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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. 

Black River Needs a Crossing Guard!

Black River needs a crossing guard!

We are working with the Holland Police Department to make some changes with our crossing guard duty.  Because of this, we need one or two people who can be available every school day to help with both student arrival and departure.

Here are the details:

7:35-8:05am every school day and 2:55-3:25pm every school day (half days and other days are necessary too).  Ideally, we would like an AM and a PM person so they could support each other as a substitute as needed.  The pay is $20 per 1/2hr shift.

If you are interested, please contact Officer, Joe Soto at Holland High School.  His phone number is 616-494-2606 or at j.soto@cityof holland.com.

Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!

Student News - Friday Show
High School Sock Hop to Benefit the Senior Graduation Party

The Sock Hop will be held on Friday, December 14th in the Aux Gym after the girls' varsity basketball game from around 8:30-11:00pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Sock Hop is a casual holiday-themed dance so wear festive or fun socks. Visitors will need to show their school ID at the entrance to the dance. All proceeds will go to the 2019 Senior Class Graduation Party.


Student News - Wednesday Show

Here's the link to the Student News Wednesday Show.  Enjoy!


Blue Lake Scholarship Auditions
Blue Lake scholarship audition day is on Monday, January 14, from 8am-1pm. Interested music, art, and drama students may sign up for a five minute audition time slot with any of the fine arts teachers. 
Music students: a scale of your choice or vocalize to give an idea of tone and range; plus a few measures from a solo, an ensemble part, music from a private lesson, etc. 

Art studentsneed a portfolio - bring in several examples of work in as many media as possible.

Drama students: have a monologue ready, preferably memorized, and a resume of your experience.

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 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. 


Black River Public School Winter Clothing Drive

Who:  True North, a women’s group, is hosting a drive to collect winter gear for children in need.

What:  A drive collecting winter clothing (hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, coats, snow pants, boots, etc.)  Must be new or in good condition. Elementary sizes only please!

When:  December 3-7, 2018

Where:  Both buildings! MS/HS Building: Collection Bins will be located in the main lobby and across from Ms. Gorris’s room, number 118 in the basement. Elementary Building: Collection Bins will be by both main doors.

More info:  Flyers will be located around school with more information. For any questions, email huggetthn@brpsk12.org


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. 

Head Lice

There have been a few isolated cases of head lice in the MS/HS building over the last few weeks.   Please review our lice policy/protocol to be sure you are aware and familiar with the signs and solutions.

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.

Staff in the News - Karen Rowe

Black River is very proud of English teacher, Karen Rowe for her hard work in bringing the NEA Big Read Lakeshore: An Entire Community Reading One Book to our community. 

Holland Sentinel Opinion Article - Posted November 8, 2018

Big Read Information

Kinder Dutch Dance - Sign up Oct. 15, 2018
Senior Yearbook Picture Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit senior photos for the yearbook is Thursday, Januray 31. 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


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.

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.

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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