In December of 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This federal eduation law states that art and music are an integral part of a well-rounded education.
The BH-BL K-12 Art program strives to foster creativity in every student and promote a life-long appreciation for the visual arts. Our program encourages individual thought, decision making, creative problem solving, innovation, personal expression, and collaboration. Students create, present, and respond to works of art and learn how artistic ideas and artworks connect with society, culture, and history. BH-BL art students have numerous opportunities to showcase their work in exhibitions throughout the district, community, and the capital district.
The BH-BL K-12 Music program provides every student with
opportunities to explore, create, and perform music through
classroom experiences, curricular and extra-curricular
performing ensembles, and group lesson instruction. Students
have many opportunities to showcase their musical talent in
concerts, festivals, and other performances throughout the
community, capital district, New York State, and beyond. Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake is proud to have been nationally recognized
by the NAMM Foundation for a number of years as one of the Best
Communities for Music Education.
Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School Musicians Mia Belanger, Tyler Carlson, Samantha Girard, Mckenna Hickey, and Julie Neville, and BH-BL High School Musicians Avery Belanger, Evan Buckley, Abigail Evans, Kayla Hollis, Jessica Landry, Rory Lesperance, Hannah Lewis, Mark Piotrowski, Justin Ronca, Cedric Sirianni, and Kieran Thomas. They have been accepted into the Saratoga-Warren All-County Band Festival and will be performing with other area musicians in concert on Saturday, October 21st at Galway High School. Good luck!
Congratulations to BH-BL High School students Mark Piotrowski who was accepted into NYSSMA Conference All-State Orchestra on bassoon, and Jessica Landry who was named Conference All-State Alternate on flute. Way to go!