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Otsego Northern Catskills





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Suzanne Swantak-Furman, Executive Coordinator
Carolyn Leon-Palm,  Assistant Coordinator

243 Fitzelle Hall, SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: (607)-436-2533
Fax: (607)-436-2015
E-mail: [email protected]

A partnership between the State University College at Oneonta and area school districts since 1951. 

Serving schools in the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES and the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES.



  • Student Leadership Workshops

    Since 1975, the Student Leadership series has offered four workshops each year. The first workshop of the year is offered to eighth graders, and the remaining three are designed for high school students. Each program is arranged with assistance and input from the current year's student directors (who are elected from the previous year's participants) as well as the faculty advisors planning committee. This program is held at the Hunt Student Union on the SUNY campus.

  • Forensics Program

    This program offers students and advisors training in the art of Forensics, and the opportunity to experience public speaking and debate. Two to three competitions are held each year on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Students compete in a variety of events including reading of prose, reading of poetry, memorized drama scenes, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Public Forum, and extemporaneous speech. Trophies are awarded to the winners in each category at the varsity level, and medals to the winners at the junior varsity level, at each tournament. The top two placing teams at the end of the competition also receive a "sweepstakes" trophy for their school.

  • Upstate Academic Competition

    This new program offers area high school academic "stars" the opportunity to shine. They compete in a day-long event on the SUNY Oneonta campus using a quiz-show format, complete with sets and buzzers.  The winning team takes home the trophy, and each member of the top two finalist teams receives a medal.   Two competitions have been scheduled for the program this year.  One is designated for "small schools" with high school populations of 300 or fewer students, while the other is open to any district that is a member of the Catskill Area School Study Council.

Students in grades 3-12 are provided the opportunity to participate in challenging and enriching seminars pursuing a wide variety of interests over the course of four Saturday mornings. SUNY Oneonta Pre-service teacher candidates design and instruct the enrichment seminars. Seminars are offered each fall and spring and are held virtually or on the SUNY Oneonta campus. (The 6 week S.A.T. preparation course is also offered in the fall and spring.) The program was first established in 1958 and has been continuously running since. 

  • Youth Concert

    This annual concert features the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and is targeted for students in grades 4-5. Offered during the fall semester, the concert is held at the Alumni Fieldhouse on the SUNY Oneonta campus. This program is made possible in part with support from the Lawrence J. Heldman Arts Endowment Fund.

  • Catskill Review and Kites & Kings

    The Catskill Review is an annual publication of area high school students' creative writing and art work; it was initiated in 1970. A similar publication of elementary students' work, entitled Kites & Kings, was begun in 1975.


 Calendar of Events 2023-24 Distribute to Schools.pdf 

For more information, please contact
Catskill Area School Study Council
243 Fitzelle Hall, SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: (607)-436-2533
Fax: (607)-436-2015
E-mail: [email protected]