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  • Weekly Memo - April 24

     

     
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    Good morning RHS families,

    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:

    Calendar This Week

    Monday - B Day
    Tuesday - A Day
    Wednesday - B Day
    Thursday - A Day Flex (Student v. Staff Basketball Game during Flex)
    Friday - B Day Flex

    Upcoming Events:

    April 24th - ASB Meeting rm. 88 3:30-5:30
    April 26th - Administrative Staff Appreciation Day
    April 27th - Lunchtime Karaoke
    April 27th - Student vs. Staff Basketball Game (flex + after school)
    April 27th-Verselandia, 7pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall
    April 28th- ASB Election Packets Due
    April 29th - RHS Prom at the World Forestry Center
    MAY
    May 1st - ASB Meeting Rm. 88 3:30-5:30
    May 1st - Collegiate Signing Celebration (PM Only)
    May 2nd - Coffee with Principal   8:00 am-9:30 am
    May 2nd - AP Spanish Testing (AM Only)  - AP Physics (PM Only)
    May 3rd - AP English Lit (AM Only)
    May 4th - RHS Career Fair
    May 4th - Teacher Appreciation Lunch (Teacher Appreciation Week)
    May 5th - AP US History (AM Only)

    Tuesday PD - We will have department meetings on Tuesday from 3:30-5:30.

    Shoutouts - I wanted to give a big shoutout to Student Leadership for organizing and facilitating another great assembly last week.  I loved all the student performances and the showcasing of the incredible talent that we have here at RHS.   Well done!  Also, big shoutout to Adam, Keylah, Julie, and many others who helped organize the Junior College and Career Family Night.  Our students and families had a chance to connect with some excellent community partners and resources.  Last but not least, thank you to Renee Mitchell for making it possible for our students to see the powerful performance of Rodney King and to workshop with its creator, Roger Guenveur Smith.  I was blown away when I saw the performance on Saturday night.

    Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday Markeeta and Elsa (Monday) and Kelsey (Tuesday)!

    Cafeteria changes The cafeteria will be serving a modified menu for lunch this week, due to preparing for our move.  We will have one hot entrée everyday with additional cold entree choices. The following week, lunch service will be in the new cafeteria.

    Rider Pride - Shout out to senior Alexis Cannard who will be competing on Monday, May 1 in the August Wilson Monologue Competition Finals in New York City. RHS Troupe 7289 says, "Break a leg, Alexis!"

    Student v. Staff basketball game It’s well past overdue, but here it is, the 2017 Student vs. Staff Basketball is scheduled for April 27th 2017 beginning at 2:20! Jarvez Evans, Joti Mangat and Edwin Benavides are the team in charge of organization and are working hard to make it a true event with a possible appearance by the Rider Elite cheer team and half time activities. The team has asked me to support them in organizing staff sign up so I am attaching the google doc sign up sheet. It is an all staff event so please help me in forwarding to anyone who may not be a part of this "all staff” e-mail (coaches, community partners, etc.).  Thank you, Bryndle
    Staff Sign Up Here  

    Thespian Induction Ceremony I want to extend an invitation for you to attend our official International Thespian Society induction ceremony. ITS is the only organization to honor students for outstanding work in theatre; it is like National Honor Society, but specific to theatre education service. Thespian membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts achieved only to students who fulfill more than 100 hours of service in theatre arts in at least two areas of distinction under the supervision of a theatre arts teacher. The induction ceremony is one of pride and long standing symbolism of ITS excellence in school theatre. Only students who have actively achieved service recognition are inducted into ITS. Thespians and their families are invited to attend this special event, as well as Roosevelt staff. Also, current Thespians will receive their honor awards during the ceremony and Thespian club officers will be sworn in. Much anticipated each year at this time, our 2017-2018 season will be announced at induction. The shows announced will be the first full inaugural season in the new Performing Arts Center.  The induction ceremony will be held in the Black Box Theatre on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:00-9:00 P.M. The Thespian Society will be providing light refreshments. If you are planning to attend this honorary event or not, please let me know. - Jo Lane

    Seniors, get ready to vote! Dear parents of Roosevelt seniors: on May 16th, there will be an election. For your seniors, this could be their first chance to cast a vote! You (or your senior) can check their registration status at the Oregon Secretary of State’s Website <https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do>. If your senior is not registered to vote, they can fill out Oregon’s voter registration form <https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/register.do?lang=eng&source=SOS> by April 25th to receive a ballot by mail for the May election.

    Bike to work! Hello Roosevelt Staff of Awesomeness! The Bike More Challenge from the Street Trust (formerly the BTA) starts up May 1st and I've registered Roosevelt as a team. If you haven't participated before, it's just a way to log your miles, potentially win prizes/discounts, and find some encouragement to use your bike more often. The commitment to the team is relatively low: exist as a human and log biking miles. Voila! If you're interested you can sign up here: https://www.lovetoride.net/oregon?locale=en-US and link your profile to Roosevelt High School. Also, if you're new to biking and want to chat about routes or other such fascinating topics, let me know and I'm happy to help. I'm sure our other bike-loving staff would also be glad to give tips! Lastly, at some point in May I'm hoping to organize a post-work ride or two to a local establishment so stay tuned for that!  -Caitlin Clark

    Verselandia Please come to Verselandia and support our Rough Writers.  Thursday, April 27th @ 7pm.  Tickets are $10. Click here for tickets. Here is who was selected to represent us:
    1st place:  Jake Peru-Bass, 12th grade, 2nd place: Siale Ita, 12th grade, Alternate: Hanan Jama, 9th grade

    Get the word out! Do you have an event, fundraiser, or other information you want Roosevelt staff or families to know about? Here’s a link to a flyer showing you all the ways you can get the word out, including who to contact, what deadlines to expect, formats to use, etc. Contact Kim with any questions about the flyer.

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

  • Weekly memo - April 17

     Presione aqui para la noticias Semanales de 17 abril.

     
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    Good Morning RHS Staff,

    I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  I’m so happy that spring is finally here!  Here are some announcements for the week ahead.

    Calendar This Week:

    Monday - A Day

    Tuesday - B Day (Staff Meeting)

    Wednesday - A Day Flex

    Thursday - B Day Flex (School Assembly)

    Friday - A Day

    Birthday This Week - We have several staff birthdays this week.  On Tuesday, Kelayh, Andre, Tara and Kumar are celebrating their Birthdays.  Cecilia’s birthday is on Wednesday and Melody’s birthday is on Friday.  Happy Birthday to you all.

    Upcoming Events:

    April 17th - ASB Meeting rm. 88 3:30-5:30

    April 17th- 21st Spirit Week

    April 19th - Attendance Celebration 2:30-3:45

    April 19th - PTSA meeting in main office 5:30 - 7:30pm

    April 20th - Spring Assembly- 2:10-3:15

    April 20th - Juniors’ College and Career Night (Symposium) Night 5:30-8:30

    April 24th - ASB Meeting rm. 88 3:30-5:30

    April 26th - Administrative Staff Appreciation Day

    April 27th - Lunchtime Karaoke

    April 27th - Student vs. Staff Basketball Game (flex + after school)

    April 27th-Verselandia, 7pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall

    April 28th- ASB Election Packets Due

    April 29th - RHS Prom at the World Forestry Center

     

    Staff Meeting - We have a staff meeting in the library on Tuesday starting at 3:30.  This will be our final session with Penny from MESD.  Please bring:

    - Your yellow folder

    - The reading passage you used to create the baseline assessment

    - A reading passage your students will read after April 18th (1-2 pages)

    - The Skills Trends Tracker you created at Session #2

    Attendance Celebration - From Kelli Mitchell: On Wednesday, we are holding our 3rd quarter attendance celebration and ask your participation by distributing attendance certificates and tokens of appreciation during 2nd period.  Please check your mailbox as you will find all the materials (certificates and appreciations) by Tuesday afternoon!  Because of the adjustment in progress reports we were unable to accurately determine honor roll; those certificates will not be distributed.  Also, our “celebration” will look a bit different this round.  No after school or flex period events. Rather than hosting an event during flex/after school, we will offer students small tokens of appreciation along with their certificate.  This decision was made based on student feedback so that all students can participate and not miss out on flex/after school events.

