Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BRHS ELA Team wins CSAA District Championship!

After competing in three writing events, the English Language Arts team from BRHS emerged as the CSAA champion for the 2016-2017 school year. Teams from eight schools met at BRHS to compete in events related to writing descriptive essays, editorials, and poetry.

“We had well-balanced scores in all three categories,” Coach Karol Hartley said. In October, students Susanna Kailing, Brook Mathewson, Joanne Lechille and Ellie Steffens garnered first place overall in the descriptive essay category for their piece entitled “The Long Awaited Storm.” It was written in response to a five word prompt: “A Bum on a Bench.”

In November, BRHS placed first and second in the editorial competition regarding patriotism. In first place for the editorial writing was an essay entitled “From Civil Disobedience to Patriotic Disobedience,” written by Kiara Cushway, Arya Rao, and Jacob Bleeker. The second-place essay, “Hope and Change,” was written by Tayo Fadayomi, Ryan Cosper, and Jacob Bleeker. Both essays were written in response to an article discussing recent reactions to the National Anthem.

In December, Junior Arya Rao’s poem entitled “To the Girl” took second place overall, and with Mollie Weber’s strong poem “They Made Music Anyway,” Big Rapids was able to hold first place. It is the third time in four years the BRHS team has won the CSAA ELA competition.

Coaches recently met to determine which writers from all 8 schools will receive all-conference medals and which will receive honorable mention.

Competing on the 2016-2017 team were returning members Jacob Bleeker, Tia Benson, Kiara Cushway, Renee Ding, Arya Rao, and Emily Weirts. First-year members included Ciara Brown, Ryan Cosper, Ibitayo Fadayomi, Julie Farrier, Zach Good, Susanna Kailing, Joanne Lechille, Brook Mathewson, Katie Myers, Amanda Selles, Ellie Steffens, Joey Vajda, Zylie Vitello, Mollie Weber, and Ethan Westerkamp.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

BRHS/BRMS Students perform at Devos Hall in Grand Rapids!

Congratulations to Jacob Bleeker, Allyson Johnson, Joseph Vajda and Mollie Weber on a great performance at the MSBOA All-State Band performance on January 21st in DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.

This performance was in conjunction with the Michigan Music Conference. They were selected from over 2,500 applicants from across the state for 4 performing ensembles. This is Allyson and Joseph's second appearance and Mollie's third.  

In addition, Jacob and Mollie performed a duet with the 8th Grade Band as part of their Michigan Music Conference performance on Friday, January 20th.  Both did exceptionally well and demonstrated technical mastery.  Congratulations to the bands on another fine performance at the Michigan Music Conference!

Monday, January 16, 2017

BRMS 8th Grade Band will Perform at MMC Concert!

BRMS 8th Grade Band will Perform at MMC Concert!

For the first time in BRPS history, Big Rapids Middle School is represented at the Michigan Music Conference when the 8th Grade band performs at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  As you know, being invited to perform at the state's largest music conference is an incredible honor to our band and our district, and our 8th grade band is one of only two from middle schools to have been selected.  It is customary for performing groups to have featured soloists.  The soloists selected for this experience are none other than two of our seniors: Jacob Bleeker (clarinet) and Mollie Weber (euphonium). 

Important... Tonight's Preview concert has been postponed and will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

National Honor Society hosts Red Cross Blood Drive!

National Honor Society is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, January 10th from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. If you are 16 or older, you may sign up for a time to donate in the office. You will need a consent form signed by your parent/guardian if you under 18.

Make sure to eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water on the day of the drive. You will also need to bring a picture ID with your birth date in order to donate blood. See Mrs. Cousineau for more details. 

Community members who wish to donate are welcome, but need to sign in at the office.