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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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  • A Fun Filled Day!

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

    Tappan Hill
  • 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.

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  • 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! 

    St. Matthews
  • 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!

    Tappan Hill
  • Pocantico Hills students recite the Pledge

    SWBOCES students in the Center for Special Services program at Pocantico Hills School recited the Pledge of Allegiance for a presentation to precede the May 12 Board of Education meeting.

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  • Autism Awareness Month celebrated with message of understanding

    April was Autism Awareness month, but it was about so much more than awareness. It was about seeing our students for who they are. In Room 4 at Tappan Hill School, we felt strongly about making a bulletin board that the whole school could smile at during the month of April and possibly the remainder of the year.

    The message behind this bulletin board is so important, not just for students with Autism, but for all students with disabilities. It is also  a reminder to the adults who educate them to be understanding. 

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  • Autism Awareness Day at St. Matthew's

    On April 15. 2021, the staff and students of St. Matthew's School celebrated Autism Awareness. Students and staff have spent the month of April learning about Autism. Students and staff celebrated by wearing blue, decorating the building in puzzle pieces and blue balloons and creating individual puzzle pieces with things they have learned about Autism. In addition, each classroom created learning activities for their students that were individualized to their abilities all centered around Autism . A big thank you to our Culture and Diversity team and Ms. Maggie Donaghy who helped to spear head this special day! 


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  • St. Matthew's students recite the Pledge

    Students from St. Matthew's were asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on camera for reply at the start of the SWBOCES Board of Education's April 21, 2021, meeting. Each Board meeting features the Pledge recited by a students from a different program. Their enthusiastic participation is greatly appreciated. Well done!

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  • St. Matthew's in the News!

    St. Matthew's Sets Up School Store

    St. Matthews
  • St. Matt's School Store Provides Work Experience during Pandemic

    At Southern Westchester BOCES’ St. Matthew’s School site, one of the formative experiences in the Therapeutic Support Program is off-site vocational training and skills development. Since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible this year, staff members came up with an alternate option: Open a school store where students can purchase rewards items and gain work skills.

    “We cannot go outside to work or interact with the community, so we are instead bringing the world of work and community practices to St. Matthew’s,” said Patrice Cookes, a teacher in the Therapeutic Support Program for Developmentally Delayed (TSP-DD) students.

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  • Women's History Month at St. Matthew's

    St. Matthew's students celebrated our remarkable women during Women's History Month.

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