Oley Valley School District
Digital Newsletter - April 2019
Read Across America Week
2019 STEM Fest: STEM in the Valley
Three hops across the board and the crowd erupts in cheers and high fives. No, this isn’t a World Cup soccer game, it’s elementary students playing chess at STEM Stops during the elementary school’s annual STEMFest. Our elementary school transformed common spaces once again to celebrate student exploration and learn about our Oley Valley history through science, technology, engineering and mathematics with discovery learning in the lobby and gym and workshops peppered throughout the school. This year’s STEMFest celebrated a theme of STEM in the Valley with featured workshops presented by alumni and local business leaders.
Senator Judy Schwank helped us open the festival with a personal visit on Monday, April 15. She was delighted to learn about the efforts to support inquiry learning and create enthusiasm and excitement for discovery. Our youngest students were delighted to share their large block constructions and make parachutes with the Senator. Later in the morning she joined our first graders as they worked with Coryn Stump to explore biochemistry.
Our STEMFest is designed to create a school-wide event that offsets high stakes testing with student led inquiry. Students enter the building with smiles as they walk past our STEM Stops centers in the front lobby. While intermediate students focus on the PSSAs, our youngest learners enjoy festival activities and challenges. After completing their assessment block for the morning, third, fourth and fifth graders work their way through workshops, exploration centers, collaborative games and computer science activities.
Student-led exploration is at the center of OVES STEMFest. Students enjoy forty minutes of open exploration each day with activities such as the walk-through water cycle, construction zone with mega blocks, laser reflection mazes, what’s in a stream watershed exploration, energy conversion and electrical circuits, quilt block making, garden design and weaving in our STEM Stops lobby or line dancing through codes, catapults, historical comparisons, covered bridge building, exploring the Oley Valley floor-sized road map, step into history with green screen and drop everything and read corners in our gymnasium.
Workshops are a new feature this year that highlight STEM career paths through hands-on experiences with alumni and local business leaders. Coryn Stump, recent OVHS graduate and current Penn State senior lead the students through a chemical reaction science experiment of exploding foam. Mike Ruemmler, local photographer and print production specialist, introduced storytelling through photography and taught our students to take the pictures featured in this article. Bob Wolf, engineer at FoxConn Technologies, taught our students about reflection and refraction using lasers. Austin Schaeffer, recent OVHS graduate and shop supervisor at Levan Machine, talked about his career path as we explored gears, pulleys and machine design. School Board President Dave Pollock presented our final workshop in the series about electricity and circuits through fun activities with squishy circuits and paper circuits. We are grateful to the involvement and support of our local community as we seek new ways to build excitement and introduce our students to careers and opportunities in STEM in the Valley.
Want to know more? You can find more images, information and links to student work from STEMFest 2019 on the Oley Valley School District website at www.oleyvalleysd.org/STEM.
Winners of the Berks Ag Day Essay Contest. Congratulations! You are amazing!
Arabella Reinert won the Nation Agricultural Day essay contest sponsored by the Berks County Agricultural Resource Network for 7th and 8th grade this year! She wrote an essay on what kind of plants farmers should use when putting up riparian buffers. Arabella's essay and picture was featured in the Reading Eagle and she won a cash prize! There were 113 total essays entered for this contest.
Oley Valley Middle School NASA Club is out of this world!
This year students in Mrs. Hawkins NASA club had the opportunity to participate in a project called Tomatosphere. The program is operated by First the Seed Foundation in the United States. Tomato seeds were planted and the number of germinating seeds was recorded.
This experiment uses plum tomato seeds from conventional sources. There was a control group of seeds, and a group of seeds that had been to the International Space Station. The origin of the seeds was not revealed until the data was submitted. On March 14, 2019 students from Mrs. Hawkins NASA club was assisted by Miss Jagielski’s Evirothon club to plant the seeds. The seeds were closely monitored and data was collected and reported.
Our final results revealed that about 79.5% of the control seeds germinated while about 58.6% of the International Space Station seeds germinated. Food availability and life support are major limiting factors in extended space exploration. Research collected will help to determine whether space travel will change the germination of the seeds.
