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2015-16 HFM BOCES
Services Guide

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Straight talk to students about behavior

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

Visitors to the CTC Open House enjoy the special refreshments prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program at HFM BOCES.

CTC Open House set for Oct. 8 

HFM BOCES offers parents and community a glimpse of programs and student work

OCT. 7, 2015 - HFM BOCES students and their parents, as well as prospective students and their families are invited to the annual Career & Technical Education Open House from 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. Visitors get a taste – sometime literally – of the 15 programs of study available to area high school students. [more]

Teen Reader Con caters to student tastes

HFM BOCES School Library System partners with libraries, businesses and other BOCES to connect teens and authors

Author Steve Sheinkin signing a student's shirt at the 2014 Teen Reader Con. OCT. 6, 2015 - Imagine the opportunity to meet the author of your favorite book, to meet other students with similar favorites and spend an inspirational day making new friends and discovering new books. That is what’s in store for middle school and high school students who attend the Second Annual Teen Reader Con on Saturday, Oct. 17 at UAlbany’s Downtown Campus (135 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12222). [more]

HazCom graphicHazcom training headlines Supt. Conference Day on Oct. 9

OCT. 5, 2015 - Training in "Hazardous Communications and the Right to Know Law" headlines a slate of morning workshops scheduled for HFM BOCES Superintendent Conference Day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Beginning at 8 a.m., all BOCES staff will participate in training that includes HazCom along with Dignity For All Students (DASA), Sexual Harassment and Social Media. This training is required annually by the New York State Department of Labor.

The session takes place in the conference center and is expected to be completed by 10:30 a.m. Divisional meetings and trainings round out the day for BOCES staff.

Fonda-Fultonville students Katie Joyce, Hailey Briggs and Frankie Foti staff an information table at the HFM BOCES Agriculture Education Summit Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.

Agriculture opportunities branch into every career field

Agri-Ed Summit draws 200+ people, and a goat.

SEPT. 30, 2015 - There is evidently much more to agriculture than the stereotype of the family farmer, judging from several FFA student leaders and representatives from the New York State Farm Bureau.

Multiple and diverse career pathways are available in agriculture and agribusiness, opportunities often untapped because many schools no longer emphasize agriculture education. However, organizers of the first Agriculture Education Summit intend to change that. [more]

Be a hero; donate blood

You don’t need a special reason to give blood, just your own reason

SEPT. 29, 2015 - The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the HFM BOCES cafeteria. Donating helps HFM BOCES Career & Technical Education programs qualify for the Red Cross High School Scholarship Award. [more]

Poverty is a circumstance, not an excuse

Educational Excellence blog logoCommentary by Dr. Patrick Michel
Educational Excellence in Upstate New York

SEPT. 23, 2015 - Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, once promised $100 million to the City of Newark, NJ, to help improve their public education system. His only stipulation was that another $100 million in matching funds be raised locally so that Newark would have plenty of money to use for public school reform. The goal was met and over the course of five years beginning in 2010, Newark had an additional $200 million to work with.

Unfortunately, Mr. Zuckerberg learned what the Gates Foundation had already discovered. No amount of private or public sector money is going to change the trajectory of public education. Take time to read Dale Russakoff’s book The Prize. It does a wonderful job describing how $200 million was wasted in Newark, NJ.

What Zuckerberg and the Gates Foundation will not say aloud is that traditional public education is no longer relevant for people in poverty. [more]

Board of Regents member Beverly Ouderkirk and Acting Deputy Commissioner for K-12 Education Charles Szuberla visit with students at HFM PTECH during their visit to the HFM BOCES region Sept. 14.

Thanks for the wonderful time

Dear Dr. Michel,

I want to thank you for the wonderful time I spent at your BOCES for a couple of days this past week! Your students were absolutely delightful!! You, your staff, and your Board should be very proud of the impact you are having on them. Every building I entered was shiny and sparkling clean. The teachers and other staff were warm and friendly, professionally attired, and self-confident.

Again, many thanks! It was my pleasure to visit HFM BOCES!! My sincere best wishes for continued success in learning and living through the year ahead!

Regent Ouderkirk

Lead singer Michelle King plays guitar with the band Flame at a concert for HFM BOCES students at Boulevard Elementary School.HFM students rock out at grand prize Flame concert

SEPT. 18, 2015 - HFM BOCES students at Boulevard Elementary School enjoyed a free in-school concert recently by the local band Flame, the grand prize of Lexington Center’s 2014015 poster contest in conjunction with the "Rock for Abilities” concert held last March as part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. [more]


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