The Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse, PA hereby gives notice that the Oswayo Valley School Board of Directors will hold a special meeting for personnel matters and general purposes. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in room 146/148 of the Oswayo Valley Elementary School located at 277 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
2023-24 Extracurricular Sign-Ups
It’s time for the 2023-24 Sports, Marching Band, Bocce, and Trap Team Sign-Ups! If your child will be in grades 7-12 in the upcoming school year and is interested in participating, click on the following link to sign up today. The deadline to sign up is Monday, May 22, 2023.
If you have any questions or need assistance signing up, please contact Mrs. Unverdorben in the Activities Office at 814-260-1701.
2023-24 Final Budget
NOTICE is given that the Proposed Final Budget for the General Fund of the Oswayo Valley School District for the 2023-2024 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 Oswayo Valley School Board of Directors Meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 12, 2023 in the Oswayo Valley Elementary School Board Room 146/148 located at 277 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
The Oswayo Valley MSHS will be offering free after school tutoring for any student that would like to take advantage of some extra help. For the remainder of the school year a few teachers will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 3:55 p.m. Any students are welcome to stay and get help with homework, projects, papers, etc. for any class. Interested students or parents that would like your child to attend on a regular basis, please complete the form below return it to the MSHS office.
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.
Change in Procedure
Vaping is a problem that is plaguing school districts across the nation, including Oswayo Valley. To help combat the problem, sensors were installed in our restrooms which is a common place where students use vapes. When an alert is issued and students are identified as potential users, a search is conducted. With the devices being small and easily concealed, we were not finding any on the students. As a result, the District has moved to a no tolerance policy. If a sensor goes off and there are multiple students in the restroom at the same time, we will follow the discipline matrix in the handbook for all students that were in the restroom at the time of the alert. If a student wants to talk and disclose who was using and who was not, we will take that into consideration and take action from there. The sensors that are installed have a .03 false reading potential and administration is instantaneously notified when they have been initiated, therefore the chances of a false reading are very slim. Possession and use of any vaping product on school property violates School District Policy and individuals who are determined to be in violation will be held accountable. Recently a vape cartridge was found on campus that contained a drug serum, so please be advised that if that is found, charges will be filed with the magistrate and will include drug and drug paraphernalia which are much worse charges.
Vaping, tobacco, and drug use continue to be problems with our youth. We are encouraging parents to discuss with their children the risks associated with the use of these substances and make them aware of the consequences of not only using these drugs, but also what can and will happen if they are discovered to be brought onto school grounds. The only way we can resolve this issue and help our students is by working together.
Winter Coat Drive
The Knights of Columbus in Eldred, PA have generously donated winter coats for Oswayo Valley children in need. If your child is in need of a new coat, please complete the following form and the District will contact you. There is no charge for families to participate in the coat drive.
We would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for their generous gift and for helping keep our children safe and warm.
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.”
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/
Stop Youth Addiction Before It Starts
OVES Named 2022 National Blue Ribbon School
On September 16, 2022, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
Out of approximately 131,000 schools nationwide, Oswayo Valley Elementary is extremely proud to be one of those 297 schools chosen due to our academic excellence! Congratulations to the dedicated students, staff, and community of Oswayo Valley Elementary School!
You can read about the Oswayo Valley Elementary School and the National Blue Ribbon School Program by visiting https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/winning/22pa121pu_oswayo_valley_elementary_school.html
Updated COVID 19 Guidance from CDC
Please click on the links below to view the most current CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 and isolation and precautions for people with COVID-19.
Summary of Guidance for Minimizing Impact of COVID-19
At their August 19, 2022 meeting, the Oswayo Valley School Board of Directors approved the Comprehensive Plan for 30-day public review, Superintendent approved revisions, and submission after 30-day review. To view the Comprehensive Plan, please click on the link below.
Potter County Drug and Alcohol Program Survey
Potter County Drug and Alcohol Program is conducting a community survey of adults residing in Potter County in order to assess levels of use and community attitudes about key issues related to alcohol and drug use. The results of this survey will help us address those issues that are most concerning to people in our county.
The survey is to be completed by county residents 18 yrs. of age and older and it is important that we are able to have as many survey responses as possible. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions in the survey – it should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be extremely helpful to us as we strive to improve our services.
You may access the survey by clicking on the link below. You can complete the survey from any computer, tablet, or other device that is connected to the Internet. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PotterAdultSurvey
Substitute Teacher Shortage
Updated ESSER Health and Safety Plan
At their September 13, 2021, the Oswayo Valley School Board of Directors approved the updated ESSER Health and Safety Plan. To view the plan, please click on the following link.
Potter County Mental Health Services Available
Please click on the following links for contact information regarding mental health services available for youth and adults.
Potter County Mental Health Services for Youth
Potter County Mental Health Services for Adults