Owen J. Roberts School District will welcome students back to school on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to begin an exciting new school year. The district has been a busy place this summer as buildings and grounds were prepared to support students in the various activities they may choose to pursue. Three synthetic turf fields and running track were replaced on central campus. The high school is putting finishing touches on a fully-restored weight room which will accommodate more students and allow for best practice in fitness instruction. A new stadium scoreboard will be installed in September thanks to the generosity of the Roberts Athletic Association and the Hank Bernat Fund. All the schools were cleaned, repaired and prepared for another year of learning and fun.
Preparations have also been made over the summer with staffing and training to assure a smooth start to the school year. New teachers were welcomed on August 18 as they began a year-long teacher induction program which engages them in the critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creative skills that are part of 21st century approaches to learning.
Many new technology resources will help teachers, students and families access the information they need quickly and efficiently. Nearly 275 Owen J. Roberts educators were involved with Technology Academy the week of June 16-20 engaging in professional development that will assist in integrating technology into teaching and learning. Desire 2 Learn (D2L), used by many colleges and universities to support online education, will be introduced at the secondary level so that students have full access to teaching and learning tools 24/7. The district has added student access to technology and increased connectivity. A new, robust district website with a responsive design will help optimize the district website experience on many types of devices and browsers. In addition, a mobile app will aid users in accessing critical information like school contacts, calendars, and lunch menus on their mobile devices wherever and whenever they need it.
Many athletic teams and co-curricular activities are underway at our schools. The sound of the marching band may be heard once again on central campus. Throughout the summer, Owen J. Roberts students were engaged in learning with more than 500 students participating in academic and recreational programs offered by the district.
On Friday, September 19, 2014, during half-time of the football game, Owen J. Roberts School District will officially dedicate the lower stadium field as “Henry J. Bernat Field” at Wildcat Stadium. Mr. Bernat, along with family, friends, and a vibrant student and alumni section will gather to recognize the legacy of Mr. Bernat as a teacher, coach and community friend. Henry (Hank) Bernat joined the Owen J. Roberts School District family in 1955 as a teacher where he engaged young minds in the study of biology. As a coach, he tutored students with other life lessons including teamwork, honor and cooperation. A 1990 Philadelphia Inquirer article claimed that in his role “as teacher or coach, Mr. Bernat never lost sight of his basic mission—the education of young people.”