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2018-2019 Calendar is Now Available

Click here to access a printable copy. 


Thank you for Supporting the Book Fair Paws for Books Book Fair - Come.Stay.Read a great tale!

To everyone who came to the Book Fair and to all who helped make it a great experience and success, a big THANK-YOU!  Because of your support of this event, 466 books were able to be purchased for BR Classrooms!!  Keep paws-ing for Books and we’ll see you at our fall Book Fair!


Student News - Friday Show

Hope to see you at the Carnival!


Summer Camp Brochures are Here!

Camps are open to any Black River Public School student, as well as their friends from other schools! We welcome all students who want to have fun, improve skills, and enjoy a camp with individualized instruction. Invite your friends! Each camp has a minimum participation level of 10 campers. Individual coaches/teachers run camps. Please contact coaches through email if you have any questions about camp. Administration/paperwork questions can be directed to Tim Witvoetwitvoett@brpsk12.org.

Summer Camp Brochure

Summer Camp Registration Form

Eastern Europe Project Term 2019 Trip Meeting Announced

Attention all Travelers! If you will be a high school student in 2018-2019 and are interested in traveling to Eastern Europe in 2019 come to an informational meeting Monday, March 26th, at 5:30pm in Room 420. Please see more information below.

Wear your Craziest Socks Tomorrow!

Black River Families, don't forget to wear your crazy socks tomorrow to participate in World Down Syndrome Day! Here are two short videos that you can share with your students and friends. The first is aimed at younger children.  



3 V 3 Volleyball Tournament Cancelled

The 3 V 3 Volleyball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00pm
has been cancelled. Please contact Ana Brickley at brickleya@brpsk12.org with questions.

Attention Sailors! Sailing Club Information

If your daughter or son in 7th grade or above, is interested in sailing for the Black River Sailing Team this spring, here is all the information you need and more!  Sailing is a fun competitive team sport and the team has returning veterans who can teach and coach new sailors.  If you are interested and have some questions feel free to call Blair Nykamp 616-566-4665 or Matt Hemmelgarn 616-994-3001, anytime.  Our first informational meeting will be at the MBJA on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:30-7:00pm. Please read the team letter below.

FYI:  We have four local regattas on the schedule that are open to 7th & 8th graders.

Spring Sports Information

High School spring sports begin on Monday, March 12.  Black River offers Boys Baseball, Girls Soccer, and Boys and Girls Track & Field.  

Middle School spring sports begin on Monday, March 19 (weather permitting).  Black River offers Girls Soccer for 7th and 8th graders, and Boys and Girls Track & Field for 6-8th graders.

Questions?  Contract your coach:

High School Baseball - Chris Timmer - catimmer11@gmail.com

High School Girls Soccer - Kyle Lawton - lawtonk@brpsk12.org

High School Track and Field - Kyle Morrisons - kyle.m.morrison@gmail.com

Middle School Girls Soccer - Marissa Seymour - marissa.seymour@hope.edu

Middle School Track and Field - Steve Lambert - steve.lambert@rolgroup.com

Rat Race Volunteers Needed

The 13th Annual Rat Race is coming up - Friday, April 13th at 6:13pm. We always need volunteers to help the race go smoothly. If you are interested in helping please contact Jessica Reinartz at reinartzj@brpsk12.org.

Ottawa Regional Spelling Bee Winner - Mary Catherine Leahy

Black River hosted the 2018 Ottawa Regional Spelling Bee Competition and it was a great experience for all. One of our own students, 5th garder Mary Catherine Leahy, won the competition and will be competing on March 27th at the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Also, a great big thank you to the many staff members that helped make this event possible. Your support of Black River and our students is always above and beyond! 

BR United Way Club

The BR United Way Club volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket last week. They had a lot of fun helping to make trail mix for the sack suppers for children in Holland!

Rat Race Sign-up Link is Here!

The 13th Annual Black River Rat Race on Friday the 13th of April at 6:13 p.m., is open for registrations!


Congratulations to the Raticals, Black River's Middle School Team

Congratulations to the Raticals, Black River's Middle School Team.  They took first place at the Western Michigan Chapter of MathCOUNTS held at GVSU on Friday.  The team will continue onto the state level of competition in March.

Also congratulations to top individual finishers.  Elliot Lappenga placed 4th,  Madelyn Rynsburger placed 5th, and Matthew Harrelson placed 6th.

Here is a picture of the team with Bill Stefan who MC'd the event.  

Math Counts Team Photo

Beth Kiurski Wins the Fox 17 Pay it Forward - Teacher of the Year!

We'd like to congratulate our very own Upper Elementary teacher, Beth Kiurski for winning the Fox 17 Pay It Forward: Teacher of the Year award! Please congratulate her next time you see her in the hallways or around campus. We are so proud of her!

Jim Levering and Beth Kiurski

Yearbook Order Deadline is Monday, January 29, 2018

Yearbook ordering is coming to a close. Yearbooks may be available after the pre-ordered yearbooks arrive. Extras are sold on a first come basis and are not guaranteed. Follow the links below to order:

Elementary Yearbook Order Site and Enter Code 40125

Middle/School/High School Yearbook Order Site and Enter Code 40122

2018 GVSU College Prep Week

The 2018 GVSU CSO College Prep Week welcomes 150 high school juniors and seniors from GVSU charter schools to participate in a week of academic and cultural exploration.

High School United Way Club Meeting Dates

Below are the dates for the United Way Club meetings.  Meetings are held in Marguerite Stephens' Room 321 during High School CAP from 11-11:30am. 

Thursday, January 18 
Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 28
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 28
Wednesday, April 18

New 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.

Join the Black River Swing Dance Society

The students have started a new BR Club - BLACK RIVER SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Join them in the Auxiliary Gym, Thursday from 7:00-8:00pm

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Senior Year Information Packet

Senior year is an exciting and busy time! Check-out the Senior Information Packet that was mailed to each senior in September. This packet was designed to assist you in planning for the upcoming year.  

Black River Middle School Wyldlife Club Information

Are you a middle school student interested in joining the Black River Wyldlife Club?

Volunteer for the MS/HS Peer2Peer Program

Middle School and High School Students: Support and encourage a fellow student, while earning community service hours. Volunteer for the Black River school-wide Peer2Peer program. This program is open to ALL middle and high school students.

Join the BRPO: Connect with your School and Community!

If you'd like to get more involved at school, we would love to hear from you!  The BR Parent Organization is all about making a difference.

HS Students: Be Nice. is more than a phrase. It's an Action Plan!

Are you a high school student interested in promoting a positive school climate and encouraging your fellow classmates?

Get the BR Mobile App

Staying connected is even easier with our new mobile app.  Just access the web site through your mobile device and you'll be offered a link to download the app. If you are not offered a link, download the "Schoolpointe Stay Connected" app in the App Store. News, calendar, directory and more - plus push notifications for important items like weather closings or delays.  Download today!

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