    Congrats RHS Jazz Band - The RHS Jazz Band took 1st place at the U of P Jazz Festival last week! Zach McKinney, Michael Kent, Henry Earle, and Henry Hochstatter all received solo awards and Adriana Wagner got the award for most outstanding soloist in our division. I would like to give an additional shout out to Maggie Campbell, Caleb Eads, and Ric Polson for their remarkable playing. We would have never received such honors without their playing.

    Student v. Staff basketball game It’s well past overdue, but here it is, the 2017 Student vs. Staff Basketball is scheduled for April 27th 2017 beginning at 2:20! Jarvez Evans, Joti Mangat and Edwin Benavides are the team in charge of organization and are working hard to make it a true event with a possible appearance by the Rider Elite cheer team and half time activities. The team has asked me to support them in organizing staff sign up so I am attaching the google doc sign up sheet. It is an all staff event so please help me in forwarding to anyone who may not be a part of this "all staff” e-mail (coaches, community partners, etc.).  Thank you, Bryndle
    Staff Sign Up Here  

    Get the word out! Do you have an event, fundraiser, or other information you want Roosevelt staff or families to know about? Here’s a link to a flyer showing you all the ways you can get the word out, including who to contact, what deadlines to expect, formats to use, etc. Contact Kim with any questions about the flyer.

    No more utensils, plates, etc. available from kitchen I hate to ask again, but Nutrient Services is tightening up on our supplies, they now send what they believe we need, this is based off of meals served at lunch & for SUN after school meals. At this time I would like to ask that nobody be sent for utensils, plates, or any other item that we use for food. If a student or staff member need these for food purchased outside of us, they will have to be turned away, they need to get their utensils from same place their outside food is coming from. Thank you, Anna Speer

    Multicultural celebration a success! Thank you to everybody who came out last week & supported our families.  We had about 160 people Wednesday night including a school board member!  A huge shout out to PTSA parents, MEChA, SUN/SEI, Gear Up, Unite Oregon, Tongan, Hmong, NAYA, BSU, Japanese, and Nofowe Maswada. A big thank you to Moryah, Caitlin, Braulio & Temo who helped out!  See the RHS Website for pictures!

    PTSA meeting April 19 Please join us on Wednesday, April 19th, to PTSA meeting at 5:30 pm-7:30 pm @ Roosevelt main office. Light dinner, childcare & refreshments provided.  We will be discussing end of year parent/student activities.

     

     

    All the best,

     

    Filip Hristić, Principal

    Roosevelt High School

    Portland Public Schools

     

  • Weekly Memo - April 10

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    Monday, April 10, 2017
    College Ready ‐ Career Focused ‐ Committed to a Just World


    Good Morning RHS Staff,

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Thank you to all of you who stepped up on Friday to cover the sub vacancies.  I know that running a different schedule (and having all 8 classes!) was hard on everyone.   I really appreciate everyone’s flexibility and willingness to help.

    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead.

    Calendar:

    Monday - B Day
    Tuesday - A Day
    Wednesday - B Day
    Thursday - A Day Flex
    Friday - B Day Flex

    Upcoming Events:

    April 12th - Roosevelt Multicultural Night - 5:30 - 8:00
    April 12th- ASB Elections Meeting rm. 88 @ lunch
    April 13th- Lunchtime Karaoke
    April 14th, flex, School Poetry Slam in library
    April 17th- 21tst Spirit Week
    April 19th - Attendance Celebration 2:30-3:45
    April 20th - Spring Assembly- 2:10-3:15
    April 20th - Junior Symposium Night 5:30-8:30
    April 27h - Student vs. Staff Basketball Game (flex + after school)
    April 27th-Verselandia, 7pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall
    April 28th- ASB Election Packets Due
    April 29th   University of Oregon Family Campus Visit

    April 29th - RHS Prom at the World Forestry Center

    No Staff Meeting this Week - Again, there is no mandatory staff meeting this week.  If your department or PLC teams do meet, please let me know and we’ll make sure that you get paid.

    Multicultural Night - Staff, students & parents invited to our Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration on Wednesday, April  12th, 5:30 pm-8pm.  Parent & student performances by our Tongan/Polynesian, African, Quincinera/MEChA fashion show, Japanese, and Neng Cha will play traditional Hmong qee.  Please join us for food, music, dancing and cultural displays in the old cafeteria!  

    Congrats Aram and RHS Computer Science Team! - RHS team won "Best Game Design" at the statewide Oregon Games Project Challenge (OGPC) held at WOU today.  They are Sophomores Kayden Cantrell, Eva Conway and Lilly Harrison.  Please join them in room 79 during 6th period on Monday to see their game and the tabletop version (and of course their trophy).  Kayden and Eva were members of the team who won the "rookie" award last year.  Kayden recently earned a very competitive placement in a summer camp at PSU for software development.  RHS and Wilson were the only PPS schools who placed in the state wide competition.  (Wilson won 3 of the 5 awards at the show, RHS won 1, Tigard HS won 1).  Wilson has an 11 year old program with 250 students and 2 full time teachers.

    Track & field home meet at RHS Tuesday April 11th is our one and only Home Track and Field  meet for the season.  If you are interested in volunteering anytime between 3:30 and 7:30  please let me know.  It would be great if you didn't want to commit to the whole event to sign up for a two hour shift (3:30-5:30 / 5:30-7:30, or any time at all).  We usually need people at the finish line to help with timing and getting finishers in order (usually about 12 people).  If you are able and interested, please let me or Jonquil know ASAP! Thanks,  Stuart

    Breakfast service change - Beginning April 17th, we will be changing the breakfast service location to be located on the kitchen service line.  We do not have the staff needed to support breakfast being served from 2 locations outside of the kitchen.

    How to request sack lunches - I wanted to get the word out about how sack lunch works for field trips. When the day arrives I have to have each student come pick up their lunch, they must choose their options themselves, they must enter their student ID before receiving their lunch, this is not only a state/Federal law, but it is also a rule I must follow. Please have all students pick up lunches before 9am, yes even if they are not leaving until later, they are shelf stable meals that don’t require refrigeration. We at this time are facing packing and moving once again, so we are currently cooking cleaning, serving and packing. Please be considerate of these rules. Anna Speer

    Verselandia - Please join us in the library on Friday, April 14th @ 2:15 for the RHS Annual Poetry Slam, from which we select our winners to represent RHS at Verselandia, the Literary Arts sponsored all-high school slam, this year on April 27th @ 7pm @ the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.  Tickets for that are $10.  Get yours here: http://www.portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall/events/2017-verselandia

    Hallway Passes - All classroom teachers should have at least one hallway pass.  Please continue to use this pass when students need to use the restroom.  Remember, one student out at a time, no bathroom use during the first/last 15 minutes.  By the end of this week, all classroom teachers will receive a second hallway pass.  This pass should only be used if one of your students needs a brief kinesthetic break.  We don’t want to create a special “5-minute break pass” in order to avoid stigmatizing students who have this accommodation.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

    Betsy is part of a poetry reading next week: Verse of Ages - Wednesday, April 12, from 7 to 9 pm at Tabor Space: 5441 SE Belmont (10 minutes per reader) Drop everything! In observance of National Poetry Month, you don’t want to miss this year’s impressive line-up of rhyme-meisters, sonneteers, wordsmiths, and freewheelers, decade upon decade, presented by OWC. Local poets will generously and generationally share their work. Plan to enjoy a memorable, inspiring, illuminating, and simply poetic old time. Words will escape you.

    Form to reserve the new RHS Performing Arts Center Roosevelt HS organizations wanting to book the use of the Roosevelt HS Performing Arts Center (RHS PAC) will need to complete the following form for either rehearsal and/or performance of any kind. In preparation for school assemblies OR activities involving class presentations OR other events, the following form should be completed in detail and SUBMITTED TO THE THEATRE PRODUCTION MANAGER AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE REQUEST DATE. Please model for our students and plan ahead. Last minute requests cannot be honored. Here is a link to the form: RHS PAC Reservations

     

    Junior summer scholarship student needing assistance I (Shoko) would like to share some great news from one of my 11th graders. Her name is Makayla Wilson, and she is my third year student. She searched for this scholarship called CIEE (https://www.ciee.org/) by herself, and she and her friends applied. Now, she is accepted and is going to Japan for one month this summer. She still needs to find money to fly out there. Please see her e-mail: Hi I'm Makayla Wilson and I have received a full scholarship to go to Tokyo, Japan this summer. My scholarship was for $6,700 and covers the program tuition, food, housing, and cultural outings. The program I am going through is CIEE Japanese Language & Pop Culture. My scholarship, however, does not cover airfare, so I am trying to raise $2000 to be able to fly out to my program. Please contact me by email kaylarose299@gmail.com. I created my gofundme, and here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/2hf6ep6n . I can make a candle for anyone who donates as a thank you gift. Thank you, Kayla

    Empty tennis ball containers to give away Jack Hughes has lots of empty tennis ball containers he is going to throw away. Want some? Email him at jlhtx10s222@gmail.com or see him in the athletic office. 

  • Weekly Memo - April 3

     Noticias Familiares 4 de abril

     

     

    Good Morning RHS Staff,

    I hope that you had a lovely break.  My family and I spent a few days in Lincoln City last week.  The weather was not particularly conducive of relaxing beach time but Friday afternoon was truly spectacular.  I’ve decided that winter is officially over and spring is here.  It just may take a few more weeks before it fully arrives.

    This week marks the end of the Third Quarter.  Believe it or not, we have 11 weeks left of school.  Please take some time this week to review your class norms and agreements, make sure that your students are clear about cellphone, tardy, and hallway pass policies, review the major assignments in the weeks to come, and make sure that your students know when they can get extra help during flex time and extended tutorials.  Please treat the next few days as the start of a new school year - you will be laying the foundation for a strong finish.

    Here are some announcements for the days ahead:

    Calendar This Week:

    Monday - B Day

    Tuesday - A Day

    Wednesday - B Day

    Thursday - A Day

    Friday - Periods 1-8

    Saturday - Saturday School

    RHS Events Calendar for April (Please let Kim know if any events need to be added):

    APRIL

    April 4th   Coffee with Principal   8:00 am-9:30am

    April 6th - 3rd Quarter Ends

    April 7th - Teacher Planning Day - NO SCHOOL School Day (Periods 1-8)

    April 8th - Saturday School

    April 12th - Roosevelt Multicultural Night - 5:30 - 8:30?

    April 10th- 14th Spirit Week

    April 14th - Spring Sports/Activities Assembly- Flex

    April 13th - Summer Programming Family Night - confirm with Benson Summer Scholar registration date

    April 14th, flex, School Poetry Slam in library

    April 19th - Attendance Celebration

    April 20th - Junior Symposium

    April 26th - Administrative Staff Appreciation Day

    April 27th-Verselandia, 7pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall

    April 29th   University of Oregon Family Campus Visit

    April 29th - RHS Prom at the World Forestry Center 

    Staff Meeting - We will not have mandatory staff meetings this week or next week.  This time is set aside to offset the loss of the Grading/Planning Day on April 7.  April 7 is now a school day.  If your department would like to meet this Tuesday and/or next Tuesday, please let me know.  We would be happy to compensate you for your time.  

    Extended Tutorials - We are able to compensate staff who offer extended tutorials between now and end of the school year.  Please consider what dates and times would work well for you and be sure to advertise with your students.  We will send you the signup form by the end of the day.

    Friday Skinny Day - We will run all 8 periods on Friday.  This will allow us to preserve with the previously established A/B rotation. Here is the schedule for Friday:

     skinny 8 schedule
     
     

    Saturday School - We have 3 more Saturday Schools before the end of the school year.  The first one is coming up this Saturday!  Please share the dates with students and add them to your board if possible:

    • April 8th - Catch up prior to 3rd Quarter Grade
    • May 20th  – Gearing Up for the End of the 4th Quarter
    • June 10th  – Preparation for Finals Week  

    Please sign up if interested and available.  We truly appreciate you offering this extended learning opportunity to our students.

    Breakfast Info - Please know that student breakfast is available until 8:30 in the old Cafeteria.  

    Hallway Passes - All classroom teachers should have at least one hallway pass.  Please continue to use this pass when students need to use the restroom.  Remember, one student out at a time, no bathroom use during the first/last 15 minutes.  By the end of this week, all classroom teachers will receive a second hallway pass.  This pass should only be used if one of your students needs a brief kinesthetic break.  We don’t want to create a special “5-minute break pass” in order to avoid stigmatizing students who have this accommodation.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

    Senior scholarships awards and offers - Our current scholarship total is $3.2 million, but is probably higher (some students have not yet reported their scholarships to us). The newest scholarship earner is Madison Evans, who won the Regents Merit Scholarship for Concordia University. Congratulations, Madison!

    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.

    PPS Climate Justice Committee In May of 2016, the Portland school board passed the most comprehensive climate justice resolution of any school district in the country. We now have a Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee to implement the district's commitment. On April 19th, our committee is sponsoring a full-day "Teaching Climate Justice Collaborative Workshop." We want to gather K-12 teachers to explore what "climate justice" looks like at different grade levels and in different disciplines. It's "collaborative" because we know that PPS teachers are doing lots of imaginative climate justice teaching, but we need each other to help us get the big picture of what this work could look like throughout the district. Part of the day will be spent engaging in exemplary climate justice lessons, part will be spent talking across grade levels and disciplines about what we mean by "climate justice," how we apply an "equity lens" to teaching about climate change, how we help students develop a sense of "personal efficacy and empowerment" in dealing with the climate crisis, and how we invite the "participation of people from frontline communities" in this work.  The PPS Climate Justice Committee will pay for subs and for materials. Please consider applying to join us for a day of collaboration, conversation—and justice. We need you. Application deadline is April 5th.

    Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvdvcy6h6NsmpNs9nMvfdgtYCchFl3pXaTEc4As-5a8H_lCg/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    GEAR Up Family Night Shout out to our GEAR UP crew in the Roosevelt Cluster. Amazing turn out for our First GEAR UP Night. Thank you to everyone that supported it.
     

    “Tell Them” - Below is a powerful poem collectively written by Roosevelt High School teacher Moé Yonamine and 75 students from various schools in the region who attended our recent "Tend the World Youth Forum" exploring the global link between the environment and social justice on March 8th, 2017. The poem is inspired by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner's poem titled "Tell Them."

    "Tell Them We Are Warriors"

    Tell them we refuse to be the first climate change refugees

    As if we have no country

    No roots, no belonging

    Tell them we refuse to be just a story

    We are not drowning. We are fighting.

    Our islands are being consumed

    By coastal waves and coal ships

    Our peaceful tides have become like kings’

    Tides engulfed from climate crisis

    While we are connected to the past generations

    We are fighting for our future generations

    We may be small but we are mighty

    We are one thousand voices with

    One million stories

    Tell them we refuse to be just a story

    We are not drowning. We are fighting.

