Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- March 2018

Snow Make-Up Days

The following days have been designated as snow make-up days:

  • January 15, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • March 27, 2018
  • March 28, 2018
  • March 29, 2018

School Board Vacancy

The Oley Valley School District is seeking residents interested in applying for an anticipated two year vacant position on the Board of School Directors. Residents 18 years of age or older, who have been residents of the Oley Valley School District for at least one year, are invited to submit a letter of interest and application to the Office of The Superintendent, Oley Valley School District, 17 Jefferson Street, Oley PA 19547, or to Maria Jones, Board Secretary, at mjones@ovsdpa.org. Applicant information will be accepted until 3:00 P.M. on March 29, 2018. Interviews are anticipated to be held the week of April 3-6, 2018 with appointment to the Board at the Combined Committee Meeting on April 11, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in the High School Library.

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration

The Oley Valley School District began its 2018-2019 Kindergarten registration on Monday, January 29, 2018. Parents may register children who reside in the district and will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2018.

You may come to the Elementary School Office to pick up a registration packet or you may print the forms listed below. Once the registration forms are completed and returned to the Elementary School Office, you may schedule your registration appointment.


To register your child, please contact the Elementary School Main Office at 610-987-4100, ext. 2098, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will need to make an appointment to bring your child to the Elementary School on either Tuesday, June 12, 2018, or Wednesday, June 13, 2018, for an informal screening with the kindergarten team.

Kindergarten Academy will be held at the Oley Valley Elementary School on August 15, 2018 during the evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will also be a Parent Back-to-School Night for parents during Kindergarten Academy.

If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten registration, please contact the Elementary School Main Office at 610-987-4100, ext. 2098.

OVES Holds Family Math & Reading Night

This year’s Family Math and Reading Night was a huge success! We had over 250 parents and students join us for our animal presentation presented by the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Some of the animals presented were a snake, a milky toad, a crowned crane, a porcupine and of course the penguin. We also featured two local authors: Dori Hoch and Nadine Poper. Once the zoo presentation was finished families enjoyed our animal themed stations. Families were able to explore the different stations that were located around the all-purpose room and gym such as Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Kahoot! and make your own binoculars. Our committee was composed of 12 members and volunteers all of which contributed greatly to the evening.

Family Fitness Night Returns to OVES

On the evening of Thursday March 8th, Oley Valley families gathered at the elementary school to participate in the 8th annual Family Fitness Night. This event provided families with an opportunity to have fun interacting with each other while participating in physical activities and improving their cardiovascular health. Some of the activities included: a Shuttle Run, Obstacle Courses, An Upper Body Fitness Mat, Scooter Races, Balance Beam, Step Aerobics, Jump Ropes, and Yoga.

Several community organizations either participated in, or sponsored, the event as well. They provided demonstrations and clinics encouraging all to get involved, and donated door prizes that were awarded by raffle to students and families attending.

Representatives included: The Oley Valley Football Association and Cheerleaders, The Centre for Pilates in Sinking Spring, Penn State Health/St. Joseph Medical Center Physical Therapy and Concussion Management Program, Capital Blue Cross, Windswept Acres, Oley Valley School District Food Services, Hawk Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America, CARON Treatment Centers, Colonial Fitness Club, and Bella Italia Restaurant.

Nutrition information showing the sugar and fat content of foods and beverages commonly consumed proved enlightening. Models demonstrating what it looks like to gain or lose 5 lbs. of muscle vs. 5 lbs. of fat were on display, and BMI Screening was provided. Healthy snacks were served and information on the Oley Valley Elementary School breakfast and lunch program was on hand. Our Elementary School Head Cook,

Mrs. Petry, was available to answer questions.

The event was organized by teachers and staff serving on the Oley Valley Elementary School Wellness Committee.

Article Submitted by: Mrs. Sue Johnson, OVES Nurse

Oley Valley Middle School Update

OVMS Presents Shrek Jr.

The Oley Valley Middle School Drama Club performed their rendition of Shrek The Musical Jr. on Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th, 2018.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek the Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek (Corbin Teeters), leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad (Dylan Smith), a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey (Anthony Witt) to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona (Madison Wartzenluft), his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek Jr. was an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. The Oley Valley Middle School Drama Club would like to thank our show sponsors and all of the parents, friends, and families who came to support our show.

Article Submitted by Mrs. Kristen Rothenberger, MS Drama Club Director

8th Graders Participate in Poetry Slam

Eighth grade students in both Mrs. Cooper’s and Ms. Russell’s classes have been creating poems for the 2018 Poetry Slam. Topics have an expansive range that include the comedic, contemporary issues, even tragic. The poetry slam is a terrific opportunity for students to express themselves in a unique way and creates some very teachable moments for teachers and administration. The moments come in regard to content, plagiarism, appropriateness and a willingness to present one’s own original thoughts in front of a group of peers.

Students perform their final products in a live performance in the auditorium…a great if not intimidating experience. These performances were quite impressive. This is an assignment that will continue to be a part of the eighth grade curriculum for years to come!

