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BRANCHING OUT FOR APRIL, 2018

April 2, 2018

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

This past school year has been marked by some trying times for our entire country.  In particular, these past few weeks have challenged schools and communities nationwide as our young people must decide how to respond.  We are proud of how our students have responded with the peaceful sharing of their thoughts and opinions and respect for all.  We are all continuing to work hard to maintain this environment so that students are able to focus on their coursework and feel safe in their school.  It appears that April 20th may be another challenging day for our country.  As we get closer to that day, we will make a determination on how our school district will respond to the nationally planned April 20th walkout.

School safety continues to be one of our main priorities.  Our safety team repeatedly reviews and evaluates all of our safety procedures.  At Roosevelt we have made many improvements over the past five years.  Some of those improvements include locking all doors and positioning a security person at the front entrance.  We have added several new cameras, hired a school resource officer, and practiced many lockdown and evacuation drills.  On March 22, we had a lockdown drill between periods.  The staff and students were amazing during this drill and the halls were clear within 20 seconds.  With the help of students, staff, parents and community members, we will evaluate our safety plan and set some new safety goals.

As prom and graduation are just weeks away, another safety concern focuses on student drivers.  We want to remind our students to enjoy this exciting time in their lives, but please act responsibly.  On April 17 our senior class will join many area high school students at Hiram College for the None for Under 21 program, which focuses on the horrors of driving under the influence. Please click here for complete information….

Starting on April 9, 2018, Theodore Roosevelt High School will administer the State Mandated End-of-Course Exams.  The attached link will provide you with more information for state testing.  Because of state testing, there will not be early release on Wednesday, April 11, or Wednesday, April 18. http://www.kentschools.net/rhs/testing/

April 2018 is Kent City Schools Hall of Fame month.  On April 7, nine inductees will join our Hall of Fame.  Our juniors and seniors will be meeting some of these accomplished inductees at our Hall of Fame assembly.  It is particularly meaningful for me as I am personally excited for the induction of my friend and classmate, Danita Brown.  Also, I was blessed to work with and know the great Robert Wright, and I had the honor of coaching with James DeLeone.  They, along with the other six inductees, have made the Kent City School District a great place for countless students and they are all so worthy of this prestigious honor.

Listed below are some of the important April dates:

April 6:   Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Assembly (Juniors and                                   Seniors only)

April 7:  Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony at                            the KSU Hotel

April 9:   State Mandated End-of-Course Exams begin

April 10: Junior Class Assembly at 7:30 a.m. in the Auditorium

April 16:  Senior Class Assembly & Reception at 7:30 a.m. in the                                  Auditorium

April 17:  Senior Class None for Under 21 Field Trip at 8:00 a.m.                                     in the Auditorium

April 18:  Freshman Class Assembly at 7:30 a.m. in the                                                      Auditorium

April 26:  Interim Grade Reports distributed

April 28:  Junior-Senior Prom at TRHS – 7:30 p.m. -12:00

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

 

REVISED SENIOR LETTER TO PARENTS/STUDENTS!!!!

This letter was originally sent out to all graduating seniors.  If you did not receive the letter in the mail, please see below the same letter.   The revised section (s) are in “red”….

March 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians of Seniors,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of activities planned during the next few weeks for the Class of 2018 and to answer questions that are most often asked by parents. We are confident that our seniors and their parents want to understand and appreciate Theodore Roosevelt High School’s expectations concerning end of the senior year activities.

As the end of the school year approaches, many different activities take place that require students to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner. The faculty and staff of Theodore Roosevelt High School wish to take this early opportunity to thank you for your anticipated support and cooperation during these important days.

None for Under 21

On Tuesday, April 17, all Theodore Roosevelt High School SENIORS will be taking one of their last field trips together as a whole class!  Seniors will be bussed to Hiram College in order to attend the annual None for Under 21 and Choices Beyond Rally.  All Senior students need to begin arriving at 8:00 a.m. and report directly to the auditorium for the introduction of the program.  Please be seated and ready for the program to begin promptly at 8:10 a.m.  Students will be bussed from Roosevelt at 8:30 a.m. and will return approximately at 12:45 p.m.  The students are to report to the cafeteria when they return to have a pizza lunch, sponsored by the senior class.  If a student chooses to opt out of pizza, they can pack their lunch to eat in the cafeteria.  ALL SENIOR students should remain in the cafeteria until the ending of the 9th period and then attend their 10th period class.  This is a long day so students should get a good night sleep.  The time scheduled for lunch will be later than usual, therefore, students should eat a good breakfast.  This field trip is required and we expect ALL SENIORS to attend this informative event.

