Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Learning

While sounds in some areas of the district include the whirring of floor waxing machines and other maintenance projects, many classrooms are alive with collaborative conversation, laughter and learning.

 Many students chose summer to get ahead in math and science, taking courses for placement including Algebra 1B, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Earth Science and Health 2.
Basketball All-Stars

Also in progress this week were Basketball All-Stars, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Healthy Living & Learning Camp, iPads for Students, and Wildcat Creativity Camp.

Wildcat Creativity Camp
The sold-out Wildcat Creativity Camp appealed to students in grades 4-7 who enjoy constructing and programming a robot out of Legos, building different structures to see how much weight they can hold, making props, or writing and performing an entertaining skit? Led by elementary Odyssey of the Mind and First Lego League Robotics coaches, students in Wildcat Creativity Camp are participating in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen their ability to think outside the box. They are also engaged in a variety of games planned to cultivate teamwork skills. This eight day camp culminates in a Family Night when campers will share their newly developed creative presentations, problem solving, and robotic skills.

IPads for Students
About 20 students in grades K-3 participated in iPads for Students with the opportunity to test out many of the thousands of APPS available for student enrichment and learning in the classroom. Assessing group interest, students were given opportunity to explore APPS such as “Voice Thread”, “Toontastic” and “Sock Poppets” to create audio files, drawings, practice flash cards, handwriting and comics. “Toontastic” and “Sock Puppets” guide students through the elements of good story telling. Students went on a scavenger hunt using iPad camera photos and shared their illustrated stories with peers on the whiteboard. Parents also received a resource guide for fun learning extension at home.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Creative Minds at Work (and Play)

Students participating in Wildcat Creativity Camp were busy imagining, problem-solving, and creating today. Students worked on missions to build and program robots that would run through a variety of tasks. Some missions involved using sensors. Others required the robots to move on difficult paths or perform a variety of tasks. Students were programming with netbook computers so they were portable enough to collaborate and have computers handy while running robots through series of tests.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Special Olympics Athletes Honored

At the Owen J. Roberts Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting on Monday, June 24, student athletes who participated in Special Olympics on May 2 were recognized. The students worked hard to prepare for the competition on May 2. Special Olympics allows children to find success, joy and friendship as they learn and practice skills in the athletic arena.

Congratulations to all Special Olympics Athletes!!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Student Talent Raises Money for Charity

On June 7, 2013, the Owen J. Roberts High School Leo Club sponsored the resurrection of the annual  OJR Battle of the Bands.  The six student bands put on a fantastic show, and raised $828 for the Leo Club charities.  Congratulations to the competition winners, The Dysfunktion, comprised of Eddie Meyer, Allen Taylor, Tyler Maute, Hendrik Burger, Faith Duncan, Barbara Wadsworth, Kristin Jannoti, and Jack Burger.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Healthy Living Camp Puts Fun First

Students are creating fun, delicious and nutritious recipes and making a keepsake recipe file to share with families as part of Healthy Living camp this week. Smoothies, trail mix and Pita Pizzas were part of this week's camp line-up. Each day students played a cooperative sport and practiced basic yoga moves and breathing. The "Sugar Shock" lesson is always an eye-opener as students scoop the amount of sugar found in popular drinks into the container. A full day of fun, play and new skill acquisition was the recipe for this successful enrichment class!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Safe Schools Meeting

Owen J Roberts School District has built an extensive and detailed safety and security plan based on input from local police, fire and emergency responders. The plan is reviewed and revised on an ongoing basis. On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Owen J. Roberts administrators met with law enforcement officials in a forum that included principals and central staff, school probation and police officers, chiefs from local police agencies, PA State Police, Chester County Chief of Juvenile Probation, Chester County Safe Schools Planning Coordinator, and the Chester County Assistant District Attorney.

The agenda included the Memorandum of Understandings, Safe Schools Reporting, Emergency Procedures and Drills, OJRSD All Hazards & Radiological Plan, RSAN System (Roam, Secure, Alert, Network), current sexting laws and open discussion. The meeting allows school and law enforcement partners to collaborate and share best practice and is part of a continuous safe schools effort which follows up appropriately to the county-wide Safe School Summit hosted by Owen J Roberts School District on January 31 of this year.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Congratulations to the Class of 2013

On June 14, 2013, the 58th Annual Commencement Exercises were celebrated at Owen J. Roberts.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Middle School Career Day

On Friday, June 7, the Owen J. Roberts Middle School held a career day for the nearly 400 students in seventh grade. To expose students to career options, about 25 professionals shared information about their profession. Industries represented included Engineering, Health Care, Technology and Business. Students were given the opportunity to explore jobs such as computer engineer, registered dietician, hospitalist, mathematician, marketing and sales representative and more. Career mentors addressed students about job responsibilities, required levels of education, salary levels and opportunities within their industry. Several talked about how they became interested in their field and what their education path looked like including continuing education and specializations that keep them current.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rising Seniors Win Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Rochester offers awards to recognize outstanding highs school juniors.  Award recipients who apply to the University will be considered for a scholarship award that could range from $7,500-$20,000 per year for four years.

This year’s winners are:
Xerox Award- Elizabeth Seber
Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award-Aaron Gray
George Eastman Young Leaders Award-Gabrielle Lomanto
Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award-Jacqulyn Fenton

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recognizes superlative academic achievement in science and math. Award recipients who apply and are accepted to the University will receive a merit scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years.  This year’s winner is Ryan Cummings.

The Harvard Alumni Association awards a prize book to an outstanding student in the junior class who displays excellence in scholarship, high character and achievement in extracurricular endeavors.  This year’s recipient is Shannon Harris.

Congratulations to rising seniors--the Class of 2014!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Art Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship

On Saturday, June 1st, Owen J. Roberts High School Senior Molly Girard was awarded The Greater Pottstown Area Art Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship was presented at ARTFUSION 19464. All candidates submitted artwork and a written essay for judging. This award has been offered for the past three years. Owen J. Roberts students have won the award two of the three years. 

Molly Girard, Self Portrait

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Guest Reader and Visiting Author Each Promote Literacy at East Coventry

Kindergarten students at East Coventry Elementary School planted seeds in the school gardens in early April. Today, June 11, the students harvested fresh lettuces, radishes, snow peas and strawberries to make a salad. 

To celebrate the harvest, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Christian read a book titled Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens. In this energetic version of an old slave story, Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear. The story reinforced edible plant parts for the children. After the story, the children enjoyed their garden harvest by making fresh salads with some of the same vegetables they heard about in the book!

On May 29, author Jen Bryant visited East Coventry to talk to students about her new book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. The story is of a self-taught artist who overcame poverty, racism, disability and war to become an American master.
Students were captivated to hear how the young Horace Pippin loved to draw pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. They learned that during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches—until he was wounded. His work portrays the struggle of Black Americans for equality as they fought in W.W.I. Horace Pippin has received wide acclaim as the greatest African American painter of his time. Jen Bryant signed many books for the children during her visit.