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2014-15 HFM BOCES
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Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, weight or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the BOCES’s non-discrimination policies should be directed to Jay DeTraglia (jdetraglia@hfmboces.org), Director of Career & Technical Education, (518) 736-4330, 2755 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095, or Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst (Lhohenforst@hfmboces.org), Deputy Superintendent, (518) 736-4305, HFM BOCES, 2755 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095. Inquiries may also be addressed to the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, 646-428-3800, OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

HFM news & happenings

 The bottom line: ZERO state aid increase for schools

Dr. Rick Timbs: The Governor's plan takes schools hostage unless his legislative "reforms" are passed by lawmakers

logo of Statewide School Finance ConsortiumJanuary 23, 2015 - Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State and Executive Budget address on Wednesday, Jan. 21, media reported his proposed $1.1 billion increase in school spending. However, that increase depends on the willingness of the State Legislature to approve a series of "reforms" the governor also advanced during his speech. After further analysis of the Governor's budget plan, Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium identified some "extremely disturbing items" for all New York State school districts.

"The Governor's plan calls for ZERO state aid increases unless his legislative package of "reforms" is passed by both the Senate and the Assembly," Timbs said in a statement. [more]

Governor proposes $1.1 billion school aid increase, if…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.January 21, 2015 - Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his ambitious New York State of Opportunity Agenda Wednesday, Jan. 21,  including his executive budget proposal for $1.1 billion in additional state aid for schools, with the condition that state lawmakers enact a series of education reforms.

Cuomo's proposed reforms would overhaul the teacher evaluation law, tighten tenure requirements, increase the number of charter schools, expand pre-school programs and map a process to turn around the state’s lowest performing schools. [more]

February HazCom class set for substitutes

HazCom logoJanuary 21, 2015 - A Hazardous Communications and Right to Know Law training will be offered to HFM BOCES substitutes on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. All substitutes must complete the annual training during the current school year. The class will be held at 4 p.m. in HFM BOCES conference room C112. Registration is requested by calling 736-4390 or emailing subsvc@hfmboces.org.

Student Council Vice President Annserette Santiago of Amsterdam shared how her first year at HFM PTECH transformed her life to a large audience at HFM PTECH Open House Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Big crowd at PTECH Open House

January 15, 2015 - Nearly 300 parents and students filled the gym at Jansen Ave. School in Johnstown for HFM PTECH's informational open house on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Principal Mike Dardaris offered an overview of the school before turning the evening over to the students, PTECH's best spokespeople.

View the presentation from the PTECH Open House.

Posted in Educational Excellence in Upstate NY  blog logoOpportunities in a moment of decision

By Dr. Patrick Michel
District Superintendent, HFM BOCES

January 6, 2015 - We are at a moment of decision, not just because it is the beginning of a new year, but because the opportunity now exists to embrace a path that insures a bright educational future for all our children.

I recently sat through a presentation from the College Board, the not-for-profit organization that produces the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). They have established a college and career-ready benchmark and are measuring states to see if high schools are producing seniors who are truly college and career ready. They calculated both a national average as well as state-by-state and school district-by-school district breakdowns. This presentation offered the report of their findings.

I will make two observations based on this report.

First, what we are doing now is evidently not working. The current SAT report sadly echoes the same tale that groups such as the ACT achievement test and the New York State Education Department have been telling for years, that students coming out of high school are not adequately prepared for success at college or in a career. [more]

HFM BOCES Adult Services list January classes

Screenings/orientation for skills development, high school equivalency and ESL classes set

JAN 5, 2015 - HFM BOCES will accept new students into its adult education classes during the first week of January. Potential students must attend an orientation and screening session. Classes are available in Skill Development, High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language. [more]

Bright Spot Tree brightens spirit of school community

Adirondack Academy students Kiana VanValkenburg and Esean Brown stand near the Bright Spot Tree.DEC. 19, 2014 - Adirondack Academy students are bragging up the giant "Bright Spot Tree" in the corridor between classrooms. The project unites the academy students and staff with its three-fold purpose:

1. To recognize and honor those people, pets and organizations that are "Bright Spots" in the lives of others.

2. To raise funds to be donated to a social service organization. Each ornament costs the "giver" twenty-five cents.

3. To brighten the spirit of the school community during the holiday season. [more]

High tech mechanics can be a very clean job

DEC. 19, 2014—High school students from Fonda-Fultonville's Computer Technology class joined classmates participating in HFM BOCES Engineering Technology program to tour Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Center for Engineering and Technology on Friday, Dec. 19. [more]


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