Best Buddies - OJRMS is very excited to be starting our very own Best Buddies
Chapter! The Best Buddies program helps foster one-to-one friendships
between students with and without intellectual and developmental
disabilities. Best Buddies helps to create an inclusive middle school
climate for students early on in their educational development.
Spelling Bee - is available to those who express a strong interest in spelling and wish to try out for the bee. Try-outs are held during the regular school day, and students who qualify attend after-school practice sessions once a week during the month of January. Our bee is usually held in February when an Owen J. Roberts Middle School Spelling Bee Champion is declared! Contact Mrs. Frank for more information.
Leo Club - The 0wen J Roberts Middle School LEO Club is a
student service club sponsored by the Coventry Lions Club. LEO Club
(LEO stands for Leadership Experience Opportunity) is a service club of
7th and 8th graders. The mission statement of the LEO Club is to provide
the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and
contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of
the local, national and international community. The group meets during
club periods, and participates in some projects outside of school.
Examples of projects include:
organizing of the Pennies for Patients Coin Drive, assistance with Make A
Difference Day, volunteering at an animal shelter, sending holiday
cards to active members of the military and painting bird houses for the
Tri-M Music Honor Society -
This is an honor society for gifted music students. Students must have
good grades as well as be recommended by their music teachers. Contact
- Mrs. Markofski.
Cabaret - This is a scripted talent show. Auditions are held
before Winter break and the performance is usually performed in March.
This happens once every 3 years in the MS. Contact Mr.
Yoder for more information.
Musical - This show is for students who enjoy and excel in
singing, dancing, and acting. Auditions are in the fall and the
performance is in March. This happens once every 3 years and rotates in
alternate years with the Cabaret and Play. Contact Mrs. Markofski for additional information.
Chorus Fest -
This is a small group of auditioned students who participate in a large
chorus consisting of other auditioned students from District
XII. Contact Mrs. Markofski for more information.
OJRMS Theatre Company - Typically running from late Fall to
early Spring, the OJRMS Theatre Co. is a group of actors, singers,
dancers, designers, musicians, artists, builders, planners, organizers,
and leaders who come together over their love of the arts to produce and
perform various shows for the public. We typically run on a three-year
cycle working on either a Play, Musical, or Cabaret (Talent Showcase)
each year. The OJRMS Theatre Co. is a group where student artists of
all types can come to learn and grow as artists, find new talents, hone
old ones, and learn how to work as part of a team focused on goal that
is greater than one’s self. We encourage and require an Ensemble Sprit
in which students believe their role is to be part of a greater purpose,
and behave accordingly. Students are expected to maintain good grades
while attending rehearsals after school and our culminating performances
which are always on a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in March.
The “work hard, play hard” adage is our motto and the members of the
OJRMS Theatre Co. have a great time while working hard, and enjoying the
rewards of being part of our Theatre Family. Contact Miss Schollenberger or Mrs. Markofski for additional information.
Art Club - Students explore a variety of tools, processes, and materials and construct highly individualized works of art. Art Club meets after school throughout the school year. Contact Mrs. Fake for additional information.
Project Innovate 2016 Design Challenge - Design "out-of-the-box" art garment/costume that is made from R.R.A.N.T. materials (Recycled, Reusable, Altered, and Non-traditional). Present your results at the Project Innovate Showcase in Carlisle, PA in the spring at Lamberton Middle School. Make a Brag Sheet of your ideas and creative process. This will be considered your entrance pass (and may even be chosen for publication). Contact Mrs. Duffy for more information.
Fly-Fishing is designed to be an enjoyable and
educational experience. During the four session program, students will
learn about many aspects of fly-fishing, including some things that
often prove daunting even to experienced fisherman: fishing equipment,
knots, basic entomology and what fish eat, catch and release,
leave-no-trace, and other outdoors and fishing related skills.
Participants will be given a fly-casting lesson. Students will be given
a series of fly-tying demonstrations. On the final day, students will
visit French Creek to test their skills and receive some on stream
instruction. Contact Mr. DeRafelo for more information.
National Junior Honor Society - NJHS is a co-curricular
activity that actively supports the educational goals of our school.
We create opportunities to involve our chapter members in significant
learning experiences following national guidelines linked with
significant input to reflect local educational standards. Honor Society
is inclusively open to all students who choose to apply themselves
consistently and consequently meet the five established criteria of
scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Students must earn three out of four marking periods of Distinguished Honor Roll in 7th grade to be considered for this club. Students will participate only as an 8th grader. This does not carry over to the High School. Contact Mr. Brilla for more information.
