Final Budget Notice

Final Budget Notice is given, that the Proposal of Final Budget for the General Fund of The Oswayo Valley School District for the 2024-2025 fiscal year in its most recent form is available for public inspection at the district office, and is expected to be presented for adoption as a Final Budget at the school board meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 12, 2024, in the Elementary Board room (146/148) located at 277 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748. This meeting replaces the previously scheduled meeting on June 10, 2024.

Summer Food Service Program

The Oswayo Valley School District is pleased to be able to offer the Summer Food Service Program again this summer to all children up to age 18. The program will run from June 10 through August 9, 2024, providing there is sufficient participation.

Meals can be picked up on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include three days worth of meals and on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. which will include four days worth of meals. Meals can be picked up at the Jr./Sr. High School loop by the cafeteria doors. Pre-registration is required and a parent/guardian is permitted to pick up the meals for their household only.

There is no cost to participate in this program. To register your family for the program, please complete an online form at https://forms.gle/39wyZm9EUuxtJheR6

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Amber Marshall at 814-260-1701 extension 5. Please sign up by Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

Sports, Marching Band, or Bocce Sign-Ups

If your child is in grade 7-12 and is interested in Sports, Marching Band, or Bocce for the 2024-25 school year and they have not yet signed up, there is still time!

Please visit https://www.oswayovalleyathletics.com/ to sign up today! The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

As a reminder, sports physicals for the 2024 – 25 school year must be completed on or after May 1, 2024. Once again, the Oswayo Valley School District has contracted with the UPMC Shinglehouse Health Center to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a sports physical at the cost of $20 per student. The date and times of physical appointments will be announced at a later date.

The PIAA has updated the CIPPE Forms (Sports Physical Packet), so old packets will not be accepted. Please be sure your doctor’s office has the most up to date physical packet if you are not using the packet you received from the school. Also please note, students participating ONLY in Marching Band do not need to have a sport physical.

Completed sports physical packets are to be returned to Mrs. Unverdorben at least ONE WEEK BEFORE the 1st day of practice. Students who are participating in a fall sport must have a completed sports physical packet returned to Mrs. Unverdorben no later than July 29, 2024. It is the student’s responsibility to check that any faxed physical forms have been received by the school.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Unverdorben at 814-260-1701, ext. 225.

Changes to PIAA Sports Physical Packet

Please be advised, the PIAA recently made changes to the Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Form (sports physical packet), including the dates of authorization. In the past, authorization could not be completed before June 1st. That date has been changed to May 1st. This means families are permitted to have their child’s sports physical completed and dated May 1st or later. Please note, due to the changes to the form, old packets will not be accepted. The certification must be on the new form. If your child has a physical scheduled in May and needs an updated packet, please contact Mrs. Unverdorben in the Activities Office, otherwise, packets will be distributed to students later in May. At this time, we do not have a date scheduled for physicals with the school physician, but families will be notified as soon as that information becomes available.

Maddison Austin Inducted into NTHS

Congratulations to Maddison Austin who was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society last week at the Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center Annual Induction Ceremony! Maddison is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at the CTC. She joins Oswayo Valley returning members, Elexis Hagans and Alexis Kemp who are both also attending the CTC for Early Childhood.

Husky Dog Pound Competition

Winners of the 11th grade Oswayo Valley Shark Tank contest recently traveled to Bloomsburg University with Ms. Cek and Mrs. Metcalf to compete in the annual Husky Dog Pound Competition. To participate, students had to invent an original product, create a prototype, and give a three-minute pitch to a panel of judges. Out of over 200 student teams participating, 11th grade entrepreneurs Sophia Komenda, Rylee Thompson, and Lauren Hedges took 17th place for their invention “The Sandbox” and won $200 in prize money. Junior entrepreneur Eva West took 5th place in the competition with her invention “Tagtrack” and took home $250 in prize money.

Congratulations, Oswayo Valley entrepreneurs!

