Oley Valley School District
Digital Newsletter -- Summer 2017
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017!
Oley Valley Graduated 131 Students on June 6, 2017.
OVES Students Wrap Up a Successful Year with the PAWS Program
Have a Great Summer!
A Positive School Culture is on Display at OVHS
In Nelle Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch explains to Scout: “First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." This inspirational message sparked the creation of a video that addresses the significance of a positive school climate.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Mrs. Stephanie Kallis, Oley Valley High School English teacher, asked her students if they would like to collaborate and film a video with two segments – the first of people within the high school behaving poorly and the second of people helping one another and attempting to climb into the skin of those around them. The video would also include extraordinary quotes from the literature included in the English I CP and English II CP curricula. Responding enthusiastically, the majority of the students agreed to volunteer their after school time to create the video. All too quickly, the school year ended, and the video remained incomplete.
Because Mrs. Kallis felt strongly about the value of the video, it remained on her mind and she recommitted to the project during the current school year. Once again, the students, some of whom had worked on the project the previous year, chose to participate. A third segment was added to the video. Students asked people who work for and attend schools within the district to provide a five second clip of them dancing. The purpose was simple. Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, explained it best: “If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” The participants in the video demonstrated an understanding of the value of creating a school culture in which all people feel accepted and valued. With a remarkable school climate, everyone will enjoy working and learning within the Oley Valley School District.
It is essential to note that a primary goal was to involve as many people as possible from diverse backgrounds to emphasize the importance of inclusion. Thanks to administrators, teachers, staff, and students, this goal was accomplished. Mrs. Kallis also wishes to express sincere appreciation to David Frantz, one of her teacher aides, for providing his technological expertise in the making of this video. He dedicated a great deal of time in its creation. Everyone who contributed hopes the audience enjoys the video. Alyssa Kline, alumnus of Oley Valley High School and current Kutztown University student, expressed after viewing the video: “I really miss Oley Valley.” Yes, that is the school climate everyone should strive to create.
High School Musicians Celebrate Independence Day in Washington D.C.
OVHS Students and Faculty Participate in Book Discussion
On April 27 and May 18, students of Mrs. Kallis’s sophomore English classes gathered after school in the high school courtyard to discuss Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. Apart from the students and snacks, the afterschool courtyard sessions attracted teachers from a variety of disciplines and upperclassmen. Having previously read the novel, school guidance counselors, history teachers, a mathematics teacher, a music teacher, and copious upperclassmen were present to govern student discussion groups and offer their responses to open-ended reading comprehension questions. A primary objective was to have students interact with one another and discuss a terrific book with adults other than English teachers in an effort to demonstrate a love and appreciation of literature outside of the traditional English classroom. The result was one of success and positive feedback.
Article contributed by Alysha Ulrich, Oley Valley High School Sophomore
For Athletic Schedules & Information visit www.ovlynx.org.
Follow the Athletic Department on Twitter @OVLynx for varsity scores and live playoff updates each season.
Important upcoming athletic dates:
August 3rd – Fall Physical Packets due to the Athletic Office
August 14th – HS Fall Sports Start
August 22nd – MS Fall Sports Start
Please make sure that all physical packets are fully completed including all signatures, and that the doctor has authorized the physical form AFTER JUNE 1, 2017. We will not be able to accept any physical forms that are dated before June 1st. Students will not be cleared to start to participate until 24 hours after the completed packet is submitted. Your cooperation in submitting these forms by the deadlines helps to ensure a smooth start to each season for our coaching staffs. Any questions regarding the physical packets or where you can have the sport physical performed should be directed to the Athletic Office at 610-987-4111 x2.
Tentative game and practice schedules for the 2017-2018 school year can be found on the Athletic Website. Please remember that all scheduled contests and practices are subject to change throughout the season.
NEW Immunization Requirements
Children in ALL Grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:
- 4 doses of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of Polio** (4th dose on or after 4tH birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose)
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella***
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B
- 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or Td
**A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose
* ** Usually given as MMR
Seventh through 12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
- 2 doses Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV)
- First dose is given 11-15 years of age: a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.
- If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
- 1 dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations:
- Medical reasons
- Religious beliefs
- Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction
If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
- Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety.
- The United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.
- Vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.
Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements can be found in:
- 28 PA Code Ch.23 (School Immunization)
Contact your health care provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at:
- 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Vaccine information can be found at: www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov
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.
