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RatFest is upon us! Please consider donating your time at the event or an item for FAB to sell at the concessions stand! Drop off of all donated items can be made from 3-4pm on February 4th in the Lyceum building. Please see the link below to sign up for either!

RatFest will be held February 4th from 5-8pm in the Lyceum building. Come join us for a night of Live Music, Art Displays, 50/50 Raffle, Concessions, Craft Room and Open Gym. RatFest is a family friendly all-ages event. Please consider supporting the Black River Fine Arts Boosters by volunteering your time, donating some items or just coming and enjoying the show! All proceeds of RatFest support our amazing Fine Arts program here at BR by allowing us to buy supplies, take the students on trips, participate in Tulip Time and SO much more. Thank you for supporting FAB!



BRPS Campus is CLOSED - January 25, 2022

Black River Public School is CLOSED today, January 25, 2022, due to inclement weather. Stay warm!

Letter from Mr. Brunink - 1/17/2022

Black River continues to follow the Health Department's requirements for Covid-19 protocols. As of January 18, 2022, there have been some changes to these procedures and the following information will help guide families on our current policies. Please click below to access all of the new information.


NEW Black River Covid-19 Procedures - 1/13/2022

Black River continues to follow the Health Department's requirements for Covid-19 contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation as outlined in the OCDPH Reconciliation Order from January 11, 2022. There have been some changes to these procedures and the following information will help guide families on our current policies. Please click here to access all of the new information.


Careerline Tech Center Open Enrollment for 2022-2023
Open Enrollment for 2022-2023 has begun.  The Tech Center will hold a virtual Open House on Tuesday, February 8 from 5:30-7:30pm for students and parents who are interested in learning more about their programs for the upcoming school year. There will be opportunities to virtually tour classrooms and labs, watch student videos, and live chat with teachers. Enrollment is happening now and the Open House provides the best way to discover which program is best for you.  If you would like to apply to attend the Tech Center, please visit their website at:
https://www.oaisd.org/ctc/ or click here to access the online application.  Students must be on track to graduate to be eligible to attend the Tech Center. Completed applications are due to the main office no later than Tuesday, February 15 
Senior - Yearbook Deadlines

Attention Seniors and Senior Parents!

Don't miss these important deadlines for your Senior Yearbook!

Senior Mock Election Google Form: Due Jan. 30

Senior Pictures Deadline: Due Jan. 30

Parent Dedication Forms: Due the end of March


Senior Pictures should be submitted to shirkj@brpsk12.org, preferably as a JPG file.


Parent Dedication Forms are available in the main office or at this link: Parent Dedication Form

Rat Fest Live Stage Performers Needed!

Save the Date! Ratfest will be on Friday, February 4, from 5pm-8pm at Black River. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle, fun & new crafts, food, artwork display and live performances.  All of you musicians, singers, actors and dancers out there - now's your chance! The first place act will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. If you are interested in performing on the live stage, please see any of the Fine Arts teachers to sign up. This is on a first come, first served basis. Again, if you are interested in performing, please see any of the fine arts teachers to sign up. Or, follow the link below and fill out the form. 

Rat Fest Live Performance Form

be nice. Challenge

Black River's be nice. club has a new monthly challenge for January! How many can you complete?

be nice. Challenge Calendar

BR Ski & Snowboard Club Forms Available

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

In anticipation of Bittersweet opening soon, Ski & Snowboard club pass forms are now available. Students can pick them up at CAP today, or find them here:

2022 Ski Club Forms

All students age 7 & up and parents can purchase ski club passes. They can be used according to Bittersweet's policy, not just on Wednesdays. 6th-12th grade students are invited to ride the bus to Bittersweet on Wednesdays after school.

November and December Rat Buck Recognitions from Mr. Donnelly

I wanted to share a big shout out for the following Middle School students for receiving the most Rat Bucks per grade level! Additionally, the students listed below will get an AUTOMATIC prize draw from the Rat Buck prize box the first Friday we return to school.

November Recognitions
6th Graders: Lily Boyd and Alexander VanDuren
7th Graders: Alivia DeCook and Jaxon Hammond
8th Graders: Ryan Heuer and Grant Pilcher

December Recognitions
6th Graders: Selah Pomp, Alexander VanDuren, and Adeleigh VenHuizen
7th Graders: Norah Hanneken, Juniper McDonald and Izabel Pompa-Vidals
8th Graders: Delia Hernandez, Ryan Heuer and Lily Johnson

Nicely done!

John K. Donnelly, Dean of Students

A Letter from Shannon Brunink, Head of School - December 16, 2021

Dear Black River Community,

In early January, the Ottawa County Health Department will be lifting its mask mandate for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Their decision in lifting the mask mandate is directly related to students being able to receive their vaccine and enough time passing for that vaccine to have its maximum effectiveness.

Despite the vaccine availability, the Ottawa County numbers for COVID-19 are still in the "High Transmission" range.  Positivity rates and hospitalization rates are also elevated and well above the desired numbers.  This data is also reflected in the case counts for students in our county.  At this point of the year, there have been three times more COVID-19 cases in Ottawa County schools than at this time of the previous school year.

For these reasons and many more including contact tracing, quarantine rules, and striving to keep our in-person doors open, Black River Public School will continue to require masks for all students, staff, and visitors with no change to our rules.  When Ottawa County reaches a level of "Moderate Transmission" or there are changes to the strong recommendations of our health department that continues to endorse mask-wearing, we will reconsider our masking rules.

For more information on Black River’s Covid-19 policies visit 


Thank you so much for your support of this amazing school,


Shannon Brunink, Head of School

BRPS Technology Department Update - December 8, 2021

We would like to announce that Black River Public School has partnered with Securly, a device management and monitoring program, to assist us in keeping our students safe and on task when they are logged into their school devices.

Ms. Stephens' Asian Feast Featured in the News!
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

meet your new infinite campus apps


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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 Niche.com score in the area, coming in as the third-best charter school in the state.

BRPS Open Enrollment Period Begins October 1, 2021

BR families and friends, the open enrollment period is underway! Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be accepted throughout the BRPS Open Enrollment Period which runs from October 1, 2021 through February 23, 2022 at 4pm. Applications received at any time during this period will be eligible for the enrollment lottery. BRPS families will need to fill out an application if they have a new incoming student to BRPS for the 2022-2023 school year, including an incoming kindergartner! Currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply each year.  

Contact Kelli Heneghan, Enrollment Coordinator, if you have questions regarding enrolling your student at Black River Public School. Kelli can be reached via email at heneghank@brpsk12.org or by phone at 616-355-0055 ext. 116. 


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