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  • Seaway Area Tech Students Complete Metalworking Project for Local Charity Event

    Seaway Area Tech Center in Norwood has recently began training their Metalworking Technologies students on the program's new Plasma CNC table. The integration of the programming with the technology of the table brings a new training opportunity to the program. The first production projects created with this new tool were sponsor plaques for a local charity event, custom-made by two seniors in the Metalworking Tech program.

    The Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures organization recently held their Second Annual Warrior Challenge Run. The students wanted to lend their new skills to this event. Using various design software, the students created custom plaques that will be given to sponsors of the event. Pictured below (left to right) are: Coleman Whitman (Canton High School), Mr. Ken Plumb (Instructor and WWOA organizer), and Noah Hargrave (Massena High School).

    WWOA Plaque Project

    The two students created, cut, welded, and painted these plaques. Great job to these hardworking individuals! Thank you to WWOA for working with our students to create these plaques  and for all you do for our veteran and active military members and their families.



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  • Agricultural Studies Academy Fall Fest

    ASA Fall Fest Flyer

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  • Community Connections Students Visit Adventure Bay Inn for Outdoor Experience

    Recently, the Community Connections Program based in Ogdensburg participated in an educational kayaking adventure day thanks to the support of Mike Stock, owner of Adventure Bay Inn located in Chippewa Bay.

    Leading up to the trip, the students learned about water safety and responsibility to ensure everyone had a fun and healthy adventure.

    Upon arrival at Adventure Bay Inn, Mr. Stock met with students to discuss employment opportunities, job expectations, and examples of private business demands.

    The students listened attentively, particularly when Mr. Stock shared stories about accidents with boat rentals, highlighting the importance of water safety. The students were provided kayaks and first paddled to Cedar Island. The student then visited Manzanita Island, which the students learned was first purchased in the 1800's for only $300. The owner of the island shared stories about the children who had attended school on the island.

    Thank you to all who made this exciting opportunity possible for the Community Connections students!

    Kayaking Students  Community Connections Field Trip

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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Celebrates Annual Opening Day of 2016-2017 School Year

     On September 2, 2016, St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) welcomed over 600 faculty, staff, and administrators to the Opening Day ceremony at Ogdensburg Free Academy’s auditorium.

    Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ronald Burke was master of ceremonies, and District Superintendent Thomas Burns gave a presentation explaning what to expect in the new year.

    “With a lagging economy in the North Country and changes in state aid for schools on the horizon St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and the services we provide are more important than ever,” said Burns. “In the past 50 years, BOCES has been and is the single most successful intergovernmental vehicle in NYS.” 

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    To view Mr. Burns’ presentation, visit:

    Four employees received special recognition for exceptional service and dedication to the BOCES mission. Robert Domurat, Peggy Hayes, Karl Smith and Nicole Ashley were presented with the awards. Additionally, Michael Colby, an alumnus of Seaway Technical Education Center, was honored with a Hall of Fame Award for his contributions to his community.

    Several BOCES employees were recognized for their years of dedicated service.

    Recognized for 20 years of service were Tara Bartlett, Dawn Phippen, Susan Robinson and Carrie Runner.

    Recognized for 25 years of service were Jayne Carbone, Carolyn Mcpherson, Julia O’Brien, Ben Scharf, Brenda Schober, Carol Sibley and Kimberly Toomey.

    Recognized for 30 years of service were Cheryl Harper, Susan Hart, Debra Pearl, Sheryl Sabre and Deborah Smith.


    Recognized for 35 years of service were Maureen Bomyea, Susan Collins-Rickett, Susan Huntley and Kenneth Murray. 

    The Opening Day celebration marked the start of the 2016-2017 academic year for schools in 18 BOCES component districts throughout St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.

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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Offers Flu Shot Clinics


    St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties School District Employee Medical Plan will again be hosting flu shot clinics at all three Tech Centers and the Educational Services Center. 

    The flu shot clinics are only for active employees that are participating members of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties School District Employee Medical Plan.  At this time, we are not able to accommodate dependents, retirees, or the public.  

    As a participating member of the Medical Plan, the cost of the flu shot will be billed directly to the Medical Plan so there will be no cost to you to attend one of these clinics. 

    There will be sign-up sheets in the main office at each Tech Center and in the mail room at the ESC.  Please be sure to sign up if you’d like to receive a flu shot.

