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Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
OJRSD Special Education Plan Report Available for Review
April 14, 2014

The Owen J. Roberts School District Special Education Plan Report for July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017 is available for public review.  If you are interested in reviewing the report, please contact Mrs. Wendy Skoczen, Special Education Supervisor, at (610) 469-5620 to make an appointment.  The Special Education Plan Report will be on the April 28, 2014 School Board Agenda for review and approval.

School Board Approves Revised 2013-2014 Calendar
April 3, 2014
The Owen J. Roberts School Board approved changes to the 2013-2014 calendar at its meeting on March 31.  The following adjustments and reminders should be noted:

•    Thursday, June 12 – Last Day for PM kindergarten
•    Friday, June 13 – Last Day for AM kindergarten and students grades 1-12 – Half Day
•    Friday, June 13 – High School Graduation
 
Thank you to everyone for your patience as we bring this winter to a close.
Middle School Art at Henrietta Hankin
March 31, 2014
Community Art Show - April 1 - 25, 2014
Henrietta Hankin Library is hosting an art exhibit showcasing the work of Owen J. Roberts Middle School students. Please visit and enjoy the talents of our young artists.


2014 Citadel Heart of Learning Award OJRSD Nominees
March 7, 2014

The 2014 Citadel Heart of Learning Award announces nominees for Chester County’s best and brightest teachers. Congratulations to the following nominees from Owen J. Roberts School District:

In a joint collaboration, Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit created the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards.  The program was designed to recognize and thank Chester County’s teachers while raising awareness of the impact that their hard work and dedication have on students, families and the entire community.

Fifteen finalists, one public school teacher from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one teacher from the Chester County Intermediate Unit and one teacher from a Chester County non-public school which also includes charter and home schools, will be chosen from the nominations and will be recognized at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards banquet held in May.  Each finalist will receive $500 to use in their classrooms.  From these 15 finalists, three winners (one high school, one middle school and one elementary school teacher) will be awarded with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award and an additional $1500 to use in their classrooms.

2014 K-12 Summer Enrichment Programs
March 6, 2014


Say “Hello, summer!”  Owen J. Roberts School District is excited to announce a variety of enrichment opportunities open to our students June 23-August 8.  From fun and games to serious academics, there are plenty of exciting programs and camps from which to choose.

The brochure will be updated weekly, so please check back often.  You may access our summer brochure and all registration materials at http://enrichment.ojrsd.com.  Registration begins Monday, March 10, 2014 and will run through May 23 (or until sessions are full; our summer opportunities are self-supporting and can only be offered with sufficient enrollment.)  There are four ways to register for programs including an online option.

Our summer programs offer students of all ages a place to come together to play, learn, and grow.  For more information email Missy Walton mwalton@ojrsd.com or Heidi Lehmann hlehmann@ojrsd.com or call 610-469-5196.


Consignment Sale Supports Classroom Innovation
March 5, 2014

The OJR Education Foundation is sponsoring a Children’s Consignment Sale to be held on Saturday, March 29 from 8:00am to 12:30 pm in the OJR Middle School gymnasium. This huge sale is an excellent opportunity to earn money for gently used items and to raise funds that will be directed back into OJR classrooms through the Education Foundation. Shop quality clothing, books, toys and treasures, along with gift-quality donated items!



To volunteer or receive additional information, please contact Dr. Kathleen Hocker at
khocker@ojref.org.

2 HOUR DELAY, Monday, March 3
March 2, 2014
All Owen J. Roberts schools will operate on a 2-hour delay with a modified kindergarten schedule on Monday, March 3, 2014.


34th Annual Craft Show this Weekend
February 26, 2014
End the winter blues!! Attend the Friends of the Arts 34th annual Craft Show March 1 and 2. Over 80 juried artisans will display an array of unique crafts. The event is held at Owen J. Roberts High School.


HS "42nd Street" Spring Musical
March 13, 2014
OJRHS Proudly Presents our Spring Musical...

42nd STREET



A story of hard work and talent set in the 1930s.  Please come and meet our dancin’ feet !

Friday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 23 @ 2:00 p.m.


High School Auditorium
Ticket Prices: $15/Adult,  $10/Student,  $10/ Senior Citizen
Seating is Reserved


Click here for Ticket Order Form & Information OR
Call Ticket Reservation Line (610) 469-5751
3 HR DELAY/NO AM KINDERGARTEN - TUESDAY 2/18/2014
February 18, 2014
We will be operating on a 3 hour delay on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.  Secondary schools will begin at 10:30 a.m. and elementary schools will begin at 11:30 a.m.  AM Kindergarten classes are cancelled and PM Kindergarten classes will report at their regularly scheduled times.  Lunches will be served.
HS PTSA Fashion Show This Friday!
February 17, 2014

The OJR High School PTSA proudly presents “Decades of Fabulous Fashion” Post Prom Fashion Show to be held Friday, February 21, 2014 in the High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $7 in advance or $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit Post Prom. This year’s models include:

2013-2014 Calendar Update as of February 14
February 14, 2014

Due to the cancellation of classes on February 13 and 14, the Owen J. Roberts academic calendar will be extended by two days in June.  June 16 and 17, 2014 will be half days for our students.  Graduation will remain on June 13, 2014 as the District works through the process of having our revised academic calendar approved by the PA Department of Education.  Please note, however, that should we need to cancel school another day, we will have to use April 21, 2014 as a school day.  Should the Commonwealth grant districts a waiver on some of the snow days, we will adjust our calendar accordingly working back from June.  While this has been frustrating for all of us, we will move forward with a successful school year.   

Sincerely,

Michael L. Christian, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools



Friday, February 14--SCHOOLS CLOSED
February 13, 2014
Due to round two of the current storm, Owen J. Roberts schools will be closed on Friday, February 14.

We wish our families a happy Valentine's Day and look forward to greeting students back to school next week.

Thursday, February 13--SCHOOLS CLOSED
February 12, 2014
Due to the impending storm, Owen J. Roberts schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, February 13.

Our goal will be for school to be in session on Friday, February 14. We will continue to monitor road conditions and alert families as early as possible.

Please stay safe and warm!
Middle School Open as Warming Center for Families
February 7, 2014

Owen J. Roberts School District is pleased to share that the Middle School, located at 881 Ridge Road, Pottstown, will be open this afternoon and evening from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 07, 2014 to serve as a warming center.

Security will be present and the main lobby, cafeteria and gymnasium will be available for use. Coffee will be provided.

We realize that many households are still struggling with loss of power and heat. We hope that this secure, warm space may serve as a hospitable gathering place for our families and neighbors this evening.

Friday, February 7-- SCHOOLS CLOSED
February 6, 2014
 Due to widespread power outages and road closures throughout the district, schools are closed on Friday, February 7.
Thursday, Feb. 6 -- SCHOOLS CLOSED
February 5, 2014
Owen J. Roberts schools are closed on Thursday, February 6, due to significant power outages and road closures. We thank families for their patience as we all get through this historic weather event. 
Wednesday, Feb. 5--SCHOOLS CLOSED
February 5, 2014
 Owen J. Roberts schools are closed today, February 5, 2014.
2014-2015 School Calendar Approved
February 4, 2014

At the January 27, 2014 School Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved the 2014-2015 OJRSD School Calendar.  Please click here to view the approved calendar.  The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year will be September 2, 2014.
2 HOUR DELAY, Tuesday, February 4
February 3, 2014
All Owen J. Roberts schools will operate on a 2-hour delay with a modifed kindergarten schedule on Tuesday, February 4.


2013-2014 School Calendar Adjustments
January 24, 2014
As of January 24, 2014

Due to the inclement weather, four snow days have been used during the 2013-2014 school year.  These days were December 10, 2013, January 3, January 21, and January 22, 2014.  Therefore, school will be in session for all students and staff on February 14 and April 16, 2014.

SCHOOL CLOSED WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
January 21, 2014
All Owen J. Roberts schools are closed Wednesday January 22. All after school activities are cancelled or postponed. Please continue to check the website for updates as we work to reschedule programs and events. Stay warm and safe!

OJRHS Post Prom Fashion Show
January 9, 2014
fashion show poster

The 2014 Post Prom Fashion Show "Decades of Fabulous Fashion" is sure to be an entertaining evening of music, fashion, and fun starring OJRHS junior and senior students. 

Friday, February 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
OJR High School Auditorium
(snow date February 22, 2014)

Sponsored by the OJR HS PTSA.
Proceeds benefit the OJRHS post prom party, a fun and safe night with friends after the prom.

Tickets are $7/advance and $10/door.  

To reserve will-call tickets please mail a check to:
OJRHS PTSA, 981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.
Checks made payable to the OJRHS PTSA.
2013-14 Student Calendar Information
January 6, 2014
January 6, 2014

Due to inclement weather on December 10, 2013 and January 3, 2014, the two snow days built into the 2013-2014 school calendar have been utilized.  As of today, the last student day will be June 13, 2014. If a third snow day is used, school will be in session on February 14, 2014. Graduation will remain on June 13, 2014.
All Owen J. Roberts Schools Closed Friday, January 3
January 2, 2014
All Owen J. Roberts schools will be closed on Friday, January 3, 2014.



Thursday, January 2nd - Cancellation Notice for After School & Evening Activities
January 2, 2014

Due to impending inclement weather, all after school activities for grades K-8 are cancelled today. 

High School varsity sports may practice until 5 p.m.

All District evening practices, work-outs, and night activities are cancelled for today.

2-Hour Delay Today, Tuesday, Dec. 17
December 17, 2013
All Owen J. Roberts schools will operate on a 2-hour delay today with a modified kindergarten schedule.
Weather-related Event Notices for Saturday, Dec. 14
December 13, 2013
Due to the impending weather:

•    The Regional Qualifying FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Tournament scheduled for 12/14 at the Middle School has been postponed.
•    The MS Wrestling tournament scheduled for tomorrow (12/14) has been cancelled.
•    The HS Boys Basketball game vs Downingtown East HS  scheduled for tomorrow (12/14) has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, January 4th.
•    The District Band tryouts scheduled at Rustin HS for tomorrow (12/14) have been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, January 4th.
•    All HS/MS activities/practices are cancelled for tomorrow (12/14).

SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY, DECEMBER 10
December 10, 2013
All Owen J. Roberts schools are closed today, December 10, 2013, due to the impending snow storm. For more information about weather-related school closings, visit the school closings reference page on our website.

District offices are closed today.
TWO HOUR DELAY DECEMBER 9
December 9, 2013
All Owen J. Roberts Schools will be opening with a 2 hour delay on Monday, December 9 with a modified kindergarten schedule. 

Modified Kindergarten Schedule

AM Kindergarten: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

PM Kindergarten:   1:15 pm –   3:10 pm

 



KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
December 2, 2013

2014-15 Kindergarten Registration Notice
December 2, 2013

If you have a child who has attained the age of five (5) on or before the first day of September, your child is eligible to begin school in the fall of 2014.

Kindergarten registration details are as follows:

·   East Coventry Elementary School (Laura Gunson 610-469-5707) - January 21-23, 2014
·   East Vincent Elementary School (Karen Hydutsky 610-469-5714) - January 21-22, 2014
·   French Creek Elementary School (Veronica Cousens 610-469-5710) - January 28-30, 2014
·   North Coventry Elementary School (Chris Ficca 610-469-5709) - January 28-29, 2014
·   West Vincent Elementary School (Diane Banks 610-469-1402) – January 22-23, 2014

To begin the registration process, please visit kreg.ojrsd.com and complete your pre-registration paperwork. After the online registration is complete, you must call to schedule an appointment with the attendance clerk listed above. Appointments will take approximately fifteen minutes and day and evening slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please pay particular attention to the information you will need to bring with you at the time of your appointment. If all the necessary paperwork is not available at the time of your appointment, you will need to reschedule in order to complete the registration process.
7 Ups Thanksgiving Parade Performance Televised
November 26, 2013

The Owen J. Roberts 7-Ups Concert Choir are featured in two numbers for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade:  “Mass Youth Choir” and “Finale.”   The recording being broadcast for the “Mass Youth Choir” is actually the 7-Ups voices (except for the 2 soloists).   This number is scheduled to be on the air at 10:44 a.m..   The “Finale” is scheduled for approximately 11:35 a.m..

Owen J. Roberts 2009 Alumnus Lauren Paravis participated as choreographer. Lauren had been a member of the Concert Choir, Color Guard and Musical while at Owen J. Roberts.

Senior Citizen Holiday Tea and Afternoon Concert
November 25, 2013


Monday, December 9, 2013

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

(Snow Date:  Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

OJR High School retirees, district senior citizens, and grandparents of high school students are cordially invited to attend a holiday concert and afternoon tea at the High School on Monday, December 9, 2013.  The concert begins in the auditorium at 12 noon.  Tea and desserts, provided by the Anchor Club (Mrs. Kim Nagy, Advisor) immediately follow in the High School cafeteria.  Wildcat Ambassadors (Mrs. Jenn Arnst, Advisor) will be providing ushering services.  

Santa is guaranteed to make an appearance!  Residents of Manatawny Manor and Coventry Manor are among our special invited guests.  Senior citizens from the OJR community are encouraged to RSVP by Monday, December 2, 2013 to Sheila McIntyre, Choral Director, (610)469-5663 or smcintyre@ojrsd.com.

Come join us for a wonderful afternoon!


Event to Benefit OJR Programs
November 1, 2013
OJR Education Foundation Community Celebration

November 16, 2013


Don't miss this opportunity to help the Ed Foundation raise money for educational programs


Visit www.ojref.org
Safe Trick or Treat Tonight
October 30, 2013

East Vincent Elementary School Act 34 Public Hearing
October 24, 2013

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in accordance with Act 34 of 1973, a public hearing was held at East Vincent Elementary School relating to the planning, designing, construction, and furnishing of the Additions and Alterations to East Vincent Elementary School as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The purpose of this hearing was to present the proposed additions and renovations to the East Vincent Elementary School to the District residents and District employees and to provide them with a public forum to express their opinion regarding the project. This hearing was an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed construction project and for the Board of School Directors to receive and record comments and opinions regarding the project.
 
For a period of thirty (30) days following the hearing, District residents and District employees who wish to have their written comments regarding the project included in the material forwarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Education should mail or deliver such statements via first class U.S. mail or hand delivery (electronic mail shall not constitute acceptable delivery) to:
 
Jaclin B. Krumrine, Board Secretary
Owen J. Roberts School District
901 Ridge Road
Pottstown, PA 19465
 
Any such comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 P.M. on November 22, 2013. All written comments should include the name and address of the person submitting the comments, identification of the sender as a resident or employee, and a description of the support or objection to the project.


ACT 34 HEARING BOOKLET

You may obtain a hardcopy of the booklet by contacting Kathy Troutman at 610-469-5114.
Make a Difference Drive Kicks Off Today
October 9, 2013

OJR School District is celebrating our

8th Annual Make A Difference Day!

 

Support The Coventry Food Pantry

between Oct. 14th – 25th

by donating food, personal care items, and paper goods.

Please bring your donations to school during this time!

Support Unite For Her

on Saturday, Oct. 26th

in OJRHS Wildcat Stadium from 10AM-1PM

by joining us for our Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon.

More information can be found at

www.make-a-difference.ojrsd.com

 Thank you for helping those in need in OUR community!

PA Youth Survey
October 8, 2013

Pennsylvania Youth Survey

During the week of October 21, 2013, students in grades 6 and 8 will be taking part in a countywide Pennsylvania Youth Survey designed to improve our understanding of our students' needs.  Grades 10 and 12 will be taking part in this survey during the week of October 28, 2013.  The survey will ask questions about violence, weapons usage, and substance abuse.  This anonymous survey is voluntary and your child is not required to participate.  Please see the attached letter for additional information.

If you do not want your child to participate, you are required to return the attached form.

You can view the entire 2013 survey at the Commission's website:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pennsylvania_youth_survey


Owen J. Roberts School District Annual Report
August 30, 2013



This link will take you to the Owen J. Roberts School District Annual Report for the 2012-13 school year.  It includes an overview of the District including academic achievement, program and individual school highlights as well as budget information. 

We are very proud of our accomplishments this past school year.  We look  forward to continuing the development of our students and celebrating their successes this school year.


Citadel Heart of Learning "Schools with Heart" Contest
October 3, 2013
Citadel Heart of Learning Logo
Does your school have great teachers?  How about school spirit?

Help your school earn money for fun events and assemblies.  All you need to do is get people to nominate teachers from your school for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award for Chester County teachers.  Each year, 15 and three overall winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to the community through teaching.  All finalists and winners are honored with an award, cash prizes and a night of celebration at the annual awards banquet.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators or anyone in the community can nominate a teacher at CitadelHeartofLearning.com.  Nominations are open from October 1 through December 31, 2013.  The nomination form and additional information can also be found by clicking here.


Annual Veterans Day Ceremony & Luncheon
October 1, 2013


Owen J. Roberts High School is proud to announce the 8th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon. All veterans are invited to the high school for a ceremony honoring our servicemen and women as well as a luncheon to follow. 

Please click here for additional information.
Odyssey of the Mind 2013-2014 MS/HS Testing
October 1, 2013

Odyssey of the Mind testing 2013/2014

Friday October, 25th the Odyssey of the Mind audition exam will be given. This test is open to all 6th grade, middle school and high school students. The test will take place in the all-purpose room at East Vincent Elementary. Testing will run from 3:15 until 4:30. All participating students must secure transportation to and from East Vincent and should bring at least two sharp pencils to the testing site.  Due to generous donations by Main Line Financial and Bentley Systems Inc., money is available for needy families through the Roberts Education Association to assist with the costs of students traveling to world finals competition. If you have any questions about the program please direct them to Christopher Palochak at cpalochak@ojrsd.com

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccines for All Students
September 23, 2013

           

FREE SEASONAL FLU VACCINES FOR ALL STUDENTS

OCTOBER 17, 2013

OWEN J. ROBERTS SCHOOL DISTRICT/CHESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COLLABORATE TO PROVIDE FREE SEASONAL FLU VACCINES FOR ALL STUDENTS

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Flu shots or nasal mist will be administered at the HIGH SCHOOL during the school day.  Parents/guardians must read the Vaccine Information Sheet and sign the parental permission form.  These forms can be downloaded from this website or will be available in the High School Main Office.  The parental permission form must be given to the high school nurse by Wednesday, October 16.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Flu shots or nasal mist will be administered at the MIDDLE SCHOOL during the school day.  Parents/guardians must read the Vaccine Information Sheet and sign the parental permission form.  These forms can be downloaded from this website or will be available in the Middle School Main Office.  The parental permission form must be given to the middle school nurse by Wednesday, October 16.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Chester County Health Department nurses will administer FREE flu shots or nasal mist to elementary students at THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FROM 3 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

*Family members may also receive the vaccine at a cost of $25 (exact change). NO APPOINTMENT OR PRE-BOOKING IS NECESSARY.

Please reference the following documents:


Classes at MS and HS begin at 10 AM
September 16, 2013
Important update for our Middle School and High School families:

Classes will be in session at 10am this morning. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
Phoenixville-OJR Football Game Postponed
September 11, 2013
September 12, 2013, Phoenixville-OJR Football Game postponed until Friday, September 13 at 4pm.
Ed Foundation Consignment Sale this Saturday
September 10, 2013


The OJR Education Foundation is sponsoring a Children’s Consignment Sale to be held on Saturday, Sepetember 14, 2013 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm in the OJR Middle School gymnasium. This huge sale is an excellent opportunity to purchase like-new clothing, toys, baby equipment, and sporting goods.

Profits will be directed back into OJR classrooms through the
Education Foundation. The Ed Foundation funds robotics programs, technology tools such as ipads, and classroom innovations. Join our savvy shoppers and come by for great bargains! It is a great time to shop for winter outerwear and holiday gifts.

To volunteer or receive additional information, please contact Dr. Kathleen Hocker at khocker@ojref.org.

Safety Update - Owen J. Roberts High School
September 7, 2013
Today is Sunday, September 8.  Classes at Owen J. Roberts High School WILL BE in session on Monday, September 9. 

