Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WSYR features OCM BOCES in report about 4+1 Pathways approval by the Board of Regents

Career and Technical Education Director Phil Grome and Lab Tech Instructor Janet Clark spoke to WSYR in an October 21, 2014 news story about the Board of Regents recent approval of the 4+1 Pathways.

The Pathways model allows for different ways to meet the requirement of passing five Regents exams to graduate. The four required Regents examinations are English language arts, mathematics, science, and either US history or global history and geography. For the fifth exam requirement, students will have the following options: Humanities; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); Languages Other Than English (LOTE); Career and Technical Education (CTE), and; the Arts.

In the story, Grome explains that "the state is really calling for students to be career, college and citizenship ready. And it's a perfect fit for what we do here at OCM BOCES." Clark, speaking about career readiness and students in the OCM BOCES laboratory tech program, is quoted, "They learn all the techniques to have a very successful career in any type of laboratory field."

While the Pathways model was approved on Monday, October 20, the Board will still have to present the changes for permanent adoption at their January 2015 meeting.

To read the story, visit: http://www.localsyr.com/story/d/story/board-of-regents-approves-new-exam-options-for-hig/15694/VV1UD9jBg0GV7pOUmwRNMw.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Children's Village to close in June 2015

Onondaga Cortland Madison (OCM) BOCES recently informed impacted staff and families that its inclusive preschool program, Children’s Village, at East Syracuse Minoa’s Park Hill School will close in June 2015 for financial reasons. The half-day program currently serves approximately 60 students with disabilities from various school districts in Central New York with a staff of 15 OCM BOCES employees.

The care day rate, set by the New York State Education Department, has not increased for OCM BOCES since the 2010-11 school year. Earlier this year, OCM BOCES administration met with the Onondaga County Executive’s Office to discuss the program’s financial situation and the need to close if additional funding was not made available.

“This difficult decision was made only after great deliberation,” said OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning. “Unfortunately, all of our program budgets needs to be self-sustaining and because of the stagnant rate of funding, this program could not do so. We are working to place all of our staff in new assignments and are readily available to help families find alternative appropriate programs for their children.”

The OCM BOCES Children’s Village Preschool Program at Park Hill Elementary School is one of only three BOCES preschool programs in New York State. All other BOCES preschool programs have previously closed for financial reasons.

Following is a list of preschool programs for students with special needs:

SPICE – Elmcrest Children’s Center (315/446-3220) 960 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13224  

Enable – Exploring Your World (315/475-1382) 1603 Court Street, Syracuse, NY  13208

Jowonio School (315/445-4010) 3049 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13224


Liberty Post (315/425-1004) 1045 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203

Little Lukes (315/701-1107) 5820 Heritage Landing Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Main Street Early Education Center (315/218-2200) 205 S. Main Street, North Syracuse, NY 13212


Onondaga Central Preschool (315/552-5070) 208 Rockwell Road, Nedrow, NY 13120

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OCM BOCES seeking high school juniors and seniors for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

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 4-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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Emotional Intelligence: Why it Matters - Dr. Marc Brackett, Yale University, provides vital information to parents

On Tuesday, September 30 from 7:00 to 8:15pm at the Fayetteville-Manlius High School Auditorium, OCM BOCES will be playing host to Marc Brackett, Ph. D., director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. 

Dr. Brackett will speak to parents and educators about the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health, as well as the influences of emotional intelligence training on student and educator effectiveness, bullying prevention, and school climate. 

Marc also is working with Facebook on a large-scale research project designed to both prevent and decrease online bullying.

Click here to download the event flier.

Click here to visit the OCM BOCES Youth Development website.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ribbon cutting ceremony for OCM BOCES Innovation Tech – the area’s first New Tech High School


On Wednesday, September, 17, OCM BOCES held a grand opening/ribbon cutting to present Innovation Tech, Central New York's FIRST New Tech High School, to the community.

Several people were on hand to help OCM BOCES celebrate the innovative new school to Central New York. Pictured: New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe helped OCM BOCES Board President Ann Wright and several Innovation Tech students cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Innovation Tech, created out of the recognition that students need to be prepared with 21st Century skills for life and work in our changing world, is the first of its kind in Central New York. Innovation Tech provides an empowering culture, with learning that is relevant, student-driven and embraces modern learning and the global environment in which we live. There are more than 130 New Tech schools in 23 states across the country.

“New Tech Schools are redefining secondary education,” said Jody Manning, district superintendent for OCM BOCES. “Students become self-directed learners who no longer depend on teachers and textbooks in search of a single, right answer. They use technology on a regular basis, not just for special projects.”

Innovation Tech is an important part of the Central New York Regional Vision for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness. Our regional vision is founded on an uncompromising and relentless commitment to preparing students for college, career and citizenship – in other words, preparing students for their future. At the heart of our regional vision are three commitments: instruction that engages, culture that empowers, and technology that enables.

Click here to read the Eagle Star-Review article on Innovation Tech.

Visit the Innovation Tech website to learn more.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Students begin OCM BOCES Media Marketing Communications program at WCNY

This year, OCM BOCES is excited to welcome students in an exciting new program, an embedded CTE Media Marketing Communications program at WCNY.

OCM BOCES’ innovative, new, hands-on Media Marketing Communications program at WCNY will provide high school juniors and seniors with an in-depth overview of their field by placing them in an actual work environment outside of school.

Each day, students attend class at WCNY where they will work with WCNY professionals to learn, firsthand, the ins and outs of a public media company that operates across multiple platforms…TV, radio, print, web and social media. Students will be learning and working in studios, conference rooms and even a simulated city – all part of WCNY’s new Broadcast and Education Center.

Students in the OCM BOCES Media Marketing Communications class have the opportunity to earn up to 21 college credits through concurrent enrollment and/or college articulations.

During the previous school year, OCM BOCES began implementing embedded CTE programs in private businesses with a Physical Therapy program at Sports Center 481 and an Automotive Technology program at Driver’s Village.

When asked about the benefits of such a setup, OCM BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Colleen Viggiano, said, “It really is a win, win for the worksites and our students in that the companies have a chance to see the students at work and the students learn exactly what will be expected of them by being completely exposed to the industry.”

Students interested in exploring OCM BOCES Media Marketing Communications program at WCNY should talk to their high school guidance counselor or contact OCM BOCES Guidance Counselor at 315-433-2635.

Pictured above: On September 15, OCM BOCES held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their Media Marketing Communications program at WCNY.

Innovation Tech - CNY's first New Tech High School - has opened

OCM BOCES Innovation Tech – Central New York’s first New Tech High School ­– has opened its doors for the 2014-15 school year. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Innovation Tech, created out of the recognition that students need to be prepared with 21st Century skills for life and work in our changing world, is the first of its kind in Central New York. Innovation Tech provides an empowering culture, with learning that is relevant, student-driven and embraces modern learning and the global environment in which we live. There are more than 130 New Tech schools in 23 states across the country.

“New Tech Schools are redefining secondary education,” said Jody Manning, district superintendent for OCM BOCES. “Students become self-directed learners who no longer depend on teachers and textbooks in search of a single, right answer. They use technology on a regular basis, not just for special projects.”


Innovation Tech is an important part of the Central New York Regional Vision for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness. Our regional vision is founded on an uncompromising and relentless commitment to preparing students for college, career and citizenship – in other words, preparing students for their future. At the heart of our regional vision are three commitments: instruction that engages, culture that empowers, and technology that enables.


Click here for more information about Innovation Tech.