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.

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.


Students are back to school for the 2014-15 school year!

Thousands of OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE), Special Education and Alternative Education students began their 2014-15 school year on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Through its Student Services division, OCM BOCES provides programs and services for students of all ages and abilities.

Find out more about the variety of educational programs available for students through OCM BOCES by visiting our student programs section of our website

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.