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2014-15 HFM BOCES
Services Guide

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Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, weight or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the BOCES’s non-discrimination policies should be directed to Jay DeTraglia (jdetraglia@hfmboces.org), Director of Career & Technical Education, (518) 736-4330, 2755 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095, or Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst (Lhohenforst@hfmboces.org), Deputy Superintendent, (518) 736-4305, HFM BOCES, 2755 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095. Inquiries may also be addressed to the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, 646-428-3800, OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

HFM news & happenings

HFM Board of Education meeting rescheduled

DEC. 15, 2014—The Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10, has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the distance learning room at HFM BOCES.

The original meeting was postponed due to inclement weather.

State ed commissioner King headed to Obama administration

From Capital New York

SED Commissioner John King visited HFM BOCES and PTECH in Sept. 2014.ALBANY—State education commissioner John King will leave the department by the end of the year to serve as a senior adviser to U.S. education secretary Arne Duncan.

“I’m humbled and honored to have the chance to work with President Obama and Secretary Duncan,” King said in a statement released Wednesday evening. “Their extraordinary leadership is helping students all across the nation get better prepared for college and careers. I’m excited to become part of that team." [more]

Toys donated by Adirondack Academy to annual drive

Adirondack Academy social worker Vicki James and local Toys for Tots coordinator John PradelskiDEC. 8, 2014 - Adirondack Academy social worker Vicki James and John Pradelski, Toys for Tots Coordinator for Fulton and Montgomery Counties, pose with donated toys collected during the annual drive at HFM BOCES. Two full boxes of toys were collected and donated.  The collection campaign ran fom Sept. 22 through Friday, Nov. 25.

Student volunteers led by the Adirondack Academy Student Council and Ms. James coordinated the toy drive. [more]

BOCES Career & Tech road show turns up the volume

DEC. 4, 2014 - Do you remember 16, when you knew just where your future would take you? Probably not. For most of us, the idea of a career path or what we really wanted to do with our lives after high school was more of a foggy notion than a clear concept. HFM BOCES Career & Technical Education (CTE) division is reaching out in a fresh new way to help students get a clearer view of their options.

For decades, representatives from BOCES, including current students, have visited area schools to introduce its programs to prospective students. This year, the annual schedule of visits has turned up the energy and the volume. [more]

Changes in certification assistance

Dec. 1, 2014 - New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Teaching (OTI) no longer provides training for new certification officers. With the appointment of Nicole Panton as the new Administrative Coordinator of Instructional Services, our office is no longer approved to evaluate teacher applications for certification or to assist with the application.

According to OTI, our certification office may "continue business as usual with certification matters, except for the transcript evaluation component."

Going forward, the HFM BOCES certification office will continue to process coaching and teacher assistant applications, enter transcripts into the OTI system (TEACH), process expedited service requests, and answer status questions for the districts. [more]

HFM students at Gloversville Middle School answer the question: Will a cardboard boat float??

HFM BOCES student in the cardboard boat he designed and builtNOV. 25, 2014 - HFM BOCES students at Gloversville Middle School were put to the test by a seemingly obvious question: Will a cardboard boat float? The students started in the lab, challenged to design a boat entirely from cardboard, duct tape and tin foil that would keep a student afloat and allow him/her to paddle the width of the swimming pool at the school and back again without sinking. [more]

Student All Stars recognized for positive character traits

The first quarter All Stars are, from left: Owen Daly, Michael Waldvogel, Richard Port, Bethany Boop, Nate Katchuk and Andrea Medina.NOV. 25, 2014 - The HFM BOCES programs at Gloversville Middle School recently recognized their 1st Quarter All-Stars with a luncheon shared with staff and parents.

The students are recognized for their positive impact on the school environment and for showcasing specific skills: kindness, compassion, leadership, helping, letting go.  [more]

Teacher Association provides holiday baskets to area families

Donations sought to help provide for the needs of community families

Assembled food baskets waiting to be distributedNOV. 24, 2014 - HFM BOCES Teacher Association's PR Committee has provided holiday food baskets to families in need throughout the region for more than 10 years. The tradition continues this December and your generosity can help. [more]

HazCom training for substitute services scheduled in December

NOV. 24, 2014 - Live, in person "Hazardous Communications and the Right to Know Law" training will be held 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 at HFM BOCES (Room C112A) for any substitutes needing the training for 2014-15. Please register by calling 736-4390 or emailing subsvc@hfmboces.org.


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