Thursday, March 28, 2019

All Pro Dads

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick

West Vincent Elementary School held the 40th All Pro Dad chapter meeting this morning drawing about 180 fathers with their children. The successful chapter has been facilitated by Mr. Mike Frederick.

Principal Edward Smith said, "We commonly refer to Mr. Mike Fredrick as “Big Mike” not just because of his 6’ 5” frame or as a former National Football League player, but because of the way he conducts himself as a father, husband, and community member."  Mr. Fredrick has been mentoring families for ten years at West Vincent Elementary School All Pro Dads.

Mr. Ed Smith, in conjunction with the WVES PTA, honored Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick for their dedication and service to the entire West Vincent Elementary School community presenting a framed letter and signed football from NFL Hall of Famer, Super Bowl winning coach and All Pro Dad national spokesperson, Tony Dungy.

Chapter meetings give dads a chance to connect with their children
 All Pro Dad is one of the programs of the family-strengthening “Family First” which provides parenting, marriage, and relational truth that helps people love their families well.

Over the last ten years at West Vincent Elementary School, dads have gathered with their children, to support one another on tough topics and learn how to build strong, healthy families and become heroes on the field that matters most—the home.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Shop and Eat to Benefit Students

Don't miss the Education Foundation Consignment Sale this Saturday, March 30 in the Owen J. Roberts Middle School gymnasium. The sale supports a triple bottom line--student success, classroom innovation and the environment!
Another way to support students through the Education Foundation is to dine out at one of the fine restaurants participating in restaurant week April 2-5.

Education Foundation Impacts Students and Learning
The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation annually funds projects that are innovative in nature and represent a fundamental advance in the manner in which curriculum is delivered.

Classroom mini-grants are used for educational materials and supplies, computer hardware and/or software, scientific or mathematical equipment, printing expenses, periodical or internet subscriptions, field trips, and other inventive educational initiatives.

The Ed Foundation directly impacts student learning by funding projects which provide a significant and defined benefit to students; represent a new (or the rethinking of an existing) educational initiative; fall outside normal budget or planning considerations; and/or explore use and integration of new technologies, expand student experiential learning opportunities and/or engage families and/or communities in education.


Program for Coaches and Potential Coaches

Being a successful coach in 2019 is about more than measuring wins and losses. To help current and future coaches navigate these changing expectations, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) is hosting the inaugural “Coaching Beyond the Game” event at West Chester University’s Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. “Coaching Beyond the Game” will help current and potential K-12 athletic coaches in the region gain new strategies to improve their impact on and off the field. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker and former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil and coaching expert Lindsay Helm, obtain new strategies to help meet the growing needs of student-athletes and network with other professionals.

“Coaching Beyond the Game” was conceptualized by the CCIU after receiving feedback from local athletic directors about the complex challenges facing coaches. Dr. Joseph O’Brien, executive director of the CCIU, used the feedback to help develop this new concept. “Our student-athletes are dealing with so much more than just the wins and losses on the field, and many of today’s coaches don’t feel equipped to support them,” Dr. O’Brien explained. “During meetings with dozens of athletic directors across multiple counties, we consistently heard the same challenges. The goal is for ‘Coaching Beyond the Game’ to empower these athletic leaders to make a greater impact on their athletes as a whole.”

One of the highlights of the event is that attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Dick Vermeil. Vermeil, who coached the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, spent 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. He will share his experiences as a coach and offer take-aways for those currently coaching and those aspiring to be coaches.

In addition to Vermeil, attendees will also hear from guest speaker Lindsay Helm, co-founder and co-owner of Stand Strong Training Center in Downingtown, PA. Helm is a lifelong athlete who grew up in Downingtown, PA and helped lead the Downingtown High School Girls Soccer team to back-to-back state championship victories. She went on to row Division I crew at Cornell University, where she won a gold medal in the EAWRC sprints. Helm is a master trainer for Coach Training EDU and trains coaches around the world in Academic Life Coaching, Wellness Coaching and Sports Mindset Coaching. Helm’s presentation will offer coaches tips and tricks to help improve their ability to impact their student-athletes on and off the field.

