Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Getting a Read on Student Learning

July 19, 2018

Providing teachers with the tools needed for success in the classroom is one of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ greatest strengths. Over the summer, numerous workshops and training sessions are taking place – all designed to help teachers acquire critically important skills.

BOCES has been an Accredited Partner with Wilson Language Training for several years and has offered courses for Wilson for more than two decades. This month, a Wilson trainer spent time at BOCES’ Yorktown campus, sharing general program concepts and providing hands-on instruction in the lesson plan format to area classroom, reading and special education teachers.


Training the Trainers for Crisis Intervention

July 17, 2018

How best to de-escalate a potentially violent or chaotic situation within a school? Better yet, how to recognize possible triggers and prevent such a situation from happening in the first place?

During a five-day session in the School Services Building, teachers and administrators from seven area school districts learned techniques for avoiding or diffusing a crisis. The program, “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Training of Trainers,” was facilitated by Misha Thomas M. Div. and Michele Pierro, M.S., two trainers from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology - Residential Child Care Project.


The 5th Annual Regional Leadership Institute for Social-Emotional Wellness.

July 12, 2018

PNWBOCES' Board Trustee Anita Feldman, Keynote Speaker Eddie Slowikowski and PNWBOCES' District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan at the 5th Annual Regional Leadership Institute.

Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6zcv-9p6hg&feature=youtu.be 



Tech Center Summer Campers Get Real

July 11, 2018

Color wars and archery have their place at summer camp, but campers at Putnam | Northern Westchester’s Tech Center are learning real-life skills with an accent on having fun.

During the month of July, area students between the ages of 12 and 15 are taking part in the Tech Center’s unique mini-camps on BOCES’ Yorktown campus.


PNW BOCES Hosts Summer Institute for Social Studies Teachers

July 09, 2018

It’s never too early to prepare for the school year, and this week, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Curriculum Center is holding a Social Studies Summer Curriculum Alignment Institute for eleventh grade teachers.


New OC21 Teachers Prepare for 2018-19 School Year

July 06, 2018

OC21, Putnam | Northern Westchester’s blended learning program, represents a new way to learn, and for two new members of the OC21 faculty, it’s also a new way to teach. During a recent workshop at Putnam | Northern Westchester, the program’s newest faculty members were learning how to create curriculum using a new platform called Schoology.



School Communications Service Recognized

June 28, 2018

The School Communications Service at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES received seven awards from the National School Public Relations Association this week for outstanding work in newsletters, websites, video production and graphic design.

Karen Hoffman, who serves the Hendrick Hudson School District, was recognized for the district’s Indian Point web page; the Lanyard, a community e-newsletter; an Indian Point infographic; and a video explaining the impact of the impending closing of Indian Point. Design for the infographic and newsletter was done by graphic designer Valerie Laudato. The video was co-produced by media production specialist Edward Catapano and communications specialist Fiona Mitchell.


Creative Services Department Recognized for Excellence

June 28, 2018

The Creative Services Department at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES was recognized for outstanding graphic design and video production by the National School Public Relations Association this week.

Graphic Designer Tricia Herbold won an Award of Excellence in the Special Purpose Publication category for her original book, Eagle Eagle, which was written by Science 21 Coordinator David Jacob.



June 21, 2018

“You only fail when you stop,” said student speaker Colby Kelland at the Fox Meadow High School Graduation Wednesday evening. “You are all good enough. You all worked hard to get where you are seated now.”
Kelland, who juggled a full-time job with his high school studies, acknowledged that he and his classmates had overcome many obstacles to reach commencement day at the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES school. He thanked the Fox Meadow High School staff for the support he received, joking that three staffers had his “number on speed dial.”


Peekskill’s Albert Sullivan Named Student of Distinction

June 19, 2018

Peekskill student Albert Sullivan ended the school year successfully, having been named a Student of Distinction by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES and honored at a Peekskill Board of Education meeting on June 19.

“Albert is a trusted student,” said Tammy Adams, his teacher at the Walden School at PNW BOCES. “He walks through the hallways with a smile, maintains his composure in the face of different opinions and is able to advocate for himself. We are so proud of Albert today.”

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