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May 27, 2016

Class of 2016’s Version of R-PHS’ Traditional “Paper Toss”

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:07 pm

The Senior “Paper Toss” has become a tradition at R-PHS and its popularity among seniors, staff, parents and relatives.  It is part of our “right of passage” if you will.  Watch the excitement in the video below and you will see why it’s a great tradition started at R-PHS!

Below are photos taken at the recent senior breakfast just as a bonus view of a great bunch or Rockets!

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MOCKROCKet Scholars Sells Out the Rocket Centre

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:03 am

MOCK ROCKet Scholars entertained an overflowing crowd in the Rocket Centre last night with senior Luke Lewis winning first place for his montage of music over the decades.


Rockets of all ages got in the act in song and dance to a myriad of songs that kept the audience laughing and clapping throughout the night.  Each elementary, our Intermediate, Middle and High School were well represented in the hour-long program.

This year, MOCK ROCKet Scholars proceeds will be donated to the Rocket Scholars Foundation providing scholarships to Rocket graduates.  What a great way to enjoy an evening on campus and at the same time, support Rocket Scholars Foundation!

A huge thank you to the leadership committee (Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Broilo, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Kleaveland, Ms. Nauta) for staging this wonderful community event.

Varsity Girls Soccer Capture OK Crown

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:30 am

With last night’s win over Zeeland East, our varsity girls captured the OK Black Division Title by the score of 3-1.  We are very proud of their accomplishments and wish them well in state tournament play!

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May 20, 2016

R-PHS Students Earn Trip to Washington D.C.

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

Washington, DC, May 18, 2016- SIFMA and the SIFMA Foundation today congratulate all the

participants of the 13th Annual Stock Market Game ™ -Capitol Hill Challenge ™ (CHC) national program and announce the 10 winning teams who have won a trip to Washington, DC, and will be recognized at an Awards Reception on Capitol Hill on June 15th.  This year, for the third consecutive year, 100% of Congress participated and SIFMA gives special recognition to the over 60 members of Congress who took the time to visit their local schools and engage with the students on financial education and role of government in our capital markets.

This 14-week challenge organizes teams of middle and high school students by congressional district and state and teaches the importance of saving and investing, while simultaneously promoting a better understanding of our government. Teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 in listed stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and learn the value of the capital markets as they work together to maximize the return of their portfolios.

Since the Capitol Hill Challenge began in 2004, 3,272 Members of Congress matches have been made to schools reaching 90,000 students. Middle and high school students from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are participating in this year’s competition. “This program provides critical educational experiences to young people across America, emphasizing underserved schools and enabling students who otherwise might not be exposed to the capital markets to gain insights that lead to their success,” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation. “Capitol Hill Challenge students experience the positive compounding effect of understanding, from an early age, how finance, civics and government touch their lives.”


R-PHS Stock Challenge Team (L-R):  Kaylah Vande Guchte, Shelbi Adams, Emily Bride, Melissa Powell, Sydney Colgrove and Mr. Corbin

Mr. Cobin had this to share, “It has been so amazing to see these young adults grow in their financial literacy. At the beginning of the year they didn’t even know what a portfolio was, now they are capable of trading in sophisticated securities such as triple levered Exchange Traded Funds.”

Shelbi Adams’ comments included, “I am so glad I get this opportunity to travel to Washington DC with my classmates. We worked hard and I can’t wait to visit all the monuments and meet the other teams.”

Teammate Melissa Powell’s insights; “Finishing sixth in the nation out of 4300 teams is an amazing feeling. I didn’t think we were going to make it in, but then we jumped up to eighteenth place and it motivated us even more. To make this all even better, this will be my first time going to DC and the first time to ever fly. Such a great way to end my senior year here at RP.”

Emily Bride commented,
This Capital Hill Challenge definitely had a learning curve to it; it required split second thinking, and a lot of prayers of stocks going the direction (either up or down) we hoped. With the time spent into researching suitable ETFs, and watching the numbers and percentages change on a daily basis in the stock market, I’m very happy with the outcome my team and I have gotten from this experience. We’re very excited to be representing Rocket City in Washington D.C.”

Although Sydney Colgrove cannot attend with her teammates due to a planned trip to Europe, she shared her thoughts, “This experience has taught me so much about the Stock Market, and how it is so beneficial to our futures. I am very proud of my team, and although I will not be able to attend, I hope that my teammates will have a great time in D.C.”

Finally, Kaylah Vande Gutche’s commented, Traveling to D.C. with these girls is going to be a blast. We are looking forward to this experience, site seeing, learning more about the stock market and meeting the experts and other teams. Getting to learn about the stock market was a lot of fun and is going to be very beneficial in our future. We are so excited that all our hard work has paid off and extremely thankful for this opportunity.

