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Listen to our third graders sing out against bullying!

WGNA’s Rhymin' Richie Phillips visited third graders in Mr. Dergositis’ class on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to record a song about bullying and how our words can hurt or heal. The song, to the tune of Luke Bryan's "My Kind of Night," was played on air on channel 107.7 FM on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:50 a.m. You can listen to the song on WGNA's webiste by clicking here.


the ned showThe NED Show helps BKW students build character

BKW Elementary students were treated to a special character-education assembly on Friday, Oct. 2, featuring a lovable cartoon character named NED. Read More


BKW to conduct early dismissal drill on Friday, Oct. 9

New York State requires all school districts to hold an annual early release drill to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be transported home or to another location. BKW will conduct its annual early release drill on Friday, Oct. 9. Read More


Elementary students at the WORDS assemblyElementary students learn that words can heal

BKW Elementary students on Monday, Sept. 28, participated in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office WORDS Program assembly in the gym. The anti-bullying assembly was held to kick off PBIS Week. Read More


Nominations wanted for Board Recognition, ceremony to be held in April

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education annually recognizes individuals that give service to the district, students with high cumulative averages and employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service at a Board of Education Recognition Award Ceremony. Read More


PTA to host first 'Jean Forti Run for Education' on Oct. 24

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Parent Teacher Association will be hosting the “Jean Forti Run for Education” to raise money for educational programs and supplies for BKW’s students. Read More

Late buses begin Monday, Sept. 14

Late buses begin on Monday, Sept. 14, and run Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Buses generally arrive at 3:25-3:35 and begin leaving BKW at 3:30. Click here to view the schedule [PDF].

From the Principal: Thanks to all for a smooth start to the new year

It is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner when we just experienced a heat wave for the last three days. Pretty soon the leaves will change, pumpkins will appear, and apples will be picked. Read More

Students getting back to schoolCheck out back-to-school photos on the BKW Facebook page

Click here to visit the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District Facebook page and see a bunch of photo galleries of students returning to school.
Did you know we also post school news, calendar changes, food service news, and closing and delay information on our Facebook page? So “like” us if you haven’t already!

2015-16 community Calendar available

The community calendar for the 2015-16 school year will hit mailboxes soon! In the meantime, you can view a digital copy by clicking here [PDF].

2015-16 school supply lists available

School supply lists are available for the 2015-16 school year. Click on the links below to view them.

1st grade supply list [PDF]

2nd grade supply list [PDF]

3rd grade supply list [PDF]

4th grade supply list [PDF]

5th grade supply list [PDF]

6th grade supply list [PDF]


BKW holds 6th grade End-of-Year Ceremony  

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School held its 6th Grade End of the Year Ceremony on Wednesday, June 24. Read More

BKW welcomes Dr. Timothy Mundell as new superintendent of schools  

At its meeting on June 22, the BKW Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint current Dr. Timothy Mundell as the district's next superintendent. The experienced educational leader will begin in the district on July 1.  Read More

Paws program'Paws' program supports positive behavior

Through the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavioral Incentives and Supports) program at B.K.W. Elementary School students have been earning "Paws,” which are tickets that indicate the student has done something extra special in school. READ MORE

poetry cafeBKW students keep the beat at Poetry Café

Throughout the months of April and May, students in the Berne-Knox-Westerlo elementary school learned about different types of poems and various literary elements found in poetry. READ MORE

Board adopts revised schedule for the end of the school year

At the May 11 meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved a revised end of the year calendar. Please note that Wednesday, June 24, is now the final day of school for students and teaching staff. In the event that an unexpected closing occurs prior to June 25, then that day will become the final day of school as originally scheduled. Click here to view the schedule [PDF].

A Night at the BKW Museum

Elementary students recently hosted a a 'Night at the BKW Museum.' They put together student displays, performances, demonstrations, interactions and crafts all centered around historical events and the lessons they've studied. View the photo gallery on BKW's Facebook page

science fair!BKW Elementary students put
knowledge on display

Students in the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School showcased their knowledge and creativity at a science fair earlier this month. READ MORE

Board adopts proposed 2015-16 budget, community to vote on May 19

At a special meeting on Thursday, April 23, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education adopted a $22,304,857 budget proposal for 2015-16 that continues all current core academic programs and services and calls for a 0.5 percent increase in the tax levy for next year. READ MORE

Board approves 2015-16 school calendar

The Board of Education at its March 9 meeting approved the 2015-16 school calendar. Click here to view the calendar [PDF].

BKW second graders bring history to life in first Biography Wax Museum

Recently, students from Mrs. Miccuci's, Mrs. Miller's and Mrs. Pahl's second-grade classes brought historical figures to life at a Biography Wax Museum. read More

Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase and education reforms, with no mention of the GEA

Under the Executive Budget Proposal outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo, state funding for schools would increase by $1.1 billion next year – provided that state lawmakers go along with a series of education reforms that he described as “ambitious” in his combined budget address and State of the State message. read More

A note on extreme weather conditions

As a result of the weather forecast for the balance of this week, and possibly into next week, this notice is a reminder to parents of the importance of providing children with appropriate outer wear every day during these extreme weather conditions. read More

Community gathers at candlelight vigil for Kenneth White

Several hundred people from in and around the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school community gathered in memory of Kenneth White at a candlelight vigil coordinated by the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Parent Teacher Association on Monday, Dec. 22.
View photos from the vigil

District mourns the loss of elementary student Kenneth White

It is with profound sadness that the district shares this information with the BKW community. read More

A PTA Meeting Update: Here is an updated list of future Thursday night PTA meetings: Dec. 18; Jan. 22; Feb. 26; March 19; April 23; May 21; June 11.

All PTA meetings start at 6:30p.m., and will be in room 104 of BKW Elementary.

BKW 2nd grade students benefit from teacher's strong essay

Ms. Miccuci's 2nd grade class
BKW's second grade students have received three new Apple iPads after their teacher won donations on a charitable website.
Read more

BKW enjoys big crowd for open house

BKW's Elementary School enjoyed a friendly and engaged turnout for its Sept. 18 school-wide open house.

Read more & VIEW PHOTOS




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The new school year will be here in no time, check out the suggested supply lists for the 2014-15 school year.

Kindergarten Supply List, Petti [PDF]
Kindergarten Supply List, Sargalis [PDF]
Kindergarten Supply List, Scram [PDF]
Grade 1 Supply List [PDF]
Grade 2 Supply List [PDF]
Grade 3 Supply List [PDF]

Grade 4 Supply List [PDF]
Grade 5 Supply List [PDF]
Grade 6 Supply List [PDF]

Forty-four BKW Elementary students participated in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Math-A-Thon this year. The group raised $4,245.05 to help children who receive care at St. Jude. Since our district has participated in the Math-A-Thon, BKW students have collected $48,699.47 for the Children's Research Hospital. read more

In March and April, BKW elementary students participated in and were recognized for their amazing and thoughtful contributions to the Elementary Science Fair, which was sponsored by the BKW PTA. READ MORE

Please take a moment to read a letter about the role of testing at BKW, alleviating student test stress and about "opting out" of tests from Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer, Elementary School Principal Audrey Roettgers and Secondary School Principal Brian Corey. READ LETTER [PDF]

BKW welcomed four new faces to the district recently - three administrators and an elementary school teacher. When you see them around, please make sure to say hello and welcome them aboard. read more

BKW Elementary School students took their learning on a journey around the world this school year as they stamped their academic passports and entered the iEARN Global Learning Circles program. Some 40 students in grades 4-6 went on a 16-week adventure, sharing continuous information with countries as far away as Russia, Nigeria and Taiwan. Read more

On Thursday, Feb. 27, members of the Albany County Sheriff's Department and Town of Berne Supervisor Kevin Crosier visited BKW to offer student lessons on saving lives with hands-only CPR. READ MORE

Congratulations to BKW third grade teacher, William Dergosits, who was honored as one of the best teachers in the Capital Region through WNYT's Top Teacher program. VIEW VIDEO

The Elementary Student Council is holding a General Mills Box Top contest through Feb. 26. The winning class at each grade level will earn a hot chocolate party and a treat. Collection sheets have been sent home. You may also tape box tops to a blank piece of paper or send them in a plastic bag. It is helpful for counting if there are 10, 15, 25 or 50 box tops on a sheet as they are bundled in groups of 50 for submission. The box tops have an expiration date on them and expired box tops can not be submitted. Thank you for helping to make our past contests a success.

Mrs. Mahoney's first grade class and the Elementary Student Council are selling hearts for $1 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Albany until this Friday, Feb. 14. Be sure to check out our "heart wall" near the cafeteria. Elementary Student Council members are also selling carnations Feb. 13-14 for $1.50 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Last year's flower sales raised more than $500 to help families of ill children who stay at the Ronald McDonald House during their child's treatment at Albany Medical Center.

The elementary Shared Decision Making Committee and the elementary school faculty held a Math Common Core Curriculum night for the parents/guardians of students in Pre-K through Grade 6 on Thursday, January 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. READ MORE [PDF]

Agnes Zellin, one of BKW's fourth grade teachers, has received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and continues to inspire her students to be learners for life. READ MORE

Funding for rural school districts is in crisis. At two upcoming Schoharie County events, join in the discussion about the serious financial issues facing our rural public schools. READ MORE

Districts all across the state are also in fiscal peril. An upcoming Jan. 30 regional event in Colonie will show you why, and how to advocate for change to our state leaders. READ MORE

Miss Pahl’s second grade class took a walking field trip to the newly located Berne Public Library, across the street from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School! READ MORE

Mr. Tidd's fifth grade class and Miss Pahl's second grade class continue with Books 'R' Us, the elementary school bookstore originally created by Mrs. Tiffany during her time teaching at BKW. Visit the bookstore on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  READ MORE

Heading into the 35th anniversary of the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program, the BKW elementary school has won a $2,000 grant from Target to help fund their program that enourages reading in young students. READ MORE

On Friday, Oct. 11, there will be a district-wide early release as part of the mandatory annual drill for school emergency plans. Please read the following description and letter home for more information. VIEW LETTER [PDF]

PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, is a school-wide approach to preventing and responding to school and classroom behavior. PBIS is now being used in BKW at the elementary level, and in hundreds of schools across the country, to help students learn to make consistently healthy choices for themselves in and outside of the classroom. READ MORE

Elementary students returned to BKW for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year on Sept. 5. Welcome back! VIEW PHOTOS

On July 18, the BKW Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Audrey H. Roettgers as the district’s new elementary school principal. Roettgers began her work with the district on July 29, filling a vacancy created when Regina Yeo accepted a position with another school district. READ MORE

This fall, our elementary students will see some new faces in front of the classroom. Please help BKW Elementary welcome five new teachers! READ MORE

Please take a moment to read a letter from Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer regarding student performance on the 2013 NYS ELA and Math tests for grades 3-8. READ LETTER [PDF]

BKW students in Mrs. Zellin's class use ecosystems kits and the Huyck Preserve to take science beyond the classroom. READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO

Superintendent Dr. Doward announces BKW's Pre-K program will be retained in its current form for the 2013-14 school year and into the future, even with the loss of Head Start funding. Read more for details [PDF]

The Board of Education and district welcome Mr. Lonnie Palmer to BKW where he will be serving in the role of interim superintendent beginning July 1, 2013. READ MORE

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