Dr. Jeffrey F. Zackon 5K Memorial Run & Walk
2017 scholarship recipients announced
The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation recently awarded five $2,500 scholarships to members of the Oley Valley graduating class who plan to further their education at institutions of higher learning in fall of 2017. The recipients were announced at the Senior Awards Banquet at the Reading Crowne Plaza on May 30.
Peter Vaccaro received the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation Scholarship; Castine Donoff, Zaren Kerper, and Janelle Rohrbach each received a Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Memorial Scholarship; and Sarah Buzalewski received the Superintendents’ Scholarship.
Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship recipients!
OVCEF recognizes 2016-2017 EITC contributors
The Foundation wants to recognize several local businesses that made Education Improvement Tax Credit contributions to OVCEF during the 2016-2017 school year. In exchange for their monetary contributions to the Foundation--which is recognized as an approved Education Improvement organization because it encourages and funds innovative educational programs for Oley Valley students--these businesses received tax credits.
Our 2016-2017 EITC contributors were Tompkins VIST Bank, Solid Waste Services Inc., Weis Markets Inc., East Penn Manufacturing Co., and BB&T.
Thanks to these businesses for supporting the Foundation and our Oley Valley students with their generous contributions!
Annual Stone Auction raises funds for OVCEF
The Ninth Annual Natural Stone Auction took place on Saturday, May 20, on the grounds of Rolling Rock Building Stone, Inc. This event featured the sale of 200 lots of items including various types of landscaping stone, granite building stone, stone benches, tiles, pavers, and antique millstones and troughs.
Despite steady rain on the day of the auction, the Foundation netted a substantial profit from the sale of these items. This event is a major fundraiser for OVCEF; the Foundation’s share of the auction proceeds funds projects and programs that benefit the students of the Oley Valley School District.
The Foundation Board of Trustees wants to thank Eric and Gary Weller of Rolling Rock Building Stone Inc. for hosting the event; the Rolling Rock staff for their efforts in preparing for the event; Frey Auctioneers for donating their time and talents to sell the auction items; and the Oley Fire Company for donating the profits from its food concession at the auction to OVCEF.
Important Upcoming Events
- 8/9/17 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM
- 8/14/17 -- Substitute Teacher Orientation -- MS Cafe -- 8:00AM
- 8/14/17 -- 10th-12th Grade Laptop Pickup -- 12:00PM-4:00PM
- 8/14/17 -- 9th Grade Orientation -- 1:00PM
- 8/14/17 -- HS Fall Sports Begin
- 8/15/17 -- Bus Driver Meeting -- MS Cafe -- 7:30AM
- 8/15/17 -- Kindergarten Academy -- 9:00AM
- 8/15/17 -- Kindergarten Open House -- 6:30PM
- 8/15/17 -- 9th Grade Orientation -- 11:00AM & 1:00PM
- 8/15/17 -- 10th-12th Grade Laptop Pickup -- 8:00AM-Noon
- 8/16/17 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM
- 8/16/17 -- MS New Student Orientation -- 6:30PM
- 8/16/17 -- 9th Grade Orientation -- 9:00AM
- 8/16/17 -- 9th Grade Laptop Pickup -- 10:00AM-4:00PM
- 8/17/17 -- In-Service
- 8/17/17 -- HS New Student Orientation -- 6:30PM
- 8/17/17 -- Senior Parent Night -- 7:30PM
- 8/18/17 -- In-Service
- 8/21/17 -- In-Service (AM)
- 8/21/17 -- MS New Student Orientation -- 2:30PM
- 8/22/17 -- First Day of School
- 8/22/17 -- MS Fall Sports Start
- 8/24/17 -- HS Picture Day
- 8/24/17 -- MS PTSO Meeting -- MS Library -- 7:00PM
- 8/29/17 -- ES PTO Meeting -- ES Library -- 6:30PM
- 8/30/17 -- OVSD ESL Meeting -- ES Conference Room -- 6:00PM
- 8/30/17 -- ES Gifted Meeting -- 6:00PM
- 8/30/17 -- ES Open House -- Grades 1-6 -- 6:30PM
- 9/1/17 -- Schools Closed
- 9/4/17 -- Schools Closed
- 9/7/17 -- HS Gifted Parent Meeting 6:00PM
- 9/7/17 -- HS Open House 6:30PM
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!
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:
Elementary School Guidance Counselor
Middle School Special Education Teacher
Elementary Special Education Teacher (LTS)
High School English (LTS)
The Oley Valley School District currently has the following job opportunities:
Full-Time 260-Day, Second Shift Custodian
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:
MS Girls Volleyball
MS Boys Soccer
MS Asst. Girls Basketball
MS Asst. Baseball
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.