Monday, March 30, 2015

BRMS Students Display Their Talents

The Big Rapids Middle School showcased several talent acts at the 2015 Talent Show on March 26th.  This annual event was organized by school guidance counselor, Mrs. Jancek, and teacher, Mr. Schott.  The talent show consisted of 16 acts which are as follows:

Jordon Brown singing "I'm Yours"
Noah Hughes performing a piano solo of "Dragon Born"
Lauryn Nostrant-Torres singing "The Star Spangled Banner"
Rheanna Swinson, Savannah Seath, and Hanna Brock dancing to "Disturbia"
Christian Pieri performing a piano solo of "Return"
Holly McKenna, Payton Fuller, and Josie Prince performing to "Don't Stop Believing"
Angelina Nagy singing "Hanging Tree"
Alexandra Weller performing a piano solo of "Scarborough Fair"
Jimmy Hanson solving a Rubik's Cube and Pyramid Puzzle
Adriannah Rosenogle singing "Good Girl"
Victor Sawicki performing a piano solo of "Someone Like You"
Anika Jurries singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Sam Alley and Brandon Corey playing the ukulele and singing "I'm Yours"
Hailey Sisson, Kiara Aten, and Maddie Boyd singing "Count on Me"
Kyleigh Klever and Maddie Pincumbe singing "Brave"
Camryn Matson playing the guitar and singing "Little Do You Know"

The shows emcees were Kamryn Cushway and Brooklyn Morneau.

Thanks to all of the outstanding student performers and to the families and friends who attended for your support of the performing arts.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Middle School Art Students Create Artwork with a Message

During February's Anti-Bullying Month, art students at Big Rapids Middle School worked with teacher Jenneke Eichelberger to create meaningful art for the school cafeteria.  This artwork came in the form of ceiling tiles that will decorate the school cafeteria for years to come.  The students worked on the project throughout the month.  You can see some of the wonderful artwork with powerful messages below.

Big Rapids High School Celebrates 3rd Annual Leadership Night

Big Rapids High School celebrated its 3rd annual B.R. Leadership Night last Friday, March 20th. This year’s theme was “Leadership is Teamwork”, and included speakers: Ashley Flickinger, Jordyn Salerno, Kate Odykirk, and Katie Rae from Central Michigan University, and Tony LoBretto from Ferris State University. Not only were there presenters from CMU and FSU, but BRHS Student Council members organized the event and lead a student session. Overall, the night was a great success with over 90 participants engaging and working together to improve their leadership skills. BRHS Student Council would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible. Thank you Big Rapids community!

Friday, March 20, 2015

BRHS Junior Class attends Spring College Fair at FSU University Center

The Junior class spent Thursday morning at the new University Center at FSU for the annual Spring College Fair.  This was a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and get information from several Michigan colleges including:  Alma College, Central Michigan University, Concordia University, Cornerstone, Davenport, Eastern, Ferris, Grand Valley, ITT Tech., Michigan State, Northwestern, Olivet, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University and many more....

Each student received a bag to hold a variety of information and had the opportunity to ask questions about Student financial aid, types of academic services offered, how to apply, how to find more information on programs offered, types of campus activities and groups, costs of tuition room and board, among many other questions.  They were able to speak with representatives from all represented colleges.

The students also had the opportunity to participate in a fun activity called "Get Real" @ the University Center.  This was an activity where they picked an occupation and received a paycheck. They would spend the paycheck at the booths labeled: house payment, utilities, groceries, insurance, transportation and all of the expenses that they would experience in real life. They were left with a final balance to show them the harsh realities of life.  Some had money left but many did not!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Parents' Night Out to Support Brookside PTO

Enjoy an adult evening out. Please join us at Clear Lake Golf Club for a night out and a chance to support our school.

This event is open to the public.

See flyer below for more details:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Congratulations Hailey EK!!!

Hailey, 3rd grader at Brookside Elementary, recently reached the 600 point club on the Accelerated Reader Board.  She is the first student to ever earn 600 or more AR points at Brookside.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Middle School Bands Earn High Marks at District Band Festival

The Big Rapids Middle School 7th Grade and 8th Grade Bands performed at the District Band Festival on Thursday, March 7th at the Big Rapids High School.  The bands were under the direction of band director, Mr. Todd.  The seventh grade earned an overall score of a II with A's and A-'s in Sight Reading.  The 8th Grade Band earned straight I's and have qualified to perform at the State Band Festival.  Congratulations to the bands!

BRHS SNOWCOMING week was a great success!

Students showed their spirit all week dressing up for “spirit days”. They dressed up for Tourist Day/ Twin day, Movie/Hollywood day, Elderly day and White out day! The Pep Assembly on Friday was great fun with Mr. Bonning showing off his wrestling experience by taking on two of our best wrestlers who qualified for regionals. The YMCA dance by the varsity basketball and hockey teams got the students fired up, leading to a great performance by our BRHS Dance team! Fun and games ended the assembly.
The Snowcoming Representatives were:  Freshmen– Morgan Pippin and James Hundersmarck, Sophomores– Macy Mason and Christian Hector, Juniors—Beth Krager and Jeremiah McReynolds, Seniors:  Renae Lyons and Adam Langworthy.  The Sophomore representatives were crowned King and Queen as the sophomore class had the most spirit points earned for the week! The Rotunda was rocking Saturday night as just under 300 students attended the Snowcoming Dance, making it one of the most attended dances in recent years!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Middle School Mathcounts Team Takes First Place

The Big Rapids Middle School Mathcounts team took first place at last week's regional competition.  In the head-to-head competition, Tyler Zimmerman took 9th place, Sam Robey was 6th, and David McInnis finished in 2nd place.  Moving on to the state competition later this month are teammates David McInnis, Sam Robey, Jonah Weber, and Tyler Zimmerman.  They have been coached by teacher, Lane Blatchford, and high school freshman, Arya Rao.  Congratulations to the BRMS Mathcounts Team!