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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

5th Grade Parent Night

Attention Parents of Current 5th graders and Incoming new 6th grade Families

5th Grade Parent Night
Tuesday, March 20

5:30 - 6:15
Large Ensemble Room (use entrance off 20th St.)

Click here for more details.

Lost and Found Clean-out

While attending conferences, don't forget to check the Lost and Found area in the main building located under the first floor, south stairwell for any lost items. Thank you! 

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.

Step Right Up...Carnival is Coming!

The BR Big Top Carnival is Friday, March 23 from 6-8pm in the BR Lyceum and Gyms.   

It takes a lot of Black River families to make the annual Carnival a success! Here are some ways you can help:

1. Sponsor a Game or be a Carnival Underwriter! Here is the form.

2. Donate small game prizes. Dollar Tree, Target, Meijer or Wal-Mart party favors are perfect.  We also need gently used books for all ages, from preschool to MS. Donations can be dropped off at either Office. Please label the bag with your name so we can say thank you!

3. Volunteer!  We need cupcake bakers, parents and students to run games, and help with set-up and clean-up.  Click here to sign up to volunteer or make cupcakes (see both sides)!  

4. Come have fun at the Carnival!  Tickets will be on sale in both offices on 3/12.  Watch for the pre-order form in EL backpacks on 3/9. Get your tickets early to avoid the line at the door!

Email Beth Powers at blackriverparentorg@brpsk12.org if you have any questions.

Thank you for helping to make the night a big success!


7th Grade Students and Families are Invited to the Asian Feast

It's time again to come together for another FEAST! The 7th grade Asian Feast is on Thursday, March 22 at 6:15pm in the Lyceum building. All 7th grade students and their families are invited. Students were given a flyer with all of the important details. You can also contact Marguerite Stephens at 616-355-0055 ext. 129 or email stephensm@brpsk12.org with questions.    

Register for the 3 V 3 Volleyball Tournament

3 V 3 Volleyball Tournament - Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00pm
Cost: $25 per team, teams of 4 
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018
To register or ask questions contact Ana Brickley @brickleya@brpsk12.org

Attention, MS/HS Sailors!

If you are hoping to change your Project Term schedule before March 19th, we are looking for more middle and high school sailors to join the Double-Handed Sailing class for C block.  This class was not originally offered in the middle school course packet, but it is available during the schedule change window. Come spend two weeks at Lake Macatawa and improve your sailing skills! 

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! 

Project Term Schedules are Posted

Project Term schedules, along with any associated fees for students in grades 4 -12 are now available on Infinite Campus. Please note that students will only be allowed to make schedule changes between March 5 and March 19.  During that time, Mrs. Wise, the school registrar, will post classes that are open outside of her office, room 207. She will also maintain wait lists for all students who were not scheduled in their first choice courses. She will notify students in writing if there is an opening in a class.  

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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