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Attention Ratfest 50/50 Raffle Winner

Please claim your prize!  The winning number for the raffle drawing was:  010503.  Since the winner was not present at time of drawing, the winnings are now being held in the main office.  Please present your winning ticket number to claim your prize.  This will be held in the office until Thursday, February 21, after which time the money will be returned to the Fine Arts Boosters account as a donation. Thanks to all for your contribution to the Fine Arts Boosters

Apply for GVSU College Prep Week

This summer, current sophomore and junior-year students from across Michigan have an opportunity to travel to Grand Valley State University to experience what it is like to be a college student! The application is now open to apply.   

To learn more  visit - GVSU Prep Week Information and Application

Join the Holland/Zeeland Area Youth Advisory Council

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is now accepting applications from current 9th & 10th Graders to serve on the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). YAC members meet once a month during the school year for grant making, site visits to local organizations, and learning about community needs and philanthropy. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Lynch at jlynch@cfhz.org or 616.396.6590. To apply, please find the online application here: https://form.jotform.com/90354953616159.  Applications due April 1st.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - School Closed

Black River Public School is closed today due to inclement weather.

All evening activities have been cancelled.

Closed Friday, February 1, 2019

BRPS is closed Friday, February 1, 2019 due to road and weather conditions.

School Closed Thursday, January 31, 2019

School will be closed on Thursday, January 31 due to inclement weather and windchill.

All evening activities are cancelled.

Closed Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30

BRPS is closed Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 due to weather conditions.

All evening activities for both days have been canceled.

School Closed/Evening Activities Cancelled - Monday, January 28

Black River Public School is closed on Monday, January 28 due to the weather conditions.

All evening activities are cancelled.

Closed Today - Friday, January 25

We are closed today, Friday, January 25, due to the weather conditions.

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. 

Student News Friday Show

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


Student News - Wednesday Show

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


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!  

Student News Friday Show

Happy Friday from Student News!


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

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High School Girls Soccer Meeting Announced

All high school girls interested in playing soccer this spring should attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:05am in Mr. Rowe's room.  Contact Coach Lawton with questions.

High School Track Meeting Announced

All high school students interested in participating in track this spring should attend the informational meeting on Thursday in the Main Gym.  Boys meeting is at 11:00am and the girls will meet at 11:15am. Please contact Coach Lawton with questions.

Jan 15 - Middle School Spelling Bee

Attention All Middle School Spellers! 

It's that time of year again for the Annual Scripp's School Spelling Bee.  This is open to all 6th through 8th grade students (3rd-5th will qualify differently).
NEW LOCATION: The School Spelling Bee will be held in the Elementary Music Room on Tuesday, January 15th from 11:00am-12:30pm.  Please be prompt.  We will begin at 11:00am sharp, so plan on being there a few minutes early.
You are required to bring lunch from home that day to give us time to complete the Bee.
If you would like to participate, please email Jim Levering (leveringj@brpsk12.org) by Monday, January 14th to be added to the roster.
Top Rat Buck Earners

Mr. Donnelly and the middle school staff would like to congratulate our top Rat Buck recipiants for the month of November! Way to go!!

6th Grade
Andrew Rynsburger, 8
Jackson Mangum, 6
Anneke Hackney, 6
Isaac Edgington, 6

7th Grade
Corbin Smit, 9
Zoe Sample, 5

8th Grade
Fletcher Van Howe, 4
Marissa Rosas, 2

Holiday Break Office Hours

The offices will be closed Thursday, December 20 through Wednesday, January 2. Classes and normal office hours resume on Thursday, January 3. Have a wonderful break!

Main Building Lost and Found Clean-Out

The Main Building and Elementary Building Lost & Found will be cleaned out over the holiday break. Please remind your students to take a look for any lost items before Wednesday, December 19. 

The Rat Trap - Friday News



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.

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


Faculty vs Varsity Basketball Game

Come on out for the Annual Faculty vs Varsity game! The fun starts at 7:00pm Thursday evening in the Main Gym in the Lyceum Building. Hope to see you there! 

Tim Witvoet and Aaron Summit


Annual Middle School/High School NJHS Candy Cane Sale

Please help the Black River NJHS with their Annual Candy Cane Sale! Proceeds go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and 20 Liters Organization. Candy Cane grams cost $1 each and will be sold to MS/HS students during CAP in the Lyceum from November 29 through December 6th. Delivery of candy canes will be during G-Block on Thursday, December 13th.

Join us for the Black River Talent and Cabaret Night

Black River Talent and Cabaret Night Poster

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.

An Important Note From John Donnelly, Dean of Students

Thank you to our Black River families for taking extra time and care when around the school crosswalks and drop-off/pick-up areas, especially as winter approaches. Please take a moment to remind your new student drivers to use  caution as well. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Seventh Grade Asia Indian Feast is Thursday!

Each year seventh grade students in Marguerite Stephens classroom plan and prepare an Asia Indian Feast for their families. The feast is on Thursday, November 8 at 6pm in the Lyceum. We hope to see all seventh grade families! Please contact Marguerite Stephens with questions.

An Election Day Note from our Head Rat

Thank you to all who have been asking questions and are planning to vote! On Monday in College Advisory Period (CAP), our seniors who are old enough were all encouraged to vote and to give thought to all of the issues on the ballot. We are excited about their willingness to make an impact on our community!

Thank you all for modeling this civic duty to our students and thank you for your support of Black River.


And More Use of Millage Funds

bus ratAt BR we love our field trips, athletic events and PROJECT TERM! 
All of these worthwhile trips and off campus opportunities require a lot of planning and spending.  Enhancement millage dollars would allow for development of future plans relating to our bus fleet and transportation to these events and destinations.

Friday Show-Halloween Episode Part 2

Here's the second part of the Halloween episode.


More Use of Millage Funds

voteWhat else would millage funds mean to BR?

We've been patching our leaking roof for years.  We all like dry classrooms too!
Roof replacement quote:  $78,800

Know the facts:  Handy printable FAQs & Quick Facts.

Use of Millage Funds

voteWhat would millage funds mean to BR?
Beyond the help that it would provide for keeping class sizes down and continuing programs like Advance Placement, we could finally afford some essential facility repairs.  We all like warm classrooms in the winter!  Ailing boiler replacement quote:  $125,000.

Nov 6 Vote - Funding Gap

voteA School Finance Research Collaborative study reports a gap of over $1700 per pupil between state revenues & district expeditures to achieve desired performance results. Know what this millage means to our schools!  Handy FAQs & Quick Facts.

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Student News Halloween Episode
Black River Cross Country Runners Finish Second in Regionals

Congratulations tour hard working and dedicated cross country team! Sam Sharnas finished in 1st place and Aidan Jones finished in 4th place, which led the boys’ XC team to a 2nd place finish at Regionals!  This will be the sixth year in a row our boys’ cross country team has qualified for States!  Mia Phillips finished in 9th place, and Christina Fink finished in 14th place, leading the team to a 6th place finish at Regionals! Both Mia and Christina qualified for State. Way to go!

School Millage Vote on November 6

VoteDid you know that area public schools including Black River would be receiving almost $1000 more per pupil if school aid had increased at the rate of inflation over the past 10 years?   Understand what this millage means to BR!
Here are handy printable FAQs and Quick Facts.

quality schools; quality communities

College Awareness Week ~ November 5-9

College Awareness Week is November 5th-9th at Black River Public School! All week, students and staff will be participating in fun activities as a way to get students thinking about and planning for college. Friday, November 9th is College Celebration Day! Seniors are encouraged to wear an item of clothing from a school to which they have applied. 

Thank you, Amazing Black River Community

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Due to your incredible generosity the Parent Organization raised almost $20,000 (after expenses) to help support our school!  And even more importantly, we all had a blast at the Fun Walk Friday event!

Thank you to everyone who attended and to all who volunteered their time to help make this event possible!  We could not do it without your help and support!

20 Liters update: We raised enough funds to distribute 13 SAM3 Household Filters to vulnerable families in Rwanda. That means 10+ years of clean water for at least 65 people!

Kids’ Food Basket update: We donated 7 boxes of items from the wish list that they provided and at the Fun Walk, students decorated a box full of paper sacks!



During conferences Mr. Brunink will be holding informational meetings about the enhancement millage vote coming up next month. Come to the Large Ensemble Room in the Lyceum building (Rm. 707) during Thursday's dinner break (5-5:40 pm) or Friday's lunch break (11:40-12:20 pm) to get the information and ask any questions you may have.

Be informed about what this millage means to BR!

Middle School Dance

The first middle school dance of the year will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, November 2 in the Main Building lobby. The cost is $5 at the door and dress is casual. Please contact Jeanne Kane at kanej@brpsk12.org with questions. 

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MSPO Kick-off Meeting
All middle school parents are invited to attend the first Middle School Parent Organization meeting of the year.  We will gather at 8 a.m. on Thursday Sept 27 in the Baker Lofts commons (at the seating area by the Oven Mitt bakery).  Please come to enjoy bagels and coffee, connect with other middle school parents and learn about the MSPO. For more information, contact Mary Rynsburger at msblackriverpo@brpsk12.org.
Check Out the Middle School Robotics Website!

A new school year has started and the Black River FTC robotics team, River Rat Robotics, is working hard as ever. They would love it if you would check out their website at https://riverratrobotics.wixsite.com/riverratrobotics

Former BR Student Wins Prestigious Award at MSU
Scholastic Book Fair Thank-you! Book Fair Thank You Logo

The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success!  Thank-you to all of the students, families and teachers who stopped by our enchanted forest and bought books.  Because of your support 447 books were purchased for BR Classrooms! 

Also thank-you to those who volunteered, without you this event would not be possible.  Thank-you for supporting BR and encouraging a love of reading with our students!

Youth in Government Applications and Deposits are Due

High School Students, your Michigan Youth in Government applications and first payment needs to be turned in by Thursday, October 5, 2017 to be a part of this years Black River Delegation. Please see Mrs. Stephens or Mrs. Witvoet with any questions.

Note from John Donnelly, Dean of Students - 11/16/2018

We had a safety concern brought to our attention yesterday regarding an exchange on social media by students at multiple schools. The Holland Police Department were notified immediately, swiftly responded and have followed up with the students involved. As always, thank you to our students, parents and staff for being so diligent in safety reporting. 

You're invited to the Senior Capstone Showcase - May 24, 2018

This year, seniors at Black River have created 3D models and machines, crafted artistic and culinary masterpieces, and conducted social and scientific research. They have taught themselves languages, composed their own music, and challenged themselves to write and publish work in a variety of ways. Come see it all!

When: Thursday, May 24 from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Black River Lyceum, Large Ensemble Room, and Auxiliary Gym

Who: You’re invited! The Black River senior class of 2018 will showcase their senior Capstone projects and research for all to see. Family, friends, community members, and students of all ages will find fun and interesting projects to enjoy, and are all invited to this event—that means you!

What: Over the course of their senior year, all seniors complete a Capstone paper and project that is a reflection of their own interests, knowledge, and abilities. Tables will be set up for viewing and activities, and seniors will be available to share their work with you and answer questions. This is a kid-friendly event with lots of opportunities for audience participation and manipulation of materials

You don't want to miss this event! Come learn from our graduating seniors as they complete their culminating learning experience at Black River!

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.


Thursday, October 25 - 1:00 to 8:00pm (1/2 day for K-12)
Friday, October 26 - 8:00 to 3:30pm (No School for K-12

Online sign up has ended.  If you were unable to schedule an appointment, please contact teachers individually.

Open House for Prospective Families - Saturday, February 16

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 16 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!

The Wednesday Show by Student News
Careerline Tech Center Open House Tonight

THE CAREERLINE TECH CENTER IS HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The open house provides 10th and 11th grade students the opportunity to see what career programs are available for next fall. Talk with teachers, tour the labs, and participate in activities and demonstrations. If you missed signing up for the visit, this is another great opportunity to check out what CTC has to offer! Please visit www.oaisd.org/ctc to learn more about what they have to offer! Students can see Mrs. Schrotenboer with questions regarding the Careerline Tech Center.

Class of 2019 Senior Reminders

Friday, March 1, 2019 is the priority deadline for FAFSA completion for a majority of colleges. Be sure to submit your FAFSA online before then to be considered for all financial aid, including grants and scholarships. If you wait, you could miss out on money from your college. 

Friday, March 1, 2019 is also the deadline for Community Foundation scholarships. Don't miss out on one of the best opportunities for scholarships! Visit cfhz.org for info and to apply. 

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.
Rat Buck Shout-outs from Mr. Donnelly

Congratulations to the following students for earning the top number of Rat Bucks as of today: 

Sixth Grade - Hadleigh Hilgert, Mae Pasatta, and LJ Nykamp

Seventh Grade - Isabella Davis and Eden Pomp

Eighth Grade - Iliana Rodriguez-Kupres, Aaron Summitt, and Atif Usmani

Keep up the great work!


Science Classroom Change

Parent/Guardians of Black River MS/HS Students: Unfortunately, our science building will be closed to start the school year due to water damage. We are busy in clean-up and Mr. Ewald and Mrs. Miskelley will be working in classrooms in our Main Building. Mr. Ewald will begin the year in the MS Science Lab (Basement), Room 113 and Mrs. Miskelley will be in the High School Science Lab (4th Floor), Room 406. Signs will be posted to help your students with the change. Thank you for your patience!

Senior Cap and Gown Ordering Deadline

Attention Seniors: Your cap and gown (and graduation products) order form needs to be turned in to the Jostens Representative during lunch on Wednesday, January 31st. If you missed the class meeting to obtain information materials and the form then please stop by the main office to pick one up. 

Senior Families: FAFSA/Financial Aid Night is October 24

Black River will be hosting a FAFSA/Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents here at Black River. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm in the Large Ensemble Room. The event will be run by a financial aid officer from a local college and attendance is highly encouraged. With all of the changes in recent years to the FAFSA, this is a great way to get your questions answered. Please contact Miss Cessie Wright with any questions at wrightc@brpsk12.org.‚Äč

Careerline Tech Center Open House - RESCHEDULED!

Due to the weather, the Careerline Tech Center Open House has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please visit the Tech Center website for more information or contact Tricia Schrotenboer at schrotenboert@brpsk12.org.

Student News - Friday Show
Boy's Middle School Basketball Meeting Friday, October 19

Middle School boys interested in playing basketball should attend an informational meeting this Friday during CAP in Mr. Johns Room 310. Practice starts Monday, October 29th immediately after school.

Barnes and Noble Book Fair - Still time to support BR Online!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday for the fun, shopping and festivities!  

If you couldn't make it, there's still time to shop and support BR.  You can visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from today through 12/06/17 by entering Book fair ID #12276168 on the payment page (it's near the bottom). 

Thank you for supporting BR and helping to put more books in our children's classrooms!

Attention RatFest 50/50 Raffle Winner

Please claim your prize!  The winning number for the raffle drawing was: 010503.  Since the winner was not present at time of drawing, the winnings are now being held in the ms/hs building main office.  Please present your winning ticket number to claim your prize. This will be held in the office until Friday, February 22, after which time the money will be returned to the Fine Arts Boosters account as a donation.  Thanks to all for your contribution to the Fine Arts Boosters.


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.

Community Service Recognitions

In appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service to our community, the Black River Class of 2018 completed 1352.85 hours over their high school career! Receiving the STUDENTS LIVE UNITED Award: Logan Kibler – 256.5 hours  and Javier Carpio-Martinez – 146.35 hours. 

Receiving the STUDENTS LIVE UNITED Award as well as the State of Michigan Governor’s Service Award: Madeline Powers – 546 hours and Taylor Gort – 404 hours.


A Big Top Carnival Thank-YOU!

Thank you to everyone that helped make the BR Big Top Carnival a huge success! We appreciate the donations, sponsorships, volunteers and attendees. It was another amazing Black River event hosted by the Parent Association.

Reminder: Homecoming Dance Visitor Forms are due by Thursday, September 28.

Dance Visitor Forms must be turned in to Mr. Donnelly by Thursday, September 28 in order to bring a visitor to the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00pm in the Lyceum.

A Great Evening for RatFest - Thank You!

