Posted January 5th, 2017
Pleasant Valley Third Graders learned a little about computer coding in the first ever District-wide Hour of Code. Students spent the afternoon after December’s early release learning basic computer science. PVHS and PVJH students coached the third graders through lessons on code.org, either moving Moana’s boat to find fish or helping a Minecraft chicken roam. The students learn a simple process of thinking – choose a direction on a computer screen and make an animation move on another. The process gets more complex as students learn, in hopes of sparking a love of computer science in each child.
Thank you to Chris Cournoyer and Theresa Barber for organizing this first of what we hope is many Hours of Code for PV students. And a big thanks to the many volunteers who helped make this afternoon a success!
Code.org is a free website. Have your student try it out here –> https://code.org/learn
Posted December 21st, 2016
Across the District, students and staff have been in the giving spirit. Toy drives. Book drives. Collecting items for shelters. The Spartan Nation knows what the season is really about — helping others. Here’s just some of the ways the PV family is helping make the world a better place.
- Caleb Shamrell’s Alive in Me — Students at Bridgeview, Cody and PVJH have been collecting toys and books to support the Alive in Me Foundation. The Foundation honors the life a Caleb Shamrell, who passed away just before he would have turned three. The Shamrell family just moved into the district and asked the schools to collect toys and books to give to families who would have to spend the holiday in the hospital. Bridgeview collected more than 900 items. Cody filled its boxes over and over. The same goes for the Junior High. Click here to learn about the Caleb Shamrell Alive in Me Foundation.
- Toys for Tots — All it took was one student to make a big difference for Toys for Tots. After writing and presenting a speech for class on Toys for Tots, PVHS Senior Zach Myatt decided he needed to do more. He took his 3 foot long Santa hat and asked people to help fill it with funds to support Toys for Tots. In just a week, Zach raised more than $500. He took the funds and bought toys for the Toys for Tots program.
- Toys for Tots — The 5th Graders at Riverdale Heights did a coin drive for Toys for Tots and raised more than $300!
- Warm Feet for Winter — The last few years, Pleasant View has done a pajama drive for the less fortunate. After learning of a need at King’s Harvest shelter, 6th grade began collecting socks for the homeless as an alternative. The students and families have been very generous: 227 pairs of socks and 166 handwarmers! This year, King’s Harvest also suggested hand warmers along with the socks. These will be taken to King’s Harvest over Christmas break!
5. Christmas for the Kohns — Will Kohn is a kindergartner and his father, Chris, teaches at the High School. Will is waiting for a heart transplant. While he waits, he needs to have medicine round the clock. To get the medicine, he will have surgery to put in a port, but that means celebrating Christmas in the hospital. PVHS raised money to purchase presents for Will and his family and had them delivered by Santa and a group of carolers, the Pleasant Valley High School Choir! The choir learned the songs Will’s class sang for their winter concert!
Posted December 21st, 2016
Our children are growing up in a world much different than what we grew up in. Students have access to computers, apps, you name it, in and out of the classroom. PV preschool teachers want to harness this new world and open it up to our youngest students.
In the month of November, PV preschool opened its doors to parents for a first-ever technology day. The teachers spoke with parents about what technology they use in the classroom and what parents can do at home to make sure students are learning in a safe environment.
Preschool students get up and moving as soon as they enter the room, thanks to wide-ranging educational web-based videos. The videos encourage students to move, all the while hearing letter sounds or simple math facts. While this is the start of the day, technology and the thought process to create that technology continues through the day. Clearly one of the big winners for students is a game called “Robot Turtles.” The board game (not actually on a device) teaches students the theory behind computer coding. Each player gets a turtle card with the goal of reaching a gem placed on the board. With each turn, students move one space deciding to turn right, turn left or move forward. The process makes students stop and think about each move and what that move means towards reaching the final goal – just like in coding! Students practice the skills in the game and then get to program an actual robot, a bee!
Posted November 23rd, 2016
Bridgeview students learned the art of Jazz from singer Kativa Shah in November. Ms. Shah and her jazz trio took students around the world as they performed songs in different languages. A thank you to Ms. Shah, Quad City Arts and Bridgeview PTA for bringing this opportunity to our students.
Hear some of the performance below.
Posted November 23rd, 2016
“What does caring mean?” Bridgeview Principal Cyndy Berher asks the study body gathered for an assembly on November 22, 2016.
“Thinking about others above yourself.”
“Doing something for someone else.”
All great answers from Bridgeview students, as they gathered to learn about the Character Pillar of Caring. This year, the school will show they care by supporting an effort by a Bridgeview Family.
Mrs. Shamrell and her family settled in LeClaire this year. As she explained to the students at the assembly, she has six children – four who go to Bridgeview and one who attends the Junior High. But, she was there to talk about the 6th child, Caleb, who passed away at 2 years old. The family donated his organs to save others lives. Their foundation “Alive in Me” promotes organ donation awareness and does something extra special at the holidays. That’s where the students at Bridgeview, Cody and the Junior High come in. The Shamrells collect toys and books to give to children in the hospital and their siblings. They say the gifts the received while Caleb was in the hospital are some of their most cherished possessions.
