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2016-17 News


The Visual Communications Program at the DCMO BOCES, Harrold Campus has partnered with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce working closely with Ray Pucci, to support a local event, the 2nd Annual Catskill Scenic Trail Half Marathon and Relay. Logan Paiement, of Sidney and Anna Babcock, of Walton both seniors in the Visual Communications Program worked with Robb Munro, Race Director to develop a website for the event. The website contains all the race and event information, maps and photographs. Check out the website the students designed and sign up for the event! https://www.runwildinthecatskills.com/

Thank you staff for joining the Chenango Relay For Life's event.  We painted BOCES Purple and supported the American Cancer Society meet their goal of finding the cure.

HC Students Accepted at Prestigious Forestry Program

Two Senior students from the  DCMO BOCES Conservation and Heavy Equipment Technology program recently were accepted into a prestigious forest products program at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.  Alex Morgan of Walton Central School and Jarred Pinner of Downsville Central School are two of about twenty graduating BOCES students from around New York State who will be participating July 10 through August 5, 2017 at the four week event the College has termed the “Paul Smith’s School of Logging.”

Paul Smith’s recently received a grant via the New York State Department of Labor to increase skilled laborers in the forest products industry around New York state. To support the initiative Paul Smith’s developed the School of Logging, targeting graduating seniors from BOCES forestry programs around New York. The students will spend six days each week for four weeks learning both in the classroom and in the field. The students will receive Logger Rescue, Forest Ecology and Silviculture, Game of Logging 2, hardwood defects, mechanized harvest safety and best management practices training in the classroom. In the field the students will work in 20 and 30 acre harvest sites using equipment such as feller bunchers, slashers, delimbers, grapple skidder and log loaders. Upon completion of the course, 9 of the top students will receive a paid internship up to $7,200 at a forest products company in their area. Alex and Jarred both received a $1,000 scholarship toward the program from Paul Smith’s college forbeing among the first students accepted.

DCMO BOCES and the Conservation and Heavy Equipment Technology program are extremely proud of the skill, work ethic and initiative these students have built over their careers in the program. Their hard work and dedication to the conservation field will surely pay off as they continue to lay the foundation for future students in the Conservation program.

Exploring the Universe

Juniors in the  Mrs. Schwartz's Early Childhood Education class traveled to the planetarium at  SUNY Oneonta, where Dr. Joshua Nollenberg, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented on constellations visible in our night sky at this time of year and about the evolution of the universe.  

Owen Conklin, a freshman admissions counselor, then spoke with the students about SUNY Oneonta.  The students had an excellent time and this field trip helped prepare them for their upcoming Starlab event.  

The preschool classes learned a bit about astronomy by doing activities that the Early Childhood Education students created and by observing the night sky in the inflatable planetarium.

Class project supports career exploration program for girls

DCMO BOCES is connecting classroom projects to career exploration programs. The Women Helping Girls program to be held in April of 2017 recruited the support from top employers like ACCO Brands in Sidney. Their theme will be focused on how women can enter careers that were traditionally performed only by men as well as to explore the adventures of working with global companies like ACCO to find jobs around the world. For the global careers presentation, the Harrold Campus Welding Class is designing a world globe. The ACCO HR team will post job openings on the map and allow the students to connect the job description to sites in Europe, South America, etc. Instructors Matt Hoffmeister and Jim Martin are coaching students Nathan DuMond and Damin McNeilly, from Franklin Central School to complete the project. For more information about the Women Helping Girls event to be held on April 29, 2017 visit http://www.learnatboces.com/women-helping-girls or contact Martha Ryan at 607-335-1292 or by email [email protected].

Introducing Students To Careers

On Monday, November 14, 2016 ten Visual Communications students had the opportunity to visit Snyder Communications, in Norwich. The trip provided opportunities for students from the Visual Communications program to understand what careers may be available for graduates.  The presentation by Mike McCormack, explained the many different print companies located in Norwich. Francesca Baio, Marketing Specialist spoke to the group about the work that New Media Retailer provides to their customers. The class toured the PennySaver and Circulars Unlimited offices and New Media Retailer, before moving onto Sun Printing. At Sun Printing, manager Marty Conklin shared more with the students about how the inserts are bundled and then showed them the larger printing press in action. We value partners like Snyder Communications, for this opportunity.

