Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- Summer 2018

The First Day of School is Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

The class of 2018 graduated during an indoor ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Mr. Barry Seidel, a graduate from the class of 1964 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 Sydney Engler, Madeline Kauffman, and Lindsey Moyer. The new graduates then traveled to the all-night BASH celebration before returning home. Congratulations to the class of 2018 and best of luck in your future endeavors.

The graduation ceremony was livestreamed on Facebook and is available for viewing at https://www.facebook.com/oleyvalleyHS/.

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

Elementary Update

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer! Since school has been out the elementary school has been a busy place. In the last few weeks the cafeteria has been painted and the gym floors have been waxed and relined - both look amazing! Students in grades 3-5 will come back to new desks which will complete the 2-year plan of updating all desks at OVES. As the summer continues the stage and gym bleachers will be stained and varnished. All classrooms are being cleaned and floors will be waxed. Stay tuned for some exciting news about the playgrounds!

Starting in the 2018-2019 school year the drop-off time in the morning for bus and parent drop-off students will be changing to 8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Students will still be marked late if they arrive after 8:45 a.m.

Elementary students wrapped up the 2017-2018 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 earned by students included hat days, sit with a friend at lunch, music Fridays, and principals serving lunch. Additionally, for every 10 PAWS card a student earned they had their names entered for weekly drawings. Thank you to our local businesses that donated prizes for our PAWS program.

Article submitted by: Dr. Broskey, Elementary Principal

Oley Valley Middle School Update

S.T.E.M. and 1:1 Expansion

For the past two years, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has been an introductory trimester course provided for eighth graders only. Beginning in 2018-2019, the Middle School will offer S.T.E.M. courses to all three grade levels. Sixth graders will have a quarter-long S.T.E.M. course of Design and Modeling. Seventh graders will have a trimester of Automation and Robotics. Eighth grade students will take a trimester of Flight and Space. All courses are aligned to Project Lead the Way and will be taught by Mr. Dave Daniels. We welcome Mr. Daniels, who will be coming to the Middle School this year from the Elementary School. These courses provide Oley Valley students with a comprehensive S.T.E.M. program K-12.

Last year, for the first time, eighth grade students were able to take their computers home throughout the school year (just as the high school students have been doing for years). This 1:1 initiative worked well and students had 24/7 access to internet resources. That initiative is widening and will include seventh grade students for 2018-19. This initiative requires a certain level of responsibility from students (and parents) but presents a terrific opportunity for students.

A Middle School newsletter will be coming out in the near future. It will include a list of dates for upcoming District and Middle School events. We are looking forward to an exciting school year that is just around the corner. In the meantime, enjoy the summer sun!

Article submitted by Mr. Dan Marks, Middle School Principal

Oley Valley High School Update

Career Symposium Offers Opportunity for Gifted Students

A career symposium, organized by Oley Valley High School's Gifted Support Teacher, Ms. Elsa Gundrum, was held on the morning of Friday, April 27, 2018, for students in the high school gifted program and additional students interested in pursuing careers related to those career areas being presented at the symposium. Students were able to hear firsthand as to how education paves the way to a good career. In attendance that morning were eight highly educated and amazing professionals from the following career fields: engineering, physical therapy, Cloud software technology, DNA analysis, United Airlines international pilot, graphic design and physics. These Berks County-area professionals provided the students with a career roadmap of what it takes to enter these specific career areas along with what skills and employment characteristics are needed to advance in these areas. Students rotated, in small groups, through several career circuits every 20 minutes. Students were able to ask questions and interact with the career speakers. The Career Symposium was a very successful and enjoyable event for everyone in attendance.

OVHS Students Receive Arts Recognition

The annual Berks County High School art exhibit took place this spring at the Goggleworks in Reading.

Award winners from Oley Valley are:

  • Courtney Triest - 2nd Place in Color Photography
  • Zach Good - 1st place honors for wheel thrown pottery and a Berks Craft Guild cash award of $100 for best traditional work.
  • Kylee Hetrick - 2nd place award for wheel thrown pottery as well as a $100 cash award from the Berks Guild for excellence in crafts.

OVHS Students Participate in Summer Arts Opportunity

Goggleworks Student Ambassador Fellowship is an invitational summer program offered to six area high school students who are interested in pursuing higher education and/or professional careers in the visual arts. Mrs. Tomel and Mr. Dietrich nominated several students from our high school for the program this summer. After a series of interviews and review of artwork with program staff at the Goggleworks, Madysin Evans, Krystal Arroyo, and Mackenzie Sheidy were awarded three of the six positions.

For 10 weeks this summer, Fellows will be paired with a mentor from among the professional artist-instructors working at GoggleWorks. With mentor guidance - including studio instruction, project guidance, and material research, each Fellow will develop their artistic skills and working knowledge of processes and materials within the medium of their choice. At no cost to the students, the fellowship provides 20 hours of 1:1 mentorship with a professional artist, shared studio space and access to communal studios focusing on ceramics, hot glass, metalsmithing, photography, printmaking, drawing, and painting. Students are also offered one free summer course or workshop and participate in group and individual critiques. The experience culminates in a gallery exhibition and reception at the end of the summer.

Congratulations Madysin, Krystal, and Mackenzie!

Technology Student Association Finds Success at State Competition

From April 18-21, students from Oley Valley High School attended the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference which was held at Seven Springs Ski Resort in Southwestern Pennsylvania. During the conference members of the OVHS TSA club participated in activities and competed against their peers on the state level.

Oley Valley High School qualified their first students ever for the national competition which was held in Atlanta, Georgia in June. The three qualifying students were Shannon Lackey, Sydney Mackrella, and Autumn Meunier.

English II Students Participate in Book Discussion

There was plenty of food, entertainment, and pleasant conversation shared on Thursday, May 24th, as Mrs. Kallis’s sophomore English II CP students gathered to discuss Tuesdays with Morrie alongside other teachers and upperclassmen in the high school courtyard. The afternoon served as an in-depth discussion of Tuesdays with Morrie, an anecdotal novel by Mitch Albom that honors the life of Morrie Schwartz through the sharing of the wisdoms Schwartz passed onto Albom in the final years of Morrie’s life. The students discussed the book in groups governed by teacher and administrator volunteers: Mrs. Bauer, Mr. Kallis, Mr. Kriebel, Mr. Magaro, Mr. Schmaldienst, and Mr. Snyder. Upperclassmen also assisted the teachers in facilitating the group discussions.

The afternoon included lots of tasty food supplied by Mrs. Kallis and her students, as well as entertainment by several students. A select group of boys from all grade levels performed “Hello, Mary Lou” a cappella, and sophomore Coby Conrad performed a cover of a song from the Foo Fighters. The musical performances served to celebrate Morrie’s passion for music and dancing. Randomly drawn prizes arranged by Mrs. Kallis were awarded to lucky students and volunteers.

The event was a huge success and was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all of the teachers and upperclassmen who volunteered their time in the book discussion, and thank you to Mrs. Kallis for her dedication to the event’s success and the success of our students!

Article submitted by Alysha Ulrich, Junior

FFA Members Compete at State Competition

30 members of the Oley Valley FFA participated in the annual state conference from June 12-14 at Penn State University. Our students were involved in many different competitions and several of the teams ranked well enough to receive state honors and the opportunity to compete on the national level.

Floriculture CDE – (56 participants)

1st Place Team Earning the right to represent the Pennsylvania FFA at the National FFA Convention October 24-27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Hayden Phillips, grade 11 3rd place Gold Medal

Haley Weidman, grade 10 8th place Silver Medal

Jessica Miller, grade 12 9th place Silver Medal

Kelsey Schlegel, grade 12 17th place

Food Science and Technology CDE- (29 participants)

1st Place Team Earning the right to represent the Pennsylvania FFA at the National FFA Convention October 24-27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Alysha Ulrich, grade 11 2nd place Gold Medal

Sarah Tatham, grade 12 3rd place Gold Medal

Vinny Ferrizzi, grade 11 5th place Gold Medal

Kylee Hetrick, grade 11 8th place Gold Medal

Milk Quality and Products CDE – (37 participants)

2nd Place Team Earning the right to represent the Pennsylvania FFA at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E), September 14-16, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rachel Noll, grade 11 5th place Gold Medal

Oliver Prout, grade 11 7th place Gold Medal

Joshua Treichler, grade 11 8th place Silver Medal

Paige Rohrbach, grade 10 10th place Silver Medal

FFA Members Participate in County Competition

On May 1st, 35 of Oley Valley's FFA members attended the spring CDE's held at Lebanon County Fairgrounds. In agronomy, Andrew Schaeffer placed 4th overall and first in the county, Sam Witman placed 2nd in the county, and Rachel Noll placed 3rd in the county. In floriculture, Hayden Phillips placed 5th in the county and Kelsey Schlegel placed 6th in the county. In food science, Sarah Tatham placed 3rd overall, 2nd in the county, Alysha Ulrich placed 4th overall and 3rd in the county, and Vinny Ferizzi placed 6th in the county. In livestock judging, Jake Guldin placed 4th in the county. In meat judging, Oliver Prout placed 1st overall. In vet skills, Taylor Coccagna placed 3rd in the county, and Paige Rohrbach placed 4th. And finally, in wildlife, Sara Kieser placed 1st overall, Tyler Swett placed 5th overall, 2nd in the county, and Sage James placed 3rd in the county. Congratulations to all our participants for your achievements!

Envirothon Takes First Place!

On May 3rd, twelve members of Oley Valley High School Envirothon team participated in the regional competition, held at Nolde Forest. The team consisting of Sarah Tatham, Audrey Mader, Kaitlyn Denton, and Rafe Forsyth placed first overall and had the top scores in current issues and soils.

FFA Spring Field Trip

FFA Members took their annual career field trip in May. This year they visited Case New Holland Manufacturing and DuPont/Pioneer research and distribution center.

