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Sophomore MYLead Conference Information
Are you the parent of a sophomore? Would you like for them to gain leadership experience? Consider having them participate in one of the following leadership conferences this year. Both of them provide awesome opportunities to develop as a leader, meet kids from all over the state, and they also look great on college applications. The school is able to send one student free-of-charge to each and then other students can opt to attend and pay for the fee themselves.
BRPS California Wildfire Relief Effort

Black River Student News is hosting a Hat Day Fundraiser in the MS/HS building to raise money for the people affected by the California wildfires.

Our MS/HS students and staff are allowed to wear hats to school on Monday, November 19th if they donate at least $1. Student News will be collecting money on Friday, November 16 after school at 3:05pm, and during CAP/Lunch in the MS/HS main lobby. You will get a slip confirming that you can wear a hat on the Monday, November 19. Please make sure you have the slip with you to confirm you can wear a hat.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND, so donations over $1 are definitely accepted. If you have any questions please email either Kristen Knieper at knieperk@brpsk12.org or Shannon Witvoet at witvoets@brpsk12.org.

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

Open Positions for the Fine Arts Booster Team

The school year is well underway and we still have a couple of open positions for the Fine Arts Boosters team.  We would really like to fill up our group so we can help the department as much as possible this year.  Please take a moment to read through the position descriptions below and see if you would be interested in joining our team.  Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 5pm, usually in the Large Ensemble Room of the Lyceum.  We make every effort to keep them to about half an hour in length.

Here are the two open positions:

1. Treasurer:  this individual is a voting member of the Fine Arts Booster (FAB) group and attends monthly meetings to discuss ideas, help with event planning and vote on expenditures. The treasurer is responsible for keeping an accurate account of all financial transactions of the FAB and giving a treasurer's report at each meeting.

2. Orchestra Parent Representative - this individual is also a voting member of the FAB group and attends monthly meetings as noted above.  This role varies depending on the needs of the orchestra director and in the past has included activities such as planning a reception after an orchestra concert in the Lyceum.

Please consider volunteering your time to help make this year a successful one for our students.  If interested, please contact me at fineartsboosters@brpsk12.org.

Thank you!

Terree Brncick
FAB Chair

BRTC Wreath Sale Starts Today!

The Black River Theatre Company (BRTC) invites you to help support the upcoming Spring production of The Sound of Music with the purchase of a beautifully handcrafted and locally produced Christmas Wreath. A wreath will be on display in the Elementary Main Office. All of the proceeds go towards covering BRTC costs associated with this timeless musical. Local orders can be picked up at BRPS. Out of town orders can be shipped. Please drop your order form in the MS/HS main office or scan and email it to heneghank@brpsk12.org.  

Join the BRPS High School Ski Team

Do you like to ski? Would you like to be part of the Grand Haven/Black River High School co-op ski team? No prior racing experience necessary. The team trains during the week in Grand Haven and races each week at Cannonsburg. This is a fun team full of great people and great skiing! Please contact Blair Nykamp at blairnykamp@gmail.com if interested in finding out more about the team. The season starts very soon with dryland practices beginning November 12, so don’t delay!

Annual Faculty vs. Varsity Basketball Showdown

Annual Faculty Varsity Showdown

Come on out to watch the Annual Faculty Varsity Basketball Showdown on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00pm in the Main Gym. Last year this event helped raise over $300.00 for Kids Food Basket. See you there!

BRTC Talent Show/Cabaret FUNdraiser

Event Date: Saturday, December 1st, from  6-8pm
Where: BRPS Auxiliary Gym
Why: Fun and Fundraiser for The Black River Theatre Company*
Audition Date: Wednesday, November 14th, immediately after school in the Large Ensemble Room for elementary students who wish to participate in the talent show. 6-12 grade students who wish to participate in Cabaret need only sign up with Ms. Andrews

*This year’s Musical will be THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which will be an amazing, but expensive show.  This fun evening will include performances by your children, a Christmas wreath sale and a silent auction! 

BRTC Presents: The Matchmaker

Tickets are now available for Black River Theatre Company's production of The Matchmaker at the Holland Armory on November 9 at 7 pm and November 10 at 2 pm and 7 pm.  Please buy your tickets early at blackrivertheatreco.ludus.com

The Matchmaker

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 Sailing Team Update

The Black River Sailing Team enjoyed a great weekend (Oct 21st-22nd ) at the Michigan State Championships in Pontiac Michigan.  The team comprised of Eden Nykamp, Chris Heideman, Jack Hemmelgarn,  Duncan Elmer, Alden Gort, and Will Voss competed in the 420 Regatta (two-person boat) and the Laser Regatta (singlehanded boat).  Medal winners included Chris Heideman (State Champ - Laser Radial), Eden Nykamp (2nd place - Laser Radial) and Jack Hemmelgarn (State Champ - Laser Full).  The Black River Sailing Team is currently ranked the 5th best team in the Midwest. Congratulations to the Black River Sailing Team.

Anyone who has completed Sailing Project Term and or has an interest in joining the sailing team should contact Matt Hemmelgarn, parent coordinator, at 616-994-3001. 

Sailing Team Photo

Turkey Jam 3 v 3 - Sign-up Today!
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 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


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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