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Dear Black River Families,

This morning's car line was a bit hectic! Construction began on 21st St. and we were not informed that the crews would be at our intersection beginning at 7:30 am. We are also working to understand if there could be a better plan for the construction crew to stage than our parking lot.

Thank you for you patience. We will continue to make sure students are safe and look forward to a newly paved 21st St!

Fun Walk Friday T-Shirt Design Contest Ends Soon!

Attention all students in grades K-12! The BRPO is looking for two t-shirt designs for it's 2017 Fun Walk Friday Event. Check the Fun Walk Friday flier for more information.

Picture Day is Thursday

Picture Day for all Black River students and staff is on Thursday, September 7. For students in middle school and high school, picture forms should be brought with you to give to the staff conducting the photo shoot. The main office does not collect picture forms. For elementary students, please give your form to your teacher. Extra forms are available in the main office. 

Debating the Constitution - September 14, 2017 Constitution Day
JV and Varsity Soccer Game Change!

JV and Varsity soccer game times have changed for today.  JV game is now at 5:00pm, Varsity is at 6:30pm.  JV bus leaves at 4:00pm, Varsity bus leaves at 5:00pm. 


Online sign up is now available.  Click HERE to sign up. 

Sign up ends at 11:59pm on Monday, October 23.

Thursday, October 26 - 1:00 to 8:00pm (1/2 Day for K-12)
Friday, October 27 - 8:00 to 3:30pm (No School for K-12

**New Scheduling Website - Read more for an informative video and instructions**

Dear BR Families,

UPDATE:  suspect has been arrested:  http://fox17online.com/2017/10/09/holland-woman-stabbed-to-death-police-looking-for-suspect/

A violent crime resulting in a fatality occurred on 14th Street at about 1:30 today.  Cross country and running clubs were kept on campus, but Holland police advised us that lockdown was not necessary.  We will stay in touch with the police department and follow every direction for the safety of our students.


Open Enrollment for 2018-2019 Open Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open!

Click here for admissions information and here for important enrollment dates to be aware of.

For questions regarding enrollment, please contact Nicole Klunder at klundern@brpsk12.org or 355-0055, ext. 116.

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Ripples Newsletter

In an effort to provide our Black River families with more timely information we have decided to replace the Ripples, our monthly school newletter, with this ongoing News section of the website. Current school information, news and events can be found here. We will no longer have a link to the Ripples provided on the website or emailed to your inbox. If you need a copy of the final Ripples newletter which was published in June, please email the main office at heneghank@brpsk12.org.

BRTC Auditions for "The Crucible"

Auditions for "The Crucible" are Thursday, September 7 at 3:15pm in the Small Ensemble Room. Open to any students in grades 6-12. Please see Mrs. Andrews for an audition packet.

BR Student News for Homecoming Week

Check-out this week's edition of the BR Student News at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2-M9lJr4O0  Students are shown the BR Student New Feed once a week during CAP class. Great job to all of the students involved in production planning, interviews and post-production! It's always fun to watch. 


BR FAMILIES!  Here is an amazing opportunity for you to help the Michigan legislature make a decision that will mean significant $$ in our classrooms for your children. 

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Check-out Rat Camp!

The Freshman Class of 2021 had a great day at Geneva Pines. Check-out these pictures. 

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Homecoming Tailgating, Powder Puff Game and More!

Come help us celebrate Black River's 2017 Homecoming and cheer on the Varsity Boys Soccer Team as they take on Potter's House on Friday, September 29th at the Hope's Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

Middle School Dance

The first middle school dance of the year will be held on Friday from 6:00-8:00pm in the main lobby! The cost is $5 and dress is casual. Contact Jeanne Kane at kanej@brpsk12.org with questions.

BR Student News for Fun Walk Week

Happy Friday! Check out the BR Student News for this week! It covers the Fun Walk tonight, and includes some playground fun with the elementary students. Enjoy!



Sixth Grade Field Trip

The sixth graders at Black River are headed to Camp Pendalouan on Wednesday, August 30th from 8-3pm. Please have your 6th grade field trip permission form turned in on the first day of school. Contact Trisha Byrnes, Chair of the MSPO at msblackriverpo@brpsk12.org with questions. 

