Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Learning about the Legal Side of Social Media

March 21, 2019

The proliferation of electronic media in schools, both as a teaching tool as well as a means of communication, has blurred the lines of acceptable communication among students, teachers and anonymous users. On March 21, more than 50 school district leaders came together at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES to learn about the legal ramifications surrounding social media.  Attendees learned about the liability school districts may face for inadequate regulation, as well as the constitutional limits school districts may face as they create their own social media policies.


Chinese Educators Learn About STEM

March 20, 2019

Twenty-three Chinese educators traveled halfway around the world to learn about science and technology education at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.

The educators took part in a workshop Monday led by David Jacob, BOCES’ regional science coordinator, and Harry Rosvally, science curriculum and staff development specialist, on how to deliver student-driven science instruction. It was followed Tuesday by a visit to Primrose Elementary School in Somers where the educators observed second-graders engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based learning using BOCES’ Science 21 program.


Chinese Educators Visit BOCES and Somers Schools

March 19, 2019

Chinese educators travelled halfway around the world to learn about science and technology education at PNW BOCES. The visiting educators took part in professional development workshops Monday, and visited Primrose Elementary School in Somers Tuesday with PNW BOCES officials to observe second-graders doing hands-on, inquiry based science lessons.


Joshua Lisikatos, BOCES Student of Distinction, Powered by Positive Attitude

March 19, 2019

Students don’t get more well-rounded than Joshua Lisikatos, a senior at Haldane High School. He is also a student in the welding track at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, captain of Haldane’s lacrosse team, and a member of the National Honor Society.
Joshua was recognized by BOCES as a Student of Distinction at the Haldane Central School District Board of Education meeting on March 19, 2019 for the character trait that makes these successes possible—his exemplary attitude.


New Visions Health Students Learn Emergency Protocol

March 18, 2019

As part of their first-aid studies, New Visions Health students toured an ambulance and earned certificates for participating in a Stop the Bleed program led by EMT and Certified First Responder teacher Bob Cuomo. “Mr. Cuomo gave a tour of the Empress ambulance, and the students learned how to use special tourniquets to help a trauma patient with life-threatening bleeding,” said New Visions Health teacher Veronica Farlow. 


PAES Lab Offers Hands-on Job Experiences to PNW BOCES Students

March 15, 2019

Walden School student Eric Mayerbach’s favorite job is making popcorn and hot chocolate. Classmates Ruben Mojica and Albert Sullivan like Computer Technology tasks. And Collin Scofield enjoys sorting utensils and, in general, doing "good work."

The young men are part of a group of students from Walden and other Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES programs who are learning real-world skills by “going to work” each week. Their “job site,” – part office, part restaurant, part industrial workspace – is designed to help them gain experience in work and daily life tasks and ease their transition into adult life.


Tech Center Student Ambassador Presents to BOCES Board

March 14, 2019

At the March 12 BOCES Board meeting, Chappaqua senior Kyra Slive explained how she and fellow Tech Center students created an app that can be used to recruit new students for the school’s many programs.

Kyra, who is in the Microcomputer program, worked with other high-performing Tech Center students who serve as student “ambassadors.”  The group teamed up with MAD-learn, a mobile-app-development company, to create the new app.


Urban Forestry Students Rise to Occasion of Storm Clean Up

March 13, 2019

Whether it was climbing trees to prune storm-damaged branches or operating heavy machinery to rid the campus of the last of the snow, Urban Forestry/Arboriculture students at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES were busy at work this week, caring for the campus after the storms.
“They basically are doing anything that needs to be done,” said Urban Forestry teacher John Madden. “The snow and ice storms have been hard on the trees on campus.”


Spotlight on Somers CSD - March 2019

March 13, 2019

Podcasts. Newsletters. A television talk show. Facebook Live. Animation. Web Videos. You name it, Somers Central School District does it – all in the name of keeping its community informed and connected.

In the past few years, Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch and his administrative team have upped their game when it comes to communicating with students, parents and community members. Always transparent, the district has taken its communications to a new level by employing as many means as possible to reach different stakeholders.


Erica Andre, BOCES Student of Distinction, Exemplifies American Dream

March 13, 2019

In many ways, Erica Andre, a New Visions Health student at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Tech Center and a senior at Hendrick Hudson High School, exemplifies the American dream. She and her brother Marcus immigrated from Haiti ten years ago, joining their mother, Inolene Andre Fenalon, who arrived eight years prior.
In that span of time, Erica gained the certifications necessary to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Cortlandt Healthcare Center and an EMT for the Peekskill Ambulance Corp and the Peekskill Firehouse. She has her sights set on going to medical school and becoming a neurosurgeon.

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