Thursday, February 28, 2019

School Board Meeting Highlights, Feb. 25, 2019

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional creative talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Alliance partners with the National Art Education Association and nearly 100 Regional Affiliates across the country to provide creative teens with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

Congratulations to Avae Busch and Illa McCausland, who will both advance to the national competition! 
Regional Award Winners  - 2 advancing to Nationals include:

Avae Busch Gold Key Award
He Loves Me Not (now competing in Nationals)

Ella McCausland Gold Key Award
Suburbia (now competing in Nationals)

Ella McCausland Honorable Mention

Jennifer Dinnocenti Silver Key
  Night of Terror

Jennifer Dinnocenti Honorable Mention
Cake Face

Jennifer Dinnocenti Honorable Mention

Loretta Jansen Honorable Mention
Social Commentary


OJR Mini THON is set for this weekend at the High School.  Students will stay on their feet in the high school to bring attention and raise money to fight childhood cancer.
All of the money raised goes to support families that are effected by pediatric cancer and to aid in research to find a cure.

If you would like to contribute to our overall Mini-THON total please follow the OJR Donor Drive link below:

Listed below is a link for food donations if you would like to help out in that way.
Food Donation Link:

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NC Robotics Worked to Improve Astronaut Mental Health

The team is recognized at the School Board meeting on 2/25/19
Congratulations to the following North Coventry Elementary School students who are a member of the "We are VR" robotics team for qualifying to compete in the state competition. The team competed at the state competition on February 9, at the University of Pennsylvania. Out of 48 of the state's best teams, the North Coventry team ranked 15th. The team's project involved improving the mental health of astronauts by using the concept of virtual reality to bring a touch of home to deep space travelers.
  • Kyle Boettcher                                 
  • McKenna Daily
  • Gavin Evans
  • Katelyn Fernandez
  • Gabriel Gonzalez
  • Nicklas Kasper
  • Grace Pervatt
  • Holland Sokolowski
  • Brady Walker
  • Keeli Wilson
Thanks to the "We are RV" mentors:  Maya Evans, Anya Olsen, and Campbell Schanz
Thanks to Ms. Patrice Reiche and Ms. Patty Janda for their dedication to this team as their coaches.

OJR Leads in PSSA

Chester County is home to 11 of the state’s Top 100 highest-scoring schools on the sixth-grade PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) exams according to a report in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

According to an article in, "four of the 11 Chester County schools that made the list are in the Owen J. Roberts School District, including the Top Three, which are preceded by their overall ranking:
  • 2. West Vincent Elementary School
  • 23. French Creek Elementary School
  • 25. East Coventry Elementary School
North Coventry Elementary School, meanwhile, checked in at No. 57."

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

PJ's for a Cause

East Coventry Elementary School recently held a pajama day fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and raised over $2,730.00 for cancer research. The money will be donated in memory of Dylan Spriggs, a kindergarten student from East Coventry who passed away in 2016 from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

Monday, February 25, 2019

OJR Programmers Take First

Congratulations to Owen J. Roberts High School students Oscar Balan, Caedmon Read, and Thomas J. Reynolds for placing first in the Fourth Annual Emmaus HS Programming competition. The competition drew nine local high school computer science teams.

DECA Competitors Moving Ahead

OJRHS DECA officers

The Owen J. Roberts DECA chapter participated in the 2019 Pennsylvania DECA state competition in Hershey, PA with 2,400 students from public and private schools in competitions focused on various business and marketing career areas.  The following Owen J. Roberts DECA members will be moving on to the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, April 27 to May 1:

Theo Damiani, Business Services Marketing (Also elected to PA DECA’s Executive Officer Team)
Andrew LaGreca and Nick Wood, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
Ahmed Alveed and Sarah Tabatabaei, Integrated Marketing Campaign-Product
Julia Brennan and Madeline Zarkoski, Integrated Marketing Campaign-Service

Nidhi Rupani, Franchise Business Plan
Dan Duffy and Matt Foster, International Business Plan

Olivia Harmanos and Heidi Joyce, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Christina Hoffman, Business Services Operations Research
Caitlin McGee, Finance Operations Research

Jeevan Bandi, Marketing Communications Series
Grant Reitz, Entrepreneurship Start-Up Business Plan
Annie Arditi, Business Finance Series

Friday, February 22, 2019

Grace Saunders Wins MCCC Art Best in Show

Owen J. Roberts High School recognized for excellence in art again this year at the Montgomery County Community College Tri-County High School Art Show. The Sixth Annual Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition will be held Feb. 19 through March 23 at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 East High St., in Pottstown. Students were awarded prizes at the opening reception on Tuesday, February 19.

The exhibition, which includes student works from schools in Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties provided 12 Special Recognition awards and one Best in Show.

The POTTSTOWN AREA ARTIST'S GUILD BEST IN SHOW was awarded to OJRHS Senior, GRACE SAUNDERS, for her charcoal on paper work, Point Shoes. Grace was filmed while dancing and then created the piece from a still shot of that video.

Two other Owen J. Roberts High School students received special recognition:

KATRINA SUBICK, Sunflower Pitcher, charcoal on paper

AVAE BUSCH, He Loves Me Not, acrylic and oil on canvas

Several Owen J. Robers Board members and administrators attended the opening reception along with Ms. Tracey Schiavello, OJRHS Visual Arts, National Art Honor Society and Art Club Advisor

KATRINA SUBICK, Sunflower Pitcher, charcoal on paper

The POTTSTOWN AREA ARTIST'S GUILD BEST IN SHOW was awarded to OJRHS Senior, GRACE SAUNDERS, for her charcoal on paper work, Point Shoes.
AVAE BUSCH, He Loves Me Not, acrylic and oil on canvas