Homecoming Week Spirit Days - GO RATS!

Homecoming Week is almost here! Spirit Week begins on Monday, September 25, 2017

Below is the spirit week schedule for the MS/HS building:

Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Hawaiian Day
Wednesday - Holiday Day
Thursday - Class Color Day
Friday - Black River Spirit Day

Below is the spirit week schedule for the EL building:

Monday- Pajama Day
Tuesday-Beach/Hawaiian Day
Wednesday- Formal/Fancy Day
Thursday- Patriotic Day--Wear Red, White, and Blue
Friday- Black River Spirit Day


Fun Walk Friday Grand Finale is Here! FUN WALK


Families, please turn in your donations by Thursday, October 19 at 4pm to count for the prizes! Don't worry though - money can still be turned in after Thursday. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already sent in their donations!

Please join us Friday, October 20 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Hope College Track behind the DeWitt Tennis Center at 301 Fairbanks Avenue, Holland.  

Senior Class Field Trip

Save the Date! The Senior Class is going to CHICAGO!

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Time: 7:15am - 9:30pm
Place: Chicago Museums

Watch your mailbox for more information and the trip permission form or access information via this link. Please return the permission slip and payment by the first day of school. This field trip is sponsored by the High School Parent Organization in collaboration with Black River.

If you have any questions or would like to chaperone, please contact Rachelle Rokos at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org or 616-405-9568.

Join the MS/HS Black River Theatre Company!

The first meeting of the Black River Theatre Company will be on Tuesday, August 29 at 3:15 pm in the Small Ensemble Room. BRTC is open to all 6th-12th graders.  If you are interested in participating in theatre either on or off stage, we hope to see you there!  If you have questions, talk student representatives, Grace Brunink and Sam Dykhouse or email Mrs. Rachel Andrews at andrewsr@brpsk12.org. 


Homecoming Volunteers Needed!

Greetings Sports Fans! Don't forget that Friday night is Black River's Homecoming game at Hope College's Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Tailgate fun begins at 5:30 PM! The Athletic Boosters are in need for parent volunteers to sign up on Shiftboard for the following positions: Ticket sales at the front gate, tailgate help, raffle ticket sales and AB merchandise sales. Please log on to Shiftboard and sign up for a shift. We appreciate your support! https://www.shiftboard.com/servola/schedule/calendar.cgi#https://www.shiftboard.com/servola/schedule/calendar.cgi?action=list_day;covered=2;published=1;owner=216279;start_date=20170929;ss=216138

HS Students - Holland Area College Fair Information

Check out the Holland Area College Fair at DeVos Fieldhouse, Hope College campus on October 5, 2017 from 6-8pm. Representatives from over 70 colleges will be in attendance. We hope to see you there!


Come See the BRTC Fall Play: "The Crucible" Theatre Company Logo

Tickets are now on sale for the Black River Theatre Company production of The Crucible. Performances will be held in the Holland Christian Middle School Auditorium on Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm and Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Tickets are $6 for Students/BR Staff/Seniors and $8 for Adults. Tickets can be purchased online at https://blackrivertheatreco.ludus.com/

Travel to Australia/New Zealand for Project Term 2018

Students in grades 8-12 and their parent/guardian are invited to attend an informational meeting about the Project Term 2018 trip to Australia/New Zealand onSeptember 26 at 6:30pm in room 321. Please contact Marguerite Stephens, trip leader, at stephensm@brpsk12.org if you have questions or cannot attend.  

NHS Red Cross Blood Drive is on Tuesday, October 17. Please Give!

The National Honor Society will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in the Main Gym from 9am to 3pm. This year, the Red Cross is implementing an online sign-up for donors. NHS students are working to recruit students, teachers and parents so that we can meet our goal this fall. We hope you will consider donating.

Yearbook Needs YOU!

Yearbook staff is looking for quality pictures of all age students to include in the 2017-2018 yearbook. Pictures must be submitted ina high-resolution jpg format. Submissions can be emailed to Alex Koch at kocha@brpsk12.org or Ms. Joy Shirk at shirkj@brpsk12.org. High School students can still join the Yearbook Club. Meetings are during CAP and Tuesday after school in the Computer Lab. Email Joy Shirk with questions.