Oley Valley FFA Alumni Pig Roast

DATE: July 21, 2018

TIME: 5:30PM

LOCATION: Sheeler's Grove -- 2641 West Philadelphia Ave., Oley, Pa 19547

MENU: Pork, Corn on the Cob, Baked Potato

Entertainment Provided by DJ CHICKEN NUGGET

Line Dancing 7:00PM -- 10:00PM

COST: $12.00 -- If Purchased Before 7/7/18, $15.00 -- If Purchased After 7/7/18

Purchase tickets at: Oley Valley Feed, Eclipse Equines, Prout's Jollyview Farm, M&M Sandwich Shop, Christman's Meat Market, Spayd's Greenhouse and Floral Shop, Kratzer's Produce, Any Alumni Member, or contact Oleyvalleyffaalumni@gmail.com

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.

Important upcoming dates:

August 2 – Fall Sports Physical Packets Due to Athletic Office

August 2 – Fall practice schedules posted on www.ovlynx.org (game schedules already posted)

August 13 – High School Fall Sports Start

August 21 – Middle School Fall Sports Start

August 23 – Athletic Booster Club Meeting – 7:00 HS Library

*Please note that a completed physical packet, authorized by a doctor after June 1, 2018 must be submitted to the Athletic Office before any student may begin participation in a Fall sport. The due date to submit physical packets is August 2nd; if you are not able to submit the paperwork by the due date please notify the Athletic Office. Students will only be deemed eligible to start practicing 24 hours after the completed paperwork is submitted. All seniors must have their High School community service hours completed before they can participate their senior year.

Important Upcoming Events

8/8/18 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM

8/13/18 -- School Board Committee Meetings

8/13/18 -- Substitute Teacher Orientation -- 8:00AM -- HS Library

8/13/18 -- HS Fall Sports Begin

8/14/18 -- Bus Driver Meeting -- 7:30 AM -- MS Cafeteria

8/14/18 -- ES New Student Orientation -- 2:30PM

8/14/18 -- Kindergarten Open House -- 6:30PM

8/15/18 -- Teacher In-Service

8/15/18 -- MS New Student Orientation -- 6:30PM

8/15/18 -- School Board Meeting 7:00PM

8/16/18 -- Teacher In-Service

8/17/18 -- 9th-12th Grade Laptop Pickup -- 7:00AM-11:00AM, 1:00PM-6:00PM

8/20/18 -- Teacher In-Service (AM)

8/20/18 -- MS New Student Orientation -- 2:30PM

8/21/18 -- First Day of School

8/21/18 -- MS Fall Sports Begin

8/23/18 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting -- 7:00PM

8/24/18 -- HS Picture Day

8/28/18 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM

8/29/18 -- OVSD ESL Meeting, Room 88 -- 6:00PM

8/29/18 -- ES Gifted Meeting, Room 63 -- 6:00PM

8/29/18 -- ES Open House, Grades 1-5 -- 6:30PM

8/31/18 -- Schools Closed

9/3/18 -- Schools Closed

9/6/18 -- HS Gifted Parent Meeting -- 6:00PM

9/6/18 -- HS Open House -- 6:30PM

9/10/18 -- School Board Committee Meetings

9/10/18 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting -- 7:00PM

9/11/18 -- Patriot Day

9/12/18 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM

9/13/18 -- OVSD Special Education Parent Discussion Meeting -- MS Music RM -- 6:00PM

9/14/18 -- HS Picture Retake Day

9/14/18 -- 7th & 8th Grade Dance -- 7:00PM

9/17/18 -- Constitution Day

9/18/18 -- ES Picture Day

9/19/18 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM

9/20/18 -- Oley Valley Community Fair

9/21/18 -- Schools Closed

9/21/18 -- Oley Valley Community Fair

9/22/18 -- Oley Valley Community Fair

9/23/18 -- First Day of Autumn

9/23/18 -- Homecoming Week

9/24/18 -- MS Picture Day

9/25/18 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM

9/27/18 -- Powderpuff Football Game/Homecoming Bonfire

9/28/18 -- ES School Store

9/28/18 -- ES Movie Night -- 7:00PM

9/28/18 -- Homecoming Games/Homecoming Crowning Ceremony

9/28/18 -- Athletic Booster BBQ

9/29/18 -- Homecoming Dance

Click here for the full district calendar

Click Below for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Information

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!

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:


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

School Psychologist

  • Permanent position beginning August 2018
  • PA Certification in PK-12 School Psychology
  • Knowledge of PA Special Education Chapter 14, 15 and 16 regulations

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

Second shift lead custodian

  • Assigned to Middle School
  • $13.18 hourly rate, with benefits

Substitute Positions

Individuals who wish to become a substitute support staff member (custodial, food service, office/clerical, paraprofessional) should submit an online application to School Operation Services Group, Inc. at www.sosgroupinc.com, or call 484-624-4162

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

HS JV Golf

MS Head/Assistant Field Hockey

MS Assistant Wrestling

MS Head Baseball

MS Head/Assistant Softball

MS Head/Assistant Track & Field

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

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

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.