Friday, September 29, 2017

EVES Celebrates Dr. Bell Day

Serious, engaging game of Dr. Bell Kahoot

Kahoot contributors

Silly stretches with Ms. Verwys

Getting the wiggles out

Dr. Bell learns about her Super Powers

Saved by the Bell!

The best of everything, Dr. Bell!
Students and staff at East Vincent Elementary School wished Dr. Bell the very best today, her last day, before her official retirement. There were treasure hunts, Kahoot competitions, silly stretches, creative videos and brilliant stories for Dr. Bell, the students, and the staff to keep as memories of the day.

Sept. 29 Superintendent Search Update

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Board is pleased to announce that the number of candidates seeking to be the next superintendent of the Owen J. Roberts School District has grown to 27 applicants. The deadline for applications is September 30.
In preparation for selecting the candidates, the board reviewed stakeholder input from the 17 focus groups conducted during the month of September and is now selecting interview questions and developing a candidate profile based on participant feedback.

Simultaneously, the Board is screening applicants and selecting those who best match the criteria for first-round interviews. At the conclusion of first-round interviews, the board will select the candidates to advance to second-round interviews. First and second round interviews will be conducted during the month of October.

Based on the search progress so far and the number of applicants to date, the Board hopes to have the search process completed in late fall.

The Board continues to be extremely appreciative of the staff and community’s input and support during this very important process, and would like to thank all of those who attended the focus groups or who provided feedback via email.  

At the focus groups, participants were asked to address the following four statements:
  1. Identify the qualities of a superior school leader.
  2. Identify the strengths and skills essential for Owen J. Robert’s next superintendent to demonstrate.
  3. Identify key issues facing the district in the next five years.
  4. Identify obstacles to student achievement and strategies to overcome those obstacles.

Parents, staff, students and residents who were unable to attend the focus groups but who would like to provide feedback are asked to email with their response to the four prompts in the above paragraph.

Pop-Up Library

What a great way to encourage reading! Former East Coventry Elementary student, Rachel Donnelly, created a pop-up library as part of a Girl Scout project. The library allows students to choose a book while they wait for the nurse or take a book home and return it when finished. Future plans include installing similar outdoor libraries on the new playgrounds.

Ally Week

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort encouraging students to be allies with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) members of their community in standing against bullying, harassment and name-calling. About 150 students pledged to be an ally during OJRHS Ally week this week. The week allows space for deeper understanding of the experiences of all students.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

OJR Senior Speaks at TCHS

Acting OJRSD Superintendent Dr. Anthony Costello, OJRSD School Board member, Mrs. Melissa Booth, Amanda Dlugaszewski, and Congressman Ryan Costello at the ribbon cutting ceremony

Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS), Pickering Campus, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 20, 2017, which offered a preview of the new spaces and technologies which have been incorporated into the building. The event was attended by school officials, dignitaries, industry partners, parents and students who were there to show their support of career and technical education in northern Chester County. 
Owen J. Roberts Senior, Amanda Dlugaszewski, was a featured speaker at the event. Amanda is in the Health Occupations program and aspires to work as a hospice nurse after completing her schooling. She enjoys gaining hands-on knowledge in the lab settings as related to patient bedside care, body mechanics, CPR, infection control and other vital health care skills.

Amanda is TCHS Pickering’s first PENN HOSA President. HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education (HSTE) Division of ACTE. Amanda served on the Executive Council at the 2017 PENN HOSA State Leadership Conference in March and attended the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando in June.

OJRMS Students Explore Careers, Pathways

Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS), Pickering Campus, visited the Middle School today to introduce programs, potential careers, and career pathways in several fields. 

Middle School students learned about career options in:

Animal Sciences
Automotive Collision Technology
Automotive Service Technology
Commercial & Graphic Arts
Criminal Justice & Police Sciences
Culinary Arts
Digital Media & Sound Communications
Early Childhood Care & Education
Engineering & Automated Manufacturing
Engine Technology
Health Career Pathways
Precision CNC Machining
Robotics & Avionics
Sustainable Energy Engineering