Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- November 2017

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

OVES Celebrates Halloween

On Friday, October 28th, the Oley Valley Elementary School held the annual Halloween Parade. The weather on Friday afternoon was perfect and the students had a great time parading around the OVES campus. Many parents, grandparents, family and friends were on hand to see the event. Thank you to the OVMS marching band for leading the parade with festive music.

PTO Fun Run Returns to OVES

Students took part in the 2017 Oley Valley Elementary School Fun Run on October 26. The Fun Run raises money for the PTO to help support student field trips, teacher projects, and other programs/activities that support the students at OVES. Students raised money by gathering donations for each lap they ran. The goal was to complete 35 laps. The students really enjoyed the Fun Run. Thank you to the PTO and parent volunteers who helped out on the day of the Fun Run.

Fire Prevention Tips Shared at OVES

Thank you to the Oley Valley Fire Department for visiting the elementary school during Fire Safety Week. Students in grades K-3 had the opportunity to examine the fire trucks, look over the gear and tools used by firefighters, and watch the firemen put on the needed gear to fight a fire.

Oley Valley Middle School Update

OVMS Students Make Pen Pal Connections.

During the month of October and into early November all 7th grade World Geography students participated in a pen pal exchange through Penpalschools.com. Each student was matched with four pals, three were from throughout the US and one was from a foreign country. Each week students read an article on different topic, watched a video and then responded to their pals about the topic. These topics included: daily life, food, history, art & literature, and a final reflection.

Article submitted by 7th grade social studies teacher Mrs. Colleen Breen.

Pumpkin Decorating for a Cause

The Oley Valley Middle School Student Council held the 1st Annual Staff Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Decorated pumpkins were submitted during the last full week of October and students voted on their favorite(s) by placing a canned and non-perishable food items in the box by the pumpkin. All food items will be donated to the Oley Valley Food Pantry.

Red Ribbon Week Brings Spirit to OVMS

During the last full week of October, the Oley Valley Middle School participated in a variety of activities tied to Red Ribbon Week. Spirit days for each day of the week focused on a positive and anti-drug message.

  • Monday - Wear Red Day - Drug Free is the Key!
  • Tuesday - Favorite Sports Team Day - Team Up Against Underage Drinking!
  • Wednesday - Crazy Sock Day - Students will be asked to sign the Pledge Against Cyber Bullying - Don't Be Mean on the Screen!
  • Thursday - Neon or Bright Colors (Also a great day to wear your Lauren Schaeffer 'Optimism' Good Life tee shirt if you have one!) - Be OPTIMISTIC About a Bright Future!
  • Friday - Costume Day - You Can Be Anything If You Are Drug Free!

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Oley Valley High School Update

OVHS Students Learn About Cyber Responsibilities

On October 24th OVHS students participated in a presentation focused on the responsibilities that students need to be aware of when using online devices. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General discussed online safety, cyberbullying, digital footprints and consequences that could result from inappropriate online activity. This assembly was done in addition to the iSafe program that all OVHS students completed during the first few weeks of school.

FFA Students Attend the National Convention

Several members of they Oley Valley High School FFA attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana during late October.

Our Food Science team placed 3rd overall nationally!

Individual results:

  • Zaren Kerper -- Gold Medal -- 1st Place
  • Reese Kauffman -- Gold Medal -- 5th Place
  • Reese Kauffman -- Gold Medal -- 13th Place
  • Kelsey Schlegel -- Silver Medal

OVHS Students Become a Senator for a Day

On October 13, 2017, Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Scott Snyder, took a team of six students to The Perkiomen School to participate in the Senator for a Day Seminar. The seminar was hosted by Senator Bob Mensch of the Pennsylvania Senate. During the day students had the opportunity to participate in a mock senate in an attempt to craft and pass bills into law on a variety of topics. Students learned about the responsibilities and obligations of a legislator and also had the opportunity to network with peers.
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2017 Angel Tree Fundraiser

The Oley Valley School District will be conducting our annual Angel Tree Fundraiser to benefit those students whose families will be experiencing financial challenges this Winter Season.

Your VISA gift card donation, cash donation, or Walmart gift card donation will assist those families in meeting our students' basic needs for the winter months and this Holiday Season. Donations will be accepted in the Office of the Superintendent (located in the Oley Valley High School) through Friday, December 8, 2017.

The communities' generosity and overwhelming response to the Angel Tree Fundraising Drive has made each passing year more successful than the last, with 72 students benefiting from your donations in the 2016 year. Thank you for remembering those in your community, and helping to fulfill the needs of our students and their families during these winter months and holiday season.

School Delay/Closing Information

During the winter months school may be impacted by hazardous weather. If necessary, school may be delayed, dismissed early or closed in order to keep all members of the community safe.

The Oley Valley School District uses the following methods to inform the public of closings, delays and early dismissals:

  • School Messenger -- Mass phone call system
  • Social Media -- Facebook/Twitter
  • School District Webpage -- www.oleyvalleysd.org
  • Mass Media -- WFMZ, WGAL, CBS3, NBC10, 6ABC, WEEU
  • Text Messaging -- REMIND

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.

Winter HS sports will start on November 17th; MS Winter sports will start on November 28th. All Winter Physical Packets and Recertification forms are due to the Athletic Office by Friday, November 10th. Winter practice and contest schedules can be found at www.ovlynx.org

Fall Team Achievements & All-Star Honors –

Cross Country –

Rebecca Snyder – BCIAA Champion, 4th place at District 3 Championship, 7th place at PIAA Championship. All-County & Berks County Female Runner of the Year.

Golf –

Conner Gollwitzer – All-County, 4th at BCIAA Championship, 4th at District 3 Championship, 9th at PIAA East Regional, 17th at PIAA Championship.

Gunner Wegscheider – All-Division 2, District 3 Qualifier

Madison Wolf – All-Division Honorable Mention, District 3 Qualifier

Grace Bertin – District 3 Qualifier

Girls Soccer –

Division 3 Champions

All-County - Sydney Weise, Eliza Meals, Allyson Kemmerer

All-Division 3 - Kylee Hetrick, Lindsey Williamson, Julia Mortimer

All-Division Honorable Mention – Madison Reinert, Chloe Gilbert, Meredith Groves, Karleigh Groves, Danielle Trimbur

Division 3 Coach of the Year – Andrew Haas

Boys Soccer -

BCIAA Quarterfinalist

District 3 Finalist

PIAA Qualifier (still playing)

All-County – Jaegar Frangakis, Ethan LaVerdure

All-County 2nd Team – JP Pierdomenico

All-Division 2 – Josh Daniels, Ben Muir

All-Division Honorable Mention – Galen Williamson, Alex Kochey, Alex LaVerdure

Field Hockey -

Division 3 Champions

BCIAA Champions

District 3 Champions

PIAA Qualifier (still playing)

Berks County Player of the Year – Sophia Gladieux

All-County – Sophia Gladiuex, Shannon Lackey, Sarah Beers

All-Division 3- Madison Kline, Becca Heffner, Sophia Mackrella, Sydney Gillingham, Hannah Beers

Upcoming Athletic Booster Club Meeting:

Monday, December 4th @ 7:00

*All meetings will be held in the High School Cafeteria

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.

Administration Building & Surplus Auction

The Oley Valley School District will be holding an auction on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00AM. The auction will include items from the administration building as well as other surplus equipment and materials.

Important Upcoming Events

  • 11/8/17 -- School Board Combined Committee Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 11/9/17 -- MS PTSO Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 11/9/17 -- HS Fall Play -- 7:00PM
  • 11/10/17 -- MS Veterans Day Program 1:00PM
  • 11/10/17 -- HS Fall Play -- 7:00PM
  • 11/11/17 -- Veteran's Day
  • 11/11/17 -- HS Fall Play -- 7:00PM
  • 11/12/17 -- American Education Week
  • 11/13/17-11/17/17 -- Agriculture Lab -- OVES
  • 11/14/17 -- HS Band & Orchestra Concert -- 7:00PM
  • 11/15/17 -- School Board Meeting -- 7:00PM
  • 11/16/17 -- National Honor Society Induction -- 6:00PM
  • 11/17/17 -- End of First Trimesters
  • 11/17/17 -- HS Winter Sports Start
  • 11/20/17 -- Elementary School Closed
  • 11/20/17 -- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 11/21/17 -- Elementary School Closed
  • 11/21/17 -- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 11/22/17 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (AM)
  • 11/22/17-11/27/17 -- Schools Closed
  • 11/28/17 -- ES PTO Meeting -- 6:30PM
  • 11/28/17 -- MS Winter Sports Start
  • 11/29/17 -- NJHS Induction -- 7:00PM
  • 12/1/17 -- MS School Store
  • 12/1/17 -- 7th & 8th Grade Dance -- 7:00PM
  • 12/2/17 -- ES Holiday Shoppe
  • 12/2/17 -- SAT Assessment

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.

  • 1907-1915
  • 1919
  • 1960
  • 1972
  • 1985

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:

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:

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.