Winter Care

Students in the Chenango Campus Auto Tech Program completed a winter car care guide.  Please click below to access the full publication filled with great tips and tricks to get your vehicle going through the worst of the cold season...

Don't miss the 2017 CPR-AED Training


Contact Lorna to Register

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DCMO BOCES Team Presents at National Conference

The DCMO team including, Phil Sheridan, Directory of Technology and Connie Hulburt, Licensed Teaching Assistant in the Clinical Nursing Assistance Program, presented at one of the workshops. Using their practical experience and knowledge of the BUZZ Learning Management platform they inspired educators to use technology in the classroom. They shared examples of how they used the BUZZ program to enhanced the lessons and commented on the positive impact this interactive tool has for both students and educators.  Todd Rutan attended and hosted an animation booth. The following links capture the information he shared with conference participants:

Link to the animation project 

Link to the time lapse of the day 

District Superintendent Speaks at SUNY Morrisville 

"We need to work together to create pathways and experiences that connect our students to careers,"

At the Morrisville State College Advisory Council meeting this month, Perry Dewey was invited to join community leaders, including Morrisville's President David Rogers, to speak about the multiple roles DCMO BOCES play in our community.  In his message, he shared the importance of partnering with colleges, businesses, and community to develop educational pathways that lead to successful careers choices for our students.  Dewey invited everyone to explore opportunities to introduce students to careers using mentoring, job fairs, shadowing, and work based learning as tools.    

Congratulations 2016-17 National Technical Honor Society Members

Twenty four students were inducted at the Harrold Campus and recognized at a ceremony held on November 17, 2016.

Fifteen students were inducted at the Chenango Campus and recognized at a ceremony held on November 16, 2016.

Sidney BOCES Special Education Class is Tracking Butterflies

Special Education Aid, Cheryl Porter, shared very cool photos.  She is working with at the new Sidney BOCES Special Education classrooms. Recently students grew butterflies from the caterpillar stage. When they became Monarch butterflies,  a special guest, Richard Bunting from Bainbridge, came and helped tag the butterflies. The hope is to track the beautiful butterflies on their journey around the region.

Harrold Campus Students Visit Culinary Institute of America

On Thursday, November 3rd 2016, a group of first and second-year Culinary Arts students from the DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus in Sydney Center, 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, American Bounty followed.  The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for more than six decades.

DCMO BOCES Students Join Skills USA Area 2 Kick-off
On Monday, October 24, 2016, students from both our Chenango campus and the Harrold campus attended the Skills USA Area 2 Kick-off at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES in New Hartford, NY. This annual event gathers Skills USA members from all over central New York. Members discussed running a large fundraiser for the organization Feed the Vets.  They also discussed dates and details for competitions, and State Officer positions.  The event provided opportunities for students to participate in several professional development and team building activities. 

RWH Security & Law Enforcement Program - Success Story

On October 19, 2016 Alex Ellerson, a 2015 graduate of Walton Central School and the Harrold Campus Security & Law Enforcement program, addressed the senior class.  After graduation Alex joined the US Navy.  He recently completed basic training at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL.  He is now scheduled for advanced training in radar operations near Norfolk, VA.  Alex shared with students the entry requirements for the Navy and what boot camp is really like.  One student asked what was the worse thing about boot camp; his answer, "the food!" Alex was displaying a ribbon on his dress blues and when asked what it was for, he responded for his service during the "war on terror." In closing, Alex gave the students three pointers to be successful in the armed forces: "study, study, and study!"  That wasn't quite the answer they expected, they were thinking he would say something like stay in shape and workout.  Today, in addition to physical fitness, all branches of the military are looking for technical skills as well.    Upon his departure, many students thanked Alex for his service and he, in turn, thanked them for their support.

