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Attention Ratfest 50/50 Raffle Winner

Please claim your prize!  The winning number for the raffle drawing was:  010503.  Since the winner was not present at time of drawing, the winnings are now being held in the main office.  Please present your winning ticket number to claim your prize.  This will be held in the office until Thursday, February 21, after which time the money will be returned to the Fine Arts Boosters account as a donation. Thanks to all for your contribution to the Fine Arts Boosters

2019-2020 New Student Enrollment Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently underway and applications are being accepted for our lottery drawing. The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Click here for admissions information and here for important enrollment dates. For questions regarding enrollment, please contact Nicole Klunder at klundern@brpsk12.org or 355-0055, ext. 116.

Apply for GVSU College Prep Week

This summer, current sophomore and junior-year students from across Michigan have an opportunity to travel to Grand Valley State University to experience what it is like to be a college student! The application is now open to apply.   

To learn more  visit - GVSU Prep Week Information and Application

Join the Holland/Zeeland Area Youth Advisory Council

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is now accepting applications from current 9th & 10th Graders to serve on the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). YAC members meet once a month during the school year for grant making, site visits to local organizations, and learning about community needs and philanthropy. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Lynch at jlynch@cfhz.org or 616.396.6590. To apply, please find the online application here: https://form.jotform.com/90354953616159.  Applications due April 1st.

High School Students: Interested in Going to Vietnam?

Are you a high school student interested in traveling to Vietnam with Black River English teacher, Bridget Pyle during the summer of 2020? Please attend an informational meeting for students with their parent or guardian on Wednesday, February 20 at 5:00pm in Room 420, Main Building. Can't make the meeting but want more information? Please contact Bridget Pyle at pyleb@brpsk12.org. You can also RSVP through the tour link at https://rsvp.eftours.com/b8hgghp

Class of 2019 Senior Reminders

Friday, March 1, 2019 is the priority deadline for FAFSA completion for a majority of colleges. Be sure to submit your FAFSA online before then to be considered for all financial aid, including grants and scholarships. If you wait, you could miss out on money from your college. 

Friday, March 1, 2019 is also the deadline for Community Foundation scholarships. Don't miss out on one of the best opportunities for scholarships! Visit cfhz.org for info and to apply. 

Black River in the News
A Great Evening for RatFest - Thank You!

Thank you to all who volunteered, performed and attended Ratfest last Saturday night.  What a great evening of entertainment!  Thank you for your contributions to the Fine Arts Boosters - with your help we raised just over $1800.00. This money will be used to help fund needs within the Fine Arts department including field trips, musical instruments purchases and new concert attire, just to name a few. We hope you enjoyed the evening and thanks again for your support!  - The Fine Arts Boosters

Tiny Trinkets, Treasures, Books & Candy Wanted for Carnival

Cleaning out the toy bins and bookshelves? Your student can earn community service hours and the carnival can benefit! The Carnival committee is looking for LIKE NEW tiny trinkets and preschool to middle school-aged books that your student has outgrown. Birthday party favors, dollar store items, new packages of candy and bubble gum are all great ways to donate to the Carnival! Items will be used for carnival game prizes and can be brought to either main office.


Students in the news. Way to go rats!


BR Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

This year's Poetry Out Loud runner-up is Emily Dykhouse, and our school champion is Laine Kibler. If you are in Lansing, MI on Friday, March 1 or Saturday, March 2, stop by the Crowne Plaza to support Laine as she competes in the State Poetry Out Loud Competition. Please take a moment to congratulate these two (and all our finalists) on a job well done.

Rat Buck Shout-outs from Mr. Donnelly

Congratulations to our December/January Top Rat Buck Earners. Nice work!

Sixth Grade:

Elise Rynsburger 7, Finleigh Sinclair 6, Hailey Huggett 6, Hannah Hovinga 6, Ty Elmer 6, Owen Stimer 6

Seventh Grade: 

Corbin Smit 7, Bella Edwards-Parker 6, Zoe Sample 6

Eighth Grade:

Carter Jager 6, Grah Russel 3, Kai Norman 3



Math Counts Kudos

Please congratulate the students on the math team if you see them (pictured below). They competed in Math Counts on Friday - yes they had a snow day and they chose to participate in a math competition instead. 

Our team finished first place (second year in a row) and are headed to states. Further, Matthew Harrelson was the #1 individual finisher, Madelyn Rynsburger was the #2 individual finisher, and Vishal Swamy was the top 6th grader. They worked really hard and deserve a pat on the back!

Math Counts Team


Food Service Worker Needed at BRPS

Black River Public School Food Service Department is looking for help. This is a flexible, on call sub position within our school. Qualifications include experience in food and customer service, ability to work in a fast pace environment, able to lift up to 35 lbs, positive attitude, good time management skills, and a team player. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Mimi Mahaney-Stalzer at (616) 891-0227.

We The People Team Fundraising for National Finals

We the people team photo

Please help Black River travel to Washington, D.C. to attend our first ever National Finals for We the People!

GoFundMe information

If you are interested in supporting the team’s fundraising efforts for their national competition and have additional questions, please contact:

Mr. Alex Constantelos, Coach
616-355-0055, ext. 104

Holland Sentinel News Article 

Elementary and MS/HS Yearbook Order Link

Moments worth remembering are found in the yearbook! Please click the link below to order your MS/HS yearbook:

2018-2019 Elementary Yearbook

2018-2019 MS/HS Yearbook

Yearbooks will only be available for purchase through the online ordering system. Contact Joy Shirk, yearbook advisor, at shirkj@brpsk12.org with questions. 


Student in the News
Class of 2019 Senior Party Planning and Sign-up Information

Senior Party Logo     Calling all Class of 2019 Parents!

Senior Party planning is underway. Has your senior turned in the Class of 2019 Senior Party Form and deposit? The form should be mailed or dropped off in the MS/HS main office as soon as possible so we have an accurate count for planning.

Would you like to be on the party planning committee? Please contact Rachelle Rokos at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org

Black River We the People Team Places Second in State

Congratulations to Alex Constantelos, Black River Math Teacher, and the We the People team  for placing second in the State of Michigan at Friday's competition.  We'd like to mention tha although BR placed 2nd in total points, 4 out of the 6 units placed first in the state.

The team has been invited as a "wild card" team to the National Finals in Washington D.C. from April 26-30. Woo!!

Please congratulate the following students when you seem them around campus:

Team Members: Luke Brents (11), Riley Buikema (11), Jacob Harrelson (11), Simon Hodson (11), Akshitha Karthikeyan (11), Joshua Laux (11), Joel Miller (12), Felix Monie (11), Sullivan Prince (11), Eshan Rajani (11) Madeline Ruhl (11), Luke Ruiter (12),  Emma Saunders (11)

Student Coaches: Peter Busscher (12), Samuel Ehmann (12), Samuel Lowry (12), April Shipley-Mellon (12), Samuel VanderArk (12), Aaron Yost (12)


Class of 2019 - Senior Information Packet

Do you have a senior at Black River? Check-out the 2019 Senior Information Packet. It has everything your senior needs to know about their final year as a river rat. Please contact Cessie Wright, Senior Advisor, with questions at wrightc@brpsk12.org.

Sixth Grade Girls - Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer Camp Information

6th Grade Girls:  GVSU STEPS Camp Information is here! Follow this link: https://www.gvsu.edu/steps/


Annual Letter From Shannon Brunink

Dear Black River Community, Please read the Annual Letter from our Head of School, Shannon Brunink. Your continued support allows us to thrive. Thank you!

Meet your New Infinite Campus Apps!

Infinite Campus has released two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, schedules, announcements and more.

meet your new infinite campus apps


Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


Spanish Tutors Needed

Students in Spanish III, IV, V, or AP act as peer mentors and tutors for students in A, B, 1, 2 or elementary spanish. Tutors become peer supports for students who need help with Spanish in addistion to the time they seek with their Spanish teacher during help sessions. They will provide strategies that have been helpful for them when learning Spanish, help with organizational skills, practice memorization or vocabulary and concepts, and play language learning games.

Box Tops & Direct Your Dollars Receipts Box Top Logo

A friendly reminder to keep saving BoxTops and Family Fare/D&W Direct Your Dollars receipts.

Black River Rat School Spirit Store - Order Online 24/7!

Check-out the new Black River School Spirit Store - Uniting Students, Parents and Fans through School Pride! We are very excited to announce our School Store with 24/7 online ordering and delivery straight to your home. The link can be found on the banner in the right hand corner of the Black River website or here. Watch for a $10 Gift Card, one promotion per household which will be sent home with the youngest child in each family this week. We hope you will consider the School Store when shopping for the holidays and stocking stuffers! Contact the MS/HS Main Office if you have any questions.

Download the District Mobile App

The Black River District website can also be via the SchoolPointe Stay Connected app which is available for both Apple and Android phones. Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application.

Download on the App Store
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

Get it on Google Play
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

SchoolPointe's Stay Connected App features:

-Headline News and Information
-Calendar of Events
-School and Staff Directory
-School Notifications

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