2012-13 BH-BL varsity teams achieve Scholar-Athlete
For the third year in a row, the Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake High School students have shown that
they excel both on the sports fields and in the
BH-BL is again on track to be named a
state "School of Distinction" based on the fact that all
26 of its varsity interscholastic sports teams have been
named "Scholar-Athlete" teams for achieving grade point
averages above 90 percent.
READ MORE & VIEW GPAs
Way to go, Spartans!
Planning to play a sport next
A Health Clearance Form
(yellow sheet) is required for
students to tryout for any sport. The Health
Clearance form needs to be obtained from the school
nurse within 30 days prior to the start of the sports
season once all needed paperwork is on file in the
nurse's office. Dr. Sipperly will be at school on May 21,
2013 to do free sports physicals. This is the last
time the school will offer sports physicals before the
fall sports season. Stop by the nurse's office to
What to Bring to the Nurse
In order to obtain a
students should bring the following to the nurse:
A copy of their
physical with the date of the exam being within
one calendar year of the start of the sport (or
check with the school nurse to see if the
physical on file is current). Physical
Form in pdf format
School / Sports Health Exam.
A Sports Health
Recertification form to be completed by parents
ONLY if the physical was done more than 30 days
prior to the date of tryouts. The Health
Recertification form updates health information
from the date of the physical to the date of the
start of the sports season. Health
Recertification Form in pdf format
School / Sports Health Recertification Form.
Please contact the school nurse with questions or
concerns. At the High School: Mrs. Fredericks, ext.
83102. At the Middle School: Mrs. Greco, ext.
AP Exam Schedule
Please use the link provided to view the upcoming AP
AP Exam Schedule
June 2013 Exam Schedules
Please use the link provided to view the upcoming June
June 2013 Exam Schedules
Support BH-BL PTSA by Buying
Smith's Orchard Pies!
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
PTSA Pie Fundraiser deadline is fast approaching!
Your support of our BH-BL PTSA pie fundraiser would be
appreciated. Please use the link provided to order some delicious
pies by Wednesday, May 1st. Pick-up time for the
pies is Wednesday, May 22nd from 2:30-6:00 p.m. in the
High School Cafeteria.
Pie Order Form
Junior-Senior Prom will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013,
from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight, at the Hall of Springs
in Saratoga Springs. Dinner is included.
post-prom party will be held at the Bayou Cafe from
12:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. PTSA donations support a
significant portion of our After Prom. If you
would like to support the After Prom, cash donations may
be sent to the high school.
Important Information for Seniors
Honors Assembly program will be held on Wednesday
evening, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
annual Senior Banquet will be held on Friday, June 7,
2013 on the Lac du Saint Sacrement from Lake George.
Students should dress appropriately for the
banquet -- boys in slacks and a shirt, girls in dress
pants/skirt and blouse or dress. Students should
not wear shorts or jeans. Bus transportation will
be provided from the high school at 5:30 p.m. sharp.
Buses will return to the high school at about 11:00 p.m.
Seniors are required to ride the bus transportation both
ways in order to participate in the boat trip.
in at Mail & More on Route 50, Burnt Hills to order your
rehearsal will be held at the high school on Monday
morning, June 17th, at 10:00 a.m. All graduates
who plan to participate in the graduation exercises must
attend the rehearsal. Rehearsal should last no
more than an hour and a half. Caps and gowns will
be available in the gym that same day from 8:30 a.m. -
10:00 a.m. The cap and gown fee is $24.40 - Checks
may be made payable to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High
will be held at noon on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at SPAC.
Tickets are not required.
Northeast Natural History
Congratulations to Klara Widrig, who presented at the
Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. This conference
promotes the study and stewardship of the natural
environment in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada.
Klara presented her poster entitled "Determining the
Effects of Eurasian Watermilfoil Hand Harvesting on
Biocontrol Populations." Klara is shown with her
mentor, Brent Kinal of the New York Natural Heritage
69th Annual Northeast Association
of Fish and Wildlife Conference
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Sophomore, Dan Sinopoli presented his science research
project on the health of brook trout in the Eastern
Adirondacks at the 69th Annual Northeast Association of
Fish and Wildlife Conference in Saratoga Springs.
Dan's research was presented in both the Student and
Professional Researchers sections and was viewed by over
400 Biologists and Scientists from across the United
States and Canada.
O'Rourke Middle School is going to
the Odyssey of the Mind WORLD FINALS!
Congratulations to Matthew Foster, Jack Royer, Rachel
Johnson, Therese Erickson, Julia Salvatore, Aidan
McKenna & Michael Messere who will be traveling to the
World Finals. Please participate in as many of the
following fundraisers as you can--
Pizza Works - May 1; 5-9 p.m.
Burnt Hills Lanes - May 5; 2:30-4:30 p.m. bowling will
be $15/pp plus pizza & bake sale. Contact Cindy
Turgeon 860-6595 to reserve 4-5 person teams!
"Flower Shower" - order one for your lawn or shower a
neighbor. Contact Liz Royer for details 885-4011!
Or "Just Write a Check" to the O'Rourke Middle School
PTA, earmarked for the Odyssey of the Mind team.
(Send to Laura Foster at Pashley or turn in at any BH-BL
school main office.)
Student Art Show of the Capital
Region BOCES Art & Enrichment Service
Congratulations to Alyssa Gladding, Quinn Porter, Alissa
Ronca, Courtney Parker, Kevin Gideon & Erin Sausville
whose artwork has been selected for the Student Art Show
of the Capital Region BOCES Arts & Enrichment Service.
The Opening Reception is Tuesday, April 9th.
The show will remain up through May and will be open for
viewing during business hours.
Times Union Indoor Track and Field
All Star Team
Congratulations to six BH-BL students who made the 2013 Times
Union Indoor Track and Field All Star Team! The
boys 1600 relay (Matt Bunch, Robert Kirsty, Luke Cameron
and John Rabideau) made first team all stars.
Jaleah Owens (55 hurdles) and Kalli Manly (Pole Vault)
made the Times Union second team all stars.
Jazz Showcase coming to high school
on April 11th
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High
School Fine Arts Department will
a "Jazz Showcase" on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30 p.m.
in the High School auditorium.
artists will be singer
of New York Voices (right), and saxophonist
Dave Pietro (below),
who will perform
along with the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Jazz Ensemble
and the Select Jazz Choir.
and Pietro will be working with BH-BL students and
teachers for a two-day artist in residency program on
April 10 and 11 using Arts in Education funding from the
high school PTSA and the district budget.
There will be no charge for admission to the April 11
"Bringing two world-class musicians like this to
the high school is a fabulous opportunity for our
student musicians," says Fine Arts department head Mike
Danis. "I hope many people can come to the April 11
concert. We've never done something quite like this
before, and I anticipate some great music and an
students chosen for Bread Loaf
Young Writers Conference
Two of our juniors, Alana Picozzi and
Lilly Perry, have been admitted into the highly
New England Young Writers Conference
held at the Bread Loaf Mountain Campus of Middlebury
College in Vermont. From May 16 - 19, Alana and Lilly will have tutorials
with world-class published authors, attend workshops run
by the authors, listen to lectures on writing, and hone
their own poetry and prose. They will be able to
share original pieces through oral expression at open mic events, small group readings, and a publication that
will be circulated at the end of the conference.
Alana and Lilly are members of the high school's LeFont
Writing Club, where Lilly is co-president.
Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair
Congratulations to the following BH-BL
students who were awarded prizes for their science
research projects at the Greater Capital Region Science
and Engineering Fair.
Amy LeBel - Association for Women
Samantha Scibelli - Dudley
Klara Widrig -
National Association of Biology Teachers Award and the
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Congratulations, Amy, Sam and Klara!
Parks & Josh Porter earn 2nd place in regional Criminal
BH-BL students Greg Parks and Josh
Porter won second place in the "Crime Scene
Investigation" category at the March 13th Skills
USA Regional Competition at Schenectady County Community
College. Greg and Josh are studying Criminal Justice at
the Capital Region BOCES Career and Tech program in
Colonie. They were among 46 students from area school
districts who won awards in a wide variety of topics at
the Skills USA Regional Competition.
Congratulations, Greg and Josh!
Music in Our Schools Month
On Monday, March 18th, the BH-BL High
School Orchestra under the direction of Karen Russell
performed at the Empire State Plaza. March is
designated as Music In Our Schools Month by the New York
State School Music Association, and this year marks their
40th anniversary. The High School Orchestra was
selected by an application process and received a
participation plaque for their performance. The
group was introduced by New York Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and was one of many schools performing daily
throughout March at the Plaza.
