O’Rourke’s Odyssey of the Mind Team are NYS Champions!

The O’Rourke Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team are New York State Champions! Congratulations to the team of 6th graders (coached by Middle School & High School teacher Kodi Kibler) Stella Kibler, Caroline Welsh, Lucy Capo, Arden Heiner, Emme Fischer, and Paige Reyes for not only winning 1st place in the state competition, but …

Governor Says COVID-19 Defined as Illness for Requesting Absentee Ballot

Governor Signs School Absentee Ballot Legislation On Monday, April 26, Governor Cuomo signed S.5545 (Mayer)/A.6475 (Bronson) into law as Chapter 60. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, officially includes COVID-19 under the definition of illness for the purposes of requesting and receiving an absentee ballot for school district and BOCES elections. Voters are required to …

BH-BL Board Adopts 2021-22 Budget Proposal; Voters Go to Polls May 18

At it’s April 21 meeting, the board unanimously vote in favor of the 2021-22 school budget proposal that goes before voters on Tuesday, May 18. The proposed $72,549,692 budget carries a 2.30 percent tax levy increase and results in an estimated 1.25 percent tax rate increase. Overall spending in the proposed budget will increase by …

Thank you BH-BL nurses for going above & beyond to administer COVID vaccines

Op-Ed from Saratogian Thank you BH-BL School Nurses: Donna Fredericks (HS), Laura Jewell (O’Rourke), Tracey Hay (Stevens), Jodi Reynolds (Pashley), Cheryl Traver (Charlton Heights), April Park (Districtwide) and Courtney Powers (substitute nurse) Additionally, so many other BH-BL staff jumped in to help to assist at the clinics—thank you! Photo left to right: Courtney Powers, Laura …

OMS Future City Team Takes 5th in Nation

How awesome is this? The O’Rourke MS Future City Team placed 5th in the nation (WOW!) and earned the special area award for Best Incorporation of Cultural and Historical Resources. They were also the regional champions! Congratulations to team members Sabine Adams, Gianna DeMartino, Chris Dempsey,  Megan Emerich, Miles Bechtel, Sawyer Brannigan, Chris Guo, Thomas Kotkoskie, …

1001 Book Program is BACK!

Our wonderful reading program is BACK! Haven’t heard about it? Here’s the story: We have 100 blue bags, each filled with 10 books appropriate for Pre-K to 2nd grade. This collection of books will get your child reading about a variety of subjects and ideas. Students who read all 1000 books will have book #1001 …

BH-BL’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for the 9th Year in a Row

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Nationwide in 2021, 686 …