Branching Out – January 2020

January 6, 2020

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

We are excited to welcome 2020 with a renewed commitment to excellence in education.  As we reflect on our past accomplishments and look forward to a new year of challenges and achievements, we will continue to enjoy and celebrate our shared sense of community, acknowledging that each member can contribute to strengthening our culture of caring and respect.

With students completing their exams prior to break they should use this week wisely to ensure a strong finish to the second grading period.  Grades close Friday, January 10, and report cards will be distributed Friday, January 17.   

During early release professional development time, many of our teachers have been spending time working on creating problem-based lessons for their students.  In our Riders Taking Action class, students explored the state of inequality and poverty in America today. Students brainstormed many relevant questions about this topic.  Three pressing questions they determined were:

    1. How does living in poverty affect one’s mental health?
    2. What role does race play in poverty and inequality?
    3. What is the most successful way to get out of poverty and how can we give hope to those experiencing it?  

The students listed below researched these questions and presented pertinent information to various groups of people.  

    • Anaya Croston offered mentorship ideas for at risk elementary students.
    • Alex Green, Jenna King, and Leah Shepard examined the role of race in terms of access and equity in our Advanced Placement and Gifted Program throughout the district.
    • Theo Thomas discussed the benefits of free preschool for the district.
    • Jenna White presented ideas on breaking the poverty cycle
    • Chris Griggy presented her ideas on developing a community garden to deal with hunger and nutrition issues in Kent.
    • Natalie Locke and Taylor Schultz examined the connection between poverty and mental stress and possible solutions.  

We are proud of the research completed and the thoughtfulness of these students as they attempt to become aware and seek solutions to these difficult problems.  

With the help of Project Unity and the Kent State University Music Department, we are able to host the Nine Lives Project for an all-school assembly on Friday, January 17, prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The Nine Lives Project was created by saxophonist and K.S.U.  Music Teacher Chris Coles. It depicts the poignant story of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in 2015.  The story is told through song, animation, dance, and the spoken word to raise awareness about racial injustice.   

The scheduling process for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on January 21, in English classes. 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 2020.


Friday, January 10:  End of the 2nd grading period;  Early Release Day for students (see the District Early Release Revised Bell Schedule; NOTE: because of Friday’s early release, Wednesday, Jan. 8 will follow a regular daily bell schedule)

Friday, January 17:  Distribution of report cards; Nine Lives Project all-school assembly

Tuesday, January 21Scheduling process for 2020-21 school year begins in English  classes.

Wednesday, January 22:  CTE (Career Technical Education) Program Orientation for 10th Grade & Interested 9th Grade Students in the TRHS Auditorium-Report to homeroom for attendance (7:30 a.m. )

Thursday, January 23TRHS 8th Grade Orientation at Roosevelt (7:30 a.m. & 12:00  p.m.)

Wednesday, January 29College Credit Plus Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, February 3:   Roosevelt CTE (Career Technical Education) Visitations  2nd and 3rd periods for 10th and 9th grade students.  Career Technical Applications open at 

Thursday, February 6:   CTE’s (Career Technical Education) Conversation with Parents for 10th Grade Parents and Students (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, February 6:  TRHS 8th Grade Open House at Roosevelt (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, February 10:  OHSAA Spring Sport Parent & Athlete Pre-Season Meeting in the TRHS Auditorium (7:00 p.m.)

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

Dennis Love