District News

TODAY: October 16

Tune in to WHTC radio at 9:30am this morning as Mr. Brunink joins Brian Davis (Holland Public School) to discuss the upcoming millage proposal. Be informed!

Youth in Government (YIG) Conference Reminders

Greetings!  It is almost Fall Conference time. Here are a few reminders:  

Dress nicely and be on your absolute best behavior!  You represent the Black River Delegation.  We have an impeccable reputation at MYIG; let's keep it that way!

Meet the bus out front of BR (Columbia Ave.) on Friday, October 12th.  Don't be late.  The bus leaves at 6:45 sharp!  Bring a sack lunch and a writing utensil.

If you are new to YIG, this will be your opportunity to learn all about YIG from the MYIG staff.  If you are doing or thinking about doing MJP, this is when you will find out about your case for this year.  There are a few changes to the spring conferences and you will learn about those changes at the Fall Conference.

Sam Lowry, as the Late Conference Youth Governor, will be leading much go the general assembly.  Jon Lowry is running for Speaker of the House for Early Conference, and would love your support!

The bus should return to BR shortly before 3pm.  

The Rat Trap by Black River Student News

Happy Friday! Here is this week's episode of The Rat Trap.


Fun Walk Friday Venue Change



Please turn in your donations by Thursday, October 4th at 4pm to count for the prizes!  Don't worry, 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 5th from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the green space in front of the Hope College DeVos Fieldhouse, conveniently located directly across from the soccer stadium, at 222 Fairbanks Ave.      Mr. Brunink and Mr. Jim will be hosting the event. Students will be sent home with Fun Walk Friday shirts on Thursday and should wear them to school on Friday and to the event.  We can't wait to see all the River Rats in their matching shirts on Friday!

It is sure to be a fun time for all as we come together in school spirit to walk, play some yard games, try walking with water, color paper bags, and celebrate our generous BR community!

Together, We are BR! All the details and our PayPal donation button are on the FUN WALK FRIDAY WEBSITE. https://sites.google.com/a/brpsk12.org/brps-fun-walk-friday/

A few 9th Grade openings remain!

It's not quite too late to enroll!

Black River still has a few openings for students in the 9th grade. If you're interested in a small school atmosphere with big opportunities for your child, then BR is worth checking out. With last year's senior class of 72 students earning more than $8 million in college scholarships, we're a tuition free option that makes sense for your child's future!

Follow these links for more info or to complete your application:



Scholastic Book Fair is Back!

The Scholastic Enchanted Forest EL/MS Book Fair is here!  Check out some amazing books in the lobby of the MS/HS Building:

    Tuesday August 28        3pm – 5pm

    Wednesday August 29    2:30pm – 7:30pm    **open during EL Curriculum Night

    Thursday August 30        11am – 4pm

Last August we were able to purchase over 350 books for BR Classroom libraries with the profit from this event!   The book fair is a great way to support BR and encourage a love for reading with our Students!

Hope to see you at the Book Fair!

Black River Theatre Company Meeting - Grades 6-12

The first General Membership meeting for the Black River Theatre Company is this Wednesday, August 29 after school in the Small Ensemble Room from 3:15-3:45pm.  Please come to find out about auditions for the fall play "The Matchmaker" and to learn about how to get involved with production crews. 

Schedules for Grades 6-12

Fall schedules were mailed today, August 15.  Schedules will be available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by 9:00am on Thursday, August 16

A Note from Mr. Donnelly - May 11, 2018

Many thanks to all students who turned in their Prom Dance Visitor Forms on time. Forms for visitors are no longer being accepted at school or at the event. We look forward to seeing you at the Felt Mansion On Saturday night!

Thank you to everyone for understanding how seriously we took today's event and our commitment to keeping our students safe.  We can be proud of the way our BR kids respectfully handled this difficult topic.

Evening Activities at BRPS on Friday, February 9 will take place as scheduled.

Note: Mr. Bittrick's after school STEM activity has been cancelled due to school being closed today. Please stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

Message to Friends & Families from Mr. Brunink

Wishing safe and and happy holidays to all our Black River friends and families!   Click here to read.

Dec 13 Choir Concert is CANCELLED due to weather conditions.


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

Printable sign up instructions

Online sign up begins on Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00am.  A link will be published here when sign up begins.

Please note that online sign up will end at 11:59pm on Monday, October 22.

Lost & Found Clean-out - All Buildings

Lost and Found in all buildings will be cleaned out over the holiday break. Please ask your student to take a moment to look for lost items. Thank you!

Open House for Prospective Families

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 3 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!

Rat Race Announcement

It isn't too late to register for the best pricing for the RAT RACE this Friday! Come celebrate the 13th Annual Rat Race this Friday the 13th at 6:13pm! Price includes race and shirt and increases after Wednesday night. Come out and enjoy the 60+ degree forecasted weather and support your school! Can you beat Mr. Donnelly? 

Online registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Holland/BlackRiverRatRace

Packet pick-up runs from 2:45-6pm before the race on Friday. 

Senior Class of 2018 Graduation Information

Graduation from Black River Public School is a momentous occasion that marks both the end of our students' preparatory education and the beginning of a path toward their own future. The ceremony is an event that families and students will remember for many years to come and takes place at Christ Memorial Church in Holland on Friday, June 1, 2018. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating is first come and tickets are not required as there is plenty of seating for all. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00pm. The Church address is 595 Graafschap Road, Holland MI 49423. Please contact the main office if you have questions. 

Senior Class of 2018 Reminders:



Join us as we celebrate the Girls' Varsity Soccer team as they take on Northpointe Christian on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at the Hope College Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

Gates open at 6:30pm with kick-off at 7:00pm for the Varsity game. During the half-time show the winner of the 50/50 raffle will be announced. This event is sponsored by the BR Athletic Boosters. If you would like to volunteer and have some fun, please sign up on Shiftboard.

