Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Tilly Foster Hosts Carmel Meeting

January 16, 2018

The Tilly Foster Educational Institute recently played host to the Carmel School District’s special education department, when 25 participants held their meeting at the facility. Culinary students at Tilly Foster prepared and served refreshments, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff provided a tour and an overview of programs offered at Tilly.
Masonry teacher Erik Cantamessa shares information about his construction trades program at Tilly Foster.


Fulmar Students Learn What Animals Do in Winter

January 08, 2018

How do animals survive in the winter? That’s what Fulmar Road students learned when Colin Remick, a naturalist from the Center for Environmental Education at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES visited their classrooms recently. Remick not only explained the different ways animals deal with cold temperatures—he also brought along some live examples.


‘There’s No Place Like Home’ … Or the Pines Bridge and Walden Schools!

December 20, 2017

During a recent production of the Wizard of Oz at the PNW BOCES campus in Yorktown, the students playing Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion gaily followed the Yellow Brick Road around the Walden Gym as parents, staff and classmates smiled, snapped photos and clapped along to the music.


Tech Center Partners with College Network for Student Job Prospects

December 18, 2017

Students at The Tech Center at PNW BOCES now have access to a college-level job-recruiting program online. “We are really pleased to be the first secondary-level agency in New York State to utilize the College Central Network recruitment tool, which typically targets and serves postsecondary institutions,” said Amy Michaud-Wells, job development specialist at The Tech Center.


'Tis the Season for Giving

December 18, 2017

Students at Fox Meadow Middle/High School got into the holiday spirit when they wrapped more than 150 gifts donated by PNW BOCES employees for children at Blythedale Children's Hospital. An additional 100 gifts will be donated to other organizations. Thanks to BOCES' own Brian Bucchignano for organizing the annual toy drive and to all the employees who so generously donated gifts.


PNW BOCES Students Enjoy Annual Book Fair

December 12, 2017

Clifford the Big Red Dog offered his big red paw to students from Walden and Pines Bridge Schools at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES as they moved among tables piled with books at the annual Scholastic Book Fair.

Last week’s fair, which kicked off the holiday season at the schools, gave students, parents and staff a chance to shop for picture books, chapter books and crafts. The children especially loved the celebrity visit from Clifford, responding with big smiles, timid handshakes and hearty hugs.


How Are We Doing?

December 12, 2017

“It’s their can-do spirit; it is not just a tagline.”

That’s what Croton-Harmon’s Karen Gatto, director of pupil personnel, said when asked about the strengths of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES at the annual Educational Programs and Services Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday.


Anti-Drug Presentation at Tech Addresses Life and Death Issues

December 11, 2017

Presenter Susan Solomon addressed students at The Tech Center on the dangers of gateway drugs such as marijuana, alcohol and nicotine during a presentation titled Drug Crisis in Our Backyard on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES this week. Solomon, who lost a son to a heroin overdose, urged students to seek help for themselves and their friends if they need it.


PNW BOCES Students Try Computer Coding

December 07, 2017

It seemed more like a game than a lesson to a group of Walden School students hunched over computers creating their own “Flappy Bird” game. But as the students used simple “drop and drag” programming to change how quickly Flappy Bird moved, they also were seeing how code controls computers.

Students in several Walden classes, along with students at Fox Meadow Middle School, are participating this week in the fifth annual Hour of Code – a global project that has encouraged millions of students and nonprofessionals to try out computer programming. The one-hour introduction to coding takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week in early December.


Empowering All Students by Bringing Learning to Life

December 07, 2017

Bring learning experiences to life so they are worthy of the pursuit for both students and educators. That was the message from Allison Zmuda, the keynote speaker at the Empowering All Learners: Strategies to Ensure Success conference at Putnam÷ Northern Westchester BOCES last week.

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