All posts by Rebecca Thomas

Branching Out – May 2020

May 1, 2020

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

We are in the midst of a tragic pandemic. Over 1 million people in the United States have been infected with COVID-19 and approximately 60,000 lives have been lost. We are hoping your family and our community is healthy. Even if you are healthy, there are plenty of other hardships that this pandemic has caused. The following post does a good job summarizing what our country is facing:

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …
I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.
For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.
Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.
Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.
We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.
-Unknown author

The expectation is that Roosevelt students are continuing to learn and completing the school work they have been provided with. We understand this may not be possible in some households and we ask you to reach out to your students, teachers, counselors, or administrators to see if we can be of assistance.

There are still a lot of questions many of you may have and over the next few weeks we will do the best we can to answer them. I will list topics that we are working on :

When can my student clean out their locker?
When will we turn in school materials?
How will I pay my fees?

I hope you are able to enjoy the E3 video that will be released today. Thank you to the E3 committee. They did a tremendous job recognizing our seniors.

Thank you,

Dennis Love
Principal
@DLove1993

Branching Out – March 2020

March 2, 2020

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

Sadly, in February, we suffered the tragic loss of one of our valued students, Ethan Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends. Our staff and school community must continue to unite to support each other during this tragedy.

We are so proud of our efforts displayed during National Black History Month. Over 28 students and faculty participated in the third annual Living Museum. All high school students were able to enjoy this powerful event during their lunch periods. Even some middle school students, elementary school students, and students and teachers from other school districts were able to enjoy a tour of the museum. Other events that were scheduled during the month of February included a door decorating contest and a Read Woke series that was led by Nikki Marchmon Boykin’s Black Experience class. In addition, Roosevelt teachers made it a point to focus on the numerous African Americans who contributed to their subject area.

During Women’s History month we will also have another incredible all-school assembly. On Monday, March 9, author Nic Stone, who wrote Dear Martin, a New York Times best seller, will meet with all of our students. 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.

For the third time in four years, we congratulate our outstanding cheerleaders who have once again made it to states. Seniors Brittney Dengler, Aly Giunto, Sydney Golden, Maddie Graham, Lexi Hamp, Courtney Kenworthy, Onna Vacca, and Jenna White led our team to a third place finish this past Saturday at the state tournament.

On Saturday, February 22, the CTE Business Marketing program hosted the annual Princess Prom with over 350 princesses attending. This outstanding event took three months of preparation. Fifty-nine junior and senior students in the program, including students from compact schools were directly involved in the preparation, organization, and execution of the event.

We are so grateful to Roosevelt senior Abbey Keller who was this year’s Princess Prom Chairperson and Alexis Garrett (Tallmadge HS) who was the Creative Lead and Art Director. The Prom would not be the success it is without the assistance of the support staff at the elementary schools. They are patient and supportive throughout the entire process and we are beyond appreciative of their efforts. We are also grateful for our local sponsors who made donations to the event: Hungry Howie’s Pizza, McDonald’s, and Family Promise. Finally, without the assistance of the parents during the event, we would not be able to offer this wonderful and unique experience.

The annual Polar Plunge was another great event put on by 59 marketing students. We thank senior, Alex Smigel, who was this year’s Polar Plunge Chairperson. Over $4,500 was raised to benefit the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship. The event was successful because of our key partners: Kent Fire & Brad McDougal; The Fairways at Twin Lakes & David Beck; The Overlook & Zouheir Kahawaji; Corporate partners and sponsors: The Zeiman Restaurant Group LTd. & The Davey Tree Company. DECA makes this an annual event because of the work Don (Beckett) did with the program when we organized our “Do Your Part, Start a Heart” campaign to purchase AEDs for the school system. Don’s contributions to the project were instrumental in its effectiveness and success.

We are extremely proud of our men’s bowling team for making the state tournament. Congratulations to seniors Tyler Kirby, Kobe Thigpen, Carter Troyer, and Casey Troyer. The tournament will be Friday March 5, Qualifying round begins at 10:30 a.m. Championship round begins at 3:45 p.m. at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, 3224 South High Street.

I hope you were able to come out to enjoy this past weekend’s amazing production of Into The Woods. Over 65 students were involved in the cast, crew, and pit orchestra. We are so appreciative of the time and effort the students and staff put into creating this great night of entertainment.

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholastic Writing Contest winners. Trinity Smith received an honorable mention for her flash fiction piece “A Liminal Space”. Senior Max Spear received an honorable mention for his narrative “The Frigid Forest” and a Gold Key for his poem “The War”. Allen Adkins poem collection “Serpentine” received a Silver Key Award and his poem “Pain” was awarded The Gold Key Award. Allen and Max will compete at the national level for their poetry.

Listed below are upcoming events for the month of March.

March 3: All–City Band Extravaganza in the TRHS Gym @
7:00 p.m.
March 7: RRASB Night at the Races at Rose’s Run – Doors Open @ 6:00 PM
March 11: Kent Schools Choral Festival at 7:00 p.m.
March 12: TRHS Spring Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.
March 20: End of the Third Grading Period
March 13: Late Registration deadline for Advanced Placement
Exams
March 19-21: Senior Class Trip to New York City
March 23: First day of Spring Break
April 3: Report cards distributed
April 18: Kent Area Chamber of Commerce & TRHS DECA
Community Expo

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

PARENT CAFES….NEW COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Happy Friday!
I wanted to share the attached flyer that highlights a new program in the community called Parent Cafes. Parent Cafes are regular, theme-based meetings designed to create opportunities for parents to connect, share and learn from each other. While offering light refreshments and child care if needed, the goal of the café meetings is to empower and strengthen families (and kinship providers) by seeking solutions to their needs. Meetings are an exciting experience that will leave the group members wanting to return to a place where they feel connected with others who share a similar journey. Please share the attached information below with parents in your district who could benefit from this type of support. An RSVP is necessary so please make sure parents call to reserve their spot (information about how to RSVP is on the flyer)—the first meeting is scheduled for March 7th.

Parent Cafe flyer

Thank you,
Mandy

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Portage County | Job and Family Services
Phone: (330) 298-4528 | Fax: (330) 297-5148
Mandy.Berardinelli@jfs.ohio.gov

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ACT TEST FOR ALL 11TH GRADERS

ACT for all 11th Graders
February 21, 2020 Jay D’Aurelio
Mandatory ACT test for 11th graders
State law requires districts and community schools to administer the state-funded ACT or SAT to all grade 11 students in the spring of the school year. Each year, districts and schools will select the test to administer to their juniors.
As part of their state testing programs, ACT has provided the test dates for the 2020 administration of the state-funded tests. Our test date is:
SPRING 2020 ACT TEST DATES*

February 25, 2020

Click on the link below for practice testing:

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/State-Funded-ACT-Test

Information for Examinees:

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/state-and-district-solutions/act-info-for-examinees.html

In the mail you have received information on your students testing site. Information and a detailed list of sites is also posted outside the counseling department. Please contact Jay D’Aurelio with any questions you may have at 330-676-8728.

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

Branching Out – November 2019

Multi Cultural Week

Naturalization 

Conferences

November 1, 2019

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

The week of October 21 was our first Multicultural Week at Roosevelt.  This important event was made possible due to the hardwork and dedication of our Multicultural Club.   One of the highlights of the week was The Cultural Fair. All third graders in the district visited Roosevelt throughout the day and were able to “tour” 20 different countries.  Students at Roosevelt represented at least 19 countries. Roosevelt students with the assistance of Kent State University Early Childhood Education students worked the stations and presented different aspects and fun activities of the countries they represented.  The level of interaction between the high school students and the third graders was very impressive. This was a great event and I am excited to see how it will grow in the future. 

The culminating event of Multicultural week was a Naturalization ceremony .  A special thanks to Government Teacher, Ann Puhalla, for planning this inspiring educational ceremony.  US History and Government students witnessed 39 immigrants get sworn in as United States Citizens. Junior Isabella Kunsch opened the event with a great speech for this moving and wonderful ceremony.  The brass choir played The Star Spangled Banner and America The Beautiful. The enthusiasm and energy in Roosevelt’s auditorium could be felt by all. 

We proudly inducted 96 new students into the National Honor Society.  Students accepted into this prestigious group must learn at high levels, exhibit leadership characteristics, serve others and be of strong character.  

A critical part of being successful at the high school level is often the ability for students to develop positive working relationships with their teachers.  Parent/Teacher Conferences will be

  • Monday, November 4, 2019 — 5:00-8:00 pm, and 
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019 — 8:00 am-3:00 pm

To schedule your conferences, please e-mail Mrs. Harris at nharris@kentschools.net with the name of your student, the teacher with whom you would like to meet, and the time that works best for you.  If you are unable to e-mail Mrs. Harris, please call her at 330-676-8700.

