Thursday, August 29, 2019

Track Named for Longtime Coach



Track naming committee surround Coach Michael

Track Named in Honor of Coach David Michael

On August 24, 2019, the Owen J. Roberts High School Track was officially named David Michael Track in honor of longtime coach, Mr. David Michael, who recently retired but still volunteers. The dedication ceremony was held prior to the second annual David Michael 5K, which has been established to benefit running sports at Owen J. Roberts. 

Parents of athletes and members of the community including first approached the district about honoring Coach David Michael for his service and success as a teacher coach for Owen J. Roberts School District. Following School Board Policy 701.1 and Regulation 701B, and after hearing the proposal from a formal nominating committee, the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors unanimously voted in April 2018 to recognize Coach David Michael by naming the high school track Coach David Michael Track.

Mr. Michael was a Health and PE teacher for 35 years, held the position of track and field coach for 38 years and was the cross country coach for 42 years. In addition to many Pennsylvania State Track and Cross Country medalists and qualifying teams, his legacy included seven Girls Cross Country Championships, three Boys Cross Country Championships and one Girls Track & Field Championship. He also coached three first team All-State Cross Country Runners, was Cross Country Coach of the Year ten times and Track & Field Coach of the Year four times. 


Wildcat Country

Read Laura Catalano's story about the Paw Print Project on central campus in the Pottstown Mercury.
The project will continue this coming weekend as NJROTC cadets take on another strip of campus roadway.




Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Certificate of Excellence

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Owen J. Roberts School District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending in 2018. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by an organization and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and groups to read the CAFR.

Read the Financial Report.




Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Oct. 5 is 49th Annual Cavalcade

 
Art work by 12th grade OJR Trumpet player, RJ Duske

Come see thirteen area marching bands plus Temple University. Doors open at 4 pm.
Tickets: Adults $10, Senior Citizens $8, Students $8
More information to follow.


Follow the Marching Band on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OJRMusicParentsOrganization/

Monday, August 26, 2019

First Day of School






Hugs, high fives, and helping hands were are part of the first day of the Owen J. Roberts 2019-2020 school year. More than 5500 students, ready to learn, graced the hallways of our seven schools!

Fall Aquatics Program


OWEN J ROBERTS COMMUNITY AQUATICS 

FALL 2019 PROGRAM REGISTRATION


Friday, August 23, 2019

Spotlight on Retirees for Community Service

Owen J. Roberts is proud of two retirees recently featured in the PA Public School's Retirement System Newsletter. In the spotlight were Susan Luce and Marie Robinson:

After a long career in public education, PSERS retirees continue their service by positively impacting their communities. A secure retirement benefit provides more freedom to give back and volunteer within local communities, at charities, and non-profits. PSERS worked with the Pennsylvania State Education Association-Retired (PSEA-R) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) to identify some retired members volunteering and doing outstanding work in their communities after their retirement.
 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ed Foundation Honors

Wildcat "Welcome Back" to Kathe Spohn and Jerry Bechtel

Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation Announces 2019 Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Awards
The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to Mr. Linwood Gerald Bechtel, Class of 1955 and Mrs. Kathe Davis Spohn, Class of 1959, on August 21st at the Welcome Back Pep Rally at OJR High School. This award is given annually to honor Owen J Roberts’s alumni who enhance the quality of life by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive and quantifiable traditional values and traits.  Both alumni have dedicated themselves to education and community service.
Kathe Spohn with family and friends at the Wall of Fame

Jerry Bechtel with family and friends in the OJR archives room

Mr. Jerry Bechtel, Class of 1955, was a class leader and dominant star athlete of Warwick High School earning 4-years of varsity letters in soccer, basketball and baseball--12 varsity letters in total. One of his teammates, Robert Lilley, “had the fortune of passing the ball to Jerry the night he scored his milestone 1000th point.” Another teammate, Ralph Bozorth, was also on the court at the time. Jerry went on to add many more points to this milestone, scoring more than 1100 in his high school career. The school newspaper, “The Ore Mine” reported that Jerry broke all but one of Warwick’s basketball records. He was also a part of high school band and chorus. According to his friends, Jerry loved amusing his friends by using new vocabulary terms in sentences. He was a bit speechless at the receipt of the Owen J. Roberts Wildcat honor, however. Traveling from Illinois, Mr. Bechtel paused for a reunion basketball photo with Robert Lilley and Ralph Bozorth, whom he had not seen in 60+ years!
Ralph Bozorth, Jerry Bechtel and Bob Lilley think back on that night they were all on the court for Jerry's 1000-point
Jerry was a faculty member at Logan College helping develop the fitness center, health education complex and biology tutoring center. He served as head basketball coach from 1965-1969 and also coached tennis. He chaired the life science department from 1992-2006 and earned more than one distinguished service award during his tenure at Logan.

In high school, Kathe Spohn had been a member of chorus, softball, shop club, Ledger and Varsity Club. She was a drum majorette and the 1958 football queen. She dedicated 30 years to public elementary education, retiring in 1993. She has volunteered for 30 years, and continues to do so at St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter for the Homeless. She is currently on the Board for the Coventry Food Pantry, active in day-to-day operations. She volunteers at In Ian’s Boots each month. She is active with Good Works, a charity that helps low-income people restore their houses. She also volunteers at her church where she serves on council and is in charge of missions. During the award service, her servant’s heart was extended to her husband, whom she thanked for putting up with all the time she spends on her charitable work.

This year’s Community Service Award was presented to Mrs. Rene Bentley. In addition to many acts of charity, Mrs. Bentley donates use of Wyndsor Farm to the Education Foundation, Friends of the Arts, and various community organizations each year. Wyndsor Farm, located in Elverson, is a premier equine facility and an idyllic setting that speaks to the countryside. Allowing people to enjoy the heart of the farm in the heart of Chester County to mingle and make friends is a gesture of goodwill which enables our community to grow in dynamic ways.

OJRHS Math Teacher, Jess Brilla, Named Among Region's Best

Check out Owen J. Roberts High School math teacher, Jessica Brilla, who was named one of the regions best teachers in Main Line Today!
http://www.mainlinetoday.com/Main-Line-Today/September-2019/top-teachers-2019/

(From left) Jim Fusco, Lindsay Mangold, Jessica Brilla and Joe Michener
Photo by Main Line Today

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Teacher Induction






Owen J. Roberts is proud to welcome some of the best and brightest teachers to the Wildcat family. New teachers will spend the week getting set up with everything they need to welcome students on August 26th. 

Their week kicked off with plenty of engaging activities, including teamwork practice in a well-designed escape room! We are thrilled to welcome each new teacher to the Wildcat family!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Free Preschool for Qualified Families


Frozen Jr. Performances

Students in Stage Stormers Theatre Day Camp performed Disney Frozen Jr., Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. Book by Jennifer Lee.
Congratulations to the cast:

Younger Anna........................................................................... Morgan Frederick (OJRMS)
Younger Elsa................................................................................. Anastasia Fokin (OJRHS)
King Agnarr................................................................................. Alexander Wood (OJRHS)
Queen Iduna.................................................................................. Maggie McHugh (WV)
Pabbie.................................................................................................. Jessica Taney (OJRHS)
Bulda.................................................................................................... Jeffrey Wood (EC)
Bishop.................................................................................................. Lorien Duske (EC)
Anna............................................................................................. April Chronowski (OJRHS)
Elsa....................................................................................................... Brooke Radel (FC)
Kristoff............................................................................................... Jake Simmons (OJRMS)
Sven.............................................................................................. Adrianna Cellucci (NC)
Hans................................................................................................... Jake Ambrosio (EV)
Olaf............................................................................................................. Tori Fokin (OJRMS)
Oaken................................................................................................. Emily Wunder (OJRHS)

Special thanks to OJRHS students and alumni who helped out with the production!