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Each year the BOCES Spring Prom is supported by generous contributions from BOCES students and staff. The prom committee has again placed a call for donations from the BOCES family to help defray expenses. Your support will ensure the evening is a spectacular event and an accessible opportunity for all who want to attend. Read more
Students at Pine Bush Elementary and Rotterdam Academy 1 get help with reading each week from a few special four-legged friends. Oliver, Meeka and Gracie are therapy dogs ... Read more
Most professional development involves teachers improving their curricula, but this school year special education instructors and other related professionals have had an opportunity to have honest discussions about the stress they face in their field and the emotional toll their profession can take on their lives. Read more
Maria Sookram loves to bake. Like so many other high school students aspiring to a career in the kitchen, the Guilderland student turned to Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) to learn the finer points of cooking and baking. But unlike other students, Maria is a product of the Capital Region BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing classroom Read more
Each week with the help of teacher assistants and related service providers, Stephanie Warlik introduces her class to a new group of foods as a part of her program, “Eating Our Way Through the Alphabet,” which was funded this school year by a mini-grant. Warlik explains that many of her students enter her class with a very limited food repertoire, stuck in a cycle of eating only a handful of foods, many of them unhealthy. Through her program, she is able to watch their tastes change and evolve throughout the year. Read more
Student journalists from Maywood School present new stories for
Read them and other stories from the school year here.
On March 1 and 2, the Albany County Sheriff’s Department to spoke to Maywood students about substance abuse and DWI prevention. The program is part of the department's STOP-DWI program, focusing on alcohol and drug abuse and encouraging young people to make wiser life-saving choices. Read more
Ginger Ertz, an educator from the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, visited Carey Mizenko's art class on Feb. 26 at Maywood to introduce them to the works of Alma Woodsey Thomas, an African American expressionist painter and art educator. Students created collages inspired by Thomas' work. Read more
There’s a group of middle school students from Niskayuna who knows a thing or two about friendship. They even have a club to promote and celebrate it. They’re called Best Buddies and this year marks the group's 10th anniversary. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Read more
In connection with Black History Month, jazz pianist Nat Phipps performed with his jazz duo Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Maywood gym. Read More
The Maywood Drama Players brought another of Shakespeare's classics to life with a performance of "Hamlet" presented for students, staff and parents in two performances. Members of the 24-actor cast studied the classic tragedy and rehearsed for months under the direction of drama teacher Pete Riley in preparation for the production. SEE VIDEO and photos
It didn't quite feel like weather for a Santa sleigh ride on a sunny day with temperatures in the 60s, but students throughout the division enjoyed the gift of music as they excitedly prepared for their holiday break. SEE VIDEO and photos
Mary Ragucci, a teachers assistant in Jessica Walthers IMNII class has amassed a wide variety of jewelry, accessories, clothing, kitchen wares, small appliances and holiday decor so students can shop for their families. Read More
Cara Wolff’s second- and third-grade DHH students are working to develop a lasting enthusiasm for reading and writing with Writing Workshop. Read More
When the power went out for two days at the College of Saint Rose, Andy Lockwood wasn’t going to let the lack of electricity keep his College Based Transition Experience Students from learning. Read More
It was a great first day of school for students at Maywood School and Rotterdam Academies I and II. Here's to a new year full of fun, friends learning and growth! View Gallery
Maywood students learn a firsthand lesson about citizenship from a
member of the school family.
Students and staff at RAI wrapped up a summer of learning with a
splash at the annual Extended School Year field day
view the gallery
Students from schools and classrooms across Capital Region BOCES celebrated graduations, transitions and the beginning of new adventures this month. Read More
The "Creative Collective" celebrates 15 years with its latest and final edition. Read More
RAII marked graduation with a screening of their end-of-year film, an adaptation of the children's classic, "The Mitten." Read more and watch the video
Students and staff celebrated a year of friendships that bridged abilities, enriched perspectives and forged bonds at the end-of-year Peer Buddies luncheon at Maywood School. Read More
Classes from Rotterdam Academy I visited Peaceful Acres Horses sanctuary as part of their Free Friday Field Trips program. View Gallery and learn more
Staff, students and even some alumni visitors from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program across grades and miles came together to enjoy a day of games, friends and food at Tawasentha park. View Gallery
Students, teachers, alumni, family and friends had a ball at the Special Education Divisions annual BOCES Spring Prom. View the photo gallery
Its a common mantra of educators that students are more engaged when they're learning about things they love. And what is something just about all kids love? Pizza. But how do you build a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum around pizza? read more
Student journalists share their stories on Maywood Schools blog. Get the scoop here.
Congratulations to our 2015 College-Based Transition Experience graduates
Four students became proud Alumni of Capital Region BOCES and the College of Saint Rose on March 1. View Gallery
Deputy Director Peter Taormina and Principal Maureen Gushlaw get "locked up" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Read more
Program aims to help individuals struggling with mental health issues to take control of their wellness by recognizing their personal triggers and signs of crisis and identifying effective tools for overcoming them. Read More
Sam Machia, a student in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program since kindergarten, won the regional SkillsUSA competition in small engine repair. Read More
Your support will ensure the evening is a spectacular event and an accessible opportunity for all who want to attend. Read more
Consultant teacher Joanne Cogswell guides students at Mohonasen High School with tools to direct their own course. Read More
Student journalists share their stories on Maywood Schools blog. Get the scoop here.
