Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Chinese Educators Visit Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES

January 15, 2019

Twenty-four Chinese educators visited Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Monday where they toured Career and Technical Education programs, learned about professional development for educators and enjoyed a lunch prepared especially for them by culinary arts students.

The visit was part of a cultural exchange initiative by PNW BOCES aimed at creating opportunities for Chinese students to study in the United States, and for students in the region to learn more about Chinese culture and language.


OLAS Turns Eighteen!

January 15, 2019

Eighteen years. Five hundred and twenty-two school districts. One great service.

That’s OLAS, the online application system for educators. Launched by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES in 2001, OLAS celebrated its 18th anniversary Monday with a cake and praise from District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan for a job well done.


New Visions Health Students Wrapped Up in First Aid

January 14, 2019

New Visions Health students were literally wrapped up in learning about first aid recently. “The students practiced wrapping a sprained ankle and learned about different types of dressings and why to use different techniques,” said CTE teacher Veronica Farlow.


Chinese Educators Visit PNW|BOCES

January 14, 2019

Twenty-four Chinese school leaders visited Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Monday where they toured CTE classes in architecture, health, early childhood education, sports medicine and more. The visitors were treated to a luncheon prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program. Here, District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan, tells visitors about the programs.


Computer Science for All

January 11, 2019

Educators from across the region gathered at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Friday for the last in a series of workshops offered by Curriculum & Instruction in partnership with CSforAll, an initiative aimed at enabling all students in grades K through 12 to achieve computer science literacy. The initiative recognizes that computer science is a basic skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility in today’s rapidly changing world.


Santa and Friends Bring Holiday Fun to Pines Bridge School

December 19, 2018

Pines Bridge School students exchanged hugs and high fives with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman – and a few more friends from the Yorktown Lions Club – during a special holiday visit on Wednesday. 


Walden and Pines Bridge School Students Star in Annual Holiday Variety Show

December 19, 2018

Walden and Pines Bridge School students sang about snowflakes and Santa, “rocked” around the Christmas tree and brought the Grinch who stole Christmas to life at the annual Holiday Variety Show, held Wednesday.

In the school gym, transformed into a Winter Wonderland by large paper snowflakes made by Walden and Pines Bridge students, students performed for their classmates, parents and PNW BOCES staff.  As the gym erupted in applause after one act, teacher assistant Debra Canzio praised the hard work that went into the entire show.


Somers Middle School Bell Choir Visits Pines Bridge

December 19, 2018

Pines Bridge School rang in the holiday season with a special visit from the Somers Middle School Bell Choir.

The Bell Choir, composed of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, broke into sections and performed for different classes on Wednesday morning as students smiled at the holiday songs and jingling bells. 


Student ‘Ambassadors’ Create Recruitment App

December 19, 2018

Career and Technical Education (CTE) student ambassadors at PNW BOCES like their programs so much that they are creating an app to recruit more students.
The students recently worked with MAD-learn, a mobile-app-development company, to create the app. “We were so impressed with a presentation the company did in September, that we brought them in on superintendent’s conference day in November to present to staff,” said CTE Director Cathy Balestrieri. PNW BOCES then contracted with MAD-learn to work with students to create the app.


Fox Meadow Students Deliver Holiday Happiness to Blythedale

December 19, 2018

When Fox Meadow teacher Brian Bucchignano came to PNW BOCES 14 years ago as a teacher’s aide, one of the best parts of his job was helping his mentor, Fox Meadow teacher Phil Ammann, collect, wrap and deliver presents to Blythedale Children’s Hospital with BOCES students. Since Ammann’s retirement, Bucchignano has been heading up the endeavor, garnering donations from the BOCES community of new toys each year and helping students to sort, wrap and deliver the gifts as the community service part of their curriculum at Fox Meadow.
“Not only do the children at Blythedale love receiving the gifts,” Bucchignano said, “but my students love going there to give out the gifts. The students who did it last year couldn’t wait to go back. Their enthusiasm for this project is incredible. It really is a special event.”

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