Thank you to all who volunteered, performed and attended Ratfest last Saturday night.  What a great evening of entertainment!  Thank you for your contributions to the Fine Arts Boosters - with your help we raised just over $1800.00. This money will be used to help fund needs within the Fine Arts department including field trips, musical instruments purchases and new concert attire, just to name a few. We hope you enjoyed the evening and thanks again for your support!  - The Fine Arts Boosters

Careerline Tech Center Open House

The Careerline Tech Center is hosting an open house on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The open house provides 10th and 11th grade students the opportunity to see what career programs are available for next fall. This is a great opportunity to check out what CTC has to offer and talk with teachers, tour the labs, and participate in activities and demonstrations. Please visit www.oaisd.org/ctc to learn more about what they have to offer! See Mrs. Schrotenboer if you have any questions regarding the Careerline Tech Center.

MSPO February Meeting Details

The MSPO will hold a February meeting this coming Wednesday, February 6 at 1:45pm at the Big Apple Bagel at 15 S. Waverly Road, near Chicago Drive. If you are not able to attend the meeting but would like more information on getting involved as a parent in the middle school, please contact Mary Rynsburger at msblackriverpo@brpsk12.org.  There is also a new Facebook page just for Black River Middle School parents.  Please click on the following link https://www.facebook.com/groups/483798052096521/ or find it on Facebook under Black River Public School MSPO.  Updates and announcements pertaining to middle school can be made here, or any questions for the group can also be posted.

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

End of Year Rat Buck Shout-outs

The last month of school the following students received Rat Buck recognition shout-outs. Congratulations!

6th graders:
Gabby Shook (16)
Ashley Landman (8)
Zoe Sample (8)

7th graders:
Ben Pikaart (5)
Grah Russell (5)

8th graders:
Wesley Looman (6)
Hudson Hilgert (4)

Here are the 2017-2018 school year CAP winners!

6th Grade CAP with the most Rat Bucks:
Mr. Schreuder - 306
7th Grade CAP with the most Rat Bucks:
Mr. Bittrick - 250
8th Grade CAP with the most Rat Bucks:
Mr. Rowe - 105


Black River in the News
FAB Annual Ratfest is Saturday, February 9

Ratfest is Saturday, February 9th from 5 - 8pm in the Lyceum! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled night!

  • Live Performance Stage - Don’t miss our talented BR student and faculty performers

  • MOCK ROCK Challenge - Your votes determine who wins the trophy

  • Art Gallery showcasing works of art created by BR students

  • Craft Room including Face Painting - FREE with price of admission

  • 50/50 Raffle

  • Food & Drinks available for purchase


  • $5 per person

  • Maximum $20 admission per family

  • Free admission for children ages 5 & under

  • Free admission for volunteers

  • 14 & under MUST be accompanied by an adult

*RATFEST is an annual fundraising event supporting the Fine Arts Boosters/BRPO*

Sixth Graders are Heading to Camp Pendalouan

Sixth graders at Black River are headed to Camp Pendalouan!  At camp, the students will be divided into groups and will complete three team building activities:
Survival + Orienteering, Group Challenge and Capture The Flag!

Time: 8 am – 3pm, Wednesday, August 29th

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Students in the news. Way to go rats!


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.  

Main Building Lost & Found Clean-out

Please don't forget to check the Lost and Found area located in the Main Building under the south stairwell in the basement after your fall conferences are finished for items your student may be missing. We have collected lots of items throughout the beginning of this year and will be taking items that are not claimed to a local charity immediately following conferences. Thank you!

TECH Summer Camp for Girls 5th-8th Grade

Amazing opportunity for girls who want to learn more about technology.

Senior College Decision Day Celebration

Black River is excited to celebrate our seniors along with students across the country who achieved an amazing milestone: getting accepted to college! Watch for them wearing their college gear and hats and congratulate them on their acceptance. Pictured below is Laura and Amanda Halsey. Go Bradley Braves!

Amanda and Laura Halsey

Tiny Trinkets, Treasures, Books & Candy Wanted for Carnival

Cleaning out the toy bins and bookshelves? Your student can earn community service hours and the carnival can benefit! The Carnival committee is looking for LIKE NEW tiny trinkets and preschool to middle school-aged books that your student has outgrown. Birthday party favors, dollar store items, new packages of candy and bubble gum are all great ways to donate to the Carnival! Items will be used for carnival game prizes and can be brought to either main office.


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!

NHS is Hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive

The National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, October 22 in the main gym from 9 am to 3 pm. It would be amazing if you could donate. If you are sixteen or older and are interested in donating blood, please follow the following steps:

STUDENTS: If you are 16 years old and wish to donate, please complete the following:

1) Please fill out this form:


2) Also, please stop in the main office for the consent form. It must be signed, dated, and turned in to Ms. Mousseau's office by 11 AM on Monday, October 15th.

3) You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been processed.

STUDENTS & FRIENDS OF BR: For those who are 17 years and older wishing to donate, please complete the following:

1) Go to redcrossblood.org
2) Type "49423" into the "Find a Blood Drive" bar in the top right corner. 
3) Find the Black River Blood Drive
4) Click on a time slot
5) Make an account and sign up.

If you have any concerns, please email lowrys@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 begininning Tuesday, May 15 on the sign-up sheet outside of Mr. Donnelly's office. 

Honor Roll 
Middle School, Spring and Fall 2017
High School, Spring and Fall 2017

Dean's List
Middle School, Fall 2017
Middle School, Spring 2017
High School, Spring 2017
High School, Fall 2017

BRPS Summer Camp Registration Information

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

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!


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 16 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.


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!

Eat Up and Meet Up: Summer Meals for Kids Information

Meet Up and Eat Up is a fun reason to get out of the house and get outside! Activities like: games, sports, water activities, books and crafts provide exercise and fun with friends.
Meals are provided for everyone 18 and under.

Get Holland Township details here!

Get Ottawa County details here!

Announcing the Black River Middle School Tennis Club!

The club will take place at the Moran Park tennis courts on Friday afternoons this spring from 3:30-5pm starting Friday, April 27th. We will have Coach Lissa Gilmore, a tennis pro at MVP and the Director of Holland Recreation Tennis, and two other experienced coaches from Holland Rec Tennis to provide coaching. The cost is $35 per student. A limited number of scholarships are available. The club is limited to 18 spots. To sign up email Elisabeth Bauman at elisabethbauman@gmail.com. See you on the court! 

Drop-Off, Pick-up and Parking Lot Safety Reminders

Student safety is always our first priority. Please read below for some important reminders to make our school drop-off and pick-up times as safe and time efficient as possible. 

Hey, Sports Fans! Don't Miss Snowcoming

Join us as we celebrate Black River basketball at this year’s Snowcoming – Night of Neon on Friday, February 15th from 4:00-9:00pm, with something for everyone.  The Athletic Boosters have been working with the Student Council to make this an evening full of fun.  The night will be filled with food, fun and entertainment.  Boosters will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets along with BR Athletics Merchandise.  Please join us and don’t forget to wear neon!  Invite your friends and family to come and show them what BR is all about! Admission is $5.00 and BR Students, Faculty, Staff get in FREE! Here is the game schedule:
JV Boys - 4:00pm vs Wellspring Prep
V Boys - 5:30pm vs Wellspring Prep
V Girls - 7:00pm vs Wellspring Prep
We still need some volunteers for concessions, merchandise sales and cleanp.  Shifts have been added to Shiftboard to help facilitate volunteer coordination. Please consider how you can help at this wonderful, school-wide event.  Thanks so much!   

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! 

Ski Club Announcement

Attention all middle school and high school skiers and snowboarders! Join us this winter on our weekly trips to Bittersweet Ski Area. Forms and information are available in Mr. Bittrick's room 211. 

High School Summer Reading Reminder

Reminder: Keep up your reading! Students entering English 9 and English 10 are required to read the common read text and are encouraged, but not required, to read one or more of the suggested supplementary texts. Please read the Summer Reading Program information and contact Karen Rowe, rowek@brpsk12.org, the English Department Chair with questions.

High School Honors Assembly Information

The Annual Black River Public School High School Honors Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:35PM in the gymnasium. The assembly is hosted by Black River administrators and teachers to honor high school students for their scholastic and community achievements. It is attended by all high school students and families are welcome to watch. The doors will open at 1:00PM for seating. 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 questions.

College Awareness Week at Black River begins Monday

Monday October 30 - Friday, November 3 is College Awareness Week at Black River! 

Snowcoming Middle School/High School Spirit Week Days

MS/HS students, get your spirit on!

Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Denim Day
Wednesday: Internet Day
Thursday: TV Show Day
Friday: Neon Day

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.   

