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BK 7th + 8th graders win Western NY Essay Contest for the 4th year in a row

April 12, 2017

      BK Middle School students win state Essay Contest 4 years in a row

The Bishop Kearney Middle School has certainly made a name for itself in the annual Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Fire Prevention Essay Contest. For the past 4 years our students have won multiple awards in the top ten, including 1st place each year. Once the Monroe County winners are chosen, the top essays are forwarded on to the Western NY writing competition for the next level of awards. We recently received wonderful news that two of our middle schoolers placed in the Western NY competition. Taking 2nd place for all 7th graders in Western NY this year is Mary Tran and taking 1st place for all 8th graders in Western NY is Alyssa Schaeffer.

Mary and Alyssa weren’t the only students this week who won writing competitions this week. Bishop Kearney junior Maggie Hurley wrote a short play entitled “Anxiety” which has been chosen for the Young Writer’s Showcase at Geva Theater. This is a huge honor, and a great opportunity for Maggie to work with professional actors and move from page to stage. Her play will be rehearsed and performed during the Fall 2017 Festival of New Theater. Congratulations to these students and kudos to the English department at Bishop Kearney for developing such gifted writers each and every year.

BK junior’s play wins Young Writer’s award

April 12, 2017

BK junior’s play wins Young Writer’s award

Maggie with English teacher Mrs. Hoffman

Congratulations to Bishop Kearney junior Maggie Hurley!  Her short play “Anxiety” has been chosen for the Young Writer’s Showcase at Geva Theatre. This is a huge honor, and a great opportunity for Maggie to work with professional actors and move from page to stage. Her play will be rehearsed and performed during the Fall 2017 Festival of New Theatre.

Maggie is the third Bishop Kearney student this week to win an award for her writing. Middle school students Alyssa Schaeffer and Mary Tran won 1st and 2nd place in an essay contest against 7th and 8th graders from all over Western New York.  For the past four years, Bishop Kearney middle school students have won 1st place in the Western New York essay contest and several students have won multiple awards in the top ten. Congratulations to these students and congratulations to the English department at Bishop Kearney for developing such gifted writers each and every year.


BK pitcher tosses Perfect Game

April 11, 2017

Perfect game in season opener

Freshman pitcher Emily Phelan made her varsity debut at Bishop Kearney by throwing a perfect game in a 5-0 win in the season opener. No walks..and not a single base runner reached 1st base on an error. In the world of baseball and softball this is the rarest of all accomplishments. Emily struck out 16 batters and the Kings played flawless defense to prevent any hitters from reaching base.

This was the perfect way to start the softball season for the girls who have trained hard for Coach Herbst to get ready for the season. Bishop Kearney’s school motto is “Do All Things Well”, but at least for this one day the Kings proved that they can “Do All Things Perfect”.

BK Spring Musical “Peter Pan” Apr. 7 + 8

April 7, 2017

Bishop Kearney Presents

“Peter Pan, The Musical”


On Friday April 7 at 7:00pm & Saturday April 8 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Bishop Kearney School presents “Peter Pan, The Musical!”


You can purchase tickets at the main office at the school or at, and search for Bishop Kearney.  Advance tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Additional $2 added for tickets purchased at the door the night of the show. Bishop Kearney is located at 125 Kings Hwy S, Rochester NY 14617, (585)342-4000.

Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!


Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.

Peter (Emily Perevich) and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children (Rachel Farrell, Jonathon Dodds, Luke Tytler) late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe led by Tiger Lily (Zoe Ferraro), a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook (Annie Heyen)and sidekick Smee (Emma Mittiga).

Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Peter Pan is a dream come true and entertains countless families.

Click on the link below to see musicals from previous years:

2014 Musical, Seussical: The Musical

2015 Musical: The Wizard of OZ

2016 Musical: Shrek

Spring Open House Sunday 3/26 at 1:00

March 20, 2017



Sunday March 26, 2017


1:00pm – 3:00pm

Placement Exam


Saturday April 1, 2017


8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Registration/Check-in 8:15 a.m.)


All incoming 6th, 7th and 9th graders  (St. Kateri students are exempt)


$20.00 exam fee

Call 342-4000 x246 or email today to pre-register!

The Scholarship/Placement Exam is required for new students entering 6th, 7th and 9th grades.

HIGH SCHOOL: Barron’s Study Guide: COOP/ HSPT/TSCH
Barnes & Noble $13.95

Call the Admissions Department for transfer information for other grade levels.

Contact Fred Tillinghast, Director of Admissions at (585) 342-4000 x246 if you have questions or if you would like to set up a student shadow day or family tour.

Tour our campus, meet the teachers and staff, see our 21st Century Technology, hear the BK success stories, learn more about the College Prep. Plus Program, our 100% graduation rate, and how Bishop Kearney students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and the real world!


March 3, 2017



Irondequoit, N.Y. – Deacon Dan Callan (BK alum) led a beautiful Ash Wednesday service for the Bishop Kearney student body,  as well as our special guests (students and faculty) from Holy Childhood. Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

Clergy administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass.


BK alums win Academy Award for Best Animated Film

February 28, 2017

Bishop Kearney graduates take home

Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature

Hollywood, California –   Bishop Kearney graduates James Hasman and Brian Menz took home Academy Awards on Sunday night for their work on Disney’s Zootopia, which won for Best Animated Feature Film.

They were both part of the animation team for the film, and had also been nominated for their animation work on another contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature, Moana.

Hasman is a 1988 Bishop Kearney graduate. Menz graduated from the school in 1997.

Menz had previously won awards for his role on the animation team for Frozen and Big Hero 6. Hasman won for his role on the animation team for Frozen.

BK students compete in 14 hour M3 Math Challenge

February 27, 2017

 BK students compete in 14 hour M3 Math Challenge

Rochester, N.Y. –   Four Bishop Kearney students (Matt Giacovelli, Annie Heyen, Spencer Cattalani, and Kiki Jin) participated in the M3 Math Challenge.  They spent fourteen hours on Saturday 2/25 trying to come up with the best solution to a very complicated problem.

M3 Challenge is unlike any other high school math competition! It is a math modeling contest that will push you to the limits of what you know about math and test your ability to work as a team and under strict time restraints. This contest gives you the unique opportunity to work on a real problem using a multi-step process infused with skills and techniques from each of your team member’s individual math tool kits, as well as problem solving and critical thinking.

And, to level the playing field as much as possible, everything you need to get started and be successful is online and free! While the process for selecting winners is rigorous and intense, there are 90 team scholarship prizes and great recognition for solid efforts. 

Senior to Senior Ball

February 27, 2017

    BK Seniors Bring the Prom to Nursing Home Seniors


Irondequoit, N.Y. – Bishop Kearney High school seniors and senior citizens had a ball at St. Ann’s Home Friday.

The students at Bishop Kearney High School, who are all members of the Honor Society, dressed in their formal best and brought the “prom” to residents of St. Ann’s.

There was a lot of dancing, friendships made and memories shared.

“I’ve been making all sorts of movements, you know, trying to pretend I’m dancing, but I’ve never danced in my life,” said George Veach, 86. “I’m having a good time.”

“The event for us is eye-opening because, especially in high school, you always see high school kids around and it’s really nice to talk to people from different perspectives and they are also open to talk,” said Annie Heyen, a senior at Bishop Kearney. “And they love dancing, so that’s always fun.”

The Senior to Senior Ball is a tradition that’s been going on for over 20 years.

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