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June 9, 2017

59th Commencement Ceremony Adds 278 to Alumni Ranks

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 1:01 pm

R-PHS is proud to add 278 recently minted alumni after the turning of the tassel Tuesday evening, June 6th.  The prestigious event filled the L.C. Walker arena to capacity to witness yet another wonderfully gifted class of Rockets completed their high school years.

This year marked the first time in ceremony history that teachers and administrators from the middle school, intermediate and elementary schools.  The sight was magnificent!

Mr. Steven Edwards, Superintendent of Schools at Reeths-Puffer addresses the seniors.

R-PHS Valedictorian, Maria Nolan shares her memories of her classmates.

Salutatorian, Maryssa Depies shared a few personal experiences about not giving up, but getting up and trying again.

Class speaker, Noel Sheffer talked about heroes and how the class of 2017 has hero potential.

High School Principal, Mr. Beckeman talked about having a grounded moral compass (truth, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude) to guide future decisions by.

A few candids (courtesy of Joe’s Creative Expressions) from this very special night for the class of 2017.

May 31, 2017

2nd Annual Fishing Trip A Success!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:53 am

The 2nd annual Snug Harbor Fishing Outing for the RPHS Hunt & Fish club was held last Saturday at Snug Harbor.  There were 25 Reeths-Puffer kids in attendance at this outing that went from 10am-1pm.  Prizes were given out to the biggest fish, smallest fish,  and most caught. Congrats to Kaleb Visger on catching 8 fish.  David Russell, Adam Hughey, and Austin Witham all tied catching a 16 inch bass.  All together there were 5 brand new fishing poles, over 25 packages of soft baits, 12 Scentlok hats, and 6 tackle boxes given out as prizes.  A big shout out goes to Snug Harbor Outfitters, Ray’s Mini Mart, Johnson’s Great Outdoors, Armstrong’s, and Scentlok for supplying prizes and bait for this outing.


May 29, 2017

Senior Paper Toss: Version 2017

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:36 am

What has become a treasured tradition at R-PHS, the senior paper toss was another memorable event for the class of 2017.  The event was witnessed by many parents, family members, underclass students and staff as the class of 2017 put an exclamation point on completing their last day of school this past Friday.  Enjoy their “joy” as they gather together to join in our traditional “Paper Toss”.


R-P Superintendent Honored as 2017 Pride Day Recipient

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:30 am

Each year, R-PHS student council members have the task of selecting a person who has made an indelible mark on the R-P school community.  Their choice for Pride Day 2017 is our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Steven Edwards.

Mr. Edwards came to R-P from Byron Center where he taught social studies and coached the varsity wrestling team.  His first position with R-P was at the high school where he taught social studies and coached football.  After his first year, he moved into his first administrative position as assistant principal of the high school.  Mr. Edwards moved to middle school next to serve as principal before moving to central office as assistant superintendent of schools.  He succeeded Mr. Steve Cousins as superintendent seven years ago and continues to make a difference in the lives of R-P kids since his first day as a teacher at R-P.

Pictured above (L-R):  Kaden Edwards (son) Sydney Edwards (daughter), Mr. Edwards, Karyn Edwards (wife) and Sandy Edwards (Mr. Edwards’ mother).

Mr. Edwards receives a “Rocket City” framed original from senior artist, Lilah Parker to commemorate his day.  We are fortunate to have Mr. Edwards as our superintendent, someone very deserving of being honored as a Pride Day recipient.

May 25, 2017

R-P Lacrosse Dominating Competition!

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:49 am

The Rocket Varsity Lacrosse team has fast become the dominant team in West Michigan.  M-Live writer, Mark Opfermann details our team in his recent article of the Rockets, team of the week!

Team of the Week

Conner Weessies recently became our all-time leading scorer in Lacrosse and Mr. Opfermann wrote a separate story on Connor.  The article can be accessed below Connor’s photo.