Two of Our Consulting Committee Members Receive Community Recognition



One of our valued Consultant Committee members, Kimberly Bush, received recognition from the Greater Binghamton Chapter of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)  as a For Profit Honoree.  Her NYS Certified Women Owned Business, Evergreen Graphics was founded in 2013.  Kim volunteers as a mentor teacher students details from her knowledge of over 25 years.   (Read more about her business.)



Another of our Consultant Committee members, Anthony Wahl, from WAHL to WAHL Auto, received the Small Business of the Year award from the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Anthony is also a mentor for our It's a Guy Thing program that links mentors to boys to encourage college and career exploration.  
(Learn more about WAHL  to WAHL)

Thank You Mentors!

Ruben Sitts from The Raymond Corporation has volunteered to participate in many of our career and technical education programs.  This month, he also mentored students at the "It's a Guy Thing" career event.  

Steven Palmatier from Commerce Chenango presented an outstanding program at the "It's a Guy Thing" career exploration event.  The 21st Century Skills training helped young men understand the traits of best employees.

Perry Dewey, III

District Superintendent

Dear Staff,

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet you briefly during this week’s welcome events.  As I mentioned, I am looking forward to learning about what you do and the role you play to support our mission.  With the students as our number one priority, there is nothing we can’t achieve together.  I hope you will continue to open new doors to communications and to engage in activities that allow us to grow and move forward.

As you know, the next few months are going to be very busy while I spend time getting to know the school teams we serve.  Your patience during this period of time is appreciated.  Because this is meant to be a long journey together, I know we will find time to connect.

Until then, please maintain our student’s best interest as your guiding light.

CTE Students Join Raymond Corporation's Manufacturing Day

Alan Rock Blake, Chenango Campus Science Instructor was interviewed by Fox News.  

Our CTE students joined the national Manufacturing Day event hosted by The Raymond Corporation on October 6, 0216.  Over 200 students from school districts in the region participated in career exploration activities focused on modern manufacturing work opportunities.  We thank our staff who joined the students for their commitment to inspiring new paths.  

Staff Welcomes District Superintendent Perry Dewey

Peace Day Deemed A Success!

DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus joined the worldwide Peace Day celebration on September 21, 2016. The United Nations’ General Assembly adopted this date as an annual day of a global non-violence and cease-fire in 2001 and the ‘Peace One Day’ movement promotes activities of peace around the world every year. Students throughout BOCES participated in various on-campus activities that included lining the hallways with ‘Peace’ art work , creating a large human ‘Peace Sign’ on the BOCES’ lawn.  The welding class created metal’ Peace sign’ necklaces and Career Academy Student Government held a fundraiser selling ‘Peace sign’ buttons and stickers. The Career Academy seniors looked up historical quotes about world peace and attached imprinted notes to candy treats shared with all BOCES’ students as they entered the building.   The personal involvement and leadership of our  Social Worker, Anne Walters,  was key to the development of this event.  According to Walters, Peace Day activities generate positive energy that promotes tolerance, acceptance, and honoring diversity in our schools, families and communities.  School Principal Judith McCann expressed her appreciation of the staff’s efforts and desire to engage our students with activities that promote peace, “Our hope is that our students will take home the wholesome themes we explore at BOCES and  inspire families to adopt small initiatives that promote a peaceful community.”  

Success Story...

In the Spring of 2016 all of our CTE students at The DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus had the opportunity to visit SUNY Delhi. The trip was coordinated by the Career Counselor, Stacey Sinstack, to help expose as many students as possible to a college campus.  The day included a campus wide tour, lunch in the dining hall and meetings with the academic departments that individual students were most interested in. Derek Mead, a Walton High School Senior in Tom Wheeler’s Automotive Technologies program took part in the college visit even though he was not interested in going to college at that time.  Upon returning to BOCES Derek expressed interest in attending SUNY Delhi. Currently, he is a full time student enrolled in the Electrical and Plumbing Associates program at SUNY Delhi.  Derek stated that his decision to attend college was a direct result of the field trip that he took to visit the college with BOCES. Stacey has plans to continue providing students with the opportunity that will expose them to colleges and careers in the hope that many more will benefit from the experience like Derek Mead did and find a path to follow that they are passionate about after graduation.

