Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Wesley Cancro Honored as Student of Distinction

June 18, 2018

Wesley Cancro was pumped to be honored as a Student of Distinction by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES at the Yorktown Central School District’s Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 18.
He shook hands enthusiastically with BOCES Board President Richard Kreps Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynn Allen and Yorktown Superintendent Dr. Ronald Hattar.


Pines Bridge School Holds Graduation for ‘Transitions’ Students at PNW BOCES

June 15, 2018

Twelve students graduated Friday from the Transitions Program at the Pines Bridge School, located at the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus in Yorktown.

The students – Kimberly Bogen, Benjamin Cerreno, Lashanda Crosby, Luke Geocos, Ryan Gotto, Natalie Kalikoff, Kathleen McCandless, Lindsay Moloney, Anthony Reda, William Titus, Julianna Vivenzio and Ryanne Zoffoli – entered the Walden Learning Center one by one to applause and cheers from their families, friends, teachers and support staff.


Pines Bridge School Holds First Prom for ‘Transitions’ Students at PNW BOCES

June 13, 2018

In many ways the inaugural Prom at the Pines Bridge School, held at the Putnam Northern | Westchester BOCES campus in Yorktown, was similar to those thrown for other local high schools. There were young women in fancy dresses and makeup and young men wearing jackets. There was a “Red Carpet” photo booth surrounded by balloon columns. And there were smiling groups of students tentatively trying out dance moves to party standards like “Cotton Eye Joe.”
These young people, however, daily face physical and developmental challenges unknown to their typical peers. So, for them, there was a special joy in experiencing that most typical of high school milestones – Prom.


Adult Ed Graduation

June 13, 2018

As a boy growing up in Guatemala, Walter Ramos dreamed of becoming a teacher. Unfortunately, his parents were not able to afford to send him to school beyond sixth grade. So, it was not to be. On Wednesday evening, Walter and 82 of his classmates achieved a different dream – they all graduated with their high school equivalency diplomas from the Adult Education program at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.
Ramos, who came to the United States at 18, was one of two graduate speakers at the Commencement Ceremony on BOCES' Yorktown campus. Reaching graduation was not an easy task, as he had to first master the English language and then tackle the tests leading to the equivalency. But he persevered.


PNWBOCES Graduates Practical Nursing Program

June 13, 2018

Gina Esterly, a 32-year-old resident of Peekskill, attended Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Practical Nursing program while working full time in a medical office. On June 13, 2018 she became the third member of her family to graduate from the program. 
“My mom graduated from Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Practical Nursing program in the 1970s,” said Esterly. “My sister completed it in the 1990s.”


Teens and Tots Both Shine at Preschool Graduation

June 08, 2018

There were two reasons for celebrating at the Teens and Tots preschool on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES recently. One for the preschoolers graduating from the program, and the other for the high school students who work in the school as part of their Child Development and Education program at The Tech Center.
“We celebrate your children and had a wonderful year with them,” teacher Melissa Davis told parents of preschool graduates. “We will miss them!” Davis also lauded her Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students. “They came in every Tuesday and Thursday with love in their hearts and took wonderful care of these preschoolers and watched them grow,” Davis said. “And I have watched my high school students grow as well!”


BOCES Technology Leader Named to Prestigious Panel

June 08, 2018

CoSN has named Jennifer Harriton-Wilson, Ed.D., from Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES as a key advisor for a new series of publications that informs smart educational technology adoption.

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has selected Dr. Jennifer Harriton-Wilson, Education Technology Coordinator of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, to serve on a prestigious new advisory board of global K-12 education leaders to explore and determine the top themes poised to enrich teaching and learning. The new publication series, Driving K-12 Innovation, will provide school leaders with high-quality information on emerging issues and technology trends.


Improving Student Outcomes

June 07, 2018

What works and how can we do more of it? That was the question Patti Slobogin, director of the Lower Hudson Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Center (RSE-TASC), used to kick off the Student Outcomes Conference Thursday at the Double Tree Hotel in Tarrytown.

The conference, sponsored by the Lower Hudson RSE-TASC with offices at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, Rockland BOCES and Southern Westchester BOCES, drew more than 250 educators from across the region to share best practices on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.


Annual Art Show Highlights Art – and the Process Behind It

June 07, 2018

To create the work at the annual Art Show at the Walden and Pines Bridge Schools at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, students danced on canvases, banged paint-dipped mallets on drums and weaved strips into colorful masterpieces. They also used paintbrushes and other traditional tools to create artworks.

The Art Show, which closes tomorrow, is the culmination of a year of classes at the two schools at the PNW BOCES campus in Yorktown Heights.


Walden and Pines Bridge Students Star in Annual Talent Show

June 05, 2018

Students from the Walden and Pines Bridge schools danced, sang and even swam away from a “hungry shark” in the annual Talent Show, held June 1 at the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus in Yorktown.
Families, friends and staff, who packed the Walden Gym, cheered and clapped as the students starred in individual and group acts.  Several students sang songs or lip-synched to popular songs while dancing.

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