R-PHS Rocket News

September 16, 2014

ACT Test Prep Dates Announced

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:42 pm

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in english, mathematics, reading, and science. Six test dates are offered within the United States: September, October, December, February, April, and June, and results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The exam includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute writing test.

Muskegon Community College offers complete ACT exam preparation classes through its Continuing Education program. Please click below to view our individual prep courses. The cost to attend the English/Reading or the Math/Science sessions is $35 per section.

Here are the prep courses offered at MCC (click to enlarge)ACT Dates II

ACT Dates I

For more information, click on the link below:



September 15, 2014

College Week Information

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:24 pm

This week is Michigan Community College Week. To celebrate, Muskegon Community College is having some special events, such as campus tours, a scholarship contest, and Founder’s Day celebration, which may be of interest to students. A brief description of a few of these events follows:

From Tuesday, September 16 through Friday, September 19, tours of MCC’s campus will be held from 1:00-2:00pm in the afternoon. Tours can also be arranged at other times through Enrollment Services by calling (231) 777-0366.

Additionally, an opportunity to win a tuition scholarship to MCC is being offered through the “You’ve Got This” Social Media Campaign Contest. For more information about this contest, please go to the Michigan Community College Association’s website at www.mcca.org.

Other events being held at Muskegon Community College as part of Michigan Community College Week can be found by going to MCC’s website. Students are encouraged to participate in the events happening this week at MCC and they are also encouraged to attend Muskegon County College Night, which will be next Monday, September 22, from 6:00-7:30pm also at MCC.

September 12, 2014

Hall of Famer Back on Sidelines

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:13 pm

Long-time teacher and coach, Mr. Gary Mast is back on the sidelines with the Rocket football program.


Coach Mast enjoyed a very successful career at R-PHS both in the classroom and on the sidelines of our football program.  MLive recently posted an article on Coach Mast and it’s certainly worth reading.  You can access the article by clicking the following link:  http://goo.gl/G5nrLU

September 11, 2014

American Pride

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:39 am

Many people can remember exactly where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001.  There are moments in history that are imprinted on the minds of many Americans.  This date 13 years ago created an awakening in our country to the age of terrorism.

The video below pays tribute to those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Let us not lose sight of the privilege we have of living in the United States and the honor behind being an American.

R-PHS Announces Homecoming Court

Filed under: About Me,Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:56 am

Homecoming is a special time at R-PHS as we look forward to welcoming back to campus our alumni on Friday, September 24th.  Each year our student body elects students whom they feel represent their classes in positive ways.  This year is no different.  We have an outstanding homecoming court!  Let’s introduce them to you.

Freshman Class Representatives:  Cami Dick and Brennan Johnson

Brennan and cami (9th)

Sophomore Representatives:  Lauren Jones and Dawson Romanowski

Lauren and dawson (10th)

Junior Representatives: Zoe Kelly and Mike Luker

zoe and mike (11th)

The Senior Court

Allison Gilde and Noah Cramer

Alison and Noah C (12th)

Micah Peel and Jesse Miller

Micah and jesse (12th)

Paige Baustert and Dereko Riley

Paige and Dereko (12th)

Sarah DeYoung and Alex Mavis

Sarah and Alec (12th)

Breanna Klug and Noah Jahn

Breanna and Noah J (12th)

R-PHS Homecoming Court 2014

HC Group 2014

September 10, 2014

Save the Date: Muskegon County College Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 3:34 pm

On Monday, September 22nd from 6:00-7:30 pm, representatives from more than 50 colleges will be at Collegiate Hall on Muskegon Community College’s campus as part of Muskegon County College Night. During this event, which is free to the public, students and their families will be able to speak with these visiting college representatives and learn about the different colleges and what they have to offer. Anyone interested in attending college is encouraged to go to College Night as it is a great chance to find out about multiple schools all in one location. We encourage you to come prepared with all your questions about academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, etc. so that you can ask them directly to the college representative of the school you are interested in. Also, try and take some time to speak with representatives from colleges which you may not have heard of before or may not have thought about applying to. They could end up being your dream school!

Rocket Diver Breaks Record

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:57 pm

Rocket Diver and Super Sophomore, Emily Stong didn’t waste time in positioning herself as an area top diver with her record breaking performance against Spring Lake recently by posting a dive performance of 224.10.  The R-PHS diving record was held by Bri Bush with a performance score of 219.00.


Come out and watch Emily dive along with her Rocket teammates next Tuesday night when they compete against Jenison at Muskegon High School.  The meet starts at 6:30 p.m.

23 : A Rocket City Commitment

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Stakeholder Communications — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:35 am

With an ACT score of 23, opportunity exists at 37 different colleges and universities in the state of Michigan. The goal to make 23 the average ACT score in the district is about more than a number on the ACT test. It is a goal to make every Rocket prepared for life beyond school.  Whether the path ahead is college or continuing education, 23 puts the most opportunity and choices in front of every Rocket.

Click to enlarge

Why 23

September 9, 2014

Citizenship Communicates Soft Skills

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:18 pm

When many businesses in the greater Muskegon county were asked, “What do you desire in new employees?”, the far majority responded this way: “We want workers who show up and show up on time.  We want them to be self-directed employees and be respectful of our organization and the people associated with our business.”

This is the driving force behind R-PHS Citizenship scores.  We do measure these very important soft skills.  Our students are measured by their teachers in the following areas:

  • Attendance
  • Work Ethic & Time Management
  • Respect for self and others

Our Citizenship rubric is communicated to students throughout our classrooms, website and hallways!

Citizenship Rubric

The current status of our seniors, juniors and sophomores is presented below:

57% of our senior class has a cumulative score above 3.5

56% of our junior class has a cumulative score above 3.5

46% of our sophomore class has a cumulative score above 3.5

Below is a photo of our data spotlight communicating to our student body their Citizenship score information. (Click to enlarge).

Citizenship Data Spotlight

It’s a great benefit to our student body to understand the value and benefit of maintaining a respectable Citizenship score.  While our academic grades provide indicators of what students know in various subject areas, Citizenship scores provide measures in areas that workforce employers list as critical employability markers.

An example of this was a recent call made from The Lakehouse restaurant in downtown Muskegon to our Principal, Mr. Beckeman asking him to announce that The Lakehouse manager would like to hire three Rocket students who have a 3.5 or higher Citizenship score.

We are proud of our students and have a desire to educate them in ways that will make them highly sought after future leaders in our community.  Our Citizenship program in another means to this end.

September 4, 2014

High School Open House Tonight!

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 11:56 am

Parents!  Come visit your high school!  Bring your student(s) with you!  Take advantage of meeting your student’s teachers and hear about the many opportunities that are available the student body at R-PHS!  We are so excited about our year and want you to be an active participant in partnering with us in helping your student be as successful as possible.

The high school will host an open house next we tonight from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  In an effort to meet the needs of our students and parents, we have a format that offers two different settings:

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Parents and students may tour the building visiting classrooms to talk with teachers about their classes as well as hear more about clubs & organizations that are available to our student body (located in the café).

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

“Walk In Your Student’s Shoes”:  This setting will allow parents to follow their student’s schedule and spend ten minutes in each classroom as their student would during a typical day.  This abbreviated schedule is as follows:

6:30 – 6:35    Go to 1st hour

6:35 – 6:45    1st hour sharing time with teacher

6:45 – 6:50    Passing time to 2nd hour

6:50 – 7:00    2nd hour sharing time with teacher

7:00 – 7:05    Passing time to 3rd hour

7:05 – 7:15    3rd hour sharing time with teacher

7:15 – 7:20    Passing time to 4th hour

7:20 – 7:30    4th hour sharing time with teacher

7:30 – 7:35    Passing time to 5th hour

7:35 – 7:45    5th hour sharing time with teacher

7:45 – 7:50    Passing time to 6th hour

7:50 – 8:00    6th hour sharing time with teacher


During the sharing time with our teaching staff, parents will hear about the expectations of the course, learn how to navigate to the teacher’s online support and other items of interest about the course.  There will also be time for parents to ask questions about the course.

We hope all parents (students too!) can plan to attend this open house!  We’re excited about the successes  2014-15 will be realized by our students!

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