High School Interim Reports go
Parents: Interim reports
are now available online through our Parent Portal. To
view your child's interim report, use the button on the
right to sign into the Parent Portal. Once in, use the
buttons on the left to see either “Grades or Attendance”
or “Teacher Comments.” These two reports will provide
you with the same information we previously mailed you
in printed form. (Be sure the Reporting Term
selected in Teacher Comments is "P3")
If you need assistance signing onto the
parent portal, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org If you require a printed
copy of the Interim Report, please contact the guidance
New York State Public High School
Athletic Association Honors BH-BL Team!
At the end of each sports
season the New York State Public High School Athletic
Association honors teams that excel in the classroom.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Varsity Field Hockey Team
was recognized as the Fall 2012 New York State Scholar
Athlete Champion Field Hockey Team for having the
highest average of any field hockey team in the state
with a 96.378 team average. Team members include:
Alexandra Ball, Nicole Beardsley, Kimberly Bennison,
Madeline Berkowitz, Stephanie Guzzi, Aubrey Kamppila,
Christina Krowel, Ashley Lamere, Meghan Largo, Nykia
Leach, Amy LeBel, Mackenzie LeVan, Danielle Neumann,
Hayden Pollard, Shauna Ryan, Sarah Ryan, Brittany Ryan,
Samantha Scibelli, Mackenzie Wetzel and Elise
Zwicklbauer. The team was coached by Kelly Vroomen
and Lisa Ball.
Upstate Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
Congratulations to Klara Widrig and Samantha Scibelli
who recently competed at the state-level Upstate Junior
Science and Humanities Symposium. Klara won third
prize in the General Biology and Environmental Studies
session, and Samantha won second place in the Physical
Parent Forum on Cyber Safety is March 27
The Middle School Family & Consumer Sciences Department
is hosting a district-wide forum on Cyber Safety.
Parents of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake students are
invited to attend Wednesday, March 27th from 7-9 p.m. in
the Middle School Cafeteria.
Trooper Schmidt of the New York State Police-Troop G,
will explain basic techniques in understanding and
navigating current online trends including texting,
social-networking, and media sharing sites.
The presentation will provide strategies for monitoring
your child's safety on the internet and distinguishing
cyber bullying behavior. Strategies in recognizing
and addressing risky or illegal online conduct, as well
as related legal consequences will also be identified.
Students are welcome to attend at their parent's
available for musical Curtains performances on
March 15 & 16
Boston's Colonial Theater is giving the opening night
performance of a new musical. When the leading lady
mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are
suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to
be a musical theatre fan!
To find out what happens next, please join us as the
high school Drama Club presents Curtains on March
15 and 16 at 7 pm. The cast includes Colin Foster
and Detective Cioffi, Vincent Fulgieri as Bobby, Kelsey
Ward as Carmen, Marion Kinosian as Niki, Gabby Rao as
Georgia, Kris Van Nostrand as Belling, and Kent Benwell
Tickets: $7 students and $10 adults are available at
ShowTix4u.com or at the door.
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Congratulations to Allie Rose Brenon for being
recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high
schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship
Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT). The pool
was then narrowed to approximately 16,000 Semifinalists
and then to 15,000 Finalists. Finalists are
selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments,
and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
New 2013-14 High
School Course Guide available
Students thinking about courses they want to take in the
future at the BH-BL High School can download our
Curriculum Guide for 2013-14
in pdf format. (Warning to dial-up users: This is a
huge file.) Students will receive a printed copy of this
36-page booklet from their guidance counselor soon.
Parents should also take a look at the list on page 6 of
courses that offer pupils a chance to earn college
credits while still in high school.
Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Sub-Regional
Congratulations to Samantha Scibelli, Amy LeBel, Maya
Schank, and Klara Widrig, who won prizes at the Eastern
Junior Science and Humanities Sub-Regional Symposium on
Saturday, February 2nd. Samantha, Amy and Klara
will be three of the thirty speakers statewide competing
for a chance to present at the National JSHS Competition,
and Maya will be participating in the poster
competition. Nice job, ladies!
Congratulations BH-BL Reflections Winners!
The Reflections committee is proud to announce that
three PTSA Reflections art contest winners at the High
School and the Northeast Regional level were selected to
represent our school at the state level.
Congratulations to Kaylee Gillespie and Nathan Gier
(visual arts) and Shelby Kislowski (photography)!
Outstanding job, students!
Senior is 2013 Intel Finalist
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School is proud to
announce that Samantha Scibelli has become the first
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake student to be named an Intel
Science Talent Search Finalist. Her project
entitled "Census of Blue Stars in the Sloan Digital Sky
Survey" involved surveying over 12,000 objects in the
sky and reclassifying them based on spectra and photo
metric results. Samantha is currently enrolled in
the Science Research Program at Burnt Hills-Ballston
Lake High School taught by Mrs. Regina Reals.
Samantha also traveled to Long Beach, California to
present her work at the 221st American Astronomical
Society meeting. Samantha's mentor is Dr. Heidi
Newberg of RPI.
Samantha and 39 other students from around the country
will gather in Washington, D.C. for a week-long event
from March 7-13, during which they will undergo a
rigorous judging process and meet with national leaders.
In past years, this has included a visit with the
President of the United States, interaction with
preeminent scientists and display of their research to
the public at the National Geographic Society. Top
winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards
ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 12th.
Samantha is the only Capital Region student bestowed
with this honor this year.
High school art "All Stars" on
exhibit in Saratoga
works of art by 11 Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake high school students will be
featured in the annual Saratoga Arts Council High
School All Stars Exhibition from January 12 - 26.
The artists -- Morgan Almy, Vanesa
Chen, Nate Coffey, Rachel Dotterweich, Kaylee Gillespie,
Aubrey Kamppila, Kelly Lavoy, Katrina Little, Sara
Potter, Makenzie Riley, Madilyn Sausville -- are
students of teachers Regina Capobianco, Wendy Corrigan
and Christine Layden.
The show is on display at the Saratoga
Arts Center gallery, 320 Broadway, in Saratoga from 9:00
- 5:00 weekdays and 11:00 - 5:00 Saturdays. The opening
reception is Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Go to the
FINE ARTS HOMEPAGE for photos
and attributions of all 12 BH-BL works.
Student Emergency Information Update Forms
Information Update sheet was mailed home in December
Parents are asked to
review the information that the school has for your
student, and either update and return, or sign and
return to the High School Guidance Office if there are
no changes. It is very important that the school
has the most current information for all students.
If you do not receive the form along with the progress
report, it is because you have already updated or
verified your information.
Kirsty performs at Conference
Michael Kirsty, a cello player in the Burnt Hills-Ballston
Lake Orchestra, was selected to perform in the
Conference All-State String Orchestra. Michael was
selected based on his perfect score in
his NY State School Music Association solo performance at the spring
2012 NYSSMA Solo Festival.
Over 6,000 students from
across New York State competed for some 600 slots in the
Conference All-State ensembles. Michael will join
the best string players from the entire state in 3 days
of rehearsals under the direction of Eduardo Navega, a
native of Brazil who is an internationally recognized
conductor. The All-State String Orchestra performed in the world famous Eastman Theater in Rochester
on Saturday, December 1st.
Michael on this outstanding recognition!
Spartan 2013 Yearbook Information!
The High School Yearbook is printed by Balfour and can
be ordered through their secure website.
to go to the yearbook site.
Veterans to be honored with breakfast & ceremony on
Thursday, November 8
Area veterans from any branch of the military are
invited to attend the annual BH-BL Veteran's Day
Ceremony that will be held at Freedom Circle in
front of the BH-BL High School, 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt
Hills, starting at 9:15 AM on Thursday, November 8,
The ceremony will be followed by a free breakfast to
further honor our veterans in the school cafeteria. Both
events are sponsored by the high school Student
Veterans who plan to attend are asked to RSVP so that
adequate food can be prepared. Please contact SGO
co-advisor Renee Tolan at 399-9141, ext. 83236 or
email@example.com with your questions or to RSVP.
Burnt Hills student Siena Wilder named "Player of the
WNYT News Channel 13 Sports has named BH-BL senior Siena
Wilder as one of its "High School Sports Player of the
Week." In addition to her greatness of the volleyball
court, Siena has the 98% grade point average, is
president of the Student Government Organization, and is
a great example of a BH-BL Scholar-Athlete.
see the WNYT video clip with her here.
