Reeths-Puffer Schools is in need of Guest Teachers and Guest Paraprofessionals. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Guest Teacher or Guest Paraprofessional, please contact Rob Renes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and Guardians- A message went to parents by e-mail yesterday, but two key points are below: -Link to some at home learning resources: https://docs.google.com/…/1Fudf1oNkOy-IPYJpWhgoLxc1HIK…/edit -The building will be open 10-1:00 TODAY (3/17/20) if there are any items that need to be picked up, including medications. A parent/guardian must have identification to pick up all medications. If this time does not work for you, please e-mail email@example.com to set up a different time. Thank you for your partnership.
A small group of our 8th grade students from Calling All Colors got to attend camp earlier this week. The goal of the camp was to grow the skills of the students to be able to use their voice even more to positively impact our world. It is so exciting to watch their leadership grow and we can’t wait to see the impact they will have.
Only 2 days until our first ever Glow in the Dark dance. Think black lights, disco ball, glow sticks, body paint, and an official DJ. The cost is $3 with a free glow stick bracelet. Snacks and additional glow items will be available for purchase. The Dance is Friday, March 6th from 6-8 pm. Dress for the glow party! Exact change at the door is appreciated. The event is a fundraiser for our students traveling to Washington D.C.
Our first day of Career Exploration at the CTC was a success! We loved seeing our students in their element and can’t wait to see what unfolds over the next 11 after school sessions. “Being in your element is not only about aptitude, it's about passion: it is about loving what you do...tapping into your natural energy and your most authentic self.”
Musical preparation is underway. For many students, this might be the first time they audition. Today, a workshop was offered which was a great opportunity to LEARN what is involved with being part of a musical and how to be best prepared. Hair Spray Jr. is going to be a great production full of opportunities to learn and maximize the potential of our students. #riseup
Once again, the Winter Sports Complex provided a great day of learning, fun, and activity for RPMS (and RPHS) students. It was a great day to be outdoors in Michigan!
Woot- woot! We love earning gold stars. Energy Star is a United States Environmental Protection Agency program that helps businesses, organizations and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Buildings are presented this award when they have proven that they use 35% less energy and generate 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation. This year, three of our buildings were selected for the EnergyStar team of engineers to visit and evaluate our schools and to verify our energy usage and savings. We are proud to announce that those three buildings: Reeths-Puffer High School, Reeths-Puffer Middle School and Central Elementary have all been awarded the EnergyStar award. This was especially gratifying this year as the EPA has upped its criteria and requirements recently as a result of organizations becoming more aware of their energy usage and its effect on the environment. All of our buildings met and surpassed the increased measures. The efforts of this recognition go to all staff and students (decreasing usage) AND a special shout out goes to the maintenance department for making great things happen.
We love partnering with the Career Tech Center and are so excited to announce an amazing opportunity for RPMS students. Starting on 2/24, there will be 7 different after school programs offered to students FREE of charge. Sessions will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 2/24 until 4/2. We will bus students to CTC (leave 6th hour early) and students will return by bus to RPMS where they can be picked up. See the graphics below for more details. Permission slips are available in the office (also turn in to the office) and spots are limited. We offered Welding last year and it was a great learning experience for all involved.
Our students had an amazing day enjoying the beautiful weather at the Winter Sports Complex. Car beaches are amazing in August and in February. Students in the Introduction to Cross Training class had the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone. Many students tried something new today. There were so many memories made and a handful of them captured in pictures.
The Rocket Center was the hub of an amazing experience this weekend for (90) 5th-12th grade students from (11) area School Districts. They came together to RISE UP and hone their performing skills on stage! Triple Threat Workshop participants were treated to 3.5 Hours of Singing, Dancing & Acting Instruction from (2) current Cast members of Hamilton- the Musical! Thanks to the phenomenal Trevor Miles & Gabriel Hyman (currently portraying George Eaker & Charles Lee), our students not only got to learn songs, lines and dances from Hamilton, they were able to hear from Trevor & Gabe about their journey from school to a professional career in the arts. Take-Aways from the Q&A Time: "No one's journey is alike...there a stage and a place for you somewhere...I auditioned for Hamilton 12 times and was told "no". If I would have decided to give up, even after 11 times...I wouldn't be here now". Thank you all adults involved in creating a great opportunity for our students!
Yesterday, our students got to experience the FIRST-TIME EVER FREE 1-Hour Dance Class sponsored by the choir/theater department. The 47 attending dancers learned some fave steps from the 50's and 60's such as: The Twist, The Pony, The Side Touch and The Watusi. Getting some fundamentals and inspiration for our Spring Production of "Hairspray!"! There is so much to love in these pictures.
The RPMS Choir provided tons of holiday spirit in a packed Rocket Center last night. The performance titled, Sounds of the Season, showcased vocal talents of RPMS students while adding comedic relief using skits from the holiday classic Home Alone. It was an entertaining evening filled with Rocket Pride!!
Bond - For information on the community forums follow the link - https://www.reeths-puffer.org/o/rps/browse/93905
It is a great day to think of all the things we are thankful for. Some of the things we are thankful for are monumental and others surround us daily within every day moments. At RPMS, we are thankful for STUDENTS that are kind, willing to take risks, ￼push themselves to learn, admit when they can do better, help others, and bring meaning to “The Rocket Way”. We are thankful for our COMMUNI￼TY that loves and supports our students, beyond even their own children, knowing that it takes a village. We are thankful for TEACHERS (used to describe any adult that chose to work in a school) ￼ that put student needs at the front of what they do, continue to grow as professionals, understand the goofiness of middle school years, and￼ work tirelessly to help our students grow socially and academically. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Tomorrow all 7th grade students should wear GREEN and 8th grade students wear WHITE for the marking period celebration. Everyone bring your Rocket pride!!! Spread the word.
Staff versus Students went well this afternoon. Both teams showed a lot of grit, spirit, and athleticism. Staff definitely showed more athleticism than the students expected. The organization and teamwork for the students definitely increased as the game went on. Thank you to everyone that participated, helped with running the event, and to our great community that were amazing spectators.
Tomorrow after school, students will take on the staff in a flag football game from 3:00-4:00. Students, friends, and family are welcome to attend the event which is being held at the middle school football stadium. Admission will cost $1.00 and concessions will be available. All proceeds will go toward supporting positive recognition of RPMS students.
Aprender Espanol es muy importante. Te da opportunidades en el futuro. Por el apprendizaje de un segundo idioma su mente se extiende se exitiende (written by students).The world language goal for our students is that they are able to speak, listen, read, and write in Spanish about a variety of topics, especially things that happen in every day life. As we learn to speak in another language, it takes a lot of brain energy and courage to stumble and make mistakes. Students work with a lot of partner talk, group conversation, movies, music, infographics, text, social media, and real life issues. We are proud of our students as they continue to grow as communicators.
Every two years Reeths-Puffer Middle School offers an opportunity for travel to Europe. The next trip will take place in 2021 and we will travel to Switzerland, Italy, France, Monaco, and Spain. This is an amazing opportunity to see five different countries and experience many different cultures in one trip! There will be an informational parent meeting for anyone interested in the study trip to Europe on Tuesday, November 19th at 5:30 in the Middle School LMC.
Congratulations to the R-PHS Marching Band. Several middle school students are also included in the high school marching band that took home a state championship this weekend at Ford Field in Detroit. We love seeing your medals worn with pride around the middle school. Under the direction of Mr. Sean Harris and Mr. Brian Olian, the R-PHS Marching Band continues a legacy of excellence. Marching band is a place where students learn discipline, hard work, team work, grit, pride, and respect in addition to music and performance skills. Congrats to all involved! Your hard work under the lights on the cement practice parking lot has paid off on the field
Thank you Mr. Lowenberg for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us. We heard your message that hate hurt and love heals loud and clear. To our RP community- you would have been so proud of the respect, pride, and integrity that was demonstrated by the 1,000+ students that were in attendance this morning. Thank you parents and staff for your flexibility in your morning routine to help make this happen. Opportunities to learn from a survivor are a gift.
Learning will take place as normal on Thursday. Costumes that meet the following are great: -Face is not covered by the costume. -No blood, gore, violence. -The costume must still allow the student and other students to fully engage in learning. -Costume must still meet dress code expectations for content and coverage. We've included some throwback pictures of some of our 12th grade students in 8th grade.
Our students are going to go change the world and this group of 10 students is going to start by positively changing the middle school. Ten of our students have spent some of this week staying at Camp Miniwanca where they will brainstorm, develop, and bring a project back to the middle school to execute that will have a positive impact on our school. The students are from a leadership group that students can sign up for a called Rocket Reach Out. There are other students in the group as well that did not go to camp.
Today, Tom Coverly spoke to the students at RPMS. Tom shared a message about what is real versus illusion and about what it means to treat others with respect. Tom started his presentation with some pretty great illusions. Our students were an amazing audience and you would have been so proud. Part of his message was that real men and real women know how to look at another human being and treat them with respect even though there are differences. We all left inspired and challenged to honor our word. Thank you Tom for visiting RPMS.
Parents- please check your e-mail for information sent out today regarding an opportunity next Wednesday. WE WILL BE STARTING THE DAY AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. Also, for our community on 10/29 at 6:30 in the evening, Reeths-Puffer Schools is proud to welcome Mr. Martin Lowenberg. We would love to see you there. Mr. Lowenberg will be sharing his story of survival from Nazi tyranny during the Holocaust. Mr. Lowenberg survived the Kaiserwald, Riga, Libau, Hamburg, Fuhlsbuettel, Kiel, and Malmo concentration camps. Please come and share an evening of hope, resiliency, perseverance, grit, growth mindset and empathy.
Community Forum TIME CHANGE - October 23 at 8PM in the RPI Cafeteria. Give your input on potential bond proposal.
The polar vortex of 2019 got in our way last school year, but we are so happy to welcome Martin Lowenberg, a holocaust survivor, to the Rocket Center at RPHS at 6:30 on October 29th. We welcome the community to join us in an evening celebrating hope, resiliency, and empathy. Please mark your calendars to join us. Feel free to share the attached posters.
RISE UP was the theme of the RPMS Variety show and our students and community did not disappoint. Thank you to each performer for your vulnerability and willingness to put your talents on display. Thank you to our parents and Rocket City community for providing a safe and positive environment for our students where they can each RISE UP!
Reminder: Half Day Tomorrow 10/10/19.
Do you need help with trying to solve your Rubix Cube? No problem! A Rubix Cube solving machine was PRINTED in our tech lab using a 3-d printer. While we did not write the code, student get to see the code come to life and explore all things made possible by technology! https://youtu.be/YkUog9Z_Uts
Homecoming is a perfect day for a fight song flash mob from our band. Fire up ROCKETS!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCoLGjG6Gwc
Our power is back on. Staff and students did a great job of being flexible.
Science has proven that your brain can grow and change. It is also proven that that new pathways in your brain only develop by doing hard things-outside of your comfort zone. This is the message that our high school leaders brought to the middle school today when they partnered with 8th grade leaders to facilitate a growth mindset focused learning opportunity for the entire middle school.
Today, we would like you to meet Sunny. The job is important and luckily we have two therapy dogs that rotate the duties. The addition of the therapy dogs is part of a larger goal to continue to create a positive and safe school environment and culture so that we can help students realize their full potential. Thank you Sunny for the great service you provide! We will introduce you to Addie soon.
Well...this is a message about our amazing drum line AND growth mindset. We are not great videographers YET. With practice we will improve, but the sound and video are too great not to share. The video will also give you a great chance to stretch your neck as you watch it sideways. Every single day, our band puts in the work, has a growth mindset, and makes learning so visible. https://youtu.be/RZigMyTN_k8
RPMS welcomes our new students. We think RPMS is great and want to make sure our new students know about all of things that make Rocket City special. With the help of student leaders, Mrs. Mitchelson whips up a great breakfast and opportunity to connect and ask questions. To all new to RP....we are glad you are here and hope you have felt welcomed!
Half-day this Friday 9/20/19. The middle school will release at 10:53.
The message below was emailed to parents today. Please note that there is a half-day this Friday, September 20th. Dismissal is 10:53. Good Afternoon, We are off to an amazing start. Thank you for your partnership in making it great. Below are a few important announcements: We want to give you a heads up to check backpacks for two things. Any student that ordered school pictures at registration should have brought home their package last week or today. Also, 8th grade students should be bringing home an M-STEP score report from last year. We will send the seventh grade reports home as soon as we get them. Make Up Picture Day is September 24th. For any student not at registration or needing a retake, we will call them down throughout the morning. As we practice routines and procedures to start the year, we want to be certain your student is familiar with the safety routines in the building. We will be talking about fire drills, tornado drills, and also what to do if there is ever a threat in or around the building. Our procedures were developed with the support of local and national law enforcement and will always be taught in a supportive and developmentally appropriate way. We will be talking on Thursday and I wanted to give you a heads-up so you could have the conversation at home. In regards to school safety, we will also teach students how important it is to notice and report things around them that seem unsafe (no matter how small it may seem). Our goal is that students feel comfortable talking to an adult. We also teach students about an anonymous way to report called OK2SAY (click here) which is sponsored by the Michigan State Police Department. Our 8th grade student should be familiar, but we will be refreshing with all students this week. Feel free to check out Mrs. Mitchelson's video (here). Friday is our first half day- dismissal is 10:53. Have a great day. Go Rockets!
RPMS raised money today for Northside Vets and had a fun time doing it. Things got a little messy with our pies this morning, during lunch, and after school. The students did not hold back! Follow the link below for more details and MORE PHOTOS. Thank you to the student leaders, donors, volunteers to clean, and staff for jumping in to help support a deserving group. https://www.reeths-puffer.org/article/135759?org=rpms
Elementary Spanish Teachers Needed - If you are certified and interested in one of these positions or know someone who is, click on the following link http://bit.ly/2m86b9W
RPMS bathrooms got an inspiring makeover this summer thanks to the thinking and action of a few staff members. ......Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody! ........Real girls aren’t perfect. Perfect girls aren’t real!........ Be you bravely!..... Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there.......
RPMS Daily Schedule: Start (7:43) and End (2:38) Half Day Schedule: Start (7:43) and End (10:53)
School starts at 7:43 (bell at 7:38) and ends at 2:38!
Please join us for the OPEN HOUSE 2019 on Monday 9/9/19 from 6:30-8:00. Start in the gym for a welcome message and then have a chance to rotate to each classroom.
Have you ever read Harry Potter and wished you could play Quidditch? Well, now you have your chance! Muskegon County 4-H is offering a new sports club at Reeths Puffer Middle School: a 4-H Quidditch Club. Come out for six weeks of competitive & active fun with a sport that is a combination of lacrosse, rugby & dodgeball. We’ll provide the equipment, you bring your own snack, energy, and enthusiasm! Cost: $20.00 per youth, which will enroll them into the 4-H program for one year Dates & Times: Wednesday’s starting on 9/18 after school until 4:15 PM. The last practice will be 10/23. The first practice we will be meeting in the library. A match against Mona Shores Middle School will be on 10/25 at 3 PM. Location TBD! Contact Tonya Pell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-724-4739 to sign up today!
We can't wait to see you and your student today or tomorrow at registration. As a reminder, the times are listed below: August 21st 12-3:00 and 4-7:00 August 22nd 8-12:00 and 5-7:00 You can come and go any time during the listed times. Some students come back to try lockers multiple times! To order photos in advance or to view photo packages, go to: https://radiumphoto.simplephoto.com/prepay/38818220?code=A9C4F9D7A081EECE It is going to be a great year!
Open House: Monday, September 9th 6:30-8:00 Open House is a night for parents and teachers to connect and for parents and students to connect as they tour the school together.