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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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  • SEPTA MEETING

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

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  • OPEN HOUSE DATES

    ST. MATTHEW'S, WHITE PLAINS, NY : OCTOBER 3rd, 6:30-8 PM

    CAREER SERVICES, VALHALLA, NY : OCTOBER 4th, 9:30-10:30 AM

    RYE LAKE CAMPUS, WHITE PLAINS, NY : OCTOBER 12th, 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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B.E.A.T Program - Be Educated About Transit

On, Tuesday, March 7th the students at St. Matthew’s attended a workshop given by Anna Masopust from the Westchester County Office for People with Disabilities and Mary Ellen Burns from Westchester County Department Of Transportation/Department of Public Works. They spoke to the students about the B.E.A.T. Program.  (Be Educated About Transit) The B.E.A.T. program is a free program offered through Westchester County.  It teaches the students how to use the Bee-Line Bus System.  During the workshop the students viewed a slideshow presentation and participated in interactive activities.  The students were given the opportunity to ask and answer questions from the presenters.  The students were interested and involved during the workshop.

The objectives of the programs are:

  • To teach safety rules related to public buses
  • To reinforce safe behavior on buses
  • To familiarize students with the Bee Line bus system
  • To teach students how to get on and off the bus, determine which bus to take, how to read a schedule, and how to interpret a map
  • To introduce mass transit to students
  • To familiarize children with vocabulary related to transit

The students were excited to learn about the buses. St. Matthew’s will have some students participating in the 8 week program that is offered by B.E.A.T. this Spring.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Pocantico Hills Update

    Please see the updated School Calendar.  

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

    Center for Special Services
  • SEPTA MEETING

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

    Center for Special Services