Category Archives: Branching Out


May 1, 2018

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

On May 8, Roosevelt will be celebrating our students as we host our Scholar and Achievement Awards Program. We recognize students with a 3.5 grade point average or above for the current school year and seniors who received local scholarships provided by local businesses, organizations, and families associated with Roosevelt. Last year over $70,000 worth of scholarships was awarded to 51 seniors.   We are extremely proud of all of our graduates and, whether or not your student is earning an academic award or a scholarship, this is a great and inspiring event for all students and families.   On May 9, we will be hosting our Career and Technical Education Passport Program and Reception.  Over 140 students will be earning their passports.  Many, if not all of these students, will be seeking post-secondary educational opportunities with the advantage of already having two years of experience in their chosen fields. 

During the past few early-release sessions, we had the benefit of listening to Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education at Worthington City Schools discuss “Coaching Up Leaders Through Design Thinking”.  We also heard from Kent State University Counselor Education Professors, Dr. Jenny Cureton and Dr. Janice A. Byrd.   Dr. Cureton and Dr. Byrd’s focus was healthy adolescent development.  After eight weeks of professional development focused on mental health, we are preparing to create a compelling statement as to the worth and necessity of concentrating on this critical topic.  We will be creating meaningful and actionable problem statements.  Students and staff will be a part of this process and I will communicate the results.

At our final senior informational assembly a few days ago, staff members who were selected by the senior class officers spoke to the class.  Their messages included many meaningful and inspirational thoughts and suggestions.  Students were reminded that last impressions are equally as important as first impressions and to be present in the moment and enjoy it.  They were encouraged to take risks, make an effort to meet new people, and always remember to thank the people who love and support them.  The Roosevelt staff is proud of our seniors and excited to celebrate with them on their graduation day.  Congratulations to our students and their families as well as to our faculty and our entire support staff.  We look forward to Commencement on May 20 at the Kent State MAC Center.

The day after graduation, the remaining students will be taking their final exams.  Students should be aware that twenty percent of the second semester grade is based on the final exam.  The third quarter grade is worth forty percent of the second semester grade.  The fourth quarter grade is worth forty percent of the semester grade.  Final exam scores are significant because they comprise twenty percent of the second semester grade.

May is a time for celebration and marks the culmination of many school activities.  There are a number of musical and vocal performances and art shows.  Spring sports participants will be preparing for postseason tournaments.  We know our students are excited and anxious for summer break but please remember how important it is to finish the academic year on a strong note.

Listed below are some important May dates:

May 9:                        TRHS CTE Passport ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

May 8:                        TRHS Scholar and Achievement Awards Program                                            and Reception – 7:00 p.m.

May 15:                      Board of Education Meeting at TRHS – 7:00 p.m.

May 17:                      TRHS Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors at KSU                                                MAC Center – 11:30 a.m.

May 18:                      TRHS Senior Honors Assembly and Senior Slide                                              Show – 7:50 a.m.

May 20:                      TRHS Baccalaureate and Graduation at KSU MAC                                          Center – 1:00 p.m.

May 21-23:               TRHS Final Exams  

May 24:                      Sumer School Registration – 11:00 a.m.           


Again, I want to offer my sincere congratulations to our graduates.   I also offer congratulations and gratitude to all of our students, our faculty and staff, and our community members, who have worked so hard and been so committed to making this a successful school year.   I offer my very best wishes for a safe, happy and fulfilling summer.


Dennis A. Love

Important Immunization Information

Parents of 11 graders: Ohio Department of Health requires all 12th grade students receive the 2nd dose (of the 2 part) Meningococcal vaccine. There will be an immunization clinic at RHS on May 1st. This fall, if students have not received immunization by September 5, 2018 they will NOT be able to attend school. Please review all the below links and turn in the parent permission form to the school clinic ASAP.

RHS Immunization

 Cover letter


 Privacy policy-HIPPA


 Meningococcal Vaccine

important immunization information

Parents of 11th graders: Ohio Department of Health requires all 12th grade students receive the 2nd dose (of the 2-part) Meningococcal vaccine. There will be an immunization clinic at RHS on May 1st. This fall, if students have not received immunization by September 5, 2018 they will NOT be able to attend school. Please review all the attached links and turn in the parent permission form to the school clinic ASAP.

