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‘Tis the FAFSA Season Seniors!

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 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!
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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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Turkey Run Serves 1,907 Dinners! A Great Tradition Continues!

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!

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R-P Prepares for Annual Turkey Run with Salvation Army

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!

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Mr. Hodson Walks Out Of His Shoes

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!

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Rocket Softball Star Signs with Kent State University

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!

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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.