R-PHS Rocket News

February 27, 2015

Last Minute Support for Upcoming ACT

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:47 am

Is your Junior looking to get some last minute ACT test prep in over the weekend? There are lots of

online resources available to help students feel more prepared for their big test day. A great place to

start with ACT test prep is the R-PHS LMC webpage on the High School website. This webpage provides a

list of great ACT prep resources and can be accessed here: Resources

For students who particularly want to brush up on what they will need to tackle the Math and Science

sections of the ACT, FREE online cram sessions for Math and Science are also being offered by Kaplan.

Registration is required for these sessions, which take place on February 28th and March 1st. To register,

please go here: Register .

February 18, 2015

Kaley Johnson Earns Ice Racer of the Year!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:40 am

Professional flat-track champion Kyle Johnson (class of 2012) isn’t the only national champ in the Johnson household.  Kyle’s younger sister and current senior, Kaley traveled to Edgerton, Wisconsin over the mid-winter break to compete in the 250 DTX, 250 Modified and the 450 DTX national ice racing championships and came home as the AMA Ice Racer of the Year after capturing first place finishes in the races she entered.

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The temperature at the start of the race day was -5 degrees (minus wind chill).  The day began to warm up but the mercury never got above 10 degrees.  It didn’t matter to Kaley as she heated up the track with her expert racing skills on ice.

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What made the weekend so special for Kaley was bringing the award back to her family after her brother (Kyle) brought home the Ice Racer of the Year award in both 2011 and 2012.  It was also the first time a girl ever won and kind of rider of the year award in any type of racing through American Motorcyclist Association and the first in a long time to win three premier classes at the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship.

Kaley wanted to thank those that sponsor her and support her.  Her thanks go out to her parents, Stand and Lisa Johnson, Craig and Rick Parkinson from Parkinson Brothers Racing, brother Kyle, Kyle Keller from Hot Rod Harley Davidson, Pro One Industries, Jeff Ferdette from FRP Racing, Craig Pickett and Forty Five Designs.

We are very proud of Kaley and look forward to more winning stories of her on a motorcycle.

February 16, 2015

Healthy Lunches at R-P? You Bet!

Filed under: About Me,Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:41 pm
In order to replicate and expand the excellent lunch offerings of R-PHS to all buildings within the district, a recently formed district committee is seeking information to move forward with healthy lunch options.   The committee is seeking community input to formulate data to craft  healthy reforms.
This data must represent the preferences of parents, students, and staff. Please consider taking two minutes from your busy day and complete this 12 question survey.  The survey can be accessed from the following link:
Thank you for taking the time to assist us as we move forward with our efforts to continually improve the health of all Rockets!

February 11, 2015

FAFSA Night Approaching

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,School Improvement,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 11:04 am

February is FAFSA Month!  (Unofficially that is.)  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by colleges and universities, the state government, and the federal government to help determine how much money they will contribute to paying for your student’s college expenses.  With the March 1st priority deadline for completing the FAFSA less than a month away, it is important to start working toward getting the FAFSA finished.  Not sure what you’re doing?  No problem!  There are several opportunities coming up where you can get help filing your FAFSA.

Every Friday in February and March, MCC will be offering FREE help with the FAFSA during their FAFSA Friday sessions.  These sessions run from 1-3 p.m. in room 116A

Can’t make it on Fridays?  A FAFSA Fill-In Night will be held Tuesday, February 17th from 6-8 p.m. in the LMC computer lab at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Stop by anytime during these two hours to get help completing your FAFSA.  Please see the provided list of documents required by the FAFSA that you will need to bring with you to the event.

(Note: Even if a student is unsure whether they will be attending college this fall, it is best to go ahead and complete the FAFSA now as money may be lost by waiting to apply.  For students who have not yet applied to a college, they can list a college they are interested in on the FAFSA so their financial information will be sent there, and then they can apply to the college later.  For students graduating in June who plan to start college in the spring or summer of 2016, they will still need to fill out the 2015-16 FAFSA form which, again, has a priority deadline of March 1, 2015)

Click on the link below to access the FAFSA checklist.

FAFSA Checklist and FA Timeline


Online Course Selection Process Tutorial

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

Our online course selection process is explained in detail in the screencast below. Counselors are busy meeting with students in their English classes to inform them of the process and timeline for course enrollment for the 2015-16 school year.

Parents, please take time to discuss course options with your student.  If you have any questions about the scheduling process, please contact our counseling staff so they may provide you with personal attention.

Counseling Staff:

Students: A-G    Mr. Paul Schlaff (744-1647 ext 3710)

Students: H-N   Ms. June Earhart (744-1647 ext. 3706)

Students: O-Z    Mr. Mike Smith (744-1647 ext. 3707)

February 3, 2015

Scheduling for 2015-16 Underway

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 11:14 am

Scheduling Plan

Curriculum Guide

January 27, 2015

R-PHS = A safe & Drug-Free School

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:38 pm

Without question, a focus of our district has always been to:  provide a safe environment for our students to learn, contribute and compete.  Safety is a critical element to the learning process at all levels, an element we take very seriously.

