• Weekly Memo - Feb 18

    Roosevelt Weekly Memo to Families
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    College Ready Career Focused Committed to a Socially Just World


    Dear families,

    Congratulations to our wrestling and swimming teams for their participation at the district meets this weekend.  We had students place in districts in both sports, and we had a district champion in wrestling.   Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to take tickets, run concessions, and support our athletes this winter sports season.  If you want to help out, get in touch with Sanjay Bedi, our athletic director.  

    Over the past few weeks, some of our students have been involved in fighting both on and off campus (and during and after school).  As we work with students to ensure they are safe both at school and in the community, you all are important partners in making sure our students are making good decisions.  Talk with your student about how they navigate complicated situations and what they can do if they are having issues with other students.  Counselors, administrators, and teachers are all folks that students can talk to if they are struggling to figure out how to deal with hard situations.  Many of the issues start on social media, so talk with your student about responsible ways to interact with others online.  It takes all of us working together to ensure our students make good choices and stay safe.  

    ~KD Parman, Principal 

    Families – We want to know what you think!  Please complete the Successful Schools Survey before February 28th.  It should only take a few minutes, and we value your input!



    Monday: NO SCHOOL (President’s Day Holiday)

    Tuesday: A Day

    Wednesday: B Day

    Thursday: A Day

    Friday: B Day



    Feb 17: Schools & District Offices Closed (President’s Day)

    Feb 18: Coffee with the Principal  (8:30 am-9:30 am: Spanish and  9:30 am-10:30 am: English in Room 105)

    Feb 19 - Immunization Exclusion Day

    Feb 25: Progress report (PR3) grades due today

    Feb 26:  Site Council (4:00 - 5:00 PM in room 105)



    Mar 4: SAT Test Date

    Mar 5: Rose Festival Announcement Assembly (3:30pm-TBD)

    Mar 5 - 7: Bring It On: The Musical (7:00 PM in the Main Stage Theatre)

    Mar 6: iTRADES Summit at U of P



    This is a place to introduce you to a staff member or partner who helps our students or parents, and who you might not have met. To find other family resources, check out the Family Resource Directory on the RHS website.

    Tara Vargas

    Academic Coordinator, BRYT Program

    I am helping to roll out the new support program called BRYT - Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition.  Brenda Ramos and I are the ẗeam" that will provide short-term (6-12 weeks) intensive assistance to students returning after an experience that has had significant emotional impact that has interrupted access to the curriculum, as well as, provide support to these families. BRYT provides support to promote social/emotional stability and academic progress in order to facilitate a successful reintegration into the school community.   Brenda will be the adjustment counselor and I am the academic coordinator. Our office space and classroom are located in the library - office 177c and classroom 117e.  Please come find us if you have any questions! 



    Spring Jobs 101 - Jobs 101 is an afterschool class that meets once a week to empower students with essential job skills. Learn how to build a resume, do well in job interviews, explore careers you might be interested in, and gain volunteer experience. You also get $50 and elective credit. Submit an application today in the SUN Office (Room 91) or email kgray@impactnw.org with questions! - Kaylynne Gray, Impact NW

    Bring It On: the Musical is Coming  - Get your tickets today!

    Thurs., Fri., Sat. March 5, 6, & 7 @ 7:00 P.M.

    Thurs. Fri. March 12 & 13 @ 7:00 P.M.

    Sat. March 14 @ 2:00 P.M. CLOSING MATINEE ONLY

    Tickets: www.roosevelttheatre.org/buy_tickets


    Art Students Winning Prizes - Jordan Parker and Ronnie Jahrsdoerfer submitted helmet art designs to the 21 Helmets contest for One Motorcycle show the Coliseum February 7-9th. They were selected out of only 10 other Portland public high school students to enter painted helmet art showcased along with local artists. I am happy to announce that Ronnie took 2nd place and Jordan took 4th!  See here for Ronnie’s work, as well as below students winning awards.

    There is a Roosevelt Cluster art show at the BESC/district office February through March featuring over 20 Roosevelt student artworks. 

    Two Roosevelt students who entered the Scholastic Art Awards won Gold Keys (highest award) Congratulations Quinn Humphreys and Dylan Powell! The show is on display at PNCA through February.

    Theatre Shout Outs - Congratulations to Edme Guetschow who placed second at the Branch Level English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, February 8 at Lewis & Clark College! This is the second year in a row a Roosevelt HS student has placed second overall.

    Great job Intermediate Acting for their hard work crafting a powerful new work around school violence as part of their residency with Hand2Mouth Theatre. They performed their piece entitled Rough Rider on Sat. Feb. 8 as part of the citywide Fertile Ground New Works Festival. - Jo Lane


    Roosevelt Jazz Bands bring home some hardware - This weekend we brought both of our Jazz bands to the West Salem Jazz Festival. Our top band moved up to the advanced division and took 2nd place. The intermediate Jazz band brought home a 5th place trophy in their first festival. Solo awards went to Simon Ghilarducci, Axel Guell, Jack Nieuwendorp, Riley Harris, Darren James, Ethan Darco, and Jonah Banta. - Jason Margolis


    Athletics - Here is the schedule for next week. Heading in to the last few weeks of Winter Sports. 

    • Wrestling & Swimming compete in the PIL District Meets this weekend - GOOD LUCK to them! 
    • Boys Basketball is on the brink of making State Playoffs - They need to win their 3 remaining games (Wilson tomorrow, Cleveland on 2/21 and Benson on 2/25) to have a chance. GOOD LUCK BOYS!!
    • Winter Sports Celebration will be on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30pm 

     GO RIDERS!! - Sanjay


    Career Bulletin - Check out the career bulletin for the latest career related opportunities for students! Apply for after school programs, internships, job readiness classes, career focused days, trades and apprentices, resume workshops and so much more! - Raisa Puchalski, Career Coordinator 


    Next Week’s College Visits - See our counseling website for all the college visits this year. There are no visits this week.


    Job Opportunity for Students / Parents - UNITE Oregon's Paid Field (2020 US Census) Job application. Paid phone banking for up to 32 hours a week, Tuesday through Sunday, lunch and dinner provided each workday.  Pay is $17 per hour these positions run March 11th through August 1st, 2020. Contact Perla Alvarez at 503-358-2927 and perla@wecountoregon.com 


    From your Roosevelt Supporter Club (RSC) - 

    All Night Grad Party: Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30 pm at 45th Parallel Wines in St. Johns. We’d love to have some freshman and sophomore parents join our group of junior parents with the idea of taking over the process next year when our kids are seniors. We’ve got this process pretty well dialed in and we have a lot of fun! We’re respectful of your time – we’re all busy! – and fully support the idea that if everyone does something, no one has to do everything.  If you’re interested, please email president.rhs.ptsa@gmail.com  or join us on Thursday!

    Blazers Tickets: Been hoping to catch a game this season? Now is the perfect time to grab some tickets!!! A portion of sales made through this link (https://groupmatics.events/group/abschoolfundraising20) will be donated back to the RSC to help with our fundraising efforts for the All Night Grad Party. You can see the Blazers take on the Celtics on 2/25 or the Mavericks on 3/19. Just be sure to select Roosevelt when you buy your tickets. 

    Abby’s Closet: Looking for the perfect dress for prom? Want to get it for free? Abby’s Closet will be giving away more than 7,000 dresses on March 14th and 15th at the Oregon Convention Center. This event is open to all high school students – you just have to show your school ID or your StudentVUE account. More info about the event can be found here. They’re still looking for volunteers and would appreciate Spanish speaking helpers. If you’d like to get involved, let us know. 


    Mental Health Corner - Do you care for a teen who struggles with anxiety, depression, or another mental health disorder? For families and caregivers these can be very challenging. Frustration at a teen who won’t get out of bed, refuses to go to school, or simply just never feels good is common. On Wednesday, February 19th from 6 pm-7:30 pm Caitlin Clark, Roosevelt’s Bilingual Family Therapist, will be hosting the first in a monthly series of workshops for parents to learn the brain basics of these mental health conditions, some ways to problem solve around common challenges, and an opportunity for questions/discussion with other attendees. Please join us in the Counseling Center that evening. Snacks provided! 

    Caitlin Clark, LMFT


    Work cell: 971-266-1512 (8 am-4 pm)


    Successful Schools Survey of Parents - Shape the future of your student's education! What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.

    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends.

    The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school. 

    The current launch date is set for January 27th, the student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th and the family survey until February 28th. Stay tuned for further information! Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!


    Immunization Exclusion Day - Hello parents, Immunization Exclusion is coming up fast.   If we have no immunization record, or our vaccine information is incomplete, you will be receiving a letter from the health department showing what information we need.  Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday February 19th.   Your student will be excluded on that day if we do not have complete information.   If your student needs any vaccinations, you may

    1.   Make an appointment with your physician to have them give any vaccines that are needed.   Then bring that information to the school nurse (me) so I can enter it into school information.
    2. Your student can also go to our School Health Clinic (a Multnomah County Clinic right in our school), and they can receive any needed vaccines there.   If you would like this option, let me know and I can help student enroll in their system.
    3. If you do not wish your student to have immunizations, you need to go to the Oregon Health Authority website (information is in the letter), you need to view a module of any vaccine you wish to exempt them from, and at the end of the module you will be led to print out a certificate.   Bring a copy of that certificate for me, and I will turn it in.

    If you receive a letter and have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Roosevelt.  My phone number is 503-916-5260, ext. 82474, my email is nzimmerm@pps.net.   - Nurse Nicky



    Here’s a list of links to free college textbooks--could come in handy!