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2014-15 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

HFM BOCES consortium wins $1.16 million educational leadership grant

We transform lives sloganOCT. 29, 2014 - HFM BOCES and 13 of its component school districts have won a $1,164,948 grant from the New York State Education Department to enhance and expand the expertise of area principals and teacher leaders.

The “Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership” (STLE-D) will fund support for up to 100 principals and 200 teacher leaders from the partnering districts, including advanced training and mentoring, as well as an opportunity to earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Teacher Leadership. [more]

HFM BOCES region prepared to respond to health concerns

State Department of Health requests that districts disseminate information on Ebola

OCT. 29, 2014, - Fall and winter months often mean more colds, flu and fevers. This season is no different, but media reports about communicable diseases in New York City and Dallas, Texas, have prompted HFM BOCES component schools to review procedures for preventing the spread of illness. Also, in response to a request from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Education Department (SED), HFM BOCES is distributing information about Ebola. [more]

HazCom training for substitute services scheduled in November

HazCom graphicOCT. 28, 2014 - Live, in person "Hazardous Communications and the Right to Know Law" training will be held 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at HFM BOCES (Room C112A) for any substitutes needing the training for 2014-15. Please register by calling 736-4390 or emailing subsvc@hfmboces.org.

CTE graduation pathway approved by Regents

Multiple pathways create options for students preparing for college and careers

graduation mortarboard and diplomaOCT. 21, 2014 - The New York State Board of Regents today approved new options for students to meet the state’s high school graduation requirements. The new regulations establish multiple, comparably rigorous pathways to graduation, including pathways in Career and Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Arts; Biliteracy (languages other than English) and the Humanities.  [more]

NYSED: 'Teach more, test less'

OCT. 15, 2014 - The New York State Education Department is encouraging school districts and BOCES to review their Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans for opportunities to reduce testing at each grade level.

After two full years of APPR implementation, State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review plans and issue a "Teach More, Test Less: Testing Transparency Report" for each district and BOCES to help identify ways to "ensure the minimum assessments necessary are used to inform effective decision making at the classroom, school, district and BOCES level." [more]

Wash your hands!

Handwashing is one of the most important steps to avoid sickness and spreading germs to others

This poster may be downloaded in English and Spanish. See story.OCT. 9, 2014 - With local and international headlines filled with news of enterovirus D68 and Ebola, not to mention October being the start of flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want everyone to remember that the best preventive measure is within their grasp, literally.

According to the CDC website, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps anyone can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. [more]

BOE resolutions demand action on school funding issues

Board of Education calls for an end to GEA and redesign of the state’s school funding system

Stamp of the word RESOLVEDOCT. 9, 2014 - Since 2010, school districts in the HFM BOCES region have lost more than $16 million in aid through the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment, as well as lost revenue through a stifled and politicized state aid formula. HFM BOCES Board of Education unanimously passed two resolutions calling on the governor and state legislators to end the GEA burden on schools and create a non-political Berger-type commission to resolve the inequities in school funding in New York State. [more]


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