Thursday, October 31, 2019

East Vincent Elementary promotes a social-emotional learning environment

Elementary school promotes a social-emotional learning environment: From robots to facilities improvement projects to culinary creations, this year’s Education Excellence Fair at the 2019 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference had a little of everything. Students and staff from a variety of districts lined the Great Lobby on Wednesday and Thursday to talk with attendees about their exemplary programs. Staff at East Vincent Elementary… More

Monday, October 28, 2019

Best Buddies Hosts Fall Fest

·         Best Buddies hosted its Fall Fest on October 23rd.  The annual event included over 12 schools in a field day event in the stadium. Best Buddies is  dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Owen J. Roberts High School has a very dedicated Best Buddies chapter. The next Best Buddies event will be a district and community-wide 5K Walk/Run.

The RUN101 SUPERHERO SHOWDOWN 5K/1 MILE WALK will occur on Saturday, November 9th this year!
Come on out and run with lightning speed while wearing your superhero gear!  The majority of the course is on the campus. A DJ will be playing upbeat music to get you moving, face-painting, dancing, fall-inspired games for the kids, and prizes!  Be sure to encourage the students to come out for some good ‘ol competition and fitness fun while they are running.  The elementary running groups in each of our schools will don their superhero capes in participation! 

Heavy Lifters

Our schools and offices filled an entire bus with goods for the pantry. Thank you to every person who generously donated.
The Owen J. Roberts High School Wrestling Team, coached by Mr. Steve DeRafelo, Mr. Mike Brilla, and several adult volunteers, actively serves our community in many ways.

This past Saturday, they unloaded a VERY full school bus to fill the shelves at Coventry Food Pantry. Thanks to the team for taking this on early on a Saturday morning! Thanks to Ms. Cindy, for getting the bus to the pantry and donating her time during the unload and Mr. Jason Hess, food drive coordinator, for his assistance.

Citadel Heart of Learning Kicks Off

EXTON, PA, October 1, 2019 — The 19th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Award program has kicked off, and Citadel is officially accepting nominations. Nominations for the teacher award program will be accepted through December 31, 2019, and can be submitted at

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award was created in 2001 by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Any person who teaches at a public or private school in Chester County is eligible to win. Every year, Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations sent from students, parents, and community members for teachers who are making a true difference in their students’ lives. Last year, more than 2,300 teachers were nominated. To date, over $216,000 has been given to local educators, and over 270 teachers have been honored with the award.

In addition to the nomination period being open, Citadel has announced that Dr. George Fiore, the new Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, will serve as co-chair along with Michael Schnably, Citadel Senior Vice President.

“In so many ways, teachers are unsung superheroes, and Citadel is proud to give them the honor they deserve,” said Michael Schnably, senior vice president, Citadel.  “We are thrilled to have the Chester County Intermediate Unit as our partner to celebrate the deserving educators in this community.”

Each year, 15 finalists are selected from the nominations; one finalist from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and one from a Chester County non-public school, which includes charter and home schools.  All finalists receive $500 to use in their classroom and are honored at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards banquet in early May. Three winners are selected from the 15 finalists — one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher — and each receives an additional $1,500 to use in their classroom. Mrs. Amanda DiPasqua from East Vincent Elementary was selected as the 2019 Owen J. Roberts School District finalist for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

Schools with Heart
In addition to the teaching excellence award, the top three schools that submit the most nominations receive the “Schools with Heart” award from Citadel. Schools with Heart awards three cash prizes – first place, $1500; second place, $750; and third place, $500 – for the schools to support assemblies or events.

For more information, nomination rules, and to submit teacher nominations, visit

Pink Out Attire Still Available

Pink out attire sold out at the football game on October 25,  but an online store is set up and re-opened for all Pink Out orders.  Please use the link below to purchase Pink Out items. The final day to order is November 8 and deliveries will be made available for pick up at parent teacher conferences.

As always, the sale of these items supports Unite For Her.  Please feel free to share this information with students and families.

Pink Out 2019 Order Forms

A huge shout out to the Middle School Leo Club and the club advisor, Jen Scott, for soliciting cash donations at the Pink Out Game for Unite for Her!

Job Fair November 6, 2019

OJR Girls Attend Lockheed STEM Event

Owen J. Roberts actively pursues opportunities for students to gain exposure to careers. Considering that only 1 in 8 female students goes on to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, or math, the district supports exposing girls to STEM careers. A group of Owen J. Roberts High School students attended a STEM event hosted by Lockheed Martin to inspire girls to consider STEM careers.

The event was in May of 2019. The video has just been approved for release. The opening seconds of this video shows Owen J. Roberts High School students entering the Lockheed Martin facility in Valley Forge. Senior Linette Fogwell gives a testimonial for the event at the 1:05 minute mark.