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BKW News Archives

Wondering what you may have missed? News items previously posted on the district's homepage are archived below.


April 2014


The BKW Music department presents the musical Bye Bye Birdie


March 2014


BKW to participate in Operation Safe Stop on April 3

Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer & school principals address testings role at BKW

CSI-BKW: High school students uncovering the mysteries of Forensic Science investigations

BKW to hold community forum on March 19

Welcoming more new faces to the BKW Central School District


February 2014


BKW students learn hands-only CPR

BKW students take their learning on journey around the world

Superintendent presents budget options for BOE, community

BKW announces Second Quarter Honor Roll

William Dergosits honored as WNYT Top Teacher

Regents Adopts Changes to Common Core, Testing

Be an advocate for BKW, speak to legislators about state funding


January 2014


Governor budget proposal touts aid increase, but GEA cuts remain over $1M for BKW

BKW Grade 4 Teacher Agnes Zellin achieves National Board Certification

Welcome new faces to BKW Secondary School

Regional forum shines light on school funding crisis

Elementary students work to reopen Books 'R' Us

Take a walk, read a book: BKW second grade class visits Berne Library


December 2013


BKW Boys Soccer Team Honored With Awards

Lack of adequate funding threatens future solvency of rural districts in New York

Scientific solutions, real-world learning: AP Biology class continues search for solutions to a local problem


November 2013


High school students organize Holiday Clothing Drive taking place until Dec. 20

BKW alumni attend banquet this fall [PHOTOS]

Congratulations to the students who qualified for the first quarter's honor and merit rolls

Three BKW educators to present at national conference

BKW to benefit from professional development grant

PTA college and career night a success

Runners Allie Tedeschi and Annielaura Shafer to compete at States Nov. 9


October 2013


BKW wins grant money for PARP programming

Academic changes at BKW provide course enrichment

BKW receives Office Depot Foundation grant for PBIS

Visiting student program expands community borders, eases enrollment concerns


September 2013


PBIS making BKW Elementary a “GRRR”eat place to learn

BKW teacher attends conference on Korean culture

Students in grades 1-12 return to BKW for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year


August 2013


BKW Elementary welcomes five new teachers

Homeowners receiving Basic STAR exemption to register with the NYS Tax Department

Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer addresses test scores

Board of Education appoints new elementary school principal

Library construction and summer maintenance at BKW


July 2013


The calendar for the 2013-14 school year is now available

Summer reading and supply lists for September are now available


June 2013


Mrs. Zellin's class uses ecosystems kits and the Huyck Preserve to take science beyond the classroom

Sue Conklin receives AAA Hudson Valley Safety Award for BKW

Even with loss of Head Start funds, BKW retains Pre-K

Valedictorian & salutatorian share plans and memories

The BKW Class of 2013 plans for after graduation

BOE appoints Lonnie Palmer as BKW's interim superintendent


May 2013


Dr. Dorward announces funding change for Pre-K

BKW residents approve 2013-14 district budget

State aid distributions change for NY schools

Senior Gabriella Audino wins the Criminal Justice State Championship at Action Skills Competition

District residents to select three BOE members


April 2013


Congrats to the students who made the 3rd quarter honor roll

Proposed BKW budget calls for a 0% tax levy increase; preserves program

Community to vote on purchase of 4 buses – BKW to reduce overall fleet

Superintendent Dr. Paul Dorward to leave BKW at the end of the 2012-13 school year

Parents should expect lower scores on State tests this year

Elementary School Principal Regina Yeo to leave BKW at the end of the 2012-13 school year

BKW athletes honored in Albany County 'Week of Champions'

How to best communicate with district officials


March 2013


Students to be honored in Albany County "Week of Champions"

Students picked for selective art exhibitions

8th grader Kai Fischer has qualified for state competition of the state geography bee

Senior members of the girls basketball are selected to the WAC Exceptional Senior Basketball Game

Students exhibit artwork at the Fourth Annual Empire State Plaza Collection Student Exhibition