    Below is the schedule for the flu shot clinics:

    Educational Services Center

    Wednesday, October 5th

    9:00 am – 11:00 am


    Southwest Tech Center

    Wednesday, October 5th

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm


    Northwest Tech Center

    Wednesday, October 12th

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


    Seaway Tech Center

    Friday, October 14th

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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  • Adirondack Folk Singer Visits BOCES Summer School


    Alex Smith, a folk singer from Long Lake, NY recently treated the Potsdam BOCES summer school program to a performance. Students danced along to the music and one BOCES student even joined Alex onstage for a sing-along. To learn more about Alex and his music, visit


    Alex Smith plays for a group of BOCES students.

    Alex and a student perform for BOCES Summer School.

    BOCES students dance to music by Alex Smith

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  • BOCES Efficiency Study: Identifying Options for the Future

    St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES recently commissioned a study to identify options for the future of our technology, school improvement and special education services. This study provides recommendations which BOCES leadership is in the process of evaluating, and the implementation of these recommendations will be aimed at maximizing the value of our services. The foundation of the study is 10 cultural attributes that guide BOCES operations:

    Student-centered – A BOCES that is student-focused and measures its success on how well the students in its districts perform will be a BOCES that develops the right kinds of relationships with components. 

    Communicated – The BOCES is not an entity unto itself but rather is an extension of the component districts and exists to serve the districts. Clear communication with the districts about programs, budgets, and results is essential in creating, delivering, and evaluating services.

    Competent – Underlying the success of all BOCES is having competent staff who are knowledgeable about their area of responsibility and who have an orientation of service toward the districts.

    Responsive – Responsiveness is measured by the immediacy of returned calls and emails as well as by the creativity used in providing services and programs to meet district needs.

    Credible – Credibility is established when the BOCES staff deliver what is promised, if not more.

    Innovative – The art of providing BOCES services is to creatively meet district needs before the needs are recognized. BOCES role is to constantly keep new ideas in front of districts while preserving for districts the right to make their ultimate program decisions.

    Accountable – Accountability for BOCES services is measured every year when districts choose to purchase services. The best way to ensure ongoing accountability is to exceed the expectations of the districts’ staff.

    Respectful – Districts often identify services with the individuals that provide them. Caring and understanding people’s ideas and needs will engender the respect necessary for any BOCES staff member to be successful.

    Energetic – There are few substitutes for hard work. Districts recognize and respect an energy level that conveys a commitment to the success of the BOCES and the districts it serves.

    Valued – Nothing will get a district’s attention faster than services that they perceive to be too expensive. BOCES should be providing services that school districts can’t provide in a cost effective manner on their own. And, importantly, BOCES services must be cost-effective before consideration of BOCES aid. Aid received by districts for BOCES services should be a bonus and should not be used as justification for the cost of services.

    The full report can be accessed here. Please use the Let's Talk! portal titled "BOCES Efficiency Study" for any communications about the study, including questions, comments, or concerns. If you would like a response, don't forget to include your contact information in the Let's Talk form.

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  • Potsdam Life Skills Class Graduates Three Students

    Congratulations to Melissa Wallace, Colleen Conte, and Brady Miller who graduated from the Life Skills Class in Potsdam last week. We are so proud of you!


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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Adult Education Graduates First Medical Assistant Students


    St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Adult Education recently recognized four students for the completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate Program.

    The following students have been recognized for their graduation from the program: Heather L. Zabetta, Megan J. Dean, Ember L. Sassone, and Melissa A. Snyder.

    This is the first graduating class of the Medical Assistant Certification Program, which follows a rigorous curriculum. In order to receive the Medical Assistant Certification, students must complete the following programs:

    Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Nurse Assistant, First Aid, CPR, Healthcare Clerical Support, Clinical Skills for the Medical Assistant.

    By completing the program, students will have earned four national certifications through The National Healthcare Association, one New York State Certification, and two national certifications through the American Heart Association. 

    “The healthcare industry is one of the largest sources of employment in the North Country, and BOCES Adult Education is proud to offer certificate programs and job training to people looking for a reliable source of employment,” said Director of Career, Alternative and Adult Education Jane Akins.

    The mission of BOCES Adult Education is to “collectively create and maintain an environment which will assist and encourage people to develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to realize their maximum potential in employment and in academic and personal development so as to have satisfying lives, to be contributing members of society, and to be life-long learners.”

    The Medical Assistant Program is one of the most demanding areas of study offered through BOCES Adult Education, and the four graduates have dedicated countless hours to achieving this certificate.

