News from our schools

  • Center for Special Services Welcomes New Administrators

    Southern Westchester BOCES has welcomed four new educational leaders across Center for Special Services campuses this year.

    • Marvin Elliott is the new Rye Lake Middle/High School principal.  
    • Amanda Allison moved from assistant principal of Tappan Hill School program to principal of the St. Matthew’s School program.
    • Susana Boyko is interim principal of the Rye Lake Lower Campus.  
    • Francesca Fernandez is assistant principal of the Tappan Hill School program.
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  • Meet our School Clinicians at Tappan Hill School!

    Click here to read the latest newsletter from the clinicians at Tappan Hill School, with articles on self care, life in the time of COVID-19 and several videos and helpful links.   

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  • Tappan Hill Student Excited to Vote in Presidential Election

    Friday, Oct. 9, was an exciting day for Tappan Hill School student Christopher Thompson because he independently filled out an application to become a registered voter.

    Chris, who is often discussing current events and politics, has been talking about registering to vote for a long time. During a recent counting/graph lesson about voting, Chris said he wanted to be counted “for real” and exercise his right to vote. His interest led to a social studies/civics lesson on current civil discourse, said Erroll Rivera, Chris’ teacher.

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  • Back to School Fun at Tappan Hill

    The students have returned to Tappan Hill, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones. They are having fun exploring the new playground and enjoying the nice weather.

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  • Tappan Hill student's big brother raises funds for research

    A lemonade stand in Chappaqua raised funds for research into a rare condition that affects a student at our Tappan Hill School. The Examiner newspaper tells the story of the fundraising effort by the student's big brother. 

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  • Tappan Hill School goes virtual for Field Day

    Tappan Hill School educators didn't let a little thing like distance learning get in the way of their annual Field Day celebration. They just got a creative with it. Watch it here on YouTube. You may want to keep a tissue handy!
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  • A note regarding summer instruction

    Dear PPS Directors and Partners in Districts,

    In case you were unable to join us at yesterday’s SWBOCES PPS Directors’ meeting, we wanted to make you aware that after going through a process of considering the Governor’s latest executive order and whether it would be possible to provide in-person services in accordance with safety guidelines, we have determined that we need more planning time before opening our campuses.  Therefore, we will be offering ESY in a remote environment this summer.

    As we had previously shared in a letter to all districts, our program will run from July 6 – August 14. Summer hours for students are from 8:30am-2:00pm.

    We look forward to continuing to serve students and families.

    Best regards,
    Andrea Byrne and Jim Gratto

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  • We celebrate and thank our 2020 American Dreamer Award recipients

    Students in our Special Services programs rely on the support of a community that extends beyond our classrooms and campuses and into the cities, towns and villages of Southern Westchester. Each year we honor community partners whose extraordinary efforts make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students. We call these honors the "American Dreamer Awards." View the 2020 awards program here. Thank you for your support! 

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  • Special Services remote learning document updated

    The Remote Learning General Information document, attached here, has been updated at

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  • Virtual Art Class "at" Valhalla Center

    See the photo linked here for a glimpse of what virtual art class looks like for students, teachers and aides in our Center for Special Services program from our Valhalla campus, where Leslie Handler is principal. So proud of our students and our instructional team!

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