The Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO) is comprised of parents and staff from the BOCES 2 community. This group of dedicated individuals works to promote the social and learning development of students with special needs, and to support parents/guardians to raise children to their fullest potential. Volunteer community groups, such as the West Central Kiwanis and the Greece Rotary, also help to form the backbone of this organization. In addition, students from WEMOCO and the BOCES special education classes often volunteer to prepare for and run SEPTO events.
Throughout the year, SEPTO helps organize several social events such as Breakfast with Santa, Lunch with Santa, the Moving On ceremony, and the Dinner Dance. SEPTO strives to engage with parent-teacher organizations in our component districts to broaden the array of social and learning opportunities for students. SEPTO also provides educational services through parent workshops and coffee hours.
To help support our staff, SEPTO has a staff and support staff scholarship, a staff appreciation buffet, and a stipend from the fundraiser for each class. To address our concerns in Albany, we are affiliated with the national PTA.
SEPTO also has a newsletter that is published three times per year to further inform our membership and community of upcoming events.
Please consider joining your SEPTO today to help provide a fun and informative future for your child.
BOCES 2 Student and Staff Activities
Due to the construction happening at our main campus on Big Ridge Road, the December SEPTO Book Fair was held at our Ridgecrest Academy site. Academy students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades were provided the opportunity to work at the fair. They organized book shelves and display areas. In addition, they were able to assist book fair customers with their purchases and utilized the cash register to make both cash and credit card sales. More than 30 students volunteered their time to work. Each student, who volunteered, was provided the opportunity to place their name in a drawing. Several students were able to win their favorite book from the fair!
Several of our Ridgecrest Academy staff also volunteered to work the fair. They helped with both the set-up and take-down of the fair itself, along with organizing the student volunteers. Some staff even came in and volunteered to work the book fair after school hours. Our custodial staff went out of their way to make sure that we had everything we needed for the book fair to be successful. Teachers were able to purchase books for their classrooms. SEPTO generously donated Scholastic Dollars, in order to buy books, to expand our Ridgecrest Academy Library!! We also were given all the posters on display to sell for earned tokens in our school store. We want to say a big THANK YOU; to SEPTO, all the student and staff volunteers, along with those who purchased books to support our fair.