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OCM BOCES Hosts American Sign Language Rally OCM BOCES Hosts American Sign Language Rally: On Apr. 16, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES and the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) partnered to host the American Sign Language (ASL) Rally, held at the OCM BOCES campus. Students and teachers traveled from as far as Gowanda and Cleveland Hill to be part of the event. The rally provided an opportunity for ASL students to put what they’ve learned into practice, as they took part in different activities that tasked them with using sign language during participation. Joining them in the fun were students from the OCM BOCES Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing , who gave the ASL students the perfect opportunity to practice their craft with an invested audience of their peers. The event began with a “Speed Chat,” which served as an ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Jessica Matzke Meet our Featured Teacher: Jessica Matzke: " When integrating technology into her classroom, Jessica always wants it to be fun and interactive, but she also wants it to 'do more' than simply replace what she already assigns on pencil and paper.  "    Jessica Matzke        Third Grade Teacher       Wheeler Elementary School Onondaga Central School District Congratulations to Jessica Matzke, our April 2018 Featured Teacher. Jessica teaches third grade at Wheeler Elementary School, in the Onondaga Central School District ... more >>
From Around the Region: Solvay Kindergarten Students Combine STEM and the Gingerbread Man From Around the Region: Solvay Kindergarten Students Combine STEM and the Gingerbread Man: How did the Gingerbread Man cross the river? Students from Solvay Elementary School worked together using their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and social skills to create an alternative plan for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river without falling in. Kindergarten students from SES participated in a STEM program as a part of the  21st Century Learning Grant Award . For one of their projects, they read a book that focused on the Gingerbread Man crossing the river on the back of a fox. In putting their STEM skills to work, students were able to come up with some very creative and successful alternatives for the Gingerbread Man. Great job, students! To see more of the students using STEM for problem-solving, please click ... more >>
From Around the Region: Cortland Students Visit OCM BOCES From Around the Region: Cortland Students Visit OCM BOCES: It’s never too early to think about your future… and having some hopes and dreams is important to leading a healthy life. All of our junior high students are encouraged to think about their future. School Counselors Penny Pomeroy and Annie Tutino have coordinated with OCM BOCES, to bring the entire 8th grade class to visit McEvoy Career and Technology Center on March 23. Mrs. Pomeroy said, “At BOCES the students will be able to attend three programs for twenty minutes each. Students will participate in hands on activities, discuss what careers come out of each program and learn about college majors that can be linked to that career path. We want students to start thinking about careers at a young age and making these connections. ... more >>
OCM BOCES Video Highlights Changes to NYS Learning Standards for 2018 OCM BOCES Video Highlights Changes to NYS Learning Standards for 2018: The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES has created a video that focuses on the New York State Learning Standards, discussing their purpose and highlighting some of the changes made to the Learning Standards for 2018. It also touches on how assessments are scored, and what can be done with the data that is compiled. The New York State Learning Standards serve as guidelines for what students should know (and be able to do) at each grade level. While these standards are intended to serve as benchmarks for student performance in key disciplines at each grade level, they do not provide set instructions for how to meet these benchmarks. “One of the big misconceptions about standards is that standards tell the teachers how to teach students the ... more >>
Marcellus students craft reusable Marcellus students craft reusable "Boomerang Bags" for local shoppers: A collaborative sustainability project undertaken by Marcellus students in grades 7-12 culminated this week with the presentation of a “Boomerang Bags” box at Nojaim Brothers Supermarket in the village of Marcellus. The wooden box, constructed and painted by Marcellus faculty and students, is filled with reusable, fabric shopping bags that were hand-stitched by student and community volunteers. The sacks are free for Nojaim’s customers to use – with the hope they either return them to the store or continue using them in lieu of single-use, disposable plastic bags. The first seeds for the project were planted last spring when Marcellus High School science teacher Ellen Spencer saw a video on the Facebook group #PlasticFreeFridays. ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Martha Nye Meet our Featured Teacher: Martha Nye: " Martha’s students look forward to the varied learning opportunities and engaging lessons that have been integrated into their daily curriculum. Each student has the opportunity to explore ancient civilizations through educational videos, presentations, and virtual reality experiences. The social studies curriculum is brought to life through investigation, collaboration and innovation in the classroom. "    Martha Nye       Social Studies     Homer Junior High School Homer Central School District ... more >>
From Around the Region: South Seneca Serving Locally-grown Food in its Cafeteria From Around the Region: South Seneca Serving Locally-grown Food in its Cafeteria: The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is helping South Seneca cafeterias serve students more local produce through the Farm to School program.   The program began in 2016 and is supported by funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets through CCE. A recently secured second round of funding will carry the effort forward for two more years.   Every few months, CCE staff meet with Kathy Bishop, the South Seneca Food Service Supervisor, to develop the menu for Farm to School days. The goal is that at least one Thursday each month the menu will be made entirely from ingredients grown and processed in New York State. With the help of the Farm to School grant, Seneca County CCE is able to help source and deliver ... more >>
From Around the Region: Baker Senior Selected for Prestigious Orchestra From Around the Region: Baker Senior Selected for Prestigious Orchestra: Parker Bruce, a senior at Baker High School, has been invited to perform with the NYO2, a program of the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. Selection for the orchestra is a significant honor and achievement. Students complete an intensive two-week residency working with top players from American orchestras. Students also spend a week in Miami Beach with the New World Symphony before performing in a final concert at Carnegie Hall. Click here to see the original story.  more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Kimberly Kanuck Meet our Featured Teacher: Kimberly Kanuck: "By giving students the digital tools to start a project from inception to completion, Kimberly introduced them to entirely new ways of integrating technology into their day-to-day classroom activities. "    Kimberly Kanuck        Global History, AIS Teacher       Dana West Jr.-Sr. High Port Byron Central School District Congratulations to Kimberly Kanuck, our February 2018 Featured Teacher. Kimberly is in the middle of her ninth year of teaching, and has spent the past two-and-a-half ... more >>