Reading Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest Results
On Saturday, March 23rd, four high school students represented Oley Valley at the Reading Rotary Club’s annual 4-Way Speech Contest held at Albright College. To compete in this contest, students must use the Rotary Club’s four-question ethics test to address an important issue of each student’s choice. Sophomores Mireliz Bermudez and Wesley Martin, junior Ryan Sheetz, and senior Alysha Ulrich competed in this year’s contest, and Mrs. Kallis served as their advisor. All contestants delivered very impressive and insightful speeches. The speech topics included single parenting awareness, current American immigration policies, American patriotism, and equal rights.
Ryan Sheetz earned an honorable mention; Wesley Martin earned third place; Mireliz Bermudez earned second place, and Alysha Ulrich earned first place. Alysha will be advancing to the regional level competition that will be held on Saturday, April 13th at Albright College. Congratulations to all competitors on a job well done!
* Submitted by Alysa Ulrich
Rotary Club's 4-Way Speech Contest - Regional Level
On Saturday, April 13th, senior Alysha Ulrich competed at the regional level of the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest held at Albright College. This contest featured speakers from Wyomissing, Fleetwood, Conrad Weiser, Reading, and Kutztown. Each competitor addressed a controversial and captivating topic within his or her speech. Topics included the importance of community service, the negative effects of social media, the prevalence of media bias, the necessity of open-mindedness, and the complications of the electoral college. Alysha Ulrich spoke about gender equality, specifically the Equal Rights Amendment, and earned third place in the contest. She was advised by Mrs. Kallis at both the local and regional level contests. Alysha performed exceptionally well and was a wonderful representative of Oley Valley High School.
Ms. Gundrum's Career Day Presentation
Ms. Gundrum set up a career speaker from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to speak with any interested high school students who would like to learn about the varied career areas within the FBI.
On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Special Agent Jared Witmier spoke to approximately 40 students in the high school library. Special Agent Witmier spoke about how one goes about applying to become an FBI agent. He specifically addressed how one can start now to prepare for applying to the FBI, the age window of acceptance, academy training, physical fitness, salary, retirement, what things prevent one from becoming a member of the FBI, what special skills the FBI looks for in its candidates, and the diverse areas within the FBI that one can specialize.
Special Agent Witmier has been an FBI agent for 16 years. Currently, he is in charge of the Allentown office of the FBI. For 14 years he worked in New York City, but he has also spent time working in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, China, and many other places throughout the world. His specialties include counterterrorism, drug trafficking and international espionage. He shared a very nice PowerPoint presentation, about the FBI, with our students, followed by information about his experience joining and working for the FBI, followed by an hour-long question and answer period. All the students were very interested in his presentation and asked a lot of questions. Many students spoke with Special Agent Witmier one-on-one following his presentation.
It was an honor to have Special Agent Witmier come to Oley Valley High School. His presentation was very informative and shed light on a very interesting career field. Everyone thanked Special Agent Witmier for his work in helping to keep America, and its citizens, safe.
WorldQuest Team goes to Nationals!
Over the weekend of April 26th, the Oley Valley High School Academic WorldQuest team traveled to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2019 National Academic WorldQuest competition.
The WorldQuest team would like to thank the Qatar-America Institute for hosting us at the Friday night reception and also thanks to the United States Institute of Peace for hosting Saturday’s competition.
We would also like to thank the Greater Reading Area World Affairs Council and the Oley Valley School District for covering the expenses of the trip. Through their generosity the club was able to bring the core team and four alternates on the trip to experience this educational and fun filled weekend.
At Saturday’s competition the core team, made up of Brandon Oesterle, Gabriel Turoscy, Erin Dillon and Myrra Small, were able to score 85 points, thus placing fifth in the National Competition.
Over the weekend the club members were able to visit many educational places like, the National Mall, National Zoo, and the Smithsonian Institutes. They were even able to take in a showing of “The Capitol Steps".
