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Reporter's Notebook

December 1, 2012

BOCES programis 'good thing' for local boys

Last month more than 46 boys in grades 6-8 in the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES regions participated in the annual “It’s a Guy Thing” program at SUNY Oneonta. The event is coordinated through DCMO BOCES enrichment services and is made possible through a collaborative effort of a number of educators and community resources, according to a media release.

Eleven mentors volunteered, each meeting with three groups of boys in a 40-minute session. The goals for the day were to encourage and increase the boys’ interest in academics by creating a link to real-world careers, to expose them to positive role models, to address career-planning and decision-making, and to provide positive peer interaction. 

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Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi is the top ranked school in the area according to a recently published listing by Business First of Buffalo. The statistics, based upon New York State Education Department data from 2011-2012, ranked 430 upstate school districts that have enrollments of 260 or more. The results are an advancement of seven places, as compared to last year’s results, Delhi Superintendent Jason Thomson said.

Farm Catskills and local arts educator “Story Laurie” McIntosh presented the culmination of their Cultivating Connections program at Delaware Academy Elementary School at Delhi earlier this month. A similar performance was held at South Kortright Elementary School a month earlier. Cultivating Connections is an interactive songwriting workshop for elementary classes designed to cultivate student and community connections with the environment, healthy foods and nutrition, and farms in the New York City Watershed.

Two classrooms at Delaware Academy Elementary School participated in the five-week program led by McIntosh that lets students learn about gardens and how they grow while promoting critical thinking about the processes. The students created an original song that was shared with their peers, families and communities Nov. 9.

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