Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- February 2018

Snow Make-Up Days

The following days have been designated as snow make-up days:

  • January 15, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • March 27, 2018
  • March 28, 2018
  • March 29, 2018

Safety & Security a Priority at OVSD

The Oley Valley School District believes that the safety and security of all students and staff in our schools is imperative to the creation of a positive learning environment. To that end, the district has put into place a comprehensive All Hazards Plan. The plan is reviewed on an ongoing basis by school officials, first responders, and is submitted to the Berks County Department of Emergency Services.

All staff in the Oley Valley School District are trained on the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is used by all Berks County Schools with the purpose of developing a common language that is used by stakeholders during a crisis event. Additionally, students receive age appropriate training with the SRP language as the framework. More information regarding the SRP can be found here and a PDF document is attached below. Staff also receives training on ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuation. More information regarding ALICE can be found here.

OVSD works closely with first responders including the Central Berks Regional Police Department, Oley Fire Company & Ambulance, and Pennsylvania State Police. As of January 1, 2018, the Central Berks Regional Police Department began to provide 24/7 coverage to Oley Township. District administration and Central Berks Regional PD have met several times to visit our facilities and collaborate on safety protocol. The Pennsylvania State Police Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Team (RVAT) have done routine evaluations of our school safety protocol and have provided recommendations which we share with our board and core safety team.

Finally, we would like to encourage parents/guardians to have discussions with their children regarding school appropriate conversations as well as being cautious regarding what is posted on social media. Comments made as jokes, whether in person or online, could have serious unintended consequences.

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

OVES Discusses Kindness, Respect, and Bullying

The Oley Valley Elementary School is involved in the No Place for Hate school initiative which enables schools to challenge Anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms. By providing an innovative and powerful model for creating more inclusive environments, No Place for Hate aims to reduce bias and bullying, increase appreciation for diversity and build communities of respect.

In January, students discussed Kindness and Respect. Students created handprints with acts of kindness and respect posted on the hands. The handprints have created a Kindness and Respect Tree located in the front lobby of OVES.

In March, OVES will be working on a project that uses words that heal using children's literature to address bullying. Students in grades K-2 will read the book The Name Jar and through discussion and song, address how the characters felt in the story and relate the story to how they might feel at times and how it might relate to school. Grades 3-5 will read/listen to the book Say Something. After reading/listening to the book, students will answer questions, have discussions and work on a worksheet that talks about the target, aggressor, bystander, and ally. They will receive examples and come up with some of their own.

OVES Students Jump for Hearts

Students at Oley Valley Elementary School took part in the Jump Rope for Hearts fundraiser to earn money for the American Heart Association. Students attended a kick-off assembly where they learned about heart healthy activities and how jump roping would earn money for the American Heart Association. Students had the opportunity to complete different jump rope activities during their physical education class. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated money. The Oley Valley Elementary School raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association!

Oley Valley Middle School Update

OVMS Spellers Shine During Annual Spelling Bee

On the morning of Thursday, February 15th, students in grades six through eight gathered in the middle school auditorium for the annual spelling bee. This year's bee was bumped back a week due to weather issues. The bee is the third and final round of each year's spelling bee process; round one is a written test taken in ELA classes, followed by grade-specific mini-bees to set the final field of competitors. There are five spellers from each grade, fifteen spellers in all.

This year's competitors:

1. Erin Day - grade six

2. Vincent Dick -grade six

3. Dariano Fick - grade six

4. Nathan Firek - grade six

5. Lauren Habakus - grade six

6. Tyler Drobek - grade seven

7. Zoey Hamilton - grade seven

8. Ben Levengood - grade seven

9. Laila Rothermel - grade seven

10. Jeron Zimmerman - grade seven

11. Madeleine Farah - grade eight

12. Kerry Hoover - grade eight

13. Freya Oesterle - grade eight

14. Madison Robb - grade eight

15. Lia Vocu - grade eight

This year's bee culminated in a tight battle between seventh grader Jeron Zimmerman and eighth grader Kerry Hoover. Ultimately, Jeron won by correctly spelling the word endeavor. Jeron will compete in the Berks County Spelling Bee on Monday, March 12th, at the Miller Center on the RACC campus.

Article submitted by Mr. Ken Bagenstose, MS Language Arts Teacher

International Celebration at OVMS

This year's United Nations Day was held on Wednesday, February 14th in the middle school cafeteria. Students were assigned a country and placed into groups of three to four students. The first few weeks of this project involved students writing individual research essays on a problem their country is currently facing. Students offered their own unique solutions to these difficult problems. Next, students worked with their group members to create a variety of maps based on their country's GDP per capita, life expectancy, population growth, and human development index. Students researched political, economic, and social information about their country and designed a backboard to display this information. On UN Day all students' hard work was on display for parents and other guests to see. To add to the excitement of the day, students dressed up like someone from their country and prepared food from their country.

