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February 22, 2017

Follies tryouts, March 15 & 16

Sign up by March 10

Calling all students! It's time to show off your talents at the annual districtwide Follies on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. Auditions are Wednesday, March 15 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. Sign up online no later than March 10. [RULES]

February 17, 2017

Gettysburg final payment due, March 1

Students in eighth grade who are going on the Gettysburg field trip need to send in their final payment by Wednesday, March 1.

February 15, 2017

Requests for 8th grade student photos

The PTA is collecting photos of 8th grade students for a photo montage for the 8th grade class dance in June. [MORE INFORMATION]

February 14, 2017

Shrek Jr Playbill

OMS Drama Club presents Shrek JR., March 10 & 11

Get your tickets now, shows sell out quickly

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task-- if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.The O'Rourke Middle School Drama Club proudly presents Shrek JR. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 11 at  2 and 7 p.m. All tickets are $9 and available online at

February 10, 2017

More than 60 student musicians will represent BH-BL at All-County and Suburban Council Music Festivals

Congratulations to BH-BL High School and O’Rourke Middle School students who have been accepted into 2016-17 Saratoga-Warren All-County and Suburban Council Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, and Jazz Bands...[READ MORE]

MS students making lasagna
February 10, 2017

O'Rourke Tri-Music Honor Society students give back to community

Under the leadership of the Tri-Music Honor Society's Vice President Emilie Bennett, several O'Rourke Tri-Music students came together to make Valentine's Day cards and trays of lasagna for The Guardian House which provides shelter and amenities to homeless female veterans.

February 8, 2017

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]

February 7, 2017

OMS students recognized as top S-P-E-L-L-E-R-S

Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School students Annaliese Blowers & Ryanne Gordon who were among the top 25 spellers in the capital region spelling bee. They made it through two rounds of spelling and earned top scores on the two written portions of the exam. Way to go, girls!

January 27, 2017

Student artwork to appear in "Represented" Art Show, Feb. 1-28

Congratulations to BH-BL student artists whose artwork will be displayed in the "Represented" Art Show at The Charlton School from Feb 1 through 28. We hope you'll stop by to see Grace Apffel's "Kickstart" charcoal drawing; Meghan Haffey's "Pantheon" ​gouache and ink drawing; Mayanna Hayhurst's​ "Rabbit Hole"​ Photoshop painting; Emily Lavoy's photograph; and Juliet Hull's "Unsettling Disarray"​ Mixed Media Emotional Expression​. [PHOTO GALLERY]

January 25, 2017

Grades 4-8 "Girls In STEM" event, March 4

BH-BL female students in grades 4 through 8 are invited to a free "Girls in STEM" event at the University of Albany on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The girls will attend two dynamic, hands-on workshops of their choice and hear a presentation from Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls. (Lunch is provided.) This is event is sponsored by the Master Teacher program at UAlbany. Space is limited. [MORE INFO & REGISTRATION]

January 11, 2017

Friends of Music Mini-Grant Program deadline, Feb. 28

The BH-BL Friends of Music offers a Mini-Grant program to help support students interested in music. Students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance for the purchase of music instruments, equipment, supplies, private lessons on a band or orchestra instrument, and summer music camp tuition. See a music teacher for an application. The application deadline is Feb. 28.


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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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