Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Learning Abounds

From the time the regular school year ended, all sorts of summer learning began at Owen J. Roberts! There are many academic courses transpiring. In addition, in the last two weeks, one could find Beginners/Intermediate Tennis Camps,  UpBeat Strings Camp, LAX Camp, Football Camp, DINO DAYS, INTRAMURAL SPORTS, and two Fishing Camps. 

DINOSAUR DAYS called on all dinosaur fans entering K and Gr. 1.
These young explorers love learning about these fascinating extinct creatures
from long, long ago. They are experiencing a week of fun and
adventure with activities including: stories,
poems, and songs about dinosaurs, dino-crafts, digging up fossils,
outside playtime, games, and learning fun facts about dinosaurs.


Congratulations Malinda McKillip, Ed.D.

Congratulations to Malinda McKillip, Ed.D.!
Dr. McKillip serves as principal of French Creek Elementary School. She successfully defended her dissertation study on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Immaculata University. The Owen J. Roberts staff is thrilled to have a new doctor on the team! Best wishes to Dr. McKillip on this tremendous academic achievement!

Reading Eagle Grad Profile


Monday, June 27, 2016

New Mountain Biking Club

OJR MTB Racing Team is a club sport for girls and boys entering grades 6-12 in the fall. The competitive mountain biking team will have coaches for different skill levels as well as a dedicated women's coach. The goals are to present a fun and educational first season to the inaugural student athletes and to watch the team grow in successive years.
The team hopes to run in such a way that students may pursue in conjunction with other sports and activities in the fall. 
Beginners are welcome and no one rides the bench on OJR MTB. If you finish the race your points count for the team! Everyone participates and everyone contributes.

Warwick County Park | July 9: 10am-12pm
The first practice will be preceded by a team/parent meeting where we will try to answer all of your questions. If we cannot, we are used to excellent support from our PA state league representatives as well as the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.
After laying out the season plan and some Q&A we will assess athlete bikes and skill level and determine the best day and time to hold practices.
Future practices will consist of bike checks, skill practices and increasingly more advanced rides. Depending on the turnout on July 9, we will likely split the team into at least two groups for practices. Questions may be directed to

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congratulations Chandler Kalitsi

The Greater Pottstown Foundation awarded 2016 Owen J. Roberts graduate, Chandler Kalitsi, the Shandy Hill college scholarship worth $30,000. The annual memorial scholarship is named after the original editor and founder of the Pottstown Mercury. Chandler has her sight set on med school and will attend Temple University this fall to study chemistry.

Read Evan Brandt's news blog about the award.

Friday, June 17, 2016

WPVI Best of the Class

Congratulations to 2016 WPVI Best of the Class, Kathryn Proffitt. Kathryn held the highest GPA in her class and was Valedictorian. She was a well-rounded student and athlete who was president of the Best Buddies organization.

"In 6abc's Best of Class Special you'll hear directly from the students about who they are and what matters in their world. We'll peer into their life online via social media and hear what they think of the country's current political landscape. Plus, we ask them all about their future plans and how they'll strive to make a difference. 6abc's Best of Class Special is hosted by Action News Anchors Brian Taff and Sharrie Williams." (6abc.com)

Watch the on-air videos

List of the region's Best of the Class

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tech Academy 2016

Over 200 teachers invested their time to attend Owen J. Roberts Tech Academy held June 14 and 15, 2016.

Digital learning tools caught the imagination of teachers in the 2016 IPad cohort of Tech Academy. Apps, learning tools and the enhanced communication possibilities which Google Classroom offers, were all explored with a reference to how they may be applied to teaching and learning.

In addition to IPad workshops, more than 150 teachers participated in professional development in other areas of technology. Musical Technology, Technology in Geometry, Flipped Learning, Assistive Technology, Apple TV, D2L, and Digital Storytelling were some of the peer-led workshops offered. Teachers enjoyed learning from peers who have applied the technology to the classroom.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sixty-first Annual Commencement Exercises

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Class of 2016 processes into the stadium
Balmy weather allowed the Sixty-first Annual Commencement Ceremony to be held in Owen J. Roberts High School Stadium on Friday, June 10, 2016 when nearly 400 students received their diplomas. The High School Band performed the Prelude and Processional under the direction of Mr. Todd Mengel. NNDCC presented colors under the supervision of Master Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Worley.

Dr. Richard Marchini, Principal, welcomed all to the ceremonies. Kathryn Ann Proffitt gave the Valedictory Address. Navdeep Handa, Andrew Martin and Connor Loomis offered Salutatorian Addresses. Tinotenda Chigumira provided the Executive Council President Address.

Dr. Michael Christian offered Superintendent's Remarks while Mrs. Pamela Clouser Wolfe delivered the School Board President's Remarks. Dr. Marchini made additional remarks and presented the Class of 2016. Mrs. Wolfe directed the awarding of diplomas. Sarah Hume, Class of 2016 Director/Salutatorian, instructed classmates to turn their tassels. Senior Choral Members, under the direction on Ms. Sheila McIntyre, performed the Alma Mater. The High School Band played The Starts and Stripes Forever during the graduating class recessional. Graduates spilled from the stadium along Wildcat Walkway to connect with friends and family.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

High School Shining Star

Nicole Amstutz (11th grade), was recently selected as Owen J. Roberts High School's “Shining Star Award” recipient.Keystone Federal Credit Union proudly presents the Annual Shining Star Awards to recognize students who have shown a noticeable improvement in academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, attendance, and classroom conduct throughout the school year. Chester County Public School teachers can nominate their most improved student for the award. Each teacher is asked to write a paragraph nominating a student from one of their classes whom they feel embodies the spirit of this award. All nominated students will receive a certificate of recognition.

The first annual Shining Star Awards were presented in 2008."Shining Star" winners each receive a $200 share certificate of deposit and a trophy from Keystone FCU. Three students from each of the 12 Chester County Public School Districts, Twin Valley School District, and the Chester County Intermediate Unit win. Winners include one student from the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high school (9-12) level from each district. In addition, the teacher of the winning student, Mrs. Amanda Yoder, will receive a $200 gift certificate to a teacher supply store to stock up on classroom supplies.

Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Senior Walk Video

Girls Lacrosse news

The Girl’s Lacrosse team advanced to the 2nd round of the PIAA state tournament with their victory last night over Danville High School, 17-5. The 1st half was off to a slow start due to the travel involved for the team, but the girls played very well in the 2nd half.  The team will now face off with Garnet Valley on Saturday 6/4/16 at 4:00 pm at Marple Newtown High School. Please wish them the best of luck! 

Congratulations to Owen J. Roberts senior midfielder Maddie Gebert, who was the lone Pioneer Athletic Conference player named to the Philadelphia Region girls lacrosse All-American team by the U.S. Lacrosse Association . We wish Maddie the best in the next step of her lacrosse career with Temple. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Senior Walk, New Tradition

The Class of 2016 began a new tradition

After receiving their caps and gowns, seniors went to the elementary school of origin

and re-connected. in various ways.

The elementary centers welcomed the seniors with open arms.

Each student was remembered in some way by administration and staff.

Elementary students recognized the Seniors' accomplishments.

It was a happy to start to graduation preparation for the Class of 2016.

They were treated like dignitaries.

Schools had the chance to become involved with students again. Yearbooks and stories were shared.