All posts by Heidi Jurging

Summer Reading Program 2020

For summer reading, your child will need to read one of five books.  You can read more details on the Summer Reading website.  The titles chosen for this summer’s reading program revolve around the theme of perseverance. We want all of you to persevere with us in these trying times. We can do anything together!



  On the website, students can request their print book, receive information on obtaining their ebook, and find summaries on each title. Be sure to check out RHS Library on YouTube because there will be author appearances and guests! Additionally, any student that would like to pick up their title can do so in the RHS Library on Friday, June 19th from 10-2. 


Celebrating the Class of 2020

May 30, 2020 was an incredible, memorable day for our seniors — from an amazing diploma pick-up drive through (thank you to all who came to clap them out!) to a perfect night for a drive in “movie” to a beautiful display of fireworks!!  Thank you to EVERYONE for helping to make it happen.

COMMENCEMENT:  To view the Commencement Video, visit the TRHS Student Activities YouTube channel.  Our in-house producer, Corey Fowler, and resident photographer, John Roebke, did an amazing job capturing a traditional ceremony and adapting it for the big screen.  Enjoy the opening monologue written by senior Kyle Doershuk (in the likes of Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club) and ending credits featuring senior Olivia Mosca.   Coming soon, a video recap of the days events!

SENIOR SLIDE SHOW:  The Class of 2020’s Senior Slide Show is now available to view (on Google drive b/c of music copyrights).  A big thank you to senior Emily Loue, with the help of Janelle Cuva, for putting together a great senior slide show.

SENIOR HONORS ASSEMBLY:  While we couldn’t celebrate our Seniors’ accomplishments as an all-school assembly, the Senior Honors Assembly program is available to view, also on the TRHS Student Activities YouTube channel.

E3 SIGNING DAY:  Celebrate the future paths of our seniors in either enrollment, enlistment, or employment as you view the Class of 2020’s E3 Virtual Celebration!

Senior Honors Assembly 2020 Virtual Program

The stage is set and the Senior Honors Assembly is going virtual this year. While it’s different from what is familiar, many advisors, administrators, teachers, and others came together to create what we hope is a meaningful presentation of the many achievements of the Class of 2020. This program strives to recognize students’ outstanding service, accomplishments, leadership, and honors during the 2019-20 school year. May you be inspired by these seniors and their heart and pride for our Roosevelt and Kent communities. It’s an exciting time and we are so happy to celebrate with all of you.

UPDATED Graduation Plan – Cap & Gown Filming

Hello Seniors and families,

Please read the **UPDATED** TRHS Graduation Plan 2020 — Letter to Senior Families, which includes information on the filming of students walking across the stage in cap and gown, scheduled for Friday, May 15, from 12-6pm; Monday, May 18, from 8am-2pm; and Tuesday, May 19, from 8am-2pm. These will then be a part of our virtual ceremony

SENIORS:  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up for your time slot on Sign-up Genius.

Seniors can also watch the instructional video, put together by the senior class officers, on what to expect during their filming time.

Class of 2020 Senior Events Information

Hello, Senior Families,

The Kent City School District wishes to celebrate the accomplishments, achievements, and contributions that you have made to our Roosevelt and Kent communities throughout the years. The Theodore Roosevelt High School administration and staff is proud to announce our plan for our annual graduation ceremony and senior events (TRHS Graduation Plan 2020 – Letter to Parents). While we know that the plan may not be ideal, we believe it is the best plan for the safety of our students and families. Based on the Graduation Ceremony Statement that the Ohio Department of Education shared and the Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies shared from the Ohio Department of Health, we will be showcasing the Class of 2020 in an adapted form of a traditional graduation ceremony that you will be able to enjoy with your family and friends.

STUDENTS:  If you’re interested in participating in the ceremony by giving a speech or performing a musical selection, please be sure to watch the video for submission details.  Any submissions should be digital videos DUE BY MAY 15, 2020.  Speeches should be submitted to Pam Harr ( and music numbers submitted to Corey Fowler ( and John Roebke (

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Dennis Love at or 330-676-9719 of Unit Principal Mary Lynn Bush at or 330-221-6674.


As we all adapt to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition of documenting the history of our students and our school year. We are pleased to announce that our yearbook adviser and staff are working hard to complete the yearbook and make sure it is printed.

Since copies are limited and school schedules continue to change, we ask that you please order your yearbook online as soon as possible. Jostens offers a payment plan at checkout for your purchase if you would like to use that option. Please click below to order by FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020:

Celebrate Your Rough Rider SENIOR!

Hello, Senior Rough Rider families!  As the senior year is shaping up to be much different than any of us ever imagined, we know how important it is to still celebrate our Rough Rider Seniors and look at various ways of doing that, adapting events the best we can within the governor’s parameters so the year can still be meaningful.  

SENIOR TRIBUTE:  So . . . we’re hoping you’re up for celebrating YOUR senior student!  The yearbook invites you to decorate the front door of your home as a tribute to your senior.  Focus on your student’s interests, clubs, activities, athletic teams, and/or Rider Pride — get creative!!  Once you have it done, send a photo of it to our Rough Rider Yearbook at The photo can feature either just the door OR your senior student by the door.  For more details, see the Senior Front Door FLIER.

YEARBOOK REMINDERS:  Here are some additional reminders for the yearbook and senior class slideshow. 
April 15, 2020 is the deadline for 
      • Senior Photo (for yearbook and slideshow)
      • Senior Congrats Message (for yearbook; 2020 Senior Congrats Message Order Form attached)
      • Elementary, middle, or high school photos (for slideshow)
      • Yearbooks can still be ordered.
          • Go to
          • Search for Theodore Roosevelt High School (be sure to select the one in Kent, OH)
          • Click on the 2020 Yearbook to order online!
      • All photos can be emailed to
Have a great week and stay safe!  

Branching Out – February 2020

February 3, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Theodore Roosevelt,

Thursday, February 6th, is a very special night at Roosevelt.  On that night we have our 8th Grade Open House at 7 p.m. and our Career Technical Education (CTE) Conversation with Parents for 10th and 9th grade parents & students at 6:30 p.m..  

During the 8th Grade Open House you will meet our current students, teachers, and coaches.  They all work together to make this event an informative and wonderful evening.  We enjoy welcoming our new students and families to our school by showing them all that we offer.  We also strongly encourage our prospective students to get involved. Our Roosevelt family works hard to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.  We have no doubt that this first impression will be a positive one.  

During the Career Technical Education Conversation with Parents for 10th and 9th grade parents & students, families can tour TRHS CTE programs, talk to teachers, and get a firsthand look at everything Theodore Roosevelt has to offer. Please go directly to the program room(s): 

    • Athletic Health Care & Fitness — Rm. 151; 
    • Business & Sports Management — Rm. 184; 
    • Computer Aided Design & Engineering Technologies — Rm. 150; 
    • Construction Technologies — Rm. 178; 
    • Cosmetology — Rm. 168; 
    • Electronics, Robotics and Programming — Rm. 157; 
    • Engineering Academy — Rm. 155; 
    • Forestry & Landscape Management — Rm. 176; 
    • Health Careers Technology — Rm. 158; 
    • Marketing — Rm. 167; and 
    • Teaching Professions — Rm. 170.

As we celebrate Black History this month, we are preparing to recreate our Living Museum showcasing African American History. On Thursday February 20, during the lunch periods, we will commemorate African American heroes whose positive influences continue to touch the lives of people everywhere.

Prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students enjoyed the excellent assembly,  The Nine Lives Project.  During Women’s History month, we will also have another incredible all-school assembly.   Author, Nic Stone, who wrote Dear Martin, a New York Times best seller, will meet with all of our students on Monday, March 9.  During their English classes approximately 1200 students had the opportunity to read Dear Martin.  Students and teachers are using professional development time to plan and prepare for this visit.  This will be a special day for all Roosevelt students.  

Athletically, we are proud of our women’s and men’s bowling team for their 10 – 0 records.  The senior bowling captains for the women’s team are Braydn Harris and Jade Kimmel and the men’s team captains are Kobe Thigpen and Carter Troyer.  We recognize and appreciate the hard work and time our bowlers put into their sport. 

The following are important dates for upcoming events:

    • Monday, February 3:  ACT Seminar for Juniors
    • Thursday, February 6:  Career Technical Education Conversation with Parents – 6:30 p.m 
    • Thursday February 6:  TRHS 8th Grade Open House — 7:00 p.m.
    • Monday, Feb. 10:  Spring Sport Pre-Season Parent and Athlete Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 11:  Senior Class Guidance Information Assembly #2 (2nd period) – 8:25 a.m.
    • Thursday, February 13:  District Early Release for Students — 12:15 p.m. for high school students; we will follow the District Early Release Day Revised Bell Schedule (noting that there will be no early release Wednesday for professional development on 2-12-20)
    • Friday, February 14:  District In-Service — NO SCHOOL for students
    • Monday, February 18:  NO SCHOOL for Students/Staff – Presidents’ Day
    • Tuesday, February 18:  Board of Education Meeting at Roosevelt – 6:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 25: ACT for Juniors at Stanton Middle School
    • Thursday,  February 27:  TRHS Drama Guild Presents the Winter Musical Into the Woods — 6:00 p.m. 
    • Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29:  TRHS Drama Guild Presents the Winter Musical Into the Woods — 7:30 p.m. 
    • Sunday, March 1:  TRHS Drama Guild Presents the Winter Musical Into the Woods — 3:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, Feb. 20:  Career Technical Education applications due (visit for more info)
    • Saturday, March 7: Rough Rider All-Sports Boosters Night at the Races Fundraiser at Roses Run Country Club — 6:00 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Dennis Love, Principal

A Message from our Clinic

Influenza has reached each of our schools.  Please review the FLU INFO PACKET from Nurse Rita Baker in order to keep everyone healthy.  In nursing we talk about the T-ZONE. It is the guide which teaches us to prevent the spread of disease by not touching our eyes, nose or mouth.   Please be examples as we cough and sneeze into sleeve/elbow area, not handsWash hands frequently.  That practice stops the spread of Flu and other contagious diseases. Follow the guidelines on the attachments, if needed.  I have asked each of the Clinic staff members to continue to report Flu numbers from each building, daily, until the flu season has past.

Winter Sports Pep Assembly & Spirit Week – Week of 1-27-20

While waiting for winter to arrive in full force, we want to recognize and show our school spirit for the winter sports teams at the Winter Sports Pep Assembly on Friday, January 31 (bell schedule to be posted soon).  To build up the school spirit for the week leading up to the pep assembly, the Roosevelt Cheerleaders have planned a decades-themed spirit week beginning Monday, January 27.  The following are the themes for each day:

  • MONDAY:  Wear your 1950s clothes.
  • TUESDAY:  Wear your 1960s/70s clothes.
  • WEDNESDAY: Wear your 1980s clothes.
  • THURSDAY: Wear your 1990s clothes.
  • FRIDAY: Wear your 2000s clothes.

Please review the Decade Spirit Week 2020.