Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- October 2017

The 2017 Oley Community Fair

The 71st Annual Oley Community Fair was held from September 21 through September 23. As is tradition, the students and staff of the Oley Valley School District were actively involved. The district had an informational booth in the commercial building and was visited by hundreds of alumni during the fair. High school students were involved in setting up, cleanup, music performances, FFA farmer for a day, manning the cake and cider stand and volunteering in food stands. Students and staff of all ages were also involved in entering competitions, exhibits, and contests.

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

OVES Celebrates International Dot Day

Students at OVES celebrated International Dot Day on September 15th. Thanks to our staff at OVES that participated in this fun school wide event. Together we celebrated the book The Dot by Peter H Reynolds.

According to their website http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/, over 10 million people from 170 countries joined our celebration of creativity and decided to MAKE THEIR MARK and change the world!

Students created their own dots in each of the grade levels. Students from Mrs. Usner’s art enrichment class created 3-D dots using the app Quiver.

OVES Donations Arrive in Texas!

The Golden Acres Elementary School and Catherine Bethke Elementary School in Texas received their supplies donated by OVES staff, students, and community. The staff and communities in those two school districts are very thankful and appreciative of the generosity and kindness shown by the Oley Valley community. A big thank you to Elite trucking for shipping the supplies to Texas.

Oley Valley Middle School Update

New Afterschool Program Comes to OVMS

On Monday, October 2, 2017 the Oley Valley Middle School, in partnering with the Tri Valley YMCA, opened its YMCA afterschool program. This program is free for middle school students to attend. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. The program’s home base is in a Middle School classroom.

The program will offer a wide variety of typical program activities including study time, games, art projects, etc. The program will also use school resources to offer unique opportunities for enrichment. These include regular sessions in the Middle School’s new ViewMaster Virtual Reality Lab, a monthly writers workshop given by a published novelist (and OVMS English teacher), organized sports/games/activities run by OVMS physical education teachers as well as community service opportunities both on and off-campus.

The program can also serve as a supplement to other school programs already in place. While we cannot provide transportation for students who stay after school, students can sign-in to the Y-Program when the school activity is completed. The Middle School offers afterschool tutoring from 2:30-3:30pm Monday through Thursday. Some students stay after for Jazz Band or Select Chorus. The program is there if they cannot be picked up until later.

While the program is brand new, we anticipate rapid growth. We greatly appreciate all of the support provided in getting this program started. Superintendent Dr. Tracy Shank and OVCEF Executive Director (and school board member) Mrs. Joanne Ewing were instrumental in ensuring that this program got off the ground. Many thanks to the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation and to the United Way for providing funding for this program. Thanks also to the Tri Valley YMCA staff for working with the Oley Valley Middle School.

This program is provided at no cost to parents. Parents must, however, complete a registration form for child to attend. Forms can be obtained from the district website, from the Middle School Facebook page or from the main office. Donations are accepted. Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mr. Dan Marks, Middle School Principal at 610-987-4100, ext. 4308.

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Oley Valley High School Update

OVHS Celebrates Homecoming Week

The week of September 25th was an exciting one at OVHS as we celebrated homecoming. Many events took place which included the annual alumni awards ceremony, powderpuff football game, homecoming dance, sporting events, and the crowning of the homecoming royalty. Students also participated in a variety of spirit dress up days which took place during the week.

9th Grade Students Learn About Career Opportunities

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 all 9th grade students in Berks County participated in a program sponsored by the Berks Business Education Coalition. The program titled, "Students Interacting with Business" facilitated a student visitation to three Berks County business which included Penn State St. Josephs Medical Center, R.M. Palmer Candies, and World Electronics. Students received a tour of the facility as well as participated in discussions with representatives from those business. Prior to their departure, students participated in a presentation given by OVHS graduate Heather Adams. The presentation was focused on skills that employeers are looking for in possible job candidates. On Wednesday, students held a discussion and reflection with school counselors during their social studies classes.