Admission is free for all Black River Students, Alumni, Staff and kids 5 & under. General Admission is $5.00. Reserved Seating is an additional $8.00.

Summer Break Main Office Hours

Summer Break Main Office Hours

The Elementary Building main office will be closed for the summer on Thursday, June 21 and will re-open on Wednesday, August 8. Please contact the MS/HS main office if you need help at 616-355-0055, ext. 102 or by email at heneghank@brpsk12.org.


Fifth Third Family Fun Night is TONIGHT!

The Fifth Third Family Fun Night and Baseball Games  have been rescheduled for TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 16, same time!

Student News - Friday Show
Spring 2018 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, March 15
1:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, March 16
8:00am - 3:30pm
Online sign up has ended.  Please contact individual teachers directly if you were unable to schedule a time. 

BRTC Musical, Man of La Mancha Ticket Information

The Black River Theatre Company presents the musical, Man of La Mancha on Friday, March 9 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 10 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  Tickets are available online at https://blackrivertheatreco.ludus.com/ for $8 for students/seniors/staff and $10 for adults. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10 and $12. Performances will be held at Lokers Auditorium in Cityside Middle School in Zeeland

Main Office Hours - Friday, April 20, 2018

The Elementary and MS/HS Main Offices will be closed starting at 1:45pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 for professional development. 

Enrollment Openings for the 2018-19 School Year!

We are excited to offer a few remaining openings for students interested in our middle and high school, especially 6th and 9th grades. If you are interested in applying for your child please follow this link:


Openings are limited, so don't delay!

Limited Enrollment Openings for the 2018-19 School Year

Black River's wait list is undergoing the usual late-summer movement.  We now have a few spots that have opened in grades 9-12 for new students. Immediate enrollment is possible!

If interested, please visit our website for enrollment information at: http://www.blackriverpublicschool.org/Content/prospective

Or sign up to enroll at: https://blackriverpublicschool.schoolmint.net/signup

Fall Middle School Sports Meetings

All fall middle school sports will begin on Monday, August 27.  There will be informational meetings this Friday during middle school CAP at 11:30am.  If you are interested in playing boys soccer, girls volleyball or boys and girls cross country please plan to attend the meeting.

Soccer will meet in Mr. Gray's Room 417
Volleyball will meet in Mrs. Kane's Room 229
Cross Country will meet in the Main Gym


November School Millage

This fall, for the first time, Black River will be part of the local school millage. The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District initiated an enhancement millage proposal on behalf of all its constituent school districts, including Black River.  Both Muskegon and Kent ISD's have successfully passed regional enhancement millages for their schools.  As a resident of Ottawa County, you will have the opportunity in November to vote on this proposal.  Please read through this FAQ document and the Quick Facts for more information! 

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.

We the People Team District Champs

On Friday Black River's We the People team was named district champions for West Michigan. In its first ever competition, Black River placed first in 5 out of 6 panels. The team of nine juniors and seniors is led by coach Alex Constantelos. BR students faced stiff competition, including a school that had previously won districts 14 years in a row.

We the People The team will continue on to the state competition in Lansing on January 12.  Congratulations team!

What is We the People? This new course at Black River is a competitive public speaking course focused on American politics, law, and civics. The curriculum was developed in 1987 and is the flagship program of the Center for Civic Education.

From the Holland Public School Website


This morning, two students reported a suspicious vehicle near the high school.  If you are leaving campus for lunch or walking home after school today, please adhere to the following safety precautions:

  • Avoid walking by yourself.  Take measures to walk with a friend. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Make sure you can see and hear your surroundings.  For example, if you normally wear earbuds, make sure you can still hear what is happening around you.
  • Walk with purpose.  Take the most direct, visible route to your destination and walk at a brisk pace.  In other words, avoid wandering, lingering, or stopping.
  • If you see or hear something suspicious, report it to a school staff member immediately.  If you need to report something that happens on your way home from school, report it to the police and inform school staff as soon as possible.  

We are working with the Holland Police Department to ensure that the areas around our school buildings are well patrolled.  We have also communicated with our K-7 buildings, so that our younger students are also aware of these added safety measures.

Thank you to the students who reported what they saw this morning.  Your willingness to seek out a school staff member has helped keep us all safe.  Have a safe afternoon.    

Lunch Menu Change

Due to the recent snow day, the lunch staff will be serving Mac and Cheese or a Chicken Sandwich for lunch on Friday. 

Ski Club Outing Sign-up

The first Ski Club outing to Bittersweet is this Wednesday. Students with the appropriate paperwork on file with Mr. Bittrick should sign up for the bus outside of room 211.

Wednesday, January 24

This morning, at approximately 7:30am, the Holland Fire Department was on site due to a smoke alarm in the lyceum kitchen.  The building had been cleared within a few minutes and the day resumed as scheduled. Thank you for your patience.

5th Grade Parent Night

Attention Parents of Current 5th graders and Incoming new 6th grade Families

5th Grade Parent Night
Tuesday, March 20

5:30 - 6:15
Large Ensemble Room (use entrance off 20th St.)

Click here for more details.

2018-2019 Calendar is Now Available

Click here to access a printable copy. 


Need Some Friday Fun?

Come decorate sack supper bags for Kids’ Food Basket on Friday, April 20 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Main Gym! All grades are welcome and community service will be awarded. There will be parent chaperones and upperclassmen supervising.

Join us for Black River Fine Arts Night

Black River Fine Arts Night

Wednesday, April 25th from 6-8pm in the Lyceum
All elementary students will have one or two artworks on display!  

There will be a variety of concerts and an art auction during the event.

Email Fraud
If you receive a message claiming to be from Mr. Brunink, please double check the sending address. If it comes from a gmail address, it is a fake and you should disregard.
Lost and Found Clean-Out

Students and BR Families, the lost and found area in both buildings will be cleaned out and donated to a local charity at the end of the school year. Please don't forget to check it for any lost items before you start the summer break.


