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December 8, 2016

Band Holiday Concert

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:15 am

Last night in the Rocket Centre, the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and the Winds Ensemble treated a large crowd to the sounds of the Christmas season.  Students, parents and family friends listened to joyful melodies performed by our Rocket musicians which brought a smile to all throughout the concert.  The selections performed are presented below as well as a video of the Winds Ensemble performing “Sleigh Ride”.

Holiday Band

December 5, 2016

A True Educational Partner to R-PHS!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:13 pm

Exxon Mobil and Blarney Castle have been long-time supporters of educational endeavors across the country, providing schools with much needed fund support in the content areas of math and science.  Recently, R-PHS was awarded a $500.00 grant to support educational opportunities at the high school.  The photo below is our local Exxon Mobil partner that has a primary role in the grant procurement process.  The business is located on the corner of M120 and Giles road, very near to R-PHS.


Kayleigh Mock (2009 R-P grad) present a $500.00 check to Mr. Beckeman to be used to support the science department.  On behalf of the high school science department, Mr. Beckeman thanked Kayleigh as our local representative of Exxon Mobil/Blarney Castle and assured her that the funds will find their way into the science classrooms at R-PHS.


November 29, 2016

Turkey Run Delivers Again!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:45 am

R-P has partnered with the Salvation Army for 21 years in preparing and delivering traditional Thanksgiving meals to people in our community who, without this assistance, would not enjoy a warm meal complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans and a dinner roll.

This year, over 500 volunteers came to campus to help keep our tradition going strong.  The group of volunteers prepared and delivered 2,200 meals by 12:00 noon on Thanksgiving morning.  What an accomplishment!!

There are simply too many volunteers to capture in photos, but the link below provide a glimpse into some of the helping hands.

Turkey Run

A heartfelt thanks to Ralph and Jean Lemieux for their 12 years of leading the charge on making the Turkey Run a success.  Food service director, Connie Falbe is also a MVP in making things happen with this wonderful event!


November 23, 2016

R-PHS Students Visit GVSU

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:50 am

On Monday, November 21st, Ms. Davis (R-P College Advisor) and Mr. Schlaff (R-PHS Counselor) brought 44 high school students to visit Grand Valley State University.  Students were greeted by GVSU Admissions Staff members and given an informational presentation, followed by a Question and Answer period with three Grand Valley Students.  Next, these three Grand Valley students were assigned a group of R-P students, and commenced with a walking tour of campus.  R-P students were brought to many buildings, such as the freshman dorms (a.k.a. “Freshmanland”), the library, the science building, the field house, and several eateries.  At noon, students were treated to a free lunch at one of the campus cafeterias, putting the “all you can eat” policy to the test!

It was a great visit for these students, as Grand Valley is historically the most attended four-year college by R-P students.  Some of the students were overheard saying:

“Grand Valley wasn’t really on my radar, but now I want to put in my application.”

“The people here are really friendly.”

“I could see myself going to school here.”

“Everything is so new.  I really loved how studious everyone seemed to be.”

“The food was good!”



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A special treat came in the form of GVSU men’s assistant basketball coach (and R-P grad!), J.R. Wallace meeting up with our students.  J.R. is the all-time scoring leader in R-P history and one of two basketball players to have their jersey retired at R-P. J.R. is pictured with senior, Artrese Williams below.


November 22, 2016

Art in the Moment’s Results

On Saturday, November 19, Reeths-Puffer hosted its fourth annual “R-P Art in the Moment Challenge,” where six local schools were invited to R-PHS to compete in a five hour art competition.  Schools were given the challenge of building a 2D or 3D artwork with a team of artists, incorporating both found objects and their own artistic skills.  This year’s artwork was based on the theme “Misinterpretations.” Taking first place this year was Mona Shores, and second place was Muskegon.  It was a wonderful event with thought-provoking, creative works!

Students begin the selection process of what will go into their artwork (below).

Art in the Moment Group

Mona Shores Students are pictured below with their work.

Mona Shores (1)

Muskegon students pose with their artwork (below)

Muskegon (1)

R-PHS students with their work (below).

Reeths-Puffer (1)

Holton students with their artwork (below).

Holton (1)

North Muskegon students with their artwork (below).

North Muskegon (1)

Orchard View students with their artwork (below).

Orchard View (1)

November 21, 2016

Teen Challenge Visits R-PHS

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:18 am

West Michigan Teen Challenge came to campus to spend time talking with our 9th grade students about making right choices in life.  Our guests from Teen Challenge were organized by gender to speak to our 9th grade boys and girls in class size settings about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.

IMG_3197Their stories were varied and diverse and resonated with our students as they heard how drug use unraveled their lives until they lost everything and hit rock bottom.

R-PHS student, Alaina Boersma shared, “They were inspirational and impactful, to the future we could possibly have being drug free.”

A male panelist remarked, “It was awesome to see how all the students were completely engaged.  It’s nice to see their faces as our message hit them.”


Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.  We have high hopes that their message will strengthen our students’ stance against the use of drugs and alcohol.  Life is so much better spent in the absence of these dangers.


November 20, 2016

Salvation Army & R-P Turkey Run 2016

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:14 pm

The Annual Turkey Run is preparing for another huge success on Thanksgiving Day!  With many helping hands from R-P and surrounding community members, 2,000 meals will be  prepared and delivered to people all over Muskegon county starting at 9:30 a.m. in the cafe at Reeths-Puffer High School.

The Salvation Army has partnered with R-P for many years to provide a warm Thanksgiving meal that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes and green beans.  The food is collected by the Salvation Army and addresses organized by Bob Carter, retired Muskegon County Sheriff.

The lead volunteers at R-P are:  Ralph and Jean LeMieux, and Connie Falbe. Without their leadership and tireless hours of preparation, the Turkey Run would be a challenge to pull off.  Kudos to these wonderful people.

If you would like to volunteer, we need help in the form of meal line volunteers, “runners” helping to load meals in cars and the most valuable of all jobs, the deliverers of the meals.  Volunteers should plan to arrive at R-PHS at 9:15 a.m. for organizational purposes.

The link below are photos taken from Turkey Run version 2015.  You will see how many hands make light work!

Turkey Run 2015

Stadium Echoes Concert Bids Farewell to Dream Catchers

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:58 pm

The R-PHS Marching Band’s fall production Dream Catchers was another very successful production this fall.  Last week the marching band performed the music from their show during the annual Stadium Echoes concert.  Many thanks were shared from Director Chuck Hodson to the parents and community members that had a hand in making this show such a success.

The (amateur) video below was taken at the Stadium Echoes concert.


The recognition and awards Dream Catchers earned this fall are presented below:

2016 RPHS Marching Band Awards

Grand Haven MB Invitational

o Best Marching

o Best Music

o Best Percussion

o Best Guard

o 1st Place Class A


Bands of America Regional at University of Toledo

o Outstanding General Effect

o 1st Place Class AA

o Finalist

o 4th place overall in Finals

Grandville Invitational

o Best Marching

o Best Percussion

o Best Guard

o 2nd Place Class AA

Jenison Invitational

o Outstanding Music

o Outstanding Visual

o Outstanding General Effect

o 1st Place Flight 2

MCBA State Championships

o Outstanding Music

o Outstanding Visual

o Outstanding General Effect

o 1st Place Flight 2

Band of America Grand Nationals Championships

o 1st Place Class AA in Prelims 1

o Grand National Semi-Finalist

o 4th Place Class AA

o 29th Place Overall (regardless of class)




November 16, 2016

Upcycled Art: Discarded to Treasure!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:45 am

Upcycled Art is the process of finding discarded materials and transforming them from their original use to functional works of art.

Students re-purpose discarded items to create functional works of art. Students locate art materials, re-purpose the items, and advertise the items for sale on sites like ebay and ETSY. This class unifies traditional artistic skills with real world practicality. Students learn the skills necessary to be a part of an artistic, business team, marrying business sense and bottom line with artistry and aesthetics.

Crop Bench
Crop Bench II
The bench presented above was made by senior, Noel Sheffer and art teacher, Mr. Jeff Hellmann.  The class has started a raffle (tickets are $5.00) and will draw the winning ticket in early December.  Tickets can be purchased through the art department (see Mr. Hellmann or Mr. Olson) and Mr. Beckeman’s office at the high school.  All proceeds from the raffle go right back into the class to secure more supplies for our art students.
Upcycled Art Logo
Don’t miss out on this wonderful piece of upcycled art!  Buy your tickets soon.

November 15, 2016

Promise Scholarship Update

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:04 pm

Some informative notes came to the high school from a recent meeting of our local College Access Network Executive Board Meeting regarding the Muskegon Promise Scholarship:

  • Students can start using Promise dollars beginning in the fall after graduation (the summer following graduation is not allowed, but summers after the first year would be).
  • The Promise is good for 4 years after graduation.   If they go off to school and for some reason end up back home, they can still use the money- so they would need to start 2 years after graduation to complete the associates under Promise dollars in time.
  • If students do come back home after having received some credits elsewhere, the Promise covers up to 62 credits- equivalent of as Associates, so whatever credits they come in with would count in those 62 (even though they likely paid for them elsewhere).
  • There is not a deadline for them to accept or deny. Students can deny initially and still come back at any time in the 4 years and say they would now like to accept.
  • Students who are TIP and Pell eligible can use that money the first 2 years, and then use the Promise money to finish out a Bachelors at Baker.
  • The Promise is a “last dollar” fund. Pell grants and TIP will be used first and then any leftover would come from the Promise.
  • Students cannot go away for school and then use Promise money for summer classes back home.
  • Students can wait to accept the Promise and still apply for Community Foundation scholarships using other school’s names. They can then compare at the end where they received the greatest package and choose.
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