Rough Rider Times

JUNE 2022

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Attendance: (605) 362-2885

Activity Office: (605) 362-2866

Counselors: (605) 362-2868

Main Office: (605) 362-2860

Fax: (605) 362-2883


May is the last month of the school year and it is already here! We are looking forward to all the events and activities the lead us up to graduation at the end of the month! It has been a good year for us at RHS and it was refreshing to have things slowly return to normal. The past couple of years have made it clear that culture and traditions are important and can take years to build but can be forgotten and changed in a very short time. We started this year with a commitment to “Charging Forward” as a new Roosevelt High School, but intentionally honoring and remembering the past by resurrecting and protecting our traditions and sense of community. We still have work to do, but we are on our way to successfully navigating all the changes we have faced and are excited about our future.

The near future at RHS will see the semester come to end with semester testing on the 24th and 25th. We have Graduation at 11:00 AM on Sunday, May 29th at the Sioux Falls Arena. It is an exciting time for all our seniors, and I thank them for everything they have done and their leadership in their time at RHS. I wish all seniors the best of luck as they “Charge Forward” to their next adventure in their lives. Good luck!

We are also in the beginning stages of a major remodeling projects at RHS. When it is complete, we will have much improved facilities for our students. Until then, we will need to be flexible during construction inside and outside of RHS. There will be no access to the road that goes behind the school to the north. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause. We look forward to the completion of the project and the improvements coming to our facilities. The future is looking good at RHS, and we are excited about all that is left to do this year and what is coming to us next year. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

We are Roosevelt! We are One!

The Value of Education

What is the value of education? That single question can set off a tsunami of opinions. The first thing that might come to mind is dollars and cents and the associated methods and costs for funding schools. Another angle might be public versus private and school choice. Some may think about higher education and the relevance of a college degree, while others might think about the current social controversy and political upheaval centered around education.

I would ask you to put those thoughts aside and consider the question again. What is the value of education?

I have three volumes of an old set of books called Public School Methods, published in the early 1900s. They include subject matter information for each grade level in many academic areas - geography, music, agriculture, mathematics, just to name a few, and the scope of what was covered more than a century ago is pretty impressive.

Surprisingly, many non-academic areas were also covered. Over a hundred years ago, the importance of social skills, tolerance of others, manners, civility, critical thinking, civics, and morality were included as vital parts of a child’s education. Today, the same topics may be viewed as new and necessary or even political and controversial.

The overall purpose of an education was stated very simply - it was to prepare children to be self-sufficient adults who could become contributing citizens as part of the greater community. Seems pretty relevant today.

A hundred years ago, the primary source of information was the schoolhouse and a capable teacher. In our current world, knowledge is found everywhere at the touch of a screen. But just because knowledge is available doesn’t mean it automatically becomes part of a child’s education.

So why do we continue to educate children? How do we determine what is important enough to include in a textbook? Many important, historic, and relevant events have occurred since my old methods books were printed. What information is worth spending time on when we don’t know what a child will become as an adult? Why not just turn kids loose with an iPad and search engine and tell them to find out about whatever interests them and see what happens?

What is the value of education? I would offer this answer: The value of education is the opportunity for children to learn along with, and from, others in a place that still says learning is important - a school.

Many things have changed and will continue to change in our world. What I hope never changes is the high value this community places on education and on school. Sioux Falls values and supports classrooms. You make sure there are plenty of opportunities for children. This community cares about what happens to the future of its citizenry. If those things remain the focus over the next 100 years, today’s children will be tomorrow’s leaders in a hope-filled community where anything is possible.

Important Dates

Monday, August 8th - Freshman Orientation

Tuesday, August 9th - Rider Charge Day 7:30a,-3:00pm

Thursday, August 18th - PST Night 5:00pm-9:00pm

Thursday, August 25th - 1st Day of School

Upcoming Events and Tasks to Complete

• Please fill out your Annual Update (see link below)
• Athletic Physicals need to be turned in ASAP!
• Parking pass information will be released on July 6th for Seniors, July 18th for Juniors and July 25th for Sophomores. You can register and pay online!
• Purchase your $20 Student Activities pass!
• Purchase school pictures

• Purchase chromebook insurance.
• Place money in lunch account and/or fill out free and reduced lunch form
• Check IC for previous fees and pay with a credit card or in the administration office at RHS Monday – Thursday 7:00am-4:00pm

Remember we will have more specific emails that will follow with all the links or attachments for you to pay or fill out forms soon. This one is just informational and has a link with your first “To Do” item on the bottom!


Monday, August 8th – Freshman Orientation

Tuesday, August 9th – Rider Charge Day 7:30am-3:00pm

Thursday, August 18th - PST Night 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, August 25th - 1st day of School

Task #1 – Fill out your Annual Update using the link below and check the most important thing off your list!

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RHS Construction

The major construction project at RHS has begun earlier than expected. We will be renovating our gymnasium, adding to and remodeling the weightroom, adding a training room, and much needed storage. We will also be adding a permanent shed for equipment on the hill behind our school and bathrooms outside of staff entrance. In the end it will be a major upgrade to our facilities. There will be some inconveniences along the way. The first is that people are no longer able to drive around the back of the school until the project is complete. Students should park in the front parking lot for the remainder of the year. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding during this process!

Doors open at 8:00am and 7:45am if students are eating the free breakfast offered. As it gets colder, please take not of these times. If your student is in need of coats, gloves, or hats please let us know! At the end of the day students must exit the building by 3:15 unless they are going to see a teacher or have an after school activity. If this creates a hardship, please call Mr. Hazlett at 605-362-2860 and we can talk about your circumstances.

Class of 2022

Graduation information

  • Seniors to arrive by 9:45 a.m., ready to line up.
  • Arena doors open at 10 a.m. for the general public. There is no limit to the number of spectators and there is no assigned seating – first come, first serve.
  • Upon entering the Arena, you will be passing through metal detectors and be subject to having your purses and bags searched. Please plan accordingly when deciding what to bring to the graduation ceremony.

Graduates MUST have a cap and gown if they wish to walk through graduation. If you have any questions regarding graduation please email or contact Lisa Agar or Sarah Leonard.

Diplomas may be picked up on Monday June 6th, starting at 9:00 a.m. in RHS Registrar’s office.

Live stream links for Graduation 2022

11am Roosevelt Live Stream:

Initial Graduation Replays - KLRN Schedule

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL: Monday, June 13 & Friday, June 17: 7am and 7pm

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District Parent Calendar

View the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendars.

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RHS Nationalist

Check out the latest edition.


Yearbooks for the 2021-22 School year are being sold ONLINE ONLY starting August 8th. Yearbooks will be delivered in the fall of 2022.

RHS Library

RHS Library

With the last few weeks of school upon us, students may be looking for ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Reading a good book is one way to do that.

We encourage students to stop in and check out a book or to access an ebook or audiobook through the Sora app on the library webpage. We do ask that all library books be returned by May 16 this year, so we can prepare for next year’s check outs.

Some of our new titles are listed below.

The Boy with a Bird in His Chest – Emme Lund Fantasy

Even When Your Voice Shakes – Ruby Yayra Goka Realistic Fiction

Atomic Anna – Rachel Barenbaum Historical Fiction

Paradise on Fire – Jewell Parker Rhodes Realistic Fiction

Hotel Magnifique – Emily J. Taylor Fantasy

You Truly Assumed – Laila Sabreen Contemporary Fiction

Black Cake – Charmaine Wilkerson Historical Fiction

The Plot – Jean Hanff Kovelitz Mystery

Vinyl Moon – Mahogany L. Browne YA Prose and Poetry

Every Line of You – Naomi Gibson Science Fiction

The Violin Conspiracy – Brendan Slocumb Mystery

The Silent Unseen – Amanda McCrina Historical Fiction

Time Will Tell – Barry Lyga Mystery

The Diamond Eye – Kate Quinn Historical Fiction

The Blood Trials – N. E. Davenport Fantasy

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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.

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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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