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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.


June 2014


2014 summer reading lists now available for grades 7-12

Congratulations Sue Conklin, an incident-free BKW bus driver since 1987, who has been awarded the AAA Hudson Valley Traffic Safety Award this year. This award is given each year to selected school bus drivers based upon their safety mindedness.

The BKW Class of 2014 outlines plans for after graduation; valedictorian, salutatorian and student academic leadership awardees honored

Student physicals to take place on Aug. 5

Five BKW sixth graders achieve semi-finalist status in Invention Convention; one named finalist

Four students inducted into National Technical Honor Society


May 2014


BKW students tops in NYS in Hospitality Management

Anti-Bullying Week at BKW High School is June 2-6

BKW Students Serving Society helping people for 14 years

BKW Elementary Raises More Than $4,200 at Math-A-Thon

Voters approve 2014-15 BKW budget

Second grade students create Poetry Cafe

Science inspires students for PTA Elementary Science Fair

BKW students place at SkillsUSA competition

Congratulations to all of the students who made the third quarter honor roll! View MS Honor Roll [PDF] | View HS Honor Roll [PDF]

PTA Sponsors Meet the BOE Candidates Night, May 14


April 2014


BKW students present at business/etiquette dinner

BKW’s state aid increases, but remains behind 2007-08 levels

New employee contracts reduce overall costs to district, cuts health insurance costs & allows for more competitive salary ranges

Voters to decide on bus prop that reduces overall fleet & updates buses to save on maintenance costs

Proposed budget invests in academics; no in increase tax levy

Voters to select two board members on May 20 ballot

BKW analyzes community feedback and adopted state budget

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 Nov. 19, 2013)

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

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