Category Archives: Branching Out

Branching Out, December 2015

December 1, 2015

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

Preparation for semester exams should be in progress as the 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.  Twenty percent of students’ semester grades are based on the mid-term exam.  The first quarter grade is worth 40% of the semester grade. The second quarter grade is worth forty percent 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 2016/17 school year will ensure appropriate course placement.

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

December 1:
National Honor Society Induction and Reception – 7:00 p.m.

December  3:
Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser  –  6:00 p.m.                                           

 December  16-18:
Semester Exams  –  Exam Schedule will be posted online

 December  21:
Winter Break  –  No School

 January  4:
Classes Resume

While there are many exciting events at Roosevelt, we are also very aware that the holiday season can be a challenging and stressful time for many.  We will do our best to make sure Roosevelt continues to be a warm, caring, and consistent environment for all of our students.                      

Warmest regards for a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dennis Love

OHYES Survey

Dear Students, Parents/Guardian,

There will be a select group of teachers and Junior Class students who will be participating in a very important survey sponsored by The Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio Department of Health, and The Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.  The survey is called The Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey or The OHYES Survey.  The survey will be conducted on November 19th in the Media Center.  The on-line survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.  The survey will provide important information about the health and safety of adolescents across Ohio.  It is anticipated that the OHYES survey will provide useful data for many people.   Some ways that this survey information can be utilized is in gathering data for needs assessments, program planning, funding, policy and programming for a variety of organizations.  Teachers, students, and parents of the selected Junior Class students participating in this survey have been previously informed via Parent Letter.  The Parent Letter details information about the survey as well as Opt Out procedures.  There is a “hard copy” of the survey on file in Principal Dennis Love’s office (please see Becky Thomas) or you can find the survey on line at:



November 2, 2015

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

With the second grading period underway, students should have a good understanding of classroom expectations as well as an awareness of what is necessary for success. The hope is that students will strive to do better with each grading period.

A critical part of being successful at the high school level is often the ability of students to develop positive working relationships with their teachers.  Parent/student teacher conferences will be on Monday, November 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  To schedule a time, email Mrs. Harris, our main office secretary at  When you email Mrs. Harris enter the day and time you are available and indicate the teachers you would like to meet with.  If you are not able to email Mrs. Harris please call her at 330-676-8700 or feel free to stop in the main office during school hours.

You can now connect with the Roosevelt administrative team on Twitter.  We will communicate important information, announcements, activities, and events.  Please follow us at

I hope you are making time to enjoy the wonderful traditions of the 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 enable our students, our school, and our community, to grow and prosper. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Listed below are some important upcoming events for November and December.

November 3:              Election Day

                                            No school for students

                                           ( Staff In-Service)

November 19:            Interim Grades Distributed

November 23:            Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

November 24:            Parent Teacher Conferences 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

December 3:                Silent Auction Prom Fundraiser 6:00 p.m.

Have a great November,

Dennis Love,


Branching Out October 2015: Letter from Principal Love

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

We are days away from our homecoming football game and dance. Rider pride is alive and well as evidenced by large numbers of students who participate in our homecoming festivities each year. We will again be welcoming our alumni at our Friday night football game. Alumni pride and attendance at school events has a positive impact on our current students.

We recently had a provocative all school assembly. Mr. Rob Brandt shared his very personal story of the tragic loss of his son, Robby, due to a heroin overdose. Drug addiction is a serious problem in Kent, Portage County, Ohio, and the United States. Mr. Brandt delivered a powerful message emphasizing the importance of young people becoming knowledgeable about drugs and conscious of the choices they make. He stressed the need for students to be aware and to understand that the choices they make concerning drugs may have serious and possibly fatal consequences. For more information visit Robby’s Voice website at:

The first grading period ends on October 16. On October 23, students will receive their report card during their first period class. We hope everyone does well and are not surprised by their grades. Students and parents/guardians may view grades on progress book. Teacher grades are posted weekly on progress book. Parents/ guardians who would like to access progress book please stop by the main office or call Nicole Harris at (330)676-8700.

In an effort to provide students with the opportunity to improve their ACT scores, Roosevelt will be providing an ACT Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. October 12. Information about the boot camp should have been sent home to all students. Please feel free to sign up by calling Martha  Pifer at 330 676-8703. The deadline is Oct. 9.

All students should have an updated Emergency Medical Authorization form in our system. We will e-mail all parents/guardians who do not have an updated EMA. If you do not have an updated e-mail please call Nicole Harris, our main office secretary at 330-676-8700.

Listed below are some important coming events for September and early October:

October 2:                   Homecoming Football Game vs. Revere at 7:00                                              p.m.
October 3:                   Homecoming Dance in our gym from 8:00 p.m. –                                            11:00 p.m.
October 12:                ACT Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in                                             the auditorium
October 16:                 End of the first Grading Period
October 16:                 Early Release Day students will be released at                                                 12:10
October 20:                Winter Sport parent and athlete meeting 7:00                                                  p.m. in the auditorium
October 24:                ACT Testing at Roosevelt

Have a great October.

Dennis Love, Principal

Branching Out September 2015: Letter from Principal Love

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

Thank you, students and staff, for an exciting start to the school year. Class assemblies and the Freshman Kickoff were filled with positive energy. Students demonstrated anticipation and enthusiasm for the 2015/2016 academic year.

Roosevelt High School will be electric with school spirit as we prepare for our Kent vs. Ravenna rivalry football game. Since the big game falls on September 11th, class officers have invited students to wear red, white and blue in lieu of our school colors for the Fall Sports/Ravenna Pep Assembly as a way of honoring our country.

Looking a bit further into the year, our Homecoming celebration is only one month away. Students are invited to participate in the festivities. Specific details will be posted on the Roosevelt webpage, including information on the homecoming court, cost, dress, and needed form if a student brings a guest who is not a Roosevelt student.

In an effort to provide students with the opportunity to improve their ACT scores, Roosevelt will be providing an ACT Boot Camp from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday, October 12. More information about this important event will be posted on our web site.

As we continue to get the year going, there is new information related to our building safety that is important to note. First, Kent Police Officer John Romanoski was recently selected as our Student Resource Officer (SRO). Officer Romanoski will be a valuable resource for our students, parent and staff. Second, all visitors who need to enter the building during the school day should remember the following: during the school day, visitors will use the doors from the staff parking lot next to the cafeteria. All other doors will be locked during the school day. There will be a staff member on duty at the front desk to scan all guests driver’s license or state ID. We will be using a system named The Raptor. It is connected to a national database of sex offenders. When IDs are scanned, a visitors badge will be printed to all entering guests so they can easily be identified in the building.

Listed below are some important upcoming events for September and early October:

September 11:

Senior Class Group Photo at 7:35 a.m. in our gym

Fall Sports/Pep Assembly at 1:40 p.m. in our gym

September 24:

Interim Grade Reports Distributed in 1st period classes

September 30:

Sophomore/Junior Class Parent Guidance Information Night at 7:00 p.m. in our auditorium

October 2:

Homecoming Football Game vs. Revere at 7:00 p.m.

October 3:

Homecoming Dance in our gym from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

October 12:

ACT Boot Camp from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium

We hope to see you at these events and wish you a happy and productive new school year.

Dennis Love