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O/N BOCES Students Collect Pennies for Peace

O/N BOCES Students Collect Pennies for Peace

   Orleans/Niagara BOCES teacher Michelle Drennan was assigned a book in her book club called “Three Cups of Tea”.  Little did she know that it would move and inspire her in such a way that she would be compelled to share it with students and staff at the BOCES Royalton Hartland Learning Center.  The book was written by Greg Mortenson, an American, who while climbing K2 in Pakistan was exposed to the lack of formal education offered to the children in a small village he recuperated in 1995.  “After he got home he sold everything he owned to try to raise money to help build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” says Drennan.  “He told his mother, who was a school teacher in Wisconsin, what he was trying to accomplish and she invited him to talk to her students.  When he told her class about his adventures in Pakistan and how sad it made him that they children didn’t have schools or could afford a school teacher they started a penny drive to help him

O/N BOCES Welding Students Take Top Spots at Competition

O/N BOCES Welding Students Take Top Spots at Competition

Seven students from the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers recently competed at the 14th Annual American Welding Society (AWS) competition held in Depew, New York against several other area schools.  The AWS was founded in 1919 and its goal is to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines in welding education.   Royalton Hartland Junior Beau Babcock took first place in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding with a 7018 electrode and Wilson Junior David Kish took second place.  Jim Boehnke, a senior from Starpoint took second place in the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding on stainless steel.  Orleans/Niagara BOCES Welding teachers Eric Farrell, Steve Frey and Lynn Wahler are extremely proud of their students’ accomplishments.  “My first place student won against 17 students.  It was such a great moment for me as an educator,” says Mr.

O/N BOCES Students Monkey Around on Safari Day

O/N BOCES Students Monkey Around on Safari Day

Orleans/Niagara BOCES students at the Royalton Hartland Learning Center had a fun time monkeying around with staff for an afternoon.  As part of a reward for being in the “Good Choice Circle”, students had treats, made crafts and participated in a scavenger hunt all focused around a safari theme.  The Good Circle club is part of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) initiative at site that rewards students who show respect, accountability and responsible behavior. 

O/N BOCES Middle School Students Get Preview of Niagara Career and Tech. Center

O/N BOCES Middle School Students Get Preview of Niagara Career and Tech. Center

  Bernadette Schultz, Director of the YWCA’s Advantage After School Program was intrigued by the articles she read about the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Career Exploration and Awareness Program and Summer Camp.  She contacted Dr. Melisa Niver at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center who administers the program and asked if there was any way she could bring some of the middle school students she works with at Lockport and Newfane over to check out the Career and Technical Education programs.  “This free program I manage provides a safe after school environment for all students who wish to attend. We challenge and expose the students to a variety of options that encourage knowledgeable life style choices. I definitely feel the Career and Technical Camp   was a marvelous opportunity for our students,” says Mrs.  Schultz.

The Report Cards Are Here ... How Did Your School Do?

The Report Cards Are Here ... How Did Your School Do?

ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. - The New York State Education Department announced on Thursday the release of 2009-10 School Report Cards for all schools and districts throughout New York.

Results for the Orleans COunty school districts are located here.

Niagara-Wheatfield High School Choir Will Perform at Carnegie Hall

  Everyone knows the way to get to Carnegie Hall is “practice, practice, practice,” and the Niagara-Wheatfield Concert Choir did just that, and will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City during the National Youth Concert Series on March 25.

Local High School Coaches Become Certified in Concussion Reduction Training

Local High School Coaches Become Certified in Concussion Reduction Training

Coaches from West Seneca East Senior High School are the first from a Western New York school to become certified in Primordial Strength Inc.’s Concussion Reduction Basic Neck Training as part of their football strength training certification, according to Primordial President Steven Helmicki. Concussion certification and explosive power endurance certification is available for all sports and can be taught in your school.