Friday, December 18, 2015

BRMS student receives first ever "Character Ambassador" Award!

Big Rapids Middle presents the first ever "Character Ambassador" Award to Savon Cobb! Savon shows genuine kindness and concern towards others on a daily basis! The award was presented to Savon by Middle School principal, Lenore Weaver, and Middle School counselor, Julie Jancek, on Friday, December 18th.

Congratulations Savon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Big Rapids High School uses "Gamification" in English and Technology in Art Classes .

Big Rapids High School English teacher Mr. Smith uses "Gamification” along with course work to engage students.

 Pictured below are students competing in this activity as a Team Reward challenge for Mr. Smith’s game, “Heroes of Literature - Survivor Edition”. Based on the television show Survivor, students compete against each other throughout the trimester to try to win rewards, conquer immunity challenges, and evade the dreaded Tribal Council--where if they lose, they go to Exile Island!

Bringing Technology Into Art

Big Rapids High School students create an avatar to introduce themselves to their classmates. Students use “bitstripsforschools” to create their avatar and a four slide comic that tells others the activities they are involved in, what their interests are, what their future job will be, and interesting things the class may not know about them.

Avatars provide a less stressful way for students why may be a bit less artistic to introduce themselves. "Bitstrips" allows them to use technology that is often more natural to the students.

Monday, December 14, 2015

BRMS Blood Drive - Thanks to all the community members who donated!!

On Friday, December 11, the Big Rapids Middle School hosted a Blood Drive from 11-6.  Thank you to the 58 volunteers who donated their blood!  A total of 49 units of blood was donated!  Thank you to all who helped make this event possible and a success!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Students learn about an Officer and His Best Friend

Learning about an Officer and his Canine...

Three guest speakers came to visit Miss Amy Hathaway's class, at Brookside Elementary, They taught them about the day in the life of an officer and his canine.

Rob Glentz, Michigan State Police Trooper is Miss Hathaway's Community Mentor.  Mr Glentz also invited fellow coworkers, Trooper Casey Lalone and "Meeko", his canine officer. They shared their experiences as a Michigan State Police Trooper.

There is a story in one of their reading books that is about this same topic. Students learned about all the different things that the canine is trained to do.

Thank you Trooper Glentz, Trooper Lalone, and K9 Officer Meeko.  It was a great opportunity to have fun and learn about police work and their Canines work.

Brookside Class Learns about Leadership Rolls

Ben Nagy is the Assistant Manager at Big Rapids Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, and also is our Community Mentor for Dave Byrnes' 3rd grade class at Brookside.  Mr. Nagy visited Mr. Byrne's class to discuss leadership.

All the employees at Buffalo Wild Wings have opportunities for leadership roles, similar to ways students do in the classroom. 

Students also learned about the 17 wing sauces. Their favorite is honey mustard. 

They also learned many interesting facts, and some history about Buffalo Wild Wings.  The first BWW'S in Michigan began in Mt. Pleasant. 

The students greatly enjoyed Mr. Nagy's presentation.  Thank you Mr. Nagy for visiting our school.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony at BRHS.....

On December 3rd, the National Honor Society celebrated the induction of new members at the BRHS Auditorium.



December 3rd, 2015

Welcome  …. Mr. Glen Phelps – NHS adviser
Introduction of Speaker ….Gwen Graham – NHS President

Guest Speaker …. Mrs. Kristen Conley – Ferris State University

Candle Lighting Ceremony

Scholarship…. Ayla Vitello
Service…. Crystal Brinker

Leadership…. Samantha Pettersen

Character…. Paige Brady
Conferring of Membership Certificates and Pins…. Gwen Graham
Pledge of Commitment for New Members …. Gwen Graham
Closing …. Mr. Ron Pincumbe - Principal
President Gwen Graham
Vice President Samantha Pettersen
Secretary Paige Brady
NHS website:
Mr. Phelps e-mail:

                          CURRENT MEMBERS
Kelsey Blatchford Gwen Graham    Kayla Somsel
Skyler Bourke Kayla Horvath        Amanda Smith
Crystal Brinker Lucas Hundersmarck    Madeline Stanislav
Paige Brady Hunter Jacobs    Noah Stauffer
Kayla Chamberlain Katie Lund        Madeline Tassoni
Erin Coady Jonatha McAdams          Ashley Vissers
Austin Draves Blake Page    Ayla Vitello
Hannah Davis Samantha Pettersen    Mark Wissink
Alex Graham Geoffrey Pisani    Ryan Workman
Kate Shenton    

                                     NEW MEMBERS
Kiara Cushway Josh McCullen Luke Somsel
Alexis Dawkins Kaylee Mondrella Richard Swinson
Renee Ding Tait Morrissey Elina Ulmer
Mackenzie Giese Grant Potter Andrew Upham
Jacklyn Hatchew Alisonn Scsavnicki Luke Vanderhill
Rebecca Herzog Sean Scsavnicki Molly Weber
Susanna Kailing Dakota Young    


The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association held their annual Middle School
Honors Band Tuesday night (12/8/15), this year at Shelby High School.  For students to
be eligible for admission into the group they must have received a First Division rating at
Solo and Ensemble Festival earlier this year.  The Big Rapids band program was well-
represented by having 28 7th and 8th grade students nominated to perform with the Honors
Band, 26 of which attended – more than any other participating school.  Mr. Mike Eagan
and Mr. Lester Knot were the guest conductors for the Honors Band.

Pictured (left to right):

Front Row – Siri Quist, Justynn Bobon, Megan Mortensen, Brett Lilienthal, Hannah
Owens, Olivia Owens, Corina Kailing, Avery Eddinger, Walker Weirts, Eric Cohen,
Frances Arquette, Tyler Smith, Brian Keusch

Top Row – Addy Kirby, Ryan Fox, Kolton Carter, Will King, Jonah Weber, Tyler
Zimmerman, Ashley Wall, Kayla Hirons, Annika Lipar, Zoey Watters, Tennessee
Swearingen, Aidan Waddell, Matt Hardesty, BRMS Band Director Albie Todd

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BRMS Students Receive Cardinal Awards

Congratulations to our Big Rapids Middle School Students who have received Cardinal Awards for their academic progress during the first trimester of the school year.

 5th Grade Students

 6th Grade Students

 7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

BRHS Welcomes Special Guest Speaker Will Heininger

On November 20th, Community Mental Health for Central Michigan brought in Mr.Will Heininger to the High School to tell his personal story of his experience with depression.
Will grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His lifelong dream of playing football at the University of Michigan came to fruition in 2007 under Hall of Fame Coach Lloyd Carr. At U of M, he was a 4-time Letterman in football, a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten award recipient, and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. In his senior season of 2011, he started every game at defensive tackle for team 132, which finished the season 11-2 as Sugar Bowl Champions. After graduation, Will lived and worked in Chicago for a time, young people's development, and athletics. Will currently works jointly with the University of Michigan Athletic Department on student-athlete mental health and the Depression Center in Outreach and Education.  

Will struggled with depression during much of his time as a U of M player and now he speaks to students and student/athletes about his experience.
While his message is one of depression awareness and suicide prevention, there is a compelling anti-stigma message as well. It's so important for people to realize depression and other mental illnesses aren't anything to be ashamed of, and that they are just like any other illnesses which affect the body.
During his presentation last year, Will said someone asked him, "You play football for U of M, how can you be depressed?" He likened that to saying "You play football for U of M, how can you have cancer?" What a great analogy to illustrate the fact one doesn't choose to have a mental illness any more than one chooses to have cancer.

Will doesn't' have a website, but if you would like to read more about him, please click on one or more of the links below:

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Big Rapids High School Key Club

The Big Rapids High School Key Club, a student led community service organization that is part of the Kiwanis family of service clubs has several projects in their recent past and future....

 1) Key Clubbers participated in trick-or-treat for UNICEF again this year. (photo attached) Club members raised $400 Halloween Eve for the Eliminate Project to help eradicate paternal and infant tetanus around the world. 

2) The Key Club is sponsoring an Angel Tree again this holiday season. Students and staff will be able to select a name from the tree in order to buy gifts to distribute to needy children in the area. The Angel Tree project is sponsored by our local Salvation Army.

 3) In December Key Clubbers will again be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. Students have signed up to help the agency raise money December 5th at Wal-Mart. Stop by and help out with a contribution.

 4) Members of Key Club will spend 2 days helping out at Brookside Elementary School in December. Club members will be assisting elementary staff and students with their annual craft and gift fair.

 Thanks Key Club for all you do to help our community be a better place to live and learn.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BRMS - 6th Graders Work with Salmon Eggs!

Mr. Hooker and six students from the 6th grade went to Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery near Kalamazoo on Wednesday, November 18th to pick up eyed salmon eggs.

The 6th grade class raises Chinook salmon eggs until May and then release them in the Big Sable river near Ludington.

In science class, students are responsible for maintaining the tank and feeding the salmon.

Through the year students will gain a better understanding on how biotic and abiotic factors can have positive and negative effects on not only the salmon but the whole ecosystem.

Pictured above from left to right (Madison Reidinger,  Faith Houger , and Gabe Myers)

Pictured above from left to right (Nykole Draihiem, Madison Reidinger, Jacob McCloud, Gabe Myers, Faith Houger, and Brenna Kelly.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BRMS: Berlin Airlift = Success!

On Veteran's Day, The BRMS 6th Grade class was able to watch a reenactment of the Berlin Airlift by dropping candy to the Berlin children below.

 This reenactment involved dropping 36 parachutes with candy attached. Big Rapids pilot, Clark McKenna, flew over the field, while his daughter, Haley, and middle school assistant principal, Marty Aldrich, dropped the parachutes onto the High School football field.

A big thank you goes out to 6th grade social studies teacher, Mark Brejcha, for putting this together! What an amazing,fun experience in learning about history!!

BRMS offers Homework Help!

Did you know that Big Rapids Middle School has a great program for our middle school students?  Homework Help is a free program that is offered to our middle school students during activity time and after school Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30!  This is a great opportunity to get some extra help outside of the classroom!  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Weaver at the Middle School!

Monday, November 2, 2015


This week was a very busy week at BRMS, from our Penny War, Autumn Assembly, Halloween Band Concert and Regional Honors Choir Competition to learning with tennis balls, working with clay, and dressing up for Halloween!

Our annual penny war to help raise money for the Hoffman family ended in a huge success!  The students, parents, and staff helped raise over $1300 (with more donations still coming in)!!


As a result of the penny war, five lucky staff members (Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Piggott, Mr. Todd, Mr. Schott, and Mrs. Wardie) were slimed with different layers.  Mrs. Wardie was the lucky one to get all the layers of slime!!

Students and staff also had the opporunity to participate in many games during the Autumn Assembly on Friday!  Games ranged from Gummy Pies, Mummy Wrap, the Skeleton Bat Game, Pumpkin Relay Races, and a Cheetos Face!

On Thursday, band students performed in our first ever Halloween band concert.  The 7th and 8th grade students dressed up in costumes and played spooky music!

Congratulations to Kyleigh Klever, Catherine Fisher, Aja Cradall, Mary Hobart, Alexandra Weller, and Siri Quist! They participated in regional honors choir in Grandville!

Mr. Kigar's 8th grade Science class was demonstrating the Law of Reflection this week, using tennis balls… states ‘the angle of reflection is equal to the angle of incidence.’

Mrs. Eichleberger's art class was working with clay, making different kinds of pots!

Finally, students and staff dressed up for Halloween on Friday, making it an all-around great, fun week here at BRMS!!!

BRMS Box Tops Competition This Week!!

Each day teachers collect Box Tops from their students in assigned periods (see below) Put the Box tops in the assigned envelope.

Send the collected Box Tops to the office daily as soon as possible so that we can count them right away. At the beginning of the next day, the classroom from each grade level with the most Box Tops for that day will be announced and will receive a prize (one class per grade level) At the end of the week, the grade level that has collected the most Box Tops will win a pancake breakfast!


5th Grade in their regular classroom 
6th & 8th Grade = 6th Period 
7th Grade = 7th Period 

A Box Top Competition 

For 1 Week Only! November 2 - 6, 2015 

To raise money for books, field trips, assemblies, etc.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Big Rapids High School Key Club trick or treat for UNICEF

The Big Rapids High School Key Club is participating again this year in trick or treat for UNICEF.

Info from Key Club International website:

By collecting donations for UNICEF through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program over the years, Key Club has raised more than $6 million to support:
Iodine deficiency programs worldwide
HIV and AIDS programs in Kenya and Swaziland
Teen centers in Uruguay providing adolescents with job skills, education, family counseling and other social services. 

This year Key Club Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds will support The Eliminate Project, which will provide resources and advocacy to support elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus with UNICEF and partners.

The Issue
Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a terrible tragedy. 
In countries where people lack healthcare education and services, a baby can be infected with tetanus during birth and can die within days. That short lifetime is agonizing—a heartbreaking struggle to breathe and to cope and marked by convulsions triggered by the slightest sound or contact. But this disease is easily preventable.

The Eliminate Project
The Eliminate Project will support elimination of this swift, painful and highly preventable disease.
More than 100 million women of childbearing age need to be vaccinated to protect them and their future newborns. An average of $1.80 will provide 3 doses of vaccine, syringes, safe transport and storage, education of communities, training of health workers and more. 
This global campaign will protect the lives of millions of mothers and their future newborns.

BRHS 2015/16 Key Club Members

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BRHS Homecoming!

Big Rapids High School celebrated Homecoming week with the theme of "Seasons".  "Spirit Week" began with Monday as P.J./lazy day, Tuesday was twin day, Wednesday was superhero day, Thursday was sports day and Friday was spirit day!

The "Spirit" week ended on Friday with an all day school Spirit Day.  The Cardinal Spirit day began in the Auditorium with the Senior Court Speeches to the entire student body.  Next, the voting for King and Queen took place while the Senior Court members were fresh in their minds. After voting, the "Match Game" began which sent students running all over the school looking for their matching number! The excitement was overwhelming as the students then assembled in the gym to sing the fight song and play spirit games for one of the BEST SPIRIT ASSEMBLIES EVER!

Following the assembly, there was a police presentation in the rotunda.  This presentation included several stations set up in the rotunda and outside for the students to learn about distracted driving and drinking and driving.  Students had the chance to drive a golf cart while wearing goggles that simulate being drunk to see what it is like to drive impaired.

During the lunches students were able to take their time eating, play cards, ping pong, etc.  They also had the opportunity to walk the track or play in the gym.  There was a car set up outside for "Smashing the Coyotes" and a dunk tank to throw at for teacher dunking!

After lunch, the students then walked out to the football field to view the Powder Puff football game! Next they assembled in the gym for the annual Homecoming Assembly that ended with a football game pep talk by Coach Selzer!  The first ever all day Spirit Day was great fun for the students and staff!

The Homecoming parade began at 5:30 p.m. behind the middle school and leading up to the football game at FSU's Top Taggart Field at 7:00 p.m. where the Cardinals took on the Reed City Coyotes!

The Dance was Saturday night in the Rotunda at BRHS from 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Senior Court

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BRMS Parent Survey:

Big Rapids Middle School Parents - We Need You!! We would love to hear your opinion! Please take a few minutes to fill out the following parent survey. This helps us improve the school! We appreciate your thoughts, concerns, and opinions! Thank you for taking the time and effort to help us out!
Here is the link:  

Thank You!
Big Rapids Middle School Staff

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BRMS 6th Graders Learn About Timelines!

Mr. Brejcha's 6th grade social studies class at BRMS is learning about timelines in a very unique way. The students were able to get a hands-on approach through a timeline of musical devices dating from the early 1900s to the present. Many of the devices were brought in from parents. Students will be making several timelines in the next week, covering their own lives and significant events in United States history as well.