Friday, October 31, 2014

Digging It

It may have been Halloween, but this rather imposing monster was all about business! Horticulture students were able to learn firsthand about a giant piece of machinery called a tree spade. The unit came from Tri Color Tree Farm in Downingtown. Tri Color specializes in large tree transplanting. 

Students were able to help operate the tree spade, lowering its enormous claws into the ground around a dead tree stump outside the high school. The machine is able to clamp roots and soil into a solid root ball for transplanting and will be bringing the high school a special cherry tree as a replacement.

Author Share

East Coventry Elementary fourth grade students celebrated “Author's Share” on October 30. The students had been working diligently on writing their fictional stories. Each student then selected his or her favorite scene from the story and put it on display. To widen the audience for each writer, all students rotated throughout the room to enjoy each others stories (art gallery style).  Afterward, students mingled and talked about the writings enjoying ginger snaps and apple cider.

Wildcat Wave

OJR Athletic office reports...
The girls soccer team won yet again against a very good Conestoga team, which they lost to earlier this season.  They won 2-1 and now advance to play for the 5th seed in the PIAA berth on Saturday. They will be playing at Spring-Ford, one of our rivals in the PAC-10, at 6pm. Congratulations to the girls and coaching staff. Good luck!

Girls Soccer is battling for a PIAA berth. The showdown will be Saturday at 6 pm. Read about it on Gametime PA.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Many Hands Create Safe Night

  Check out the Channel 69 News segment: Help Keep Kids Safe

More than 1100 children participated in the Roberts Education Association’s Safe Trick or Treat Night on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. In its second year, the event drew more than twice as many participants as the previous year.
Do to the rural nature of our school district, teachers in the district felt there was a need to provide children with a safe way to trick or treat. “We have a central location and felt we could fill that need,” said high school teacher Karin Suzadail.
Teachers, administrators, community organizations and older students all worked together to provide an enjoyable evening for Owen J. Roberts families.  The high school halls were decked out for the season. Students had been working on decorations for weeks. 
The night has become a chance to work and play together to do something special for children. In a thank you message, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Christian shared, “While the excitement of trick or treating entices children to participate, it is the total experience that makes the night so enjoyable for our families.  Students saw their teachers in costume, participated in fun activities, and donated to a worthy cause.”
The worthy cause was the Coventry Food Pantry. The price of admission was a food item to be donated to the food bank. With over 1,100 students attending, the donations added significantly to wrap up the district’s major Make a Difference Food Drive, which had already filled a school bus to the ceiling.