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Elementary News

Outdoor Upgrades!

Dear BR Community, 

Outdoor Campus Renovations Are Happening!

This summer, with the help of some grant funds, our campus will be upgraded!  Beginning shortly after school is out, we will begin a project to upgrade our campus in a number of ways that will make it more usable for outdoor learning and also accessible for all.

The biggest change you will notice is a removal of the drive that we call the “Gulch” between our Main Building and our Lyceum Building. The removal of the existing concrete and asphalt from the North end of that drive all the way to the back parking lot has been approved by the Fire Marshal to allow for us to replace that with a concrete walking path surrounded by vegetation. It will give our property much more of a “campus feel” as well as provide some spaces including a “seat wall” near the Science Building that will have many uses for outdoor learning. This new path will also connect to a new concrete slab, providing a better space for activities and connecting to our sidewalk and crosswalk to our Main Building parking lot. This will create a mid-campus “hub” that appropriately connects all of our buildings in the best way possible.

Another part of the plan is to add handicap accessible parking on the North End of this new walking path which will lead to a new accessible entrance closest to our elevator. This will take place at Door D, and include an indoor ramp for those who need that accommodation. 

Click here to see the plan.

2022 HS Awards Presentation

2022 High School Awards Presentation will premiere on our YouTube Channel at 6:30p tonight!

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2022 Black River High School Awards Presentation


Black River Senior Wins Art Competition

Congratulations to Katie Dykema for her 1st place award in the Holland Arts Council's biggest show of the season!

Debut '22 Juried High School Art Competition features the work from 12 area high schools. Katie's submission is entitled Just a Kid and was done in acrylic.

Eight other Black River students had art work selected this exhibit as well: Sophomores Ava Cook, Izzie Novak and Levi Benson, Juniors Olivia Emig, Elif Erdem, Rory Telgenhof, and Jake Teresi, and Senior Lindsay Brncick. All artworks will be on display through Tulip Time at the Holland Area Arts Council.

Katie Dykema '22

Bus Drivers Needed for Sporting Events and Field Trips

Summer is the perfect time to take a bus driver training course with BRPS! Would you consider becoming a bus driver to help with our field trips or serve our student athletes?  Black River Public School will partner with you and prepare you for this important role. Maybe you, your parent or someone you know is recently retired or has a job with flexible afternoons and evenings.  Anyone interested in getting started with driving certification should contact Kelli Heneghan ( for more information. 


BR's Own Kate Smith - #teachermaterial

Michigan Charter Schools recently highlighted BR's newest Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Kate Smith. We are so proud to have her in the classroom! Check out her #teachermaterial video HERE!

Kate Smith

Black River Elementary Summer Camps and Enrichment Opportunities

Sign your students up for a fun and exciting summer at BRPS! Camps are open to all Black River elementary students. We welcome all students who want to have fun, improve skills, and enjoy a camp with individualized instruction. Invite your BR friends! Each camp has a minimum participation level of 10 campers. Click HERE for details and a registration form. Spanish form available HERE.


Community Service Update-Mar 22, 2022

Dear Black River Parents and Students,

During the last two years, many community service opportunities have either been canceled or compromised due to the international pandemic we are experiencing. As students were able to, we applaud the help they have been able to offer their communities and families during this time.  

However, in fairness to students not having many traditional options available, we are going to "grant" one year's worth of community service to current students in the grades listed below.  The hours will vary depending on grade level.  The following chart may serve as an example, and it will take a little while to be updated in Infinite Campus, but it is in the works!

Grades 1-2                  4 hours granted (out of 10)

Grade 4                  8 hours granted (out of 15)

Grades 6-7                  7 hours granted (out of 20)

Grades 9-11               15 hours granted (out of 60)

Additionally, if a student does not meet the community service total requirement in grades 3, 5, 8 or 12, it will not prohibit them from advancing a grade level or graduating.

New Research Highlights The Long-Term Benefits Of A Montessori Education

Take a look at another reason to send your students to Black River Public School

New Research Highlights The Long-Term Benefits Of A Montessori Education


Black River Public School Recognized in Recent News Articles

We're having a great year!  Check out these accolades for the High School as well as a new recognition for the Middle school!  We know this takes everyone in every role from parents to educators. Thank you for all you do for our students.

Black River Public School earns 'College Success Award'

Black River High School had the top score in the area, coming in as the third-best charter school in the state.

Amazing Guest Teachers Needed!

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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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Parents & Students: Meet your 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

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Holland, MI 49423
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