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2019-2020 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Inductees

Congratulations to the new group of 8th graders inducted into NJHS for 2019-2020 last night. If you see these students around campus, please congratulate them. Note: missing from the photo is Josephine Mutschler.

NJHS Student Photo


Thursday, October 24 - 1:00 to 8:00pm (1/2 day for K-12)
Friday, October 25 - 8:00 to 3:30pm (No School for K-12)

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 1:00 - 8:00pm and Friday, October 25 from 8:00am - 3:30pm.


Conference time slots are offered on a first come, first served basis, so early sign up is recommended for parents. Online sign up will end on Monday, October 21 at midnight.  Parents needing an appointment after sign up has ended will be asked to contact teachers directly. 

Click here for printable sign-up instructions. 

If you want to see the process, here is a short video (2 min, 42 sec):

Food Service Announcement

Thank you for your continued patience as Infinite Campus works to identify the cause of the duplicate food service transactions on the student accounts. The issue began after a system update and they are working hand in hand with the Tech Department at the OAISD to find a way to stop the continued errors as well as reverse inaccurate transactions.

Volunteer Sign-up for Ratfest Now Underway

Ratfest is now a month away and we're looking for volunteers to help make the evening a success.  This year we're using Sign Up Genius as our format; please click on the link below to see available activities and time slots.  Thank you for considering donating an hour or two of your time.  Black River students will receive community service hours for the volunteer time! - The Fine Arts Boosters Team

Sign Up Genius link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AACA729A6FA7-ratfest

MS/HS Green Team November Paper Drive Information



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. 

Athletic Boosters Homecoming 50/50 Raffle Winning Number

The winning 50/50 raffle number is #2385881

Ratfest 2019 is Coming!

Ratfest Poster​​​​​​


Slots still available to perform on the Live Stage!  Sign up HERE!

Join the Fine Arts Boosters Team!

Are you interested in looking for ways to help meet the needs of the Black River Fine Arts department?  Would you enjoy working with a great group of volunteers?  Consider joining our team!  The BR Fine Arts Boosters has an open position for treasurer for the current school year.  Our group meets monthly to discuss ways to assist the Fine Arts department (art, choir, orchestra & band) as well as plan for our two annual fundraisers.  If interested, please contact Terree Brncick at fineartsboosters@brpsk12.org.  Thank you!

BRPO Fun Walk and 20 Liters Update

At our Fun Walk this year, there will be an opportunity for our Black River family to donate to BR students as well as to students in Rwanda by way of 20 Liters. A bit about 20 Liters:

Around the world, 2 billion people are drinking water contaminated with feces. That's not okay. 20 Liters makes dirty water clean for the most vulnerable through long-lasting and innovative solutions. Our values are rooted in a desire to partner with the most vulnerable to strengthen their communities with sustainable solutions to support a basic human right – access to clean water. 

Below is a link to a powerful video regarding the connection between education and clean water. 


BRTC Holiday Wreath Order Form is Available Now

The Black River Theatre Company (BRTC) invites you to help support the upcoming Fall production of JULIUS CAESAR, the Spring performance of LITTLE WOMEN and the late Spring production of SEUSSICAL, with the purchase of a beautifully handcrafted and locally produced Holiday Wreath. All proceeds go towards covering the costs associated with production. Local orders can be picked up at BRPS the first week of December. Out of town orders can be shipped directly from the supplier to the recipient and will arrive fresh. Please drop your order form in the MS/HS main office, the Elementary main office or scan and email it to heneghank@brpsk12.org.  

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.


Family Friendly Chemistry Week Event @ GVSU

Chemistry Week at GVSU

Event and Poster contest information.


Ratfest Performers - Sign up Here!

Looking for a way to express your musical, dance, theatrical or other artistic talents?  Sign up HERE to perform on the Live Stage at Ratfest!  NEW THIS YEAR:  you will have the option of having your performance judged and the winner will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card!  Ratfest is Friday, November 15th from 5pm-8pm. Please Contact Tammy Clark with questions at clarkt@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.

BRPO Fun Walk Friday Information is Here

Fun Walk Friday Fundraising Period: 

Friday, October 18th - Friday, November 1st. 

100% of the funds collected by students benefits BRPS

Grand Finale: The BR community will gather together Friday, November 1st from 5:30-6:30pm to celebrate our school spirit with a fun walk and festivities. 

Why: Build Community, Get Some Exercise, and Raise Funds to Support BRPS! 

Sponsorship? Interested in sponsoring this fundraiser and getting your company's logo on the back of around 1,000 t-shirts? For sponsorship information, click here. Please email Rachelle Rokos at hsblackriverpo@brpsk12.org or call 616-405-9568, with sponsor questions. 

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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  

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.

Download the District Mobile App Stay Connected App Logo

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 for Closings and Delays

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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Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616.355.0055

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