Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Countdown to September 2

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.”

We are looking forward to another great year at Owen J. Roberts School District as we work together with our community to provide our students with a successful and rewarding educational program.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Getting Ready to Welcome Students

While students and families may be enjoying the embers of summer vacation, our schools are busy in preparation of opening doors on September 2.

New teachers started their year-long induction process yesterday, August 25

The Chartwells Foodservice team is putting final touches on menus for great lunches

The Middle School opened their doors on Monday, August 18 and will again on Monday, August 25, for an informal opportunity for students and parents to tour the school and for students to follow their class schedules and, of course, practice opening their lockers

The high school is putting finishing touches on a fully restored weight room which will accommodate more students

Crews have been working on buildings all summer long to assure they are in tip top shape inside and out to welcome students

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Certified to Ride and Protect

Owen J. Roberts Security Department routinely arranges certification for security officers in Bike Patrol. This certification allows officers to respond to situations safely and effectively. Officers learn many skills such as what to carry on the bike, how to fall without injury, and how to navigate large crowds.

Chief David White, Oley Township Police Department provided a training in April, 2014.

Using the bikes to patrol campus provides health and environmental benefits. Bicycles cost much less to operate than motor vehicles as well. The bikes have many safety benefits and also allow interaction between officers and the public.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Owen J. Students Compete at State and National Levels this Summer

Miss Payton Nicole Schaffer, age 11, was chosen as an Official State Finalist in the National American Miss, 2014 Miss Pennsylvania Pre-Teen Pageant held August 9-10 TH at the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers. 

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills.  Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 Million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes. Girls under the age of 12 are not permitted to wear make-up and there is no swimsuit competition. The pageant program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. The Pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future. 

Brianna Marie Cargo will enter third grade this year. She started running April 2013, with a 5k as a benefit for the Boston Marathon victims. She was 7 years old at this time.  In December of 2013 she went to USATF National Indoor Championships in Maryland.  Then this year she ran track meets throughout the spring in Philadelphia.  First she qualified for USATF Championships, which was held at Wiedner University.  At Championships, she qualified for USATF Regionals which was held in Galloway Township, New Jersey.  At Regionals she qualified for USATF Outdoor Nationals in Humble, Texas, where she competed this summer.