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January 18, 2017

Exam Schedule

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 11:48 am

R-PHS students will begin taking their mid-term exams tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 19th) and to ensure clear and full communications about the three-day exam window, we wanted to present (online) the exam schedule:

Thursday, January 19th:

  • 7:50 – 9:20     1st Hour Exam
  • 9:30 – 11:00  2nd Hour Exam
  • 11:00 – 11:10  Bus Pick-Up & Departure

Friday, January 20th:

  • 7:50 – 9:20     3rd Hour Exam
  • 9:30 – 11:00  4th Hour Exam
  • 11:00 – 11:10  Bus Pick-Up & Departure
  • 12:30 – 2:00   Exam Make-Up 

Monday, January 23rd:

  • 7:50 – 9:20     5th Hour Exam
  • 9:30 – 11:00  6th Hour Exam
  • 11:00 – 11:10  Bus Pick-Up & Departure


January 17, 2017

Exam Schedule Adjusted Due to Snow (ICE) Day

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:42 am

This is the final adjusted exam schedule:

Wednesday, January 18:  Exam Review & Preparation (FULL Day of school)

Thursday, January 19:  1st & 2nd Hour Exams (Half-Day)

Friday, January 20:  3rd & 4th Hour Exams (Half-Day)

Monday, January 23:  5th & 6th Hour Exams (Half-Day)

Tuesday, January 24:  Normal School Day


January 16, 2017

Michigan Student Aid Information

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:09 pm

January 2017

MI Student Aid

Battle of Fans

MI Student Aid Gives Students a Chance to Score Big on $5,000 for College

MI Student Aid and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) have teamed up to launch a SuperFanHigh mobile app that will allow students, faculty, alumni, community members, and all fans to earn college scholarships totaling $5,000 by showing support for high school basketball.

To participate in the “Check-in Champ” contest, fans simply need to:

  • Download the free “Battle of the Fans” app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play online stores.
  • Choose their favorite high school team in the app.
  • “Check in” at varsity girls and boys basketball games they are attending this season.
  • Participants can only earn points at their “favorite school’s” home or away games. (Team schedules are available in the app)

SuperFanHigh will track these check-ins and provide standings of fans who attend the most events statewide beginning Tuesday, January 10.  Fans “checking in” accrue points toward prizes, including a total of $5,000 in college scholarships provided by MI Student Aid. Upon checking in through the app, the option will be provided to earn extra points by posting their check-in on Facebook and Twitter.

Schools will be divided by Class: A, B, C and D. A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to the fan who earns the most points overall across all four classes, and $500 scholarships will be awarded to fans who earn the most points in each class. Only student fans will be eligible to use the college scholarships; however, fans who are not students may still compete for the scholarships and designate them for specific students should they win the contest. All fans, including those who are not students, will be able to earn app “badges” as they accrue points, and the top 100 point-getters will receive shirts printed to celebrate their accomplishment in the contest.

Official rules will be available on the MHSAA Website.

MI Student Aid Getting More Social


In an ongoing effort to expand awareness of Affording College in Michigan, MI Student Aid is excited to announce our presence on two more social media platforms this year! Starting in mid-January, we will be active on Snapchat and Instagram. Be sure to follow us, @mistudentaid, for exciting updates and information!

National Mentoring Month

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January is National Mentoring Month!

“Mentoring Month” is a campaign initiative that focuses around the need for mentors throughout our nation to help youth realize and reach their full potential.

The goals of National Mentoring Month include raising awareness of the need for mentors, and the multitude of ways in which mentoring can take place, such as recruiting individuals, focusing highly on programs that have waiting list of young people, and promoting the rapid growth of mentoring by organizations taking the initiative to engage their staff in mentoring.

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Are you a mentor? January 12 is “I Am A Mentor Day,” celebrate what you do and reflect on the ways that mentors like yourself have enhanced the world.

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Whether mentor or mentee, all of us have experiences that we can attribute to our successes in any aspect of life. Show your appreciation on #ThankYourMentorDay, and reach out to someone who has played an important role on your path to adulthood and beyond! #ThankYourMentorDay is January 19.

Find out how you can make an impact today at www.mentoring.org

Do You Qualify for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship?

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degree at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit. Beginning with the class of 2017, eligible applicants must achieve a qualifying SAT score of at least 1200 prior to entering college. Eligible applicants that graduated prior to the class of 2017 must have achieved a qualifying ACT score of 23 or higher.

