Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Outstanding Inspection

The Owen J. Roberts Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit received an outstanding grade for their annual inspection today, January 18, 2017. Inspecting Officer, Commander Jimmie Miller USN (Ret) conducted the inspection.
During the ceremonial phase, Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley, Superintendent of Schools Michael Christian, High School Principal Richard Marchini and Commander Miller each welcomed parents and spectators.

Commander Miller described the NJROTC program as a citizen's development program focusing on honor courage and commitment. He celebrated parents, Master Guns, and the cadets for their hard work and dedication.
"What is the area manager's priority for you?" he asked cadets. "Have fun!" He explained that this is the one chance to have a high school experience and recommended that each day be remembered with joy and fun.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

School Director Appreciation

In January, school districts across the Commonwealth like to pause and recognize a group of nine individuals in each district who dedicate their time and energies on a volunteer basis to help direct school districts. School Board Directors make the decisions necessary to have environments where students can succeed.
Thank you to the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors:

Mrs. Kristina J. Barcus   
Mrs. Melissa C. Booth
Mrs. Pamela Clouser Wolfe
Mr. James B. Frees II
Mr. Douglas K. Hughes
Mrs. Lisa A. Huzzard
Mr. William A. Kleinfelter
Mr. William S. LaCoff
Mrs. Heather A. McCreary

Friday, January 13, 2017

New Levels in Music

Congratulations to the following Owen J. Roberts High School students, who after a successful re-audition at the PMEA District 12 Chorus Festival at Penncrest High School, have advanced to the PMEA Region 6 Chorus.  The top 10 of 20 students in each part move forward. 

Daniel DiMarino, 1st place – Bass 1
Rebecca Emery, 1st place – Tenor 1
Michael Maher, 2nd place – Tenor 1
Cassie Marks, 2nd place – Alto 1
Madison Frederick, 4th place – Alto 1
Lucas Gray, 6th place – Bass 1
Cheyenne Hails, 7th place – Soprano 2
Max Gallagher, 8th place – Tenor 1
Robin Mailum, 10th place – Tenor 2

For choral enthusiasts, the concert is at 11 am tomorrow, Saturday, January 14, at Penncrest High School. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

Two OJRHS Students Named to NAfME Honors Ensemble

The 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles
to Perform at Historic Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

April 5-8, 2017, Atlantic City, New Jersey:  More than 800 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform in the 2017 NAfME All‑Eastern Honors Ensembles.

Conrad Sager, Bass 1 (Mixed Choir) and Daniel DiMarino, Violin 1 (Symphony Orchestra) have been selected to perform.

With assistance from their music teacher, Ms. Sheila McIntyre, these exceptional students will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event.  Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey in preparation for performances on April 7 & 8, 2017.

The NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have twenty instrumentalists, the treble voice chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred fifty vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division membership, with no state given less than two percent representation.

The 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on April 7&8, 2017, in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall, and the Atlantic City Convention Center (Jazz) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For program and ticket information please visit .

Holiday Cookie Competition Photos

Both students and judges came out winners at the high school's baking class 3rd Annual Holiday Cookie Competition. Judges were able to try some amazing cookies, and students had fun creating original cookies. Thanks to student photographer, Hannah Foster, for checking in and getting these great photos.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

High School on AP Honor Roll

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2017
Owen J. Roberts School District Placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

433 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

Pottstown, PA Owen J. Roberts School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Owen J. Roberts High School had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Owen J. Roberts School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.” Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.
In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.
 Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
Districts must:
  •        Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  •        Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  •        Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.
When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.
            The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here:


Thursday, January 5, 2017

LEGO League #1 Coach

Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. This year's theme is Animal Allies. At a recent event, Ms. Carrie Mitton, coach at East Vincent Elementary School, was awarded with the #1 Coach's Award!! Congratulations, Ms. Mitton.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Exploring Careers in Holistic Vet Care

On January 4-5, 2017, Ms. Mowrer's Owen J. Roberts Animal Studies students had the opportunity to explore careers in veterinary care with visiting veterinarian, Dr. Julie Oswald, from Warwick. Dr. Oswald is an OJRHS alumnus.

Dr. Oswald informed students of her path through college to veterinary career, offering students options to consider in holistic veterinary services. Dr. Oswald specializes in acupuncture and herbal medicine and discussed emerging veterinary specialties in massage therapy, physical therapy and aqua therapy.    
Students were able to learn about international schooling options and were eager to hear about her education and career path, which included study in Scotland, UK. Dr. Oswald also explained a bit about school accreditation and licensing routes. 
Dr. Oswald demonstrates acupuncture on her dog
Some students were already considering vet school and wondered about acceptance possibilities. There was dialogue about prerequisites, majors and experience. Dr. Oswald encouraged students to work with animals in as many ways as possible telling them to get involved as early as possible. “There is a lot of value to volunteer work, especially in areas of exotic specialties,” she informed.

Students left class with additional knowledge of veterinary career opportunities which they may not otherwise have considered and also better understanding of how to navigate the schooling necessary to achieve specific career interests.