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!

MS/HS Lost and Found Clean-out begins Monday

Lost and Found clean-out will begin Monday, October 6. Students have received announcements for the past sevral days in CAP. Please remind them to take one last look on Monday. We will begin clean-out 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!

Main Office Hours during the Holidays

The Main Offices will be open from 7:30am-12:00pm during exam week, December 18-20, 2017. Offices will be closed Thursday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Classes resume on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Have a wonderful break!

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. 

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.

Community Service Opportunity

Do you need to complete a few more community service hours before the end of the school year? Tom Shuff with the Parent Organization has coordinated a service day in Laketown Township on Saturday May 19th from 9am to Noon. Participants can meet outside the Black River Lyceum building @ 8:30am and will be given directions to the service location. Please bring gloves, a rake and shovel. Questions? Contact Tom Shuff at tshuff@mac.com or 616-499-7743.

BRPS Homecoming is on Friday, September 28

Come help us celebrate Black River's 2018 Homecoming and cheer on the Varsity Boys Soccer Team as they take on West Michigan Aviation Academy on Friday, September 28th at the Hope's Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

5:30 pm - Tailgating 
6:00 pm - The Powder Puff Game of Seniors vs Juniors and Ticket Booth Open
6:30 pm - Gates Open
7:00 pm - National Anthem and Kick Off

This event will include performances by members of the High School Band and Choir. It's guaranteed to be a fun night for students of all ages and their families! We hope to see you there! We are in need of parent volunteers to lend a hand during this event with ticket sales, merchandise sales and clean up. If you are interested in taking a shift, please add your name on Shiftboard. Thank you!

Admission Prices: 
Free for all BR Students, Staff, Coaches, Alumni and kids 5 & under, $5.00 for General Admission and $8.00 for Reserve Seating

High School Boys Basketball Informational Meeting

High school boys, if you are interested in playing basketball this year, there will be an information meeting with Coach Johns on Thursday during CAP in the Gym. Please attend if you plan to try out this season.

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.

The Rat Trap - Student News for this Week

Here is the link to today's Rat Trap. Enjoy!


Middle School Robotics Qualifier

The Middle School Robotics Team is attending a Qualifier Competition for FIRST Tech Challenge this weekend. The matches will take place at Allendale Middle School from 11:00am-4:30pm. Spectators can arrive any time after 10:30am to watch the competition. 

BR Student News Friday Show
Holiday Episode of the Rat Trap

Check-out the holiday episode of the Student News!


High School Sock Hop Dance Information

The High School Sock Hop Dance is on Friday, January 19 in the gymnasium following the basketball game. The dance is from 8:45 to 11pm. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go to the Senior Graduation Party. Make sure to bring a form of socks and an ID for coat check.  

2018 RatFest is on February 17 from 5-8pm

RATFEST 2018 is on Saturday, February 17th, 5 - 8pm, in the Gym/Lyceum

Bring the whole family to a fun-filled night of music, dancing and art!  


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.

Student News - Friday Show
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

Thank you for Supporting the Book Fair Paws for Books Book Fair - Come.Stay.Read a great tale!

To everyone who came to the Book Fair and to all who helped make it a great experience and success, a big THANK-YOU!  Because of your support of this event, 466 books were able to be purchased for BR Classrooms!!  Keep paws-ing for Books and we’ll see you at our fall Book Fair!


Happy Green Friday!

Here is the link to the Friday Show! Happy Earth Day!


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!

BR United Way Members

A Note from Mrs. Stephens - BR United Way club members, please check your school email for volunteer opportunities. 

Elementary Babysitting Morning!

We know it’s hard to take days of work off, especially when there’s a day off of school. To accommodate this, Black River High School Orchestra students will be babysitting BR elementary students Friday, October 12 from 8am-12pm, during Midterm grading! Reminder: form and payment are due by Friday, October 5.

Girls on the Run

Registration begins in November for the Spring 2019 season and program begins in early March.  Coaches are still needed.  

A Celebration 5K will take place on May 31, 2019 & June 1, 2019.

Hop on the District Volleyball Game Student Fan Bus

The Varsity Volleyball District Game is on Monday, October 30th at Saugatuck High School. The game starts at 5:30pm and a Middle School/High School Fan Bus will leave from the Lyceum lot at 5:00pm. Contact Ana Brickley at brickleya@brpsk12.org for details and if you plan on riding. Go Rats!

HS Students: Are you Interested in Joining Track?

Coach Morrision will host an informational meeting for high school students interested in running track this spring on Tuesday, November 28 at 11:00am in the Auxiliary Gym. 

Congratulations November Rat Buck Winners!

Congratulations to our November Middle School Rat Buck Winners!

Interested in Playing HS Girls Soccer?

All girls interested in playing high school girls soccer this spring should plan to attend an informational meeting on Monday, February 19 at 11:00 in Mr. Rowe's room, 231.  


BRTC Presents: Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Black River Theatre Company Presents: Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Friday, April 27, 6:00pm and Saturday, April 28 at 2:00pm
Black River Public School Auxiliary Gym
Admission for Adults $5, Students/Seniors/Staff $2
Free for Children 5 and Under

Friday 's Rat Trap

Please enjoy this week's episode of BR Student News!


Track and Field State Finalists

Black River has four amazing athletes competing at the State finals tomorrow in Comstock Park.  Mia Phillips will be running the 3200m, Sam Sharnas will be running the 1600m, Aidan Jones will be running the 800m and Logan Henning will be competing in pole vault. They got to enjoy breakfast and some camaraderie this morning with Coach Morrison!  Wish them luck if you see them around the school. They have worked hard the entire school year (and many years) to get to this level and we are so proud of them!

