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National Honor Society to host blood drive on June 2

On Tuesday, June 2, the BKW National Honor Society will be holding a blood drive in the High School gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are looking for regular donations as well as Double Red Cell donations. If you are interested in signing up, please email or call 518-872-1482 x6113.

Lukas Becker awarded $3k Road Runner’s Club scholarship

Berne-Knox-Westerlo senior Lukas Becker has been awarded the Hudson Mohawk Road Runner's Club's (HMRRC) Bill Shrader Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Read More


English 12 class to host student-film fest June 8-12

From June 8 to 12, students in Mrs. Del Bene's English 12 class will once again showcase their filmmaking abilities with a student-film festival. Showings will be held from 8:55 to 9:33 each day in the High School Auditorium. Click here to see the film festival flier [PDF].


Play puts the point in punctuation

You wouldn’t put an exclamation point at the end of this sentence, would you! Well, if you did, look no further than the student-produced original theater production “The Big Bang Quest Mark” to set you straight on the proper use of a question mark. Read More


BKW honors top scholars

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education recently honored its top scholars at its May 11 meeting. Valedictorian Thomas Fisher and Salutatorian Andrew Bub were joined by other seniors with a 90 percent or higher average at the board meeting.  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].

Third quarter middle and high school honor rolls

Congratulations to the students who qualified for the third quarter's honor and merit rolls.
Click here to see the list of middle school students [PDF].
Click here to see the list of high school students [PDF].

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

Journey through the bodyHonor Society students guide 'Journey through the Body'

More than 20 National Honor Society students from Berne-Knox-Westerlo were part of the “Journey through the Body” exhibition at Colonie Center on Friday, April 17.  Read More

A star-studded classroom

Congratulations to the winners of the first film festival held in in Ms. Del Bene’s English 12 class! Read More

skillsBKW students to compete at statewide SkillsUSA championships

Six Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students will compete later this month in the SkillsUSA statewide competition designed to test their technical skills and knowledge. Read More

WAC Students get a glimpse into each other’s lives in film festival

Drawing inspiration from the documentary “Life in a Day,” students in Ms. Del Bene’s English 12 class hosted a festival showcasing short films the students created about their lives. Read More

WAC BKW student-athletes sharpen leadership skills at conference

Twenty students from Berne-Knox-Westerlo in grades 7-12 attended the Western Athletic Conference Leadership Conference Tuesday, March 24, at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Read More

Foreign Language FestivalCulture on display at Foreign Language Festival

Students in the Berne-Knox-Westerlo foreign-language programs put artwork, cuisine, cookbooks and other presentations on display at the school’s annual Foreign Language Festival, meant to enable students to explore and find value in other cultures of the world. Read More

Help put BKW in the national spotlight

BKW student Thomas Fisher and his classmates in the New Visions: Law and Government class are headed to the “We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national competition, but they need your help getting there. Read More

Festival on Friday, March 13, caps Foreign Language Week

This week, March 9-13, is National Foreign Language Week, and BKW students are celebrating all week with in-class activities, after-school activities, and will culminate on Friday with BKW’s annual Foreign Language Festival. This festival celebrates foreign cultures as well as all of the hard work students have put into their projects. Read More

The BKW Key ClubKey Club helps Interfaith Homeless Shelter

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Key Club held a fundraiser for the Interfaith Homeless Shelter in Albany, collecting much-needed laundry detergent. Key Club collected more than 20 bottles of laundry detergent.
Thank you to all that donated.
Click the photo to view a larger version.

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].

Landry appointed acting assistant principal

Longtime secondary school guidance counselor Annette Landry has been appointed the acting Assistant Principal/Athletic Director of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo secondary school. Read More

BKW student’s artwork part of Regional Juried Art Exhibition

Berne-Knox-Westerlo student Ada Kent’s artwork will grace the The Esther Massry Gallery at the College of St. Rose as part of the 16th Annual High School Juried Art Exhibition. Read More

Second quarter middle and high school honor rolls

Congratulations to the students who qualified for the second quarter's honor and merit rolls [PDF].

District seeks public input on secondary school principal search

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education is conducting a search for a secondary school principal and is looking for input from the community and volunteers for the principal selection committee. read More

BKW Secondary School ranked sixth among area high schools

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Secondary School is ranked the sixth best public high school in the Albany area on the Niche list, a national rating determined by academic statistics reviews by parents, students and alumni. 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

District seeks public input on superintendent search

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education is conducting a search for a school superintendent and is looking for your input. read More

BKW student among 2015 'We The People' winners

Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School student Thomas Fischer and his classmates in the  New Visions: Law & Government program outperformed nearly 40 of their peers on January 10 to win the regional “We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition at Albany Law School. 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

District seeks public input on superintendent search

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education is conducting a search for a school superintendent and is looking for your input. read More

Summermatter appointed interim Secondary School Principal

On Monday, Dec. 22, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education appointed Mary Katherine Summermatter to serve as interim secondary school principal, effective January 12. 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

BKW Key Club raises money for local family

The Key Club recently raised money from the sale of Spirit Beads to help a local family. read More

Corey appointed Jefferson Superintendent

Secondary School Principal Brian Corey appointed as Superintendent of Jefferson Central Schools. read More

BKW boasts four Scholar Athlete teams for the fall season

Four Scholar Athlete teams from Berne-Knox-Westerlo have qualified as Scholar Athlete Teams for the Fall Season of 2014 as recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. read More

Student Senate to hold auction for gift baskets on Dec. 5

On Friday, Dec. 5, the High School Student Senate will have its annual silent auction for themed gift baskets in front of the High School gym from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Do your holiday shopping and help the Student Senate too!

Food and toy drive to benefit Hilltowns Holiday Collection

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teachers Association is again this year collecting food and toys for the Hilltowns Holiday Collection sponsored by the Albany County Sheriffs Department. Bring new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable foods to the main office in either building and place them in the boxes there. The need this year is greater than ever before, so if you would like to help, bring items in before Friday, Dec. 12. Drop-off boxes will also be available during home basketball games.
All items collected will go to families in need right here in the Hilltowns!

BKW high school students were climbing the walls during a recent field trip for Physical Education class. read More

Congratulations to the students who qualified for the first quarter's honor and merit rolls [PDF].

Berne-Knox-Westerlo senior Allie Tedeschi has signed a Division 1 national letter of intent to the University of Hartford for track/cross-country. read More

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May 8

• PTA-Sponsored Mother/Son Dance

May 11

• Budget Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m., S.S. Auditorium

May 14

• E.S. Spring Concert, 7 p.m

May 19

• Annual School District Budget Vote, S.S. Auditorium, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

May 20

• NYS Science Performance Test for Grades 4 and 8 (through 5/29)

• PTA Meeting, 6 p.m., E.S. Cafe

May 21

• M.S. Spring Concert, 7 p.m

May 22

• School Holiday - Memorial Day Weekend

May 25

• School Holiday - Memorial Day Weekend

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