Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

PNW BOCES Hosts A Very Special Halloween

October 31, 2018

The School Services Building at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES was invaded Wednesday by ghosts, soldiers, witches, superheroes, princesses and more for the annual Halloween Parade. The visitors, all students at the Pines Bridge and Walden Schools on the BOCES Yorktown campus, were treated to a wonderland of fanciful worlds including a major league sports arena, an Arctic Zoo and a Superhero World.
The annual event provides a safe environment for trick or treating while allowing BOCES staff and faculty the opportunity to show how much they appreciate the students. Pines Bridge and Walden Schools serve students with a variety of special needs.


PNW BOCES Partners with Scarsdale High School to Improve Children’s Lives at Sunshine Home

October 31, 2018

Through a partnership with PNW BOCES, a group of Scarsdale High School students recently visited the Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center in Ossining looking for ways they could use creativity and technology to improve the lives of children who live there.
In one classroom, where Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES provides special education services to the home’s school-aged residents, a teacher pointed to a boy who stayed calmer when his hands were busy – but was always pushing his toys off his tray. In another, an aide detailed the daily challenge of transporting children in wheelchairs while simultaneously moving critical breathing equipment. And in a bedroom containing cribs and medical supplies, a therapist described a toddler who had outgrown the indoor baby swing he loved – but faced medical issues that kept him off the home’s outdoor swings.


Student Chefs Prepare Fall Luncheon at Tilly Foster

October 31, 2018

Where better to enjoy the crisp flavors of fall than at the student-run Educated Palate North restaurant, located at the Tilly Foster Farm Educational Institute? Culinary students of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES put their passion into practice by preparing a three-course fall-themed luncheon for local patrons at the Putnam County facility.
The rustic wood-paneled restaurant was the perfect spot for diners to enjoy an appetizer platter of pickled red cabbage, watermelon radishes, roasted garbanzo beans and grilled eggplant served on a bed of sautéed Swiss chard and Italian kale, drizzled with avocado oil. Next they were treated to butternut squash apple soup, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds. The main course was roast beef with a mushroom au jus accompanied with Yuka mash and a cauliflower medley. For dessert: apple crisp topped with homemade vanilla ice cream.


Districts Learn and Sharpen Skills in Trauma-Informed Leadership

October 29, 2018

Two days after North Salem teacher Lauren Svendsen died from a tree falling on her car, the district set up a crisis center in their middle school / high school library. Five months later, forty educators from fifteen districts gathered in the same room to learn and sharpen their skills in trauma-informed leadership and crisis intervention.  
The October 23 program, Road Trip: Focus on Trauma-Informed Schools, presented by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, was led by North Salem Central School District’s administrators—a team that stands out for its breadth of experience with crisis response. Dr. Ken Freeston, superintendent, was principal of a junior high school in 1986 when the entire student body watched the NASA Challenger explode on a live feed. Principal Mary Johnson had taught at Sandy Hook Elementary School and was in close contact with many former colleagues at the time of the 2012 shooting there. A student drowned in Vince DiGrandi’s first year as principal.


Tech Halloween Blood Drive Draws PNW BOCES Students and Staff  

October 26, 2018

Instead of taking blood like Dracula, students and staff prepared for Halloween on Friday by giving pints of the lifesaving fluid during the annual Blood Drive organized by the Health Careers Academy at The Tech Center on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus.

“It’s for a good cause – so if you can do it, you should,” said Anais Silva, a senior from the Lakeland School District enrolled in the CNA program. More than 50 students enrolled in Tech Center health, culinary, engineering and other programs gave blood, along with PNW BOCES staff, at the New York Blood Center drive. The drive, which has been going on for more than 20 years, is always timed around Halloween.   


Opening the Door to Fun at Teens and Tots Open House

October 25, 2018

Puppets, puzzles and pretend. Preschool aged children got a peek at all the fun awaiting them when they start attending Teens and Tots, the on-campus preschool at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.

The preschool officially opens in November and runs through May. The open house is a chance for the incoming three- and four-year olds to get a feel for the classroom and meet their new “teachers,” the high school students in BOCES’ Childhood Development and Education program.


Culinary Fair Gives Students a Taste for College

October 24, 2018

Hospitality students at The Tech Center got a taste of college life when representatives from the Culinary Institute of America, Paul Smith’s College, Monroe College, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, and Westchester Community College spoke with them on the PNW BOCES campus. Two former Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from BOCES, who are current students at Delhi, also spoke to students about college life.
SUNY Delhi students Jillian McCarthy and Mikayla Luby, who graduated from the CTE program at BOCES, said that their time at BOCES really prepared them for college. “Being a Hospitality Academy student at BOCES really helped me get further in my studies and gave me a real advantage when I started college,” said Luby.


Somers’ Brianna Lux, in BOCES Medical Assistant Program, Recognized as Student of Distinction

October 24, 2018

Brianna Lux was poised and gracious as teachers, administrators, and family congratulated her after receiving a Student of Distinction Award at the Somers Central School District Board meeting on October 23.
“Brianna Lux is an outstanding student,” said Dr. James Ryan, district superintendent of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, acknowledging her academic excellence in the Medical Assistant track of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Health Career Academy. Somers Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch joined him at the podium to award Lux a commemorative medal and certificate.


Fashion Design and Merchandising students get into the fall spirit

October 24, 2018

Fashion Design and Merchandising students get into the fall spirit at the BOCES Career and Technical Education center.


Yorktown Fire Truck Visits Lights Up Walden, Pines Bridge Students

October 23, 2018

Walden School student Christian Arevalo liked the fire engine’s hoses. Classmate Aiden Rice, 6, liked climbing into the cab to see the equipment inside. And eight-year-old Antonio Occhicone liked “everything about it.”
“It’s all so cool!” he said, waving at the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department’s shiny engine.
Students from Walden and the Pines Bridge Schools, located on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus, spent Tuesday morning enjoying the thrill of seeing a fire truck up close without having to travel to a local firehouse – an annual trip at many of the region’s typical elementary schools.

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