Breakfast with Coach Morrison

Binder Park Zoo Trip for 6th & 7th Grade Binder Park Zoo Logo

Mrs. Ekdahl loves the zoo!  All 6th & 7th graders are invited to go to Binder Park Zoo on either Tuesday, August 14 or Thursday, August 16. 

Each date is limited to 28 students and sign up is first come, first serve.  Please call the main office at 355-0055, ext. 102, no later than Thursday, August 9.

Leave a message with your name, your child’s name, grade, and date choice. You will be called back ONLY if there is not room on your requested date.

Students confirmed on the trip will require this permission form.  Please bring it with on the date you attend along with $14 (cash only, please), sack lunch, drink, and a snack for the ride home.

This information will also be mailed home towards this end of this week.

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

Permission Form

High School Student Volunteers Needed

The Parent Organization has an excellent opportunity to earn community service hours at Funwalk Friday! All you need to do is help with field games. Sounds fun, right? It’s a great way to build community, school spirit, and get those hours in. Click HERE to sign up.  Contact the BRPS Parent Organization at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org with questions.

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!

3 V 3 Volleyball Tournament Cancelled

The 3 V 3 Volleyball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00pm
has been cancelled. Please contact Ana Brickley at brickleya@brpsk12.org with questions.

High School Baseball Tryouts Start on March 12

Black River High School Baseball tryouts for the 2018 season will be on March 12th, 13th, and 14th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM each day.  Tryouts will be in the main and auxiliary gyms at Black River.  For those trying out, please bring gym appropriate shoes, baseball glove, and bat if you have one.  Nobody may tryout without a current sports physical on file with the school!

If you have any questions or would like to know more please call Chris Timmer at 616.340.0250 or email at catimmer11@gmail.com.  

Black River in the News
Calling all 8th Grade Parents, Grandparents and Special Friends!

You are invited to attend our Renaissance Fair on Friday, May 4. This event will take place in the Auxiliary Gym, at Black River Public School , from 8:30-10:30am. Check-out your student’s story board about the Renaissance and hear a two minute rendition about a character from the Renaissance. We call this our wax museum as many of the students will be dressed up as the character they are portraying.

Again your presence is not required but we would love to have as many of you attend as possible. It really adds a lot to the event if we can have adults observing as well as other students.


The 8th grade English and Social Studies teachers.

Fifth Third Family Fun Night

Head to Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park to cheer on the Black River Boys Varsity Baseball VS. Tri-Unity in a doubleheader on May 15th at 4pm! Advanced ticket sales and transportation information is here. 

Summer Break Elementary Office Hours

Summer Break Elementary Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm


BRPO Fun Walk Friday: Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE: BRPO Fun Walk Fundraiser and Grande Finale!

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, October 5th from 5:30-6:30pm to celebrate our school spirit with a 30-minute fun walk and festivities.

Why: Build Community, Get Some Exercise, and Raise Funds to Support BRPS!

Interested in sponsoring this fundraiser and getting your company's logo on the back of more than 1,000 t-shirts? See sponsorship letter below or on the website for more details.

Questions? Email hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org

Fun Walk Friday Logo


Popsicles in the Park

For: Black River Elementary Families

When: August 9th, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 PM

Location: Prospect Park

Come meet and have a treat with other families!

Popsicles in the park

Junior Class Field Trip Information

The 11th graders are heading to Chicago on Wednesday, September 5th! A permission slip will be mailed home this week. You can also download the information sheet and permission slip here. Please turn in your money and permission slip with museum and lunch choice by Monday, August 27th. If you have any questions, you can contact Rachelle Rokos at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org.

Limited Enrollment Openings in Grades 6-12 for the 2018-2019 School Year

We now have a few spots that have opened in grades 6-12 for new students. Immediate enrollment is possible!

If interested, please visit our website for enrollment information at: http://www.blackriverpublicschool.org/Content/prospective

Or sign up to enroll at: https://blackriverpublicschool.schoolmint.net/signup

Senior Yearbook Picture Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit senior photos for the yearbook is Friday, December 14. One photo in a high-resolution jpg or tiff file should be emailed to Joy Shirk, Yearbook Advisor, at shirkj@brpsk12.org.

Interested in Playing HS Baseball this Spring?

High School students interested in playing baseball this spring should plan to attend a meeting on Wednesday, November 8 in Mr. Rowe's room during high school CAP.

Middle School Girl's Basketball Starts Soon!

Any middle school girls interested in playing basketball there will be a meeting on Thursday in the Main Gym during lunch. It will be a quick meeting collecting contact information. Practice starts January 4 from 3-5pm in the Main Gym. You must have a sports physical on file with Coach Ekdahl to practice. 

Phone Lines on 1/11/2018 - PLEASE READ

The phone lines were down in both the elementary and main building today and we appreciated your patience while we worked through this issue. We believe the problem has now been resolved. 

It's the Friday Show!

Check out the Friday Show by the BR Student News crew!





Experiential Learning at its Coldest!

Mr. Bittrick's Geoscience class ventured out to Lake Michigan to see the ice formations first hand. 

Geoscience Class

RatFest 2018 - Fun for the Whole Family

Rat Fest 2018 Poster

Lost and Found Clean-out

While attending conferences, don't forget to check the Lost and Found area in the main building located under the first floor, south stairwell for any lost items. Thank you! 

Student News - Friday Show

Hope to see you at the Carnival!


BR Green Team Organizes Earth Day Activities for Next Week

The Black River Green Team has set up activities for the week leading up to Earth Day. Please join them in celebrating our environment and safe environmental practices. Here are the week-long activities that have been initiated:

Monday, April 16th: Earth Day Information  

MS/HS CAP teachers will show a powerpoint created by the Green Team. Elementary teachers, will be going over the special days and asking the students some trivia questions to get them excited. Please ask your students what they learned!