 Prom

The Junior–Senior Prom will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 7:30 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. in the Theodore Roosevelt High School gymnasium and cafeteria.  All Roosevelt juniors and seniors and their guests are invited to attend.  Invitations are mailed home in April.  Any senior who does not receive an invitation should contact Mrs. Carmella DeLeone in the Activities Office.   

Also, there is an expectation that students should refrain from wearing clothing that is excessively revealing, or not in good taste for a high school activity.  Theodore Roosevelt High School reserves the right to refuse admittance to any student or guest that is not appropriately dressed. 

As is the case at all school dances, chaperones at the Prom will enforce Board of Education policy throughout the evening since the school is responsible for this activity.  This includes dancing and behaviors that are considered inappropriate for a high school event.  All school rules will be in effect.  Anyone attending Prom after having consumed alcohol, marijuana, or any other chemical, or anyone being in possession of these substances will be removed from the Prom.  This includes Theodore Roosevelt students and their guests.  Such students will be suspended from school, and seniors may be excluded from the privilege of participating in Baccalaureate and Commencement. 

The Final Senior Guidance Assembly

A Final Senior Guidance Assembly will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Richard Roberts Auditorium.   Immediately following the assembly, seniors will be honored by a short reception.  The reception will take place in the auditorium atrium and will consist of pastries and juice. 

 PURPOSE:    This final Senior Guidance Assembly is a working assembly with Mrs. Evanson, senior class counselor, to gather important information so that seniors can be properly recognized for their accomplishments at the Senior Honors Assembly, Graduation, and the closing of their school year 

Information collected includes:

indicating where a student would like their final transcript mailed

establishing a student’s eligibility for the Honors Diploma

completing the Senior Recognition Form to indicate all university/college/technical school scholarships awarded, all private scholarships awarded, and special honors and awards earned during their senior year

Seniors should bring a pen or pencil to the working assembly and any scholarship award notice(s) they have earned to aid in completing this information (dollar amount of award and whether award is renewable).  The information provided at this assembly is vital to enabling Theodore Roosevelt High School to give our seniors and their families recognition at our Senior Honors Assembly and Graduation.

Scholar & Achievement Awards Program

The annual Theodore Roosevelt Scholar & Achievement Awards Program will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Richard Roberts Auditorium.

PURPOSE:    The Scholar & Achievement Awards Program seeks to recognize:

all students in grades 9-12 who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence in their coursework throughout the school year. The award qualifications are:  the first three grading periods must equate to a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average or an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for the school year. 

  • seniors who are recipients of scholarships offered by local civic organizations and private donors
  • underclassmen who have received academic honors and/or service awards

Senior Honors Assembly

The annual Senior Honors Assembly is planned for Friday, May 18, at 7:50 a.m. in the Richard Roberts Auditorium.  

PURPOSE:    This all-school Senior Honors Assembly seeks to recognize the many accomplishments of our seniors throughout the year including:

college/university/technical school scholarships accepted at the school a senior will be attending

  • all private and athletic scholarships accepted
  • national, state, local academic achievement awards
  • national, state, local service awards
  • class of 2018: top two students recognition of the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian
  • class officers (all grade levels)
  • athletic awards
  • activities awards

All parents of seniors are invited to attend this event.  Seniors receiving awards will be notified by letter prior to the assembly and will be seated on stage.  All remaining seniors will be called to the front of the auditorium at 7:40 a.m.  Immediately following the awards assembly, the senior class will present the senior slide show.

Senior Picnic

Following the Senior Honors Assembly on Friday, May 18, all seniors are invited to the Senior Class Picnic, at a location yet to be determined.  Details regarding the picnic will also be announced at the final Senior Class Guidance Working Assembly on Monday,  April 16 . 