The club members would like to thank again the Oley Valley School District and the World Affairs Council of the Greater Reading Area for allowing us to travel to Saturday’s competition and letting us explore our Nation’s Capital.
Written by Erin Dillon
Oley Valley Music Rocks!
Congratulations! It’s Official-You’ve Received a Best Communities for Music Education Award - Fourth time in a row!!!!!
Thank you for your participation in this year’s “Best Communities for Music Education” survey presented by The NAMM Foundation. We are pleased to inform you that your school has received a 2019 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) award.
Congratulations Donovan Readinger!
Over the past few months, OVHS student Donovan Readinger has been working hard, auditioning and participating in a number of festivals throughout Pennsylvania. He successfully auditioned into Senior County Band and Senior County Orchestra. Then he auditioned into District 10 Band and District 10 Orchestra, which are two separately auditioned festivals that are held in District 10 and are comprised of several counties in the surrounding area. Donovan then advanced beyond District 10 Orchestra and participated in Region 5 Orchestra, a festival that consists of all counties in Districts 10 and 7. Finally, he auditioned into All-State Orchestra, a group comprised of students from all across the state, that performed at the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association Conference. The PMEA conference was held in Pittsburgh from April 3rd to April 6th.
Oley Music goes to Broadway!
On Wednesday, April 4th, the OVHS Music Department went on a day trip to New York City! The students and staff got to experience a real-life Broadway masterclass taught by current members of Broadway’s Chicago. Students and staff learned the song and dance for “All That Jazz” in an actual studio where actors and actresses audition for the very same show. After some free time in the city, the group headed to Gershwin Theater where they saw Wicked, and they concluded their trip with a group dinner in town!
Music Festivals in Berks County
The Oley Valley School District had several students from grades 5 through 9 participate in different music festivals in Berks County. The lists below recognize those students. We are very happy to acknowledge these students and their great musical accomplishments!
PMEA 5th & 6th Grade Band Festival
Berks County 6th Grade Band Festival
6th Grade String Festival
Junior County Orchestra
Junior County Band
Junior County Choir
PA - TSA State Conference
From Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 to Saturday, April 13th, 2019, thirteen students represented the Oley Valley High School TSA Chapter at the Pennsylvania TSA State Conference. Sadly, no team qualified for the national conference, but the biotechnology design team (Sara Hoover, William "Kit" Jackson, Michael Cleaveland, & Cody Degler) placed third. The chapter also received two fifth place awards in the events of Flight Endurance (Cody Degler) and Children Stories (Chloe Gilbert, Brynn Gilbert, Evan Lopez, Elijah Karas, & Nick Repko). The Oley Valley High School chapter also experienced a few firsts at this year's state conference with Andrew Kline running for a state officer position for the office of treasurer and having Brynn Gilbert and Chloe Gilbert attend the conference for four consecutive years. Our students had a great time at the conference and we are shooting for another year of success as we transition over to the next competition year.
The Oley Valley High School’s Reading Olympics team competed in the Berks County Reading Olympics competition at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. The team competed against other high schools in Berks County on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Oley’s team came in fifth place with an overall score of forty-four. The team is comprised of four seniors, as well as, one sophomore and one freshman. At the competition, the six of them won two out of three of the rounds, losing only to Daniel Boone in the third round. The Reading Olympics team was led by Mrs. Weidman, along with the team’s president Emma Blair. All the members of the team worked very hard and hope to do even better in future years.
The team members were: Emma Blair, Emmit Denton, Samantha Allen, Morgan Koshy, Erin Dillon and Freya Oesterle
From left to right: (back row) Danielle Trimbur, Erin Readinger, Vinny Ferrizzi, Sydney Trimbur, Kate Smith, Haley Weidman, Morgan Hillegas
(front row) Hayden Phillips, Paige Rohrbach, Addison Arrowsmith, Julie Weidman
Eleven of these members moved on to compete at the Area level, which was held on March 14th at the Millcreek Lutheran Church in Newmanstown. The following individuals placed in the top five in their respective competitions:
In Junior Prepared speaking, Morgan Hillegas placed 2nd, and Addison Arrowsmith placed 3rd.
Erin Readinger placed fifth in the Senior Prepared speaking competition.
In Conservation Prepared speaking, Danielle Trimbur earned 1st place and Paige Rohrbach earned 4th place.
In the Creed speaking competition, Julie Weidman earned 1st place.
In Extemporaneous speaking, Hayden Phillips earned 1st place.
We are so proud of all of our members that have competed in the public speaking CDEs this year. Great job!! Best of luck to all competitors that are moving on to the Regional competition on April 11th!
From left to right: (back row) Erin Readinger, Kate Smith, Vinny Ferrizzi, Andrew Kline
(middle row) Danielle Trimbur, Haley Weidman, Hayden Phillips, Morgan Hillegas, Jenna Horning
(front row) Addison Arrowsmith, Paige Rohrbach, Sarah Berger, Sydney Trimbur
Oley Valley FFA Competes in Public Speaking CDEs
Each year, members from the Oley Valley FFA compete in public speaking Career Development Events (CDEs). As competitors, they either compose and recite a research manuscript (Junior Prepared, Conservation and Senior Prepared speaking), recite the creed of the national FFA organization (Creed speaking), or compose a manuscript regarding an agricultural issue at the competition (Extemporaneous speaking).
This year, public speaking CDEs began on Tuesday, February 26th at the County level. Twelve of our members competed, and earned the following placings:
In Junior Prepared speaking, Addison Arrowsmith earned 2nd place, Morgan Hillegas earned 3rd place, Sydney Trimbur earned 5th place, and Sarah Berger earned 6th place.
In Senior Prepared speaking, Kate Smith placed 2nd, Erin Readinger placed 3rd, Jenna Horning placed 8th, and Andrew Kline placed 9th.
In Conservation Prepared speaking, Paige Rohrbach earned 1st place, Danielle Trimbur earned 2nd place, and Vinny Ferrizzi earned 4th place.
In the Creed speaking competition, Julie Weidman placed 1st and Addison Arrowsmith placed 5th.
Finally, in Extemporaneous speaking, Hayden Phillips placed 1st and Haley Weidman placed 2nd.
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Oley Valley Community Education Foundation Annual Stone Auction Fundraising Event
The event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Rolling Rock Building Stone, Inc. 40 Rolling Rock Road, Boyertown, PA. Bidding will start at 9 AM. There will be 200 lots of stone and landscaping products on sale at the auction. The Foundation will receive a substantial portion of the profits from this event.
Oley Valley Community Education Foundation
OVCEF seeks nominations for Distinguished Oley Valley Alumni and Distinguished Service to the Oley Valley School District Awards
The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation (OVCEF) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Oley Valley Distinguished Alumni Award and for the Distinguished Service to the Oley Valley School District Award.
One or more awards are presented each October to alumni for outstanding achievement in their professions, humanitarian efforts, volunteerism, or service in their communities, or a single exceptional achievement. One or more awards may also be presented to individuals who have provided unselfish service to the Oley Valley School District.
Award nomination forms are available at the Oley Valley High School Office, 17 Jefferson Street, Oley; the OVCEF website www.OleyValleyCEF.org; and the OVSD website www.oleyvalleysd.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 30, 2019.
Danielle Trimbur broke the school record in javelin with a throw of 133' 5" at our home meet against Fleetwood on 4/2/19. She is currently ranked #5 in PA overall (#1 in AA). Her performance may increase as the season progresses.
Oley Valley High School Varsity Baseball team volunteered at the Coventry Little League Challenger Game. Great Job Gentlemen!
For Athletic Schedules & Information visit www.ovlynx.org
*Please note that you can sign up on the athletic website for schedule change notifications which will send you an email or text message to alert you as soon as games are postponed.
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.
Sport signups for the Fall 2019 season will take place during lunch periods at the Middle School on May 2nd and at the High School on May 3rd. ALL students who plan on playing a sport during the 2019-2020 school year are strongly encouraged to pick up a physical packet during the Fall Signups (even if only planning on doing a Winter or Spring sport) and attend the 2019-2020 sport physicals which will be held on Monday, June 3rd. More information on scheduling your appointment for the school sport physical will be included in the 2019-2020 physical packet.