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

Middle School Girls Indoor Soccer Opportunity

Middle school girls interested in indoor soccer at the Soccer Stop Sportsplex. Ages 13 and under. Younger girls will need to tryout to be sure they are ready for this age group. We will be playing in the U14 division against competitive teams. The goal is to get a girls team going and to keep it going throughout their middle school and high school years. 

Cost per season is $675 per team. We will divide the cost up by the number of girls that sign up. Team shirts will be an additional cost of $12 each. Registration deadline is October 20th. I will need a deposit of at least $30 by the 19th of October. 

Please contact Raquel Pena-Rosas for more information. raquelpena03@gmail.com

Student News - Wednesday Show
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.

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!

Seniors - Did You Miss FAFSA Night?

Seniors and Parents of Seniors: Did you miss FAFSA Night? The link below has some very helpful information on the FAFSA. Check it out!  FAFSA Information

BR Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

This year's Poetry Out Loud runner-up is Emily Dykhouse, and our school champion is Laine Kibler. If you are in Lansing, MI on Friday, March 1 or Saturday, March 2, stop by the Crowne Plaza to support Laine as she competes in the State Poetry Out Loud Competition. Please take a moment to congratulate these two (and all our finalists) on a job well done.

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

Odyssey of the Mind Information

Thursday 9/27 is the Odyssey of the Mind information Night.  As a friendly reminder, the meeting will begin at 6:00pm in the Elementary Music Room and will last about an hour.  Peg Edvenson, our OotM Regional Director, will be sharing great information on what OotM is, what the team dynamics look like, and what the roles of the coaches and judges are.

I understand that not everyone will be able to attend the meeting.  Here are the Student Registration and Volunteer Registration forms, as well as a timeline for our program with some important dates.  


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Fundraising period: Thursday, September 20th - Friday, Oct 5th. 100% of the funds collected by students benefit Black River!

Grand Finale: The BR community will gather together Friday, Oct 5th from 5:30-6:30pm to celebrate our school spirit with a 30-minute fun walk and festivities.

United Way Club Spends the Afternoon with Warm Friends Residents

On Tuesday, April 10 the United Way Club group spent time playing Bingo with Warm Friend residents. A great time was had by all participants.

United Way Warm Friends Bingo Meeting

Rat Buck Shout-outs from Mr. Donnelly

Congratulations to our December/January Top Rat Buck Earners. Nice work!

Sixth Grade:

Elise Rynsburger 7, Finleigh Sinclair 6, Hailey Huggett 6, Hannah Hovinga 6, Ty Elmer 6, Owen Stimer 6

Seventh Grade: 

Corbin Smit 7, Bella Edwards-Parker 6, Zoe Sample 6

Eighth Grade:

Carter Jager 6, Grah Russel 3, Kai Norman 3



Turkey Jam 3 v 3 - Sign-up Today!
An Important Note From Our Head Rat

Did you know that the Black River Parent Organization spends $20,000 annually to support field trips, student celebrations, teacher appreciation gifts, and more for our Black River community?  Black River is truly fortunate to have the support of these dedicated parents!

These funds are raised by a school-wide fundraising campaign which culminates in our annual Fun Walk which is coming on October 5th!  Over the course of this week, our Parent Organization has distributed envelopes to students for collecting donations for this event.  Please take some time to look for it and consider donating to this great organization.  After the necessary funds are raised to support the items mentioned above for this school year, the excess funds will go toward the outdoor hard surface project.  A project for which our Parent Organization is dedicated to making a reality as soon as possible and has already saved over $40,000.  We're excited that project will benefit all of our students here at Black River.

For more information, to donate with a credit card, or to see the winning artwork that will be featured on this year's t-shirts, please visit the Fun Walk Friday website.

ATTENTION ALL K-12 Students...We Need Your Creativity!

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The Fun Walk Friday fundraiser is looking for two

T-shirt designs for its 2018 event! New this year, a theme: WALK ON THE WILD SIDE!  Click to read more!

Math Counts Kudos

Please congratulate the students on the math team if you see them (pictured below). They competed in Math Counts on Friday - yes they had a snow day and they chose to participate in a math competition instead. 