Congratulations and enjoy your well-deserved trip to our nation’s capital!



May 18, 2016

POPS Concert This Week!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:26 am

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May 17, 2016

Varsity Girls Softball Clinch OK Black Division Title

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

Our girls varsity softball team traveled to Kenowa Hills on Tuesday and swept the Knights in a double-header to clinch the OK Black Division softball championship.  Our girls are 23-2 on the season and now set their sights on the state tournament!  Congratulations to our incredible players and coaches!

Softball Champs

May 16, 2016

The “Rocket 3” is Ready for Play

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:29 am

The newest addition to the R-PHS Campus:  The Rocket 3!  The Rocket 3 is a 9-hole Disc Golf Course, situated on the southeast corner of the high school campus and is open for play!

The idea for our newest campus addition came from an IEP meeting where when asked by a staff member what the student liked to do in their “free-time”, the response was, “I like to Disc Golf.”

From there, the ball (or disc) started to roll.  We are very fortunate to have a special group of Rockets that make popcorn and sell it at lunch and take the proceeds from their sales and make purchases to help make our school and campus a great place to learn, contribute and compete.  This group is our Rocket Enterprise Group and they are beloved by our students.

Through their sales, they donated $2,500.00 towards the purchase of nine official Disc Golf baskets.


A wonderful group of students (all ages!) and adults (some staff, some community members) came together recently to clear the course and place the “tee-posts” and Disc Baskets (shown in photo above) to complete the idea (dream) of a Rocket special needs student.  A special thank you to Rocket junior, Matt DeLeeuw for helping to lay out the design of the course.

It was a labor of love for many as they enjoyed each other’s company as they made the Rocket 3 a reality.  Pictured below is Mr. Kleaveland digging a hole for basket #7.


Picture below is Mr. Corey Johnson preparing to place basket #7 in its new home.


Pictured below are seniors Matt Johnston and Josh Robidoux clearing the lanes.


The Rocket 3 is open to students, families, community members and friends of R-P from anywhere and everywhere!  There is no cost, just a request of respect to our new course and our school campus!

Rocket Senior to Play Volleyball for Alma College

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:01 am

Shelbi Adams, a senior leader and captain of our Varsity Volleyball team will play for the Fighting Scots of Alma College in the fall.  The coaching staff that helped Shelbi grow as a player and leader are standing in the photo below.  Varsity Head Coach, Mr. Jeff Hellmann, J.V. Coach, Ms. Linda Westerhof and Program Assistant Coach, Mr. Justin Birr.


Shelbi, seated at the table, had players, coaches, family, friends and an Alma College representative present at a recent signing ceremony held in our LMC.  Shelbi has the skill sets to make an immediate impact at the college level and Alma is fortunate to soon have her in their line-up.

Best wishes to you, Shelbi!

R-PHS Jazz Band & Annual Steak Fry

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:52 am

Steak Fry

May 9, 2016

Rocket Grad “Living the Dream”

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:10 pm


MOUNT PLEASANT — Emily Vanderlaan has “lived the dream” as a student at Central Michigan University. The graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School will be attending another graduation soon, next month from CMU. And her days as a college student have been marked with real-life experiences of helping adults and children across the United States; and learning about the horrors of human genocide while touring Europe.

That’s a lot to squeeze into four years but she is very grateful for the opportunities that have been available to her through CMU. Emily is an active member of the Alternative Breaks program, which is run by CMU students. The program sends 12 students to various locations across the United State to become involved in various civic and community programs. “In my freshman year I traveled to Florida and worked for a non-profit group that provides free family vacations for terminally ill children,” Emily said.

Her other domestic trips have included a visit to a VA hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and to Charlotte, North Carolina where she helped work on raising awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning (LGBQ) issues.

Emily has also traveled abroad representing Alternative Breaks and perhaps her most memorable trip was a visit to Germany and Poland, where she studied the Holocaust experience. “I learned the history of the Holocaust and even got to visit Auschwitz [prisoner death camp],” she said. “It was a remarkable experience.”

As part of her duties with Alternative Breaks, Emily was required to bring some understanding of the Holocaust to the CMU community; and it is something she said she will never forget.

While a student at Reeths-Puffer high school, Emily said she could have never. imagined doing everything she has done in the last four years. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she has been rewarded for her hard work and dedication. “I am a first generation college student,” she said. “I have put myself through college.”

Her academic life will not end once she graduates in May from CMU. “I have been admitted to the Michigan State University College of Law,” Emily said. “I will be studying constitutional public policy.”

Emily was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and eventually moved to the Muskegon area because of her father’s family ties. She has a younger sister and she would be very proud “if she followed in my footsteps.”

If you would like to follow more of Emily’s “living the dream” story please visit https://www.cmich.edu/stamp/Pages/Emily-Vanderlaan.aspx.

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