Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Education Students Honor Their Mentors at the Tech Center

May 21, 2019

Child Development and Education students at the Tech Center thanked the teachers in whose classes they have been interning at a breakfast held on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus recently.
In addition to running a preschool two days a week, the students study child development, educational theory, classroom management, and education law with their Career and Technical Education teacher Melissa Davis. Recently they have also been interning with teachers in area schools.


Aspiring Young Authors Practice Their Craft at PNW BOCES Colloquium

May 20, 2019

“The one time I held him, I could feel the velvety soles of his clean-licked feet. I could hear his rhythmic purring or breathing. He smelled, quite literally, fishy. Most of all, he smelled happy.”

Linnea Shah-Gustafsson, a fifth-grader at Putnam Valley Middle School, wrote that passage as part of a workshop at the Young Authors Colloquium for middle school students at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Monday. The exercise was part of a workshop with author, Elly Swartz, on finding your authentic voice.


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.”


Garrison School Hosts Environmental Summit for Middle School Students

May 20, 2019

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thurnberg can take a breather. There are some students in the Hudson Valley eager to step up the pressure on lawmakers to address climate change, and a Youth Climate Summit held at The Garrison School last week gave them the tools to get started.

The summit, modelled on 70 others worldwide organized by The Wild Center Natural History Museum in the Adirondacks, began with a keynote speech from 2009 Garrison graduate Lindy Labriola, a geologist who recently completed a Fulbright scholarship studying socio-economic implications of a warming climate in Norway. With an audience of 120 middle school students, Labriola discussed the planet’s changing climate and what it means to small communities.


Pines Bridge and Walden Students Enjoy Checking Out Police Cars

May 17, 2019

Walden and Pines Bridge School students found out what the inside of a police car looks like during a visit Friday by two local policemen.
Croton-on-Hudson Officer Kevin Ward and State Trooper Dean Borgese, of Troop K’s Somers barracks, came by the schools to meet students and show them some of the features of their cars – including the very popular siren. Ward’s wife Sara, who is a lifeguard for Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, helped arrange the visit.


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.

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