Herkimer students recognized at BOCES Pathways Academy ceremony

The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington quarterly award ceremonies continue to grow in student response and family involvement.

After more than two-and-a-half years of switching to virtual ceremonies due to COVID-19, the Pathways Academy returned to in-person award ceremonies for this school year starting with the first quarter awards. The second quarter ceremony took place on Friday, Feb. 17.

More students are interested in receiving awards, more awards are being given out and more parents and guardians are attending the ceremonies, said Pathways Academy teacher Erica Haver, who is a team leader for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at Pathways.

“I feel it’s due to our first quarter ceremony, and they’re striving to do better and get more awards,” Haver said. “Students continue to work hard. We hope to have even more for the third quarter.”

The Herkimer BOCES Pathways Academy focuses on students who have had a difficult time in a traditional school structure or have to catch up on credits but have the ability to get a high school diploma. Pathways Academy classes are project-driven and infuse career and technical education.

The quarterly Pathways Academy awards were started in 2017 and are part of the school’s PBIS program. The PBIS program includes various aspects including students earning “BOCES Bucks” for positive behavior that they can use on reward days to purchase items or experiences. Students earn 50 “BOCES Bucks” for every award they win.

Pathways Academy Principal Patrick Corrigan, who wasn’t able to attend the first quarter ceremony, opened the second quarter ceremony by welcoming students and parents and guardians.

“This is my first one since before 2020, so I’m pretty excited for it,” Corrigan said.

Corrigan said the event is to recognize students for their accomplishments academically and behaviorally. He also took a moment to point out that students are entering an important time of the school year, and parents and guardians can support their success.

“Let’s work together and keep the students on track,” Corrigan said.

Award winners

The following are the Herkimer Central School District students who were Pathways Academy award winners for the second quarter of the 2022-23 school year listed with the awards they won:

  • Brandyn Clark: Rad Scientist, The Specialist of Scholar Speech, PE All-Star
  • Kristian Fairbanks: Improvement in Math, Geometry Award, Improvement on Star Testing, Defensive Duelist Feat
  • Julian Bruce: Math Award, Geometry Award, Improvement on Star Testing, PE All-Star, Future Scientist, Keen Mind Feat Award
  • Velton Walters-Galusha: Math Participation Award, The Perpetually Present Personality
  • Lance Armstrong: Most Improved PBIS Behavior, Skulker Feat, Improvement in Math, Geometry Award, Improvement on Star Testing
  • Ashante Everson: Most Artistic
  • Tyteona Acevedo: Art Award, Science Award, Service All-Star, Algebra Award, Improvement on Star Testing
  • Adrianna Burris: Science Award, ELA Excellence Award (90+), Algebra Award, Improvement on Star Testing
  • Kendra Scheffler: Art Award, Science Rising Star Award, PE Most Improved
  • Kearah Davis: Global II Semester A Credit Recovery, English 10 Semester A & B Credit Recovery, Earth Science Semester B Credit Recovery
  • Aidan Rios: PE Most Improved, Living Environment Semester A Credit Recovery
  • Jacob Land: PE All-Star
  • Robert Linen: Science Peak Performance Award, PE All-Star, Math Award
  • Justin Bruce: PE All-Star, Science Peak Performance Award, Improvement on Star Testing
  • Trent Linder: PE All-Star, Geometry Award, Improvement on Star Testing

Herkimer student walking off stage after receiving Pathways Academy awards

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington student Adrianna Burris, from Herkimer Central School District, receives certificates during an awards ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17.


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