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Michigan’s deadline for priority consideration of State aid is March 1. As a reminder, our office does not know which college a student plans to attend; therefore, State aid awards are based on the first college listed on the FAFSA. Students must file a renewal FAFSA every year to be considered for continued program eligibility. Students are also responsible for notifying our office if their college choice changes-this can be done online using the MiSSG Student Portal at www.michigan.gov/missg or by phone at 1-888-447-2687.

 For more information on eligibility requirements, and award amounts, please review the Michigan Competitive Scholarship Fact Sheet Academic Year 2016-17.

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Scholarship Reminder!

With the winter semester underway, applications for scholarships of all types are now open. Whether through national, regional, and local organizations, or the college you plan to attend, there’s a scholarship opportunity for everyone. Don’t miss out; start your search today!

Need some help? With MI Student Aid’s new scholarship database containing thousands of scholarships for Michigan students, MI Student Aid can now conduct a scholarship search for you.  MI Student Aid’s scholarship database, developed by AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Danaj, contains scholarships with a Michigan place-based component.  That means the scholarships are set aside specifically for students from a particular region, county, city, or high school.

Just call MI Student Aid at 1-888-447-2687 or fill out our new online scholarship search form. Our team uses this information to search a database of scholarships from every county in the state and compile for you a list of scholarship opportunities.

Please DO NOT include information such as a SSN or driver’s license number, as this is confidential information and will not be utilized in a scholarship search.

In case you missed it

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Webinar Available

The recording of a webinar with Melissa Kiesewetter, from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is now available. The recording will provide information regarding the history, funding, and application process of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver.

Not Another New Year’s Resolution!

It’s that time of year again—New Year’s Resolution time. This year instead of making a resolution to go to the gym more or to remove all carbs from your diet, make a resolution, that even if you only stick to it for a short while, it will have effects that will last a lifetime—start saving for your child’s college education.

It really is never too late or too early to save for college. Luckily for you, Michigan has a couple of great saving vehicles to help you. TheMichigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) are two of Michigan’s 529 college savings programs.

  • MET is the state’s prepaid tuition program where you can purchase college credits at today’s prices for use toward future tuition.
  • MESP allows you to invest contributions and then use those funds for tuition, room and board, books and other school expenses.

Probably the biggest reason to save in one of these programs is for the tax benefits. Michigan residents can deduct contributions made to 529 accounts on their Michigan income tax form in the year they are made.

  • MET purchasers can deduct the entire purchase price of their contract.
  • MESP account owners can deduct up to $5,000/year for single filers or up to $10,000/year for joint filers.

In addition to the income tax deduction, earnings in both programs may be exempt from state or federal taxes when benefits are used for qualified higher education expenses.

Now you know where you should save your money, but how should you do it?

Set a goal

Don’t just say you are going to save money, make a plan. Your goal should be “S.M.A.R.T.,” specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. For example, “I am going to save $100 per month for college by doing x, y, and z.” By making a realistic savings goal and knowing how you are going to attain it, you will be able to achieve your goal easier. In addition, if you fall off track you have a plan already in place and you can start right back again.

Automate your savings

How about saving without having to think about it? Automate your savings. Both MET and MESP allow you to set up automatic deductions from your checking or savings account. Or you can set up a payroll deduction. Money is then transferred into your college savings account before you have a chance to spend it on something else. You can contribute as little as $25 at a time in either program. Just making a $25 contribution twice a month will allow you to save an additional $600 per year. Factor in the growth of that money over time and you have a lot of extra money to pay for college.

A little is better than nothing

Just like with exercise, saving a little is better than saving nothing at all. Every dollar you save will be $2 you or your child won’t have to pay back in students loans in the future. Not everyone is going to be able to pay for their child’s whole four years of school, but know any amount you do save is good.

 Having a plan pays off

According to Sallie Mae, two out of five families create a plan to pay for college. Those plans include saving, anticipating and researching costs, and identifying sources of funding. Families who plan save three and a half times more than non-planners and students borrow one third less than non-planners.

That new diet may only last until the third week of January, but taking the steps to create a plan and save money for college will have a lasting impact.

January 11, 2017

Students Tour Baker College

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 1:41 pm

R-P senior students recently took a tour of Baker College to get a first-hand view of what Baker has to offer incoming freshmen students.  Baker’s programs are well respected and have high employability rates for many of their programs.  Ms. Chelsie Davis, R-PHS college advisor staged the tour making sure our students were provided with personalized information from the Baker College admissions staff.  A few photos taken from their tour a shown below.





The “Jungle” Revisited

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 1:32 pm

The school year was 1990-91.  Reeths-Puffer High School in 1990-91 is now known as Reeths-Puffer Intermediate School.  The “Jungle” was the name given to the high school student section during the 1990-91 school year.

You’ve probably heard of “Throw-Back Thursdays” on various social media sites.  We staged a “Throw-Back Hoops” night involving two long-time Seaway Conference teams (Spring Lake and R-P).  Spring Lake and R-P began competing in the Seaway Conference in 1965.  Their last season as members of the now disbanded Seaway Conference was 1994.  The Seaway Conference stands as the conference that R-P has been affiliated with the longest.

Our head coach, Mr. Lance Johnson is a graduate of Spring Lake but never had the opportunity to compete against the Rockets in the “old” high school gym.  What a great opportunity this event provided for him, to coach against his high school basketball coach and school!

The night was filled with the sounds of our jazz band who, back in 1990-91, was directed by Mr. Chuck Hodson, current jazz band teacher.  Mr. Hodson pulled out the tunes of the day which included “Eye of the Tiger” which was the song our team warmed up to.

The “old” gym was filled and all patrons enjoyed two varsity games between two proud basketball programs.  The night ended with each team winning one game.

Thanks go out to Mr. Lane for the photos shared below that captured some of the action of the night.








ACT Test Date Coming

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 1:15 pm


It's Time: Registration Deadline is January 13

The next ACT® test date is February 11.

Top reasons your students should take the ACT test.

The ACT is…

  • Accepted and valued by all colleges and universities in the United States
  • Based on what students are learning in school
  • The nation’s leading college entrance exam
  • More than a score – students receive personalized information about their strengths and education/career planning.

Forward this email to your students and encourage them to register for the February 11 test date.


Remind students to register byJanuary 13 to avoid late fees.

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January 5, 2017

Alumni Share College Experiences

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 10:23 am

On Thursday, January 5th, our senior English classes were treated to a visit by recent R-P graduates to answer questions about college life. This panel of graduates answered any and all questions about what their experiences have been since leaving RPHS and attending various colleges, including Grand Valley, Alma, Muskegon Community College, Notre Dame, and many others.

High school students learned about many facets of college from our alumni, on topics including their typical college day, time management, homework, credits, majors and minors, dormitory life, campus jobs, dorm food, social life, doing their own laundry, and more!  It was a great opportunity for our seniors to learn about college life from some familiar faces who are doing it right now.

This event was set up by the RPHS college advisor, Ms. Davis.  Thanks for putting this together!


(Picture Caption):  RPHS Alums Karmen Johnson, Emily Bride, Kate Uganski, and Joe Champoux (l-r) answer questions about college in senior English classes.

January 4, 2017

Online Prep Live

Filed under: Archive,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:12 pm


Attend a free online student ACT test prep event!
Wednesday, January 4 | 7 p.m. ET

Your students are registered for the ACT® test. But are they ready?
We invite you and your students to join us for a free online event to help prepare for the ACT– a live session covering all four subject areas on the ACT test.Our expert instructors will outline the most commonly tested concepts on the ACT and provide an overview of the powerful interactive instruction available through ACT®Kaplan® Online Prep Live.

You and your students may bookmark this page and plan on joining us on the above date. If you or they can’t make the live event, check back later for a free on-demand recording of the presentation.
We look forward to seeing you and your students at our live event!
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High School Has New Dean of Students

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:28 am

Over the holiday break, Mr. Paul Siembida was moved to the middle school to fulfill the duties of the assistant principal/athletic director for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.  With his departure, the Dean of Students position at the high school was vacant.  The high school administrative staff didn’t have to look far to find the right fit to replace Mr. Siembida.


Mr. Joe Lane served R-P middle school as their assistant principal/athletic director from 2002-2007.  Mr. Lane then left public school administration to pursue the ministry.

When Mr. Lane was contacted about the possibility of serving the high school students in the capacity of Dean of Students, he gladly accepted the role through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Mr. Lane is a familiar person with both the student body and faculty.  The high school is fortunate to have a person of such high integrity filling this critical role for our students.

We wish Mr. Lane the very best in his new role with R-PHS!

December 19, 2016

U-M to Expand Scholarship Opportunities

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:30 pm


The University of Michigan has plans to bring more opportunity to every household that is raising talented students.  For more information, click on the link below:


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