Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter - March 2021

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One School, One Book at OVES

The Oley Valley Elementary School is embarking on a schoolwide book journey, One School, One Book throughout the month of March. A program created by the Read to Them organization, One School, One Book, provides the opportunity for schools and families to share an authentic reading experience. For the second year, the school community is reading the same book for one month, both at home and in the classroom. Students were provided a copy of renowned author Cynthia Rylant’s, Gooseberry Park, by the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation. Each night families are reading aloud a chapter from the book, and classrooms are following up by exploring each chapter the next day in class. In addition to reading the story together, the community is participating in various activities surrounding Gooseberry Park throughout the month. Classrooms each week are answering story questions duringTrivia Tuesday, participating in book discussions, and completing weekly activities all while building a school mural of the book. Since the book shares a tale of lovable furry animals and their unique story of friendship, the third week of the book study is dedicated to collecting donations for the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. As the elementary school participates in this shared reading experience, please check out the Oley Valley One School, One Book Website for tons of tools, resources, and updates on how the journey is progressing each week!


Hannah Shirk

Oley Valley Elementary School

Reading Team Intern

Middle School

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An artwork created by Aaron Grim (11th grade) has been selected for inclusion at Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Student Artwork Showcase. This year’s showcase theme was “Keeping Connected” and challenged students to respond in their artmaking to the essential question, “In these extraordinary times, how do you keep connected?” Aaron, along with other student artists from across the county, will be honored at a reception scheduled for January. His work is shown above. Artworks from high schools across Berks County are featured annually in the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Board Room, for a full calendar year. Tasked with responding to a thematic prompt, each school submits a work that they deem best fits their school community’s embodiment of the identified theme. BCIU Student Artwork Showcase

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It's that time of year again for the Scholastic Art Show in the East Central Pennsylvania Region. The East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards, showcases student work from the surrounding area, and is one of the most prestigious visual arts competitions in our area. They provide regional awards and scholarships totaling over $3,500; recognizing and rewarding student excellence in the visual arts. A handful of our high school students entered work this year, and two were selected to be showcased, both receiving Honorable Mentions. Senior Benno Weidner was recognized for his ceramic work, and sophomore Kendall Harwell for her graphite drawing. Their work will be on display at Kutztown University's Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, located in the Sharadin Arts Building at Kutztown University. The show will run from March 6th to March 21st, and is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturdays 12 to 4pm, and Sunday 2 to 4 pm. Congratulations Benno and Kendall on winning these prestigious awards!


