Category Archives: Branching Out

BRANCHING OUT, JANUARY 2021

January 4,  2021

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

I hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

As I think back to January 2020, when I was writing the Branching Out, I could not have ever imagined what the state of our world would be in 2020.  The global pandemic has affected the Roosevelt learning community in 2020 and, unfortunately, it will continue to do so in 2021.  Hopefully, this year we will be more prepared to live in the present, appreciate when we are healthy, enjoy what we have, and find a reason to be positive. Thankfully, the Roosevelt learning community is proving to be resilient and is persevering through this tragic crisis.  We still have some long days ahead.  If we take them one day at a time, before we know it, January 2022 will be here, and COVID will be in our rear-view mirror. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in our Roosevelt community who have suffered with this virus and to those who have lost loved ones and friends.  We are also mindful of the economic hardships so many are experiencing and we encourage those who need assistance to reach out for support.

Friday, January 8, 2021, will be the end of the first semester.  Please be certain to communicate with teachers, counselors, and administrators if you need assistance.   Check Progress Book to view up-to-date grades.  Please note, there will be no midterm exams this year so grades will be based upon the first and second grading period.  

The scheduling process for the 2021-2022 school year will begin the week of  January 18, in English classes. Our goal is to be certain students are scheduled appropriately in challenging courses that reflect their interests and abilities. Career and Technical Education course information will be shared with Sophomores the week of January 11, also in English classes.

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

Dennis Love

Principal

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

 

BRANCHING OUT, OCTOBER 2020

October 1, 2020

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

The 2020 school year started like no other.  Students who are attending TRHS during one of the cohorts have been amazingly resilient.  As frustrating as this pandemic is, students are socially distancing, wearing masks, and actively engaging in their classes, activities, and sports.  We are impressed and pleased with how our staff is determining new ways to provide a high quality learning experience for our students.  Even though we know this is a challenging and difficult time, I would encourage all of us to focus on staying positive and remembering that as each day passes, we get closer to the end of this pandemic!

During this time, it is crucial we all communicate with one another.  Our staff is great when it comes to returning phone calls or emails.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.  We will communicate with you through the Roosevelt website, Final Forms, Remind application, and Progress Book.  Additionally, you may find additional information by following these school Twitter accounts: 

1st Grading Period:  The first grading period will end on Monday, October 19, and report cards will be posted on Progress Book by the end of Friday, October 23.  Whether a student is attending virtually or in person, the expectation is to be present and be willing to work.  If you are a student who is struggling, please contact your teacher, counselor, or administrator.  We are all here to help and create the best possible learning environment.  

Parent & Teacher Conferences:  On Oct. 19th, Oct. 26th and Nov. 24th parents and guardians will have the opportunity to conference with your students’ teachers.  Some teachers will be strictly virtual while others will have the ability to meet in person.  Please remember to wear a mask at all times inside the building.  

SCHEDULING WILL START MONDAY, OCT. 5TH.  

To schedule your conferences, please email Mrs. Harris at nharris@kentschools.net and include the following:

  1.       STUDENT NAME
  2.       TEACHER you would like to schedule with.  Type ALL if you would like all of their teachers
  3.       DATE you would like to schedule
  4.       TIME that is best for you

If you have any questions regarding conferences, please call Nicole Harris at (330) 676-8701.

Conferences will be held:

Monday, October 19th               5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Monday, October 26th               5:00 PM – 8:00 PM               

Tuesday, November 24th          7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Homecoming:  Our Homecoming events were originally scheduled for the October 2-3 weekend, which have since been cancelled .  However, due to the current COVID guidelines and district parameters, TRHS has created alternative events to celebrate a Homecoming season.  The following items are being proposed and planned by our Student Council and Booster clubs (pending final health department approval):

 

  • Friday, October 16, 2020 — Midway Drive-in Live Stream of FB Game

 

      • a virtual live streaming football game experience for all students (first come, first serve basis – based on capacity of the drive-in); 
      • fall sports virtual highlights video; 
      • homecoming court virtual presentation

 

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 — Homecoming Dinner (SENIORS ONLY) & Virtual Dance

 

    • a Senior ONLY dinner event at the high school (so social distancing can be maintained);
    • a virtual dance (DJ event) for all students to access from home

Respectfully,

Dennis Love

BRANCHING OUT SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

 

August 28, 2020

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

We are excited the school year will officially start for students on Tuesday, September 1.  Roosevelt’s two main priorities are safety and learning.  We have included some documents that will be helpful as we navigate the 2020/21 school year.

All Roosevelt students should 

  • Log into their ProgressBook accounts on September 1, to find important class codes to their Google Classroom by course and REMIND codes by class,
  • Download the REMIND app on their chromebook or personal device, and 
  • Bring their chromebooks to school.

Visit the Kent City Schools Website to access directions and links to these resources. 

FINAL FORMS:  It is important that you complete your final forms for your student(s) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.   Final Forms is a means of digitally collecting all necessary student forms, including Emergency Medical Authorization forms.  Please go to Final Forms at https://kentschools-oh.finalforms.com/.  Remember to check regularly for any additional forms that may be added throughout the year that students and parents have to sign off on receiving/viewing.

There were a lot of fall events planned for our students.  After the first two weeks of school, we will make a determination as to how some of those events will look like.  

Let’s do the best we can to 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

BRANCHING OUT FOR AUGUST, 2020

August 14, 2020,

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

First and foremost, my hope is that  everyone is healthy and able to enjoy their summer.  Unfortunately, this summer Roosevelt lost another dedicated, passionate, and kind member of our staff.  On July 27, Mrs. Bonnie Dunaway unexpectedly passed away.  Mrs. Dunaway had a beautiful personality and voice, but her special gift that we most valued was her unique ability to reach out and motivate our students by loving them and holding them accountable.  She made us all better people and it was a gift to work alongside her.  

We know that many of us are unsure of how the school year will unfold.  During these tough, uncertain times it is important for all of us to work together to create the best possible environment for our students.  We know that there are many opinions on what that environment will look like.  Roosevelt’s two main priorities are safety and learning.  

With school officially starting for students on September 1, our goal is to have the following information to our students by Monday, August 24.  

  •  Schedules
  • The blended learning plan 
  • The remote learning plan
  • The safety protocols we will meet when our students are in the building.  The safety protocols will include every aspect of what will happen in the school from the time students arrive until they leave.

Whether it is in-person or remote learning, we look forward to connecting with our students.  Kent is a wonderful, supportive community that values  education.  Our positive relationships with one another will help us persevere through this challenging time.  There is no doubt that the class of 2021 will be resilient and equipped to take on the issues that this pandemic has exposed in our country.  

Let’s do the best we can to 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

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 – April 2020

April 1, 2020

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

It is my sincere hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during this difficult time.  While we are all experiencing the pandemic, each of our students and families situations and ability to endure varies.  We understand that we are all in different circumstances and some of our students are not able to focus on their schoolwork right now.  However, our goal is to create the best working and learning opportunities possible so our students will continue to grow and reach their full potential. 

It is critical that we all remain hopeful as we do our best to support each other as we work together. Accordingly, if your student is able to focus on academic coursework for a few hours a day, the expectation is that they will take advantage of the learning opportunities our teachers are providing.   Teachers are communicating with students through a variety of different platforms and we are expecting students to respond.  

As of  now, state guidelines indicate that we will be able to return to school on May 1.  Stay tuned for updates on student activities and events for the month of May.    

Important Announcements:

ChromeBook** Pick Up

LAST NAME Beginning with:

A-M Friday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

N-Z Friday, April 3 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MAKE-UP PICK UP TIME:

A-Z Monday, April 6 from  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

**If you do not have internet access at home, please call one of the high school administrators at: 

•Dennis Love — 330 676-8719
•Mary Lynn Bush — 330 676-8717
•Daniela Stuckey — 330 676-8713
•Brian Bachtel — 330 676-8742

We miss our students and look forward to the time when we can gather together again. Your continued support and dedication to our Roosevelt community are especially valued and appreciated in these unsettling times. 

Thank you,

Dennis Love
Principal

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

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 www.sixdistrict.com 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.

Respectfully,
Dennis Love, Principal

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.

IMPORTANT DATES:

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 www.sixdistrict.com 

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
Principal

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

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

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