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February 22, 2017

Rocket Seniors! Scholarship Deadlines on the Horizon!

Filed under: Uncategorized — 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
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 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.

A Wendy’s Scholarship for Current Juniors

Filed under: Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:49 pm

In partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trust (yes, that Heisman), Wendy’s High School Heisman awards $150,000 in scholarships annually to students in all 50 states who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. To-date we’ve awarded more than $1.9 million to support education while honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school senior student-athletes.

2017 Scholarship Program Opens March 1

This scholarship opportunity is open to current juniors!  The application for the 2017-2018 scholarship program opens on March 1. Juniors, you can learn more and apply at wendysheisman.com.

February 16, 2017

Dream BIG!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:24 pm

Scholarships empower our youth to have aspirations for a bright future and create opportunities for them to realize their dreams:
“I would like to thank you for giving me a chance. Often we are judged by what we have done and not our potential. I am a hard worker and dedicated to my future. I am so grateful for this scholarship. It has fueled me to continue on as I promised my mother – I would be on the Dean’s List.”  – Christian, class of 2016

If you know anyone who is continuing their education, let them know we’re accepting scholarship applications through March 1. Lots of detailed information and the online application are located on our website. Take a look at our brand new infographic to learn more about the students who received scholarships in 2016!

Education is an investment in the future of our community and you can make a difference.  Many local school districts have education funds here that provide classroom grants and scholarships for their students, and you can find them in the fund list on our website.  Or you can give to the Muskegon Area Promise fund or our general scholarship fund online at online at www.cffmc.org/give-now.

Join us in supporting big dreams and bright futures!


February 11, 2017

R-PHS Showcase Roster Set!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:00 pm

Showcase is an annual fine arts competition among schools in West Michigan.  The competition traces its roots back to 1981.  Reeths-Puffer has had a strong connection to the show since its inception as we have participated with talented acts and have provided the stage crew each and every year.  This March, we will send  twenty of our very best students to compete in the two day event at the historic Frauenthal Theatre and another six to serve backstage.  Reeths-Puffer will perform on Thursday, March 23.  The awards are given out at the end of Thursday’s show.  The awards in the four performing categories are 3rd place – $300, 2nd place – $500 and 1st place – $1000.  These are cash awards, not scholarships.  There is also an overall “Showstopper” award given out which carries a $1000 prize as well.

In academics, our honoree is valedictorian Maria Nolan.  She will be honored for academic achievement in front of the crowd.  She will also have her senior picture displayed on our academic wall of honor at the high school.

In athletics, Blake Ross and Maryssa Depies are the male and female honorees.  Both were unanimously chosen by their coaches as the most outstanding athletes in our student body.

Athletics and Academic honorees do not compete, but are brought onto the stage and their narrative is delivered by the host for the evening to allow all to hear of their talents and awards.

Our visual artist is Noel Sheffer.  He was selected by the art department.  His piece is a spiral of piano keys which is suspended on a swivel from the ceiling.  It is in perpetual rotation. The piece will be submitted March 2nd to the Betty Clark-Canon gallery where it will be displayed for the month of March.

Our literary artist is Taylor Dibble.  She was chosen by the English department for her poetry work.  Her poems will be reprinted in the Showcase program for all to enjoy.

Our solo / duo performer is Brody Yarian.  He will perform an original juggling routine.  He has a vast amount of juggling skills and will bring along many items to juggle including a tennis balls, frisbees, bowling balls and glow in the dark spheres.

Our group performance is called Equinox and is made up of Cody Jonaitis, Jacob Foster, Lauren Martin, Dolen Austin, Dawson Wheeler, Carson Judd, Zach Ostoin, Gabrielle Burns, Matthew Jeroy, Madeline Stafford, Evan Hodson, Noel Sheffer, Nathan Schweri, Weston Dulyea and Quinn Yarian.  They will perform Edgar Winter’s 1973 rock anthem Frankenstein.

February 9, 2017

Boots on the Ground: Ferris State University

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:20 am

On our tour of Ferris State University, we were able to check out the university’s unique buildings and facilities, hear an admissions presentation outlining the various programs offered, and eat in the well-known cafeteria, the Rock Cafe. Some comments from students include:

“It was a really great experience and made me more aware of what campus life is like and showed me that Ferris is definitely one of my top 3 choices!” -Bayroni Lopez, junior

“It was nice learning about all the options available at Ferris.” -Lorna Musgrave, junior

“Ferris seemed like a place anyone could go to and have fun. I was there for only a couple hours and had a blast, especially when we got to eat the food.”  -Noel Sheffer, senior

R-PHS Talent Show

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:15 am

The R-PHS Talent Show will hit the Rocket Centre stage this Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Every year, this production is outstanding!  Not only does the talent run deep among our students, but it’s very diverse.  This show will surely be worth to trip to campus.