Article submitted by Mrs. Colleen Breen, MS Social Studies Teacher

Oley Valley High School Update

A Night of the Arts: Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals

On Wednesday, January 24th, junior Jordan Eck represented the Oley Valley High School at the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Pennsylvania Regional Finals in Lancaster. In attendance for his performance from Oley Valley High School were his POL supervising teacher, Mrs. Kallis; and several of his of peers, who provided their enthusiastic support. Performing for a panel of judges, teachers, parents, other students, and fellow poets, he recited three poems and competed against ten other individuals. Eck recited “What it Looks Like to Us and the Words We Use” by Ada Limón, “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron, and “A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme” by Ben Jonson, each with a different personality and keenness. Competitors were judged on their physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, accuracy, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. The audience was very impressed with their recitations. Following the ceremony, Eck received a certificate for his efforts. Great job, Jordan!

Article contributed by Alysha Ulrich, OVHS Junior

Drama Club Prepares for Spring Musical

The Oley Valley Drama Club is excited to present Once Upon a Mattress this year as its spring musical. Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. As the story goes, a kingdom cursed with a silent king and a queen that never shuts up, is searching for the perfect princess for the boyish Prince Dauntless.

Well, the ladies-in-waiting and knights might have an opening for a princess, but the queen has no interest in marrying her son off. So, comedy ensues as the queen and her trusty wizard give countless princesses impossible to pass tests until one very special princess arrives from the swamps.

Rehearsals are in full swing and the show is coming together quite well, despite some weather disturbances.

The show runs April 13th at 7 P.M. and April 14th at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. and tickets are $10. There will also be a special children’s discount promotion running this season - Any child 10 and under dressed as a prince or princess will receive their ticket for the discounted cost of just $5. Reserved seating tickets can be ordered online at www.showtix4u.com beginning February 16. To pre-order reserved seating for the children’s discount promotion please email slyons@ovsdpa.org or call 484-336-9404.

Theatre in our Schools Month

As the month of March approaches, theatres across the country are preparing for Theatre in Our Schools month. The program is sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society, in partnership with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) and its goal is to raise awareness to the impact theatre education has and to draw attention the need for access to quality programs for all students.

Through this program, school theatre clubs are able to raise awareness in their schools and beyond. It is a fantastic opportunity for theatre to step into the spotlight, pun intended, and to help ensure that theatre programs will be around to stay for a long time.

The OVHS Drama Club is very thankful for the continued support of the administration and the promotion of theatre in our district.

Technology Student Association Participates in Competition

Technology-driven students competed in engineering feats of greatness at the Technology Student Association Region 9 regional competition on Feb. 3 at Stroudsburg High School in Stroudsburg.

Boyertown swept the contest, taking home a ribbon in almost every event in both the high school and middle school levels.

I should know, I was there, and little Oley Valley High did very well for having entered only 16 students - including me - in the competition. We finished third overall and will be sending nine to 13 students to states.

I was nervous about competing, and had to wake up an hour earlier than for a normal school day, but it was one of the most fun experiences of my life.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a club in many middle and high schools throughout the nation. Region 9 of Pennsylvania stretches from the very top of Pennsylvania down into Berks County, but not all of Berks County is included.

The TSA was started by industrial arts teachers who wanted to provide opportunities for their students to be recognized for their accomplishments and was originally the American Industrial Arts Student Association, according to patsa.org. Sponsored by the American Industrial Arts Association for several years, it became an independent nonprofit corporation in 1978. The emphasis is on teaching the technologies of our time. Members have the opportunity to compare their technology competencies with other students through local, regional, state and national competitions.

The schools in Berks that competed on Feb. 3 included Boyertown Middle School East, Middle School West, Freshman Academy and the high School. Also, Daniel Boone Middle School and High School, Hamburg Middle School, Exeter High School and my school, competed in the day-long regional event.

This year, there were 250 middle school level students and advisers and 290 high school level students/advisers. The high-schoolers had 33 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) events to compete in.

My school had 16 students competing in 12 events (team and individual). I competed on a team of four in the Architectural Design Competition and we placed third overall and will now be moving on to the state level competition in April.

The state-level competition runs from April 18-21. The competition is always held in Seven Springs.

Students from Daniel Boone received many honors as well.

TSA is fun, and I encourage anyone to join their TSA chapter, or ask their technology education teacher to start one.

Written by OVHS student Andrew Kline & published in the VOICES of the Reading Eagle on February 13, 2018.

OVHS Student Looks to Help Others

My name is Emily Nye, I am a Sophomore at OVHS, and I am feeling led to begin an outreach project. This project involves donating stuffed animals to hospitals, along with handmade cards for encouragement. My hope is to provide others with some level of happiness while they may be going through a dark time in their life. Throughout this process, I have been given the chance to not only use my gift of giving, but to also step outside of my comfort zone and to be less reserved. I have been given the opportunity to share with my classmates the vision I believe God has given to me. I am currently linked up with three different hospitals: Reading Hospital, Reading Rehab, and Shriners Hospital. Two out of the three hospitals are for children, while the remaining one is for the elderly. I am asking for stuffed animals that are a minimum of ten inches, are newly-bought, and have tags attached. These last two requirements are requested by the hospitals for safety reasons. I am looking for this to be a continual project, where

I supply many different hospitals with stuffed animals as needed. If you are not able to purchase a stuffed animal, you may give a monetary donation that will be used to fund all the needs of this project (supplies, stuffed animals, etc.). Donations can be dropped off in Mrs. Kallis’s classroom in the high school, or given to me, Emily Nye, throughout the school week.

