Roosevelt High School 

Parent eNews  04.30.2021

Message From Principal Rodgers:

I want to share the news with you that I have accepted a new position as Principal of Bainbridge High School in the Bainbridge Island School District and I will be leaving RHS and the Seattle School District at the end of this school year. After 18 years in Seattle Schools, and with my twins beginning Kindergarten next year, the timing felt right for our family to have a new experience.

Working at Roosevelt High School for the last eleven years has been a joy. I have learned so much from all of my experiences and collaboration here and I will take with me lasting professional connections with colleagues who are second to none. Roosevelt will always be a part of who I am.

I am particularly proud that RHS is doing the right work in examining all aspects of our system to create an anti-racist institution where all students feel seen, heard, valued, and respected. Those priorities will not shift with any change in leadership as they align with the Seattle School District’s strategic plan. I am profoundly grateful for all of the community partnership in our racial equity work.

I wish everyone the best for the future and I appreciate your support and push these last many years.

Kristina Rodgers

School Announcements

Graduation Details
Following guidance from OSPI, SPS will hold in-person high school graduation ceremonies that are aligned to safety protocols, including limiting the number of audience members. Each student will be allowed four ticketed guests, however this number could decrease based on guidance from Public Health. District staff are also exploring the option of live streaming. Roosevelt’s graduation is set for Monday, June 14, 8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Survey on Proposed Parking Changes Around RHS
The Seattle Department of Transportation is proposing changes to parking on the streets surrounding Roosevelt that may eliminate much of the all-day street parking. Share your views by taking their survey, emailing, or calling (206)305-8029. The survey Deadline is May 15.

Did you miss the Junior College Info Session? You can find a recording here.

Senior Naviance Workshop
Come join & complete your High School and Beyond Plan graduation requirements! Register here for one of 3 workshops on May 5th: 1-2PM, 2-3PM, 3-4PM.

Attendance Policy for Grades 6-12
Attendance will now be taken twice every day for each period – once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Students will be marked absent if they do not participate during afternoon instruction. More details here.

Adoption of Emergency Waivers for Graduation 
On April 21, the School Board approved the use of emergency waivers of graduation requirements for individual students in the class of 2021. Students may have credit or graduation pathway requirements waived if they were on track to complete graduation requirements pre-COVID. Counselors will work with eligible students on a case by case basis.
Spring 2021 Instructional Model Appeals Process
Families may request an appeal if: the district made an error in assignment or they can provide evidence of an extreme or unique extenuating circumstance. More information on the appeals process is available here.

Spring Student Survey and Fall Results
Beginning May 5, students will be given a link to respond to the SPS spring 2021 survey during their school day. Questions will focus on students’ experiences during the pandemic, access to and quality of remote and hybrid instruction, and on school climate and culture. The spring survey will ask demographic questions, including race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. More information on the Spring Survey can be found here. Results of the Fall Survey can be found here.

Students Will Not Take State Tests This Spring
Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal made the following statement:
"I have made the determination that Washington state will not be administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments or the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science this spring. Instead, our assessment window for the 2020–21 school year will be in the fall — a timeline consistent with guidance provided by the Department to satisfy federal testing requirements." Read more about the plans for student assessments here.

Student and Family Survey on Graduation Pathways
Graduation pathways help students prepare for their next steps on their journey. Are today’s pathways what our students need? The Washington State Board of Education would like your feedback by May 2nd in this short survey.

Secondary "Incomplete" Grades
If your student earned an “Incomplete” final grade during the first semester of this school year, they have until the end of the second semester to complete a learning plan to earn a letter grade and course credit. If your student has reached out to their teacher regarding a learning plan but have not received one, email

Stock the Pantry & Help Roosevelt Students & Families in Need
With some students returning to in-person learning, the RHS PTSA Packs for Teens pantry is expanding to support students with weekly packs as well as continued deliveries to families.  Please help us to provide needed food, toiletries and cleaning supplies by shopping the pantry wish list or donating.

Purchase Grad Class Gear: Senior Class t-shirt ; Junior class t-shirt & sweatshirt ; Sophomore Class t-shirt & sweatshirt

JOIN THE PTSA BOARD 2021/2022 - OPEN POSITIONS include VP of Class Funds, Advocacy Chair, Membership Chair and more.  Full list: Open Positions

Become a Member of our PTSA!  Help support all our great programs.  JOIN NOW!

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Do you need more information or more resources? Check out the RHS PTSA website or reach out to your PTSA Advocacy Chair, Natalya Yudkovsky, at

Upcoming Events

RHS PTSA General Meeting!
Monday, May 3, 7:00 PM,
Zoom link
Join us for an event-filled meeting! YOU (our members!) will be voting on next year's budget and for our 2021/22 Executive Committee. We will also be handing out this year's PTSA Awards. And we'll hear about PTSA's successes during this year's state legislative session. We hope to see you all there! Questions? Email

RHS PTSA Race & Equity Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 PM,
Zoom link
Join us as we work to create a Roosevelt culture where everyone is seen, heard, valued, and respected!

Welcome Dr. Brent Jones

Thursday, May 6, 6:30-8:00PM, Zoom link
Seattle Council PTSA invites our school communities to virtually meet our incoming Superintendent Dr Brent Jones. Dr Jones will share his vision for Seattle Public Schools and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on the most pressing issues our school communities are currently facing. Closed captions will be available. If anyone is in need of language interpretation, please email by Monday, May 3rd.

Restraint and Isolation Policy Community Events
The district is in the process of revising Policy 3246 – Restraint, Isolation, and Other Uses of Physical Intervention to align to our values of anti-racist actions and working towards de-escalation and trauma-informed responses. We will share the draft policy to be brought in front of the board during this session. These sessions will be facilitated by district staff and Director Rankin and Director Hersey.
  • Student and Youth Community Meeting: Thursday, May 6, 2021. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Zoom
  • Community Member Meeting: Thursday, May 13, 2021. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Zoom

Seattle Schools

SPS Proposed Changes to Highly Capable Services
On April 21, the School Board discussed proposed changes to Policy 2190, Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Program. The changes include transitioning over six years to a tiered support service model in every school to provide Highly Capable Services, rather than the current model that separates HCC students into their own middle and elementary schools. School Board action is scheduled for May 5. You can find more information about the proposed changes here.

Daily Attestation Procedure Tip
Adults can give their student permission to complete their own attestation. Next time you fill out the questions from your email, look for the guardian student approval question located just under the question: “Do you plan to come to School/Site today? The responder can then click: “I want to update the delivery preferences or grant my student permission to complete the screening” Then, they can grant permission by answering the following question: "I believe my student understands the questions being asked in the Daily Health Screening and grant permission for Seattle Public Schools to accept their response. ” If the answer yes, then a text boxes opens to add the student text number. Adding a student email to the Screening is not an option. Parents/guardians who give permission for their student to complete the Screening, can “opt out” of emails/texts in the “update the delivery preferences” section.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Did you know that the Free & Reduced Meal applications have benefits beyond free breakfast, lunch, and snack? Families with children on free/reduced meals may be eligible to receive reduced fees for field trips, pre-college exams, and more!

SPS Family Update: Return to In-Person Instruction
As your student transitions back to in-person learning, please use this family guide as a reference for key updates and procedures. A reminder that all students need to complete a daily health screening before entering the building. The screening needs to be done by 10 a.m. for in-person learning in the afternoon. Please watch this video for more information. You will receive the screening by email at 5 a.m. every school day.

Contact Tracing at SPS
SPS is working to mitigate risks by creating a robust contact tracing program. This program works alongside our daily health screenings. If there is a case of COVID-19, we are prepared to limit exposure and stop the spread. Learn more

SPS Return to In-Person Health and Safety Protocols
Reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission is everyone's responsibility. Local, state, and federal health guidelines have informed the development of the SPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. SPS has been using these protocols since the beginning of the pandemic. Here are the top 10 things families need to know, in English and with links to translations in 8 languages.

Language and Translation Supports
SPS has created web pages in each of our community's top six languages: Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

2020/21 School Year Calendar

Race and Equity in the Community

ADL Northwest No Place for Hate Youth Summit - Sunday, May 23, 12:00-2:30 PM
ADL Northwest’s inaugural summit is FREE and open to ALL Washington State 8th-12th graders. Building on ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative reaching over 30,000 students in the Pacific Northwest, the Summit will provide students with an opportunity to deepen their anti-bias and leadership skills, get inspired, and see themselves as change makers. Register here.

RARE Fundraising Campaign Following First Scholarship Awards!
Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) has announced an exciting Matching Challenge to reach its overall funding goal of $250,000, which would allow two annual scholarships to be awarded in perpetuity to students of color at RHS! Each dollar raised will be matched equally by a pledged donation from existing RARE donors! Learn about this year’s scholarship winners here.


Academics, College, and Career

SPS April Scholarship Bulletin
Internship & Volunteer Opportunities
RHS Career Center Announcements

Seattle Promise College Choice Deadline
Attention: incoming Seattle Promise scholars, it's time to confirm which of the Seattle Colleges you'll be attending this fall. Confirm your choice by May 1.

Local Workshop on College Aid
Wednesday, May 5, 7PM by Zoom

Local college choice authority Teri Thompson, test prep expert Greg Smith, and local college aid authority and radio host Albert Israel CFP, will be the speakers at a free virtual informational workshop addressing college financial aid, how that aid is assigned to individual families, how that aid can sometimes be increased, what role test prep plays, and how to pick the right college for your child. The workshop is designed for parents of college bound high school students. This is a free event. All speakers are Seattle based and there is no cost or obligation to those who attend. RSVP

North Seattle College Running Start Info
Running Start is a program that allows 11th & 12th grade students enrolled in a WA State public high school to take college courses at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Students earn both high school and college credits for these courses. The priority application date for fall quarter 2021 is May 3rd. Learn more here.

Young Executives of Color (YEOC) - UW Foster School of Business
YEOC is a FREE nine-month college pipeline hosted by the UW Foster School of Business. Students attend sessions one Saturday every month on the UW Campus. The program serves and cultivates the academic potential of underrepresented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the state of Washington. 
Deadline: May 1st, 2021 Apply Now

Summer Programs 
If you haven’t decided how to spend your summer, you may want to think about the possibility of participating in a summer program. If summer programs interest you, you should act soon! Application deadlines come early in the year. Please visit the RHS Career Center Website's Summer Programs tab!


Congratulations to our Golf Teams. The girls team won the Metro League Championship and the boys team finished 3rd!

Still looking for a spring sport?  Registration is open for the Roosevelt Boys Lacrosse 2021 Spring Season.  Boys lacrosse is an ASB club sport and all levels of experience are welcome, including beginners!  Interested players should visit the team website to register.  Questions can be directed to Coach Drew Wright. Scholarships are available upon request. 

For the Season 2 sports schedule, please click here.

Make your ASB payment by clicking here. This payment is required for athletic participation.


Special Ed PTSA Statement on Student Restraint
The Special Education PTSA wrote a letter to the superintendent and school board in regards to 2019-20 data on restraint and isolation in Seattle Public Schools. Although superintendent procedure prohibits restraint of students against a floor or wall, in 2019/20 students were restrained on the floor 344 times. Data further show that 17 students in the Bridges Transition Program were restrained on the floor 185 times in 2019-20. The letter is demanding that the district take action on these incidents.

Community Events and Resources

For families that were unable to attend last week’s “The Rise of Cancel Culture: A Talk for Parents + Teens,” there is a recording of the discussion available here.

Bush School’s Parent University: How Sports Can Transform Our Children
Tuesday, May 4, 5PM

While there is much attention given to the pressures our sporting culture places on athletes, parents are in need of support to guide their young athletes through these challenging times and endeavors, particularly as athletes move from one developmental stage to the next. In this hour-long discussion, clinical psychologist and sport psychology consultant Dr. Richard Ginsburgh will review the Three-Step-Approach (Know Your Child, Know Yourself, and Know Your Child’s Environment) as a means to help parents navigate this unpredictable and demanding sports environment in the service of helping their children achieve to their best ability while developing strong and lasting character. Free. Advanced registration required.

Information about the 15th Ave NE Paving Project and how it may impact travel around Roosevelt this Spring and Summer.

Ballard High School Presents the Musical “Spring Awakening”
Live-streamed on May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm
“Spring Awakening” follows three teenagers in a small village who experience the dawn of their own sexuality. They inevitably awaken to both joy and pain, with little direction from the adults around them. The original play from 1891 was so scandalous for addressing sex violence and suicide that it was not staged until 1906. This contemporary production was first staged on Broadway in 2006. Tickets are $25 at Make it dinner and a show: Alison’s Coastal Kitchen Takeout has put together a spring-themed, takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Preorder now (with 24-hour notice).

2021 Crosscut Festival - Online May 3-8
The Crosscut Festival brings journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and across the nation together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives. This year's speakers include Jane Goodall, Ibram X. Kendi, Nancy Pelosi, Judy Woodruff, Rick Steves, Bill Nye, Pramila Jayapal, Robert Reich and many more. View the full schedule here! Tickets are generally pay-what-you-can.

Virtual District 4 Town Hall With Councilmember Pedersen
Tuesday, May 11, 6:00-7:30 PM

Please join our District 4 office for our Spring 2021 virtual Town Hall. We have invited Human Services Department Director Helen Howell to share the City’s strategy for homelessness, even as we shift toward a more effective regional approach to this regional crisis. We will also dedicate time to answer District 4 questions. To RSVP to this online event (and to submit questions about city government), CLICK HERE.

Parent Support Calls With NAMI Seattle
2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm

Are you a parent or guardian of a school-age child or young adult? Are you looking for extra support and connection, or help navigating resources during these hard times? Join fellow parents and community providers to ask questions and get ideas and support. We know your life is busy – stay for the whole call or leave early if you need to. Join by video or dial in. Registration is required: click here to register for 2nd Fridays or click here to register for 4th Fridays.

LEAP Mental Health Workshop
Saturday, May 15, 9:30am-12:30pm

Are you struggling to help a loved one with a mental health condition who does not believe anything is wrong? Despite your best intentions, do your attempts to help descend into conflict and drive your loved one further away? The LEAP workshop might be for you. Based on both the professional and personal experience of clinical psychologist Dr. Xavier Amador, this workshop uses evidence-based strategies and recent research on mental health conditions to help YOU help your loved one. The LEAP approach (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) is based on Dr. Amador’s best-selling book “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” and is facilitated by Bob Krulish, the only facilitator currently certified to lead this workshop in Washington state. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link, learn more and register here.



May 6th is Latinx Vaccination Day!
Sea Mar teams up with El Centro de la Raza to vaccinate the community. There are appointments from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Make your appointment today by calling 855.289.4503.

Vaccine supplies are increasing in Seattle! Register here for the North Seattle Vaccination Hub.

In-Home Vaccinations for King County Residents
Public Health is implementing a vaccination program for individuals in King County who are unable to leave their homes. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to schedule an appointment here.

Vaccination Walk-Ups Now Available for Older Adults and “Good Neighbors”
The City of Seattle is making vaccinations available to older adults on a walk-up basis - no appointment is needed. All people 60-years-old and older are eligible to walk-in to the Community Vaccination Hubs located in Rainier Beach (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp at 8702 Seward Park Ave S, 98118) or West Seattle (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2801 SW Thistle St, 98126) and get vaccinated without an appointment. To address mobility barriers the City has also launched the “Good Neighbor” program, which allows one person accompanying an older adult to get a walk-up vaccination as well.  More Info

Packs for Teens
Need a pack? Please contact Erin Bailey, our Academic Intervention Specialist, if your family or student would like support.

Student Meals
Students can pick up breakfasts and lunches Monday-Friday, 10:45AM-1:15PM at 40 area schools, including Bryant Elementary, Sand Point Elementary, Eckstein Middle School, Nathan Hale High School, and Olympic Hills Elementary. You can find more details on student meals and how to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch here. *new change, meals no longer available for adults

Need Immunizations?
Is your child behind on immunizations, but you are concerned about going into a clinic?  Roosevelt Teen Health Center is offering car visit vaccinations (sorry, no COVID vaccines yet). Please use this link to contact us or call 206-527-8336.

Guide for Urgent Care
Not sure whether you should take your child or teen to urgent care or the emergency room: Seattle Children’s has a new guide in English, Spanish and Arabic. Urgent care doesn't do well visits, sports physicals, or return to play after concussion. You can contact your primary care provider, or the teen health center will gladly assist you with those services. Call to make an appt. 206-527-8336 or go to this link to register.

Roosevelt School-Based Health Center
The Neighborcare Health Center at Roosevelt offers both remote and scheduled, in-person visits to students. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for you or your child, please send an email to  If you or your child are not yet registered, you can complete a registration form here.


Laptop Problems?
If students are unable to log on or need assistance: please call or email our tech support team. The team is available, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call: 206-252-0100. Email

Roosevelt Centered Tech Support
RHS librarian Deb Gallaher has compiled a treasure trove of Roosevelt centered tech support information here.

Technology Resource Centers
  • New site: the Roosevelt High School technology resource center will open March 23.
  • Closure: the John Marshall Building technology resource center closed on March 19.
Find a schedule and all locations on the Technology Resource Center page.

How-to Videos for Common Platforms
Need help with Schoology or Teams? How-to videos, including translated versions, are now available. These videos will teach you how to log in, navigate your student’s school courses, submit assignments, and more.



Earn Community Service Hours in our own community by volunteering every Sunday from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, NE 65th Street under the I-5 bridge. Volunteers serve home cooked meals. Service includes setting-up/taking down tables and chairs, serving food, separating trash/recycle or handing out toiletries. Are you in? Sign up for the next serving date and be put on the mailing list:

University Food Bank ( Ages 15-17 accompanied by a parent/guardian. Hannah (Volunteer Coordinator) 206-523-7060 ext. 706. Description: Volunteers are helping to distribute food to customers 6 days a week. Volunteers assist with packing premade non-perishable boxes, shopping for customers, sorting donations, restocking shelves and helping maintain a clean and safe grocery store.

Volunteer to Connect With Older Adults
RHS students looking for a volunteer opportunity can enroll in the Sages and Seekers program. This program pairs students with older adults to have conversations about life and work to dismantle the stigma around aging.

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

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