Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- April 2017

Students & Parents Learn About Cyber Safety

The Oley Valley School District hosted a parent/guardian forum on digital citizenship and cyber safety on the evening of Monday, March 27, 2017. The presenter, Special Agent Janene Holter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, shared tips for parents and guardians regarding monitoring their child's online activities, learning about your child's online footprint, and protecting children when using social media. Earlier that day students in grades 5-8 participated in an assembly which focused on cyber bullying and internet safety. Additionally, students in the middle school had a presentation the prior week focusing on the legal consequences that could result from cyber bullying and sexting.

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

Spanish Club Students Visit OVES

Mrs. Muriel’s fifth grade recently added a new student who spoke no English and whose first language was Spanish. Her students expressed an interest in learning to communicate with the new student. It was this interest that sparked a series of events that lead to a six-week mini course during Cub Club period taught by 4th year Spanish high school students.

Twelve seniors in Señora Owles Spanish Level Four class volunteered to go to the Elementary School after their own school day was over, once a week for 6 weeks and give 60 elementary school children some basic instruction in Spanish. The program seems to be beneficial thus far and has met with a positive and enthusiastic response from all those involved.

Article submitted by Mrs. Owles, OVHS Spanish Teacher

Safety Patrol Comes to OVES

Oley Valley Elementary School is proud to announce the creation of a new safety patrol program. This program uses student volunteer leaders to assist staff in providing safety assistance during the beginning and the end of the school day. Patrol members serve as positive role models for their peers as well as for younger students.

New safety patrol members participated in a training orientation on March 10th and began their service on Monday, March 20th. A special thank you to AAA for sponsoring the uniforms.

Several Activity Nights a Success at OVES

During the past month there were two different activity nights which were open to parents and students that were well attended.

On March 2, the OVES hosted Family Math & Reading Night. Over 100 students and parents attended and included a variety of exciting hands on activities in the multi-purpose room. Additionally, the PTO book fair was open that evening for purchases.

On March 9, the OVES hosted Family Fitness Night. Almost 200 parents and students attended this event which included a variety of vendors, activities, and healthy snacks. Additionally participants were able to participate in physical activity stations which promoted healthy and fun living.

Thank you to our teacher committees for organizing and facilitating these great events.


STEM Its Elementary!

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration is Now Open

The Oley Valley School district will conduct 2017-2018 kindergarten registration on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Oley Valley Elementary School. Children who reside in the district, and who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2017 may be registered.

Click here to access registration documents.

Oley Valley Middle School Update

Day of Service at Hope Rescue Mission

On Friday, March 24th, approximately 50 students from OVES and OVMS participated in a day of volunteer service at the Hope Rescue Mission in Reading. The students from the elementary and middle school student councils were given a tour of the facility, assisted in the thrift shop, and helped to serve lunch.

OVMS Students Took Crowds 'Under the Sea' with The Little Mermaid

The Oley Valley Middle School Drama Club presented this year’s Spring Musical, The Little Mermaid, on the weekend of March 17th and 18th. The show featured 56 cast and chorus members, 17 Middle School crew members, as well as high school and parent volunteers. The director, Ms. Kristen Barone, led the cast and crew to another great musical performance. The shows were well attended and were near full capacity. Next year's show is Shrek Jr. Photography by Cristina Buehler and Dawn Wegscheider.

OVMS Students Participate in the Annual Poetry Slam

On February 28th, students in Ms. Cooper and Ms. Russell's ELA classes participated in the annual Poetry Slam. Students composed, practiced, performed - and sometimes even memorized - their pieces in front of their shared classes.

This event was a very emotional and empowering one, as many students wrote about very personal issues. The assignment was worked on for about three weeks prior to the event, and students put their heart and soul into their works.

Article submitted by Ms. Stormy Russell, MS ELA Teacher

Oley Valley High School Update

OVHS Students Celebrate Read Across America Day

On March 2, 1998, people participated in the first National Read Across America Day. The National Education Association’s goal was to get kids of all ages excited about reading.

This year, students enrolled in Mrs. Stephanie Kallis’ English II CP classes and students registered in Mrs. Marlaina Schlegel’s BCIU Early Intervention classes celebrated National Read Across America Day with a collaborative activity. The tenth graders visited the Early Intervention Center and read to the students in an effort to promote the value and enjoyment of literacy.

Alysha Ulrich, tenth grader, made the following observation: “I loved reading to the kids for Read Across America Day. So may of us have grown accustomed to the atmosphere of high school, and I think being with the children was as fun for us as it was for them. It was refreshing and entertaining. I would love to do this more often!”

English II CP student Lindsey Williamson commented, “I thought it was a great experience. I got to read to a very shy little boy who started to break out of his shell and point to the pictures in the book and smile by the end of our visit.”

Josh Wrubleski remarked, "Not only did we have a fun time together, we also learned a lot from each other."

Based on student remarks, National Read Across America Day 2017 was a success!

Article submitted by Mrs. Stephanie Kallis, OVHS ELA Teacher

OVHS Students Participate in Speech Contest

On Saturday, March 18th, five Oley Valley High School students advised by Mrs. Stephanie Kallis competed in the annual Reading Rotary 4 Way Test Speech Contest. Savannah Martincic, Jared Mazeika, Alysha Ulrich, Jennifer Wagner, and Ataya Woodard each prepared a 5-7 minute speech on a topic of his or her choice. The purpose of the speech was to address an ethical problem using the principles of the 4 Way Test.

Earning first place honors and $100.00, Ataya Woodard advanced to the regional level that will be held on April 22nd at Kutztown University. Alysha Ulrich earned second place and $75.00, and Jennifer Wagner took third place and $50.00.

Congratulations to all of the students for participating in this extracurricular opportunity and performing exceptionally well.

OVHS Students Participate in Music Festivals

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying to the PMEA Northeast Region Orchestra Festival which was held on March 10 at Bangor Area High School:

Sarah Buzalewski

Eion Lyons

Rachael Geary

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying to the PMEA All State Orchestra Festival which will be held this April in Erie:

Sarah Buzalewski

Eion Lyons


Oley Valley High School is proud to report that the average SAT score for the 2015-2016 school year is the highest in Berks County. The average score for OVHS students taking the SAT was 1593. Additionally, OVHS was tied for the highest average ACT score when compared with other public schools in Berks County.

More information regarding these scores can be found by clicking here for an article written by the Reading Eagle.


Athletics Update

For Athletic Schedules & Information visit www.ovlynx.org

Follow the Athletic Department on Twitter @OVLynx for varsity scores and live playoff updates each season.

Despite uncooperative weather, spring sports are off to a great start! For up-to-date game and practice schedules please visit the athletic website. Also don’t forget to sign up for schedule change alerts on the website to be notified when the spring weather forces changes to the schedules.

Fall 2017 sport signups will take place during lunch periods at the end of April. All students should listen to morning announcements for the exact date and make sure that they sign-up during the lunch signups. Physical packets for the 2017-2018 school year will be given when students signup, and any student who is only planning on playing a Winter or Spring sport next year should also pick up a physical packet. All physicals for the 2017-2018 school year must be completed after June 1, 2017. This year we will hold our sport physicals on Thursday, June 1st. More information on the school sport physicals will be included in the packet received when students signup. We will have new physician coverage this year for the sport physicals that will allow us to make the process quicker. No gender-specific exams will take place (no hernia checks) and we will again assign specific times when students return their physical packets. Attending the school sports physicals is the easiest way to ensure your child is cleared to participate in a sport for the 2017-2018 school year!

Donation Opportunity

The Oley Valley Athletic Booster Club is soliciting donations from local businesses and individuals who would like to donate towards a new LED sign at the High School on Lynx Drive. Anyone who is interested in making a charitable donation to the Athletic Booster Club should contact the Athletic Office for more details. As a non-profit organization, all donations to the Athletic Booster club are tax deductible.

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Oley Valley School District is looking for sponsors for the 2017-2018 calendar. The calendar is read by thousands in the community through print and web versions. Different sponsorship levels are available. Please contact Mr. Schmaldienst at dschmaldienst@ovsdpa.org or 610-987-4100 ext. 2093 to request additional information.

Calling All Veterans...

The Oley Valley Middle School is creating an area to recognize our past and present veterans who are graduates or residents of the Oley Valley School District.

Please send or e-mail a photo, first name, last name, graduating year, armed forces branch, years of service and theater of operation to:

Oley Valley Middle School

Veterans Wall

3247 Friedensburg Road

Oley, PA 19547

or email Dan Marks with the information.

If you do not have a photo to give us, please stop by the Oley Valley Middle School so we may take a digital image of your photo.

Thank you for your service!

Attention Alumni!

We are looking for class graduation photos from the years listed below. These photos will be added to our graduation wall in the high school. We will just need to take a picture of the photo and it will be returned. Please contact Lori McIlvee at 610-987-4100 ext. 1312 or lmcIlvee@ovsdpa.org for more information.

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Oley Valley Community Education Foundation

The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation's mission is "To enhance educational opportunities for the students, residents, employees, and alumni of the Oley Valley School District while encouraging community support and participation."

OVCEF has provided our students and teachers with activities and tools including Promethean Interactive Whiteboards, scholarships, and the mobile Ag lab.

Click here for more information and ways to donate toward this great organization.

Looking for Bus Drivers!

The Quigley Bus Service is looking for school bus and van drivers for the Oley Valley School District. Part-time positions are available driving morning, afternoon or both. Quigley will train new drivers.

Apply in person on weekdays between 9:00AM-5:00PM at 326 Main Street, Bally, PA.

Oley Valley Employment Opportunities

The Oley Valley School District currently has the following Administrative Vacancies:


The Oley Valley School District currently has the following certificated vacancy:

Extended School Year Teachers

The Oley Valley School District currently has the following job opportunities:

Full Time 260 Day Custodial

Extended School Year Life Skills Assistants/Substitute Assistants

Extended School Year Learning Support Assistants/Substitute Assistants

Extended School Year Nurse/Substitute Nurse

The Oley Valley School District currently has the following substitute openings:

Substitute Certified Teachers

Substitute Instructional Assistants

Substitute Custodians

Substitute Licensed Practical Nurses

Substitute Clerical

Substitute Dining Services

The Oley Valley School District currently has the following coaching vacancies:


Click here for more information regarding all employment opportunities.

Important Upcoming Events

  • 4/10/17 -- Schools Open -- Snow Make Up Day
  • 4/11/17 -- Schools Open -- Snow Make Up Day
  • 4/12/17 - 4/17/17 -- Schools Closed
  • 4/19/17 -- 10th Grade Parent Night -- 6:30PM
  • 4/19/17 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 4/24/17 - 4/28/17 -- PSSA Math Window Grades 3-8
  • 4/25/17 -- School Board Finance Meeting
  • 4/25/17 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM
  • 4/26/17 -- Administrative Professionals Day
  • 4/26/17 -- ES Art Show -- 6:30PM
  • 4/28/17 -- ES PTO Movie Night -- 7:00PM
  • 5/1/17 - 5/5/17 -- PSSA Science Window Grades 4 & 8
  • 5/1/17 -- AP Exams (Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology)
  • 5/2/17 -- Teacher Appreciation Day
  • 5/3/17 -- AP English Literature Exam
  • 5/4/17 -- ES Parent Discussion Meeting -- 6:30 PM
  • 5/5/17 -- School Lunch Hero Day
  • 5/5/17 -- AP US History Exam
  • 5/5/17 -- MS School Store
  • 5/5/17 -- MS Courtyard Dance -- 7:00PM

Click here for the full district calendar

Oley Valley School District Board of Directors

Stephen S. Burns, President

David Pollock, Jr., Vice-President

Carl J. Kubitz, Jr., Treasurer

Joanne Ewing, Board Member

Christopher Hannum, Board Member

Robert Heckman, Board Member

Darrell L. Markley, Ed.D., Board Member

Ralph Richard, Board Member

Dawn Zackon, Board Member

Maria Jones, Board Secretary (non-member)

John Stott, Esquire, Board Solicitor

Oley Valley School District

The Oley Valley School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and prohibits Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. Compliance issues/questions should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent.