Thursday, January 29, 2015

Financial Aid Night at McEvoy Campus - February 23

OCM BOCES is hosting a financial aid night in the auditorium at its McEvoy Education Campus on Monday, February 23, 2015. The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Financial Aid representatives will present an overview of the financial aid process and will be available to assist parents and students with completing the FAFSA forms.

To ensure computer availability at the event, please RSVP by calling 607-758-5260 or emailing ccolasurdo@ocmboces.org.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Innovation Tech profiled by local ABC affiliate (video)

Innovation Tech
Innovation Tech High School, one of the newest programs Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES offers to high school districts throughout Central New York, was recently profiled in a story by LocalSyr.com. Read and watch the story here.

While there are more than 130 New Tech schools across the country, Innovation Tech is the first in the region and is located at the Lee G. Peters Career Training Center in Liverpool. As the story notes, the Liverpool location is in its second semester and plans are proceeding for a second facility to open in Cortland County in September 2016.

Innovation Tech classes employ a project-based learning approach that engages students with authentic learning and meaningful collaboration. Students work in teams to creatively solve problems, working hand-in-hand with businesses in the community. All students at Innovation Tech earn college credit, participate in internships and give back to the community through service learning.

Innovation Tech High School opened last September with an approach to learning that reflects the 21st Century and the global environment we live in. This approach to learning begins with teaching that is engaging—project-based learning is the rule. The culture is empowering, with learning that is relevant and student-driven. Students become self-directed learners who no longer depend on teachers and textbooks in a search for a single, right answer. Students use technology on a regular basis and not just as a special event—each student has their own laptop computer that connects them to the world and facilitates the research and creativity that students need to be successful in their future.

Students work in teams on authentic projects to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Teamwork builds social skills and work ethic critical in today's business environment. Teams embrace the talents and perspectives that each team member brings to the project.

For more information about Innovation Tech, visit our website and “Like” us on Facebook.

Friday, January 16, 2015

60+ students to compete in NYS Section III Academic Decathlon January 24

On Saturday, January 24, 67 students from the Cazenovia, Liverpool, Tully, West Genesee and Westhill school districts will compete in the 2015 New York State Section III Academic Decathlon Competition at Westhill High School (4501 Onondaga Boulevard) in Syracuse. The event is coordinated by the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES).

The theme of this year’s event is "New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation." The Decathlon will begin at 8:30 a.m., with students engaging in a series of paper and pencil tests, with two 10-minute breaks, through 1:05 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., the “Super Quiz” (oral relay) portion of the competition will begin as students respond to questions in front of an audience. The Awards Ceremony will follow the Super Quiz.

The three highest scoring teams will advance to the New York State Competition February 27th & 28th at the State University of New York at Brockport. The state winner will go on to represent New York state at the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) competition, which is scheduled for April 16th –18th in Garden Grove, California.

Since it began as a local academic competition in California in 1968, the USAD has grown to become an international event for students in grades 9-12. The Decathlon promotes well roundedness by providing competition for each team in several events, including the team-based Super Quiz oral relay and objective tests in art, math, science, music, economics, literature and social science.

For more information about the 2015 New York State Section III Academic Decathlon, call Elaina Renfrew, OCM BOCES’ Coordinator of Educational Services and Academic Decathlon Sectional Coordinator, at (315) 431-8598.

Participants and coaches are:

Cazenovia – Coach: Ben Wightman

Contestants:  Shao Demyttenaere, Alexander Dubin, Emma Nuñez, Katherine Boone, Munya Fashu-Kanu, Michael Gugino, Brock Houghton, Sydney Levinson and Joseph Mevec

Liverpool – Coach: Daryl Burrer

Contestants: Emela Mesic, Shyam Patel, Isaiah Battoe, Robert Fogarty, Tyler Marquart and Tabrina Clark

Tully – Coaches: Kim Cameron and Pat Votra

Contestants: Julie Kunnumpurath, Bradley Phelps, Katie Warner, Hunter Griffin, Peyton Wolf, Matthew Wood, Peter Barletta and Jake Hutton
Alternates: Alexandra Becker, Julia Coffin, Cassidy McGinn, Sara Reppenhagen, Samuel Sheldon, Jessica Swift and Emily Teeter

West Genesee – Coach: Scott Duda

Contestants: Josh Mattice, Devyn Ottman, Claire Thomas, Nathan Gillette, John Lisi, Domtilla Magunga, James Sandefur, Vadim Shakhov and Kayla Smith
Alternates: Katherine Baldwin, Sabrina Bormann, Dylan Casolare, Kelsee Darling, Colleen Denny, Jenna Hickey, Jordan Koster, Sara Melendez and Emily Vetter

Westhill – Coaches: Michele Baker and Sarah Fleming

Contestants: Stephen Burgay, Molly Clark, Joseph Montemayor, Hannah Centore, Noah Centore, Elizabeth Meluni, Nathan Mevec, Aden Orzell and Holden White
Alternates: John Clancy, Vaughn Crimi, Amanda Cruty, Alexander Feliu, Connor Feliu, Alaina Kenny, Clayton Markham, Luke Puglisi, John Savage and Holden White

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The OCM BOCES 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available

OCM BOCES and the educational community of Central New York have a regional vision for college, career and citizenship readiness. At the heart of the vision are three commitments: instruction that engages, culture that empowers, and technology that enables. As you look through this Annual Report you will see that programs and initiatives we have put into place this year are directly aligned with our regional vision’s commitments.  This year, more than ever, we have seen glimpses of the incredibly bright things that our students will have possible to them in their futures.