From Around the Region: C-NS students building energy-efficient car for Eco Competition From Around the Region: C-NS students building energy-efficient car for Eco Competition: The Performance Engineering Team at Cicero-North Syracuse High School is a group of ambitious, hard-working students who meet every day after school and work together to build energy-efficient vehicles. This year, the team is designing and constructing a custom-made hydrogen fuel-cell car to compete in the  Shell Eco-Marathon  in Sonoma, California in April. The  Shell Eco-Marathon  is an annual, international competition where students of all ages are challenged to design and drive their own ultra-energy-efficient vehicle the farthest on one liter of fuel. Teams are judged on vehicle design and safety features as well as how well participants work together. To learn more about the Performance Engineering Team's work, click here to view the story.  more >>
CNYRIC's CNYRIC's "Beyond the Buzz" Featured in NYSED Newsletter: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently featured the CNYRIC's work with one-to-one (1:1) computing in the  January 2018  edition of its "NYS Ed Tech Innovators" newsletter.   As part of the CNYRIC's "Beyond the Buzz" series, " An Administrator's Guide to 1:1 Computing " was designed to give school district administrators a in-depth look at some of the processes and considerations that should be taken into account when implementing a 1:1 technology program.  The feature was created through a collaborative exchange of ideas between CNYRIC staff and administrators who are currently involved in the process of implementing 1:1 technology in their schools. It aims to serve ... more >>
From Around the Region: Liverpool Students and Staff Participate in Hour of Code From Around the Region: Liverpool Students and Staff Participate in Hour of Code: Coding has become one of the most important job skills employers seek in potential workers and it’s a skill gaining importance in fields beyond technology.  That’s why Liverpool Central School District library media specialists recently introduced their students to the world of computer science as part of Hour of CodeTM activities around the world.  Elementary and middle school students were presented with multiple coding apps (of varying ability levels) that allowed them to use code to solve puzzles or create games featuring characters from Frozen, Minecraft and Star Wars. They also had the opportunity to program various educational toys such as CleverBots and Code-a-pillars.  At the high school level, library ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher - Alaina Weinsztok Meet our Featured Teacher - Alaina Weinsztok: "Through the integration of technology into classroom and lab activities, Alaina's students gained invaluable skills that they’ll carry with them well beyond high school. More than simply gaining competence in science and technology, students also developed a deeper understanding of how they can bring public awareness to local concerns by utilizing technology in a polished, professional manner."    Alaina Weinsztok       Living Environment Teacher (Regents and Honors)     Westhill High School ... more >>
CNYRIC to Host Seminar on ADA Accessibility CNYRIC to Host Seminar on ADA Accessibility: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards dictate that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.  Is your website meeting ADA standards? Join us for CNYRIC’s seminar on ADA compliance to find out! We’ll be discussing tips and tricks for accessibility, common mistakes to avoid, and how you or your agency can better comply with ADA standards. Come learn why accessibility is so important, and how to ensure that your content can be accessed by everyone. Location: CNYRIC 8, Onondaga/Oneida Rooms 6075 East Molloy Rd. Syracuse, NY 13221 Date: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 Time: 1-3 p.m.   more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Elizabeth Carpenter Meet our Featured Teacher: Elizabeth Carpenter:   "Through the incorporation of technology into Beth’s classroom and lab activities, students gain invaluable technology skills that they’ll carry with them well beyond high school. Beyond gleaning general computing skills, students will learn about the use of the Google applications, data collection and analysis, digital graphing applications, simulations, spreadsheets, and slow-motion video analysis. "    Elizabeth Carpenter Physics Teacher Chittenango High School Chittenango Central School District Congratulations to Elizabeth ... more >>
From Around the Region: Skaneateles CSD Grad Returns to Talk Shop with Students From Around the Region: Skaneateles CSD Grad Returns to Talk Shop with Students: From Around the Region with Skaneateles Central School District Nancy Menapace Cable, a 2005 graduate of Skaneateles High School, recently returned to SHS to speak with seniors in Matt Slauson’s Engineering Design class. Following Mechanical Engineering studies at Northwestern and Syracuse University, Cable is currently working as a senior Engineer at Woodward Inc., an aerospace manufacturing company located in Colorado that focuses on building engines and airframes for companies like Boeing and Caterpillar. Cable spent the period talking with students about what it is like to work as an Engineer and how she went about finding the right job for her. Cable was able to relate to students how the problem solving skills she learned in high school, coupled with her experiences ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Keith Ward Meet our Featured Teacher: Keith Ward:   "Students were allowed to work with software and hardware in a way that replicates how these technologies are used in the world of work. They were not tasked simply with being able to use the technology, but to interact with the technology as a tool to create answers for questions which engineers, scientists, and doctors are currently working to answer. The technology was not the lesson. The technology was the tool by which they expressed their learning."    Keith Ward 10 th Grade English Teacher East Syracuse Minoa Central High School East ... more >>
From Around the Region: Liverpool CSD's Nate Perry Elementary students use art to express From Around the Region: Liverpool CSD's Nate Perry Elementary students use art to express "What Lifts You": For Liverpool Central School District's Nate Perry Elementary art teacher Christina Cutlip, introducing her students to contemporary artists is just as important as teaching them about Picasso and DaVinci.  This fall, Cutlip and her students studied the work of international street artist Kelsey Montague. Known for exploring how public art, interactive art and social media intersect, Montague’s  What Lifts You  campaign inspires people to think about what is important to them and share it with others through their art – in person and online.  “She wants people to inspire each other and have a positive impact on social media,” Cutlip said.  After learning more about Montague’s campaign, Cutlip wanted to ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Heather Snyder Meet our Featured Teacher: Heather Snyder:   "Heather has been able to teach her students not only how to use the iPads, but put the children in charge of their own assessments... Heather used iPads as much as possible in her classroom, in order to make sure her students were prepared to use technology as an effective tool for learning."    Heather Snyder STEAM Coordinator Southern Cayuga Central School District   Congratulations to Heather Snyder, our October 2017 Feature Teacher. Heather recently became the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics ... more >>



