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Open House for Prospective Families

Interested in learning more about BR? Please join us for our Open House for Prospective Families! The Open House will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Tours (for grades K-12) will begin in the main lobby of the middle/high school building. Stop in at your convenience and have a BRPS student be your tour guide. Teachers and staff will also be available to help answer questions. It is an excellent event for the whole family!

Monday, January 21 School Board Meeting Cancelled

Tonight's School Board Meeting has been cancelled. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, February 18th.

Careerline Tech Center Informational Meeting

Attention sophomores and juniors! Have you thought about your future career and what options you have?  Careerline Tech Center offers quality technical training in many careers.  If you are interested in learning more about Careerline Tech Center and what they have to offer, please come to an informational meeting Tuesday, January 22 in room 231 (Mr. Rowe’s room) during CAP.  During this time, you will receive information about registration and Tech Center tours. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Schrotenboer. 

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 

Student in the News
Poetry Out Loud Competition Rescheduled

The BRPS Poetry Out Loud competition this evening has been rescheduled for next Monday, January 28th. It will be held in the Auxiliary Gym at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

District Closure - Monday, January 21

All buildings are CLOSED today, Monday, January 21 due to a boiler issue in the main building and outside temperatures. 

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.

Student News Friday Show

Happy Friday! Check-out the Student News Friday Show.


Cap and Gown Order Forms Due January 23

Attention Seniors: A reminder that your cap & gown and graduation products order forms need to be turned in to the Jostens representative during lunch on Wednesday, January 23. If you missed the class meeting to obtain order information materials, there are extra packets in Mr. Donnelly's office. Please stop in to pick one up as it is extremely important that you do not miss the deadline.   

MS/HS Student Tour Guides Needed!

Middle & High School students are needed as tour guides for the upcoming Black River open house for prospective families. You will be responsible for leading guests interested in BR through our school. The open house will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. You will earn community service hours for your time spent at the open house. There is a sign up sheet in the main office or contact Nicole Klunder at klundern@brpsk12.org for more information.


Student News - Wednesday Show

Here's this week's episode of the Wednesday Show by Student News. Enjoy!


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.

The Deadline for Senior Photos is Approaching

Attention Seniors! The yearbook staff needs your senior photos, quotes, and wills by Thursday, January 31st. If you have any questions or concerns please email Alex Koch at kocha@brpsk12.org.

Volunteer Sign-up for Ratfest Now Underway!

Ratfest is now less than a month away and we're looking for volunteers to help make the evening a success.  This year we're using Sign Up Genius as our format; please click on the link below to see available activities and time slots. You will also need to include the password provided:

Sign Up Genius link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4EACA629A0FF2-ratfest
Password:  brps19

Thank you for considering donating an hour or two of your time and remember:  Black River students will receive community service hours for the volunteer time!

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)


Geography Bee Winner Announced

The winner of Black River's School Geography Bee is Jonathan Fink.  Second and third places were won by Gene Raywood and Andrew Rynsburger. Congratulations!  

Poetry Out Loud Competition

On behalf of the English Department, we'd like to invite you to the first ever Black River Public School Poetry Out Loud Competition. The event will be held in the Main Gym on Monday, January 21st, and starts at 6:30 pm.

This competition is in partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. It is a part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry—both classic and contemporary—through memorization, performance, and competition. High school students have been competing in individual English classrooms, and the 20 classroom winners will be participating in our school wide event. The winner of this competition will advance to the state finals in Lansing on March 1-2. 

Please take a moment to congratulate the following classroom winners, and please make sure to mark your calendars for the 21st so you can see them in action.

Wesley Looman
Hudson Hilgert
Xavier Swalla
Annika Pearson
Daniel Knieper
Kira King
Mia Phillips 
Aanya Usmani
Bekah Harrelson
Piper Kendall
Kate DeYoung
Alexa Meloche
Xavier Reyes
Laine Kibler
Maddy Ruhl
Martha Holland-Anderson
Emily Dykhouse
Dustin Danckaert
Jadah Burciaga 
Kristen Knieper

Do you Follow the Wednesday Show?

Check-out the Wednesday Show produced weekly by Black River Student News


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!

Ratfest Poster Contest Deadline EXTENDED!

Elementary students still have time to create a poster for Ratfest!  We’ve extended the deadline, so put your imaginations to work and let’s see what you can do!  As an extra incentive, the artist who creates the winning poster will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to Ratfest!  Your poster will also be framed along with past winners in the Lyceum Building.  Please submit your posters to Mrs. Gorris by Friday, January 4, 2019.  

Bring on the Talent!

Ratfest Poster

Ratfest 2019 - Save the Date

Ratfest 2019 - Save the Date! 

This year's Ratfest will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 5-8pm at Black River in the Lyceum.  The evening will include a Live Performance Stage, Mock Rock Challenge, 50/50 raffle, fun & new crafts, food and student artwork display.  All of you musicians, singers, actors and dancers out there - now's your chance!  If you are interested in performing on the Live Stage, please see any of the Fine Arts teachers to sign-up. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. 

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. 


Are you a MS/HS Student Interested in Performing at Ratfest?

Save the Date! This year's Ratfest will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 5-8pm at Black River. The evening will include the Mock Rock Challenge, a 50/50 raffle, fun & new crafts, food, artwork display and live performances.  All of you musicians, singers, actors and dancers out there - now's your chance!  If you are interested in performing on the live stage, please see any of the Fine Arts teachers to sign-up. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. 

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


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.

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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