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