Category Archives: Branching Out


January 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 12:    Distribution of report cards

January 17:    Orientation-to-Scheduling Class Assemblies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dennis Love            





Rome 2019

The Latin program at RHS is planning a trip to Rome during the Spring Break of 2019. The trip promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. For the 1st time since 2009 the cost will be close to $3000.

We are trying to get the word out to the students and parents of RHS & SMS who may be interested in traveling with us. You don’t even have to be a Latin student to travel with us! We welcome students, parents, or anyone else wanting to travel with our group.

Meeting Dates (same content offered at each meeting):

Thursday, December 21, 2017 or Thursday, January 25, 2018
RHS Room 138
7:00-8:00 P.M.

If you would like more information, plan to attend one of the meetings. Register with only $300 by February 15, 2018 to lock in the best price. This first set of meeting dates will explain the itinerary and costs, information about the tour group, the application process, and deadlines for paperwork and money. We will also answer any questions you may have.  Please plan on attending one of the meeting times listed below with your son or daughter.

You can contact Rob Susel at RHS if you are unable to attend but would like information about the trip or check out the Rome Trip link on the Latin web site at:

And here’s a flyer with some additional info:

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting.

Rob Susel

John Phillips

Branching Out – December 2017

December 1, 2017

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

Congratulations to Maggie Ferrara, Niarra Gooden-Clark, Jacquelyn Shields, and Sarah Wyatt. These four seniors in our Athletic Health Care and Fitness College Tech Prep presented their NEOMED HPAC research poster, “Commit To Be Fit” at a recent national healthcare conference in Cleveland. We also offer congratulations to our cheerleaders who were added to the list of fall teams who are Suburban League Champions.

Congratulations on the success of the 32nd Annual TRHS Leadership Retreat and to the 2017 Planning Committee: Josie Coffee, Maggie Ferrara, Meredith Hartsook, Barbara Hickin, Hanna Holman, Nathan Jones, Elise Kohl, Mark Rocco, Isaac Stokes, Max Swartout, and Maria Young. The retreat, held at Camp Wanake in Beach City, OH, focused on leadership skills and qualities that related to the theme: Night at the Museum – Where leadership comes to life! There were 105 Roosevelt student delegates who attended, representing 36 clubs and athletics. Delegates had the opportunity to learn more about their leadership, participating in hands-on workshops and hearing from keynote speakers, including former 2004 Roosevelt graduates Marcquis Parham, Brian Rogers, and Seth Stewart. Just before Thanksgiving, student delegates also participated in a community service project, the annual canned food drive, to benefit Kent Social Services. This year, the students in the district collected 10,930 canned goods that Kent Social Services distributed to families in the community.

I am excited to announce that our early release pilot will begin on Wednesday, January 10. Students will be released from school at 1:44 instead of 2:29. The attached link is our Wednesday schedule. At 1:44, students will be permitted to leave the building; however, if students choose to stay, they will be in a structured study hall. Students will have access to the library and to tutoring. Our bus schedule will not change.

To kick-off our early release professional development, our building improvement team focused on our purpose. During our last in-service, members of our staff planned an activity to identify our 2017/18 purpose and vision at TRHS. Our purpose was student centered and the words that came to the forefront were support, relationships, and educate. Our next step was to visualize what we would want a Roosevelt teacher and student to look like, feel like, and sound like. The attached link is what the 2017/18 staff created. We are using this information to drive our professional development for our early release pilot.

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.

After a report of bed bugs being found in our school, a bed bug-sniffing dog and trainer were brought in to complete an inspection. It appears that there is no indication that there is a bed bug problem in the library. In the October Branching Out, I included a link from the Ohio Department of Health concerning bed bugs. Our local health department has also been contacted. Unfortunately, this is a problem many public institutions face.

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

December 20-22: Semester Exams – Exam Schedule will be posted online
December 23: Winter Break – No School
January 8: 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 regard for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love


November 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 November 30:  Interim Grades Distributed

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

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

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Dennis Love


Mental Health Awareness Panel

On November 2, 2017 Theodore Roosevelt High School will be holding a mental health awareness panel. Members of the panel including: Coleman, Children’s Advantage and Townhall II. Topics discussed will include: depression, anxiety, stress and self-harm as well as information about the services offered at each organization. This a great opportunity to learn more about mental wellness and how to help your loved ones. The panel will begin at 7pm in the Richard Roberts Auditorium. This event is open to all community members.



October 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following are important upcoming events for October: 

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

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

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

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

October 12:     Kent State College Fair at NEOMED

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

  October 20:     End of the 1st Grading Period

 October 27:     Report Cards Distributed

October 28:     ACT Test at T.R.H.S.




Dennis Love, Principal


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

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

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

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

Building Improvement Team Letter

Building Improvement Team Schedule (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Dennis Love,


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