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News from our schools

  • 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
  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome back staff and students! We are SO excited for a new year together!

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • 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
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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 Goes to the Farm!

    Ms. Hild's class journeyed to Muscoot Farm to observe and learn about animals. During the class trip, students and staff saw sheep, a pig, cows, horse, chickens, ducks and goats.  Students and staff enjoyed their time at the farm and hope to visit again soon. 

    Tappan Hill
  • 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
  • A Fun Filled Day!

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

    Tappan Hill
  • 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.

    Tappan Hill
  • 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.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • 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.”

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • 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.

    Tappan Hill
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