Twilight Brings Honor to Erie 1 BOCES/KenTon Collaboration
Jon Ferraro was on the brink of dropping out of Kenmore East High School when he heard about an academic program that takes place in the late afternoon. That appealed to him because this winter he worked into the wee hours for a landscaping/snow-clearing service. "I can work into the morning, get some sleep and come to school," he said. His courseload: English 12, oceanography, government, and an on-line science class.
Developed in cooperation with the KenTon School District, Erie 1 BOCES began offering "Twillight," a late-afternoon academic option, as a way for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to earn the credits they need for a Regents diploma, with an option to learn a career and technical skill.
For some, it means a long school day. Michael Aaron, a senior from KenTon West, begins his day at the culinary program at Erie 1 BOCES KenTon Career & Tech Center. Then he travels to Kenmore West HS for physical education. and returns to BOCES at 3 p.m. to make up credits he needs for graduation. Ending school at 6:30 p.m. makes for a long day, but Aaron is determined to finish and join the army. "We do take a dinner break," noted Mitchell Tomtishen, then principal of the inaugural Twillight program at BOCES KenTon Center. "Often we dine on meals cooked by students in the culinary program." Late afternoon options are being offered to nearly 20 miles away at the Erie 1 BOCES Potter program." Some 30 students from mulitiple school districts are enrolled at the sites.
Posted on Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:18
Kaleida 'Connections' Lead to Erie 1 BOCES Collaboration Honor
For 16 years, Erie 1 BOCES has held the New Visions: Connections program at Kaleida's Millard Fillmore Hospital, and in September will expand to a second location in Buffalo's Medical Corridor. In this program, honors-level high school seniors observe careers in many health areas through a mentor relationship with a practicing professional. The four-credit program includes Anatomy, Physiology and Disease, Health Core/internship, English 12 and Social Studies: Participation in Government & Economics. Each of these one-credit courses is integrated into the curriculum. Students spend three hours each day at a designated hospital site taking course work and observing all aspects of health careers.
Various Kaleida departments provide in-kind contributions of time and expertise from surgeons to the CEO, including: Medical & Surgical Acute Care, Infection Control, Surgery, Rehabilitative Therapies, Diagnostic Imaging, Primary Care Clinics, Critical Care, Pharmacy, Research, and Administrative Services.
Posted on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:08
Raising Readers WNY Program Gets Hodgson Russ Excellence in Collaboration Honor for West Seneca Schools
Every year, the Erie County Association of School Boards recognizes outstanding examples of school district collaboration with its Hodgson Russ Excellence in Collaboration Award. The Award recognizes collaboration that helps improve the educational program and propels a district toward excellence. It recognizes a program that is unique, but can be replicated by others. This year at its Annual Dinner Meeting, the top collaboration award of excellence went to the West Seneca School District for its "Raising Readers WNY" program.
In this program, a pediatrician or other family practioner distributes a free book to an infant's caregiver at pre-identified "well baby" visits. The book is kept by the family and the infant's library begins to grow. The goal is to promote the practice of reading aloud with infants and young children to help build children's literacy.
Posted on Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:55
New ECASB School Board Members Complete NYS-required 6-hr. Trainings
There are few requirements to run for school board - you must be 18, a U.S. citizen, a member of your district at least 30 days before the vote, and able to read and write. Once you're elected, however, two six-hour training courses are required by New York State before the completion of your first year in office. One is the six-hour Governance and Accountability Training and the other is a six-hour session in Fiscal Oversight and Responsibility. The Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB) and Erie 1 BOCES, approved training providers, conducted these sessions on Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 13. ECASB congratulates these 21 new ECASB school board members for successful completion of the goverance training requirement: David Vohwinkel, Cheektowaga-Sloan; Dennis Priore, Clarence; Michael Montoro, Cleveland Hill; David Patton, Frontier; Jennifer Gernat, Gowanda: Richard D'Agostino and Joy Lamarca, Grand Island; Robbin List, Richard Schneider and Michael McGarry, Hamburg; Jane Sullivan, Iroquois, Andrew Gianni, Ken-Ton; Kathleen Chiavetta, Lake Shore; Kelly Depczynski, Lancaster; Cindy Strong and Brian Pilarski, Maryvale; Brandi LoBianco, North Collins; Elizabeth Casey and Garret English, Springville-GI; Heather Sternin and Brooke Kasprzak, Tonawanda; Shawn P. Lemay and Mark Mecca, Williamsville.
We congratulate these new ECASB school board members on competion of their Fiscal Oversight & Responsibility Training requirement: Steven Hartman, Alden; Matthew Weigand, Cheektowaga; David Vohwinkel, Cheektowaga-Sloan; Dennis Priore, Clarence; Michael Montoro, Cleveland Hill; David Patton, Frontier; Jennifer Gernatt, Gowanda; Richard D'Agostino and Joy LeMarca, Grand Island; Richard Schneider, and Michael McGarry, Hamburg; Jane Sullivan, Iroquois; Andrew Gianni, Ken-Ton; Kathleen Chiavetta, Lake Shore; Kelly Depczynski, Lancaster; Cindy Strong and Brian Pilarski, Maryvale; Brandi LoBianco, North Collins; Elizabeth Casey and Garret English, Springville-GI; Heather Sternin and Brooke Kasprzak, Tonawanda; Shawn P. Lemay and Mark Mecca, Williamsville.
Welcome to all of our new ECASB school board members and congratuations to these members on completion of their 6-hour training requirements. ECASB provides additional programs for school board members throughout the year to aid in the continuing professional development of school board members.
Erie 2 CC BOCES District Superintendent David O'Rourke, Ph.D., speaks with new school board members at Saturday morning governance training session.
Posted on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:20
David Lowrey's Service to Education
Honored with Diana Miller Award
David Lowrey, from the Iroquois and Erie 2 BOCES Boards of Education, was honored as the 2015 Diana R. Miller Award recipient at the Erie County Association of School Boards Annual Dinner Meeting. Established in 1981 in honor of late Lancaster Board of Education member, the award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the betterment of education and/or assisted ECASB in achieving its mission on behalf of public education.
"Mr. Lowrey had dedicated his life to the betterment of education through his career and unprecendented community involvement. An intelligent, resourceful, student-based leader, Mr. Lowrey has been a pillar of strength and support through numerous challenging times at Iroquois. He has established an unprecedented level of trust and accountability between the Board, teachers, staff and community. A lifelong learner himself, Mr. Lowrey constantly advocates and encourages the continuing development of Board members. Mr. Lowrey's impressive resume, along with his many years of involvement at the county and state level, verifies that he understands the true meaning of a board member's responsibility to serve the children of New York State through the betterment of education," observed Iroquois School Superintendent Douglas Scofield.
Posted on Friday, 05 June 2015 10:35
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