Thursday, January 17, 2019

Lesson Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Mrs. Meredith Gallo's kindergarten class, they have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week. Yesterday, the students did an egg experiment with a discussion about how a brown egg and white egg are the same and different. Students realized there is a lot more the same than there is different, plus when they broke the eggs open, they were the same on the inside! The class talked about how there is a lot more the same about people than there is different, especially on our insides. Students then studied the quote by Dr. King, “I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.” They adopted the message and then made the picture above.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Successful Annual Inspection

On Wednesday, December 16, 2019, the Owen J. Roberts Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, under the leadership of Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Worley (ret) and Captain Craig Armstrong (ret), took part in a stellar Area Manager Inspection. The esteemed inspector was Commander Jimmie Miller USN (Ret). The Commander addressed the audience after spending the morning with cadets.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Lloyd expressed her pride in the cadets and said that in light of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King and all he did to serve community, she was especially impressed by the hours of community service the cadets give each year.
High School Principal Mr. Ken Napaver welcomed a large crowd of guests and informed that last year, cadets participated in more than 4,000 hours of community service. Commander Miller promised families a safe training environment and a place to develop cadets so they may return to their families even better than when they leave. He also reminded cadets to cherish high school and have fun taking part in social events, friends, and all that high school offers. He presented Cadet Eric Friedemann with two special awards.
Four platoons of cadets took part in the inspection ceremony phase which included March-on the Colors, Color Guard and Drill Demonstrations, and Pass-in-Review.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

EF Consignment Sale March 30

The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation enhances and expands enrichment opportunities for all students in the Owen J. Roberts School District by funding teacher mini-grants and providing learning tools such as STEM equipment and i-Pads. 

Help support student learning by participating in the 11th Children’s Consignment Sale to be held on Saturday, March 30 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm in the OJR Middle School gymnasium. This huge sale is an excellent opportunity to earn money for gently used items and to raise funds that will be directed back into OJR classrooms through the Education Foundation

To participate, volunteer, or receive additional information, please contact

Join our consigners who will bring quality clothing, books, toys and treasures, along with gift-quality donated items, and sell at bargain prices. Or, mark your calendar to shop and get great bargains!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thank You, School Board Directors

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Join us in expressing gratitude to the nine school board directors serving the Owen J. Roberts community. A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. School districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are governmental units considered “political subdivisions.” Because school districts are created by statute, they and their governing bodies are regarded as “creatures of the General Assembly” (our state legislature), and as such they function in a sense as agents of the Commonwealth. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work even though the position can require them to dedicate many hours to it.
Back Row: 
Mr. Karel Minor, Mrs. Pamela Clouser Wolfe, Ms. Leslie Proffitt, Mr. Matthew Fitzgerald, Mr. Doug Hughes 
Front Row:
Mrs. Cathie Whitlock, Mrs. Lisa Huzzard, Mrs. Melissa Booth, Mrs. Heather McCreary
Did You Know:

4,500 school directors serve Pennsylvania’s 500 publicschool districts; all boards have nine members.
• School director elections are held every two years, on a 5-4 rotation to ensure continuity.
• All board members are elected to four-year terms.
• School directors are elected locally; however, the state constitution delegates to them the responsibility to administer the school system as agents of the General Assembly.
• All serve as volunteers, without pay.
• The “typical” Pennsylvania school director is male, well-educated, 50-54 years of age, married with two children attending public schools, and voluntarily devotes 6-10 hours per month to school board business.
• 15% of those serving on school boards in 2018 are retirees.
• 5% of school directors are homemakers,
10% are self-employed or business owners and 4% are engineers.
• The number of female school directors was 39% in 2018.
• About three quarters of Pennsylvania school directors have attained a college degree or beyond.
• 22% of Pennsylvania board members have more than 10 years’ experience in 2018.
• 57% of all districts involve students at
their local board meetings. Of those districts, 97% rate their involvement with students at meetings as satisfactory or highly satisfactory.
• 90% of school boards engaged their communities by participating in cooperative projects with business and community organizations.
• Pennsylvania school directors continue to keep adequate school funding at the top of the list of the most important educational concerns facing public schools.
• 50% of school directors identified public service, and desire to give back and contribute to public education as the primary motivating factor in their decision to run for school director.
• 85% of school directors indicated that incorporating equity into district programs was important or very important.

Sam DeFusco Wins PSU Berks Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Sam DeFusco has been selected to receive the Penn State University Berks Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Sam was nominated by Mr. Morris, gifted education teacher.

The criteria  were:

Responsibility towards education and concern about academic performance.
Commitment to community service.
Demonstration of leadership skills.
Student investment in work towards social justice.

Sam is an office in the Gay Straight Alliance Club and a member of Amnesty International.

Sam will receive the award at a banquet at Penn State Berks on Monday, January 21. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Sophia J. Woodard, founder and CEO of ASHANTI Truth Consulting, entrepreneur, and author. During the banquet, awards will be presented to students who have demonstrated the characteristics for which King was known: leadership, community involvement, and commitment to social justice. Three Penn State Berks students were selected: senior Juan Migel Hingada, junior Hunter Beane, and sophomore Connor Birmingham.

For the second consecutive year, local high, middle, and elementary school students were eligible to receive an award at the banquet. This year, Muhlenberg High School senior Sidney Walker and Owen J. Roberts High School junior Sam DeFusco were selected.

Berks students were asked to nominate a faculty/staff member for an award. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, professor of management information systems, will receive the faculty award while Aubrey Edwards, academic adviser, will receive the staff award.

This event is sponsored by the Penn State Berks Diversity Committee and supported by the Berks Campus Arts and Cultural Fund and the Student Activity Fee.