Roosevelt High School 

Parent eNews  02.26.2021

School Announcements

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

ATTENTION all Roosevelt Musicians Who Have Played in BAND!
There is a spot for anyone who wants to be in a Band at Roosevelt. Any questions may be directed to Mr. Brown.

  • 9th graders this year who did not get their request to be in Concert Band can register for Symphonic Band for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Incoming 9th Graders should register for Concert Band. There is NO Audition required!
  • Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may register for Symphonic Band, or audition for Wind Ensemble. Students wishing to audition for Wind Ensemble may e-mail Mr. Brown or reply to
  • Current (non-senior) students in Wind Ensemble should return for next year.
  • 10th, 11th and 12th grade percussion students should register for Percussion Ensemble.

Apply for Hands for a Bridge! Applications are due March 22nd. More information about this 11th and 12th grade Language Arts class is linked here.

Second semester: Semester 2 Textbook & Materials distribution schedule

At RHS PTSA all of our funds come from Membership Dues. And memberships must be renewed every year! Your dues dollars help support our many programs including Packs for Teens, Race and Equity Committee, Staff Appreciation, and Advocacy for students and families. 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



Does your family need some extra help right now? The Roosevelt PTSA Packs for Teens program delivers weekly packs of food, toiletries and cleaning supplies to families. Please contact Erin Bailey, our Academic Intervention Specialist, if your family would like support.

Student and Family Meals
Families can pick up breakfasts and lunches Monday-Friday, 11:15AM-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.

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.

Seattle Schools

2020/21 School Year Calendar

School Board Approves Interim Superintendent Contract for Dr. Brent Jones
At the February 24 regular school board meeting, the interim superintendent contract for Dr. Brent Jones was approved. Dr. Jones' official start date is no later than July 1, 2021 with an end date of June 30, 2022.

Service Learning Graduation Requirement Temporarily Suspended 
On Feb. 10, the Seattle School Board voted to temporarily suspend the service learning graduation requirement, which requires seniors to complete 60 hours of service learning, for this year’s graduating seniors. Students will not be required to submit waivers for the service learning requirement in order to graduate.

Revised Superintendent Procedure: Student Attendance 
In Dec. 2020 the Superintendent Procedure about student attendance was revised. Added criteria for an excused student absence include: a reason of faith or conscience, school route weather conditions, district-provided transportation delays, and student participation in one civic engagement activity per semester.

SPS 2021-22 and 2022-23 Calendars Approved 
The 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year calendars have been approved by the School Board. This fall, the first day of school for grades 1-12 will be Sept. 1.

Language and Translation Supports
To make sure all our families have access to the latest fall 2020-21 updates and resources, SPS has created web pages in each of our community's top six languages: Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 1st - PTSA Board Meeting 7:00pm.  All are welcome!
Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 863 4128 8057, Pass-code: 144120  Closed captions available.
Join us for our monthly Board meeting. There will be an update from Principal Rodgers, discussion of ideas about possible graduation plans, and information about advocacy opportunities at the state and local level.

Wednesday, March 3rd - Free COVID Testing for Anyone! 12-4 PM, Roosevelt portable
Need a free COVID test? Neighborcare Health will be operating out of the portables and there will be signs directing you. No age restrictions, you do not have to be affiliated with Roosevelt or Neighborcare to come. All COVID precautions will be in place. Bring your insurance card if you have one, no worries if you don't.


Academics, College, and Career

Washington State PTA Scholarship Program
WSPTA offers four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, who will be starting college (either two-year or four-year) in the fall. Click here for more information. Deadline March 1st.

2021 Boeing Manufacturing Internships and Fellowship Program
Boeing is offering internship and fellowship programs for students 16 years of age or above. The application deadline for all programs is February 28, 2021.

Teens in Public Service Internship (PAID)
Teens In Public Service is dedicated to developing future leaders committed to their communities. Through our Summer Internship Program, TIPS provides paid summer internships for enrolled, high school youth at local nonprofit organizations. These internships offer teens practical work experience, an understanding of ethical leadership, and a venue to put their values into action. Apply by March 5.

KUOW Summer 2021 Online Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop (PAID)
Students aged 15-18 will learn radio journalism and storytelling skills, build confidence and work with others while creating a radio story about a person in their home or community. Apply by March 9.

Seattle Seahawks Player's Equality & Justice For All Scholarship Fund

The Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Scholarship Fund aims to build a more compassionate and inclusive society by supporting career opportunities for students who have overcome significant adversity. Preference will be given to students of color and first-generation college students. The scholarships will be renewable for a total of 2-years or 4-years depending on the certification or degree the student pursues. Eligible expenses include tuition and fees. Deadline for applications is March 15.

Apply to be a Conservation Crew Camp Member - PAID
Earn a $300/week stipend and $50/week bonus and high school credit while gaining job skills. Northwest Youth Corps' Youth Camping crews combine education and job skills with outdoor adventure for 16-19-year-olds. With the guidance of experienced field staff, youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects, while developing leadership skills and learning how to work as a team. Youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects. Crew camps for their entire 4-5 week session. Apply NOW!

Quest Bridge: College Prep Scholars Program – High School Juniors
The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges. College Prep Scholars are historically five times more likely than other applicants to receive full four-year scholarships through the National College Match. Application deadline: March 24th.

Seattle Skills Center
The Seattle Skills Center is a FREE SPS program that prepares and advances high school juniors and seniors for college, career, and life. Skills Center provides this training through regular school year courses and our summer program. Courses offer 3 high school credits for one year course completion, industry recognized certification, advanced learning, and college credit. If Interested, please contact your Counselor, a teacher, or the Skills Center directly. Click here for more information on courses and to enroll.

Local Scholarships: Check out these historically under-applied-for local scholarships.

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!

AP Payment due dates: February 1 - March 5
A payment portal has been set up in SchoolPay. For further questions, please contact

March School Day SAT - CANCELLED
Due to health and public safety concerns, the administration of the March 2021 school day SAT has been cancelled. The plan is to provide the school SAT to all seniors in fall 2021. For students who wish to take the test before fall they can still do so at the College Board where they can locate a separate testing site and register.

FREE Online Tutoring Through Seattle Public Library in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
The Seattle Public Library is partnering with! Get help with a variety of subjects in a safe and secure online classroom. 1-1 help is available in math, writing, science, history, foreign languages, college essay writing, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more. Find out more and sign up here.

RHS Scholarship Bulletin
Februrary Scholarship Bulletin
RHS Career Center Announcements


Important RHS Athletics Update, SPS Athletics Memo, and Athletics 2021 FAQ
Start of Football Season Information from Coach Sherlock

Boys Lacrosse
Registration is now open for the Roosevelt Boys Lacrosse 2021 Spring Season. Early registration runs until March 8th. Practices begin on April 19 and the season will run through June 19. Boys lacrosse is an ASB club sport. Interested players should visit the team website to register. Questions can be directed to Coach Drew Wright. Scholarships are available upon request.

No Bowling at RHS This Year - unfortunately we do not have enough participants or a coach for RHS to have a bowling team this year.

Girls Water Polo Seeks Parent Board Members
Girls Water Polo is establishing a parent board which will be responsible for managing all aspects of the team, including hiring a new coach. If you are interested in learning more about the next steps for the team, please join us for a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd from 7-8pm. For more information and to get the Zoom login, please contact Sarah Bricknell or Kate Plesha.

Sign Up Today for Slo-Pitch Softball
Slo-Pitch will be a no cut sport. No matter your skill level we encourage all to turn out. We will teach you the fundamentals of the game. Questions? Contact Coach Zahn.

Roosevelt athletic paperwork is online. Please complete your packet via the link located on the Athletic page. Athletic Paperwork deadline for Season 2: Friday, April 16th

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

Proposed start schedule for WIAA sports


Washington State PTA Legislative Report
Last Friday, Governor Inslee Governor Jay Inslee signed into law ESHB 1368, putting $2.2 billion into play across the state for activities related to economic and small business recovery, reopening schools, rental assistance, and COVID-related contact tracing, testing and vaccinations.The bill provides $714 million in assistance to K-12 schools. Read more about bills still active this session in the weekly WSPTA Legislative Report.

WSPTA Action Alert on Gun Safety
Every other day, a Washington child or youth dies at the hand of a firearm. High-capacity magazines make shootings more deadly and allow shooters to fire more rounds, faster. The Washington Post estimates that more than 240,000 American students have now experienced gun violence at school, including nearly 7,000 students in Washington. We have the opportunity to restrict the access of these most deadly weapons in SSB 5078, which would limit the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines over 17 rounds. This common-sense legislation was requested by our Attorney General’s office. Please click here to take action and contact your representatives and ask for their support.

Advocate for Emergency Relief Funds for SPS
Please reach out to your legislators and advocate for the state to hold our district harmless for the loss of enrollment and bus ridership, therefore granting SPS the full amount of federal funds for Covid relief.  We expect students to return to public school after the pandemic, and we need sufficient funding to address learning loss, to support the transition back to school, and to address all the unexpected costs that this pandemic has heaped on our schools.  The federal government has allocated two rounds of Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER I and II) funds to Washington State. The state designated a total of $52,097,212 of ESSER I and II funds to Seattle Public Schools. However, instead of allowing SPS to use these funds to cover the extra school costs associated with the pandemic, the state is designating $17,002,203 for estimated enrollment decline and $22,832,766 for estimated transportation decline, leaving only $12,262,243. This remaining sum is not enough to cover the extra costs associated with the pandemic, and will result in major budget deficits going forward.



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
Eight temporary Technology Resource Centers are open to support students and families with remote learning technology. Supports include remote learning software, computers or internet access, and general technology information.

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.


Community Events and Resources

Washington State PTA Essay Contest
The objective of the WSPTA Essay Contest is for students to write an essay about an influential role model that has had a profound impact on their life. The influential role model must be a real person that the student has interacted with, not a fictional character. Deadline March 1st.

Washington State PTA Game Development Competition

Students alone or in teams of up to six members, develop a game, either a physical board game or a computer game based on an assigned theme. Students’ submissions are judged in the following areas: best board game, best computer game, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design. Click here for more information. Deadline March 1st.

Wednesday, March 17th - Smart But Scattered, 5pm
Sponsored by The Bush School Parent University

Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills, but, more importantly, they are the skills students need to get things done. They are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how these skills develop throughout childhood and suggest strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students. Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Click here to learn more about Parent University or contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer for further questions.

2021 US District Court and Ninth Circuit Essay Contest
This year’s essay and video contest asks students to consider a fundamental question—“how should we as a society strike the appropriate balance within the framework of our Constitution between safeguarding our rights and fulfilling our responsibilities to each other?” Students should focus on important events in American history and global events that have challenged us to find a balance between inalienable individual rights and collective responsibilities to each other. Click here for more information. Deadline March 17.

Interested in How Stories Can Change the World?
Narrative 4 is a global organization driven by artists, shaped by educators and led by students. Our core methodology, the story exchange, is designed to help students understand that their voices, stories, actions and lives matter, and that they have the power to change, rebuild and revolutionize systems. Find out more about Narrative 4 and attend a live event.

Seattle Parks & Rec Middle School and High School Community Center Learning Sites
Sites provide support for SPS virtual learning. There is access to recreational, enrichment, and mentoring programs, and lunch is provided daily. Sites closest to our community are at Meadowbrook and Magnuson Community Centers. Learn more and register on the Parks & Rec page.



Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed at SPS Schools
If you are in a position to add a volunteer commitment to your life in support of students most adversely affected by COVID-19, please consider volunteering remotely to support students and educators. Training on using MS Teams (our virtual classroom platform) will be provided - you do not need to have this software on your computer. Please view the most urgent volunteer support needs here. Then, complete an interest form so you can be matched with a virtual classroom!

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