Friday, November 30, 2012

First Grade Song Writers

On November 29, East Coventry Elementary first grade students gathered with Mr. Rick Taylor, husband of first grade teacher Justine Taylor, to talk about poetry and lyrics. Mr. Taylor explained that poetry can be added to melody to make a song. He explained that in composing poetry and song, rhyming and rhythm may both come into play. "Let's write a song about winter," Mr. Taylor suggested, and guided students through a brainstorming session of "winter words". Students were very clever offering up suggestions such as hot chocolate and reindeer. Everyone seemed to relate to "Snow Angels", so they set composing a song about Snow Angels, which they all sang together. The finished product is sure to hit the top of the charts! Below are the lyrics:
Snow Angel
Slowly falling to the ground,
Little snowflakes make no sound.
Little children in the cold,
Making memories of gold.
Jumping jacks, lying in the snow,
Making angels like a pro.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Marching Band to Appear on Television--Come Watch!

The high school marching band will be participating in the West Chester “Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade” this Friday night (11/30/12) and has been selected to appear on live television prior to the start of the parade.  We will be appearing on Philadelphia Channel 6 (ABC) at approximately 4:35pm along with meteorologist Adam Joseph who will lead a brief ceremony at the Chester County Courthouse to kick off the festivities that evening. 

After the television appearance our band will be performing in the parade that evening in case any of you are interested in attending.  I’m told it’s a fabulous parade! 

Happy Holidays!


Visiting Author Captures Student Interest on Pet Adoption and Journalism

On November 26, author Kim Kavin visited the high school to speak about her book, Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth, which tells the story of her rescue dog, Blue, and her journey to learn about his history. Her research included a visit to the high-kill shelter from where he was saved as well as gathering information about groups who work to place pets. Ms. Kavin addressed several different classes speaking to students about her book and the information she learned on her journey. Blue, once only 3 days away from death having been placed in the group of dogs who were “unadoptable” because of his shy nature, is now the proud recipient of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen certificate. Blue is becoming quite a star having appeared with the author on CNN and at many events around the country as she speaks about dog adoption and the truths about “throw away” dogs; she, her book, and Blue are changing the plight of many vulnerable animals. The book is being credited for ending the practice of gas chamber use in the kennel from which he came. An accomplished writer and author of nine books, Kim Kavin also held a short workshop with high school students who are aspiring journalists and writers. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Anne of Green Gables a Smashing Succcess

Congratulations to student actors and to Mrs. Dawn Galambos for entertaining us with a fantastic fall play. This photo was taken right after curtain call on Saturday night.  You can see the cast enlarged a photo of the entire group for one of several lovely gifts--and, yes, Mrs. Galambos is wearing a tiara. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fruit with Fathers

Does the lure of fruit compete with Donuts for Dad? Apparently so, since more than 500 turned up to have breakfast before school at East Coventry Elementary on November 14 and 15. The fruit sampling is a zany time, it seems, as staff members are paired with a fruit and kids vote on their favorite. Rumor has it the Oswald Orange (after principal Todd Oswald) is tough to beat!
Throughout the week, the following announcements were made:
Tuesday: Over the next few days we will be celebrating American Education Week with our book fair and fruit for fathers. As you come in, you will be able to sample a few different fruits. Like last year, we are having a fruit-y show down with a competition. First, in the Vitamin C category we have the Mrs. Pahl Pineapple going up against the Mr. Oswald Orange. In the potassium posse, we have the Mrs. Romaniello Grape going up against the Miss Egan Banana. As you try each fruit, be sure to sign your name on the poster that has that fruit on it. Good luck to all of our staff fruit representatives!!!

Wednesday: Did you get to try any fruits today? Did you know that Vitamin C helps protect our bodies from illness, helps our hearts stay healthy, and even protects our skin and stomach? Did you know that Potassium helps our heart, as well as our kidneys and muscles function correctly? Remember to sign your name for the fruits that you tried and liked! Good luck to our Mrs. Pahl Pineapple, Mr. Oswald Orange, Mrs. Romaniello Grapes, and Miss Egan Banana!

Thursday: Did you get to try any fruits today? Did you know that Vitamin C helps protect our bodies from illness, helps our hearts stay healthy, and even protects our skin and stomach? Did you know that Potassium helps our heart, as well as our kidneys and muscles function correctly? Remember to sign your name for the fruits that you tried and liked! Good luck to our Mrs. Pahl Pineapple, Mr. Oswald Orange, Mrs. Romaniello Grapes, and Miss Egan Banana!

Friday: Hope you liked trying all of our fruits! Remember that the Vitamin C in Pineapples and Oranges and the Potassium in Grapes and Bananas help our bodies function properly and stay healthy. Staying healthy can be yummy and fun! And now the moment you are waiting for! Which of our staff fruit representatives got the most votes? And the winner is…….. (I will let you know on Thursday afternoon)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Moment in History---OJR Goes Solar

Owen J. Roberts students honored American Education Week in a brilliant way as they gathered with school board, staff, and community partners to officially FLIP THE SWITCH on the new solar project on Wednesday, November 14, at the Owen J. Roberts Middle School. The event marks the official capturing of solar energy with the 525 kW solar photovoltaic array installed at the High School & Middle School – more than 2,200 solar panels mounted on building rooftops! Owen J. Roberts and partner Johnson Controls introduced the Academy of Energy education program which will enhance existing renewable energy curriculum by “bringing energy science to life” with authentic, hands-on energy education opportunities and classroom tools. Student groups throughout the district are thinking about energy conservation in innovative ways. Stay tuned--a documentary is being made by high school film students.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Heartfelt Thanks to Veterans

Owen J. Roberts hosted the 7th annual Veteran's Day Celebration. Mr. David Schwenk organized the event. U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania State Senator John Rafferty, and State Representitive Tim Hennessey shared their thanks and thoughts. Ms. Sheila McIntyre and the high school choir provided entertainment in song; America the Beautiful, Homeword Bound, and the National Anthem. Dr. Michael Christian extended a warm Owen J. Roberts welcome and gratitude to veterans. Kayla Oliver, OJR Student Government President shared a heartfelt student perspective of why it is so important to honor those who serve. The NJROTC Drill team, drum & bugle corps performed a tribute to all teh armed services.  Dr. Rich Marchini wished all visitors a Happy Veteran's Day. Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley urged all students to use the day as an opportunity to speak with veteran visitors, "our history; past, present, and future." Closing remarks were provided by C/LCDR Alexander Murphy, NJROTC Senior Officer. Through fundraising, students earn money to provide lunch to the veterans and serve them at the luncheon.


Earlier today, North Coventry Elementary School hosted a Veteran's Breakfast. Feedback about the event was overwhelming. One attendee wrote that her cousin said,  “I’ve never experienced anything like this, I finally feel thanked. When I came back no one cared, no one said thank you. Today, the day after I turned 71, I finally feel appreciated.” 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Honoring Veterans

East Coventry Elementary held its first Veteran's Day Breakfast this morning, November 7. Approximately 40 veterans--some East Coventry parents--attended and were honored. Many of the East Coventry staff baked breakfast items to share. A short video was produced by students who answered "What is a veteran?" and "Why are veterans important?" The students were very articulate in expressing feelings of gratitude for keeping our country safe and free. The High School Color Guard attended to raise the flag in honor of those who have served our country. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Speak Up--Your ideas are important to us!

Be a part of the conversation! Owen J. Roberts is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help students, staff and parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of over 2.6 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.
The online survey is open to students, educators and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.  To take the survey visit: