Friday, May 31, 2019

Class of 2019 Award Ceremony

On May 30, 2019, the annual senior awards program was held. Superintendent Dr. Susan Lloyd thanked all the community members, community organizations and families for their generous and thoughtful gifts to seniors. Many legacy gifts were awarded, which strengthens our community in countless ways. In all, more than $300,000 was awarded to the Class of 2019 at the ceremony. There was one full Naval Academy Scholarship and one full ROTC scholarship.

Owen J. Roberts High School will present about 434 regular diplomas to the Class of 2019. In addition, Owen J. Roberts High School will issue the very first cohort of students (20) with an International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP) Certificate this year. Owen J. Roberts IBCP students completed over 50 hours of service each on student-selected projects relating to animal rescue, natural lands trail management, tutoring, generating a mural for Coventry Woods Fair, clothing drives, summer camp volunteering and much more. Students gave more than 1200 hours of service as part of the IBCP program.

The Owen J. Roberts High School Class of 2019 Valedictorian is Jake Iyoob, who will attend Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to study actuarial science. The Salutatorians are Sam Coroniti, Kenzie Milne, Nadia Mokhallalati, and Morgan Prichard.

The Class of 2019 is academically-talented with one National Merit Commended Student, three National Merit Finalists, one University National Merit Scholarship and one National Merit Scholar. The class is also talented in the areas of music and athletics with many State medalists and championship teams. Eight students have committed to serving in the military.

Students Help Rid Stream Invaders

Monday, 6 May:
Ranger Jay Erb, Coventry Lions, Lion Cubs & Advisors, Family and Friends joined together in Warwick County Park for a Service/Fun Day.

After a brief welcome, Ranger Jay began walking us to French Creek, taking time for a few educational pit stops:
1.       Vernal (seasonal) Pond.  Discussed how the habitat benefits native amphibian breeding,
1.       On other side of the trail we see all the dead and dying ash trees being removed due to the invasive emerald ash borer.
1.       Our next stop highlighted some of the parks habitat enhancements, including the bluebird boxes,kestrel box, and bat box.
1.       We viewed a habitat restoration area where a large amount of invasive multi-flora rose was removed, &trees were planted a few years ago. Now that the trees are established, Park is ready to begin adding shrubs to create an understory layer of the ecosystem.
1.       We then entered the north branch of the French Creek (forming a line across the creek to go upstream) to seek out the invasive rusty crayfish.
The water was rougher & not as clear as usual due to full day of rain Sunday.

12 rusty crayfish were harvested (one having a large egg sack), & a few native macro- invertebrates were found as well, including a caddisfly larvae, dragon fly larvae, cranefly nymph.

Principal Published in PA Administrator Magazine

Mr. Ed Smith at a Mentor Group Meeting
Congratulations to Mr. Ed Smith, who was recently published in The Pennsylvania Administrator Magazine in the Spring 2019 edition. Mr. Smith wrote about the Mentor Group Program at West Vincent Elementary School and how it helps to build a positive climate. The program, which has been running for three years, helps students feel connected to peers and adults.

Read the article here:

Senior Traditions

French Creek Elementary School

West Vincent Elementary School

North Coventry Elementary School

East Vincent Elementary School

East Coventry Elementary School
In what has become a tradition, Owen J. Roberts seniors donned their caps and gowns and visited their home elementary schools to walk through the halls one last time. Seniors were able to take the walk on memory lane by remembering special times and teacher impacts. Younger students enjoy cheering these "rock stars" on as the seniors parade through the halls.

High Achieving Juniors

Cooper Chamberlain, Sam DeFusco, Capri Norris, Oscar Balan and Annie Arditi

Several grade 11 Owen J. Roberts High School students received top honors for high achievement. Students were nominated for these awards.

Capri Norris was awarded with the prestigious Harvard Book Award for being the highest achieving junior in her class. In addition, Capri earned a Rensselaer Medal. This award is given to a junior student who has excelled in math and science courses, and has had significant involvement in extracurricular activities.  The award comes with $25,000 per year if the student is accepted and attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sam DeFusco received the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for demonstrating a commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues and displays leadership and dedication to community action.  The award is worth $40,000 over 4 years if the student accepted to and attends University of Rochester.

Annie Arditi was awarded the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and Scholarship, now in its 86th year, for high achievement and rigor in science class and high math scores on the PSAT and/or SAT. The award is worth $40,000 over four year at the University of Rochester.

Cooper Chamberlain was awarded the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award for demonstrating strong leadership experience at school and in the community with high grades in challenging courses and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities. Cooper will receive $40,000 over 4 years if he chooses to attend the University of Rochester.

Oscar Balan won the University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology for demonstrating strong interest in innovation and/or information technology and a high level of achievement in this area. Samuel will receive $40,000 over four years should he choose to attend the University of Rochester.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Seniors Perform at Awards Ceremony

Dylan Monteiro performed "Clair de Lune" accompanied by Michael Kronengold, Matt Shimkonis and Lane Magness

Jordan Zakarevicz performed "The Maid of the Mist:

Michael Maher sang "Rainbow"
Senior Honor Artist Olivia Kenny
Congratulations to the entire class of 2019! At today's Senior Awards Program, three soloists performed. In addition, the Senior Honor Artist unveiled her work for the class.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Rep. Hennessey Commends North Coventry Elementary

This morning, Pennsylvania State Representative Tim Hennessey presented North Coventry Elementary School, a designated Title I School, with a Citation of Excellence.

Rep. Hennessey commended the faculty and staff for their hard work and professionalism. He told them that they captured the attention of Governor Wolfe and the entire state by being recognized as a National Title 1 School working toward the best outcomes for every student.

North Coventry Elementary School, one of five elementary schools in the district, was one of 100 schools throughout the entire country recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017 and 2018. Each year two schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania earn National Title 1 Distinction. Title 1 provides financial assistance to schools with children coming from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.