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Join us for a be nice. Family Event on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

To all Black River Families,

The be nice. group would like to invite you to our be nice. family night here at Black River.  The be nice. group is made up of high school students dedicated to educating people on mental health issues as well as reducing the stigma surrounding them.

Please join us on December 3 from 6 - 7pm in the Lyceum building.  We will watch a short film about some of the mental health issues that affect our kids and then have a discussion with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

All students are invited and we look forward to middle and high school students participating in the event with their parents.  Elementary students will have a different activity since some of the very important issues being discussed are difficult ones.  

Thank you for taking time to address the important topic of mental health and our students!

If you have any questions, please contact our be nice. staff liaisons, Tricia Schrotenboer at schrotenboert@brpsk12.org or Jill Miskelley at miskelleyj@brpsk12.org.

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Project Term Reminders

Project Term (Grades 1-12) catalogs and course registration forms have been distributed to your student. 

Important Dates and Information:

Priority Registration Date:  Monday, November 25, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. 
Final Deadline to Register:  Friday, December 6, 2019 
Scholarship Deadline:  Monday, March 9, 2020  Applications will be available online.

If your students lose their catalog or registration form, please note that they are available online:


Time for Turkey Jam 3 V 3 Basketball Tournament Sign-up!

Turkey Jam 2019 Poster

Sign-up online here or drop off the Turkey Jam Registration Form in the MS/HS main office.

Turkey jam sponsor poster


MS/HS Special Schedule Day Reminder

MS/HS Students: Monday, November 25, 2019 will be a  special schedule day with C, D, F and E Blocks meeting. This is the same as a Friday schedule. 

Classroom Spotlight on BRPS Kindergarten Teacher, Missy Bayn

Here is a wonderful article on our Kindergarten teacher, Missy Bayn.  Well deserved!




Elementary Roller Skating Night

Here are the details:
Elementary Roller Skating Night
The Rink - 12521 James Street
January 30th from 6-8pm
$5.50 per skater or $6.50 with roller blades

RatFest Performance Update

Ratfest took place this past Friday evening, and this was the first year with a winning performance of the night. Please congratulate our middle school runner-up, Andrew Rynsburger, piano, and our high school runners-up, Becca Morin, vocals, and Drew Dykema, vocals and guitar. The winning performance at this year's Ratfest was Annika Vroon, vocals and piano. She will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Thank you to all the students and faculty who came out and gave such a great variety of performances!

BRTC Wreath Sale Extended One Week

The Black River Theatre Company (BRTC) has extended the Holiday Wreath sale. The deadline to turn in forms is now Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Please drop your order form in the MS/HS main office or scan and email it to heneghank@brpsk12.org.  

Thank you, Amazing Black River Community!

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Due to your incredible generosity, the Parent Organization raised over $21,000 to help support all of the great things happening at our school!!  

Thank you to everyone who attended the walk and to all who volunteered their time to help make this fundraiser and event possible!  We could not do it without your help and support!

High School Girls Softball Informational Meeting

All high school girls interested in playing softball this spring on the Black River/Saugatuck Softball team should plan to attend a brief meeting on Tuesday, Novenber 12 at 11:30am in the Main Gym.

Fun Walk Participants Raise $2608 for 20 Liters Organization

Black River families raised $2,608 for clean water during the Fun Walk event. That is enough to make dirty water clean for 400 people for the next 10 years through a SAM2 Community Filter that will be installed in a school in rural Rwanda. 

For these kids, access to clean water means more than just improved health - it means more time spent in school, better grades, and a better chance at a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities. Please see the 20 Liters website for more information. Thank you!

20 Liters participant

Drivers on Campus - Safety Reminder

Daylight Savings Time will be ending soon, and it continues to be dark in the morning for kids walking to school or even crossing the streets from many points around campus. Parent/Guardians and student drivers, please allow extra time when driving to school. We ask that you drive slowly, double-check sidewalks and crosswalks before turning, and generally be extra-mindful of students in our community who are walking to school. As always, do not allow your students to run in-between cars to get to the sidewalk at anytime. We encourage all parents to use the entrance off 20th and drop off at the Lyceum for the added safety it provides.

Here are a few helpful reminders:


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

Early Bird Pricing for the 2019-2020 Yearbook is Extended

The early bird yearbook order discount of $5.00 has been extended for an extra two months. 

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 November 29, 2019


High School Yearbook $45.00 if ordered before November 29, 2019


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

Ski Club Announcement

Attention Black River Ski and Snowboarders! The forms for the 2019/20 Ski Club season are printed and available in Mr. Bittrick's Room 211. Ski club trips will begin as soon as Bittersweet opens this winter. Please stop in Mr. Bittricks room if you have any questions. 

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

Senior Picture Submission Deadline

The Class of 2020 senior picture submission deadline is Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Pictures must be vertical and a high-resolution jpeg or tiff file. Please email shirkj@brpsk12.org or lozanon@brpsk12.org with your photo or questions. 

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  

Help Out the Yearbook Staff!

Have you taken fantastic pictures that you think would look great in our yearbook? You can be a contributing photographer! Either go to replayit.com or download the ReplayIt app on your phone. Register as a supporter of Black River and start downloading pictures. We would especially appreciate photos of sports and club activities.

Green Team is Organizing a New Composting Program in the Lyceum



The new composting program begins Monday, September 2, 2019!

Composting Program Volunteer Sign-ups
Black River Theatre Company Parent Interest Survey

Are you a BRTC parent or love the theatre and would like to get involved in the Black River Theatre Club? Please fill out the Parent Interest Survey at https://forms.gle/ePRNdrAa9MhMnMj99. The first BRTC membership meeting of the year is on Wednesday, August 28.

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


Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


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

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