MS/HS Summer Reading Information

Click here for information on a fun summer challenge for student entering grades 6-8 in the fall.

Click here for information on summer reading suggestions for students in grades 9-12.

HS Students - Join the BRPS Youth in Government (YIG) Delegation!

High School Students - Are you interested in joining Youth in Government (YIG)? Stop by Mrs. Stephens, Room 321 after school on Monday, September 11 or during CAP on Thursday, September 14 if you would like information on how to participate in Youth in Government. Included will be information on the Fall and Spring Conference dates, conference prices, how to register and the forms that need to be signed by a parent or guardian. Please see Mrs. Witvoet or Mrs. Stephens if you cannot make one of the times above.

Youth In Government Application Update

Youth in Government students: Please get your application in to Mrs. Stephens or Mrs. Witvoet this week!  

Hank Meijer’s Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century Hank Meijer Image

Attention Middle or High School Students:

Travel to Loosemore Auditorium at GVSU's Grand Rapids campus with Dr. Dykhouse on November 2, 2017 to attend a presentation on Hank Meijer’s Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.

River Rat Robotics Competition Kick-off and More

Join the River Rat Robotics FTC Team in kicking off the 2017-2018 Competition season on Saturday, November 11 in Mason, MI. The team has designed, built and programmed a robot to perform a variety of tasks in the Relic Recovery game.  Check out https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season for more information.



Yearbook Pick-up Information and Update

Yearbooks not picked up in July will be available for pick-up starting August 23, 2017. Please contact Katie Chester at chesterk@brpsk12.org with questions.

Black River Sailing Team Update

What a busy weekend it was for our High School sailors up in Traverse City! On Saturday, the Black River team competed in the Michigan State 420 Championships.

Cell Phones During the School Day

We'd like all BR families to be aware of the cell phone policy. Please read below, and be sure to take a look at the student handbook for all current school policies!


Cell phones are not to be used/visible during class time unless a teacher instructs students to use them for class work. If a student has a question regarding whether or not they may use a phone, they must ask a faculty member. If a phone is being used without expressed permission, a faculty member shall confiscate the phone.

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. 


We are looking for a few good sponsors to help make the Black River Fun Walk a success.  Please consider becoming a sponsor for this awesome community event.  Click here for a printable version of the form: https://goo.gl/24qMwn

Yearbook Information

Yearbook ordering has begun! Early Bird pricing deadline is Wednesday, November 22. Please follow the links below to order:

Elementary Yearbook Order Site and Enter Code 40125

Middle/School/High School Yearbook Order Site and Enter Code 40122

Attention Seniors: Please submit your yearbook picture by Thursday, November 30 to shirkj@brpsk12.org. Pictures must be high-resolution jpg photo and vertical. 

Senior Families: FAFSA/Financial Aid Night is October 25

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 25th 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 Cessie Wright with any questions at wrightc@brpsk12.org.


The Rat Trap - Student News for this Week


The Rat Trap is shown to the students during CAP class on Friday. 

The Be Nice. Merchandise Fundraiser Starts Today

The be nice. leadership group is doing a fundraiser to raise money in order to continue supporting be nice. activities and awareness. Order form for t-shirts and other merchandise are also available in the main office. Forms are due by Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Orders will not be taken without payment.

Congratulations Rat Buck Earners!

Congratulations to our top September Rat Buck earners:

Middle School Family to Family

Is your oldest finishing 5th grade and headed to the middle school?   Are you a veteran middle school family willing to share?  Join Family to Family!  

What: A pairing of veteran families and students with those new to the middle school.
Why: To build a strong MS community, create connections, and offer support in the transition to MS.
Who: YOU!  
When: Sign Up Now for this New Program starting in August.
Use this link to sign up electronically.  If you prefer a paper sign up, click here for a printable flyer and sign up sheet.  

Careerline Tech Center Open House Information

The Careerline Tech Center fall Open House is Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30-7:30pm. Learn more about Tech Center programs, meet the instructors and find out how you can become career and college-ready. Representatives from local businesses will be set up in the Commons area to talk about future careers. Food may be purchased from the Electric Hero food truck. Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 NJHS Students

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 National Junior Honor Society students. Selection in to NJHS is based on five criterion: citizenship, service, leadership, scholarship, and character. These students should be very proud of their achievement.
 2018-2018 NJHS Student Group

Upcoming BRPS Fine Arts Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Black River Fine Arts events:

Congratulations to Madeline Powers!