We are truly thankful to our local fire officials for their quick response and control of the situation on Saturday afternoon.  Officials have been onsite throughout today to inspect the wires and conduit that are part of the solar panel system.  The entire system has been completely shut down.  There was no damage to any classrooms or cafeteria.  Moving forward, power will be provided using the normal system through PECO and there will be no disruption of regular operating procedures.

The entire panel system will remain shut down until the investigation has been completed. Repairs will be made and have to pass inspection. The District must receive verification that the system can be safely operated.  The School Board Buildings & Grounds Committee along with District administration will oversee this process.  The safety and welfare of our students is of paramount importance.

Request for Proposals for School Food Service Managment Services
September 3, 2013

The Owen J. Roberts School District is requesting proposals for School Food Service Management Services. The Food Service Management Company will provide management services according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and guidelines, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education policies and guidelines.

The District is issuing two requests for proposals (RFP’s). Food Service Management companies do not need to respond to both RFP’s but should respond to the RFP that would provide the District with the most advantageous proposal.

Food Service Management Companies and/or their representatives may submit proposals to: Owen J. Roberts School District, 901 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA  19465; ATTENTION: Jaclin B. Krumrine, CFO/Board Secretary.  

The Owen J. Roberts School District Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all proposals or to accept the proposal that it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in the best interest of the school district.

A walk-through meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Administration Building, 901 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA  19465. 

All proposals must be submitted no later than 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013. All proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope and addressed to the Owen J. Roberts School District, Attention: Jaclin B. Krumrine and be clearly marked:  Food Service Management Proposal.

Click to obtain a copy of:  Food Service Management Company – Cost Reimbursable

Click here to obtain a copy of: Food Service Management Company – Fixed Price Contract

Request for Proposal Legal Services
August 30, 2013


The Owen J. Roberts School District is issuing a Request for Proposals for Legal Services.  Separate sealed proposals will be received by the District until 12:00 p.m. prevailing local time, September 30, 2013. Proposals shall be received at the Owen J. Roberts School District, 901 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA  19465; Attn: Jaclin B. Krumrine, Board Secretary.  Proposals received after the proposal receipt deadline will not be accepted.

You may obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal by clicking here. All questions are to be directed to:  Jaclin B. Krumrine, Board Secretary at 610-469-5113.

New Calendar and Back-to-School Links
August 27, 2013
Important Back to School Resources at your Fingertips

September 3, 2013
First Day of School



New this Year! Please enjoy the printer-friendly District Artwork Calendar, which was developed to honor requests for a traditional, printable district-wide calendar. The calendar features artwork by students from each of our schools and may serve as a quick reference, whether printed or utilized online. Keep in mind that the website calendars and school pages will always feature the most current information—we invite you to check the website often.

Back to School Readiness: Two important Links to Visit

Skyward Family Access: Log in as soon as possible and update emergency contact and medical information.  The system will take you step-by-step verification process to make sure your school has all necessary critical information.

Back-to-School Resource Page: All parents and guardians should visit the resource page which contains the Opening Day Letter, Student Handbooks, and other important forms and notices. Be sure to print and sign the acknowledgement form and send to school with each student. 


Welcome Back to the 2013-14 School Year!
August 22, 2013


August 22, 2013
 
 
Dear OJR Families,
 
The 2013-2014 school year is upon us! I hope this letter finds you well and excited for the journey ahead.  The first day of school, September 3, 2013 is quickly approaching.  We have been actively preparing our schools with technology upgrades as well as a thorough cleaning.  We also hosted a variety of academic programs and camps throughout the summer. The schools are ready to welcome our children for an exciting school year.  
 
The start of a new school year provides each child with opportunities for growth.  While mandated tests and the resulting data have become part of the fabric of education, developing the whole child should be measured through a variety of assessments.  Our students were not only successful in the inaugural year of Pennsylvania’s Keystone exams, but also excelled in the PSSA assessment and the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams. 
 
Throughout this year, our students will achieve not only in the core academic arena but also in the arts, music, athletics and service learning.  I want to encourage students to immerse themselves into the Owen J. Roberts academic and extra-curricular opportunities.  
 
Owen J. Roberts School District has many points of pride. Prior to the start of classes, we will be posting our annual report on the District website.  I invite you to look closely at this overview of Owen J. Roberts School District.  We recognize that there are continual opportunities to improve.  It is our goal to maintain a culture of excellence throughout the District.
 
School districts cannot be successful without excellent relationships.  With a strong partnership among our schools, home, and community, our students will be inspired to succeed.  Whether your child is entering school for the very first time as a kindergarten student or his/her final year as a high school senior, it is our goal to meet the needs of all learners. 
 
Sincerely,

Michael L. Christian

Michael L. Christian, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
Exterior Insecticide Application Notice
August 21, 2013

EXTERIOR INSECTICIDE APPLICATION NOTICE

THE FOLLOWING NOTICE IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY 716 (PEST MANAGEMENT), WHICH COMPLIES WITH THE
72 HOUR NOTIFICATION PROVISIONS OF ACT 36

WESTERN PEST SERVICES” WILL BE APPLYING INSECTICIDE TREATMENT ON THE EXTERIOR OF ALL DISTRICT OWNED BUILDINGS INCLUDING:
 ALL COURTYARDS, PLAYGROUNDS AND FIELDS,
 MAIN CAMPUS STADIUM AND FIELDS. 

          ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS APPLICATION OR ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S IPM PROGRAM SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO: 
DENNIS ROZAK, IPM COORDINATOR FOR THE
OWEN J. ROBERTS SCHOOL DISTRICT AT
610-469-5125.

APPLICATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013

 POSTED 8/22/13


2013-14 Back to School Information
August 7, 2013

As the first day of school approaches and we look forward to starting the 2013-2014 school year, we continue our steadfast commitment to several green initiatives. Once again, the take-home packet of student information will be online.
 
Beginning today, August 7th, Skyward’s online registration and update of student information will be active. Online registration will allow you to verify the information we currently have for your children (emergency contacts, medical and home information, allergies, potassium iodide pill consent, etc.) and give you the opportunity to update that information. 
 
STEP 1: The most important student form is the Emergency Contact and Medical Information form. This information should be updated online using Skyward Family Access. Please login as soon as possible to update your username and password as necessary and the system will take you step-by-step through the process. This process will remain open through September 20th.
 
STEP 2: All other informational forms and notices will be posted on the first page of your child’s school website at the following link: http://firstday.ojrsd.com Parents should review all of the documents and notices, and submit the 2013 Parent Acknowledgment form. The Acknowledgement form lists all of the informational documents requiring parent review and acknowledgment. A copy of this form should be printed out and completed for each of your children, and returned to their homeroom teacher during the first week of school. Every child is required to return this form.
 