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  • BOCES Students Complete Barn Quilt Project

    Velma Bolyard's BOCES class recently created barn quilts as a math project. The project was organized by Lori Davis who has designed and painted many barn quilts for herself and her family. The students began by sketching out their designs on graph paper, and then Lori and Velma prepped several two-foot square boards for each student to draw their quilt pattern on. Using their chosen color scheme, each student painted mini-barn quilts. The class also made one large four-foot square quilt in Heuvelton's school colors, which will hang on the custodial barn. The class presented their quil to Superintendent Todd, and each student signed it. The class then gave the barn quilt to the custodial staff, who plan to mount it on the barn. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Davis, Mrs. McLear and the custodial staff at Heuvelton Central School.





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  • North Country Art Teachers Association (NCATA) Student Art Display

    Sponsored by the North Country Art Teachers Association (NCATA), the annual student art display will be open to the public until May 12th at the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES educational services center in Canton during regular business hours.

    An opening reception was held on Thursday, May 5th with over 600 people in attendance. The show included awards in two categories: 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade, which were judged by Ola Aldous, a local painter. All students who had artwork on display received a medal. Each district submitted 16 pieces of artwork from Kindergarten-8th grade, as well as one senior piece to showcase and inspire the younger grade levels. Please join us in congratulating the award winners:

    5th/6th Grade
    Best of show: Andrew Blauvet, Hermon Dekalb CSD
    1st Place: Megan Perry, Marissa McCabe, Natalie Hyde, Joselyn Pomales, Lisbon CSD
    2nd Place: Julianna Collins, Potsdam CSD
    3rd Place: Sophie Lauzon, Norwood-Norfolk CSD

    7th/8th Grade
    Best of show: Ryan Frost, Massena CSD
    1st Place: Jasmine Crump, St. Lawrence CSD
    2nd Place: Grace Mills, Heuvelton CSD
    3rd Place: Erin Stickney, Norwood-Norfolk CSD

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    Northwest Tech Metalworking Program Builds Model Bridges

    Northwest Tech's metalworking classes recently completed a Project-Based Learning bridge unit. The students researched bridge design and created a “to-scale” blueprint of the bridge design that each team was instructed to build according to the parameters set by the teacher. Once the teams built their bridge, each bridge was tested to see how much weight it could hold before collapsing. Students recorded the data and will present their findings to the class to complete the unit.




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  • Southwest Tech Lends a Hand to Local Veteran


    Southwest Tech's Metal Working Program completed a community service project earlier this month. Richard Hirschel, a veteran who recently became a double amputee, needed a ramp installed in his home. The First Congregational Church of Morristown had constructed a ramp for Mr. Hirschel, but needed help finalizing the ramp for safety. The Church contacted Mr. Prashaw of the Metal Working Program at Southwest Tech, and students quickly put together a piece of reinforced diamond plate with heavy duty hinges for Mr. Hirschel.



    Pictured above is Mr. Prashaw, Mr. Hirschel, and David Taylor, a student from Harrisville.

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  • State budget includes $200,000 to start ag academy at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton

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    The yet-to-be-signed state budget includes $200,000 to launch a North Country Agricultural Studies Academy at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm, according to Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.

    The cash will pay for staff training, equipment, supplies and other costs for the program, which will be housed in buildings once used by SUNY Canton’s agriculture programs, Ritchie said.

    Ag Academy students will be able to take advantage of facilities that were used by SUNY Canton for its own agriculture programs for nearly a half century, beginning in the 1950s. The facilities include office, classroom and laboratory space, as well as a large barn, greenhouses and other outbuildings, located among tillable land and forest.

    In addition, Cooperative Extension maintains a commercial sheep flock, beef and dairy cows, broiler chickens, layers and pigs.

    “The regional agricultural academy is an innovative one-year program for high school seniors that will offer a comprehensive introduction to agribusiness careers,” said St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Thomas Burns. “Students will earn credits toward a Regents diploma while completing an agricultural curriculum and also earning college credits.”

    “The program will help make high school seniors aware of agribusiness career opportunities for young farmers, agricultural management professionals and businesses that serve Northern New York’s farms of all sizes,” said St. Lawrence Cooperative Extension Executive Director Patrick Ames. “The Northern New York Agricultural Academy will serve as a model for agricultural regions across the United States to help introduce young people to our most important industry.”

    “Agriculture is the most important industry in the North Country and throughout New York State, and today’s farmers—and those of the future—need innovative business and technology skills, in addition to good old fashioned farming know-how, to ensure their success,” Ritchie said.

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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES to host Family Fun Nights at several schools in St. Lawrence County

    ffn St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES will host Family Fun Night events in partnership with Math & Movement, a national mathematics teaching program that combines physical activity and learning.

