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April 26, 2016

MOCK ROCK to Support Rocket Scholars

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:05 am



Tee Shirt

April 23, 2016

R-P Senior Signs to Play for the Jayhawks of Muskegon Community College

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:23 am

Senior, Kalisa Williams signed a binding letter of intent to play college basketball for the Jayhawks of Muskegon Community College for the 2016-17 season.


Picture above are (L-R):  Head R-P Varsity Basketball Coach, Brandon Barry, Bobby J. Williams (Kalisa’s father), Kalisa Williams, Nesa Williams (Kalisa’s mother) and Amanda Parker, Head Women’s Coach at MCC.

Kalisa was a four-year varsity player for the Rockets and team leader both on and off the court. She suffered two knee injuries that limited her play over her junior and senior seasons but that didn’t hinder the interest of Coach Parker in signing Kalisa.  Coach Parker cited Kalisa’s leadership, determination and game intelligence as key factors in her desire to recruit and sign Kalisa.

The Jayhawks will be a very competitive team next season and will boast two Rocket guards in Camaryia and Kalisa Williams!  Watch for their schedule to come out and make it a point to see them play.

Volunteer Opportunity at Lakeshore Museum Center

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:01 am

The Lakeshore Museum Center is looking for energetic and responsible high school students ages 16 and up to act as counselors for the museum’s free annual summer day camp, Enviroworks. This popular program includes activities and experiments in both history and science to make learning fun for area children.  The counselors are responsible for helping the children, ages 6-11, with the experiments, guiding them through the activities at various Museum sites, and enhancing the children’s learning.

We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with the community and to give area children a memorable experience at the Museum. Any students interested may call the Program Manager, Jackie Huss, at (231) 724-5526, or email her at jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org, with questions or to sign up for one or both sessions.  Attached is a flyer with further details.  Please display this flyer and distribute it to your students.

If you are interested further in this year’s camp for your 6-11 year old a flyer for that is attached as well.  Thank you for your time, and feel free to contact me with any further questions or concerns.

April 20, 2016

R-PHS Student Awarded Michigan 2016 Breaking Traditions Award

LANSING: Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) student Mickayla Gorby (Reeths-Puffer) was recently honored by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education with a 2016 Breaking Traditions Award. Mickayla was selected from 80 applicants statewide. The Breaking Traditions Awards were established to recognize students who have been successful in career and technical education program areas that are atypical for their gender.


Mickayla, a senior from Reeths-Puffer High School, was recognized for her accomplishments in the Machining/Engineering Technology program at the MACTC. In addition to being nominated, Mickayla was required to provide two letters of support and write a brief narrative explaining her choice of career, obstacles faced, and key accomplishments. To qualify for consideration, a student has to meet the following criteria: be completing a career and technical education program that is non-traditional for his/her gender; be nominated by a teacher, counselor, administrator or other personnel employed by the student’s school or career center; have satisfactory academic standing, acceptable citizenship and disciplinary history; and have made a contribution to awareness of non-traditional careers through successful participation of various activities. An awards ceremony will be held in Lansing in May 2016.

“The accomplishments of Mickayla in Machining/Engineering is a testament to her work ethic and dedication and [she] is so deserving of this recognition,” states Brent Nummerdor, Machining/Engineering Instructor at the Career Center.

Next fall, Mickayla will attend Wittenberg University in Ohio where she has been awarded a $16,000/year scholarship. She will be part of a 3+2 program where she will attend Wittenberg for three years then transfer to a nuclear engineering program for two years.

Art Evening in Rocket City

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Rocket Grad Replays High School Dream

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:33 pm

Steven Santo, R-P grad (class of 2009) came back onto campus to replay a dream that came true for him during his senior year of high school.  Steven shared with Mr Beckeman, that his senior year would be made complete if he could help with a fire drill by getting the opportunity to engage a pull station.  In the spring of 2009, Steven “set off” the fire alarm for a drill thus fulfilling one of his high school dreams.

Steven was recently invited back onto campus to assist Mr. Beckeman with another fire drill. A short video was made to capture the event.

April 11, 2016

New e-Books at R-PHS!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:18 pm

The H.S. Library Media Center is excited to announce a new e-book collection for students.  127 e-Books are now available as a result of funding from the county Technology and Security Enhancement bond passed by voters in 2014.  This is one of the exciting ways, Reeths-Puffer Schools is utilizing these funds to expand reading opportunities and options for students.

Students will be using their own eReader devices to check out these e-books.  eReader devices supported include Nooks, iPads, Kindle Fire, iPhones, Android phones as well as home computers.   In order to access and read these e-Books on phones or supported tablets, students will need to install two apps: BrytewaveK-12 and Mackinvia.   Both can be accessed through the Google Play or iTunes stores.