The cost ($5.00) is one of the best deals in town!  Come and enjoy the many talents that Rocket students will have for you!

February 8, 2017

Capital Hill Challenge Begins in Personal Finance Class

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:27 am

The Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) matches Members of Congress with students, teachers, and schools competing in The Stock Market Game™ in their respective district or state. Student teams manage a hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio and invest in real stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The top 10 CHC teams in the nation will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet their Member of Congress and be recognized at an awards reception on Capitol Hill. During their visit, students and teachers will meet with business, government, and education leaders to learn about fiscal policy making, the role of the capital markets, and global economic trends. The winners will also have the opportunity to tour financial landmarks and national monuments.

Mr. Corbin’s Personal Finance classes have participated the last four years and have placed in the top ten in three of those four years. They outperformed roughly 4300 teams across the United States each year to place in 4th, 6th, and 10th places. Students use the state of Michigan Stock Market Game™ to learn real life skills about investing for education, a down payment on a house, and retirement savings. They have taken first place (and most of the top ten) in nearly every state competition for the last seven years. Students will branch out into much more risky, aggressive, securities transactions in the Capitol Hill Challenge as the competition is extremely fierce from across the nation. Historically speaking, a team of five students will need to turn their $100,000 into at least $150,000 in 60 trading days to even have a chance at making the top ten. Last Year, a team of five girls from Personal Finance, Shelbi Adams, Emily Bride, Kaylah VandeGutche, Melissa Powell, and Sydney Colegrove, managed to take 4th place in the nation by turning $100, 000 into an astounding $158,719.65 in only three months. Some highlights of their amazing, all expenses-paid, trip to Washington DC are below.

The all-expense paid trip included round trip airfare, all hotel accommodations, meals, and a free Metro Pass. They attended two awards ceremonies and met with Congressman Bill Huizenga and Senator Gary Edwards from Michigan. The girls were also able to tour one of the Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol, and all of the major monuments and memorials. Breakfast and lunch were provided for them as the met with business leaders and professionals from organizations such as Morgan Stanley and FINRA.  Since the hotel was in the heart of DC they were also within a short walking distance of the White House, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Treasury Building and much more. They made new friends as they met and talked with other winning teams from across the country.

February 6, 2017

R-PHS Hosts MSVMA Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:07 pm

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs hosted the MSVMA Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Congratulations to the MadriGALS on their perfect score giving them a Division 1 rating, and the MADmen for performing a near perfect score also with a Division 1 rating.  The following singers achieved Division 1 ratings and qualified for State: Kyle Goltz, Morgan Perez (with a perfect score), Jonathan Krause, Victoria Batholomew, and Ray Brock.  Also qualifying for state: Cassidy Briggs and Katie Trusty.  Congratulations to Kami Seewald, Maria Nolan, Danielle Otworth, and Lucas Visscher on their performances at Solo & Ensemble.  (Photo: MadriGALS and MADmen)

R-PHS Ski Trip Still Open for Sign-Ups

Filed under: Archive,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:39 am

If you are a current Rocket high school student and you LOVE to snowboard or ski, please consider signing up for the February 17th Crystal Mountain ski trip!  A few particulars from Mr. Cole, ski club advisor:

Cost for ticket and transportation:  $55.00

Rental:  $15.00

Sign-up deadline:  February 10th

Mr. Cole can get significant discounts for families too!

If interested, contact Mr. Cole at coles@reeths-puffer.org

January 30, 2017

Holocaust Survivor Coming to R-P

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:52 pm

The middle school students and faculty are hosting Mr. Martin Lowenberg, a Holocaust survivor as their centerpiece to connecting life-skills such as resiliency, grit and empathy to their lives.

Through their relationship with Mr. Loweberg’s commitment to share his story with our middle school, he will also host an evening presentation at the Rocket Centre on the high school campus.  The evening presentation is scheduled for Wednesday evening, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

This special event will surely draw a lot of attention and patrons.  Mark your calendars now to hear Mr. Lowenberg’s story at R-PHS!

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