Monday, November 24, 2014

BRHS Drama Performs "Seussical" the musical!

Drama II and Theatrical Design students recently performed the musical Seussical to a warm and enthusiastic response of large crowds.                                  

This colorful musical combines characters and stories from over ten beloved Dr. Seuss classics. The Cat in the Hat narrates to a young boy who goes through adventures and becomes part of the story as he meets Horton the Elephant, the “Whos” and the Jungle Creatures. The musical is filled with themes about everyone being important “no matter how small” and the importance of loyalty and friendship. 

This production is a collaborative effort with Ms. Hathaway as Artistic Director, Mrs. McInnis as Vocal Director, Mr. Balch as Music Director, and Mr. Lamar as Technical Director and Auditorium Manager.  Besides featuring theatre students, the pit is made up of Band students and adults and the cast features ages as young as two through middle school.  Seussical cast and crew will begin pick-up rehearsals December 1st as they prepare to perform at the State of Michigan Educational Theatre Association Festival on December 5th. Big Rapids High School is one of the three schools selected to perform at State.

Friday, November 21, 2014

End of 1st trimester is now Monday, November 24th due to the snow day! BRHS students

final exam days moved to Friday and Monday, November 21st and 24th!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BRMS 5th Graders Make Luminaries for Veterans Day

BRMS 5th grade students had the opportunity to work with students from the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center.  They learned about electricity and light through small group activities with the career center students.

The fifth graders were also able to see the electric car made by the career center students.

For a final activity, the students visited the Career Center, where they helped make hundreds of luminaries for Veterans Day.  The luminaries will be part of the Veterans Day Luminary Tribute at the Highland View Cemetery which begins at 6 PM on Veterans Day, November 11th.  The students enjoyed their time working with the Career Center students and are proud to pay tribute to our veterans.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BRHS Makes Sugar Skulls to Celebrate a Hispanic Holiday

On Friday, October 31st, BRHS students in Mrs. Cousineau’s Spanish classes learned about Day of the Dead.                          

Day of the Dead is a Hispanic holiday celebrated from 10/31 through 11/2 where the people remember and honor their loved ones who have died.

After learning about this holiday the students created their own sugar skulls using rice krispie treats, frosting, m&ms, twizzlers, and sprinkles. The students really enjoyed this hands on activity and some came up with very creative sugar skulls! (A sugar skull is typically made entirely out of a sugar paste, molded into the shape of a skull, and hardened. Once hardened, a sugar skull is decorated and put on display at the market, in someone’s home, or at the grave of a loved one.)

Kayla Cousineau
Spanish Teacher
Big Rapids High School

Monday, November 3, 2014

Big Rapids Middle School Students Raise Money for the Fight Against Childhood Leukemia

The families of BRMS students have once again amazed us with their generosity.                      

Our October fundraiser raised $1,035.28 in one week!  The students raised money through an activity called Coin Wars.  On Monday through Thursday, students spent the last few minutes of the day walking through the halls depositing money in jars held by teachers.  The teachers with the highest amount of money in their jars at the end of the week agreed that they would be dunked in a dunk tank during Friday's Autumn Assembly.  The teachers who "won" this contest were Mrs. Somsel, Mr. Brejcha, Mrs. Pippin, and Mr. Blatchford.

Because of the weather, the dunk tank was substituted by pies in the face.  Thanks to the students and their families for contributing to this great cause.  Thanks to the student council for hosting this competition and for counting the change.

The BRMS student council will be donating $500 in gift cards to a Big Rapids family for their frequent trips to Grand Rapids where their son is being treated for leukemia.  BRMS will be also be donating $535.28 to the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed and helped to make this fundraiser a success.