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  • SWBOCES SEPTA to Hold Annual Book Fair Fundraiser

    Organization Receives Portion of Barnes & Noble Sales Nov. 11 and 12

    The SWBOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association is holding its annual Book Fair next month at the Barnes & Noble at City Center in White Plains. The bookstore will donate a portion of sales that day to SEPTA. Shoppers present must present the attached flier at the register.

    The event will include a treasure hunt, storytime sessions and a coloring station.

    If you can't visit Barnes & Noble that weekend, you can support SEPTA through your purchases on BN.COM/bookfairs between Nov. 11 and Nov. 16. Enter Bookfair ID 12236485 at checkout.

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  • Pocantico Hills Update

    Please see the updated School Calendar.  

    Additions:  October 26th and October 1st, School Dismissal will be at 11:20 am.

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  • Center for Special Services Launches "Active Learning" Classrooms at Rye Lake, Pocantico, Irvington

    The “active learning classrooms” have an area where children can sit in an easy chair and rest their laptops on a round table in front of them, or take a spot at a table surrounded by tall office stools. Their regular chairs swivel, allowing for students who are restless or need to fidget to do so while in class.

    Pedagogy has changed from the traditional set up in which teachers stand in front of students sitting in rows, said Scott Kaufman, Rye Lake Middle/High School principal. The new environment is tailored to foster 21st century skills known as the four Cs – critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.

    “The purpose of an active learning center is that kids don’t sit in rows waiting for the teacher to give them instructions,” the principal said. “They have computers at their fingertips. They have information, access to information, immediately. They are able to manipulate the environment to fit the needs of their learning.”

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    RYE LAKE CAMPUS, OCTOBER 3RD : 9:30- 11 AM AND 6:30-8 PM

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  • Leadership, Teamwork and Pride Are Themes for CSS Staff This Year

    At the Superintendent Conference Days Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, members of the Southern Westchester BOCES administration emphasized the importance of continuing to live the organization’s mission, vision, values and goals. Those include providing services and supports school districts are not able to provide, and being seen as competent, responsive and collaborative leaders in the field.

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  • Back-to-School Immunizations for Eligible Students

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Therapeutic Support Program (TSP)

This program is designed to meet the needs of students who are pursuing their NYS Regents Diploma as determined by their CSE. Students participate in a general education curriculum.  This program is offered at the middle school and high school level in district-based settings, for students who require small group instruction in a therapeutic setting. Students in this program primarily present with mental health challenges that significantly interfere with the students' ability to be educated and supported within a typical general education classroom environment.  Students needs are met through highly structured classroom settings with counseling and instructional support. Students have access to mainstream classes as appropriate. 

 CoSer 230.200

Student Teacher Ratio 12:1:1

Included Related Services

*  Consultant Psychiatric services

*  Counseling Services 1 x 30 individual per week

* Counseling Services 1 x 30 group per month

* Counseling Services Intensive

* Consultant Guidance Counselor services


Direct OT, PT, nursing, speech, counseling (additional) or other related services as per student IEP are billed to districts in addition to tuition costs.

Career Training

At the high school level, students may attend half day programs offered through the Center for Career Services, at no additional charge to the district. This program provides students with transition support, career awareness, and vocational experiences and skills necessary for students to attain the Career Development and Occupational Studies Credential (CDOS) or Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification. Districts are responsible for providing transportation services for students to be able to attend programs located at the Career Service Center in Valhalla. Southern Westchester BOCES can provide transportation services for a fee that would be billed separately to participating districts.

Location Supervisors and Contact Information

Alberta Grant Johnson, Principal Farragut Middle School & Irvington High School   (914) 591-8529