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We the People Team District Champs

On Friday Black River's We the People team was named district champions for West Michigan. In its first ever competition, Black River placed first in 5 out of 6 panels. The team of nine juniors and seniors is led by coach Alex Constantelos. BR students faced stiff competition, including a school that had previously won districts 14 years in a row.

We the People The team will continue on to the state competition in Lansing on January 12.  Congratulations team!

What is We the People? This new course at Black River is a competitive public speaking course focused on American politics, law, and civics. The curriculum was developed in 1987 and is the flagship program of the Center for Civic Education.

2018-2019 New Student Enrollment Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently underway and applications are being accepted for our lottery drawing. The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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.

Upcoming BRPS Fine Arts Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Black River Fine Arts events:

Check-out this Week's Student News

Please share the Thanksgiving episode of the Rat Trap: Student News with your students and family.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB9yXr046UU

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.

Sign up for the The Annual 3 V 3 Tournament

3 vs. 3 Tournament

BRPS Middle School/High School Bittersweet Ski Club Forms are Available

Attention Skiers and Snowboarders! The 2017/2018 Bittersweet Ski Club forms are now available in Mr. Bittrick's room 211. 

BR Theatre Club Winter Musical Information

The next General Membership Meeting for the BR Theatre Company is on Wednesday, November 15 in the Small Ensemble Room from 3:15- 4:00pm.  Audition materials and information will be distributed for Man of La Mancha, the Winter Musical. Auditions will take place on Monday, November 27 after school in the Small Ensemble Room. That's the Monday right after Thanksgiving Break. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Andrews. 

Congratulations to BRPS Student, Matthew Harrelson

A huge BR round of applause goes to seventh-grader Matthew Harrelson, for being honored at the High Achieving Talented Student (HATS) Off recognition ceremony. Matthew was one of 300 middle school students to earn the distinction for taking the ACT or SAT and achieving scores comparable to college-bound high school seniors! Way to go!

Senior Yearbook Photo Deadline is November 30

The deadline to turn in senior photos is Thursday, November 30. Senior pictures should be a high resolution jpeg or tiff file and must be vertical. If you have a scheduled photo shoot after that deadline and need a small extension, please contact Miss Shirk at shirkj@brpsk12.org or see her in room 121 during CAP.

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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HS Students - Join the Black River Ski Team!

Head to Main Gym during HS CAP on Monday, November 13 for an informational meeting if you are a high school student interested in joining the Black River and Grand Haven Co-op Ski Team.  Please contact Kyle Lawton at lawtonk@brpsk12.org with questions.

Seniors - Did You Miss FAFSA Night?

Seniors and Parents of Seniors: Did you miss FAFSA Night? The link below has some very helpful information on the FAFSA. Check it out!  FAFSA Information

Congratulations to the Varsity XC Team!

Regional XC Champions

Congratulations are in order for our cross country varsity boys and girls teams! This past weekend the varsity boys team won first place at Regionals for the third year in a row!  The girls team had a great finish to the season and placed fourth! Mia Phillips placed fifth and is an individual state qualifier and four of the boys qualified as individual runners for State, as well!  Please congratulate all of our cross country team members when you see them and wish them luck this weekend! Thanks go out to Coach Morrison for a great season!!!

Student Artwork to be Displayed at the Saugatuck Center For the Arts

Two weeks ago in Foundations art, we had a local Native American artist, Jason Wesaw, come to our class twice to work with students on a symbolic identity drawing.  Students were asked to create a work based on the artist's style using shape, color, and line to represent their identity or family.  Around 10 student artworks were selected to be displayed at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts until the beginning of December.

Reminders as the Weather Changes!

As the rainy weather continues in the region, we'd like to remind parents and students to use more caution when walking and driving around campus. Walkers should wear reflective gear and use more caution when crossing the streets. Please do not walk in the road. Drivers, especially our new student drivers, leave extra time for your commute. Stay safe!

Yearbook Information

Yearbook ordering has begun! Early Bird pricing deadline is Wednesday, November 22. Please 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

Attention Seniors: Please submit your yearbook picture by Thursday, November 30 to shirkj@brpsk12.org. Pictures must be high-resolution jpg photo and vertical. 

Yearbook Needs YOU!

Yearbook staff is looking for quality pictures of all age students to include in the 2017-2018 yearbook. Pictures must be submitted ina high-resolution jpg format. Submissions can be emailed to Alex Koch at kocha@brpsk12.org or Ms. Joy Shirk at shirkj@brpsk12.org. High School students can still join the Yearbook Club. Meetings are during CAP on Tuesday in the Computer Lab. Email Joy Shirk with questions.

Save the Date: The 13th Annual Rat Race is on April 13, 2018

Rat Race Fans, mark your calendar! The 13th Annual Rat Race is on Friday, April 13, 2018. Yes, that's the 13th annual race on Friday, the 13th! This should be a FUN run! Stay tuned for more details.

The Big Read - Holland Area Information

Black River Families! Have you seen the Big Read Poster around town? The Big Read Holland Area: An Entire Community Reading One Book is having many events and activities around Holland. For descriptions of each event, directions to locations, and a list of our sponsors, please go to the website: http://hope.edu/bigread

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.  

Join United Way Club!

Students in grades 9-12 can join the United Way Club. Meetings are held during HS CAP in Mrs. Stephens Room, 321.

Join the Black River High School Sailing Club!

Students in grades 9-12 interested in joining the BRPS Sailing Club can contact Karen Rowe at rowek@brpsk12.org or BRPS sailing parent liasion, Matt Hemmelgarn, at matthew@jesco-llc.com.   

Black River Middle School Wyldlife Club Information

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

Travel to Spain for Project Term 2018

It's never too early to start thinking about Project Term 2018. If you are an 8th grader or a high school student and are interested in traveling to Madrid, Spain, contact Senora Gaffney (gaffneys@brpsk12.org) or visit the following link for more information: www.explorica.com/Gaffney-7980

 

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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