunities to compete in other areas. This includes interviewing, prepared speech, quiz bowl, and many others! Skills USA is a wonderful opportunity for students to hone the skills that they have learned in their time at their CTE program. 

By Camille Hawkins, Visual Communications student at the Robert W. Harrold campus

Conservation Students Receive Training from Nationally Recognized “Soren Eriksson’s Game of Logging.”

17 BOCES Conservation students recently received Game of Logging Level 1 certification at the Robert W. Harrold campus. Game of Logging trainer Bill Lindloff taught students how to maintain and sharpen their chainsaws, how to properly use personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features and tree felling techniques that included, a felling plan and understanding the strengths of different portions of the tree. The training session was a total of 8 hours in length and was wrapped up with each student successfully felling a tree. The students came away from the training with a wealth of new knowledge and a very important course pertaining to forestry and logging career/employment after graduation. The following is a list of students and their home schools who completed the course:

Evan Bass- Hancock

Lane Bass- Hancock

Lucas Beebe- Bainbridge Guilford

Damon Decker- Afton

Tyler Hart- Bainbridge Guilford

Jon Havens- Unatego

Hunter Simmons- Delhi

Travis Merwin- Unatego

Alex Morgan- Walton

Steven Morgan- Walton

Brandyn Nichols- Unatego

Jarred Pinner- Downsville

Holden Smith- Unatego

Korbin Valentine- Sidney

Eli Van Buren- Delhi

Hunter Wood- Delhi

Graduates Need Our Support...

Two graduates from the Harrold Campus CNA program are currently working in their field.  These National Technical Honor Society students will be running in the Color Run in May.   As part of her sign-up for the run, one of the student's agreed to do a fundraiser for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier  and we would like our staff to consider supporting her efforts.   Here is the link for donations:


Future Leaders in the Making...

Our Career and Technical Education program fosters student organizations like SkillsUSA.  This leadership organization provides a strong foundation for our students to develop a higher level of work skills and provides leadership opportunities.

On Saturday, February 6, Alexander Leggett and Rebecca Reyes, both students at the Harrold Campus, participated in State Officer Screening for SkillsUSA.  The students are interested in running for office and increase their involvement.  Alexander would like to be the Treasurer and Rebecca would like to be the Area Second Vice President.   We are proud of our students achievements and wish them good luck.

Entrepreneur Night at Oxford School

The DCMO BOCES team supported a new initiative by the Oxford  Academy Central School to link local entrepreneurs with students and community.  The event was held at the Oxford High School on Thursday January 8th and gather over 60 individuals including entrepreneurs and planning committee members.  Roundtable discussions provided ample opportunity to discuss entrepreneurial ventures and resources.  Plans are underway to hold a similar event on January 21, 2016.  Click Here for Event Flier 


Jingle All The Way...

Seven students from Jenn Joslyn's Human Service class participate in Work Experience once a week at the Community Workshop in Norwich. 

This week, they were each presented with a Walmart Gift Card, as a thank you Christmas Gift!  They were all very excited.

Good job guys!

Pajama Drive

The Preschool program at the Harrold Campus gathered pajamas this month.  Pajamas will find their way to children in need thanks to the wonderful contributions from families,  campus students and staff.

Scholastic, the books supplier, leads this charity.  Our little students were very happy to show their bounty!  In fact, they were rewarded with snacks after working so hard to pose for this photo.  

Thank you Carole for inviting us to your class and congratulations to the Harrold Campus staff, CTE students and the children families  who made this effort possible.    Thanks to your efforts, a child will find comfort during the winter season.  

Workbased Learning...

The Workbased Learning Program at DCMO BOCES provides an opportunity for our students to have real work experiences.   Eight students from the Chenango Campus will have the opportunity to put their photography skills to use at East Coast Pet Adoption in Smyrna.  This work experience was set up for students from the VisComm class that have interest in Photography.

From left to right:  Kaylee Boise, Britni Irons, and Kaylee Boise with Rod Sutton, retired VisComm teacher, offering his expertise.

Is Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

Conservation program instructor at the Harrold Campus,  Zach Whittaker, was busy coaching students on how to arrange beautiful holiday wreaths.  The fresh smell  fill the room.  Zach mentioned that most of the wreaths are purchased by students and staff.  Our pick of the day was the berry wreath! 

College Classroom Visit

The Chenango Campus Auto Collision and Repair Program hosted a presentation by Mike Law, Admissions Representative for Ohio Technical College in Cleveland Ohio.  Their air brush art instructor, Tom Banks,  presented on airbrush techniques and judging by their faces, this was a total success.  We thank our instructor Gary Benson for sharing these cool photos and information.

