Outdoor Environmental Education Program Goes Virtual

To assist districts with bringing engaging science instruction to their students, the Western Suffolk BOCES Outdoor Environmental Education Program (OEEP) is offering many of its programs through virtual platforms. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the strict healthy and safety protocols in place, field trips that were once an integral part of instruction may not […]

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Marine Biology Focus of Weeklong Camp

During July 2020, the Outdoor Environmental Education Program successfully operated a weeklong day camp for high school students from across Long Island.  The camp was made possible by a generous grant from Avalon Nature Preserve based in Stony Brook. Through the program, students in grades 10-12 were exposed to the dynamic field of marine biology.  […]

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Retirees from Western Suffolk BOCES are honored by the Board of Education

WS BOCES Board Honors Retirees

Western Suffolk BOCES employees who retired during the 2016-17 school year were honored by the Board of Education and many of their longtime co-workers at a special recognition ceremony June 13. Nearly 50 staff members retired this year, representing a cumulative 1,315 years of service to the children and families of Western Suffolk BOCES.

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Joshua Shoulton of Commack (second from left) is congratulated by (from left) Western Suffolk BOCES Board of Education President Peter Wunsch, Special Education Executive Director Teresa Strum, teacher Jeanine Lagrasta and WSBOCES Chief Operating Officer Michael Flynn at May 9 Student Recognition ceremonies.

WS BOCES Honors Outstanding Students

Students from Western Suffolk BOCES programs were honored by the Board of Education at its annual Recognition of Outstanding Students event, which was held in conjunction with the May  board meeting. Students were selected for recognition by their teachers and administrators, who took turns at the podium to talk about the honorees’ accomplishments. The honored […]

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Middle Schoolers Build Submersible Vehicles

Middle school students from Central Islip and Islip spent part of their spring break designing and building fully functional and remotely operated submersible vehicles as they took part in the Outdoor Environmental Education Program’s Spring Break ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) After School and Spring Recess Science Institute. The vehicles were equipped with high-resolution color cameras that […]

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Halloween on Parade at JEA Elementary

Students at James E. Allen Elementary School delighted in showing off their cute and clever costumes in the Halloween Parade. Family and friends gathered for the annual procession and the occupational and physical therapy staff, together with the administration, led the way with their “wise” costume choice–a parliament of owls.

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JEA Jr./Sr. HS Students Hosted by Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich

Last February, students at James E. Allen Jr./Sr. High School hosted television chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich. Last week, she returned the hospitality by welcoming students at Eataly in New York City. The Western Suffolk BOCES students were treated to a VIP tour October 13 of Eataly, an Italian marketplace, restaurant and cooking school […]

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Stars Shine Bright at JEA Jr/Sr High School

  Broadway came to James E. Allen Junior/Senior High School and the only thing louder than the roar of the talented cast of The Lion King was the thunderous applause. The school’s Drama Club presented the musical to parents, friends and special guests in evening performances May 12 and 13 and to students in other Western […]

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Charity Swim Makes Quite the Splash

Staff from James E. Allen Junior/Senior High School took to the beach April 16 along with Western Suffolk BOCES Chief Operating Officer Michael Flynn (fourth from right) to support the annual AHRC Suffolk Polar Bear Splash. The group presented AHRC Suffolk with $2,705 in donations from BOCES employees. On hand were (from left) Teacher Nicholas D’Abreu, […]

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