(Despite our green campaign there will be a few additional forms that must be printed out so we may retain a hard copy record. You may see those forms mailed to you, sent home with your child or made available at your child’s school building.)
 
  
If you should have any questions, please contact your child’s school at:
 

East Coventry Elementary
(610) 469-5103
West Vincent Elementary
(610) 469-5108
East Vincent Elementary
(610) 469-5106
OJR Middle School
(610) 469-5102
French Creek Elementary
(610) 469-5104
OJR High School
(610) 469-5101
North Coventry Elementary
(610) 469-5105
 
 
Modified Summer Hours Cut Costs
July 1, 2013

As part of our energy conservation measures, Owen J. Roberts School District operates on modified business hours for the summer. The modification results in thousands of dollars saved and helps reduce our carbon footprint.

School and district offices are open longer days throughout the week. All district offices are closed on the following days:

July 4th (holiday)

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 9


Student Half Days 6/12/2013 & 6/13/2013
June 11, 2013

As a reminder, students will have a half day of school on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 and Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Secondary dismissal will be at 10:51 a.m. and elementary dismissal will be at 11:50 a.m.


Revised Camp Selections Available
June 4, 2013

To better accommodate our families, registration has been extended until June 20 for summer enrichment at Owen J. Roberts. More than 400 students are already registered in an extensive selection of enrichment opportunities! Because summer camp is self-supporting, sessions with low enrollment have been closed, but there are still many options with openings. Check the website for the most current availability.

Camps run July 18 – August 9. A current brochure was posted on Monday, June 10. Download the most current brochure here.

Access all registration materials at http://enrichment.ojrsd.com. There are four ways to register for programs, including an exciting new online registration.   

Owen J. Roberts summer programs provide opportunities for fun, learning and adventure! For more information e-mail Missy Walton or Heidi Lehmann at mwalton@ojrsd.com or  hlehmann@ojrsd.com, or call 610-469-5196.

Massive Food Drive Wins Top Prize
April 30, 2013

For the second year, Owen J. High School students directed a hunger relief campaign competing with other area school districts to gather much needed supplies for food banks in our region. For the second year they also brought home the big prize--$10,000! Shire’s Great Food Fight! is organized by regional high school students, sponsored by Shire Pharmaceuticals, and benefits Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Beneficiaries of the drive include the Pottstown Cluster, which serves families living in the district. This year’s food fight ran from February 25th through March 8th. Student ambassador, Shannon Kolb, was interviewed on KYW radio and all involved students reached out to the community to create awareness for the issue of hunger.


Summer Enrichment Registration Closing Soon
May 14, 2013
Some courses have sold out, but there are still many exciting opportunities for summer learning and fun at Owen J. Roberts. Kids may want to test their skills in Minute to Win It, learn how to play bocce or frisbee golf, or ease Senior Year stress with College Application Boot Camp.

For quick planning, an updated session summary may be found here.

There are four ways to register for programs, including an exciting new online registration.  
Access the summer brochure and all registration materials at http://enrichment.ojrsd.com. Check the link for the most current offerings and session locations. Registration will be open until May 31.

Owen J. Roberts summer programs offer students of all ages a place to come together to play, learn, and grow. For more information e-mail Missy Walton or Heidi Lehmann at mwalton@ojrsd.com or  hlehmann@ojrsd.com, or call 610-469-5196.


Free Elementary Track Meets
May 3, 2013
Open to all Owen J. Roberts Students, K-6
Run at Wildcat Stadium

Download the flyer
Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, 5:30 p.m
Sponsored by the OJR High School Track & Field Team
Warm up with the High School Track Coaches
 run as many events as desired
50, 100, 200, 400, and 800 meters

*Check ojrsd.com for weather-related messsages
OJRSD Board Ratifies Four Year Teacher Contract
April 30, 2013

The Owen J. Roberts Board of Directors, at its regularly scheduled board meeting on April 29, 2013 ratified a Tentative Agreement which had been reached with the Roberts Education Association (“Association”). The Association voted and approved the tentative agreement on Friday, April 26. The new four year agreement represents a balanced contract with the REA that recognizes the economic pressures placed on the District as the result of the economic crises over the past several years.
 
With regard to wages, the Association agreed to a step freeze in year one of the collective bargaining agreement. The freeze enables the district to maintain quality academic programs in a challenging economic environment where many school districts are reducing programs and staffing. 
 
The net average annual wage increase over the four year deal is 2.0%. Furthermore, the district maintained its established healthcare structure, which protects the district and taxpayers from excessive healthcare costs.
 
The parties also agreed on a number of language changes to non-economic issues addressed in the contract. Agreements have been reached involving course approvals for tuition reimbursement and child rearing leave.
 
The Board believes the new four year contract is reflective of the cost considerations currently facing public school districts in Pennsylvania. With an unresolved Pension Crisis being debated in Harrisburg, a tax base struggling through a sluggish economy, and an Act 1 index that continues to restrict future budgets, the Board believes this new deal recognizes this difficult educational balance.

2013-14 Proposed Annual Budget
April 30, 2013
Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget of the Owen J. Roberts School District for the 2013-14 fiscal year is available for public inspection at the School District's Administration Offices, 901 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465, and will be presented for final adoption at a School Board meeting to be held at the Owen J. Roberts High School, 981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465, at 7:30 p.m. on May 20, 2013. 

Earth Day Acts of Green at Owen J. Roberts
April 22, 2013

Green practices have been a focus of the Owen J. Roberts School District this year with the District establishing a variety of energy conservation measures and building efficiency programs. On November 14, 2012, student representatives from all OJR schools participated in an event which marked the official capturing of solar energy by the 525 kW solar photovoltaic array installed at the High School & Middle School – more than 2,200 solar panels mounted on building rooftops! Since that time, students have continued to support green efforts with their own unique work and exceptional projects.

Gavin Brown, Audrey Farnham, and Sam Smith, 6th grade students from French Creek Elementary School, were recently awarded 2nd place for 6th grade in the state of Pennsylvania for the U.S. Army eCybermission Challenge, a web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition. This group of French Creek students aptly applied what they have learned in the classroom to a real-life problem in their community by developing a plan to help students remember to close the exterior doors when entering and exiting the building as a group.  Students learned about a simple way they can take responsibility to help reduce energy costs and keep their school a safe place to learn and play. The students acquired and put to use a variety of technology, research, and communication skills to effectively carry out their plan. 

