Student Activities at Owen J. Roberts Middle School
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. Contact Mrs. Dean for more information.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. Dede 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 school’s courtyard. Contact Mrs. Scott for more information.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 Mr. Yoder 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 Mr. Yoder, Mrs. Reppert, 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 or Mrs. McGinnis for additional 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 information.
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. Hinkley 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!
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 more information.
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 more information.
Golf - Students interested in golfing can join this group for a one day golf outing at Kimberton Golf Course.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 Mrs. Reifsneider 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 given challenge.
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.Dances – 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 their peers.
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, SoccerWinter – Basketball, Cheerleading, WrestlingSpring – Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Track