Friday, October 20, 2017

Well Hydrated at ECES

East Coventry Elementary School held a Wellness Water Week to promote healthy hydration.  As a school their goal was to drink 500 GALLONS of water and dunk Mr. Oswald in a dunk tank.  Each student’s job was to drink two glasses of water every day for one week. The goal of the program was to raise awareness for proper hydration and its role in physical and emotional well-being. Students learned that a hydrated brain works best. They also learned not to over-hydrate.  

Athletic Update

Congratulations to our Wildcats:

Our High School Girls Soccer team defeated Pope John Paul last night here in Wildcat stadium by a score of 1-0 to claim the PAC Girls Soccer Championship! The girls now head into District playoffs next week to try and claim the PIAA District One title! Good luck girls!

Our High School Girls Cross Country team won the PAC Girls Cross Country Championship yesterday at Heebner Park. They now head to District playoffs next week at Lehigh University. Good luck girls!

Liam Conway for winning the Individual boys PAC Cross Country Championship.

Our Boys Cross Country team came in second in the PAC Championship.

Our Girls Field Hockey team lost a tough one to Methacton last night in their quest for a PAC Championship. The girls now head into PIAA District One playoffs next week! Good luck girls!


OJR's Conway repeats; Spring-Ford boys garner team title at PAC Championship meet | Pioneer Athletic Conference

OJR's Conway repeats; Spring-Ford boys garner team title at PAC Championship meet | Pioneer Athletic Conference

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Busy Time for Horticulture Students

Getting a visual on the bridal party bouquets.
Working on homecoming flowers
They are working on flowers for homecoming, a major wedding (they do 1-2 weddings per year), and outrageous Halloween decor for the district-wide safe trick-or-treating night. Oh, and did I mention, there is a whole lot of fall landscape gardening going on as well? A new landscape feature is being added to the bubbling water fountain in front high school couryard. From cutting stems, to arranging flowers, to turning soil in the courtyard, these students are putting theory to work.
Mickey Bidell, a 2016 graduate (right), mentored students this week for the wedding floral work

Making the swags for an outdoor arbor.

The wedding will be at Welkenweir Estate.

Checking shapes before stem cutting

Finishing up the bouquets

OJR Student of the Month at TCHS

Neneh Turay, a student of the Owen J. Roberts School District who has attend the Technical College High School (TCHS), Pickering Campus, full time for three years, was selected by TCHS instructors and staff for her myriad accomplishments including her role as student ambassador and her membership in the National Honor Society.

Read more about Neneh at:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

OJR Best Buddies Hosts 4th Annual Fall Fest

The 4th annual Best Buddies Fall Fest occurred on Wednesday Oct 18th in the Wildcat Stadium!  Owen J. Roberts Best Buddies hosted 9 other Best Buddies chapters from local schools.  There were approximately 150 students and peer buddies joining in the fun stations!  The day is for physical activity, new friends, and making memories.  In attendance were Pottsgrove High School, West Chester East High School, Stetson Middle School, Octorara High School, Henderson High School, Pierce Middle School, Conestoga High School, Unionville High School, and Haverford High School.

The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.  Best Buddies is the first unified, international program that pairs individuals with intellectual disabilities and college or high school students in one-to-one mutually enriching relationships.  Best Buddies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1989.  

Owen J. Roberts High School is fortunate to be one of the over 1,200 Best Buddies chapters in Colleges and High Schools throughout all 50 states and 22 countries.  While participants find part of life’s fulfillment in friendship, the Best Buddies pairs are also examples to their communities of acceptance and support for people with intellectual disabilities.  

Best Buddies events are funded with the help of chapter fundraisers, sale of Best Buddies merchandise, community support, special events, private and corporate donations and Best Buddies grants.  Each member of the buddy pair pays for him or herself in one-to –one activities.

Walkathon Fundraisers

Read the article in the Pottstown Mercury:
West Vincent walkers
French Creek walkers
West Vincent Elementary School held their first Walkathon on Tuesday, October 17. French Creek Elementary held their third annual walkathon on Wednesday, October 18. Both events were enormously successful.

PTA presidents explained that the walkathon initiatives are a low-cost, high-return fundraiser that not only takes the burden off of families to sell “stuff” (including low-nutrition foods), but also ties fundraising to healthy physical activity. A walkathon provides the school an opportunity to send consistent, positive health messages and gives students an extra energy break during the school day.
French Creek students collect steps

French Creek Elementary PTA purchased pedometers for all students and staff so they could quantify their collective steps toward the running Chester County WalkWorks goal.

Principal Smith challenged students and graciously fulfilled his promise
West Vincent Elementary challenged students to meet a fundraising goal. Principal Ed Smith fulfilled a promise to have a bucket of iced sports drink poured on him if students achieved the goal. Let's just say we are glad it was a fairly warm day.