Sunday, August 28, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer vs South Haven
@ 4:30 PM
Girls Freshman Volleyball vs Home Quad
@ 5:00 PM
Boys Varsity Soccer vs South Haven
@ 6:00 PM
Instrument Rental Night for Beginning Band and Orchestra
@ 7:00 PM
Tammy Clark, Orchestra Director, at

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Meyer Music will have a table set up in the Auxiliary Gym for rental information and orders. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Freshman Rat Camp Location
Camp Geneva, Holland MI

Cessie Wright, Senior Advisor at

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Dear Ninth-Grade Parent:

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

These are the years during which your children will receive key parts of their education that will carry them forward into college and life.

How can my child make the most of these years?

To help answer that question, all 9th-grade students will participate in a one day, off-campus retreat at Geneva Pines Camp & Retreat Center on Tuesday, August 30th from 8am until 3:00pm.  This retreat will promote peer relationships, help establish academic focus, and provide an opportunity for students to gain insight as to how to make the most of their high school career. 

Team Building

We are welcoming many new freshmen to the Black River community this fall.  A good portion of the day will be devoted to team building activities where students will work together and get to know each other.

Community and Extracurricular Exploration

Student Council and upperclassmen will describe their activities in school and their service in the community and how students can become involved.  We will explore involvement and helping in our community beyond the Black River graduation requirements. Students will also start some important programming with our school counselor, Mrs. Roberts.

College Exploration

We’ll bring in representatives from various Michigan colleges: big and small, private and public.  Students will find out what life is like in these various types of schools, what it takes to get in, what it costs to go there, and how it can impact their career choices.

Why should I go to college?

Our aim for this retreat is to provide an answer to why your student should work hard and make good choices during high school.  The retreat will help to provide a context for the upcoming high school years, and equip students with information, experience and inspiration.

Faculty Support & Advisement

Several Black River Faculty & Staff will be on hand throughout this retreat, working directly with students and providing guidance along the way.  Students will continue to build upon what they learn at Rat Camp throughout the school year with assistance through CAP class and other academic activities.

What should I do now?

Below you will find a link to the required retreat permission form that is due Friday, August 12th.  We are asking that all students be dropped off and picked up at the Geneva Camp & Retreat Center (Pines location) on August 30th between 7:45am & 8am.  If you are concerned about transportation, please consider organizing carpooling options with other BR parents. Bus transportation for a very limited number of students may be possible if it is impossible for you to make other arrangements. 


This event is a 9th-grade requirement and there is no additional fee.  Students will be fed lunch, provided snacks, and given a class t-shirt. If you would like to help offset the cost of this important event, you are welcome to make a donation payable to Black River Public School.  

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Miss Wright at   More detailed information, including specifics on drop-off /pick-up, maps, and more, will go home with students at the end of the first week of school.



Cessie Wright
College Advisor




Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Muskegon Catholic Tri
@ 5:00 PM
Muskegon Catholic Central High School

Girls Freshman Volleyball @ Rivertown Homeschool
@ 5:00 PM
5625 Burlingame Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509.

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball @ Rivertown Homeschool
@ 6:15 PM
5625 Burlingame Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Drop/Add Deadline Contact
Jennifer Wise

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Wednesday, August 31 is the final day to make schedule changes. 

Elementary Montessori Curriculum Night Open House and BRPO Family Picnic
@ 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Robin Bentley, Elementary Main Office at

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This is a wonderful time to meet with the teachers as they explain the curriculum and expectations for the upcoming school year. The Elementary Parent Organization will be hosting a picnic from 5:00-7:00pm.  

Middle/High School Curriculum Night Open House
@ 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Christie Phillips, MS/HS Main Office at

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This is a wonderful time to meet your students' teachers as they explain the curriculum and expectations for the upcoming school year. 

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer @ Hartford
@ 5:00 PM
Hartford High School

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Coloma
@ 6:00 PM
Coloma High School

Thursday, September 1, 2022
BR Parent Organization Kickoff Social
@ 4:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Brew Merchant Hall

Black River Parent Organization at

Friday, September 2, 2022
Labor Day Vacation - No School - Grades K-12
Saturday, September 3, 2022
491 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 355-0055

Fax: (616) 355-0057