Students compete in 3rd Annual Dodgeball Tournament

Students celebrate Read Across America day

The 2nd annual Secondary School Science & Art Fair will take place on March 28


February 2013


Second quarter honor rolls are announced

BKW Varsity Cheerleaders compete in national competition

Senior Courtney Tedeschi signs letter of intent to Depaul University

Elementary school class sells hearts to benefit Ronald McDonald House

BOE starts budget development discussions

BKW to test their new automated messaging system

Join us to advocate for BKW schools on Feb. 11

New security entry system will activate on Feb. 6


January 2013


PARP 2012-13 quilt winners

BKW to attend regional event about fiscal issues in public schools

District welcomes Len Kies, the new dean of students

BKW introduces PBIS program to provide student support

Kai Fischer wins BKW geography bee a second time

BKW’s APPR plan approved by NY State

Congrats to Liz Harvey for breaking the school record of all-time leading scorer in girl's basketball

Secondary School Principal Brian Corey addresses upcoming Regents exams [PDF]

BKW to install a new secure entry system

District Introduces 8th Grade Guest Reading Program

Alumni Basketball Night comes to BKW on Jan. 5


December 2012


Photo Gallery: First Grade donates to Ronald McDonald House

Hilltown's Holiday Collection Drive sets a record this year

Dr. Dorward addresses rumors at BKW and safety preparations for the district

Walking program now open at BKW Elementary

Photo Gallery: Students make blankets for charity

Photo Gallery: The 'Spirit of Giving' Returns to BKW Elementary

A letter from Dr. Dorward regarding the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT

BKW varsity cheerleaders qualify for national competition


November 2012


Need money for college? The scholarships section now includes new opportunities

First Quarter Honor Rolls are Announced

Regina Yeo named new Elementary School Principal

Photo Gallery: Elementary School Students Visit the Book Fair

Box Tops for Education brings in large return

Congratulations to Courtney Tedeschi on her 5th place finish at the NYS Cross Country Championships

BKW's Fall Book Fair returns from Nov. 14-27

BKW's sophomore class sponsors school dance for grades 7-12 on Nov. 9

Photo Gallery: High School Students Hike Vroman's Nose


October 2012


BKW BOE recognizes residents, staff and students

How does the district communicate school closings, delays and early dismissals?

BKW senior named an 'all star' player in volleyball

Junior Class sponsored Chicken BBQ takes place on Nov. 6

Microsoft pilot program brings voice and face recognition unit to BKW elementary classroom

Want to help the elementary school raise money? Send us your box tops!

PTA's Career and College night to link students with local career professionals

BKW PTA to host Elementary School Halloween Party

Effective Monday, October 15, 2012 there will be a universal time change for daily morning bus pick-up for all students coming to the BKW Campus [PDF]

BKW was awarded $5,000 at the Be the Change Innovation Awards

What is APPR? 10 things to know about the new teacher evaluation system


September 2012


The schedule of college visits for this school year is now available

BKW Senior Courtney Tedeschi races to her fifth title

3rd annual Athletics Chicken BBQ/Garage Sale on Oct. 6

The American Red Cross blood drive is on Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym

Construction brings changes to the secondary school's layout

Superintendent Dr. Dorward relays some changes for the district [PDF]

The district calendar for the 2012-13 is now available online [PDF]

Tax bill information now online


August 2012


Alumni start BKW Sports Hall of Fame

Save the Date: Alumni Golf Tournament on Oct. 6

The 2012 Alumni Banquet will be held on Oct. 6


June 2012


Summer reading and 2012-13 supply lists now available for grades 7-12

Photo Gallery: Elementary students celebrate the end of the year

Photo Gallery: Elementary students participate in Spirit Days

AP Biology students collaborate with Cornell Cooperative Extension to help local farms.

As graduation nears, the BKW Class of 2012 shares their plans for the future

Meet the Class of 2012's Co-Valedictorians, Xena Pulliam and Victoria Villeneuve

Meet the Class of 2012's Salutatorian, Rachel Fuller

Bulldog Late Show includes thankfulness and dancing

Two BKW students receive Youth Recognition Awards from Albany County

Courtney Tedeschi wins in Division II New York State Track & Field Championship

BKW student speaks at Tulip Festival luncheon

Five BKW students make National Technical Honor Society

Congrats to the boys track team for winning their second consecutive class C championship.

Congrats to Liz Harvey on her selection to the New York all-state second team for basketball.