Another award winning group of students are the Owen J. Roberts High School Animal Studies Club, which ranked as a “top 5 high school finalist” for the Philadelphia Zoo’s UNLESS Contest 2013 competing against schools from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The grand prize winner will be announced on May 29. The UNLESS contest project involved multiple forms of energy conservation and community outreach. Students focused on digital, print, and interpersonal outreach and included classroom frogs as method for directly connecting people to the animals endangered by energy consumption. Club members procured a recycling bin and successfully encouraged animal studies students to stop putting recyclables in the trash. Next, the club designed a pledge poster where students and staff could pledge to do something that would help save wildlife. Students secured over 90 signatures from people pledging to make changes to help conserve energy and save wildlife. Club members also wrote letters to encourage local businesses to adopt environmentally friendly procedures. The sale of reusable water bottles funded the ability to grow lettuce to feed classroom animals, secure a rain water barrel, and also serve as a way for students to encourage others to cut back on the waste they create every day in the form of disposable beverage containers.

A new link on www.ojrsd.com features a real-time look at the Owen J. Roberts sustainable energy project. Check the green@ojr link for info-graphics which represent an estimated environmental impact of the solar project. An estimated 30% of the energy needs on Owen J. Roberts’ main campus are being generated with solar.

Congratulations to our hard working students for their green efforts! It is hoped that district renewable energy and energy conservation efforts—especially those of students—will help the greater community reduce its carbon footprint and inspire even more green practices.

Revision of 2012-2013 OJR School Calendar
April 22, 2013

The 2012-2013 OJR School Calendar has been revised to reflect the final changes for the month of June.  Please click here to view the revised calendar.

High School Mock Crash Scheduled for Friday 4/19/13
April 19, 2013

In cooperation with the State Police, State Farm Insurance, and school district officials, Owen J. Roberts will be hosting a Mock Crash this morning, prior to prom season.  Students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade will witness a mock crash where the scene will depict a situation in which emergency personnel will respond to a car crash involving student drivers.  This event is very powerful and has been well received by parents and students in the past.  Immediately following, students will hear a presentation on making good and bad decisions.

High School Teacher Wins Citadel Award
April 11, 2013

Pictured left to right: Jen Mack, Manager, Citadel Chester Springs;
Mrs. Candis Wiese, honoree; and Dr. Richard Marchini, High School Principal.

It is a pleasure to recognize Mrs. Candis Wiese, Life Skills Support Instructor and Best Buddies Advisor at the High School, for the distinguished honor of being selected as a Citadel Heart of Learning finalist.
The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a nationally-recognized program through Citadel Banking and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The award is designed to honor Chester County’s teachers while raising awareness of the impact that their hard work and dedication have on students, families and the entire community.
Quotes from Mrs. Wiese’s nomination include, “This teacher has amazing enthusiasm, good humor, high standards and clear expectations.” Mrs. Wiese felt humbled by the recognition, stating, “I truly do love what I do every single day and feel fortunate that I get to be in this position and work with the students and staff that I do.” 
Along with the award, Mrs. Wiese was presented a check for $500 to be used for her classroom. She is one of 15 finalists to be chosen for 3 awards of $1500 to be announced at the Citadel Heart of Learning Award Banquet on May 7. A full description of the award along with names of 2,500 teachers nominated may be found at www.CitadelHeartofLearning.com.
Congratulations to Mrs. Candis Wiese on this wonderful achievement and to all Owen J. Roberts Citadel Heart of Learning Award Nominees.

2013-2014 School Calendar Approved
April 9, 2013

At the April 8, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved the 2013-2014 OJRSD School Calendar.  Please click here to view the approved calendar.

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Upcoming Events
April 9, 2013
Owen J. Roberts Friends of the Arts
cordially invites you to the Opening Reception!

Owen J. Roberts High School
Art Show
Tuesday April 9
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Owen J. Roberts High School
Exhibition Dates April 9-22




Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation
presents the second
Children's Consignment Sale

Saturday, April 13, 2012

8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Owen J. Roberts Middle School

High quality infant to teen clothing, toys, sporting goods, and baby gear
*Eagle Formal Wear New Prom Dresses for only $75

School Board Meeting Cancelled - 3/25/13
March 25, 2013

The School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the OJR High School LGI will be postponed to Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the OJR High School LGI.

The Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the OJR Administration Building will be moved to Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the OJR High School LGI.
SECONDARY BUILDINGS EARLY DISMISSAL AT 11:15 A.M. 3/25/13
March 25, 2013

All OJR secondary buildings will have an early dismissal at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS CLOSED 3/25/13
March 25, 2013

All OJR elementary schools will be closed today, March 25, 2013.  We will allow our local municipalities to have time to clear our local roads.  The District will make a decision about the potential early dismissal of middle school and high school students later this morning.   Please check back for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you but the timing of this storm was challenging.   Thank you for your patience during this unpredictable spring.
Citadel Heart of Learning Nominees Announced
March 19, 2013

The 2013 Citadel Heart of Learning Award announces nominees for Chester County’s best and brightest teachers. Congratulations to the following nominees from Owen J. Roberts School District:

East Coventry Elementary School
Lisa Bevan
Lisa Bilotta
Melissa Boukalik
Kevin Houston
Kelly Loomis
Sybil Vernon

East Vincent Elementary School
Eileen Meeker

French Creek Elementary School
Sarah Allander
Stephanie Seuffert

North Coventry Elementary School
Lisa Bealer
Kellie Bean
Tiffany Black
Susan Buettler
Shelli Flick
Patricia Janda
Leah Saltzer
John Sands
Lori Scheib

West Vincent Elementary School
Kimberly Gery
Natalie Whitman

Owen J Roberts Middle School
Rachel Brown
Brad Creswell
Noah Fickler
Jason Hess
Cheryl Markofski

Owen J Roberts High School
William Crowl
Erin Kalasunas
Peg Tinder
Candis Wiese

In a joint collaboration, Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit created the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards. The program was designed to recognize and thank Chester County’s teachers while raising awareness of the impact that their hard work and dedication have on students, families and the entire community.
Fifteen finalists, one public school teacher from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one teacher from the Chester County Intermediate Unit and one teacher from a Chester County non-public school which also includes charter and home schools, will be chosen from the nominations and will be recognized at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards banquet held in May. Each finalist will receive $500 to use in their classrooms. From these 15 finalists, three winners (one high school, one middle school and one elementary school teacher) will be awarded with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award and an additional $1500 to use in their classrooms.


Parenting the Cyber Generation now March 11
March 8, 2013
You are invited to Katie Koestner:
Parenting the Cyber Generation
Monday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

The program was originally slated for this past Wednesday evening, but postponed due to concerns about the weather. We hope that you will be able to make this re-scheduled date. The appropriate use of social media for our students is such an important topic.

Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. She will address the area of cyber-dangers and other technology concerns of which we all should be aware. She can also recommend tools for parents.

March 11th at 7:30 p.m. live parent presentation at the MS open to all OJR School District Parents. The program is for parents, not students.
  
Come to the presentation to learn:
1) The good, the bad and the ugly of social networking.
2) The latest trends in gaming, online teen content, file sharing, webcams, and VOIP.
3) Liability for parents with respect to their child’s use of technology.
4) Best practices in software and hardware configurations for home networks.
5) The importance of virtual reputation management and identity protection.