Madeline Powers was chosen by her classmates to be Black River's Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen for this year.

HS Students: Join the BR/Holland High CHAOS Robotics Team

High School Students: If you're interested in joining the award-winning CHAOS Robotics team or just want to see what they are all about, be sure to stop in for the Robotics Team Open House.

Save the Date: The Annual 3 V 3 Tournament is November 25

3 vs. 3 Tournament

Fun Walk Friday T-Shirt Winner is Announced

The Fun Walk Friday committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the middle school and high school Fun Walk Friday T-Shirt Contest is Aiyana Hernandez in the 10th grade!

Black River Juniors are Going to Chicago

Black River Juniors are headed to Chicago! Return your permission slip by Oct 11.

8th Grade Field Trip Information

The 8th Grade Field Trip to GVSU for The Tempest (Shakespeare) Performance is on Tuesday, October 3rd. The field trip permission form and performance details have been sent home with your student. Forms need to be returned with $5.00 to the main office by Wednesday, September 27.

Save the Date: The 13th Annual Rat Race is on April 13, 2018

Rat Race Fans, mark your calendar! The 13th Annual Rat Race is on Friday, April 13, 2018. Yes, that's the 13th annual race on Friday, the 13th! This should be a FUN run! Stay tuned for more details.

2017-2018 Back-to-School Information Back-to-School Information

It might be summer, but here at Black River we're getting ready for the students to arrive. The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Check out the 2017-18 Back-to-School Information Packet.

MS/HS Students: Japan Club starts Monday, October 2

The Japan Club will resume Monday, October 2, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm in room 321.  This will be a place for students to come and talk about anime, draw, read manga, or learn more about Japan. If there are any questions, contact Mrs. Stephens at stephenm@brpsk12.org.

Interested in Playing Boys Middle School Basketball?

Calling all 7-8th grade boys interested in playing basketball this season!

Senior Year Information Packet

Senior year is an exciting and busy time! Check-out the Senior Information Packet that was mailed to each senior in September. This packet was designed to assist you in planning for the upcoming year.  

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

Box Tops...New App!!!

Earn more cash for school with the new Box Tops App!

Does your Child Need Dental Services? Mile of Smiles Can Help!

Miles of Smiles (MOS) mobile dental unit is scheduled to be in Holland throughout the school year.

Join United Way Club!

Students in grades 9-12 can join the United Way Club. Meetings are held during HS CAP in Mrs. Stephens Room, 321.

Join the Black River High School Sailing Club!

Students in grades 9-12 interested in joining the BRPS Sailing Club can contact Karen Rowe at rowek@brpsk12.org or BRPS sailing parent liasion, Matt Hemmelgarn, at matthew@jesco-llc.com.   

Black River Middle School Wyldlife Club Information

Are you a middle school student interested in joining the Black River Wyldlife Club?

Travel to Spain for Project Term 2018

It's never too early to start thinking about Project Term 2018. If you are an 8th grader or a high school student and are interested in traveling to Madrid, Spain, contact Senora Gaffney (gaffneys@brpsk12.org) or visit the following link for more information: www.explorica.com/Gaffney-7980


Volunteer for the MS/HS Peer2Peer Program

Middle School and High School Students: Support and encourage a fellow student, while earning community service hours. Volunteer for the Black River school-wide Peer2Peer program. This program is open to ALL middle and high school students.

Join the BRPO: Connect with your School and Community!

If you'd like to get more involved at school, we would love to hear from you!  The BR Parent Organization is all about making a difference.

HS Students: Be Nice. is more than a phrase. It's an Action Plan!

Are you a high school student interested in promoting a positive school climate and encouraging your fellow classmates?

Get the BR Mobile App

Staying connected is even easier with our new mobile app.  Just access the web site through your mobile device and you'll be offered a link to download the app. If you are not offered a link, download the "Schoolpointe Stay Connected" app in the App Store. News, calendar, directory and more - plus push notifications for important items like weather closings or delays.  Download today!

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