March Update

March 2017

To the Kent community:

Kindergarten Registration Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at our elementary schools. Parents with students that will be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2017 should plan to attend.  Please click this press release link for more details.

Nominations needed for Kent City Schools Hall of Fame
Kent City Schools Hall of Fame committee is soliciting nominations for the Classes of 2017 and 2018.  An induction ceremony and dinner, held every other year to recognize two classes of honorees, is planned for April 2018. 

Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame honors graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School who have made exceptional achievements in their field or unique contributions to their community.  Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years ago and cannot be current employees of the Kent City Schools. Permanent plaques commemorating each honoree are displayed in the Roosevelt auditorium atrium. 

Nomination forms are available on the Kent City Schools website at  Or you can click on Community  to find the Hall of Fame link. Pick up and return forms to the Kent Board of Education office.  Mail to Hall of Fame Committee, attention Superintendent George Joseph, at 321 North DePeyster, Kent, OH 44240 or call the Superintendent’s office at 330-676-7610 for details.

Celebrating National African American History Month
As part of our celebration of National African American History Month in February, many of our teachers and principals have developed initiatives to share the contributions African Americans have made to our society.  At Roosevelt High School, our Social Studies department encouraged each high school teacher to spend time talking about the contributions of African Americans in specific subject areas, such as science and math.  In addition, students hear highlights about the career pathway of an African American Roosevelt graduate as part of the daily announcements.

Project Unity members organized a project to honor 16 African Americans, who graduated from Roosevelt and have excelled in their professions.  According to club advisor Tahira Habeeb-Butler, students researched the careers of alums and posted photos and biographies in the library display case as a way to bring “a greater sense of pride and unity to our alma mater.”  Roosevelt alums honored include:

  • Cameron Black II – Player Development Assistant for the NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • Trent Boykin – Assistant Coach (Running Backs) at The University of Akron
  • Jason Butler – Award-winning teacher and journalist
  • Michele Ridenour-Comeaux – Award-winning teacher and track coach
  • Maya (Gilbert) Dunbar – Los Angeles-based actress, writer and producer
  • Aaliyah Habeeb – New York City-based actress, teaching artist, writer and producer
  • Billy Hawkins – President of Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama
  • Mike Pechac – Director of Player Development (football) at Indiana University
  • LeRoy Rowser – High school teacher and college baseball umpire
  • Olaun Simmons – Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas, VA
  • Talaun Simmons- Executive Director of Muslim Community Center for Human Services at University of Texas at Arlington
  • James Smith – National Business Development Manager for Sylvania Lighting and co-owner of Bailiwick Clothing Company
  • Jeffrey Smith – Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Multicultural Programs at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA and co-owner of Bailiwick Clothing Company
  • Ema Temu – M.S., Certified Event and Wedding Planner and owner of Events by Ema in North Carolina
  • Andrew T. Wright – Founder of Young Scholars Mentoring Center Inc. and Master Barber
  • Danita Brown Young – Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at University of Minnesota


Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools