Category Archives: Branching Out


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,


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


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

As we approach the final grading period of the semester, I want to thank our students for their continued efforts to further their success.  Many of our students participated in the Ohio State Testing and all of our juniors took the ACT test.  The winter musical was fantastic and our musicians had many great performances.  Our student athletes participated in an exciting winter sports season and now many students are preparing for spring sports.  Hopefully, all were able to enjoy a much deserved, relaxing spring break.

We are very proud of our cheerleaders for being first runner up-at State.  We are not surprised by their success which is earned through an enormous amount of hard work, determination, and commitment.  Lead by our senior cheerleaders, Emmalee Combs-Bennett, Mimi Freeman, Isabella Kreiner, Emily Lenzo, Abigail Madej, and Tajah Wright our cheerleaders accomplish so much for our school.  Not only do they support our athletes and sports programs, but they invest countless hours in strengthening school spirit.  Their coach, Renee Manning, serves as an incredible role model for her athletes.

We have been administering the Ohio State Tests since mid-March and will continue to test throughout April.  We are committed to providing the best possible testing environment for our students and feel confident that they will do well.

The feeling and momentum of spring is building as prom and graduation are fast approaching.   We want to encourage our students to enjoy this very exciting time, but to please act responsibly.  On April 18th, our senior class will join many area high school students at Hiram College for a None for Under 21 program.  This program focuses on the dangers of driving under the influence.   Please be mindful of the message.

Listed below are some of the important dates during April:

April 22:        Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and TRHS DECA                                     Community Expo – 10:00 a.m.

April 27:        Interim Grade Reports Distributed

April 29:        Junior-Senior Prom at TRHS – 7:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

            Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


            Dennis Love  

Bridges Academy – Transition

March 1, 2017

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

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

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


March 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important March dates:

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

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

March 13: Ohio State Testing Begins

March 17: End of the Third Grading Period

March 21: ACT Test for Juniors

March 24: Report Cards Distributed

March 27: First Day of Spring Break

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love

BRANCHING OUT, February 2017

February 1, 2017

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

January has been an exciting month at Roosevelt. We are so proud of our students and faculty. Our instrumental program performed at Severance Hall, all of our marketing students placed in the District DECA competition, 11 students competed in the Power of the Pen competition, our Level ll CADET students participated and placed in the 20th Annual Student Model Home Design Contest, the boys swim team won the Suburban League Title, and the hockey team achieved Coach Barlow’s 250th win. These are just a few of the many activities and events that our students enjoy. I hope you have enjoyed some of these events. We can’t stress enough just how important it is for our students to participate in co-curricular activities. They truly enhance the academic experience.

As we celebrate National African American History this month, our Social Studies Department has developed initiatives for our school. Each week in February, teachers will spend time highlighting the contributions an African American has made in specific subject areas. We will commemorate African American heroes whose positive influences continue to touch the lives of people everywhere. We will remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of hope, equality, and inclusion for our country and for our world. We will be honoring notable African American Roosevelt graduates during our daily announcements.

Recently our Student Council hosted an open forum meeting and all students, staff, and administration were invited. Topics students discussed included weighted grades, school lunches, calamity days, and having an American flag in every classroom. It was an impressive meeting with a great group of committed students who are using their leadership and talents to continuously improve the school. We look forward to future meetings.

The National Honor Society has started to provide tutoring opportunities for all of our students. We have so many student role models who are willing to help their peers achieve academic success. We are proud and grateful to our National Honor Society for providing this opportunity for all our students.

I am energized by the many innovative and collaborative efforts of our vibrant school community. “The Roosevelt Way” is truly revealed every day at our school. Listed below are activities and events for this month.

February 2: Career Technical Conversations with Parents 6:30 p.m.

February 2: TRHS 8th Grade Open House 7:00 p.m.

February 13: Spring Sport Parent/Athlete Preseason Mtg 7:00 p.m.

February 16: Interim Grade Reports Distributed

February 21: Board of Education Meeting at Roosevelt 7:00 p.m.

