Friday, May 22, 2020

OJRMS Teacher Mrs. Armstrong Wins National NHL Prize

Mrs. Armstrong with Gritty and one of her classes

The NHL and NHLPA, in partnership with EVERFI and SAP, have announced the winner of Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher contest, and Mrs. Jennifer Armstrong, a Philadelphia Flyers fan and Owen J. Roberts Middle School teacher, was one of only three national finalists! Mrs. Armstrong will receive $10,000 worth of new classroom technology as a prize.

Joan Kilban, a die-hard Boston Bruins fan and a fifth-grade teacher at Plymouth River Elementary School in Hingham, Mass., was the winner of the North America-wide contest. Megan Campedel, a Pittsburgh Penguins fan who teaches eighth-grade science at Avonworth Middle School in Pittsburgh was also a finalist. As the winner, Kilban will receive $30,000 in new technology for her classroom.

Additionally, all three finalists and members of their school communities received a surprise virtual visit from players on their favorite teams — Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle, Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust. In February, the Philadelphia Flyers and Gritty, the Flyers mascot, surprised Mrs. Armstrong’s class with a very animated visit for winning the first phase of the national NHL contest to be awarded Most Valuable Teacher for the month of February!
Mrs. Armstrong with Gritty and her family
The Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher contest was launched in January to celebrate teachers making a difference across North America. A field of 36 dynamic teachers was narrowed down to three finalists in a public vote and a second vote to determine the winner took place from May 4-8 during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Gritty in OJR Middle School
The NHL and NHLPA’s Future Goals program powered by EVERFI combines STEM learning with a hockey-based curriculum for elementary and middle-school-aged students. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL and NHLPA have expanded the program to be free remotely for families who are now learning together from home.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wildcat Baseball Senior Stars

Check out this cool tribute to seniors from Wildcat Baseball:

Congratulations, Mrs. Markofski!

Congratulations to Mrs. Cheryl Markofski on her county-wide Citadel Heart of Learning Award in the Middle School Category!

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a nationally-recognized program through Citadel Banking and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The award is designed to honor and thank Chester County’s teachers while raising awareness of the impact on students, families, and the entire community.

Middle School Principal Mr. Corbin Stoltzfus said, "Every year, Owen J. Roberts Middle School faculty is well-represented with nominations for the Citadel Heart of Learning recognition. While all of our nominees are worthy of such an honor, perhaps none of them epitomize the qualities of an excellent teacher more than Cheryl Markofski. Mrs. Markofski has been the choral director at Owen J. Roberts Middle School for many years. She also teaches general music. Her passion for teaching and for music is evident in all she does. She takes the same care for each student and strives to see them develop, whether they are highly skilled vocalists or shy students who do not enjoy performing at all. Mrs. Markofski recognizes that her role as an educator does not stop at the classroom door. She strives to make connections with her students and is certain to make sure they all know that she cares for them. This is evident in the fact that many of her former singers come back to visit with her and attend our Middle School chorus concerts long after they have "graduated" from our building. Cheryl Markofski is respected by her peers and her positivity and care for our students is infectious and serves as a model for others to emulate. Congratulations to Mrs. Markofski. We are so proud that others are taking the time to acknowledge what those of us who work with you get to see day in and day out." After serving Owen J. Roberts for 22 years and making a significant contribution, Mrs. Markofski has recently announced her much deserved retirement and we wish her the very best in the next phase of her life!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Middle School Wins Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to Owen J. Roberts Middle School for being awarded the PAC Middle School Sportsmanship award for the 2019-20 school year.  This is a great accomplishment, and a testament to our coaches and student-athletes as the award is determined by the votes of opposing coaches in all of the 8th grade sports.  Congrats, well done!!!!

Valedictorian, Salutatorians Exchange Impressions

Salutatorian Ethan Burns, Valedictorian Arianna Arditi and Salutatorian Marlena Langdon

Please join the District in recognizing the valedictorian and salutatorians of the Class of 2020. Valedictorian Arianna (Annie) Arditi will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study finance. Salutatorian Ethan Burns will attend the University of Pennsylvania on a pre-medical track, with a double major in Biology and Health and Societies. Salutatorian Marlena Langdon will attend her “dream school”, Haverford College, to study biology.

As they were honored by the Owen J Roberts School Board on Monday, May 18, 2020, each student was able to read a statement about a teacher that had a significant impact on his or her education. That teacher, in turn, offered remarks about their student.
Annie Arditi offered that, “it is very infrequently that a student has an opportunity to know and learn from a teacher for multiple years, much less for 8 years.” Annie was guided by Mr. Chris Palochack for 5th and 6th grades and through high school as an Odyssey of the Mind coach. “In elementary, he would create intriguing and applicable lessons under the guise of fun. We learned about teamwork, creativity, structural integrity and other unique lessons.” She credits Mr. “P” for inspiring her and her peers to approach learning how to learn as part of the learning process.  Owen J. Roberts Odyssey teams have a rich history of doing well in competitions, but according to Annie, no matter what, Mr. P demonstrated how to win or lose honorably. She concluded, “I am so grateful to have had Mr. P as an insightful, inspirational, and supportive teacher and coach for these past 8 years.

Mr. Palochack described Annie as someone true to herself at her very core. Mr. P informed that she never complained about early mornings, long assignments, or hard work, and her positive attitude was contagious. “You bring a lot of light into the world,” he said to her, adding, “Keep hold of that gift!”

“Three years, three classes, limited time. But I have gained unquantifiable wisdom, a life direction, a second family, and a lifetime mentor,” said Salutatorian Marlena Langdon of Mrs. Laura George. Marlena described Mrs. George’s classroom environment and lessons for teaching valuable moral lessons and real-world applications. “She is not just a teacher,” said Marlena, “but rather a mother, a geneticist, and a researcher.” Marlena credits Mrs. George for helping her realize a calling in biological field. “She showed me a new world both macro and microscopic, she said. She thanked Mrs. George for her support (and gave a fellow squirrel enthusiast a shout out).

Mrs. George informed that she had the privilege of teaching Marlena for 3 years and could tell immediately that she was a student with her “eye on the prize…willing to do the work.” Marlena doubled up on sciences, became part of the International Baccalaureate program, built a tiny house, and worked hard every day. “There was no coasting to the finish line,” said Mrs. George, who credited Marlena as a talented artist. “I will miss both your questions and your humor,” she concluded.
Salutatorian Ethan Burns was scared that he might struggle with calculus studies. “Thankfully not only was calculus not a struggle, thanks to Mrs. Brenda Fronheiser, it quickly went from his biggest fear to his favorite class. He found Mrs. Fronheiser to be prepared as a teacher, knowing exactly what students needed to master a concept. “She used unconventional math activities such as using play dough to help us visualize topics such as integrals,’ he offered. Admiring her dedication, Ethan offered his heartfelt thanks.
Mrs. Fronheiser described Ethan as a student who didn’t just accept facts. He always wanted to dig deeper and prove something to be right, which made calculus a perfect fit. “He could find unique solutions to problems,” she said. Ethan was a founding officer of the newly charted Owen J. Roberts High School Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society. “You are going to make a difference. I’m going to miss you,” she said.

May 2020 School Board Meeting Highlights