For many years, Blarney Castle Oil had been a strong supporter of the Reeths-Puffer School community and is a prominent business near the high school. Store manager (R-PHS grad) Kayleigh Mock payed a visit to the high school to present Mr. Beckeman with a check in the amount of $500.00 to be used to augment science instruction and school initiatives at R-PHS.
The Blarney Castle Oil store is branded by Mobil and is located at the corner of Giles Rd. and M120. Mrs. Mock is the store manager and is serving the company in her 9th year and 6th year presenting a donation to Mr. Beckeman on behalf of her company. The photo below shows Mrs. Mock presenting the check to Mr. Beckeman.
We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Blarney Castle Oil as they are a very supportive company in our district.
February 1st is just around the corner! Seniors, click on the link below for more information on potential scholarship opportunities!
An article posted on Rocket News (dated October 25, 2018) titled: Communicating Potential Risks to Parents & Students shared the dangers of using vaping devices as relatively new product line is not steeped in research due to its “newness” to consumers.
What schools across our county, state and nation are experiencing is a quick rise in the use of these devices by underage people, primarily school-age kids.
The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office has provided support to local schools through monthly update meetings on key issues affecting youth in our county but also in the form of deterrent strategies.
Recently, our school board approved a proposal that amends our student handbook to include the following deterrent plans with respect to student possession and use of tobacco and vaping products:
Penalties: Smoking, Vaping or Use of Tobacco
1st offense: 3 days OSS (Out-of-School Suspension) and $50.00 Civil Infraction Ticket issued by Muskegon Township Officer
2nd offense: 5 Days OSS and $100.00 Civil Infraction Ticket issued by Muskegon Township Officer
3rd offense: 10 days OSS and $300.00 Civil Infraction Ticket issued by Muskegon Township Officer.
We want our readers to know that, included in this section of our student handbook is the administrative option (1st time offenders) to assign ASD (After-School-Detention) in lieu of OSS days to those students who agree to attend tobacco/vaping cessation or other qualified counseling programming. It is our desire that students make healthy choices and this option has helped some of our students in past cases.
For more information on vaping, please refer to the article posted here on Rocket News dated October 25, 2018. Thanks for reading!
Everyone (Seniors) should complete a FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s where the majority of financial aid comes from – including scholarships and grants (FREE MONEY!). Even if you don’t plan on pursuing an apprenticeship, certificate, or degree program right after high school, still apply to FAFSA before it’s too late! It’s important to know how to file FAFSA, as you may use it in the future. (Reminder: FAFSA is mandatory to accept the Promise).
Reeths-Puffer HS is competing in the College Cash Campaign. Our goal as a school is to reach 100% FAFSA completion by March 1st, 2019. Last year seniors got to 67%, so let’s work hard this year to reach out goal!
Ms. Alyssa Stein, college advisor, will be updating our progress right outside of the counseling office:
Step 1: Go to FAFSA.gov to start! Make a FSA ID (a login for the FAFSA) – you will need to know your Social Security Number to do this.
Step 2: Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA – be sure to have your 2017 tax return and W-2 (if you worked during 2017). If you are a dependent, your parent(s)/guardian(s) will also need to make an FSA ID and have their 2017 tax return and W-2. (If this doesn’t make sense, come see me!)
Step 3: Once you submit FAFSA, show me your Student Aid Report (on the FAFSA website 5 days after you submit the application). You’ll get to pick out a sweet treat of your choice and get your name entered into the College Cash drawings for a chance to win gas cards, gifts cards, and more! The first drawing is when we reach 50% FAFSA completion, with 10 winners. If you aren’t one of the 10, your name will still be in the running for the next drawing (at 65% completion).
If you need help, stop in an see Ms. Stein. You don’t want to miss this chance for free financial aid!
On Saturday, November 24, several Reeths-Puffer staff members as well as students from the Reeths-Puffer High School chapter of the National Honor Society volunteered some of their time over Thanksgiving break by “Ringing the Bell” for the Salvation Army.
