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  • Weekly Memo - March 20

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

    College Ready - Career Focused - Committed to a Just World

     

    Good Morning RHS families,

    Happy first day of spring.  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I’m sure I am not the only one who is looking forward to more days like Sunday.  We have a full week ahead of us.  Here are some announcements and reminders:

    Calendar:

    Monday - A Day (Happy Belated Birthday, Alicia!)

    Tuesday - B Day (Staff Meeting in the Library at 3:30)

    Wednesday - A Day Flex (Happy Birthday, Henise)

    Thursday - B Day Flex (Site Council, 4:00-5:30)

    Friday - A Day

    Black History Celebration - Many thanks to Renee and Keylah for organizing the Black History Celebration assembly.  I also appreciate all the other folks who stepped up to work behind the scenes or take the center stage.  I was especially moved by all the student performances.

    Social Justice Theatre Project - Congrats to Jo Lane for three successful performances of the Social Justice Theatre Project last week.  Several folks requested a matinee performance during Flext on Thursday.  We will keep you posted if that becomes a possibility.

    Staffing - As I mentioned in our staff meeting last week, we need to cut 9.24 FTE for next year.  This is a significant reduction.   I will know by the end of the day today if we will get some supplemental FTE from the district to reduce the number of positions we need to cut.  On Thursday and Friday of this week I will notify staff who will be impacted by these staffing reductions.  I fully recognize that this is a stressful time for many of our colleagues.  I share the frustration that many of your have expressed to me regarding the fact that our state is cutting school funding at a time when jobless rate seems low, the housing prices are going up, and the general state of the economy seems pretty healthy.  I promise to share information with you as it becomes available and to make staffing decisions that will minimize the negative impact on our students and families.  

    Video showing construction of our new theatre  Over the last 2 years, David Mayne has created a video about our new Roosevelt theater and “black box” theatre classroom. In it, teacher Jo Lane speaks about how the new facilities will help improve our student's educational opportunities and outcomes. Here it is: https://youtu.be/A5BU-Lu3FEo

    Grade change forms - I know that some of you have been working with students to recover First Semester credit.  Please don’t forget to submit grade change forms when students meet the necessary criteria.

    Student Announcements - Please remember to show the student announcements in your class.  Our students work really hard to make these announcements and it is important for all students to know what’s happening from week to week.  Thank you for your time and attention.

    Entering subs into AESOP - When requesting a sub please add sub notes and lesson plans into AESOP.  Please do not send this information to secretaries via email.  If you need help attaching documents in AESOP, please call the sub office at x63556 for help.

    Online Credit Recovery After School - We are looking for a teacher or two to proctor an after school online credit recovery class.  Please let me know if you are interested and what day(s) would work best for you.   You will be compensated using your hourly rate.

    Field trip reminder for teachers Anna Speer must have completed sack lunch request forms 10 working days in advance of field trips (working days are only when students are present in school, not weekends, holiday, planning days are not included). Time is needed to place orders through vendors, time for delivery from vendors, time to load onto transports and deliver to the schools. I order all food items 10 days in advance not just sack lunch items, we keep a small amount to ensure fresh product.  I have received multiple request forms well after the date needed to be able to order the items needed for these lunches. Please respect our deadline. Thank you!

    Upcoming parent workshops & meetings:

    Mar 21 (Tue)         Latino Network Drug & Alcohol Workshop   6pm  Cafeteria

    Mar 22 (Wed)       Gear Up/Build Family Night      Gear Up Office   5pm-6:30pm

    April  4 (Tue)          Coffee with the Principal: parent updates on master schedule for next year and progress on Roosevelt construction       8:15 - 9:30

    April  4 (Tue)          How to Prepare for Earthquake (Spanish Workshop )  George Middle School

    April 5 (Wed)         Annual Progress Report Workshop     Cafeteria         6pm

    April 12 (Wed)       Multi-Cultural Night Celebration: come hear Roosevelt parents proudly sing, "This Land is Your Land" (click on video link below to hear them practice)       Cafeteria          5:30pm

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    Available until Apr 16, 2017

    April 14 (Fri)           Build College Exposure Field trip      

     

    RHS weekly sports update: 

    Well, we got one game in last week!  The fields have dried out a bit for this week, and our baseball team kicks off their season vs. McKay today at Walker Field.  Hopefully the rain holds off and our students and coaches can get their seasons in gear. 

    A big thank you to teachers and staff in your flexibility with our students.  Each of our spring athletes needs to be checking in with their teachers, and as the weather goes, so do our students.  They are all on alert, all prepared, and all under a little bit of stress between the shifting of games and managing their classes.  This is not an easy time for them, and as a department, we are ever-conscious of how to best support our students.  Again, thank you for your support and flexibility and I will do my best to keep the communication about schedule changes as current as possible.

    That being said, our Softball team will head to McMinnville tomorrow, our Track team opens up the competitive season on Wednesday vs. Wilson, our Baseball team will hopefully head down to Putnam high school for a make-up, and Softball will host Centennial at Delta Park on Friday.  We are still trying to reschedule games vs Forest Grove (baseball) and Sheldon (softball), so stay tuned sports fans.

    Athletic Events (week of 3.20):

    Game Day

    Time

    Sport

    Opponent

    Dismiss

    Leave

    Mon. 3/20

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    vs. McKay (Walker Field) (bus)

    2:00

    2:15

    Tues. 3/21

    4:00 PM

    Softball (JV/V)

    @ McMinnville (bus)

    2:10

    2:30

    Wed. 3/22

    4:00 PM

    Track & Field

    @ Wilson (bus)

    2:20

    2:45

    Thurs. 3/23

    5:00 PM

    Baseball (V)

    @ Putnam (make-up) (bus)

    2:25

    2:45

    Fri. 3/24

    4:30 PM

    Softball (JV/V)

    vs. Centennial (Delta Park) (bus)

    2:10

    2:30

    Sat. 3/25

    1:00 PM

    Girls Tennis

    @ St. Johns Tennis Center (round-robin)

     

     

    GO RIDERS!

    Stuart Smith
    Athletic Director

     

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

  • Weekly Memo - March 13

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    Monday, March 13, 2017

    College Ready - Career Focused - Committed to a Just World

     

    Good Morning RHS Families,

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I could use more days like Sunday - it felt so nice to be outside in the sun.  I know that this winter is probably far from over but it’s inspiring to know that spring lies ahead.

    I will be in Salem on Monday to advocate for better school funding.  I am scheduled to meet with Sen. Fredrick, Rep. Susan McLain, and Speaker Kotek.  Please let me know if you have any specific info that you would like to me to share.  I’d be happy to add your comments to my talking points.  PPS will release information about school funding to all principals on Tuesday morning and with the Board on Tuesday night.  I haven’t seen our official staffing allocation yet but I do know that it will be considerably lower than this year.  It is quite possible that we may need to cut as much as 6 FTE.  I am hoping to share details by the end of the day on Tuesday.

        Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:

    Calendar:

    Monday - B Day

    Tuesday - A Day (Staff Meeting in the Library)

    Wednesday - B Day

    Thursday - A Day Flex (Black History Celebration Assembly)

    Friday - B Day Flex (Last 8th Grade Shadow Day!)

    Birthdays - Happy Birthday, Tara (Tuesday) and Aram (Thursday)!

    School Calendar - Roosevelt is exempt from the extra student day, so RHS students’ last day is June 14.  Teachers will have June 15 and 16 to finish up and vacate rooms.  Friday April 7 is converted from a Planning day to an Instructional day at all schools.  To partially make up for the loss of the planning time on Friday April 7, the District will cancel the school staff meetings for all grade levels on the weeks of April 3 and April 10.  Professional Educators will only be required to provide quarter grades for seniors or for students who otherwise need a grade (i.e. eligibility for athletics or college applications) and the deadline for submitting grades will be moved from Monday, April 10 to Wednesday, April 12.  Also students in danger of failing or whose behavior or achievement shows a significant decline will receive a progress report.  The week of April 3 would have been a partial week without HS Flex hours.  The conversion of April 7 to an instructional day makes this week a full week.  In the interest of maintaining instructional hours, the District will not add Flex hours to this week.

    TechPalooza - Thanks to Jeremy Dickerson, Aram Ansell and Randy Scott for producing a fabulous TechPalooza in honor of Teen Tech Week in the library last Weds.  We had the rapt participation of over 50 engaged, tech curious students.

    Social Justice Theatre Project and Performing Arts Center ribbon cutting: The time has come. Roosevelt HS’s Opening Act Theatre Company is proud to present the student-written and produced the Social Justice Theatre Project at RHS’s new Main Stage Theatre on Thurs.-Sat. March 16-18, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. as the first student production on the stage. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children 6 and under.

    But wait…there’s more! A special ribbon-cutting event for the new Performing Arts Center will take place on opening night. Purchase your “RHS PAC PASS” for only $25 to attend this ONE NIGHT ONLY Special Event. The pass includes a pre-show reception at 5:00 P.M., tours of the new Performing Arts Center, ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00 P.M., and ticket to the performance of the Social Justice Theatre Project with priority seating. Only 99 RHS PAC PASSES will be sold.

    The Social Justice Theatre Project started with Roosevelt students reading, dissecting, and responding to dramatic literature unpacking white privilege and sharing their raw experiences about the truth of what it means to be a marginalized person in American today to shape dialogue for the future and how intersectionality plays a role in all of our lives and identities. After receiving several grants from RHS Alumni/Boosters, Oregon Education Association, and North Portland Neighborhood Services through the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement to help with some of the costs associated with the project, guest artists Dion Graham (NYC), May Lee-Yang (MN), Nikki Weaver (Portland Playhouse), Katherine Lewis (Portland Playhouse), Lorne James (RHS), Ms. Zena (Global Activist), and Geo Alva (PDX) joined in collaboration to guide students in devising the work with Lane and her students. Ticket sales will be used to raise additional funds to cover remaining costs.  

    Roosevelt HS Theatre Dept. includes multi-level coursework, drama club/Thespian Troupe #7289, and Opening Act Theatre Company, the resident company. For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to our new and improved website! www.roosevelttheatre.org.

    Schedule Change April 7: At Tuesday’s meeting, our School Board adopted a resolution converting Friday April 7 to a day of instruction.  In high schools, April 7 will be a Skinny-8.  

     

    Rummage sale fundraiser - Please help & support Roosevelt's PTSA Rummage Sale to raise money for Class of 2017 Grad Night.  If you have any household items, clothes & toys please bring them to the main office and we will deliver to Mee Cha's house.  Or if you have bigger items please call Mee Cha @ 971-570-6980  to make arrangements for drop off at her house.

    GEAR UP Summer Opportunities - GEAR UP is leading the following exciting opportunities for students, families, and educators over the summer:

    (1)     College For YOUth: a 4 day, 2 night college immersion program offered at PSU;

    (2)     Youth Leadership Summit: an intensive, 3-day youth college readiness leadership training at the GU conference;

    (3)     Student Leader Fellowship: a two-week paid leadership development internship organized by TDIP;

    (4)     Princeton Review ACT Preparation Certification: three-day certification training for teachers;

    (5)     Transformative Inquiry Fellowship:a two-week, paid fellowship for teachers offered by PSU-TDIP;

    (6)     Parent Teacher Home Visits:a 6-hour training, paid home visits, coordination; and

    (7)     Parent Leadership Institute:an intensive, 3-day parent college readiness leadership at GU conference.

    For schools that are interested in organizing and offering additional summer programming, GEAR UP may be able to provide financial support for the following college readiness related activities that schools have offered before: (1) Summer Seniors; (2) ACT/SAT Preparation; (3) AP Preparation; (4) Summer Enrichment Sponsorship (for students); and (5) Summer Melt activities.

    World Affairs Council - From Moe: Our students were phenomenal leaders at today's all-day youth summit on climate change. There were among hundreds from around the northwest who participated in learning ways to take local and global action. They represented our school with enthusiasm and passion for climate justice -- speaking, writing and presenting throughout the day in small groups as well as initiating to become the first school to get up on the mic at the closing to share ideas for action. I am attaching photos here courtesy of Laurel.

