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ROOSEVELT TIMES Roosevelt High School, Sioux Falls, SD
(605) 362-2860 Volume 25, Edition 3
Rider Remarks By Tim Hazlett, RHS Principal
Greeting from all of us at RHS! During the summer and prior to the beginning of this
school year I was really concerned about how this year would go at RHS. I mentioned some of
the reasons for concern in last month's newsletter and challenged our community to commit to
being a little different by emphasizing our togetherness as a community and taking on the, "We
are Roosevelt! We are one!" theme. The results and possibly the simple shift in expectation and
attitude have been exciting and obvious at RHS. We have had an outstanding start to our school
year and the sense of community and pride is growing every day. It makes me proud to see so
many people involved and engaged in what is happening at RHS.
Developing a sense of pride and togetherness as a learning community is very important and exciting,
but it is just one aspect of what we are trying to accomplish at RHS. Academic preparation and success for all
of our students is the main thing that we are working towards. This past year, we increased our overall
graduation rate while maintaining our desire to challenge students to achieve at high levels. We had eight
students achieve a very high honor of being recognized nationally as National Merit Semifinalists! They are
Chase Duffy, Hannah Fortin, Max Hawkins, CJ Irsfeld, Shikhar Kumar, Caroline Moriarty, Ryan Peters, and
Mike Schneider, these students have worked incredibly hard and are incredible students. Congratulations to
each of them. We are proud of you and you deserve the recognition that you have received.
In the month of October, we are hosting parent-teacher conferences from 4:00 to 7:30 on the 17th
and the 24th. We hope that you are able to attend and get to know our teachers and find out how your
student(s) are doing. If you have any concerns, please make every attempt to attend conferences or
communicate with us at any time vie e-mail or just give us a call. Another date to mark on your calendars is
October 21st as we do not have school on that day.
This year is off to a very good start and we hope to continue to improve and respond to student needs
throughout the school year. It is our privilege to work with all of our students and help them succeed and
prepare for their future after high school. We are always interested in hearing from you as parents and welcome
your communication. There are good things going on every day at RHS. We are Roosevelt! We are one!
RHS PHONE NUMBERS Main office 362-2860 Fax 362-2883
Activity Office 362-2866
Counselors 362-2868 Fax 362-2867
Attendance 362-2885 Music Dept. 362-2871
Special Ed 362-2875
Student Store 362-2870
362-2885 Parents: An absence must be reported either by note,
email or phone call. When sending notes with your
student for absences, be sure they are dated and
signed. Students: Please bring your appointment notes
to the attendance office first thing in the morning. You
will be given a slip to check out of class.
This is a reminder to all parents/guardians and
students that you and your child are not
allowed to bring in food from outside vendors
for lunch. We participate in the Federal lunch
program which stipulates that we may not have
food in the lunch room from outside vendors.
Thank you very much for your help.
RHS Booster Club
The Roosevelt High School Booster Club helps
support over 30 activities and sports at Roosevelt
High School. The Booster Club funding resources
come from two major sources: the President’s Bowl
and friends like you. Please help support the Booster
Club through memberships and gifts.
Booster Club meeting minutes, meeting schedules and
activities can be found at www.rooseveltboosters.com.
We encourage all RHS supporters to attend Booster
Club meetings and to volunteer when the need arises.
If you have any questions about the RHS booster club
you can contact any of the officers via their contact
info located on the RHS Booster site.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high
schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship
Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
(PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen
of program entrants. The nationwide pool of
Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of
U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring
entrants in each state. Officials of National Merit
Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the
names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the
62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program on
Wednesday. These academically talented high school
seniors have an opportunity to continue in the
competition for some 7,500 National Merit
Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be
offered next spring. Roosevelt is well represented this
year with 8 Semifinalists, the most in Sioux Falls and
the state. Please congratulate following students for a
job well done: Chase Duffy, Hannah Fortin, Max
Hawkins, CJ Irsfeld, Shikhar Kumar, Caroline
Moriarty, Ryan Peters, and Mike Schneider. These
students will continue the application process this year
with hope of becoming Finalists and Merit Scholar
Dress Up Days:
Throwback Thursday/History Channel: Historical figures, America Friday Night Lights: We Are Roosevelt! We are One! (Any student that has not received a shirt by Tuesday, Sept. 27, should stop by A207.) Friday, October 7, there will be a modified schedule. No school lunch will be served--students must purchase a pizza feed ticket for $5, or purchase a wristband. (Students on free/reduced lunch will need to stop by A210 to purchase a ticket for $1 during homecoming week.) Rider Fest will take place after school on Friday, October 7, from 3:30-5:30. It is a dance, block party, and carnival all rolled into one big celebration of being a Rider! There will be inflatables, cupcake walk, karaoke, family feud, bean bag tourney, golf chipping contest, 3 on 3, and more!! Booster club is hosting a tailgating party from 6- 7:30 PM at HWF. The Riders will take on the BV Lynx at 8 PM.
Football End of season Banquet is Nov. 21
at 6:30 pm in the RHS Commons.
The 2016 Academic Awards Banquet is
scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd in the RHS
Auxiliary Gym. Any sophomore, junior, or senior
who has earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher both
semesters of the 2015 – 2016 school year will be
invited to attend during his/her combined
lunch/study hall period. Students will be
recognized individually and get an extended lunch
period in order to praise this achievement in their
educational careers. Parents are encouraged to
attend and celebrate with their children!
Invitations will be delivered to deserving
students during the week of October 17th through
October 21st; they will include an RSVP form,
which must be completed by Wednesday, October
26th; parent tickets must also be purchased before
the end of the day on the 26th.
Please direct any questions, to Mrs. Fersdahl (362-
2860 or email@example.com).
Health 101: Important!
Keep Your Children Healthy
NOTICE: The State Department of Health is no longer providing free flu vaccine to schools, which means the Sioux Falls School District will not be holding flu shot clinics in the middle and high schools this year. Families should contact their health care provider for the flu vaccine.
Seasonal colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses are unwelcome interruptions to our lives. Encourage your child to practice the following prevention tips:
Avoid close contact with those who are sick. Don’t share food/drinks.
Cover coughs and sneezes. Help keep germs from circulating-cover your nose with a tissue when sneezing and dispose tissues properly. When coughing, cover your mouth with your arm, not your hand.
Wash your hands periodically with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you’re not near a sink.
Avoid touching your face. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, manage stress and eat nutritious foods.
Get a flu vaccine, it’s not too late!
The Roosevelt Theatre Department