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January 27, 2015

Friday Family Fun Nights at the Pool

We've got the cure for wintertime blues: Family Fun Nights! Join us on Fridays, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24 and May 15 for a night of fun in the high school pool from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Acquatic toys and games will be available to make your family swim night super fun. The cost is $2 per person. Lifeguards will be on duty. [FLYER]

January 23, 2015

Sign up today for Camp Invention 2015

Long summer days can be filled with fun at Camp Invention

Camp Invention will be held at O'Rourke Middle School this year. There are two sessions children can attend. [MORE]

January 23, 2015

Fire alarm, but no harm

There was a fire drill at the middle school today resulting from something burning in the student-use microwave oven located in the cafeteria. The building was evacuated, but students were only outside for about 2 minutes while the situation was handled.

January 22, 2014

Capture memories, buy a yearbook

Don't forget your middle school years! Buy a yearbook so you can cherish your memories. The 2014-15 O'Rourke Middle School yearbooks are available for $27 if ordered by March 1. All books ordered after March 1 will be $31. Order online today. [ONLINE ORDERS]  [FLYER]

January 20, 2015

STEM Academy is back! Registration deadline is Feb. 6

The ever-popular STEM Academy for students is grades 6-8 will once again be offered at BH-BL. This year's courses are GEOart and STEAMING with K'Nex. The courses are held after school on Fridays, Feb. 27 and March 6, 13 and 20. [INFORMATIONAL FLYER]   [REGISTRATION FORM]

January 20, 2015

Project Chinese registation deadline Feb. 6

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a three-year sequential Chinese program. Project Chinese will introduce students to the Chinese culture as well as the language. Mandarin Chinese is considered a “critical language,”
meaning there is a large demand for language professionals who speak Mandarin yet there are not enough professionals to meet the demand. Get a leg up and register today! Registration deadline is Feb. 6. [INFORMATIONAL FLYER]  [REGISTRATION FORM]

January 16, 2015

Future City Winners

O'Rourke Future City team takes 2nd place

Congratulations to the O'Rourke Future City team for taking second place out of 25 schools at the recent regional finals. Out of the five categories, the team took home the title to three of them! The team won Best Research Essay, Best Model, and Best Presentation. They also took home the specialty award for Best Complete Street Design. [FULL STORY & PHOTO GALLERY]

January 15, 2015

Hour of Code, Jan. 27-29

If you missed the last offering of Hour of Code activities due to snow days, you can sign up for the January 27 through 29 events. Check out the flyer and sign up online. Space is limited, so sign up now!  [FLYER]  [SIGN UP LINK]

January 15, 2015

BH-BL bus drivers wanted


Are you looking to earn some money AND still have your summers and school vacations off? We've got the perfect job for you. Stop by the BH-BL Transportation Office or call Rich Hewlett at 399-9141, ext. 83525 to learn more about how YOU can become a bus driver at BH-BL.

December 18, 2014

Powerschool email conflicts

Presently there are communication issues with the automated outgoing e-mails from PowerSchool. We apologize for any inconvenience. Pearson, NERIC and BH-BL are working to correct the issue and restore communication.The problem is affecting numerous school districts within the system and we are unable to predict when the issue will be resolved. The PowerSchool information on your child(ren) is still within the system and accessible to you for reviewing.

December 15, 2014

FIRST Lego Robotics team takes first

At a highly competitive tournament at RPI on Dec. 6, one of BH-BL's new FIRST Lego Robotics Team--The Pip Squeaks--took first place. Congratulations! [PHOTO GALLERY]

November 14, 2014

Field trip date change

The Grade 7 Field Trip originally planned for May 15 has since been changed to Friday, May 29. Please update your calendars!

November 5, 2014

Cold and flu season--take precautions

It's that time of year again when common colds and the flu are all around us. Please remind children to wash their hands often throughout the day to help stop the spread of germs. Reference this Flu Fact Sheet for more tips. [FLU FACT SHEET]

October 28, 2014

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Exploring Engineering Day at RPI, Feb. 21

Registration deadline Jan. 16

BH-BL students in grades 3 through 6 (and their parents) can attend a FREE half-day, hands-on program at RPI called Exploring Engineering Day on Saturday, Feb. 21. [MORE]

October 16, 2014

SNN Daily Announcement category--Sign up today!

Last year parents asked that the middle school daily announcements be available as an SNN category. We listened and created that option. We urge all parents of middle school-age children to sign up for the SNN MS Daily Announcement category so they can be in the know about school events, happenings and notices. How to sign up.

September 19, 2014

BH-BL now offers easy-to-use online school lunch payment program available at BH-BL

Great news! We are offering an exciting new option to help make your life easier.® is an online system that will allow you to set up a school lunch program account for your children, deposit funds into your children’s accounts, review purchases, check balances and more. You’ll even get an email poke when account balances are low. Additionally, there’s a mobile app that allows parents to view and replenish their child’s account using a smartphone.  [LEARN MORE] [SIGN UP]


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Parent Today! Have you signed up yet?

Parent Today subscribers are learning how to navigate financial aid forms, focus seniors on the graduation endgame, and make science and math fun for younger students through the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can sign up for this free e-newsletter and website. [MORE]



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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