Article Submitted by OVHS Sophomore Emily Nye

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.

Visit the OVCEF webpage at www.oleyvalleycef.org.

Additionally, The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation (OVCEF) is now an approved Amazon Smile organization. Amazon Smile rebates .5% of purchases made by Amazon customers who have registered for the program and who have designated charitable organizations of their choice as rebate recipients. More information about the Amazon Smile program and the registration process may be found at www.smile.amazon.com.

The Foundation will use all Amazon Smile proceeds to fund projects and programs that benefit the education of our Oley Valley students.

School Delay/Closing Information

During the winter months school may be impacted by hazardous weather. If necessary, school may be delayed, dismissed early or closed in order to keep all members of the community safe.

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
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Athletics Update

For Athletic Schedules & Information visit www.ovlynx.org

For directions on where Berks County High Schools and Middle Schools play their home contests please visit www.bciaa.org. Please note that clicking on an opponent on www.ovlynx.org will only give you directions to the opposing school’s High School, which is not necessarily where they play their contests.

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

Spring HS sports will start on March 5th; MS Spring sports will start on March 12th. All students were given a physical packet or re-certification form when they signed up during lunch. All Spring Physical Packets and Recertification forms are due to the Athletic Office by Friday, February 23rd. Students will not be cleared to start participating for 24-hours until all completed paperwork is submitted and reviewed. Tentative Spring contest schedules can be found at www.ovlynx.org.

Upcoming Athletic Booster Club Meeting:

Thursday, March 15th @ 7:00OPM

*All meetings will be held in the High School Cafeteria

Important Upcoming Events

  • 2/26/18 -- School Board Finance Meeting -- 7:00PM -- HS Library
  • 2/27/18 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 7:00PM -- ES Library
  • 2/27/18 -- HS Chorus, Band, and Orchestra Winter Concert -- 7:00PM -- HS Auditorium
  • 3/2/18 -- Read Across America Day
  • 3/2/18 -- MS School Store
  • 3/3/18 -- Super Jazz -- 1:00PM -- MS Auditorium
  • 3/5/18 -- School Board Committee Meetings
  • 3/5/18 -- HS Spring Sports Begin
  • 3/8/18 -- ES Family Fitness Night -- 6:30PM
  • 3/8/18 -- MS PTSO Meeting -- 7:00PM -- MS Library
  • 3/11/18 -- Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • 3/12/18 -- MS Spring Sports Begin
  • 3/14/18 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM -- HS Library
  • 3/15/18 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 3/16/18 -- ES School Store
  • 3/16/18 -- 4th Grade Sleepover
  • 3/16/18 -- MS Musical -- 7:00PM -- MS Auditorium
  • 3/17/18 -- MS Musical -- 7:00PM -- MS Auditorium
  • 3/18/18 -- Community Pot Pie Dinner -- HS Cafeteria
  • 3/19/18 -- School Board Finance Feeting -- 7:00PM -- HS Library
  • 3/20/18 -- First Day of Spring
  • 3/20/18 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM -- ES Library
  • 3/21/18 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM -- HS Library
  • 3/22/18 -- K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences -- 5:00PM-9:00PM
  • 3/23/18 -- No School For Elementary Students -- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 3/26/18 -- 3/29/18 -- Snow Make-Up Day -- Schools Open
  • 3/30/18 -- 4/2/18 -- Schools Closed

Click here for the full district calendar

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Calling All Veterans...

The Oley Valley Middle School has created 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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  • 1972

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 vacancy:


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

Extended School Year -- Learning Support

Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support

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

Extended School Year -- Learning Support -- Paraprofessionals

Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- Paraprofessionals

Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- LPNs

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

Substitute Extended School Year -- Learning Support -- Teacher

Substitute Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- Teacher

Substitute Extended School Year -- Learning Support -- Paraprofessional

Substitute Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- Paraprofessional

Substitute Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- LPN

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:

MS Assistant Softball

Click here for more information regarding all employment opportunities.

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Oley Valley School District Board of Directors

Stephen S. Burns, President

David R. Pollock, Jr., Vice-President

Carl J. Kubitz, Jr., Treasurer

Robert A. Heckman, Member

Darrell L. Markley, Ed.D., Member

Allyn S. Miller-James, Member

Ralph Richard, Member

Stuart Salen, Member

Dawn Zackon, Member

John M. Stott, Esquire, Board Solicitor

Maria H. Jones, Board Secretary, non-member

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.