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August 26, 2015

Save the Date: College Fairs Coming to Muskegon and Grand Rapids September 21st!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:46 pm

On Monday, September 21st from 6:00-7:30pm, representatives from more than 50 colleges will be at Collegiate Hall on Muskegon Community College’s campus as part of Muskegon County College Night. During this event, which is free to the public, students and their families will be able to speak with these visiting college representatives and learn about the different colleges and what they have to offer.

For those interested specifically in colleges affiliated with Christianity, a Christian Colleges Fair is being held at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids also on September 21st from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be over 40 colleges from across Michigan and the United States represented.

This event is free to the public, who are also invited to participate in free financial aid workshops presented at the fair. Anyone interested in attending college is encouraged to go to one of these fairs as they provide a great chance to find out about multiple schools all in one location. Come prepared with all your questions about academic programs, financial aid, scholarships, etc. and ask them directly to the college representative of the schools you are interested in! Also, try and take some time to speak with representatives from colleges which you may not have heard of before or may not be considering. They could end up being your dream school!

For a list of the colleges participating in these fairs, please visit rpcollegeadviser.weebly.com and look under “Events”.

August 24, 2015

AGA Nation Coming to Rocket City Games!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:08 am

AGANationAGA Nation is coming to Rocket City Games!!  Mark your calendars now for Thursday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. in the high school arena where an incredible team of talented BMX bikers will dazzle the crowd with their aerial acts and stunts. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see their show.  A huge shout-out to Jim Ferenz and Preferred Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep of the Greater Muskegon Area for sponsoring AGA Nation’s trip to Rocket City!  Thanks Jim, for your incredible support over many years!

Along with an outstanding stunt performance, the following attributes are woven into the fabric of their show:

Alliance – Forging the right friendships; Run with the right crowd

Attitude – Bring a positive mental attitude every day to family, friends, work and school

Authentic – Never sell out; be your own person

Ability – Maximize your ability to the fullest. Be well rounded

Active – Keep fit; exercise, stay off the couch!

Anti-Bullying – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Establish an environment of acceptance.

Achieve – Reaching your goals everyday in life, school and family.

At the conclusion of the show, the rider team will be available to sign autographs and have photos taken with any and all Rockets!  Hope to see you there!


New Guidelines for School Lunch Program

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:13 am

LANSING – New household income guidelines used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals are available for 2015-16, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

Established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the new income guidelines are effective through June 30, 2016, and apply to free and reduced price meals and free milk available through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs.

“These federal programs provide nutritionally-balanced, low-cost or free meals that are so vitally important to the health, well-being and education of our children,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said.

Those automatically qualifying for free meals include: adults, children, or foster children who are recipients of various programs such as Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; and Head Start, an At-Risk after-school center, or an emergency shelter enrollees.

Households with incomes less than or equal to the following eligibility guidelines qualify for free or reduced price meals or free milk:


Scale for Free Meals or Free Milk   Scale for Reduced Price Meals
Total Family Size Annual Monthly   Annual Monthly
 1 $15,301 $1,276   $21,775 $1,815
 2 $20,709 $1,726   $29,471 $2,456
 3 $26,117 $2,177   $37,167 $3,098
 4 $31,525 $2,628   $44,863 $3,739
 5 $36,933 $3,078   $52,559 $4,380
 6 $42,341 $3,529   $60,255 $5,022
 7 $47,749 $3,980   $67,951 $5,663
 8 $53,157 $4,430   $75,647 $6,304
 For each additional family member add:
  $5,408 $451   $7,696 $642


Families should contact their school, school district, child care center, or family day care home sponsor to find out whether it participates in these programs.

Schools, child care centers, adult day care centers, and family day care home sponsors provide application forms for free or reduced price meals. Only one application is required per household, and applications are accepted year-round. Most participating centers and all participating family child care homes provide meals to all enrolled participants with no separate charges.

An application to a school, child care center, adult day care center, or family day care home sponsor can be approved if it contains complete documentation of household income or documentation of current participation in Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. Information supplied on an application for free or reduced price meals may be verified at any time. An appeal procedure is available for households with denied applications.

A household may qualify for free or reduced price meals due to a temporary loss of income, such as a period of unemployment.

If a doctor has determined that a child or adult has a disability preventing the participant from eating regular school or center meals, the building will make any doctor-prescribed substitution at no charge. A doctor’s statement, including prescribed diet and/or substitution, must be submitted to the food service department of the school or child or adult care facility.

Our R-P Food Service Staff is ready and capable to assist any/all Rocket families with eligibilty and access to our food service programs.


August 19, 2015

Calling All R-PHS Students! Register Online Now!

Filed under: About Me,Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:54 am

The time is NOW for all R-PHS students to complete their online registration!  Our online registration is the only way in which students will be able to get their I.D. and class schedule during our on-campus registration.

Our online registration process is streamlined, easy and fast!  It takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  If you have not started the process, copy and paste the link below into your web browser (preferably Chrome)


Dates to remember:

Senior On-Campus Registration:  Thursday, August 27th (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  & 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Junior On-Campus Registration:  Friday, August 28th:  (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

Sophomore On-Campus Registration:  Friday, August 28th (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Freshmen On-Campus Registration:  Monday, August 31st (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  & 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

* Please bring the recent Registration Flyer with you to registration.  It has a bar code that is specific to you and will expedite your registration (move you faster through the line).  See photo below of our Registration Flyer (click on flyer to enlarge)

Registration Flyer

Lockers will be made available to all students upon request.  

If you have a fine or fee, you will not be able to complete our registration process online.  You must contact Student Services (Mrs. Williams) at 744-1647 ext. 3708 to arrange payment.  

If there are any questions regarding the registration process, you may call Mrs. Jan Delaney at 744-1647 ext. 3730.


August 18, 2015

Rocket City Games on the Horizon

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:17 pm
Rocket City Games is getting close and registration for the Adventure Run is still at a reduced rate of $21 per person for families or $25 per individual runner.
The Adventure Run is a 5K fun race with obstacles sponsored by the US Army and i’Move physical therapy it also includes a mud pit and clouds of color thrown by our own Rocket City Football team. 
This race is not timed and it is designed for runners of all ages and fitness levels. The Adventure Run is about having fun with movement. 
This year the race is Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. so all our Rocket City Families can participate and to make it even easier your registration fee includes dinner – a cookout after the race. Registration is just $21 per person for families, $25 per person for individuals. 
Register online today before the price goes upon Friday. Register at RocketCityGames-RP.org

August 9, 2015

Informational Flyer for 2015-16 Online Registration

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:31 pm

The flyer below (click to enlarge) was recently sent the addresses of all tentatively enrolled students for the 2015-16 school year.  If you did not receive this flyer in your mail, no problem, here’s another copy:

Registration Flyer




Online College Fair: August 13th

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:24 pm

Click flyer to enlarge:

College Fair

TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) Deadline Looming

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:19 pm

The final deadline for graduates of the Class of 2015 to apply for money for college through the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is AUGUST 31st. Eligible students who apply qualify for funding. This funding may cover up to full tuition (for a maximum of 12 credits a semester) at certain colleges. To view eligibility criteria, all students and their parents are encouraged to visit http://goo.gl/fkgEzu (then click on “Tuition Incentive Program”).

Although eligible students must apply by the end of August, students can start using the funding anytime within the next 6 years, making this a great opportunity for students even if they are not currently enrolled or planning to enroll at a college.

Applications for the TIP program can be submitted through the phone by calling Student Services and Grants (SSG) at 1-888-4-GRANTS (1-888-447-2687). If you have additional questions, please call SSG at the number listed above or contact the College Adviser, Heidi Little, by emailing littleh@reeths-puffer.org.

August 7, 2015

Contacting State Officials

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:49 am

Each year, usually in August, the Beacon publishes contact information for all elected state officials. If ever you wish to write your legislators or other state officials, you can access their contact information from the link below:

Elected Officials Contact Information

August 5, 2015

Varsity Football Schedule Correction

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:58 am

The August edition of our Rocket Review had our Varsity Football Schedule listed incorrectly.  Below is the correct schedule (click to enlarge)


Football Schedule


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