Middle/High School News

RSS feed icon
Yearbook Reminder

Don't forget to order your yearbook here! The deadline for both Secondary and Elementary Yearbooks is soon approaching. The price will increase after the deadline. The order number for elementary is 40125. The order number for the 6-12 is 40122.

Parents of Seniors - An email was sent regarding the purchase of ads for your graduating seniors. At this point, we have not received an order for any ads. Please don't miss out on the chance to honor your graduating senior by purchasing a 1/8, 1/4, or 1/2 page ad in the yearbook. If you have any questions, contact Joy Shirk, yearbook advisor, at shirkj@brpsk12.org


High School Honors Assembly Reminder

The Annual Black River Public School Honors Assembly, Thursday, April 25, 2019 will honor high school students for their scholastic and community achievements. The event is held in the gymnasium and is attended by all high school students. Family members are invited to attend. The doors will open at 1:00PM for seating. Seating is on a first come basis. The event will start at 1:35PM. Parents and family members can proceed directly to the event and do not need to sign-in at the main office before attending. Please contact John Donnelly at donnellyj@brpsk12.org if you questions.

Middle School Honors Assembly Reminder

The Annual Black River Public School Middle School Honors Assembly will be on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:30am in the main gymnasium. This event will honor middle school students for their scholastic and community achievements and is attended by all middle school students. Family members are also invited to attend. The doors will open at 11:00am for seating. Seating is on a first come basis. Parents and family members can proceed directly to the gymnasium and do not need to sign-in at the main office before attending. Please contact John Donnelly at donnellyj@brpsk12.org if you have questions.

Student News - Wednesday Show
FuturePREP'd IChallengeU Application is Open

High School Students - we are excited to announce that the futurePREP'd IChallengeU Application is open.  Students can start applying!  

The IChallengeU program for grades 9-12 this year will run from Monday, July 8th - Friday, July 19th.  Students will be immersed in local businesses to help them solve a challenge utilizing design thinking and practicing their Skills4Success.  Scholarships will also be awarded to some students at the end! Lunch is provided but students must have their own transportation. 

Here is the application link:


Spring Fine Arts Night is Wednesday, April 24

Please join us for an evening of Musical Performances, Student Artwork and Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 24th from 6-8pm in the Lyceum.  Hear the Black River musical groups (band, choir and orchestra) perform and enjoy works of art created by our students over the past school year.  In addition, there will be a Silent Auction held throughout the evening.  Some of the items up for bid this year include student as well as teacher artwork, tickets to the Holland Symphony Orchestra, gift certificates to the Holland Area Arts Council and themed gift baskets!  All proceeds will go towards supporting the Black River Fine Arts department and its students. 

Still interested in donating your artwork for the Silent Auction?  It's not too late!  Bring you item(s) to the main office by Friday, April 19th to ensure it will be included in the collection.  Be sure to include your name, title of the work, medium used and starting bid price.  Any questions regarding Fine Arts Night or the Silent Auction can be directed to Terree Brncick at fineartsboosters@brpsk12.org.


Join the Black River Baseball team for the annual FAMILY FUN NIGHT at Fifth Third Ballpark on Monday, April 22 at 4:15pm. The game is a doubleheader - Black River Varsity vs Potter's House. Tickets are sold at the ballpark gate: Students $5, Adults $7, Children Under 5 FREE, Family Package $18 (2 adults, unlimited children)

Check our FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2382241105343795/ for weather updates/reschedule and FAN BUS information. SEE YOU THERE!

8th Grade Year-End Party

The 8th graders at Black River are headed to Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids!   

When: Friday, May 10 from 11:00am – 4:00pm

CAP teachers will be handing out information to your students this week. Please return permission slips with $10 to the main office by Monday, April 29. Reminder: Students are required to have their 20 hours of community service turned in by Wednesday, May 8 in order to participate.

A few parent chaperones are needed.  Please contact Mary Rynsburger at msblackriverpo@brpsk12.org if you are interested in helping.  

Student News Friday Show

It's FRIDAY and you know what that means...the Student News Friday Show is here! Have a wonderful weekend.



March Rat Buck Shout-outs

Please help Mr. Donnelly in congRATulating the following students who received the top Rat Buck recognition for March 2019! 

6th Graders: Andrew Rynsburger, 6 and Mary Catherine Leahy, 5

7th Graders: Isabella Edwards-Parker, 6 and Zoe Sample, 6

8th Grader: Caleb Weighmink, 2

Black River Students Attend the 2019 Senior Expo

Hats off to everyone at Lakeshore Advantage and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District as well as the many sponsors and presenters for the amazing opportunity given to our seniors on Tuesday at the Lakeshore Senior Expo. We are so grateful to have an amazing community of parents, educators and businesses all helping our teens succeed. Please read the article below for a recap of the day!


Student News - Wednesday Show

Check-out the Student News - Wednesday Show! Thank you for sharing it with your friends and family.


Calling all Artists - Students, Teachers, Parents and Alumni!

The Spring Fine Arts Night is planned for Wednesday, April 24th from 6-8pm in the BR Lyceum.  As part of this special evening, the BR Fine Arts Boosters will hold a silent auction in the Lyceum lobby while the various musical art groups (choir, band and orchestra) perform throughout the building.  If you have a piece (or two!) you'd like to donate for the auction, please bring it to the main office by Friday, April 19th to ensure it will be included in the collection.  All proceeds will go towards supporting the BR Fine Arts department and its students.  Any questions regarding Fine Arts Night or the Silent Auction can be directed to Terree Brncick at fineartsboosters@brpsk12.org.

Academic Achievement Recognitions at Black River

Please join us in recognizing these Black River students who are excelling in the classroom. Congratulations to all and keep up the great work! Please note that Honor Certificates are issued by request only. Certificates may be requested beginning Tuesday, May 14 on the sign-up sheet outside of Mr. John Donnelly's office, room 214.

Middle School Dean's List - Spring 2018
Middle School Dean's List - Fall 2018
Middle School Honor Roll List - Spring & Fall 2018
High School Dean's List - Spring 2018
High School Dean's List - Fall 2018
High School Honor Roll List - Spring & Fall 2018

LLS Fundraiser Update

Thanks to everyone for helping make this fundraiser a success once again!   As an elementary school we raised $3,665.57 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!  

Congratulations to Jamie's class for raising the most money - $437.29.  They will receive an Olive Garden pasta lunch for being the top fundraising class.

Runners up are Ms. Barb's class with $391.42 and Ms. Alaina's class with $377.77.

Elementary Summer Enrichment Opportunity

Although summertime may mean a vacation from the classroom, it should never be a break in any child's intellectual development. Education research shows that children lose a great deal of what they have learned during idle summer months. Researchers have studied the “summer effect" on student achievement and their studies consistently show that student learning declines or remains stagnant during summer months. Students who keep their learning skills active during the summer months are better primed to return to school in the fall. 

Middle School Tennis Club Information

Black River is excited to announce that Holland Rec league will help us run a middle school tennis club again this year. In the past, this has been a lot of fun and a great opportunity for students to interact outside of the school day. Please see the flyer with all of the details.  The club is limited to twenty players. If your middle schooler is interested in participating, or if you know of another middle schooler who wants to join, please email as soon as possible. Spots are filled on a first come first serve basis, so your reply would mean a commitment to join and would reserve your child's spot in the club. After the first twenty spots are filled, students will be placed on a waitlist.

Athletic Boosters has BR Gear for Sale 24/7!

The Black River Athletic Boosters E-store (through Chromatics, Holland MI ) will be accepting orders until Monday, April 8.  Merchandise will be printed and ready, usually within two weeks of the E-store closing. Orders can be picked up at school- your student will be notified when their order is available.  



Best Summer Ever! BR Summer Camp and Enrichment Opportunities Available Here!

Summer 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 Witvoet at witvoett@brpsk12.org.

2019 Summer Camp Brochure

2019 Summer Camp Registration Form

Solo & Ensemble Festival Results

A BIG congratulations are in order for the following students for earning first division ratings at last Saturday's State Solo & Ensemble Festival:

Honors Quintet:
Emily Dykhouse
Ariana Newberry
Eshan Rajani
Maddy Dykhouse
Rhea Rajani

Bass Solo:
Sam Dykhouse

Cello Proficiency III Solo:
Maddy Dykhouse

Chamber Ensemble:
Emily Dykhouse 
Alexa Meloche
Lainee Rokos
Ariana Newberry
Genevieve Manderfield
Bekah Harrelson
Mason Klinger
Eshan Rajani
Maddy Dykhouse
Rhea Rajani
Gavin Frody
Sam Dykhouse 
Rachel Serie

Also, Maddy Dykhouse was invited to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May due to a high rating for her cello solo. If you see these students, please congratulate them!

Black River Students at Michigan Youth In Government

YIG Group Photo

Forty-seven Black River Public high school students participated in the YMCA Michigan Youth in Government (YIG) conference in Lansing on Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 3, 2019.  Students take on the roles of government, including being in the legislature and governor. Committee meetings are held. Bills are discussed in committees which are failed or passed on to the House or Senate. When they are passed in both houses they are then given to the Youth Governor, who signs or vetoes them.  Delegates have the opportunity to be in the Michigan State Capitol building and to conduct business in the House or Senate chambers.

Black River Student Art on Display

Congratulations to fifteen Black River Students whose artworks were accepted into the Debut Regional High School Art Competition at the Holland Area Arts Council.  The artist reception will be Thursday, March 7th from 6:00-8:00pm.  

Students whose work was accepted are Alexsei Hartline, Kyrstyn Cieply, Kira King, Aanya Usmani, Sierra Lynch, Zoe Eich, Scout Verdoorn, Reiana Merrill, Kate Bonello, Nolan Barrios, Gabi Permesang, Kenzie Brothers, Ellie Roscoe, Jasmine Gamboa, and Katie Dykema.

All of their work, along with other regional high school art, will be on display for you to see at the Holland Area Arts Council until April 28th!

High School Students: Interested in Going to Vietnam?

Are you a high school student interested in traveling to Vietnam with Black River English teacher, Bridget Pyle during the summer of 2020? Please attend an informational meeting for students with their parent or guardian on Wednesday, February 20 at 5:00pm in Room 420, Main Building. Can't make the meeting but want more information? Please contact Bridget Pyle at pyleb@brpsk12.org. You can also RSVP through the tour link at https://rsvp.eftours.com/b8hgghp

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. 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

491 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616.355.0055

Fax: 616.355.0057