The Counseling Department at Reeths-Puffer High School provides the following student services:
R-P Seniors can be "Launched"
The counseling department is promoting a campaign to make all students aware of the importance of having a post-secondary plan. Any senior who has proof of a plan after high school (college acceptance letter, military enlistment papers, etc.) can come to the counseling office to show their counselor and receive a free "Launched" T-Shirt. It is our hope that all students will be launched into their futures and create discussion between staff and students about future plans.
Community Foundation Scholarships
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County announces that the Foundation Scholarship Program for Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, and Manistee counties is currently accepting applications for the 2014/15 school year. Applications are available at www.cffmc.org. The online application is due March 1, 2014. The foundation administers over 275 scholarship funds and grants and hundreds of awards each year to both graduating high school seniors and current college students. Academic achievement, community involvement, extra-curricular activities and financial need are all taken into consideration. All Community Foundation Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
M.C.C. Scholarship Guide
Muskegon Community College has published its 2014-2015 scholarship guide. Go to www.muskegoncc.edu/pages/2377.asp to view the guide.
Financial Aid Night (FAFSA Night)
Muskegon Commuity College will be hosting two opportunities for seniors and their families to learn about filling out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) this January 7th and 29th (2014) from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Any high school senior and their families is welcome to attend. Admissions officers will also be present to answer questions related to the application process.
The FAFSA is the most important step toward learning about your college financial aid possibilities. All Reeths-Puffer Seniors and their families are encouraged to attend.
Choosing which college or university to attend is a huge decision that will influence the rest of your life. Reeths-Puffer Schools encourages all Juniors and Seniors to make college visits to gauge whether a particular college is the right place for them. All Juniors and Seniors may visit college campuses once per semester (for a total of four visits) and have their absence from school recorded as a school-related absence. To do this, stop by the counseling office to pick up college visitation forms from the secretary.
Positive Focus Films
To view the series of Positive Focus Films, click on the link.
Credit recovery is offered (for a fee) through Reeths-Puffer High School during the school year, and during the summer as a partnership with White Lake Area Community Education. The curriculum will be delivered through Edgenuity (formerly E2020), a web-based program. For more information, contact your guidance counselor.
The Apollo Program is a credit recovery program offered at the high school for students who are significantly behind in credits. Contact your school counselor for details.
Test Out Policy
Sign-ups for the next opportunity for test-out will be announced in December, with testing the same week as first semester exams. Students must score a 77% or higher to receive test out credit.
The Michigan Merit Exam (MME)
The Michigan Merit Exam and components will be taken by all juniors in the state of Michigan. These tests are very important for students to prepare and do their best. They are given over a three day timespan.
There are many web-based resources to help students prepare for these tests. Start by visiting http://www.actstudent.org/ for free advice and practice tests.
Saturday ACT Test Dates
All juniors at RPHS take the ACT test during MME week (March 4, 5, and 6 in 2014) for free, but if you have already taken the ACT and think you can improve your score, there are a few Saturday national testing dates you should know about. Test dates for the 2013-2014 school year will be:
September 21, 2013
October 26, 2013
December 14, 2013
February 8, 2014
April 12, 2014
June 14, 2014
For more information on times, fees, and how to register, see http://www.actstudent.org/
Advanced Placement Testing
Reeths-Puffer participates in the Advanced Placement Testing Program; a program of standardized tests in various areas through which students may earn college credit.
Students who achieve a score of 3, 4 or 5 on their AP test, can receive a district refund. Refund Application
Michigan Online Accredited Colleges and Universities
As the advancement of technology changes the way that education is delivered, it is good to be aware of college and university choices which have online programs. When exploring post-secondary options, always be sure that the education you pursue is "accredited" by an outside, reputable source of evaluation, which gives the degree or certificate validity. Click here to visit a link that displays accredited Michigan Online Colleges and Universities.
Career Development and Preparation
What is Career Preparation?
Career Preparation is the term used to describe a variety of activities that are available to prepare your student for success beyond their K-12 education. Reeths-Puffer Schools is committed to providing many opportunities for students to prepare for the future. Although they are too many to list, these opportunities include the following:
Strong Academics – Developing basic skills in reading, spelling, writing, mathematics, social studies and science.
Technology Education – This is much more than computers! Technology education includes teaching students to use complex tools and processes to develop problem-solving and productivity skills.
Career Exploration – Many teachers design assignments and activities around career exploration. These explorations include study trips, classroom speakers, job-shadows and internships are just a few of the many exploration opportunities our students enjoy.
Special programs such as sales projects and career fairs also provide a variety of career exploration experiences.
Exploring Interests – Middle and High School students participate in activities to help them determine their aptitudes, and they complete interest inventories using tools such as Career Cruising, which allow students to uncover their aptitiudes and interests and match them to various jobs. Students use these tools to search jobs, colleges, and financial aid. They also use Career Cruising to develop individualized Educational Development Plans.
Employability Skills – In addition to learning good classroom work habits such as study skills, time management and effective use of math, science and language skills, students also learn how to be good team members in the workplace. These include Life Skills at the elementary level.
IEPs - For special needs students, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are created to set classroom objectives and identify additional areas of need and lifeskills goals. These plans help ensure the success of students who need extra help.
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (CTC)
General guidelines and information concerning the Career and Technical Education Programs offered through the CTC:
- Muskegn Area Career Tech Center courses are open to juniors and seniors.
- A minimum of three credits at Reeths-Puffer High School are required to be taken in addition to the CTC credits.
- Successful completion of a two-year certificated Career Tech Center program is designed to prepare students for job entry.
- Enrollment in a CTC class is year-long. No drops from CTC courses are allowed at the semester.
- All students enrolled in the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center must sign a CTC Contract specific to their program. This contract includes additional rules and procedures with which the student must comply.
- Students earning a passing grade in their CTC program will earn 1/2 credit per semester per class period (or a maximum of 3 credits per year).
- Students will be expected to follow the CTC calendar.
- Reeths-Puffer students will be held to all attendance and disciplinary policies for Reeths-Puffer High School and the CTC.
High School Graduation Requirements
(Michigan Merit Curriculum)
Students in the state of Michigan have the following high school graduation requirements:
- Four credits of English
- Three credits of Social Studies (World History, American History, Government/Economics)
- Four credits of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and a math or math-related course in the senior year)
- Three credits of Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one additional science credit)
- Physical Education (.5 Health credit, .5 PE credit)
- One credit of a Fine or Applied Art
- The class of 2016 and beyond are required two credits of a world language
*A fifth English credit, a fifth math credit, a fourth science credit, or extra world language credit may be substituted for health, physical education, or the fine or applied arts credit.
*Two seasons of high school sports or two seasons of marching band may be substituted for the .5 physical education requirement.