All posts by Rob Susel

Rome 2019

The Latin program at RHS is planning a trip to Rome during the Spring Break of 2019. The trip promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. For the 1st time since 2009 the cost will be close to $3000.

We are trying to get the word out to the students and parents of RHS & SMS who may be interested in traveling with us. You don’t even have to be a Latin student to travel with us! We welcome students, parents, or anyone else wanting to travel with our group.

Meeting Dates (same content offered at each meeting):

Thursday, December 21, 2017 or Thursday, January 25, 2018
RHS Room 138
7:00-8:00 P.M.

If you would like more information, plan to attend one of the meetings. Register with only $300 by February 15, 2018 to lock in the best price. This first set of meeting dates will explain the itinerary and costs, information about the tour group, the application process, and deadlines for paperwork and money. We will also answer any questions you may have.  Please plan on attending one of the meeting times listed below with your son or daughter.

You can contact Rob Susel at RHS if you are unable to attend but would like information about the trip or check out the Rome Trip link on the Latin web site at:

And here’s a flyer with some additional info:

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting.

Rob Susel

John Phillips

Branching Out – December 2017

December 1, 2017

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

Congratulations to Maggie Ferrara, Niarra Gooden-Clark, Jacquelyn Shields, and Sarah Wyatt. These four seniors in our Athletic Health Care and Fitness College Tech Prep presented their NEOMED HPAC research poster, “Commit To Be Fit” at a recent national healthcare conference in Cleveland. We also offer congratulations to our cheerleaders who were added to the list of fall teams who are Suburban League Champions.

Congratulations on the success of the 32nd Annual TRHS Leadership Retreat and to the 2017 Planning Committee: Josie Coffee, Maggie Ferrara, Meredith Hartsook, Barbara Hickin, Hanna Holman, Nathan Jones, Elise Kohl, Mark Rocco, Isaac Stokes, Max Swartout, and Maria Young. The retreat, held at Camp Wanake in Beach City, OH, focused on leadership skills and qualities that related to the theme: Night at the Museum – Where leadership comes to life! There were 105 Roosevelt student delegates who attended, representing 36 clubs and athletics. Delegates had the opportunity to learn more about their leadership, participating in hands-on workshops and hearing from keynote speakers, including former 2004 Roosevelt graduates Marcquis Parham, Brian Rogers, and Seth Stewart. Just before Thanksgiving, student delegates also participated in a community service project, the annual canned food drive, to benefit Kent Social Services. This year, the students in the district collected 10,930 canned goods that Kent Social Services distributed to families in the community.

I am excited to announce that our early release pilot will begin on Wednesday, January 10. Students will be released from school at 1:44 instead of 2:29. The attached link is our Wednesday schedule. At 1:44, students will be permitted to leave the building; however, if students choose to stay, they will be in a structured study hall. Students will have access to the library and to tutoring. Our bus schedule will not change.

To kick-off our early release professional development, our building improvement team focused on our purpose. During our last in-service, members of our staff planned an activity to identify our 2017/18 purpose and vision at TRHS. Our purpose was student centered and the words that came to the forefront were support, relationships, and educate. Our next step was to visualize what we would want a Roosevelt teacher and student to look like, feel like, and sound like. The attached link is what the 2017/18 staff created. We are using this information to drive our professional development for our early release pilot.

Preparation for semester exams should be in progress as exams are less than three weeks away. Exam grades reflect student effort and knowledge of course content up to this point in the school year. The first quarter grade is worth 40% of the semester grade. The second quarter grade is worth 40%of the semester grade. Exam scores are significant because they comprise twenty percent of the first semester grade.

Students will begin the scheduling process early in the second semester. Roosevelt High School is committed to providing relevant courses to prepare our students for success in our continuously changing society. Students’ future schedules will be based upon various student data points, teacher/counselor/parent recommendations, and student interest. Scheduling early for the 2018/19 school year will ensure appropriate course placement.

After a report of bed bugs being found in our school, a bed bug-sniffing dog and trainer were brought in to complete an inspection. It appears that there is no indication that there is a bed bug problem in the library. In the October Branching Out, I included a link from the Ohio Department of Health concerning bed bugs. Our local health department has also been contacted. Unfortunately, this is a problem many public institutions face.

The month of December is an extremely eventful one. The winter sports season is already underway. Also, we look forward to the numerous choir and band holiday performances. Listed below are some important December happenings.

December 20-22: Semester Exams – Exam Schedule will be posted online
December 23: Winter Break – No School
January 8: Classes Resume

While there are many exciting events at Roosevelt, we are also aware that the holiday season can be a challenging and stressful time for many. We will do our best to make certain that Roosevelt continues to be a warm, caring, and consistent environment for all of our students.

Warmest regard for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love

Bridges Academy – Transition

March 1, 2017

Last winter, The Bridges Academy Teachers and our administrative team explored ways to enhance and improve the freshmen transition process for our 9th grade at-risk student population. Accordingly, this fall, a freshmen transition team comprised of faculty and administrators was formed. Our main purpose was to devise an educational plan that would most benefit our freshmen.

After thoughtful deliberation our team determined that the resources used to create The Bridges Academy could be used differently to assist more of our students. We will continue to have high expectations for all of our students. Students will be scheduled into their classes based upon ability. When students are not achieving at grade level, we will provide them with opportunities and interventions to meet their individual needs.

Providing the best possible education for our students is the commitment we make to them and to our community. Discontinuing The Bridges Academy was a difficult decision for our transition team, but we are excited for what the future holds for all of our students. The decision is based on the thorough and thoughtful planning of our experienced and conscientious staff and represents our best effort to continue to provide a quality education for all students.


March 1, 2017

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

Jazmine Dennis, Kiara Spangler, and Victoria Crawford decided they wanted our school to do something unique to celebrate National Black History Month. Inspired by an idea offered by a faculty member, they chose to create a living museum showcasing African American history. With the assistance of staff, they created one of the most poignant celebratory events we have ever had at Roosevelt. We thank them for their foresight and creativity and we look forward to our next living museum.

We are also proud of many other recent accomplishments. Cassiel Yuzik qualified for states in diving, Logan Manhard qualified for states in bowling, and the girls cheerleading squad qualified for states in cheerleading. Congratulations to our Scholastic Writing Award winners: Shafeen Ahmed, Mary Creech, Erin Gallagher, Carter Hale, Emme Lenzo, Lauren McClelland, Renee Slattery, and Chloe Wise. Congratulations and special recognition to our Silver Key Winner, Campbell Budzar, and Gold Key Winner, Carlie Pritt. Our academic challenge team consisting of Max Crook, William Kulis, Carter Hale, and Kory Nielson had an outstanding performance at the Copley Invitational.

We have attached a letter concerning the closure of The Bridges Academy. It has been a great resource for many of our students. The new direction we are taking was a hard decision but one our team feels will ultimately greatly benefit our students.

Recently, the topic of weighted grades has surfaced. We are exploring weighing grades for our advanced or advanced placement courses. Several area school districts have adopted this policy. We are hoping to give students an incentive to sign up for advanced courses which will provide them with a greater opportunity to achieve summa, magna, and cum laude honors levels. More information will be forthcoming.

Soon it will be prom season and our juniors are working hard to create a memorable dance for the seniors. A pertinent issue we are discussing with students is whether prom attendees should have to take a breathalyzer test before they enter the dance. The purpose is to deter students from attending the prom while under the influence of alcohol. Ultimately, we want our students to have a great, fun and safe evening.

March is “Music in Our Schools” month. Congratulations to the orchestra on receiving a superior rating at the OMEA State Contest. Stop in and enjoy our many concerts and performances offered this month. Our winter musical, “Cinderella” opens March 2nd.

Important March dates:

A reminder that the Ohio State Test and mandatory ACT testing will begin this month and take us until the end of April. This link will take you to our testing schedule:

February 4: TRHS 8th Grade Open House at Roosevelt – 7:00 p.m.

March 13: Ohio State Testing Begins

March 17: End of the Third Grading Period

March 21: ACT Test for Juniors

March 24: Report Cards Distributed

March 27: First Day of Spring Break

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love

RHS Ski/Snowboard Club signup deadline approaches….

Click here for the RHS Ski and Snowboard Club Website

We are now a WEDSNESDAY night club!

When: Wednesday nights starting January 11th
(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, & 8 – 2016)

Time: 3:45 pm – 9:00 (Bus loads at SMS)

Where: Brandywine Ski Resort
Click here for the Field Trip Permission Form

Cost: Renters – $245.00 (includes bus)
Owners – $185.00 (includes bus)
Transportation Only – $46.00

Signup is ONLINE ONLY (click here to see instructions)

DUE: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 – after which a late fee will be incurred.

Questions???    See Mr. Thompson or Mr. Susel

Summer Reading Titles

Click here for the Summer Reading handout (Spring 2016)

Dear Students and Parents:

What’s the last great book that you read? Isn’t it nice to be able to read at your leisure over the summer months? To encourage reading and prepare you for the coming school year, the English department is continuing the summer reading program for all students registered for advanced-level classes, grades 9-12, and some academies or specialized programs. Please read through the following list to identify the requirements for each course. It is the responsibility of each student to complete the reading by the start of the school year. Students may buy or borrow the book(s); this is your choice. Please have the book with you when you come to school at the beginning of the school year.

In addition to reading, it is expected that each student will ponder what he or she reads. To this end, each student should either write notes in his or her own handwriting (in the form of a dialectical journal or annotations) unless otherwise noted. Please see the attached instructions and examples. Of course, students may go beyond these requirements in their note taking. Students should bring their work with them to school on the first day of the school year, as their independent reading will be assessed within the first days or week of the school year. Assessments of required readings will be worth approximately 10% of the first nine-weeks grade (except for AP, which will be more than 10%).

Finally, remember, you’re not limited to what you see here. Read beyond these lists! Worlds of great ideas, interesting characters, and memorable turns of phrase await you.

Wishing you insightful and enjoyable reading,

The English Teachers at RHS

Peek’n Peak Departure & Arrival Info

This is it! We head out tomorrow morning, February 14, at the crack of dawn!

5:45 a.m. – Bus loads
6:00 a.m. – Bus Departs RHS lot
8:45 a.m. – Bus Arrives Peek’n Peak Resort
6:45 p.m. – Bus re-loads
7:00 p.m. – Bus Departs Peek’n Peak Resort
10:00 p.m. – Bus Arrives RHS lot (and leaves once it is unloaded)

We will ask students to call/text when we are approx. 30 minutes away from returning to RHS so parents can be there to pick them up.

Please be on time, as the building is NOT accessible and it will be cold waiting there!

Please refer to your paperwork for emergency contact info for the advisors. You can also call/text 330-267-9762 if you are unable to reach one of the advisors.

For additional Ski Club information, please visit the club website at:

Ski & Snowboarding Club Starts this week!

Attention RHS ski and snowboard members:  Ski club starts this Thursday!

Remember to bring your ski/snowboard passes to school that day.

Buses will leave from Stanton Middle School at 3:45 p.m.

And if you would like to join us at Brandywine, there is still time to join ski club.  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Thompson or Mr. Susel ASAP.

To stay up to date with Ski Club info, please visit the Ski Club site for Calendar & Cancellation updates.

Carpe Diem T-Shirts


Click the picture to see a larger view

Please note that the colors are close to those in the picture, but NOT exact.

Also, the ONLY shirts that will have white ink are the Black, Charcoal, and Purple (& Navy tie-dye). All others will use black ink!

The response among Latin students for our Latin Club t-shirts was so great, that we decided to offer them school-wide.  We will only be offering these during the OGT week, so don’t delay. This will be the last time to order these this school year…

Interested in seeing a sample, look around RHS! Or ask Mr. Susel (224) or Mr. Phillips (229) for more info.

All orders are due by 3/13/15!  Delivery of items will occur after we come back from spring break…

Gifted Program Update & Upcoming Meeting Info

Dear Students and Parents,

Your teachers and administrators are taking a look at the current Gifted Programming model and processes in the Kent City Schools. We want to understand what is working and what opportunities there are for change so that we can best meet the learning and social/ emotional needs of our gifted students.

To help us better understand the current program and make good decisions for our students, we invite you to share your thoughts, observations, and questions with us through a short survey. There is one for parents, one for students, and one for Kent Schools staff. Your responses are anonymous unless you choose to share your contact information. We invite your responses even if you are not or have not been involved in gifted programming.

Gifted Program Review – Parent Survey
Gifted Program Review – Staff Survey
Gifted Program Review – Student Survey

In addition, you are invited to attend a parent/community update on January 21 at 7:00 pm in the Stanton Middle School Media Center. We will update interested attendees on the Gifted Program Review process, including an analysis of the current gifted student opportunities and an overview of the Review process. There will also be time for question and answer. Please feel free to send questions/comments ahead of time via the survey or to

Thank you for your support for our gifted students and their learning opportunities. We hope to hear from you through the survey or on the 21st!

Karen Rumley
Director of Instructional Program
Kent City Schools