BOCES 4 Science Updates

September 2021

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Welcome Back to School

The beginning of the school year is often bittersweet. We are sad to see summer slip away, but are excited by the prospect of what the new year may bring.

My daughter has been so excited to return to school, and I know she isn't the only student to feel that way. While she has been looking forward to being with her friends again, she has been talking more about the teachers she will get to work with and the classes she gets to take. Again, I know she isn't the only student feeling this way.

This speaks to the power of teachers to inspire and be a positive light for so many children.

As such, we at BOCES 4 Science would like to welcome you and your students back to school.

I hope you approach the beginning of your year with as much anticipation and excitement as the kids who are in your classroom.

Here at BOCES 4 Science, we have spent the summer preparing for September and beyond.

We have:

  • Facilitated 21 Professional Development sessions with 223 participants.
  • Scheduled almost 9000 resource kits to be delivered to classrooms across NYS throughout the 2021-2022 school year
  • Produced and shipped over 1000 resource kits for use in classrooms in September
  • Redesigned and modernized our website
  • Started developing Spanish Student Science Journals for classrooms

We continue to move forward each day. Throughout 2021-2022 we will be working to develop NYSSLS-aligned assessments, creating plans to review and update our units of instruction, and provide additional training sessions (including a new "Train-the-Trainer" model).

Science education is our passion -- and we continually strive to provide better services for you and your students. We hope to inspire students to have an appreciation and understanding of science.

As we have done in the past, we will provide updates on anything and everything relating to science and science education.

New this year will be a "Teacher Spotlight" -- where we highlight one of our BOCES 4 Science Instructional Staff. This month we highlight Antonietta Quinn, lead facilitator and principal author of several units of instruction.

While the new school year has started, it is not too late to order resource kits for your classroom -- please see our leasing catalog (attached below) for more information.

As always, please contact me at for any needs you may have. We work to provide the best support possible for you, your students, and your district.

Again, Welcome Back -- this promises to be a great year.

Steven L. Montemarano, Jr.

Director of BOCES 4 Science

Fall 2021 Professional Development Schedule

We have 26 BOCES 4 Science Unit Training Sessions scheduled for this fall.

Most sessions are offered after-school in hybrid model (synchronous/asynchronous) to minimize the need for substitute teachers.

Unit Training for our newest units (Worm Scouts, Made of Matter, Invisible Forces, A Walk in the Park, and Earth & Space Explorers) is also offered in a half-day session.

These trainings are free and available to teachers using that unit of instruction.

The link below will take you to the full listing of sessions and registration details.

We have updated and modernized our website -- which has been active since July.

Please visit

The new website continues to have all resources from our old website -- and we continue to add new features. For instance, we have added videos to highlight our newest units, a video of important information for working with our resource kits, and featured sample lessons.

If you have our old website stored in your browser, you may need to directly type in to get to the new website. If you continue to have trouble, please contact your tech department.

Teacher Spotlight -- Antonietta Quinn

My name is Antonietta Quinn, and I have been a Science Resource Teacher with Monroe 2 BOCES/BOCES 4 Science for 14 years. Prior to this position, I was a Math, Science, and Technology (MST) Staff Specialist with Cattaraugus/Allegany BOCES in Olean, NY. I also taught fifth and sixth grade in Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia. I am an alumnus of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania (my hometown) where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Special Education. I received my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Bonaventure University.

As a teacher in Fairfax County Schools, I primarily taught Language Arts and Science. That’s when my true love for science education began! I could see first-hand how students would love to come to science class to investigate phenomenon, discover new things, and ask lots questions! Since I have always been curious about the world around me, I loved exploring their questions with them.

In the BOCES 4 Science program, I am the lead writer of several third-grade units (Where are the Wolves, Generations of Butterflies, Invisible Forces) and one of the second-grade units (Save the Bees). One unit I’d like to highlight is the Generations of Butterflies unit. Not only do students get the opportunity to raise live butterflies in their classroom, but they discover how our unique traits are inherited from one generation to another. The fascinating migration of the monarch butterfly and painted lady butterfly is the anchoring phenomenon for the unit. Students realize that its migration is quite a feat for such a small insect!

At home, I am married to my wonderful husband, David. We have been married for 27 years. We live in Webster, NY and have two sons, Andrew and Sean. As a family, we love to hike, travel to new places, gather with friends and family, and cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NYSSLS Implementation Timeline

Below is the revised NYSSLS Implementation timeline -- which includes the first administration of the Grade 5, Grade 8, and High School Assessments.

Note: The Grade 5 assessment will assess grades 3-5 standards (with a foundation of the PreK-2).

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