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2014-15 HFM BOCES
Services Guide

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Straight talk to students about behavior

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

CTE graduation pathway approved by Regents

Multiple pathways create options for students preparing for college and careers

graduation mortarboard and diplomaOCT. 21, 2014 - The New York State Board of Regents today approved new options for students to meet the state’s high school graduation requirements. The new regulations establish multiple, comparably rigorous pathways to graduation, including pathways in Career and Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Arts; Biliteracy (languages other than English) and the Humanities.  [more]

NYSED: 'Teach more, test less'

OCT. 15, 2014 - The New York State Education Department is encouraging school districts and BOCES to review their Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans for opportunities to reduce testing at each grade level.

After two full years of APPR implementation, State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review plans and issue a "Teach More, Test Less: Testing Transparency Report" for each district and BOCES to help identify ways to "ensure the minimum assessments necessary are used to inform effective decision making at the classroom, school, district and BOCES level." [more]

Wash your hands!

Handwashing is one of the most important steps to avoid sickness and spreading germs to others

This poster may be downloaded in English and Spanish. See story.OCT. 9, 2014 - With local and international headlines filled with news of enterovirus D68 and Ebola, not to mention October being the start of flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want everyone to remember that the best preventive measure is within their grasp, literally.

According to the CDC website, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps anyone can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. [more]

BOE resolutions demand action on school funding issues

Board of Education calls for an end to GEA and redesign of the state’s school funding system

Stamp of the word RESOLVEDOCT. 9, 2014 - Since 2010, school districts in the HFM BOCES region have lost more than $16 million in aid through the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment, as well as lost revenue through a stifled and politicized state aid formula. HFM BOCES Board of Education unanimously passed two resolutions calling on the governor and state legislators to end the GEA burden on schools and create a non-political Berger-type commission to resolve the inequities in school funding in New York State. [more]

Adopt-a-Highway clean-up scheduled

Clean-up volunteers at Adopt-a-Highway event.OCT. 8, 2014 - Volunteers from HFM BOCES Career & Technical Education will take to their adopted stretch of highway to clean up litter along the shoulder of the road.

The Adopt-a-Highway clean-up crew should report to Jackie’s Diner on Route 29 in Gloversville between 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Wear comfortable older clothes. All clean-up supplies are provided.

If you would like to help, have questions or a scheduling conflict, contact Mike Andrews at 736-4330, ext. 6366 or mandrews@hfmboces.org.

The rain date for this event is Thursday, Oct. 30.

PTECH students partner with student government at FMCC

PTECH logoOCT. 6, 2014 - They’ve just left their middle school years behind, but students at HFM PTECH already are embracing their roles as college students. With members of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Student Government Association as their mentors, students at HFM PTECH are forming their own college-affiliated SGA.  [more]

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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