Roosevelt High School 

Parent eNews  02.19.2021

School Announcements

2020/21 RHS Remote Learning Schedule
Second semester: Semester 2 Textbook & Materials distribution schedule

Registration for 2021/22 Classes 2021 Class Registration Information
Registration for classes next year will run through February 25th online through the Source.

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.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II Funds and In-Person Plan
The bill to release the federal ESSER II funds for COVID relief was signed by the Governor. In order to begin receiving ESSER II funds, school districts are required to submit a progress update to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by March 1 on the return to in-person instruction in the 2020-21 school year. OSPI has provided a template for districts to use for our updates. The Board is meeting on Feb. 25 to review and approve the progress report for submission by March 1. The meeting will be broadcast on SPSTV and can also be watched on the district’s YouTube channel.

Underclassmen YEARBOOK Photos Needed!
In order to maximize inclusion of students represented in the yearbook, we are asking that all underclassmen (grades 9, 10, 11) submit their own picture to be included in the student section of the yearbook! We are asking that students please submit these photos as soon as possible. For more information, click here or contact Mr. Rainwater

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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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

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

Community Forum with King County Public Health and Seattle Public Schools
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:30 PM

In response to our school communities need for updated, reliable information regarding health and safety protocols for the in-person return to school, Seattle Council PTSA will be hosting a community forum in partnership with King County Public Health and SPS. Dr Matias Valenzuela from KCPH will provide an overview of current trends in COVID 19 cases and vaccination landscape. Dr Concie Pedroza, Chief of Student Services and Coordinated Health team will answer questions regarding the collaboration and coordination with King County Public Health. Interpretation will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

SPS Budget Shortfall Information Meeting
Thursday, February 25, 7:00-8:30 PM

Seattle Council PTSA is partnering with SPS leadership to co-host a 2020-21 budget update. Attendees will receive an overview of the district's budget landscape, the projected budget gap for next year and beyond, and what this means for our schools. After the district's presentation and Q&A, SCPTSA Legislative Chair Eddie Lin and SCPTSA District 3 Area Director Sam Fogg will share important information with members on how to advocate for more funding. Pre-registration is required. Language interpretation will be available.

Anti-Racism Training for ALL PTSA Members
Saturdays, February 27, March 6, and March 13, 3-5 PM
Seattle Council PTSA is providing FREE anti-racism training with education consultant Erin Jones. Participants are expected to attend all 3 sessions. Click here for more information and to register.


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.

Seattle Skills Center: 2020 – 2021 Second Semester Class Opening
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.

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.

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.

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

Schedule for 1st Week of Athletics Practice: February 22-27

Start of Football Season Information from Coach Sherlock

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
Practice begins February 22nd at 4PM at Roosevelt High School. We will meet on the track.
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
The latest WSPTA Legislative Report focuses on the passage of ESHB 1368 - the federal stimulus appropriations act. This bill will distribute $688 million in federal funds to school districts. In order to receive funds, districts will need to submit an updated reopening plan by March 1 and a student learning loss recovery plan by June 1. Some other bills of note are:
  • HB 1139 would require districts to take action to address lead in drinking water. The bill passed out of committee as amended.
  • HB 1214 would require school districts to offer expanded training for school resource officers and safety and security staff within six months of their start in a school. An amendment made other changes that can be viewed here, including one advanced by WSPTA in testimony.
  • SB 5299 would allow students to use computer science credits in lieu of the third math or science credit. The bill passed unanimously and was sent to the Rules Committee.
  • HB 1054 would ban the use of chokeholds, tear gas, neck restraints, and no knock warrants.  It would also restrict shooting at moving vehicles, restrict hot pursuits, and require all officers to have visible identification.
You can comment on any bill by clicking on the Comment button on the bill page, or you can contact your legislator. And sign up for Action Alerts from WSPTA.

WSPTA Advocacy Issue Highlight of the Week
Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide: Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that prevent and reduce gun violence and suicide. Get more details about the issue in this handout, or by watching this short video.

Washington State PTA Advocacy Platform


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

Forefront Suicide Prevention Presents: Parenting Through COVID-19
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:00 PM

The new normal for parents/caregivers across the country involves working from home, taking on new responsibilities for educating their children, isolation, big questions and significant world events. Join UW psychologists and professors Jim and Lizz Mazza for a virtual Q & A as they discuss their top social emotional education strategies for raising kids during these challenging times. Only 100 seats available, so be sure to reserve yours now! You can also submit questions in advance.

Centering the Mental Health of Black Youth
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM

KCTS 9 has partnered with the WA Therapy Fund Foundation and The Root of Our Youth for a virtual event to support the mental health and well-being of Black youth in our region. We will discuss barriers, reducing stigma and successful strategies for mental health and well-being within the Black community, featuring the testimony of teens and young adults with lived experience. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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.

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.

Free Printing at Seattle Public Libraries
Need to print something? Seattle Public Libraries are offering FREE printing services at participating Curbside Pickup locations--10 pages of B&W per patron, per day.  Send your document by email, web or mobile device. Service limited to curbside pickup days and times.

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.


Girls on the Run Junior Coaches Needed
Girls on the Run Puget Sound teaches girl identifying youth in 3rd-8th grade how to be joyful, healthy, and confident while creatively integrating running and walking. We are looking for high school girls age 16 to 18 to apply for our Junior Coach program. Our program will provide leadership opportunities, instructional training, service hour credits, and a ton of fun! There are safe, in-person and 100% virtual coaching positions available. Applications for Junior Coaches close on February 26th.

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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