Oley Valley School District
Digital Update -- January 2017
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OVMS & OVHS Join Forces for a Good Cause
Students and staff participated in the 2nd Annual Kan Jam Tournament. Over 145 teams participated in the event which raised over $1600 for the One Wish Foundation. The winners of the tournament were Tanner Maddocks, Gage Andreas, Mrs. Cappellano and Mr. Snyder. They each received their own Kan Jam set as a prize. Mr. Renninger, the President of One Wish accepted the donation and thanked the schools for their kindness.
More information regarding the One Wish Foundation can be found by visiting their website here.
Kindergarten Gingerbread Exchange
Article submitted by Miss Sarah Baugh and Miss Justine Snyder, Kindergarten Teachers
The 5th grade vocal ensemble performed at several locations during the month of December. Locations included Barnes & Noble and the Reading Royals.
During the month of December the halls of OVES were turned into a winter wonderland for the 2nd annual PTO door decorating contest. The winning classrooms were Mrs. Bowers, Mrs. Cummings, Mrs. Schmittinger, Ms. Olson, Mr. Weise, Ms. Gardecki, and Mrs. Stump.
Students were entertained by juggler/magician Mr. Al Grout on Friday, December 23. Thank you to the OVES PTO for sponsoring this assembly prior to the holiday vacation.
Students Building Bridges to Success in STEM
The Oley Valley Middle School’s STEM Class is currently designing and building wood bridges. This activity is a hands on introduction to engineering which also incorporates math skills through the design of a truss bridge.
The 8th grade STEM students received a unique set of constraints and criteria which simulates a weighted load on their bridges. Using a stress analyzer and bridge designer software students created a unique truss design. Then they took their designs and created their bridge using materials provided by the teacher. Each trimester a new material is added or removed from the constraints. This trimester string was added, and a few groups have decided to design their bridges based on the suspension bridge design.
This is one of the students' favorite projects of the semester, especially when it comes to load testing them.
Article submitted by Mr. Karl Bierly, Technology Education Teacher
OVMS students participated in a coin war during the last week of school in December. Students gave generously and the money raised went to support the Angel Tree Project. The competition was intense but 6th grade was the winner. Thank you to all the students that gave generously for a good cause.
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Students in Mrs. Owens' and Mrs. Achenbach's 6th grade ELA classes worked with Langston Hughes' poem "Dreams." Students wrote procedural text using a "Domino Rally" competition. Students had great ideas and they turned their ideas into reality.
FFA Students Shine at the Farm Show
We are pleased to announce this year we had 6 students earn their PA FFA Keystone Degree at the FFA Mid-Winter Convention at the Farm Show: Nate Guldin, Jenna Ulrich, Emily Brensinger, Polly Prout, Hannah Levengood, and Zaren Kerper. This Keystone Degree is the highest FFA Degree that a member can receive from the Pennsylvania FFA Association. It is based on leadership, chapter involvement, academic achievement, community service, and completion of an SAE with $1000.00 earned or invested or has a minimum of 300 hours completed.
Nate Guldin was selected as the State Keystone Star in Agribusiness and will represent Pennsylvania at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) held in Springfield, Massachusetts in September. Great job Nate!
This year seven FFA members received a complimentary FFA Jacket from the PA FFA Alumni Association. These FFA members competed in a contest by writing an essay on what the FFA jacket means to them. The following FFA members received a jacket: Andrew Schaeffer, Danielle Trimbur, Hailey Hopkins, Haley Weidman, Hollie Bower, Paige Rohrbach, and Sierra Keppel.
OVHS hosted blood drive on Monday, December 19, 2016. All available slots were filled by students, staff, and community members. The blood drive was conducted by the Miller-Keystone Blood Center and sponsored by OVHS Student Council.
Congratulations to all of our Poetry Slam participants! Jordan Eck earned 1st place honors, followed by Alysha Ulrich in 2nd place, and Ataya Woodard in 3rd place. They were up against 70 other students from OVHS! The event was planned and organized by Mrs. Kallis. Great job everyone!
Eion Lyons has successfully auditioned and been accepted to perform with the 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Orchestra in Atlantic City, New Jersey from April 5th - 8th on String Bass. Eion advanced to the Pennsylvania State level in the Spring of 2016 and needed to rank in the top 10 from 11 northeastern states. Eion is the first student from Oley Valley to earn this distinction!
School Closing/Cancellation Information
The Oley Valley School District uses the following methods to inform the public of closings, delays and early dismissals:
- School Messenger -- Mass phone call system
- Social Media -- Facebook/Twitter
- School District Webpage -- www.oleyvalleysd.org
- Mass Media -- WFMZ, WGAL, CBS3, NBC10, 6ABC, WEEU
- Text Messaging -- REMIND
- The 1, 2, and 3 hour delay schedules can be found here.
The Oley Valley School District makes every effort to inform the public as soon as possible regarding a change in the school schedule.
For Athletic Schedules & Information visit www.ovlynx.org
Follow the Athletic Department on Twitter @OVLynx for varsity scores and live playoff updates each season.
The Winter Season is already halfway finished so if you have not been able to come see a game or match yet please check out the Athletic Website for a full winter schedule and come out to support our winter Student Athletes!
Congratulations to the High School Wrestling Team on winning the Lebanon Dual Tournament with a 5-0 record. They defeated Lebanon, Cedar Crest, Harrisburg, Conrad Weiser and Columbia on their way to the Cedar’s Championship Trophy.
Congratulations to Freshman Sophia Gladieux on being selected to the Under-17 Junior National Squad to represent Team USA!
Spring Sport signups will take place during lunch periods in early February. Spring Sports Physical Packets and/or Re-Certification Forms will be distributed during the lunch sign-ups and will be due to the Athletic Office by February 24th. As a reminder, any student participating in a sport must have a physical performed after June 1, 2016 for the first sport of the school year that they participate. Any subsequent sport participation during the same school year only requires a re-certification form to participate in the next season. Your cooperation in submitting all forms by the February 24th deadline is greatly appreciated and also helps ensure a smooth start to the Spring season! HS Spring Sports will start on March 6th, MS Spring Sports will start on March 14th. Spring schedules can be found on the athletic website and practice schedules will be posted by mid-February.
The Winter Athletic Booster Club fundraiser has been distributed to all Winter athletes. This year they are selling daily lottery raffle tickets, Redner’s hoagie ticket and Reading Fightin’ Phils tickets. All winter athletes are asked to try their best to support the Booster Club fundraising efforts or make a contribution to the Booster Club if they are able to do so. The booster club is a non-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible. Winter fundraising packets are due back to the Athletic Office by Friday, January 27th.
On March 7th at 7:30OPM in the High School Cafeteria there will be an information session for all parents of student-athletes in grades 8-12 on NCAA requirements and what it takes to play a sport at the collegiate level. This parent and student presentation is designed for anyone who may be interested in intercollegiate athletics whether it be at a NCAA institution or other college options that also provide athletic scholarships. If you would like more information on this presentation or find out if it is something that may benefit your family please do not hesitate to contact the Athletic Office.
Calling All Veterans...
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
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!
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 certificated vacancy:
The Oley Valley School District currently has the following job opportunities:
Part Time 182 Day Instructional Assistant(s)
Full Time 260 Day Custodial
The Oley Valley School District currently has the following substitute openings:
Substitute Certified Teachers
Substitute Instructional Assistants
Substitute Licensed Practical Nurses
Substitute Dining Services
The Oley Valley School District currently has the following coaching vacancies:
HS Head Track & Field Coach
HS Assistant Track & Field Coaches (Distance, Hurdles, Pole Vault)
MS Head & Assistant Softball Coach
Important Upcoming Events
- 1/16/17 -- Schools Closed
- 1/17/17 -- End of Quarter 2/End of Semester 1
- 1/18/17 -- School Board Meeting 7:00PM
- 1/18/17 -- Grade 2 Chorus Concert -- 10:00AM & 1:00PM
- 1/19/17 -- Biology Keystone Exams -- OVHS
- 1/20/17 -- Princess Ball
- 1/27/17 -- ES PTO Movie Night 7:00PM
- 1/30/17 -- HS Parent Discussion Meeting
- 1/31/17 -- School Board Finance Meeting
- 1/31/17 -- ES PTO Meeting 6:30PM
- 2/2/17 -- MS Book Fair
- 2/2/17 -- 8th Grade Transition & Course Selection Night -- HS Auditorium 6:30PM
- 2/2/17 -- 9th-11th grade Course Selection Night -- HS Auditorium 7:30
- 2/3/17 -- MS Book Fair
- 2/4/17 -- MS Book Fair/MS Flea Market
- 2/6/17 -- School Board Committee Meetings
- 2/8/17 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting 7:00PM
- 2/9/17 -- MS PTSO Meeting 7:00PM
- 2/9/17 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting 7:00PM
- 2/10/17 -- HS Valentine's Dance 7:00PM
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.