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Commended Rockets

Two seniors, Evan Hodson and Dakota Kilcrease, have been named Commended Scholars in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Evan Hodson (Picture Below)                                   Dakota Kilcrease (Picture below










“The young men named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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R-PHS Marching Band Wins 15th State Title

The R-PHS Marching Band stormed Ford Field in grand fashion sweeping all three captions on their way to our school’s 15th State Championship in marching band competition.

Mr. Hodson, Mr. Harris and Mr. Olian provided stellar leadership throughout their fall competition season leading up to the state championships held at Ford Field.  This championship is extra-special for Mr. Hodson as he watched his son, Evan, take Ford Field one last time.  It was also Mr. Hodson’s last time directing our marching band as he will retire from his post as director of bands for R-PHS.  Mr. Harris, who was instrumental in guiding our band to this championship will now take full reigns of our marching band program.

Our community is invited to campus this Wednesday evening for a special production of our fall band show starting at 8:15 p.m. in Rocket Stadium.  We hope you can come out to see their last presentation prior to heading to Indianapolis for the Grand National Competition on Thursday night.

We are very proud of our students, the tech crew, parents and especially, our directors!

Congratulations to our newest State Champions!

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Parent/Teacher Conferences This Week

With the first marking period in the rear-view mirror, the high school will host parent/teacher conferences this week Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Rocket arena.

We hope you can come to campus to visit with your student’s teachers to learn first hand, the strengths and growth opportunities shared by your student’s teachers.

We’ll have complimentary coffee and cookies waiting for your arrival!  Please make it a point to come to our parent/teacher conferences this week!

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PBL: Project Based Learning

Rockets educating Rockets! A huge shout out to Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Mollett from RPHS and Mrs. Overway and Mrs. Marvin from RPI and most of all, their students. Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Mollett’s cross-curricular 9th grade, World History and English Project Based Learning (PBL) students created children’s books to share with Mrs. Overway and Mrs. Marvin’s students at RPI.  

On Tuesday 10/30/18, the 9th graders walked to RPI and met with Mrs. Overway and Mrs. Marvin’s students. The 5th and 9th grade classes were then grouped up with four high school students reading their books and leading guided activities for four RPI students. The RPI students took notes, did activities, and provided constructive feedback to the high school students.

This was an outstanding, collaborative opportunity for the high school students to present their knowledge to the 5th graders and ultimately answer their driving question for the unit: “Did the benefits of exploration outweigh the costs?”. It served as an equally profound opportunity for the RPI students to be introduced to the Age of Exploration, which they will be learning about later this school year.  After the 9th graders finished their reading and activities, the RPI students also practiced their craft of giving targeted feedback. We are so fortunate to have such innovative teachers and students willing to explore ideas and try new things to maximize their potential as educators and learners.


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Robin Hood Coming to a Forest New You (Rocket Centre)

Greetings Rocket City!  The Theatre 3 and Stagecraft students are excited to present Robin Hood November 15 – 17 at 7 PM as well as November 17 at 2 PM.  This show is a classic look at the outlaw who robbed from the rich so he could give to the poor.  The show is fun for all ages.  All seats are $8.  Tickets are available at

Cast List

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Rocket Students Visit WMU & FAFSA Night A Success!

30 students represented Reeths-Puffer High School on a campus tour to Western Michigan University this past Tuesday. They heard from the Admissions Office and were able to take a tour of the campus led by student ambassadors. The students asked great questions, and were engaged throughout the visit. Here’s some pictures from the day:

FAFSA Night A Success

Our second Paying for College Night: FAFSA Workshop (10/24) was a success! We had 5 R-P families attend to file their FAFSA, and get help from the Director of Financial Aid at Muskegon Community College, Bruce Wierda. Everyone was able to finish, or find out what information they still needed to complete and submit the FAFSA on their own. Here’s a picture from the event:

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Michigan State Supreme Court Hears Case in Rocket Centre

As part of a community connections program, our Michigan State Supreme Court hears a case on the grounds of a public school, college or university once annually.  This year marks the 23rd year of our state’s highest court hearing a case outside of their courtroom in Lansing.

The event filled the Rocket Centre with over 350 Rocket students, 306 guest students from Muskegon County schools and over 200 dignitaries from Western Michigan.

Multiple news agencies covered the event.  WZZM TV 13 provided an interview that can be accessed from the link below:

WZZM TV 13 Interview

If you would like to learn more about the case that was argued in the presence of the Supreme Court, a host of links are provided below.

For information on the case which will be heard that day, please visit the Court’s website case information page, where you will find links to pertinent documents of the case, including:  the Application for Leave to Appeal, the Appellee’s Answer, the Appellant’s Reply, the Appellant’s Supplemental Brief, and the Appellee’s Supplemental Brief.