At each meeting, the BKW Board of Education acknowledges people who have contributed to the welfare of the BKW school community.
March 25, 2019
Mrs. Lounsbury gave accolades to Daryl Ackroyd, a 1996 alumni of BKW. Mr. Ackroyd and his team of students from Ballston Spa recently won, for the second year in a row, The Team Engineering Inspiration Award. This is quite prestigious and is put on by NASA. His team received the award for working together and mentoring other schools.
Mr. Tedeschi gave accolades to the former BKW students that were recently listed in The Enterprise for making the Dean’s List at their college. Congratulations to those students on their accomplishments.
February 25, 2019
- Mrs. Lounsbury’s first accolade goes to Jay Arnold, an Education Resource Specialist from Wildwood who gave an outstanding presentation to BKW special education parents on the topic of IEP’s. Thank you to Susan Sloma for arranging this.
- Mrs. Lounsbury’s second accolade goes to Karole Harlow, a former BKW school board member, who arranged for 16 Chinese students from the Dai Fhan High School to visit two schools; Berlin and BKW. Thanks to Dr. Mundell who supported this visit and helped to facilitate transport and special activities for the students. Also, thanks to the parent volunteers who opened their homes to these students. Lastly, thank you to Erin Snyder, BKW teacher and alum, for doing the bulletin board by the office.
- Lastly, Mrs. Lounsbury gave accolades to Chris Smith, Albany County Legislator, for arranging to have a presentation on the opiod problem at his restaurant, Maple on the Lake. Also, thanks to Sherriff Craig Apple for presenting and BKW’s Resource Officer, Deputy Bray for assisting and providing tours of their instructional van.
- Mr. Elble gave accolades to Sarah McArdle, elementary teacher, for winning White-Reinhardt Scholarship to attend the National Agricultural Conference. Thank you to her for all the extra work and effort she puts into our students. Dr. Mundell added that there are only nine people selected nationwide to attend that conference and achieve this scholarship, three of them happen to be from NYS. The scholarship covers the cost to attend that conference in Little Rock, Arkansas at the end of June. We appreciate her work.
- Mr. Tedeschi added to Mrs. Lounsbury’s accolade about the Chinese students that visited. Congrats to Mrs. Landry, Mrs. Snyder and Ms. Caldara. The feedback he got was that the three of them were instrumental in making this a success. Job well done.
- Mr. Tedeschi gave accolades to the Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams for a successful season. Also to the Indoor track athletes for their second successful indoor track season.
- Mr. Tedeschi read an email from a parent. The 7th grade team provided an assignment packet for their children to take with them on vacation. The email stated:
I want to say thank you to the entire 7th grade teaching staff for going above and beyond to prepare an assignment packet for our children to take with them on vacation. It was designed around our trip so it made the learning fun.
It certainly was not what we were expecting but was greatly appreciated. I would have expected most to provide a packet of papers of what the kids would be learning in class but were missing. Instead, we visited the Hall of Presidents at Disney, we took the Safari at Animal Kingdom and learned about habitats and food sources. The kids had to budget a meal and figure out tips. And we learned about Mexican holiday traditions, including La Dia De Los Muertos. To the other classes/specials, thank you for allowing the kids to make up their assignments when we came home. Please know your efforts did not go unnoticed and are appreciated.
This shows the great work that is being done. The email was sent to the entire 7th grade team, Dr. Pitterson, Dr. Mundell and myself.
- Dr. Mundell gave accolades to Beth Davis for recognition from the NYS Library Association Section of School Librarians. In a letter from NYLA-SSL, it states that they wanted to personally recognize Ms. Davis for her contributions to the profession and our state organization. The letter continues to state that Beth is an active member of NYLA-SSL and benefits library professionals across NY State. She is invaluable. Ms. Davis always contributes to our profession and the integrity of the organization. We are thrilled to have her expertise and leadership on the NYLA-SSL Board now and hope for the same in the years to come. Her advocacy and passion for students are unmatched! Congratulations to Ms. Davis on this recognition.
- Dr. Mundell also gave accolades to two BKW students. Kaleigh Reynolds-Flynn, member of the FFA, received the Martin E. Bellinger FFA 360 Scholarship Award. This award is used to send a student to the NYS FFA 212/360 Leadership Development Conference. Her expenses to attend that program will be covered by that scholarship. Elizabeth Lendrum has been appointed to be a Capital Region Representative for DemocracyReady NY Coalition for 2018-19. It’s a youth leadership initiative so she will be representing all rural schools in the capital region at that conference with other students from across the state. Congratulations to both these students for their outstanding leadership.