Parenting the Cyber Generation - POSTPONED
March 6, 2013
 
This evening’s social media presentation by Katie Koestner, a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture, which was being held at the OJR Middle School is being rescheduled.  When the new date is available it will be posted to the district website.
Announcing K-12 Summer Enrichment Brochure
March 4, 2013

Say “Hello, summer!” Owen J. Roberts School District is excited to announce a variety of enrichment opportunities open to our students Jun 18-August 9. From fun and games to serious academics, there are plenty of exciting programs and camps from which to choose.  

You may access our summer brochure and all registration materials at http://enrichment.ojrsd.com. With nearly 40 different possibilities, we wanted to give you a week prior to registration to browse the options.

Registration begins Monday, March 11, 2013 and will run through May 10 (or until sessions are full; our summer opportunities are self-supporting and can only be offered with sufficient enrollment.) There are four ways to register for programs including an exciting new online registration.   

Our summer programs offer students of all ages a place to come together to play, learn, and grow. For more information e-mail Missy Walton or Heidi Lehmann at
mwalton@ojrsd.com or  hlehmann@ojrsd.com, or call 610-469-5196.


Team up with OJR High School to Fight Hunger
March 1, 2013
Photo from 2012

NEW...High School student Shannon Kolb was interviewed by KYW News Radio 1060 about OJR’s participation in The Great Food Fight!  The interview will be aired and repeated all day Sunday, March 3.  It will also be posted on KYW’s website.


Did you know?
•    One in six Americans struggle with the reality of hunger.
•    In 2011, 17.9 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources.
•    In the largest study of U.S. hunger, 40% of people surveyed reported having to choose between paying for food   and paying for their rent, utilities, or mortgage.
•    In 2010, 5.7 million people per week received emergency food assistance, a 27% increase since 2006.

The Great Food Fight! is a 2 week annual food drive that helps thousands of families in the Delaware Valley who are in need.  The canned goods benefit Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, and food collected through Philabundance goes directly to the families in need.  This year’s food fight runs from February 25th through March 8th.

Last year, OJR won the top prize for donating the most food and with our winnings, we donated $2,000 to the North Coventry Food Pantry which does not benefit from Philabundance.  It is our goal to donate the most food again this year.

Please join the Fight!  Drop food off at the High School, Middle School, or Administration Building.  A list of food items is attached.
"Seussical the Musical" - March 15-17
February 26, 2013
Parenting the Cyber Generation Webinar a Success; Live Parent Presentation March 6
February 20, 2013
You are invited to Katie Koestner:
Parenting the Cyber Generation
March 6, 7:30 pm, OJRMS

150 people participated in the live webinar presentation on February 20 presented by Katie Koestner, a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture.  She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Ms. Koestner will present March 6 live at the Middle School where she will address the area of cyber-dangers and other technology concerns of which we all should be aware. 
 

IN PERSON: March 6th at 7:30 p.m. live parent presentation at the Middle School open to all OJR School District Parents 
    

Attend the live presentation and learn . . .
1) The good, the bad and the ugly of social networking.
2) The latest trends in gaming, online teen content, file sharing, webcams, and VOIP.
3) Liability for parents with respect to their child’s use of technology.
4) Best practices in software and hardware configurations for home networks.
5) The importance of virtual reputation management and identity protection.

New Kindergarten Registration Dates Added
February 14, 2013
2013-14 Kindergarten Registration Extension Notice

If you have a child who has attained the age of five (5) on or before the first day of September, your child is eligible to begin school in the fall of 2013.

Additional registration dates have been added at the following locations:


          ·         East Coventry Elementary School (Laura Gunson 610-469-5707)
              - March 7 – 1:00 to 7:00 and March 18 – 8:30 to 2:45

          ·         French Creek Elementary School (Veronica Cousens 610-469-5710)
               - April 4 – 2:00 to 7:00 

          ·         North Coventry Elementary School (Chris Ficca 610-469-5709) 
              - March 7 – 2:00 to 7:00
 
          ·         West Vincent Elementary School (Diane Banks 610-469-1402)
              – March 6 & 7 – 1:00 – 5:00
To begin the registration process, please visit kreg.ojrsd.com and complete your pre-registration paperwork. After the online registration is complete, you must call to schedule an appointment with the attendance clerk listed above. Appointments will take approximately fifteen minutes and day and evening slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please pay particular attention to the information you will need to bring with you at the time of your appointment. If all the necessary paperwork is not available at the time of your appointment, you will need to reschedule in order to complete the registration process.
Parenting the Cyber Generation Program: Join us Live or via Webinar
February 11, 2013
Join national teen safety expert, Katherine H. Koestner, in-person live or via live webinar.

Technology and social media have become a rapidly changing and evolving means of communication. Internet safety and cyber-bullying are two issues many of our school-aged children are trying to navigate while parents may struggle to stay a step ahead in keeping their child safe in the digital world.

Join the Cyber-Smarts Parent Academy and learn . . .
1) The good, the bad and the ugly of social networking.
2) The latest trends in gaming, online teen content, file sharing, webcams, and VOIP.
3) Liability for parents with respect to their child’s use of technology.
4) Best practices in software and hardware configurations for home networks.
5) The importance of virtual reputation management and identity protection.

In the interest of busy schedules, this program is offered live at the Middle School auditorium on March 6 or via live webinar on February 20. Registration (using the link below) is necessary to participate in the webinar.

WHEN: March 6th at 7:30 p.m. live parent presentation open to all OJR School District Parents
    
WHERE: Owen J. Roberts Middle School Auditorium

WEBINAR: February 20th  7:30 PM - 8:30  "Parenting the Cyber-Generation"
Registration Web Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/259456522

Presenter:  Katherine H. Koestner, Executive Director, Campus Outreach Services

Ms. Koestner is a national expert on teen safety and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Lifetime Television, Italian TV, The Jane Whitney Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and dozens of other news programs. She has given interviews for the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal of Higher Education, and countless other national and regional publications.

This program is brought to you by the Owen J. Roberts Middle School and Middle School PTA as well as through the OJR Fit for Life Grant generously funded by the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation
Post Prom Fashion Show Announces Models
February 11, 2013


The OJR High School PTSA proudly presents the Post Prom Fashion Show to be held February 22, 2013 in the High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  Contact Mary-Jane Kleinfelter at
mary.kleinfelter@siemens.com or you may also send a check payable to "OJR Post Prom" to OJRHS-PTSA and tickets will be reserved for you at the entrance table.  All proceeds benefit Post Prom.  This year’s models include:


list of model names

PMEA Choral Concert at 6:00 p.m. Today
February 9, 2013
Owen J. Roberts is hosting the PMEA District 12 Choral Festival, which kicked off on Feb. 7, and features the most talented young vocalists in our region. Please join world-renowned guest director Sydney Guillaume and students from across the region in a concert this evening at 6:00 p.m.

