MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
I am delighted to usher in a new school year. This year we have a lot of new and returning students in our grades 7-12 TSP and AIIM Programs. We are excited to continue our partnership with the Irvington School district. Our programs are designed to provide academic and social/emotional support to students and to help them develop the necessary skills needed to earn a Regents, Advanced Regents, or Local diplomas and/or a CDOS Credential and to meet success in their post-secondary lives.
This year Irvington High School will host seven classes in grades 7-12. The TSP and AIIM programs are designed to meet each student where he or she is; to provide a nurturing school community and to help all students develop the strategies and tools that will enable them to grow emotionally and academically so that they may meet success in their post-secondary lives. Because of our lower student-to-staff ratios of 12:1:1 and 8:1:1 educational programs, instruction may be individualized and/or modified to meet the needs of each student. All students work towards a Regents Diploma and may be eligible to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma, Local Diploma and/or a CDOS Credential. Students may also have the opportunity to enroll in mainstream classes and/or activities at the high school level once they have successfully demonstrated the capacity to independently and successfully navigate in a general education setting.
I am grateful to once again have the opportunity to work with each and every student and to partner with families and the district so that all students achieve success. My door is always open to address any questions or concerns or to hear your input.
Looking forward to a successful year,
Alberta Grant-Johnson Principal
SW BOCES: AT IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
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
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.
Andrea Byrne and Jim GrattoCenter for Special Services
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!Center for Special Services
Special Services remote learning document updated
The Remote Learning General Information document, attached here, has been updated at specialservices.swboces.org.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
Teaching Together: Embracing Distance Learning
During this very stressful time, parents are trying to keep their families safe, dealing with the anxiety of being apart from loved ones, and attempting to keep some sort of normalcy within their household. Under the current circumstances, many are now nurses to their very fragile children, in addition to being mom or dad, chefs and housekeepers. Now throw into the mix having to work from home and be a teacher, too.News Feed - Center for Special Services
Advice to SWBOCES-region educators: 'Lead with your heart as well as your head'
David Luhman, SWBOCES' Director of School Partnerships and Innovative Practices, reached out to Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, one of the nation’s leading experts in the area of Differentiated Instruction, seeking advice for teachers during this time of distance learning. Click here to read '10 Tips for Honoring Students in the Virtual Environment'News Feed - Center for Special Services
Teachers innovate to reach students with sign language
In an example of teachers rising to the challenge of online instruction, SWBOCES Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf Patricia Compton collaborated with Harrison teacher Jennifer Horowitz to deliver video lessons to students who use sign language.News Feed - Center for Special Services
Special Services Student Resource Page launched
Check out our newly launched Special Services Student Resources Page. We've compiled many of the best resources available for use by students across our Special Services programs and put them in one place. You can also find it at the Special Services home page.News Feed - Center for Special Services