As the calendar turned to November, we welcomed two new announcers. Remember, you can see the daily announcements by clicking on the link below. We will be live on Friday for our normal announcements, rocket slip drawing, and a minute to win it competition. You can join us Friday by using the YouTube Live link below. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qJRhGLynrJrpIKANVujxR6nXkjTF2sjQtUf225g7PxQ/edit?usp=sharing https://youtu.be/Yb0aOCBbW6Q
Join us for live announcements tomorrow at 8:00. We will be drawing names to recognize respect, pride, and integrity in our students. https://youtu.be/kEe5zaMNycM
Good Afternoon Parents, The second semester, beginning on January 25th, is approaching quickly. At this point, we are asking asking families to make a decision about your final learning choice (F2F or Virtual) for the 2nd semester. With this information, behind the scenes, we will work to adjust staffing, space, technology, and learning tools to create the safest and most supportive learning environment for your student. If you are returning from virtual to face to face, someone from the school will reach out to schedule electives based on availability, doing our best to meet everyone's needs. We continue to be appreciative of your partnership through the challenges are all facing. We are in this together, on the same team, to provide the best opportunity for your student. Please help us...we need everyone to complete this survey! Please click the link below for a survey to select your final learning choice (F2F or Virtual) for the 2nd semester. If you have more than one child in our building, please fill it out for every student. This needs to be completed by Monday, December 7. https://forms.gle/uEu7Fxg661WJmi53A Have a Great Afternoon!
Normally, we use our communication platforms to highlight students or provide information. Normally, we are intentional about not even including teacher names because it really is about the students, but tonight. after a week of distance learning, we want to give a shout out to the teachers. They have flipped everything they’re doing upside down and are working hard to SERVE the community. They are modeling growth mindset and vulnerability as everyone has become a first-year teacher. Nobody went into teaching with this vision of teaching in mind, but RPMS staff are modeling problem-solving, resiliency, and compassion. When students, families, and teachers all work together, we are seeing amazing things during a difficult time. Great job Rockets! Disclaimer-teachers remove masks when alone in their classroom with the door shut and photos were zoomed in from a distance with a lightning quick visit.
We will be running live announcements on Friday. Since we don't have students in the building, we will have teachers representing 7th grade and 8th grade for our distanced competition (Magic Carpet). Tune in Friday at 8:45. We will also draw Rocket Slip winners and some special distance learner recognitions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NxPM58rZ2g&feature=youtu.be
Apply for meal benefits for your students at LunchApp.com. LunchApp.com will walk you through the process in just a few minutes. Your completed application will be sent to your school district so your children can receive benefits quickly and confidentially.
The ripple effect is a powerful thing.... Today, student council has asked you to reach out to someone and send them a note of appreciation. One of our students did jut that and then let us know. The act of kindness lifted the spirits of another student AND letting us know about it brightened our day...see how the ripples just keep going? We love our students and their kindness toward others. There is a lot of the day left for your act of kindness. Check out this great example of simple acts that go a long way.
Please check out the Kindness Challenge put together by our Student Council. We would love to see or hear about what you do. November is typically a time of year when we focus on gratitude. With all of the chaos of 2020 and how much we cannot control, we can control our attitudes toward the chaos. We can still be kind. Let’s show our community and our family some Rocket Kindness over the next couple of weeks.
You can still check out library books and ebooks during remote learning! Simply place a hold on your selections through the online card catalogue (see attached). Search for books by author, title, genre, or specific keywords (such as football or ghost). When your order is available, you will receive an email with instructions for picking up your books at school.
What does integrity look like? It looks like 96.1% of Reeths-Puffer Middle School students showing up for the first day of distance-learning. Way to go Rockets! We knew you could do it. Connections happened… learning happened… and we will get better at teaching and learning in this new way every single day. Go Rockets! #integrity #therocketway #growthmindset
This picture right here says it all! In an ideal world, most of us would not choose to go to distance learning, but we can choose to be prepared. Some of our students have their phone alarms set and ready to go for learning tomorrow. Isn't this great thinking? Parents- an e-mail went out earlier today with our distance learning plan that will start tomorrow. Your students are ready...we've got this! A link to our distance learning plan is below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1APElVdmAi082lu1xtZvji2ysObk98TKCmCy6npDNiKY/edit?usp=sharing
Students went home with extra breakfast and lunch meals today. Meals are also available for pick up during distance learning from the middle school on 4 different dates. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jtMYPM62jCUIjzXFU7VNYm4AvHryEyxT/view?usp=sharing
This is a reminder that if you have not signed up for parent teacher conferences yet, we still have openings on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Conferences will be held virtually and when you sign up you will get a Google meet link to click on at your conference time. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10GDIvEpP8OfDa-pvrZTElaJjpwQ3bfoqI4d8ZUEMbO8/edit
Our semester electives have ended and some students will be starting a new elective on Monday. There is really no better way to end the day than to watch middle school theater students award and celebrate each other. The teachers got to celebrate the end and provide some closure, but the recognition from one middle school student to another is magical.
Join us in celebrating our Rocket slip winners for the week! Our students are doing a great job of demonstrating respect, pride, and integrity. Live the “Rocket Way” every day.
Check out another sneak peak of the Fall Variety Show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aCMxvW7fKA&fbclid=IwAR360yLOUzOH112fsCK_835O1jIx1j5uKhkXuWNozGMrMsqFXl2fpjeyKkQ See this and more by watching the full online show here through Friday. Donations WELCOME! https://rpmsmusical.anywhereseat.com/channel.php
The Reeths-Puffer Middle School Choir & Theatre Arts proudly present their Fall Y'All Variety Show...Online Edition! You can access the online performance starting today, 10/30 through 11/6. DVDs will also be available for $10 each if you'd like to enjoy it after the viewing window has closed. Click the link to watch the show. Please consider donating to our program so we can continue to offer high-quality arts experiences to our students & community. #WeareRP https://rpmsmusical.anywhereseat.com/channel.php
Teachers have been brainstorming and taking the input from students to plan ways that make it even easier for students to distance from each other during passing time. This week, many students participated in a “Rockets On The Loose” scavenger hunt and Ethan and Lola were the winners for the week. Also, many students are joining the outdoor space and fresh fresh air.
The R-PMS Fall Y'All Variety Show Online Edition will be premiering this Friday, October 30th & will be available to watch online through Friday, 11/6! Reserve your tickets to view by visiting: https://rpmsmusical.anywhereseat.com/channel.php. Once on the site, you will enter your info. & receive a viewing code to watch anytime between 10/30 & 11/6. DVD Copies are also for sale on the site for $10. Donations are gladly accepted as this will serve as our Fall Fundraiser! The show involved over 125 Students & Staff at R-PMS & is truly a labor of love as we navigate this uncertain time. Please share & spread the word...remember...you don't even need to live here to watch! #RPStrong #WeareRP #RPChoirs
It just takes some page protectors and dry erase markers help us make thinking visible. Seeing how students think about math helps all students add strategies to their problem-solving options. Math is about problem-solving. Math is about critical thinking. Math is about communication and creative thinking.
Most of the time when students leave for the day, the building quiets down and teachers settle in to grade papers and lesson plan, but sometimes things get a little crazy! This is what it looks like when the middle school choir teachers have an “idea”. Look for more in the variety show being released on 10/30!
Tomorrow, we are excited to try something new by going live (on youtube) every Friday with The Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements. We are also going to add in a minute to win it competition between the 7th grade and 8th grade that will take place of our quarterly assembly celebrations of RESPECT, PRIDE, and INTEGRITY. Feel free to join our October morning announcers at 7:50 for a 7:55 kickoff. Our students will be joining live from classrooms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EalE0tF0QTw&feature=youtu.be
Communication skills are important to almost every career and and play a huge role in our relationships. Companies name communication as a skill that is very important, yet hard to hire. This is why our students practice communications skills in a variety of ways during an elective class we offer called Navigating Life.
The Reeths-Puffer Fine Arts Department collaborated to create some videos to help kick-off Homecoming Weekend. A lot has changed...but so much hasn't. Enjoy from the stadium or from home....The Star-Spangled Banner! #GoRockets #Ohsaycanyousing https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jqRPI8zLATw
Here is even more to celebrate! Things are different and we are all working through new challenges. There really is no better way to teach problem-solving and resiliency than to model it like our fine arts department did. Enjoy this awesome collaborative work between the middle school choir and high school band! RP fight song. https://youtu.be/bnNM4FToT9E
A great week of spirit finished strong today with a lot of green and white. Other than the green and white (our favorite color), the best part was seeing the creativity of the students to turn many household items and paint into spirit wear. Today was a competition between the seventh and eighth grade and with a score of 154-149, the seventh grade comes out with a win! We will have ongoing opportunities for competition between grades throughout the year. Gooooo Rockets!
