All posts by Rebecca Thomas


January 9, 2018

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

Unfortunately, we ended the first semester with the tragic loss of one of our valued students.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brandon Smallwood’s family and friends.  Students, staff, and the community must continue to support each other so these types of tragedies don’t continue.  The attached link, created by our Student Assistance Coordinator, Jacquie Peoples-Dukes, and our school counselors, may help us prevent future tragedies.  Resources-for-January-branching-out-2018

As we start the new year of 2018 and a new semester, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our students, staff, and community that make up the Roosevelt family.  I would also like to offer a sincere thank you to all who have demonstrated their commitment to our collective purpose of educating and caring for our students.  I hope students are relaxed, recharged, and ready for a new beginning in this second semester.  The new year is a fresh start with new opportunities.  It will bring a renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm, and a pursuit for excellence in education.  We will continue to work hard to make sure our students have a healthy mental outlook and feel empowered to face the challenges that 2018 will present.  Starting Wednesday, January 10, Roosevelt’s Early-Release Faculty Professional Development program will focus on mental health and stability.  As we go through this process, we will keep you updated. 

The scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year will begin next week, January 17, with the Orientation-to-Scheduling Class Assemblies. Our goal is to be certain that students are scheduled appropriately in challenging courses that reflect their interests and abilities.

Listed below are some of the important January and early February activities and events that we all look forward to at TRHS in the year 2018.

 January 11:    NHS Induction & Reception – 7:00 p.m.

January 12:    Distribution of report cards

January 17:    Orientation-to-Scheduling Class Assemblies

(1st Period-9th Grade; 2nd Period-10th Grade; 3rd Period-11th Grade)

January 18:    TRHS 8th Grade Orientation at Roosevelt – 7:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

January 24:    10th Grade & Interested 9th Grade Career Technical Program Orientation – 7:30 am

January 24:    College Credit Plus Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

February 1:    TRHS 10th Grade Parent and Student Career and Technical Program Conversation at Roosevelt – 6:30 p.m.

 February 1:    TRHS 8th Grade Open House at Roosevelt – 7:00 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication as we begin an exciting New Year.


Dennis Love            






TONIGHT. November 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. come and support the Junior class at Theodore Roosevelt High School to raise money for the 2018 Junior-Senior prom.  There are over 100 baskets and over 60 gift cards to bid on!! Baskets include:  Cavalier tickets, Browns, Kent State items, handmaid Rough Rider quilted pillows, tickets galore and many other wonderful presents.  This is where you will find unique holiday gifts and more!  Hope to see you TONIGHT!!!


November 1, 2017

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

The recent, sudden passing of one of our valued students has made the past few weeks challenging.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Eric Proctor’s family and friends.  We are so grateful for the continued support from our community, staff, and students who have helped us all to get through this difficult time.

Recently, after school I noticed a few members of our student council and other clubs who were placing encouraging messages on each student’s locker.  Messages stated very positive thoughts such as, “You are beautiful”, “We are glad you are a part of TRHS”, Never give up on your dreams”, and “there is no one in the world quite like you”.  We appreciate that these welcoming messages remind us that we are a community where everyone is supported, respected, and included.

In late September, we had a powerful all-school assembly titled N.O.P.E.  The focus of the assembly was on narcotics, overdose, prevention, and education.  The assembly was a high-impact, multimedia presentation that was well received by our students and staff.  The attached link:  Resources for November branching out 2017 was created by our Student Assistance Program Coordinator Jacquie Peoples Dukes, and counselors.  It is a general resource for parents, staff, and students on issues including mental health, alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention and intervention.

We are proud of our many fall athletic teams who have enjoyed outstanding seasons.  Our women’s golf, soccer, and volleyball teams were all Suburban League champions.  This is quite an accomplishment for our students and coaches.  It takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to consistently win in our sports conference.

 The Ohio Educational Library Media Association selected Roosevelt Junior Briana Courtney as the recipient of the 2017 Read On, Ohio! Award for the Northeast Ohio High School category.    Briana was nominated and received the award because she exhibits an enthusiasm for reading and sharing books, reads independently on a voluntary basis, and is an avid user of the school library. She started an after school book club and wants to promote literacy and connecting with other members of the school community through books.  Our Media Specialist, Jennifer Flaherty, will be receiving the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Outstanding Individual School Library Award.  This award recognizes an exceptional school library program that is integrated across the total curriculum thereby meeting the needs of diverse learners.  Congratulations to Briana and Jennifer for your great accomplishments.

A critical part of being successful at the high school level is often the ability for students to develop positive working relationships with their teachers.  Parent/teacher conferences will be Monday, November 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 21st from 9:00 8:00 p.m.  To schedule a time, email Mrs. Harris, our main office secretary, at  When you email Mrs. Harris, please enter the day and time you are available and indicate the teachers you would like to meet with.  If you are unable to email Mrs. Harris, please call her at 330 676-8700 or stop in at the main office during school hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  During conference days we will have a presentation in the back of the library concerning our early release schedule.  Times will be 6:00 p.m. on Monday the 20th and 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 21st.  If those times do not work for you, please call me and I will arrange a convenient time.

November 2:    Mental Health Awareness Panel 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium

November 7:    Election Day – No school for students; Staff in-service day

November 20:  Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00 p.m.

 November 21: Parent/Teacher Conferences 9:00 a.m. -8:00                                                       p.m.

 November 30:  Interim Grades Distributed

 November 30:   Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser 6:00 p.m.

I hope you are making time to enjoy the wonderful traditions of the coming season. Ideally, we will all be able to find many things in our lives to be thankful for.  I would like to express my personal thanks to everyone in our Roosevelt family.  Your dedication, hard work, and creative spirit, energizes me and enables our students, our school and our community to grow and prosper.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Dennis Love



October 2, 2017

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

We are so proud to offer congratulations to Mason Lorch, National Merit Semi-Finalist; Kristin Schuch, National Commended Student, and Isaac Stokes, National Commended Student.  These three exceptional students are rated as top high school students across our country based on their phenomenal PSAT scores.

Theodore Roosevelt High School has many outstanding students.  One of the programs we are most proud of is our freshmen mentoring program.  The Freshmen Connections Mentorship Program began in 2007 in an effort to offer every eighth grade student in our district the opportunity to find academic, social, and emotional success in high school.  Research indicates that the freshman year of high school is the most pivotal in determining a student’s overall success.

The program utilizes about 75 upper-class mentors who develop the activities and assist with planning the year-long program based on the specific needs of the freshmen class.  These mentors are selected by their advisors based on staff recommendations, grades, and overall involvement in co-curriculars.  The program components currently include a visit during the spring of the 8th grade year during lunch, a kickoff day before school starts, involvement with the freshmen students on the first day of school, and a tailgate event at the first home football game.  The culminating event of the program is a day-long retreat.  We are grateful to our student advisors and proud of our mentors as they are excellent role models who spend much of their free time serving our school.

Recently our building improvement team presented our early-release plan to the Board of Education.  The presentation received a lot of positive feedback.  Before we pilot our early release Wednesdays we would like to set up a time or times to make our presentation available to interested parents and community members.   We want to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

The excitement for homecoming is evident throughout our building.  Every year we see new and creative ways that students choose to ask their dates to the dance.  We hope our former students visit us during the football game and we delight in seeing our students enjoy themselves at our dance.  We will use the breathalyzer test on all students who enter the dance.  Also, we are requiring students to have their emergency medical forms completed prior to purchasing a ticket.  For more information concerning homecoming weekend click on the following link.    Homecoming for 2017

We do have one reported case of bed bugs in the school.  Information concerning bed bugs from the Ohio Department of Health is included on this link.  Bedbugsinworkplace   Unfortunately, bed bugs can be found in libraries, restaurants, churches, grocery stores, vacation rentals, and many other areas.  We will do our best to inform and to prevent it from becoming an issue in our school.

The first grading period ends on October 20th.  On October 27th, students will receive their report cards during their first period class.  We are very hopeful that our students do well and are rewarded for their efforts. Students and parents/guardians may view grades on Progress Book.  To access Progress Book, please stop by the main office or call Mrs. Harris (330) 676-8700.

The following are important upcoming events for October: 

October 4:       College Financial Workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the T.R.H.S. Auditorium

October 7:       Homecoming Dance from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

October 9:       ACT Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the T.R.H.S. Auditorium

October 11:     PSAT/NMSQT Test beginning at 8:00 a.m.T.R.H.S.

