Friday, August 31, 2018

U.S. News Ranks High School Silver




Owen J. Roberts High School ranked silver in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in the country. According to their website, U.S. News & World Report included data on more than 20,500 public high schools to make determinations of rankings. U.S. News ranks high schools both nationally and by state to show how well schools are preparing students for college and careers. Pennsylvania reportedly has about 952 public and 549 private high schools. U.S. News ranked Owen J. Roberts High School 64th in the state.

U.S. News awards gold, silver and bronze medals to more than 5,900 schools based on a methodology that incorporates performance on state proficiency tests, graduation rates and participation in and performance on challenging college-level coursework using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examinations.

Owen J. Roberts High has approximately 1,647 students and 126 teaching staff members. District-wide, 98% of teachers have advanced degrees. Owen J. Roberts High School remains committed to helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores. As of 2017-18, Owen J. Roberts High School offered 27 AP courses. The high school has been included on the AP Annual Honor Roll, five out of eight years. Interim High School Principal Dr. Sean Earley stated, “We are very fortunate to have excellent students and teachers who are all supported by caring stakeholders.”

After a rigorous process, the high school was officially certified for International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP) in July, 2017, and accepted its first IB students to the program that fall. There are only 20 IBCP high schools in Pennsylvania. The IBCP is a two-year certificate program which combines courses from the International Baccalaureate’s highly regarded Diploma Programme (DP) of coursework in connection with Owen J. Roberts High School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

Dr. Susan Lloyd, Owen J. Roberts School District Superintendent, shared, “Congratulations goes out to the teachers, students, and their parents. I can’t address what other schools are doing, but the entire staff at Owen J. Roberts is committed to working hard to make sure our students succeed.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Middle School Students Help Enhance Medal of Honor Grove




Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove recently shared news about two Owen J. Roberts Middle School students, Kaila Jakubik and Victoria Seagraves-Bennett.

The Medal of Honor Grove is located at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The Grove is 42 acres of woodland, dedicated to our nations highest heroes, our Medal of Honor Recipients. To date there have been 3,503 medals awarded since the Civil War. The Friends of the MOH Grove began maintaining these acres in 2011 and have restored this memorial to the level of respect these men and one woman deserve. Check out their website at www.friendsmohgrove.org and our Facebook page.

As a 501c3, the Friends depend on community volunteers and donations to maintain and enhance the Grove. Companies, schools, scouts, organizations, veterans and individuals from the community volunteer service hours to help us.

This summer,Deb Woolson,Volunteer Director, Friends of the MOH Grove and Curator of the MOH Grove, Freedoms Foundation,was pleased to meet Kaila Jakubik and Victoria Seagraves-Bennett and work with them during their volunteer hours. Both Kaila and Victoria picked up sticks, branches, washed ground plaques and assisted in mulching. In addition, they happily took on the project to inventory ground plaques that need to be installed and separate those that are duplicates. They also helped staff a table when the Friends of the Grove had at a large concert on the Freedoms Foundation Campus a few weeks ago.



In July Freedoms Foundation and the Friends held a Re-dedication Ceremony for the Oklahoma State Area. Kaila and Victoria assisted in that event by handing out programs to attendees and met two MOH Recipients. Above is a photo of them with Recipients (L-R) Gen. James Livingston and Heroshi Miyamura.

Kaila and Victoria are fine examples of good citizenship of whom Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove wanted to shine a light. Deb Woolson commented, "This past summer they chose to spend hours volunteering at the Grove, the oldest living memorial to our Medal of Honor Recipients in the nation, when they could have done anything else. They have both grown to love and respect the Grove and already plan to attend our Fall Cleanup on Sat., Oct 6th and other upcoming workdays."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Walk-in Registrations for Community Swim begin Tonight!



Fall Swim Information


OWEN J ROBERTS COMMUNITY AQUATICS 

FALL 2018 PROGRAM


WALK-IN REGISTRATION: OJR MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL LOBBY
TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH AND THURSDAY AUGUST 30TH FROM 7:00-8:00 PM
Please bring the completed fall 2018 registration form and liability waiver to registration.  No registrations will be accepted without both forms completed in full.  Checks should be made payable to OJRSD.

 


MAIL-IN REGISTRATIONS:

OJRSD Aquatics Program, 881 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA  19465

**Mail in registrations will be processed as received.  You will receive an email verifying your registration has been processed.**



Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!





There were excited faces throughout the district's seven schools today as Owen J. Roberts School District welcomed more than 5500 students to their first day of school! Students hit the ground running with learning and making friends.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Red and White Spirit


Today, the Owen J. Roberts School District held the annual Welcome Back Celebration for ALL employees of the district. We were grateful to have members of the Owen J. Roberts Marching Band and the High School Cheerleaders help the staff of over 700 employees experience the joy of being a Wildcat!

We are ready to welcome more than 5500 students on the first day of school, August 27, 2018!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative



Today, Owen J. Roberts secondary teachers took part in an evidence-informed, two-hour workshop designed to teach adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

The program is different than mandated reporter training. It offers much more detailed insight into how to end child sexual abuse and how adults, educators in particular, can effect real change to accomplish that. 
 

The program is part of the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative grant in Chester County. It is the first comprehensive initiative in our county created to end child sexual abuse. Over the next three years facilitators from the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County will present workshops to children and adults in the community.