Throwback Thursday filled The hallways and classrooms with tie-dye, scrunchies, tight rolled jeans, varsity coats from the 90s, the “grunge” look, poodle skirts, and tons of spirit! We can’t wait to see all of the green and white tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first of a year long competition between the seventh and eighth grade.
The trees are beautiful, but the sound of conversations about math is amazing. The goal of math instruction is to build critical thinkers, communicators, and mathematicians that understand concepts rather than memorizing. Students participate in an activity called InfoGap which allows them to practice those skills.
Rocket Virtual Families, Please join the Q & A session this evening from 5pm-6pm using your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can access the meeting by clicking the link below. https://edmentum.zoom.us/j/94862601627
Each morning, two students lead announcements starting with the pledge of allegiance. We rotate the announcers each month. Parents and students can now stay informed and view the daily announcements by clicking on the link below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qJRhGLynrJrpIKANVujxR6nXkjTF2sjQtUf225g7PxQ/edit?usp=sharing
In Robotics and CS Discoveries (formerly known as Coding), students are given many opportunities to practice the messy cycle of problem-solving by preparing, trying, reflecting, defining, and bouncing around each phase until solutions are found. Problem solving in action is such an exciting thing to watch.
We caught some photos of a few of our STUDENT athletes learning today( that happen to be in uniform). While crowds are limited, school spirit is still high and football, cheer, cross country, and volleyball are all excited to compete tonight. Remember, we also have a middle school athletic Facebook page (RPMS Athletics). Go ROCKETS!
Books are meant to be in the hands of our students! The process just needs to look a little bit different this year. Students can check out books electronically and request books. The title is then pulled and left for a student to pick up from the library. Our students should all have a list of books that they would like to read. Also, the books are isolated for a period of time before they can return to circulation.
Great teachers really are "lead learners" and we had the opportunity on our half day today to grow and learn from each other as professionals. Here are some of the takeaways... 1. It has been a great start. We feel like we know our students well already. 2. We care about the social growth of your student and their well-being and we can plan for that within our building. 3. We love seeing engagement with our content as students learn, collaborate, and think critically. We can plan for engagement. 4. We know we will need to continue to teach behaviors, especially regarding safety and we can plan for that. Our time together is always valuable as we plan to serve our students best. Go Rockets!
Follow the link below and click on breakfast or lunch to see the menu. https://reeths-puffer.nutrislice.com/menu/reeths-puffer-middle-school?mode=browse
Don’t forget tomorrow is a half-day. Our day starts at 7:55 and ends at 10:55. On half days, we are able to send students with just breakfast at the end of the day.
