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March 22, 2017

Muskegon Promise Update

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 1:06 pm

The Muskegon Area Promise Authority (MAPZA) Board and staff would like to inform you all of a decision made by our Board recently that will positively effect several students county wide!

Currently the MAPZA defines academic eligibility for the Promise Scholarship using an unweighted cumulative GPA scale of 3.5 or higher.  In an effort to support challenging course work attempted by students in the Muskegon area, and promote the college going culture we aim for, the MAPZA is fully committed to approving appeals that include proof of rigor and excellence from students enrolled in Advanced Placement and/or Dual Enrollment courses.

Weighted GPA calculations are in place within many schools served by the MAISD for this very reason! Students who have an unweighted GPA below the 3.5, but a weighted GPA at or above the 3.5, should consider and write to the MAPZA for appeal this spring!

Appeals must be made in writing to the MAPZA Board in a manner and form prescribed by our Board including collaboration with a high school guidance counselor, and using the Proforma Application.  All appeals are due by April 30, 2017 for Board review.

Rocket Choir Program Earns Top Ratings as District Festival

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:20 am

The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs performed at District Choral Festival in Greenville this past week.  Congratulations to all of the Rocket Choirs for qualifying for State!  Harmonix, Rocket Ladies Choir, Vocal Fusion, and Madrigals received Excellent/Division 1 ratings in performance and sight reading.  Harmonix and Madrigals obtained a perfect score in sight-reading.  Vocal Fusion tied as the top scoring choir overall in their division.

R-P Madrigals

Brandon Archer, Cassidy Briggs, Raymond Brock, Joshuah Collins, Mathew Deleeuw, Taylor Dibble, Kyle Goltz, Isabel Guerra, Jason Helm, Jonathan Krause, Melanie Lamrock, Lauren Martin, Kaylynn Moschke, Cody Neinas, Elijah Nichols, Maria Nolan, Danielle Otworth, Cade Schauer, Maya Straley, Jacob Uganski, Jacob Westerhof, Lyric Williams, Jaden Wiseman, Kristen Wood

Rocket Harmonix

Jaydon Anderson, Tyler Barringer, Lauren Beebe, Misty Bond, Logan Bradley, Taylor Bradley, Madison Bray, Ceirra Bush, Jarrod Bushman, Dylan Chipman, Roland Compton, Taylor Cooper, Brianna Cox, Christian Cranston, Nolan Darland, Maegan DeJohn, Skyler Flowers, Lexi Followell, Jonnie Foltynewicz, Maya Garcia, Grant Gardner, Hannah Goodman, De’ja Guardiola, Joel Gunn, Savanna Huff, Lynsie Hulett, Cecilie Kristiansen, Dustin Laird, Kaylah Maclaren, Parker McClure, Andrew McConnell, ShiAnn Minzey, Brennan Norman, Gabrielle Peabody, Ashley Peterson, Ashley Poland, Aaron Riedinger, Clayton Ritsema, Bryan Rousell, Claire Simmons, Dylan Stawski, Alex Switzer, Devin Tice,Sam Udell, Lucas Visscher, Ashley Vos, Lindsey Westerhouse, Daniela Zirm

Rocket Ladies Choir

Ryleigh Ackley, Sabrina Barrat, Victoria Bartholomew, Abigail Beard, Isabella Behling, Papitcha Chittipornsan, Megan Cihak, Katlyn Cisneros, Cheyanne Cooley, Aracely Garcia, Tiffany Greeno II, Brooke Hall, Taya Hekkema, Adrianna Johnson-Kroll, Jamie Kitchen, Carrie Knapp, Shannah Kolbe, Rose Meyers-Gould, McKenzie Millar, Asha Ornelas, Nicole Peterson, Isabelle Rameau, Izabelle Ransom, Anneka Renes, Sabryna Rose, Allison Schulte, Jasmine Schultz, Skylar Smith, Jasmine Stepp, Emileigh Stout, Brooke Tennison, Avian Thomas, Hannah Tripp, Katie Trusty, Madeline Visscher, Dana Wadkins, Marissa Welch, Madison Wentworth, Kayleigh Wilhelm, Breanna Woodring

RP Vocal Fusion

Kaylee Adams, Lydia Brown, Lindsey Carlson, Anna Compton, Mackenzie Gordon, Veronica Gordon, Katelynn Green, Riley Higgins, Kaylee Houseman, Mara Mohamed, Madison Navoni, Laura Nolan, Sierra Peacock, Jayde Potter, Mika Roberson-White, Te’a Schlager, Kami Seewald, Shelby Springer, Brandi Stenberg, Michaela Sturtevant, Rebecca Temple, Caitlin Thompson, Ariel Turgeon, Abbi Wagbo

R-P Science Olympiad Places in State Competition

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:13 am

The Reeths-Puffer Science Olympiad team took 7th place out of 20 teams at the Alma College Science Olympiad tournament. Science Olympiad is an organization that allows students to pursue their interests in various fields of science or STEM activities. Lindsay Richardson and Rachel Dobb captured 1st place in Dynamic Planet. Sam Mazurkiewicz and Aleigha Lindstrom were 4th in Chemistry Lab. Te’a Schlager and Rachel Dobb were 4th in helicopter design. Congratulations to our Rockets!

March 15, 2017

9th Grade Orientation Tonight!

Filed under: Archive,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:11 am

The class of 2021 and their parents have the opportunity to visit campus and hear first-hand about the scheduling process, four-year planning, talk with teachers and counselors so the transition from middle school to high school is a simple adjustment.

The agenda for the evening is as follows:

6:00 – 6:10  Meet & Greet in cafe with staff and administration

6:15 – 6:45  Presentation on high school life, expectations and the scheduling process.

6:45 – 7:30  Parents and students have the opportunity to talk with department faculty, counselors and administration about classes and activities available to them as in-coming freshmen.

A pdf copy (without links) can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Frosh Orientation 2017

If you have yet to download our App, you can do so via a QR code reader.  Both the Android and IPhone QR Codes are presented below for downloading.

IPhone QR Code

QR Code for Androids:

If you have yet to subscribe to Rocket News, click on the following link R-PHS and type in your email in the textbox provided in the upper right column of our page.  It’s that easy!

If you have any questions regarding the scheduling process, please contact your student’s counselor (below):

March 8, 2017

The Little Mermaid Opens Thursday Night!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:10 pm

Grimsby – Brody Yarian


Sailors (12) (Fathoms Below, The Storm)  – Tenor Group 1: Clayton Ritsema, Cade Schauer, Dylan Chipman, Nick McNabnay, Dustin Laird, Nolan Darland

Bass Group 2: Jacob Uganski, Ian Erickson, Stan Shank, Lucas Visscher, Brandon Archer, Anthony DeMaio



Chef Chorus (16) (Les Poisson Reprise) –  Tenor Group 1: Clayton Ritsema,Cade Schauer, Dylan Chipman, Nick McNabnay, Dustin Laird, Logan Bradley,

Bass Group 2: Jacob Uganski, Ian Erickson, Stan Shank, Lucas Visscher,, Brandon Archer, Anthony DeMaio, Nick Golden, Brenden Schuppe, Cole Halterman, Nolan Darland

March 7, 2017

R-P Artists Win Awards

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:43 am
A few of our students entered the ACWL Nuveen show titled “Change of Seasons” and were recognized for their work.  The following were awarded on Saturday:
–ACWL Award: Mychalla Belknap
–Honorable Mention: Lilah Parker
–1st Place: Mara Mohamed
The ACWL invites students from any school to participate in the Nuveen art show, and it’s great to see so much involvement from our R-PHS students.  These young ladies earned 3 of the 5 art awards given to high school students in the show, and it’s wonderful to see them recognized for their creativity, focus, and hard-work.
Their award-winning artwork is presented below:
Mara’s Art Submission:
Mychalla’s Art Submission:
Lilah’s Art Submission:

March 3, 2017

R-PHS Raises $750.00 for Kids Food Basket

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:20 am

The Kids’ Food Basket is an organization whose mission is to provide healthy sack dinners for students who may not have a meal provided to them outside of the school day. Every day, volunteers help chop vegetables, make sandwiches, portion food items, and assemble sack dinners. These are delivered every day to schools, who in turn distribute them to students who are part of the program.

In February, the Sophomore class participated in a competition to see which English class could raise the most money and decorate the most bags for the Kids’ Food Basket. The effort was led by a single student – Savanna Huff. She saw a need and wanted to help fill it! Through her efforts and the help of the entire sophomore class, Reeths-Puffer High School raised $750 and decorated over 550 bags!

Photo from left to right: Stephanie Kerr-Cathey, KFB Muskegon Development Specialist

Savanna Huff, Reeths-Puffer Sophomore

Susan Derby, Reeths-Puffer English Teacher

Dan Beckeman, Reeths-Puffer High School Principal

March 2, 2017

The Muskegon Promise

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:02 pm

Pervading the Promise!
Because inquiring minds want to know…. TWO items of interest!

All eligible Promise Scholars will be notified by official letter this spring.  The MAISD will be sending the first wave of notifications on March 31, 2017.  Students will have one month to accept their award via an electronic registration process outlined in the letter. No applications are needed, simply some brief details on their college plans and general contact info. Our hope is their college choice and Promise plans will be celebrated at your Decision Day events!


I envision another wave of notifications going out in June as well, for those students who may need the full winter term to solidify their final GPA’s for Promise eligibility.

Within their eligibility letter will also be a reminder of what may still need to be done in order to collect on their award… FAFSA applications and enrollment into college first on the list!
From there, during the month of July, we will communicate with the colleges on behalf of all Promise scholars and ensure the registration and enrollment process is seamless.  And hopefully… worry free!  Any last minute FAFSA applications or verification needs will be handled by the colleges. Announcements of such will be made during orientation sessions on either campus.
stack_of_books.jpg New marketing and promotion plans are in the works for the Muskegon Area Promise! The Muskegon Area Promise Authority Board recently developed a vision to provide high quality marketing tools and strategies to ALL of our local schools.
The new “Dream Big Campaign”will motivate students at every grade level, Kindergarten through 12th grade, to achieve at higher levels and become an active part of the Muskegon Area’s college going culture. The campaign starts this spring with our youngest of learners! Kindergarten Round up! So not to give away the surprise… I leave you with this…. look for these fun, yet critical, promotions to arrive in your schools soon!

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February 26, 2017

17 Days to a Great Career!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:13 pm
The Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) is offering full-tuition scholarships for the 2017 Construction Core Jump Start Program. In its fourth year, the 2017 Jump Start Program is an intensive 17-day training program open to students aged 18 – 24.

The Jump Start program is based on the ABC Western Michigan Construction Core program which teaches basic construction skills including construction math, hand/power tools, and basic blueprint reading. Graduates earn a 10-hour OSHA card, rough-terrain forklift license, First Aid/CPR card, and lead and asbestos awareness.

At the conclusion of the training program students are offered a minimum of two job interviews with CWDA association member companies who are eager to hire entry-level professionals.

The Jump Start program positions students who complete the training  with the basic skills necessary to work in the construction industry.


Jump Start Program Details
Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 30, 2017
Monday – FridayMonday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday, Mach 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.



February 22, 2017

Rocket Seniors! Scholarship Deadlines on the Horizon!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:55 pm
Below you will find a list which contains some of the available scholarships and their upcoming due dates.  Please also read the monthly Senior Bulletin for other upcoming Scholarship opportunities.
Remember, some of the scholarship applications require to be typed or electronically sent
This is a VERY IMPORTANT scholarship to apply for.  The Community Foundation, in the past, has given Reeths-Puffer Students up to $70,000 at the Senior Awards Assembly each spring.  They give out over 600 scholarships county wide.
ROSA PARKS SCHOLARSHIP– open to all seniors, due March 1st
FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP– open to all seniors, due March 1st.
WOMEN’S DIVISION– open to all seniors (male and female) planning to attend Baker College or MCC, due March 10th
MARTIN & MABLE NOLAN SCHOLARSHIP–  open to all seniors, due March 14th.
MUSKEGON ROTARY CLUB – open to students planning to attend Baker or MCC, due March 15th.
APRIL ANNE BOSS SCHOLARSHIP-open to Band/Choir students, due March 31.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SCHOLARSHIP– open to all seniors, due March 31st.
ROCKET SCHOLARS FOUNDATION – open to all seniors, due March 31st.
MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTERS UNION SCHOLARSHIP – open to seniors planning on going into an Emergency Services Field, due March 31.
NORTHSIDE LIONS SCHOLARSHIP– open to all Seniors, due April 15th.
DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SCHOLARSHIP – open to Female Seniors going into Education, due April 15.
PRIVACKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – open to seniors going into a Human Services Field of study, due April 28th.
Read over all applications carefully and make sure you have requested any other documentation that is required such as SAT Scores, Transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
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