Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Days of the Dinosaur

There are some pretty exciting paleontologists convening at Dino Camp! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rock & Roll & Strings

Students had fun with the energizing beats of Rock & Roll at Strings Camp the past two weeks. A beginner group played two songs, then joined the larger orchestra for a concert of upbeat Rock & Roll classics.

Campers' Catch

A group of Wildcat campers began visiting local waterways this week to test out new techniques, receive personal instruction, and hopefully catch some fish. Campers are learning about many aspects of fishing including basic entomology, knots, catch & release, leave-no-trace and other outdoors and fishing-related skills.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Learning

There is a lot of fun and learning going on in our schools this week. Five summer math courses including Algebra 1A, 1B and Algebra 2 as well as Geometry and Pre-Calculus.

Updated Sharks and Fins

Check out these photos from Beginning Tennis and Favorite PE Games for Primary Grades!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Crayfish Intervention

On Monday, May 21 Lion Cubs from the five Owen J. Roberts Elementary schools, along with their advisors, High School Leo Club members, Coventry Lions and parents, participated in the Rusty Crayfish Service Project. The event began with the movie “Lost in the Woods”. Following the movie, students waded into the waterways to help protect the environment from an invasive creature called the Rusty Crayfish. In Pennsylvania, the non-native crayfish are spreading through streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, replacing native species and in some instances destroying the natural habitats.

LION CUBS carried nets & buckets down to the French Creek as raindrops rippled through the moving water disguising the LION CUBS coming in for successful captures of the tiny crustaceans. The intervention was planned to occur prior to the crayfish laying eggs and multiplying.

A brief Foraging teaching & awareness for everyday life & survival was presented with a short walk after to notice all the plants in a small area. Students were also introduced to the stink on Skunk Cabbage. They brainstormed all the functions the plant might serve in the wilderness including use as booties, hat, rain collector, shelter roof, fly swatter, cover skin as sun block, a sign of water, fire extinguisher and more.

A picnic capped the event with a Lion Cub induction ceremony for new members.  
The Cubs plan to schedule another Rusty Crayfish service event to continue helping the local aquatic system.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Jazz Band Entertains Knoebels

The OJR Jazz band was the feature entertainer for the 3rd year in a row at Knoebels on Saturday 6/3.
It was reported that the weather was perfect and the day was fun, however emotional for some of the seniors, as this was their last performance of their HS years.

Below is a link to the band website for more photos:

JROTC Cadets Team with Vets at Air Show

Photos above are from the Saturday, June 3 Reading Eagle article:

Friday, June 2, 2017

Senior Walk

The Class of 2017 Senior Walks at East Coventry, East Vincent, French Creek, North Coventry and West Vincent Elementary Schools!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Honoring the Class of 2017

Teachers, administrators, staff, families, friends, and students gathered today to honor a number of outstanding seniors for their achievements over the last four years.  These awards recognize students in many areas of our school program. They recognize students who show a talent or specific aptitude or have the drive to be successful in a specific college program or future career.  Some of the awards are based on assessment scores and overall academic achievement while others are based on character, effort, and dedication and service.

Some of the highlights include the recognition of nine Eagle Scouts and one Girl Scout Gold Award, two National Merit Commended students and 2 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. The class was part of 139 units of blood donated to Miller-Keystone Blood Center. The crowd joined in commending 107 members of the class for achieving a 4.0 or greater, earning the President's Education Award. Approximately 320 recognitions were made during the award ceremony which honored achievements of all kinds.

Nearly $100,000 was awarded during the ceremony. These awards are on top of the scholarships awarded to many students. There were a number of memorial scholarships bringing honor and memory to previous students. Scholarships were awarded to students entering the fields of engineering, teaching nursing, health, technology, math, sciences, business, and the arts.

Each student may be celebrated as having achieved a milestone in completing his or her K-12 academic journey. Dr. Richard Marchini offered, “I would like to congratulate those receiving awards today. But I also want to congratulate everyone here, although maybe not recognized, who make this community a better place each day.”