R-PHS Rocket News

June 19, 2015

R-PHS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:31 am

R-PHS is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Todd Conrad to the high school administrative staff!  Mr. Conrad was the committee’s top choice of over one hundred applicants for the position and he’s excited to be a part of Rocket City.


Mr. Conrad came to R-P via Mona Shores where he was a lead instructor in English.  His experience in both the classroom and athletics will provide great leadership opportunities for him in his new role as Assistant Principal.  Mr. Conrad with his wife Shannon, have three children; Brayton, Cullen and Molly.  Mr. Conrad is a graduate of both Central Michigan University (BA in English) and Western Michigan University (MA in Educational Leadership).  He will be a strong advocate for our students and staff and a positive influence in our community.

June 18, 2015

Summer School Starts Monday, June 15th

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:31 am


For students who need to recover credit, our summer school program starts next week Monday, June 15th.  Click on the brochure to enlarge

Summer School Brochure

The application can be accessed via the link below:

Summer School Credit Recovery Application

The location of our summer school program is:  R-P Intermediate school’s Computer Lab.

The calendar for summer school can be accessed from the link below:

Summer School Calendar 2015

June 9, 2015

Class of 2015: Things to Consider

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:39 am

Congratulations to the class of 2015 on successfully graduating! Now that high school is officially behind your student, there are some things over the summer that you should be considering:

Orientation: Many colleges require incoming freshmen to attend an on-campus orientation session. The purpose of orientation is to allow new students an opportunity to get used to campus and become familiar with the expectations and responsibilities of college life. Many times students will also meet with their academic advisers and register for classes at orientation. Make sure you are paying attention to all mail from the college your student is planning to attend as it will tell you how to register for orientation and/or when their orientation date is.

Registering for Classes: As said previously, at some colleges, registration for classes takes place during orientation. At others, students may be expected to register themselves after attending orientation. If you are not sure how or when your student should be registering for classes, contact the college.

The First Bill: Typically, information about your student’s first bill is available in July, and the first payment is expected sometime in August. If you completed your student’s FAFSA, the college should have sent an award letter stating the anticipated Cost of Attendance (COA) and how much financial aid your student is estimated to receive. This information can be used to estimate how much money your student will need to cover the first bill.

Many colleges and universities offer payment plans so students can pay for college in smaller installments. Be sure to check with the college if your student needs to pay for their education using a payment plan.

When Your Student Gets Their Money: Pay careful attention to when loans and other types of financial aid will actually be able to be used to pay for your student’s bill as there may be a gap between when the bill is due and when your student can actually use the money given to them.

For example, work-study money is distributed to your student as a regular paycheck throughout a semester. So they will not have the total amount of money from work-study to apply to their first bill.

The FAFSA and the New FSA ID: For those who still need to apply for the FAFSA, or need to make changes to their FAFSA, it is important to note that the federal PIN is no longer being used to electronically sign the FAFSA. For security reasons, the PIN is being replaced by the FSA ID (see attachment). This is not something to be concerned about. You should just be aware that you will now need to create an FSA ID to use on any website which would have used the PIN previously.

If you have any questions over the summer, please contact the College Adviser, Miss Little, atlittleh@reeths-puffer.org.

Have a great summer!

A Note to Juniors From Ms. Little, College Advisor at R-PHS

Filed under: About Me,Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:38 am

Summer is upon us! With just a few short months standing between your student and their senior year, here are a few things to keep in mind for the summer to help your student:

Career Interests: What does your student want to do with their life eventually? Do they have a particular career in mind or a particular career field in mind? If your student is having difficulty pinpointing what they would like to do, they may wish to visit onetonline.org. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this website allows students to search for occupations they may be interested in based on factors like what field a job is in, job growth, education level needed, skills and abilities needed, etc.

In addition to searching online, all students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience by working, volunteering, or doing a job shadow.

Colleges: Students can apply to a college as soon as they have 6 semesters completed (end of Junior year), they have taken an ACT, and the college application is available. Since college applications many times open in August, students can actually begin applying for college even before returning to high school for their senior year. Thus, over the summer it is very important for students to begin reading college webpages, visiting campuses, etc. so they can begin creating a list of colleges they want to apply to. Bigfuture.org is a great place to start your research.

Note: Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may qualify for a fee waiver to apply to colleges that charge an application fee.

The ACT: The first date on which students can retake the ACT in the fall is September 12th with an August 7thregistration deadline. Reasons to retake the ACT include potentially increasing the chances of being admitted at a particular college or university, increasing scholarship eligibility, and/or getting into an Honors program (this opens up the door to a number of opportunities). For ACT prep resources, please see the high school LMC webpage. Registration for retaking the ACT is done atactstudent.org.

Note: Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may qualify for a fee waiver to cover the cost of retaking the ACT.

Scholarships: It is very important to start looking for scholarships as soon as possible. There are a number of websites that can be used to help search for scholarships such as fastweb.comzinch.com,  andcollegegreenlight.com. For more scholarship information, please visit rpcollegeadviser.weebly.com or visit the College Corner at Reeths-Puffer on Facebook.

If you have questions over the summer, please contact the College Adviser, Miss Little, at littleh@reeths-puffer.org.

Have a great summer!

June 1, 2015

The First of the Big Three: R-PHS Baccalaureate

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:45 am

The R-PHS Baccalaureate Service is the first of three big events over three days for the class of 2015.  The service was inspiring for the seniors as well as the family members and relatives who came to campus in support of their graduate.  This year’s speaker was Youth Pastor, Jeremy Wegner from Life Change Church.  Following Jeremy’s encouraging words were two outstanding performances by our 2015 and a combination of our 2015 and 2016 Madrigal groups.  To view the service, click on the video below.

May 29, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:14 am

Back for another summer is our Reading Challenge!  It’s hard to beat a good book to spark your imagination, build reading fluency and vocabulary comprehension.  Don’t forget enjoyment and relaxation!

The Summer Reading Challenge is being offered to students Kindergarten through 12th grade at R-P.  The challenge is an opportunity to instill a love for reading as a life-long habit, as well as giving student participants the chance to win a Kindle Fire tablet.

Thanks to a community member’s generous donation, five Kindle Fire tablets are available to win.  All R-P students who complete the “Ultimate Read 23 Summer Reading Challenge” and submit the proper parent-signed challenge form will have a chance to win.  One name will be drawn from each of the following “levels” on Monday, September 14, 2015:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Students

3rd & 4th Grade Students

5th & 6th Grade Students

7th & 8th Grade Students

9th – 12th Grade Students

Click on the  link below to access the Reading Challenge Calendar and form.

Summer Reading Challenge

May 27, 2015

R-PHS Prom Considered Best by MLive

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:11 am

R-PHS knows how to stage an elegant affair!  R-P’s prom was recently awarded top choice as West Michigan’s best prom!  To read about it, click on the link below!

Best Prom: R-PHS

Senior Rehearsal Reminder

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:04 am

The excitement is building as the seniors prepare to take part in the 57th Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday evening, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena.

A rehearsal reminder to seniors regarding the three opportunities to wear your cap & gown for special senior events:

Rehearsal for our May 31st Baccalaureate CeremonyThursday, May 28th from 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Rocket Centre

Rehearsal for our June 1st Senior Awards Assembly:  Thursday, May 28th from 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Rocket Centre

Rehearsal for our June 2nd Graduation Ceremony: Tuesday, June 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the L.C. Walker Arena


For all seniors planning on attending the Grad Night Party:  You must have your bag checked at the L.C. Walker Arena from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd (prior to graduation rehearsal).




May 22, 2015

Traditional Senior Paper Toss: 2015 Style

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:09 pm

The class of 2015’s version of the Annual Senior Paper Toss


Pride Day: An Incredible Day For All

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:57 am

Pride Day 2015 brought out a wonderful sense of community as students and staff alike joined together to spend time beautifying the high school campus.  From the time students started sprucing up the campus until the final minute of our day together, our students truly realized how great it is to be a Rocket!  This post includes photos taken throughout the day as well as videos from the student council-led assembly that included honoring Mrs. Jan Delaney as Pride Day 2015 Honoree.  Enjoy!

Pride Day: Photos

R-PHS Madrigals Pride Day Performance

R-PHS Children’s Theatre Performance


Pride Day 2015 Honoree:  Mrs. Jan Delaney


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