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns will be distributed on Friday, May 18, from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria concession stand.  A payment of $50.00 must be made when gowns are picked up. Checks and cash are the acceptable form of payment and checks should be made out to Herff Jones.  The cap, gown, medallion and tassel are “keepsakes” for the student.  Each student will receive the medallion the day of graduation during the lineup before processing into the MAC gymnasium. 

Because commencement is a formal ceremony, all senior participants must wear proper attire as follows:

 Girls:   Black cap and gown

Dress, suit, or skirt

Dark dress shoes

No flip flops or tennis shoes of any kind

Boys:   Black cap and gown

Light colored dress shirt (with collar), solid color

Long, dark tie (no bow tie

 Dark, solid colored dress slacks (NO jeans of any type)

  Dark dress shoes.  No tennis shoes of any kind. 

 Uniform attire is essential if the dignity of graduation is to be maintained. Therefore, no additional items of dress or decoration are permittedStudents not dressed properly will not be permitted to participate in the Baccalaureate or Commencement ceremonies on May 20, 2018.

Caps are always worn flat on top of the head with the point of the cap centered in the middle of the forehead. Caps are never worn at the back of the head. Set tassel on the right side of the cap until Commencement honors are bestowed upon all graduates.

PASSING GRADES:  According to Kent City School board policy, seniors must pass all graduation requirements to receive their diploma and participate in the Commencement ceremony. Theodore Roosevelt High School has already sent home with each student three grade cards for the 2017-2018 school year and will be sending letters notifying parents of possible failures.  Mrs. Jessica Evanson, senior counselor, and Mrs. Mary Lynn Bush, unit principal for the senior class, have been meeting regularly with seniors in danger of not satisfying their graduation requirements in time for the May 20, 2018 graduation.  If your senior has been earning low grades in their courses or if you received a possible senior failure letter, please take it seriously!  Contact the respective teacher(s) and request a conference.  Please keep in mind that the administration and guidance department do not issue grades, teachers do!  If you have reason to be concerned regarding your student’s graduation status, now is the time to stress the importance of study and attention to homework.  Questions regarding your student’s graduation requirements and his/her current status in fulfilling these requirements should be directed to Mrs. Evanson, senior counselor at 330-676-8725.

Rehearsal for Commencement and Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises are conducted in a formal, ceremonial fashion.  All seniors who plan to participate in these ceremonies must attend the required rehearsal on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the MAC Center at 11:00 a.m.  Seniors will be bussed from Roosevelt to the MAC Center and then will be bussed back to the high school at approximately 2:15.    

 Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is an optional ceremony that takes place on Sunday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m., at the Kent State University MAC Center.  Tickets are not necessary for this event. Seniors who participate in this service should report to the MAC Center at 12:30 p.m.  Caps and gowns must be worn.  Although this service is not required, we encourage graduates to attend for the purpose of reflecting upon their school years.

Commencement

Commencement takes place on Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the Kent State University MAC Center.  If you need more information, contact Mrs. Becky Thomas at 330-676-8711.

Parents always express concern about the decorum of the Commencement ceremony.  Theodore Roosevelt High School and the Class of 2018, desire that Commencement be dignified and orderly. This goal requires the cooperation of graduates, parents and spectators. One of the most disruptive aspects of Commencement can occur when audience members clap and make loud noises when a familiar graduate’s name is read. When this takes place, the parents and family of the next student have difficulty hearing the announcement of their graduate’s name.  Your cooperation in respecting this request is appreciated. The audience has several opportunities throughout the program to show its appreciation for the entire class. Please be considerate of all members of this outstanding senior class.

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are not necessary; seating is unlimited.  Please feel free to bring an unlimited number of family and guests.  If you are in need of special seating arrangements for graduation, please contact Becky Thomas at 330-676-8711 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. prior to May 18.

 Pictures

As a courtesy to the graduates and other audience members, we ask that spectators only take pictures from their seats. No one is permitted on the floor of the MAC Center. 

