Oley Valley School District

Digital Newsletter - November 2021

Big picture
Big picture
Look on youtube.com for all the live streamed recordings of the music concerts for the high school, middle School and the elementary school. The recordings are available to watch on the Oley Valley School District YouTube channel at any time. We have some very talented students in Oley Valley!

Elementary School

Veterans Day

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Veterans Day luncheon. OVES welcomed 96 veterans to our school!! The students and staff were honored to be in the presence of so many men and women who have given so much for our country.

Thank you to Mrs. Vinanskie and our volunteers who helped to make the luncheon a success.

Big picture

Family Math & Reading Night

Lots of Oley Valley families attended the elementary school’s Family Math & Reading Night on November 4th for a variety of fun activities. Students were greeted by special guest, Chippy Chipmunk, as they entered the event and were given their special book mission and passport for the evening. Families began by exploring the gymnasium filled with Book Title Emoji Posters to try and fill their passport by correctly guessing book titles to earn their stickers. Bonus stickers could be added by finding Chippy, or Dr. Broskey and Mr. Savignano! Across the way, guest author Kathy Miller set up in the cafeteria to share her popular “Chippy Chipmunk” book series with readers. Families participated in our guest author’s reading and writing activities and purchased their favorite stories to take home. There were stations, stations, and more stations to explore! Families went word fishing, matched animal footprints, built tangram pieces, made bird feeders, and created leaf rubbings just to name a few. Check out the pictures from this fun evening!

Big picture

Middle School

Digital Art Portfolios

Sixth grade students created their own digital art portfolios. They utilized the Procreate app and Logitech digital crayons that were purchased using funding from a grant from the OVCEF.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Senior Lydia Simchick for November Rotary Student of the Month!

Big picture

BCTC East & West Students of the Quarter

  • Jared Rothenberger - Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • EliAnna Bermudez - Medical Health Professions
  • Dean Fisher - Protective Services - Law Enforcement
  • John Prout - Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Shane Martin - Diesel Technology

Oley Valley FBLA at Helping Harvest

Big picture

Thanksgiving Mugs

Intelligence Plus Character

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contended, “We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” With this goal in mind, Mrs. Kallis and her classes wanted to express gratitude for the teachers, staff, and students at Oley Valley High School during this holiday season. Voluntarily, the students chose to purchase two mugs - one for a classmate and one for an adult who works in some compacity at the high school - and fill them with treats and trinkets. The only rule was that a mug had to be included with the gift, which allowed ample opportunity for creativity. Students filled the mugs with a tremendous variety of options - from succulents to candy to pens and even gift cards. Each student who opted to participate also received a mug in return. Prior to heading home to spend time with family and friends for Thanksgiving break, students delivered the mugs. The greatest satisfaction was witnessing the reactions of people when they received their gifts of appreciation. It was spectacular to behold the abundance of kindness. The motto “Everybody counts or nobody counts” supports the message of Dr. King. The holiday spirit within the Oley Valley High School community includes a commitment to unity and heartfelt support as well as a desire to promote intelligence coupled with character.


FFA Haunted Hike

Two Scary Nights at the Annual Alumni Haunted Hike

On Friday, October 22nd, and Saturday, October 23rd, was the 2nd Annual Haunted Hike at the Pikeville Sportsmen's Club sponsored by the Oley Valley FFA’s Alumni Chapter. The hike included carnival games like ring toss, dime toss, balloon darts, and lastly, milk bottle toss. There was also a food stand and they served hot dogs, cheeseburgers, hot chocolate, and other food items. They had a DJ that started the night with Halloween music and then later he showed short movies on a projector. The main event was a hiking trail where younger kids could walk up the hill and trick or treat in their costumes and collect candy that was being handed out by the actors without being scared. Trick or treating was from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. After 6:30p.m., more mature people could walk up the trail and be scared by the actors. There were different themes along the trail like a grave yard, carnival, corn field, and witch lair. All the actors (scarers) worked really hard on their costumes and themes and had a lot of fun doing it. The scaring lasted until 10:00p.m. both nights and there was an amazing turnout. The alumni plans to make this an annual tradition and we hope to see you all there next year! We would like to thank Pikeville Sportsmen’s Club for allowing us to use their property for our successful event.

Fall Play

The Fall play "The Play that Went Wrong" was held on October 29th and 30th.
Big picture

Fall Sports Accomplishments

Fall 2021 BCIAA All-Stars

Boys Cross Country -

Aaron Grim - All-Conference

Girls Cross Country -

Ava Lottig - All-Conference

Meghan Higgins-Haas - Division 2 Honorable Mention

Field Hockey -

Alexandra Lopez - All-Conference

Tetje Williamson - All-Conference

Karlee Howard - All-Division 3

Lauren Schaeffer - All-Division 3

Morgan Snyder - All-Division 3

Taylor Vaccaro - All-Division 3

Lauren Habakus - Division 3 Honorable Mention

Molly Rothenberger - Division 3 Honorable Mention

Mia Woodard - Division 3 Honorable Mention

Football -

Tanner Maddocks - Division 2 First Team Defense, Second Team Offense

Hunter Leister - Division 2 Second Team Offense

Golf -

Seth Mast - Division 2 Honorable Mention

Heidi Wegscheider - Division 2 Honorable Mention

Jessica Howard - Division 2 Honorable Mention

Boys Soccer -

Danny Turchi - All-Conference

Chase Reifsnyder - All-Division 3

Nate Fatkin - All-Division 3

Josey Williamson - All-Division 3

Anthony Witt - Division 3 Honorable Mention

Nathan Pufko - Division 3 Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer -

Faith Meals - All-Division 4

Lauren Davis - Division 4 Honorable Mention

Savannah Wolf - Division 4 Honorable Mention

Kaziah Cullen - Division 4 Honorable Mention

Coaching Vacancies

Big picture

Violins of Hope

On November 3rd, students from Mr. Kallis’s History of the Holocaust CP and Mrs. Kallis’s English II CP (who recently studied Night by Elie Wiesel) participated in a unique presentation in the high school auditorium. Violins of Hope is an international travelling collection of restored string instruments that survived World War II.

The instruments, mostly violins, belonged to European Jews who tragically experienced the Holocaust. The Nazis used music to control and deceive Jews. Concentration and extermination camps formed orchestras with a dual purpose: to entertain Nazi guards and to lull newly arrived prisoners into a false sense of security.

However, there are numerous stories of defiance and resistance attached to the violins. For example, a Jewish musician once played at a club that was frequented by Nazis. With the support of the local resistance, he was able to hide and smuggle enough explosives in his violin case to blow up the club and kill several Nazis.

Today, these special instruments are symbols of hope used to educate future generations. It is crucial to remember and celebrate the lives of both victims and survivors. When one of these violins is played, its beautiful music is a reminder of the human spirit’s strength to conquer evil and unite humanity towards peace.

Each of the violins exhibited is a witness to an extraordinary story and possesses a powerful legacy. Creating an unforgettable memory, Oley Valley High School violinists were afforded the rare opportunity to play the instruments for their peers. To conclude the presentation, all students were able to interact closely with the violins and speakers.

Big picture
Big picture

Education Grant in Action: AEVIDUM: Art for a Positive Life

The OVMS Art curriculum teaches students how form and function give voice and how artists use various media and placement within communities to share powerful messages. Aevidum presents an opportunity for students to extend their classroom art explorations into meaningful messages in response to social issues that directly affect their lives. In a time of their lives when students often feel isolated and vulnerable, the projects of AEVIDUM empower them to support each other and create a sense of community.

Our goal is that by promoting positive messages and the appreciation of each person’s unique qualities and abilities, we can empower students to create an environment where they thrive. Students have been learning about lettering, layouts, creating patterns, using techniques to create space, gradients and value changes, color theories, the use of paints, craftsmanship, and illustration. From these lessons, students will design panel murals with positive messages to lift up, empower and encourage their classmates to rise.

Students will extend their knowledge of form, function, and messaging into graphic design, using the tools of digital design to create art that will enhance their environment and remind them that they are supported and that they are never alone. The use of graphic design is a great introduction to career paths and a skill set that will benefit them in their ability to manipulate imagery and create innovative visuals in the future.

Initially, the murals will be installed near the Auditorium lobby showcases of Oley Valley Middle School. Each display will contain its own positive message designed by students caring for their peers. We have taught our students that there is a voice and power in Art. Through Aevidum students can use their voice and power to help each other.

To learn more about Education Grants sponsored by the Foundation, please visit our website at www.OleyValleyCEF.com
Big picture

Attention Oley Valley Class of 2022 Seniors and Parents:

OVCEF is pleased to announce it will again be offering multiple scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors in the Class of 2022. This year’s scholarships will include a wider variety of funding for higher educational opportunities and technical trade certificates for our graduates and range in value from $1,500 – $3,000. Applications open on January 3, 2022 with a due date of February 28, 2022 for the following 8 scholarship opportunities:

· 1 - $3000 Superintendents’ Scholarship

· 1 - $2500 OVCEF Technical Trade Scholarship sponsored by AIRGAS

· 2 - $2500 OVCEF Scholarships

· 3 - $2500 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Scholarships

· 1 - $1500 Walter Levan Skilled Trades Scholarship sponsored by Levan Machine & Truck Equipment

Mark your calendars. Details coming soon to our website at www.oleyvalleycef.com/scholarships

Big picture
Big picture
To learn more about the programs and projects sponsored by the Foundation, visit our website at www.OleyValleyCEF.com

Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

For families and students who may experience homelessness, information on the McKinney-Vento Act is available on the Oley Valley School District Website or see below.

OVSD Homeless Liaison and Unaccompanied Youth Contact:

Mia K. Pietsch, M.Ed

Director of Student Services

Oley Valley School District

17 Jefferson Street Oley, PA 19547

610. 987.4100 ext. 1187 or ext. 1188


Please Visit the Sites below for information:

Oley Valley School District Board of Directors

David R. Pollock Jr., President

Robert A. Heckman, Vice President

Dawn Zackon, Treasurer

Eric Clemmer, Member

Nancy Jackson, Member

Darrell L. Markley, Ed.D., Member

Mary Lou Parry, Member

Ralph Richard, Member

Stuart Salen, Member

John M. 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.