Sport Physicals for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on Monday, June 3rd. This is the easiest way to have your child cleared to participate in a sport next year and only costs $5. Assigned physical times are given to the student once a completed physical packet is returned to the Athletic Office. Physical packets will be handed out to students as they sign up for a Fall sport, or they can be picked up at the Fall sign-ups if only doing a Winter or Spring sport. Students are not allowed to participate without a physical that is certified after June 1, 2019 so if your child’s annual checkup does not fall before his/her sport season then attending the school sport physicals is highly encouraged.
The All-Sports and Senior Student-Athlete Awards will be presented on Friday, May 31st at 7:00PM in the High School Auditorium. Invitations for all student-athletes will be sent in early May. We ask that all student-athletes RSVP so that we can plan accordingly and have all awards ready for presentation at the event.
Important upcoming dates:
May 2nd – MS Fall Sports Signups
May 3rd – HS Fall Sports Signups
May 13th – Spring Athletic Booster Club Meeting – 7:00PM HS Library
May 31st – All-Sports & Senior Athletic Awards – 7:00PM HS Auditorium
June 3rd – 2019-2020 Sport Physicals – 6:00-9:00PM
August 1st – All Fall Sports Physical Packets Due to the Athletic Office
2019-20 Coaching Vacancies:
MS Head Boys Soccer
MS Assistant Boys Soccer
MS Head Girls Soccer
HS Assistant Wrestling
School Board Reports
Oley Valley Elementary School Board Report
Students and staff recognized World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday, March 21st by wearing bright socks.
The Elementary Select Chorus performed the National Anthem at the Reading Royals on Friday, March 29th. Congratulations to the students on an awesome performance!
Staff completed professional development on Friday, March 29th. Staff worked on PSSA preparation, early literacy areas in the primary grades, and curriculum review.
The PSSA assessments took place throughout the month of April. A pep rally was held on Friday, April 12th to focus and motivate the students to do their best on the assessments.
The STEM Festival took place the week of April 15th during the afternoon of each testing day. The STEM Festival offered students the opportunity to engage in student led exploration of activities. Oley Valley community members hosted guided workshops in the festival. Senator Schwank presented on the first day of the STEM Festival and Representative Maloney will be visiting on May 2nd to learn more about the STEM program and hear about the STEM Festival.
Staff visited Friedens Lutheran Child Care Center to read to students during the Week of the Young Child which began April 8th. Students from the child care center visited the elementary school on Friday, April 12th. Students toured the elementary school, completed a craft activity, listened to a story, and visited the playground.
Students will begin raising money for the PTO Walk-A-Thon during the month of April. The walk will take place on Thursday, May 16th.
Oley Valley Middle School School Board Report
Congratulations to our OVMS March Students of the Month. They are:
- 8th Grade: Jordan Miles and Jaden Nase
- 7th Grade: Jaela Mulholland and Mahlon Weidner
- 6th Grade: Ryan Fink and Madison Malone
PSSA preparations are in full swing. Training is wrapping up and testing dates run from April 24 through May 3.
Congratulations to Mrs. Donna Talis. Mrs. Talis is a reading teacher at the middle school and was nominated for the BCIU sponsored Annie Sullivan Award. This award recognizes outstanding service, dedication, and significant contributions for the education of students with disabilities in Berks County.
Unfortunately, there were not enough students signed up to run the PTSO Rock-a-Thon this year. We received student feedback, are working on changes and will make a try at another Thon-type event next year. Our goal is to create a middle school tradition that gets the majority of middle schoolers involved!
On April 11, at 6:30pm in the Middle School Library, the Oley Valley School District counselors held the spring 339 Update. This effort works to ensure proper career planning for all students.
