Tuesday, December 1, 2020

EC Students "Burning the Bird"

The hit of every Thanksgiving! Nurse Kohler with Principal Oswald

A good reminder: Keeping physically active is important, even when the days start to chill...

Now more than ever (due to being in a mostly virtual world) it is important to work in some exercise and fresh air. East Coventry Elementary School students were encouraged to do more walking both in school and outside of school. The week after Thanksgiving (November 30 to December 4), the school celebrated the annual "Burn the Bird" including staff, students, and families. Every day, participants could take a short walk outside, even if it is a loop around their home. Everyday that the student walks, they would color in part of a paper cut out of a shoe. By the end of the week students should have a fully decorated shoe that they can share with their class! In keeping with tradition, classrooms welcomed a very special visitor who encouraged all their healthy behaviors (Principal Oswald is such a good sport)!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Athletes to Sign Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following athletes who will be participating in the first Owen J. Roberts High School College signing day!

      Dante DeNardo           Drake University (NLI)                      Football

     Joseph Feiser             Clarion University (NLI)                    Boys Swimming/Diving


     Sam Hughes               Wagner College (NLI)                       Girls Soccer


     Abigail Malmstrom    University of Buffalo (NLI)               Girls Swimming/Diving


     Kailey McGinley         Kings College (verbal)                        Girls Soccer


     Sam Morris                 Millersville University (NLI)             Baseball


     Nathan Van Natter     Shippensburg University (verbal)       Boys Swimming/Diving


     Maggie Kilgallon        Indiana Univ of PA (NLI)                  Girls Lacrosse


     Olivia Kqira                Alderson Broaddus Univ (NLI)          Girls Soccer


     Jordan Sylvia              Indiana Univ of PA (NLI)                  Softball


     Amanda Turner         Indiana Univ of PA (NLI)                  Field Hockey


     Raina Smolij               Villanova University (NLI)                Field Hockey

     Payton Hansen           Endicott College (verbal)                    Ice Hockey


Friday, November 20, 2020

Grant to be Used for Computer Science Education Week

Ms. Gloria Houseman, OJRHS teacher of Geometry, AP Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles, recently applied for and received a $500 CyberStart America grant offered to Computer Science Honor Societies who participate in an outreach program during Computer Science Education Week, Dec 7-13, 2020. 
Ms. Houseman plans to introduce OJR's Computer Science Honor Society (CSHS) members and Coding Crew members and ask for volunteers to be part of an outreach during CS Ed Week. I am planning on asking these volunteers to lead a CyberStart challenge in the High School. There will be modifications to the activity for Covid, but the plan is to reach more than 100 students. CSHS/Coding Crew students will present either a CyberStart game, challenge or career exploration to other students and document the activity. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

American Education Week Message


Happy American Education Week! from PSEA on Vimeo.

Kendra Melniczek recognized by Windener University for Leadership

 Widener University, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, is proud to recognize Kendra Melniczek of Spring City as a winner of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards. In a statement released on their website today, Widener reported:

In its ninth year, the awards program recognized 160 students from high schools throughout the region for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. Honorees gathered for a virtual award event Friday, Nov. 6 where they heard remarks from NBC10's Tracy Davidson, Widener University President Julie E. Wollman and others, including Jason LeVasseur, a leadership speaker and workshop facilitator, who gave the keynote address.

The 2020 honorees included:

Kendra Melniczek from Spring CityPA a student at Owen J. Roberts High SchoolMelniczek was recognized for making a difference by running her school's Gay-Straight Alliance program to provide a supportive environment for students to speak on social issues relating to racial, gender and educational differences..

"Through the High School Leadership Awards, Widener University has the pleasure of honoring the inspiring young leaders within our community who demonstrate courage and strong leadership," said Widener University President Julie E. Wollman. "This year we are extremely proud to recognize students like Kendra Melniczek who embody the important principals of character and leadership, and who work to create positive change in their communities. It is my pleasure to give all the honorees this well-deserved recognition."

Award recipients will also receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years should they choose to enroll at Widener University as a freshman for undergraduate studies. Honorees who choose to attend Widener are known as Apogee Scholars. As Apogee Scholars, students will have an opportunity to receive four years of valuable leadership programming and experiences. Through our Leadership Institute, Apogee Scholars can uncover their potential and further develop their leadership skills by earning a leadership certificate or pursuing a minor in leadership studies.

"NBC10 and Telemundo62 are proud to continue our partnership with Widener University and the Widener High School Leadership Awards which recognizes the leaders of tomorrow," said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62. "These students have achieved academic excellence while inspiring positive change in their communities."

For more information regarding the Widener University High School Leadership Awards and to view a complete list of winners, visit https://www.widener.edu/about/campus-community-resources/oskin-leadership-institute/high-school-leadership-awards

Thursday, November 12, 2020

VT Veterans Day, Chase Morris, OJR 2018

Chase Morris, OJRHS Class of 2018
Chase was highlighted on the evening news in Blacksburg, VA as part of the Corp of Cadets and their tradition of observing Veteran's Day on their Virginia Tech campus.  He made his family proud and we feel he did the same for our District, high school and NJROTC families. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Middle School Students Honor Vets

Students in grades 7 and 8 helped find the buses to hand deliver cards to vets

Students deliver a handmade card to "Mr. Moe" who served because he "owed it to his country"

On Tuesday, November 10, Middle School Best Buddies along with students from Camille Dean's class, delivered handmade veterans cards to Owen J. Roberts bus drivers who served in the military. Students delivered to six buses that come to the Middle School. Two other drivers did not have routes at the Middle School, so their cards will be sent in a different fashion.

Every year Camille Dean's students make cards for the Veterans in the building.  Last year they mailed cards to some veterans that were friends and family.  This year they expanded the thank you card making. They asked staff for referrals and worked with the transportation office to find bus drivers who are veterans.