Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Celebrating with our Senior Citizens

For the 11th year, the High School held an afternoon concert and tea for our area's senior citizens.
Tea and desserts were provided by the Anchor Club (Mrs. Kim Nagy, Advisor).   Wildcat Ambassadors (Ms. Jennifer Arnst, Advisor) provided hospitality and ushering services. The event is a fantastic blend of school and community!

Students Perform for Seniors

OJR High School retirees, district senior citizens, and grandparents of high school students were entertained with a holiday concert and afternoon tea at the High School on Monday, December 12, 2016.  The High School Choir, directed by Ms. Sheila MCIntyre, Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Todd Mengel, and High School Orchestra, directed by Mr. Martin Prescod, put on amazing performances.

Thinking in Code, Part Two

EC kindergarteners learn that an algorithm is step by step operations (directions) needed to reach a goal. 

Kinesthetic Coding - EC kinders "walk the algorithm" on a large scale path where students used direction words (up, down, left, right) to reach the end goal, which is stepping on each paw print on the path.
EC's first activity was called "Follow the Wildcat Way."  The children created an algorithm using paper and pencil to work through a series of boxes and recording the steps needed to reach each paw print.

East Coventry kindergarten

French Creek Elementary received a Education Foundation mini grant to purchase coding books.

FC students play Osmo - a groundbreaking system fostering social intelligence and creative thinking

Mrs. Kent's FC class engages in Hour of Code
Owen J. Roberts students are learning programming throughout the year in various ways. Learning computer coding skills help structure problem solving skills, and can often help students learn to streamline necessary activities. During National Computer Science Week, December 5 - 9, Owen J. Roberts students had extra coding opportunities by participating in the National Hour of Code.
Mrs. Jen Armstrong's seventh grade engaged in coding activities including Java and Python.
Mrs. Armstrong decorated her room like a party to signify how much fun programming can be.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thinking in Code

East Vincent student leaders prepare an Hour of Code skit for student body

Drexel's Dr. Popyak visits HS for Post-It Pandemonium

Parents help students at North Coventry Elementary

A West Vincent first grader enjoys a coding game
Owen J. Roberts students are joining millions of other students across the country and across the globe in pursuing coding activities this week as part of the Hour of Code. https://hourofcode.com/us

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Decorating for our Watershed

Students from the High School Horticulture Club hand-crafted vintage holiday decorations and visited the Welkinweir Estate to decorate the main room for the holidays. The club funds the project for Welkinweir and for the community who visit. Each year the club decides a theme. This year's Primitive Christmas theme helps to fill the estate with vintage charm. You may check out students' work at an open house this Saturday. 

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 10
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Take in Welkinweir's naturally beautiful holiday decor at our Holiday Open House! Light refreshments and joyful music await. All are welcome. Questions: 610-469-4900 or welkinweir@greenvalleys.org

"Welkinweir is a 197-acre property featuring a 55-acre arboretum and historic estate house, as well as ecologically diverse wetland, meadow, and woodland habitats. The property is a living laboratory for the study of ecological issues, sustainability, and land stewardship, offering inspiration and education for visitors and community members. Welkinweir is the home of Green Valleys Association, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to protect and preserve the water resources of Northern Chester County through advocacy and education."