Why reading books and school libraries still matter

Questar III Chief Operating Officer Gladys Cruz discusses how it is true that there is room for growth with tablet devices and e-books, but that there is also a need to strike a balance between traditional and technological-savvy approaches. Click the link below to read her full column.

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Photos from the Back to School Expo

Questar III participated in the Back to School Expo for the fourth year in a row. This year, students learned more about renewable energy through hands-on activities with CTE teacher Karl Kunker. Click below to view photos from the event.

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Questar III students star in TV ads

Aviation Maintenance Technology student Brigit Swanson (Lansingburgh) and HVAC student Chris Zwoboda (Cairo-Durham) recently starred in commercials promoting the Back to School Expo, the region’s largest back to school event.

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Stay connected to our schools

Looking to keep up-to-date with what is happening in public education locally? A number of school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties are now on social media. Click the link below to like or follow these schools.

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Questar III welcomes back staff

Questar III kicked off the new school year with its annual Orientation Day program at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Click below to view a photo album from the day.

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Commissioner visits P-Tech in Troy

Riverfront P-Tech – a consortium of Troy City Schools, Questar III BOCES, Hudson Valley Community College, Center for Economic Growth (CEG), GE Healthcare and Regeneron – opened September 4 with a visit by Commissioner John King.

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Commissioner John King sits with students in a P-Tech classroom

Tech Valley High School opens at CNSE

View photos from the new Tech Valley High School by clicking the link below. The school is now located at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering in Albany.

View photos from Tech Valley High School's opening day

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2014-15 Calendar

The 2014-15 Calendar is now available online.

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Growing their skills

Jen Carson and Jon Ronsani, owners of Lineage Farm in Claverack, enrolled in Questar III’s Community Education Welding and Automotive classes to learn practical, hands-on skills to help them continue to grow their seven acre farm.

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Jen Carson and Jon Ronsani on their farm

Questar III honors adult students

Congratulations to all of the students from Questar III’s Adult & Continuing Education programs who were honored on June 17 for their accomplishments. View photos by clicking the link below.

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Questar III student graduating from Adult and Continuing Education program

Questar III honors retirees

Questar III honored retirees at Birch Hill on June 10. Congratulations to this year’s class: Bill Haltermann, Candace (Dee) Portzer, Diana Conroy, Donna Bellemare, Judith Elie, Mona Cady, Robert Franklin, Steve Golas and Susan Strong. The group retires with a total of 158 years of experience at Questar III. Thank you for your service! 

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Assistant Superintendent Diana Conroy with Bob Gibson, Kathryn Gerbino and Arlene Sampson

Impact of 37 BOCES

Did you know that 93 percent of students enrolled in a New York State BOCES Career and Technical Education program will graduate? Or that there are more than 27,625 adult students taught by BOCES workforce development programs? The impact of all 37 BOCES across New York State is clear. Check out this report to see how BOCES are helping schools.

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Enroll in a Career and Technical Education Program

Questar III's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are great ways to learn and explore a career before entering college, technical school or the workforce. Courses are taught in real-world environments, from airports to hospitals. Students in these classes work towards a Regents Diploma, and some may be eligible for the Technical Endorsement on that Diploma.

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Learning one step at a time

Jason Stevens came to Questar III’s Achieving Individual Milestones (AIM) program at Red Mill Elementary School determined to move forward, or walk unassisted. With encouragement Jason started using his walker in school. With each new day, he became braver and more confident. Within one month he was walking on his own.

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Jason Stevens

We're on social media!

Questar III BOCES is now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Like us and follow us for the latest information, news and events, and join in on the conversation!


To like Questar III's Facebook page, click here. To follow us on Twitter, click here. To view our LinkedIn page, click here.

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Parent brochure explaining Common Core Learning Standards

Questar III’s School Improvement Office developed a brochure to help parents and guardians better understand the changes happening in public education. The brochure, which is available by clicking the link below, provides suggestions on how to help your child with English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.  

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    Understanding New York's property tax cap

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