Thursday, July 31, 2014

OCM BOCES students fight cancer with Alex's Lemonade Stand

For the sixth year in a row, students in Lisa Austin’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing class at North Syracuse Junior High School, a part of OCM BOCES Special Education Summer School, have created a lemonade stand to raise money for a great cause! During the school's summer program several years ago,  Ms. Austin was teaching her students about money and the importance of giving back and thought a Lemonade Stand would be a great way to teach students about both concepts.  After researching, and finding several books on the topic, Austin came across the book Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand.

The book, about giving back and helping others, talked about Alex Scott, a little girl with cancer who set up a lemonade stand to help doctors find a cure for the disease.  Alex’s Lemonade Stand, now a national organization, has raised more than $30 million dollars in the fight against childhood cancer...part of that money coming from right here in Central New York!

In the past years, OCM BOCES students have raised thousands of dollars at their lemonade stand. This year's lemonade stand at North Syracuse Junior High School was held on Friday, August 1, 2014. 

Click here for more information on the OCM BOCES students' lemonade stand.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Congratulations OCM BOCES 2014 Alternative Education Program Graduates!

OCM BOCES has several alternative education programs for students who may have experienced difficulties attaining school success within traditional settings. Our alternative education programs provide unique academic opportunities within smaller, supportive settings. In 2014, nearly 70 students from component school districts successfully earned their high school diplomas through OCM BOCES alternative education programs at the Career Academy in Liverpool, Cortland Alternative High School and Onondaga Alternative High School. Congratulations to all 2014 OCM BOCES alternative education program graduates!

About the OCM BOCES Career Academy – OCM BOCES opened the doors to their Career Academy in September of 2006 with the goal of providing students an opportunity to explore different career paths while completing their academic course work to graduate from high school with a CTE Endorsement. Career themes are woven into academic courses to make them more meaningful and engaging. The program inspires leadership and confidence in students as they become motivated to take ownership of their learning. Twenty-nine students made up the Career Academy Class of 2014.

About Cortland & Onondaga (STARS) Alternative High Schools – Through the Cortland Alternative School and the STARS Program, 32 students earned their high school diplomas in June of 2014. Many of these students overcame great obstacles to meet New York State graduation requirements, and also met program requirements in the areas of personal growth, community contributions and lifelong learning.

2014 Alternative Education Graduates:

Career Academy: Ashley Ambriati (North Syracuse CSD), Taylor Anderston (North Syracuse CSD), McKayleigh Anderson-DeJohn (Liverpool CSD), Megan Barber (North Syracuse CSD), Thomas Beane (North Syracuse CSD), Adam Birkmier (Liverpool CSD), Marissa Bourgeois (North Syracuse CSD), Joshua Coon (Marcellus CSD), Dylan Corkran (Liverpool CSD), Rayne Coughlin (Fayetteville-Manlius CSD), Christina Dano (North Syracuse CSD), Nina Devine (Baldwinsville CSD), Shane Daniels (LaFayette CSD), Jayson Doupe (LaFayette CSD), Kaelyn Dowd (Liverpool CSD), Kyle Duffy (North Syracuse CSD), Brandon Eichholtz (East Syracuse Minoa CSD), Shelby Ellsworth (North Syracuse CSD), Kassondra Gloska (North Syracuse CSD), Karmella Gridley (North Syracuse CSD), Jeremy Grubbs (Baldwinsville CSD), Nicholas Losurdo (North Syracuse CSD), Vincent Mauro (Liverpool CSD), Nicholas Losurdo (North Syracuse CSD), Marina Mazzaroppi (North Syracuse CSD), Ben Miner (Baldwinsville CSD), Shane Moore (North Syracuse CSD), Alexxis Otts (North Syracuse CSD), Samson Ruiz (North Syracuse CSD), Tara Sanderson (Liverpool CSD), Eldin Smith (North Syracuse CSD), Destiny Sparks (North Syracuse CSD), Paige Szymanak (North Syracuse CSD), Sydney Timpano (West Genesee CSD), Jenna Thomas (Baldwsinsville CSD), Mary-Margaret Wright (Baldwinsville CSD) and Hailie Ziparo (Liverpool CSD).

