Thursday, May 30, 2013

National Art Honor Society Inducts 31

The new Owen J. Roberts Chapter of the National Art Honor Society inducted 31 members today, May 30, 2013. Twelve 2013 Seniors were among the inductees. According to,
"The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community."

HS Students Win Adoption Rights to Polar Bear

On behalf of the Philadelphia Zoo, America's First Zoo, Owen J. Roberts High School Animal Studies Club was selected as a first place prize winner in the high school age category of the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS contest.   They may be congratulated for a job well done as one of 20 finalists for Grand Prize.

The Philadelphia Zoo held a judging event in April.  The winners were chosen by an esteemed Green Ribbon Judging Panel that included Robert W. Buchanan, Founder of Polar Bears International, Kathleen Grady, Director of Sustainability at Temple University, Irene Ho, PECO Energy, Dr. La'Toya Latney, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, to name a few.

At a special event at the Philadelphia Zoo on May 29, the Owen J Roberts Animal Studies Club received a banner depicting their work, a certificate, and an inspiring collection of signed books written by polar bear activists and researchers. In addition, the club became adoptive parents of a polar bear at the zoo.

Through the project, students applied creative ways to inspire others to reduce energy at home, at school and within their communities. Over 2,400 students participated in the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest, representing over 64 classes from the Delaware Valley and beyond. Their Saving Energy to Save Wildlife Action Campaigns reached 102,764 people and collectively they saved over  1,063,000 pounds of CO2 through energy reduction efforts such as switching to CFL light bulbs, recycling paper and plastic bags, and unplugging power.

Please extend our congratulations on a job well done!  The work these students accomplished has made a difference in the lives of animals by building awareness and encouraging others to Save Energy to Save Wildlife.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Latin News

We commend the following High School Latin Students on recent challenging regional and national exams. Placement in them is quite an achievement.

 Philadelphia Classical Society:

 Latin 1 - Magna cum Laude:

Natalie Burgos

Latin 1 – cum Laude:

Kendall Porter, Carley Miller, Spencer Miller, Jacobus Burger

 Latin 2 - Magna cum Laude:

Navdeep Handa

Latin 2 – cum Laude:

Taylor Baker, Sara Maute, Abigail Winand, Alissa Vining, Taylor Runkle

 Latin 3 – cum Laude

Jack Dyer

 National Latin Exam

Latin 2 – Maxima cum Laude – Silver Medal:

Navdeep Handa, Eva Bove

 Latin 3 – cum Laude:

John Dyer, Laura Chamberlain


National Roman Civilization Exam

 Bronze Medal:

Jack Dyer, Eva Bove

In addition, the 62nd Annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League Convention was held at Penn State University during the weekend of May 17 – 19.

44 OJR students competed at this event in Academic, Artistic, Spirit, and Athletic competitions, and I am pleased to say that they did very well – OJR was ranked 5th overall in the state in some very tough competition.
Quite a few of our students were individual standouts in the many competitions throughout the weekend. Their names may be found on the high school website. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

National Spanish Exam Honorees

The National Spanish Examinations are given voluntarily by over 3800 teachers throughout the United States to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language. Vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension are all assessed.

Two Owen J Roberts High School students were awarded Premio de Bronce scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentiles nationally. Congratulations to Leah Curran and Anthony Maenza (pictured below).

Several other high school students received Mención Honorífica scoring from the 50th through the 74th percentiles nationally. Students in level 5 Spanish who were awarded honorable mention were Cassidy Hart and Tara Shimer.
Students in level 4 Spanish receiving mención honorifica were Caitlin McLaughlin, Emma Ruggiero, Katie Starliper, Holly Sullivan, Sarah Taylor, Alli Walker, and Jordan Sellers.

Owen J. Athletes Shine at State Track & Field

It is quite an accomplishment for high school athletes to qualify to compete at the state level. Owen J. Roberts High School is proud to congratulate Head Coach Eric Wentzel, the Track & Field coaching team and the members of the Boys and Girls track team who participated in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) State Track meet held at Shippensburg May 23-15. Participating athletes were Maddie Cobb, Rachel Malampy, Holly Sullivan, Sarah Taylor, Jill Weston and Noah Greenblatt.
Owen J. Roberts brought home two state medals with Junior Holly Sullivan placing 5th in the Long Jump and Senior Noah Greenblatt placing 6th in the Javelin. Go Wildcats!

Friday, May 24, 2013

East Vincent Student Published

An 11 year-old student at East Vincent Elementary School had her story published in Amazing Kid's Magazine. Read The Adventures of Mr. Bubbles by Meghan Parker by going to the following link:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Performing Artist Visits East Coventry

Mr. Rick “Pepper” Holmes visited EC on Tuesday, May 21st to perform for the students.  Mr. Holmes has toured the workd with performers like Blue Magic and The Stylistics. A small group of EC strings players performed along with Mr. Holmes.  Living with dyslexia, he shared his struggles and triumphs along with his music.  He encouraged the students to follow their dreams and not be discouraged when setbacks occur. 

East Vincent Noetic Math Spring 2013 Contest Winners

In mid-April, over 100 of our second through sixth grade students joined nearly 20,000 students from all across the United States to participate in the Noetic Math Spring 2013 Contest.  Simply being nominated to participate in the contest is an honor.  Several of our students also earned special recognition by achieving the top score for East Vincent’s grade level teams, scoring in the top 10 percentile Nationwide to make the National Honor Roll, or placing in the top 50th percentile to earn a spot on the Honorable Mention List.  These students’ names have been placed on the Noetic Math Website.  Additionally, all participating students will receive a certificate, and the Team Winners and National Honor Roll recipients will receive a medal for their accomplishments at the end of the school year assembly.

Congratulations to the following students:

East Vincent Second Grade Team:

Team Winner: Kaylie Ormerod

National Honor Roll (Top 10 percentile nationwide): Kaylie Ormerod, Nathan Hayes, Marie Tokay

National Honorable Mention: Alexander Massey, Avary Galloway, Charlie Davis, Evan Finger, Jenneve Felice, Paige Lobb, Rory Booth, Sarah Ewing, Steven Swierczek

East Vincent Third Grade Team:

Team Winners: Charles Kullen, Chelsea McNeff, Aidan Zepp

National Honor Roll (Top 10 percentile nationwide): Charles Kullen, Chelsea McNeff, Aidan Zepp

National Honorable Mention: Aidan Zottola, Alyssa Greiner, Alystair Hemberger, Anant Pothakamury, Charlotte Camp, Ciara MacMullen, Grayson Kurth, Katie Schnell, Lauren Razewski, Maddie Flamiano, Megan Herron, Morgan Weaver, Nick Wood, Rylee LaLoup, Sarah Karaman

East Vincent Fourth Grade Team:

Team Winner: James Davis

National Honor Roll (Top 10 percentile nationwide): Lauren McLaughlin, Aniket Majety, Kaitlin Hershey, Jeanne Tokay

National Honorable Mention: Adam Levin, Andrew Bilotta, Andrew Pollard, Brendan Boyle, Brody Bolyn, Dakota Suchowierski, Emily Glasier, Gavin Gallagher, Jackson Massey, Justin Turley, Olivia DeVol, Zach Taylor

 East Vincent Fifth Grade Team:

Team Winner: Aiden Fisher

National Honor Roll (Top 10 percentile nationwide): Aiden Fisher, Anya Winemiller, Sean Zubey, Jake Gallagher

National Honorable Mention: Annie Arditi, Connor Simeon, Jack Schnell, Jackson Keating, Julie Tognucci, Madeline Braun, Meghan Parker, Mikayla Niness, Rose Polder, Samuel Kuhl, Will Blackledge

East Vincent Sixth Grade Team:

Team Winner: Kasey Fitch

National Honor Roll (Top 10 percentile nationwide): Kasey Fitch

National Honorable Mention: Beckett Houck, Ben Colt, Casey Walker, Dante Carroll, Gretchen Harken, Hannah Pugh, Jake Iyoob, Kyle Waldhof, Meredith Fitzgerald, Mia Flavin, Nathan Kelly, Robin Mailum, Shaylan Cobb, Zach Gorman

Beauty on display at the OJR Friends of the Arts Annual Garden Tour

Beauty on display at the OJR Friends of the Arts Annual Garden Tour: Beauty on display at the OJR Friends of the Arts Annual Garden Tour

Friday, May 17, 2013

Class of 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Honors

At the Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 13, 2013, the Class of 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians were honored.
The Class of 2013 Valedictorians are Alexander J. Constable and Rachel S. Heise.
The Class of 2013 Salutatorians are Christopher Bove, Natalie M. Kucharik, Kayla Oliver, and Zachary T. Matarazzo.
Valedictorians were asked to invite an inspirational teacher to the meeting. AJ Constable selected Mr. Daryl Walmer. AJ told the crowd that Mr. Walmer is "not only a brilliant chemist, but truly takes an interest in his students." He recounted a time that Mr. Walmer left a vacation to make sure he AJ had everything he needed for an important exam. He thanked Mr. Walmer for inspiring him to pursue mechanical sciences and to remain chemistry-focused.
Mr. Walmer remarked that AJ is a very good scientist with a profound interest in robotics. He shared that AJ developed an interest in pumpkin launching and that he had demonstrated a "respectful understanding of applying the scientific process".
Rachel Heise invited Mr. James Hunter. Rachel said the Mr. Hunter "somehow manages to make math fascinating". She loved that he put a quote on copies of his quizzes.
Mr. Hunter said that he was always able to use Rachel as a gauge for his teaching. If her eyebrows were furrowed, he knew he had to explain something in a different way. He commented, "The next time she makes a mistake will be the first time she makes a mistake."

Congratulations to our valedictorians and salutatorians and all of the teachers who have inspired them!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Odyssey Teams Prepare for World Competition

Watch a short video about Odyssey of the Mind

Our teams are working to raise money for their trip to Michigan on May 22-25.
“All are invited to Rita’s Water Ice in Pughtown on Wednesday from 4-9PM for a fundraiser to support the OJR Odyssey of the Mind teams.   A portion of the sales will go toward the teams’ registration fees for the World Finals in Michigan.”

At the Committee of the Whole Board Meeting on Monday, May 13, Odyssey of the Mind Teams were recognized. Congratulations to the following students for qualifying to compete in the world Odyssey of the Mind finals.
High School Team A
Eva Bove
Maggie Duffy
Liza Fitch
Christina Fluharty
Petra Hester
Conner Loomis
Danielle Wood
High School Team B
Mackenzie Briglia
Ethan Conway.
Cassidy Hart
Zach Matarazzo
Madison Matarazzo
Caroline Rajtik
Collin Sager
Rantara Creativity Award Recipients:
Christopher Bove
Kelsey Bright
Kevin Bukay
Eric McKay
Caitlin McLaughlin
Fiona McLaughlin
Alyssa Ott
East Coventry Elementary School
Seth Bradley
Sarah DeFusco
Ryan Duske
Kennedy Kollar
Haley O'Donnell
Jessica Taney
Emma Venanzi
East Vincent Elementary School
Annie Arditi
Hannah Clay
Olivia DeVol
Lauren McLaughlin
Meghan Parker
Connor Simeon
Sean Zubey
Middle School
Sydney Baker
Liam Conway
Kasey Fitch
Alex Glasier
Gretchen Harken
George Kullen
Robin Mailum
Thanks to Chris Palochek, Patty Janda and Rose Vey for coaching these teams and for their dedication to the students.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Odyssey Teams Prepare for WORLDS

Six Owen J. Roberts Odyssey of the Mind teams are preparing to travel to Michigan State University, May 22-25, to compete with students from across the globe in the world's largest problem solving competition. Groups have been busy earning funds to make the trip. The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation is very involved in this effort.
Odyssey of the Mind
is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. (

Congratulations to all Owen J. Roberts Odyssey of the Mind team members on their outstanding performances!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Students of All Ages Vow to Be Change Agents

Today, students at West Vincent Elementary School watched a play, “The Ugly Duckling” which focused on accepting others even when they are different. Children as young as kindergarten related to the beauty of diversity.

At the Middle School, The Challenge Day Club, a club with a mission to keep the spirit of Challenge Day alive throughout the year, sponsored an event by an organization called Defeat The Label (  called Stand 4 Change ( The campaign asked a million people across the globe to come together at 1:30 p.m., stand, and take a pledge to work to erase bullying. In the Middle School, students vowed to be agents for change against bullying and Heroes in the Hallway if bullying was witnessed.

Stand 4 Change Pledge:
TODAY, I am surrounded by millions of students around the world, I am taking a stand for myself and for my classmates
I WILL SPEAK UP - I will take a stand when I see my friends and other students hurting, humiliating and bullying each other. I know that in the split second it takes to bully someone or to just watch as someone is being bullied I can also use that time to do something positive that can help someone else. I will use my voice for those who cannot to let others know that I think bullying is wrong.
I WILL STAND UP - I will stick up for my friends and other students who might need someone to stand up for them. I know that it takes just as much time to stand up for someone as it does to look away. I will let them know they are not helpless or hopeless. I will not ignore bullying.
I WILL DEFEAT THE LABEL - I will not use my computer or my phone to spread mean or hurtful rumors or to bully others. I know that in the same times it takes to click my mouse on hurtful messages I can use to decide not to act. And when I see other people cyber bulling I will take a stand.