Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter -- March 2017

Parent Forum on Digital Citizenship/Cyber Safety

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Oley Valley School District will be hosting a forum on digital citizenship and cyber safety for children. This event is for parents and guardians of students in grades K-12 and will discuss ways for protecting children while they are online.

The presenter is Senior Supervisory Special Agent Janene Holter from the PA Office of Attorney General.

The event will be held in the Oley Valley Middle School auditorium and will begin at 6:30PM

Register in advance here to be entered into a prize drawing.

Oley Valley Elementary School Update

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration is Now Open

The Oley Valley School district will conduct 2017-2018 kindergarten registration on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Oley Valley Elementary School. Children who reside in the district, and who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2017 may be registered.

Click here to access registration documents.

Family Math & Reading Night

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Oley Valley Elementary School held the annual Family Math & Reading Night. The event was organized by the elementary school MTSS team and involved a variety of hands on stations. Over 100 attendees enjoyed the STEM and literacy based activities. Thank you to everyone that volunteered to help with this event.

Oley Valley Middle School Update

Middle School Spelling Bee

This year's OVMS spelling bee was an exciting affair, with 15 spellers (5 from each middle school grade) competing for the title. The spellers did an exceptional job, and the audience saw one of the longest, most competitive bees in OVSD history. This year's bee came down to a shootout between eighth grade student Myrra Small and seventh grader Kerry Hoover. Myrra was triumphant, winning with the word rheumatic.

Other spellers:

Grade 6: Logan Henry, Myiah Hurley, Ben Levengood, Skyla Wertz, and Jeron Zimmerman

Grade 7: Caleigh Dickinson, Madeleine Farah, Emily Fick, and Brandy Koch

Grade 8: Mason Kane, Bryn Murphy, Jackson Smith, and Zain Wegman

Article Submitted by Mr. Ken Bagenstose, Middle School Language Arts Teacher

OVMS Students learn a new word -- "AEVIDUM"

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, singer/songwriter Stephanie Grace came to OVMS to share her musical talents and positive messages for our students. She introduced students to the word "aevidum" which means "I've got your back" and shared four traits of a healthy school. Students were entertained by a variety of original and popular songs and had the opportunity to ask questions.

Oley Valley Middle School Presents "The Little Mermaid Jr."

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel (Lily Glick) longs to leave her ocean home to live in a world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton (Ethan McLaine), to make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula (Evey Fetter). Joined with her friends Flounder (Jorja McLaine), Sebastian (Anthony Witt), and Scuttle (Autumn Wolf), Ariel will try to convince Prince Eric (Corbin Teeters) that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice and reveal her true feelings for the prince, all before her deal with Ursula expires.

On Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, the Oley Valley Middle School Drama Club will present the musical, “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at 7:00 p.m. (both evenings). All tickets for the show are $5.00 (OVSD faculty are free) and can be purchased at the door or online at www.showtix4u.com. There will be refreshments served and raffle prizes displayed during intermission. We hope to see you at one of our performances.

Article submitted by Ms. Kristen Barone, MS Musical Director

Oley Valley High School Update

PMEA District 10 Jazz Band Festival Comes to OVHS

Oley Valley High School hosted the PMEA District 10 Jazz Band Festival on February 18 2017. Students from a seven county area auditioned to participate in this festival. The guest conductor was Mr. Rick Hirsch from the State College, PA. Oley Valley had three representatives in the jazz band; Brandon Tessier, Joshua Schaeffer, and Ben Muir. A special thanks to Mr. Magaro, High School Band Director for serving as the host conductor.

Student Recognized for Pottery Skills

A hand thrown pottery bowl by Zach Good took first place awards at the "Souper Bowl" held on January 30, 2017 at Crowne Plaza in Reading. The annual event is the major fundraiser for Opportunity House, a multi-service organization improving the quality of life for children, families and adults who face various obstacles to independent living. The event annually raises upwards of $50,000 for the organization.

Attendees pay $30 to sample soup prepared by local restaurants and get to select a bowl to take home from works submitted by students and professional artists alike.

The Oley Valley High School juniors work was selected from donations of hundreds of hand made bowls. In addition, senior Sean Knarr also donated bowls for the event. Zach and Sean are to be commended for their willingness to donate their art to benefit this worthwhile community organization.

Article submitted by Mr. Jeff Dietrich, OVHS Art Teacher

OVHS Prepares for the Spring Musical

The Oley Valley High School Drama Department will be presenting Spamalot. The performance will take place on Friday, March 31st at 7:00PM and Saturday April 1st at 2:00PM and 7:00PM in the Oley Valley High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and seats are reserved. Order your tickets today online at www.showtix4u.com or call 484-336-9404.


Athletics Update

For Athletic Schedules & Information visit www.ovlynx.org.

Follow the Athletic Department on Twitter @OVLynx for varsity scores and live playoff updates each season.

Spring sports are now underway! For up-to-date game and practice schedules please visit the athletic website. Also don’t forget to sign up for schedule change alerts on the website to be notified when the spring weather forces changes to the schedules. Good luck to all of our spring teams and student-athletes!

Congratulations to Daymond Zweizig and Dylan Lambert on qualifying for the District 3 AAA Wrestling Championships.

Congratulations to the Cheerleading Squad for capturing the Division 3 Championship at the BCIAA Cheerleading Championships and placing 4th in the county!

Congratulations to Casey Keller for placing 6th at the BCIAA Bowling Championships and qualifying for the District 3 & Regional Tournament. Also congratulations to Brandon Gust for qualifying for the Regional Tournament!

Congratulations to our Winter Berks County All-Stars:

Boys Basketball –

Nash Williamson – All-Division 3

Clark Williamson – All-Division 3 Honorable Mention

Nick Repko – All-Division 3 Honorable Mention

Girls Basketball –

Lindsey Williamson – All-Division 3 Honorable Mention

Bowling –

Casey Keller – All-Division 2

Wrestling –

All-Star Information TBD

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.

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Oley Valley School District is looking for sponsors for the 2017-2018 calendar. The calendar is read by thousands in the community through print and web versions. Different sponsorship levels are available. Please contact Mr. Schmaldienst at dschmaldienst@ovsdpa.org or 610-987-4100 ext. 2093 to request additional information.

School Closing/Cancellation 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

  • The 1, 2, and 3 hour delay schedules can be found here.

The Oley Valley School District makes every effort to inform the public as soon as possible regarding a change in the school schedule.

Calling All Veterans...

The Oley Valley Middle School is creating 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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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.

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 vacancy:

High School Guidance Counselor

Extended School Year Teachers

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

Full Time 260 Day Custodial

Extended School Year Life Skills Assistants/Substitute Assistants

Extended School Year Learning Support Assistants/Substitute Assistants

Extended School Year Nurse/Substitute Nurse

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

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 Softball Coach

Click here for more information regarding all employment opportunities.

Important Upcoming Events

  • 3/12/17 -- Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • 3/13/17 -- In Service -- Schools Closed
  • 3/14/17 -- MS Spring Sports Begins
  • 3/15/17 -- School Board Meeting 7:00PM
  • 3/17/17 -- MS Musical 7:00PM
  • 3/18/17 -- MS Musical 7:00PM
  • 3/20/17 -- First Day of Spring
  • 3/21/17 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting 7:00PM
  • 3/23/17 -- ES Parent Discussion Meeting 6:30PM
  • 3/24/17 -- End of Quarter 3
  • 3/24/17 -- 7th & 8th Grade Dance 7:00PM
  • 3/26/17 -- Community Pot Pie Dinner HS Cafeteria
  • 3/27/17 -- Start of Quarter 4
  • 3/27/17 -- HS Parent Discussion Meeting 6:30PM
  • 3/28/17 -- School Board Finance Meeting
  • 3/28/17 -- ES PTO Meeting 6:30PM
  • 3/24/17 -- Tri-M Induction 6:30PM
  • 3/30/17 -- K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00PM
  • 3/31/17 -- No School for Elementary Students -- ES Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 3/31/17 -- ES PTO Movie Night 7:00PM
  • 3/31/17 -- HS Musical 7:00PM
  • 4/1/17 -- HS Musical 2:00PM & 7:00PM
  • 4/3/17 -- School Board Committee Meetings
  • 4/3/17 -- 4/7/17 -- PSSA ELA Window Grades 3-8
  • 4/5/17 -- Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
  • 4/6/17 -- MS PTO Meeting 7:00PM
  • 4/6/17 -- FFA Banquet 6:00PM
  • 4/6/17 -- Athletic Booster Club Meeting 7:00PM
  • 4/7/17 -- MS School Store
  • 4/8/17 -- HS Fashion Show 7:00PM
  • 4/10/17 -- 4/17/17 -- Schools Closed

Click here for the full district calendar

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.