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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 for Developmentally Delayed (TSP-DD)

This program is designed to meet the needs of students who are determined by their CSE to be alternately assessed (NYSAA). The TSP/DD Program facilitates social/emotional/behavioral skills necessary for students with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges to function successfully in home, school and community environments. Functional academics and specialized instruction in academics are emphasized. At the secondary level, the program provides students with transition supports, career awareness and services and vocational experiences and skills necessary for students to attain the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SKILL).

CoSer 231.100

Student Teacher Ratio 8:1:1

Included Related Services

* Psychiatric Consultant Services

* Counseling Services 1x30 group per week

* Consultant Occupational Therapy

* Consultant Speech and Language Services

* Consultant Guidance Counselor


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

Where appropriate, high school students who are alternately assessed (NYSAA) may attend half day career preparation programs, to meet the requirements for attaining the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SKILLS).

This program is offered through the Center for Career Services, at no additional charge to the district

Districts are responsible for providing transportation services for students to be able to attend programs located at the Career Services 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

Leslie Handler, Principal Valhalla Campus:

(914) 761-3400

Leslie Handler, Principal St. Matthews:

(914) 366-2560