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Special Education News Archives

Special Education news items previously posted on this Web sites main page can be accessed here. Please click on the desired link for the full story. 


Rotterdam Academy II set to relocate buildings
Rotterdam Academy II (RAII) students and staff will have a new home beginning in September. Read more about the transition




Student achievements celebrated at Maywood graduation ceremony
Twenty two seniors graduated from Maywood School on June 10 with their families, teachers, staff and BOCES officials in the audience.  STORY AND PHOTOS
TA becomes valuable resource in conquering calculator
Chuck Fuller worked tirelessly to learn the TI-84+ for the Regents math exam to the great relief of fellow teachers and students.  STORY AND PHOTOS
Pine Bush Elementary class wins good behavior award
Students in Pam Petralia's BOCES class at Pine Bush Elementary recently won the Silver Spoon Award given every Friday. STORY AND PHOTOS
Congratulations to CBTE graduates at Saint Rose
CBTE provides students with a post-secondary experience at the College of Saint Rose. READ MORE
Peer buddies celebrate  in magical style
Students and staff celebrated a year of friendships at the end-of-year Peer Buddies luncheon at Maywood School. READ MORE
Student teams tackle topic of cloning in first-ever debate
A first-ever debate was held at Maywood School on the topic of human and animal cloning research and whether or not it should be allowed. READ MORE
Maywood staff and students raise funds, walk for diabetes
On May 13, more than 50 Maywood students and staff dodged rain clouds to participate in a mile-long walk. READ MORE
Westmere student wins leadership award
Angela DelPozzo, a fifth grader in the DHH program at Westmere Elementary School, recently received a Physical Education Leadership Award. READ MORE
RA2 students celebrate Earth Day with outdoor school clean-up
Students in Natalie Powell's class at Rotterdam Academy 2 celebrated Earth Day with a clean-up of the school grounds on April 19. PHOTOS AND STORY
Photo array: 'Maywood's Got Talent' showcases skills
Students and staff brought a variety of entertainment to the gym for the annual showcase "Maywood's Got Talent." Rappers, comics, dancers, singers and musical performers wowed a standing room only crowd. PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
TA Showcase, scheduled for May 12, to highlight projects
Throughout the school year, teaching assistants support classroom teachers in many ways, including developing and facilitating creative instructional projects Read more
'Meet the Parents' series offers support for families
The first in a series of gatherings to providing social and emotional support for parents and family members of Maywood students was held March 31.  Read more
Staff support sought for BOCES Spring Prom 2016

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

Cap Rep Theatre wows Maywood with Shakespeare performance
Students at Maywood were treated to a performance of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Nights Dream" on March 31. Read more
Tales with tails: Therapy dogs help students learn to read

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

Initiative helps teachers, other education professionals support students emotionally, socially and academically

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

Student overcomes obstacles, finds passion in the kitchen

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

Stephanie Warlik’s class tastes the alphabet at RA1

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

Spring edition of Maywood School Matters is published

Student journalists from Maywood School present new stories for April.
Read them and other stories from the school year here.

Albany County drug and DWI prevention program stops at Maywood

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

Art workshop brings color to Carey Mizenko's art class

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

Best Buddies celebrates 10th anniversary in Niskayuna middle schools

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

Maywood celebrates Black History Month with jazz performance

In connection with Black History Month, jazz pianist Nat Phipps performed with his jazz duo Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Maywood gym.  Read More

'Hamlet' comes to Maywood in two performances

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

Music rings in the holidays across the division

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


RAII staff sets up student shop for holidays

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

Staff, students celebrate the holidays by giving back to the community — and learn while they do.

When teaching assistant Lori Flanders saw an article in the Times Union  about the Veterans Miracle Center, she was inspired to help. Flanders and Hope Antoine, her fellow teaching assistant in Alison Mesick's class at Maywood, co-chair the school's Sunshine Committee. Read More

Writing Workshop instills a love of literacy at Westmere Elementary School

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

No lights? No problem!

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

Welcome Back!