Open Fitness Room runs
twice a month after school. Students can come and use all of the
equipment in our fitness room after school or make-up missed PE classes
by signing up with their teacher in advance. Contact Mr. Dede for more
Envirothon - The Chester County Conservation District
sponsors this annual environmental educational program with the Chester
County Parks and Recreation Department, hosting it at Hibernia County
Park. Each year students from public, private, parochial, and home
schools, grades 1-12, celebrate months of research, exploration, and
preparation with an enjoyable outdoor competition and measure of
learning. OJRMS Envirothon meets to study and participate in outdoor
experiences that help students get to know the great forces of nature-
wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soil, and current issues. Each 5 member
team rotates through stations and works as a team through a test on each
of the subjects. A competition is held in the Spring each year and we
begin our after school practices starting in January. Students who are
not in the normally scheduled school day club are still allowed to
participate and meet with us for our after school meetings! Contact Mrs.
Neiffer for more information.
Reading Olympics is a great activity for any student who
loves to read! Our club shares the responsibility for reading certain
titles and then competes in the Chester County Reading Olympics
Competition one evening in the spring. It is a fun night where we all
celebrate our love of books! Contact Mrs. Koepke.
Marching Band is open to any student enrolled in Band Class.
Performances include the Annual OJR Cavalcade of Bands and an OJR high
school football game. Band camp runs in August and then after school on
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in September. Contact Mr. Hess for
Jazz Band – This ensemble is by audition only. Auditions will be held in October and are open to any student in 7th and 8th
grade. Rehearsals run from October-May and are held every Tuesday and
Thursday after school. Performances include the Winter and Spring
Concerts, local Jazz Festivals, and visits to the OJR elementary
schools. Contact Mr. Hess for more information.
Color Guard is open to any student in 7th and 8th
grade. Rehearsals begin in the summer and continue through September
on Tuesdays/Thursdays after school. Color Guard performs with the
Marching Band. We also offer an indoor Color Guard when funding and gym
space allows. This usually runs from January-May. Contact Mr. Hess for
Golf - Students interested in golfing can join this group for
a one day golf outing at Kimberton Golf Course. Contact Mr. Kirby for
Builders Club meets
during school Club periods, but we also do some things outside of
school. Builders Club is a community service club sponsored by the
Pottstown Kiwanis Club. We raise funds and do community service for
different organizations both within the school and outside in the
community. Contact Mr. Hoagland for more information.
Orchestra - The Owen J. Roberts Middle School and High School
Orchestra Programs are dedicated to giving students a well-rounded
education. This includes exposure to and involvement in all aspects of
the performing arts. The main purpose is to stimulate and refine the
aesthetic impressions of the students. The Orchestra Program is designed
to develop the students’ physical, intellectual and expressive
qualities and to integrate the necessary musical skills that will enable
students to enjoy a richer life through participating in musical
experiences. Orchestra rehearses during the school day and usually one
day after school. Students will play in school concerts and community
sponsored events. Contact Mr. Martin Prescod for additional information.
Tennis - Intramural tennis is for beginning, intermediate and
advanced tennis players. It will be held after school on the OJR
tennis courts most Tuesdays and Thursdays in May. Learn how to serve,
keep score and hit volleys and overheads. Players will need sneakers, a
water bottle, and a tennis racquet in order to play. Contact Mrs.
Hinkley for more information.
Robotics - An after school club designed for students to
explore the world of robotics through teamwork and competition. Each
year, in August, new challenges are issued for teams that are based on a
specific topic. Students interact with each other cooperatively to
design a robot which can successfully complete specific tasks for the
Yearbook Club - Students in Yearbook Club meet at various
times throughout the year to work on the design and editing of the
yearbook itself. We meet as a whole group a few times after school in
the fall, and then we split up tasks. I meet with individual students
and pairs of students continuously throughout the year. Aside from
meetings, students stay after school to take pictures at various events
(sporting games, music concerts). Students also take pictures at events
during the school day (Challenge Day, author assemblies, etc.) In the
winter (January through March) students will work on layout and design
or edit content. April and May are dedicated to organizing book delivery
so that Yearbook distribution day runs smoothly at the end of the
school year! Contact Mrs. Armstrong for more information.
Student Council - is the Middle School arm of Student
Government. Involvement in Student Council is voluntary and open to all
Middle School students. Membership is granted by application rather
than election, although officers are elected by the members. Student
Council representatives serve in a leadership role in the school
community. They are involved in the school’s decision-making process
through their interactions with school administrators. Additionally,
Student Council sponsors and plans school-wide community service
projects, spirit days, fund raisers, and the 8th grade Farewell Dance.
Student Council is a commitment that does require some after school
hours to plan and prepare for special events and activities. Contact Mr.
Hofer or Mrs. Dede for more information.
Odyssey of the Mind is
the world's largest problem solving competition. Students must make
use of their full complement of intellectual and creative thinking
skills to solve a vast array of problems. Contact Chris Palochak can also be contacted by email CPalochak@ojrsd.com, for more information, click here.
Throughout the school year, PTA sponsors a variety of school dances on
Friday evenings. Middle School dances are well supervised and provide
students an opportunity to have a lot of fun while socializing with
Dodge Ball Tournament – An annual event sponsored by the PTA and hosted by the Middle School Physical Education Teachers.
Interscholastic Sports - See the district website for more information.
Fall – Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer
Winter – Basketball, Cheerleading, Wrestling
Spring – Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Track