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Blarney Castle Supports Rockets

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.

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Student Handbook Change Specific to Tobacco and Vaping

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!

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College Information for R-PHS Seniors

If you’re worried about paying for your education after high school, make sure you apply for the Muskegon Community College Foundation Scholarship – it’s 1 application for 600 scholarships! See the attached step by step information sheet and start the application HERE. It’s due February 1st, 2019, so start now!
Interested in looking for more scholarships? Make a FREE Scholly account to find hundreds of scholarships you qualify for! Look at the attached instructions for the FREE Join Code! (Don’t enter any credit card information into this website – the join code makes it free!).
Don’t forget about FAFSA, another important way to fund your education! Our goal is to reach 100% FAFSA completion by March 1st, 2019. Winter Break would be a great opportunity to work on FAFSA, and I’ll be accessible over email if questions come up!
If you haven’t started FAFSA yet:
  • Step 1: Go to, hit login, and it will take you to the FSA ID page. Select ‘create new one’ – you will need your social security number to make you FSA ID (login for the FAFSA).
  • Step 2: Login and start the 2019-2020 FAFSA. You will need your 2017 tax return and W-2. If you are a dependent/live with your parents, they will need an FSA ID, their social security number and 2017 tax return and W-2. (If this is confusing, come see me!)
  • Step 3: Complete AND submit the FAFSA! Once you submit, it will take 3-5 business for your SAR (Student Aid Report) to be processed.
Filing FAFSA is the most important step you can take in financing your education – don’t miss it and come see me if you have questions! 
Once you submit FAFSA, in 3-5 Business days, your SAR (Student Aid Report) will be processed. Your SAR is basically a receipt of your FAFSA that 1. shows you it was successfully submitted and processed, 2. estimates your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), and 3. tells you if you are eligible for the Pell Grant (free money from the federal government that goes toward your tuition bill – that you don’t have to pay back!). I need to see your SAR! When you show me your SAR – you will get a full size candy bar of your choice and your name entered in a drawing for Wesco and Brooklyn Bagels gift cards! The first drawing will take place once R-PHS reaches 50% of FAFSA completion – so let’s all work together to make this happen!
How to access your SAR (Student Aid Report):
  1. Log into as returning user – use your FSA ID and password you created to file FAFSA.
  2. Once you login, you should see a box that says: Congratulations (NAME), 2019-2020 FAFSA has been SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED! (or something similar to this).
    • Below this message should be three blue links – the first one should say View My (SAR) Student Aid Report – click this link!
  3. Show me the SAR! You can email it to me (by saving it as a PDF), login with me and we can look at it together, or screen shot it and show it to me with all the information I need included in a single image. Attached is a sample SAR (with confidential information whited out). I ONLY need to see:
    • Top Part of page: Application Receipt Date and Processed Date
    • Under FAFSA Data: Line 1 and 2 (Student’s first and last name).
I don’t need a copy of your SAR, I just need to see it to make sure it was processed successfully for you to get your full sized candy bar and name entered in the gift card drawing.
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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!