Tuesday, December 23, 2014
November 4, 2014 was a scheduled day off of school for Owen J. Roberts students. But it was not just a day of sleeping in and extra screen time for one group of friends. West Vincent Elementary students in grades 3 to 6; PJ dePorry, Andrew dePorry, Sabrina Marks, Trey Marks, and Pierce Marks, along with OJR Middle School student, Sophie Marks, made a decision that being idle was not the best use of their time that day. After learning that their church youth pastor’s 3-year-old son, Theo, was diagnosed with Leukemia, the students began strategizing how to help.
"Team Theo" was set up at their church, Marsh Creek Community Church, Lionville, and the students decided making money to donate to Team Theo was the best way they could assist a family in need. The students went to work looking for opportunities to earn money when a parent shared a need for clean up at a local construction site. On November 4, the students got up early and reported for duty at Avenue One Building Group doing construction job site clean-up.
The weather was awesome that day and the students were surprised by multiple residents of the over-55 community where they worked who asked what they were doing and donated more money to the cause! The students were amazed how they could fill an empty dumpster and even more thrilled they could earn money to help someone who was hurting. After the experience, they instantly started brainstorming other ways they may be able to earn money for the cause such as raking leaves. They also started working on ways they might support Team Theo by writing letters or working on a website, channeling their time and talents for good and not being concerned that they may be “too young” to make a difference.
Posted by Office of Communications at 6:59 AM
Monday, December 22, 2014
The High School Family and Consumer Science Culinary Arts students hosted the 1st annual holiday cookie competition. Student teams researched and created unique cookie creations and then "sold" their idea and culinary creation to a panel of judges.
Students prepared many traditional and novel holiday goodies for guests. They played FOOD, GAMES and offered a grand PRIZE! Guests who stopped by were able to play “Name that Holiday Food” and enter into a raffle for a one-of-a-kind plate of all 12 original cookies for 2014.
It was a great way for Culinary Arts students to share the spirit of the season through their culinary skills!
Posted by Office of Communications at 12:08 PM
The Owen J Roberts middle school jazz band performs Summer Night Swing by Daniel DiMarino, a young composer who is actually a member of the Middle School jazz band (piano). This is one of his band arrangements; he mainly composes orchestral pieces which the school's orchestra and the Reading Symphony Youth/Junior Orchestra play.
Posted by Office of Communications at 7:05 AM
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
ART FEST for our elementary schools was a big success. Approximately 20 High School National Art Honor Society students prepared and delivered an art program for elementary students in the district. Over 150 elementary kids attended and participated in the 5 events. The art projects were fun and the feedback was very positive.
Posted by Office of Communications at 10:27 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On Monday, December 15, Owen J. Roberts High School presented the ninth annual Senior Citizen Day. Senior citizens from the Owen J. Roberts community, grandparents of students, retired members of faculty and staff were entertained, treated to a lovely tea, and wished blessings of the season.
Dr. Michael Christian welcomed the audience of about 200 by reflecting on the opportunity to be together as a community. He said, “As I am sure you understand, the true meaning of the season lies within the times we can spend with friends and family. We at Owen J. Roberts School District are thankful to have this time together with you.”
This event drew the largest audience to date. Many club members, faculty advisors and staff contributed to the day’s success. The event is sponsored by the Anchor Club, who raises funds to provide wonderful desserts for our community to share. Hospitality is provided by the Wildcat Ambassadors, who attempt to make sure every visitor’s needs are met. The horticulture students made beautiful centerpieces to decorate the tables. Students in our choral and instrumental programs entertained guests with a concert.
The choir, under the direction of Sheila McIntyre, performed a few traditional numbers as well as treating the audience with Blow, Bow Thou Winter Wind and Under the Winter Moon. The 7-Ups Concert Choir, Jillian Miller, Director, sang and danced to open the show including a powerful rendition of “Let it Go” from Frozen. Todd Mengel led the Jazz Band with style and enthusiasm to put everyone in an upbeat holiday spirit. Break-out musicians wowed the audience with dazzling individual performance instrumentals.
During the holiday tea the freshman choir, Sheila McIntyre, Director, and string orchestra, Martin Prescod, Director, performed.
The cafeteria was decorated like a winter wonderland and the menu of drinks and desserts was expertly provided by Chartwell’s Food Service.
*Note: We continue to work to get the word out to all residents about community events in a timely manner. U.S. Mail volume is extremely high this time of year and in some mail zones the district newsletter can be delayed because of this volume. The district website is the best resource for up-to-the-minute news.
Posted by Office of Communications at 11:42 AM