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July 26, 2016

Madison Turner Gains Valuable Engineering Experience at Michigan Tech

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:22 am


Madison Turner

HOUGHTON, Mich. (June 27, 2016) – Madison Turner of Reeths Puffer High School was one of nearly 140 young women from across the United States who won a scholarship to attend “Women in Engineering” at Michigan Technological University, June 19-25. Women in Engineering is an intensive week-long look at careers in a variety of engineering disciplines including mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials.

Girls in grades 9-11 explore engineering by constructing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, create an artificial intelligence army and more. Students have the opportunity to get inside information from role models working in engineering fields and learn about the college application process and tips for succeeding in university engineering programs. The program gives high school women a college-life experience with a stay in a residence hall among others with similar interests.

Kicking off Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program series of summer sessions, WIE is a highly-competitive scholarship program. Accepted students receive scholarships that cover tuition, room and board and supplies. WIE scholarship funding is provided by corporations, organizations and Michigan Tech.

We’re very proud of Madison and are sure to hear great things about her in future years!

June 21, 2016

Registration Information for the 2016-17 School Year

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,School Improvement,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 12:51 pm

Students that will be attending R-PHS in the fall should watch for the following mailer coming your way sometime soon!

Registration Info

June 13, 2016

Summer School Information

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,School Improvement,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 11:30 am

For students who are in need of credit recovery, our summer school information is presented below:

Summer School Photo


Summer Lab Calendar:


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Summer School Application (Click on link provided below):

Summer School Application

Payments can be made on the first day of summer school with our instructor (Mr. Walters).  Checks are to be made out to:  Reeths-Puffer Schools.  You may also pay with a credit card if that’s easier.

June 9, 2016

R-PHS Streams Class of 2016 Graduation

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 4:38 pm

For the first time in Rocket history, our graduation ceremony was streamed live via the app, Periscope.  It was successful and over one hundred people viewed our ceremony live from many different locations.  It was a wonderful ceremony, one surely to remember!  Click on the link to watch our ceremony.

R-PHS Class of 2016 Graduation

June 8, 2016

Seniors Earn $800,000 in Scholarship Money

Filed under: Archive,Parents,School Board,Staff — Mr. Beckeman @ 9:54 am

Monday night was truly memorable as the class of 2016 earned over $800,000 in scholarship money!  The seniors were presented scholarships and awards by thirty community leaders as well as sixteen staff members making for a memorable night for both our seniors and their parents.

An example of one of our senior scholarship winners is Connor Brown (photo below).  Connor was awarded the Safebuilt Construction Scholarship in the amount of $500.00 based on his performance and leadership through his Construction Trades class at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.  Connor is the first Rocket to be awarded this scholarship and we are very proud of him.

Connor Brown

Mr. Beckeman, Principal of R-PHS, awarded Luke Lewis the Principal’s Award for his involvement in school activities, school spirit and ability to break down barriers and misconceptions that sometimes inhibit student expression.

Luke Lewis

The night was filled with other scholarship and award winners, too many to present in one post!  We are very proud of the class of 2016 and have great confidence of future success for them.

June 6, 2016

Live-Streaming Graduation

The class of 2016 will be the first R-PHS class to have their graduation live-streamed via Periscope, a free live-stream app found in the app store.  It’s easy to download Periscope!  Just follow the prompts it provides.  If you allow “push notifications”, you will receive a text that will inform you that Mr. Beckeman’s Periscope is going “live” with the graduation ceremony.

Periscope Icon

After you’ve downloaded the Periscope app, type:  DanBeckeman in the search window.  Click to follow.

Our graduation ceremony (Tuesday, June 7th) will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will end just prior to 9:00 p.m.  If you cannot join us in person, please join our live-stream!


June 2, 2016

R-PHS Hunt & Fish Club Has First Outing

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 5:51 am

The first fishing outing for the RPHS Hunt & Fish club was held last Saturday at Snug Harbor.  Along with R-PHS teacher and advisor, Mr. Gary Gearhart, were 22 Reeths-Puffer kids in attendance at this outing that went from 10am-1pm.  Prizes were given out to the biggest fish, most caught, and anyone who got skunked.  Congrats to Mitchell Moore on catching 18 fish and David Russell for catching an 18in 3.5lb bass. The three students who got skunked all won brand new fishing poles.  A big shout out goes to Snug Harbor Outfitters, Ray’s Mini Mart, and Johnson’s Great Outdoors for supplying prizes and bait for this outing.

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May 31, 2016

Career Tech Students Show Off Their Work: A Custom Home!

R-PHS Students, Connor Brown, Joe McCombs, Justin Riley, Collin Springer, Ken Stepp and Ian Strahan have learned a lot in their construction trades class over the course of the school year.  Their project for the year was building a “spec” home with their classmates from the CTC (Career Tech Center) before the 2015-16 school year ended.  They met their goal and the work they accomplished was recently recognized and highlighted by WZZM TV 13.   The video can be accessed from the link below:


CTC Home

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.

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