Monday, July 31, 2017

Hoagland Captures Road Race Win In Rhode Island

Middle School teacher and Cross Country coach, Zach Hoagland, wins road race in Rhode Island and is interviewed by Penn Track below...

Hoagland Captures Road Race Win In Rhode Island: The former North Penn standout took home the Blessing of the Fleet 10-Miler in RI.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Learning, Having a Blast!

Fishing camps are among the most popular summer enrichment experiences at OJR

No fish tales here!
Four hundred and forty-six (446) students are taking advantage of the 2017 Owen J. Roberts Summer Enrichment programs. This summer the District is offering 23 enrichment activities and 7 accelerated coursework classes. 314 students are participating in themed camps including art, sports, fishing, robotics, engineering, and science.  Two of the more popular camps are the culinary camps with 66 students and the fishing camp with 60 students. Fifty students are participating in math accelerated courses and an additional 82 students are enrolled in the online Health 2 and Driver’s Ed sessions.
Engineer's Think Tank

Culinary camp banana smoothie trial

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Construction Videos

Check out this dramatic bird's eye view of the construction of the new East Coventry Elementary School taken via drone by Mr. Mike Shelgren, Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations. Below is a video of the East Vincent Elementary School project, where it is reported that all pavement surfaces and playgrounds will be installed prior to the opening of the 2017-2018 school year.
Videos, reports and photos are also posted on the Construction Projects area of our website at:

Warm Wishes to Dr. Bell

Dr. Bell flanked by her daughter and husband
At the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular Business Meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, the Board accepted the retirement of East Vincent Elementary School Principal Dr. Cheryl Bell effective October 1, 2017. Dr. Bell served the Owen J. Roberts School District for 13 years. Dr. Bell's contributions to the Owen J. Roberts School District community are too numerous to count. She dedicated herself unselfishly to the development of our youth each and every day. She is leaving enduring positive impacts on this district and on the youth with whom she interacted. We can appreciate that the decision to retire was not an easy one, but Dr. Bell and her family have many exciting life moments on the horizon, so the choice to carve some time for her family is well-timed and incredibly deserved. The Board of Directors, and those who have worked with Dr. Bell, express deep appreciation and wish her good health, much happiness, and continued success in any future endeavors.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

OJRHS Student Wins National Composers Contest

Congratulations to Owen J. Roberts High School student, Daniel DiMarino, whose composition, Temptations, was selected as the wining piece for the 2017 National Student Composers Competition. Daniel’s composition displays the breadth of his musical talent and also stands as testament to the power of music education in our classrooms. "Daniel is a very special music student," said Owen J. Roberts Choral Director, AP Music Theory Instructor, Ms. Sheila McIntyre.

The winning composition has also been selected for performance by the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) All National Honor Orchestra during their All National Honor Ensembles concert, scheduled for November 29, 2017 at Walt Disney World. Daniel was also named a member in the Violin 2 section of the All National Honor Orchestra. The performance will be on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10 am.

Each year, the NAfME National Student Composers Competition draws entries from across the country, from talented students of all ages. NAfME informs that they “are repeatedly impressed by the passion and ability that are demonstrated in these submissions. To be selected as a winner from this year’s pool of entrants is quite an accomplishment.”  

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. They believe music education is integral to developing tomorrow’s innovators, creators, and leaders. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Superintendent Search News

The Owen J. Roberts School District
Superintendent Search Update

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dear OJRSD Parents, Students, Staff and Community:

We are pleased to announce that the search for the next superintendent of schools for Owen J. Roberts School District is underway!  As you are most likely aware, the
Board approved the contract with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to conduct the superintendent search at a special meeting held on Monday, July 10.

We have met with the CCIU search team, headed by CCIU Executive Director Dr. Joseph J. O’Brien, and we will begin immediately to actively advertise and recruit for the position throughout the commonwealth and the tristate area.

Integral to the process will be communication with you, our district stakeholders.  The Board will provide bi-weekly updates on the search’s progress on the district’s website, email news listservs and social media.

In addition to providing information, the Board will also be seeking our stakeholders’ input by conducting a series of focus groups throughout the late summer and early fall. From the focus groups, the Board will develop a candidate profile and an array of interview questions that center on the needs and challenges facing our district as identified by you, our stakeholders.

Information regarding focus group dates, times and locations will be published on the website and communicated through the District’s regular communication channels in the near future.

The Board of School Directors hopes to have the search process completed by late fall/early winter in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities at Owen J. Roberts School District on or as close to January 1, 2018 as possible. We realize that this is a very aggressive timeline but we are hopeful that we will be able to start the new year with our next superintendent in place.

We look forward to working with the entire OJRSD community to bring an outstanding educational leader to serve as the district’s next superintendent of schools. 


The Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors