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Homecoming This Friday

R-PHS celebrates Homecoming this Friday at Rocket Stadium!  Our football team welcomes the Red Hawks of Grand Rapids Union High School to campus Friday night and poised to post a victory to set in motion a wonderful post-game Homecoming ceremony.

We also extend a hearty welcome to our alumni back to campus to reminisce days gone by and renew old friendships.  What a great night coming!

The Homecoming court is loaded with wonderfully talented students that truly reflect all the good things that our school offers.  Our court members are actively involved in sports, fine arts, clubs and organizations of all variations.  They also are stellar in the classrooms!

Front Row (L-R): Klay Grant, Rebekah Sweany, Carson Aerts, Mercedes Schlager, Connor O’Neal, Isabella Borgeson

Middle Row (L-R): Ashlyn Gonzalez, Morgan Gates, Lexi Bolles, Raegen Lockhart, McKenna Bayne

Back Row (L-R): Garritt Andrus, Eddie Longmire, Zach Petrosky, Ray Brock, Matt Jeroy


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High School Open House: Wednesday, Sept. 5th

With the start of the 2018-19 school year upon us, the high school staff will be available this week Wednesday, Sept. 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. to greet you and talk about the courses they teach and answer any questions that parents or students may have regarding classes or school events.

The format is very informal allowing parents and students to walk the halls meeting new and old teachers as they like.  Administrative and counseling staff will be available to also answer any questions that arise.

We hope to see you this Wednesday between the hours of 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the high school!

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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!