Monday, February 29, 2016

THON Sets $50+ Record

Mini-THON is a year-long, student-run philanthropy effort raising money to find a cure for pediatric cancer. The event is a twelve-hour dance marathon held in high schools across the country. A smaller version of Penn State University’s event, the mini-THON raises money to support the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization that provides financial support to families affected by pediatric cancer. The first year, the mini-THON at Owen J. Roberts High School raised $8, 571.25. Last year students raised $32,717! The event included hours of dancing, games, and other enjoyable activities. 

Owen J. Roberts High School hosted mini-THON on February 27. The mini-THON is a no-sit, no-sleep marathon where students stand for those who cannot!

Students raised $50,568 at this year's event!!!!

Schools Rally for Student

Read the article about how the Owen J. Roberts community is supporting an East Coventry student:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Celebrate Super Reading Power

Week of Caring at EC

East Coventry Elementary celebrated a Week of Caring this week! During February, students focused on  understanding others.  They collected snacks for OJR families and have been learning about many important African Americans for Black History Month.  Each day this week had a different focus. The week kicked off with Manners Monday-focusing on being polite and using our manners ALL the time!  On  Compliment Tuesday students practiced giving each other compliments and understanding how good they make us feel.  On Smile and Say Hi Wednesday students were encouraged to smile and say Hi to as many people as they could. Did you know that smiling is contagious?? On Happy Gram Thursday the kids had the opportunity to send a special note or picture to a friend during the day.  Finally, Mix it Up Friday events included an awesome assembly, presentations by grade levels about the person they studied for black history month, dancing, a special message to a fellow student who cannot be in school right now, and conversation “hearts” at lunch to help kids learn something new about each other. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mattress Sale May 7

 Yes, …….for the 2nd year in a row, the OJR Band is selling mattresses as a fundraiser for our program.  I know it sounds crazy, but we tried it last year for the first time and it was a terrific success, so we are doing it again this year.  The date is Saturday, May 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the High School Cafeteria.  Our cafeteria will be transformed into a giant mattress show room where you can come to look at all kinds of quality mattresses, pillows, etc.  You can purchase a mattress at a great price that day and our band will receive a portion of the proceeds as a fundraiser, so WIN / WIN! 

Attached here is a save-the-date flyer.  More information will be distributed in the near future.  Mark your calendars…..even if you just want to swing by that day just to look at the available mattresses, we’d love to see you there on May 7th.

Thanks, everyone!


Talented Artists

OJRHS students Zach Foreman and Nicole MacMullen, MCCC Award winners

Zach Foreman (Senior) and Nicole MacMullin ( Junior) won awards at  MCCC’s Third Annual Tri-County Art Exhibition.

High school students from Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties are displaying their best artwork at Montgomery County Community College’s Third Annual Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition in the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.
The exhibition opened Wednesday, Feb. 17, and will continue through Friday, March 4. The artists’ reception also was held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5-7 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the community.
This annual event enables up-and-coming student artists to exhibit their work in a professional art gallery and share their talents with the community. This year’s artwork will feature a wide-variety of subjects created in various mediums. MCCC art faculty members review the artwork and are available to answer any questions about the College’s art programs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ms. Natalie Smith Wins Citadel Award

Dr. Richard Marchini, Principal, Ms. Natalie Smith, and Citadel Manager, Richard Gray
On February 24, 2016, at the Owen J. Roberts High School, Citadel representatives awarded High School teacher and student government advisor, Ms. Natalie Smith, the Citadel Heart of Learning Finalist Award for Owen J. Roberts School District.

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award was developed by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit 14 years ago to recognize, reward and thank the outstanding teachers we have in Chester County. The program has grown in such popularity that Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations each year. This year, over 2,000 nominations were submitted.

Ms. Smith accepted the award, which included a custom blown glass trophy created by Glasslight Studio in St. Peter's Village. She accepted, complimenting the entire High School staff by saying, “Twelve years ago I made a decision to join the Owen J. Roberts team. It was the best decision I could ever have made both professionally and personally because I get to work with so many talented and helpful people.” An excerpt from one of the nominations describing outstanding kindness Ms. Smith demonstrated to students was read. Ms. Smith will receive a $500 award to purchase supplies or other items for her classroom. The award trophy is custom made by Glasslight Studio, St. Peter’s Village. 

In May, finalists from all school districts in Chester County will gather at the banquet for final awards.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

School Board Recognitions

The accomplishments of several students were recognized at the February 22, 2016, Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular Business Meeting.
Middle School student, Brahm Bean, was recognized as the spelling bee winner at the Middle School. He went on to compete in the Chester County Spelling Bee on February 8. Brahm is a seventh grade student who is active in music and sports.

The "Bio Builders" form East Vincent Elementary School competed in the Penn FLL Championship and placed second in robot strategy and innovation. They applied superior robot skills, especially as a rookie team. The team included:
Alystair Hemberger Liam Silli
  Reilly Koitszch Jack Snyder
  Katja Larsen Norah Turley
  Joey Shea Cali VanDruff

Thanks to team mentor Chelsea McNeff and coach Carrie Mitton for their dedication to the team.

Craft Sale Discount

It is hard to believe that we are less than two weeks away from this year's Friends of the Arts craft show!  The show is followed region-wide. Friends of the Arts is working hard to finalize the details and everything is chugging along to make this year's show one of their best ever! There is always great food and Bause Catered Events will again be our food vendor.Eat at the show or bring home a meal. Bause Landry always has artisan bread and other gourmet options. You will want to save room for their chocolate cake!!!

Please feel free to forward the flyer to your contact list, friends and family members. Photocopies. printed email versions and display copies on a smartphone will be accepted at the door for the $1 discount.

Senior Wins Columbus Essay Contest

High School Senior Christina Fluharty has earned the prestigious Christopher Columbus essay contest sponsored by the Chester County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutions. The award was recognized by senators of the Senate of Pennsylvania.
The Community Courier reported, "For the Christopher Columbus essay contest, students were asked to discuss the similarities and differences between Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World and Charles Lindbergh's first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In her essay, Christina wrote, 'These two gentlemen did not know each other, but the manner in which they carried themselves and their fame contributes to their everlasting legacy through their ruthless determination and hearts full of burning passion.'"