Reeths-Puffer staff and students spread holiday cheer in front of Tractor Supply Store, located at 1550 Whitehall Road, and collected money to help the less fortunate have a better Christmas.
Pictured are National Honor Society Volunteers Kendall Jones and Reagan Lockhart on their shift!
Early Thanksgiving Day, a throng of Rocket Volunteers along with many associated with our local Salvation Army, assembled and delivered 1,907 dinners to people in the greater Muskegon county, making their Thanksgiving holiday better.
Many thanks go to food service director, Connie Falbe and head cook, Donna Durda, for all the work in ordering, preparing and cooking the meal that was assemble and delivered by many helping hands.
Another hearty thanks to Steve Edwards, Rob Renes and Paul Klimsza for slicing the birds for assembly prep! Thanks also to retired Sheriff, Bob Carter for preparing the addresses for meal delivery!
The volunteers arrived by 9:00 a.m. and after a welcome by Captain Chris from the Salvation Army, meal assembling began with three lines running simultaneously, completing the work by 10:30 a.m.! It was a sight to see! The photos below show some of the VIP’s (Very Important People!) that helped to make this event a huge success:
The Turkey Run has been a beloved partnership between R-P and the Salvation Army for over 30 years! You can bet that next year’s Thanksgiving holiday, we will again, come together to make someone’s Thanksgiving, better!
For over 30 years, R-P has partnered with the Salvation Army to provide traditional Thanksgiving meals to people in the greater Muskegon area who, without this event, would not enjoy a turkey dinner.
This Thursday morning, we will be preparing 2,000 dinners to be delivered to our area’s needy. To pull this off, we always count on volunteers in our community to assist us. If you would like to help with preparing the meals for delivery or helping us deliver the meals, please come to the high school cafe between 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. to lend a helping hand. As they say, many hands makes light work.
The meals provided include, turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, roll and butter. We are thankful for the support of so many helpers over the years and without question, those that have received a meal in past years, appreciate this gesture of caring.
We hope to see you at the high school this Thanksgiving morning!
The official end of the marching band season came with our Stadium Echoes Concert when our State Champion Marching Band gave a standing performance of their show. This tradition started with our first Stadium Echoes Concert when our senior band members, at the conclusion of the last note, march out of the arena, leaving their shoes behind. The meaning behind this gesture is twofold: first, they leave their mark with the band as a lasting memory that, although they have left, they will always be a part of our band program. Secondly, they leave their shoes behind for new members to fill, knowing that their standard of excellence has a foothold on the program.
Mr. Hodson announced his retirement at the start of the marching band season, and the Stadium Echoes Concert would be his last event with the R-PHS Marching Band program. In following custom, Mr. Hodson stepped out of his shoes and as the last band member left the arena, Mr. Hodson turned, faced the large audience, and gave his last bow to a standing ovation. A very fitting end to a storied marching band career.
The ledger of accomplishments of this year’s marching band is presented below.
The last photo taken of this year’s guard (below).
Photo of the band as they prepare for the performance (Below)
A few photos from the performance (Below)
Mr. Hodson escorts his mother to her seat. She was a proud member of the Big Red Band for Muskegon High School and would not let Mr. Hodson quit band when he wanted to in his 7th grade school year. What little did she know at the time of how that decision would help shape his career!
Mr. Hodson prepares for his final exit (Below)
An incredible legacy! Thank you Mr. Hodson!
Senior softball standout, MaKayla Thompson has made her decision to attend Kent State University official by signing her national letter of intent this week in the presence of her extended family, coaches, administration and friends.
MaKayla signs her letter as her father (Jesse) and grandparents, Don & Cindy Terpstra look on.
Many of MaKayla’s extended family were able to come to campus to take part in the ceremony.
MaKayla has many friends at school. Some were able to attend this very special event for MaKayla.
Before she leaves for Kent State, MaKayla has her final season coming up this spring where she hopes to help lead her team to a Conference and City Championships and a deep run in the state tournament. We wish you the very best MaKayla!