March 11:  Rough Rider All Sports Booster Taste of Kent Night at the Races at Roses Run Country Club 6:00 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Dennis Love

Day trip to Peek ‘n Peak Ski Resort – Clymer, NY

What: Day trip to Peek ‘n Peak Ski Resort – Clymer, NY

Who: Open to ALL Kent City School Students and their immediate families.
Parents may attend too! If elementary-aged students are attending, they must be accompanied by at least one parent.
You do NOT need to be a member of ski/snowboard club to attend!

When: Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Charter Bus leaves RHS parking lot on Sunday, February 19th at 6:00 am
Return to RHS parking lot at 10:00 pm
Note: There is no school on Monday, February 20th due to President’s Day

Questions and requests for registration can be emailed to Jeff Thompson at

For additional information you can visit the Ski Club Website

BRANCHING OUT, December 2016

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

This past Tuesday we were excited to induct 60 students into our National Honor Society.   Selection is based upon four criteria:  scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  We are proud of our new inductees and impressed by their many accomplishments.  We are especially grateful to the members of National Honor Society for modeling The Roosevelt Way for all of our students.

Preparation for semester exams should be in progress as the 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 2016-17 school year will ensure appropriate course placement.

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

            December 1:              Interim Reports Distributed

                                                       Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser – 6:30 p.m.

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

            December 22:           Winter Break – No School

            January 5:                    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 regards for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love


BRANCHING OUT, November 2016

November 1, 2016

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

We are days away from a hotly contested and emotionally charged presidential election.  It is important to remember that while opinions may differ, all voters should be aware of the issues and select the candidate they feel will be most likely to provide a better future for our country and our world.

We respect the fact that our Roosevelt students are the future and we are so proud of their many accomplishments.  Last week I witnessed the soccer team in an outstanding playoff game.  The game was tied after two sudden- death overtime periods.  Players were giving 100% and were exhausted at the end of the game.  Most players did not get home until 11:00 p.m.  The next morning I spoke with one of the players and asked him if he had gotten any sleep.  He said that when he got home, he had to do some studying. The next night I was at an orchestra concert and sure enough, that same student was playing his instrument.  He is just one example of so many of our students who are dedicated to their classes and extracurricular activities and who work so hard to achieve excellence on a daily basis.

Also, how proud we are of our Academic Challenge team who recently won first place at the Channel Five Academic Challenge, beating Avon Lake and North Ridgeville.  Congratulations to Carter Hale, Will Kulis, and Perkins Pringle as well as to the team adviser, Craig Foreman, and all of our excellent teachers who have helped to encourage these young men.  The episode will air on Dec. 3 on Channel 5.  Don’t miss it!

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/student teacher conferences will be Monday, November 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  To schedule a time, email Mrs. Harris, our main office secretary, at ke­­  When you email Mrs. Harris, 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.

Listed below are some important November/December events:

November 8:              Election Day – No school for students                                                               Staff In-Service

 November 21:           Parent Teacher Conferences                                                                                        5:00  p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 November 22:           Parent Teacher Conferences                                                                                        9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

December 1:               Interim Grades Distributed

December 1:               Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser 6:00 p.m.

I hope you are making time to enjoy the wonderful traditions of the 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 3, 2016

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

Autumn has arrived and Rider pride is alive and well as evidenced by the number of students who participated in our homecoming festivities.  Thank you to our remarkable students who conducted themselves respectfully and responsibly at our Homecoming Dance on Saturday night.  I am so grateful to all of our chaperones, to our homecoming chairs, Mrs. Dreher-Rodesheim and Mrs. Dolan, our activities advisor Heidi Jurging, and to Mrs.  Larkin, our student council advisor.

Another upcoming, significant Roosevelt event is our Chili Challenge.  This event was started by The Bridges Academy as a service project over fifteen years ago.  Proceeds of over $15,000 from the Challenge have gone to support the Miller Community House.  Annually, our Roosevelt students in The Bridges Academy prepare to host this event while learning about poverty and the importance of helping others who may be less fortunate.   It is a meaningful, practical learning experience when our teachers create an environment where students are able to work as a team and see the importance of communication, organization, hard work, and service to others.  In past years, other groups have worked with the Bridges students to manage and organize the Chili Challenge.  This year our Key Club will partner with The Bridges Academy to coordinate the Challenge.  The Key Club boasts over sixty members and one of their main goals is to increase the connectivity between the Kent schools and our community members with a special focus on those in need.  The Chili Challenge is a prime example of “The Roosevelt Way” in action.

The first grading period ends on October 21st.  On October 28th, 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. Teacher grades are posted weekly on Progress Book.  To access Progress Book, please stop by the main office or call Mrs. Harris (330) 676-8700.

In an effort to provide students with the opportunity to improve their ACT scores, Roosevelt will be providing an ACT Test Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., October 10th.  Information about this seminar was sent home to all students.   The registration deadline is October 6th.

The following are important upcoming events for October:

            October 10:    ACT Seminar 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in T.R.H.S. Auditorium

            October 12:    Kent State College Fair

            October 14:    Chili Challenge at TRHS Cafeteria 4:00 p.m.                       to 7:00 p.m.

            October 19:    PSAT/NMSQT Test at 8:00 a.m.T.R.H.S.

            October 21:    End of the 1st Grading Period

            October 22:    ACT Test at T.R.H.S.

            October 28:    Report Cards Distributed

Have an enjoyable October.


Dennis Love



September 1, 2016

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

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  Thank you, students and staff for the great start to our new year.  It seems that students have returned to school with a new spirit and purpose to do well.  We have been greatly impressed with the emphasis on “The Roosevelt Way”.   A few days ago, a young man found a significant amount of cash in the cafeteria.  He immediately turned it in to me.  Upon hearing this news, a young lady mentioned to me that earlier that day her government teacher had posed the question to the class asking what they would do if they ever found money.  Because of the teaching that takes place in the home, in school, and in students’ social circles, our students do the right thing and make us proud on a daily basis.

Character education is an important piece of our curriculum which we will continue to emphasize.  This year we have formed a character education team.  Members of this team are outstanding people who have contributed and will continue to contribute greatly to our school community.  The members are Mr. Cox, Mrs. Evanston, Mr. Hockett, Mrs. Peoples-Dukes, Mr. Pfaff, and Dr. Roebke.   We are excited to be involved in this program.

September is always an exciting and busy month for T.R.H.S.  In addition to academics, there are a number of fun events, including the Kent/Ravenna rivalry football game and Homecoming.  Listed below are some important dates for September and early October events.  Please note that in an effort to provide students with the opportunity to improve their ACT scores, Roosevelt will be providing an ACT Seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., October 10th.  More information about this important program will be forthcoming and posted on our web site.

September 7 Picture Day


September 9 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 22 Interim Grade Reports Distributed in 1st period class
September 23 Homecoming Football Game vs. Tallmadge at 7:00 p.m.
September 24 Homecoming Dance in our gym from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
September 28 Sophomore/Junior Class Parent Guidance Information Night at 7:00 p.m. in our auditorium
October 10 ACT Seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m in TRHS Auditorium
October 12 Kent State College Fair

As we begin the school year, there is new important information related to our building safety.   Kent Police Officer, Mr. Matt Butcher was selected as our Student Resource Officer (SRO).  Officer Butcher will be a valuable resource to our school community.  . Secondly, a reminder that all visitors who enter the building during the school day should be aware of the following:    Visitors entering the building will use the doors from the staff parking lot next to the cafeteria.  All other doors will be locked during the school day.  Muriel Edwards, a Kent City Schools Hall of Fame recipient, will be at a desk and on duty to scan all guests driver’s licenses or state ID’s.  We will be using a security system named The Raptor.  It is connected to a national database of sex offenders.  When ID’s are scanned, a visitor’s badge will be printed and issued to all entering guests so they may be easily identified in the building.

Thank you for the privilege of working and learning with you as we all use our talents for another successful year.  Please enjoy the many planned events and activities and on behalf of the staff, we wish all a happy and productive new school year.


Dennis Love