     

    Athletic Events this week:
     

    This week is our first week of Spring Sports!  We are still finalizing rosters, but those will be sent out later this week. 

    Today, if the weather holds up, and if the field is playable, our baseball team will head to Estacada, dismissal at 2:10 (attached is the baseball roster).

     

    Tuesday our Softball team hosts Sheldon at Delta Park at 4pm and Wednesday our Baseball team will host Forest Grove at Walker Park at 4:30pm.  Our home games for baseball will normally be played down the street at Columbia Park, but this first game will be at Walker due to field playability at Columbia.  And then both baseball and softball will be away on Friday.

     

    Athletic Events (week of 3.13):

     

    Game Day

    Time

    Sport

    Opponent

    Dismiss

    Leave

    Mon. 3/13

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    @ Estacada (bus)

    2:10

    2:30

    Tues. 3/14

    4:00 PM

    Softball (JV/V)

    vs. Sheldon (Delta Park) (bus)

    2:20

    2:45

    Wed. 3/15

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    vs. Forest Grove (Walker Park) (bus)

    2:45

    3:15

    Fri. 3/17

    4:30 PM

    Softball (JV/V)

    @ La Salle (bus)

    2:40

    3:00

    Fri. 3/17

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    @ Putnam High School (vans/cabs)

    2:40

    3:00

     GO RIDERS! Stuart Smith 

     
    Senior scholarships awards and offers - Thus far this year, Roosevelt seniors have been awarded over $3 million in scholarships. Below are the scholarships students have earned thus far:

     

    Scholarship Name

    Academic Excellence Scholarship

    ACT SIX

    Beat the Odds

    Chapman Grant

    Concordia Grant

    Concordia University Merit Scholarship

    FAFSA Filer 2017

    Great Lawn Grant

    LMU Arrupe Scholarship

    LMU Early Action Award

    OSU Academic Achievement Scholarship

    President's Scholarship

    Renaissance Scholars Foundation

    Shadowlawn Grant

    Student Innovation Award

    Trustee Scholarship

    TU Grant

    Tuition Exchange

    Tuition Remission

    University Scholarship

    University Tuition Grant

    UP Oregon Success Award

    USD Scholarship

    Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

     

    56 seniors report 185 college acceptances so far, to the below institutions:

    Arizona State University

    Bethune-Cookman University

    Carroll College (Montana)

    Central Washington University

    Chapman University

    Chemeketa Community College

    Clark Atlanta University

    Columbia College Chicago

    Concordia University - Portland

    Drexel University

    Eastern Oregon University

    George Fox University

    Iowa State University

    Langston University

    Lewis & Clark College

    Lewis University

    Linfield College

    Louisiana State University

    Lower Columbia College

    Loyola Marymount University (Honors Program)

    Mercy College

    Mississippi Valley State University

    Monmouth University

    Mt. Hood Community College

    New York University

    Oregon State University

    Oregon State University, Cascades

    Pacific Lutheran University

    Pacific University

    Pima Community College

    Portland Community College

    Portland State University

    Portland State University (University Honors Program)

    Seattle University

    Southern Oregon University

    Spelman College

    Tuskegee University

    University of Idaho

    University of Kansas

    University of Northern Colorado

    University of Oregon

    University of Portland

    University of Portland (Honors Program )

    University of San Diego (College of Arts & Sciences)

    University of San Francisco

    Warner Pacific College

    Washington State University

    Western Oregon University

    Western Washington University

    Willamette University

    Yavapai College

     

     

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

  • Weekly Memo March 6

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    Monday, March 6, 2017

    College Ready - Career Focused - Committed to a Just World

     Good Morning RHS Families,

    I hope you had a peaceful weekend.  I want to give a big shoutout to Elena and Alyssa for organizing an informative and sobering Know Your Rights presentation on Saturday morning.  More than 60 individuals attended the event, most of them our students and families.  Needless to say, this is a very difficult time of uncertainty and fear many in our Rider Family.  Many thanks also go to Sylvia, Laurel, Barb, Melissa, Amy, Moe, Henise and many others who helped with this event.  I will ask Alyssa and Elena to give a brief recap at our staff meeting on Tuesday.

    Calendar:

    Monday - A Day

    Tuesday - B Day (Coffee with the Principal 8:00 AM)

    Wednesday - A Day Flex

    Thursday - B Day Flex (Rose Festival Announcement)

    Friday - A Day (Happy Birthday, Glynnis)

    Congrats, Mr. Duckworth - Take a look at this great video about some of the work that our students are doing with Mr. Duckworth and our Gear Up Staff.

    Scholarships and Awards: Charlie Hamblin has been awarded the USA Roller Sports Grant for $2,000. The award is based on competitive eligibility, scholastic achievement, and monetary need. Know of a scholarship or award won by an RHS senior, that we have not mentioned yet? Please email us: kcastle@pps.net

    Social Justice Theatre Project The Social Justice Theatre Project is less than two weeks away. It is the first student theatre production on the stage and is the culmination of four years of pre-planning, multiple grant applications, lots of coordinating, six weeks of rehearsal, and many voices. The RHS Performing Arts Center ribbon cutting will take place on Thurs. March 16 as a part of the Special Event pre-show, which includes reception, tours, ceremony, and ticket to the show. RHS PAC PASSes are limited to 99 total and cost $25. Please share the poster, attached, click here for poster far and wide: we'd like to have a solid audience all three nights.
    Shadow Days - We have two more 8th Grade Shadow Days (Wednesday, March 8th & Thursday, March 17th).  Thank you in advance for welcoming prospective 8th graders to your classroom.

    Calling all softball supporters!  Our Lady Riders Softball team will host their 3rd Annual Pancake Feed at Kenton Station Restaurant on Saturday, March 11th from 8-10:30 am.  Plates are $10/each and include pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.  Come on by, bring your family and enjoy breakfast with our softball team.  Thank you and hope to see you there! -Coach Kelsey and RHS Softball Team 2017

    Teen Tech Week: Families and friends, please come enjoy our celebration of Teen Tech week:  TechPalooza, Weds March 8th from 2:15 to 3:15.  Virtual reality, puzzles, design challenge, and more in the Roosevelt Library. - Betsy

     

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

  • Weekly Memo - February 27

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    Good morning Roosevelt families,

    I hope you had restful weekend.  Before we take a look ahead, I wanted to give a big shootout to Ms. Delgado, Dr. Roix, Ms. Rodghers, Mr. Swanson, Renee Mitchell, Kate McPherson and many others who helped organize a powerful Freedom Fighters reception at the Oregon Historical Society last week.  Our 9th graders were the real stars of the show, of course, but it was our staff who set the stage for our students to shine.  Thank you all for your hard work - you have every reason to feel proud.

    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:

    Calendar:
    Monday - B Day
    Tuesday - A Day (ACT Day; Staff Meeting)
    Wednesday - B Day
    Thursday - A Day Flex (Rose Festival Assembly)
    Friday - B Day Flex

    ACT – Attention Junior families.  Please make sure your student gets plenty of rest on Monday night! Tuesday is ACT day.

    Video recording students - Staff members should never video-record students without permission, especially if dealing with discipline-related concerns.

    "Know Your Rights" Train-the-Trainer for Educators @ Madison - ACLU Oregon Law Group, in partnership with IRCO SUN, is hosting this training on Monday, February 27th at Madison High School Library (5:00-7:00pm) - RSVP is REQUIRED

    Know Your Rights Student Opportunity @ RHS - On Tuesday, February 28,  interested Roosevelt students will have a chance to speak with an immigration attorney from 1:15-2pm in the Family Resource Center portable.  Students who want to attend will have a permission slip that needs to be signed by their 3rd period teacher. They will return to their 4th period class with a pass from Sylvia saying they attended.

    Roosevelt teen named area Youth of the Year: The Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metro this month selected Roosevelt High School sophomore Kaleha Keenan to be its 2017 Youth of the Year. Keenan has been a member of the after-school services club for 10 years, where she has been a youth leader, mentor and organizer. The young woman also organized "Hoodies Up Day" at her school to draw attention to racism and inequality.

    "The club has taught me to never back down from any challenge and to always believe in myself," Keenan said in a news release. "I cherish those lessons and look forward to the day I can share that with my community as a lawyer helping people stand up for their rights and for equality."

    Senior scholarships, acceptances, awards: Faiza Jama has been awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for excellence in volunteering.

    Calling all softball supporters!  Our Lady Riders Softball team will host their 3rd Annual Pancake Feed at Kenton Station Restaurant on Saturday, March 11th from 8-10:30 am.  Plates are $10/each and include pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.  Come on by, bring your family and enjoy breakfast with our softball team.  Thank you and hope to see you there! -Coach Kelsey and RHS Softball Team 2017

    Teen Tech Week: Families and friends, please come enjoy our celebration of Teen Tech week:  TechPalooza, Weds March 8th from 2:15 to 3:15.  Virtual reality, puzzles, design challenge, and more in the Roosevelt Library. - Betsy

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

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    From our Athletic Director:

    Hello all,

    First off, I want to congratulate our wrestlers who competed this past week at the OSAA state wrestling championships.  While none of our wrestlers (Na'he Slaughter, Eric Huebner, Austin Schulz, Carson Donnelly) walked away with any hardware, they certainly deserve recognition for qualifying for the tournament.  GO RIDERS!

    I also want to say congratulations to our Dance team for their heartfelt and moving performance at the Cleveland dance competition Saturday.  I received many, many emails lauding their performance as timely and powerful, and many people appreciated the statement our team made with their performance. 

    Our boys basketball team is in the playoffs!  Tomorrow, 2/28, our varsity boys basketball team heads to Westview for the first round of the OSAA state basketball playoffs.  The athletic department has ordered a fan bus, so if you hear any students, or adults, talking about going but not having rides, encourage them to sign-up for the fan bus!  There are 72 seats which will be first come first serve, and it will cost $2 to ride the bus.  The bus leaves from the circle drive at 6pm!  Adult tickets to the game are $6 and student tickets are $4.  Game time is 7pm.

    Finally, spring sports start today!  Our spring sports are track and field, softball, baseball, girls tennis, boys tennis, and boys golf.  I will have rosters for each team and schedules by Monday, so stay tuned. GO RIDERS!

    Stuart Smith
    Athletic Director

  • Weekly Memo - February 13

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    Monday, February 13, 2017 

    Good Morning RHS Families,

    I hope you enjoyed this beautiful weekend.  I was thrilled to play in an outdoor pick up soccer game on Saturday.  My goal was to have fun and to not get injured.  I’m happy to report that I accomplished both.  

    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:

    Calendar:

    Monday - A Day

    Tuesday - B Day (Staff Meeting)

    Wednesday - A Day

    Thursday - B Day Flex (Happy Birthday, Moe!)

    Friday - A Day Flex (Assembly)

    Staff Meeting - We will have a staff meeting in the Library on Tuesday, 3:30-5:30

    8th Grade Preview Night - Our 8th Grade Preview Night is Monday, 2/13, 5:30-7:30.  Thank you to all of you who will be there to welcome prospective students and families.  This is our chance to showcase the wonderful programs and staff we have available at Roosevelt.  We appreciate all of you who will be there to represent Roosevelt.  

    Middle School Visits - Big shoutout goes to Bryndle, our counselors, and our student leaders for organizing an awesome middle school visit for George and Cesar Chavez.  Here is a quick note we received from one of the middle school teachers who was in attendance:  That was an amazing visit. Thank you for hosting us! Anecdotally, I've  had multiple students who have mentioned that they had decided on Benson and are now reconsidering based on the visit...I've never seen a group more enthusiastic about attending Roosevelt.  Thanks also to the amazing student leaders who spoke so eloquently about their experiences at their high school

    Semester 1 Honor Roll: Semester grades are in, and 382 students made Honor Roll. See the graph below for the results by grade level: freshmen had the most overall, but seniors had the most students with all As.

    Students improved their grades since Q1: Overall passage increased 3%, to 80% schoolwide. Best course passage of a core class, for a grade level: Sophomores rocked science, with 89% passing their classes. They also passed the most math classes of any grade level (83%).

    Teachers of Freshmen: All freshmen are invited to meet Renee Watson, the author of the book we read first quarter! She will be here from 9-10 on Feb 16. Please look out for an in-school field trip permission slip. Students with permission will be dismissed around 8:40 and will return a bit after 10 to your 6th period class.  If all of your students will be in attendance, we’d love for you to join us for this special opportunity if you can!  Please contact your local ninth grade English teacher with any questions.

    RHS Jazz Band - From Jason:I am proud and honored to say that our Jazz Band took 2nd place out of 11 high schools at the West Salem Jazz Festival this weekend! Solo awards were given to Adriana Wagner, Henry Hochstatter, and Zach McKinney. They really represented Roosevelt well and I can't say enough about this group of kids.

    RHS Thespians - Senior Alexis Cannard and junior Zoe Lika Dumm earned ribbons in Solo Acting as Regional Finalists, Dumm as a Novice and Cannard as Experienced, in the Oregon Thespian acting competition this weekend on Feb. 4 held at Glencoe HS. Both earned Superiors, as did Maggie Campbell in Solo Musical, qualifying them to compete at International Thespian Festival this June in Lincoln, NE (incorrectly noted as James Duckworth for the chaperone, but really it's me, Jo Strom Lane). RHS Thespian Troupe 7289 had 24 competitors at Regionals.

    Congratulations to Alexis Cannard, our school wide winner for the English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition. She will go on to compete at the Branch level on Sat. Feb. 18 at 10:00 A.M. at Lewis & Clark College's Fir Acres Theatre for a chance to move on to the finals in NYC. Spectators are welcome at the Branch level competition.

    Congratulations to Alexis Cannard, Zoe Dumm, and Anthony Hill-McCoy as three of the ten semi-finalists in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. They will go on to the semi-finals Feb. 27 at the Newmark Theatre where spectators are welcome to attend.

    Field Trips - Here are the field trips that are coming up for the month of February:

     All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

  • Weekly Memo: February 6th

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    College Ready - Career Focused - Committed to a Just World

    Good Morning RHS Families,

    Welcome to the second semester.  Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:

    Given that PPS was closed on Friday we are canceling our staff meeting on Tuesday to provide additional time for teachers to complete grades.  Grades are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, February 7.  Families can expect to receive grades in mail by the end of the week.  Please take some time to review your student's grades and connect with our counselors or teachers if you have any questions.

    Calendar:

    Monday - B Day

    Tuesday - A Day

    Wednesday - B Day

    Thursday - A Day Flex

    Friday - B Day Flex

    Upcoming Events:

    ·         8th Grade Preview Night - Monday, 2/13

    ·         President’s Day - No School, Monday, 2/20

    ·         ACT Day - Tuesday, 2/28

    8th Grade Preview Days - We look forward to having 8th graders in our building this week to learn about Roosevelt. Cesar Chavez will be here on Wednesday morning and George will be here on Wednesday afternoon.

    Field Trips - Here are the field trips that are coming up for the month of February:

     All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

    -------------------------------------------------

    From our athletic director:

    Big week this week in athletics!  Come out for Senior Nights on Wednesday as our Wrestling team hosts Jefferson with action starting at 6:30pm, and on Thursday our boys and girls basketball teams will also celebrate their seniors vs. Cleveland.  Games start at 4:15.

    Spring Sports are just around the corner, so if you hear any students talking about baseball, softball, track, tennis, or golf, make sure to send them to the athletic office to make sure they are cleared and ready to go!

    Athletic Events (week of 2.6):

     

    Game Day

    Time

    Sport

    Opponent

    Dismiss

    Leave

    Mon. 2/6

    4:00 PM

    Wrestling

    @ Benson

    1:50

    2:15

    Tues. 2/7

    7:30 PM

    GBX (V)

    vs. Lincoln

     

     

    Tues. 2/7

    4:15 PM

    BBX (FR)

    @ Lincoln

    2:35

    3:00

    Tues. 2/7

    5:45 PM

    BBX (JV)

    @ Lincoln

    2:35

    3:00

    Tues. 2/7

    7:30 PM

    BBX (V)

    @ Lincoln

     

    5:30

    Wed. 2/8

    6:00 PM

    Wrestling

    vs. Jefferson (Senior Night)

     

     

    Wed. 2/8

    6:00 PM

    Unified

    @ Rainier

     

    4:30

    Thurs. 2/9

    4:15 PM

    BBX (FR)

    @ Cleveland

    2:30

    2:45

    Thurs. 2/9

    4:15 PM

    BBX (JV)

    vs. Cleveland

     

     

    Thurs. 2/9

    5:45 PM

    BBX (V)

    vs. Cleveland (Senior Night)

     

     

    Thurs. 2/9

    7:30 PM

    GBX (V)

    vs. Cleveland (Senior Night)

     

     

    Fri. 2/10

    6:00 PM

    Swimming

    @ Dishman (PIL Varsity District Meet)

     

    4:30

    Fri. 2/10

    4:15 PM

    BBX (FR)

    vs. Jefferson

     

     

    Fri. 2/10

    4:15 PM

    BBX (JV)

    @ Jefferson

    2:55

    3:15

    Fri. 2/10

    5: 45 PM

    BBX (V)

    @ Jefferson

    2:55

    3:15

    Fri. 2/10

    7:30 PM

    GBX (V)

    @ Jefferson

     

    5:45

    Sat. 2/11

    1:30 PM

    Swimming

    @ Dishman (PIL Varsity District Meet)

     

    12:00

    GO RIDERS!

    Stuart Smith
    Athletic Director
    Roosevelt High School

  • End of Semester Letter to Families

    January 31, 2017

    Dear Roosevelt Families,                        

    We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.

    As we approach the end of the semester I wanted to share a few exciting highlights from Roosevelt.

    Jason Margolis held the first music concert in the new Roosevelt Theater.  It was wonderful to see many of you there support our talented student musicians.  Jo Lane is working with her students for the grand opening of the theater on Thursday, March 16th.  We hope to see you there.

    In addition to the new Theater, we now have access to the new Music classrooms and the Commons.  The kitchen will be up and running around Spring Break.  As far as we know, the modernization of the 1921 building is progressing as planned.  We look forward to having the building completed in August of 2017.

    Our students are in the midst of forecasting for next year.  Please take a look at our course guide if you haven’t already.  You can find it on our website or can get a hard copy in the Main Office.  In addition to offering a variety of core academic classes, we are continuing to expand elective offerings.  I am particularly excited about the growing programs of study that we now offer in Journalism (Ms. Mitchell), Construction Management (Mr. Duckworth), Engineering (Mr. Scott), Future Educators (Dr. Ramirez), Computer Science (Mr. Ansell), and Theater Arts (Ms. Lane).  Please ask your student to review the forecasting sheet and connect with your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

    We are pleased to let you know that our graduation rate is moving in the right direction.  In addition to earning more than $6 million dollars in scholarship and receiving multiple state and national recognition, more of our seniors graduated on time last year than in recent history.  As a matter of fact, our graduation rate is up 12% in the last two years.  It increased from 53% in 2014 to 65% in 2016.  Needless to say, we will not be satisfied until all our students graduate on time, ready for college and career of their choosing.  We are hopeful that our seniors this year will outperform their peers from last year and the years past.

    Please remember that you can always check your student’s grades and contact teachers through ParentVue.  If you are having a hard time accessing ParentVue please contact Ms. Castle at 503 916-5260 Ext 82438 or kcastle@pps.net.

    As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions, and suggestions.  Please feel free to connect with us directly or join us for one of the upcoming parent meetings.  Our next PTA meeting is on Wednesday, February 15th, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  The RHS Site Council is meeting on Tuesday, February 21st from 4:00pm-5:30pm.  You can join us for the Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday, February 7th from 8:15am-9:00am in English and 9:00am-9:45am in Spanish.  We hope to see you there.  RHS events and information can be located on our Roosevelt website at http://www.pps.net/Domain/149.

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    fhristic@pps.net

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