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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]

December 5, 2014

Mark your calendar; robotics competitions are here

Take a break from decorating, cookie baking and shopping this weekend to check out BH-BL’s grades 4-8 FIRST Lego (Robotics) League teams compete in a tournament on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School. Our other teams are competing too! [TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE]

December 2, 2014

Learn to code--it's not as difficult as you think

During activity period Tuesday, Dec. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 11, students in grades 3 through 8 will have the opportunity to learn how to write computer code and participate in the Worldwide Hour of Code event. Computer Science is one of the highest paid college degrees and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average. Perhaps it's time to dabble a bit in code. Sign up today in the middle school main office. [LEARN MORE]

November 20, 2014

Lost & Found bin overflowing

Please claim lost items

Is your child's sweatshirt missing? What about his lunchbox or her water bottle? The Lost & Found bin outside the cafeteria is overflowing with clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles and more. Please encourage your child to visit the Lost & Found bin and claim their items. Staff will clear out the bin during Christmas break, so please claim lost items now!

November 18, 2014

PACE testing and eligibility

BH-BL provides advanced programming opportunities for high-ability students in grades 3 through 8 through PACE (Programs for Achieving Children's Excellence). If you would like to have your child tested for PACE eligibility, please visit our PACE webpages and review the PACE Testing Notification letter and the Grade 6 Science Acceleration Testing Notification to learn more.

November 17, 2014

Armbruster named 2015 Eastern District Health Educator of the Year

Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School health education teacher Lindsay Armbruster who was named the 2015 Eastern District Health Educator of the Year. [MORE]

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 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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