Thursday, July 30, 2015

Think Tank

Full days to build, design, and experiment were in store for a group of young problem solvers who participated in Engineers Think Tank camp this summer. Open to all students entering grades 6-8, participants gained knowledge and experience working with Lego Robotics and building structures to see how much weight they can hold. These students took their engineering skills to the next level! Led by award-winning elementary Odyssey of the Mind and First Lego League Robotic coaches—students in ENGINEER’s THINK TANK participated in activities to improve robot design, programming, spontaneous problem solving, wooden structure design, and teamwork skills.

 Students had the opportunity to collaborate on awesome robots to fulfill multiple missions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Maintenance Award National Finalist

Congratulations to our Facilities Operations Department! Organizers of the 2015 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Awards announced the program's 16 finalists, and Owen J. Roberts was among those in the nation who were recognized.

The program recognizes the role maintenance and engineering departments play in the successful, cost-effective and energy-efficient operation of the nation's institutional and commercial facilities. The finalists emerged from a combination of Facebook voting and evaluation by Facility Maintenance Decisions editors. 

Owen J. Roberts was recognized for personnel management. The recognition, according to Mr. Dennis Rozak, Director of Facilities Operations, was for the robust housekeeping training program which promotes best practice for healthy environments. 

The custodial technician program is sponsored through Cleaning Management Institute. Program topics such as "The Chemistry of Cleaning" are provided during monthly meetings and staff can earn certifications. Reduction and proper use of chemicals, improved techniques to save resources and supplies, understanding correct chemistry, safety, and proper portion allocations are all part of the training.

To view all of the 2015 entries and past award recipients, visit

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Girls with Goals

On this day, campers were making "flubber" out of glue, Borax and food coloring

"Flubber" making was --a great introduction to polymers!

This "hands-on" camp will help train hands-on child sitters

Now we know how to make the best Halloween slime ever!

This summer enrichment experience for girls allows them to learn a variety of fun activities to use while they are babysitting young children. Students have an opportunity to work with the "Real Care Babies"--the life-like dolls that simulate what it is like to care for a real baby. At the end of the week, each girl will have a tote bag full of useful information and activities to make her babysitting experiences with young children a success.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Watch Alums on America's Got Talent 7/14

Watch 3 Shades of Blue play in the Middle Round of America's Got Talent this Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. EST.

The Band received a YES vote from all four judges, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, last week advancing them to the middle round. About 30 talents will advance to the final round next month.

Jeffery Allem, Jesse Allem (twin brothers), Austin Allem and Dane Duncan are all graduates of Owen J. Roberts School District. Three of the four were enrolled in AP Music Theory with Mrs. Sheila McIntyre and all four boys were members of Owen J. Roberts Concert Choir. 

Dane Duncan, the bass guitarist, was the unforgettable Gaston in Beauty and the Beast in 2012. The twins and Dane graduated in 2012. Austin graduated in 2013.

The boys formed 3 Shades of Blue while in high school and have played venues all over. They participated in the first Owen J. Roberts Battle of the Bands fundraiser. They began primarily as a Christian Rock band, but have branched into more secular work over the years, according to Mrs. McIntyre. She remembers all the boys as being significant contributors to their class. Dane was a 7-Up for three years and participated in Owen J. Roberts High School musicals all four years of his high school career. In addition to the role of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, you may remember him as Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mrs. McIntyre said, "He took direction very, very well and never submitted to the 'drama of the drama'".

Many teachers are remembering the band members as students. Mrs. McIntyre noted, "I am very proud of the boys, not only for their musical accomplishments, but because they are quality, quality human beings. Truly." 

Best of Luck 3 Shades of Blue!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ice Cream Art!

Students participating in Owen J. Roberts Summer Fine Arts Camp explored a virtual smorgasbord of art making. The camp was for students who had completed grade one or two. They worked with many materials--including plenty of recyclables--and learned a variety of techniques from our skilled Owen J. Roberts art staff. Students were able to bring home several unique and fun works of art.
Students made Ice Cream Cone sculptures

Students learned to weave with various materials

Taking weavings off the loom can be scary!

Pretending with ice cream art!

Recycled Rooster project

Sand paper prints and chalk paper marbeling

Framed works of art are keepers!

Recycled Paper Rooster project

Terracotta pots, newspaper, plaster, paint...and a cherry on top!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Alumni Rock on America's Got Talent

A talented group of Owen J. Roberts alumni pleased the judges on America's Got Talent 7/7/2015. Way to go, 3 Shades of Blue!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fizz, Bang, Boom

Science Explorers delivered some of their fun brand of science for students this summer. Fizz, Bang Boom Camp allowed students ages 7-11 to consider what they get when motion, electricity, and chemistry are combined.

Hint: Everyone has a blast!

NJROTC in Ireland

In June, NJROTC students took a trip to Ireland where they spent time learning about the culture and the Irish military.

Photos from the NJROTC trip to Ireland
Read the Daily Local article about Master Guns and the NJROTC program at Owen J. Roberts.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Learning with a Pole and Bait

There are many camp opportunities in the summer at Owen J. Roberts. Some of the quickest camp rosters to fill involve fishing.


These campers had an opportunity to fish area waterways while receiving personalized instruction on freshwater fishing techniques including casting, tackle selection, fish identification, safety and regulations.  The photos were taken at Kaercher Creek Lake and Hibernia County Park.