Our neighborhood public high school, Theodore Roosevelt High School (“RHS”), continues to move forward with its turn-around efforts. The school has about 560 students this fall.

While substantial efforts have been made in past years since the 2006-07 school year, and there has been a big change in atmosphere at the school, RHS is still not performing academically as hoped. This fall, the school received a three year “School Improvement Grant” (“SIG”) from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This is a special grant for “persistently low-performing schools” with funding originating with the federal government. The SIG grant calls for using various strategies to improve academic achievement at the school, including curriculum reform, professional development, and extended learning time. There has also been a substantial change in teaching staff, due to the retirement of a number of staff and the reassignment of others.

The Mercy Hospital Health Clinic at the school continues this school year, and has added counseling and mental health services through the addition of a full-time counselor to its staff at the school.

The Conscious Choice program for women students, which encourages delaying motherhood and a focus on academics, continues this year.

The Roosevelt Community Council continues to support the school through its Football Breakfasts and support for the Roosevelt afterschool program and other efforts. The RCC meets every month on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm. During the school year, the RCC meets in Room 007 at the school. Contact Patrick Moore 314-535-5000 or pmcci@att.net or Norah Ryan 314-241-9994 or norah.ryan@att.net for more information.

–Norah Ryan