Friday, December 18, 2015

Winning Holiday Cookie

High School Culinary Arts students, under the leadership of their teacher, Ms. Lindsay Hale, held a second annual holiday cookie bake-off on December 17. Another class engineered gingerbread houses for competition. Hot Chocolate Cookies were a slam dunk with judges! Below is the winning cookie recipe, courtesy of Love from the Oven blogger:

Hot Chocolate Cookies
Makes approximately 48 cookies
Hot Chocolate Cookies
  • 1 and 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 packages (or 3/4 cups) hot cocoa mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Marshmallow Bits (you could substitute mini marshmallows)

Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
Combine next 4 ingredients. Gradually beat into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

East Coventry Earns PA Distinction

Congratulations to East Coventry Elementary School. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Division of Federal Programs has selected the school as a 2016 Title I Distinguished School and would like to honor them at the 2016 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference.   All distinguished schools will be honored at the conference and will be highlighted within the conference program February 7-10, 2016.

Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. High Progress schools are the highest 5% Title I schools based on aggregate progress in closing the achievement gap in Reading and Mathematics for PSSA combined for the All Student group and the Historically Underperforming Student group. 96 Title I have been selected as schools to be named Distinguished Schools based on that criterion. Using this criterion East Coventry Elementary School has been selected to be a Title I Distinguished School in the 2015-2016 school year. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

4 Schools in Lego League Regional Qualifier Tournament

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, fourth through sixth graders from 4 of our elementary schools participated in the Downingtown Area First Lego League Regional Qualifier Tournament. 

The Wrecking Balls from French Creek presented their research project which focused on the amount of plastic bottles that get thrown away every day, the damage that they can cause the environment, and creative ways to reuse plastic bottles in your home. They worked very hard, performed well as a team, and are proud of their accomplishments throughout the season.  They had a great time learning and working together on the Trash Trek project and robot game.  Congratulations to: Ben Gezon, Colin Horton, Luca Gisone, Lukas Danielsson, Zachary Lineman, Bennet Stutzman, Sam Ferreira, Derek Waldhof, and Andrew Dori.  They were coached by Lori Koury.
The Gardenians of the Gummy Worms from North Coventry presented their research project about food waste.  This included a skit, 95-page recipe book that uses food scraps, and school composting proposals.  Additionally, they earned the first place trophy for Research Presentation.  “This award recognizes a team that effectively communicates the problem they have identified and their proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters.”  Congratulations to: Mallory Horner, Kimberly Amstutz, Joseph Moleski, Ayden Fry, Logan Savage, Vinny DiMichelle, Mattie McReady, Maya Evans, Dustin Grahl, and Campbell Schanz.  The team was mentored by Walter Nelson (HS senior), Thomas Gammon (grade 7) and Logan Richter (grade 7).  Their coaches are Patrice Reiche and Patty Janda.

The Eco Engineers from East Vincent presented their research of K-Cup waste.  They designed a more eco-friendly coffee pod for Keurig machines and conducted a taste test that proved their design is tastier than the regular K-Cup pod.  The team earned a near-perfect score in their Robot Design Executive Summary judging and received the first place trophy for Robot Programming.  "This award recognizes a team that utilizes outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently."  Congratulations to: Chelsea McNeff, Charlie Kullen, Jake Evans, Cole Swierzcek, Grayson Kurth, Rory Booth, Marie Tokay, and Ian Pugh.  The team was coached by Carrie Mitton and mentored by the Wildcats 3 team from the OJR Middle School.

The Bio Builders from East Coventry shared their research on milk carton waste, which included a milk dispenser that measures out 8 oz of milk once student passcodes are enter and a Power Playground that produces energy in order to run the dishwasher. The team won the first place trophy for Robot Strategy and Innovation.  "This award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot."  Congratulations to: Alystair Hemberger, Cali VanDruff, Joey Shea, Katja Larsen, Liam Silli, Reilly Koitzsch, Jack Snyder, and Norah Turley.  The team was coached by Carrie Mitton and mentored by the East Vincent Eco Engineers and the Wildcats 3 team from the OJR Middle School.

The Bio Builders was also one of four teams selected to advance to the Eastern Penn FLL Championship on February 6, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Many people erroneously believe that First Lego League is simply about designing, building and programming robots. However, it involves much more from the teams. The program focuses on working respectively and emulating the FLL core values. It’s about examining a problem (in this year’s Trash Trek competition that involved the care of our environment) and determining how students can better their world by creating innovative solutions. It’s about working hard and playing hard and sharing experiences with others. Above all, it’s about rooting for competitors and wishing all teams well – this is part of what FLL calls “gracious professionalism.”  All of the elementary team members did a fantastic job on Saturday, demonstrating that OJR students have exemplary character, determination, and ingenuity!

Free Senior Citizen Concert/Tea

Owen J. Roberts Navy National Defense Corps proves its worth | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Owen J. Roberts Navy National Defense Corps proves its worth | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Scholarships Awarded

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, the Owen J. Roberts Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, under the leadership of Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley, took part in the Area Manager Inspection. The esteemed inspector was Lieutenant Colonel Myron Young U.S. Army (Ret).

Army ROTC scholarships valued at about $180,000.00 each were awarded to two Owen J. Roberts cadets, Sara Maute and Andrea Shade. A representative from the US Army along with Colonel Myron Young U.S. Army (Ret) presented the certificates to the cadets during the ceremony phase of the annual inspection.