Distinguished Honors- 2nd Quarter

Grade 12

Camille Bertin

Paul Bonargo

Amy Chen

Brynn Donoff

Bridget Higgins Haas

Dylan Kelly

Matthew Knowles

Wesley Martin

Parker Sarge

Myrra Small

Matthew Stahl

Bryan Wagner

Zain Wegman

Grade 11

Kelsey Biehn

Samantha Field

Kristina Kauffman

Gretchen Kimmel

Freya Oesterle

Madison Robb

Grade 10

Joelle Glick

Allison Hassler

Bethany Hauck

Grade 9

Cheyenne Endy

Faith Meals

Lorelei Obst

Emily Seidel

Molly Shueman

David Turchi

Taylor Vaccaro

Mahlon Weidner

High Honors - 2nd Quarter

Grade 12

AshlanEve Fetter

Leif Freed

Taylor Grim

Grace Good

Aidan Hussar

Makenzie Kramer

Daniel Lefko

Ethan Liskey

Stacia Musser

Grace Prout

Drew Rubendall

Jackson Smith

Samantha Vaccaro

Autumn Wolf

Grade 11

Abigail Angelisanti

Rian Daniels

Graham Gernerd

Hannah Gollwitzer

Aaron Grim

Ava Lottig

Luke Macdonald

Natalie Muir

Alexis Ott

Samuel Repko

Kendall Rohrbach

Lydia Simchick

Corbin Teeters

Andrew Truong

Grade 10

Jacob Bolig

Mary Carl

Kyra Dragan

Makayla Geist

Alexandra Lopez

Samantha Malone

Isaiah Meals

Siera Pekuri

Carli Ronco

Laila Rothermel

Chase Rubendall

Isaiah Salen

Abigail Thompson

Olivia Thompson

Wyatt Ulsh

Tetje Williamson

Jeron Zimmerman

Grade 9

Alizarin Capeland

Erin Day

Kaylee DeLong

Vincent Dick

Charlie Donoff

Nathan Firek

Victoria Grim

Lauren Habakus

Jessica Howard

Sean Hoffman

Ethan Johnson

Robert Kowalski

Dana Messner

Brooks Muir

Zachary Reinert

Hunter Schlegel

Morgan Snyder

Sophia Touti

Jonathan Turchi

Joshua Wagner

Ryanne Wheeler

Alvia Witt

Mia Woodard

Honors - 2nd Quarter

Grade 12

Claudia Field

Jonathan Fleck

Jason Gauby

William Jackson

Morgan Hillegas

Asa Lackey

Carly McCulley

Kylie Mossie

Elaine Mortimer

Addison Muir

Grade 11

Alice Bogia

Kaziah Cullen

Andrew McMullen

Kailyn Moyer

Abigail Reinert

Kylie Sanders

Thomas Stauffer

Julie Weidman

Anthony Witt

Cameron Rittwage

RayJeana Shultz

Kelsey Wyatt

Grade 10

Kirstin Batchelder

Jayna Bitler

Rylee Eck

Dean Fisher

Kendall Harwell

Lillian Hetrick

Meghan Higgins-Haas

Ayden Kunkel

Claire Robertson

Jacob Touti

Ty Wamsher

Grade 9

Paige Beaston

Elin Bogia

Bode Brewer

Kenneth Derr

Griffen Freed

John Groves

Spencer Haines

Noah Kelly

Alexis Keppel

Adrienne Kline

Enyer Llovera

Mya Malizia

Lily McCulley

Jaela Mulholland

Arabella Reinert

Colin Remmel

Allison Riley

Molly Rothenberger

Olivia Scatamacchia

Carter Smith

Katelyn Weaver

Jack Wilkinson

Agriculture Education News

Agriculture Education News: Boer goat breeders Mrs. Joyce Walters and her daughter Leah share 3 of their newborn kid goats with the Vet Tech and Advanced Animal Science Classes. The students learned basic goat breeding management and care and had the opportunity to bottle feed and hold the week-old baby goats.

Let me know if you need more.

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Oley Valley Community Education Foundation presents its second community outreach event: Tax Planning with Herbein's Senior Manager, Stacy Weller. This online event will take place on March 30th at 7 PM and will feature topics to improve your financial health.
Join us for this 30-minute presentation with Stacy Weller, Senior Manager at Herbein + Company, followed by a question and answer session. Pre-registration is required and is available here:

OVCEF would like to thank Herbein + Company for their many years of support.

A little bit about our presenter:
Stacy A. Weller, CPA began with Herbein + Company as an intern and became a full-time employee in 2005. Stacy is currently a Senior Manager in Herbein’s Tax Department.

Stacy is responsible for managing multiple individual and corporate client tax engagements. She services numerous industries including manufacturing, professional services, and investors. She specializes in individual tax planning, compliance, and tax minimization strategies for small to mid-size Herbein clients.

Stacy’s professional focus includes estate, trust, gift planning, and compliance for high net worth individuals. She works closely with attorneys and other professionals in the area of estate and trust. Stacy’s favorite aspect of her job is working daily with clients.

“There’s something special about working one on one with a client to really learn about their goals and ambitions – maybe its regarding what they want to leave behind as their legacy, or helping as they plan for retirement with their family – helping them along the way from start to finish really makes my work satisfying.”

Stacy enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, son, and daughter. She loves fishing and dreams of returning to Alaska again. She enjoys vacationing, baseball games, being outside, and spending time with family and friends.

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Thanks to the generous donations from our local and extended community members an Education Grant was provided by the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation to ensure that every family in the OVES is able to read Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant. This beautiful story is about an unlikely relationship between a dog, a bat and a squirrel. It shows a bond between friends is powerful. As the story comes to life, we know this will strengthen both listening and reading habits in all our OVES students.

Pictured here are brother and sister, Aldon and Adelaide Rettew, reading together. Aldon is in Mrs. Wert's 2nd-grade classroom and Adelaide is in Mrs. Hirschtritt's 1st-grade classroom.

"When the school models the habit of regularly reading together as a family, you create a strong foundation for literacy in each child's life." -Read to Them

To learn more about the Education Grants provided by the OVCEF, please visit our website at www.OleyValleyCEF.com

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Please join us for the 9th Annual Zackon 5K Run & Walk. This year's event will include virtual and in-person race & walk options.

The virtual race takes place at your convenience between March 15 - April 10th.

Our in-person event will take place on April 10th in the scenic Oley Valley. Registration opens at 8 AM and the race begins at 9 AM. All are welcome and we encourage runners and walkers to enjoy this outside, family-friendly event.

More details and links to register for both virtual or in-person events can be found below.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

For families and students who may experience homelessness, information on the McKinney-Vento Act is available on the on the Oley Valley School District Website or see below.

OVSD Homeless Liaison and Unaccompanied Youth Contact:

Mia K. Pietsch, M.Ed

Director of Student Services

Oley Valley School District

17 Jefferson Street Oley, PA 19547

610. 987.4100 ext. 1187 or ext. 1188


Please Visit the Sites below for information:

Oley Valley School District Board of Directors

David R. Pollock Jr., President

Robert A. Heckman, Vice President

Dawn Zackon, Treasurer

Eric Clemmer, Member

Nancy Jackson, Member

Darrell L. Markley, Ed.D., Member

Mary Lou Parry, Member

Ralph Richard, Member

Stuart Salen, 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.