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Boys Win District Soccer Championships!

Congratulations to our Boys Soccer team on a great game last Thursday night! The River Rats overcame cold, windy and rainy conditions to best Bloomingdale 2-1 in hard fought game. Black River moves on to Regional play this Tuesday, details to be announced. 


Way to go Rats!

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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.

Fall Parent/Teacher Conference Information

Thursday, October 28 -  Conferences 1:00 to 8:00pm (Half Day of School 8:00-11:00am)
Friday, October 29 -  Conferences 8:00 to 3:30pm (No School K-12)

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held remotely on Thursday, October 28 from 1:00 - 8:00pm and Friday, October 29 from 8:00 - 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 ended on Wednesday, October 20 at midnight.  Parents needing an appointment after sign up has ended are 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):


BR Theatre Club Wreath Fundraiser

Help support the BR Theatre Company by purchasing a Holiday / Winter wreath or swag. The annual BR Theatre Company Holiday / Winter Wreath Sale for 2021 is now taking orders. Please order for yourself, friends and family via the link below.

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Exciting Opportunity - Ms. Pyle Announces Japan Trip!

Ms. Pyle is excited to announce that Black River students will have the opportunity to travel to
Japan in 2023! While 2023 might seem like the distant future, it’s already time to start
planning for this life changing trip.

Interest meeting is this Thursday, 10/21.

Click Here for more details!


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Black River's be nice. team has a challenge for you! Check out the ways you can be nice this month. How many challenges can you complete?

Click here for the calendar.

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UPDATE - Vision and Hearing Screening


Due to the increase in Covid-19 case counts in Ottawa County, the Health Department has had to cancel Black River's vision screenings scheduled for October 5th & 6th in order to prioritize staffing for case investigation and Traceforce calling. If your student was not screened and you have a vision or hearing concern you are welcome to call 616-396-5266 to schedule an appointment at an upcoming Health Department clinic. We appreciate your understanding. 

***Original Message***Black River will be hosting the Health Department for our yearly vision and hearing screenings over the next few weeks and the dates are included below. Parents that would like to exempt their students from this year's screening should turn in the completed form linked below to the main office by Friday, September 24th. 

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. 


Amazing Guest Teachers Needed!

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2021-2022 Yearbooks Available for Order

Grades 6-12 will be feature in the MS/HS Yearbook. To order, please click on the link below. The cost of the yearbook is $47.00 if ordered soon. The price will go up to $52.00 later in the school year.


Order Now!

A Change to Close Contact Notification

Dear Black River Families,

Beginning today, we are changing our practice for notification of students who are considered close contacts to COVID-19 cases here at school. Although the Health Department bears the responsibility of notifying families of close contacts, Black River has always felt it was important to ensure this information was delivered as quickly as possible. In addition to the county and state communication (currently through Traceforce phone calls) the school has made phone calls as well. This important work is not taken lightly but in order to communicate in a more efficient manner, notifications will now come to families through email. This will go to the parent/guardian's email address that is on record in Infinite Campus and phone calls will no longer be the primary method of communication.

The practice of determining who is a close contact has not changed and our commitment to following the proper procedures continues. 

If you are unsure of your current contact information you can check this through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account by clicking "More" and "Family Information." Thank you for making sure that your contact information is correct and up to date.

Shannon Brunink

Black River recognized as Nature-rich!

Black River Public School is proud to announce that we have been featured in the ODC Network Nature-rich Business Guide. 2021 nominees were identified through community outreach by this year’s supporting partners for their commitments to the various pillars of the City of Holland Sustainability Framework support sustainability, resiliency, and livability. Together they help make our lakeshore communities the best place to live, work, learn, and play. We are excited to be acknowledged for positive actions and sustainable improvements.

Check out the 2021 Nature-rich Business Guide and see how Black River is making a difference in our community!



We Need Your Help!

Dear Black River Families,

As we all continue to work together to make our school the safest that it can be, we need your help!  The help that you can provide is to keep students home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the Flowchart for Symptomatic Individuals located in the Toolkit from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and posted on the Black River website Quick Links:  


Specifically, page 6 of the Toolkit shows a flowchart for symptomatic individuals.  Following this flowchart is the best way for us to keep our doors open and keep our in-person learning happening.

We all have a role in keeping our school healthy and safe!


Thank you,

Shannon Brunink


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be nice. webinars are back!

"Back to School Mental Health for Parents using the be nice. Action Plan" will focus on using the be nice. action plan with your K-12 student as we enter into a fresh school year, facing many risk factors but there's also so much opportunity to thrive!

On Sept. 14th, this half-hour webinar includes a quick overview of what to look for, or notice, in your child's mental health, how to invite conversations about mental health that will ease our collective family minds and help us challenge ourselves to recognize that we are all in this school year together. 

Stay tuned for registration information for a second webinar on Oct.6th. This webinar will provide you with the tools to notice if your child could be experiencing ongoing stressors like mean behavior and harassment that can have acute and lasting effects, especially on young people's mental health.

Click the link below for registration information for Sept. 14th. Join us! 





We would like to offer our Black River students the opportunity to participate in a program called “Hand2Hand.” This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on Friday, September 10.

There is no cost to participate! If you feel your student would benefit from this opportunity, follow this link for more information.


All responses will be kept confidential. To learn more about Hand2Hand, please visit their website:


All BRPS Student-Athletes Must Register on FinalForms

We are very excited to announce that the Black River Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students online. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice!  You will review your information once per school year to verify information is current and sign the forms.

To register your student-athlete, please go to: https://blackriver-mi.finalforms.com/

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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Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


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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