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April 26, 2017

Caution: “13 Reasons Why”

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:47 pm

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has come to our attention this week that the new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” has been much talked about, particularly among school-aged youth and is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts.  The young-adult bestseller book came out in 2007 and the series was released on Netflix on March 31, 2017.  It seems that many students are binge watching this series, without the knowledge of their parents as they share Netflix accounts and stream the series on their devices.

The fictional story is a cautionary tale of a young girl’s suicide, and covers other sensitive subject matters as the series progresses such as sexual abuse, rape, substance abuse, mental health, and bullying.  The suicide is graphically depicted.  The adults in the series appear disconnected or unwilling to help the adolescents in the series.  Unfortunately, this could lead teens to believe that there would not be anyone that they could talk to in their school or home regarding depression and suicide.   

Due to the popularity and the subject matter of the series, the information below is being provided to assist parents in conversations with their children about these very serious and sensitive topics. It is suggested that:

  • Parents/caregivers view the series first, before you allow your children to watch it.
  • If you consider the series suitable for your children, watch the series with them.
  • Watch the series companion piece “13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons” on Netflix for a discussion by cast, producers, and mental health professionals about the series.
  • Create a safe, judgment-free zone when talking about the series and the subject matter.
  • Reach out for help if you feel you and/or your child needs it. Call 1-231-722-HELP (4357), 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741.

In response to the series, many national and local organizations have created resources to assist parents, teachers, and others in talking to youth about suicide as it relates to the situational drama that unfolds in the TV series and in general.

The following resources are suggested:

April 24, 2017

Rockets Represent at State Solo & Ensemble

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:56 am

At State Solo & Ensemble in Big Rapids this Saturday, the MadriGALS & Madmen both earned Excellent/Division 1 ratings. MadriGALS scored a perfect 30 in sight-reading!  Well done. Cassidy Briggs, Jonathan Krause, Ray Brock, Kyle Goltz, Victoria Bartholomew all scored Excellent/Division 1 ratings too!  Well done. Freshman, Katie Trusty, earned a Good/Division 2 rating. It was a great day for singing for Reeths-Puffer.

April 17, 2017

Freshmen Explore a Multitude of Careers at DeVos Place

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

The class of 2020 paid a visit to DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids this week to explore hundreds of occupations in high-demand industries throughout our state and country.

The field trip was organized by MI Career Quest which provides students with innovative, experiential career events created to inspire and direct high school students to careers that in some cases, might have been unknown to some students.

For more photos, click on the link below.

Career Day at DeVos Place


April 13, 2017

There’s a New Store Coming to Campus! Rocket Resale

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:26 pm

Rocket Resale is a student run thrift shop at Reeths-Puffer High School that will open in the fall of 2017. We are currently working on collecting inventory, setting up shop and many other things. Please donate gently used clothing for teenagers, coats, formal wear, business wear, backpacks and school supplies. If you would like to donate, contact us by private message, directly on this page or by calling Mrs. Burkett at (231) 744-1647 ext. 3216 to arrange a drop off or a pick up of donated items.

April 12, 2017

Schools of Choice

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:46 am
Schools of Choice applications are now available online.  The link is on the Reeths-Puffer home page (www.reeths-puffer.org) on the left-hand side, just under the revolving picture, and appears as
Schools of Choice
Online Application
Schools of Choice applications for Reeths-Puffer District Schools will be available online until Friday, May 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  At the deadline, the link will be removed and the application will no longer be available.  An application must be completed for each student.
Reeths-Puffer High School is accepting Schools of Choice applications for incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Parents who apply for Schools of Choice will receive a determination letter by June 30th.
If you have any additional questions in regards to your student attending Reeths-Puffer High School, you may contact our Registrar, Julie Schropp, at (231) 744-1647 ext. 3703.

College Decision Day Competition!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:59 am


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March 30, 2017

Preparing for the SAT

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:48 am

On Tuesday, April 11th, R-PHS juniors (class of 2018) will take the SAT as part of the M-STEP test.  There are many tutorials on the web for preparing for the SAT as well as some helpful tips when taking the test.