Exciting opportunities on the horizon!

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DCMO BOCES Service Awards

One of our favorite times of the year!  Nothing like the Service Awards to inspire us to stay with this organization we  value so much.  

40 Years of Service

Thomas Murray

30 Years of Service

Judy McCann

Bonnie Bartle

Julie Winner

Pamela Zieno

25 Years of Service

James Martin

Patricia Gallaher

20 Years of Service

Scott Bacon

Jennifer Joslyn

Kristine Mott

Jeanette Sutton

Robin Winchester

15 Years of Service

Todd Dutcher

Shelley Gibbons

Ginger Bennett

Cindy Maynard

Kelly Cross

Michael Genute

Krzysztof Madej

Leeann Hagen

Sharon Winans

Barbara Mykytyn

Stavroula Ragusa

10 Years of Service

Lesley Byrne

Katherine Wilcox

Robin Price

Margaret Alexander

Janice VanHouten

Matthew Hoffmeister

Michael Teoli

Gary Benson

Rebecca Roberts

District Superintendent Officially Appointed

On August 29, 2016, at a special board meeting, the DCMO BOCES Board unanimously agreed to a resolution appointing Mr. Perry Dewey as your new DS.   His contract was also approved and signed by both parties.   Mr. Dewey's official start date is October 3rd, but I would not be surprised if you see him a few times before then. 

We are in the process of organizing several opportunities to meet Mr. Dewey and those details will likely be coming soon.

Septic Replacement Project at the CC Occupational Center is Underway...

As you will notice when you drive up to the Chenango Campus - there is some excavation taking place....the Chenango Campus Septic replacement project is now underway and the following are some of the details:

· Excavation at the Chenango Campus OCC Ed Building will begin on September 2nd.

· The site has been expanded to meet new DEC regulations.  As a result, some of the trees will be removed to comply with their instructions.  We anticipate planting trees once the project is complete.

· Silt and safety fences will be installed in the perimeter to prevent access to the site.

· Traffic flow for school buses and staff is not expected to be disturbed.  Small interruptions may occur while equipment moves to the excavation site.

· We are not anticipating that the drinking water supply will be disturbed.  This will be closely monitored, and we will take preventive measures to protect our water quality.

· For fire drills and emergencies, please make sure you review your emergency exit pathways.  If adjustments are needed to be made, please discuss them with your building supervisors.

These mandates and processes are imperative to preserve a safe school environment for our students and our staff.  We appreciate your patience and encourage everyone to communicate to students the relevance of this project and the importance to stay away from the construction area.  You are welcome to call Doreen Rowe for comments or questions at 607-335-1227.

Celebrating Our Student's Success

The James Madison Chapter of the National Society of the American Revolution (NSDAR) presents a monetary award and certificate to a deserving student on a semi-regular basis. This year’s award was presented to Sebastian Safavezidah, a second year visual communications student at Norwich High School.

A quick learner, Safavezidah shows promise in design, especially in photo restoration. He entered the DAR design contest earlier this year where he designed a cover and inside pages for a book for the Chenango County Historical Museum.  After winning the contest, Safavezidah took on the task of inputting Revolutionary War Veteran data into the book. Once complete, the book was printed and put on display at the museum. Pictured above are Ellen Coughling, treasurer of the James Madison Chapter of DAR, student Sebastian Safavezidah, and DCMO BOCES Visual Communications Instructor Sandra Sheldon.

2016 Marshman-Hall  Commitment to Education Award.

At the DCMO BOCES Opening Day event, Greene Central School Interim Superintendent Gordon Daniels received the 2016 Marshman-Hall Commitment to Education Award. The DCMO Board of Education commemorates this special recognition the work of past board members, Dan Marshman and Bob Hall, who devoted their volunteer efforts to advancing educational opportunities for students in the region. Chief Operations Officer Gray Stevens presented the award and shared comments from one of the nominators, Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson, “This individual was raised in a family of educators and chose to dedicate his life to education. Simply put he is the best of the best…Nobody loves his students and staff more than Gordie. ”

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