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Student News - Friday Show

Here is the link to the Student News - Friday Show. Enjoy!

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.


Team 74 C.H.A.O.S. is in action this weekend at GVSU!

World Championship Team 74 will take their robot into battle at the FIRST Robotics West Michigan District Competition Friday, 3/22 & Saturday 3/23. The students from Black River and Holland are hoping to earn enough points to earn a spot at the State Championships in April. They will be driving the robot in a "sandstorm", directed only by the camera on the bot at the beginning of the match. Then they will have 2 minutes to place as many hatch panels and cargo (balls) into play as they can. At the end the robots will try to park on one of several levels platform, the higher the platform the more points they earn. 

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

2019 Summer Camp Brochure

2019 Summer Camp Registration Form

Save the Date: Black River Baseball at Fifth Third Ballpark!

Save the Date - Monday, April 22, 2019, after school - Our Black River baseball team is heading to Fifth Third Ballpark to play Potters' House. More details coming soon. 

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!

Thank-you for Coming to the Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success!  Because of your support $3900 was earned to purchase books for BR Classroom libraries.  Thank-you to all the students, families, and teachers who stopped by Book Fair USA and bought books.  A huge thank-you to our volunteers; without you this event could not take place.  Keep reading and we’ll see you at our Fall Book Fair!


World Down Syndrome Day is Thursday, March 21

World Down Syndrome Day is this Thursday and it offers a great opportunity to open up a dialogue with your students about Down Syndrome.  Below are some videos that you can share with your kids (they may have even watched them in class!) to help spark some conversation and don't forget to encourage everyone you know to wear CRAZY socks to celebrate!

Congratulations to Eighth Grader Matthew Harrelson

Please congratulate BRPS eighth grader, Matthew Harrelson for his top 25% finish in the state MathCounts competition. Matthew finished well within this top percentile - coming in 11th in the state overall!! He worked really hard, practicing twice a week with the middle school math team, and we are very proud of his achievements. 


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.

Student in the News - Congrats Laine!

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!

Black River in the News
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.

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.

Elementary and MS/HS Yearbook Order Link

Moments worth remembering are found in the yearbook! Please click here to order your yearbook. The codes for each book are below:

MS/HS: 40122

Elementary: 40125

Yearbooks will only be available for purchase through the online ordering system. Contact Joy Shirk, yearbook advisor, at 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


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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

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Holland, MI 49423
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