Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- Summer 2017


Oley Valley Graduated 131 Students on June 6, 2017.

The class of 2017 graduated during an indoor ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Kevin Guldin, a graduate from the class of 1986 shared words of advice and inspiration to the students. The top three academic students in the class were recognized and also provided words of encouragement and reflection. The top students were Brianna Zettlemoyer, Samantha Buzalewski, and Eve Freed. The new graduates then traveled to the all night Bash party before returning home. Congratulations to the class of 2017 and best of luck in your future endeavors.
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Oley Valley Elementary School Update

OVES Students Wrap Up a Successful Year with the PAWS Program

Elementary students wrapped up the 2016-2017 school year on a positive note by earning over 22,000 PAWS cards as a building. Students worked hard throughout the year by showing the traits of PAWS, which are Pride in our School, Act Responsibly, Work Hard, and Show Respect. Some of the incentives that students earned were hat day, pencils, sit with a friend at lunch, movie day, principals serving lunch, and principals singing a song. Additionally for every 10 PAWS card a student earned they had their names entered for our weekly drawings. The grand prize drawing took place on the last day of school and 5 of our students were picked to take home Amazon Fire tablets. Thank you to our local businesses that donated prizes for our PAWS program.
Students from the Oley Valley Elementary School Vocal Ensemble entertained the crowds at the Fightin Phills game on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The vocal ensemble is under the direction of Ms. Kristen Rothenberger.
OVES Vocal Ensemble

Oley Valley Middle School Update

Have a Great Summer!

The last few weeks of the 2016-2017 school year encompassed a variety of activities including field day, STEAM Expo, concerts, awards, senior walkthrough, and field trips. We would like to thank everyone for a great year. We are looking forward to seeing our newly arriving 6th graders in August and wish the departing 9th graders best of luck at the high school.

Oley Valley High School Update

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.

OVHS School Climate Video 2017

High School Musicians Celebrate Independence Day in Washington D.C.

OVHS students had an exciting opportunity to perform in Washington D.C. during the 4th of July holiday. Students in the strings program, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Lynch, performed at the World War II Memorial. The marching band, under the direction of Mr. Aaron Magaro, performed in the National Independence Day Parade. In addition to the performances students and chaperones had the opportunity to visit many of Washington's notable locations including Arlington National Cemetery, Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and the Washington Monument.
Oley Valley High School Band -- 7/4/17 Washington DC Parade

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


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.

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

The 6th Annual Oley Valley Community Education Foundation Dr. Jeffrey F. Zackon 5K Memorial Run & Walk will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017. For more information and to register click here.

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

Click here for the full district calendar

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.

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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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:

Business Manager

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 Custodians

Substitute Licensed Practical Nurses

Substitute Clerical

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

Click here for more information regarding all employment opportunities.

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.