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School Calendar and Registration Reminder

The district school calendar can be accessed via the following link: R-P District Calendar

A reminder to all students entering R-PHS that registration dates are coming soon (see earlier post on Rocket News).

Our registration portal is open and to expedite the registration process on campus, make sure to register online prior to coming to campus for your registration date.

The prior post on Rocket News shows how easy it is to access the registration portal.

 

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High School Registration Dates

Student registration dates are coming up fast!  The high school portal will be open starting next Tuesday, August 14th to begin the registration process.  The dates for registration are:

Seniors:   Thursday, August 23rd     8:00 – 11:00  and 12:00 – 3:00

Juniors:    Friday, August 24th          8:00 – 11:00

Sophomores:  Friday, August 24th   12:00 – 3:00

Freshmen:  Monday, August 27th    8:00 – 11:00  and 12:00 – 3:00

 

The photo below shows you how to access the portal.

All students must have their Registration Receipt (printed from the portal) to get their course schedule.

Students will receive their school issued ID, receive their course schedule and have options of paying for a parking pass and receiving a locker.

If students have fines or fees, they may be paid at the time of registration.

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A Grand Graduation Ceremony Celebrates the Class of 2018

On Tuesday night, June 5th, the class of 2018 become alumni of Reeths-Puffer High School.  This year, we added a veteran presentation of the colors which really set the tone of the ceremony.

The graduates were greeted by over 160 staff members representing every building in our district.  Our students were happy to see the faces of their teachers all the way back to kindergarten!

The majestic stage provided a wonderful backdrop for our speakers. The following people addressed the graduates during the ceremony:

  • Superintendent’s Address:  Mr. Steve Edwards
  • Valedictory Address:  Rachel Dobb
  • Salutatory Address:  Jesse Moreira
  • Graduate’s Address:  Kelly Dowker
  • Principal’s Address:  Mr. Dan Beckeman

Senior class president, Jayme Brantsen, led her classmates in the traditional “turning of the tassel” on center stage.

It was a great time of remembrance and celebration for the members of the class of 2018 and their assembled families.

Best of luck to the class of 2018!

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R-PHS: A Michigan Green School

Reeths-Puffer High School was officially awarded “Michigan Green School” classification status in June due to the hard work put in by the Green Team (an environmental awareness student group) over the past few years.  Ms. Linda Westerhof and Mrs. Stefanie Sweany are the advisors for this group and have worked with the students to accomplish many tasks.  The high school continues to recycle paper, but has added glass, plastic, and metal this past year.  Composting is in its third year, and the high school added a tumbler composter to the campus this spring, so now the compost doesn’t have to be hauled away to be dumped.  Three fundraisers for the American Red Cross raised over 15 monofilament recycling bins (a place to put discarded fishing line) thanks to community partner, Joel Darling, of Darling Cetaceans, and placed them in the community.  This summer, the group will be placing recycling trash cans in the gymnasiums, at all concession stands, and at all athletic fields in an effort to keep plastics out of our landfills and waterways.  Look for them this summer!

 

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Pride Day Honoree: Mr. Craig Olson

Each year, student council stages our Pride Day, a day in which we recognize many student accomplishments, polish our school, engage in fun games and honor someone whose dedication to our students and community are worthy of high recognition.  This year, our student council honored Mr. Craig Olson, art and English teacher at R-PHS.

Mr. Olson has taught at R-PHS for the past 15 years in the English and Fine Arts Department.  Pictured above with daughter Charlie and son Oliver, Mr. Olson is an outstanding educator but even a better father and husband to his wife, Beth.

When asked to share a thought or two regarding his time at R-P, Mr. Olson shared, “I am humbled and honored to be recognized as the Pride Day honoree.  Any success or achievement that I’ve had as a teacher is only a result of the staff that I work with and the students that I work for.  The people of R-P are a part of a giant family, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”

A favorite memory was being involved with the R-PHS staff and students in Mock Rock.

Congratulations to you, Mr. Olson!

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The BIG 3 for the Class of 2018

There are three events coming for our senior class graduates where they will be adorned in their commencement gown:

Baccalaureate Service:

  • Location:  Laketon Bethel Church, 1568 W. Giles Rd., Muskegon, MI
  • Start Time:  2:30 p.m.
  • Approximate length of service:  45 minutes

Senior Awards Assembly:

  • Location:  Rocket Centre on campus
  • Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Approximate time: 3 hours

Commencement Ceremony:

  • Location:  L.C. Walker Arena, 470 W. Western Ave, Muskegon, MI
  • Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Approximate time: 2 hours

We hope you can attend one of these three events in support of the class of 2018!

 

 

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Rockets Place in Top 2% in Capital Hill Challenge

Every year Personal Finance students participate in two stock market challenges. The first challenge is state-by-state. The Michigan challenge hosts schools from across our state and teams invest $100,000 in a portfolio that very closely simulates real life investing. The portfolios, provided by the SIFMA foundation in New York, are fairly sophisticated and made as real life as possible. Students are charged commissions, securities may be shorted, students invest in stocks, bonds, ETF’s, mutual funds, and students may trade on margin. Reeths Puffer Personal Finance students have always done quite well at the state level and this year was no exception. Mr. Corbin’s and Mrs. Lee’s students took 9 of the top 10 places in this challenge.

The National Capitol Hill Stock Market challenge is a shorter (3 month) challenge and the competition from across the country is fierce. Schools are allowed only ten teams of 5 students each. This year there was a total of 3374 teams from all corners of the US.  Students are paired with a member of congress as they manage their $100,000 portfolio and try to increase their portfolio value as much as possible. The top 10 teams in the nation receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. where they meet their member of Congress, get special tours, and attend awards banquets.  This is the 6th year Reeths-Puffer has participated in the National Stock Market Challenge and Personal Finance students have made it into the top 10 in three of those years. In the years where Reeths-Puffer teams did not make it into the top ten they always made a great showing and represented our school district with Pride and Integrity. This year our students did great again even in the face of some rule changes after the start that adversely affected several portfolios. Students persevered and two teams rose to the top and stayed there to the very end of the competition. A third Reeths-Puffer team jumped way up in the standings towards the end of the challenge. It was nerve racking as these teams hovered around 11th – 24th place consistently, and even popped into the top ten from time to time. Right to the very end, there was very little spread in portfolio values between the teams across the country. Often, there was as little as $20 – $100 total Equity between teams in the top 100. With RP teams hovering just on the edge of the top ten most of the competition we remained hopeful, and then the in last two days, the leaders took a hard hit on a couple of securities that pushed them into 64-67th places. Even with the last minute drop in value, these rankings still place them in the top 2% of the competing teams across the nation. These seniors are to be commended for their hard work and perseverance because whereas the state competition includes all Finance students, and class time is provided for learning, the National competition is voluntary and extracurricular.  For three months, as daily rankings were updated, schools from across the country, once again, witnessed Reeths-Puffer High School students as leaders.

Pictured Below (L-R): Katie Thompson, Bayroni Lopez, Avery Sheffer, Makenna Johnson and Emily Weessies

Pictured Below (L-R): Daejah Taskey, Christian Slusser, Hunter Keler, Zachary Brosco and Logan Feltes

Pictured Below (L-R): Spencer Schaub, Adam Fulseth, Ryan Aebig, Brendon Ransom and Christy McFall

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Our Sixth Annual K-12 Art Evening at R-PI

R-P is proud to present our sixth annual K-12 Art Evening this Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the cafe of R-P Intermediate School.

This event has opportunities for you to participate by voting for your favorite artwork created by the hands of R-P’s artists.  Prizes will be awarded to the artwork receiving the most votes.

There will also be hands-on art stations throughout the cafe such as:

  • Face Painting
  • Tie Dye Art T-Shirts
  • Installation Art

Hope to see you Thursday night at R-P Intermediate cafe for a fun night of art!

 

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Rockets Represent at Showcase 2018!

At the 37th annual Showcase competition last night, Reeths-Puffer was represented in athletics by Parker Aerts and Jayme Brantsen.  We also honored valedictorian Rachel Dobb in academics.

In the performing categories, Lindsay Richardson represented Rocket City with her poetry in the Literary Arts category.
Our group performers consisted of Cassidy Briggs, Kyle Goltz, Anna Compton, Eli Nichols, Hallie Ackerman, Jacob Westerhof, Jonathan Krause, Melanie Lamrock, Ray Brock, Evan Hodson, Matt Jeroy, Carson Judd and Madeline Stafford.  They performed “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman.  They earned a first place ($1000) finish.
Our visual artist was Julia Ojala and she earned a second place ($500) finish.
Our solo performer was Lindsey Bos who played a clarinet solo and earned a third place ($300) finish.
In addition, R-P Alumni Nick Bessinger (tech director) and Jennifer (Henry) LaChappelle (stage manager) ran the crew of current students Rachel Stein, Sophie Green, Kylee Belcourt and Stanley Shank.