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February 1, 2019

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Theodore Roosevelt,

As cold and dreary as January and February can be, there are still many heartening and positive events taking place at Roosevelt.  We proudly inducted seventy-five new students into the National Honor Society. Students accepted into this prestigious group must learn at high levels, exhibit leadership characteristics, serve others and be of strong character.  We appreciate that these students have been generously offering their time to provide tutoring during our early release time on Wednesdays.

Athletically, we are proud of our men’s swimming and diving team for winning the Suburban League Championship.  The senior swim captains are Haydn Swan and Nolan Jones; Drew Ferrell is the diving captain. We recognize and appreciate the hard work and time our swimmers put into their sport.

As we celebrate Black History this month, we are preparing to recreate our living museum showcasing African American History on Thursday, February 21 during the school day.   We will commemorate African American heroes whose positive influences continue to touch the lives of people everywhere.

We are excited that we have completed a full year of professional development Wednesdays.  During those sessions, we have used this valuable time to accomplish several tasks. We reflected on our mission and set goals to create a culture that focuses on promoting positive mental health for all.  During this time of collaboration and learning for the staff, we provided educational opportunities for our students. We are grateful that we have been allowed this opportunity to continue to do the hard work that will enhance our students’ high school experience.

The following are important dates for upcoming events:

Monday, Feb. 4:
ACT Seminar

Thursday, Feb. 7:
Kent City School District Strategic Planning Community Forum for
Future Planning – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Stanton Middle School.

Thursday, Feb. 7:
Career Technical Education Conversations w/Parents
6:30 p.m.
TRHS 8th Grade Open House
7:00 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11:
Spring Sport Parent and Athlete Preseason Meeting
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13:
An evening with Joe Hendershott
Roosevelt Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14:
Interim Grade Reports Distributed

Monday, Feb. 18:
NO SCHOOL for Students/Staff
Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, Feb. 19:
Board of Education Meeting
Roosevelt – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20:
ACT for Juniors at Stanton Middle School

Wednesday, Feb. 20:
Senior Class Guidance Information Assembly #2
1:30 p.m. (during the early release time)
(seniors are required to attend)

Thursday, Feb. 21:
TRHS Drama Guild Presents the Winter Musical: Peter Pan
6:00 p.m. — Thursday, February 21
7:30 p.m. — Friday & Saturday, February 22 & 23
3:00 p.m. — Sunday, February 24

Thursday, Feb. 21:
Career Technical Education applications due.

Wednesday Feb. 27:
Coffee and Conversation Community Forum for Future Planning
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woodward Room
(2nd floor of the Kent Free Library)

Saturday, Mar. 2:
Rough Rider All Sports Boosters Night at the Races
6:00 p.m. at Roses Run Country Club

Thursday, Mar. 7:
Community Engagement Forum for Future Planning
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Holden gymnasium

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love


January 7, 2019

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

As we start the New Year of 2019 and a new semester, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our students, staff, and community members  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 2019 will present.

In the next couple of weeks the district will be working on the new Five Year Strategic Plan that will drive initiatives for the future of the district.  We want to know your thoughts for improvement of the Kent City School District. There will be opportunities for community feedback on February 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Stanton Auditeria, February 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. during our Superintendent George Joseph Coffee Talk on the 2nd Floor Woodward Room at the Kent Free Library, and March 7 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Holden Elementary School.  There will also be an online survey that will be out by the end of the January – March.

Dr. Joe Hendershot, a prominent speaker, author, and professional development trainer will be visiting Theodore Roosevelt High School on January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Dr. Hendershot specializes in providing compassionate people with the tools to help at-risk students who have suffered trauma. He is co-founder of Hope 4 the Wounded, an organization which supports the development, knowledge, and understanding of wounded students, emotional literacy, empathy and self esteem.   For more information, follow Dr. Hendershot’s link, Hope 4 the Wounded.

The scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year will begin next week, January 9, 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 2019.

January 9: TRHS Sophomore Orientation to Scheduling Assembly 1:25 p.m.

January 10: 10th Grade & Interested 9th Grade Career Technical Program Orientation – 7:30 a.m.

January 10: NHS Induction & Reception – 7:00 p.m.

January 11: Distribution of report cards

January 16: TRHS Junior Orientation to Scheduling Assembly 1:25 p.m.

January 17: TRHS 8th Grade Orientation at Roosevelt – 7:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

January 21:  NO SCHOOL

January 23: TRHS Freshman Orientation to Scheduling Assembly 1:25 p.m.

January 23: College Credit Plus Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

January 30:   An evening with Joe Hendershot at Roosevelt Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

February 7: TRHS 10th Grade Parent and Student Career and Technical Program Conversation at Roosevelt – 6:30 p.m.

February 7: 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             


December 3, 2018


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

Join me in offering enthusiastic congratulations to seniors, Adreane Crockett, Ryan Dean, Taijanae Johnson, Josh Palmer; juniors, Chloe Alexander, Zac Common, Courtney Kenworthy, Nick Rothaermel, and sophomores, Alex Dabrowski and Tahj Truss.  These ten students were selected by our coaches to be members of the Suburban League Leadership Team. They represent our Rough Rider athletic programs within the Suburban League and the leadership team, whose purpose is to provide opportunity for student athletes to be liaisons between each member school’s athletic department and their student body.  The student athletes also share positive events and experiences at each Suburban League school with other members at leadership meetings throughout the school year. The main goal of the Suburban League Leadership Team is to concentrate and focus on the similarities of high school student athletes, no matter the school colors they wear. Their most recent meeting was held at Copley High School on December 1st, where the team welcomed Roosevelt Alumnus, Marcus Wright as their guest speaker.  The team has also volunteered at the Akron Children’s Hospital Radiothon and is currently planning their community service project for the spring of 2019.


We are also pleased with the success of the 33rd Annual TRHS Leadership Retreat and wish to commend the 2018 Planning Committee:  Bri Boykin, Claire Cardy, Kim Griggy, Brook Harvey, Jace Kohl, Celia Oswitch,Owen Pazderak, Abi Scherer, Lauren Shanley, Carlie Thompson, and Jenna Welch.  The retreat held at Camp Wanake in Beach City, Ohio, focused on leadership skills and qualities that related to the theme, “Reinvent Your Leadership-Imagine the Possibilities”!  There were 105 Roosevelt student delegates who attended, representing 36 clubs and athletic teams. Delegates had the opportunity to learn more about their leadership skills, participate in hands-on workshops and hear from keynote speakers.  Just before Thanksgiving, the delegates also participated in the annual canned food drive, a community service project to benefit Kent Social Services. This year, the students in the district collected 9238 canned goods for distribution to families in the community.


TRHS Choral Works and Chorale will present their 6th Annual Madrigal Dinner, Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Stanton Middle School. Seventy five very talented students take part in this incredible event.  If you have not ever attended a Madrigal Dinner, put it on your must- do list, you will not be disappointed.


The Art Department held its first Open Mic Night in early November.  There were approximately 20 acts ranging from students singing, playing instruments to hula hoop dancing. There were over 100 people in attendance.  Open Mic Night is a great way for many of our students and staff to show off their talents in a relaxed, informal way. We look forward to the next Open Mic Night.


During our professional development time during the month of November our staff focused on the character trait of empathy.  Attached is a plan for our November 14th professional development.  We encourage you to ask your students the questions and to watch the videos.  We also gave students a short survey and we are looking forward to seeing the results.


Do you feel you have an adult at Roosevelt High School that you trust enough to go to with personal problems or concerns?


If students answered “yes”:

How would you describe an adult that you trust?


If students answered, “No”:

What are some reasons you feel you can’t trust an adult at Roosevelt? Would you like to be connected with an adult in this building?


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.


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


Listed below are some important dates:


December 19-21: Semester Exams – Exam Schedule will be posted online

            December 24:       Winter Break – No School

            January 7:             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 wishes for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love



Oct 2, 2018

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

We are so proud to offer congratulations to National Merit Semi-Finalists Mengyu Lu, Nathan Mudrak, and Abigail Pease, and National Commended Students ;  Jacob Brawley, Maya Niesz Kutsch, Owen Pazderak, and Lee Phillips.. These exceptional students are rated as top high school students across our country based on their phenomenal PSAT scores.

Congratulations to junior Joe Gavriloff, who was chosen to be a hero patient during this year’s Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay.  The following link highlights Joe’s story .

Dr. Cureton, the Kent State University professor who has been working with our Early-Release Planning Committee, reminded our staff that there is a wealth of research verifying that a relationship with even just one trusted adult has a tremendous positive impact on an adolescent’s life.  The effects can be felt on foundational things such as grades, attendance, and reducing disruptive behavior. The relationship also influences specific things like math achievement and protection against suicide risk. In an effort to make a connection with every student, teachers posed two important questions to their students: What is a meaningful connection to you? What does a trusted adult look, sound, and act like to you?  The three words most often indicated in student responses were care, trust, and respect. We will all be in a great space if all of our students know we care about them, they can trust us, and we truly respect them. These traits may seem so simple to obtain, but unfortunately, many students do not have strong connections with positive adults. Attached are some links to articles we have been reviewing as a staff:

In the month of October, teachers and departments will be sharing connectivity activities and strategies with one another.

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, October 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, from 5:00 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 20,  from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To schedule your conferences, please e-mail Mrs. Harris at with the name of your student, the teacher you would like to meet with, and the time that works best for you.  If you are unable to e-mail Mrs. Harris, please call her at 330-676-8700.   The scheduling process will begin Tuesday, October 9.

The first grading period ends on October 11th.  On October 19th, 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 3:    College Financial Workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the T.R.H.S. Auditorium

        October 10: PSAT/NMSQT Test beginning at 7:30 a.m. T.R.H.S.

        October 11: End of the 1st Grading Period

        October 16: TRHS Winter Sports Parent and Athlete Meeting               Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

        October 19: Report Cards Distributed

       October 22: Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

       October 27: ACT Test at T.R.H.S.

       October 29: Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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).


May 1, 2018

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

On May 8, Roosevelt will be celebrating our students as we host our Scholar and Achievement Awards Program. We recognize students with a 3.5 grade point average or above for the current school year and seniors who received local scholarships provided by local businesses, organizations, and families associated with Roosevelt. Last year over $70,000 worth of scholarships was awarded to 51 seniors.   We are extremely proud of all of our graduates and, whether or not your student is earning an academic award or a scholarship, this is a great and inspiring event for all students and families.   On May 9, we will be hosting our Career and Technical Education Passport Program and Reception.  Over 140 students will be earning their passports.  Many, if not all of these students, will be seeking post-secondary educational opportunities with the advantage of already having two years of experience in their chosen fields. 

During the past few early-release sessions, we had the benefit of listening to Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education at Worthington City Schools discuss “Coaching Up Leaders Through Design Thinking”.  We also heard from Kent State University Counselor Education Professors, Dr. Jenny Cureton and Dr. Janice A. Byrd.   Dr. Cureton and Dr. Byrd’s focus was healthy adolescent development.  After eight weeks of professional development focused on mental health, we are preparing to create a compelling statement as to the worth and necessity of concentrating on this critical topic.  We will be creating meaningful and actionable problem statements.  Students and staff will be a part of this process and I will communicate the results.

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 20 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.

May is a time for celebration and marks the culmination of many school activities.  There are a number of musical and vocal performances and art shows.  Spring sports participants will be preparing for postseason tournaments.  We know our students are excited and anxious for summer break but please remember how important it is to finish the academic year on a strong note.

Listed below are some important May dates:

May 9:                        TRHS CTE Passport ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

May 8:                        TRHS Scholar and Achievement Awards Program                                            and Reception – 7:00 p.m.

May 15:                      Board of Education Meeting at TRHS – 7:00 p.m.

May 17:                      TRHS Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors at KSU                                                MAC Center – 11:30 a.m.

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

May 20:                      TRHS Baccalaureate and Graduation at KSU MAC                                          Center – 1:00 p.m.

May 21-23:               TRHS Final Exams  

May 24:                      Sumer 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


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.

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.


Dennis Love



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.


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 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.


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.