BRANCHING OUT FOR APRIL 2019

April 1, 2019

Dear Students,  Parents, and Friends of  Theodore Roosevelt High School,

The 2020 graduation surveys are in!  We appreciate that 151 parents and guardians of juniors completed the surveys regarding the possible times for the 2020 graduation ceremony.  Saturday, May 30, was chosen as the overall winner with 45.7% of the vote. Sunday, May 31 received 29.8% of the vote, followed by Thursday, May 21 with 17.9%.  The graduating Class of 2020 will have a Saturday, May 30, graduation at some time around noon.  Many felt that this would be a great time for students to have a graduation.  Families will be able to celebrate all weekend with a Saturday afternoon ceremony.  We truly appreciate the feedback and are looking forward to a Saturday graduation.

You should have all received the Senior letter with pertinent information regarding dates from now until graduation.  In case you did not, please see it posted on the Roosevelt website.

On March 19, Roosevelt’s new multi-cultural club, the Multicultural Rough Riders, hosted and organized Roosevelt’s first cultural fair.  All third graders in the district visited Roosevelt throughout the day and were able to “tour” 18 different countries.  Roosevelt students with the assistance of Kent State University Early Childhood Education students worked the stations and presented different aspects and fun activities of the countries they represented.  The level of interaction between the high school students and the third graders was very impressive. This was a great event and I am excited to see how it will grow in the future.

We are proud of our RHS Choirs who performed in the “Please Stay” concert.  The focus was on mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  Throughout the concert, students shared their personal poignant, and eye opening experiences with the audience.  The songs were powerful and inspirational. It is gratifying to see students engaged in learning about and discussing mental health issues.  Hopefully, attendees and participants left this event realizing that every life has value and every life matters.

Thank you to the KCS Music Department for a wonderful “Music in our Schools” month.  There were so many incredible concerts to attend in March.  As usual, the orchestra and the TRHS band have been competing extremely well at the local and state competitions.

Congratulations to the 2019 Roosevelt Laws of Life Essay Contest participants and winners.  Students written essays reflected on laws of life learned from their personal life experiences.  First place winner was Makhia Friedman, 2nd place, Lana Subhai, 3rd place, Jillian Hanna, and honorable mention, Theo Thomas and Madelyn Fisher.

Congratulations to Emmanuel Skora as he was invited to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam.  Emmanuel took the American Math Competition exam at Roosevelt in February scoring in the top 5%.  He is one of the very best math students in the world and is competing to be on the International Mathematical Olympiad team!  We wish him well.

Congratulations to Henry Arthur and Andrew Martin who qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad exam.  They each placed in the top 10 at the Akron Area Local Chemistry Olympiad Exam.  These tests were given by the American Chemical Society, one of the largest and most respected organizations for chemists.  Good luck on the national exam.

We are proud of our Cheerleaders who were fifth in the state at the cheer competition.  This was the third time in three years that the cheerleaders placed in the top five in the state competition.  We are so grateful and we appreciate that we have an incredible cheer program that adds so much to our school.  

Starting on April 8, 2019, Theodore Roosevelt High School will administer the State Mandated End of Course Exams.  The attached link https://www.kentschools.net/rhs/testing/ will provide you with additional information for state testing.  Due to state testing, there will be no early release on Wednesdays in April.

With prom and graduation weeks away, we want to remind our students to enjoy this exciting time, but to please act responsibly.  On April 16, our senior class will join many area high school students at Hiram College for a None Under 21 program, which  focuses on the horrors of driving under the influence.

Listed below are some of the important dates during April and early May:

April 8:        State Mandated End-of-Course Exams Begin (through                                 April 18)

April 16:      None for Under 21 Senior Field Trip to Hiram  8:00 a.m.

April 25:      Interim Grade Reports Distributed

April 27:      Junior-Senior Prom, All the World’s a Fair, at TRHS 7:30                                p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

May 3:           POPs Concert – 7:00 p.m.

May 6-17:   AP Testing

May 7:          Scholar & Achievement Awards Program  and Reception    7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                            

May 8:  CTE Passport Program/Reception                        9:00 a.m.

May 13: Athletic Health Care Athletic Physicals  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

       

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love