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News from our schools

  • 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
  • Welcome to Health Class

    Health Education is coming to St. Matthew's. Students in both TSP-DD and AIIM will be participating in weekly health classes with Ms. Jane Shields. 

    Ms. Shields holds a  BA from NYU in Dramatic Writing, an MS from SUNY Brockport in K-12 Health Education. Currently Ms. Shields teaches health in four different SW BOCES program sites and is passionate in providing health education to support students growth towards independence. 

    In the last few weeks, Ms. Shields has been busy introducing herself to all the students and getting to know their interests, personalities and assessing student health education needs. 

    In AIIM, students will be starting to work on identifying emotions. In our TSP-DD classrooms, students are starting a unit on  relationships and sexuality and nutrition.  Welcome aboard Ms. Shields!

    St. Matthews
  • Winter Recess - School Closed, February 15th-19th

    School reopens 2/22/2021

    Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • January 2021 Newsletter

    The January 2021 RLC MS/HS Campus Newsletter was emailed to all parents/students.

    Rye Lake Campus Middle/High
  • Reminder

    Tappan Hill will be closed for  Winter Recess from February 15 -19, 2021. 

    School reopens on Monday, February 22, 2021. 

    Tappan Hill
  • Weather Closings

    Pocantico Hills ES is closed for a Snow Day today.  Irvington MS/HS are Remote for today.  

    Center for Special Services
  • SEPTA Offers Workshop on Childhood Anxiety Disorders

    Fear and anxiety are a normal part of childhood development, but there are times when children get stuck and need to be evaluated for anxiety disorders and treated, psychiatrist Sheree Krigsman explained during a recent SWBOCES Special Education PTA event. “Childhood anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems in children and adolescents,” said Dr. Krigsman, who works with the Tappan Hill and Pocantico Hills programs.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • 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.
    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • 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.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • 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.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • 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!
    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Special Services remote learning document updated

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

    Center for Special Services
  • 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!

    Center for Special Services
  • Pocantico Hills staff tell students: 'We miss you!'

    Staff at our Pocantico Hills program really miss seeing their students in person. So they put together this video compilation to let them know just how much.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
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