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Future City team group photo wearing first place medal on a blue ribbon
January 13, 2018

BH-BL takes first place in Regional Future City competition


It was a big day for several O'Rourke Middle School students who took first place in the Regional Future City Competition and for two BH-BL High School seniors who were named Alumnus of the Year. [READ FULL STORY]

January 11, 2018

Grade 8 Parents Night, Jan. 18

Parents who have children entering the high school next year as ninth graders are encouraged to join middle school and high school staff and guidance counselors on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the BH-BL High School cafeteria to learn about the course selection process, graduation requirements, and the high school's block scheduling.

January 10, 2018

Principal's letter to parents regarding recent rumors & explaining school's relationship with police departments

I recently received a few inquiries from parents regarding police officers at our school and rumors they have heard about student behaviors. I understand these concerns and I appreciate parents bringing their concerns directly to my attention. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain the variety of reasons why a police or emergency vehicle may be at our school. I hope this will put a stop to the rumors circulating within our community and put your mind at ease. [READ FULL LETTER]

January 2, 2018

Classroom group project and charity efforts bring students together

Students learn lifelong skills in Morocco's courses

If you were at the middle school at all this fall you might have been wondering if the students had set up a small farm. Well, no, they didn’t. But thanks to technology teacher Nick Morocco’s Grade 8 Technological Systems students, the lawn outside of his classroom did look like a farm. That’s because ...[READ FULL STORY]

December 11, 2017

Districtwide Technology Use Survey

BH-BL has embarked on a districtwide project to gather information to learn more about its students’ school and home technology use for learning. School leaders will use this information to help guide the district's use of instructional technology in the classroom...[READ MORE]

December 11, 2017

District Asks Parents to Participate in Technology Use Survey

BH-BL Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Maryellen Symer is asking parents to take part in a Technology & Learning questionnaire in order to learn more about BH-BL students’ school and home technology use for...[MORE]

December 6, 2017

Congratulations to middle school Reflection winners

Congratulations to Hannah Smith, Grade 8, (Literature); Patrick Nyhan, Grade 6, (Photography); and Carlianna Ewing, Grade 6, (Visual Arts) whose Reflection contest entries have been selected to advance to the regional level. Good luck! The National PTA developed the Reflections program in 1969 to interest children, parents, teachers, and communities in the arts. This year's contest theme was "Within Reach." O’Rourke Middle School students created a piece of artwork, took a photograph, or wrote a story about the theme.

November 27, 2017

Cherish your memories with a yearbook

Now is the time to order your yearbook while they are the lowest price of the year! Go to and secure your book today!

August 28, 2017

Middle school students to benefit from more efficient arrival & dismissal procedures

Does a later bus pick up time sound good to your child? How about eliminating the waiting period on the bus in the morning? And, get ready for students to also say goodbye to gathering in the cafeteria before the start of school. This summer the middle school busing schedule as well as the arrival and dismissal procedures were restructured to be more efficient and supportive of decreased wait times and increased instructional time. [READ MORE]

Counseling Center introduces Naviance

Naviance is a K-12 college and career readiness program that helps schools align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and connects learning to life.  Guidance Counselors will be introducing students to Naviance over the next few months. [LEARN MORE]


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Richard H. O'Rourke
Middle School

173 Lakehill Road

Burnt Hills, NY 12027

Principal Colleen Wolff

(518) 399-9141 ext. 84000

(518) 384-2588 fax

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