Questar III receives Virtual AP grant

Questar III BOCES has been awarded a 10-month grant under New York State’s virtual learning initiative, the Virtual Advanced Placement (VAP) Program, Round II. The grant will expand access to Advanced Placement (AP) and pre-AP classes and exams in participating component districts. This will allow more low-income students to prepare for college and careers. Questar III was awarded $534,261 in Race to the Top funds to develop online and blended courses. Continue reading

Gov. announces New Tech Valley HS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the new Tech Valley High School, which focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math skills, which are increasingly important as New York continues to expand its leadership in the development of next generation technologies. Located at the Albany NanoTech Complex, the school is the result of collaboration between Tech Valley High School and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering /SUNY Institute of Technology. Over 140 students are enrolled for the Fall 2014 semester, with the freshman class at capacity. Continue reading

Sci. teachers working with researchers

Five local science teachers are participating in the first-ever Summer Science Research Program in the Capital Region – modeled after a pioneering program operated by Columbia University for the past 25 years.

The Summer Research Program is a unique professional development opportunity offered by Questar III BOCES, in collaboration with Dr. Samuel Silverstein, the John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and Professor of Medicine at the… Continue reading

QIII welcomes new staff in July

Questar III would like to welcome the following new employees that were hired during the month of July.

Central Office

  • Neil Haley, Health & Safety Water Operator
  • Deborah Mabey, Science Research Fellow
  • Nicole Mantas, Science Research Fellow
  • Kaitlin McGann, Science Research Fellow
  • Laurynn Myers, Public Information Specialist
  • Nathan Porter, Science Research Fellow
  • Kimberly Shannon, Public Information Specialist
  • Rebecca Tennyson, Science

Math expert still teaching others

jovellweebIrene “Sam” Jovell joined Questar III BOCES in 2005 as a senior mathematics specialist in the Office of School Improvement. Jovell spent 33 years as a teacher at Niskayuna High School and has received many honors and awards over the years, including an induction into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. Most recently, she has written a series… Continue reading

Gibson wins NYSSBA’s highest honor

Robert Gibson, president of the Questar III BOCES board and former president and member of the Brittonkill Central School District Board of Education, is the 2014 winner of the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service. The honor is the New York State School Boards Association’s top award for school board service… Continue reading