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OCM BOCES Hosts American Sign Language Rally OCM BOCES Hosts American Sign Language Rally:
On Apr. 16, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES and the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) partnered to host the American Sign Language (ASL) Rally, held at the OCM BOCES campus. ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Jessica Matzke Meet our Featured Teacher: Jessica Matzke:
" When integrating technology into her classroom, Jessica always wants it to be fun and interactive, but she also wants it to 'do more' than simply replace what ... more >>

From Around the Region: Solvay Kindergarten Students Combine STEM and the Gingerbread Man From Around the Region: Solvay Kindergarten Students Combine STEM and the Gingerbread Man:
How did the Gingerbread Man cross the river? Students from Solvay Elementary School worked together using their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and social ... more >>

From Around the Region: Cortland Students Visit OCM BOCES From Around the Region: Cortland Students Visit OCM BOCES:
It’s never too early to think about your future… and having some hopes and dreams is important to leading a healthy life. All of our junior high students ... more >>

OCM BOCES Video Highlights Changes to NYS Learning Standards for 2018 OCM BOCES Video Highlights Changes to NYS Learning Standards for 2018:
The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES has created a video that focuses on the New York State Learning Standards, discussing their purpose and highlighting some of ... more >>

Marcellus students craft reusable Marcellus students craft reusable "Boomerang Bags" for local shoppers:
A collaborative sustainability project undertaken by Marcellus students in grades 7-12 culminated this week with the presentation of a “Boomerang Bags” box ... more >>

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