Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Career and Technical Education Students Celebrated at Nation Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony

May 20, 2019

The mood was celebratory Thursday night as friends and loved ones filed into the Walden School gym to celebrate the twenty-third annual National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony. Dressed their best and grinning with pride, 63 students from the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Tech Center were honored in the student-led event.
“Tonight really celebrates the excellence of our Career and Technical Education program, the faculty and staff, and the outstanding accomplishments of more than 60 honor students representing schools of Putnam and Northern Westchester,” said District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan at the start of the evening. “The accomplishments of this group — the work they’ve done in a wide range of career and technical options — is nothing short of phenomenal.”


BOCES Board Honors Tech Competition Winners

May 16, 2019

PNW BOCES’ CTE students regularly shine at local, regional and national competitions, and at Tuesday’s meeting of the BOCES Board, a group of those students were recognized for their recent accomplishments in the ProStart and SkillsUSA competitions.

District Superintendent James Ryan presented honorary certificates to Culinary Arts students Hailey Hernandez (Carmel) and Ke’Ajahnai Ridenhour (Hendrick Hudson), Medical Assistant student Brianna Lux (Somers) and Digital Film, Video & Audio Production students Kayla Tobias (Yorktown) and Grace Romer (Lakeland). Hailey and Ke’Ajahnai recently placed 15th out of 46 teams at the national ProStart competition in Washington, DC, the highest placement for a New York management team, ever! Brianna, Kayla and Grace all placed first in the New York State SkillsUSA competition, and now all three are heading to Kentucky for the national championships in June!


Career and Technical Education Students Awarded

May 15, 2019

Twenty-seven Career and Technical Education students from Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES received scholarships, awards and recognition from area companies and foundations recently. Memorial scholarships were also awarded.
“We are here to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of these young people,” said PNW BOCES’ District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan. “They have such a wide range of options available to them.”


Walden School Nurse Receives Award of Excellence

May 13, 2019

Empathetic. Adaptable. Ethical. Hardworking. These are qualities a good nurse must have, and Walden School nurse Cynthia Scinto has them in abundance. Scinto recently received the Award for Excellence in School Nursing from the New York State Association of School Nurses. The Walden Learning Center, a therapeutic support program on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus, is for students with social, emotional, behavioral, communication and/or other learning difficulties. 
Scinto has been a school nurse at Walden for 13 years and is passionate about her career. She received the award because of her excellence in assessment, diagnostics, leadership, and collaboration among many other factors.


Fox Meadow HS Student Kristofer Maksuti Honored by PNW BOCES

May 09, 2019

Fox Meadow High School student Kristofer Maksuti has been named a Student of Distinction thanks to his hard work, effort and fearless spirit.
Maksuti, a senior from the Croton-Harmon school district, was honored during a ceremony Thursday as his parents, Fox Meadow staff and Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES administrators applauded.


Walden and Pines Bridge Students Learn How to ‘Bash the Trash’ – and Make Music

May 08, 2019

Walden and Pines Bridge School students may never look at old Styrofoam, rubber bands or empty soda bottles the same way again – thanks to a trio of musicians who demonstrated how to turn trash into a bevy of instruments.

At assemblies held for both schools on Wednesday, "Bash the Trash” entertained students with a performance that weaved together music, environmental awareness and science. The three performers played a variety of strange-looking musical instruments that included everything from a hubcap-turned-drum to a xylophone made from a bureau drawer to a cello created from Styrofoam and old cords. They played plastic bottles filled with water and blew into giant horns created from old tubes and road cones.


Teacher Appreciation at Fox Meadow

May 07, 2019

District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan made the rounds yesterday bearing cake to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day. Dr. Ryan, who was accompanied by Assistant Superintendents Dr. Lynn Allen, John McCarthy and Todd Currie and Human Resources Director Mike Skerritt, did the cake-cutting honors at Fox Meadow Middle/High School, Pines Bridge and Walden Schools and the Tech Center. “We hope you enjoy the cake,” Dr. Ryan told Fox Meadow teachers and counselors. “But our real purpose here is to take a moment to tell you how much we appreciate all that you do for our students. You are the reason for our success. You enrich and improve the lives of our students in countless ways and for that, we thank you.”


BOCES Work-Based Learning Coordinator Awarded

May 07, 2019

Melissa Crea’s job is getting other people jobs. It is something the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES does so well that she earned the Rookie Work Experience Coordinator of the Year award recently. The award is presented by the Work Experience Coordinators’ Association of New York State. 
Crea works with Career and Technical Education (CTE) students at PNW BOCES on finding internships and jobs while they are in school as well as positions after they graduate. She is passionate about finding the right fit for each student who comes through her door.


New Visions Health Takes Safety Seriously

May 06, 2019

As part of their study of health care and safety, New Visions Health students gave presentations about health-care responses to mass casualties, weather, natural disasters, chemical warfare, and pandemics.

“Career and Technical Education teacher Robert Cuomo gave a lecture and PowerPoint about his experiences with the Putnam County Emergency Response Team and explained how the team was activated during winter storms Riley and Quinn in 2018,” said New Visions Health teacher Veronica Farlow.


Sports Medicine Students Learn EMS History

May 06, 2019

Sports Medicine students learned the ins and outs of emergency response and the history of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) from CTE teacher Robert Cuomo recently.
“My students will be entering into the allied health fields, so it is important that they understand the role of first responders including EMTs and paramedics and how they collaborate with physicians in the hospital,” said Sports Medicine teacher Will Brightman.

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