Tuesday, April 17th: Energy Conservation Day

We will be doing our best to conduct all or part of our classes with the lights off or some of the lights off. Teachers may plan for a technology free day or to use less energy in the classroom in some way. Would you be willing to do this at home?

Wednesday, April 18th: Bring your Own Water Bottle 

Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38. Please encourage your student to bring a reusable water bottle to school instead of buying disposable water bottles. Every bottle kept out of our landfills makes a difference.  

Thursday April 19th: No Trash Day

Students and teachers are challenged to bring absolutely nothing that will need to be thrown away in their lunch. 

Thank you for supporting the Black River Green Team!


Drinking water notice from BPW

The Holland Board of Public works requested that we post this notice regarding organic carbon levels in city drinking water.  Click here to open pdf.

Black River Yearbook Pick-up/Delivery Information

EL yearbook were sent home with students the last week of school.

MS/HS student yearbooks were available in the main lobby after school through June 8 or in Ms. Shirk's office in room 121 during the Project Term Open House from 6:30-8:00pm. If you missed this deadline yearbooks will be available again at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Please listen for the CAP announcements with the dates and times.

If you are not sure wether you ordered a yearbook contact Joy Shirk, yearbook advisor at shirkj@brpsk12.org. 

Freshman Rat Camp Information

Ninth-Grade Parents/Guardians, the 2018 Rat Camp Information and Permission Form is available now!

High School Students: Interested in Joining Youth In Government? 

Ready for another year of YIG?  Informational YIG meetings begin this week in Mrs. Witvoet's room, 418 during HS CAP on Thursday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 11.  Come to at least one meeting or talk to Mrs. Stephens or Mrs. Witvoet if you miss the meerting dates. We will talk about the fall conference and the spring conference dates!

Fun Walk Student Volunteers Needed

Are you a High School student at Black River or do you know one? We have an excellent opportunity for community service hours at Funwalk Friday! All you need to do is help with field games. Sounds fun, right? It’s a great way to build community, school spirit, and get those hours in. Contact hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org to sign up.

Homecoming Episode of Student News
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.

BR Theatre Club Winter Musical Information

The next General Membership Meeting for the BR Theatre Company is on Wednesday, November 15 in the Small Ensemble Room from 3:15- 4:00pm.  Audition materials and information will be distributed for Man of La Mancha, the Winter Musical. Auditions will take place on Monday, November 27 after school in the Small Ensemble Room. That's the Monday right after Thanksgiving Break. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Andrews. 

Check-out this Week's Student News

Please share the Thanksgiving episode of the Rat Trap: Student News with your students and family.  


Congratulations River Rat, First Tech Robotic Team

Please congratulate our Middle School, River Rat Robotics, First Tech Robotics team for placing 5th out of 37 regional teams at the state qualifying event this weekend. They were also earned the Judges Award for their gracious professionalism both on and off the field, as well as the Promote Award for their efforts in FTC's national and global promotion. Check out the video below for a peek at the robotics team in action.


Cheer on the Staff at the Faculty vs. Varsity Basketball Game

The yearly faculty basketball game will be played December 14th at 7:00p.m. Come watch your teachers, staff, and administration take on the varsity girls and boys basketball teams. Baskets for Kids will donate all proceeds from the event to Kids Food Basket. 

Sophomores & Juniors - Tech Center Informational Meeting

Have you thought about your future career and what options you have?  Careerline Tech Center offers quality technical training in many career areas, careers pertaining to business, visual arts, teaching, health care, culinary arts and building, to name a few.  If you are interested in learning more about Careerline Tech Center and what they have to offer, please come to an informational meeting on Monday, January 15th in room 229 during CAP.  During this time, you will receive information about registration and Tech Center tours.  If you have any questions please see Mrs. Schrotenboer at schrotenboert@brpsk12.org.  

Snowcoming Volunteers Needed!

The Athletic Boosters are looking for volunteers to help out during the Snowcoming Game on Friday, February 9th. Please sign up on Shiftboard at https://www.shiftboard.com/brps/

The Golden Age of the Senate H.W. Brands

Join Dr. Dykhouse on February 22, 2018 to travel to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for a special event entitled, "The Golden Age of the Senate", presented by H.W. Brands. 

The bus will depart at 6:00pm and return to Black River at 9:00pm.  Sign up with Dr. Dykhouse at dykhouseg@brpsk12.org or see him in room 419.

Space is limited; first come, first serve.

Congratulations, Eden Nykamp - Member of the GH/BRPS Ski Team

Congratulations to Black River student, Eden Nykamp. Eden skis with the combined Grand Haven/Black River Public School Ski Team.  Eden was one of two skiers on the team to qualify for the State Finals.  Eden qualified in the Women's Slalom Event and will ski in the State Finals on February 26.

9th Grade Big History Field Trip

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Big History Extravaganza, hosted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

Are you a MS/HS Student Looking to Relieve Some Exam Stress?

If you are a middle school or high school student looking to relive some exam stress come to a two day stress relief event in the Lyceum next week Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8 hosted by Student Council. The event will take place from 3:15 to 4:45pm. Students can enjoy a therapy dog, goats, yoga, refreshments and coloring, as well as other activities.

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.


High School Robotics Team CHAOS Open House

Blast off with us as we prepare for the upcoming 2019 FIRST season! This year's theme is "Destination: Deep Space" and promises exciting new challenges and fun. 

If you're interested in joining the award-winning CHAOS Robotics team, or just want to see what we're about, be sure to stop in for our Open House.

Open House 
Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 10am-1pm
Place: CHAOS build site at 563 East 64th Street.

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


Grades 9-12: Create a Project Term Independent Study

Are you in grade 9-12? Do you work well on your own? Would you like to set your own schedule at the location of your choice? 

NJHS Candy Cane Sale 2017

Wouldn’t you like to help out a stray animal at the Humane Society or families devastated by the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico?

