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2015-16 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

PTECH student David Miller of Gloversville gives local real estate professionals a tour of the school.

Real estate professionals get up-close look at PTECH  

MAR. 27, 2015 - A group of about 20 real estate professionals from Fulton and Montgomery counties attended a question-and-answer session and tour of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School at Jansen Avenue School on Thursday, March 26.

The event was arranged to provide a first-hand look at the opportunities the new PTECH school offers families who are considering locating in the area. [more]

PTECH students, from left, Taylor Nellis, Melodie McClary, Nia Person, Jacob Dudar and Theresa Clark share their digital storybook about the Paleozoic era to second-graders in Siobhan Wood's class at Glebe Street Elementary in Johnstown.

PTECH students bring storybook lessons to second-graders  

MAR. 26, 2015 - HFM PTECH students visited second-graders at Glebe Street Elementary School Thursday, March 26, to deliver a history lesson through digital storybooks they created.

The presentations were the end-product of a cross-curricular group project on the Paleozoic era that combined what the ninth-graders have been learning in science and English Language Arts. [more]

HFM BOCES student honored as Outstanding Adult Learner  

New York State Assemblman Angelo Santbarbara presents Clara Birch with a proclamation recognizing her an an Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year on the Assembly floor Mar. 11, 2015.MAR. 25, 2015 - Former HFM BOCES student Clara Birch was named Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year by the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE). Birch completed her high school equivalency (HSE) while studying with the Amsterdam Literacy Zone (ALZ).

She was among 20 adult students from across the state who were honored at a dinner at the Century House in Latham on Mar. 10. The following day, the students were hosted on the floor of the NYS Assembly chamber by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. [more]

HFM BOCES student Ben Becker (blue t-shirt) explores an exhibit at miSci in Schenectady, part of a class field trip with Mayfield Elementary School third-graders.

Hands-on science a great way to learn  

MAR. 19, 2015 - HFM BOCES students and third graders from Mayfield Elementary School got an earful, eyeful and  noseful of science during their field trip to miSci on Friday, Mar.13. miSci is the Museum of Science in Schenectady, including the Suits-Bueche Planetarium and its unique-in-the-northeast GoTo Star Projector that offers a real-life view of the night sky.

Students in HFM BOCES teacher Alison Daly's class have just studied the sense of sound, and found the amazing hands-on and ears-open sound exhibits fascinating. In addition, all the students enjoyed the amazing planetarium show. [more]

PTECH students Allison Ricci (left) and Mae Goh (right), both of Johnstown, befriended Jordan Rave of Fultonville when he attended school virtually using a Double robot.

Robot provides time in school and away from illness for PTECH student  

MAR. 19, 2015 - Jordan Rave longed to leave behind the grueling cancer treatments that had dogged his days at Fonda-Fultonville schools and focus on his future as a student in the new Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School, known as PTECH.

With the help of a robot named Double, the ninth grader was able to realize at least part of that wish in his final months by attending classes at PTECH virtually. PTECH launched in September 2014. Jordan died Jan. 18. [more]

HazCom training for subs in April  

UPDATED MAR. 26, 2015 - Mandatory Hazardous Communications and the Right to Know Law training is offered for substitutes in the HFM BOCES conference center at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2 (computer lab, room C114) and at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 (conference room C112A). The one-hour annual training is required for all substitutes under New York state labor laws. Please register by calling 736-4390 or emailing subsvc@hfmboces.org.

Taylor Nellis of Gloversville solders electrical wires for his team's robot as part of HFM PTECH's Robotics Club.

PTECH robotics teams busy prepping for competition 

MAR. 19, 2015 - Twenty-one HFM PTECH students in the Underwater Robotics Club are busy prepping for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s International Underwater Robotics Competition.

According to the MATE Center, underwater robots are used as a way to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and help them to see the practical applications of these subjects. [more]

HFM Adult Services accepting new students into ESL class 

ESL program logoMAR. 16, 2015 - HFM BOCES Adult Literacy and Corrections Education will host an orientation and screening session for enrollment in English as a Second Language classes from noon-3 pm, Friday, March 27, at United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church Street, Amsterdam.

Classes are available to adult learners age 18 and older. Instruction for English language learners focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Individuals interested in joining the class must attend an orientation event. [more]

HFM staff: Year-end claims 

Reminder: All claims due by July 2, 2015

note paper "submit mileage"MAR. 12, 2015 - The deadline for all employee claims (mileage, conference expense, payroll) for the 2014-15 school year is Thursday, July 2, 2015. All claims must include employee and supervisor signatures. Claims received in the Business Office after July 2 will NOT be paid.

Claims for mileage, conference, and payroll should be submitted on a regular basis throughout the school year and not held until year-end for bulk processing.

Please contact Kathi Lewis at 736-4310, ext. 4689, with any questions.

Last enrollment in 2014-15 for skills development, HSE prep

Literacy Zone logoHFM Adult Services schedules orientation and screening for March

MAR. 5, 2015 - HFM BOCES Office of Adult Literacy & Corrections Education will provide an orientation and screening session for adult learners who want to pursue a high school equivalency diploma.

This screening will determine if a student will be enrolled in a skill development class or if they have the reading, writing and math skills necessary to prepare for the TASC exam. Orientation and screening will be held at Amsterdam Literacy Zone.

This is the last chance to enroll for the 2014-15 school year. A summer session is anticipated. [more]

Bus driver refresher training

Dates set for annual required courses for school bus drivers, monitors and aides

MAR. 3, 2015 - HFM BOCES Transportation Supervisor Terry Kersting has announced dates in March for the required annual two-hour refresher course for bus drivers, monitors and aides. Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. at HFM BOCES on Thursday, Mar. 19 and Thursday, Mar. 25.

Staff from all school districts are invited to participate.


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