Student Opportunities

These activities promote higher order thinking skills to solve real life problems.  BOCES Aidable

Extra-Curricular activities enrich the educational experience, promote connectedness and a sense of belonging, and contribute to the development of well-rounded students.  Determination, perseverance, achievement, respectfulness and teamwork are some of the valuable lessons that can be attained through these activities.

Activities Include:
Odyssey of the Mind & Odyssey of the Mind Additional Memberships
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting interpretations of literary classics. Students compete at the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in this program. Click here for additional information.  BOCES Aidable Coordination Fee
Whiz Quiz
Whiz Quiz is a proud tradition of academic competition and achievement for WPBS-TV and its broadcast community. High school students in teams of four play match after match until it is down to just one. The program has been around so long that some of the teams coaches remember their days on a team. Watch Whiz Quiz at 7:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday, October thru December on WPBS-TV.   Click here for additional information.
SAT Verbal and Math
High-school juniors who plan to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring may attend the SAT/ACT Workshop taught by David Dufrane (Reading/Writing) and Meg Clemens (Math). Classes will be held at the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Educational Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton, on seven Sundays beginning in February and ending in April. Workshop classes are 2.5 hours long and are offered on Saturdays/Sundays so students will have fewer conflicts with extra-curricular activities. This course includes practice for the SAT as well as practice for the ACT.  Students at participating districts (Canton, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Madrid-Waddington, Potsdam) must register with their guidance counselors.  Sections are assigned as registration forms are received.  Registration form and more information is available at 
Spelling Bee Available Via Cross Contract
The Spelling Bee hosted by the General Brown Central School District and sponsored by the Watertown Daily Times. It is conducted under the same rules as the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. Contestants from Jefferson-Lewis, Franklin-Essex, and St. Lawrence-Lewis counties are eligible to compete. Competitors qualify by participating in spelling bees conducted in their home school districts. The Winner of a Regional Bee qualifies to participate in the National Spelling Bee competition held in Washington D.C.  Click here for additional information.
The Exploratory Enrichment service facilitates experiences that extend beyond traditional classroom instruction.  Students in grades K-12 engage in enrichment group activities offered through area Universities and regional agencies.
These activities focus on curriculum that is based on the NYS Learning Standards in academic and career education areas. Transportation costs are not aidable.

Districts are required to pay the planning fee to participate in these programs. BOCES Aidable 

Activities Include:

 Challenge Day
The Challenge Day mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.  Click here for additional information.

Living History Day
Living History Day is the culmination of a year-long project for fourth and seventh grade students from participating districts. Students study the French and Indian War throughout the year and complete projects with a focus on the role Fort de la Présentation played in this conflict.  In the spring 18th Century re-enactors and heritage interpreters demonstrate open-hearth cooking, historic baseball, colonial toys, colonial lighting, cartridge rolling and other traditional activities. Students see, touch and taste some of what everyday life was like for their ancestors and experience the life and color of America’s history that happened in their own backyard.  Click here for additional information.
Scholars Enrichment Program
The St. Lawrence University Scholars Enrichment Program (SLUSEP), will provide an enrichment opportunity for area high school sophomores and juniors.  The program will provide students access to non-credit bearing courses in subjects that fall outside the traditional high school curriculum.  It also exposes high quality local high school students to St. Lawrence University, helping to spread the word about our beautiful campus and our quality faculty.  Click here for additional information.
Project Challenge
Clarkson University offers academic "challenges" to North Country High School students through Project Challenge.  This program provides area students an opportunity to participate in classes they cannot normally find at their high school.  These five-week courses are taught by University faculty and administrators on Saturday mornings beginning in mid-January. The program is designed for high school students who have completed eleventh grade and are ready to begin college studies.  Click here for additional information.
Horizons I; Horizons II; Horizons III
Applicants to Horizons I (first year), Horizons II (second year), and Horizons III (third year) are geared to girls who have an aptitude and interest in math and science or engineering.  Although females have an aptitude equal to males in science and mathematics, few choose to pursue careers in these areas.  Horizons is intended to help young women embrace the excitement of mathematics and to better understand its everyday use. The Horizons curriculum uses an integrated instructional module for mathematics, science and engineering concepts and supports these through fun and challenging hands-on projects. The life skills component further enhances the instruction as participants build confidence, personal insight, leadership and team spirit in an emotionally scaffolded learning environment.
At Horizons, participants are taught by a predominantly female staff composed of teachers and other professionals. Students are also accompanied and mentored by program assistants who are usually undergraduate college females who excel in relevant disciplines. Group sizes are small so each participant has the opportunity to form a lasting relationship with staff and peers. Click here for additional information.
First Robotics Advanced
This project is not for the weak or ill tempered. The team of Clarkson students and area high school students have only six weeks to design and build a remotely controlled robot that competes in a sporting-like event. For those who like to lead a less intense lifestyle, there are opportunities for Web design, computer animation, and public relations. Click here for additional information.

First Lego League; Additional First Lego League
The First Lego League (FLL) program is offered through Clarkson University SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering and Experience and Design) program. The program introduces students aged 9 to 14 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.  FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Click here for additional information.

First Tech Challenge; Additional First Tech Challenge
The First Tech Challenge (FTC) program is offered through Clarkson University SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering and Experience and Design) program.  The program is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.  Click here for additional information.

Jr. First Lego League; Additional Jr. First Lego League
The Jr. First Lego League (JFLL) program is offered through Clarkson University SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering and Experience and Design) program.  This program is intended for children ages 6-9 and captures young children's curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology and features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination.  Guided by adult Coaches, teams use Lego bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.Click here for additional information.

Nature Center Programs
Local area Nature Centers offer a variety of enrichment opportunities for area students.  Participating Nature Centers include: Indian Creek Nature Center, Robert Moses State Park; and Wellesley Island State Park.


St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Educational Services Center
P.O. Box 231 - 40 W. Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Darin Saiff
(315) 386-4504 Ext. 15101
Fax: (315) 379-3741
[email protected]