Thank you to the BBEC and their business partners for sponsoring this opportunity.

OVHS Students Perform at Naturalization Ceremony

Students from the Oley Valley High School music department performed at a naturalization ceremony at the county courthouse on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Students sang a variety of patriotic themed songs which helped to make the ceremony special for the new American citizens. Thank you to Mrs. Lynch, Mr. Magaro and all of our performers for their hard work in preparing for this performance.

Click here for the WFMZ article which covered the ceremony.

OVHS Fall Play

The Oley Valley High School Drama Department will be presenting A Delightful Quarantine.

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 -- 7:00PM
  • Friday, November 10, 2017 -- 7:00PM
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 -- 7:00PM

Tickets are $8.00 and are available at the door.

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.

Fall sports are starting to wrap up with most playoffs starting October 14th. Stay tuned for post-season honors and playoff achievements!

Winter HS sports will start on November 17th; MS Winter sports will start on November 28th. Signups for Winter sports will take place during lunch periods the week of October 23rd. All Winter Physical Packets and Recertification forms will be due to the Athletic Office by Friday, November 10th.

Class and Varsity Jacket order forms can be picked up in the Athletic Office. All orders are due by Friday, October 13th. Sample jackets can be tried on in the Athletic Office for sizing purposes. All jackets ordered will arrive before the December Holidays!

The Athletic Booster Club is selling PA Lottery Daily Number Raffle Tickets. Each ticket has 5 daily numbers on it and cost $10. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please see a Fall Student-Athlete or contact the Athletic Office.

Upcoming Athletic Booster Club Meeting:

Thursday, October 12th @ 7:00

*All meetings will be held in the High School Cafeteria

2017 Angel Tree Project

Every holiday season the Oley Valley School District facilitates an Angel Tree program. The purpose of this program is to provide gift cards to families in need during the holiday season. Last year we helped over 75 families.

If you are interested in donating to this program please contact Mrs. Deb Bernecker via phone at 610-987-4100 ext 1191 or e-mail at dbernecker@ovsdpa.org.

If you are in need of donations and would like to be an Angel Tree recipient please contact Deb Bernecker at the contact information listed above. All requests for donations will remain confidential.

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.

Important Upcoming Events

  • 10/9/17 -- In Service -- Schools Closed
  • 10/11/17 -- Buildings & Grounds Worker Appreciation Day
  • 10/11/17 -- PSAT
  • 10/11/17 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 10/12/17 -- MS PTSO Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 10/12/17 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 10/15/17 -- National School Bus Safety Week
  • 10/16/17 -- MS Picture Retakes
  • 10/17/17 -- ES Picture Retakes
  • 10/18/17 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 10/19/17 -- ES Parent Discussion Meeting -- 6:30PM
  • 10/19/17 -- Secondary Transition Night -- 7:00PM
  • 10/20/17 -- ES School Store
  • 10/20/17 -- 9th Grade BCTC Visit
  • 10/22/17 -- Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/24/17 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM
  • 10/27/17 -- End of Quarter 1 (OVHS)
  • 10/27/17 -- 7th & 8th Grade Dance -- 7:00PM
  • 10/27/17 -- ES Halloween Parade
  • 10/27/17 -- ES Movie Night 7:00PM
  • 10/28/17 -- ACT Assessment
  • 10/30/17 -- Start of Quarter 2 (OVHS)
  • 10/31/17 -- Halloween
  • 11/1/17 -- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • 11/3/17 -- MS School Store
  • 11/3/17 -- ES Make-It, Take-It
  • 11/4/17 -- SAT Assessment
  • 11/5/17 -- Daylight Savings Time Ends

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 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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  • 1956
  • 1958-1962
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  • 1982
  • 1985-1986

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:

Business Manager

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

Middle School Special Education

HS Math (LTS)

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


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

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 Asst. Girls Basketball
HS Asst. Cheerleading

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.