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News from our schools

  • Chocolate Bars

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Join SEPTA, Today!

    Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) is a resource and a network of support for families of students in our Center for Special Services programs. Join today! Lots of exciting events are coming up!

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Welcoming our School Community with Brilliant Bulletin Boards.

    Tappan Hill decorated the school with creative, fun, and welcoming back to school Bulletin Boards.

    Tappan Hill
  • Surveillance Testing

    In partnership with the Westchester County Department of Health, Southern Westchester BOCES is developing a plan to offer voluntary COVID Surveillance Testing to students in our Special Services Programs:


    • We will distribute specific information later this week, with details and answers to questions such as:
    • How do I enroll my child in this testing program?
    • What forms will I need?
    • Will my child’s health information be kept confidential?
    • When and where will the testing happen?
    • When and how will I get the results?


    • Our Health and Safety Plan for the 21-22 School Year is available on our website
    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Students Make Cards for Troops on 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service

    In honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Tappan Hill School students thanked members of the U.S. military with beautiful hand-made cards.

    “You are our heroes. You keep us safe. We appreciate you,” Callum, who is in   teacher Linda Christiansen’s class, wrote inside one of his cards. On the outside, he glued a paper cutout of a hand stamped in blues, purples and greens with Dot Markers.

    Tappan Hill collaborated on the project with Volunteer New York’s RISE program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The cards are for Mahopac-based United for the Troops, which includes them with care packages for troops serving overseas. Patty and Jim Rathschmidt founded the group after their son went to serve in Iraq in 2007. Since then, they have delivered 25,000 packages of essential items, T-shirts, snacks, cards, letters and more to members of the military.

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Back to School at Tappan Hill

    Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Students and staff have been hard at work since returning on September 9. We look forward to a successful year for all! 

    Tappan Hill
  • Meet the new principal at Rye Lake Lower Campus!

    A Rye Lake's Lower Campus, new Principal Julia Dolan has found a sense of community and a place to pursue her passion for special education. “Everything for me is student-centered,” Ms. Dolan said. “Every decision that’s made has to be made around the students.”

    News Feed - Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Meet the new principal at St. Matthew's School!

    David Nisenbaum has come full circle in his career in education with his arrival at St. Matthew's School in White Plains. "I just felt always this connection to serving a population of students that for me held a very special place in my heart,” he says.

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • Meet Our Team

    Same masks, new year!


    On the left, we have Kaye Jackson our incredible Secretary to the Principal! In the middle, Principal Julia Dolan. To the right, Assistant Principal Leah Zilich. 


    We can't wait to see you!

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Follow Us!

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    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Tappan Hill Students Spread Cheer, One Banner at a Time

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown of SWBOCES Tappan Hill School teacher Erroll Rivera’s flower program, in which his multiply disabled students created and delivered bouquets around the school for special occasions.

    A separate project Mr. Rivera had been working on with his students -- using a die cut machine to make “Happy Birthday” banners for classmates -- prompted Principal Phyllis Rizzi to suggest expanding it to mark special occasions schoolwide.

    “So, we took the banner idea and we said ‘Well, let’s make a banner and we could put it in the hallway and wish people a happy birthday,’” Mr. Rivera said.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Tappan Hill students practice Pollock-style art in summer session

    Students at Tappan Hill School learned to paint in the style of artist Jackson Pollock during their latest weekly summer art class. We're so proud of their artwork!

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Summer Recess

    Irvington HS
  • Congratulations, Tappan Hill Retirees!

    Congratulations and best wishes to the seven Tappan Hill School staff members who retired at the end of the school year after many years of dedicated service! They spent a total of 196 years working with children in our programs.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Congratulations to the 16 Rye Lake High School Graduates!

    Happiness, gratitude and relief were a few of the emotions members of the Rye Lake Campus High School Class of 2021 expressed to family, friends, teachers and staff who attended their graduation on June 10.

    Senior Christian Rivera – one of 16 graduates – said 2020-21 was “probably the most difficult school year I’ve ever had.” 

    “There was a time I wanted honestly just to quit school because it was so difficult, but I overcame it and honestly I feel blessed,” said Christian, speaking to faculty and staff who attended the graduation at Rye Lake, and family and friends who watched online.

    The Class of 2021 was one of the largest Rye Lake High School has ever had. Some graduates will start college in the fall; others will head straight into the workforce, attend a cosmetology program, or take time to travel and decide what they want to do next.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
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