Our team finished first place (second year in a row) and are headed to states. Further, Matthew Harrelson was the #1 individual finisher, Madelyn Rynsburger was the #2 individual finisher, and Vishal Swamy was the top 6th grader. They worked really hard and deserve a pat on the back!

Math Counts Team


Volunteer Sign-up for Ratfest - Free Admission for Volunteers

Ratfest is right around the corner and we're looking for volunteers to help make the evening a success.  Volunteers who sign up for AT LEAST ONE HOUR will receive FREE admission to Ratfest as well as community service hours!  This year we're using Sign Up Genius as our format; just 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


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.

Mr. Jim is a FINALIST for MAPSA Administrator of the Year!

Congratulations, Mr. Jim - You are an AMAZING administrator!


Snowcoming High School NEON Dance Details

Saturday, February 16 from 7PM -10PM in the Auxiliary Gym. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 for a deluxe ticket, $10 at the door and $12 for a deluxe ticket. The deluxe ticket includes a small goodie bag. The theme of this years Snowcoming is NEON!

Students bringing a guest to the dance must have their dance visitor registration form turned in to Mr. Donnelly or the main office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, February 13. 

BR Students in the News
Mr. Donnelly's Rat Buck Shout-outs!

Please recognize the following students for the Rat Bucks they received in the month of March!

8th Grade: Paola Martinez (5), Benjamin Logan (4), andZachary Devereaux (4)
7th Grade: Roger Hernandez (14), Kyan Bussies (7)
6th Grade: Zoe Sample (6) and Carter Koch (6)

Nice work!

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 

Bring on the Talent!

Ratfest Poster

Student in the News
Odyssey of the Mind Volunteers Needed!

Attention all high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: The elementary students will be participating in a program called Odyssey of the Mind, and they need your help to be successful! Odyssey of the Mind is a program that "teaches students how to think in different ways by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests.  Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems."  For each team of seven students, one coach and one co-coach is needed.  This year we are turning to the Black River High School students to fulfill the role of co-coach.  Students who volunteer to participate as a co-coach have the opportunity to earn community service hours, be a mentor and role model to younger students, act as a leader in an amazing program, and learn new skills.  Teams will meet once a week beginning in November and leading up to the Regional Tournament on February 2, 2018.  The frequency of team meetings is likely to increase leading up to the tournament.  For more information please email OotM Coodinator, Ashley Huizenga, at odysseyatbr@gmail.com.  There will also be an information night hosted in the Elementary Music Room on Thursday, September 27 from 6-7.

Senior Yearbook Photo Deadline is November 30

The deadline to turn in senior photos is Thursday, November 30. Senior pictures should be a high resolution jpeg or tiff file and must be vertical. If you have a scheduled photo shoot after that deadline and need a small extension, please contact Miss Shirk at shirkj@brpsk12.org or see her in room 121 during CAP.

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.

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. 

Save the Date: the BR Big Top Carnival is March 23, 2018

Mark your calendars! The BR Big Top Carnival is on Friday, March 23rd from 6-8pm. Click here for sponsor information and look soon for more details and volunteer opportunities! We look forward to seeing you and your family for a fun-filled evening!

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)


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

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/


Carnival Donations Wanted!

Cleaning out the toy bins and bookshelves? Your student can earn community service hours and the Carnival can benefit! The Carnival committee is looking for LIKE NEW tiny trinkets and preschool to middle school-aged books that your student has outgrown. Birthday party favors, dollar store items, new packages of candy are all great ways to donate to the Carnival! Items will be used for carnival game prizes and can be brought to the Main Office during school hours.

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!

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. 


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.

The Big Read - Holland Area Information

Black River Families! Have you seen the Big Read Poster around town? The Big Read Holland Area: An Entire Community Reading One Book is having many events and activities around Holland. For descriptions of each event, directions to locations, and a list of our sponsors, please go to the website: http://hope.edu/bigread

High School Sailing Team Update

Many parents have contacted me about their 7th or 8thgrader joining the Black River High School Team. While they cannot join the high school team there are several regattas that 7th and 8th graders can attend with other sailors from MBJA and the Black River High School Team.  If your sailor is interested, stop in for a short informational meeting for parents at MBJA on Wednesday, September 6th after practice from 6:30-7:00pm. See below for more information.

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

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Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616.355.0055

Fax: 616.355.0057