On April 17 the middle school hosted a 7th grade SPARC Carnival. SPARC stands for Students Planning a Road to Careers. This featured lots of activities for our 7th grade students, including:
- A guest speaker from the Reading Area Community College presenting what colleges look
for and advice for selecting high school courses
- Team-building activities
- Career-readiness activities
- Mock interviews
- A dress for success station
- A tie tying station
- “Ask-a-Senior” station
Oley Valley High School School Board Report
Spring sports are up and running!! We look forward to a great spring season with all of our student-athletes.
Special Agent Witmier visited OVHS on 3/20/19. He was talking to interested students about the FBI and his career. It was great to have him visit our school for an engaging presentation.
On 3/27/19- OVSD staff and students participated in Donkey Basketball. Everyone had a good time during this community event.
Interviews have and continue to take place for our vacant teaching positions for the 2019-2020 school year.
Our spring AG board meeting took place on 3/28/19. The FFA Banquet also was held on 4/4.
RACC visited our school on 4/1 to review our efforts in Project Lead the Way. It was great to show off the wonderful things happening in our school to President Dr. Looney & Mrs. Corbett.
Our faculty spent our recent professional Development time on looking at Technology tools that can be used in their classroom instantly. We looked at three tools- googlesheets, nearpod, and Socrative.
March 22, 2019 - Spring was just starting! Snow Squall on the way to Hamburg on Route 662.
Top of Hill, Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle Road
Windsor Castle Road
Photos provided by Ms. Gundrum. They are beautiful, and a little scary!
Important Upcoming Events
5/2/19 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
5/3/19 School Lunch Hero Day
5/4/49 Junior/Senior Prom
5/7/19 Teacher Appreciation Day
5/7/19 HS Orchestra and Band Concert – HS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/8/19 School Nurse Day
5/8/19 School Board Combined Committee Meeting 7:00 PM
5/9/19 MS Chorus Concert – MS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/9/19 Athletic Booster Club Meeting 7:00 PM
5/10/19 MS Courtyard Dance Grades 6-8 - 7:00 to 9:30 PM
5/12/19 Mother’s Day
5/13/19 Grade 6 Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Concert – MS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/14/19 ES Orchestra Concert – MS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/15/19 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
5/16/19 OVSD ESL Parent Meeting – MS Library 7:00 PM
5/16/19 HS Chorus and Jazz Band Concert – HS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/20/19 HS Academic Awards 7:00 PM
5/21/19 ES Band Concert – MS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/22/19 Grade 5 Olympic Day
5/22/19 MS Orchestra, and Grades 7 & 8 Band Concert – MS Auditorium 7:00 PM
5/23/19 Grade 4 Olympic Day
5/24/19 In-Service Day – Schools Closed
5/27/19 Memorial Day – School Closed
5/28/19 Grade 3 Recorder Concert
5/28/19 ES PTO Meeting – ES Cafeteria 6:30 PM
5/28/19 Senior Music Banquet 6:00 PM
5/29/19 Grades 2 & 3 Game Day
5/29/19 Senior Awards Banquet
5/30/19 KG & Grade 1 Game Day
5/30/19 ES Percussion Ensemble Concert
5/30/19 OVSD STEAM EXPO – OVMS 5:30 PM
5/30/19 Last Day for Seniors & Senior Building Walkthrough
5/31/19 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony – ES Café 9:00 AM
5/31/19 MS Music in the Parks Trip
5/31/19 HS All-Sports & Senior Awards – HS Auditorium 7:00 PM
6/3/19 MS Awards Ceremonies – Grade 6 & 7 @ 8:00 AM – Grade 8 @ 1:00 PM
6/4/19 Baccalaureate - HS Auditorium 7:00 PM
6/5/19 Last Day of School for Students – Early Dismissal
MS Dismissal @ 10:35 AM
HS Dismissal @ 10:50 AM
ES Dismissal @ 11:50 AM
6/6/19 In-Service Day – Schools Closed
Oley Valley School District Board of Directors
David R. Pollock Jr., President
Stephen S. Burns, Vice-President
Carl J. Kubitz, Jr., Treasurer
Eric Clemmer, Member
Robert A. Heckman, Member
Darrell L. Markley, Ed.D., 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
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