BRANCHING OUT, DECEMBER 2020

December 1, 2020

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

There is reason to be optimistic.  Our students and staff are hard at work with the business of learning and doing all that’s necessary to stay healthy.  A vaccine is on the horizon bringing hope that if we remain cautious and determined, we will all get back to our normal routines.   Currently the virus is running rampant throughout the country.   It is a tough time of the year to be told to stay at home and to not  be around family and friends, but we must do our best to maintain our health and protect our loved ones.  It is a stressful time for many of us, so please take advantage of local counseling services if you need them:

These last few weeks of the grading period are  critical  for the Roosevelt learning community.   Our staff  continues to strive to connect with students who are not focused on learning.  Please be certain to communicate with teachers, counselors, and administrators if you need assistance.   Check Progress Book to view up-to-date grades.  There will be no midterm exams this year so grades will be based upon the  first and second grading period.  

Even though the recent presidential election has caused quite a division throughout the country, Roosevelt students have remained extremely respectful of one another.  We are pleased and confident that it will continue into the new year.  

Each year, Roosevelt hosts the annual Theodore Roosevelt High School Leadership Retreat (usually held in November).  Our 2020-21 Leadership Retreat Planning Committee has been working hard to make this year’s retreat a reality.  They are Seniors Hava Bailey, Makhia Friedman, Patrick Gallagher, Chris Griggy, Claire Laux, Tanner McKown, Ryan Rhinehart, Taryn Thomas, and Andrew Valetta along with co-advisors Dr. Charles Bowman, Mrs. Christina Dreher-Rodesheim, and Mrs. Heidi Jurging.

This year marks the 35th retreat, and we are facing a multitude of challenges in our daily lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, we are implementing immense change in the structure and meaning of our retreat. We will be holding a completely virtual three-day conference on Saturday, January, 16, though Monday, January 18, in which we will continue to foster leadership and encourage growth in our students. As we brainstormed a focus for the retreat this year, we considered the many changes we are facing in our nation and communities — related to the pandemic, social justice, and daily living. The result of our discussions came our 2020-21 theme for the retreat:  The Evolution of Leadership: Embrace the ChangeOne major change is the open registration to ALL students interested in attending.   Any student can attend and should register today (through January 1) online and pay the $25 student fee, which covers the cost of our keynote speakers, a retreat goody bag, a student delegate workbook, and virtual access to all sessions.  Students who register by December 10 will also be guaranteed a retreat t-shirt and water bottle.

Important Dates

  • December 8-18, 2020 — Canned Food Drive Collection
  • December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021 — Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • January 4, 2021 — Teacher In-service Day (NO SCHOOL for Students)

Warmest wishes for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love