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April 16, 2014

Calling All Supporters of Rocket Athletics!

Filed under: Archive,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:36 pm

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Attention Parents and adult supporters of Reeths-Puffer High School Athletics!

The Rocket Boosters are in need of your help.  Many of you may not even be aware of this organization, but over the years, we have been supporting all Reeths-Puffer athletes in a variety of ways.  Below are just a few examples of the items this club has been able to provide for the Reeths-Puffer athletes.

Student Athlete Scholarship                            Football Practice Pants

Sideline Shelters – Soccer                                 Track Hurdles

Baseball/Softball Field Refurbishment       Golf Bags

Wrestling Mat                                                         Concussion Measuring System

Bathrooms at Ball Fields                                    Summer Athletic Trainer

This year we have paid for HUDL accounts for all sports, allowing participating athletes to create their very own “highlight reel” for the season.  All coaches and athletes use HUDL as a tool to improve their teams and personal skills.

Participation in the Rocket Boosters has continued to dwindle, and now we are forced with the realization that unless we can gain members from our current and future parents of athletes, the Boosters may need to disband.  Our goal would be to have at least one parent or coach representative for each sport at each meeting.  While this may seem simple, our last board meeting had only seven attendees.  Our latest estimate is that R-PHS has over 200 students participating in either freshmen, JV, or Varsity sports.

While each sport may also do separate fund-raisers, the Booster Club raises funds for all sports, regardless of number of participants or time of year.  We are looking for new ideas, new fund-raisers, and NEW MEMBERS!  Our current President and Vice President are the proud parents of student athletes of the class of 2014, and our Treasurer has continued to support the club even though his “last” student athlete graduated before our athletes were out of elementary.

The R-P Sports Boosters Club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center.  Please join us and spread the word to other parents as well.  We need your support.  If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to email any of the following people:  Charlie Hoover at raechasmatt@comcast.net , Jennifer Romanosky at jeepin1015@comcast.net, Mike Greeley at mgreely@shelbybank.com , Brent or Kim Ross at bkblross@gmail.com or Tony Daves at tdaves19@gmail.com.




Tech Center students earn scholarships at state competition

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:24 am

Auto Collision/Refinishing  students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) tested their skills against their peers at the 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 11–13, 2014, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Winners from both classes earned over $66,000 in scholarships and prizes.

MACTC Auto Collision/Refinishing students Dillan Graber (Montague), Debra Williams (Reeths-Puffer), and Nathan Smith (Whitehall) competed in the Automotive Refinishing competition. Graber earned a silver medal and received an $8,000 scholarship to Lincoln Technical Institute, $7,500 scholarship to Ohio Technical College, a spray gun and a set of Snap-on screwdrivers. Johnathan Andree (Reeths-Puffer), Jack Eddington (Reeths-Puffer), and Nathan Blessman (Whitehall) competed in the Collision Repair category. Eddington earned a bronze medal and a $6,000 scholarship to Lincoln Technical Institute, a $5,000 scholarship to Ohio Technical College, and a Snap-on plyer set. Former MACTC Machining/Engineering Tech student Andy Doane (Fruitport) also competed. He earned a bronze medal for machining.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

April 4, 2014

CAD Contest Winner: A Rocket!

In a recent CAD 2D competition held at Muskegon Community College, senior Chris Anderson earned first place in the 2D CAD drafting contest.

The on-site competition was challenging in that students had to dimension and layer their drawings correctly in approximately 30 minutes.  After the judges determined that Chris’ work was the best, he was excited and happy.  Chris commented, “I really didn’t think I would win, but I really like solving problems and the challenge involved in thinking through the next steps in crafting a drawing.”

For his efforts, Chris earned a plaque bearing his name and an invite to a banquet where he will be recognized for his talents.

Congratulations Chris!  We are proud of you!

April 2, 2014

Course Selection Deadline: Thursday, April 3rd

Attention students and parents!  The deadline for selecting courses for the 2014-15 school year is this week Thursday, April 3rd.

Students have been working with counselors over the past month reviewing courses that best fit their post-secondary plans.  The online curriculum has been accessed with heavy traffic as students pour over the broad spectrum of courses offered at the high school.  The vast majority of students have electronically submitted their course requests with a handful of students yet to finalize their choices.

It is critical that parents and students understand that the courses requested by students are what drives the master schedule.  Teaching staff is assembled based on course requests.  As a result, R-PHS honors these choices and will hold students accountable for those choices for the 2014-15 school year.  Once requests are final (April 3rd), there are four criteria that warrant a schedule change.  They are:

  • A student has an incomplete schedule
  • A student needs to retake a failed course
  • A student does not meet a class prerequisite
  • A student has already earned credit for a course in credit recovery or a test-out setting

Questions?  Contact your student’s counselor:



March 31, 2014

K-12 Evening of Art

A true celebration of art is on the horizon!  The second annual Evening of Art is sure to provide a great night out for Rockets of all ages.  Hope to see you there!

ACT 100 Word Quiz

The big quiz happens Tuesday morning for any R-PHS student who would like the chance to win a crisp $100.00 bill (just in time for spring break!).  The quiz will begin at the start of second hour Tuesday morning with the winner announced Thursday during second hour.

All 100 words can be accessed from the ten links below:

ACT Word Quiz 1-10

ACT Word Quiz 11-20

ACT Word Quiz 21-30

ACT Word Quiz 31-40

ACT Word Quiz 41-50

ACT Word Quiz 51-60

ACT Word Quiz 61-70

ACT Quiz Words 71-80

ACT Quiz Words 81-90

ACT Quiz Words 91-100


March 28, 2014

Law Day Speech Contest

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:12 am

Our county prosecutor, Mr. D.J. Hilson is heading up an opportunity for Muskegon County high school students to earn scholarship money and other prizes by presenting a speech on the topic: Should a voter be required to show identification to cast a ballot?

The contest is limited to Muskegon County students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.  There are two entries: (1) Grades 9-11 Speech Contest Entry and (2) Senior Speech Contest Entry.  The delivered speech cannot exceed four minutes in length.

If you are interested in this contest, click on the appropriate entry form below:

Senior Speech Contest Entry Form

Speech Contest Entry Form 9-11

March 26, 2014

Poetry Slam Coming Back to R-PHS

So…you’re probably wondering….what exactly is aPoetry Slam?

A Poetry Slam is an event where budding poets PERFORM their original work and are judged by selected audience members.  A poetry slam emphasizes the quality of the poetry as well as the quality of the performance.  Numerical scores (0-10) are given taking both of these factors into account.

Are there rules associated with a Poetry Slam?

The rules of a Poetry Slam are few.  All poetry read must be the original work of the reader.  Narrative, free-verse – all forms of poetry are acceptable.  Each reader has three minutes in which to read his/her selection.  The poet may not use any props, costumes or music.  The poet is expected to provide a dramatic reading of the poetry as the PERFORMANCE is as important as the poetry itself.  While it is not required, memorizing the poems is recommended.

Any alternatives to performing original work at the Poetry Slam?

Yes!  The R-PHS Poetry Slam will have an Interpretive Reading Division.  This option is for students who do not wish to read poetry they have written themselves, but still enjoy reading poetry.  To enter the Interpretive Reading Division, a student selects a favorite poem and then prepares an expressive reading of it to share with the audience.  The Interpretive Reading will be scored separately from the SLAM entries.  Both categories will be awarded prizes.

How (and WHO) does one get involved?

The R-PHS Poetry Slam is reserved for current high school students.  Students interested in taking part in this unique opportunity, can either contact their English teacher or see Mrs. Vincent in the LMC for an entry form.  Students can also access an entry form from the link below.

Poetry Slam Entry Form

All entries have a deadline of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd to Mrs. Vincent in the LMC.

Continuous Improvement (NCA: School Improvement)

Continuous Improvement is the last of the seven standards of school improvement that our professional staff focus their energy, time and talents on at R-PHS.  In keeping our stakeholders (students, parents and community members) informed on the progress of our efforts in each of the seven standards is very important as we focus our mindset on improving student achievement.

The links below connect to earlier posts on Rocket News and provide specific information to the NCA process of school improvement and the work in progress for each standard.


Standard One: Vision and Purpose

Standard Two: Governance and Leadership

Standard Three: Teaching and Learning

Standard Four: Documenting and Using Results

Standard Five: Resources and Support Systems

Standard Six: Stakeholder Communications and Relationships

Standard Seven:  Continuous Improvement: The school establishes, implements, and monitors a continuous process of improvement that focuses on student performance.

The High School received the following commendations from our last Internal Peer Review visit:

  • Building leadership is supporting a culture of continued school improvement
  • The use of referral keeper for individual student data provides vital information to help guide needed interventions
  • Extra-curricular programs have a positive impact on the school culture
  • Data is used to determine levels of support needed to meet student needs
  • Staff are involved and often lead professional development activities

Improvement efforts in progress to augment what’s been done and continues to be in place are:

  • Video-taped lesson components being used as part of the evaluation program
  • Rocket Recognition program promotes positivity among students
  • Career Speakers Forum highlighted careers in all six pathways
  • Intervention training:  15 second intervention to eliminate mean and aggressive behavior
  • ECMC partnership with Muskegon Community College
  • NGSS and CCSS curriculum work

The high school will undergo a two-day review with the Internal Peer Review Team in late April.  A post of the results from this review will be shared shortly after the review is presented to our professional staff.


March 25, 2014

Parent/Teacher Conferences Wednesday

The high school’s spring parent/teacher conference is scheduled for tomorrow evening from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Rocket Arena.  The third marking period ended last week Friday and grades were submitted today (Tuesday) at 3:00 p.m.  All grades can be viewed on parent-portal for the third marking period.

Based on last year’s attendance, it was decided to offer a fall open house in lieu of one of the two evenings that previously were reserved for spring conferences.

We look forward to greeting you in Rocket Arena Wednesday night and will have coffee and cookies waiting!

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