Rough Rider Times

October 2020

Contact us

Main Office: (605) 362-2860

Activity Office: (605) 362-2866

Counselors: (605) 362-2868

Attendance: (605) 362-2885

Fax: (605) 362-2883

Important Dates

October 5 & 6 Conferences

October 12 Native American Day - No School

October 13 In-service - No School

October 28 End of 1st Quarter

Rider Remarks

The start of this school year has gone better than I would have ever guessed. The way that the students are handling the adjustments we made due to COVID-19 has been remarkable and are vital for us to be able to continue going to school and participating in activities. I am very thankful for everything you are doing as families to help and support our efforts to have school and attempt to keep the spread of Covid-19 in our community.

I am convinced that going to school in the traditional format is the correct decision and healthy for our students and staff. Although everything is a little different than they used to be we are functioning well. Our teachers and staff have been amazing. There has been so much thrown at them in a very short time that has required them to learn, change and be flexible during a very uncertain time and they have done that with students and learning in mind. I am proud of everyone in our school who have all worked incredibly hard to make school happen. We are not taking things for granted and know that we need to continue to do the things that have allowed us to go to school and we are determined to continue doing just that.

One of the many events that will be different this year are parent teacher conferences. Our teachers will be sending general video explaining what they are learning and doing in their classes. They will also send out a sign-up sheet for you to use if you want them to give you a call during the scheduled conference time. Those designated dates and times are October 5TH and 6th from 4:00 to 7:30 on both days. We hope those times work for you, but if they do not, please let us know and we will find times to communicate with you. Thank you for support that you have shown by supporting our efforts to have school while dealing with Covid-19. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at any time!

We Are Roosevelt! We are One!

Superintendent Message

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Due Friday, October 9

The last day for students to pay for meals based on their last year's free and reduced lunch status is October 9. If your family has not completed a new application for this year, please click on the link below and complete the application online by October 9.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Remote Conferences will be available for families on October 5th and 6th from 4:00-7:30 PM. In the near future, all your students teachers will be reaching out with a video explanation of their course, what your students have been working on, and how they can continue to be successful. In addition, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a time to communication one-on-one with the teacher. Please be on the look out for information from your student’s teachers!


All Seniors will be taking the NCRC test the morning of Oct. 20. The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeysNCRC®) is an assessment-based credential issued at four levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.

More details will be coming!

Semester Grading

High Schools - Grading Scale & Semester Grading

During the 2019-2020 school year, the SFSD put together a committee of teachers, administrators, college and university representatives and parents to review the grading policy which included the current grading scale. The committee learned through research and feedback from area universities that Sioux Falls students may be at a disadvantage when competing against students from other school districts that use a 10 pt scale as compared to the SFSD 7 pt scale. Therefore, it was determined to move to a 10-point grading scale to level the playing field for our students to earn more college scholarships. The 10-point scale is also a common scale in many colleges and school districts across the nation.

The 10-point scale is:










59.9 and below

The committee also looked at quarter and semester grading. Semester grading, as opposed to quarter grading mimics many colleges and school districts across our state and nation. In the quarter system, quarters were weighted equally but the content and work between quarters was not always equal due to snow days, testing, curriculum, etc. Semester grading alleviates that problem. Semester grading also allows students to demonstrate proficiency throughout the semester. Therefore, the decision was made to move to semester grades. Each semester will now be 85% of the final grade and the semester test will remain 15% of the final grade.

Teachers will still post grades through infinite campus to continue to provide real time grades. Grades will be posted at midterm and at the end of each semester. Students and parents will see the following grades at the end of each semester:



Semester Test

Final Grade

As always, frequent feedback for students and their parents/guardians remains vital.

This Season a Flu Shot is More Important than Ever!

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family, and your community from flu.

The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Please do your part and get a flu vaccine this fall.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. Many people at higher risk from flu also seem to be at higher risk from COVID-19. Parents should visit with their primary health care provider regarding getting their child the flu vaccine.

We recommend all students and staff get the flu shot with their health care provider. Healthcare providers offer a smaller individualized setting, which lessens the risk of Covid-19 transmission. We will hold a flu shot clinic for those who cannot get the flu shot with their provider on Wednesday, October 7, 3:00-4:30 PM in the LHS Cafeteria. We will follow CDC recommendations for vaccine clinics in the community setting.

If you will attend an SFSD flu shot clinic please be aware of the following:

· All attendees are expected to wear a mask

· All attendees are expected to social distance when entering, during, and when leaving the clinics

· Please pay attention to signs and follow the flow of traffic

· The wait time could be longer due to the need to space attendees out

In addition to seasonal flu vaccinations, the District is reminding staff, students, and parents about basic prevention efforts, such as:

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

· Cover coughs and sneezes.

o Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.

Thank you for partnering with the Sioux Falls Public Schools

to keep our classrooms healthy!

Parent Consent Form

Please complete this form and return it to the nurses office by Friday, October 9th for the October 14th flu shot clinic at Roosevelt High School.


ACT is requiring all examinees to bring & wear a face covering. Test center staff will not allow examinees to enter the testing facility without a mask unless an examinee objects due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability.

RHS Academic Banquet

7:00-8:00am - RHS Commons

Tuesday, Oct. 27th - Seniors

Wednesday, Oct. 28th - Juniors

Thursday, Oct. 29th - Sophomores

Save the Date

Formal Invitations to come!

RHS student plus one parent.

RHS Library

Just like most things this year, the library looks different. One thing that remains the same, however, is that people still read books! For some of us, books provide comfort. For others, they provide a safe getaway, a journey to another place and time.

Many classroom teachers emphasize reading, and the library offers wonderful books aimed at encouraging students to get hooked on reading. The school district also supplies access to online ebooks and audiobooks through a program called Sora. The instructions and set up for SORA are located on the library webpage: The library staff can check out books or help students access Sora.

Listed below are some of the new books in the RHS Library. Encourage your teen to stop in and check one out. Happy reading!

Alex Rider: Nightshade (book 12 of the Alex Rider series) – Anthony Horowitz

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins

The First 7 (book 2 of the Last 8 series) – Laura Pohl

Girls with Razor Hearts – Suzanne Young

The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes

If It Bleeds – Stephen King

Jewel Thief – Jeannie Mobley

Kingdom of Back – Marie Lu

Midnight Sun – Stephenie Meyer

One of Us Is Next – Karen McManus

Running – Natalia Sylvester

Stamped: Racism, Anitracism, and You – Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

The Truth App – Jack Heath

We Are Not From Here – Jenny Torres Sanchez

What I Want You to See – Catherine Linka


Yearbooks for the 2020-21 School year are being sold ONLINE ONLY. Yearbooks will be delivered in the fall of 2021.


AP EXAM REGISTRATION: October 5 - October 23

By now you should have already joined your AP class(es) through, and doing that automatically registered you for your AP exam(s). The last step left is to pay for your exam(s).


● Credit card payments can be made by selecting Fees on the left side of the Infinite Campus home screen then go to My Accounts/Payment Method/Optional Payments. AP exams paid for by credit card do not require the return of a payment envelope.

● Checks and cash payments should go in the payment envelope. Checks should be made payable to RHS. They will reserve your test but are not deposited until exams are taken in May. (The cost for the AP Seminar exam is $143.)


This year due to the unusual circumstances created by COVID-19, the College Board will not be charging a cancellation fee. All exam payments are 100% refundable up to April 30 if you decide not to take your exam(s).


If you qualified for free/reduced lunches for the 2020-21 school year, complete and submit the form on the back of this registration information page in place of a payment. If you need financial assistance for the exams and are not in the free/reduced lunch program, please see Mr. Sage in A156 or email me at


If you cannot take your exam on its scheduled day and need to use the alternate testing day, which would fall on May 18, 19, 20, or 21, please see Mr. Sage. Depending on the circumstances, you might need to pay a $45 late exam fee.


Exams will be held at Memorial Lutheran (5000 S. Western Ave.), which is about 2 blocks south of the 57th Street and Western Avenue intersection. Arrive at least 20 minutes before your test is scheduled to begin.

Thank you!

Mr. Sage

HS Tripper Bus Routes

Boarding the Bus:

Do not wave down the Yellow school buses. Simply be standing at the stop location and the bus will come to you. If nobody is standing at a stop location, the bus will not come to a complete stop at that location. It will drive on past. However, we will not leave a bus stop before it’s listed loading time.

Discipline Statement:

The School District’s “Rules of Student Conduct and Discipline” apply to bus Stops and on school Buses. Students need to remain seated while in route.

The HS Tripper route buses will be equipped with camera’s to monitor activity on these buses. Students removed from the bus for discipline issues will not receive refunds for their bus pass. For a full list of Sioux Falls School District Policies.

The high school “Tripper” bus routes will be done by School Bus Inc. High School students riding the “Tripper” buses will load/unload on YELLOW school buses. Stop locations have changed as well.

Any student who purchases a HS “Tripper” routes bus pass at the schools each month, can use that same bus pass to ride any City SAM bus the same month. However, SAM city bus passes will not work on HS Tripper routes.

“Tripper bus” tickets can only be purchased from the Parking Lot Attendant at your school.

Bus Pass Pricing:

Bus Passes will be sold by the month. After and including the 15th of each month, Bus Passes will be sold at half price.

$6.00 for students who qualify for free lunch.

$12.00 for students who qualify for reduced lunch.

$30.00 full price ticket.

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