Friday, January 31, 2020

State Officials Offer Letters and Citations Honoring WVES

Today, January 31, 2020, Mr. Ed Smith, West Vincent Elementary Principal, and Dr. Susan Lloyd, Owen J. Roberts Superintendent, welcomed all WV students, staff and distinguished guests to a celebration of West Vincent Elementary School's distinction as a 2019-2020 Blue Ribbon School. Many honored guests were in attendance:

Government Officials
1.      Amber Little Turner (Representative for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey)
2.      Danielle Friel Otten- House of Representative (will present citation)
3.      Katie Muth- State Senate (will present citation)
a.       Nikki Whitlock (Director of Community Outreach)
4.      Tim Hennessey- PA State Representative- Legislative 

School Board Members
1.      Larry Feinberg (PA School Board Assoc. Regional Advocacy Ambassador)
2.      Leslie Proffitt
3.      John Diehl
4.      Jennifer Munson
5.      Karel Minor
6.      Melissa Booth
7.      John Melniczek

OJR Personnel
1.      Dr. Susan Lloyd
2.      Dr. Kathy Soeder
3.      Dr. Richard Marchini
4.      Jo-An Rechtin
5.      Ken Swart (Former EC principal and blue ribbon recipient)
6.      Cindy Hutcheson (OJR ED Foundation)

CCIU Personnel
1.      Dr. Jacalyn Auris- CCIU Student Services Director

Former WV Faculty
1.      Barbara Guy - Note to WV
2.      Diane Banks
3.      Julie Bragg
4.      Jyl Harrington
5.      Elaine Kindl
6.      Kim Gery

All students took part in the ceremony and video about the school.

Three 6th-Graders describe “What makes West Vincent a special place to learn”
1.      Riley Serfass
2.      Emory Harmanos
3.      Gus Smith
Thank you to previous WVES staff! We miss you!

Senator Toomey sent remarks delivered by Amber Little Turner
"Guess who my boss is? You!", said Rep. Danielle Friel Otten

"Empowering Families" Graduation

 On February 28, North Coventry Elementary School celebrated the end of a 13-week program from RezilientKidz helping parents and partners raise highly capable kids by learning how to help children acquire the skills and emotional assets necessary for resilience and success. The program was open to anyone in the district. 30 families attended and 21 received certificates to be facilitators of the program. We can't say enough about the staff at North Coventry for their dedication to the program and to every family who participated!

Social Emotional expert, Mr. Thom Stecher, delivered a keynote
Read Laura Catalano's article about this event in the Pottstown Mercury.

Monday, January 27, 2020

"Serving the World through Music"

The Middle School Tri-M Music Honor Society recently went to the Manatawny Manor to perform.  The motto for the Tri-M is "Serving the World Through Music" and that they did on Jan. 21st.  

Tri-M is a national organization in which students in the music department who are outstanding musicians as well as honor students are selected.  Owen J. Roberts Middle School has 9 students as members, 3 from either band, chorus or orchestra.  Since Mrs. Markofski, Middle School Choral Director, is the adviser, all of the students are also in chorus.  

The first song that the group performed at Manatawny consisted of strings as well as band instruments along with singing.  It was a rousing opener!  The remainder of the songs were choral pieces, with the text mostly about winter. The students were very well received and immediately invited back to do another concert in the spring. A return visit this spring is yet to be determined, but it is always nice to be asked back, and the group looks forward to its next visit.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers with Student Exchange

With the help of Greenheart Exchange, Owen J Roberts is breaking down cultural and international barriers right here in our area. 

Jesus Cendon (Spain) and Mikolaj Hucz (Poland) are our two Greenheart Exchange Students who are both thriving at OJRHS.  

Our School to School Exchange kicked off on a great foot, with the Spanish Students visiting Owen J. Roberts High School (OJRHS) in September. They volunteered at several local venues and made a really positive impact on their host families, the students at the High School, and our community as a whole. Our OJRHS Students are preparing for their upcoming two-week trip to Madrid in June. 

The teacher placement has also been a huge success... Armin Steinberger, from Austria, was a wonderful addition to our teaching staff at OJR teaching German at the high school for a semester and also coaching the middle school boys soccer team. 

Please take a moment to watch this Greenheart video featuring OJR, I thought you might enjoy it! 

Greenheart is a non-profit organization that works to facilitate foreign exchange, often working closely with the US Department of State to bring together people from different backgrounds and help obliterate stereotypes and foster greater cultural awareness and understanding among our youth. These programs also put a heavy emphasis on volunteerism in the communities where Greenheart Students are placed, encouraging students to give back by supporting positive initiatives in the areas where they live. 

In addition to the benefits of the exchange program, OJR also earned a $4,000 grant as a result of their designation as a Greenheart School.

Annie Arditi is US Presidential Scholar Candidate

Owen J. Roberts High School Senior, Annie Arditi is a candidate for the prestigious United States Presidential Scholar. To qualify, she scored exceptionally well on either the SAT or the ACT college admission test. The national program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship, achievement and promise of future success  
According to their website, "to be considered further, candidates must submit candidacy materials, including essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports, and transcripts. Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay.
In late March, approximately 500 semifinalists are chosen by an independent, national committee of educators convened by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Six to twenty semifinalists are identified for each state/jurisdiction by the review committee. The number of semifinalists identified per state/jurisdiction is based on a proportionate number of test takers for that state.
In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars makes the final selection of the 121 students. One young man and one young woman are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad. In addition, up to 15 students are chosen at large."
Congratulations and best of luck to Annie.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

PMEA Choir Congratulations

Congratulations to the following students for successfully advancing to Region 6 Choir as a result of successful re-audition at PMEA D12 Choir on Thursday, January 16, 2020:  The top 10 of 20 are selected.

Joshua DiMarino 1st place, Tenor 2
Lily Leighton, 1st place, Alto 1
Anya Winemiller, 3rd place, Alto 2
Isabella Moes, 4th Place, Alto 1
Maxwell Louis, 8th Place, Soprano 2
Shaun Inhof, 10th Place, Tenor 2

Special props to Freshman, Jake Ambrosio, who qualified for Region Choir in 8th place as Tenor 1, but as a Freshman is ineligible to move forward due to PMEA rules.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Young Scientists

Today, East Coventry Elementary fourth, fifth and sixth grade students who elected to do so, participated in the Science Research Competition. These young scientists took on a variety of dilemmas and applied the scientific method to explore and problem solve.

Along with esteemed area scientists, six students from the high school also participated in judging the projects and interviewing the contestants. Annie Arditi, Troy Wagner, Sam Diehl, Zeb Smith, Liam Kowalski, and Allisan Hawk were students on the East Coventry panel. Other high school students are volunteering at upcoming science fairs. The criteria gives elementary students many opportunities to earn points on their projects in nine categories including the research design, data collection and data analysis.

NJROTC Annual Inspection 2020

Inspecting Officer LTC Albert Flood (USA Ret) conducted the area manager inspection at Owen J. Roberts High School  today, January 15, 2020. The unit is under the direction of Sgt. Major Larry Perez USMC (Ret) and Capt. Craig Armstrong USNR (Ret).

In addition to the Armed Trick Drill Team Demonstration (video above), student cadets performed March-on Colors, National Anthem, Invocation, and Pass-in-Review. Inspecting Officer LTC Flood charged cadets to build on the firm traditions set by upperclassmen, to set an example always, and to work to build up the unit. "The Future is going to come fast," he said, "Who will be part of it?"

District Superintendent Dr. Susan Lloyd expressed her great pride in the program and in all the students who have come so far on their school journey. Dr. Sean Earley, Assistant Principal, mentioned that in his 23rd year he has always been and is still "impressed by the opportunities this program offers our students."

Many cadets received awards. The three students completing the most community service hours thus far this year have already performed a collective 246 hours!