Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wrestling Team Unloads Bus

The Wrestling Team was up early on a Saturday morning to unload the bus full of Food Pantry donations

On Friday, October 27, a school bus donated by Gross Bus Service, made its way to all seven Owen J. Roberts schools as well as two office buildings and the bus lot grabbing lots of generous non-perishable foods to stock the Coventry Food Pantry which serves more than 100 families residing in the Owen J. Roberts School District.

Many, many people offered generous donations and assistance. The bus driver, Miss Cindy, has become and expert at packing a school bus full of food. Each school had staff and students who coordinated the food drive. NJROTC cadets did a lot of heavy lifting to pack the bus. The Wildcat Wrestling Team unloaded the bus at the Pantry on Saturday, October 28, making quick work of sorting and stocking the pantry shelves.

It was inspirational to see the entire Wildcat Community come together to support those in need. Thank you to all!

Monday, October 30, 2017

PIAA District 1 Playoff excitement continues for Wildcats

HS Field Hockey – The HS Field Hockey team defeated CB South on Friday in overtime by a score of 2 – 1. The team now advances to the PIAA District 1 Semi-Final game vs. Conestoga HS  on Tuesday, 10/31/2017 at 4:00 PM at Conestoga.

HS Girls Soccer -  The HS Girls Soccer team defeated Souderton on Saturday by a score of 4 – 1 to advance to the PIAA District 1 Semi-Final game vs. Pennsbury HS on Wednesday, 11/1/2017 at 7:00 PM here in Wildcat Stadium.

HS Football – The HS Football team will compete in the first round of PIAA District 1 playoffs vs. Downingtown East on Friday, 11/3/2017 at 7:00 PM – game to be played at Downingtown West HS.

Congratulations to the HS Boys & Girls Cross Country teams for advancing to the PIAA State Cross Country Championship on Saturday, 11/4/2017 in Hershey, PA. The girls team came in 2nd in the PIAA District 1 championship meet, and the boys team came in 3rd to advance to the state round.

CONGRATULATIONS Wildcats!! Good luck in all up-coming competitions!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Make a Difference Day Collection

East Coventry Elementary

North Coventry Elementary

East Vincent Elementary

West Vincent Elementary

French Creek Elementary

High School

Middle School

On Friday, October 27, a bus generously donated by Gross Bus Service started by collecting donations from those who work for Gross, then traced the route to seven Owen J. Roberts Schools and two office buildings. In the end, the bus was filled with boxes of non-perishable food and personal items.

Thank you for the kindness and abundance demonstrated these last few weeks and the outpouring of caring as the bus was carefully loaded to be delivered to Coventry Food Pantry.

Special thanks to NJROTC cadets for being heavy lifters

NJROTC pick up at the Administration Building
NJROTC packs up the bus

Playoff Updates

Fall Sports continue on in PIAA District 1 Play:

HS Boys & Girls Cross Country: The team is participating in the Cross Country District 1 Championships today, Friday, 10/27/2017 at Lehigh University, Goodman Campus.

HS Girls Field Hockey: The team will face CB South today, Friday, 10/27/2017, here on OJR Wildcat
 South at 4:00 PM,  in the 3rd round of playoffs.

HS Girls Soccer:  The team defeated Haverford last evening to advance to the 3rd round of playoffs.
The girls will play Souderton here in Wildcat Stadium on Saturday, 10/28/2017 at 6:00 PM.      

HS Boys Soccer:  Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team for advancing to the 2nd round of district playoffs. They lost to Conestoga last night (the #1 seed) – congratulations to the players and coaches on a great season.

STAY TUNED for more playoff information….and as always – GO WILDCATS!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Assuming Role of Medical Researchers

Dr. Scott Rawls
Owen J. Roberts High School left the lights on for after-school learning on October 16, when Dr. Scott Rawls, principal investigator at Temple’s Center for Substance Abuse, presented to a group of high school students from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participating students were members of the National Science Honor Society who were ready to learn about the science of how and why living things respond to stimuli. They studied a condensed course about the effects of addictive substances such as caffeine, sugar, nicotine, alcohol, and even illegal substances on the nervous system. Students conducted laboratory research on the effects of nicotine using aquatic flatworms called planarians.
Dr. Scott Rawls has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating the scientific relevance of planarians to drugs of abuse. Some of those articles were co-authored by local high school students. Owen J. Roberts High School senior, Jonathan Arditi, is currently working with Dr. Rawls conducting traumatic brain injury research.

Jonathan Arditi, far right, assists peers with the lab work.
Many students expressed an interest in biomedical sciences and were able to speak to Dr. Rawls about opportunities in that field.

According to their website, Temple University received a $1M grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and implement SEADAP. The program aims to teach students in grades 6-12 about how commonly abused substances such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and nicotine work in the brain to produce addiction. Temple University reports that SEADAP is founded on extensive Temple research demonstrating that planarians demonstrate addictive-like behaviors to substances such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and sugar contained in common products that children and adolescents may encounter. Examples include energy drinks, coffee, frappuccinos, cigarettes, and alcoholic beverages. SEADAP powerfully demonstrates the hazards of using addictive substances and also stimulates curiosity about how addictions may be avoided or treated.

Planarians reportedly have a simple brain and produce chemicals that contribute to addiction in human patients. SEADAP lessons allow students to simulate roles of medical researchers by creating and testing their own hypotheses to study the science that underlies drug addiction. One of the goals of SEADAP is to spark interest in biomedical research as a career.

Superintendent Search Update, October 23

Owen J. Roberts School District
901 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465-8402
               Inspiring Each Student for Success Today and Greatness Tomorrow

Monday, October 23, 2017

The superintendent search has reached the interview stage! The Board of School Directors screened 31 applicants and selected 12 candidates for first-round interviews.  The board is currently scheduling second-round interviews and hopes to have them completed in the next two weeks.  Following second round interviews, the Board will select those candidates who are to advance to third round interviews.
A total of 17 focus groups were held with parents, staff, students, and the community at large. From the information gathered at the focus groups, a candidate profile was developed along with a set of interview questions that centered on the qualities and skills identified as being critical for the next superintendent to possess and demonstrate.  At the conclusion of the search, the emerging themes identified in the focus groups will be published on the District’s website.
The Board is still on target to have a new superintendent announced in late fall.

The Board is extremely appreciative of the staff and community’s input and support during this very important process and thanks everyone who participated in the focus groups. It is from their input that the candidate criteria and interview questions have been developed.