Tuesday, February 26, 2013

High School NJROTC Has Great Weekend


This past weekend, the NJROTC took part in the Passaic Drill Competition with great results. There were 17 schools in attendance.

Results were as follows:

1st Place Academic Team

3rd Place New Cadet Color Guard

3rd Armed Trick Team

Jamie Fogewell took 1st Place in the Individual Academic

Katie Kelsey  took 2nd in Individual Knock out Drill

 
Cadets are getting ready for another competition in Reading on the 23rd of March.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Oliver! Tonight at the Middle School

Tonight will be a busy night on the main campus of Owen J. Roberts School District. At the Middle School, Oliver! premiers at 7:00 p.m. Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and this group of Middle School students has done a tremendous job bringing the story to life. If you cannot make tonight, there is a matinee tomorrow, Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m.

The Oliver! cast and staff have been working hard using the production for many deeds of good service. They performed "Food, Glorious Food" as a flash crowd in the Coventry Mall, delighting all the shoppers and store keepers in the food court. In past weeks, the student actors also performed for peers and younger students granting cast interviews which gave the audience a peek of the character and the actor's perception from behind the scenes. (see photos below)

Also tonight, OJR High School PTSA proudly presents the Post Prom Fashion Show in the High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available $10 at the door and benefits Post Prom--a safe activity following prom. More details about this show may be found on the main page of http://www.ojrsd.com/





Wednesday, February 20, 2013

OJR Hosts First Webinar

To better meet the needs of busy parents, Owen J. Roberts will host a cyber-safety program via live webinar this evening, February 20 at 7 p.m.

Parenting the Cyber Generation

Live Presentation and/or Live Webinar Presentation

Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture.  She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Tonight via webinar and on March 6 live at the Middle School, Katie will address the area of cyber-dangers and other technology concerns of which we all should be aware. 
WEBINAR TONIGHT: February 20th , 7:30 PM - 8:30  "Parenting the Cyber-Generation"
Registration is open! Registration Web Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/259456522

IN PERSON: March 6th at 7:30 p.m. live parent presentation at the MS open to all OJR School District Parents
         

Join the webinar or live presentation and learn . . .
1) The good, the bad and the ugly of social networking.
2) The latest trends in gaming, online teen content, file sharing, webcams, and VOIP.
3) Liability for parents with respect to their child’s use of technology.
4) Best practices in software and hardware configurations for home networks.
5) The importance of virtual reputation management and identity protection.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lego-nardo da Vinci's

Ms. Carrie Mitton reported that the Lego-nardo da Vinci team presented at the Student Showcase of PETE&C in Hershey, PA on Tuesday, February 12.  They were a huge hit!  So many teachers and administrators came over after speaking in-depth with the kids and said how impressed they were with the team’s accomplishments, how well-rounded they were, and how great it is that the district supports the program.  In preparation for the event, the kids created a few short videos.  You can see them here

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We Made it to the 100th Day of School!


Top--North Coventry Elementary Staff dress as Centenarians on the 100th day of school. Bottom--Mrs. Palumbo's kindergarten class at East Coventry Elementary gets into the spirit of all things celebrating 100

Monday, February 11, 2013

EC Robotics


Despite the weather and a late start, a group of East Coventry grade 5 and 6 students, under the guidance of Mrs. Mary Rita Bonnner, competed in the robotics competition on Saturday at the University of Penn.  They had qualified to compete after successfully placing at the regional qualifier in December. Although the team did not move to the next level to be held in St. Louis, they did very well and even received a nomination for a special award.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Concert at 6 p.m. today

Sneak peek photos (below) from student photographer Sam LeVan, Grade 12, of yesterday's rehearsal and competitions. The PMEA event included a SKYPE distance learning component as well as the direction of world-renowned composer Sydney Guillame. Tonight's spectacular concert is the culminating event at 6:00 p.m. The concert was originally scheduled for 2:00 p.m. but was moved due to weather.
Join us at Owen J. Roberts High School Auditorium at 6 p.m.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Beat the Winter Blues with Beautiful Music

The best of the best choral students from the region have been practicing under the direction of world-renowned composer Sydney Guillaume, guest director of PMEA District 12 Choir.

Mr. Guillaume has been preparing 165 students who are competing in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Choral Festival. Everything will culminate in a concert Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Owen J. Roberts High School auditorium.

The combination of young talent and expert direction leads to heavenly sounds worth battling winter to experience. 

Please check www.ojrsd.com for any weather-related changes to the concert time.

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is an affiliate of the nearly 80,000 member National Association for Music Education (MENC). PMEA is a service organization to music education in the Commonwealth. The membership includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, retired educators, as well as those in the music industry. In addition, students enrolled in music education may participate in collegiate chapters and secondary students may participate in Tri-M Honor Society. PMEA provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for musical development to school students. PMEA District 12 serves the music educators and students of Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

We Get Better with Practice

Students enjoyed many "light bulb moments" when blogger Jo-Lynne Shane visited the 5th grade classes at East Vincent Elementary School. The class has recently started blogging on a secure site. Mrs. Shane encouraged them to write about their interests and to take time to like what they and check the final product. At the end of her presentation, one student noted that it seems writers "get better with practice", which sounded like real life inspiration for completing assignments! Mrs. Shane's blog is her business and has 80,000 readers each month. You can read about her experience with the students here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oliver to be Performed at Middle School

The middle school is working hard on a production of OLIVER! Don't miss the performances on January 22 and 23.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuskegee Airman Shares His Story with Owen J. Roberts High School Students


By Guest Blogger Mary Grace Keller
Grade 12

                On February fourth, 2nd Lieutenant Dr. Eugene Richardson (US Army Ret.) visited Owen J. Roberts High School to speak to the students about his time as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots in the United States Armed Forces. Segregation reigned strong in the 1940’s, and many men like Dr. Richardson sought to prove to their fellow Americans that African American pilots were just as skilled as any other. During his visit this week at the high school, Dr. Richardson spoke of the many battles for equality that African Americans struggled through over the decades, dating back to the Civil War. “Blacks were not wanted in the military,” Dr. Richardson stated. As a young boy, Dr. Richardson’s dreams of flying began when he saw the Blackbirds air circus perform. Years later, in his sophomore year of high school, Dr. Richardson and many students like him lifted his head to listen to the announcement that would changes millions of lives. The United States had entered the Second World War. At the age of seventeen, Dr. Richardson took his military qualification exam, which led to the start of his military service. One month after turning eighteen, Dr. Richardson left his Ohio home and began basic military training. After forty weeks of flight school, he received his wings just two months shy of the war’s end and did not see combat. Dr. Richardson jokes, “I just wanted to fly an airplane I wasn’t interested in getting shot at.” When visiting the high school, Dr. Richardson spoke with a casual ease about the amazing feats of courage that his fellow Tuskegee Airmen committed, drawing smiles from the students as they listened to his stories. “I felt that more people should know…what we could accomplish in spite of predictions that we could not.” After his military service, Dr. Eugene Robinson completed his high school degree and later received his doctorate in education administration from Penn State University and worked as a middle school principal for twenty years. He now lives in Philadelphia and visits schools to talk about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Music Making this Saturday

Please attend a concert Saturday, February 9, 2013 @ 2 pm with 165 of the best singers from all of the schools in Chester County, Delaware County, and parts of Philadelphia County.

Owen J. Roberts High School is the host school for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Choir Festival.   Mrs. Sheila McIntyre has been planning this event since the summer.  Our Guest Director is world-renowned composer Sydney Guillaume. His website bio informs that he is oOriginally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Guillaume (b. 1982), blends his cultural roots with his American upbringing to create a sound unlike anything heard before. The Miami Herald praised his work for its “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction.” Guillaume, a University of Miami graduate, commissions works for many nationally recognized ensembles including Seraphic Fire, Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Chorus and The Young New Yorkers Chorus.His music has been performed at ACDA, All-State conventions, and abroad. Beyond choral music, Sydney also writes film scores for Loyola Productions, a non-profit creative media company, aiming to promote awareness of cultural and social justice issues. Sydney currently resides in Los Angeles.

The musical level that the student ensemble will achieve under his direction is sure to be spectacular!   That experience will be something these students will remember for the rest of their lives, which is the exact purpose and mission of the PMEA Festivals.  
http://sydneyguillaumemusic.com/

About PMEA District 12
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is an affiliate of the nearly 80,000 member National Association for Music Education (MENC). PMEA is a service organization to music education in the Commonwealth. The membership includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, retired educators, as well as those in the music industry. In addition, students enrolled in music education may participate in collegiate chapters and secondary students may participate in Tri-M Honor Society. PMEA provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for musical development to school students. PMEA District 12 serves the music educators and students of Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties.