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Class of 2020 FAFSA Priority Deadline

Hey Seniors! Just a reminder that March 1st is the priority deadline for FAFSA completion for a majority of colleges. Be sure to submit your FAFSA online before then to be considered for all financial aid, including grants and scholarships. If you wait, you could miss out on money from your college. Contact Cessie Wright, Senior Advisor with questions. 

March 1st is also the deadline for Community Foundation scholarships. Don't miss out on one of the best opportunities for scholarships! Visit cfhz.org for info and to apply. 

Are you interested in SOFTBALL?

We have the opportunity to form a middle school co-op softball team together with Saugatuck! There will be an informational meeting next Thursday, Feb 27 at 6:00pm in the Lyceum for all current 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing softball this spring and their parents. 

BRTC Production of Little Women - Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7

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

Ticket information can be found at blackrivertheatreco.ludus.com

Show the BRTC some love by purchasing a shout out to acknowledge the hard work of this amazing cast and crew!

Little Women POster  

Reading Around the World Volunteers Needed

The Black River Elementary Parent Organization is looking for volunteers for the annual Reading Around the World event on Tuesday, March 10th afterschool till 5pm. They need :

Nine volunteers to be readers
Ten Travel Agents to escort students between classrooms
Four volunteers to escort upper el students to their event
Six middle/high school student volunteer spots open (earn community service!)

The sign up link to help is: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abac2daaf49-reading1  

 

BR Senior Danny Sharkey Hosting Basketball Camp for 6-8 Graders

For his Senior Capstone Project, BR student, Danny Sharkey is conducting a middle school basketball camp at BRPS in the gym on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1 from 3-5pm each day. Admission is free for all students in grades 6-8. Students/parents must RSVP with their name and a parent phone number to sharkeyd@brpsk12.org by Wednesday, 2/26 to confirm their spot. Included will be skill development sessions, scrimmages, games with prizes, and team building activities.

Odyssey of the Mind Competition Results

Congrats to all our Odyssey of the Mind teams who competed at the Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 15!  BR’s ‘Net Working’ team took 2nd and they’ll be competing at the State Tournament on Saturday, March 14! The team members are: Addy Lamar, Dylan Hedin, Emma Lamar, Harley DeVries,

Izzy Harkema, Johanna Harkema, and Roxy DeVries. They’re Coached by Trish and Joe Harkema. 

If you can only post one photo use this one with the Harkema’s since they’re the advancing team.

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Weeple - BUFFALO WILD WINGS Night!

We the People has coordinated a Buffalo Wild Wings fundraising event for Monday, March 9! Please share this coupon with everyone you know and encourage them to have lunch, dinner or snacks... dine-in or carryout on March 9 at any time from 10:30am until closing at 2am. Weeple will receive 20% of sales to help them get to Nationals in Washington D.C. The printed coupon must be shown at time of order (and time of payment for takeout orders). This fundraiser is at the Holland location, only.

 

BRTC Spring Production Announced: Suessical the Musical

On behalf of the Black River Theatre Company students, we'd like to invite you to attend our spring production of Suessical the Musical. The performances are Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 16 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Cityside Middle School, Lokers Auditorium in Zeeland

We the People Fundraiser - Ticket Ordering Information

Our We the People students need your help! Please support our State Championship We the People team as they fund-raise to attend the national competition in Washington D.C. Please help them by making a donation, spreading the word, or by attending our Silent Auction fundraising event on March 19, 2020 from 5-8PM at Brew Merchant. Tickets are $25 and pre-orders must be placed by Friday, March 13th with this form.   

We the People Fundraiser

Tulip Time Run Recycling Program Volunteer Information

Want to help with an eco-friendly initiative during the massive Tulip Time festival, and get community service hours while doing it? Then this opportunity is for you! Come on out on Saturday, May 2 to the Tulip Time Run to help with the Tulip Time recycling program there. We really need volunteers standing by each set of bins at the run indicating to people where to put their items, so that we can avoid contamination. Follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b48a4ad2fa3f94-tulip to sign up to be a part of this important effort!

Ninth Grader Hannah Huggett Wins Human Relations Commission Social Justice Award

Please congratulate Hannah Huggett, Grade 9 for winning the Social Justice Award.  Each year, the Human Relations Commission recognizes individuals who exemplify the virtues of social justice by promoting equal opportunity and equal access for residents of Holland.  Hannah started her community service as a member of the Black River “Green Team.” Working with the Black River School board and Republic Services, she was instrumental in organizing a new trash and composting program at school. Hannah also took the initiative to organize the recycling efforts at the Tulip Time run last spring, which diverted 434 pounds of recyclable materials from the local landfill. She organized the 2019 Holland Climate Rally and addressed gun violence at the 2018 March for our Lives Rally. She also participated as a panel member for the Interfaith Gun Violence Reduction Symposium in Saugatuck. If you see Hannah on campus please say congratulations for this incredible achievement. We are very proud of her efforts. 

Black River Families...Step Right Up! Carnival is Coming!

The BR Big Top Carnival is Friday, March 27 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 3/6.  The pre-order will go home in EL backpacks the week of March 9th.  There will be extra pre-order forms in both offices. 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! 

 

Mark Your Calendars - MS/HS Spring Testing Date

Here is a snapshot of the spring testing schedule for grades 6-11. Students will be given testing information and instructions closer to the date of their test. 

M-STEP ASSESSMENTS

6th Grade:
ELA Online Testing - Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:00 - 11:00am (A & B)
Math Online Testing - Friday, May 1, 2020  8:00 - 11:00am (C & D)

7th Grade:
ELA Online Testing - Monday, April 27, 2020, 8:00 - 11:00am (A & B)
Math Online Testing - Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:00-3:00pm (D & E)

8th Grade:
Science/Social Studies- Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 8:00-11:00am (A & C)

11th Grade:
Science/Social Studies - Thursday, April 23, 2020, 8:00-11:00am (A & B)

PSAT TESTING FOR 8TH, 9TH & 10TH GRADE
On site at Black River proctored in multiple classrooms
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 8:00 -11:30am
*Please note that 8th graders will eat during high school lunch on this day.

SAT Testing for 11th Grade
Off-site at First Reformed Church, Holland
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:30-12:30pm

ACT WorkKeys for 11th Grade
Off-site at First Reformed Church, Holland
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:30 - 11:00am

GVSU Charter School Office College Prep Week 2020

GVSU College Prep Weeks for Summer 2020 have been announced. The application link is available through Friday, May 1, 2020. 

GVSU Summer Flyer

GVSU Summer Flyer Back Page

District Solo & Ensemble Results

A big congratulations to a number of Advanced Orchestra students who performed at District Solo & Ensemble this past Saturday at Zeeland East HS! Results are below. Any solos or ensembles that earned a first division rating are eligible to perform at State Solo & Ensemble next month:

Advanced Chamber Orchestra - (First Division)

Lindsay Brncick 
Ariana Newberry
Alexa Meloche
Lainee Rokos
Madeline Benson
Samuel Dykhouse 
Serie, Rachel
Postma, Sophia
Kira King
Mason Klinger
Eshan Rajani 
Rebekah Harrelson
Genevieve Manderfield

Sam Dykhouse, bass solo - First Division
Rachel Serie, bass solo - Second Division
Ariana Newberry, Lindsay Brncick, violin duet - First Division
Ariana Newberry, Lindsay Brncick, Eshan Rajani, Madeline Benson, string quartet - First Division

2020-2021 Black River Open Enrollment is Open

Spread the news!

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

December Rat Buck Shout-Outs

Please give a giant shout-out to the following kids for excellent PBIS behavior for the month of December.

6th grade:  Ann Chung and Gemma Whitney
7th grade:  Isaac Edgington and Ty Elmer
8th grade: José Julian Diaz and Maxwell Meloche

Absolutely fantastic! Mr. Donnelly

 

Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition Winners

Please congratulate our top school finalists for the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition. This competition is a VERY challenging test and our students did great. Matthew finished highest in the county and in the top 5% in the state. 

First Place: Matthew Harrelson, Grade 9
Second Place: Rebekah Harrelson, Grade 11
Third Place: Madelyn Rynsburger, Grade 9

National Honor Society Application Information Released Today

Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above are invited to apply for membership in the Black River Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students should have received invitation letters in their CAP class on February 3, and duplicate letters will also be mailed home later this week. Those students should sign up for a Flex Class for Wednesday, February 12 where they will receive their application materials, which will be due no later than Tuesday, March 3. If someone did not receive an invitation to apply for membership who ought to have, please contact Mrs. Mousseau as soon as possible. No applications can be accepted after Tuesday, March 3. 

MiHumanities, BRPS and Hope College Host a March Community Event

Announcement of major HAPPENING! "MiHumanities" (formerly "Michigan Humanities Council") Black River Public School, and Hope College are excited to bring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to Holland, as part of her book tour, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 9-11 at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College and is open to the BR community, as well as to the greater Holland Community. See the full press release for more details. 

Annual High School Honors Assembly Date Announced

The Annual Black River Public School High School Honors Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1:30PM in the gymnasium. The assembly is hosted by Black River administrators and teachers to honor our high school students, especially the senior class for their scholastic and community achievements. All high school students will be in attendance and parents/guardians of juniors and seniors are encouraged to join us too. Teachers and staff will be available after if you would like to snap a few photos. 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.

 

Annual Middle School Honors Assembly Date Announced

The Annual Black River Public School Middle School Honors Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 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 will 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.

 

Green Team Composting Update

After just three months of composting, Black River has saved FIVE tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere! This is a huge impact for a school our size.

So, how is it that composting prevents these gases from entering the atmosphere? Watch this video to find out!


    

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: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b48a4ad2fa3f94-supervising3

Elementary- SignUp Genius: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b48a4ad2fa3f94-supervising4

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!

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

https://jostensyearbooks.com?REF=A04358704  

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

 https://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_flash.asp?CID=134713&PFID=2019060504151176394&affiliateId=1028585

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. 

School Code: 231963
District ID: PWHTPS

meet your new infinite campus apps

 

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