Branching Out – December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

I would like to wish you a joyous holiday season as we work together as a community for the success of our students.  There are so many exciting events at Roosevelt this month, but we are also mindful that the season can be a stressful and challenging 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.  

We have been working on professional goals during early-release time.  The Rider Connection Class has been working on a service learning model for the class. The students and teachers thought it would benefit our district  if Roosevelt students would serve as mentors for elementary students. Currently 47 Roosevelt students are paired with 47 elementary students. They are known as “Big Brothers” and “Big Sisters”  Under the guidance of the elementary teachers, Roosevelt students are assisting students with reading, math, writing, and other academic needs. They are also spending time with them at recess and enjoying a variety of activities like building Legos, or simply conversing with them.  

The Rotary Interact Club has been preparing to host the 2019 Chili Challenge.  The Chili Challenge is on Tuesday, December 3, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Miller Community House.  The Interact Club’s officers include: President Katie Kulis, Vice Presidents Lizzie Lohman and Tanner McKown, Treasurer Kent Gordon, and Secretary Alex May.  We appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to the school.  

We are also pleased with the success of the 34th Annual TRHS Leadership Retreat and wish to commend the 2019 Planning Committee:  Chloe Alexander, Jordan Carlton, Jenny Coffee, Anaya Croston, Kyle Doershuk, Jess Giaimo, Aly Giunto, Kent Gordon, Courtney Kenworthy, Katie Kulis, and Jenna Senderling.  The retreat held at Camp Wanake in Beach City, Ohio, focused on leadership skills and qualities that are related to the theme, The Anatomy of a Leader:  Nurturing Mind, Body, and Soul!  There were 109 Roosevelt student delegates who attended, representing 39 clubs and athletic teams.   Delegates had the opportunity to learn more about their leadership skills, participate in hands-on workshops and hear from keynote speakers Kyle Willkom, Kate Swango, and Ron Spears.  Just before Thanksgiving, the delegates also participated in the annual canned food drive, a community service project to benefit Kent Social Services.  This year, the students in the district collected a record 14,772 canned goods for distribution to families in the community. 

TRHS Choral Works and Chorale will present their 7th Annual Madrigal Dinner at Stanton Middle School on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.  Seventy very talented students take part in this incredible event. If you have not ever attended a Madrigal Dinner, put it on your must-do list, you will not be disappointed. We are also fortunate to have so many other extremely talented students performing in our band, orchestra, and choir concerts in the month of December.    

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 20% of the first semester grade.

IMPORTANT DATES:  Listed below are some important dates:

December 3: Interact’s Chili Challenge Benefit Event — 5:30 p.m.

December 5: TRHS Junior Class 2019 Silent Auction Fundraiser: Boogie Wonderland —  6:30 p.m.  Bids begin closing at 8:30 p.m.  Live entertainment provided by The Kent Clarks from KSU.

December 8: TRHS Holiday Choir Concert — 3:00 p.m. 

December 10:  TRHS/Stanton Orchestra Concert — 7:00 p.m. at TRHS

December 12: TRHS Band Concert — 7:00 p.m. 

December 18-19-20: Semester ExamsExam Schedules are available on the Roosevelt website under bell schedules (click on    “Students”, then “Bell Schedules”)

December 23:  Winter Break Begins – No School

January 6:           Classes Resume

January 10:        End of First Semester 

Warmest wishes for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love