Cortland Alternative School: Jamie Coville (Homer CSD), Samantha Kemp (Tully CSD), Amanda Kurtz (Tully CSD), Marlena Magyar (LaFayette CSD), Racheal Mierke (Homer CSD), Rebecca-Lynn Nelson (Fabius-Pompey CSD), Brian Rahrle (Tully CSD), Brenden Rainbow (McGraw CSD), Garrett Shute (Tully CSD), Jacob Stanley (Homer CSD), Tyler Thomas (DeRuyter CSD), Kimberly Wendel (Cortland Enlarged SD) and Logan Youngs (Homer CSD).

Onondaga Alternative High School (STARS): Chase William Cowen (Liverpool CSD), Michael Patrick Crowe (Fayetteville-Manlius CSD), Robert Daucher (Liverpool CSD), Alexander Delpriore (North Syracuse CSD), Dakota Tyler Dunkin (Solvay UFSD), Mary Elizabether Eustice (Baldwinsville CSD), 
Ian Fleming (Liverpool CSD), Nicholas Fontanella (Liverpool CSD), Jacob Thomas Hutcheon (Marcellus CSD), Alexander Thomas Irwin (Liverpool CSD), Ariel Josephine Kimbrough (North Syracuse CSD), Alicia C. Leach (Marcellus CSD), Paige McClusky (North Syracuse CSD), Spencer Surrette (Marcellus CSD), Melissa Fauzia Tikaram (Fayetteville-Manlius CSD), Craig Trudell (Onondaga CSD) and Seth Andrew Washo (Fayetteville-Manlius CSD).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Regional Summer School Program

OCM BOCES 2014 Regional Summer School programs for 7th - 12th grade students are taking place at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Cortland High School, Fayetteville-Manlius Eagle Hill Middle School and West Genesee High School.

All information regarding individual programs is available on the OCM BOCES Instructional Support Services website by clicking here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

OCM BOCES/Driver's Village receive PEB "Partnership of the Year" award

On May 29, 2014, OCM BOCES proudly accepted the “Partnership of the Year” award from Partners for Education and Business (PEB) at the group’s annual awards breakfast at Syracuse’s Palace Theater.

PEB selected OCM BOCES and Driver’s Village to receive the honor for the unique collaboration of OCM’s Embedded Automotive Technology Program at Driver’s Village.

Representatives (pictured above) from BOCES, including Assistant Superintendent Colleen Viggiano, CTE Director Robert Leslie, classroom instructor Erick Dodge and student Bryan DeGone were present at the ceremony, along with David Hall, Driver’s Village Fixed Operations Manager, to accept the recognition.

During the ceremony, BOCES’ first of its kind embedded program was publicly applauded for the unique and innovative opportunities afforded to its students. PEB representatives spoke about the important role that such collaborations have in advancing the career preparation of youth in Central New York.

In addition to OCM BOCES and Driver’s Village being selected for recognition, OCM BOCES Embedded Automotive Technology student, Bryan DeGone from the Baldwinsville Central School District, was one of two students selected by PEB as their Student of the Year. Bryan was selected for the honor along with Jennifer Corbacio, a student from Henninger High School. The two (pictured below) were singled out at the ceremony, from seven student nominees, to receive the award.

PEB representative’s praised Bryan for his motivation, positive attitude, hard work, and commitment to maintaining good grades while participating in extra-curricular activities and continuing outside employment. Bryan is a member of SkillsUSA and the National Technical Honor Society.

Additionally, he participated and placed in the Ford AAA skills contest and the New York State Skills USA competition.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hundreds of adult graduates recognized during 31st annual Adult Literacy Celebration

On  Wednesday, May 21, 2014, OCM BOCES held its 31st Annual Adult Literacy Celebration and program graduation for Syracuse and Cortland graduates. The celebration took place at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.  Hundreds of graduates from the OCM BOCES GED, External Diploma and other literacy programs were recognized for their accomplishments.

Student testimonials were given by Laura Tarbell and Eric Steger, both OCM BOCES students, to illustrate their personal and educational struggles prior to coming to BOCES and the successes they have achieved as a result of their educational experiences with BOCES. Jesse Lyles, another OCM BOCES student and a United States Army Veteran who served in the Korean War, said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Laura Tarbell, a student of Celia Volbrecht, attended GED classes at OCM BOCES during the 2012-2013 school year. Prior to attending classes, she was employed in the health care and food service fields for 35 years. While she did not pass the GED exam the first time she took it, and despite the many obstacles in her way, she was determined to complete the program. With the support of classmates, friends and teachers, Laura worked hard to reach her goal. Laura’s teacher, Celia, is proud of her student’s determination and says that, “Laura was an inspiration to her classmates to not give up and pursue their goals. She is now employed and is interested in obtaining her LPN license.”

Eric Steger, age 26 of Cortland, NY, is a student of Lori Pallone at the OCM BOCES Cortland program. He is a recent graduate of the National External Diploma Program. Born in Honduras, Eric was adopted by an American family at 18 months of age and grew up in Cortland, but has also lived in many other cities, including Binghamton and Syracuse. He is currently a shift leader at a Dunkin Donuts Restaurant in Cortland, NY. Eric plans to continue his education by earning a trade certificate and hopes to eventually own his own business.

Jesse Lyles, age 68 of Syracuse, NY, is a United States Army Veteran. He was born in Auburn, Alabama in 1946, dropped out of high school and was drafted by the army in December 1968.  After basic training, he served in Port Richie, Maryland, and then in Korea from 1969 to 1970 where he was a heavy truck driver and ammunition specialist. In 1971 he came to Syracuse, NY and obtained employment at Chrysler.  He worked at Chrysler from 1971 until 2001 as a machinist and a fork lift operator. He began high school equivalency classes at OCM BOCES in June of 2013. When his instructor at BOCES found out he had served in Korea, she told him about New York State’s “Operation Recognition” Program, which awards high school diplomas to veterans who had served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam War. Jesse got together the necessary paperwork, and within a short time he received his high school diploma from the Syracuse School District. Jesse is married, has one son who lives in Florida, and he still resides in Syracuse with his wife, Tammy.

Additionally, BOCES recognized Jena Kablecik as the NYACCE Student of the Year and Onondaga Community College’s (OCC) Outreach Partnership Team as their 2014 Partner in Literacy. Dave Wall, the college’s Director of Corporation and Public Partnerships accepted the recognition on behalf of himself, Sheila Osborne and Barbara Dennehy.

For more information on the 31st Annual Adult Literacy Celebration, contact the OCM BOCES Adult and Continuing Education Program at 315-453-4466.

Pictured above: Eric Steger leads the graduate procession into the SRC Arena.

Pictured above: Graduates proceed into the SRC Arena for the OCM BOCES 31st Annual Adult Literacy Celebration.
Pictured above: Senator John DeFrancisco addresses graduates and family members at the ceremony.

Pictured above: Graduates cross the stage at SRC Arena and receive congratulations from OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning and other staff.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

87 Students from local districts inducted into National Technical Honor Society

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, 87 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from the OCM BOCES Henry Campus were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. Students that qualify for induction into the technical honor society represent the “best of the best” in CTE programs. In order to be inducted into the technical honor society students must have an 85 average or higher, 12 or fewer absences from their program for the year and receive a teacher endorsement.

Students must also demonstrate attributes that include: respect, honesty, skill, responsibility, leadership, service and citizenship. Congratulations to the students and their families!

Pictured above: OCM BOCES New Vision Criminal Justice Program students that were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on May 8, 2014. Left to right (back row): Alex Hinman (East Syracuse Minoa), Tyler Heggelke (West Genesee), Sean McAndrew (East Syracuse Minoa), Tim Fletcher (West Genesee), Aaron Wintermute (Tully) and Andrew Bukowski (North Syracuse). Left to right (front row): Nadasia Blackman (Westhill), Samantha Worall (Marcellus), Brieana Mulroy-Robbins (Westhill), Jacob Pitman (Tully) and Kristyn Drake (Tully).

Following is the complete list of students inducted for membership in 2014 by their home school districts:

Baldwinsville Central School District: Paige Bell, Bridget Cleeton, Julie Cole, Shane Cole, Bryan DeGone, Philip Dressel, Jenna Griffo, Lane Guanciale, Samantha Hawks, Rebekah McCarthy, Benjamin Miner and Marissa Waxenfeld.

Cazenovia Central School District: Yesenia Rodriguez-Abelar.

Chittenango Central School District: Brittanne Handzel, Emily Keller, Mitchell Mahosky and Duncan Preeman.

East Syracuse Minoa Central School District: Brandon Eichholtz, Alex Hinman, Sean McAndrew and Senada Salkic.

Fayetteville Manlius Central School District: Vi Nguyen.

Jamesville Dewitt Central School District: Ramil Fazliyev, Salwa El-Hindi and Joshua McMahon.

LaFayette Central School District: Christie Daniels and Mikhail Kenealy.
Liverpool Central School District: Kristen Basile, Nicholas Bayley, Kyle Bezner, Ruth Feliciano, Lucas Floyd, Danielle Morrow, Kayleigh Nett, Joshua Previte, Jessica Stafford and Carissa Sterling.

Marcellus Central School District: Maggie Chilson, Alyssa Serafino and Samantha Worall.

North Syracuse Central School District: Taylor Anderson, Rolland Beard, Joseph Bell, Marissa Berardi, Andrew Bukowski, Kayla Curtis, Kimberly Curtis, Ashley Fiorino, Makenzie Gransbury, Nicole Isgar, Kayleigha Kline, Amy Knickerbocker, Gabrielle Larson, Syia Mayes, Nora Mere, Trevor Northrup, Max Parsons, Michael Peck Jr., Candace Segars, Eldin Smith, Zachary Smith, Fatija Spahic, Paige Szmanak, Roy Young and Brittany Zangari.

Onondaga Central School District: Jonathen Horstman, and Stephanie Horstman.

Solvay Union Free School District: Corinne Gessini.

Tully Central School District: Kristyn Drake, Jacob Pitman and Aaron Wintermute.

West Genesee Central School District: Gianna Branca, Timothy Fletcher, Daniel Gabriel, Tyler Heggelke, Nicholas Mulpagano, Rachelgrace Oliver, Kayleigh Precourt, Karissa Simko and Schuyler Wolfram.

Westhill Central School District: Nadasia Blackman, Lindsey Delles, Mark Fagan, Kara Lawn, Haley Moran, Brieana Mulroy-Robbins and Jennah Shaffer.

Monday, May 5, 2014

OCM BOCES School Library System Honors 2014 Administrator/Advocate of the Year

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, OCM BOCES presented their 2014 School Library System Administrator/Advocate of the Year award to two deserving individuals; Eric Larison, the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction with the Solvay Union Free School District and Thomas Piatti, a principal at Chittenango Middle School in the Chittenango Central School District. 2014 was the first year ever that the award was given to dual recipients.

The award is presented annually to an educational administrator/library advocate the OCM (Onondaga, Cortland, Madison) region who has made significant contributions to school librarianship.

Eric Larison (pictured above) is a seasoned educational administrator whose support of school libraries is noteworthy. He puts schools libraries front and center and encourages full integration of the school library into instruction. He sees school libraries at the center of research and career and college readiness for students. Eric supports the Library Learning Commons model and the libraries were the first places in the district’s schools to be wireless.

Tom Piatti has been at Chittenango Middle School for eight years; three as Vice Principal and five as Principal. He has used his leadership in both roles to promote the school library and to energize staff and encourage their collaboration and innovative thinking.  Tom supports common planning periods in the school library, has been essential in bringing new technology to the school in the form of iPads, Kindles, ebooks and also leads the school’s tech committee.

OCM BOCES School Library System Coordinator Marcie Mann is pleased to honor the two with the Administrator/Advocate of the Year Award. She said, “This is the first time the award was given to more than one person in the same year. But both of these nominees are so outstanding and have made huge strides toward advancing the school libraries in their district. It is an honor to recognize them both!”

For more information about the OCM BOCES School Library System or their Administrator/Advocate of the Year Award, contact Marcie Mann, School Library System Coordinator at 315/433-2665.

Tom Piatti with Chittenango Middle School Library Media Specialist Marilyn Natke.