Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Local schools kick off National School Breakfast Week with OCM BOCES

Two schools in the North Syracuse Central School District helped kick off National School Breakfast Week and National Nutrition Month with some healthy options for their students. During the week of March 2, Roxboro Road and Gillette Road Middle School food service departments both offered yogurt bars as part of their school’s breakfast offerings.

The North Central School District always strives to provide delicious, nutritious meals for students that also meet the federal guidelines under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids’ Act because they know that:
·      eating breakfast improves standardized test scores, including reading, writing, and math;
·      children who eat breakfast have improved attentiveness;
·      increasing school breakfast participation increases school attendance; and
·      children who eat school breakfast visit the school nurse less frequently, and complain less of tiredness and sickness.

Additionally, the district’s nutrition services department staff have been collaborating with the Healthy Schools NY program at OCM BOCES to increase participation in their schools’ food service program and to provide students with healthier, exciting meal options. OCM BOCES has provided fruit and vegetable sectionizers to the district to help increase consumption of fruits and veggies.

Wendy Swift, Director of Food Services at the North Syracuse Central School District, encourages everyone to check out their web page at or call 218-2175 for detailed information on menus, nutrition resources, and more.

Great job North Syracuse Central School District!

For more information on the Healthy Schools NY program, contact Stacy McNeill at or call 433-2246.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OCM BOCES accepting nominations for CTE Hall of Fame

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is accepting nominations for its Career and Technical Education (CTE) Hall of Fame through May 8, 2015. 

The Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to honor individuals who have graduated from our Career and Technical Education programs and who demonstrate leadership in their field. Each year, nominations are solicited and reviewed by a subcommittee made up from our OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee. The committee reviews the nominations for the following qualifications:

1. OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education Graduate;
2. Engagement in an occupation related to the program completed at OCM BOCES;
3. Demonstrate leadership in his/her field;
4. Exercise civic responsibility.

The winners of the award will have a commemorative plaque placed in the "Hall of Fame" in their respective campus of graduation.

Current members of the OCM BOCES Alumni Hall of Fame are:
Keith Standish (Inducted 2011 - McEvoy Campus)
Leah Estock (Inducted 2011 - Henry Campus)
Dave Ryder (Inducted 2012 - Henry Campus)
Kevin McMahon (Inducted 2012 - McEvoy Campus)
Robert Canorro (Inducted 2013 - Henry Campus)
Brian Eastman (Inducted 2013 - McEvoy Campus)
Stacy Uzunoff (Inducted 2014 - Henry Campus)
Michael Park (Inducted 2014 - McEvoy Campus)

By identifying successful graduates, we hope to provide positive role models for current students, while making the public aware of the accomplishments of our former students and the potential for success through the high quality programs offered by OCM BOCES.

For more information on the OCM BOCES Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education, Phil Grome at 315/431-8407 or by email at

Click here to download a nomination form.

Click here to download selection criteria and nomination form. 

OCM BOCES CTE students and staff participate in Career Expo event

With February being Career and Technical Education (CTE) month throughout the United States, OCM BOCES wanted to participate by show-casing several of its own CTE programs. OCM BOCES staff worked to set up a working display at the Great Northern Mall on Saturday February 7.

Seven CTE teachers, a teaching assistant, a CTE guidance counselor and the CDOS guidance counselor from  OCM BOCES Henry Campus volunteered to staff the booth throughout the day. Additionally, principal, Peter Hunn and interim assistant principal, Helen White, were on hand to oversee the event.

To showcase BOCES, about a dozen cosmetology students volunteered at the event, demonstrating hair cutting, makeup application techniques, and nail care; two laboratory tech students displayed and explained phlebotomy equipment and a student from the OCM BOCES embedded physical therapy course was available to discuss careers in that field.

Hundreds of mall shoppers saw the OCM BOCES expo area, with many stopping to visit. Some of the visitors who stopped to pick up program brochures, expressed their belief that a career & technical education is a sure pathway to good Central New York job opportunities requiring the skills and work ethic foundational in BOCES CTE programs.  One visitor echoed the comments of most of those walking through our piece of Great Northern Mall between the food court and Macy's, by affirming, "It's great to see young people learning a profession they can really use."  And more than a few mall-goers simply smiled and let the staff know that someone in their life benefitted from a CTE or Adult Education course, then exclaimed, "I think OCM BOCES does great work!"

Some passersby, from districts other than OCM BOCES 23 components, compared their BOCES' programs to ours, with OCM's typically receiving a positive nod.  All in all, the afternoon proved enjoyable for students and staff, many of whom got a chance to chat with their home-school classmates and friends pleasantly surprised to see them on an otherwise gray winter's day.  The Great Northern site served as a practice run for next year's anticipated OCM BOCES CTE Expo at Destiny USA. 

Click here for additional information about OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education programs.

More than 100 adult students recognized for completing OCM BOCES training programs

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the accomplishments of nearly 150 adult students were celebrated as they completed OCM BOCES training programs.

Students were recognized for completing the following OCM BOCES adult education programs: automotive technology, central service technology, construction trades, dental assisting, electrical maintenance technology, HVAC/R, medical assisting, office technology, pharmacy technology and welding technology.

OCM BOCES full-time certification programs are designed to meet the occupational and educational needs of adults throughout our region. We provide high-quality programming and have a variety of programs and services to enrich the lives of all our community members. Each year, thousands of adult students come to OCM BOCES to advance their professional and personal lives. As an educational provider, we are fully committed to the success of our students.

For more information about adult education and training programs visit our website or, in the Syracuse area, call 315/453-4455 and in the Cortland-area, call 607/758-5111.

HVAC/R program graduate David Lopez addresses audience members at the OCM BOCES February 2015 ceremony. Mari Ukleya, Director of Adult Education looks on.

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, 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 The McEvoy Education campus is located at 1710 NYS Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045.

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 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