Parents- an e-mail reminder also just went out with a reminder about our open house TOMORROW (new format). Whether you choose to join us live or recorded, we encourage you to sit down TOGETHER WITH your student for our open house. There are several ways to join us. OPEN HOUSE FLIER HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10GDIvEpP8OfDa-pvrZTElaJjpwQ3bfoqI4d8ZUEMbO8/edit?usp=sharing Option 1- Join LIVE on 9/16 : Join The Live Meetings With Each Teacher By Clicking on the Google Meets Link. 6:00- click on the Google Meet Link with Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Hernandez 6:15- click on the Google Meet Link for 1st Block Teacher 6:30- click on the Google Meet Link for 2nd Block Teacher 6:45-click on the Google Meet Link for 3rd Block Teacher Option 2- Watch RECORDED At whatever time works best for you, click on the pre-recorded video links for each teacher on your students’ schedule. Option 3- Combination of live and recorded or both
Check out some of the things we are doing to keep your student safe. Masks, distancing, hand hygiene, hallway directions, new lunch procedures, outdoor learning, a lot of cleaning and disinfecting, thermometers, bathroom limits, sanitizer, and TEACHING the expectations. https://www.reeths-puffer.org/article/307408?org=rpms
Our Open House will look a little different this year. We are excited about the methods that allow us to still connect with everyone. A parent email went out today with other week two information, including open house. There are two options. You can join using live Google meet links on Wednesday starting at 6:00 or you can watch a provided video at whatever time is convenient for you. The link below will bring you to a flier with additional details. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10GDIvEpP8OfDa-pvrZTElaJjpwQ3bfoqI4d8ZUEMbO8/edit
We are asking ALL Reeths-Puffer families to complete our lunch application at https://www.lunchapp.com/. It may not seem relevant, but significant district funding is tied to this. Please help by completing your application now! **Thank you**
Wearing RP gear is a great way to show RP pride. Check out the link below and place your order before 9/21 if interested. https://reethspufferrockets.itemorder.com/sale
At this time, we are happy to provide lunch and breakfast to any student FREE of charge! Students can grab the breakfast and lunch to go from our commons at the middle school. Another option is that we also have 5 day's worth of breakfast and lunches that will normally be available to students to be picked up each Monday at the high school from 2-3. With the weird holiday week, we want to offer a second time Thursday 9/10 (TOMORROW) from 2-3 pm at the Giles rd parking lot at the High School. This is available to virtual students, face to face that would rather pick up at one time, or to anyone under the age of 18 in our community. Go Rockets!
Face To Face Schedule are open in Powerschool! Also, please check your e-mail for some answers to common scheduling questions. Mrs. Mitchelson (email@example.com) can answer specific questions or address errors. We honored elective selections to build our schedule and can't make changes at this time. There were many puzzle pieces to put together with many new obstacles this year so some things look a little different. Often one of the first things that happens when students and parents see their schedule is to post to social media and start discussing courses and staff. Please remember that each student's experience in a class in unique (successes and challenges), each student has different learning preferences, and one of the best gifts we can give our students is an open mind. We are all working hard to make this the best year ever. If you selected Rocket Virtual there is an orientation on September 3rd from 4-4:45 (https://edmentum.zoom.us/j/95103134483) You and your student will receive an e-mail tomorrow outlining what to expect on the first day, but the most important point we want to convey is not in the details. We want you to know we are here to help and have carefully designed our first days together. We want you to know that we care about your students, we know there are first day nerves (we have them too), we know they didn’t get a tour like normal, we know masks are weird, and WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE TO HELP.
Thank you to all that have completed on-line registration including making a choice for Face to Face or Rocket Virtual. We are a little over 40% complete. Please complete before Wednesday, August 26th at 11:59 p.m. Contact our office 744-4721 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with your parents portal account.
The burning question of the day...what school supplies will be needed? We have a list of Face to Face SUGGESTED supplies linked below. Remember, students will take two core and an elective each semester. Detailed schedules will be available September 2nd (after we balance based on decisions for Face to Face and Virtual), but we know all 7th graders will have Math, Science, and an elective and all 8th will start with ELA, Social Studies, and an elective. If you elected Rocket Virtual, more details about supplies will be provided at a later time, but I would prepare for many of the basics such as paper, pencils, organizing folders, and colored pencils. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u44gYMpH2q5tue5XFMHXk4YI9tYxsJthGGClpgkHxyI/edit?usp=sharing
Parents- Powerschool is now open for you to log into your parent account and update demographics. You will be asked to select face to face or virtual. All documents with details about choices can be found on our website under REETHS-PUFFER RESTART PLAN. Also, the video linked below provides instructions if needed. If you do not have a computer, if you need support with the process, if you need your password reset, or if you need an Access ID and Access Password to create a NEW parent account, please call 744-4721 ext. 4001 or e-mail email@example.com to set up an appointment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-NCv1tpgkg&feature=youtu.be
Parents- Powerschool is now open for you to log in and update demographics for your student(s). You will be asked to choose between Face to Face (F2F) and Rocket Virtual (RV). Link to step by step video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-NCv1tpgkg&feature=youtu.be If you do not have a computer, if you need support with the process, if you need your password reset, or if you need an Access ID and Access Password to create a new parent account, please call 744-4721 ext. 4001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Parents... an e-mail went out just now with a lot of information. Please check for the e-mail and let us know if you have questions ( email@example.com). Information about on-line registration will be out tomorrow. We are in this together. #RPStrong
Families, please respond to this survey to help us understand your transportation and child care needs. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQRees1CKRBzSVm-5GnwZIDqfMmxrbSPXZ__NBmQIFd2KRPg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Here is another document that you may find helpful about the RP restart plan. All of this information, plus much more can be found on the Reeths-Puffer website (Reeths-Puffer.org) by clicking on Restart Plan. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/836515/Covid-19_Fall_Restart__1_.pdf
Rocket City- please review the FAQ that outlines some of the current details regarding our next school year. Please reach out if you have questions we can answer or if we can share background about the details that led to the decisions that were made. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/835737/FAQ_s_regarding_back_to_school.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) regarding back to school - https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/835737/FAQ_s_regarding_back_to_school.pdf
Struggling with housing? Facing eviction? Community Encompass may be able to help! www.communityencompass.org You can find more information on the state Eviction Diversion Program here: https://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,4641,7-141-5555-533463--,00.html
It’s an exciting night for the class of 2020. You can watch the graduation ceremony live using the link below. Graduation will begin at 8:20 (2020 military time). it is going to be a great night to focus on celebrating an amazing group of students. Go Rockets! https://www.reeths-puffer.org/article/269778?org=rphs
Tomorrow is Wednesday! Meal pick-up continues every Wednesday at the high school, 9-11:00 am. While you are there, work out with the YMCA, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m., on the high school lawn next to the Roberts Road parking lot. All are welcome!
If you have been financially impacted by the pandemic, MidMichigan Community Action Relief & Recovery Services may be able to help! For assistance with housing, property taxes, utility bills, food & other critical needs, call 231-660-0271 .
Class of 2020 Congratulatory Video: Muskegon Social Justice Commission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V241NjfLR70&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3d3HtV2C0jEd5o47aD6tto7soYDn3YpIzvX_Vt8HjdHqRieZ2EW2VKhd8
RPMS is offering another Get Back/Give Back time on THURSDAY from 4:00-6:00 for those that missed the times offered last week. If you have a book, uniform, or chromebook, please bring it to the school on Thursday. Students (wearing a mask) will be allowed into the building ten at a time to clean out lockers.
REMINDER- Tomorrow is the get back/give back day for 8th grade and Friday is the day for 7th grade. 9-11 and 3-6:00 each day Only students will enter the building. Students must have a mask in the building. Give back library books, chromebooks, class books, etc. Get items from lockers and building. Get 8th grade certificates, yearbooks, and medications.
Looking for wifi? Use and search this statewide wifi hotspot map! http://cngis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0d69accbb5ff422a82eccc2c9101b69d
Parents and Students- our learning plans for next week are below. Keep up the great work Rocket City! #RPStrong 7th Grade: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GePeccmSujukDuzBKj7sjaHfBAKHAmYD88txOXsPHfc/edit?usp=sharing 8th Grade: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KR-6r6kYMif9-ZbMdTqlQWgTztbUTuczV9d87EOon5k/edit?usp=sharing
We want to make sure that all R-P families are aware of our food distribution plan every Wednesday. Please take the time to read through our plan so that we can provide the best service to our R-P families. R-P Food Distribution Plan Each Wednesday at Reeths-Puffer High School from 9am-11am: 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches will be provided for each child. This is open to ALL school-age students. The student does not have to be on free or reduced lunch. Last name A-L- enter the Roberts Rd parking lot between 9 and 11 AM from the north. Drive past the tennis courts and toward the front/main entrance. A volunteer will ask you how many students you are picking up for and write down the name(s). Last name M-Z- enter the Giles Rd parking lot between 9 and 11 AM from the only entrance available. Turn right and follow the circle drive along the HS and toward the front/main entrance. A volunteer will ask you how many students you are picking up for and write down the name(s).
Below are the weekly overviews for next week (week of May 11th). Make is a great week Rocket City! 7th Grade- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tEZ-W2N39DsrnbLC1hG6InnAufWXJvSAX-xAIN5piQc/edit?usp=sharing 8th Grade- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fl54RKPbUwTGgI6hbohtgHU71Gs-FOB2Nf9-RrehmvE/edit?usp=sharing
Here are the weekly overviews of the learning plans for next week. Remember, more details are in e-mail or Google Classroom from the teachers. Have a great weekend! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hVbfaQS7o-cOV2bZEBqFy3hshIa7LCXxA7mK1L-58LU/edit?usp=sharing https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rBmSnKSsDuWN3Wwmw3Y4TY_O35Y9-W2QPB1lrGFhZf4/edit?usp=sharing
Have you lost income recently? Are you struggling to keep food on the table? Apply for school meals and you will automatically receive food benefits from DHHS! Go to https://www.lunchapp.com/ to apply.
An e-mail went to parents and students, but we also want to share the weekly plans here. Remember, more details are in your e-mail or google classroom. Go Rockets! 7th Grade- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r4fjWhQSjxyB4oVl0OD66Vp1gmWwTloG09ID_pUKhuo/edit 8th Grade- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IqHaueNg0sTuVbQC5S0Tw2FVbxywof_np2P69pPZqrw/edit
RPMS will be hosting our final Chromebook distribution on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Reeths-Puffer Middle School. Please contact Mr. Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Yearbooks can be ordered on-line by visiting radiumphoto.com. yearbooks cost $8. Orders are due May 15th and can be shipped for an additional $4. A pick-up date will be communicated once they are complete. If your student already turned in an order form before March 13th, we will get those to Radium.
Another Rocket doing great things in our community built on empathy, service, and hardwork. Way to go Sage! We can't wait for you to join us as a 7th grader next year. Check out these bears and reach out if you can help. #RPStrong #RocketPride https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/prayer-bears-muskegon-donate-coronavirus-covid-pandemic/69-d81a4e50-4877-4c06-8e77-f8bf317c4a95?fbclid=IwAR2cftAP6Otn_D6R3Ii_0wAYhJv5j2UmtFzZJxqcq6Sbj04OYhNSc7tv4NI
Hello parents! As we continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to reach out to you and provide resources that we felt might be useful to you in the days and weeks ahead. As everyone’s situation is different, we are providing a “blanket level” of resources. Please know that if you have a need that is not addressed here, you can always dial 2-1-1 for available resource information in Muskegon county. Stay safe! Beth Woiteshek, RPMS Social Worker email@example.com Janie Mitchelson, RPMS Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XnXp5tryOPuhKB4PTGu5KJGoBWo59Ke5K54wkCr6ZHw/edit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RRJoQirhILXWsDv-5EnznjwBYtsPOoenjyMd65pLDVE/edit
An overview of our Continued Learning Plans For 4/12-4/16. More details came from each teacher. 7th Grade https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wKZMh4Jm9PYtU4pBnn8dMD_07herlzmD_CexSIyRkNk/edit 8th Grade: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vBGxL_qtYsgdHpBNc6MdqDgVWsTB03IXCeSPQhgB-I8/edit
All of the RPMS teachers “met” at some point today to start problem solving. While details of the next step our governor will take are still somewhat unknown and we can’t solve all of the problems right now, we definitely can rally together to come up with the best plan to progress learning for our students. Growth mindset is not just for students as many of the adults are finding new ways to do business. We will share more soon. We’re all in this together!
Reeths-Puffer and NM Meal Pick Up Day, Wednesday, April 1, 9am-11am: Last name A-L- enter the Roberts Rd parking lot between 9 and 11 AM from the north. Drive past the tennis courts and toward the front/main entrance. A volunteer will ask you how many students you are picking up for and write down the name(s). 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches will be provided for each child. (Red line on map) Last name M-Z- enter the Giles Rd parking lot between 9 and 11 AM from the only entrance available. Turn right and follow the circle drive along the HS and toward the front/main entrance. A volunteer will ask you how many students you are picking up for and write down the name(s). 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches will be provided for each child. (Blue line on map)
Rocket Parents, Reeths-Puffer Schools wants to ensure that our students are prepared and equipped for distance learning for the remainder of the school year. We want to identify families with/without home internet service and students with/without a device. The district has 2200 chromebooks that we can loan out to students in need. Please fill out the survey (see link below) so we can begin addressing the needs of our families and best utilize the district’s resources. If you have multiple children attending Reeths-Puffer Schools please fill out the survey once for each student. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnIt_6h8EVgpfy40ohTN89K4fJeR-I1rR_IHQn31N2tbm7Kw/viewform
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.