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News from our schools

  • Early Dismissal Wednesday, 12/15 - PLRD

    There will be an early dismissal at Irvington MSHS on Wednesday, December 15th.  Dismissal will be at 1:15 p.m.

    Irvington HS
  • Holiday Recess - Early Dismissal 12/23, 12/24 - 12/31

    Holiday Recess: Please be advised that there will be an 11:25 a.m. dismissal on 12/23; holiday recess runs from 12/24 through 12/31. School resumes on 1/3/22.


    Irvington HS
  • SWBOCES builds community in Irvington through the Thanksgiving Project

    The SWBOCES Irvington Middle/High School collaborated with the Irvington District VIP middle and high school students to promote inclusivity and build community.  All members of the community were asked to write one or more things that they were thankful for on a feather. Students included family, friends, loving parents, "each and every day," learning and other things in their messages.

    The project is the brainchild of math teacher Holli Smith, who got the idea from a teacher who works at another high school.

    “The outcome is this beautiful and inspirational display of collective gratitude,” Principal Alberta Grant-Johnson said.

    News Feed - Irvington High School
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    THANK YOU to the students, families and staff that contributed to the Tappan Hill School food drive for Feeding Westchester! We are donating nine boxes full of food for those in need. We wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 

    Tappan Hill
  • Tappan Hill students lead Thanksgiving food drive

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the students and staff of the Tappan Hill school are participating in a food drive for Feeding Westchester.

    Teacher Erroll Rivera and his class worked to set up the food drive with Feeding Westchester. They created a flier and distributed it. Each day, students and staff from across the school building contribute donations for those in need in the county. Thank you to all that have contributed thus far. At the end of each school day, students from Mr. Rivera’s class compile donations. There are five full boxes of donations already! Our food drive will continue to accept donations through Monday, November 22.

    We wish all our families a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Celebrating Art and Learning at Tappan Hill

    The halls of Tappan Hill School are filled with beautiful artwork and creative educational bulletin boards. Kudos to all the students and staff members who have contributed their time and talent to enhancing our hallways!

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Halloween Door Decorating Contest at Tappan Hill School

    Creativity and great holiday spirit were on display at Tappan Hill School for the Halloween decorating contest. Students and staff in all classes and departments decorated their door for Halloween, and the school was filled with pumpkins, spiders, witches, skeletons, bats, ghosts and more. Center for Special Services Director Andrea Byrne judged the contest and gave out awards that recognized the unique qualities of each entry.

    “The community at Tappan Hill was eager to collaborate on their festive classroom doors. The staff and students created engaging, colorful and spooky displays!” said Assistant Principal Francesca Fernandez. “Within our school community, collaboration within classrooms and across the school is a key part of our connected learning environment."

    Congratulations to everyone!

      • Erroll Rivera’s class, Healthy Bones of Our Learning Award
      • Speech Department, Ann Marie Ross and Diane Torsiello, Growing Seeds for Learning Award
      • Intensive Day Treatment Class, Elizabeth Rizzi, Positive Energy Award
      • Linda Liebman’s class, Incorporating Instructional Art Award
      • Adriane Lomupo’s class, Haunted Door Award
      • Rachael Lynch’s class, Best Literary/Movie Connection
      • Nursing Department, Nguti Efuetenjok, RN; Sonia Martinez, LPN, Wrapped in Clinical Care Award
      • Betsy O’Connor’s class, Seasonal Research and Reading Award
      • Judy Baddeley’s class, Animated Student Expression Award
      • Anne Marie Cellante’s class, Size Concept Award 
      • Linda Christiansen’s class, Fine Arts Integration Award
      • Kim Hild, Most Inviting Trick or Treat Moment Award
      • Leah Harris, Best Use of Rhyme Award
      • Diane Storm, gym teacher, and Julie Zimmerman, occupational therapist, Most Daunting and Haunting Seasonal Door Award
      • Dr. Steven Coleman, psychologist, and Yolette Levy, social worker, Clinical Web of Support Award
    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Congratulations to our 21-22 Student Council Members!!!

    President: Akira M

    Vice President: Romina S

    Secretary: Kayela C

    Historian: Edwin G

    Rye Lake Campus Middle/High
  • Pumpkin Carving at Tappan Hill

    Students in Adriane Lomupo’s class have been learning all about pumpkins, their parts and how they grow! Last week, they took part in a hands-on fun holiday activity and science lesson. Students got their hands dirty carving a jack-o’-lantern, and using their senses to touch, feel and smell a pumpkin. They also identified the stem, shell, pulp and seeds. Happy Halloween!

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Happy Halloween From Ms. Adriane's Class!

    Look at our students continuing the tradition in Ms. Adriane's class learning all about pumpkins, their parts, and how they grow. 

    Tappan Hill
  • 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
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