Category Archives: Branching Out


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.


Dennis Love


April 1, 2016

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

A note of gratitude to our students who responded so impressively to the safety concerns we experienced in March.  It became necessary for us to evacuate to the former Franklin school due to a threat.  Our students followed directions in a calm, orderly fashion.  It is our hope that these random and senseless threats stop.   Students should be aware that action taken by the school district would involve suspension/ expulsion, but the perpetrator would also be charged with a felony.

Another safety concern focuses on student drivers.  With prom and graduation weeks away, we want to remind our students to enjoy this exciting time but to please act responsibly.  On April 19, our senior class will join many area high school students at Hiram College for a None Under 21 program. This program focuses on the horrors of driving under the influence.

April is a month of testing for Roosevelt students.  We will have 12 days of state tests during this month.  On ten of the testing days, students will be following a different schedule.  Block scheduling of periods is necessary to allow students appropriate time to complete  the tests. Click here to see the testing assessment schedule.  We are confident our students will give their best effort and perform well on their tests.

April 2016 is Kent City Schools Hall of Fame month.  On April 9, twelve inductees will join our Hall of Fame.  Our juniors and seniors will be meeting some of these accomplished inductees at our Hall of Fame assembly.  It is particularly meaningful for me as I am personally excited for the induction of my freshman English teacher, Dr. Lily Smith, my football coach, Mr. John Nemec, and my elementary school principal, Mr. Dave Spencer.  They, along with the other nine inductees, have made the Kent City School District a great place for countless students and they are all so worthy of this honor.

Listed below are some of the important dates during April:

            April 1:            Report Cards Distributed

            April 8:            Kent City School Hall of Fame Assembly

            April 9:            Kent City School Hall of Fame Dinner and    

                                        Ceremony at KSU Hotel

            April 16:          Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and TRHS                                                  DECA Community Expo   10:00 A.M.                                      

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

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love






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

As spring approaches, we are reminded that it is a time of renewal, inspiration and growth. While our students may be experiencing some academic pressure, it is important for them to continue their hard work and preparation for this challenging time. We are currently three weeks away from the third grading period. Also, in April, many of our students will be demonstrating what they have learned as they take the Ohio’s State Tests (OST).

Our teachers continue their support of students as many of them have started to work in our professional learning communities. (PLCs) Teachers in various subject areas have been collaborating at least once a week. We are using the educational expert, Richard Dufour’s four guiding questions as our building focus for PLC work.

The four questions are:
1. What do we expect students to learn/know? (Curriculum Aligned to Standards/Learning
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)

Our students will benefit as we seek to determine the answers to these questions.

March is also a transition month for us. Many winter sports have come to an end and practice for spring sports is underway. March is “Music in Our Schools” month. Stop by and enjoy some of our many concerts and performances given by our very talented students.
Some important dates to remember during this month are:

March 18: Early Release Day – students will be released at 12:10 p.m.
March 18: End of the third grading period
March 21: First day of Spring Break
April 1: Report Cards Distributed

Best wishes for a joyful and fulfilling Spring and, as always, thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love

Branching Out, February 2016

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

As we celebrate Black History this month, our Social Studies Department has developed initiatives for our school. Each week in February, teachers will spend time highlighting the contributions African Americans have 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 our world. We will be honoring notable African-American Roosevelt graduates during our daily announcements.

We are proud to report that Roosevelt was awarded an “A” grade for our graduation rate from the Ohio School Report Card. Within a five-year period, 95.2% of our students graduate from T.R.H.S. We will continue to strive toward our goal of 100%. The remarkable efforts of our students, parents, staff, faculty and administration, are greatly appreciated and should not go unnoticed.

A prominent reason for our high graduation rate is our placement of students in appropriate coursework. On January 20th, students in grades 9 through 11 attended grade level assemblies for the purpose of registration for next year. Students received their course request form at their class meeting. If you have not previously done so, please review the course selections and teacher recommendations with your student. Parent/guardian signatures are required to move forward with the scheduling process.

In the January letter, I referred to a barricade/lockdown drill. We will be having that drill in early February. Safety will continue to be one of our main priorities.

Here is a link to various attachments for this month’s Branching Out. February 2016 Branching Out

Listed below are activities and events that we look forward to during this month:

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

February 10:   Career Technical Conversation with Parents 6:30 p.m.

February 16:    Board of Education Meeting at Roosevelt 7:00 p.m.

February 20:   Rough Rider All Sports Boosters 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

Branching Out, January 2016

January 4, 2016

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

Welcome back to a fresh beginning of the second semester in a New Year!  It is a time for us to celebrate and enjoy the feeling of community that we share.  It is also the time to reflect on all we have accomplished together and to look toward a new year of challenges and achievements.

Report cards will be distributed Friday, January 8.  Remember that Progress Book provides instant access to student grades.   The new year provides a great opportunity to set new, purposeful goals.  Whether the goal is resolving to earn a certain grade point average, completing homework assignments in a timely manner, arriving to school on time, or striving to excel in athletic activities, setting goals and attaining them builds confidence and is an important factor in achieving success.  Many of our teachers model goal setting by creating S.M.A.R.T. goals.  These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, result-oriented, and time bound.

The scheduling process will begin early in this second semester.  Our goal is to be certain that students are scheduled appropriately in challenging courses that reflect their interests and abilities.

The safety of our students is our imperative goal.  With the assistance of the Kent Police Department and our safety team, we will be conducting a barricade/lockdown drill by the end of January.  Under the supervision of the Kent Police and our school safety team, and with the assistance our teachers and administrators, teachers and students will practice barricading themselves in their classrooms.  A barricade behind a classroom door will make it more difficult for an intruder to enter a classroom. This is a procedure that will be used in an emergency situation.  Hopefully, we will never have to implement it but, sadly enough, it is critical that we be prepared.

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 2016.

January 8:       Distribution of report cards

January 14:    Sophomore Career Technical Programs Orientation – 7:30 a.m.

January 21:     TRHS 8TH Grade Orientation at Roosevelt – 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

February 4:     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

Branching Out, December 2015

December 1, 2015

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

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.  Twenty percent of students’ semester grades are based on the mid-term exam.  The first quarter grade is worth 40% of the semester grade. The second quarter grade is worth forty percent 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:
National Honor Society Induction and Reception – 7:00 p.m.

December  3:
Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser  –  6:00 p.m.                                           

 December  16-18:
Semester Exams  –  Exam Schedule will be posted online

 December  21:
Winter Break  –  No School

 January  4:
Classes Resume

While there are many exciting events at Roosevelt, we are also very aware that the holiday season can be a challenging and stressful time for many.  We will do our best to make sure 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

OHYES Survey

Dear Students, Parents/Guardian,

There will be a select group of teachers and Junior Class students who will be participating in a very important survey sponsored by The Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio Department of Health, and The Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.  The survey is called The Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey or The OHYES Survey.  The survey will be conducted on November 19th in the Media Center.  The on-line survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.  The survey will provide important information about the health and safety of adolescents across Ohio.  It is anticipated that the OHYES survey will provide useful data for many people.   Some ways that this survey information can be utilized is in gathering data for needs assessments, program planning, funding, policy and programming for a variety of organizations.  Teachers, students, and parents of the selected Junior Class students participating in this survey have been previously informed via Parent Letter.  The Parent Letter details information about the survey as well as Opt Out procedures.  There is a “hard copy” of the survey on file in Principal Dennis Love’s office (please see Becky Thomas) or you can find the survey on line at:



November 2, 2015

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

With the second grading period underway, students should have a good understanding of classroom expectations as well as an awareness of what is necessary for success. The hope is that students will strive to do better with each grading period.

A critical part of being successful at the high school level is often the ability of students to develop positive working relationships with their teachers.  Parent/student teacher conferences will be on Monday, November 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  To schedule a time, email Mrs. Harris, our main office secretary at  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 not able to email Mrs. Harris please call her at 330-676-8700 or feel free to stop in the main office during school hours.

You can now connect with the Roosevelt administrative team on Twitter.  We will communicate important information, announcements, activities, and events.  Please follow us at

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 enable our students, our school, and our community, to grow and prosper. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Listed below are some important upcoming events for November and December.

November 3:              Election Day

                                            No school for students

                                           ( Staff In-Service)

November 19:            Interim Grades Distributed

November 23:            Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

November 24:            Parent Teacher Conferences 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

December 3:                Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser 6:00 p.m.

Have a great November,

Dennis Love,


Branching Out October 2015: Letter from Principal Love

Click here to download a PDF version of this letter!

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

We are days away from our homecoming football game and dance. Rider pride is alive and well as evidenced by large numbers of students who participate in our homecoming festivities each year. We will again be welcoming our alumni at our Friday night football game. Alumni pride and attendance at school events has a positive impact on our current students.

We recently had a provocative all school assembly. Mr. Rob Brandt shared his very personal story of the tragic loss of his son, Robby, due to a heroin overdose. Drug addiction is a serious problem in Kent, Portage County, Ohio, and the United States. Mr. Brandt delivered a powerful message emphasizing the importance of young people becoming knowledgeable about drugs and conscious of the choices they make. He stressed the need for students to be aware and to understand that the choices they make concerning drugs may have serious and possibly fatal consequences. For more information visit Robby’s Voice website at:

The first grading period ends on October 16. On October 23, students will receive their report card during their first period class. We hope everyone does well and are not surprised by their grades. Students and parents/guardians may view grades on progress book. Teacher grades are posted weekly on progress book. Parents/ guardians who would like to access progress book please stop by the main office or call Nicole Harris at (330)676-8700.

In an effort to provide students with the opportunity to improve their ACT scores, Roosevelt will be providing an ACT Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. October 12. Information about the boot camp should have been sent home to all students. Please feel free to sign up by calling Martha  Pifer at 330 676-8703. The deadline is Oct. 9.

All students should have an updated Emergency Medical Authorization form in our system. We will e-mail all parents/guardians who do not have an updated EMA. If you do not have an updated e-mail please call Nicole Harris, our main office secretary at 330-676-8700.

Listed below are some important coming events for September and early October:

October 2:                   Homecoming Football Game vs. Revere at 7:00                                              p.m.
October 3:                   Homecoming Dance in our gym from 8:00 p.m. –                                            11:00 p.m.
October 12:                ACT Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in                                             the auditorium
October 16:                 End of the first Grading Period
October 16:                 Early Release Day students will be released at                                                 12:10
October 20:                Winter Sport parent and athlete meeting 7:00                                                  p.m. in the auditorium
October 24:                ACT Testing at Roosevelt

Have a great October.

Dennis Love, Principal