Bill Howard Inducted into Big 30 Basketball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Oswayo Valley’s Director of Activities, Mr. Bill Howard, who was recently inducted into the Big 30 Basketball Hall of Fame! Pictured below is Mr. Howard receiving his Hall of Fame plaque from Big 30 Board Member Jamie Evens at the induction ceremony held on Sunday, March 24 at Portville Central School.

Mr. Howard was inducted into the Big 30 Hall of Fame along with two other longtime basketball officials, Bud Brennan from Ridgway, PA and Ken Woodruff from Olean, NY. Mr. Howard is completing his 53rd and final year as a basketball official in Pennsylvania, but will continue on as a volleyball and track and field official.

Mr. Howard officiated the P.I.A.A. boys Class A basketball championships in 1991 and was chosen to officiate the New York State Championship in 2005. In addition, he officiated the Region III Junior College National Championship games in 2006 and 2007. He is one of 12 officials in the state of Pennsylvania to be chosen as a District Basketball Rules Interpreter.

We would like to thank Mr. Howard for his many years of service on and off of the basketball court. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor and recognition!

Model UN

Congratulations to Oswayo Valley’s Model UN Team who took first place last weekend at St. Bonaventure University’s annual Model UN Competition! The team consisted of Elliot Colton, Aidan Resig, and Holden Turek and was led by Ms. Kathryn Cek, OV Social Studies Teacher. Junior Aiden Resig won the Outstanding Delegate Award and Senior Holden Turek won the Best Delegate Award.

Model UN is an activity where students assume the role of delegates to the United Nations to learn about diplomacy, international relations, and current real-world issues. Students are expected to research their chosen country to the fullest extent possible and debate other delegates.

Again, congratulations, gentlemen!

American Legion Essay Contest Winners

Three (3) Oswayo Valley High School students were recognized on Wednesday night at the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 for their outstanding essays submitted to the annual American Legion Essay Contest. This year’s first place winner, Sophomore Mia Shaffer, received a check for $750. Earning second place and $500 was Junior Maddison Austin. Third place and $250 was awarded to Senior Maddison Gietler. Congratulations, ladies!

Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic Marching Band

Congratulations to OV Senior Holden Turek who was recently chosen to participate in the 51st Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic Marching Band. His hard work, dedication, and musicianship has led to this accomplishment.

Holden was a standout for the Otto-Eldred Marching Band last fall and that led to his recognition and accolades which were recognized with selection for this tremendous honor. Only the finest musicians from the Big 30 area are considered for membership to this elite group.

The Big 30 Football Game will be played on Saturday, August 3, 2024, at Parkway Field in Bradford, PA.

Congratulations, Holden!

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Brooke George Signs Letter of Intent

Oswayo Valley Senior Brooke George is shown signing her letter of intent to play softball at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford next season. Brooke is a four-year starter at Oswayo Valley and has played outfield, shortstop, and catcher for the Green Waves. She hopes to be a utility player with the Panthers.

Shown in the photo are: (Front row) Tim Morey, Oswayo Valley Head Softball Coach, Brooke George, and Bethany George, Brooke’s mother. (Second row) Bill Howard, Oswayo Valley Director of Activities, and Misty Antonioli, Oswayo Valley Assistant Softball Coach.

Congratulations, Brooke! Enjoy your senior softball season! We wish you all the best at Pitt!

OV Players Named to All-State Volleyball Team

Two members of the Oswayo Valley volleyball team were honored by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (PVBCA) by being named to the All-State Team. Senior Olivia Cook and Junior MaKenna Manning were recently notified of their selection by the PVBCA. This marks the second consecutive year for Olivia and the first year for MaKenna. Congratulations to both girls for their outstanding season!

Vacancies

The Oswayo Valley School District has the following vacancies:

PK-12 Full-time Substitute Teacher

The District is also in need of substitutes for the following positions:

Cafeteria worker

Custodian

Instructional Aide

Secretary

Teacher

Please click on the “Employment” tab for additional information and to complete an online application.

Junior/Senior High School Updates

Hello all,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer! I am very excited to welcome everyone back to a new school year at Oswayo Valley Jr./Sr. High School. We have consolidated our Middle School and High School at the state level, which now classifies us as one school instead of two. The only change you will notice from this is that we changed our official title to Oswayo Valley Junior/Senior High School.  As everyone is preparing to return, I’d like to highlight a few items of importance for both parents and students.

First and foremost, OV Jr./Sr. High School would like to start changing some communications to email instead of phone calls, so parents please take a moment to update your contact information in Focus.  You can do this yourself at home, call in to the guidance office, or stop in.  This will not be immediate, and we will give warning of any changes before they happen, but we want to be prepared for that time.

Over the past few months, we have attended multiple county-wide meetings and found many Potter County Schools are seeing attendance issues since returning from Covid.  Because of this, we have all decided to strictly follow the same policies and procedures that we have in place since they reflect the Pennsylvania School Code.  Attached, please find 2 files that define and describe all possible types of absences that can occur in a school year and a flow chart of consequences of illegal absences.

Another point of emphasis this year is the use of cellphones and other electronic devices that can connect to each other and/or social media.  We have watched these devices become an increasing distraction to student learning and a threat to student safety.  Please take a minute to read the attached letter that fully describes why and how we plan to implement a schoolwide ban on these devices.  Again, alongside the letter, there is a flow chart attached to help you understand the procedures. 

When students come back, they will also notice a few changes to the master schedule.  There will be no more flex periods, but rather 9 full periods, each of which run for 40 minutes. Students will still be offered breakfast in the morning, but now they will be allowed to move on to homeroom at 7:45 if they are not eating or if they have finished eating.  There are multiple 2-hour delays built into the schedule this year, so please be sure to check the calendar now and plan accordingly for those days. 

Please feel free to reach out to me at any point with questions or concerns.  I am looking forward to a new year and can’t wait to see everyone soon!

Thank you.

Erich Zaun

Jr./Sr. High School Principal

2023-24 JSHS Attendance Terms

2023-24 Unexcused Absence Flow

2023-24 Cell Phone Announcement

2023-24 Cell Phone Flow Chart

Kooth

We are excited to announce that Kooth is now available for ALL students ages 11-18! Students under the age of 13 will need parental consent and the parental consent process is now integrated directly into the platform.

Kooth will be offering a series of Parent/Caregiver Webinars for our school families in which Kooth’s Engagement team will introduce Kooth, walk parents through account set up, and answer any questions they might have. We encourage parents to attend one 30 minute session. Listed below are some upcoming sessions. Please click on the link to register for a session.

Thursday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m.

New Mental Health Counseling Service for Students

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Kooth, a leading digital mental health platform to provide accessible counseling for students in the Middle/High School. This is in addition to our multi-tiered systems of support.

Students will have immediate access to self-help content, anonymous safe, moderated forums, journaling, goal setting, and therapeutic activities from their smartphones and computers. The app will be available soon for students to download and create an account.

The service has been made available to the district at no cost to students, parents, or the school thanks to a grant funded by the state budget.

Superintendent Jed Hamberger – “We have seen an increase in demand for mental health services since the onset of the pandemic. We have attempted to provide multiple in-person services and are struggling due to a shortage in certified mental health service staff. This is an added layer of support for us to communicate in students’ language through technology with the Kooth platform to address our student and family needs.”

According to CDC data:

• Of American youths aged 12-17, 1 in 3 have persistent feelings of sadness

• 4 in 10 have issues that are going untreated

• and 1 in 6 have made a suicide plan

“For too many young people, counseling has been out of reach and we see them struggling with increasing rates of mental health challenges,” said Kooth US General Manager, Kevin Winters. “Students are facing unique issues, and Kooth knew we needed to create a unique solution. We’re so proud to offer this product to Oswayo Valley School District and other schools across the state of Pennsylvania.”

About Kooth:

Kooth is a leading digital mental health platform. Our mission is to provide accessible and safe spaces for everyone to achieve better mental health. Our platform is clinically robust and accredited to provide a range of therapeutic support and interventions. All our services are predicated on easy access to make early intervention and prevention a reality.

To learn more about Kooth, please visit their website at https://us.kooth.com/

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