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2014-15 HFM BOCES
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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

Learning Art troupe performing at Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville.

 Learning Arts team visits HFM BOCES classrooms

FEB. 26, 2015 - A troupe of traveling artists visited HFM BOCES students at Boulevard Elementary School Thursday, Feb. 26 to share an interactive and educational concert experience.

The Learning Arts, a nationally known interdisciplinary arts-based performing group, works with teachers and schools to inspire students and encourage curiosity and spark thinking. They perform concerts and lead thematic workshops linked to life skills, the academic curriculum and the arts. [more]

 Posted in Educational Excellence in Upstate NY 

Stop feeding the dinosaur

By Dr. Patrick Michel
District Superintendent, HFM BOCES

dinosaurFEB. 25, 2015 - We need to stop feeding the dinosaur of archaic educational policy and practice.

I stood looking at my diplomas the other day, wondering what they really said about what I actually know or can do. Sure, they represent a level of accomplishment, and presumably indicate that my skills grew in proportion to my achievement. However, no one hands out copies of their diploma as a means of demonstrating actual skill and knowledge, as you would a resume.

I stood looking at my diplomas because, while graduation rates are improving in our schools, a new report based on an international assessment reveals that United States workers – at least one significant portion – rank very near the bottom in three critical life and work skills: literacy, numeracy (the competence and confidence to use numbers and think mathematically in everyday life) and problem solving.

Where the United States had arguably the best-educated workforce in the world 40 years ago, this new study says it just isn’t so anymore. [more]

HFM BOCES Superintedent Patrick Michel presents NYSSBA award to BOE member Joanne Freeman.HFM Board of Education members honored by NYSSBA

Joanne Freeman receives Master of Boardsmanship Award; Allan Turnbull honored with Board Achievement Citation

HFM BOCES Superintedent Patrick Michel presents NYSSBA award to BOE member Allan Turnbull.FEB. 25, 2015 - HFM BOCES Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel presented awards to two BOCES Board of Education members on behalf of the New York State School Boards Association at HFM's regular board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25. [more]

Students in HFM BOCES Life Skills class enjoying a meal they made themselves.Tasty aromas signal yummy meals and enhanced life skills

FEB. 23, 2015 - Students in teacher Jennifer Coleman's HFM BOCES' Life Skills class at Gloversville Middle School are learning about balanced nutrition and meal preparation in the best possible—and delicious —way, by actually doing it. [more]

PTECH students (from left) Jacob Dudar, Melodie McClary and Theresa Clark work on their online solution for Mohawk Cabinet Co.

 PTECH students offer innovative solution to local business

FEB. 12, 2015 - As one local business recently discovered, if you challenge students to help solve a problem, you may be amazed by the results.

Three PTECH students recently took on such a challenge, helping Mohawk Cabinet Company, one of the school’s business partners, come up with a fresh, new way to effectively deliver instructions for its equipment. [more]

New pay rates for BOCES subs

FEB. 5, 2015 - HFM BOCES Substitute Services released a revised pay schedule (effective Feb. 1, 2015) for teachers, aides and typists who work in a BOCES division. Pay rates increased for long-term substitute teachers to $100 per day, certified teachers to $95 per day, uncertified teachers to $85 per day, teacher aides to $60 per day, and typist to $10 per hour.

Complete information about how to become a substitute in BOCES sub services can be found here.

Mexican Consulate to visit Amsterdam

Flag of MexicoFEB. 5, 2015 - The Mexican “Consulate on Wheels” will visit Amsterdam in April. The Consulate provides services to Mexican citizens residing in upstate New York. They will be hosted from April 22-24 by the Amsterdam Literacy Zone at the United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church Street in Amsterdam.

Consular services help people in need of a passport or consular ID card for identification, travel purposes, or to prove their Mexican nationality. Identification documents simplifies the process of opening a bank account, getting a taxpayer ID number, and establishing dual citizenship, if needed.

The consulate provides this service in upstate New York to ease the burden of traveling to New York City to renew and obtain important documents. [more]


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