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  • 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!

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  • A Fun Filled Day!

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 was a day filled with laughter, and fun as we all celebrated, Field Day!

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  • Summer in Tarrytown

    Classes are enjoying the beautiful weather and enjoying multi-sensory experiences both in school and the community. Community trips have begun, with classes taking advantage of nearby parks and activities to support generalization of school-based skills.

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  • Virtual Art Gallery

    Students are settling into their summer program routines with their classroom teams. We have now completed two of the six weeks of our extended school year program. Our classroom and therapy teams have been working hard in planning and creating lessons that meet the individual needs of our students. Students in our Multiply Handicapped program have been participating in virtual art classes with teacher, Trish Lyons. Students applied water to paper, then dripped the watercolor paint onto the paper. Students then moved the paper around to create their beautiful artwork. 

    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.

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  • Graduates Say Goodbye to SWBOCES after Many Years

    After 14 years as classmates and friends in Southern Westchester BOCES programs, Jesus Popoca and Karen Garcia-Tobon received their graduation certificates in a June 17 ceremony at Tappan Hill School that parents and friends watched via Zoom.

    Tappan Hill Principal Phyllis Rizzi congratulated the graduates, who held hands as they stood next to her. Karen began attending SWBOCES in 2005, and Jesus started in 2008.

    “Over the years, Karen and Jesus have formed a strong attachment and friendship, as you can see,” Ms. Rizzi said. “They genuinely care for each other and look to each other during daily classroom activities. They have a mutual supportive relationship.”

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  • Congratulations & Best Wishes!

    Congratulations to Karen & Jesus, our Tappan Hill Class of 2021 and their families! Karen has been with SWBOCES since 2005, and Jesus, since 2008. We will miss you and wish you all the best as you move on from SWBOCES.

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  • Achilles Kids

    On June 4, 2021, the Tappan Hill School community celebrated,  Achilles Kids Day!


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  • 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.

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  • Congratulations to Our Rye Lake Middle School Grads!

    For the four students who are moving up to ninth grade, Rye Lake Middle School was a short but meaningful pit stop on their education journey, Principal Marvin Elliott said during their graduation ceremony June 10.

    “The journey of a NASCAR driver can take anywhere from 100 to 200 laps,” Mr. Elliott said. “As a result, performance is key, for as we need food and water as fuel to survive, the NASCAR driver must also refuel to continue the race because at some point, the tires and brakes will become worn and torn. It is at those crucial moments when you must pause during your journey only to start again.”

    He offered plenty of advice as they refuel and prepare for high school. “Be grateful. Like yourselves a lot. Practice forgiveness. Aspire to be a mentor. Smile wide, laugh hard,” he said. “Do not rush to grow up. Treasure what is truly important. Learn from the past but don’t live in the past.”

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  • Gardening with Love at Tappan Hill

    Tappan Hill School’s vegetable and flower gardens are growing with a lot of love this spring.  Children in Linda Christiansen’s class have been very busy planting marigolds, tomatoes, corn, peppers, eggplant and string beans. 

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  • Two SWBOCES students at Irvington program honored for 'Overcoming the Odds'

    Two students in the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Special Services program at Irvington High School are being honored by an educational advocacy organization at its annual awards event on May 18.

    News Feed - Irvington High School
  • St. Matthew's Community Service

    In late April, students from all five of our classrooms supported the St. Matthew's church by helping to spread mulch around the building. Students worked with their classroom staff and maintained social distance, mask and glove wearing. What a job well done! 

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  • Spring has Sprung at Tappan Hill!

    Students & staff have been participating in activities about the life cycle of a butterfly, plants and seasonal holidays. We look forward to incorporating more outdoor learning experiences as the weather gets warmer!

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