Thursday, August 17, 2017

Middle School Opens Doors

The Middle School opened its doors to families from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. so that students could find classrooms and explore the school. The halls were filled with explorers and a few lucky students took advantage of purchasing some Wildcat swag at the school store.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Facility Branding Superstars

Thanks to Owen J. Roberts High School student government, the HS courtyard fencing near the bus loop has been upgraded with "Wildcat Wrap". What a great way to greet students into Wildcat Country!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Welcoming New Staff

New teachers embark on tour of District 
Today, Owen J. Roberts School District welcomed a group of new teachers and one new principal! During a morning mixer, new teachers met each other and many of the administrative team. Groups divided up to test their problem solving and creative capabilities on an Escape Room-type puzzle. They participated in a panel of teachers who were part of the OJR 2016 Induction Class. After lunch, those new to the district set out on a tour that helps each person feel part of the entire district. The induction class is intensive this week and will continue all year as new staff get support for effective teaching, learning and assessment.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Welcoming the Class of 2030

This week and next, Owen J. Roberts Elementary Schools welcomes incoming kindergarten students to Kinder Camp. These new Owen J. Roberts students will be the graduating class of 2030!

At Kinder Camp, fledgling students have a chance to experience the school setting and riding the bus, prior to the start of the school year. Students get a jump start on meeting new friends and school staff. They have an opportunity to feel more confident about the start of school because they are able to tour it, begin to understand expectations, and best of all, find out how much fun it may be

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 10 Superintendent Search Update

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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

OJRHS Receives Navy Endorsement

Owen J. Roberts School District has just received word that the Owen J. Roberts Junior Officer Reserve training program at the high school regained endorsement of the United States Navy. After losing the full endorsement of the Navy due to enrollments not meeting the Navy threshold and operating as an NNDCC for the past six years, Owen J. Roberts High School will now again operate a fully-endorsed Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) program.

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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

High School Becomes IB World School

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.