Way to go, Siena!
School Homecoming features football, barbecue & fun,
The public is invited to celebrate
Homecoming at the BH-BL High School on Saturday,
September 29, 2012, on the athletic fields behind the
school at 88 Lakehill Road.
Kickoff for the varsity football game
versus Gloversville is at 1:30 pm
MORE & VIEW PHOTOS FROM 2011
BH-BL student's book for sale on Amazon & elsewhere
Photo of BH-BL junior Erin Billings in the high
school library taken by Gazette photographer
There aren't many high school students who can say that
copies of their novel are available at local bookstores.
But BH-BL junior Erin Billings can.
Her novel Sincerely about a girl with
cerebral palsy was published this year by Open Door
Publishers in Malta. It is now for sale for $14.95 on
Amazon. Locally, the Open Door Bookstore at 128 Jay
Street, Schenectady, is a holding a book signing party
featuring Erin on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1:00 - 2:30.
You can read all about Erin and her book in
this story by Daily Gazette reporter Michael Goot.
(The district thanks the Gazette for permission
to share this story.)
High School pupils should have identification at
Hills-Ballston Lake parents and students are reminded
that 8th grade and younger pupils may NOT attend evening
varsity interscholastic sports contests without an
adult. This policy means that older (high school) pupils
may need to show identification to document that they
may attend without an adult. This policy has been in
effect since 2006 due
to the number of youngsters previously being left
unsupervised at games and incidents of fighting,
belligerence and other inappropriate behavior.
Parents: Please remember to call the
school Attendance Office at 399-9141, ext.
83310 to let us know whenever your child will
be absent from school due to illness or another
When you call to say your child will be absent
due to illness, please briefly share your
child's symptoms. Please indicate if your child
● Nausea / vomiting
● Sore throat
● Muscle aches
● Chills / shivering
● Runny / stuffy nose
● Been diagnosed with flu by
PowerSchool Parent Portal
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District has new software called PowerSchool for
managing, reporting, and storing student data. One
feature of PowerSchool is that it allows
enhanced communication between the school and home
Parent Portal where parents/guardians can log on
to the system and check their students’ progress at
any time. Currently there is school-wide use of the
Parent Portal at the High School.
Parents who have their log-in information can click
to set up their account. If you previously created
an account, you do not need to create another
one. Simply log in, click "Account Preferences,"
then click "Students" and then "Add" to add a new
For more information, download the
Parent Portal User Guide If you have
questions about the portal, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Principal's
office in the High School.
American Museum of Natural History's Young Naturalist
Contest honors Maya Schank
Congratulations to Maya Schank who was recently named a
national semi-finalist in the American Museum of Natural
History's Young Naturalist contest.
honored for her paper entitled "Comparative Analysis of Georeferenced Datasets for Ascertaining the Accuracy of
Geographic Origin Estimates of Chimpanzee Populations in
Nigeria and Cameroon."
BH-BL students shine at Honors Night on May 23
The high school auditorium was packed on the evening of
May 23, 2012, as an 8-page list of honors won by our
students was announced. Awards were made to all types of
students for their academic, civic and/or athletic
accomplishments. Announcements included more than $4
million worth of college scholarships for members of the
BH-BL Class of 2012, and many individual awards
sponsored by local businesses, families and
organizations. The evening is a microcosm of BH-BL
culture and values, including many inspiring stories of
people past and present associated with this school
district and community. See
the complete list of 2012 awards and this year's
Fogg is Holocaust Essay Contest winner
Kathleen Fogg is the 2nd-Prize winner in the High School
category for the Holocaust Essay Contest.
She received a certificate and prize of $150 at the
award ceremony on June 6, 2012 at the United Jewish
Federation of Northeast New York in Albany.
Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Congratulations to Kathleen Bashant and Craig Maughan
who participated in the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh,
The premier international science fair, it features
projects of the world's top science students from 65
different countries including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and
Kathleen was awarded a 4th place award for her work on
High School performing groups receive High Honors at NYSSMA Festivals
In April 2012, the Concert Choir, String Orchestra, and
Concert Band performed for adjudication at Major
Organizations Festivals sponsored by the New York State
School Music Association (NYSSMA). Under the
direction of Ann Derrick, the Concert Choir performed
Level 5 music and received a Gold Award. The
String Orchestra, under the baton of Karen Russell,
received a Level 6 Silver Award. The Concert Band,
conducted by Peter Giroux, received the highest possible
rating, Level 6 Gold "with Distinction." This is
the sixth year in a row for such as achievement, and the
eleventh time since the year 2000.