RHS Immunization

 Cover letter


Privacy policy-HIPPA


Meningococcal Vaccine


April 2, 2018

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

This past school year has been marked by some trying times for our entire country.  In particular, these past few weeks have challenged schools and communities nationwide as our young people must decide how to respond.  We are proud of how our students have responded with the peaceful sharing of their thoughts and opinions and respect for all.  We are all continuing to work hard to maintain this environment so that students are able to focus on their coursework and feel safe in their school.  It appears that April 20th may be another challenging day for our country.  As we get closer to that day, we will make a determination on how our school district will respond to the nationally planned April 20th walkout.

School safety continues to be one of our main priorities.  Our safety team repeatedly reviews and evaluates all of our safety procedures.  At Roosevelt we have made many improvements over the past five years.  Some of those improvements include locking all doors and positioning a security person at the front entrance.  We have added several new cameras, hired a school resource officer, and practiced many lockdown and evacuation drills.  On March 22, we had a lockdown drill between periods.  The staff and students were amazing during this drill and the halls were clear within 20 seconds.  With the help of students, staff, parents and community members, we will evaluate our safety plan and set some new safety goals.

As prom and graduation are just weeks away, another safety concern focuses on student drivers.  We want to remind our students to enjoy this exciting time in their lives, but please act responsibly.  On April 17 our senior class will join many area high school students at Hiram College for the None for Under 21 program, which focuses on the horrors of driving under the influence. Please click here for complete information….

Starting on April 9, 2018, Theodore Roosevelt High School will administer the State Mandated End-of-Course Exams.  The attached link will provide you with more information for state testing.  Because of state testing, there will not be early release on Wednesday, April 11, or Wednesday, April 18.

April 2018 is Kent City Schools Hall of Fame month.  On April 7, nine inductees will join our Hall of Fame.  Our juniors and seniors will be meeting some of these accomplished inductees at our Hall of Fame assembly.  It is particularly meaningful for me as I am personally excited for the induction of my friend and classmate, Danita Brown.  Also, I was blessed to work with and know the great Robert Wright, and I had the honor of coaching with James DeLeone.  They, along with the other six inductees, have made the Kent City School District a great place for countless students and they are all so worthy of this prestigious honor.

Listed below are some of the important April dates:

April 6:   Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Assembly (Juniors and                                   Seniors only)

April 7:  Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony at                            the KSU Hotel

April 9:   State Mandated End-of-Course Exams begin

April 10: Junior Class Assembly at 7:30 a.m. in the Auditorium

April 16:  Senior Class Assembly & Reception at 7:30 a.m. in the                                  Auditorium

April 17:  Senior Class None for Under 21 Field Trip at 8:00 a.m.                                     in the Auditorium

April 18:  Freshman Class Assembly at 7:30 a.m. in the                                                      Auditorium

April 26:  Interim Grade Reports distributed

April 28:  Junior-Senior Prom at TRHS – 7:30 p.m. -12:00

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love



March 1, 2018

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

Throughout the country and in our building, students have been discussing and/or taking part in walkouts as demonstrations of peaceful protest for school violence.  No matter your opinion of student walkouts, we can probably all agree there have been far too many violent incidents in schools.  During the school day, if any Roosevelt students want to peacefully protest violence, we hope to guide them in creating an educational structure for doing so in order to maintain a safe environment for all students.

We are aware of two walkouts that have been initiated by outside organizations.  The first one, promoted by Women’s March organizers, is on March 14th from 10:00 to 10:17 to honor the 17 people killed in the February 14th shooting.  The other is on April 20th, in memory of the Columbine shootings.  Several students have already approached me about their potential participation in a local walkout, although they did not specify a date.  The immediate steps that we are taking includes an Open Forum meeting with our students, which was held on Wednesday, February 28th.  We will continue working with student leaders to identify the purpose and talking points of their walkout.  Having as much information as possible will enable us to provide appropriate supervision for the safety and security for students, a location for the walkout, and potential follow-up actionable steps for actual change.

We are very proud of our second and, hopefully, annual National Black History Month Living History Museum. This year it was coordinated by Government teachers, Ms. Nikki Marchmon-Boykin and Mrs. Ann Puhalla, and our Project Unity Coordinator, Ms. Tiarra Habeeb.  Over 28 students and 10 staff members participated in this meaningful event.

Recently we have heard from local universities that not having weighted grades will have a negative impact on some of our students who are hoping to receive extra financial support.  Because of this information, we will weight our Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus Courses, and Career and Technical Education courses with a Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGS) or Bilateral Articulation Agreements will be on a 5 point scale.  It will start immediately for all of our students.  Transcripts will reflect those changes.  By the end of the year, we will review other courses that will be weighted on a 4.5 scale.  For example, we will look at the depth and rigor for all of our advanced courses. The plan is to weight these courses for the fall of 2018.  We appreciate all of the information we received from parents over the past few years on this topic.

Topics concerning the professional development on early-release Wednesdays for the month of February included a student stressor survey that 870 of our students completed.  Students responded that current causes of stress in their lives included:  grades, excessive homework, time management, procrastination and lack of sleep.  We will be looking at these stressors in greater detail with the help of Kent State University Counselor Education Professors, Dr. Jenny Cureton and Dr. Janice A. Byrd. On March 14th, our staff will welcome Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education at Worthington City Schools, to discuss Leading Through Design Thinking Principles for Success.  During the early-release time, the school has been open for students so they may catch up on homework, participate in tutoring, work on projects, and make up tests.

Listed below are forthcoming events for the month of March:

            March 6:         All-City Band Extravaganza

            March 7:         Kent Schools Choral Festival

            March 16:       End of the third grading period

            March 17:       Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and TRHS                                                      DECA Community Expo.

            March 21:      Registration deadline for Advanced Placement                                                 Exams

            March 23:      Report cards distributed

            March 26:      First day of Spring Break

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love


February 1, 2018

Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of Theodore Roosevelt,

As cold and dreary as January was there were still many heartening and positive events taking place at Roosevelt. We inducted 49 new students into National Honor Society. Students accepted into this prestigious group must learn at high levels, exhibit leadership characteristics, serve others and have strong character. National Honor Society students have also been tutoring during our early release time on Wednesdays.

The Key Club sponsored our Annual Chili Challenge this past Friday night. Senior Maria Young was in charge of this wonderful event. All proceeds will go to the Miller Community House.

We are also very proud of the collaboration between our Honors World History students and four staff members. Their efforts resulted in the creation of a staged, mock World War I battle simulation. Students were authentically engaged in this event and attached is a link that will provide you with more information about this event.

Athletically, Emily Byle was just one pin short of scoring 300 in a recent contest. The perfect game came down to the last shot. The entire bowling alley patrons stopped what they were doing to cheer on Emily. We are proud of Emily’s performance and are excited to see her excel in her sport.

Recently we had our 5th annual Hattie Larlham Dedication Game. Even though our Lady Riders lost a tough fought basketball game, they couldn’t have modeled the “Roosevelt Way any better. Immediately after the game our players and coaches shared hugs and kind words with our friends from Hattie Larlham. No matter the score, our Lady Riders showed they are winners.

As we celebrate Black History this month, we are preparing to recreate our living museum showcasing African American History. This year not only will our students and staff be able to view this powerful event, it will be open to the community prior to a board meeting and basketball game on February 20th. We will commemorate African American heroes whose positive influences continue to touch the lives of people everywhere.

The focus of our professional development on early-release Wednesdays has been the mental health of our students. The first few weeks have been spent on educating ourselves on this topic. We are appreciative to have this time to work on such an important topic. We hope to grow in our knowledge and understanding of what many students are facing in regard to mental health. During the early release time, the school has been open for students so they may catch up on homework, participate in tutoring, work on projects, and make up tests. Attached are the resources we have been concentrating on as a faculty.

The following are important dates for upcoming events:

February 1:
Career Technical Conversations with Parents – 6:30 p.m.
February 1:
TRHS 8th Grade Open House – 7:00 p.m.
February 12:
Spring Sport Parent and Athlete Preseason Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
February 15:
Interim Grade Reports Distributed
February 16:
No School for Students – District In-service
February 20:
Black History Month Living Museum 5:30 p.m.
February 20:
Board of Education Meeting at Roosevelt 6:00 p.m.
March 3:
Rough Rider All Sports Booster Taste of Kent Night at Roses Run Country Club 6:00 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Dennis Love

Mobile Dentists are coming!

Mobile Dentists are coming on Monday, February 5! This is a GREAT program and we urge you to have your student participate! It is an easy and convenient opportunity for your student to receive professional dental care.  More information and forms are below:

Check out the 2018 Dental Flyer

Complete the 2018 Dental Application Form
Pages 1-2 are in English & Pages 3-4 en Español

Click here for the application in Arabic

Please complete and return the form to the school nurse as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please contact Rita Baker, R.N., at (330) 676-8617. Forms are also available in the office.


January 9, 2018

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

Unfortunately, we ended the first semester with the tragic loss of one of our valued students.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brandon Smallwood’s family and friends.  Students, staff, and the community must continue to support each other so these types of tragedies don’t continue.  The attached link, created by our Student Assistance Coordinator, Jacquie Peoples-Dukes, and our school counselors, may help us prevent future tragedies.  Resources-for-January-branching-out-2018

As we start the new year of 2018 and a new semester, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our students, staff, and community that make up the Roosevelt family.  I would also like to offer a sincere thank you to all who have demonstrated their commitment to our collective purpose of educating and caring for our students.  I hope students are relaxed, recharged, and ready for a new beginning in this second semester.  The new year is a fresh start with new opportunities.  It will bring a renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm, and a pursuit for excellence in education.  We will continue to work hard to make sure our students have a healthy mental outlook and feel empowered to face the challenges that 2018 will present.  Starting Wednesday, January 10, Roosevelt’s Early-Release Faculty Professional Development program will focus on mental health and stability.  As we go through this process, we will keep you updated. 

The scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year will begin next week, January 17, with the Orientation-to-Scheduling Class Assemblies. 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 2018.

 January 11:    NHS Induction & Reception – 7:00 p.m.

January 12:    Distribution of report cards

January 17:    Orientation-to-Scheduling Class Assemblies

(1st Period-9th Grade; 2nd Period-10th Grade; 3rd Period-11th Grade)

January 18:    TRHS 8th Grade Orientation at Roosevelt – 7:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

January 24:    10th Grade & Interested 9th Grade Career Technical Program Orientation – 7:30 am

January 24:    College Credit Plus Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

February 1:    TRHS 10th Grade Parent and Student Career and Technical Program Conversation at Roosevelt – 6:30 p.m.

 February 1:    TRHS 8th Grade Open House at Roosevelt – 7:00 p.m.

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


Dennis Love            





Rome 2019

The Latin program at RHS is planning a trip to Rome during the Spring Break of 2019. The trip promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. For the 1st time since 2009 the cost will be close to $3000.

We are trying to get the word out to the students and parents of RHS & SMS who may be interested in traveling with us. You don’t even have to be a Latin student to travel with us! We welcome students, parents, or anyone else wanting to travel with our group.

Meeting Dates (same content offered at each meeting):

Thursday, December 21, 2017 or Thursday, January 25, 2018
RHS Room 138
7:00-8:00 P.M.

If you would like more information, plan to attend one of the meetings. Register with only $300 by February 15, 2018 to lock in the best price. This first set of meeting dates will explain the itinerary and costs, information about the tour group, the application process, and deadlines for paperwork and money. We will also answer any questions you may have.  Please plan on attending one of the meeting times listed below with your son or daughter.

You can contact Rob Susel at RHS if you are unable to attend but would like information about the trip or check out the Rome Trip link on the Latin web site at:

And here’s a flyer with some additional info:

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting.

Rob Susel

John Phillips

Branching Out – December 2017

December 1, 2017

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

Congratulations to Maggie Ferrara, Niarra Gooden-Clark, Jacquelyn Shields, and Sarah Wyatt. These four seniors in our Athletic Health Care and Fitness College Tech Prep presented their NEOMED HPAC research poster, “Commit To Be Fit” at a recent national healthcare conference in Cleveland. We also offer congratulations to our cheerleaders who were added to the list of fall teams who are Suburban League Champions.

