Friday, February 28, 2014

Educational Program on Underaged Drinking

The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will be presenting a free educational program for parents and older students based on their program called “CHOICES”. This program will discuss the law, penalties and consequences of choosing to participate or associate with the underage consumption of alcohol.
A large part of the presentation will focus on explaining risks and potential penalties to parents and
guardians if underage drinking parties take place at their home or property.


OJR High School
LGI Room
Wednesday, March 19
7:00 pm

How Do 5200 Readers Sound?

Pretty quiet!!!

Today from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., students across the district participated in the district-wide read-in, immersing themselves in the pleasure of reading!

North Coventry students and staff dressed as characters from their favorite books!

Jazz Band Performs for Civic Organization

The Owen J. Roberts High School Jazz Band performed at the Pottstown Rotary Club’s 95th Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 2014.  The band was the feature entertainment during the dinner hour that night, and also for the dance portion of the evening following dinner. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Second Annual Mini-THON for Pediatric Cancer

For the Kids

Mini-THON is twelve-hour dance marathon held in high schools across the country. A smaller version of Penn State University’s event, the mini-THON raises money to support the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization that provides financial support to families affected by pediatric cancer. Last year, the mini-THON at Owen J. Roberts High School raised $8, 571.25. The event included hours of dancing, games, and other enjoyable activities. Once again this year, Owen J. Roberts High School will host mini-THON from March 1st, at 8:00 p.m., to March 2nd, at 8:00 p.m. This year will also include dancing, but teams games and sports will be part of the night as well. 

As you may have read, Penn State recently raised over 13 million to fight pediatric cancer.

Donations can be made out to the Four Diamonds Fund and sent to attn: Katelyn Charleston, Owen J. Roberts High School, 981 Ridge Rd., Pottstown, PA 19465

Photo by Michael Styer

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

School Board Recognitions, Monday, February 24, 2014

At the Monday, February 24, 2014 Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular Business Meeting, the Board of Directors recognized the East Vincent GaliLegos and Gear Gurus teams.

The "GaliLegos" robotics team earned first place in the Robot Game and were awarded first place overall Champions Trophy at the Delaware State University First Lego League Regional Qualifier.  They advanced to the First State FLL Champion’s Tournament at the New Castle Air National Guard Air Base, where they won the First Place Core Values Award for Teamwork.   In addition, this team was invited to present at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Convention (PETE&C) on February 11, 2014 in Hershey, PA. Congratulations to: Annie Arditi, Ryan Maneval, Andrew Bilotta, Alex Martin, Will Blackledge,  Zachary Taylor, Conor Booth, Jeanne Tokay, James Davis and Sean Zubey.

The "Gear Gurus" team placed second in the Robot Game and received first place for Robot Design Innovation and Strategy in the Delaware State University First Lego League Regional Qualifier and advanced to the First State FLL Champion's Tournament at the New Castle Air National Guard Air Base. Congratulations to team members: Sam Bilotta, Andrew Pollard, Charlie Kullen, Michael Roskos, Upa Majety, Alekya Srinivasan, Dylan Murray, Sam Turley, Nick Parr, and Tia Weinsteiger.

Also recognized were high school art students who received Awards of Excellence from the Montgomery County Community College Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition:  Amanda Ackerman, Alexandra Lyon, Sarah Berkey, Alyssa Ott, Kayla Brown, Alexis Rodriguez, and Julianna Clark.

Monday, February 24, 2014

34th Annual Craft Show Supports School Art Programs

Wildcat Wrestlers Advance to Regionals

Saturday, February 22, was one of the busiest high school wrestling days with teams vying for district supremacy across the Commonwealth. The Owen J.Roberts Wildcat Wrestling team competed with other local high school teams at the District 1-AAA West Tournament, held at Spring-Ford High School.

Congratulations to Derek Gulotta, Demetri D’Orsaneo, and Dominick Petrucelli, who each earned a spot as District One West Wrestling Champion during the stiff competition. These three champions will now move on to the Southeast Regional Championships which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Pottstown High School.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Girls Swim Undefeated PAC 10 Champs!

The Owen J. Roberts Girls Swimming and Diving team won their meet against Boyertown yesterday, February 19, to finish with a perfect 10-0 season.

Congratulations to the team and coaches for becoming the 2014 Pioneer Athletic Conference Champions!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Two Great Events this Weekend

Tickets for this performance are reserved seating, $10 for adults and $5 for students/children and seniors, and may be paid for with cash or checks payable to OJRSD with “Alice in Wonderland” marked in the memo line. Orders should be turned in to Mr. Moran/the Middle School office, and may be picked up at “will-call” before the show. Please direct any questions to Chris Gray,

Monday, February 17, 2014

Student Published by Cricket

East Vincent Elementary fifth grader, Jeanne Tokay, had a short story published online by Cricket Magazine.  Jeanne's name also appeared in the February 2014 print edition of Cricket Magazine as an honorable mention winner of their contest.

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Jeanne entered the story contest for subscribers’ themed “Sweet Dreams” inviting young writers to enter their best story of 350 words or less about a dream. Cricket Magazine has an online site for subscribers encouraging children to share ideas in a monitored forum.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Active Fire Fighter

Brandon Casto carries a pager with him at all times. He is not a medical doctor, but he handles medical emergencies. The 17-year-old Owen J. Roberts senior is an emergency responder running with both Uwchlan Ambulance and Ludwig’s Fire Company.

On any given day, he will leave school and go right to the firehouse. By noon on Wednesday, February 5, during the ice storms, he had already run 16 calls. He has acquired a large number  of emergency response certifications which qualify him to handle situations ranging from automobile accidents to house fires. At only 17 years of age, Brandon has already battled through a potentially life-threatening fire experience.

“It was my 16th birthday and I was clearing trees during the French Creek State Park forest fires,” Brandon said. The French Creek forest fire was the longest fire fight in Pennsylvania history and Brandon was actively involved.  “I was so focused on carefully downing a tree that I lost track of the fire advancement and I found myself surrounded by flames.” Brandon did not have time to panic. He finished taking down the tree and crawled along it to safety.

This year, Brandon has been getting more experience with medical rescue. On top of his regular school work, Brandon has completed more than 200 hours in emergency medical training. He is part of Ludwig’s Quick Response Service which may be dispatched prior to an ambulance. He makes assessments, takes vitals and can administer CPR or stop bleeding if necessary.

Brandon’s work and training with emergency medical led him to consider becoming a medical specialist in the military. On July 31, 2013, he took an oath of enlistment with the United States Navy and plans to become a Hospital Corpsman. He will ship out for basic training after high school graduation on July 15, 2014.