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May 21, 2015

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No school Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25

It's Memorial Day weekend, which means there is no school on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25. Classes resume on Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the long weekend.

May 21, 2015

No phone or internet service, May 22

Due to a planned power outage, all BH-BL buildings will be without phone and internet service beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 22. The outage will likely last all day. If you must reach someone in the buildings, please use the emergency lines. [EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS] Please keep in mind, there is no school on Friday and therefore staffing will be limited in the buildings.

REPOSTED May 20, 2015

Grade 8 Class Night program dedications needed

Make sure your child has a middle school "moving up" memory he or she can cherish by creating a personalized dedication to be included in the 8th Grade Class Night program. Programs will be distributed to families on the evening of the ceremony. Use the link below to submit your dedication message. All message are $5. [SUBMIT A DEDICATION]

May 11, 2015

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Join us in celebrating 100 years of excellence at BH-BL

Ribbon-cutting ceremony and centennial celebration October 10

BH-BL will be turning 100 next school year! It’s quite an accomplishment to be able to celebrate 100 years of academic excellence and progression, and as such BH-BL has big plans! On Saturday, Oct. 10... [READ MORE]

May 7, 2015

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TWEET...O'Rourke MS is now on Twitter

That's right, BH-BL has moved into the twittersphere! You can now follow O'Rourke Middle School Principal Colleen Wolff at @ORourkeMS to learn about school happenings, view pictures, and more. And, don't forget to follow BH-BL School District at @BHBLSchools where you'll be kept in the know about district and school news. We'll even retweet posts from High School Principal Tim Brunson, Athletic Director Joe Scalise and O'Rourke Middle School Principal Colleen Wolff. Follow them at @BhblHSPrincipal, @BHBLAthletics and @ORourkeMS.

May 6, 2015

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Photos needed for 8th Grade Class Night montage

The Class Night Committee wants to include at least one photo of each grade 8 student involved in activities (sports, parties, plays, etc.) from their middle school years in a digital photo montage that will be played at the ceremony and throughout the night at the dance. Please rename each digital photo with the names of students (ie. John Doe Sue Black summer.jpg) and email to by May 15 with “class night” in subject line. All photos must be formatted as jpeg. If you need to have printed photos scanned into this format, please feel free to stop in and see David DeLuke at Mail 'N More for assistance. You may send multiple pictures and group shots would be greatly appreciated.

May 6, 2015

Field testing to be held at BH-BL

On Friday, May 8 the grade 8 science field test will be administered to students. (Those students who are participating in the field trip to Montreal and students taking biology will not be given the exam.) Field tests are 30-minute sample exams that are used to create next year’s state exams. [READ MORE]

REPOSTED May 6, 2015

Summer 2015 Enrichment Opportunities

Sign up now for summer enrichment opportunities. This page will be updated often, so check back frequently to make sure you haven't missed out on any opportunities. [SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES]

May 4, 2015

Summer Forum registration deadline May 28

Space is limited for this first-come, first-serve program

The 2015 Summer Forum registration is open! Parents have until Thursday, May 28 to sign their child up for one or two of the courses being offered. Summer Forum is open to children who will be entering grades K-6 next school year. It will be held at Charlton Heights Elementary School weekdays 8:30 a.m. to noon beginning June 30 and ending July 24. Detailed information is included in the Summer Forum brochure.

April 27, 2015

2015 Summer Music Program registration deadline June 12

The BH-BL Fine Arts Department is offering summer music instruction from July 7 through July 31. This program is recommended for students of all ages and abilities who enjoy playing and have a desire to improve their musical skills. The registration deadline is June 12. [PROGRAM & REGISTRATION FORM]

April 24, 2015

Grade 8 Class Night program dedications needed

Ensure your child has a middle school "moving up" memory they can cherish by creating a personalized dedication to be included in the 8th Grade Class Night program. Programs will be distributed to families on the evening of the ceremony. Use the link below to submit your dedication message. All message ar $5. [SUBMIT A DEDICATION]

April 2, 2015

Final exam schedule

You can help your children be prepared for the year-end exam by knowing when they are scheduled. Download the final exam schedule and update your calendars. [EXAM SCHEDULE]

REPOSTED April 2, 2015

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!

March 20, 2015

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Career Fair at middle school introduces students to future possibilities

On Thursday, March 19 BH-BL eighth-grade students attended the school's annual Career Fair where more than 25 local community members and parents, representing a variety of careers, gave presentations about their career fields and the education behind it. [READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS]

March 13, 2015

Safety first: Student drop-off procedures reminder  

To provide better safety and security for students and improve the flow of traffic during morning drop-off, the sidewalk area at the middle school this past summer was extended to the top of Lakehill Road. In doing this, children can now be dropped off at any section of the sidewalk which helps prevent the back up of traffic on Lakehill Road. As of late, we've had children being dropped off on Lakehill Road and crossing the street on their own. This is very dangerous, so please have children exit the vehicle at any portion of the middle school sidewalk to keep the flow of traffic moving. Also, children should be dropped off after 7:15 a.m. Thank you for your attention to student safety.

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. Aquatic 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]



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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