Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Excited for 2017-2018


Employees from 7 schools and 3 other district buildings gathered in the High School auditorium to kick off the 2017-2018 school year.

After an engaging performance from the Owen J. Roberts High School Marching Band,
introductions of about 40 new staff members were made. It is always energizing to watch our Owen J. Roberts family grow! Welcome to all who have joined Owen J. Roberts!

In the field of education, we are surrounded with those who have joined a profession out of passion for the work. Dr. Kathryn Soeder invited faculty and staff to remember what Steve Jobs said, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do". REA President, Mr. Steve Raught, reminded the group what a "safety blanket" schools can be for students. As a district family, we embrace safe environments in our schools and cannot wait to welcome each child next Monday, August 28, for the first day of school.

Acting Superintendent Anthony Costello, a 43-year resident, thanked Owen J. Roberts staff for providing a great education for his two sons. He shared that when he comes to work (out of retirement), it is to work. "We will work together. We will do the right thing," he informed. He explained that his charge to everyone for the school year was twofold:
1. Recall someone who helped you along the way and repay that.
2. Show caring in all you do and strive to always do the right thing.

"Take Owen J. Roberts to even higher heights," he added.

Welcome back, faculty and staff. When the school building doors open on August 28, the Owen J. Roberts community of care-givers will be ready, happy, and eager to care for students!

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