Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
|New teachers embark on tour of District|
Posted by Office of Communications at 11:25 AM
Friday, August 11, 2017
Posted by Office of Communications at 12:16 PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The planning and preparation stages of the superintendent search process are well underway! The timeline for the search has been established. The position is being advertised throughout the commonwealth and in surrounding states.
As a result of recruitment and advertising efforts applications have already started to be received and we now have nearly a dozen candidates who have applied for the position. Deadline for applications is September 30. The Board will begin to screen applications at the end of September and begin to interview the most highly qualified candidates in early October.
In addition, a series of internal and external focus groups are in the process of being scheduled for mid-September. Focus groups will be scheduled with staff, parents, students and the community at large. Details regarding locations, times, and dates will be announced in the near future.
At the focus groups, participants will be asked to address the following four statements:
1. Identify the qualities of a superior school leader.
2. Identify the strengths and skills essential for Owen J. Roberts’ next superintendent to demonstrate.
3. Identify key issues facing the district in the next five years.
4. Identify obstacles to student achievement and strategies to overcome those obstacles.
From the focus groups, the Board will develop a candidate profile and a set of interview questions that center on the needs and challenges facing the District in the next five years.
The Board of School Directors is on target to have the search process completed by late fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities at Owen J. Roberts in December 2017 or as soon as possible.
Posted by Office of Communications at 11:31 AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The NNDCC program provided Owen J. Roberts students an opportunity to participate in a program similar to NJROTC, which is designed to expand students’ opportunities to gain the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment.
With enrollment over 100 students annually and outstanding annual Navy inspections, the thriving program was again considered and approved for government funding by the Navy. Now, the official Navy Junior Reserve Training Corps title will be reinstated, and the students can expect to get program perks for which they may otherwise have qualified.
The unit is under the command of Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley, a former Marine who spent 33 years in active duty. Master “Guns” has worked with leaders in the high school to assure the program fully meshes with the newly authorized International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP). The IBCP is a two-year certificate program which combines courses from the International Baccalaureate’s highly regarded Diploma “Program” (DP) of coursework in connection with Owen J. Roberts High School’s NJROTC, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and/or Life Sciences coursework, and the IBCP Core. The IBCP Core consists of four components: Community Service, a Personal and Professional Skills course, Language Development, and a Reflective Project.
Posted by Office of Communications at 12:17 PM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Following a rigorous two-year process, Owen J. Roberts High School is pleased to announce authorization to offer an International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP). According to the International Baccalaureate learner profile, “The aim of International Baccalaureate programs is to develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”
The IBCP is a two-year certificate program which combines courses from the International Baccalaureate’s highly regarded Diploma Programme (DP) of coursework in connection with Owen J. Roberts High School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), Life Sciences, and/or NJROTC coursework, and the IBCP Core. The IBCP Core consists of four components: Community Service, a Personal and Professional Skills course, Language Development, and a Reflective Project.
Over the course of a student’s junior and senior years, the DP courses, career courses, and IBCP Core will blend together to enhance critical thinking and intercultural understanding. After completing a culminating test in each of the DP courses and the successful completion of the other IBCP elements, the student will receive an IBCP Certificate. The certificate is in addition to his or her high school diploma. The potential for earning college credit is possible depending on the final DP course test scores (similar to AP test credit).
The high school has trained over 15 teachers and administrators for this program and will offer four DP courses next year. There are approximately 25 rising juniors scheduled for the IBCP Certificate program and the school is planning for 30-40 rising juniors for the following year. As the program grows, new IB DP courses, and new career areas and courses will be added to increase the number and type of students that the program will reach.
Posted by Office of Communications at 10:36 AM