Tuesday, November 26, 2013

7 Ups to Perform in Philadelphia Thanksgivng Parade

The Owen J. Roberts High School 7-Ups Concert Choir is featured in two numbers for the parade:  “Mass Youth Choir” and “Finale.”   The recording being broadcast for the “Mass Youth Choir” is actually the 7-Ups voices (except for the 2 soloists).   This number is scheduled to be on the air at 10:44 am.   The “Finale” is scheduled for approximately 11:35 am.

Owen J. Roberts is proud to feature choreography work of OJR Class of 2009 Alumnus Lauren Paravis.  It is always so rewarding to see a former student who participated in the music program come back to assist in a leadership position.   Lauren was a member of the Concert Choir, Color Guard, and the Musical while at OJR.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Bull in a China Shop" is Totally Fun

Don't miss this fun play about 6 elderly women who become infatuated with a handsome detective and plot how to get his attention!
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Help Our Schools

Help our schools every time you shop at Giant Food Stores. It is simple! Just log on to www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus to designate one of our schools using your Giant Bonus Card.
Shoppers must register each year. Earn A+ School Rewards every time you shop between October 6, 2013 and March 22, 2014.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

French Creek Elementary One Warm Coat Drive

Warming Communities.....

one coat at a time!

French Creek Elementary K-Kids
is collecting new and used coats for women, men, and children.

Collected coats will be donated to the Pottstown Cluster.  They provides assistance to families in our own community.  The coats we collect will be distributed to the families living in the Bright Hope Community as the cold weather approaches.  The K-Kids thank you for your generosity and kindness!

November 18th-December 2, 2013

Collection tables will be located in the French Creek Elementary Lobby.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Owen J. Roberts Wildcat Ambassadors

Those who serve as Wildcat Ambassadors practice hospitality and welcoming activities to groups who may not have direct affiliation with the High School. The club was formed when the district began expanding in size.  The Guidance Counselors recognized a need for a group of positive and trustworthy students to provide tours and orientation services for new students and their families.

The group is in its 11th year and has grown in popularity over time.  There are typically 90-100 applicants for 10-15 open positions each year.  Students must fill out an application, obtain a teacher recommendation, participate in an interview and have a solid academic, discipline and attendance record.

Their biggest activity of the year is new student orientation, the week before school starts.  All newly registered students to the high school are invited to attend a session to get to know the administrators, counselors and Ambassadors.  They review basic information for the first week of school and have a personalized tour of the building based on their schedules followed by a luncheon sponsored by the high school administration and ambassadors. Other key initiatives include helping at Cavalcade, Veteran’s Day Ceremony and the Senior Citizen Concert and Tea.

Wildcat Ambassadors also assist the 8th graders with course selection in January when the counselors visit the middle school.  They give tours to prospective new students and parents throughout the year.  They have given tours to alumni groups on their class reunion days and have participated in assisting with graduation when needed.

This club does it all.  Selection to the group is based on being representative of the student body as a whole.  Members must be good citizens and interested in working with others and providing service to the school for many different functions.

“This club has exceeded my expectations in terms of its mission and purpose and the types of students who wish to be members.  I could not be more proud to be an advisor!” said Ms. Jen Arnst.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Student Recognition

At the November 11, 2013 Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular Business Meeting, several students were recognized for their accomplishments as noted below:

Maddie Sager received a 5th place medal in the PIAA State Golf Championship

The Varsity Girls Field Hockey Team had an amazing season ending the regular season 11-1-1 and competing in the PIAA State Championships.
The Varsity Girls Cross Country Team was undefeated and won the PAC 10 Championship
Jill Weston qualified to compete in the PIAA State Tournament in Hershey. She placed 60th out of 200 runners.
Hendrik Burger and Cory Ardekani have received multiple "Best Drum Majors" awards this season. In addition, the High School Marching Band received 3 superior ratings in area Cavalcades. 
The drum corps performed some amazing percussion for the Board

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Honored Today

Table for the Missing Soldier

Youngest Cadet and Oldest Veteran

Student Medals at World Kickboxing Championships

Congratulations !!

To Samantha  Rice, an Owen J. Roberts High School Student, who  just returned from Italy representing the USA. Sami is on the USA Kickboxing team and was in Italy for the World Kickboxing Association's  2013  World Championships where she earned a “Silver medal”. There were 113 countries and  5 continents represented.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lunch Ladies Turn Parsnips into Yummy Soup

Owen J. Roberts Lunch Ladies to the Rescue! In Jarrett Krosoczka’s “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series, the adventures of a school lunch worker who “fights crime when she is not serving sloppy joes” is chronicled. In real life, school cafeteria workers have been wrangling recent school lunch regulations, fighting to find ways to make foreign foods like root vegetables appealing to kids.

With the help of a Pennsylvania Farm to School Mini-Grant, food service workers for Owen J. Roberts School District have armed themselves with important knife skills so they may incorporate lowly vegetables such as squash and parsnips into kid-friendly final products. At a skill training on August 26 forty-two Owen J. Roberts lunch personnel learned how to work efficiently with commercial knives and turn vegetables into delicious soup. Staff learned how to optimize the eye appeal and flavor using fresh herbs instead of salt and by not adding pasta to soup until close to the time it is served to avoid it swelling. The soup recipes have been served at several locations including the high school.

An OJR Cafeteria Associate describes the soup to student body president Christian Wood

Farm to School programs seek to connect schools with local farms to improve nutrition. Owen J Roberts School District has been a frontrunner in farm to school practice. Soon-to-be retired Food Service Director Kate Haile has sourced fruit from local orchards such as Weavers and Frecon. Parents ask, “What kind of apples are you serving? I thought my child did not like apples.” The reality is that fresh, local apples often taste better than varieties that ship from far away. On occasion, farmers have even visited the schools.

Several times each year, Owen J. also offers cafeteria-wide “Tasty Tuesday” where students have the opportunity to try foods. Last year, for example, all five elementary schools tasted Roasted Butternut Squash before it made the lunch menu. More than 5,000 students tasted Roasted Zucchini for an annual Go for the Greens celebration. Italian Baked Zucchini and Tomato with Cheese went on to be a popular dish on the High School menu.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Great Accomplishments

Marching Band
Congratulations to the High School Marching Band who received  a “Superior” rating for the 3rd week in a row this past Saturday at the Pennsbury Cavalcade of Bands. The band earned the highest rating possible.  Drum majors Hendrik Burger and Cory Ardekani received the award for “Best Drum Majors” once again.  

Tomorrow! PIAA State Field Hockey Playoffs

                The HS Field Hockey team will play Warwick HS tomorrow, November 5th in a  1st round PIAA State Championship Field Hockey playoff  game. The game will be played at Penn Manor’s Comet Field , Millersville. Game time is 6:00 pm.

Cross Country
Congratulations to Jill Weston who qualified for and participated in the PIAA State Cross Country Championship meet this past weekend at Hershey. The field of competition was deep. Jill had a terrific race and placed 60th out of over 200 participants.