Category Archives: Branching Out

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.

BRANCHING OUT, March 2017

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: http://kentschools.net/krumley/parents/state-testing-resources-for-parents/

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.

Respectfully,

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.

Respectfully,
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 ke_jthompson@kentschools.net

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

Principal   

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_nharris@kentschools.net.  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

Principal

BRANCHING OUT for OCTOBER, 2016

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.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

Principal

BRANCHING OUT, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

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.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

Principal

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Secondary Schools

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 [Name of school (“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 [School] 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 Schools 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 Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by September 1, 2016.  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.)    

 

 

CHANGE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDIT

Effective at the start of the 2016-17 school year, some changes are being made to the Kent City Schools graduation requirement and the Roosevelt process for class scheduling in order to better align with state policies.

1) Credit earned for physical education courses will now be awarded as ¼ credit per semester course. A student must still take two semesters of physical education coursework (for a total of ½ credit) to qualify for graduation according to requirements set by both Kent City Schools and the State of Ohio. If a student has already earned ½ credit for a semester class, that student will still need to take another semester class to total two semesters of physical education.

2) This change affects students who are interested in athletic eligibility.  A student must be passing 5 credits of classes in the quarter prior to the athletic season in order to be eligible to participate; physical education courses will no longer contribute to the 5 needed classes, so students will need to take this into consideration when scheduling classes each semester.  Please see your school counselor to make sure you have the correct number and type of classes scheduled.

Dennis A. Love, Principal
Theodore Roosevelt High School

BRANCHING OUT, AUGUST 2016

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

Welcome back to school! I hope you have had a great summer. Our work together last year brought progress on many fronts. Now, with the start of the 2016-17 school year, we have new opportunities and new challenges to inspire the lives and futures of our young people.

Many of you have already heard the term, “The Roosevelt Way”. We define this term by using our R.I.D.E.R.S. acronym. Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence, Responsibility, and Service make up “The Roosevelt Way”. These are the characteristics we want our students to have when they leave Roosevelt. We live in challenging times with troubling societal issues that face all of us but as we begin a new year, we begin with renewed spirit, determination and the hope that we will promote “The Roosevelt Way.” We will remain committed to working together to accomplish great things by holding ourselves and our students to high expectations.

We will continue to use educational expert, Richard DuFour’s four guiding questions as our building focus. The four questions are:

1. What do we expect students to learn/know?
(Curriculum, Aligned to Standards/Learning Targets/Goals/Expectations)

2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)

3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (Intervention)

4. How will we respond if they already know? (Enrichment/Extension/Differentiation)

It has been exciting and encouraging to begin to see our students preparing for the new school year. Whether it is the marching band, the students preparing for freshman orientation, the students involved in various fundraisers or the student athletes preparing for the fall sports, they are all showing their Roosevelt spirit and enthusiasm.

Please note the specific schedule of events:

Student Schedules: Mailed home August 8, 2016
Freshman Orientation Night for Parents: August 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
Freshman Orientation: August 16th 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
New Student Orientation: August 16th at 11:00 a. m. in room 126
First day of Classes: August 17th 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Senior Class Parent Guidance Information Night: August 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
T.R.H.S. Follow the Schedule Night: (Open House) August 24th at 7:00 p.m.

I hope these last remaining days of summer are filled with fun and relaxation as we anticipate another great school year. I know that you are as excited about the new school year as I am and I look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love
Principal

BRANCHING OUT, MAY 2016

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

Graduation day is almost upon the class of 2016.  As we bid goodbye to our students, we are so proud of how they have upheld the admirable tradition of being a Roosevelt Rough Rider.   Our students have excelled in so many areas and accomplished so much. Congratulations to our students and their families, as well as to our faculty and our entire support staff.  Please celebrate their accomplishments with us at the Class of 2016 Commencement on May 22 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 10: TRHS Scholar and Achievement Awards Program                                          and Reception – 7:00 p.m.

                May 17: Board of Education Meeting at TRHS – 7:00 p.m.

                May 19: TRHS Senior Honors Assembly and Senior Slide                                             Show  – 7:50 a.m.

                May 20:  TRHS Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors at                                                          KSU MAC Center –  8:30 a.m.

                May 22:  TRHS Baccalaureate and Graduation at KSU MAC                                        Center –  1:00 p.m.

                May 23-25:TRHS Final Exams

                May 31:   Summer School Registration 11:00 a.m.

Good luck graduates!  You will be missed but remember that the people you care about, you never really say goodbye to.  We can’t wait to hear about your success!

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love