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Thursday, October 25 - 1:00 to 8:00pm (1/2 day for K-12)
Friday, October 26 - 8:00 to 3:30pm (No School for K-12

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Please note that online sign up will end at 11:59pm on Monday, October 22.

November School Millage

This fall, for the first time, Black River will be part of the local school millage. The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District initiated an enhancement millage proposal on behalf of all its constituent school districts, including Black River.  Both Muskegon and Kent ISD's have successfully passed regional enhancement millages for their schools.  As a resident of Ottawa County, you will have the opportunity in November to vote on this proposal.  Please read through this FAQ document and the Quick Facts for more information! 

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.

Senior Families: FAFSA/Financial Aid Night is October 25

Black River will be hosting a FAFSA/Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents here at Black River. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm in the Large Ensemble Room. The event will be run by a financial aid officer from a local college and attendance is highly encouraged. With all of the changes in recent years to the FAFSA, this is a great way to get your questions answered. Please contact Miss Cessie Wright with any questions at wrightc@brpsk12.org.‚Äč


Middle School Dance

The first middle school dance of the year will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, November 2 in the Main Building lobby. The cost is $5 at the door and dress is casual. Please contact Jeanne Kane at kanej@brpsk12.org with questions. 

Turkey Jam 3 v 3 - Sign-up Today!

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The Wednesday Show by Student News
Rat Buck Shout-outs from Mr. Donnelly

Congratulations to the following students for earning the top number of Rat Bucks as of today: 

Sixth Grade - Hadleigh Hilgert, Mae Pasatta, and LJ Nykamp

Seventh Grade - Isabella Davis and Eden Pomp

Eighth Grade - Iliana Rodriguez-Kupres, Aaron Summitt, and Atif Usmani

Keep up the great work!


Boy's Middle School Basketball Meeting Friday, October 19

Middle School boys interested in playing basketball should attend an informational meeting this Friday during CAP in Mr. Johns Room 310. Practice starts Monday, October 29th immediately after school.

Girls on the Run

Registration begins in November for the Spring 2019 season and program begins in early March.  Coaches are still needed.  

A Celebration 5K will take place on May 31, 2019 & June 1, 2019.

NHS is Hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive

The National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, October 22 in the main gym from 9 am to 3 pm. It would be amazing if you could donate. If you are sixteen or older and are interested in donating blood, please follow the following steps:

STUDENTS: If you are 16 years old and wish to donate, please complete the following:

1) Please fill out this form:


2) Also, please stop in the main office for the consent form. It must be signed, dated, and turned in to Ms. Mousseau's office by 11 AM on Monday, October 15th.

3) You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been processed.

STUDENTS & FRIENDS OF BR: For those who are 17 years and older wishing to donate, please complete the following:

1) Go to redcrossblood.org
2) Type "49423" into the "Find a Blood Drive" bar in the top right corner. 
3) Find the Black River Blood Drive
4) Click on a time slot
5) Make an account and sign up.

If you have any concerns, please email lowrys@brpsk12.org.

Main Building Lost & Found Clean-out

Please don't forget to check the Lost and Found area located in the Main Building under the south stairwell in the basement after your fall conferences are finished for items your student may be missing. We have collected lots of items throughout the beginning of this year and will be taking items that are not claimed to a local charity immediately following conferences. Thank you!

Senior Yearbook Picture Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit senior photos for the yearbook is Friday, December 14. One photo in a high-resolution jpg or tiff file should be emailed to Joy Shirk, Yearbook Advisor, at shirkj@brpsk12.org.

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


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Ski Club Announcement

Attention all middle school and high school skiers and snowboarders! Join us this winter on our weekly trips to Bittersweet Ski Area. Forms and information are available in Mr. Bittrick's room 211. 

An Important Note From Our Head Rat

Did you know that the Black River Parent Organization spends $20,000 annually to support field trips, student celebrations, teacher appreciation gifts, and more for our Black River community?  Black River is truly fortunate to have the support of these dedicated parents!

These funds are raised by a school-wide fundraising campaign which culminates in our annual Fun Walk which is coming on October 5th!  Over the course of this week, our Parent Organization has distributed envelopes to students for collecting donations for this event.  Please take some time to look for it and consider donating to this great organization.  After the necessary funds are raised to support the items mentioned above for this school year, the excess funds will go toward the outdoor hard surface project.  A project for which our Parent Organization is dedicated to making a reality as soon as possible and has already saved over $40,000.  We're excited that project will benefit all of our students here at Black River.

For more information, to donate with a credit card, or to see the winning artwork that will be featured on this year's t-shirts, please visit the Fun Walk Friday website.

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.

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.

Middle School Girls Indoor Soccer Opportunity

Middle school girls interested in indoor soccer at the Soccer Stop Sportsplex. Ages 13 and under. Younger girls will need to tryout to be sure they are ready for this age group. We will be playing in the U14 division against competitive teams. The goal is to get a girls team going and to keep it going throughout their middle school and high school years. 

Cost per season is $675 per team. We will divide the cost up by the number of girls that sign up. Team shirts will be an additional cost of $12 each. Registration deadline is October 20th. I will need a deposit of at least $30 by the 19th of October. 

Please contact Raquel Pena-Rosas for more information. raquelpena03@gmail.com

Odyssey of the Mind Information

Thursday 9/27 is the Odyssey of the Mind information Night.  As a friendly reminder, the meeting will begin at 6:00pm in the Elementary Music Room and will last about an hour.  Peg Edvenson, our OotM Regional Director, will be sharing great information on what OotM is, what the team dynamics look like, and what the roles of the coaches and judges are.

I understand that not everyone will be able to attend the meeting.  Here are the Student Registration and Volunteer Registration forms, as well as a timeline for our program with some important dates.  

Odyssey of the Mind Volunteers Needed!

Attention all high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: The elementary students will be participating in a program called Odyssey of the Mind, and they need your help to be successful! Odyssey of the Mind is a program that "teaches students how to think in different ways by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests.  Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems."  For each team of seven students, one coach and one co-coach is needed.  This year we are turning to the Black River High School students to fulfill the role of co-coach.  Students who volunteer to participate as a co-coach have the opportunity to earn community service hours, be a mentor and role model to younger students, act as a leader in an amazing program, and learn new skills.  Teams will meet once a week beginning in November and leading up to the Regional Tournament on February 2, 2018.  The frequency of team meetings is likely to increase leading up to the tournament.  For more information please email OotM Coodinator, Ashley Huizenga, at odysseyatbr@gmail.com.  There will also be an information night hosted in the Elementary Music Room on Thursday, September 27 from 6-7.

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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.

Class of 2019 Senior Party Planning and Sign-up Information

Senior Party Logo     Calling all Class of 2019 Parents!

Senior Party planning is underway. Help us keep organized by sending in your Class of 2019 Senior Party Form and deposit as soon as possible. The form should be mailed or dropped off in the MS/HS main office during the first week of school.

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

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.

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