Harrold Campus

Blood Drive 

Save the date and support the American Red Cross.   Let's help them achieve the 36 pints goal.  For more information contact Barbara at  fblakeb@dcmoboces.com

The Culinary Program at Both the Harrold and the Chenango Campus delivered a first class Thanksgving Feast.  Pictured above are Chenango Campus Chef Christopher Mac Leman and  John Edick who took time from a very busy kitchen to show us their team spirit.  Thank you to all the culinary students for crafting a very special thanksgiving lunch for us.  

New Toys!

Students had an opportunity to explore new tools at the Chenango Campus this week.  You could not tell from the photo that they are excited with the hands-on learning opportunity. Right?  

Instructor Gretchen Hoag proudly shares, "Today, my Chenango Campus Career Academy United States History and Government classes went outside and used a transit (from Conservation) to discuss how Lewis and Clark mapped the Louisiana Purchase Territories on their journey west. A student of mine Blake Lane a Junior from Greene and also a student in Conservation was the expert that taught his classmates how to use the transit and how it worked while I explained how tools that were used by Lewis and Clark were different from those used in modern times and would have been used by them."  Thank you Gretchen for sharing.

Almost Ready!

Last year, ScienceTeacher Alan Rock-Blake received a grant from the Arts Decentralization program to develop a public sculpture.  The project allowed our welding students to design an armillary sphere  and to partner with the Chenango Arts Council increase awareness about the quality of our CTE programs.  The sculpture is now ready for the second phase of the project.  In this second phase, symbols depicting our programs will be designed and welded to the sculpture.  Once completed, the sculpture will be placed on school grounds for community and students to view and enjoy.  The project engaged funding from the Teacher's Grant, a program that is now available to teachers in our region.  More information about the funding program visit the Arts Council's Website.

Auto Collision program engages business partners to support students

Mr. Evans from 3M visited Mr. Benson's Auto Collision class to explain the importance of using protective equipment.  His presentation guided students to recognize work hazards and to understand the importance of using protective equipment to preserve hearing, vision, and overall health.   Students had the opportunity to learn about dangerous sound decibel levels and the negative health impact of environmental pollutants.   This initiative follows CTE's commitment to integrating business consultants and partners to our educational initiatives.   We thank Mr. Benson and Mr. Evans for collaborating to help protect our student's health and safety.

United Way Campaign

If you ever wondered where your United Way contribution dollars go, here is a good example.  This summer, United Way volunteers led the medical clinic initiative that connected military medical professionals with people in the community.  They delivered free medical, vision and pet care services.  This is what is so nice to support the United Way efforts because the dollars stay in our region to benefit so many families.  Materials to consider your pledge will be arriving soon.  Please consider donating as little as $1. per payroll.  It makes a big difference.

Halloween at the Harrold Campus...Awesome

Halloween at the Support Services Office...A Delightful Moment!


This resource site provides excellent safety training options for our staff to learn about prevention practices.  Topics range from bullying to health.  

2015 Marshman-Hall Commitment to Education Award Recipient - Diana Torta

At the DCMO BOCES Opening Day event Diana Torta, a retired Afton Central School educator, was honored as the 14th recipient of the Marshman-Hall Commitment to Education Award. The award honors the contributions to education made by Dan Marshman and Bob Hall, both former members of the BOCES Board of Education. Marshman and Hall devoted efforts to influence opportunities for students and to inform others about the benefits that BOCES offers to prepare our youth and our adults to find jobs and build strong social foundations... (read more)

The heart and soul of the Chenango Campus 
Special Education Program

The "grownups"  were asked to come to the front of the room  to be recognized for their hard work and enthusiasm.  The Special Education Summer Program students applauded with great joy and joined the festive tropical celebration that brings closure to another fantastic year.  

Blankets Donation

The Special Education class collected blankets to support the Roots and Wings program that helps families in need.  

Congratulations to the staff and the students who donated warm blankets.  Because of you, other children will find comfort this winter.  

This year we lost valuable team members.    We wanted to share with you the information to send cards to the families.

Dick Dillon's Wife

Joan Dillon

291 Ridgerunner Rd

Hancock, NY  13783

Lew Ford's Wife

Jane Ford
PO Box 974
Oxford, NY 13830

Mitch Gary's Wife
Jan Wentworth
36 West State Street Unit B7
Sherburne, NY 13460

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