Monday, November 25, 2019

Congratulations, Orchestra Qualifiers

Please join us in bestowing congratulations to the following students who will be representing Owen J. Roberts at the PMEA District 12 Orchestra Festival Jan 30 - Feb, 1 2020, at Upper Darby High School.

Joschua DiMarino, Cello
Devyn Engle
Danny Flogaus
Michael Pizzillo
Samuel Turley
Anya Winemiller

Congratulations to PMEA Band Qualifiers

Please join us in congratulating the following students who will be representing Owen J. Roberts at the PMEA District 12 Band Festival at Radnor High School, February 13th - 15th, 2020:

Noemi Bender, Clarinet
Will Blackledge, Baritone Saxophone
Devyn Engle, French Horn
Danny Flogaus, Trumpet
McKinley Frees, Contra-Bass Clarinet
Heather Greer, Clarinet
Lillian Heckler, Flute
Connor Heft, Tuba
Jack Pezzillo, French Horn
Samuel Turley, Trombone

Successful Choral Auditions

Please join us in congratulating the following students who will be representing Owen J. Roberts at the PMEA District 12 Choral Festival in January at Sun Valley High School.  The top 20 of each vocal part are selected from hundreds of students.

Joshua DiMarino, 4th place, Tenor 2
Anya Winemiller, 8th place, Alto 2
Maxwell Louis, 10th place, Soprano 2
Izzy Moes, 10th place, Alto 1
Jake Ambrosio, 14th place, Tenor 1
Brendan Boyle, 15th place, Tenor 1
Shuan Inhof, 15th place, Tenor 2
Phoebe Kawar, 16th place, Soprano 1
Sryia Jonnadula, 17th place, Soprano 2
Lily Leighton, 17th place, Alto 1

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Catch up on Sleep....Study...

Please see the 11-21-2019 letter from Dr. Marchini, Student Services Director, who has been working with the Board of School Directors Pupil Services Committee surrounding the topic of sleep health and the potential for delaying the start of the school day for secondary students:
Good Morning Everyone.

Please see the following links below in regards to adolescent sleep health and school start times. There is a link to a Delayed Start Survey that gives you a chance to choose one of the options available as your first choice and second choice.  I am also including links regarding the options, cost analysis and a video about sleep health from Wendy Troxel. Also included is the State Advisory Committee report on this topic. As you answer the questions, please refer to all of this information.  This link will be available until December 20th, 2019 to give everyone plenty of time to participate. 

The data collected on the survey, along with information received from the community regarding options, challenges, and concerns, will be presented to the OJRSD School Board in January.   I appreciate everyone’s input and all of the rich discussion around this issue.  The most impressive component of the meetings I have attended as well as the many informal conversations I have had with staff and parents, is that everyone involved has had one goal in mind – student health and student success. Thank you for everyone’s very candid conversations and I am proud to be part of this learning community. See all links below.

All Sleep Health info:

Thanks Again!
Dr. Marchini

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

OJR Students Earn Academic All-Conference

Congratulations to the following Owen J. Roberts High School student athletes:
Academic All-Conference Awards
Jordyn Chambers, Volleyball
Samuel Diehl, Golf
John Patrick Duffy, Boys Cross Country
Claire Feltenberger, Tennis
Sophie Marks, Girls Soccer
Thomas Mclean, Football
Kendall McNeff, Field Hockey
Mikayla Niness, Girls Cross Country
Camryn Rogers, Cheerleading
Zebulon Smith, Boys Soccer
Citizenship Conference Award
Mikayla Niness

Mu Alpha Theta

Students look over some of the resources Ms. Brandt uses in her civil engineering business
According to the Mu Alpha Theta website, "The Mu Alpha Theta National High School and Junior College Mathematics Club was founded in 1957 by Dr. and Mrs. Richard V. Andree at the University of Oklahoma. In his words, Mu Alpha Theta is "an organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of high school and junior college education." The name Mu Alpha Theta was constructed from the Greek lettering for the phonemes m, a, and th."

This is the inaugural year for the honor society at Owen J. Roberts School District. On November 18, 2019, nearly 30 Owen J. Roberts High School students gathered to glean expert information from local civil engineer, Ms. Jennifer Brandt, who owns Ms. Brandt, a Drexel University graduate, spoke about how to succeed in college. She offered insights into the skills a civil engineer needs and which ones she uses on a typical day. Students were able to immediately appreciate the formulas they may learn in high school math and understand ways in which they may apply them in the future. Students were also made aware just how much speaking and writing may be used in any future engineering career.

November 18, 2019 School Board Meeting Highlights