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News from our schools

  • 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! 

    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.

    News Feed - Pocantico Hill School
  • 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. 

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • 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! 


    St. Matthews
  • 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!

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • 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.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Reminder

    Tappan Hill will be closed for  Spring Recess from March 29- April 2, 2021. 

    School reopens on Monday, April 5, 2021. 

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

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

    St. Matthews
  • Activities from the classroom

    Students and staff in Ms. Donaghy's room spent some time honoring Black History Month by learning about the Underground Railroad.  Students read Follow the Drinking Gourd, learned and made their own gourds in honor of the story.

    St. Matthews
  • Tappan Hill Celebrates Black History Month

    Tappan Hill School celebrated leaders, innovators, artists, musicians, politicians and other Black historical figures during Black History Month, including Frederick McKinley Jones, who developed equipment for refrigerated transport of food and blood during World War II;  George T. Sampson, who patented the automatic clothes dryer in 1892; poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou; former President Barack Obama; civil rights and women's rights activist Dorothy Height; and others.

    Special thanks to security guard Dwayne Welcome for helping put up the display in our lobby! 

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • SEPTA Gives Donations for Classroom Celebrations

    Since the Special Education PTA couldn't hold its annual holiday party in December, the group donated $5 for each student in Center for Special Services programs.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Love is in the Air


    Love is in the air at St. Matthew's. Staff and students practiced their writing and speaking skills expressing what they each loved about St. Matthews and what makes St. Matthew's so special. The most common response was that at St. Matthew's we are all family. 

    In addition, our school store staff practiced acts of kindness putting together valentines kindness bags for students. Happy Valentines!

    St. Matthews
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