Cooperative Enrichment News

May 2016

Earth Day, Every Day!

The Office of Cooperative Enrichment is committed to fulfilling the role of being good stewards of the environment and have made changes in the processes for submitting requests for services and artist/vendor paperwork.

The Cooperative Enrichment Office will launch a paperless office initiative for the 2016-2017 school year. Each request for service will be submitted through a digital submission link eliminating paper copies! Artist and vendors will also have the opportunity to save the planet and do their part in conserving resources by submitting their consultant contracts and other required paperwork through a digital submission system.

All links will be live on the Cooperative Enrichment web page beginning in July for artist and vendors and August/September for school districts.

The paperless system will provide a wide variety of benefits for schools including clarity and transparency with regard to expenditures, statistics and analytics surrounding standards and coser usage and "just in time" viewing of requests for services that will be dynamic and constantly up to date. These benefits are in addition to the cut in costs and life saving benefits to our friends the trees!

We look forward to working with the districts and vendors in the TST region to reduce our carbon footprint and celebrate Earth Day every day!

More than 300 students enter the 2015-2016 TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest

The TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest has come to a close after more than 300 students submitted their works. Students from 13 different schools and 35 classrooms submitted entries in writing, poetry, visual art, and music categories. This year every student who entered a submission will receive a participation ribbon and personal thank you letter from the Office of Cooperative Enrichment.

The winners in each category will be invited to a reception along with their teachers, administrators, and parents. The reception will be held at Barnes and Noble of Ithaca to help celebrate a nationwide effort to honor teen writers. The date for the reception is June 11 at 2:00 pm.

Students that are chosen as winners will be given the opportunity to share their works if they wish and enjoy prizes and refreshments that celebrate their achievement! Judges will begin the selection of first, second, and third place winners this month. Teachers, students, and parents can expect award notices and participation ribbons to arrive in mid to late May.

A hearty thank you to all who supported our students in their efforts to create amazing and personal works of literature and art.

TST BOCES Anne Frank Series

TST BOCES has some very exciting events planned for our region surrounding Youth Development, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), diversity, acceptance, and equity. The Anne Frank Series will sponsor a number of workshops and training sessions this spring and will again offer the series in the 2016-2017 school year. Next year, the theme for the series will be "What Does It Mean To Be Human" and will coincide with an exhibit at the Tompkins County Public Library from the Smithsonian.

This springs events include:

Art and ELA integration workshop: Graphic Novelist Barry Deutsch: May 9, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Youth Development/DASA workshop: Gertrude Noden: The Ladder of Prejudice: From Name Calling to Genocide: May 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

DASA/Teacher Wellness Workshop: Civic Ensemble Storytelling Workshop: June 2, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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Google Summer Camp

Tuesday, June 28th, 8:30am-3pm

555 Warren Road

Ithaca, NY

Be a part of TST Google Summer Camp! Join us for an energetic day of learning, creating, and collaborating with Google Apps for Education. Whether you are a novice or expert user, mulitple entry points allow you to invigorate and excite your teaching and learning. All sessions are facilitated by Technology Integration Specialists and a Google Certified trainer.

Each workshop includes a guided overview followed by facilitated, collaborative work time. Topics include (but are not limited to) Calendar, Classroom, Drive, Forms, Hangouts, Sites, Chrome Extensions, and Add-ons for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Intended audiences include (but are not limited to) all K-12 general and special educators, specialists, coaches, administrators, and directors. Expand your understanding of what Google for Education is and how you (together with students) efficiently and effectively create and collaborate.

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