Today the high school welcomed Rex, a canine drug dog to campus as a measure in maintaining a drug-free campus.  Officer Jamie Ottinger toured Rex through rows of student vehicles, gym lockers and a few random classrooms in support of our efforts keeping any and all drugs off campus.

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Rex did not hit on any car, locker, gym bag or backpack during his time with us.  We were pleased with this result as Rex, being a highly trained drug dog can sniff out any elicit drug, according to officer Ottinger.

This planned event was weeks in preparation and was carried out effectively.  We will continue to maintain a proactive approach with our commitment to a safe and drug-free school and our work with Rex will continue with other future visits.


January 26, 2015

Spring Musical: Godspell

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:05 pm


The high school fine arts department will present Godspell March 12-14.  The show is the gospel of St. Matthew set to rock and roll music.  Some might remember to song, “Day by Day” which was the one crossover hit from the show.

The first act is a series of parables delivered by Jesus and his followers.  They are told in very creative ways and the lessons for the audience are very clear.

The second act is the last week of Jesus’ life.

The company has chosen to set the story on a modern day playground with the idea that the cast will go from negative playground behaviors (when not following the teachings) to positive playground behavior and community building (once they begin following the parables).  The message should be very powerful.

The Cast List

Jesus:  Sam Anderson, Judas: Chris Switzer, Telly: Jesse Miller, Nick: Matt Johnston, George: Nate Goodman, John the Baptist: Kyle Goltz, Hunter Hubers, Noah Jahn, Eli Nichols, Anna Maria: Bri Bush, Lindsay: Abby Clark, Telli: Bri Klug, Uzo: Halina Halasinski, Morgan: Allison Gilde, Morgan: Maria Nolan, Celisse: Jackie Anderson, Lexi Bogue and Bri Klub


Isabelle Guerra, Kendra Irvine, Madison Reynolds, Trisha Bond, Erin Boersma, Maddison Schuppe, Hayley Vanderwall, Kaitlyn Timmerman, Kaylee Houseman, Lexi Bogue, Kaylin Gaylord, Bree Cooper, Carly Murat, Maria Nolan, Jackie Anderson, Kaylynn Moschke, Danielle Otworth, Dierdra Boertman, Taylor Dibble, Meleanie Lamrock, Lexi Anderson, Jing Wang, Noah Jahn, Kyle Goltz, Hunter Hubers, Brandon Lemieux, Michael Westbrook and Luke Lewis

Singing Chorus

Kristen Wood, Morgan Perez, Eli Nichols and Brandon Archer

Pit Musicians

Jordan Martin, Bryan Buck, Devon Lamrock, Andrew Ostoin, Jim Martin, Jackie Fisher and Philip DeYoung


Clara Bonebrake, Abby Carr, Elliott Link, Misty Bond, Emily Briggs, Max Churchill, Brandon Ferris, Amber Foltynewicz, Sam Hickman, Josiah Holmes, Alex Huber, Aaron Julien, Justin Keech, Adam Knapp, Aurelius Miller, Celeste Ordish, Isaiah Potter, Wallace Reames, Mitchell Rudholm, Brendan Schoonbeck, Alex Snyder, Kaylie Spira and Adam Sutter

Directing Team

Trent Klairter, Regina Schlaff, Jackie Fisher, Philip DeYoung, Erin Blais, Ruthie Hubers, Laura Dyga, Mark Lewis, Bob Switzer, Kim Rogers, Juli Lewis and Joe Milder


Thinking Ahead

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:46 pm

With half of the school year behind us, senior year for your student is approaching rapidly. It’s never too early to start planning for after graduation, and there are many resources available to help you and your student prepare for the future.

Now is a great time to start thinking about what college or career choices are best for your student. Students can explore careers, search for colleges that are the best fit for them, and learn about paying for college by going to www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org . With many applications to colleges open as early as August, students who take the time to begin planning for college now will be able to apply earlier in their senior year, decreasing their chances of missing important scholarship deadlines.

Additionally, there are also scholarship opportunities for which juniors can apply. A good source for finding scholarships for your junior is fastweb.com. The summer between junior and senior year is also an excellent time to be looking for scholarships your student may be eligible for as a senior.

In addition to searching for scholarships, another great way to help your junior prepare for next year is by encouraging them to study for their ACT. Examples of good test prep websites are www.actstudent.org/testprep/ , www.kaptest.com/act/kaplan-act-prep/all-about-the-ACT , and www.mel.org (under “Practice Tests”)


January 13, 2015

Cash for College

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:18 am

On Tuesday, January 20th, at 6:30 p.m., Reeths-Puffer High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night in room 200 for all seniors and their families who want to learn more about paying for college. This presentation will be given by representatives from Baker College who will talk about all aspects of paying for college, like completing the FAFSA form, scholarships, grants, and work-study.  You do NOT have to be planning to attend Baker College to attend this meeting.  The counseling department highly encourages all seniors and their families to attend.

MCC will also be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, January 27th from 6:00-8:00pm in room 1100 in the Stevenson Center. Topics that will be covered include the FAFSA, scholarships, and loans. Enrollment representatives will also be available to answer questions. Please call 231-777-0366 to reserve your seat at the MCC presentation.

For a calendar of financial aid events happening in the Muskegon area, go to http://rpcollegeadviser.weebly.com/financial-aid-events.html


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