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2020-2021 Black River Open Enrollment is Open

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2020-2021 Black River Public School Open Enrollment has begun for grades K-12

Click on link below to apply during our open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year:

2020-2021 Black River Public School Application Form

For more information regarding open enrollment and our lottery please visit our admissions page.

Open Enrollment ends Feb. 26, 2020 at 4pm

Poetry Out Loud Competition Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to support your students! Here are the results:

Finalists: Hannah Huggett, Grade 9, Aanya Usmani, Grade 11 and Sadie Brooks, Grade 11

Runner-Up: Joshua Merz, Grade 12

School Champion: Laine Kibler, Grade 12

Laine will be representing Black River at the state competition in Lansing on March 13-14, 2020. Please congratulate her and all participants on a job well done!

BRTC Spring Production Announced: Little Women

On behalf of the Black River Theatre Company students, we'd like to invite you to attend our upcoming production of Little Women. The performances are Friday, March 6 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Cityside Middle School (Lokers Auditorium) in Zeeland

When available, ticket information can be found at: blackrivertheatreco.ludus.com


School Spelling Bee Winners

The School Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 16 and our winners were:

1st Place - Zac Honeycutt (6th grade) and Runner-up - Olive Frey (5th grade)

Be sure to congratulate them when you see them on campus!

Spelling Bee Winners

High School Sock Hop is January 24

The Sock Hop dance is next week Friday, January 24 after the basketball games in the Auxiliary Gym until 11:00pm. The entrance fee is $5 and the theme is white out but wear fun socks! See the posters around school for more information.

January 14, 2020 - A Message from Shannon Brunink, Head of School

Black River Parents/Guardians, We have received notice from The Ottawa County Health Department that we have had a confirmed case of B. Pertussis (whooping cough) in the middle school. The Department of Health has asked us to share this letter and fact sheet regarding pertussis and related symptoms. Please contact the Ottawa County Health Department if you have any questions. 

Elementary Skate Party at The Rink in Holland

The Black River Elementary Skate Party is this month! Reserve the date of Thursday, January 30th from 6-8pm! We'll be at The Rink at 12521 James Street, Holland with good songs, good moves and good friends. Plus, we'll have a 50/50 raffle as a Parent Organization fundraiser. The cost is $5.50 per skater, roller blades are an extra $1 and skate mates are $2. Bring your whole family (this is not a drop-off event). Hope to see you at the roller rink!

Senior Party Fundraising Committee Partners with Buffalo Wild Wings

Black River Seniors are hosting a fundraiser for their Senior Party.  Bring this coupon to Buffalo Wild Wings anytime on Wednesday, January 29 and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Class of 2020 Senior Party.  Help them have a fun and safe celebration. You must bring a paper copy of the coupon. It is good for Dine-In or Carry Out. 

Black River Upper EL/MS Geography Bee Winners Announced

The 2019-2020 Geography Bee winners are:

3rd place -  Deen Berent, Grade 4
2nd place - Jake Caropepe, Grade 8
1st place - Evan Spyker, Grade 5

Congratulations to all participants!  

Green Team Composting Program Needs Volunteers

Green Team decided is reminding students how to compost, and in addition, they have a new procedure with composting that they'll be teaching in school. Here are the links below to sign up to help with the program: 

MS/HS- SignUp Genius: 


Elementary- SignUp Genius: 


Below are some impressive statistics that Ken Freestone, Residential Energy Advisor of the City of Holland, gave us about how beneficial Black River’s composting has been:

We’ve learned that over the past approximately 4 months, we have diverted 113.4 yards of material from the landfill. Secondly, of the 8 organizations that participated in the composting pilot program (entirely churches and nonprofits, we were the only school) we by far produced the most compost. By all the groups together, 5.82 tons of CO2 were reduced from the atmosphere and due to the size our contribution a large percentage of that number was due to our compost. WOW!

Fifth Grade BRTC Theatre Audition Opportunity

The Black River Theatre Company will hold auditions for our spring show, Seussical Jr. on Thursday, January 30th from 3:15-4:00pm in the Small Ensemble Room in the Lyceum. This is a brand new opportunity for 5th graders, as our shows are usually only open to 6th-12th grade students. Seussical is a musical and is a collection of several Dr. Seuss stories.  No audition preparation is necessary; you will be taught all of the audition material when you come. The audition will involve group singing and acting/movement. You will also be able to try some solo singing as well as reading from the script.  If you are not able to attend on the 30th, we can see you on the 31st right after school, or we may be able to schedule another time. Please contact BRTC Director, Rachel Andrews andrewsr@brpsk12.org if you have any questions.  

To sign-up to audition, follow this link.  

MS/HS Blue Lake Scholarship Audition Day Information

Blue Lake Scholarship Audition Day is on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8am-3pm. Interested music, art, and drama students may sign up for a five minute audition time slot with any of the fine arts teachers. Auditions and portfolio review will take place in the Chamber Music Room which is in the Large Ensemble Room. 

Instrumental: A solo or etude and three major or minor scales demonstrating your instrument’s range. No guitar or soprano sax. 

Vocal: A short series of vocal warm-ups demonstrating vocal range, and a prepared solo (accompanied or unaccompanied). 

Theater: Brief monologue of your choice; and a musical excerpt if auditioning for musical theater.

Art: Portfolio review includes photos of three to four original works. Include a variety of media if possible.

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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Stay Current on School News & Events! 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

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

Order your 2019-2020 School Yearbook Here!

It's time to start thinking about ordering this year's yearbook. We are working with a new company this year. Jostens offers a $5.00 incentive if you order your yearbook early. The Elementary Yearbook is $20.00 when ordering early, and the High School Yearbook is $45.00 when ordered early.

Below you will find the links to follow to order each yearbook. Please make sure that you click on the correct link for the yearbook you are ordering.

Elementary Yearbook $20.00 If ordered before October 11, 2019


High School Yearbook $45.00 if ordered before October 11, 2019


If you have any questions, contact Joy Shirk, the yearbook adviser at  shirkj@brpsk12.org  

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.

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. 

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