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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.

Upcoming Events for Jan./Feb. 2020

Please note the upcoming important dates:

  • Friday, January 17 – Nine Lives Project All-School Assembly (9:05 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 22  CTE Visitation for ALL SOPHOMORES They are to report to 1st period for attendance and then immediately report to the auditorium.  Students will be participating in career exploration opportunities during periods 1-2-3.
  • Thursday, January 23 – 8th Grade Scheduling Orientation ALL 8th Graders will be in the building from 8:30-10:30 a.m. (Note that this is a change from originally having two groups/times for the 8th grade visitations.)
  • Friday, January 31 – Winter Sports Pep Assembly
  • Thursday, February 6 – CTE Conversation w/ Parents (6:30 pm) & 8th Grade Open House (7:00 pm)

Juniors – Join Us for Prom Works!

The Prom Chairs invite ALL JUNIORS to be a part of the 2020 Junior Class Prom Committee!  Everyone’s help is needed and ranges in a variety of talents — design for cafeteria, atrium, and gym; building walls and structures related to the theme (to still be determined), drawing & painting murals, table decorations, ticket/program design, t-shirt designs, and more.  Come check it out, every Tuesday from 6-8 pm in room 133, to see where your talents can contribute the most to make it a memorable event.  

All are welcome!

The Ohio State University Extension-Portage County 4-H will be hosting its first-ever 4-H Retreat & Project Fair at the Kent State Rec Center on Sunday, January 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Families can view a number of projects from different 4-H clubs and see the opportunities in local 4-H groups.

4-H is a youth organization that encompasses positive youth development through hands on learning for ages 5-18 years. Portage 4-H’s goal is to grow true leaders amongst our local

They are hosting the event to promote 4-H clubs and opportunities in the county. It is set up as an open house that allows families to browse the different clubs and projects they support. Projects cover a multitude of subject areas. Some examples are: animal science, clothing, food & nutrition, leadership, robotics, woodworking, financial literacy, STEM & more! We are attaching flyers for more information.

You’re Invited to Participate – TEDxAuroraHigh Speech Event (UPDATED)

Be a part of the TEDxAuroraHigh speech event!

Caroline Eggett and Kelsey Trecarichi, committee leaders for the TedxAuroraHigh speech event hosted by our NHS, invite Roosevelt students to be a part of their event which will take place February 22, 2020 (this is a date change) from 12-4 pm at Aurora High School!

They have added an additional day for SPEECH INTERVIEWS for the event Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 6-8 pm in room 105 at Aurora High School.  The attached TEDxAuroraHigh Speech Interview flier has more information.  Students must sign up by emailing in order to participate in the event.  

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

Holiday Spirit Week 2019

Holiday Spirit Week
December 9-13, 2019

The holiday season is officially here . . .
and Roosevelt students, faculty, & staff are invited
to add their Rough Rider school spirit to the festivities.

Student Council is hosting the annual Holiday Spirit WeekDECEMBER 10-14.  The only restrictions are NO HATS (with the exception of Tuesday), NO MASKS, NO FACE PAINTING, and ALL spirit outfits must FOLLOW the GENERAL DRESS CODE EXPECTATIONS (as described in the Student Handbook).  Listed below are the approved dress up days being promoted each day (and also on the 2019 Holiday Spirit Week FLIER).  

  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 — By the Fire:  Wear those comfy pajamas (school appropriate, of course) as you “sit by the fire”.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 — Twinkle:  Dress up in something that twinkles! (i.e. lights, sequins, etc.)
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 — Candy Cane:  Get your stripes on!  Wear your best red and white.  
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 — Holiday Sweater Thursday:  Wear your best “ugly” (which is relative, of course) holiday sweater.
  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 — Family Photo Flannel:  Wear your favorite flannel.

Happy Holidays!

TRHS Drama Guild’s 2019 Fall Production – Arsenic & Old Lace

The Cast of Arsenic & Old Lace (photo by John Roebke)

The Fall Play is here!  The TRHS Drama Guild, Drama Director Stephanie Auton, Assistant Drama Director Lucy Zaynor present Arsenic & Old Lace this weekend, November 21, 22, and 23.  Thursday’s performance begins at 6:00 p.m.   Tickets for the Thursday are only $3!  Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets will be on sale during lunches (pre-sale tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens; $6 for adults).  Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $1 more. 

Come enjoy the mysterious comedy!  For more details about the production, you can read the Arsenic & Old Lace Press Release.  

Be a Part of the TEDxAuroraHigh Speech Event

Caroline Eggett and Kelsey Trecarichi, committee leaders for the TedxAuroraHigh hosted by our NHS, invite Roosevelt students to be a part of their event which will take place February 29, 2020, from 12-4 pm at Aurora High School!

There will be speech interviews for the event Wednesday, December 4, from 6-8 pm.  The attached TedxAuroraHigh 2020 Flyer for Speech Interviews  has more information (note the link in flier doesn’t work).  Students must sign up on SignUp Genius in order to participate in the event.