    Family Fun Nights will take place in several school districts across St. Lawrence County and are sponsored by Dryden Mutual Insurance Company and St. Lawrence Health Initiative.

    The schedule is as follows: April 28; Massena Elementary School, info at 764-3730; May 5, Hermon-DeKalb Central, info at 347-3442; May 12, Madison Elementary in Massena, info at 764-3740; May 26, Harrisville Central, info at 543-2707; June 9, Colton-Pierrepont Central, info at 262-2100; June 15, St. Lawrence Central, info at 389-5131; June 16, Lisbon Central, info at 393-4951

    “On behalf of the participating school districts, we would like to thank Dryden Mutual and St. Lawrence Health Initiative for their generous contributions that have made these events possible,” said BOCES Senior Supervisor for School Improvement Dr. Jennifer French. “The Math & Movement™ program provides the opportunity for students to jumpstart their math learning in a fun, family-friendly environment.”

    Family Fun Nights are two-hour long events, featuring 40 different “stations,” aimed at boosting elementary students’ confidence and math skills. For more information about Math & Movement, visit

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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Teacher Honored as Teacher of the Year

    We are proud to congratulate BOCES Teacher Tracy Sharlow on being honored as the Eastern District Adapted Physical Education (APE) Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators).

    According to a press release by SHAPE America, the organization’s Eastern District represents 11 states from Maryland to Maine, including the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance in adapted physical education and the ability to motivate today’s youth to be physically active for a lifetime.

    Tracy has been an adapted physical education teacher with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES for the past 25 years. Previously, she taught in the San Diego City School District.

    The National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award recipient will be announced on Friday, April 8, 2016.


     According to Tracy, the majority of her students who have autism lack the cognitive,  emotional, and neurological-based skills that are needed to be safe and successful in their  environment. Her work helps students acquire the knowledge to create a safe and healthy  environment.

     “I’m working with a team of people to try to produce the best education that we can for each  individual child, and it’s been a wonderful experience,” Tracy said recently in an interview  with New Channel 7.

     “Watching her with the students is unreal,” added BOCES special education supervisor  Emilyann McGregor. “She puts everything into it, she takes into account what their needs  are.”

     Jill Davis, one of the classroom teachers in the ABA program, states “Tracy uses music as a  motivator. She puts a lot of thought into creating lesson plans that will meet the needs of all  her students. While she is specific with her goals for students, she always makes adaptations on the spot with a smile on her face. Through her diligence and understanding of students with autism, they have learned to participate in physical activities and do so with a great deal of pleasure and skill!”

    Congratulations, Tracy, and thank you for the work you do every day!


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  • BOCES Students Participate in Heuvelton CSD Art Contest

    Heuvelton Central School recently held a district-wide art contest to decorate bulldogs, the district's mascot. Below, BOCES students work on decorating their bulldogs for the contest. Great work, and good luck!



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  • Northwest Tech Students Learn About Police Dogs

    K9 Agents from the US Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security in Ogdensburg, NY recently provided the Northwest Technical Center criminal justice students a demonstration on the application and use of police dogs.  


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    BOCES Wears Purple for Stephanie McKeel


    Staff and students wore purple today to show support for our student Stephanie McKeel, who is battling Cystic Fibrosis.



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    BOCES ESC Staff

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    'Paying it Forward' at Seaway Tech

    Seaway Tech recently held a Movie Night Basket contest. Students had to guess how many gums were in the bucket. The prize was a basket full of movies, snacks, drinks and your choice of a Seaway Tech hoodie/t-shirt. The catch if you win was to give out a Pay It Forward prize. The winner was able to pick a friend to win the bucket of gum and a Seaway Tech hoodie/t-shirt. Anthony Foster was our lucky basket winner. He decided to give the hoodie to someone outside of Seaway planning to attend next year. The bucket of gum he graciously decided to share with his entire Culinary Arts class! Congratulations Anthony!



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  • Northwest Tech Alumna Named JCC Honors Student of the Month

    Dia M. MacKay, of Madrid, is the featured Jefferson Community College (JCC) Honors Program student of the month for February 2016. Dia was a 2015 graduate from the Criminal Justice program at Northwest Tech.  Dia was also student of the month at Northwest Tech as a senior in October 2014.  Congratulations to Dia; keep up the good work! 




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  • Community Connections Classes Visit Wild Center

    Students in Canton Community Connections classes recently stepped out of the classroom for a fun and educational excursion to Tupper Lake. Students in Lisa Ames and Bryan Burnett's classes visited the Wild Center for exploration and team building activities to enhance social relations and define roles within teams.

    Wild Center

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