Oley Valley High School Update

OVHS Joins in National Campaign

On March 8th, Mrs. Wellman’s class ran the Spread The Word To End The Word (R-Word Campaign) at the high school. The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the word "retard" as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators pledged during lunches. Thank you to all who participated! We collected 229 signatures. Mrs. Wellman would like to thank all the aides and students who helped make this event possible.
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FFA Week

Every year, FFA members across the country celebrate National FFA Week, which this past year was February 18th to the 24th. The week was kicked off Monday night with the annual Yellow House Fundraiser, where supporters enjoyed a dinner and know that a portion of their bill will be benefiting the Oley Valley FFA chapter. Throughout the week, students in the middle and high school could find FFA emblems hanging on the walls with their name on them; these were submitted for a drawing for a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card, two per grade. There were also theme days, like "Flaunt Your Flannel" and tractor colors day, for all three schools to help get everyone involved in the event. On Tuesday, students handed out apples and mushrooms to every faculty member in the district, and Friday morning was the annual appreciation breakfast, where faculty, alumni, and other supporters of the FFA were invited to enjoy a breakfast cooked by students. Saturday night, the chapter held a dancing event at the Oley Fairgrounds, which was attended by approximately 200 people. To conclude the week, on the following Monday "Kiss the Donkey" was held. Non-perishable food and household items were collected for the Keystone Military families during FFA week, which also served as votes towards which faculty members would be kissing a miniature donkey. The chapter was able to donate over 300 pounds of items which will be distributed to families in need. All in all, FFA week was a huge success, and the Oley Valley FFA would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for their support!

OVHS Hosts Mosaic Concert

For the size of the Oley Valley High School's student body, there is a very high number enrolled in some sort of music program.

Oley offers chorus, band and orchestra, as well as smaller groups like select chorus and jazz band.

Oley's music program always sounds amazing. The program is brought together and run by chorus and orchestra director Katherine Lynch, and band director Aaron Magaro.

This year, they decided to create a new concert in which the music doesn't stop, flowing continuously from one piece to the next. This mosaic idea came from their participation in a similar concert during their separate times at Penn State University.

The concert was performed on Feb. 27. Lynch and Magaro hope it will become an annual event.

During the concert, which lasted about an hour and a half, performances were included from all of the school's musicians. The small groups, selected by teachers, covered singing, a trumpet duet, a brass quintet and a violin duet.

Oley senior Julia Franckowiak sang with the orchestra,

"The mosaic was an amazing concert, and it is something that a typical high school wouldn't be able to pull off, but it turned out fantastic, and I'm so glad we did it!" she said.

Another senior who performed in a spotlight piece was Madeline Kauffman. Madeline performed in the orchestra, soloed on the piano and played in a violin duet. She said that she would love to perform at the concert again if she had the opportunity.

Sophomore Abriel Franckowiak sang in both the regular chorus and select chorus.

She said, "The concert was such an amazing experience. The concert was a unique idea and included so many talented performers. The only thing that could be fixed is the small number of seating. Next year there should be two nights of the concert."

In the audience, you could tell that nearly everyone was having fun with this innovative concert idea. Everyone did an amazing job. If it works out and the concert can be performed next year, I will definitely plan on attending.

Students call it amazing, writes sophomore Andrew Kline.


OVHS Students Participate in Music Festivals

Several OVHS students participated in music festivals over the last few months. The festivals showcased students from Berks county as well as the surrounding counties. Congratulations to all of our student musicians.

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.

Visit the OVCEF webpage at www.oleyvalleycef.org.

Additionally, The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation (OVCEF) is now an approved Amazon Smile organization. Amazon Smile rebates .5% of purchases made by Amazon customers who have registered for the program and who have designated charitable organizations of their choice as rebate recipients. More information about the Amazon Smile program and the registration process may be found at www.smile.amazon.com.

The Foundation will use all Amazon Smile proceeds to fund projects and programs that benefit the education of our Oley Valley students.

Athletics Update

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.

Upcoming Athletic Booster Club Meetings:

Thursday, April 12th @ 7:00PM

Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00PM

*All meetings will be held in the High School Cafeteria

Important Upcoming Events

  • 3/21/18 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 3/22/18 -- K-12 Parent/Teachers Conferences (Evening)
  • 3/23/18 -- Elementary School Closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 3/26/18 -- 3/29/18 -- Snow Make-Up Day -- Schools Open
  • 3/30/18 -- 4/2/18 -- Schools Closed
  • 4/4/18 -- Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
  • 4/6/18 -- MS School Store
  • 4/6/18 -- 7th & 8th Grade Dance -- 7:00PM
  • 4/9/18 -- School Board Committee Meetings
  • 4/10/18 -- 4/12/18 -- ELA PSSA -- Grades 3-8
  • 4/11/18 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 4/12/18 -- MS PTSO Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 4/12/18 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 4/13/18 -- HS Spring Musical -- 7:00PM
  • 4/13/18 -- HS Spring Musical -- 2:00PM & 7:00PM
  • 4/17/18 -- 4/18/18 -- Math PSSA -- Grades 3-8
  • 4/18/18 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 4/20/18 -- ES School Store
  • 4/20/18 -- HS Fashion Show -- 7:00PM
  • 4/24/18 -- 4/25/18 -- PSSA Science -- Grades 4 & 8
  • 4/24/18 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM
  • 4/25/18 -- Administrative Professionals Day
  • 4/26/18 -- 10th Grade Parent Night -- 6:30PM
  • 4/27/18 -- ES Movie Night -- 7:00PM

Click here for the full district calendar

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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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:


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

Extended School Year -- Learning Support

Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support

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

Extended School Year -- Learning Support -- Paraprofessionals

Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- Paraprofessionals

Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- LPNs

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

Substitute Extended School Year -- Learning Support -- Teacher

Substitute Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- Teacher

Substitute Extended School Year -- Learning Support -- Paraprofessional

Substitute Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- Paraprofessional

Substitute Extended School Year -- Life Skills Support -- LPN

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 Assistant Boys Soccer

MS Assistant Girls Volleyball

HS Assistant Girls Basketball

Click here for more information regarding all employment opportunities.

Oley Valley School District Board of Directors

Stephen S. Burns, President

David R. Pollock, Jr., Vice-President

Carl J. Kubitz, Jr., Treasurer

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

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.