MS/HS Building Snowcoming Spirit Week Days

Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: 80's Day
Wednesday: Character Day
Thursday: Color Day
    6th - Orange
    7th - Pink
    8th - Purple
    9th - White
    10th - Red
    11th - Black
    12th - Blue
Friday: Space Day 



Rat Buck Shout-outs from Mr. Donnelly

A LOT of Rat Bucks were issued in January, and that is great news :)

The following students received an exceptional amount of Rat Bucks and deserve recognition for the month of January 2018.

6th Grade:  Eden Pomp
                   Honorable Mention, Soraya Kosters, Carter Koch

7th Grade:  Grah Russel 
                   Honorable mention, Avery Mangum, Hayden Mealy

8th Grade:  Benjamin Logan and Zachary Devereaux, 
                   Honorable Mention - Emily Hearn, Sophia Yost, Lily Beacham, Kylee Poulton, and                     Nora Best

Attention, MS/HS Sailors!

If you are hoping to change your Project Term schedule before March 19th, we are looking for more middle and high school sailors to join the Double-Handed Sailing class for C block.  This class was not originally offered in the middle school course packet, but it is available during the schedule change window. Come spend two weeks at Lake Macatawa and improve your sailing skills! 

7th Grade Students and Families are Invited to the Asian Feast

It's time again to come together for another FEAST! The 7th grade Asian Feast is on Thursday, March 22 at 6:15pm in the Lyceum building. All 7th grade students and their families are invited. Students were given a flyer with all of the important details. You can also contact Marguerite Stephens at 616-355-0055 ext. 129 or email stephensm@brpsk12.org with questions.    

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!


BR Annual Golf Outing "Drive for Education" Information

Time to register for the Annual Golf Outing. Go to www.birdeasepro.com/brgolf18 for all of the event information!


BR Annual Golf Outing Information

Black River Ninth Graders are on the Go

9th grade students had a day trip to University of Michigan and Ann Arbor.  They visited the admissions office, toured the Art Museum and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. 

Ninth Grade Field Trip

Youth in Government Announcement

Attention any high schooler thinking about doing YIG for this year! If you are doing YIG, you MUST see Mrs. Witvoet this week during HS CAP or lunch to register online for the Fall Conference.  It only takes 5 minutes.  Please make it a priority to see Mrs. Witvoet or Mrs. Stephens this week, sign up, and officially join the 2018-2019 Black River delegation for YIG.

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. 

College Awareness Week at Black River begins Monday

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

Ski Team Update

Tuesday was the first meet for the Grand Haven/Black River Ski Team. In the Giant Slalom event, Eden Nykamp placed 4th out of 54 women. Duncan Elmer placed 16th out of 56 men. GH/BR women placed 9th/9 as a team while the men placed 3rd/9.     

Check-out the Student News Wednesday Show!
Student News

Happy Friday! Here is the link to the Friday show for BR Student News.


Middle School Honors Assembly Information

The Annual Black River Public School Middle School Honors Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:30AM in the gymnasium. The assembly is hosted by Black River administrators and teachers to honor our middle school students for their scholastic achievements. It is attended by all middle school students and eighth grade parents are encouraged to attend this event is in lieu of a formal 8th grade graduation ceremony. Teachers and staff willl be available after if you would like to snap a few pictures. The doors will open at 11:00AM 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.

9-12 Graders - Think Outside the Box

Current 9th-12th grade students are welcome to join futurePREP'd student leaders on May 1 from 6-8pm for a night of challenges, food, prizes and an oppportunity to meet new people! Flyers and sign-up information are available here and next to Mr. Donnelly's office.  

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

Homecoming Spirit Week Days

Elementary School Spirit Week Days

Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Sports/Clubs Day (wear your team jersey, uniform, or club gear)
Wednesday - Inside-Out Clothing Day
Thursday - College Day           
Friday - Black River Spirit Day

Middle School/High School Spirit Week Days

Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Dress Like a Teacher/Celebrity Day
Wednesday - Character Day
Thursday - Color Day 
  6th Grade - White
  7th Grade - Orange
  8th Grade - Pink
  9th Grade - Blue
  10th Grade - Green
  11th Grade - Red
  12th Grade - Gray
Friday - Blackout Day

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.


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. 

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/

Student News

Happy Friday! Here is the link to the Friday Show.  


Middle School Dance

The second middle school dance of the year will be on Friday, January 26th in the main lobby from 6:00-8:00pm. The cost is $5.00. Please contact Jeanne Kane at kanej@brpsk12.org with questions.

It's the Wednesday Show by BR Student News
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.

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! 

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

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.

Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Program Information Night

Join us Thursday, September 27 at 6pm in the Elementary Music Room to learn more about OOTM, how to get involved, and all the wonderful benefits for your child!

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.

MS/HS Students: Are you Interested in Performing at Ratfest?

Ratfest is on Saturday, February 17, from 5pm-8pm at Black River. There will be swing dancing, mock rock, a 50/50 raffle, crafts, food, and a live stage. If you are a student interested in performing on the live stage, please see any of the Fine Arts teachers to sign up. It is open to any Middle School/High School musicians, dancers, and actors.

High School Students: Math Field Day is Coming Soon!

Any high school students interested in attending the Math Field Day, hosted by University of Michigan, should come to the meeting in Mrs. Reinartz's room 308 on Tuesday, January 16 during high school CAP.

Geography Bee Winner

Congratulate Sam Dykhouse as the Black River Geography Bee school winner.  First runner up was Nick Wreschinsky. Way to go!

Sign-up for the NJHS Sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive

On Monday, March 5, Black River National Honor Society will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9am - 3pm in the Main Gym. 

Spring Sports Information

High School spring sports begin on Monday, March 12.  Black River offers Boys Baseball, Girls Soccer, and Boys and Girls Track & Field.  

Middle School spring sports begin on Monday, March 19 (weather permitting).  Black River offers Girls Soccer for 7th and 8th graders, and Boys and Girls Track & Field for 6-8th graders.

Questions?  Contract your coach:

High School Baseball - Chris Timmer - catimmer11@gmail.com

High School Girls Soccer - Kyle Lawton - lawtonk@brpsk12.org

High School Track and Field - Kyle Morrisons - kyle.m.morrison@gmail.com

Middle School Girls Soccer - Marissa Seymour - marissa.seymour@hope.edu

Middle School Track and Field - Steve Lambert - steve.lambert@rolgroup.com

Attention Sailors! Sailing Club Information

If your daughter or son in 7th grade or above, is interested in sailing for the Black River Sailing Team this spring, here is all the information you need and more!  Sailing is a fun competitive team sport and the team has returning veterans who can teach and coach new sailors.  If you are interested and have some questions feel free to call Blair Nykamp 616-566-4665 or Matt Hemmelgarn 616-994-3001, anytime.  Our first informational meeting will be at the MBJA on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:30-7:00pm. Please read the team letter below.

FYI:  We have four local regattas on the schedule that are open to 7th & 8th graders.

United Way Club Supports Local Organization

United Way Club volunteered at Compassionate Heart Ministries. The mission of Compassionate Heart Ministry is to promote community for families and individuals with mild to moderate disabilities and build lasting relations.


United Way Members at Compassionate Heart Ministry

Fine Arts Boosters Needs Your Help!

Please take a few minutes to complete this 10 question survey about Ratfest 2018.  We’d love to know what you think, as it will help us in planning an even better event for next year.  We appreciate your feedback regardless of whether or not you attended this year.  Simply click on the link below and take the survey.  It can be taken by multiple people per household, so please pass it on. Thank you for your help!


Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Program is Starting Soon!

Middle school students, Black River is looking to expand their Odyssey of the Mind program, and we need you to represent the first ever BR middle school team! Odyssey of the Mind is a problem solving, think outside the box, student lead, competitive program.  For more information email Ashley Huizenga at odysseyatbr@gmail.com and join us at our information night in the Elementary Music Room on Thursday, September 27 from 6-7.

Interested in Odyssey of the Mind? Fill out this form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgacNAhJkuzstalSd_LSX-1P90zTS0pmRqsWQe5TsPB1-D9Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

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.

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!



Rat Race Sign-up Link

The 13th Annual Black River Rat Race on Friday the 13th of April at 6:13 p.m., is open for registrations!


Project Term Schedules are Posted

Project Term schedules, along with any associated fees for students in grades 4 -12 are now available on Infinite Campus. Please note that students will only be allowed to make schedule changes between March 5 and March 19.  During that time, Mrs. Wise, the school registrar, will post classes that are open outside of her office, room 207. She will also maintain wait lists for all students who were not scheduled in their first choice courses. She will notify students in writing if there is an opening in a class.  

Congratulations to Eden Nykamp (9th Grade) on Her All-State Finish

Ninth grader, Eden Nykamp, earned 20th place at the MHSAA D1 State Skiing Finals on Monday, February 26 in the Slalom Event. Her 20th place finish earned her a second All- State title. Congratulations, Eden!


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


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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.

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!

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


BR Student News

We have the first episode of the new Wednesday Show. Thanks for watching!


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.
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

Thank You, Fun Walk Sponsors and Participants!

Thank You, Amazing Black River Community!


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

Congratulations to BRPS Student, Matthew Harrelson

A huge BR round of applause goes to seventh-grader Matthew Harrelson, for being honored at the High Achieving Talented Student (HATS) Off recognition ceremony. Matthew was one of 300 middle school students to earn the distinction for taking the ACT or SAT and achieving scores comparable to college-bound high school seniors! Way to go!

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!

Yearbook Senior Dedication Form Due March 12

Would you like to honor your graduate with a special message of dedication in the yearbook?

Please fill out the Yearbook Senior Dedication Form and bring it in to the main office.

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!

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.  

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.

Congratulations to the Varsity XC Team!

Regional XC Champions

Congratulations are in order for our cross country varsity boys and girls teams! This past weekend the varsity boys team won first place at Regionals for the third year in a row!  The girls team had a great finish to the season and placed fourth! Mia Phillips placed fifth and is an individual state qualifier and four of the boys qualified as individual runners for State, as well!  Please congratulate all of our cross country team members when you see them and wish them luck this weekend! Thanks go out to Coach Morrison for a great season!!!

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

GVSU College Prep Week Link
Mr. Jim is a FINALIST for MAPSA Administrator of the Year!

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


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.

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

Student Artwork to be Displayed at the Saugatuck Center For the Arts

Two weeks ago in Foundations art, we had a local Native American artist, Jason Wesaw, come to our class twice to work with students on a symbolic identity drawing.  Students were asked to create a work based on the artist's style using shape, color, and line to represent their identity or family.  Around 10 student artworks were selected to be displayed at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts until the beginning of December.

Would you like to Purchase a Yearbook Ad?

Do you own a local business?  Would you be willing to help the Black River Public School Yearbook staff by ordering an advertisement? If so, please fill out and return the 2017-18 Yearbook Ad form with payment. Contact yearbook advisor, Joy Shirk at shirkj@brpsk12.org with questions. Thank you for supporting the yearbook! 

THANK YOU to the Martin and Krimendahl Families!! Elementary students enjoying the 'be nice.' bench next to the Donor Tree.

Black River Public School would like to thank Sam and Jean Martin & Chris and Monika Krimendahl for their generous donation.  Each family donated a beautiful 'be nice.' bench for our school!  

BR Students in the News
Community Events

At Black River we understand that bringing school and community assets together will help our young people succeed. Check out our Community Page for opportunities that are emailed to the school by outside organizations wishing to keep students in the community informed. Please feel free to see if any of these opportunities would be helpful for your student.

Reserve your Spot to be in the Middle School Spelling Bee!

The Middle School Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 16th at 11:00am in the Small Ensemble Room.  If you have a student interested in participating please contact Jim Levering at leveringj@brpsk12.org to reserve a spot. Students will need to bring a lunch from home on that day. Please contact Mr. Jim if you have any questions. 

Congratulations to the Black River We the People Team

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Black River's We the People team of nine students placed second in state at their final competition in Lansing. Black River is incredibly proud of their hard work over the last four months and appreciate team leader, Mr. Alex Constantelos for his devotion to the team. We are so proud of you!

We the People team photo

Rat Race Volunteers Needed

The 13th Annual Rat Race is coming up - Friday, April 13th at 6:13pm. We always need volunteers to help the race go smoothly. If you are interested in helping please contact Jessica Reinartz at reinartzj@brpsk12.org.

Save the Date: BR 4th Annual Golf Outing

Save the Date: BR Annual Golf Outing

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.

Former BR Student Wins Prestigious Award at MSU
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.

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.

2018 School Spelling Bee Winners

Winner: Mary-Catherine Leahy (5th)
Runner-up: Zac Honeycutt (4th) 

Calling All Artists!

Calling all BR Student, Teacher, Parent, and Alumni Artists!  Planning for the Spring Silent Art Auction has begun! The Fine Arts Boosters are looking for donated artwork to be auctioned off at the Spring Arts Night on Wednesday, April 25th.  Proceeds will go to the BR Fine Art Department. All donations must be received in the office by Friday, April 20th. If you have art to donate or have questions, please contact Tammy Kibler at fineartsboosters@brpsk12.org. Thank you!!

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.

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 on Tuesday in the Computer Lab. Email Joy Shirk with questions.

Kinder Dutch Dance Details are Here!

JOIN THE DANCE! BECOME A TULIP TIME KINDER DUTCH DANCER! Tulip Time invites all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in Kinder Dutch Dance! Registration ends Thursday, February 1, 2018. Practices begin the week of 2/26 with a variety of places, days, and times for practices. Kinder Dance has a $25 registration fee. For more information and registration, please go to www.tuliptime.com/kinder-dutch-dance. Have questions? Please contact jennifer.tenpas@gmail.com.

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!

Class of 2019 Senior Party Planning and Sign-up Information

Senior Party Logo     Calling all Class of 2019 Parents!

Senior Party planning is underway. Help us keep organized by sending in your Class of 2019 Senior Party Form and deposit as soon as possible. The form should be mailed or dropped off in the MS/HS main office during the first week of school.

Would you like to be on the party planning committee? Please contact Rachelle Rokos at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org

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!

Join the Annual BRPS Golf Outing Committee

Looking for volunteers to join the annual golf outing committee to help with this year’s golf outing on Monday, June 25 at Macatawa Legends!  If interested contact Ed Amaya at ed.amaya@kenowa.com to get more information.

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

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

Snowcoming Details

Black River's Snowcoming Game will be on Friday, February 9th! Please come help us cheer on the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams as they take on Holland Calvary. The Girls game begins at 5:30pm and the Boys game will follow at 7:00pm. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for current Black River students and staff. Concessions and Athletic Boosters gear will be for sale on site, and there will be games and prizes throughout the evening. Hope to see you there!

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.

Congratulations Upper Elementary First Lego League!

Black River Public School Upper Elementary students are thinking like engineers while participating in First Lego League. They designed, built, and programed a robot and took home two trophies at the regional competition. 

Thank you to the City of Holland for this great video and to all of our Lego League volunteers! 


Athletic Boosters $50 for 50 Home Games Fundraiser

The Athletic Boosters are hoping to raise an additional $2500 in funds to provide athletic training services at all appropriate home athletic contests.  Will you please be one of the families willing to donate $50 per athlete or more to provide this important service at 50 home games during the 2017-18 school year?  Please drop checks off in the MS/HS Main Office made out to BRSP Athletic Boosters with Athletic Trainer in the memo.  Thanks for you support.

High School Students: Dutch Dance Details are Here!

If you are interested in participating in Dutch Dance, please contact Darcy Logan at Darcy@theloganfamily.net. High School Dutch Dance will meet on Tuesday at 5:00-6:00pm and Thursday 4:30-5:30pm. Practices begin SOON!

Calling all Elementary Students: Join Us for the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind Season!

Odyssey of the Mind is a unique program that offers students of all ages the opportunity to work together to solve a problem in any way they see fit.  Under the supervision of a coach, students can create skits, build vehicles, sew costumes, engineer electronics, and so much more!  

Students solve their chosen problem by uplifting one another, thinking outside the box, sharing their ideas, lending their skills, and learning new ones.  Teams are made up of 1 coach, 1 co-coach, and no more than 7 students.  Coaches must be older than 18 years of age, and this year we’d like to garner the help of our Black River Juniors and Seniors and have them act as the co-coaches. 

Save-the-date for Thursday, September 27 where an informational meeting regarding OotM will be held. In the meantime, visit www.OdysseyoftheMind.com to dive deeper into what OotM is all about.  With questions, comments, and to get involved contact Ashley Huizenga at odysseyatbr@gmail.com

BRPS Middle School/High School Bittersweet Ski Club Forms are Available

Attention Skiers and Snowboarders! The 2017/2018 Bittersweet Ski Club forms are now available in Mr. Bittrick's room 211. 

HS Students - Join the Black River Ski Team!

Head to Main Gym during HS CAP on Monday, November 13 for an informational meeting if you are a high school student interested in joining the Black River and Grand Haven Co-op Ski Team.  Please contact Kyle Lawton at lawtonk@brpsk12.org with questions.

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