Friday, December 15, 2017

Students Get the Beat with Beet Box




High school students could get the "beet" during lunch last week.

The AP computer Sci classes set up Raspberry Pi demos during Computer Science Education Week in the cafeteria (during all lunches) making a BeetBox. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that may be used to learn programming through fun, practical projects. A BeetBox is a simple instrument that allows users to play drum beats by touching actual beets. It is powered by a Raspberry Pi with a capacitive sensing board and an audio amplifier in a hand-made wooden enclosure.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

DECA Results



DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Results from DECA District Competition on Wednesday, December 13, are in.  Approximately 300 students competed from many local public and private schools in the area. The following OJRHS students may be congratulated:

Lexi Ramsey, 2nd place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing
George Kullen, 3rd place in Accounting Applications
Sean Zubey, 4th place in Accounting Applications
Jared Folsom, 1st place in Automotive Services Marketing
Stephen Giacoponello, 4th place in Automotive Services Marketing
Jon Arditi, 1st place in Business Financial Services
JP Duffy, 2nd place in Business Financial Services
Alekya, Srinivasan, 5th place in Business Financial Services
Theo Damiani, 1st place in Business Services Marketing
Taylor Severn, 4th place in Business Services Marketing
Sriya Jonnadula, 1st place in Entrepreneurship Individual Series
Kira St. Clair, 4th place in Entrepreneurship Individual Series
Shivani Praveen, 5th place in Entrepreneurship Individual Series
Jordan Roach, 1st place in Food Marketing Series
Quentin Sherwood, 4th place in Food Marketing Series
Annie Arditi, 6th place in Hotel Lodging Management
Eric Friedemann, 2nd place in Human Resource Management
Ava Destefano, 6th place in Human Resource Management
Gavin Delahaye, 1st place in Marketing Communication Series
Max Murphy, 4th place in Marketing Communication Series
Lucas Gray, 2nd place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Derek Monastra, 3rd place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Aaron Jeong, 1st place in Restaurant and Food Serve Management
Zach Kardos, 1st place in Retail Merchandising Series
Jackson Braun, 1st place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Michael Giacoponello, 2nd place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Nidhi Rupani and Maddi Koury, 2nd place in Business Law and Ethics Team
Mike Dietrich and Graham Pugh, 1st place in Buying and Merchandising Team
Gus Coroniti and Dan Frisk, 3rd place in Entrepreneurship Team
Andrew Malmstrom and Carter Niness, 2nd place Hospitality Services Team

Sea Urchin In-vitro


On November 15, students in Mrs. George's Genetics class learned about meiosis, mitosis, and model organisms by performing in vitro fertilization with sea urchins.







Wednesday, December 13, 2017

OJR is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be named to AP Honor Roll



Owen J. Roberts School District Placed on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

447 School Districts across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

Pottstown, PA Owen J. Roberts School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, Owen J. Roberts School District had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

Dr. Susan Lloyd, Owen J. Roberts School District Superintendent-elect, offered, “Having achieved this honor five times, our high school has clearly demonstrated an ongoing commitment to helping more students learn at a higher level.”

“Congratulations to all the educators and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP,” said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. “These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;

  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and

  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.


Owen J Roberts School District is highlighted for achieving these outcomes among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch).

The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found herehttps://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Students Introduced to Infinite Possibilities



In this special Hour of Code edition of Box Island, students learn the basics of algorithms, sequences, loops and conditionals



Ozobot is a tiny robot with infinite coding possibilities

In this "unplugged" activity, students had to give clear and concise verbal instruction

Using the principal of basic directions to understand algorithms


Animation activities were a lot of fun

The fourth grade team at West Vincent Elementary held an hour of code on Monday, November 11th.  In the morning, students skyped with a Computer Engineer. Then, students participated in three different hour of code rotations.  

Learning animation strategies