Congratulations on the success of the 32nd Annual TRHS Leadership Retreat and to the 2017 Planning Committee: Josie Coffee, Maggie Ferrara, Meredith Hartsook, Barbara Hickin, Hanna Holman, Nathan Jones, Elise Kohl, Mark Rocco, Isaac Stokes, Max Swartout, and Maria Young. The retreat, held at Camp Wanake in Beach City, OH, focused on leadership skills and qualities that related to the theme: Night at the Museum – Where leadership comes to life! There were 105 Roosevelt student delegates who attended, representing 36 clubs and athletics. Delegates had the opportunity to learn more about their leadership, participating in hands-on workshops and hearing from keynote speakers, including former 2004 Roosevelt graduates Marcquis Parham, Brian Rogers, and Seth Stewart. Just before Thanksgiving, student delegates also participated in a community service project, the annual canned food drive, to benefit Kent Social Services. This year, the students in the district collected 10,930 canned goods that Kent Social Services distributed to families in the community.

I am excited to announce that our early release pilot will begin on Wednesday, January 10. Students will be released from school at 1:44 instead of 2:29. The attached link is our Wednesday schedule. At 1:44, students will be permitted to leave the building; however, if students choose to stay, they will be in a structured study hall. Students will have access to the library and to tutoring. Our bus schedule will not change.

To kick-off our early release professional development, our building improvement team focused on our purpose. During our last in-service, members of our staff planned an activity to identify our 2017/18 purpose and vision at TRHS. Our purpose was student centered and the words that came to the forefront were support, relationships, and educate. Our next step was to visualize what we would want a Roosevelt teacher and student to look like, feel like, and sound like. The attached link is what the 2017/18 staff created. We are using this information to drive our professional development for our early release pilot.

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 twenty percent of the first semester grade.

Students will begin the scheduling process early in the second semester. Roosevelt High School is committed to providing relevant courses to prepare our students for success in our continuously changing society. Students’ future schedules will be based upon various student data points, teacher/counselor/parent recommendations, and student interest. Scheduling early for the 2018/19 school year will ensure appropriate course placement.

After a report of bed bugs being found in our school, a bed bug-sniffing dog and trainer were brought in to complete an inspection. It appears that there is no indication that there is a bed bug problem in the library. In the October Branching Out, I included a link from the Ohio Department of Health concerning bed bugs. Our local health department has also been contacted. Unfortunately, this is a problem many public institutions face.

The month of December is an extremely eventful one. The winter sports season is already underway. Also, we look forward to the numerous choir and band holiday performances. Listed below are some important December happenings.

December 20-22: Semester Exams – Exam Schedule will be posted online
December 23: Winter Break – No School
January 8: Classes Resume

While there are many exciting events at Roosevelt, we are also aware that the holiday season can be a challenging and stressful 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.

Warmest regard for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love


November 1, 2017

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

The recent, sudden passing of one of our valued students has made the past few weeks challenging.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Eric Proctor’s family and friends.  We are so grateful for the continued support from our community, staff, and students who have helped us all to get through this difficult time.

Recently, after school I noticed a few members of our student council and other clubs who were placing encouraging messages on each student’s locker.  Messages stated very positive thoughts such as, “You are beautiful”, “We are glad you are a part of TRHS”, Never give up on your dreams”, and “there is no one in the world quite like you”.  We appreciate that these welcoming messages remind us that we are a community where everyone is supported, respected, and included.

In late September, we had a powerful all-school assembly titled N.O.P.E.  The focus of the assembly was on narcotics, overdose, prevention, and education.  The assembly was a high-impact, multimedia presentation that was well received by our students and staff.  The attached link:  Resources for November branching out 2017 was created by our Student Assistance Program Coordinator Jacquie Peoples Dukes, and counselors.  It is a general resource for parents, staff, and students on issues including mental health, alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention and intervention.

We are proud of our many fall athletic teams who have enjoyed outstanding seasons.  Our women’s golf, soccer, and volleyball teams were all Suburban League champions.  This is quite an accomplishment for our students and coaches.  It takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to consistently win in our sports conference.

 The Ohio Educational Library Media Association selected Roosevelt Junior Briana Courtney as the recipient of the 2017 Read On, Ohio! Award for the Northeast Ohio High School category.    Briana was nominated and received the award because she exhibits an enthusiasm for reading and sharing books, reads independently on a voluntary basis, and is an avid user of the school library. She started an after school book club and wants to promote literacy and connecting with other members of the school community through books.  Our Media Specialist, Jennifer Flaherty, will be receiving the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Outstanding Individual School Library Award.  This award recognizes an exceptional school library program that is integrated across the total curriculum thereby meeting the needs of diverse learners.  Congratulations to Briana and Jennifer for your great accomplishments.

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 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 21st from 9:00 8:00 p.m.  To schedule a time, email Mrs. Harris, our main office secretary, at  When you email Mrs. Harris, please enter the day and time you are available and indicate the teachers you would like to meet with.  If you are unable to email Mrs. Harris, please call her at 330 676-8700 or stop in at the main office during school hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  During conference days we will have a presentation in the back of the library concerning our early release schedule.  Times will be 6:00 p.m. on Monday the 20th and 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 21st.  If those times do not work for you, please call me and I will arrange a convenient time.

November 2:    Mental Health Awareness Panel 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium

November 7:    Election Day – No school for students; Staff in-service day

November 20:  Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00 p.m.

 November 21: Parent/Teacher Conferences 9:00 a.m. -8:00                                                       p.m.

 November 30:  Interim Grades Distributed

 November 30:   Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser 6:00 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 lives 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


Mental Health Awareness Panel

On November 2, 2017 Theodore Roosevelt High School will be holding a mental health awareness panel. Members of the panel including: Coleman, Children’s Advantage and Townhall II. Topics discussed will include: depression, anxiety, stress and self-harm as well as information about the services offered at each organization. This a great opportunity to learn more about mental wellness and how to help your loved ones. The panel will begin at 7pm in the Richard Roberts Auditorium. This event is open to all community members.



October 2, 2017

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

We are so proud to offer congratulations to Mason Lorch, National Merit Semi-Finalist; Kristin Schuch, National Commended Student, and Isaac Stokes, National Commended Student.  These three exceptional students are rated as top high school students across our country based on their phenomenal PSAT scores.

Theodore Roosevelt High School has many outstanding students.  One of the programs we are most proud of is our freshmen mentoring program.  The Freshmen Connections Mentorship Program began in 2007 in an effort to offer every eighth grade student in our district the opportunity to find academic, social, and emotional success in high school.  Research indicates that the freshman year of high school is the most pivotal in determining a student’s overall success.

The program utilizes about 75 upper-class mentors who develop the activities and assist with planning the year-long program based on the specific needs of the freshmen class.  These mentors are selected by their advisors based on staff recommendations, grades, and overall involvement in co-curriculars.  The program components currently include a visit during the spring of the 8th grade year during lunch, a kickoff day before school starts, involvement with the freshmen students on the first day of school, and a tailgate event at the first home football game.  The culminating event of the program is a day-long retreat.  We are grateful to our student advisors and proud of our mentors as they are excellent role models who spend much of their free time serving our school.

Recently our building improvement team presented our early-release plan to the Board of Education.  The presentation received a lot of positive feedback.  Before we pilot our early release Wednesdays we would like to set up a time or times to make our presentation available to interested parents and community members.   We want to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

The excitement for homecoming is evident throughout our building.  Every year we see new and creative ways that students choose to ask their dates to the dance.  We hope our former students visit us during the football game and we delight in seeing our students enjoy themselves at our dance.  We will use the breathalyzer test on all students who enter the dance.  Also, we are requiring students to have their emergency medical forms completed prior to purchasing a ticket.  For more information concerning homecoming weekend click on the following link.    Homecoming for 2017

We do have one reported case of bed bugs in the school.  Information concerning bed bugs from the Ohio Department of Health is included on this link.  Bedbugsinworkplace   Unfortunately, bed bugs can be found in libraries, restaurants, churches, grocery stores, vacation rentals, and many other areas.  We will do our best to inform and to prevent it from becoming an issue in our school.

The first grading period ends on October 20th.  On October 27th, 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.

The following are important upcoming events for October: 

October 4:       College Financial Workshop at 7:00 p.m. in the T.R.H.S. Auditorium

October 7:       Homecoming Dance from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

October 9:       ACT Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the T.R.H.S. Auditorium

October 11:     PSAT/NMSQT Test beginning at 8:00 a.m.T.R.H.S.

October 12:     Kent State College Fair at NEOMED

October 17:     TRHS Winter Sports Parent and Athlete Meeting Auditorium 7:00 p.m

  October 20:     End of the 1st Grading Period

 October 27:     Report Cards Distributed

October 28:     ACT Test at T.R.H.S.




Dennis Love, Principal