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October 20, 2014

College Application Month

Filed under: Archive,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 1:03 pm

October is College Application Month! Seniors, if you have not applied to college yet, you should apply by October 31st. Applying by this date ensures that you are meeting most deadlines for maximum scholarship consideration. Applying early also means that you will receive an admissions decision faster so you can start planning for next year. Additionally, it lessens the chance that you will be turned down because a school runs out of space.  In order to apply, you need to do a few things:

  1. Submit an application to any school you are interested in attending. Leave yourself options by applying to 3-5 schools.
  2. Make sure that all application materials have been sent including a completed application, your school transcript(s), ACT/SAT scores, and any application fees. (If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver from the Counseling Office.)
  3. If you need a letter of recommendation, try to ask your teachers, coaches, employers, etc. for them at least 3-4 weeks in advance of the application deadline.
  4. Revise and proofread any required essays. Have someone else read them also such as a parent, a teacher, or your college adviser.

The most important thing is to APPLY NOW to ANY schools you are interested in. Sometimes students feel like they should not apply to a school either for financial reasons or because they do not feel they will be admitted. Do not let the cost of a school prevent you from applying. It is rarely the case that you will end up paying a school’s “sticker price” (i.e. what it looks like the school will cost before financial aid and scholarships have been applied). Similarly, do not let fear of being rejected keep you from applying as schools look at multiple things to determine your admittance. If you are a little low in an area, it does not mean that you will not be accepted.

For those of you who need further incentive to apply, you could win GIFT CARDS or a $1000 SCHOLARSHIP just for working on an application. For more information and to be entered in the drawing go here: https://cappex.wufoo.com/forms/college-application-month-submissions/

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College App Photo


October 13, 2014

Career Tech Center Open House

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:17 am

CTC Open House

Madrigals sing with Pitch Perfect Film Music Arranger Deke Sharon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:21 am

Deke Sharon greeted the Reeths-Puffer Madrigals with a smile and a wave as they were warming up in the Allendale H.S. choir room on October 11th.  “I was in complete shock as I shook Deke Sharon’s hand.  I didn’t know he was still singing with The House Jacks.  For me, this was the equivalent for others of meeting someone like Brad Pitt or Oprah Winfrey.  I was totally star-struck!”  gushed Mrs. Regina Schlaff, R-PHS choir director, after being greeted by the legendary a cappella artist.  “Deke is known as the father of contemporary a cappella music.  He has been arranging pop music for over 20 years.  We own volumes of his arrangements!”

If you love singing, you’ve probably heard of the movie Pitch Perfect.  Sharon served as consultant, arranger, and singer on the film, and has a cameo on the soon-to-be-released, Pitch Perfect 2.  He also serves as producer and arranger for the hit television show, The Sing Off.  He’s worked with, and made various arrangements for, groups like Straight No Chaser, Nota, and won a Dove Award for his work with Committed.  Deke Sharon’s roots go back to Tufts University where he performed with a group called the Tufts Beelzebubs.  He developed that group into one of the first award-winning collegiate vocal rock bands.  As humble as he is talented, Sharon even offered to write an a cappella arrangement specifically for the Reeths-Puffer Madrigals!


Mads and House Jacks


The Madrigals had a one-hour workshop with The House Jacks in which the professional singers gave them advice on how to develop their song, “Africa,” by 80’s rock band Toto.  They also had a session on vocal percussion lead by John Pointer, The House Jacks’ incredible vocal percussionist.

That evening, Deke Sharon and The House Jacks performed at Allendale High School, amazing the audience with their vocal abilities.  At one point in the show, they even brought Mrs. Schlaff to the stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to her!  Then, to close the show, the Reeths-Puffer Madrigals sang Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” with them!  “The best part is that The House Jacks were so great with the kids, so accepting.  Before our clinic, they said, ‘Don’t be nervous, we are just an older version of you, true choir geeks at heart!’”


The Reeths-Puffer Choirs present their Fall Clinic Concert on Wednesday, October 22, 7 p.m.  Guest clinician, Dr. James Borst will work with our four choirs in half hour sessions on stage in front of an audience.   Come watch the choirs sing, learn, and grow before your very eyes and ears!

NHS Inducts 27 New Members

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

On Sunday evening in the Rocket Centre, 27 students were inducted into R-PHS’s National Honor Society in our school’s 54th induction ceremony.

New NHS Members

The tenets of NHS Membership were presented by the following current members:

Scholarship:  Andrew Ostoin (Secretary)

Leadership: Joe Champoux (Vice President)

Service:  Jesse Miller (Treasurer)

Character: Kayla Hobby (NHS President)

Our new NHS members are:

Shelbi Adams, Harper Bailey, Jarrett Bassett, Paige Baustert, Courtney Boersema, Erin Boersema, Hayley Bogner, Emily Bride, Brianna Bush, Kaylee Cook, Garrison Farr, Abbie Freed, Lexi Freed, Tess Gearhart, Mackenzie Goltz, Nate Goodman, Kendra Irvine, Samantha Johns, Matthew Johnston, Zoe Kelly, Lauren Meyers, Lindsey Meyers, Amanda Sasinski, Gary Swain, Lindsie Traxler, Kate Uganski and Jasmin Wright-Zornes.

October 10, 2014

R-PHS Marching Band Welcomes Home the Legends

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 6:42 am

Last night in hanger #2 at Muskegon County’s Airport, our Rocket Marching Band welcomed home the Legends Flight I, a Sun Country plane hosting 94 WWII veterans fresh from their visit to our nation’s capital.  The hanger couldn’t hold all the people that came out to greet our local legends.  It was truly a sight to see.  The Rocket Marching Band performed a moving version of America the Beautiful as well as each military song which was met with a rousing applause from those in hanger #2.

WZZM TV 13 ran an article about the Legends that is worth reading.  You can access the link below.

Our Local Legends


October 6, 2014

Rocket Marching Band Earns First Place at Bands of America Event

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students,Uncategorized — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:58 pm

The Rocket Marching Band traveled onto the campus of the University of Toledo this past Saturday and captured first place in Division AA prelim competition and forth overall (all divisions).  Not only did our marching band win, they took home all three caption awards!

Clips from Bands of America webpage on our performances:

Finals Results

Prelim Results:

Prelim Results

A few photos from the competition:

Toledo I

Toledo II Toledo IV

Toledo V

The band’s next performance will be this Friday night at Rocket Stadium.  Come out and watch the greatest high school marching band in the state of Michigan!


3rd Annual “Program Night” and “Teacher Appreciation Night” to be this Friday in Rocket City

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 2:41 pm

Football Team and Student Section

The Reeths-Puffer Football Program’s 3rd annual “Program Night”, in which the entirety of the football family–mini mites to Varsity–are celebrated together, is this Friday in the Varsity’s home game vs. Mona Shores. All football players, coaches, and cheerleaders are encouraged to arrive to Rocket Stadium no later than 6:00pm wearing their green and white to take part in the event on the football field. Kids and coaches will cheer on the Varsity while they warm up, meet the players in uniform, and even partake in the experience. Simply bring your youngster to the track by 6:00pm for directions. Thank you in advance for everyone helping to make this event a wonderful symbol of our Rocket community and football family!

Friday also marks Teacher Appreciation Night for our 7th through 12th grader football players. During the week, each young man will have delivered a hand-written letter of appreciation to an educator, counselor, or administrator who has had an impact on their life. Additionally, the letter serves as an invitation to the staff tailgate prior to the game as well as the opportunity to be recognized in front of our amazing Rocket City crowd!

All in all, Friday’s game vs. cross-town rival, Mona Shores, should be a wonderful evening for Rocket City! We Are!

October 1, 2014

Rocket City Run/Walk

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:24 am

Rocket City Run Walk

Come join Rockets and friends of all ages on Saturday, October 11th and take part (running or walking) in support of Neurofibromatosis.  All participants will receive a FREE 9″ 1-topping pizza from The Handsome Hobo.  Proceeds from this community fun run/walk will benefit NF Michigan.

After the run/walk the R-PHS JV boys soccer team will compete against the No More Sidelines kids and the Rocket City Bombers U13 soccer team in a scrimmage setting.  Andy O’Riley will provide commentary, Bellacinos will provide concessions and you will provide the cheers!  Let’s fill the stands and show our support for this FUN and amazing organization (No More Sidelines).

September 30, 2014

AP English Teacher Recognized for AP Contributions

Filed under: About Me,Archive,Community News,Parents,School Board,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 8:45 am

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) and Educational Testing Service recently sent their congratulations to Mr. Ken Krispin for the significant contributions he made at the 2014 AP Reading.

Ken K.

In June 2014, 607 high school AP English Literature teachers joined forces with college faculty who teach in the same discipline to score 399, 220 exams in Louisville, KY.  The careful evaluation of student’s work by Mr. Krispin and other highly qualified professionals is one of the most important aspects of the AP Program.

This experience was also a valuable professional development experience for Mr. Krispin.  The time spent examining student’s performance, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas about the types of instructional practices that lead to optimal student performance, are highly valued aspects of the overall AP Reading experience.

Mr. Krispin shared this about his experience, “This was my second time scoring essays in Louisville.  In a week’s time, I scored 1200 essays, so I learned to read essays holistically, which has increased my speed at grading.  Definitely a plus with all the papers I grade.  I feel better able to prepare students for the AP English exam and communicate the expectations for the various components of the exam.  It is also one of the best professional development opportunities I have had, collaborating with hundreds of teachers who do what I do, sharing tips, lesson plans and more.”

We are proud to have Mr. Krispin teaching our AP English Literature course at R-PHS!  Our students are getting a world class educational experience with Mr. Krispin teaching AP English Lit.

September 24, 2014

Chemistry at the Mall

Filed under: Archive,Community News,Parents,Staff,Students — Mr. Beckeman @ 7:08 am

Something that you might want to place on your social calendar!  Click on photo to enlarge.

Chem at Mall

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