Friday, December 20, 2013

7 Ups Spread Holiday Cheer

Students in all Owen J. Roberts Elementary Schools were treated with a short holiday concert today featuring the elite high school concert show choir, the 7 Ups. Photos are from French Creek Elementary.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Students Demonstrate Business Savvy

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA's competitive events program promotes competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. At the competition held in King of Prussia on December 18, 222 students competed from public and private schools in the Pottstown area.  Owen J. Roberts, under the leadership of Mr. Bryan Burtnett, had a strong showing of finishers with a new record of total awards received.  

Congratulations to Owen J. Roberts DECA award recipients:

1st PLACE:  Ryan Magee, Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Zoe Mattis, Automotive Services Marketing; William Hillegas, Marketing Management Series; Chris Stout, Quick Serve Restaurant Management; Austin Koury, Restaurant Full Service Management; Anthony Maenza, Retail Merchandising Series; Eric Gift, Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Ben Brill and Tim LaGreca, Buying and Merchandising Team; Sam Bolig and Alex Bendyk, Sports Management Team
2nd PLACE:  Noah Edgecliffe-Johnson, Business Finance Series; Ethan Gelting, Human Resource Management; Baxter Rechtin, Quick Serve Restaurant Management; Chad Jordan, Retail Merchandising Series; Scott Hennelly and Alec Nova, Financial Analysis Team; Ryan Michener and Matt Devathala, Marketing Communications Team; Emerson Odagis and Andrew Griffin, Travel and Tourism Team; Alex Williams, Modeling
3rd PLACE:  Savannah Kerchner, Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Anders Opitz, Automotive Services Marketing; Shaun Dutill, Business Finance Series; Isaiah Gardner, Food Marketing Series; Abe Van Helmond, Restaurant Full Service Management; Gianina Reid and Alex Williams, Buying and Merchandising Team; Eric Trisch and Stephen Peduto, Hospitality Management Team; Audrey Uebelhoer, Modeling
4th PLACE:  Marton Zuberz, Principles of Finance; Mark Dyer, Accounting Applications; Zach Hill, Automotive Services Marketing; Colin Sager, Hotel Lodging Management; Christian Wood, Human Resource Management; Jared Cooney, Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Matt Serbin and Zach Serbin, Business Law and Ethics Team; Sean Keating and Richard Brigandi, Financial Analysis Team; Gianina Reid, Modeling
5th PLACE:  Gregg Thorpe, Business Service Marketing; Andrew Lewis, Food Marketing Series; Ben Gindhart, Marketing Management Series; Jason Davis, Retail Merchandising Series; Liam Bietel, Sports and Entertainment Marketing
6th PLACE:  Connor Deman, Principles of Marketing; Kyle Surette, Business Service Marketing; Audrey Uebelhoer, Quick Serve Restaurant Management; Cameron Moorhead, Restaurant Full Service Management
7th PLACE:  Brett Ambrogi, Business Finance Series; Ben Kerchner, Business Service Marketing; Matt Lewis, Human Resource Management; Dan Dahmer, Marketing Management Series

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Volunteer Student Coach

When Mrs. Cindy Gadzicki mentioned that Girls on the Run was interested in volunteer Junior Coaches, high school junior, Emma Pizzi, had to find out more. Emma has an interest in health and wellness and she felt ready to make a difference and help girls realize their potential through the Girls on the Run program.

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The program ends with a 5K running challenge. Emma really enjoys working with younger kids and felt she wanted to help girls understand how important it is to grow up with self-confidence and a desire to lift up others.

Thirteen girls on the French Creek Girls on the Run team had the opportunity to learn skills from Emma, who became known for the warm-up exercises she led. “Should we do shooting stars today?” Emma might ask before leading the group into jump squats. (Emma’s genius in not calling them jump squats served her well for initiating full participation!)

“From this coaching experience I learned how to be a better leader and a better runner!” Emma said. But she also was able to look at life from the framework of the program. “When we taught the girls about treating others right and self-empowerment, I was reminded about these lessons myself,” she commented. Emma found the girls and other volunteer coaches to be very welcoming. Her advice to any students who may consider this volunteer activity is, “you'll learn a lot about yourself and others through Girls on the Run.” Emma will be a running buddy in the 5K challenge, which has been rescheduled for January 5, helping a younger student realize that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.

Girls basketball: OJR junior Nikki Testa is a major hit on and off the court, diamond | PAC 10 Sports

Girls basketball: OJR junior Nikki Testa is a major hit on and off the court, diamond | PAC 10 Sports

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chartwells and Owen J Roberts School District Introduce Chefs 2 Schools Program

Guest Chef at Owen J Roberts School District Emphasize Health and Nutrition in Food Preparation

Chester County, Pa, December 16, 2013 – Leveraging the concept that chefs have a unique ability to deliver healthy nutrition messages in a fun and appealing way to children by creating healthy dishes that taste good, Chartwells and Owen J. Roberts School District, introduce the Chefs 2 Schools® program. Under the Chefs 2 Schools program, guest chefs ‘adopt’ a local school district. The Chef will then make occasional planned visits to designated schools, for the purpose of creating a focus on healthy meals and helping to educate students about sound eating habits and food preparation.

On December 13th and 16th, Chartwells Regional Executive Chef, Doug Kulp hosted Chefs 2 Schools events at East Coventry and North Coventry Elementary Schools where he introduced students to a new menu item -- Vegetarian Chili with Brown Rice and Sautéed Apples -- and educated students about the benefits of sound eating habits. 

Chefs 2 Schools guest chefs can interact with the host school in a variety of ways, such as:

  • ·         Planning and preparing a healthy meal that meets the necessary standards to be featured on the school menu
  • ·         Providing food demonstrations which feature recipes and foods that highlight local produce and good nutrition, such as whole grains, fruits, salads, vegetables with low-fat dips
  • ·         Hosting an exhibition cooking demonstration or classroom visits

“The program allows for future adaptation to incorporate food education or nutritional classroom activities, local farm events, handson cooking classes, family food and fun night, student council, and wellness or youth advisory committee involvement”, said Doug Kulp, Chartwells Regional Executive Chef.  According to Chef Kulp, the Vegetarian Chili is a very popular menu item with the students. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Teacher Wins Adobe Creativity in Education Award

Ms. Bonner (right) helps a student in ceramics class

Megan Bonner, Digital & Visual Arts Teacher at the High School, recently won the “Adobe Creativity in Education Award”. Adobe is an American multinational computer software company who has historically focused on a creative suite of products which include Adobe Photoshop. The company recognized Ms. Bonner’s dedication to enhancing creativity with her students.

Ms. Bonner participated in an educator challenge where she needed to "pin" inspirations and ways to incorporate creativity in education onto Pinterest. She created a special Pinterest board and tagged posts with #AdobeEduSweeps so that other educators, students and parents might gain inspiration for teaching and learning. Ms. Bonner’s board was chosen as the winner earning her the ultimate creative toolkit, a Macbook Pro and a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (ALL of the Adobe art, video, photo, and web design software) to help her continue to inspire students.

Adobe interviewed Ms. Bonner on incorporating creativity into lessons.  Here is a link to the interview. Congratulations to Ms. Bonner!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Come See Yale Spizzwinks(?)

With funding provided by the OJR Friends of the Arts, Owen J. Roberts High School is pleased to present the Yale University Spizzwinks(?), an all-male a cappella group celebrating its 100th Anniversary.   It is the oldest a cappella group in the world.  Their repertoire is comprised of music arranged entirely by current and former members of the group.   They arrange and perform a wide variety of material, from old standards by Cole Porter and George Gershwin to modern day arrangements by Queen and the Rascal Flatts.   The Spizzwinks(?) also perform original works composed by active and former members.  

The group, donned in tuxedos, has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and performs over 100 concerts and master classes throughout the country.  A long-standing tradition of the Spizzwinks(?) is to visit at least one member’s alma mater.  They are visiting OJR to honor OJRHS Alumnus and valedictorian Collin Gray (Class of 2012), who is enjoying his second year in the prestigious group.  Collin will be a feature soloist and will emcee the evening performance on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.  Collin was an active member of the choral and instrumental music programs at OJRHS and is easily remembered for his portrayal of The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

In addition to their performance, the Spizzwinks(?) will provide a one-hour vocal Master Class for both the Middle School and the High School Choirs during the school day.  These students will be performing at least one number with the Spizzwinks(?) at the evening performance.

Tickets for the performance on Friday, January 10, 2014 are $10 at the door and $8 in advance.   Members of the community can reserve tickets by calling the ticket reservation line:  610-469-5751 or e-mailing  Tickets will also be available for purchase at the upcoming holiday concert at the High School on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7 pm.  For additional information about the performance please contact the high school choral office at 610-469-5663.