    Among us, strong women oppressed by governments

    Attacked by tigerous mosquitos

    Refusing military, bases, violence

    For war on our lands they are

    Back off of my homeland united we say

    We are ancient with life spans longest of us all

    Fighting colonialism for the sacred lives underwater

    Even if we are poor, we will be healthy

    As long as we protect our home and sea

    From those who try to destroy and occupy

    Tell them we refuse to be just a story

    We are not drowning. We are fighting.

    We are not just a paradise

    You flee to in the warm months

    We are a nation with struggles overcome on our own

    Among a sacred chain of beauty

    Whose existence we preserve to guarantee forever

    To our hundreds of millions of people

    Head high in perseverance and strength

    If you like your vacations on our beautiful islands

    Then protect them

    For if you appreciate our islands

    Then love our land as we do

    ‘Cause when you do the math our shorelines could be pushed in a lifetime too soon

    Tell them we refuse to be just a story

    We are not drowning. We are fighting.

    Tell them that we are shouting but you have not heard us just yet

    Our islands are everything

    Dignity unspoiled by those who assume they are stronger

    But only in resources money buys

    Never in humanity and beauty generations rooted in proud culture

    They have not heard us yet

    For when they do, they will recognize our 852 different languages

    Echoing past rising sea levels

    Telling the world we will rise above this wave of colonization

    We are warriors and our fight has just begun

    In one voice let the world hear us today

    Tell them we refuse to be just a story

    We are not drowning. We are fighting.
     

    Athletics: 

    Hey all,

    I hope everyone had a fabulous #SB2K17!  Nice to be back, crazy to think we only have 11 weeks left...

    Here is the schedule for the week, which is completely weather dependent.  Any cancellations/postponed contests will be communicated and updated schedules will be sent accordingly.  

     

    Athletic Events (week of 4.3):

     

    Game Day

    Time

    Sport

    Opponent

    Dismiss

    Leave

    Tues. 4/4

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    vs. Madison (Walker Park – Vans)

    2:25

    2:45

    Tues. 4/4

    3:45 PM

    Softball (JV/V)

    vs. Grant (Delta Park – Bus)

    1:55

    2:15

    Wed. 4/5

    3:45 PM

    Track & Field

    @ Cleveland (PIL Relays – Bus)

    1:40

    2:00

    Wed. 4/5

    3:45 PM

    Softball (JV/V)

    vs. Benson (Delta Park – Vans)

    2:10

    2:25

    Wed. 4/5

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    @ Madison (Bus)

    2:10

    2:30

    Thurs. 4/6

    4:15 PM

    Boys Tennis (V)

    vs. Benson (AL / PP – Vans)

    2:25

    2:45

    Thurs. 4/6

    4:15 PM

    Girls Tennis (V)

    @ Benson (Portland Tennis Center – Bus)

    1:55

    2:15

    Thurs. 4/6

    4:00 PM

    Youth Track

    Roosevelt Hosting

     

     

    Fri. 4/7

    4:00 PM

    Softball (V)

    @ Wilson (Rieke Field – Vans/Cabs)

    1:50

    2:15

    Fri. 4/7

    4:00 PM

    Softball (JV)

    @ Wilson (Custer Field – Vans/Cabs)

    1:50

    2:15

    Fri. 4/7

    4:30 PM

    Baseball (V)

    vs. Grant (Columbia Park – may change!)

    2:30

    2:50

    Sat. 4/8

    10:00AM

    Softball (V)

    vs. Lincoln (PIL Showcase – Erv Lind)

     

    8:15

    Sat. 4/8

    10:00AM

    Track & Field

    @ Sandy Invitational (Vans)

     

    8:00

     

    GO RIDERS!

    Stuart Smith
    Athletic Director
    Roosevelt High School


    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Roosevelt High School
    Portland Public Schools

  • 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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