Upcoming Events:


  • November 4: Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • November 26 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • November 21-23: TRHS Fall Play 
  • November 29: Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

I hope you are making time to enjoy the wonderful traditions of the coming season.  Ideally, we will all be able to find many things in our life to be thankful for. I would like to express my personal thanks to everyone in our Roosevelt family.   Your dedication, hard work, and creative spirit energizes me and enables our students, our school and our community to grow and prosper.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Dennis Love

OHYES (Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey)

Attention Parents/Guardians

Our school is working very hard to understand health risk and protective behaviors.  As part of this effort, we are asking students in Grade 9 to participate in an anonymous survey called the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey—OhYES! on Friday, November 1, 2019.  The OHYES! is a tool designed by The Ohio Department of Education, Health, and Mental Health and Addiction Services and numerous other programs advocating for youth.  Our school has decided to use this survey to understand more about our students. Participation is voluntary.  Please follow this Link to read the Parent Notification Letter which explains the survey in detail and includes an Opt Out Form.  If you DO NOT want your child to participate you will find a * Opt Out Form by following this link.  The Opt Out Form must be returned by the deadline of Friday, October 25, 2019.  A Parent Information Letter and Opt Out Form has also been mailed home to all Freshman Final Forms Addresses.  

OHYES (Ohio Health Youth Environments Survey

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Our school is working very hard to understand health risk and protective behaviors.  As part of this effort, we are asking students in Grade 9 to participate in an anonymous survey called the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey—OhYES! on Friday, November 1, 2019.  The OHYES! is a tool designed by The Ohio Department of Education, Health, and Mental Health and Addiction Services and numerous other programs advocating for youth.  Our school has decided to use this survey to understand more about our students. Participation is voluntary.  Please follow the Link below to read the Parent Notification Letter which explains the survey in detail and includes an Opt Out Form.  If you DO NOT want your child to participate you will find a * Opt Out Form by following this link.  The Opt Out Form must be returned by the deadline of Friday, October 25, 2019.  A Parent Information Letter and Opt Out Form has also been mailed home to all Freshman Final Forms Addresses.  Parent Notification-Standard survey

Branching Out – October 2019

October 1, 2019

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Roosevelt High SchoolIt was a great weekend to be a Rough Rider!  Our students enjoyed a fabulous homecoming weekend.  All week our student athletes, band members, and cheerleaders were outstanding representatives of our school community.  Student council along with Abigail Keller’s leadership did an excellent job of planning the parade and the fair prior to the football game.  Also, on Saturday night approximately 800 students attended the dance. I am grateful to those who planned the activities and I am proud of the behavior of all our students who exemplified The Roosevelt Way.  

We are so proud to offer congratulations to  National Merit Semi-Finalists Rhiannon Bryk, and National Commended Students; Grant Jones and Yu-Ning Shiu.  These exceptional students are rated as top high school students across our country based on their phenomenal PSAT scores.

Congratulations to freshman Madelyne Williams, who was chosen to be a hero patient during this year’s Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay.  The following link highlights Madelyne’s story.

A critical part of being successful at the high school level is often the ability for students to develop positive working relationships with their teachers.  Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Monday, October 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 4, from 5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 26,  from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To schedule your conferences, please e-mail Mrs. Harris at nharris@kentschools.net with the name of your student, the teacher you would like to meet with, and the time that works best for you.  If you are unable to e-mail Mrs. Harris, please call her at 330 676-8700.

The first grading period ends on October 18th.  On October 25th, students will receive their report cards during their first period class.  We are very hopeful that our students do well and are rewarded for their efforts. Students and parents/guardians may view grades on Progress Book.  To access Progress Book, please stop by the main office or call Mrs. Harris (330) 676-8700.

Please be aware that registration for May’s AP exams now takes place in the fall.  Students must register for their AP exam(s) by November 4th by giving payment to Mrs. Kathleen D’Sidocky, RHS cashier.  Each exam is $94, and checks should be made payable to Roosevelt High School. Please contact Randy Kline in the counseling office with any concerns.  Exam fees are waived for students on the free/reduced lunch program.

We are all deeply concerned about the serious and even critical consequences around smoking and vaping among our young people. Our Student Assistance Coordinator, Jacquie Peoples Dukes, has provided us with some helpful resources.  

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

Tips for Teens, The Truth about E-Cigarettes

Get Smart About Drugs

This is just a friendly reminder to not park in the loop road in front of the building where the buses pick up and deliver students.  During after school hours people have parked in the loop for school events or events scheduled at Roosevelt. That area is a fire lane and at no time should cars be parked there.  Soon the Kent Police Department will start ticketing that area.  

The following dates are important upcoming events for October: 

        October 9:     College Financial Workshop at 7:00 p.m. in RHS                  Auditorium

         October 15: TRHS Winter Sports Parent and Athlete                                   Meeting Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

         October 16: PSAT/NMSQT Test beginning at 8:00 a.m. T.R.H.S.

         October 18: End of the 1st Grading Period

         October 21: Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

         October 25: Report Cards Distributed

         October 26: ACT Test at T.R.H.S.

 

Respectfully,

 Dennis Love

BRANCHING OUT FOR SEPTEMBER, 2019

September 3, 2019

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

It was so refreshing to see our students smiling faces on the first day of school.   We kicked the school year off with an all school opening assembly entitled, The Best Version of Us.   A few of our students and staff members shared some things that they are passionate about with the audience.  As a school community, we believe that if one finds a healthy passion or purpose in life, there is a good chance he or she will become the best version of themselves.

The assembly also focused on our Core Values, which we call The Roosevelt Way.   We strive to put these values into action each and every day. For example, a respectful student will learn about others instead of judging them.  A student with integrity will always be honest and do what is right even when it’s difficult.  A dedicated student will be devoted to their task and complete it to the best of their ability.   A student who strives for excellence will work tirelessly to achieve their goals.  A responsible student realizes it is their duty to follow through with tasks and in the process be open to helping others.  A student who serves is one who is supportive and kind to all.  

The second day of school we engaged our students in writing “S.M.A.R.T.” goals. Writing a personal goal is an important skill we want our students to possess.   Their personal goal was to focus on their studies or their mental health using a specific smart goal format      

Wednesday, September 4, (and continuing every Wednesday thereafter) begins our Professional Development Early Release schedule.   Students will be released early from school at 1:42 p.m. Please review the Early-Release Days DESCRIPTION for more information and specific dates throughout the year.  Likewise, please be aware of the 2019-20 Early Release Professional Development Revised Bell Schedule for those days. If your student chooses to remain in school until 2:30, they are expected to be in a supervised location.  This time will be used for teachers to work on their instructional or mental health goals for students. 

On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish all a happy and productive school year.  Thank you for the privilege of working and learning with you as we all use our talents for another successful school year.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

Important Announcements:

PROGRESS BOOK:  Please be sure you sign up for Progress Book so you are able to see the grades your students are earning.  

  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION (EMA) FORMS:  These MUST be completed through Final Forms ASAP.  Students cannot attend the Homecoming dance if an EMA has not been completed.  Please use this Final Forms link to complete your forms.  
  • HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES:   More information will be posted on the website soon.

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IMPORTANT DATES:  Listed below are some important dates for September and early October events.  Please review them. We encourage you to enjoy the many planned events and activities.   The entire Schedule of Events 2019-20 can be found on our website at any time.  

September 13:       Senior Class Group Photo at 7:30 a.m. in our Gym

Fall Sports and Ravenna Pep Assembly at 1:50 p.m.

September 16:     School Picture Day (NOTE:  This is a date change.)

September 22:     Registration Deadline for the 10/28 ACT Test

September 25:      Sophomore/Junior Parent Guidance Information                                              Night at 7:00 p.m.   in the Auditorium 

September 27: Homecoming Parade & Fair at 5:00 p.m. on                                                           Roosevelt Drive

September 27:     Homecoming Football Game vs. Highland at 7:00 p.m.

September 28:     Homecoming Dance from  8:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the gym 

(students must have EMAs completed to attend)

October 9:           College Financial Information Night 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

October 10:        Registration Deadline PSAT/NMSQT Test

October 10: EARLY RELEASE DAY (12:15 p.m.) — for Students

October 10: NHS Induction Ceremony & Reception at 7:00 p.m. in Auditorium

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the Kent City School District receives a request for access. 

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal, Mr. Dennis Love, a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect.  The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Kent City School District to amend a record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as  an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

[Optional] Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.  [NOTE:  FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC  20202

[NOTE:  In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by §99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

[Optional]  See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations.  Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure.  Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.  A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests.  This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of post secondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34.  (§99.31(a)(2))  
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency in the parent or eligible student’s State (SEA).  Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.  (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to §99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to:  (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b)  administer student aid programs; or (c)  improve instruction.  (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.  (§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes.  (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.  (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36.  (§99.31(a)(10)
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37.  (§99.31(a)(11))

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Model Notice for Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Kent City School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, Kent City School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Kent City School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:

A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;

  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.   

If you do not want Kent City School District o disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by [insert date].  [School District] has designated the following information as directory information:  [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.]

-Student’s name                                                          -Participation in officially

-Address                                                                            recognized activities and sports

-Telephone listing                                                       -Weight and height of members of 

-Electronic mail address                                                 athletic teams

-Photograph                                                                -Degrees, honors, and awards

-Date and place of birth                                                 received

-Major field of study                                                  -The most recent educational agency or

-Dates of attendance                                                       institution attended

-Grade level                                                                -Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access education records without a PIN, password, etc.  (A student’s SSN, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose.)     

MITCH’S MEMORIAL RIDE, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Dr. Mitch Lambert lost his life while doing one of his favorite things, cycling. What better way to honor him, but to do a memorial ride in his honor. All proceeds will benefit the Community Bible Food Pantry.  This was Mitch’s passion! 47 indoor bikes await all of you!!! 
Snacks will be provided after the ride by a registered  dietician who happens to be one of Dr. Lambert’s past students, and a great time to socialize and remember such an amazing man! 
A $20 donation to ride is required at sign up, any other donations can be made the day of at the studio or by contacting 330-328-9307 (Jackie Marquette)
You can sign up at:
 
Or by calling the studio at 234-284-2990
 
Contact me or Cyclebar if you can’t make it but would like to make a donation, or if you would like to sponsor another rider. 
 
We want to fill all the bikes, don’t miss this opportunity, sign up today!! 

BRANCHING OUT for AUGUST, 2019

August  2019,

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

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at Roosevelt.  We cannot wait to see our outstanding students who fill our hearts with joy and optimism.  

Summer has been tough on the Roosevelt family.  Two dedicated, passionate, and kind teachers passed away this summer.  On July 6, Mrs. Repinski Intervention Specialist and Tutor passed from lung cancer.    Dr. Lambert, Science Teacher was in a bicycle accident that ended his life on July 29. Both were an integral part of Theodore Roosevelt High School and truly loved the students and their colleagues.  Kathy and Mitch will be missed. 

We are fortunate that the students, staff, and community have a special bond to help us work through these tragedies together.  I have no doubt this loss will inspire us all to work even harder on our mission: to create the best possible situations for all students to learn; intentionally nurture relationships with all students and colleagues; and support all students and staff to ensure we all have the tools and resources to succeed.  

With our mission in mind, our professional development will focus on the type of school we envision.  We are at a place where, together we can put some processes and procedures in place to collectively achieve our mission and clarify our focus and identity.  The hope is that all of our students and staff have a successful and fulfilling 2019-2020 school year.  

Listed below are some important dates and announcements.

Freshmen: Freshman Parent Orientation for parents and guardians is Monday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  The Freshmen Kickoff for students is Tuesday, August 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

First Day: First day of class for all students is Wednesday, August 21.  School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:29 p.m. Buses will drop off students in front of the school and family drop off is outside the cafeteria.

Schedules: Emailed to students on Friday, August 16th.

New Students: Orientation is Tuesday, August 20, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 113.

Seniors: Senior Parent Guidance Information Night is at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium, Wednesday, August 28.

Open House: Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  This will be an opportunity to visit with your students teachers.  

Early Release: Early Release Wednesdays will begin in September and continue for the duration of the 2019/20 school year.  Here is what was presented to the Board of Education in May.  Please review the Early Release Days for 2019-20 for specific dates and descriptions of how that time will be used. 

Final Forms: Beginning last year, the KCS district adopted Final Forms as a means of digitally collecting all necessary student forms, including Emergency Medical Authorization forms.  We are excited about this transition, as it will allow parents/students and the school to consolidate the process of completing and turning in forms.  Please refer to the following link for more information on Final Forms:   https://kentschools-oh.finalforms.com/Please complete these forms by August 30.  

Once again, welcome back!  Let’s make this another great year at Theodore Roosevelt High School. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of a community that cares so deeply for its young people.  Thank you for your support and dedication.

Respectfully,

Dennis Love