May 2012


Second graders telecommunicate with Alaskan pen pals

BKW Elementary school St. Jude Math-A-Thon participants raise thousands

BKW school libraries now offer eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive

Congratulations to all students who made the third quarter honor roll

Spring Scholastic Book Fair is running until May 21

Altamont Fair hosts their first eco-friendly science fair [PDF]

Voters approve BKW budget and bus prop; elect one BOE candidate

BKW Senior Places 2nd at SkillsUSA Competition

The PTA Health and Wellness Fair is coming to BKW Elementary [PDF]

BKW's End-of-Year Calendar has been revised [PDF]

Photo Gallery: 2nd Annual Pete Shaul Showdown

Photo Gallery: National Guard hosts team building at BKW

Meet the candidates running for one open BOE seat

BKW Residents to Vote on School Budget May 15

Important testing time approaches at BKW


April 2012


7 BKW students to display Invention Convention ideas at museum

Elementary student council raises money and collects food for local pantry

Superintendent embarks on listening tour in early May

Budget forum presentation video and slides are available

Proposed BKW budget calls for a 1.95% tax levy increase; decreases spending

Secondary School Science & Art Fair is a big success

Photo Gallery: Secondary School Science & Art Fair

151 Books Added to Elementary Library in Dedication of Peg Shultes

Dudley Observatory's Starlab comes to BKW


March 2012


High school students aim to make school more positive

Seventh grade student Kai Fischer to compete in state finals of the National Geographic Bee

BKW to hold community budget forum on April 3, 2012

Community to vote on purchase of 3 buses – BKW to reduce overall fleet

Former BKW student returns to teach about conservation

BKW determines their tax levy limit for the 2012-13 school year

Board of Education approves renewed participation in NYSMEC

Tour the new BKW facilities on March 16 during the Science and Art Fair

BKW staff members to present at Union College conference for Library and Media Specialists

Spring pictures will be taking place at BKW on March 26, Click here [PDF] for order form

BKW Board of Education Meetings will now be broadcast on Public Access TV, Channel 18

Miss Pahl's second grade class participates in Dr. Seuss themed Read Across America

Elementary students raise funds for Ronald McDonald House

Congratulations to the girls' varsity basketball team on a 18-2 season and WAC south championship!

Read Aloud program encourages students to collaborate with creativity

NHS is selling shamrocks until St. Patrick’s Day to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mrs. Tiffany's second grade class uses the iPad to create an online storybook


February 2012


Two BKW Wrestlers Head to State Championship

The girl's basketball team advances to the quarterfinals in the Section II Championship

Congratulations to Students on the Second Quarter Honor Roll!

The Guidance Office's website has a new page that will list new scholarships as they become available

The cheerleaders and girls' basketball teams raised over $500 for the American Cancer Society

Wrestling team hosts and wins sectionals; BKW junior moves on to State Championship

BKW PTA to hold new Secondary School Science & Art Fair

Both varsity basketball teams to compete in the WAC Final Four

BKW JV and Varsity Cheerleaders place first in two of competitions

The Albany Tulip Queen visits BKW second grade students

Physicals for spring sports to be held on Feb. 28, 2012


January 2012


BKW Cheerleaders to compete in two competitions this weekend

Breaking down bullying: Point Break visits BKW

Congratulations to 7th grader Kai Fischer on winning the annual middle school geography bee.

Middle School students to participate in Point Break

BKW partners with CapCom for Student Banking

Elementary Student Council is holding another Box Tops contest from Feb. 1-17

Junior Courtney Tedeschi makes the NY All-State Girls Cross Country Second Team

Talking without technology: Administrators encourage students to practice communication


December 2011


Be a friend - Make it end: Key Club and Student Senate set up an anti-bullying initiative

Odor and fumes caused by the construction taking place on the new cafeteria.

Taking nothing for granted: BKW receives grants

NHS wants you: National Honor Society Information

Kids, reading and the spirit of giving

NHS is recycling cell phones for a worthy cause

Pep rally and dance scheduled for Dec. 9 is rescheduled for Dec. 23 due to gym construction.

Thanks for making the Key Club/Student Senate Silent Auction a success; nearly $850 was raised!

Congratulations to Students on the First Quarter Honor Roll!

BKW Wrestlers Give Back


November 2011


View the book fair photo gallery

Hilltowns Holiday Collection Drive announced

Class of 2015 officers selected

Fall Scholastic Book Fair open Nov. 15-28

BKW juniors experience history live

BKW Cross Country Team State Results

Check out the photo gallery for the BKW Bulldog Early Show

BKW cross country teams head to States

National test of the Emergency Alert System Nov. 9

BKW Buses for sale (Nov. 2, 2011)


October 2011


Octomorph nabs best costume

Property Tax Levy Limit Q&A

Parent-teacher conference day is Nov. 18

BKW BOE honors residents, staff and students

NWEA testing to take place in November

BKW's gym is a special haunt this Halloween

BKW's Cross-Country Teams prove they're all-stars

Cheerleaders show support for Cancer Walk

Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2011

BKW alum performs in Rensselaerville

Turning students into master learners

Understanding New York's property tax levy cap as it relates to public schools

BAC seeks members

BKW student teacher gets students singing about nutrition

Construction on track at BKW

Students celebrate the year's first Bulldog Early Show

Practice makes perfect with fire drills

Assemblyman McEneny talks History at BKW

Donations needed for Bulldog

Why the 'tax levy limit' isn’t the final levy limit

Mandate relief measures and the tax "cap"

Why there are three  tax levy numbers

Why it’s NOT a “2 percent tax cap”

New York State property tax legislation overview

BKW, Schoharie share transportation director

BKW second graders release butterflies

Register your AdvantEdge card today

BKW players volley for a cure

Fall Festival will take place Nov. 3

Governor grants extension request

Writing workshop focuses on college essays

BKW students experience CSI

Teacher contract negotiations update


September 2011


Board applies for extension for tax due date

BKW Elementary opens its doors to parents

High school students start Snack Bar at elementary

'Wyatt’s Pennants of Hope' for sale

New York State enacts new concussion law

BKW Senior Xena Pulliam wins MTV Act award for writing

BKW soccer teams come to aid of Schoharie, Middleburgh

School's in session for parents

2nd annual Chicken BBQ/Garage Sale on Oct. 1

Registration open for Wyatt Spencer's Memorial Golf Tournament 

BKW Sports Team BBQ/Garage Sale Oct. 1

BKWTA offers aid to those affected by storms

BKW delays opening of school year

Assistance is available to district residents affected by Hurricane Irene

Tax bill information now online

BKW schools to open on schedule


August 2011

Letter from Principal McGurl

BKW alum Dr. Teresa Golden named department chair

PTA to sponsor 'Welcome to BKW Elementary'


July 2011

BKW Second School launches BKW Connect Parent Portal

Tori Kocsis and Nena Ruiz named winners of this year's Anthony Hill Scholarship

Secondary School summer reading and school supply lists are available


June 2011

Students take a virtual field trip to the National Zoo

The Class of 2011 graduation

Read the Spring 2011 edition of The Bulldog Barker

Students help clean up Berne Historical Society  

Meet the Class of 2011's Valedictorian  

Meet the Class of 2011's Salutatorian  

Seniors share plans for the future

Residents vote down the proposed school budget in revote

It's Celebration Day at BKW Elementary

BKW students create their own Kamishibai boxes

What would happen if the budget is voted down again

End of the year means moving up for some students

Capital project moving along at BKW

BKW to host Cheer Camp

The Cinderella Project pairs BKW second and ninth graders for magical literary exploration

BKW students earn rave reviews for excellent  behavior at the Junior Prom

BKW's Karen Barber honored at the Invention Convention

Students witness affects of DWI

2 BKW 6th grade inventors named state finalists

The BKW PTA-endorsed Carnival  is set for  June 24

Elementary Student Council holds box top competition

6 BKW track team members head to States

New members inducted into NHS, NJHS

Track team takes sectionals


May 2011

Elementary school gets new equipment

Seven BKW bus drivers compete in Road-eo

School budget revote set for June 21

Celebration Day 2011 to be held June 16

SSS and NHS members create cranes to provide clothing for earthquake, tsunami victims

Residents vote down proposed 2011-12 school budget

BKW Cross Country and Track and Field teams have a new concession stand

Students plant 50 trees across BKW campus

8 BKW students' art on display at BOCES

BKW elementary students raise $4,247 in Math-A-Thon

PARP quilt winners

Budget Q&A: Contingent budget, Taxes

Frequently asked questions about the proposed budget

The impact of state aid on the budget

How the new budget will affect academics

Voters to decide on bus proposition

Proposed BKW budget calls for a 3.51% tax levy increase

BKW junior receives the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award

Three BKW high school students were recognized for community service

BKW PTA to sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair

BKW fourth graders explore the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerlville

8 BKW students to display Invention Convention ideas at museum

Free prom attire for BKW students

PTA to host Meet the Candidate Night


April 2011


Students honored for poster contest

Top Scholars honored

Goodbye to Ray "Pete" Shaul Gymnasium

Bomb Squad wins Pete Shaul Showdown

Four BKW second graders win poster contest

Second graders say bonjour to foreign language

BKW sophomore Hunter Fortuin and junior Xena Pullium head to China

Criminal Justice students scored second at the New York State SkillsUSA competition

Visiting scientist leads BKW elementary students in experiments

Second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30

Key Club raised $1,350 during its Pennies for Patients fundraiser

Mr. Tidd’s class makes new discovery

BKW Elementary Science Fair winners announced

Elizabeth Harvey selected for all-state team 


March 2011


BKW invited to Take Back the Night

BKW students recognized Student Leadership Awards ()

Robert Bentley Jr. strives to educate children in all areas of life

Elementary Student Senate sells beads to benefit food pantry

More than 100 community members joined in BKW's second Community Budget Forum

Traffic Survival Workshop Point & Insurance Reduction Program offered  through June (

BKW's Victoria McCormick and Akeem Stewart win the 2011 NYS ProStart cooking competition

A new cafeteria point-of-sale system, Nutri-Kids, will be implemented March 28

Senior Corbin Repscher honored as the 2011 boy's basketball scholar athlete.

The 8th grade Moving up Ceremony has been changed from June 9 to June 16. (

Mike Casullo placed 1st in residential Wiring in Skills USA Area III Regional Conference 2011.

BKW establishes new community budget questions and answers page

Community members join in discussion at BKW budget forum on March 10

Key Club is working on its spring project: "Pennies for Patients"  

BKW PTA is sponsoring an Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive

Decrease in state aid leads to difficult decisions

JV Wrestling Coach Richard Holoday named Coach of the Year

Bulldog Barker goes multimedia

Third graders have an electrifying gym class

BKW students join in Read Across America

Students get cooking

BKW to host community budget forums


February 2011


Lounsbury hits career high

Things get fishy in Dergosits’ class

BKW has a geography champion: sixth grader Edwin Lawson

BKW Varsity Cheerleaders win first place at a competition

Students make Valentine's Day cards for distribution at Hilltowns Senior Citizen Center

BKW faces a 15.98 percent decrease in state aid

Elementary students raise money for the Ronald McDonald House charity.

Players and families are invited to the Winter Modified Sports Banquet

Students in grades 8-12 were given writing workshops with Susan Mehalik from the Times Union

First graders in Mrs. Mahoney's class go snowshoeing

Real-time weather is a click away at the BKW Secondary School.


January 2011


“The Traveling Lunch Ladies”  win award

BKW High School English teacher Audra Rys has been awarded National Board Certification

BKW Librarian Beth Davis gives presentation at UAlbany

BKW's own Courtney Tedeschi, a sophomore, is featured in the Times Union today.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Dorward holds forum in Westerlo 


December 2010


New construction class helps students build lasting skills

BKW athlete Brandon Galgay to play baseball for Saint Rose

BKW chapter of Key Club is helping those in need.

PEAKS students hold holiday clothing drive.

BKW Career Day set for Dec. 23 at Secondary School.


November 2010


Dean Keller launches blog for school policy and athletic news

Congratulations to our first quarter honor roll students!

BKW pools 'Race to the Top' funds with 20 other districts.

NHS recycling old cell phones for a worthy cause.

Congratulations 1st Quarter Honor Roll students!

Let New York state know our area needs better Internet access.

Dergosits uses Twitter to keep parents informed.

'Gold's Gym gives future weight room a lift.

BKW has upgraded its School News Notifier service to give users the option of receiving school news via text message.


October 2010

Four honored with Board of Education Recognition Awards.

BKW sport sale a success

District awaits guidance on key federal education funds

With new state standards, performance on state exams declines

Answers to your testing questions

Congratulations to all students honored at the High School recognition assembly


September 2010

Congratulations to all students honored at the Middle School recognition assembly

Fall adult ed classes feature Middle School transition seminars

Students, alumni earn AP Scholar Awards

Revised bus proposition approved 223-114

Jordan Gonyea hones leadership skills in D.C.

Capital project construction begins; project costs come in under budget

Keller, Galvin team up to serve as co-athletic directors

Secondary School principal launches new blog