For more information on accessing and utilizing e-Books, see the interactive poster embedded below.

e-Books at R-PHS

Hall of Fame Coach Speaks to R-PHS Football Players

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:44 am


Jack Schugars, long-time Oakridge Varsity Football Coach and current special teams coach at Ferris State University came to campus to speak with our football players on the mental side of the game of football.


Coach Schugars shared how important relationships are in the game of football and how relationships are a two-way street.  Both players and coaches must share the same passion to win, to contribute, to respect one-another and above all, have a “team first” attitude.

He shared personal stories of his experiences winning three state championships at Oakridge as well as his experiences at the Division II college level at Ferris State University.  Coach Schugars urged our Rocket players to:

  • Believe in your teammates and your coaches
  • Always tell the truth
  • Give your best at all times
  • Remember, it’s about the team, the team, the team


Soccer Field Dedication Thursday

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:30 am

This Thursday, there will be a special dedication held at our soccer field when our Rockets host the Vikings of Whitehall High School.  The dedication is to honor the late Eric Marcil, former coach, player and graduate of R-PHS.  This dedication has been made possible through the contributions of Eric’s parents, Lynn and Mary Marcil.  The dedication will take place in-between the girls J.V. and Varsity games at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Marcil Image

Soccer pride runs deep at R-P and this fund is growing with the plan of constructing a new press box and concession stand at the field.  There will be an auction table and items for sale at Thursday’s game with all proceeds from sales going directly to the press box fund.

You too, can support our fundraising for this wonderful addition to our soccer program.

rp soccer pride

Recently, Andy O’Reilly of “Positively Muskegon”, hosted Mary Marcil and Mary Husid to talk about our project.  You can watch this interview by clicking on the link below.

Rocket Soccer

Please join us this Thursday at the Varsity soccer field for this very special event!

April 8, 2016

R-P Grads Earn Academic Award at MCC

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:35 pm

Two Rockets

Two of MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa students have been named to the 2016 All Michigan Academic Team. Cassandra Lawton and Summer Yeck were honored at a ceremony in Lansing along with other representatives from Michigan’s community colleges.  They were nominated by the MCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for their academic achievements and volunteer activities.

Their volunteer projects include road clean ups, children’s theater camps and assisting at scholarship fundraisers.  “My favorite community service I have been a part of was working with Endurance Adventure at Reeths-Puffer,” said Yeck. “Working with teams of kids to get them outdoors and learning has always been rewarding. We end each season with a race, and it has always amazed me how each team will work together and become one by the end.”

Volunteerism is an important aspect of Phi Theta Kappa. “I think it is important to do your best in all subjects this way people can see how determined you are,” said Lawton. “I feel it is important to help others because it is very likely that you will need to lean on others in the future.”

Other criteria for the award includes a high level of scholarship.  “Keeping my grades up is an equivalent to keeping the window of opportunity open,” said Yeck. “I don’t want grades to hold me back from accomplishing anything. Therefore, the better I do in school, the more doors I will open in the future.”

Both Yeck and Lawton were students at Reeths-Puffer High School. Lawton is still technically in high school, as she is in the Early College program. She will graduate this year with an associate degree and high school diploma.   “I was somewhat surprised with the award,” said Yeck. “ I knew I won before I really knew what it meant. I was surprised with how formal the recognition was.  She said she was gratified to be recognized academically at the state level.

Both Yeck and Lawton are admittedly overachievers. Yeck also credits her organizational skills for her success.   “I have always consistently been near the top of my class,” said Yeck. “Likewise in sports and extracurriculars, I have held leadership positions for my work.”

Prior to the ceremony, the 63 honorees from around the state were recognized by the Legislature at the State Capitol.  “Everyone who was awarded that day had his or her name read off with a story and accomplishments,” said Yeck. “I was amazed at all the different backgrounds of the academic team winners.”

Suggestions both have for others to succeed include focusing on what they are good at, traveling and reading a lot.  Lawton envisions herself as a marriage and family therapist in 10 years.  “I have always been a high achiever” said Lawton, “and my dreams are of becoming a marriage and family therapist, as well as striving to help my family.”  Yeck doesn’t have her life planned out that far in advance.  “I think I am going to Northern Michigan University for two years, and I know I want to travel and move around a bit after that,” said Yeck. “I would have to say the rest is opportunity after that point because there is so much in the world that I am unexposed to at this point.” Phi Theta Kappa is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Article Written by Amy Huber, editor of The Bay Window,  Muskegon Community College Student Newspaper

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