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 2016 Special Awards Nominations
 *Note, both BOCES and component district employees are eligible to nominate BOCES employees for awards, to be presented at Opening Day 2016.

2016-17 Administrative Budget

2016-17 BOCES Service Directory 


State Assessment Schedules

  • The August 2016 Regents Exam schedule has been posted here.
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    • View the schedule here.  

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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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  • Southwest Tech Receive New Bulldozer

    Students in the Heavy Equipment Program at Southwest Tech recently received a 2016 Bulldozer to add to its fleet. The students were very excited upon delivery, and have already started training on the new equipment.

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  • BOCES Student Featured on Good News Network

    Melissa Wallace's story was featured on Good News Network, an online source of positive and uplifting news stories. Please visit our Facebook page and share the post about Melissa at the top of our timeline to help us make her story go "viral."



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  • Seaway Tech Student Receives Note From Senator Ritchie


    Norwood-Norfolk CSD student Nicholas Salacka, who is enrolled in the the automotive technology program at BOCES Seaway Tech, was the Rotary Club of Potsdam BOCES Student of the Month for November. This week, Nicholas received something very special in the mail from State Senator Patty Ritchie! Congrats, Nicholas and thank you Senator Ritchie for acknowledging our students' accomplishments!




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  •  Closure Policy for Professional Development Workshops:

    In the event of school delays or snow days, the policy for PD workshops is:

    • If Canton Central delays 1hour, the workshop starts at 9:00.
    • If Canton Central delays 2 hours, the workshop starts at 10:00
    • If Canton Central Closes- workshop is cancelled.
    • If Canton does not close or delay, but the district the teacher works in delays/closes, it is up to the teacher and their district to decide what should happen.  The workshop will still run.


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  • Seaway Tech Holds Candy Gram Fundraiser


    The National Technical Honor Society at Seaway Career and Technical Education Center held a valentine’s candy gram fundraiser to support the activities of the society, which serves others in need. Proceeds will be donated to a local family in need.

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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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    '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.

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