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Rocket Alum Lands Prestigious Award


American Tree Farm System Honors Brittany VanderWall with 2019 National Leadership Award


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2019) The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is pleased to recognize Brittany VanderWall of Michigan with the 2019 National Leadership Award. The award recognizes the efforts of extraordinary volunteers for their leadership in motivating other volunteers, educating landowners and accomplishing his or her state committee’s forest conservation goals.

“Brittany has an incredible energy and enthusiasm for ATFS that is contagious. Not only has she inspired many other young forestry professionals to get involved in ATFS in Michigan, but also across the nation,” said Tom Martin, the president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, the organization that oversees ATFS. “We are at a time where we are seeing a changing of the guard in forestry – both with land ownership, as well as with the leaders and volunteers in ATFS. Brittany is at the vanguard of the next generation of resource professionals leading ATFS and helping to reach more family forest owners, and helping them increase their impact on wood, wildlife and clean water.”

ATFS is an internationally-known recognition and certification program that provides family and private forest owners with support and tools to keep their forests healthy and sustainable. It is administered nationally, and run at the state level by volunteer committees. VanderWall has been involved with Michigan ATFS since 2015 and has served as state Tree Farm Chair since 2016.

Brittany VanderWall

Upon becoming chair of the Michigan Tree Farm Program, VanderWall led an effort to change how the committee conducts business, moving it to a task and training-based structure and providing clearly defined roles for volunteers. This effort has inspired more foresters, who now feel their time is more valued, to get involved in the committee. This, along with renewing an incentives system and streamlining other protocols has ultimately allowed the Michigan Tree Farm Program to service landowners more effectively.

In addition to her volunteer commitments to the Michigan Tree Farm Program, Brittany is the District Forester for the Presque Isle Conservation District, working full time assisting family forest landowners in northern Michigan.  Her role includes educating landowners about forest ecology, proper timber harvesting practices and programs to participate in that suit the landowner’s needs, such as ATFS.  In her four years at the Conservation District, she has participated in or hosted more than 60 workshops, educational field days and seminars.

VanderWall was presented the award by U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen on February 26 at the 2019 ATFS National Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.


Contact: Elizabeth Greener; (202)-253-1096; egreener@forestfoundation.org

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The American Tree Farm System® is a network of 73,000 family forest owners sustainable managing 19 million acres of forestland. ATFS is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in the United States, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards. The American Tree Farm System® is a program, of the American Forest Foundation.


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Reeths-Puffer Volunteers “Ring the Bell” for the Salvation Army!

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!
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Early College Muskegon County (Sophomore) Parent Meeting Scheduled


If your student has a GPA of 3.3 or higher and a 3.5 or higher Citizenship score they may qualify for the Early College Program!!  Students with 2.5-3.29 GPA and 3.5 or higher Citizenship score may also qualify if they can obtain 2 letters of recommendation: one from their English and one from their Math teachers stating that they could be successful at the college level.
What is the Early College Program?
Early College Muskegon County (ECMC) is a program that allows students to extend high school by one year in order to earn both their high school diploma and up to 62 college credits from MCC.  This will be a three-year commitment.  FREE tution and books during their 11th, 12th and 13th year!
To learn more about the ECMC program please attend an informative meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00pm in the Reeths-Puffer Band Room www.earlycollege.muskegonisd.org.  I have attached their brochure as well.  
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, January 27th @ 6pm (R-P HS Band Room.  
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Calling All R-PHS Students! Register Online Now!

The time is NOW for all R-PHS students to complete their online registration!  Our online registration is the only way in which students will be able to get their I.D. and class schedule during our on-campus registration.

Our online registration process is streamlined, easy and fast!  It takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  If you have not started the process, copy and paste the link below into your web browser (preferably Chrome)


Dates to remember:

Senior On-Campus Registration:  Thursday, August 27th (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  & 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Junior On-Campus Registration:  Friday, August 28th:  (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

Sophomore On-Campus Registration:  Friday, August 28th (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Freshmen On-Campus Registration:  Monday, August 31st (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  & 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

* Please bring the recent Registration Flyer with you to registration.  It has a bar code that is specific to you and will expedite your registration (move you faster through the line).  See photo below of our Registration Flyer (click on flyer to enlarge)

Registration Flyer

Lockers will be made available to all students upon request.  

If you have a fine or fee, you will not be able to complete our registration process online.  You must contact Student Services (Mrs. Williams) at 744-1647 ext. 3708 to arrange payment.  

If there are any questions regarding the registration process, you may call Mrs. Jan Delaney at 744-1647 ext. 3730.


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A Note to Juniors From Ms. Little, College Advisor at R-PHS

Summer is upon us! With just a few short months standing between your student and their senior year, here are a few things to keep in mind for the summer to help your student:

Career Interests: What does your student want to do with their life eventually? Do they have a particular career in mind or a particular career field in mind? If your student is having difficulty pinpointing what they would like to do, they may wish to visit onetonline.org. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this website allows students to search for occupations they may be interested in based on factors like what field a job is in, job growth, education level needed, skills and abilities needed, etc.

In addition to searching online, all students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience by working, volunteering, or doing a job shadow.

Colleges: Students can apply to a college as soon as they have 6 semesters completed (end of Junior year), they have taken an ACT, and the college application is available. Since college applications many times open in August, students can actually begin applying for college even before returning to high school for their senior year. Thus, over the summer it is very important for students to begin reading college webpages, visiting campuses, etc. so they can begin creating a list of colleges they want to apply to. Bigfuture.org is a great place to start your research.

Note: Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may qualify for a fee waiver to apply to colleges that charge an application fee.

The ACT: The first date on which students can retake the ACT in the fall is September 12th with an August 7thregistration deadline. Reasons to retake the ACT include potentially increasing the chances of being admitted at a particular college or university, increasing scholarship eligibility, and/or getting into an Honors program (this opens up the door to a number of opportunities). For ACT prep resources, please see the high school LMC webpage. Registration for retaking the ACT is done atactstudent.org.

Note: Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may qualify for a fee waiver to cover the cost of retaking the ACT.

Scholarships: It is very important to start looking for scholarships as soon as possible. There are a number of websites that can be used to help search for scholarships such as fastweb.comzinch.com,  andcollegegreenlight.com. For more scholarship information, please visit rpcollegeadviser.weebly.com or visit the College Corner at Reeths-Puffer on Facebook.

If you have questions over the summer, please contact the College Adviser, Miss Little, at littleh@reeths-puffer.org.

Have a great summer!

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Healthy Lunches at R-P? You Bet!

In order to replicate and expand the excellent lunch offerings of R-PHS to all buildings within the district, a recently formed district committee is seeking information to move forward with healthy lunch options.   The committee is seeking community input to formulate data to craft  healthy reforms.
This data must represent the preferences of parents, students, and staff. Please consider taking two minutes from your busy day and complete this 12 question survey.  The survey can be accessed from the following link:
Thank you for taking the time to assist us as we move forward with our efforts to continually improve the health of all Rockets!
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Powderpuff Volleyball: A Huge Hit!

The annual Powderpuff Volleyball Tournament had 18 teams registered in an attempt to knock off the reigning senior champs in a fun-filled competition among Rocket men of all grade levels.

Mr. Hellmann, Varsity Volleyball Coach was instrumental in organizing this exciting event that drew over 100 spectators onto campus to watch the guys compete.  Our own varsity girls volleyball players served as referees on all courts (Cam V. serves as line judge below).

Cam V


Here are a few of the competing teams that created team shirts for the competition:

Chirp Squad


Good Squad

The tournament final match was played between the seniors and the staff.  It was a very competitive match with the staff team edging the seniors by the final score of 25-23.

Powderpuff Volleyball Champs 2014

As part of the fun, an agreement was made between Mr. Beckeman and the seniors that, if the staff team won, the senior men would wear skirts to school the following day. The seniors made good on the bet!

Senior Skirts

Another great memory of their high school days!  R-PHS, a great place to learn, contribute and compete!

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AP English Teacher Recognized for AP Contributions

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.

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R-PHS Announces Homecoming Court

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

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Stakeholder Communications & Relationships (NCA: School Improvement)

Stakeholder Communications and Relationships is the sixth of seven standards of school improvement that our professional staff focuses their energy, time, and talents towards.  In keeping our stakeholders (students, parents and community members) informed on the progress of our efforts in each of the seven standards is very important as we keep the mindset of improving student achievement.

The links below connect to earlier posts providing information on the NCA school improvement process as well as the action plans in progress for standards 1-5.


Standard One: Vision and Purpose

Standard Two: Governance and Leadership

Standard Three: Teaching and Learning

Standard Four: Documenting and Using Results

Standard Five: Resources and Support Systems

Standard Six:  Stakeholder Communications and Relationships:  The school fosters effective communication and relationships with and among its stakeholders.

The High School received the following commendations from our last Internal Peer Review Visit:

  • Consistent use of daily learning goals.  Learning goals are posted, processed and reflected upon
  • Parents felt strongly that their child is safe on campus and in classes
  • Parents appreciated the access their child has to their teachers outside of the class time
  • Staff use 15 second intervention to assist in the elimination of mean and aggressive behavior
  • Rocket News provides school-wide communications on a timely basis for all stakeholders
  • Almost 100% of staff have an active online support
  • The posting of data and explanations of data continue to drive the high school

Improvement efforts in progress to augment what’s been done and continues to be in place are:

  • The Kindness Campaign (Set Kindness Free at R-P) has had a positive impact on mean and aggressive behavior
  • Citizenship scores continue to grow in value as organizations are hiring students with a 3.5 or higher score
  • Mentoring program in place for 55 challenged freshmen
  • Facebook Page has over 1,600 likes and growing
  • Twitter account continues to grow
  • Remind 101 is being used by many staff to support students
  • Communication on the goal of 23 is building in school

Standard Seven:  Continuous Improvement will be communicated in a post coming soon!