From now until the middle of December, the three schools are collecting toys and books to help the cause. You can help, too, by dropping off a donation to any of the schools or by visiting http://www.aliveinme.org/.
Check out the WHBF story on the Shamrells and their cause here http://bit.ly/2fGpQFL
Posted October 21st, 2016
Friday is probably the favorite day of the week for high school students everywhere. It’s more than just a day, Friday is an opportunity. Pleasant Valley High School is the home of the Sparkle Effect, where special needs girls from around the district get their chance to shine. Before kickoff, the girls take their place right along-side their cheerleader. This is the time when they get to help cheer on the Spartans! But October 7th was different; the Sparkles had a special guest on this Friday night.
People Magazine came into town to feature the team, and it wasn’t their first time. Back in 2008 when the Sparkle Effect first started at PVHS, People featured the girls, helping get the word out and to build a nationwide effort to start Sparkle Effect teams. People came back to report on the success of this program, which started right here at PVHS.
The girls couldn’t have been happier. Thanks to Capri College, the Sparkles had their hair and makeup done by a local, professional team of stylists. It didn’t stop there, once the girls were ready, they all headed down onto the football field. Lights, camera, smile! The ladies were in their pose waiting for People to take their shot. And that’s what it’s all about, taking a shot. Sarah Cronk, a former PV student, founded the team when she was still in high school. The Sparkle Effect has branched out all across the nation bringing the communities closer with each new team. New friendships blossom and old friendships grow stronger, the Sparkle Effect gives the girls a sense of pride not only in themselves, but as a team.
A team is a family, and families are impacted as well. The parents, the siblings, and the students are all involved. Whether they could be on the team or whether they already are on the team, the heart of the family and community is touched. That includes the girls that help teach the Sparkles a new routine. The great thing is, the girls teach each other new things everyday, and then they proceed to teach people around them. Everyone shines and everyone is a Sparkle.
Click here to see the story in PEOPLE.
Posted October 17th, 2016
Mrs. Peterson’s room at Bridgeview Elementary turned into an operating theater on October 7 and 10, 2016. Students are becoming “text surgeons” to get a deeper understanding of a book. Students first learned about the parts of a book, like the table of contents, the index, photographs, captions, etc. Then, students scrubbed in, donning a mask and gloves, as they looked through magazines to cut out examples of each. After cutting out the item, students wrote a sentence about why the feature is important to the text as a whole. A great lesson to inspire a culture of readers!
Posted September 30th, 2016
Kindergarten teachers are special, especially in the way they can capture the imaginations of a room full 5-year-olds. Kindergarten teachers at Bridgeview Elementary hope they can teach that special quality to parents, as well. On September 22, 2016, Mrs. Carlin, Mrs. Dolehanty and Mrs. Huffman held a Literacy Night for parents. Parents came into the school for about 15 minutes to learn what teachers do in the classroom to teach students how to read. Each parent received a tool kit that included a short book, sight word list, sight word cards, a dry eraser board and marker, and a slinky. The teachers then described how they use each of the items in the classroom. For example, they use the slinky to sound out words. If it’s a short word like dog, the slinky doesn’t need to be pulled out all the way. Instead, students pull the slinky a short amount for each sound in the word “dog” and then push it back together when they say the sounds all together. This helps students visualize the words as they talk. Students are also encouraged to write on the white board, spelling out the sounds of a word. It’s okay if it’s not spelled right; teachers want to understand if the students can hear the sounds correctly. It’s the hope that parents will work with their students at home on the same skills students work on in school. Click on the pictures above!
Posted September 15th, 2016
Homecoming is always special at Pleasant Valley! Join us at the game tonight! It’s a white out — so grab your WHITE Spartan gear and help our team win!
Check out pictures from the week’s events below:
Homecoming Assembly at PVHS:
Pleasant Valley Junior High Pep Rally:
Posted August 23rd, 2016
Is there anything like the first day of school? We are so excited to have everyone back in the classroom. Check out some of the pictures from the first day of school around the district!
Pleasant Valley Junior High
PVHS 10-12 graders get out early and the freshmen stick around to learn about the High School. Freshmen students go on a scavenger hunt to learn the building, learn study and organizational habits and get to check out all the clubs at the at the activities fair.
Posted August 1st, 2016
Pleasant Valley has transitioned to the Infinite Campus Food Service system for the coming school year. With this updated system, you will now be able to view your student’s lunch balance and see an itemized list of food service purchases right through your Parent Portal login!
Parent Portal View (available now!)
You are also once again able to add money via credit card to your student’s food service account through our online webstore, RevTrak. The option to make food service deposits will now show under the “Infinite Campus Payments” section along with your assigned and optional school fees. A separate login for food service payments is no longer required! (See updated instructions on using the RevTrak webstore here.)
Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file.
If you have questions about the new system, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.