Wednesday, March 28, 2018

High School's Mrs. Tinder Wins Citadel Finalist

Principal Rich Marchini; Citadel Director of Retail Fallon Maloney; Awardee, Mrs. Peg Tinder and Superintendent of Owen J. Roberts Schools Dr. Susan Lloyd

On March 28, 2018, at Owen J. Roberts High School, Citadel representatives awarded High School teacher, Mrs. Peg Tinder, the Citadel Heart of Learning Finalist Award for Owen J. Roberts School District.
The Citadel Heart of Learning Award was developed by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit more than 15 years ago to recognize, reward, and thank the outstanding teachers we have in Chester County. The program has grown in such popularity that Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations each year.
Mrs. Tinder has a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture (Delaware Valley University), Ed.M (Rutgers University), and Principal Certification (Alvernia University). She teaches a Dual Credit (Delaware Valley University) horticulture course at Owen J. Roberts High School which rotates through four major cycles allowing students access all four years without repeating content. The  instruction  is  presented  with  a  “hands  on”  approach,  balancing  theory  with practical  application,  concentrating  on  the  cross-curricular  subjects  of  science,  art,  business,  and  mathematics.  In  this program, students  learn  the skills  and  information  necessary  to  graduate  with  a  solid,  basic  knowledge  of horticultural  topics including landscaping,  floriculture,  and  greenhouse  management. Related business practices, technology, plant materials, lab safety and mechanics are emphasized each year. Mrs. Tinder’s connections in the community give students ample opportunity for authentic learning that directly benefits our neighborhoods and parks.
Nominations for Mrs. Tinder described her as a teacher who could inspire students toward creativity and success in life. One nomination read, “Throughout high school, there was one teacher I stuck by... I am now known for my excellent, hard-working attitude…in a way, she became like a second mom to me….Thanks to her I pursued a career as a landscape architect.”
Another student said, “The skills I’ve learned in this class will continue to be with me for the rest of my life.”
Mrs. Tinder will receive a $500 award to purchase supplies or other items for her classroom. “This award was developed to recognize, reward, but mostly thank the outstanding teachers in Chester County,” said Fallon Maloney, Director of Retail, Citadel.
On May 8, finalists from all school districts in Chester County will gather at the banquet for final awards. Congratulations on this recognition, Mrs. Peg Tinder.

Senior is TCHS Student of Month

Congratulations to Chris Buccheri, a 12th grader from the Owen J. Roberts school district who attends the Technical College High School (TCHS), Pickering Campus, as a full time student.
He is in the Commercial & Graphic Arts (CGA) program.

Chris' accomplishments include:
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Distinguished Honor Roll Student
  • Dual-enrollment high school/college student through Harrisburg University
  • Class leader in his Career and Technical Education program
  • Program rep presenting TCHS career expos in elementary schools.
  • Skills USA member
  • LINK participant
  • Volunteer for recruitment opportunities such as open houses & other program promotions
Multiple teachers have commented that Chris participates in class, works well independently, is a leader within the classroom and has a good work ethic. He is dependable and goal-oriented. His artistic talent is superb.

According to CGA Instructor, Mr. Al Tucker, "Chris is a great student, a really reliable worker and a genuine young man. He has worked on our recruitment team by volunteering for outreach visits to our sending school districts, being present for multiple Open House events and mentoring newer students in our program. Chris is planning to further his education beyond Pickering and he will be a great success in whatever College is lucky enough to recruit him!"

Way to go, Chris!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

McGuire AFB Facilitates Meteorology Talk/Demo

Airmen from McGuire Air Force Base were at Owen J. High School lecturing on military weather forecasting and showing off their large piece of equipment called a TMQ53 - Tactical Weather Observing Station. The airmen were from the Weather Flight group which is part of the 305th Operations Support Squadron out of McGuire AFB. They support air cargo and refueling missions and occasionally are called upon to support alert aircraft, presidential support missions and refueling test flights for the new F-35. One of the pieces of equipment they use is the TMQ53 or Tactical Weather Observing Station, which was on display at the high school today.

Joining us were Staff Sergeant Benson Ray, from New York. He deployed in 2015 to support operations in Africa and enjoys military history (ask him about his Springfield M1903). Airman First Class Aaron Rabozzi, from North Carolina, who deploys next month to "Southwest Asia". This will be his first deployment. Airman Rabozzi is a former teacher. Lastly, we were also honored to host Airman Kit Mecham, from Idaho. He is recently out of tech school and will be 100% certified in the next 6 weeks. Airman Mecham is a hunter and is really here to help us clear out the over abundance of deer in PA. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

NASA Ambassador Visits High School

John Conrad, NASA/JPL Ambassador

Mr. Conrad is introduced by
Craig Armstrong, Senior Naval Sciences Instructor, NJROTC
Owen J. Roberts High School
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Mr. John Conrad, a NASA Ambassador, brought a fascinating Global Climate Change program to Owen J. Roberts High School sponsored by the NJROTC. The program depicted simple facts and logic behind climate change, with emphasis on the researcher and tools (especially complex models) which underpin the world’s understanding. Students learned how to access the NASA climate website and also reviewed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which draws on the work of hundreds of scientists from all over the world.

John Conrad, now retired, enjoyed an extensive career in leadership for unmanned space programs for the Air Force and NASA. His extensive career experiences never wandered far from technology development and application, in Aerospace and Defense as well as IT and Energy and Security programs. Students were excited to welcome Mr. Conrad and learn more through his expertise. 

Students were impressed to view a satellite of the view of earth from space – provided by well over a dozen earth-viewing spacecraft programs (most involving NASA). They discovered that we are neighbors to the longest running programs for collecting satellite imagery--Landsat--which is based in King of Prussia. Students examined the facts gathered by numerous instruments, orbits, and techniques. They explored various models to be run to pin-point where we are in climate change, and also reviewed more well-known models for big data collection studying ice cap, sea level, and greenhouse gas statistics.

3 Orchestra Students Move to States

As a result of successful re-auditions at the recent PMEA Region 6 Festival at New Hope- Solebury High School,  3 orchestra students who auditioned will represent Owen J. Roberts High School in the PMEA All-State Festival.  Congratulations to:

Daniel DiMarino, Violin I, 1st place
Matilde Heckler, Violin I, 6th place
Daniel Horning, Trumpet I, 2nd place

Friday, March 23, 2018

Robot Dogs and Radon Fans Advance Teams to State STEM

Two teams of East Vincent students participated in the annual Chester County STEM Design Challenge tournament.  The teams were charged with making a K’Nex prototype of their original invention that would make life better, safer, and cleaner. 
Extreme Extinguishers
In the elementary division, East Vincent was represented by the Extreme Extinguishers, who designed a fire detector & extinguisher, air purifier, and radon fan that are all connected to users phones.  The team impressed the judges with their background research and marketing plan, and they placed 1st overall in the elementary division.  Congratulations to fifth graders Chance Weaver and Andrew Dybicz, and 4th graders Anna Braun and Sophia Shea.
Healthy Hounds
In the middle school division, the Healthy Hounds team represented our school with their robotic dog who can assist the elderly and disabled, keeping our community safe, healthy, and connected.  The judges loved the impact their invention could make in the lives of users and the eye catching, sophisticated design of their prototype.  Congratulations to sixth graders Jack Snyder, Casey Davies, and Mark Walsh for placing 1st overall in the middle school division.

Both teams will advance to the state championships in Harrisburg later this year.  Good luck to both teams!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PMEA All-State Choir

·         Congratulations to Owen J. Roberts High School students Rebecca Emery and Madison Frederick for qualifying for the prestigious PMEA All-State Choir.

Award Winning Science

Congratulations to two Owen J. Roberts High School students for an award-winning night at the Chester County High School Science Competition (Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Fair Grades 6 through 12) .

Paige Aldred won first place in the Zoology category.   

Jonathan Arditi won first place in Medicine and Health, The Richard and Patti Smith Medicine and Health Award, and FIRST PLACE BEST OF SHOW!

Now in its 30th year, the Chester County Science Research Competition (CCSRC) is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and developing scientific inquiry and discovery through individual and team science projects conducted by elementary, middle and high school students. We believe that students are the foundation of our nation's future. Their understanding and accomplishments in science and technology will prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow and successful citizens in our technologically advancing society.

Paige and Jonathan will be representing Owen J. Roberts at the Delaware Valley Science Fair in April.