OVHS NHS Inducts New Members

On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the Oley Valley High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 26 new members at the Oley Fair Center.

The members, comprised of OVHS juniors and seniors participated in the ceremony which is the same one performed at hundreds of schools throughout the United States.

National Honor Society members must meet the four pillars in order to qualify. The pillars are scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Oley Valley Middle School Principal Daniel Marks, served as the guest speaker for the evening and provided the new inductees with some advice that could be summed up with the phrase, “Work hard and be nice.”

OVHS Drama Club Delights Audiences

This year the Oley Valley High School Drama Club, under the direction of Mrs. Stacy Lyons, presented A Delightful Quarantine as its 2017 fall play. Set in Susqua Creek Acres a neighborhood of Willspier, Pennsylvania and narrated by Professor Lucy Fuller, played by sophomore Amelia Fisher; the show followed the stories of seven different quarantined houses during an alien invasion. Secrets were revealed, conflicts exploded between siblings, and new relationships were formed. This show not only had great comedy, but also a touch of emotion.

The show featured a wide range of talent from new freshman students to our seasoned seniors. Many students also took the opportunity to help out backstage and in the booth. Sarah Tathum, a senior, ran our audio board under the direction of Assistant Director Abby Hartenstine. Seniors Amelia Martin, Brionna Myers, and Carlee Hetman were able to lend their hand with costumes, and Vinny Ferrizzi stepped into the Student Assistant Director role.

The Drama Club is very blessed to continue to see its members grow and have the support of the school board and of the community. Without this support, this program would not exist. This program has been completely transformed into something this community can be very proud of and it has given students from all walks of life a safe place to call home. It is the hope that with continued support, Drama Club can keep putting on fantastic performances that bring the community together and show the importance of the performing arts.

Article submitted by OVHS Senior Savannah Martinic.

Interest and Inquiry Characterize the Transition from Library to L:EAP

It may not match your vision of a traditional school library, but Oley Valley Elementary Students are L:EAPing into their futures in a flexible learning space that incorporates library, computer lab and makerspaces with plans for art project integrations. It is a vibrant and active learning space that often adapts to multiple classes with different tasks and goals engaging at the same time.

The L:EAP center, named for its goal of encouraging students to learn, engage, apply and persevere, grew out of STEM program development at the elementary school. Modeling 21st century workforce skills, Ms. Jenn Hoffman (IT and STEM Integration Teacher) and Mrs. Dawn Conrad (Librarian) work together to re-engineer their individual curriculum goals and lessons into inquiry-based projects that get students excited to learn.

The duo began by considering how computer and library classes fit into the traditional 30-cycle school year, and then turned their collaboration loose as they dreamed of ways to create a greater impact on student learning, empowerment and accountability for learning. “We wanted to make sure our students have the skills to explore the ideas they are interested in, even if we can’t find a way to introduce every topic in class,” Hoffman explains. “Technology skills are universal and applicable to any subject matter. When we know what they are interested in, we can tailor the lessons to topics that engage their natural curiosity.”

Technology, research and information management concepts are the heart of individual subject-based lessons in a traditional classroom environment during first trimester when the students work in either the computer lab or the library. However by January, the connecting doors are open and students will begin working on class projects that present options and give them greater control of their learning. Ideally, students will be free to move between the library and computer lab as their project and classwork require resources in the different space. As an added component, the nearby art classes can also be incorporated into larger projects.

“We have lots of ideas and are open to almost any way to engage students in learning across traditional curriculums,” Conrad adds. “There is so much to explore and we will run with just about any idea that a teacher or student group comes up with if we think we can get the resources.” This year the library has added a pet in the form of Maximus the corn snake. Owned by Dr. Broskey, OVES principal, Maximus observes the developments of the L:EAP center to the delight of his 700+ student fan club. He is credited with encouraging reluctant learners to dive into reading and research and encourages their analysis and conversation as he sheds his skin, changes his behaviour at feeding time, and interacts with faces intently gazing into his enclosure.

Other additions include a 102” multi-touch ActivWall with four separate projection zones and up to 20 independent touchpoints for interactive large group presentation and collaboration. Flexible seating to accommodate groups of learners, iPad and laptop carts and charging stations join limited desktop workstations throughout the re-engineered learning lab and library areas. At its maximum occupancy, the L:EAP center has hosted engineering design class in the lab, meetings in the adjacent conference room, primary class book selection and self-directed student inquiry. With a combination of explicit teaching and guided project-based learning, the OVES L:EAP center is becoming the hub of educational exploration.

The L:EAP center, which could alternately be identified as library, engineering, art and project spaces, is a fluid learning environment with spaces, furniture and procedures designed to meet the changing needs of 21st century students. Kindness, perseverance, creativity and collaboration are core values that are reflected throughout the spaces. It is an exciting place to learn and an ideal home for the teachers who call it home. “We love our jobs,” gushes Hoffman. “When they asked me what I was dressed as for my dream job on career day, I told them the OVES Librarian,” Conrad echoed. With enthusiastic teachers and empowered and excited students there is no telling what you will find next in the L:EAP center at Oley Valley Elementary School. You can be assured it will be pushing the limits of tradition, driven by the interests of our students.

Mobile Agriculture Lab Returns to OVES

Students in grades 1-5 had the opportunity to visit the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab during the week of November 13th. Students participated in different hands-on science experiences.

One of the experiments was called The Colorful Bean. Students were introduced to the scientific method as they experiment to decide if petroleum or soybean-based crayons produce the brightest color with the least flakiness and best covering power.

Students end the session with a crayon making demonstration where each student receives a soy-based crayon.

A big thank you to the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation for funding this great program and opportunity for the students at OVES.

New dean to head Kutztown University College of Education

Dr. John Ward, Dean, College of Education at Kutztown University

Dr. John Ward has been named dean of the College of Education at Kutztown University. He was appointed interim dean at KU in August. Ward comes to KU from Millersville University where he served as the interim associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services for the past two years.

“Dr. Ward is an exceptional leader and his skills as an educator will augment the talent and dedication of the faculty and students in the College of Education,” said Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at KU.

Ward began his career as an assistant professor at Millersville in 1998 after teaching for five years in the Detroit Public School District. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and then chair of the Educational Foundations Department in 2007.

He is on the board of directors of the Pa. Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and regularly serves on site visit teams with the Council for the Accreditation of Continue reading “New dean to head Kutztown University College of Education”

Oley Valley graduate interns at Living Rooms

Lauren Berkel of Fleetwood served a career-building internship this fall at Living Rooms.

Berkel’s responsibilities included customer research, digital marketing and looking at budget sheets. Through the course of the internship, she gained experience learning digital marketing strategies.

Berkel did the internship as part of the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program. While abroad, students in the program complete an internship, as well as courses in operations management, quantitative methods for business, international business practice, and management and organizational behavior.

Local students graduate from East Stroudsburg University at winter commencement exercises

A total of 419 students will receive degrees from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania at the Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 16 at 9:45 a.m. in Koehler Fieldhouse.

There will be 325 bachelor’s degrees, 66 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree awarded.

  • Janelle Fernandez of Bernville will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management.
  • Ashley Haraczka of Douglassville will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
  • Juan Rodriguez of Leesport will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
  • Sydney McCarthy of Reading will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.
  • Devon McKale of Reading will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
  • Devon Piersol of Reading will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
  • Kaitlyn McMenamin of Shillington will graduate with a Master of Education in Special Education.
  • Peter Gass of Sinking Spring will graduate with a Master of Pubic Health in Public Health.

Kristina Comoh of Sinking Spring makes dean’s list

Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster RN-BSN program is pleased to recognize Kristina Comoh (Sinking Spring) for being named to the dean’s list for the fall semester 2017.

The dean’s list, compiled at the end of each term, includes degree-seeking students who achieve a semester GPA of at least 3.75 with no withdrawn, incomplete, or failed grades for 12 semester hours of standard grades.

Muhlenberg Community Library announces book-signing benefit

Author Book Signing Event
Dec. 16, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Raymour and Flanigan Furniture and Mattress Store, 629 Snyder Road, Reading.
Visit the Ramour and Flanigan Furniture and Mattress Store in Reading from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, for a book-signing event to benefit Muhlenberg Community Library!
Meet the authors:
  • Suzanne J. Warfield – The Deal Breaker, Puck and Minnie: All That Is
  • Nadine Poper – Dachshunds in Moccasins, Wienies in Bikinis, Frank Stinks!
  • Maureen Banks – Coming of Angels trilogy:  Strange Happenings, Contact
  • Craig Bennett – Night on the Mountain
  • Julie Longacre- Dirty Old Lady’s Cookbook, Coloring Book for Women Over 40, The Place I Keep
  • Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher- Justice or Just This?
  • Marcia Rowe Graff- The Three Keys to Contentment


Explore Earth Exhibit Launch Event

10am-3:30pm Enjoy the exhibit, refreshments, films, games and more!
12pm Kiddie Explorers Story and Craft Time
12pm Jeopardy-Style Trivia for All Ages
1pm H20 of Earth Game for K-6th Grade
2pm Shocking Discoveries with the Da Vinci Science Center! All Ages!
The exhibit will be on display at Muhlenberg Community Library January 13, 2018 until March 9, 2018. Free admission.
Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet, a traveling exhibit for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_NET) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Explore Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Alvernia Students Perform in Sounds of the Season Concert

Associate Professor Carol Schwanger performs on the bassoon.

Directed by Kurt Schneiderhan (band) and Jennifer Michalik (chorus), Alvernia University students performed a full slate of musical offerings for the Sounds of the Season concert, Dec. 9, 2017. Local musicians included:

Bonnie Chasse of Wernersville sang Soprano. Chasse is studying General Studies at Alvernia

Natalie Lawton of Reading sang Soprano. Lawton is studying at Alvernia

Melisa Rivera of Reading sang Soprano and played the flute. Rivera is studying Nursing at Alvernia and is a graduate of Reading High School

Sarah Rothenberger of Fleetwood sang Soprano and played the French horn. Rothenberger is studying Occupational Therapy at Alvernia and is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School

Lauren Adams of West Lawn sang Alto. Adams is studying Accounting at Alvernia

Ettieanna Britt of Birdsboro sang Alto. Britt is studying Nursing at Alvernia and is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School

Kailey Conrad of Mohrsville sang Alto. Conrad is studying Forensic Science at Alvernia and is a graduate of Commonwealth Charter Academy

Rebecca Dunst of Reading sang Alto and offered American Sign Language for “Instruments of Your Peace”. Dunst is studying English at Alvernia

Marlena Metri of Wyomissing sang Alto. Metri is studying Occupational Therapy at Alvernia and is a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School

Scott Giacobbe of Wernersville sang Tenor. Giacobbe is studying General Studies at Alvernia

Brayden Eckert of Reading sang Bass. Eckert is studying Behavioral Health at Alvernia and is a graduate of Twin Valley High School

Marissa Cosgrove of Reading played the clarinet. Cosgrove is studying Accounting at Alvernia and is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School

Sarah Hemmig of Reading played the alto saxophone. Hemmig is studying Math at Alvernia

Nicholas Sokolovich of Bernville played the tenor saxophone. Sokolovich is studying Communication at Alvernia

Sydney Hill of Reading played the baritone saxophone. Hill is studying Nursing at Alvernia and is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School

Nicholas Fiucci of Reading played the trumpet. Fiucci is studying Sports Management at Alvernia

Steven Koenig of Douglassville played the trumpet. Koenig is studying Physical Therapy at Alvernia