R-PHS Rocket News

July 1, 2014

R-PHS Student Enjoys National Competition in Disney World

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center students Erin Brault (Oakridge), Jackie Bartels (Oakridge), Emily Huber (Mona Shores), and Corinna Irvine (Reeths-Puffer) will be packing their bags next week for a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The four traveled to compete in the National HOSA-Future Health Professionals Competition, June 24 through 28, 2014.  

The students earned the opportunity to advance to the national competition in Florida after their success at the state conference in Traverse City, Michigan on April 23 and 24. Brault won a gold medal and Bartels won a silver medal in the Medical Assisting event. Both students are from Oakridge. Huber of Mona Shores won a silver medal on the Current Health Issues Exam and a bronze medal in Medical Math. Irvine of Reeths-Puffer won a bronze medal in Sports Medicine and placed in the Top 8 for Courtesy Corp. In addition, Irvine earned a $500 college scholarship for being named an “Outstanding Student” for HOSA Region IV by the Michigan Health Occupations Educators Association (MHOEA).     

This year, 6,085 students competed in 54 different events at the national conference. Students will also took part in leadership academies, toured healthcare facilities, explored exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations, and more.

Corinna Irvine

June 10, 2014

Summer School Credit Recovery Program

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:28 am

R-PHS is offering a credit recovery program this summer starting Monday, June 16th at R-P Intermediate School (room 119).  Our program brochure (complete with application) can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Summer Credit Recovery Program Brochure 2014

There is an incentive program for registered R-P students!  We are hopeful that all students registered in the program will be successful in recovering credits through our program.

Our program’s lead instructors, Mrs. Michelle Smith (English Instructor) and Mr. Bob Walters (Math Instructor) will provide guided support for all students enrolled in our summer program.

There are limited seats available for this program with a first come, first served plan.  Please take advantage of this credit recovery program to stay on track to earn a Reeths-Puffer High School diploma!

Checks can be made out to Reeths-Puffer Schools and presented to the instructor on the first day of lab (June 16th).  A reminder that all courses are 1/2 credit.

If there are any questions regarding our provider (E2020), an email may be sent to either Mr. Walters (waltersb@reeths-puffer.org) or Mrs. Smith (smithmichelle@reeths-puffer.org).

May 14, 2014

Radio Juniper Hosts R-PHS Madrigals

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:31 am

Radio Juniper, a great supporter of Reeths-Puffer Schools as well as a fresh voice and media hub for the greater Muskegon County recently hosted our Madrigals in a podcast session to share their New York experience and the feeling of performing at Carnegie Hall.

Madrigals at Carnegie HallTo hear their podcast with host Tim Wheeler, Click on the link below:

R-P Madrigals Invade New York

Annual Rocket Cup Golf Outing Wants YOU!

Each summer, there is a reunion of sorts at Lincoln Golf Club.  The connection that draws men and women to this location does have something to do with the game of golf, but more than golf, it’s a love for the green and white of Reeths-Puffer!

Mark your calendar now (June 13th) and contact a few of your friends to get a team on the books!

This golf outing is sponsored by our football and hockey programs with the funds generated from this friendly event going directly to the support of these powerful R-P athletic programs.

For more information and registration, please click on the link below.  Hope to see you at Lincoln Golf Club on June 13th!

2014 Rocket Cup

May 7, 2014

The Official Senior Calendar

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:35 am

The seniors recently met with Mr. Beckeman to review the senior calendar of events that will take them through graduation.  The month of May (a.k.a., Mayhem), is the most exciting and at times, the most stressful month of a senior’s year.  To access this calendar, click on the link below.

2014 Senior Calendar


May 6, 2014

Professional Develoment Scheduled for May 19th

The long winter seems to be in our rear view mirror, thank goodness!  It was a record year for snow fall and snow days at R-PHS.  Due to the record number of snow days, and that one of our snow days landed on a professional development day, the hours of in-service are scheduled to be made up on Monday, May 19th.

On Monday, May 19th, there will be no school for all students in the R-P District.  A recent “All-Call” went out from our Superintendent, Mr. Steve Edwards sharing this information.  This note serves as another reminder to mark your calendar accordingly.


May 1, 2014

It Was A Poetic “SLAM-DUNK”

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:03 pm

It was a Poetry Slam “Dunk” last night in the high school LMC as 23 Rockets stepped on stage to share either an interpretive reading or an original work as part of our Poetry Slam 2014.  Tim Hegedus and Greg Woodring served as MC’s and did a magical job keeping the sizeable audience laughing and applauding via the snapping of fingers.

 The following students presented Interpretive Reading:

Anna Morse:  “A Childhood Survival Guide” by Holden Contreras

Jessica Coffell:  “For You: by Anonymous

Landon Fortenberry:  “Strange Hurt” by Langston Hughes

Mackenzie Yaussy: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

Alvin McCrary: “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King

Shy Foster: “Body Love” by Mary Lambert

Aubree Cook: “Lost Generation” by Jonathan Reed

Stephen Kowalski: “Tiny Glowing Screens, Part 2” by George Watsky

Tim Hegedus: “The Future” by Neil Hilborn

Greg Woodring: “Girl Who Reads” by Mark Grist
The following students presented Original Work:

Alyssa Moinet: “Rocks”…independence, strength and gratitude

Taylor Dibble: Original Poem

Mackenzie Yaussy: “Sold”

Angel Cook: “Should We Act As Though Everything Is Okay?”

Anna Morse: “We Are”

Danielle Schugars: “Sleight of Hand”

Klay Grant: “Racism”

Landon Fortenberry: Why Does Your Heart Beat?”

Kacey Wansten: “Step Away”

Mickayla Gorby: “The Voices”

Nitosha Radosa: “Time is Homework”

Nikoma Henkels: “Light Truths”


The winners in the Interpretive Reading:

3rd Place: Landon Fortenberry ($10.00 cash prize from student council)

2nd Place: Tim Hegedus ($15.00 cash prize from student council)

1st Place: Greg Woodring ($25.00 cash prize from student council)

Interpretive Winners (L-R: Landon, Tim & Greg)

The winners in the Original Work category were:

3rd Place: Danielle Schugars ($10.00 cash prize from student council)

2nd Place: Alyssa Moinet ($15.00 cash prize from student council)

1st Place: Taylor Dibble ($25.00 cash prize from student council)

Interpretive Winners (L-R: Danielle, Alyssa, Taylor)

 Mrs. Nancy Burton commented on the Slam, “I was a proud English teacher last evening at the Poetry Slam.  Students were poised, articulate and passionate about conveying both humor and truth. It was a thought provoking and fun evening.  Hands down the best Slam we’ve had at R-P!”

Our Six Winners!


Mrs. Joan Vincent, lead advisor of the “Slam” shared her thoughts, “Once again I was so impressed by our students.  The student participants truly “got” the concept of performance poetry.  Their selections were intense, revealing and humorous – all good choices for engaging an audience.  I was also impressed with the number of students who memorized their selections, many of which, were quite lengthy.  The time all of the participants put into rehearsing their performances was obvious.  I couldn’t be more proud of all of these students, many of whom, took a great risk in opening themselves and their work to a public audience.”

Watch for SLAM 2015 next spring!


April 28, 2014

Rocket City News

If you have yet to read the latest Rocket City News, click on the link below and enjoy!

Rocket City News-May 2014


April 16, 2014

Calling All Supporters of Rocket Athletics!

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

RP Logo

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.

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