Click here to read the Annual Report.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute for 11th & 12th graders - App deadline Dec. 19th

The Mid-State Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES is currently seeking eligible 11th and 12th grade student applicants to participate in a unique leadership development opportunity. Hispanic/Latino juniors and seniors from Central New York school districts are invited to apply for a four-day leadership training, culminating with attendance at the 25th Annual Angelo Del Toro Puerto/Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany, NY. This is a free event.

Students are required to attend the three training sessions at OCM BOCES (Feb. 5, Feb. 26 and March 7, 2015) in Syracuse, NY and one session at the Onondaga County Legislative Building (March 17, 2015) in Syracuse, NY. Selected students will attend the Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany, NY from March 21 through 23, 2015. Please note that all dates are subject to change.

Training opportunities have been aligned with Common Core requirements and are designed to empower Hispanic/Latino students. Participants will have multiple opportunities to interact and network with positive role models, other New York State Hispanic/Latino students, government officials, state trainers, business and community leaders. Additionally, the selected student delegates will participate in a mock assembly and debate legislation at the Albany conference. Several senior scholarship opportunities will be available.

Interested students should complete a PRHYLI Syracuse Delegation Application and submit it by the December 19, 2014 deadline. All applications must be submitted with the required supplemental pieces in order to be considered. Supplemental materials include: a competed essay, a minimum of two PRHYLI Syracuse Delegation Recommendations, a current high school transcript, parental consent and principal/guidance counselor consent form, a completed Student Contract, a completed Parental Medical Consent (English) or Parental Medical Consent (Spanish) and a completed College Survey. All forms are available online by clicking here or on the OCM BOCES PRHYLI webpage at http://www.ocmboces.org/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=697#one.

The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is an innovative collaboration with the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS El Futuro conference, Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies, the New York State City Board of Education, and other agencies as appropriate. For more information, visit the Syracuse Delegation PRHYLI webpage at http://www.ocmboces.org
/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=697#one or contact Tanya Rosado-Barringer, coordinator, at 315-431-2664 or rbern@ocmboces.org.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OCM BOCES students to compete in 2015 Academic Bowl

A team of four students from the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program will compete at the 2015 Regional Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students on December 11-14, 2014 at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome, NY.

The OCM BOCES team is made up of students Aruasy Barrios, Amy Christen, Jacob Sikorski, and Vannessa  Zurbruegg, and led by head coach and OCM BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program teacher Lisa Austin and assistant coach and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program interpreter Penny Killeen (pictured at right, standing left to right: Barrios, Christen, Sikorski, Zurbruegg. Seated, left to right: Austin, Killeen).

The Academic Bowl is an extremely competitive, annual competition sponsored by Gallaudet University. It consists of five Regional Academic Bowls and a National Academic Bowl, which aim to foster the pursuit of academic excellence, promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship and encourage social opportunities among students.

“Our students have been working and studying daily since the end of September in preparation for the competition. They’re very excited and looking forward to it,” says Austin.

The team will compete on Friday, December 12, from 9:45 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., and again on Saturday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Their fellow students in the OCM BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and the Solvay American Sign Language class will attend Friday’s competition to support and cheer them on.

The New York School for the Deaf is located at 401 Turin Street, Rome, NY.

For more information about OCM BOCES, its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, and other educational opportunities for kids and adults, visit ocmboces.org.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Innovation Tech "offers students a unique learning experience"

OCM BOCES' Innovation Tech was profiled this morning in an article by Sarah Moses of the Syracuse Post-Standard/Syracuse.com. Read the full story here.

Innovation Tech is the first and only New Tech high school in Central New York, located at the Lee G. Peters Career Training Center in Liverpool. Plans are proceeding for a second facility, in Cortland County, to open in September 2016. Innovation Tech employs a project-based learning approach that engages students with authentic learning and meaningful collaboration.

Students work in teams to creatively solve problems, working hand-in-hand with businesses in the community. All students at Innovation Tech earn college credit, participate in internships, and give back to the community through service learning. It's an approach to learning that reflects the 21st Century and the global environment in which we live. Relevant and student-driven learning begins with teaching that is engaging and a culture that is empowering. At Innovation Tech, students become self-directed learners who no longer depend on teachers and textbooks in a search for a single, right answer. Students use technology on a regular basis and not just as a special event--each student uses their own laptop computer to connect them to the world and facilitate the research and creativity that they need to be successful in their future. Students work in teams on authentic projects to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Teamwork builds social skills and work ethic critical in today's business environment.

Innovation Tech operates with the understanding that the ways in which we work and communicate have changed and prepares students to live and work in our ever-changing world. Stay in touch with Innovation Tech at the Innovation Tech Facebook page. Read more about Innovation Tech on the OCM BOCES website here.