2012 Northeast Natural History Conference
BH-BL student Klara Widrig presents a poster at the 2012
Northeast Natural History Conference in Syracuse.
This conference is the largest regional forum for
researchers, natural resource managers, students, and
naturalists to present current information on the varied
aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine,
and terrestrial) and natural history for the
Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. It
will serve as a premier venue to identify research and
management needs, foster friendships and collegial
relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide
interest in natural history by bringing people with
diverse backgrounds together.
Teacher Joanne Owens named State 2012 Work-Based
Learning Coordinator of the Year
Congratulations to Joanne Owens for being named the 2012
Work-Based Learning Coordinator of the Year by the
Work Experience Coordinators' Association of New York
State at their annual conference on March 29-30, 2012.
Ms. Owens coordinates the BH-BL Corporate Sponsors
program and is one of our Work Studies and Internship
Congratulations to the following BH-BL Science Students!
The following students won prizes at the Upstate
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and the
Greater Capital Region Science & Engineering Fair on
March 24, 2012.
Robert "Buddy" Herkenham - 2nd Place in the Physical
Sciences session at the state level, Upstate Junior
Science & Humanities Symposium
US Navy & Marine Corps Award - Mickenzi Schank
US Army Award - Kathleen Bashant & Kaylee Traver
Stockholm Junior Water Prize - Klara Widrig
Ricoh Sustainable Development Award - Elizabeth
National Association of Biology Teachers Award - Amy
Yale Science & Engineering Award - Samantha Scibelli
Samantha also received the $40,000 RPI Scholarship
and received 1st Honorable Mention in the Grand
Prizes. To top everything off, Craig Maughan
placed 3rd & Kathleen Bashant won the Grand Prize.
Both Kathleen & Craig will now travel to Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania to compete in the Intel International
Science & Engineering Fair for thousands of dollars
National Merit Scholarship Finalists
to Melissa Anderson and Craig Maughan for being
recognized as National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000
high schools entered the 2012 National Merit
Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
(PSAT). The pool was then narrowed to
approximately 16,000 Semifinalists and then to
15,000 Finalists. Finalists are selected on
the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and
potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Nanotechnology in Principles of Engineering Class
During a unit on
Nanotechnology, students in Mr. Pittman's
Principles of Engineering course learn how an
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is used to
identify things at the nanoscale. Students
develop problem solving skills by building and
programming a functioning model of an Atomic
Force Microscope using computerized Legos.
They then use their models to
scan the surface topography of teacher-provided
samples demonstrating the three different modes
in which the AFM can operate: contact, tapping
and magnetic. Students use Microsoft Excel to
record the data and create a surface plot of
Principles of Engineering is a
year-long course offered at BH-BL through the
Technology Education Department.
High School named a "Grammy Signature School"
BURNT HILLS: The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High
School has been named a "2012 Grammy Signature School
Semi-finalist" by the Grammy Foundation.
Only 125 public high schools in the
nation received this honor, including two schools in the
Greater Capital Region: BH-BL and Guilderland. Finalists
in the annual competition will be announced in March.
Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Sub-regional
Six Science Research students were awarded prizes at
the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities
Sub-regional Symposium held on Saturday, January
28th. Four students won their respective rooms
(out of a total of 7 possible speaker slots allotted
to the Eastern Section of NYS) and two others were
awarded High Honors and Honors. Kathleen
Bashant, Kaylee Traver, Robert Herkenham, and
Elizabeth Besozzi will now compete at the state
level (Upstate) symposium for scholarships and an
opportunity to present at the national symposium.
Sarah Read and Craig Maughan will be competing in
the poster session. The Upstate Symposium is
scheduled for March 19-20, 2012.
Spartan "Iron Chefs" show off their skills
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Family and
Consumer Sciences (FACS) department held their 1st
Annual Spartan Iron Chefs competition on December 1,
2011. Three teams of students who had taken at least
one foods course participated.
The student chefs submitted their lab plan and
vegetarian recipes beforehand. They were required to
use fresh ingredients and at least one locally grown
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