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



Proud to be an American

Maywood students learn a firsthand lesson about citizenship from a member of the school family. Read More

RAI ESY Field Day

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

Moving up and Moving on

Students from schools and classrooms across Capital Region BOCES celebrated graduations, transitions and the beginning of new adventures this month. Read More

2015 "Creative Collective"

The "Creative Collective" celebrates 15 years with its latest and final edition. Read More

Rotterdam Academy II presents "The Mitten"

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

Maywood Peer Buddy Luncheon

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 

RAI Visits Peaceful Acres

Classes from Rotterdam Academy I visited Peaceful Acres Horses sanctuary as part of their Free Friday Field Trips program. View Gallery and learn more 

Annual DHH Picnic

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

Spring Prom 2015

Students, teachers, alumni, family and friends had a ball at the Special Education Divisions annual BOCES Spring Prom. View the photo gallery

A slice of learning

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

Check out the May edition of Maywood School Matters  

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  

Special Education administrators go behind bars

Deputy Director Peter Taormina and Principal Maureen Gushlaw get "locked up" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Read more

WRAP gives students the keys to their own wellness

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

Machia takes gold in SkillsUSA

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

Support Spring Prom 2013

Your support will ensure the evening is a spectacular event and an accessible opportunity for all who want to attend. Read more

Remember your toolbox!

Consultant teacher Joanne Cogswell  guides students at Mohonasen High School with tools to direct their own course. Read More

Check out the March edition of Maywood School Matters  

Student journalists share their stories on Maywood Schools blog. Get the scoop here.

Wax museum brings history to life

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. Read more

Handle With Care

Staff teams bring training on behavior management, de-escalation and crisis intervention to BOCES peers. Read more

Star-crossed lovers light the Maywood stage    

After of months preparation, the Maywood Drama Players brought Romeo and Juliet to life for students and staff on Jan. 22. Read More

Middle School student  shines on Schalmont modified basketball team

Emma Whitely, a student in the BOCES program at Iroquois Middle School and a Schalmont resident takes to the court Read More

Maywoods Got Talent!

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

Capital Repertory Theatre brings Edgar Allan Poe tales to Maywood students

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

Second annual soap sale teaches skills, benefits Maywood School

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

Maywood School holds bottle drive to support local breast cancer patients

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maywood School is holding a bottle drive to raise funds for Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB). read more

Deputy Director Peter Taormina receives doctoral program honor

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 more

Welcome 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

We are BOCES

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


Shakespeare and socks prove a good pair

Sock puppet Hamlet at Maywood School finds fun and learning in a classic tragedy. Read more

Are You My Father? premieres at Rotterdam Academy II

Hollywood take on a school play builds literacy skills with creativity and fun. read more

Moving up and moving on

BOCES schools celebrated a year of accomplishments at graduations and moving up ceremonies throughout the Special Education Division. read more

Check out the final edition of Maywood School Matters for the school year

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

Students on the cutting edge of giving

Van Antwerp Middle School students learn new skills and contribute to a good cause by sewing upcycled shorts for children in Africa. read more

2014 Creative Collective

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 Assistant Showcase highlights creative learning 

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 

Maywood School Matters grows with May edition  

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

33rd BOCES Prom is a hit

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

College Based Transition Experience celebrates graduation

Six students celebrated their graduation from the College Based Transition Experience program at the College of Saint Rose on Friday, April 25. read more

Westmere students visit their work at library art show

 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 launches student blog

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.  

Staff training identifies strategies to help students succeed in the face of trauma

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

Fundraising is RAD!

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

CSE training supports adaptation of CCLS for special education

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

May Wars production takes learning to a galaxy far, far away

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

New CSE resources page

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.

Coat drive is an opportunity for service, learning

C.R. BOCES students at Mohonasen High School held their second annual coat drive for Schenectady City Mission. read more

Annual Thanksgiving celebration a feast for the senses

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

Special Education staff share knowledge, options with Friday Knights

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

Maywood Career Fair supports CDOS learning

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

Blues in the Schools brings live performance, music history to Maywood

Tas Cru 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."
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Following the bright spots

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

Extended School Year
Summer program helps students maintain knowledge and meet goals while enjoying friends and summer adventures.  read more



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