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2014-15 HFM BOCES
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HFM 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 district's non-discrimination policies should be directed to Jay DeTraglia, Director of Career & Technical Education (518) 736-4330 or Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst, Deputy Superintendent (518) 736-4305.

HFM news & happenings

NYSED Commissioner connects with HFM PTECH students

SEPT. 26, 2014 - New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John B. King heard first-hand from students at HFM PTECH what they like and what they find challenging about their new school.

King visited the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School on Friday as part of a regional tour that also included stops at Gloversville Middle and High Schools and HFM BOCES. [more]

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Fishing University visits HFM

Popular outdoor TV program shoots segment in CTC classroom

SEPT. 26, 2014 - Anyone with a love of the outdoors, particularly fishing, and a TV has heard of Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier, the hosts of Outdoor Channel's Fishing University. The two anglers and their crew visited HFM BOCES Environmental Construction classroom to shoot a segment of their show for the 2015 season. [more]

Hero blood donor pinBe a hero; donate blood

You don’t need a special reason to give blood, just your own reasonn

SEPT. 22, 2014 - The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, in the HFM BOCES cafeteria. Donating helps HFM BOCES Career & Technical Education programs qualify for the Red Cross High School Scholarship Award.

Some people give blood because a friend asked them. Some know that a family or a friend might need blood someday. According to the American Red Cross, the number one reason donors say they give blood is that they "want to help others."

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And, you will feel good knowing you have helped change a life. [more]

Students and Marine Reserves join forces

You can volunteer to help less fortunate children through annual Toys for Tots campaign

(left to right) John Pradelski, Coordinator of the local Toys for Tots campaign, Josh Clemons, ADK Academy Student Council representative, and Vicki James, ADK Academy School Social WorkerSEPT. 22, 2014 - Students in HFM BOCES' Adirondack Academy are joining forces with the United States Marine Corps Reserve to conduct its annual "Toys for Tots" drive. Everyone is invited to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child, from infant to 14 years old. Donations are being accepted in the Academy's main office. The collection campaign starts today, Monday, Sept. 22 and runs through Friday, Nov. 14. [more]

Parents’ Bill of Rights ensures student data privacy

SEPT. 22, 2014 - Recent changes in the law require school districts and BOCES to provide a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” regarding student data privacy and security. HFM BOCES is committed to ensuring student privacy, and offers the following in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. [more]

Gloversville teacher named 2015 NYS Teacher of Year

2015 New York State Teacher of the Year Charles Giglio of Gloversville Enlarged School DistrictSEPT. 16, 2014 - Gloversville Enlarged School District teacher Charles Giglio has been named 2015 NYS Teacher of the Year. He was recognized by the New York State Board of Regents Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Giglio, who has been teaching at Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School for the past nine years, is the 45th teacher honored by the state as Teacher of the Year. [more]

New York State must formally embrace career pathways for students

A new blog from Educational Excellence in Upstate New York

By Dan White,
District Superintendent, Monroe #1 BOCES

Blog iconSEPT. 17, 2014 - It has been more than three and one half years since Harvard released its groundbreaking report titled “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenges of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.” The report highlights the growing skills gap for young adults entering the workforce, and the disconnect between our educational system and the realities of the world we are sending students into.

In recognition of those dynamics, New York State undertook a number of initiatives, including a series of grants modeled after Brooklyn’s P-Tech Academy and a greater recognition of the successes in Career and Technical Education (CTE), in an effort to increase the profile and availability of career pathways programs for students.

The fact is, despite those initiatives, New York State remains woefully behind many states, and much of the world, in this area. [more]

A new kind of note sent home from school

SEPT. 12, 2014 - Research repeatedly confirms that strong home-school communication helps improve student success in the classroom. That's why Adirondack Academy Principal Kathy Dougherty is launching a "Note-to-Home" program this year.

"We will be using this “note” as a way of keeping parents informed and involved with their child’s progress at Adirondack Academy throughout the school year," Dougherty said.

Kids traditionally cringe at the thought of a note sent home from school to their parents, but this program takes a different approach. [more]

HFM saves $9 million on bond refinancing

SEPT. 8, 2014 - HFM BOCES will save $9.8 million by refinancing bonds taken out in 2004 to fund the construction of its new facility on Route 67 in Johnstown. The savings are the result of the dramatic swing in interest rates between the time the bonds were issued and today. [more]


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