Monday, March 31, 2014

MS Art at Henrietta Hankin Library

Creating an Art Show for our community involves a lot of planning, and its successes are contingent upon the accomplishments of a collaborative team. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Ingrid Fake and an entire cadre of volunteers and staff, more than 300 artworks from Owen J. Roberts Middle School students have been matted, packed into boxes, transported, unpacked, labeled, and displayed at the beautiful, Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

Please visit between April 1 - 25 and enjoy the library and work of our students.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sale Supports Classroom Innovation

Education Foundation Impacts Students and Learning

The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation annually funds projects that are innovative in nature and represent a fundamental advance in the manner in which curriculum is delivered.

Classroom mini-grants are used for educational materials and supplies, computer hardware and/or software, scientific or mathematical equipment, printing expenses, periodical or internet subscriptions, field trips, and other inventive educational initiatives.

The Ed Foundation directly impacts student learning by funding projects which provide a significant and defined benefit to students; represent a new (or the rethinking of an existing) educational initiative; fall  outside normal budget or planning considerations; and/or explore use and integration of new technologies, expand student experiential learning opportunities and/or engage families and/or communities in education.

 Support the Semi-Annual Consignment Sale

The Children's Consignment Sale supports a triple bottom line--student success, classroom innovation and the environment. 

This huge sale is an excellent opportunity to sell and purchase pre-loved children's clothing, books, toys and other treasures. 

The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation
Children’s Consignment Sale
Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:00 am to 12:30 pm
OJR Middle School 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

College Fair Today

With High School 10th and 11th grade students as the target audience, 88 college, technical schools and military institutions attended the Owen J. Roberts College Fair today, March 23, 2014. The Fair is sponsored by the guidance department as a great way for students to get information about many different post-secondary opportunities at one time. It also provides a venue for personal interaction.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mr. Strock Named AD of the Year

Mr. David Stock is pictured on the left

Congratulations to Mr. David Strock, who was named the 2013 Region One Athletic Director of the Year.

Mr. Strock has been the athletic director for Owen J. Roberts School District for the past 32 years. He is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and has been a certified instructor for the American Coaches Effectiveness Program.

Mr. Strock has served as league commissioner for numerous sports in both the Ches-mont League and Pioneer Athletic Conference. At the district level, Mr. Strock and the Owen J. Roberts School District have hosted playoffs for Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Baseball and Softball. Under his leadership, the district has also hosted the PIAA State Boys and Girls Soccer and Field Hockey Playoffs. He has been an umpire for the PIAA, Division 1, 2 & 3 collegiate, and professional athletic competitions.

Mr. Strock and his wife Gloria have two children and reside in the Owen J. Roberts School District.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Passion for the Arts Trip

photo by Todd Gerber

Friends of the Arts is entering its fourth decade of supporting the arts for students and community of the Owen J. Roberts School District. The organization is critical to many of the experiences Owen J. Roberts students have in the arts. Over the years, their creative fund raising projects, which include the annual juried Craft Show, Studio / Garden Tour and the Holiday House Tour, have raised nearly  half-a-million dollars which have been directed toward student projects and experiences, strengthening exposure to the arts. Their projects add value to the community as well, giving artists, students, and residents many platforms for which they might connect and grow through artistic expression.

In an effort to refresh its mission, Friends of the Arts began planning a student trip with Mr. Tom Sonnenberg, district elementary art department chair, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's largest and finest art museums, located in New York City at the beginning of this school year.
The trip proved to be an amazing day, Saturday, March 22, and included two busloads of special project art students from the district's five elementary schools. The Friends of the Arts provided support for students with financial need so that every eligible child might have the opportunity to enjoy this experience.

The most popular exhibits were the Egyptian collection and temple, the arms and armor, and the Impressionists. Mr. Sonnenberg said, "Three people told me that they had never been to an art museum before – so it was especially meaningful to them. I thought about how great it is to start at the top and how wonderful it is to share something I love with my students and students across the district." He also credited Susan Deegan-Watson, Sarah Smith and Charlotte Henschel for working countless hours to make the trip happen.

Mrs. Susan Deegen-Watson, whose parents were part of the founding group who formed the Friends of the Arts, said the she had been “blessed to have been the first class of kids in 1975 to attend a Friends of the Arts bus trip to the Academy of Music, which made a lifelong impression on me.”