Tuesday, January 15, 2019

EF Consignment Sale March 30

The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation enhances and expands enrichment opportunities for all students in the Owen J. Roberts School District by funding teacher mini-grants and providing learning tools such as STEM equipment and i-Pads. 

Help support student learning by participating in the 11th Children’s Consignment Sale to be held on Saturday, March 30 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm in the OJR Middle School gymnasium. This huge sale is an excellent opportunity to earn money for gently used items and to raise funds that will be directed back into OJR classrooms through the Education Foundation

To participate, volunteer, or receive additional information, please contact ojrefsale@gmail.com

Join our consigners who will bring quality clothing, books, toys and treasures, along with gift-quality donated items, and sell at bargain prices. Or, mark your calendar to shop and get great bargains!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thank You, School Board Directors

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Join us in expressing gratitude to the nine school board directors serving the Owen J. Roberts community. A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. School districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are governmental units considered “political subdivisions.” Because school districts are created by statute, they and their governing bodies are regarded as “creatures of the General Assembly” (our state legislature), and as such they function in a sense as agents of the Commonwealth. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work even though the position can require them to dedicate many hours to it.
Back Row: 
Mr. Karel Minor, Mrs. Pamela Clouser Wolfe, Ms. Leslie Proffitt, Mr. Matthew Fitzgerald, Mr. Doug Hughes 
Front Row:
Mrs. Cathie Whitlock, Mrs. Lisa Huzzard, Mrs. Melissa Booth, Mrs. Heather McCreary
Did You Know:

4,500 school directors serve Pennsylvania’s 500 publicschool districts; all boards have nine members.
• School director elections are held every two years, on a 5-4 rotation to ensure continuity.
• All board members are elected to four-year terms.
• School directors are elected locally; however, the state constitution delegates to them the responsibility to administer the school system as agents of the General Assembly.
• All serve as volunteers, without pay.
• The “typical” Pennsylvania school director is male, well-educated, 50-54 years of age, married with two children attending public schools, and voluntarily devotes 6-10 hours per month to school board business.
• 15% of those serving on school boards in 2018 are retirees.
• 5% of school directors are homemakers,
10% are self-employed or business owners and 4% are engineers.
• The number of female school directors was 39% in 2018.
• About three quarters of Pennsylvania school directors have attained a college degree or beyond.
• 22% of Pennsylvania board members have more than 10 years’ experience in 2018.
• 57% of all districts involve students at
their local board meetings. Of those districts, 97% rate their involvement with students at meetings as satisfactory or highly satisfactory.
• 90% of school boards engaged their communities by participating in cooperative projects with business and community organizations.
• Pennsylvania school directors continue to keep adequate school funding at the top of the list of the most important educational concerns facing public schools.
• 50% of school directors identified public service, and desire to give back and contribute to public education as the primary motivating factor in their decision to run for school director.
• 85% of school directors indicated that incorporating equity into district programs was important or very important.

Sam DeFusco Wins PSU Berks Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Sam DeFusco has been selected to receive the Penn State University Berks Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Sam was nominated by Mr. Morris, gifted education teacher.

The criteria  were:

Responsibility towards education and concern about academic performance.
Commitment to community service.
Demonstration of leadership skills.
Student investment in work towards social justice.

Sam is an office in the Gay Straight Alliance Club and a member of Amnesty International.

Sam will receive the award at a banquet at Penn State Berks on Monday, January 21. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Sophia J. Woodard, founder and CEO of ASHANTI Truth Consulting, entrepreneur, and author. During the banquet, awards will be presented to students who have demonstrated the characteristics for which King was known: leadership, community involvement, and commitment to social justice. Three Penn State Berks students were selected: senior Juan Migel Hingada, junior Hunter Beane, and sophomore Connor Birmingham.

For the second consecutive year, local high, middle, and elementary school students were eligible to receive an award at the banquet. This year, Muhlenberg High School senior Sidney Walker and Owen J. Roberts High School junior Sam DeFusco were selected.

Berks students were asked to nominate a faculty/staff member for an award. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, professor of management information systems, will receive the faculty award while Aubrey Edwards, academic adviser, will receive the staff award.

This event is sponsored by the Penn State Berks Diversity Committee and supported by the Berks Campus Arts and Cultural Fund and the Student Activity Fee.

Safe to Say Something

Today is the rollout for a statewide program aimed at reducing suicide and violent crimes--Safe to Say Something (S2SS). Please read the letter from Owen J. Roberts Superintendent Dr. Susan Lloyd and Chief of Safety and Security Brandon Daniels: 

Dear OJRSD Families:

As a school system, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators.

To do this, we believe this must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students.

I am happy to announce the launch of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system will take place on Monday, January 14, 2019.  This program, which is mandated under PA state law/Act 44,  teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. 

Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. As you know, most conversations are taking place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for one another as these digital conversations are taking place. S2SS teaches students in grades 7-12 what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.  Owen J. Roberts Middle School and High School students will receive this valuable instruction the week of January 21.

Please click here for a full brochure outlining the S2SS program.  Chief Daniels and I will be holding a parent information session regarding the S2SS tip line on January 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School LGI.

The S2SS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nation-wide non-profit organization. SHP’s programs are in 50 states – with 10,000+ schools and over 5.5 million students and adults trained. They have a track record, reputation, and knowledge of how to work effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture.  The program is age-appropriate and research-based. They also have funding to provide and sustain the program at NO COST to our school (and all schools statewide).

We anticipate that S2SS will help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; it will help reduce bullying and cyberbullying; help intervene upon cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violent and victimization acts.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email us directly.

Dr. Susan T. Lloyd                                                     Brandon Daniels
Superintendent of Schools                                        Chief of Security & Safety/School Police Chief
slloyd@ojrsd.com                                                       bdaniels@ojrsd.com

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Speller Moves to County Competition

And the winning word was.....chloroform!

On January 9, 23 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the annual Owen J. Roberts Middle School Spelling Bee. It was an epic competition that went twenty rounds before our champion, seventh grade student, Saachi Chakravarty, of Blue Team, claimed her victory with the word chloroform. We congratulate Saachi on her win and wish her luck as she moves on to the Chester County Spelling Bee on February 13. All of the students who participated did an outstanding job as spellers. The most impressive part of the night, though, according to Mrs. Katie Dede, spelling bee advisor, was the support and encouragement that the participants provided to one another. "Great job, everyone!"