Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Glimpse of Owen J. Roberts

Mr. Owen Hamilton, grandson of Justice Owen J. Roberts, delivered many artifacts to the district

Mrs. Karen Oncay, an expert on the life of Owen J. Roberts, looks over one of the pieces of memorabilia

Hand-written letter to President Truman
Today the Owen J. Roberts School District welcomed the grandson of district namesake Owen J. Roberts. Mr. Owen Hamilton made a trip from Vermont to hand-deliver artifacts that had been stored in another relative’s attic. Among the many photographs are several portraits of the Supreme Court which include Justice Roberts, who served for more than 15 years. Included with the relics were a copy of the Congressional Declaration of World War I, hand-written letters from Justice Roberts to President Truman with President Truman’s responses, multiple honorary degrees, wedding memorabilia, and hundreds of news clippings, including those speculating his possible candidacy for United States President.

Local historian, Mrs. Karen Oncay, will sift through and begin to organize some of the treasures as the high school looks for ways to preserve and display the mementos in ways which our students and public may interact—such as framing the honorary degrees. The possessions of the late Justice Roberts give our community a glimpse into the legacy and life of the man who made education such a priority in our region.

Wedding portrait, certificate and invitation


Monday, September 29, 2014

Fulton Bank Gifts $6,020

Betsy S. Niedziejko, Senior Vice-President, Commercial Banking presented a check for $6,020 to Jaclin B. Krumrine, Chief Financial Officer of the district and Dr. Kathleen M. Hocker, Executive Director of the Education Foundation.    
The donation was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). This contribution supports the mission of the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation, which is to secure funds through philanthropic means and engage all members of the community to support educational innovation and the mission of the Owen J. Roberts School District.

Fulton Bank commitment goes beyond just providing quality banking and financial services. Fulton Bank also supports many local organizations through contributions and sponsorships and participates in many volunteer efforts. As the largest affiliate of Fulton Financial Corporation, it offers the broad array of financial services of a larger bank, while maintaining the personalized community-oriented banking relationships that customers have come to expect and appreciate.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Don't miss this event to raise money and awareness in the Bucktown Battle against breast cancer!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Olympic Wrestler Visits Wildcats

On Tuesday, September 23rd during an evening conditioning session, Olympic Gold Medalist, John Peterson, joined the wrestling team to offer winning tips and share his love of the sport. 

Mr. Peterson was a college all-American, a World Silver and Bronze medalist, and an Olympic Gold (1976) and Silver (1972) medalist.  Mr. Peterson is still active working with a number of successful college and high school programs.  

Mr. Peterson demonstrated a little of the technique that helped him become a successful international wrestler.  He spent most of his time discussing the correlation between success in athletics and success in life.  Many parents joined the athletes for this special event.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OJR's Sager is PAC 10 Golf Champ

Maddie Sager, grade 11, won the first playoff hole to take the PAC 10 Golf Championship yesterday. Read more about it by clicking the link below:


Maddie Sager pictured with Boys Champ Kyle Vance from Methacton

Monday, September 22, 2014

Students Excelling in Our Community

Kaitlyn Miller (Senior and Animal Studies student) was selected as the 2014 Kimberton Fair Queen. She will be representing the fair and promoting agriculture at various functions this year. Kaitlyn will receive a college scholarship and she will be competing at the state competition in Hershey in January against approximately sixty girls for the title of PA State Fair Queen.  

Other Animal Studies students were active this summer as well. 

The Animal Studies Club took the Farmer for the Day display to the Kimberton Community Fair in July. Club members worked the station all week and it is estimated at least 500 kids per night enjoyed playing the role of a farmer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bernat Field Dedication Friday

Owen J Roberts School District will dedicate Henry J. Bernat Field during home game

Bucktown, PA, On Friday, September 19, 2014, at approximately 8:00 p.m. (half-time), 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. During halftime, the field will be officially dedicated in his name with attention to the brand new scoreboard funded by many donors through the Friends of Hank Bernat along with a generous contribution from the Roberts Athletic Association.

Henry (Hank) Bernat joined the Owen J. Roberts School District family in 1955 as a Biology Teacher where he engaged young minds in the study of life and living organisms. As a coach, he tutored students with life lessons of another type including teamwork, honor and cooperation. A 1990 Philadelphia Inquirer article claimed that “he led with encouragement, not criticism”.  He touched the lives of over 1500 young football players during his career and was known for his calm demeanor.
Mr. Bernat was named Coach of the Year 8 times by his peers and 15 times by Philadelphia-area media. He compiled a 195-133-17 career record. He was inducted to the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Tri-County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and Ches-Mont League Hall of Fame. He coached several athletes who went on to play professionally and many who played Division 1 Collegiate Football.

Mr. Bernat retired from Owen J. Roberts in 1991 after 35 years of service. A dedication to Mr. Bernat in the 1991 Ledger read, “Coach Bernat, whether in his role as teacher or coach, has never lost sight of his basic mission—the education of young people.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cavalcade--Feel the Excitement and Sound

Feel the Excitement and Sound
of 14 Top Marching Bands on Sat, Oct 4th

BUCKTOWN, PA (Sept 16, 2014) – For the 44th year, the finest marching bands will converge on Wildcat Stadium in Bucktown and transform the crisp Fall night into a spectacle of music and marching. Get ready to hear and watch fourteen terrific high school and middle school marching bands compete in the Cavalcade of Bands on Saturday, October 4, at the Owen J. Roberts High School football field in Bucktown. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the gate. Ticket prices are $10/adult and $8/senior and students (grades K- College). We also offer a Family Pack for $40, which includes admission for four as well as a voucher for each of the 4 people to receive a hotdog or a slice of pizza and a drink.

 Gates open at 4 pm and the first band performs at 5:30 pm; the awards will be given out at 10:00 pm. There will be a special performance by the Kutztown University Marching Band.  A list of competing bands is available at www.cavalcadeofbands.com.  For additional info, contact Christine Ficca  via email at ojrshow@gmail.com.  Owen J. Roberts High School is located at 981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA, 19465,   www.ojrsd.com.  This event is hosted by the Owen J. Roberts Music Parents Organization,   www.ojrhsband.com.