Attendees will also learn about a new coaching certification program being offered by the CCIU, the Athletic Leadership & Coaching Development Program, which will utilize a cohort model to help coaches engage in topics surrounding the physical, mental and academic development of student athletes. Additionally, program participants will be able to engage in professional and career development with expert instructors who will leverage their coaching experience with topical expertise. Current and aspiring coaches will leave the program with a certificate from the CCIU and a professional portfolio showcasing work completed throughout the program.

“Coaches play a vital role in many students’ lives, building their self-esteem and teaching them invaluable life skills,” said Dr. O’Brien. “The CCIU is recognized as an educational leader across the state, so why not extend that into the athletic realm as well.”

This event is open to all levels of current and aspiring K-12 athletic coaches. General admission for the event is $20, with a college student discount rate of $10 with the presentation of a valid college ID. All attendees must register by April 19, 2019. Seating is limited for this event, so early registration is encouraged. To register for the “Coaching Beyond the Game” event, please visit

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

School Board Meeting Highlights - March 25, 2019

Award of Excellence for Financial Reporting

Owen J. Roberts has earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in 2018.

School District Awarded for Outstanding Financial Reporting

Reston, VA – 2019 – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is pleased to award Owen J. Roberts School District with the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE). ASBO International’s COE recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The school district earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended 2018. 

“The COE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in financial reporting, specifically through a district’s CAFR,” ASBO International Director of Recognition Programs Molly Barrie says. “The CAFR informs parents and other stakeholders about the financial and economic state of the district, making it an important communications tool for building trust and engaging with the school community.”

By participating in the COE program, school districts demonstrate their commitment to financial transparency. Applicants submit their CAFR for review by a team of professional auditors, who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the CAFR meets the requirements of the program, the document may receive the Certificate of Excellence. A district’s participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.

The COE is proudly sponsored by ASBO International Strategic Partner American Fidelity.

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About American Fidelity
American Fidelity provides employer cost-savings solutions and supplemental insurance benefits to specific industries. Acting as an extension of the HR department, we educate, enroll, and support the development of robust, competitive insurance packages—all while ensuring seamless administration and employee satisfaction. As experts in employer benefit solutions, our salaried account managers deliver year-round support, help employers overcome benefit administrative challenges, and always offer a different perspective – a different opinion. 

Monday, March 25, 2019

All State Choir

Talented vocalists Robin Mailum and Michael Maher

As a result of successful re-auditions at the PMEA Region 6 Choir Festival at Haverford High School,  Michael Maher, Tenor 2 and Robin Mailum, Tenor 2, advanced to the prestigious PMEA All-State Choir.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for these students. The 2019 PMEA All-State ensembles feature Pennsylvania's finest high school musicians. Robin Mailum earned 1st place honors in the recent re-auditions. 

Congratulations to both Michael and Robin for their hard work, dedication and talent.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Art Goes to School 2019

Check out the portfolio gallery visiting this year's Owen J. Roberts classrooms:
Art Goes to School (AG2S) relies on volunteer presenters to bring the experience of a museum right into our students' classrooms. If you enjoy students and art, think about volunteering.
Through the summer and fall, AG2S presenters prepare research and teach one another about the pieces in our portfolio of masterworks.  By the time volunteers step into a classroom that winter, the stories and experiences we've shared have begun to gel into a cohesive presentation. Presenters let the children lead the way as they use puzzles, games, poetry and a wealth of fun facts and artistic observations to guide young art explorers.

It doesn't take much to get students excited about the selections.  Some of the insights and interpretations they share are truly amazing!  
Kindergarten students recognized this painting from "Muppet Babies". In the movie, characters entered the painting. Students also observed that people were eating, fishing and playing with pets in the painting. They learned a little about the painting technique called Pointillism and talked about how large the painting actually is.
As an AG2S volunteer, you will inevitably learn as much (or more) than you teach!  

Check out past years' articles about AG2S at BOLGSPOT - Feb 2018  and  BLOGSPOT - April 2018 .