R-PHS Rocket News

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


January 12, 2015

R-P Alumni Share College Experience with Current Seniors

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:21 pm

Five R-P alumni now attending college recently returned to the high school to share about their experience as college students with current high school seniors. These alumni answered questions on a number of topics ranging from dorm life to academics to financing education as part of a panel discussion. When asked about the panel discussion afterward, some high school seniors commented that “It was really helpful to get advice from recent college students who were able to help guide me to my next step” and that “It was helpful to get insight on how college life actually is that counselors and college reps cannot give”. The alumni panel included Rachel Kendra (R-PHS ’11), studying Computer Science at CMU, Allie Krukowski (R-PHS ’12, MCC ’14), studying Elementary Education at GVSU, Eric Hilt (R-PHS ’12), studying Nursing at MCC, Tiarra Elliott (R-PHS ’14), studying Psychology at MSU, and Danielle Schugars (R-PHS ’14), studying Computer Science at MSU.





January 11, 2015

Teen Challenge Visits R-PHS

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:03 pm

A group of men from Teen Challenge visited Reeths-Puffer High School on Tuesday, December 16th to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery with our 9th grade students. Often the presenters shared that their addictions started with small compromises that led to large compromises.


One of the presenters from Teen Challenge stated, ” we were honored to come and share our stories with the students at RPHS. It is our hope that these young people will learn from our past mistakes and failures and avoid the pitfalls of drug and alcohol abuse.”


Students were very attentive during the presentations and responded with many good questions. Students walked away with an emotional picture of the negative impact of drug abuse and some suggestions on how to help others if the need ever presented itself. Taylor Freed, a 9th grade student stated, “I really respect the presenters because they are brave enough to share their life stories in front of us, and I fell like they really had an impact on the students listening.”


Thank you to the men at Teen Challenge for sharing stories in effort to help students understand the risks associated with drugs and alcohol.

SAT: Most Recent Educational Change (and Acronym!)

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:46 pm

Over the past few years, we have embraced changes handed down from our state legislators in the following manner; aligned curriculum to the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), unpacked the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), supported our students as adjustments were to the MMC (Michigan Merit Curriculum), preparing to implement M-Step (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) to our assessments for juniors and finally, from what seemed by many to be a financially-motivated decision, preparing to shift away (spring of 2016) from the ACT to the SAT as the foundational instrument used to measure student achievement for all public schools in our great state.

This spring will mark the last time our Rocket juniors will take the ACT as part of the MME (Michigan Merit Exam).  It will also mark the last time that this well-respected assessment will come free of charge to our juniors.  Starting with the class of 2017 (next year’s juniors), the ACT will become an optional assessment that students must pay for as the state will only cover the costs of the SAT, since it has been adopted as the new foundational assessment for the MME. The SAT will be the assessment given in the spring at R-PHS for the next three years (length of bid award).  A quick look at the SAT:

  • Assesses students in reading, math and writing
  • Test duration:  3 hours & 50 minutes (with essay)
  • Score Range:  400 – 1600
  • Other Subject Tests are available but will not part of the SAT (History & Science for example)
  • Recent upgrades better align with the Common Core
  • Students can receive their scores online 2 weeks after assessment is completed
  • Has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary than the ACT
  • Questions in each tested area progress in difficulty
  • Test-takers are not penalized for wrong answers
  • Each question has equal value


For further information on the SAT, click on the links below:

Math:   Math Problem Solving     Math Grid Ins

Reading:  Sentence Completion   Reading Comprehension

Writing:  Essay     Grammar

Vocabulary:  Word Lists




January 7, 2015

OK Principals Weigh In on New State Testing

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:44 am

As we close in on the end of the first semester of the 2014-15 school year, plans are forming on how we will prepare a junior testing schedule to meet proposed changes to the state mandated assessments given to our junior class.

Our teachers work very hard to prepare our students to be successful beyond their days as Rockets.  This preparation includes college, work and of course, state mandated assessments.

Recently, the Principals of the OK Conference met to draft a letter to be sent to the following individuals:

Mike Flanagan – State Superintendent

Mike Radke – Director, Office of Field Services

Vanessa Keesler – Deputy Superintendent, Accountability Services

Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent

The OK Principals are hopeful that state lawmakers and policy crafters will contemplate the contents of our letter as we believe it has the best interests of our students at its core.

To read the letter, click on the link below.

OK Conference Letter

 Click to Enlarge Graph

Proposed M-Step Test Time

For more information on M-Step, click on the link below.


January 6, 2015

Meijer Scholarship Information

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:51 am

If you (senior) are a part-time employee at Meijer or have a parent/guardian that is a full or part-time employee at Meijer, this scholarship opportunity is for you!

Click on the link below for more information.

Meijer Scholarship Opportunity


January 5, 2015

Rocket Boosters Meeting: January 12th

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Stakeholder Communications,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:46 pm

The next meeting for our Rocket Boosters is scheduled for Monday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the high school LMC.

If you are a supporter of our Rocket students and programs, then you are invited to attend this meeting!  Consider placing this meeting on your calendar!


December 29, 2014

FAFSA Information for R-P Seniors & Parents

Filed under: Archive,Parents,School Board,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:12 am

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will open January 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. All families with seniors planning to attend college next year must fill out the FAFSA in order to receive financial aid from the Federal Government to help pay for school. The state of Michigan also uses information from the FAFSA to distribute funds, as do many colleges and universities, making the FAFSA the #1 best way to get financial aid for college.

To find more information on the FAFSA, you can go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa . Students should fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible on/after January 1, 2015 as some types of aid are first come, first serve. To receive priority consideration for financial aid from the state of Michigan and from most colleges/universities in Michigan, you MUST complete the FAFSA by March 1, 2015.

Starting in January, there will be several events taking place in the Muskegon area where you can get valuable information on financial aid and the FAFSA. To find a calendar of financial aid and/or FAFSA events happening in the Muskegon area, go to http://rpcollegeadviser.weebly.com/financial-aid-events.html .


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