Students at Rotterdam Academy I had a chance to learn about history from Civil War legends on Feb. 27, when Charles Bednarcyzks class presented a living wax museum on the RAI stage.
Staff teams bring training on behavior management, de-escalation and crisis intervention to BOCES peers. Read more
After of months preparation, the Maywood Drama Players brought Romeo and Juliet to life for students and staff on Jan. 22. Read More
Emma Whitely, a student in the BOCES program at Iroquois Middle School and a Schalmont resident takes to the court Read More
Maywood School held a talent show on Dec. 19, to showcase the hard work and skills staff and students exhibit outside of the school day. Read more and view the highlight video
Students at Maywood School were treated to a visit from the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe for an eerie performance that set the stage for Halloween spirit. Read More
Students and staff at Maywood school are collaborating with Troy-based RAD Soap Company again for Maywood's second school-wide fundraiser, just in time for the holidays. Read More
Taormina successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Tuesday, Sept. 16. His accomplishment is made even richer by an honor he received from the program this summer: The Anthony Clement Award. read moreWelcome back!
Maywood School, Rotterdam Academy I and Rotterdam Academy II opened their doors on a new year of learning today. Welcome to all our new students, and welcome back to the many familiar faces! View Gallery
They've built a partnership through reading and inspire each other to be their best - meet special education teacher Alison Mesick and student Shyheem Chambers. Read More
Sock puppet Hamlet at Maywood School finds fun and learning in a classic tragedy. Read more
Hollywood take on a school play builds literacy skills with creativity and fun. read more
BOCES schools celebrated a year of accomplishments at graduations and moving up ceremonies throughout the Special Education Division. read more
The June edition of the Maywood School Matters blog includes a video component - featuring a visit from star of stage and screen Chewbacca - along with student and staff interviews, advice, school news and more. visit the blog
Van Antwerp Middle School students learn new skills and contribute to a good cause by sewing upcycled shorts for children in Africa. read more
The fourteenth annual Creative Collective is here! This literary arts anthology showcases the creative work of students across the Special Education from the 2013-14 school year. Click here to view this years publication.
Teaching assistants from the Capital Region BOCES Special Education Division presented their projects to colleagues from other divisions at the annual Teaching Assistant Showcase. read more
The second issue of the Maywood School Matters student blog features student reporting, an advice column, horoscopes, a comic, interviews and more. visit the blog
Students, staff and alumni of the Special Education division hit the dance floor dressed to the nines for the thirty-third BOCES prom on Friday, May 9 at the Ramada Plaza in Albany. read more and view the photo gallery
Six students celebrated their graduation from the College Based Transition Experience program at the College of Saint Rose on Friday, April 25. read more
Student artists from Mrs. Coopers classroom at Westmere Elementary school took a trip to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, April 24, to see their artwork showcased in a community gallery of student work. The excited artists got information about library cards, and picked a favorite book to check out and take home. View the gallery here.
Maywood School presents the first edition of Maywood School Matters, a blog featuring stories by student reporters. The blog gives students an opportunity to work toward their literacy goals on a real-world, 21st-century forum, while highlighting school events and classroom lessons and showcasing the innovative instruction happening in our special education division. Check it out here.
Dr. Zvi Kloppot presented a training opportunity for BOCES and component district staff on April 22. The topic of this training was "The Effects of Childhood Trauma on Development and Learning." read more
Students and staff at Maywood school are collaborating with Troy-based RAD Soap Company in Maywood's first school-wide fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale of RADs local soaps, lotions and bug sprays will support the Maywood Extraclassroom Fund and be used to fund special events and beautification of the school grounds. read more
Math Coach Dan Mattoon from BOCES Education Support Services joined the Special Education Divisions February meeting of Committee on Special Education (CSE) Chairs to support districts in the transition to Common Core Learning Standards. read more
The halls of Maywood were populated by Ewoks, storm troopers, androids and aliens on Jan. 24, as the school prepared for the Maywood Drama Players production of May Wars: A Sithy Situation. read more and watch the Highlights
CSE committee members: Check out the CSE resources page, which provides quick access to program info, special education regulations, workshops and other resources to help you serve your students.
C.R. BOCES students at Mohonasen High School held their second annual coat drive for Schenectady City Mission. read more
For more than a decade, BOCES teachers and staff from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program have been cooking up a feast for students to celebrate Thanksgiving, and this year was no exception. read more
BOCES Special Education staff presented to parents of the Friday Knights, a group run through the College of Saint Rose that provides opportunities for social activities, fun and learning for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. read more
Students clustered around a curious tripod of surveying equipment in the Maywood gym on November 1, while others approached tables with banners touting Time Warner Cable, Walmart and Capital Region BOCES own Career and Technical School. The students were perusing Maywood Schools first career fair. read more
began the journey into Blues with Maywood students by picking up a
handmade cigar-box guitar he strummed with a socket wrench, because,
he said, "I want you to know you make the blues with your soul, not
with your wallet."
Amid changes, the Special Education division kicked off 2013-14 school year with a message of open communication, positive thinking and the shared purpose of student success. read more