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2021 High School Awards Program

Please join us today, May 14th,  for the virtual presentation of our High School Honors Program. The video will premiere on our YouTube channel at 6:30 p.m.  At that time, use this link:


to see the many awards our students have earned. Congratulations students!

School Board Meeting

To allow for social distancing the May 17, 2021 board meeting will be held at 5:30pm via Zoom webinar.  

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or One tap mobile :
    US: +19292056099,,83316650110#  or +13017158592,,83316650110#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 833 1665 0110
    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kMdz4MIha

Individuals requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting or with questions may contact board@brpsk12.org at least three days prior to this meeting.  

Black River Summer Sports Camps

Black River has summer opportunities for Middle and High School students as well as Elementary. 

Camps are open to any student from our school! We welcome all students who want to have fun, improve skills, and enjoy a camp with individualized instruction. Invite your friends!


2021 Senior Graduation

We have exciting news! With the help of the Holland Department of Public Safety, we are shutting down Columbia Avenue so that we can celebrate our Senior Class of 2021 in style.  The official event will start at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25th. There is an alternate rain date of Wednesday, May 26th, same time, same place.

Each graduating Senior may invite 8 guests. In order to social distance, seating will be set up in a pod of 8 chairs per graduate on a first come, first served basis. If there are reasons the 8 guests would prefer to be separated they are welcome to move chairs to the open areas at the back and side of the parking lot. Details regarding parking, rehearsal, and more will be available soon. We can't wait to celebrate with you!


From the National Honor Society

While the NHS was unable to host our usual blood drive this year, there is still a large need for donations. At the link on the flier, convenient blood drive locations and times can be found based on your zip code. We encourage anyone eligible to donate and help save lives!

Contact Tracing Update

Dear Black River Community,

As we learned on Friday, the Ottawa County Health Department, along with several other nearby counties, is no longer requiring quarantine for students considered to be close contacts to COVID-19 cases at school.

An Ottawa County study found that of the quarantined students this year who were considered close contacts, only about 1.4% became positive cases because of exposure in school.  At Black River, this figure is actually significantly less than the countywide number of 1.4%.

Because of this, Black River will no longer require students to quarantine because of close contacts relating to school or school activities.  We will continue all of our in-school mitigation strategies as well as continue to notify families of any exposures to COVID-19 at school.  This notification will come to parents and guardians through the email addresses listed in their child's contact information on Infinite Campus.

While schools are able to do this with the support of our health department, it is very important for all to understand that households with positive cases must still quarantine as before.  Also, we rely on families to screen children for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to school to reduce the risk of positive cases coming to our school.  

It takes all of us to make a safe school.  Thank you for your efforts to help stop the spread!

Shannon Brunink

Head of School

Press Release - Ottawa County Department of Public Health

Please click here for the press release from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and other counties that participated.  Black River continues to work with these entities to determine changes to current policy and looks forward to sharing any information that affects any of our families before we are back to school on Tuesday.

Thank you for your understanding while we evaluate the details for our school community.

Black River Theatre Company Presents:

The Best of Broadway: 120 Years of Broadway Musicals


2021 College Prep Week at GVSU

GVSU is excited to once again offer College Prep Week for students currently in grades 10 and 11. It will be held virtually during July 19-23, 2021.

During College Prep Week, attendees will take a deep dive into everything GVSU has to offer. They'll also meet with current GVSU faculty and students, participate in simulated college courses, build personal management skills, and learn more about the classes and careers that interest them.

Students can learn more and register by visiting the College Prep Week web page or reviewing the flier.  Registration is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to sign up early.


College Prep Week flier

BRTC 'Best of Broadway' Coming Soon!

Join us for the upcoming Black River Theatre Company 'THE BEST OF BROADWAY: A collection of favorite Broadway musical songs from throughout the past 120 years.' Performances will take place in-person at the BR main gymnasium on Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22. Show times and ticketing information can be found here: Black River Theatre Company. Tickets will be available starting Saturday, May 8, 2021 and will be limited due to current assembly restrictions. Additionally, a webcast of the show will be available shortly after the live performances for those unable to attend in-person. Tickets for the webcast will be made available at that time. Please contact Rachel Andrews, BRTC Theatre Director at andewsr@brpsk12.org with questions.

Segment 1 Driver's Training Course for BRPS Students *Class is full*

Macatawa Driving School has kindly offered our students the opportunity to sign up for a Segment 1 driver's training course that will be held at Black River. This course is limited to 24 students (at least 14 years 8 months old by the start date) and is available on a first come basis. As of May 3, the class is now full.  Any applications received will be placed on a wait list and students will be notified if an opening occurs.

Important class details are below:

Session Dates: June 7 - 22, 2021 - Monday - Friday from 9:00-11:00am.

Cost: $430.00 ($40 deposit or full payment amount due with application)

Class will be held indoors at Black River Public School Main Building, Room 121

Drives will be scheduled before and after class. Drives may be scheduled on Saturdays as well.
There is limited space in this session and seats will be filled based on the order where BOTH the application and payment are received in the main building main office - applications and payments will not be accepted in the elementary building main office. The main office is not allowed to accept a form without the payment attached. Please note that we will not "hold" spaces.

Black River Summer Camps and Enrichment Opportunities 2021

We welcome all students who want to have fun, improve skills, and enjoy a camp with individualized instruction. Invite your friends! Camps are open to any Black River elementary students. Each camp has a minimum participation level of 10 campers. Look for the flyer to come home with your student or click HERE for the details.

US News & World Report Ranks BRPS #12 in the State

Black River has once again been recognized as a top high school in Michigan by US News & World Report, a well respected review. Based on state-required test performance, graduation rates, and a special emphasis on how well our school prepares students for college, Black River ranked #12 in the state of Michigan. This ranking is out of 1149 Michigan high schools and puts us in the top 1.04% of high schools in our state! We were also ranked in the top 500 schools nationwide, putting Black River in the top 2.1% of high schools in the US.

In this study, Black River also earned the #1 ranking in the state among charter high schools. We are so proud of all of our teachers and students. “It takes the whole K-12 to make the high school rank this highly,” said Head of School, Shannon Brunink. Click here for the full article.

MS/HS 2020-2021 Yearbook Order Deadline Ends Soon - Order Today!

Yearbook reminder

Do you and your student want a record of this historic school year?  Final order numbers for the BRPS Middle School/High School Yearbook will need to be submitted soon. Don't get stuck without a yearbook! Click HERE and order your yearbook ASAP.

Black River Parent Organization Fundraiser

Hello BR Families & Friends!


What a year this has been! With all the COVID restrictions, the Parent Organizations have not been able to do our typical fundraisers to support Black River. Because of this, we are reaching out to you incredible people to assist the Elementary Parents Organization, Middle School Parent Organization, High School Parent Organization, and the Fine Arts Boosters with our fundraising efforts. 

Bridge Card Purchases Can Double Up Food Bucks

Did you know that families can receive up to $50 in FREE produce through the Double Up Food Bucks when you make purchases with your Bridge Card or Pandemic EBT (electronic balance transfer) student food benefits at participating Farmers Markets? See www.westmichiganfarmmarkets.com . for a listing of Farmers Markets."

Dean's List and Honor Roll Announcement from Mr. John Donnelly, Dean of Students

Congratulations Black River Students! During a very challenging 2020 school year students continue to succeed in many areas, including academic excellence. Listed below are the students who made the Dean's List and Honor Roll for the spring and fall semesters of 2020.Students may also request a printed certificate from Mr. Donnelly starting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 via this Google Form. Go Rats!

Fall - Dean's List and Honor Roll Students

Spring - Dean's List and Honor Roll Students

Community Service Update

While we want to encourage students to continue to do positive things for our community, the traditional community service hourly requirement will not hold a student back from graduating this Spring or from moving up in grade levels for next year. This applies to our current 3rd, 5th, 8th and 12th graders. 

Community service hours that students' have already completed for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as new hours acquired, can be submitted electronically by a parent and/or guardian through the Black River website > Quick Links > Forms > the Community Service Electronic Submission Form - Use During COVID-19 Remote Learning. We look forward to when more traditional opportunities are available again!  Please enjoy a safe and restful Spring Break.

Graduation Date Announced

Black River is excited to announce that the Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 25th. 

The plan is to have an in-person graduation event on site at Black River. The details are being worked out and will be available as soon as possible. There is a very good chance this will be an outdoor event, so we are looking to have an alternate rain date of May 26th. 

We will follow all Health Department guidelines. There is a chance that there may need to be limited family attendance, with families or households able to sit together, but in groups. Groups, then, will still need to socially distance. For example, one family seated close together, and then some space, and then another family seated close to each other, etc.

More details will be announced as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are proud of all our students and look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021.

Masks at BRPS Athletic Events

Black River is committed to adhering to the governor's Executive Order requiring our student athletes to wear masks for all sports activities listed in the Order.  Our students know that this is for safety and we all must do our part to end this pandemic.

Spectators at all BR athletic events are also required to properly wear a mask in order to be admitted to our events.  These masks must  be worn during the entire event.  Please know that spectators not properly wearing masks will cause a stoppage in our students' play and those refusing to wear their masks will be required to leave. Click here for the MHSAA guideline.

Thank you for understanding how important this is to all of us - especially our student athletes. 

Wear a mask

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School News Updates at a Glance - Download our Stay Connected Mobile App

Stay up-to-date on BRPS current events and news by adding the Stay Connected App to your phone! Features include:

  • Headline News and Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • School and Staff Directory
  • School Notifications for Closings and Delays
  • Push Notifications for Important Updates 

Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application:
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

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OK2Say Hotline is Always Open

Stop the Silence! Black River Parents and Guardians - If you are worried about a student, don't be afraid to speak up by contacting the Ok2Say Hotline to leave an anonymous tip - OPEN 24/7 including weekends and before/during school hours. Specially trained technicians receive the tips and filter the information to the appropriate agency. Please use this resource if you have a concern during a time school is not in session. Contacting 911 with a concern is also an option. These methods will be the quickest way to ensure student safety. Thank you! 

Phone: 855-565-2729     Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)     Email: ok2say@mi.gov

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