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Senior Capstone Showcase is Thursday, May 23 - Join Us!

Senior Showcase Invitation

Our Ms. Tricia Needs Your Help!

Hello BR Families! My name is Tricia Schrotenboer and I am the school counselor for the middle and high school.  With many changes taking place in the area of employment, Michigan has responded with passing several bills that require schools to take a more active role.  In the coming months, I will be developing a scope and sequence along with lesson plans for each elementary classroom that focus on career and college readiness.  As a former Montessori teacher, I feel it is important to develop hands-on lessons and activities. In order to make this a reality, please consider purchasing any of the following items.  All donations can be dropped off in either main office by Wednesday, June 5. Thank you in advance for your support.

Five Black River Teachers Nominated as Amazing Teachers by Holland Sentinel/Gentex

Five Black River elementary teachers were nominated to be recognized at the Holland Sentinel/Gentex Amazing Teachers Banquet on May 23, 2019. The Amazing Teacher program is an ongoing tribute to spotlight all the Amazing Teachers in the Holland/Zeeland area. The following Black River teachers were nominated for their dedication, expertise, and the difference they are making in the lives of our children:

Kristen Van Ravenswaay - Lower Elementary
Jared Graybiel - Special Education
Jamie Fredenburg - Lower Elementary
Elyse Cisler - Lower Elementary
Carrie Ames - Upper Elementary

See the list of nominees and information on how to nominiate your favorite teacher at https://hollandsentinel.gatehousecontests.com/engine/welcome.aspx?contestid=446813

Black River Students Earn the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy

The Spanish department at Black River is proud to announce that we have eight students who earned the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy. This seal is an award that is given to students by the Michigan Department of Education in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more languages by high school graduation. This year we also have a junior who has earned the award. The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy is designed to:

  • Provide potential future employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
  • Provide colleges and universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages
  • Prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society

They were given the news of their award at a surprise cake reception during CAP attended by all the Spanish teachers and were publicly honored at the Black River Awards Assembly on April 25. The seal will be affixed to their diplomas.

The students are Rhea Rajani, Dustin Danckaert, Tess Freimark, Madeline Dykhouse, Emily Dykhouse, Samantha Lopez, Maritza Mecino-De-La-Rosa and junior Will Anderson.

Reminder: Project Term School and Office Hours

Project Term school dismissal time (all grades) is 2:40pm 
Project Term main office hours (both buildings) are 7:30am-3:30pm 

Garden STEAM Needs your Help! BR Garden Stem Logo

Calling all gardeners, builders, and those interested in creating an elementary school garden! The Garden STEAM project term class will be underway soon and we would love any and all help. If you have skill or interest in any of the listed areas, we would love to hear from you! Our class will meet from 11:40-2:40 between May 28-June 7. Come play in the dirt, or bring your craft to help produce an amazing experience for the kids in the elementary building! 

We are in need of:
-those willing to build raised garden beds
-families interested in a rotational schedule to tend to the garden over the summer (free produce!)
-gardeners to assist during implementation or after

Please contact Nicole Duquette for more information or if you would be willing to help us: duquetten@brpsk12.org, or extension 161.

Student Council Elected Officers for 2019-20

Congratulations to the following elected Student Council officers for the 2019-2020 school year:

President: Mariel Vander Schuur
Vice President: Rebecca Morin
Treasurer: Emma Saunders
Secretary: Anya Usmani
Director of Public Relations: Akshitha Karthikeyan

2018-19 BRPS Yearbook Delivery Information

The 2018-19 BRPS Middle School/High School yearbook will be available for pickup in the main building during the beginning of August. Watch the Black River website or your student email address for the exact date. Please contact yearbook editor, Alex Koch  at kocha@brpsk12.org if you have any questions.

Attention Seniors: If you did not choose and pay for shipping, then you will have to pick your yearbook up at the main building when it is available. The books should be ready before college starts. If you (or your family) cannot pick up your yearbook during August, then we can hold onto them for you.

The 2018-19 Elementary yearbooks will be handed out to students during the last week of school. This will be on Wednesday June 5th and Thursday June 6th. 

Honor and Awards Assembly Programs

Each year Black River Public School hosts a High School Honors Assembly and Middle School Awards Assembly to honor Black River students for their scholastic and community achievements. Family and friends are always welcome to attend but we know many live too far away to be at this special day. Below is a copy of the program for each assembly. Please share it!

High School Honors Assembly Program

Middle School Awards Assembly Program

Big History Thank-You

On Wednesday, May 1, Black River 9th grade students and several teachers traveled to Ann Arbor for the Sixth Annual Big History Extravaganza where students visited the following sites:
Museum of Natural History 
Museum of Art
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 
Law Quad
This incredible trip was made possible to students at no cost! Funding was provided by a combination of support from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and BIG HISTORY Project supporters. Thank you to all who made it possible.

Big history field trip

First-ever Tulip Time Run Recycling Event Created by BR Student, Hannah Huggett
Recycling is the number one action we can take for our environment and our future on this planet. Black River student, Hannah Huggett recognizes this and created the first ever recycling event at the Tulip Time Run this past weekend. Her recycling event was a huge success!
Here’s a summary of the material stats her team diverted:
Boxed Water – 139 lbs
Plastic recycling – 57.2 lbs
Corrugated Cardboard – 237.5 lbs
Total Diverted from the Landfill: 433.7 lbs...btw, this is the equivalent to 5 orangutans or the weight of one motorcycle
Hannah and her friends (listed below) plan to work with the sustainability director for the City of Holland to expand recycling next year! We are very proud of all of their efforts!! 
Celia Baerwalde
Ainsley Harju
Hannah Huggett
Hailey Huggett
Molly Huggett
Clara Mitchell
Madelyn Rynsburger
Recycling team
That's a Trap!

Check out the last episode of Student News for the school year....that's a trap!



BR Middle School Students Attend the Calling All Colors Conference

The middle school Calling All Colors conference was held Monday, April 29th at GVSU. The conference, sponsored by the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, hosted approximately 10 lakeshore middle schools. Each year the delegations from each school are asked to evaluate the climate of diversity and inclusion at their school and do something to impact it for the better. This year all 4/5 students and all middle school students experienced a lesson plan created by these wonderful students. We are very proud of the following Black River students that have remained committed to this important school club. 

Black River Public School Calling All Colors Club Members include:
Atif Usmani
Elizabeth Ruiter
Hannah Huggett
Madeline Benson 
Lourdes Manderfield
Mary Catherine Leahy
Finleigh Sinclair
Hailey Huggett

Calling All Colors Lakeshore Conference

Our Students are Making Headlines!
High School English Summer Reading Info - 2019/20 School Year

It's never too early to think about the assigned summer reading for your high school student! The English Department has released the High School English Summer Reading Packet for the 2019-2020 school year. This packet explains all the summer reading requirements and where you can find the books on the reading list.  

Honor Roll and Dean's List Certificate Requests

Students can request Honor Roll and Dean's List Certificates on the sign-up sheet located outside of Mr. Donnelly's office beginning the first day of Project Term, Tuesday, May 14. 

Black River Public School Ranked #6 in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report

We are in the news!  Black River Public School is proud to be recognized as #6 in Michigan and #1 Charter by the U.S News & World Report. Read the full article here:


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BRPS Senior Decision Day is HERE!

Congratulations to all of the seniors sporting their college gear today for the annual BRPS Decision Day! Mrs. Heneghan caught up with Ein Joiner and Tanner Menghini this morning when they stopped in the main office. We are excited to see them ready to take on the next chapter in their academic career. Go Trolls, Go Green! 

Ein and Tanner

Thank you for supporting Fine Arts Night!

Thank you for coming out and supporting Fine Arts Night this past Wednesday.  It was a wonderful evening of music and artwork, and your generous donations will help to support the needs of the Fine Arts department.  Thank you all for your contributions to the silent auction and we hope you enjoyed the evening.  

Silent Auction Winners:  As a reminder, all items not yet picked up from the silent auction will be held in the MS/HS main office until Friday, May 3rd.  Please stop by to pick them up before that time.  After this date any remaining items will go to the next highest bidder.

Thank you!  

The BR Fine Arts Boosters

National Honor Society Recognitions

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the Black River chapter of the National Honor Society on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above were invited to apply for membership and were selected by faculty on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Welcome, new members!

Sarah Alferink, Nolan Barrios, Jaylee Bentley, Sadie Brooks, Ethan Clarke, Jonathan Davidson, Zoe Eich, Christina Fink, Anna Gasper, Tova Gray, Arik Hamacher, Rebekah Harrelson, Noah Hicks, Simon Hodson, Kristen Knieper, Elijah LaBurn, Hannah Lock, Jonathan Lowry, Sierra Lynch, Josiah Millen, Ariana Newberry, Eden Nykamp, Mia Phillips, Anderson Powers, Sia Rajgarhia, Rachel Serie, Aanya Usmani, Emma Yonker, Jacob Youngerman, and Bennett Zink


Yearbook Reminder

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

Parents of Seniors - An email was sent regarding the purchase of a dedication to your graduating senior. At this point, we have not received any dedications. Please don't miss out on the chance to honor your graduating senior by purchasing a 1/8, 1/4, or 1/2 page dedication in the yearbook. Fill out this form and return it to the main office. If you have any questions, contact Joy Shirk, yearbook advisor, at shirkj@brpsk12.org or Alex Koch, yearbook editor, kocha@brpsk12.org.


FuturePREP'd IChallengeU Application is Open

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

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

Here is the application link:


Academic Achievement Recognitions at Black River

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

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

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

Summer Camps are open to any Black River Public School student, as well as their friends from other schools! We welcome all students who want to have fun, improve skills, and enjoy a camp with individualized instruction. Invite your friends! Each camp has a minimum participation level of 10 campers. Individual coaches/teachers run camps. Please contact coaches through email if you have any questions about camp. Administration/paperwork questions can be directed to Tim Witvoet at witvoett@brpsk12.org.

2019 Summer Camp Brochure

2019 Summer Camp Registration Form

Elementary Summer Enrichment Opportunity

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

Athletic Boosters has BR Gear for Sale 24/7!

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



High School Students: Interested in Going to Vietnam?

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

Class of 2019 Senior Party Planning and Sign-up Information

Senior Party Logo     Calling all Class of 2019 Parents!

Senior Party planning is underway. Has your senior turned in the Class of 2019 Senior Party Form and deposit? The form should be mailed or dropped off in the MS/HS main office as soon as possible so we have an accurate count for planning.

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

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.

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


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.

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.

Download the District Mobile App

The Black River District website can also be via the SchoolPointe Stay Connected app which is available for both Apple and Android phones. Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application.

Download on the App Store
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

Get it on Google Play
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

SchoolPointe's Stay Connected App features:

-Headline News and Information
-Calendar of Events
-School and Staff Directory
-School Notifications

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