Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 Homecoming Court

Photo by senior, Hannah Foster

High School students are preparing for spirit week and homecoming weekend next week! Each day of spirit week has a theme and classes compete with one another for bragging rights on who is the most spirited.
The homecoming queen will be crowned at the football game on October 7. Members of the 2016 Homecoming Court are: (front row) Emily Shaheen, Francesca Carroll, Mary Grace Fedoris, and Sydney Cousens (back row): Dagny Palmer, Caroline Hall, Kelsey Phillips, and  Sargam Kharbanda.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dr. McKillip Day

This summer, Principal McKillip was awarded her doctorate in education. Students and staff took pleasure in dedicating a day to celebrate her accomplishment. Dr. McKillip was overwhelmed by the gesture and looks forward to hanging a special print in her office made by the students from each of their thumbprints.

MS Varsity Singers Selected to Perform at State Convention

Exciting News! The Middle School Varsity Singers have been selected this year to perform at the PMEA state convention.  There were over 130 applicants from all over PA and it is quite an honor to be selected.  A recording was submitted last June and Mrs. Cheryl Markofsky, Director, received the email last week, indicating the choir was chosen.  The convention is in Erie, PA this year and it will be from April 20-22, 2017. Best Wishes Varsity Singers! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Student Designers Featured in Magazine

In May of 2016, a group of art students from last year's grade 8 class competed in Project Innovate, a challenge to upcycle "junk" into wearable fashion. Some of the artwork and creative process was featured in a recent issue of Learning by Design Magazine.

The Learning by Design article begins on page 6:

It includes pictures of 3 of our current  9th grade students; Emily Wonder, Anna Bochinski, & Stacia Subick.
We also took along to this competition the following students who collaborated in creating the costumes on some of the girls; Katrina & Anna Subick, Haley O’Donell, & Mary-Kate Duffy. Students used brag boards to illustrate and communicate the creative design process. 

Emily Wunder placed 4th in the region wearing Haley O'Donnell & Stacia Subick cloud costume they created together.

Everyone modeled a costume! Mrs. Lisa Duffy, art teacher, said that it was a wonderful day of learning and creativity which she hopes to do again with another group of students for the May 6, 2017 contest!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pumpkin Fun

Photos by Jessica A. Marzella

The first family farm fest fun night by the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation was a great success. Bonfires, corn maze, hayrides, friends and great weather made for a great harvest night.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Woodlands as Classroom

The High School Ecology Class (Temperate and Tropical Ecologies) performed a tree survey at Crow’s Nest Preserve this afternoon.  The preserve is located minutes from Owen J. Roberts High School and is gateway to 73,000 acres of forest known as Hopewell Big Woods. There are 621 acres of meadows, woodlands and crop fields that make up the Crow’s Nest, one of the preserves of the Natural Lands Trust.

Mrs. Laura George plans to take her ecology class three times this school year to learn on the Crow’s Nest site.  The tree survey performed today can help conservationists understand the woodland community composition.  Students learned and used the point-centered quarter sampling method gathering data about species, tree diameter and distance from point. Students demonstrated knowledge and skills previously learned in class to identify and record tree species.

Great Entertainment on the Horizon

It’s OJR CAVALCADE TIME!  The 46th annual OJR Cavalcade of Bands is THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 1st starting at 5:00pm and it promises to be one of the best ones ever with performances by 13 visiting high school bands along with our own OJR Middle School and OJR High School Bands.  Plus, this year we have a very special “Feature Band” as a bonus at the end of the evening……do you watch the TV show “America’s Got Talent”?  Last summer the band 3 Shades of Blue (made up of OJR alumni) made it to the finals in that national competition and WE HAVE THEM HERE AT OJR as our feature band!!!

Our HS and MS bands performed this past Saturday night at the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition Showcase.