*Photo by Owen J. Roberts Senior Sam LeVan
After School/Evening Cancellations 2/8/13 & 2/9/13
February 8, 2013

FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL/EVENING AND
SATURDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

All after school and evening activities have been cancelled for Friday, February 8, 2013.  There will be no late activity buses.

All Saturday, February 9, 2013, morning activities have been cancelled up until 12:00 noon. 

A decision will be made Saturday morning about Saturday afternoon activities and an update will be posted to the District website.
 
OJR Post Prom - How Can You Help?
January 22, 2013

What do PTSA OJR Wildcats and Dave & Busters have in common?  Answer:  Keeping students safe and having fun at the 2013 Post Prom Party! Check out the attached flyer for additional information.

dave and busters information for post prom
additional information on post prom
ALL AFTER SCHOOL AND EVENING ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED TODAY, 1/25/13
January 25, 2013

Post Prom Fashion Show - February 22, 2013
January 22, 2013

The OJR High School PTSA proudly presents the Post Prom Fashion Show to be held February 22, 2013 in the High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available now for $7 or $10 at the door - contact Mary-Jane Kleinfelter at mary.kleinfelter@siemens.com to get your tickets today or you may also send a check payable to "OJR Post Prom" to OJRHS-PTSA, 981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.  Tickets will be reserved under your name at the entrance table.   All proceeds go towards the Post Prom.

flyer for post prom fashion show
Start of 2013-2014 School Year Announced
January 29, 2013

The Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors approved the start of the 2013-2014 school year at the January 28, 2013 School Board Meeting to be Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Veterans Day Invitation
September 25, 2013
District Holiday Concert Schedule--Please Join Us
December 4, 2012
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”   
                                                                                             --Plato
 
Please join our talented students as they share music this season.
Concerts are free and open to the public.


December 4       7 p.m.  
7th Grade Winter Choral Concert
MS Auditorium
December 5       8 a.m.
French Creek Winter Concert    
FC
December 5       7 p.m.
East Coventry Winter Concert
EC
December 6       7 p.m.
North Coventry Winter Concert               
NC
December 10     12 p.m.
Senior Citizen Concert and Tea
HS Auditorium/Caf
December 11     7 p.m.  
East Vincent Holiday Concert
EV
December 11     7 p.m.  
West Vincent Chorus/Sr. Orchestra
WV
December 12     7 p.m.
8th Grade Winter Choral Concert
MS Auditorium
December 13     7 p.m.
District Elementary Sr. Band Concert
NC
December 18     7 p.m.  
East Coventry Winter String Concert
EC
December 20     7 p.m.  
Holiday Concert: The 7-Ups, Freshman Choir, Concert Choir, HS/MS Combined Orchestra, HS Jazz Band, and HS Concert Band perform that evening.  
HS Auditorium

11/27/12 AFTER SCHOOL/EVENING ACTIVITIES CANCELLED
November 27, 2012

All after school and evening activities have been cancelled for Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
11/27/12 EARLY DISMISSAL
November 27, 2012
The Owen J. Roberts School District will be dismissing early on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
  • 12:00 noon - middle/high school will be dismissed
  • 1:15 p.m. - elementary schools will be dismissed
There will be no PM Kindergarten.

High School Earns National AP Recognition
November 16, 2012

Owen J. Roberts High School was recognized by the College Board for placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Nationwide, 539 schools in 44 states achieved this distinction for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement courses while increasing the number of students scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program allows students to pursue college-level studies while in high school. Each AP instructor’s syllabus must be college-approved. Courses are designed to be in-depth and challenge students to think critically, analyze complex problems from different views, and construct convincing arguments.
Over the past 3 years, Owen J. Roberts High School has been very intentional in working toward more students having the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. In 2010, 158 students enrolled in AP courses, while in 2012, 219 students enrolled in AP courses. The AP course selection also continues to expand. Instruction is tailored to challenge students and to help students to achieve success on the rigorous AP exams. High School Principal Dr. Richard Marchini indicated that staff has been working extremely hard creating opportunities for students to challenge themselves and truly stretch their learning.  “However, as many opportunities we offer the students, it is up to them to do the work and make the grade,” he offered.  Last year 84.5% of Owen J. Roberts AP students scored a 3 or better on the AP exam, while the state average was 68.2%.
Owen J. Roberts High School Advanced Placement Courses Include:
English Language and Composition
Calculus AB
Latin Vergil
English Literature and Composition
Calculus BC
Spanish Language
United States Government & Politics
Statistics
French Language
Comparative Government & Politics
Biology
European History
Physics B
Computer Science A
United States History
Physics C
Studio Art
Music Theory
Psychology
Chemistry
Microeconomics
Environmental Science
Macroeconomics
 
According to the College Board, “More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.”
 
 
Owen J. Roberts Energy Innovations
November 9, 2012
OWEN J. ROBERTS PUTS SOLAR INTO ACTION!
Pottstown, PA: Owen J. Roberts students will honor American Education Week in a brilliant way as they gather with community partners to officially FLIP THE SWITCH on the new solar project at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, at the Owen J. Roberts Middle School. The event will mark the official capturing of solar energy with the 525 kW solar photovoltaic array installed at the High School & Middle School – more than 2,200 solar panels mounted on building rooftops! Owen J. Roberts and partner Johnson Controls will also introduce the Academy of Energy education program which will enhance existing renewable energy curriculum by “bringing energy science to life” with authentic, hands-on energy education opportunities and classroom tools.
Celebrating Success – Educational, Environmental & Financial Benefits
November 14 will also celebrate a variety of energy conservation measures (ECMs) and building efficiency programs implemented through a performance contract with Johnson Controls, the global leader in building efficiency. Lighting modifications, mechanical upgrades, and information technology systems are included in ECM’s in which utility savings are projected to pay for the cost of project. “Behind the scenes, a large amount of control work continues to take place with Johnson Controls and our staff,” said OJR Director of Facilities Dennis Rozak.  “We are experiencing more defined and state-of-the-art control capabilities, which will allow better energy use strategies to be incorporated throughout our buildings.”
A positive environmental impact will be a byproduct of the judicious use of energy created by these initiatives; including projected reduced energy use equivalent to more than 200 homes and annual decrease in carbon footprint equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 537 acres of pine forest.
 
The district’s commitment to comfortable, safe, and sustainable facilities will help students learn and teachers inspire. Owen J. Roberts will host several energy milestone events in the 2012-2013 school year which will invite and engage students, staff, and the community in green practices. Johnson Controls scientists and engineers will give students an inside glimpse of the project and the high school film crew will produce a documentary film.
 
About Johnson Controls Building Efficiency
Johnson Controls Building Efficiency is a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and security systems for buildings. Operating from 500