October 12:     Kent State College Fair at NEOMED

October 17:     TRHS Winter Sports Parent and Athlete Meeting Auditorium 7:00 p.m

  October 20:     End of the 1st Grading Period

 October 27:     Report Cards Distributed

October 28:     ACT Test at T.R.H.S.




Dennis Love, Principal


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

The 2017-18 school year is underway and it has been a pleasure to welcome all of our incredible students back this fall.

 We have experienced two, extended-time power outages in the past two weeks necessitating a building evacuation.  Our community can be proud of the calm, mature, and focused reaction of our students.  We look forward to spending the year with this great group.  

Our building improvement team has been working hard to create opportunities to increase student achievement.  The attached links:

Building Improvement Team Letter

Building Improvement Team Schedule (1)

is a letter that was given to parents at Follow the Schedule Night and the potential Wednesday early-release schedule.  Your feedback on this issue is important to us.

Weighted grades are another topic that was discussed by our department chairs and administrative team.   Last spring, we were exploring weighing grades for our advanced and advanced placement courses.  While we did not make this change for this school year, we will revisit this topic for the 2018-19 school year.  Regardless of the decision, we continue to encourage all of our students to challenge themselves.  Grades are important, but it is also important to ensure that our students are enrolled in rigorous courses that require hard work and determination.  Learning is a lifelong process and we trust in the power of education to guide us and help us to understand the world around us.

The Homecoming Dance is right around the corner.  We will use the breathalyzer test as students enter the dance.  The purpose is to deter students from attending the dance while under the influence of alcohol.  We used the test for the prom and were pleased that, as expected, not one student was detained.  Ultimately, we want our students to have a memorable, fun and safe evening. 

Listed below are some important dates for September and early October events.  Please review them and also, please enjoy the many planned events and activities.  

September 8 Senior Class Group Photo at 7:35 a.m. in our gym.

Fall Sports/Pep Assembly at 1:40 p.m. in our gym

September 13 Picture Day
September 21 Interim Grade Reports Distributed in 1st period class
September 22 Registration Deadline for the 10/28 ACT Test
September 27 Sophomore/Junior Class Parent Guidance Information Night at 7:00 p.m. in our auditorium
October 6 Homecoming Football Game vs. Revere at 7:00 p.m.
October 7 Homecoming Dance in our gym from 8:00-11:00 p.m.
October 9 ACT Seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in TRHS Auditorium


On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish all a happy and productive school year.  Thank you for the privilege of working and learning with you as we all use our talents for another successful school year.


Dennis Love,



Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the Kent City Schools (Roosevelt High School) receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school offi­cial] a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect.  The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Kent City School District to amend a record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as  an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

[Optional] Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.  [NOTE:  FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records re­quest unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC  20202

[NOTE:  In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by §99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

[Optional]  See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations.  Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure.  Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.  A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2)) 
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency in the parent or eligible student’s State (SEA). Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf.  (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to §99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a)  develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b)  administer student aid programs; or (c)  improve instruction.  (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10)
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Model Notice for Directory Information

 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Kent City Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, Kent City Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Kent City School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:

A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;

  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. [1] 

If you do not want Kent City School District to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by [insert date].  Kent City Schools has designated the following information as directory information:  [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.]

-Student’s name                                                          -Participation in officially

-Address                                                                            recognized activities and sports

-Telephone listing                                                       -Weight and height of members of

-Electronic mail address                                                  athletic teams

-Photograph                                                                -Degrees, honors, and awards

-Date and place of birth                                                  received

-Major field of study                                                  -The most recent educational agency or

-Dates of attendance                                                        institution attended

-Grade level                                                                -Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access education records without a PIN, password, etc.  (A student’s SSN, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose.)    

1] These laws are: Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 7908) and

10 U.S.C. § 503(c).

BRANCHING OUT, August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at Roosevelt.  I hope you have enjoyed a fun and relaxing summer.  While we will greatly miss the strengths and contributions of our 2017 graduates, we eagerly anticipate our next group of seniors who will now model “The Roosevelt Way” (Respect, Integrity Dedication, Excellence, Responsibility, and Service) for our underclassmen.  We have no doubt that they will rise to the occasion.

I look forward to welcoming our returning students and I am especially excited to meet our new ninth grade students.  Our staff works hard to create a positive school culture for each student.  Our goal is to make students feel comfortable, valued and happy to be a part of the Roosevelt family.  We are committed to helping all students learn the skills they need to grow both inside and outside the classroom.

We are currently planning to initiate a new program that will add to the positive environment at Roosevelt.  Beginning sometime this September or early October, we may be piloting an early release schedule.  Our staff will reserve the time between 1:44 to 3:00 on Wednesday afternoons for professional development, thus the early release time for students.  Research indicates that time spent for professional development in professional learning communities increases productivity in the classroom, collaboration, and student achievement.  The school day for students will end at 1:44 and students will be free to leave the campus. Transportation for students who wish to stay or who have a need to stay will be provided for students at 2:30.  Study periods will be set up in the cafeteria and library from 1:44 to 2:30.  There will be more information provided in the upcoming weeks concerning our early release schedule.

It is invigorating to see students are already showing their Roosevelt spirit and enthusiasm as evidenced by their involvement in band, preparation for freshmen orientation, athletics, fundraisers, and other various activities. 

Please note the specific schedule of events:

Student Schedules: Mailed home August 8


Freshman Orientation Night for Parents: August 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium


Freshman Orientation: August 15 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


New Student Orientation: August 15  11:00 a.m. in the RHS Library


First day of Classes: August 16  7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Senior Class Parent Guidance Information Night: August 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the RHS Auditorium


TRHS Follow the Schedule Night (Open House)  August 23 at 7:00 p.m.


Once again, welcome back!  Let’s make this another great year at T.R.H.S.    It is a privilege to be a part of a community that cares so deeply for its young people. Thank you for your support and dedication.


Dennis Love


May 1, 2017

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

At our final senior informational assembly a few days ago, staff members who were selected by the senior class officers spoke to the class.  Their messages included many meaningful and inspirational thoughts and suggestions.  Students were reminded that last impressions are equally as important as first impressions and to be present in the moment and enjoy it.  They were encouraged to take risks, make an effort to meet new people, and always remember to thank the people who love and support them.  The Roosevelt staff is proud of our seniors and excited to celebrate with them on their graduation day.  Congratulations to our students and their families as well as to our faculty and our entire support staff.  We look forward to Commencement on May 21 at the Kent State MAC Center.

The day after graduation, the remaining students will be taking their final exams.  Students should be aware that twenty percent of the second semester grade is based on the final exam.  The third quarter grade is worth forty percent of the second semester grade.  The fourth quarter grade is worth forty percent of the semester grade.  Final exam scores are significant because they comprise twenty percent of the second semester grade.

As we near the completion of the 2016/17 school year, each day seems to fly by with increasing speed.  May is a time for celebration and also marks the culmination of many school activities.  There are a number of musical and vocal performances and art shows.  Spring sports participants are preparing for postseason tournaments.  We know our students are excited and anxious for summer break but please remember the importance of finishing the academic year on a strong note.

In the next two weeks, we will be planning a lockdown or evacuation drill.   A parent broadcast will accompany the drill.  We know this is a busy time of the year but practicing our safety procedures to keep our students safe is our priority.

Listed below are some important May dates:

May 9:                   TRHS CTE Passport ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

May 9:                   TRHS Scholar and Achievement Awards Program                                          and Reception – 7:00 p.m.

May 16:                Board of Education Meeting at TRHS – 7:00 p.m.

May 18:                TRHS Senior Honors Assembly and Senior Slide                                              Show – 7:50 a.m.

May 19:                 TRHS Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors at KSU                                               MAC Center – 8:30 a.m.

May 21:                  TRHS Baccalaureate and Graduation at KSU MAC                                        Center – 1:00 p.m.

May 22-24:          TRHS Final  E xams                                                                                                                                                                                  

May 25:                  Summer School Registration – 11:00 a.m.

Again, I want to offer my sincere congratulations to our graduates.   I also offer congratulations and gratitude to all of our students, our faculty and staff, and our community members, who have worked so hard and been so committed to making this a successful school year.   I offer my very best wishes for a safe, happy and fulfilling summer.


Dennis A. Love