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Varsity baseball game canceled today, April 23

Today's varsity baseball game is canceled today due to field conditions.

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

Dr. John Metallo is eager to quickly learn his new BKW surroundings as Interim Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Check out a profile of his wide-ranging career.

Yearbooks are now available for purchase! Click to order


BKW graduates2014-15 College Visits!

The BKW Guidance Office unveiled a list of colleges that will visit this school year. Please continue to visit the Secondary School page, or the Guidance Office for updates on schools and scholarship opportunities.


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BKW unveiled an up-to-date fall sports schedule VIEW IT

Here are the new school year's supply lists for 7th grade, 8th grade and 9-12

Congratulations to the 53 member of the BKW High School Class of 2014 which held commencement exercises this morning at the Egg in Albany. view video tribute

Summer Reading Lists for 2014 are now available. If you have any questions, please call the Secondary School Main Office at 872-1482. VIEW LISTS

The BKW school physician will be here on August 5 for any students needing physical exams. Please contact the main office to make an appointment. VIEW FLYER [PDF]

Four BKW High School students were among a total of 45 enrolled in courses offered through the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School to be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society this year. read more

The BKW High School Student Senate is sponsoring its third annual Anti-Bullying Week June 2-6 with a variety of school-wide activities. read more

Two students from BKW High School - Krysta Robert and Rhianon Sherry - were part of a team from the Schoharie campus of the Capital Region Career & Technical School ranked No. 1 in the state this year in the Hospitality Management field. read more

A contingent from BKW High School was among a group of 76 students from the Albany and Schoharie campuses of the Capital Region Career and Technical School (CTE) that competed at the SkillsUSA New York State Conference this spring at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. read more

They’re known at BKW as the SSS but to the people they serve these special students are so much more. About a dozen or so BKW students belong to Students Serving Society, a help group founded in 2000 by students who wanted their volunteer efforts to be directed toward goals they created themselves and invested themselves in. read more

Congratulations to all of the students who made the third quarter honor roll!

Teacher Erin Synder's students at BKW Secondary School participated recently in a in a business interview/ etiquette dinner at  Carrabba's Italian Grill in Latham. 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]

Congratulations to senior Delaney Martin for her selection as a Section
2 Girls' Basketball Scholar Athlete!

First there was CSI-Las Vegas. The sequel was CSI-Miami. CSI-New York followed both of them. Now would you believe a fourth show has joined the lineup? We’ll call it … CSI-BKW! READ MORE

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

Congratulations to the students who qualified for the first quarter's honor and merit rolls. Keep up the good work! VIEW HONOR & MERIT ROLL

Congratulations to the BKW Girls Varsity Basketball team who finished their season as the 2014 WAC South Co-Champions with an impressive record of 9-1!

BKW welcomes four new faces to the Secondary School, Darnell Douglas (School Counselor), AJ Ferris (Foreign Language Teacher), Ryan Larson (PE Teacher & JV Basketball Coach) and Nick Spanswick (Foreign Language Teacher). Welcome them to BKW! READ MORE

Your BKW PTA is sponsoring the third installment of the Secondary School Science & Art Fair, to take place on March 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Entry forms for the fair are due by March 5. VIEW MORE DETAILS

We are in the final weeks of yearbook sales! Orders are due by January 24 at the discounted price of $50.00 + tax. No personalization of books is allowed after January 24. Order forms are outside room 155 in the high school or they can be ordered online at Questions? Reach out to Jill Daviero

The league champion Berne-Knox-Westerlo Boys Soccer Team received numerous awards at this year’s Section II soccer banquet held Dec. 8 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. read more

Funding for rural school districts is in crisis. The local School Boards Association invites the public to join in the discussion about the serious financial issues facing our rural public schools at two upcoming events. Come learn about the problem and find out how to advocate for change. READ MORE

The AP Biology class at BKW will once again be working to find a solution for local farmers who have been struggling with a problem effecting their crop growth and production. READ MORE

Congratulations to the students who qualified for the first quarter's honor and merit rolls. Keep up the good work! VIEW HONOR & MERIT ROLL [PDF]

At the end of October, the BKW PTA held a College and Career night in the Secondary School Cafeteria, where 19 community members and colleges were available to talk to students about their careers and academic programs. READ MORE

BKW girls cross country team wins big at 2013 Cross Country Western Athletic Conference Championship and Sectional's race. Runners Allie Tedeschi and Annielaura Shafer advance to State Champs in Queensbury this Saturday, Nov. 9. READ MORE

Academic changes are happening around BKW — find out how these changes are providing course enrichment at the Secondary School. READ MORE

BKW's new International Student Program has opened enrollment to students from other countries and is helping expand students' cultural awareness. READ MORE & meet our new students

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]

During this past summer vacation, BKW English teacher Audra Rys ventured to Los Angeles, California, to learn about Korean culture as part of the Korean Academy for Educators (KAFE) conference. READ MORE | VIEW PHOTOS

On Sept. 5, 2013, students in grades 1-12 returned to BKW for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. view photos of the first day

The tech department is gearing up for it's annual shed sale! These sheds are 10'X12' with one door and one window and are built at BKW. The units cost $1500, which is the price of materials. Please contact Joshua Baker [] if you are interested in having a shed built!

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]

Notice: We are currently experiencing issues with some of our teacher's pages which may delay these pages from being accessed and/or updated. The district is working on this issue. Please stay tuned for more information and visit our staff directory to keep in direct contact with your child's teacher.

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April 6

• Spring Break (through April 10)

April 13

• Sports Boosters Meeting

April 20

Sophomore Class Sponsored Pizza Sale (through May 1)

BOE meeting,7 p.m., Business Office

April 21

PTA-Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair (through 5/1)l

April 22

Grades 3-8 Math Tests (through April 24)

PTA Meeting, 6 p.m., E.S. Cafe

April 24

PTA-Sponsored Father/Daughter Dance

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