Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 16 School Board Recognitions

The November 16, 2015, Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular meeting included several important recognitions, including a PSBA special presentation congratulating Mr. William LaCoff for his 16 years of service as a School Board Member. Mr. LaCoff served this past year as president of the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors and president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Several students were recognized for excellence in athletics:
Madeline Sager, Meredith Lee, Allison Brunton and Liam Conway
Congratulations to Madeline Sager for advancing to states as a member of the high school golf team and placing second.  Thanks to Coach Snyder and Assistant Coach Kirby for their dedication to the golf team.

Congratulations to Meredith Lee for winning the PAC-10 singles as a member of the high school tennis team, placing second in districts and competing in states.  Thanks to Coach Jerry Styer and Assistant Coach Rosato for their dedication to the tennis team.

Congratulations to the members of the high school field hockey team for winning the PAC-10 and qualifying for districts and states.  Thanks to Coach Hoffman and Assistant Coaches Royer and Montes for their dedication to the hockey team:
Makena Aberle, Amanda Lamb, Grace Chamberlain, Madison Leclerc, Anna Dempsey, Jordyn Marburger, Manon Dufey, Cassandra Micklesavage, Leanne Faust, Antoinette Montes, Natalie Fuertsch, Melissa Mullen, Madeline Gebert, Madelyn Parr, Corinne Gerber, Madison Schaeffer, Courtney Gerber, Keeley White and Bridget Guinan  

Congratulations to the members of the high school cross country team who qualified for states.  Thanks to Coach Michael and Assistant Coach Marcoe for their dedication to the cross country team:      
Mary Bernotas, Alexandra Glasier, Megan Bernotas, Emily Hansell, Allison Brunton, Kathryn Proffitt, Liam Conway, Emma Torak, Samantha Garvey

Monday, November 23, 2015

Girls lacrosse: Owen J. Roberts' Kerry Huzzard signs with Division I George Mason | PAC 10 Sports

Girls lacrosse: Owen J. Roberts' Kerry Huzzard signs with Division I George Mason | PAC 10 Sports

Field hockey: Gerber twins (Owen J. Roberts) headed to Division I St. Joseph's | PAC 10 Sports

Field hockey: Gerber twins (Owen J. Roberts) headed to Division I St. Joseph's | PAC 10 Sports

Field hockey: OJR's Nettie Montes commits to Division I Hofstra | PAC 10 Sports

Field hockey: OJR's Nettie Montes commits to Division I Hofstra | PAC 10 Sports

Girls lacrosse: Owen J. Roberts senior Maddie Gebert signs with Division I Temple | PAC 10 Sports

Girls lacrosse: Owen J. Roberts senior Maddie Gebert signs with Division I Temple | PAC 10 Sports

PMEA District 12 Choir

Ms. Sheila McIntyre announced that 11 students earned a place in the PMEA D12 Choir as a result of auditions at WC Bayard Rustin High School.

Congratulations to the following OJR Choir Students:

Soprano 1:
Leah Muthler (Grade 12)

Soprano 2:
Cheyenne Hails (Grade 11)
Michelle Intoccia (Grade 12)

Alto 1:
Sierra Fish (Grade 12)
Madison Frederick (Grade 10)
Kaiden Roberts (Grade 10)

Tenor 1:
Rebecca Emery (girls with permission are permitted to audition as tenors)  ((Grade 10))
Michael Styer (Grade 12)

Bass 1:
Daniel DiMarino (Grade 10)
Tristan Fish (Grade 10)
Conrad Sager (Grade 11)

Ms. McIntyre said, "I have never had a double-digit showing for PMEA D12 Choir.  I am very proud of my students." 

Conway learned from experience as a freshman | Reading Eagle - SPORTS

Conway learned from experience as a freshman | Reading Eagle - SPORTS

Friday, November 20, 2015

Historical Fiction Author Visits MS

Some middle school English Language Arts students had the pleasure today of meeting with a published author.  Scott Armstrong, the father of eighth grader Nathaniel Armstrong, is the author of Russian Snows: Coming of Age in Napoleon's Army, an historical fiction account of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812.  Mr. Armstrong shared with the students his love of history growing up in a family of historical re-enactors and how his life experiences helped shape his writing.  He was inspired to write the story by his daughter, Helen, who is also a creative writer.  He took on the challenge of writing the entire novel in one month during the annual National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO.ORG). 

Students learned about the facts surrounding the history of the novel Russian Snows. They also learned that in order to shape characters, Mr. Armstrong studied personal accounts from Napoleon's troops and eyewitnesses from the period. 

Mr. Armstrong shared some important writing tips with the students. He imposed upon them the importance of editing. He told them to never be afraid of feedback they can use to improve their own writing, and encouraged them to give him feedback on his own book as he works on the sequel.  His talk was organized by Literature Links Teacher Laura Frank.  Also attending the presentations were students of Elizabeth Ross, Katie Dede, and Amy Oswald.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony, EVES

Photos taken by OJRHS Yearbook photographer, Cole Whitelock, Grade 12.

Students were at the center of the celebration and are at the center of all plans for excellent educational facilities

On Monday, November 16, 2015, Owen J. Roberts School District celebrated the groundbreaking for the new East Vincent Elementary School. In the top photo, Mrs. Melissa Booth, Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Buildings and Grounds Committee Chairperson, looks on approvingly as the first soil is moved by students to mark the official groundbreaking for the brand new school.

Catch "Harvey" this Weekend!

The Fall Play Cast and Crew cordially invite you to attend
Mary Chase's HARVEY!

 Tickets:  $5.00 and available from cast member or at the door

When Elwood P. Dowd (played by Christian Eagen) starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta (played by Natalie Bartlett), has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate.  She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae (played by Olivia Foden), and their family from future embarrassment.  Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors and the nurse (played by Manus Weber, Zach Moyer, and Reagan Flewelling) that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also!  The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search for Elwood and his invisible companion is on with the help of Wilson (played by Tino Chigumira).  When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors.  Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.

Additional roles are portrayed by Darcy Harris, Lani Boyle, Carly Arthurs, Michael Lipkowitz, and Ryan Davis.  This year's Intermission Scene, written by OJR graduate Megan Bealer, will be performed by Christine Hoffman, Kaiden Roberts, Wyeth Cosperite, Victoria Rivkin, Cassady Myerson, Paige Cadieux-Petrie, Cassidy Niggeman, Michael Maher, Scott Tevis, Tierney Campbell, Tobius Ford, Nick Barone, Courtlynn Bliss, Amyln Savarese, Julia Amadio, Lily Buettler, Kaitlyn Seraphin, and Charlotte Lasak.

Narrators for the evening are Angeline Viti, Katie Sundermaier, Max Gallagher, Arielle Shakour, Kat Bobo, and Lucas Gray.

The show is directed by seniors Katie Hudick and Andrew Martin and junior Maya Greenholt.  Faculty Director is Mrs. Dawn Galambos.

Please join us for an evening of outstanding comedy!

Thank You from Coventry Food Pantry

Coventry Food Pantry
845 S. Hanover Street
Pottstown, PA 19465
Email: coventryfoodpantry@gmail.com       

November 16, 2015

To the Owen J. Roberts Administration, Teachers, Staff, Parents, PTA’s, Students, and Bus Lot:

The Coventry Food Pantry would like to thank you for your continued support.   We appreciate your generosity and willingness to share with those less fortunate.  Your donations help us to provide food and personal supplies to members of our community that are in need on a monthly basis.

As you know The Coventry Food Pantry is a 501c organization.  We are run by volunteers and have been serving the Owen J. Roberts community from the basement of the North Coventry Township building for 43 years.  As a provider of The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the State Food Purchase Program for Northern Chester County we are assisting an average of 85 families a month that are considered food insecure.  In 2013 we began the weekend backpack program in your school district to provide food for students identified as going hungry over the weekend by school officials.  This program is currently running in all the OJR Elementary schools as well as the middle and high school.  We have 55 students enrolled so for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Kira Rumpp for organizing the “Make a Difference Day” collection, Cindy for driving the bus, and the high school wrestling team for the man power to unload all those boxes of food.  The OJR school district does so much to help us throughout the year:   Special food and paper goods collections by classrooms and grades, PTA support through volunteers and collections for the backpack program, Clubs volunteering to pack food, and growing fresh produce in your school gardens.  We could not do it without you!

We send you our deepest appreciation for helping us with our mission:

To create a hunger-free community throughout Northern Chester County by distributing food and basic household supplies to individuals and families in need.

Board and Committee Members,
            Ginny, Carol, Millie, Kathe, Rick, Brian, and Gloria

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wrestlers Serve

The Owen J. Roberts Varsity Wrestling Team coaches encourage athletes to be active community servants. Their recent volunteerism for two major events helped support hundreds of families in different ways.

Make a Difference Day--The wrestling team unloads and organizes a bus full of food at the Coventry Food Pantry. The food will supplement families in the district who have need for support

Wildcat wrestlers helped set up, clean up, and color distribution at the RUN101 Color Run. Hundreds of families participated.

photo by F. Wrubel

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Solemn Gratitude

Owen J. Roberts schools honored veterans this week (and always).

Owen J. Roberts High School hosted the 10th annual ceremony and luncheon celebrating veterans on November 11, 2015.

The audience was challenged by more than one speaker to think about living out our debt to service men and women through our own actions.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley, Head of Naval Junior ROTC, shared the following quote by John F. Kennedy, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

Senior Sarah, Hume, Owen J. Roberts High School Senior Class Director also shared that sentiment. Her thoughts indicated that it can be selfish to simply thank veterans for our freedoms and all we enjoy in this country. Her idea is that the real way to appreciate the service of veterans is to act upon our gratitude by serving this nation in some way.

Mr. David Schwenk, High School Social Studies, organized the event. Veterans were honored by the High School Choir, Dr. Michael Christian, Dr. Richard Marchini, the NJROTC Drill Team/Drum & Bugle Corps, Tino Chigumira, Sarah Hume, Pensylvania State Senator John Rafferty, a represetative for Senator Toomey, Pennsylvania State Representative Tim Hennessy, Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley, Cadet/Lt. Commander Sara Maute and Mrs. Shelia McIntyre.

Photos below were take at the luncheon by Ms. Jennifer Arnst: