Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Schools Recognized for Positive Behavior Programs

Congratulations to East Coventry Elementary School and North Coventry Elementary School for being recognized by the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support (PAPBS) Network for meeting the criteria in the implementation of School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW PBIS) with fidelity during the 2017-18 school year.

SW-PBIS refers to a systems change process for a school. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. The school will focus on three to five behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, the school focus is on the preferred behaviors.  (pbis.org)

Artists Recognized

Several artists were recognized by the Board of School Directors at the regular business meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018.
Tyler Vokes with his teacher, Mr. Brian Sponagle, and his winning poster

  • Congratulations to the following students for winning an award at the Greenfield Youth Film Festival:
    • Carly Jennion - Best Narrative Film (out of about 300 films)
    • Tyler Vokes - Best Music Video & Best Movie Poster Design
    • Avery Stanislaw - Best Cinematography
    Greenfield is a regional forum for young film makers. You can check out some of the Owen J. Roberts films on the high school website at Wildcat TV

students present their work to the Board

Chase Bartolini talks about how he created his artwork

Aspiring Artists 2018

  • Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as a School Board Aspiring Artist Award:
    • Robin Perles - East Coventry Elementary School
    • Hannah Chin - East Vincent Elementary School
    • Isabella Pongia - French Creek Elementary School
    • Chase Bartolini - North Coventry Elementary School
    • Alayna Rodner - West Vincent Elementary School
    • Connor Heft - Middle School
    • Morgan Weaver - Middle School
    • Amanda Turner - High School
     School Board Aspiring Artists will have their artwork displayed in the Administration Building for the 2018-2019 school year.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Student Accepted into Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Samuel Turley, an Owen J. Roberts High School rising Junior, who has earned a coveted spot on the highly competitive, 77-year legacy Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on bass trombone. 
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, having been presented on tour in over twenty countries, is one of the most well-recognized youth orchestra programs in the nation. It provides the region’s most advanced classical instrumental music students with unparalleled training and performance opportunities with world renowned soloists under the direction of Maestro Louis Scaglione, one of the leading youth orchestra conductors in the country. In addition to the opportunity to showcase their talents through high-profile radio broad­casts on WRTI FM and live performances in Verizon Hall of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, members learn character-building life skills and supplement their collegiate and conservatory applications, making them strong candidates for acceptance into the most prestigious universities and conservatories around the world.

Samuels's mother shared that five years ago, on one of the last days of school, Mr. Andrew Klick, Sam's music teacher sent Sam, a baritone player, home with a trombone and said, "have fun." "Our family is thankful for Mr Klick seeing something special in Sam and Mr. Hess and Mr. Mengel nurturing Sam's passion and drive."
Sam Turley the day 5 years ago that Mr Klick sent him home with a trombone for the summer so he could "try out something new".

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

403 Graduates Set Sail

The sixty-third annual commencement exercises were held in Wildcat Stadium on June 8, 2018. The audience heard valedictory and salutatory addresses as well as remarks from the High School Principal Dr. Richard Marchini, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan T. Lloyd, and Board of School Directors President Melissa Booth.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

CrossFit Class Trip to the 2018 Ironmasters Spring Fight Gone Bad Challenge

On May 30th, High School Health & Physical Education teacher, Mr. Joe Youngblood, took a group of 24 students that consisted of his CrossFit classes and members of the OJR Rowing Team to Pottstown CrossFit to compete in the classic CrossFit workout, “Fight Gone Bad” or FGB for short.  Fight Gone Bad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC19O4cgvp4) consists of 3-5 minute rounds with a minute rest between each round.  Each minute within the round is a different movement/exercise.  The movements/exercises are wall balls, sumo-deadlift high pulls, box jumps, push press, and rowing.  Every rep they performed in the movements along with each calorie burned on the rower were counted and added up.  Each student performed the workout to the best of their ability.

The culmination of the morning was highlighted by the competition between students from OJR and Pottstown High School.  In the finals, each school entered 3 female students and 3 male students and the school with the greater number of total reps would be declared the winner.  Pottstown CrossFit owner Rob Matthews purchased a trophy to travel with the winning school.  OJR’s three female athletes were sophomores Maddie Braun and Sophia Ferrizzi and junior Veronika Zdrazil.  The three male athletes were juniors Jack Vallino and David Wierzbicki and Senior Gavin Delahaye.  After both teams gave it their all in an effort to win, OJR came out on top by close to eighty reps!  The OJR team was presented with the trophy which will be proudly put on display in our trophy case until they put it on the line again next year!

About OJRHS by Rising Junior Lindsey Jennings

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wildcat Spirit Demonstrated at Senior Awards

Senior Duet with Daniel Horning and Emma Flinchbaugh

Strength of Community Demonstrated with Gifts of Education 

Teachers, administrators, staff, families and students gathered on May 31, 2018, to honor the outstanding Class of 2018 for their achievements over the last four years. Many awards were given to memorialize alumni—going back as far as 1957. These awards provide a meaningful way for a family to honor a special person and carry his or her legacy forward to future generations of students. Some memorial scholarships bring awareness to important issues and all perpetuate the spirit of our Wildcat community in sustainable ways. Other community scholarships honor a specific passion such as service, music or the arts.

Recognition was given to students who show a talent or specific aptitude or have the drive to be successful in a specific college program or future career.  Some of the awards are based on assessment scores and overall academic achievement while others are based on character, effort, and dedication and service.

Some of the highlights include the recognition of nine Eagle Scouts and one Girl Scout Gold Award, five National Merit Commended students and three National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Students in the class of 2018 increased the blood supply in Pennsylvania, many donating blood twice annually for four years. Hundreds of hours of community service were recognized at the ceremony. 

More than $150,000 was awarded during the ceremony. Scholarships were awarded to students entering the fields of engineering, teaching nursing, health, technology, math, sciences, business, and the arts. These awards are in addition to the scholarships awarded to many students through colleges and universities. 

Each student may be celebrated as having achieved a milestone in completing his or her K-12 academic journey. Dr. Richard Marchini offered, “I would like to congratulate those receiving awards today. But I also want to congratulate every senior here for making this community a better place each day.”

Project SEARCH Graduates

Last night at Phoenixville Hospital, three Owen J. Roberts High School students graduated from the intense vocational program of Project Search. Project SEARCH is a nationally acclaimed school-to-work program for students with special needs The interns in this program participate in three different rotations of vocational work experience throughout the entire school year.  They learn how to manage their time, become self advocates, and adhere to the fundamentals of working within an actual business or organization with many different people.  There is a tough application and interview process for any student in Chester County interested in this program, which generally occurs during their final year of eligibility.  Warm thoughts and congratulations to the following students for completing the program:
Yan Burris
Aubrie Rose King
Nicole Walton

Obstacle Course Play Rewards Good Behavior

There are many ways our schools promote positive behavior and discourage problem behaviors. At East Coventry Elementary School, students take a behavior pledge at the beginning of the year.
  • Positive behavioral interventions and supports are a way for schools to encourage good behavior.
  • Students learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science.

  • The key to positive behavior support is prevention, not punishment.

    East Coventry students earn rewards for pro-social behavior and following the Wildcat Way. For the third year, students were able to earn extra play time in the form of an obstacle course, for acting in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. The obstacle course is an example of the whole child approach to wellness, where positive social and emotional behaviors lead to more time for physical activity, or positive physical behavior.

  • Therapy Dogs Calm Exam Stress

    Rufus, from Therapy Dogs Inc., with handler Mr. Jim Fitch, loves the attention
    Senior Becca Emery worked with Ms. Benita Holden in the high school office to organize several dog therapy teams from Therapy Dogs International to visit during final exam week. Dogs came in shifts and students were invited to sign up and visit them with their English classes during three days of exams. 
    A group of therapy dogs and handlers from Therapy Dogs International