Friday, December 22, 2017

Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Awards

Dr. Kathleen Hocker, Director OJR Ed Foundation, Mr. Richard Wells, Mrs. Elizabeth Wells, Mrs. Holly Miller, Mr. Ron Miller, Dr. Rod Gabel, Ed Foundation

On Thursday, December 21, the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation presented the annual Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Awards. The Distinguished Alumni was awarded to Richard G. Wells (Class of 1954) and Elizabeth J. Wells (Class of 1956). Richard and Elizabeth Wells combined nearly 80 years as educators before retiring. Through the years, Mr. and Mrs. Wells influenced scores of students to aspire for excellence. Residing in the Owen J Roberts community, they remain committed to supporting students in various educational programs. Richard and Elizabeth Wells created the Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund awarded during the annual commencement exercises at Owen J. Roberts High School.

The 2017 Owen J. Roberts Community Service Award was presented to Holly and Ron Miller. Holly and Ron are co-founders of ‘In Ian’s Boots, Inc.’, a non-profit organization that provides shoes and boots to those in need.  They have taken a tragic event in their lives, the loss of their only child who was killed in a sledding accident, and found a way to turn that dark day into an amazing bright spot for the Owen J. Roberts community and beyond.  To date, they have donated shoes to 3,242 individuals in the tri-county area and over 150,000 pairs of shoes to 32 countries around the globe!

The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation encourages excellence among students and faculty by providing funding for activities that are innovative in nature and compliment the basic classroom educational experience.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Travis Brown is Student of the Month at TCHS

Congratulations to Travis Brown, December Student of the Month at the Technical College High School (TCHS).

Travis Brown is a senior from the Owen J. Roberts School District who has attended TCHS fulltime for three years. He is enrolled in the Robotics and Avionics program. This straight A student has perfect attendance.

Further accomplishments include:
· Cooperative Education student @ BOY Machines
· National Technical Honor Society
· SkillsUSA member
· Distinguished Honor Roll student
· Student rep at TCHS Career Expos

"Travis is an outstanding young man. He is courteous and polite. He is always professional and a great representative of TCHS," says Tom Mable, Instructor, Robotics & Avionics.

After graduation, Travis plans to continue employment with BOY Machines building injection molding machines. Cooperative Education instructor Mr. Lew Gordner reports that Travis Brown has been doing his co-op at BOY Machines Inc. for about one year now. Over that time period Travis has done an excellent job at BOY Machines. His monthly co-op evaluations have indicated that Travis is extremely dependable and has done a great job learning the specific tasks related to servicing and maintenance of the different types of Mold Injection Machines developed by this company. Brian Towler, National Service & Training Manager at BOY Machines Inc., commented, "Travis is a phenomenal worker.”

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jolly Big Guy in Tiny House

The build started indoors fall 2016. Modular units were assembled on a trailer in June 2017. The roof was installed Nov. 2017. Electrical and wiring will be accomplished with TCHS today.
It’s a giant week for the tiny house! The compact living quarters will be wired in time for holiday d├ęcor worthy of accepting a big-time visitor—Santa Claus! The jolly guy in red will arrive on Thursday evening, December 21, at approximately 5:00 p.m. to greet the house’s first official visitors. Guests may plan to “tour” the tiny house and visit Santa prior to the 7:00 p.m. annual Band/Orchestra Holiday Concert. This year’s Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Awards sponsored by the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation will be presented at the concert. The concert will feature the High School Orchestra, High School Jazz Band, and High School Concert Band.  Admission is free and a fun night of music to put you in the holiday spirit.

Construction of the tiny house is a multi-year STEAM Club project which began in the fall of 2016 with a $1,000 grant from the Education Foundation. As part of the tiny house movement, an architectural and social movement to live small, the house was custom-sized to fit on a tandem-axel trailer base. On Wednesday, December 20, the house will experience its first move on wheels as it is towed from the back of the high school to be staged at the front of the school for its reveal.

Come out and share in the excitement of the newly-wired and positioned tiny house! The STEAM club, the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation, the High School Bands and Orchestra, and Santa all look forward to visitors on Thursday, December 21, outside the band wing at the front of the high school.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dr. Susan T. Lloyd Sworn into Office

Mrs. Melissa Booth, Dr. Susan Lloyd and Mrs. Heather McCreary

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Lloyd, who was sworn into office today for the role of Superintendent of Owen J. Roberts School District by President Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody at Chester County Court of Common Pleas, West Chester, Pennsylvania. In attendance were Board of School Directors Mrs. Melissa Booth, President, and Mrs. Heather McCreary, Vice President.


Operation Angel Tree

The Middle School student council raised more than $2600 for Operation Angel Tree. Student Council members shopped at Target to bring holiday cheer to local families in need.

Toys for Tots, Pennies for Patients and Dollars for Doggies are some of the other winter holiday service projects happening in our schools this season as students think about caring for one another.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Search for Best Holiday Cookie

High School Culinary Arts students were able to apply full creativity to the 4th annual holiday cookie bake-off. After inclement weather postponements, the students finally came together for the cookie show down today.

Special guest judge, Dr. Lloyd, gets teased a bit about interrupting baking times with snow delays/dismissals
Many of the creations based recipes off of classics and took a creative approach to baking something that would delight the judges.

This is something Culinary Arts students look forward to every year as it allows them creativity and independence since they are choosing their own recipes.  It also promotes persuasion and communication skills. This year's winning cookies were the Hot Shotz and Hot Chocolate varieties.
winning team

winning team