It’s worth the time to view a tutorial or two on preparing for the SAT as this assessment score is requested as part of the admissions process at most colleges and universities.

To view a recommended prep video for the SAT, click on the link below:

Effective Strategies for Each SAT Section

General SAT Test Taking Tips:

  1. Be aware of the time – better to skip a difficult question and come back to it than leave yourself without time to try all of the questions.
  2. You can write in your test booklet – so do!  Make reading notes, cross off eliminated answers, star/circle questions you are skipping etc.  
  3. Process of elimination – if unsure of answer, look first to eliminate those answers you know are incorrect.  This should leave you with 1-2 answers to consider.
  4. Every question on the SAT is worth the same amount so focus on answering the easy and moderate questions correctly rather than losing valuable time struggling with difficult questions.  
  5. There is no penalty for an incorrect answer so do not leave anything unanswered.
  6. Select a “Letter of the Day” approach – LOTD applies when you have to make a guess.  Select a letter – a,b,c,d and use that same letter every time you have to guess at an answer.  Statistically, this gives you better odds of “stumbling” on a correct answer occasionally.  
  7. Circle questions you skip in your test booklet.  This will make it faster to find those questions back.
  8. Pay attention to your answer sheet to make sure you are bubbling in the correct number.  This is especially important if you have skipped any questions.  
  9. Have a plan for the reading section before you even start the test – skim reading first, read questions first…?  
  10. Underline key parts of the question or problem.  This will help to ensure you are answering what is actually being asked.  

The SAT & Work Keys Schedule for our juniors can be accessed from the link below:

SAT & Work Keys Schedule

March 29, 2017

Blue Ribbon Winners at Muskegon Museum of Art Student Exhibit

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

Every year the Muskegon Museum of Art holds their annual student art show, exhibiting the best art from all the local school districts. Only a handful of students’ works are selected to be a part of the show, and the following artists represent our 2017 R-PHS participants for this year’s show at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Sadie Brown and Madison Turner (pictured below) won the prestigious “Blue Ribbon” award, demonstrating excellence in the visual arts.

Blue Ribbon Winner:  Sadie Brown pictured by her work (below)

Blue Ribbon Winner:  Maddie Turner pictured by her work (below)


NAHS Students Paint Mural

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:10 am

Chief Styles from Dalton Township Fire Department, contacted R-PHS art department to inquire if any National Art Honor Society members would be interested in painting a mural of the departments badge, on one of the bay walls at the station, where they park all of their trucks. Madison Segelstrom, Haley Fox, Madison Turner, and Cody Jonaitis signed up to work on the mural.  Madison Segelstrom shared, “After we planned, got paint made, and sketched the design on the wall, we spent a total of about 22 hours. We and some ups and downs, but we couldn’t be happier with the end result. The department was so welcoming, as always. It was a fantastic experience. We wanted to thank Chief Styles and Mr.Olson for giving us such an awesome opportunity”.

Another example of the impact R-P students are having on the community in which they live!

March 28, 2017

Class of 2018: Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship Information

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:42 am

The Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship application is open for students graduating with the class of 2018.

This year, Wendy’s® will be awarding 100 students from across the nation with $150,000 in scholarships. And your students have the opportunity to get in on it.

Refer your scholar-athletes with high character.
Wendy’s is looking for scholar-athletes like last year’s National Winner Frelicia Tucker, a tennis and track and field star who uses her work ethic and passion for excellence to inspire others and champion causes she believes in. Your school has students like Frelicia who give 110% in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Refer these stellar students to the Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship today.

Since 1994, Wendy’s has been partnering with the biggest name in college football, Heisman®, to support education, recognize achievements, and celebrate students through the Wendy’s High School Heisman. Make sure your class of 2018 students are in the game.

Applying is easy.
Our two-part online application makes it quick and easy for students to apply. We’re also giving away $10 Wendy’s gift cards to the first 1,000 applicants. So don’t wait to tell your students about the program.

What Can You Do?
Get the process started by referring a student today. Or send your students to wendysheisman.com to apply. You can also promote the Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship program in your school by using the materials provided here.

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