Connor Weessies: All-Time Leading Scorer

May 24, 2017

Senior & Underclass Exam Schedules

Filed under: Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:31 pm

This Friday is our seniors’ last day of school.  It’s a day that brings a whole spectrum of emotions for our students.  After the paper settles (watch for the annual senior paper toss coming Friday), some seniors will have exams to take next week Tuesday & Wednesday.  The senior exam schedule is in a block format and is presented below:

Tuesday, May 30th:

“A” Lunch Block Schedule                                      “B” Lunch Block Schedule

1st hour exam: 7:50 – 10:00 a.m.                 1st hour exam: 7:50 – 10:00 a.m.

A Lunch:  10:05 – 10:35  a.m.                         2nd hour exam: 10:10 – 12:10 p.m.

2nd hour exam: 10:40 – 12:40  p.m.            B Lunch: 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

3rd hour exam: 12:50 – 2:48 p.m.                3rd hour exam: 12:50 – 2:48 p.m.

Looking further out for our underclass (9th -11th grade) students, our exam schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 6th:

Students will see hours 1-5 teachers for 15 minutes each to turn in textbooks, hand in any late work, get any last-minute questions answered etc.

7:50-8:05 1st hour

8:10-8:25  2nd hour

8:30-8:45 3rd hour

8:50-9:05 4th hour

9:10-9:25 5th hour

9:30-11:00 1st hour exam

Wednesday, June 7th:

2nd hour and 3rd hour exams, regular exam schedule

Thursday, June 8th:

4th and 5th hour exams, regular exam schedule

Friday, June 9th:

7:50-9:20 6th hour review, exam make-up, hand in late work, etc.

9:20-9:30  10 minute break

9:30-11:00 6th hour exam​

Varsity Softball Team Rockin’ a 28-7 record heading towards Districts

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:56 am

R-PHS grad, Tess Gearhart made a short video to recognize our awesome varsity softball team that, with one week to go before district play, has an impressive 28-7 record.  The girls are currently in 2nd place with a 10-2 division record, trailing Jenison by one game (11-1).   Enjoy the video!

May 8, 2017

The Spring Rocket Run Coming!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:20 pm

The link below will provide you with the registration form.

Rocket Run Registration

May 7, 2017

A Bit of Broadway This Week at R-PHS

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

The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs present their annual Pops Concert, “BROADWAY!” on Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. at the Rocket Center for the Fine Arts.  The Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs will present songs from Broadway musicals such as: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Hamilton, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, and Les Miserables.

Tickets are $5 at the door.  Staff gets in free with ID.  This year’s soloists are pretty amazing too, hope to see you there!

May 18th-Featured Guests RPMS Choirs

May 19th-Senior Dedication, RPHS Alumni Night, and Ice Cream Social ($2 a bowl in the cafeteria)

May 2, 2017

Award-Winning Poets Visit R-PHS Campus

On April 28, in honor of National Poetry Month, over 150 students welcomed to RPHS three award-winning Detroit poets: Nandi Comer, Sonya Marie Pouncy, and Willie Williams.  Asked by senior Taylor Dibble what inspires him to write, Williams responded emphatically, “Everything!”  And his belief that absolutely everything is fodder for a poem was indeed demonstrated in the selected works heard on Friday; topics ranged from Mexican wrestling to the legend of la llorona, from Detroit techno to Billie Holliday, from Henrietta Lacks to the outcast family member we all love to hate.

Dibble was joined by juniors Eli Nichols and Stephanie Kennert at a luncheon following the event.  There, the poets discussed the use of specialized language (like the medical jargon in the Lacks poems or the sports lexicon and Spanish words in “Sangre, Sangre, Sangre”).  The poets encouraged RP’s rising literary stars to “write in the language you know” while working to “become fluent in the language of the field” you wish to explore.

English teachers who attended the event noted the three distinct poetic styles represented while students commented on the diversity of subject matter.  Nichols remarked, “The stories of empathy and compassion really evoke a sense of ‘I’m not the only one here.’”  For Kennert, the poems “showed how you can use writing to figure out not only how you’re feeling but to help figure out other people.”  If the hour out of class must be justified, then what better lesson could one wish for our students to learn than this?

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