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] .
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.
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)
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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)
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Save the date and support the American Red Cross. Let's help them achieve the 36 pints goal. For more information contact Barbara at email@example.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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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.
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