Fees and Fines

Because all students are expected to meet their responsibilities and obligations as members of our school, seniors are reminded that all fees/fines are to be paid by Friday, May 18, 2018 if the student plans on receiving their diploma at the commencement ceremony.  Contact Mrs. Pifer, cashier, in the Main Office at 330-676-8703 if you have any questions.

Last Day of Classes for Seniors

The official last day of classes for seniors is Friday, May 18, 2018.

 

 

BRANCHING OUT FOR MARCH 2018

March 1, 2018

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

Throughout the country and in our building, students have been discussing and/or taking part in walkouts as demonstrations of peaceful protest for school violence.  No matter your opinion of student walkouts, we can probably all agree there have been far too many violent incidents in schools.  During the school day, if any Roosevelt students want to peacefully protest violence, we hope to guide them in creating an educational structure for doing so in order to maintain a safe environment for all students.

We are aware of two walkouts that have been initiated by outside organizations.  The first one, promoted by Women’s March organizers, is on March 14th from 10:00 to 10:17 to honor the 17 people killed in the February 14th shooting.  The other is on April 20th, in memory of the Columbine shootings.  Several students have already approached me about their potential participation in a local walkout, although they did not specify a date.  The immediate steps that we are taking includes an Open Forum meeting with our students, which was held on Wednesday, February 28th.  We will continue working with student leaders to identify the purpose and talking points of their walkout.  Having as much information as possible will enable us to provide appropriate supervision for the safety and security for students, a location for the walkout, and potential follow-up actionable steps for actual change.

We are very proud of our second and, hopefully, annual National Black History Month Living History Museum. This year it was coordinated by Government teachers, Ms. Nikki Marchmon-Boykin and Mrs. Ann Puhalla, and our Project Unity Coordinator, Ms. Tiarra Habeeb.  Over 28 students and 10 staff members participated in this meaningful event.

Recently we have heard from local universities that not having weighted grades will have a negative impact on some of our students who are hoping to receive extra financial support.  Because of this information, we will weight our Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus Courses, and Career and Technical Education courses with a Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGS) or Bilateral Articulation Agreements will be on a 5 point scale.  It will start immediately for all of our students.  Transcripts will reflect those changes.  By the end of the year, we will review other courses that will be weighted on a 4.5 scale.  For example, we will look at the depth and rigor for all of our advanced courses. The plan is to weight these courses for the fall of 2018.  We appreciate all of the information we received from parents over the past few years on this topic.

Topics concerning the professional development on early-release Wednesdays for the month of February included a student stressor survey that 870 of our students completed.  Students responded that current causes of stress in their lives included:  grades, excessive homework, time management, procrastination and lack of sleep.  We will be looking at these stressors in greater detail with the help of Kent State University Counselor Education Professors, Dr. Jenny Cureton and Dr. Janice A. Byrd. On March 14th, our staff will welcome Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education at Worthington City Schools, to discuss Leading Through Design Thinking Principles for Success.  During the early-release time, the school has been open for students so they may catch up on homework, participate in tutoring, work on projects, and make up tests.

Listed below are forthcoming events for the month of March:

            March 6:         All-City Band Extravaganza

            March 7:         Kent Schools Choral Festival

            March 16:       End of the third grading period

            March 17:       Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and TRHS                                                      DECA Community Expo.

            March 21:      Registration deadline for Advanced Placement                                                 Exams

            March 23:      Report cards distributed

            March 26:      First day of Spring Break

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

People in Need in Puerto Rico

Please see below the message from Dena Campbell, Stanton Middle School… 

All,
I was recently contacted by Maria Burr-Walter who, as most of you know, is a substitute teacher in our district. She and I share a love of helping others in need and she just so happens to be traveling to Puerto Rico in March to help out people still in need due to the devastation from the hurricane. She and her family have been there before and they have seen the devastation first hand. Most are still in need of essential things like food, water, electricity and clothing. They have lost everything and every little bit helps! Below is one of her recent facebook posts trying to reach as many people as possible to donate to the cause. I will be collecting monetary donations up until they leave. Please feel free to contact me or Maria with any questions. Thanks in advance for all of your love and support for the people of Puerto Rico!


So we’ll be headed back to Puerto Rico in March! Our fb fundraiser in November was amazing! We were able to help so many people because of our friends contributions!❤ So we’ve decided to do it again!  If anyone would like to pitch in please be in touch!! Thank you thank you thank you!! ( sadly they still need A LOT of help) we have a pay pal account set up if you’d like to donate. PayPal.me/ErikWalter823


Dena Campbell

Stanton Middle School

Student Services

330-676-8620




BRANCHING OUT – FEBRUARY 2018

February 1, 2018

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Theodore Roosevelt,

As cold and dreary as January was there were still many heartening and positive events taking place at Roosevelt. We inducted 49 new students into National Honor Society. Students accepted into this prestigious group must learn at high levels, exhibit leadership characteristics, serve others and have strong character. National Honor Society students have also been tutoring during our early release time on Wednesdays.

The Key Club sponsored our Annual Chili Challenge this past Friday night. Senior Maria Young was in charge of this wonderful event. All proceeds will go to the Miller Community House.

We are also very proud of the collaboration between our Honors World History students and four staff members. Their efforts resulted in the creation of a staged, mock World War I battle simulation. Students were authentically engaged in this event and attached is a link that will provide you with more information about this event.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/01/in_sharing_the_how-to_of_war_c.html#incart_river_home

Athletically, Emily Byle was just one pin short of scoring 300 in a recent contest. The perfect game came down to the last shot. The entire bowling alley patrons stopped what they were doing to cheer on Emily. We are proud of Emily’s performance and are excited to see her excel in her sport.

Recently we had our 5th annual Hattie Larlham Dedication Game. Even though our Lady Riders lost a tough fought basketball game, they couldn’t have modeled the “Roosevelt Way any better. Immediately after the game our players and coaches shared hugs and kind words with our friends from Hattie Larlham. No matter the score, our Lady Riders showed they are winners.

As we celebrate Black History this month, we are preparing to recreate our living museum showcasing African American History. This year not only will our students and staff be able to view this powerful event, it will be open to the community prior to a board meeting and basketball game on February 20th. We will commemorate African American heroes whose positive influences continue to touch the lives of people everywhere.

The focus of our professional development on early-release Wednesdays has been the mental health of our students. The first few weeks have been spent on educating ourselves on this topic. We are appreciative to have this time to work on such an important topic. We hope to grow in our knowledge and understanding of what many students are facing in regard to mental health. During the early release time, the school has been open for students so they may catch up on homework, participate in tutoring, work on projects, and make up tests. Attached are the resources we have been concentrating on as a faculty.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IknAHI3cbi5AYOlem5xaUo8D29I2JmCg8Wt1uBc4qac/edit?usp=sharing

The following are important dates for upcoming events:

February 1:
Career Technical Conversations with Parents – 6:30 p.m.
February 1:
TRHS 8th Grade Open House – 7:00 p.m.
February 12:
Spring Sport Parent and Athlete Preseason Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
February 15:
Interim Grade Reports Distributed
February 16:
No School for Students – District In-service
February 20:
Black History Month Living Museum 5:30 p.m.
February 20:
Board of Education Meeting at Roosevelt 6:00 p.m.
March 3:
Rough Rider All Sports Booster Taste of Kent Night at Roses Run Country Club 6:00 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

MOBILE DENTISTS ARE COMING!!

Mobile Dentists are coming on Monday, February 5! This is a GREAT program and we urge you to have your student participate! It is an easy and convenient opportunity for your student to receive professional dental care.  More information and forms are below:


Check out the 2018 Dental Flyer


Complete the 2018 Dental Application Form
Pages 1-2 are in English & Pages 3-4 en Español

Mobile Dentist Form-Arabic


Please complete and return the form to the school nurse as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please contact Rita Baker, R.N., at (330) 676-8617. Forms are also available in the office.

BRANCHING OUT – JANUARY 2018

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.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love            

 

 

 

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!!!! – TONIGHT!

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!!!

BRANCHING OUT FOR NOVEMBER, 2017

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 a.m.to 8:00 p.m.  To schedule a time, email Mrs. Harris, our main office secretary, at ke_nharris@kentschools.net.  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!

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

Principal

BRANCHING OUT FOR OCTOBER 2017

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.

 

Respectfully,

 

Dennis Love, Principal