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PVJH OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES – LIBRARY STYLE

Posted February 14th, 2018

While the Olympics are happening in PyeongChang, South Korea, Junior High students had their own Library Olympics right here at PVJH!
 
In honor of the Winter Games, students were broken into different teams, all named after countries as they participated in the Library Olympics this past week. Events included the Speed Stamping of a due date card, Short Track Reference Speed Skating, Genre Free Style Ski, the Book Shelving Bobsled, and the Nordic Combined Race! Each of the events were Olympic themed, but also taught students about important library related skills, such as putting books back in the right order on shelves, and how to efficiently research topics.
 
We love this creative and relevant way to teach PV students valuable skills, all while relating it to the world’s current events!
STRIVING FOR FIVE THIS SPRING

Posted February 13th, 2018

 

PVCSD and the United Way of the Quad Cities Area are working hard to encourage students and families to Strive for Less Than Five! Missing school can negatively effect a student’s progress in the classroom, so we need YOUR help in our efforts to get kids to strive for less than five days absent.

The winter months make this tricky, as illness are spread and poor weather can cause travel issues. Keeping your child home when they are ill is extremely important to both their health and the health of those surrounding them. But when your child is healthy, check out the five tips for missing less school in the second photo, provided by the United Way.

Thank you for helping us improve school attendance, and for giving our students the opportunity to have the best education possible! For more information about Challenge 5, visit unitedwayqc.org/challenge5

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GUIDED READING PRACTICE FOR CODY FIRST GRADERS

Posted February 7th, 2018

Learning to read takes lots of practice, and Mrs. Waldron’s 1st grade class is putting in all kinds of hard work to become better readers!  After a group exercise, students were split into four different groups – silent reading, Waterford computer activities, word repetition and spelling, and teacher led reading and writing.  These groups encourage students to focus, collaborate, and apply previous knowledge to current problems. We all know that practice makes progress!  Great job students and Mrs. Waldron!

JUNIOR HIGHERS PUT THEIR GEOGRAPHY KNOWLEDGE TO THE TEST

Posted January 24th, 2018

Over 30 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Geography Bee on January 24th!  Questions ranged in difficulty and involved knowledge of U.S. geography, as well as world geography.  Students were asked two questions in each round, and were eliminated if both answers were wrong.  The final two students went multiple rounds together, both answering the high level questions correctly.  In the end, eighth grader Kavya Kalathur finished in first, with eighth grader Ben Eckman finishing in second.  Kavya will complete a state qualifying test this week, and continue to the state competition later this spring if she qualifies.  Well done students, your knowledge is impressive!

PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM SHOWCASES AMAZING TALENT

Posted January 23rd, 2018

Having well rounded students is something the PVCSD takes great pride in, and the PTA Reflections program is a great way to showcase that!  On January 18th, nearly 200 PV students from all schools were recognized for their creative contributions at the PTA Reflections Program. The nationally acclaimed program has two goals: to encourage participation in the arts, both in and out of school, and to recognize students for their achievements.

Each entry was scored by the judges using a specific rubric, and each artist had to include a statement with their entry to provide additional insight into their interpretation of the theme.  This year’s theme was “Within Reach.”  Students were then ranked in three categories: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, and Contributing Artist.

72 creations were ranked with an Award of Excellence and will continue to compete at the state level in April.  Great job students, and thank you staff and families for all the support you provide to your artists!

To learn more about the Iowa PTA Reflections Program, click here.

BRIDGEVIEW ELP STUDENTS PAY IT FORWARD DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted January 18th, 2018

Last month, Bridgeview 5th grade ELP students decided to “Pay it Forward” and help spread kindness to the Scott County Humane Society.  A volunteer from the Humane Society came to Bridgeview to educate students on their mission and their needs.  After the visit, these students went around to their families and neighbors asking for donations and designed flyers to hand out to local businesses to encourage people to adopt a pet.
The group was able to collect a variety of donations from families and neighbors, including paper towels, laundry detergent, index cards, cat food, dryer sheets, glass cleaner, shoe boxes, and $100 to help the Humane Society with their expenses. 
Students said this about what they learned from the project: “You should Pay It Forward because it is the nice thing to do. There are lots of different ways to help someone out: help someone cross the street, pay for somebody’s lunch, or offer to be someone’s partner in school. If someone does something nice for you, and you can’t repay them back, the least you can do is pay it forward, do something nice for someone else.”

PV ORCHESTRA STUDENTS HEAD TO ISTA HONORS ORCHESTRA

Posted January 16th, 2018

PV Orchestra students participated in the SEISTA honors orchestra festival last Saturday, and the following musicians have been selected to participate in the ISTA (Iowa String Teachers Association) Honors Orchestra due to their chair audition results!

Congratulations students on your hard work and selection for this great honor! This festival will take place in Ames, IA on February 10th.

Junior High:

Kennedy Brady- Violin I

Lee Kim- Violin I

Lila Teitle- Violin I

Emma Vaaler- Violin I

Caleb Swinney- Violin II

Grace Davidson-Viola

Kavya Kalathur-Viola

Daniya El-Zein- Cello

Chante Hardaway- Cello

Erika Holmberg- Cello

Parker Paulson- Cello

 

PVHS:

Sophia Xiao – Violin I

Jeanelle Cho – Violin I

Dan Kim – Violin I

Maddie Anthony – Violin I

Keshav Wagle – Cello

RIVERDALE HEIGHTS 5TH GRADE STEPS UP TO PROVIDE FOR COMMUNITY

Posted January 12th, 2018

Right before Winter Break, Riverdale Heights 5th Graders decided to work with Maddie’s Closet for their Project Jack. The kids discussed how their project money would be best spent and decided to partner up and make toiletry bags that included shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a brush/comb. They also decorated cards with inspirational sayings to put in each toiletry bag.

These awesome students were able to donate 50 toiletry bags to Maddie’s Closet, as well as some socks, underwear, and winter coats. Keep up the great work Riverdale, your community is thankful for you!

To learn more about Maddie’s Closet, visit https://maddiescloset.org/

HIGHLY SELECTIVE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES PRESENTATION

Posted January 4th, 2018

Thank you for attending the presentation on Highly Selective Colleges and Universities on January 3rd!  We hope you received much good information and will help during your student’s college search and selection.

To access the full PowerPoint from the Highly Selective Colleges and Universities presentation, click here.

JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR BLANK SUMMER INSTITUTE

Posted December 8th, 2017

PVCSD would like to give a big congratulations to the PVJH students who have been nominated to be a part of the prestigious 2018 Blank Summer Institute (BSI) in Iowa City from June 24th through June 29th, 2018!

The Blank Summer Institute for the Arts & Sciences is a one-week residential summer program held at The University of Iowa for 120 of Iowa’s gifted students who are currently in grades 7 & 8. The Institute provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.

Once nominated, students will complete an application process. Applications are forwarded to the Belin-Blank Center where the final selection of students will be made.

The following students were nominated:

Timothy Davison – Invention & Innovation
Grace Davidson – Global & Cultural Studies
Carter Dougherty – Advanced Science
Evan Freese – Social Studies
Erika Holmberg – Performing Arts
Kavya Kalathur – Math Problem Solving
Lauren McGovern – Creative Writing
Gillian Oenick – Visual Arts

Well done Spartans and good luck with the final selection process!

CODY LECLAIRE PROJECT GAINS TRACTION

Posted December 6th, 2017

Over the last month, second, fourth, and sixth graders from Cody have been watching patiently as the views on their LeClaire Project video grow.  The LeClaire Project is a video put together by these students, along with their educators, to show various aspects about the community of LeClaire, in an effort to be a featured location on PenPal Schools Virtual Reality Field Trip Across America.

PenPal Schools is a program that connects classrooms across the globe to promote collaboration through different online lessons.  They host many projects, and decided to start a Virtual Reality Field Trip Across America.  This allows students from around the world to learn about America by viewing and experiencing communities across the country in the virtual reality sets.

The LeClaire Project focused on things specific to the community of Le Claire, starting with Eagle Watching by the second grade, Tug Fest by the fourth grade, and Antique Archaeology by the sixth grade.  Students collaborated across grades to think of interview questions and ideas, and had conversations with community members that had specific knowledge on their topics.

As of December 6th, the video has over 13,000 views and nearly 350 shares.  The contest ended on November 30th, and winners will be announced in the near future!  Click here to view the video and support the Cody students!

PVCSD wants to thank Larissa Bailey – 2nd grade teacher, Allison Samuelson – 4th grade teacher, Jennifer Notton – 6th grade teacher, Beth Campbell – Instructional Technology Coach, and all the community members that helped Cody students and were involved with the making of this video.  It is amazing to see one of our schools work so hard to show off their community!

PV DANCE TEAM STEALS THE SHOW AND THE STATE TITLE

Posted December 4th, 2017

Let’s give a big Spartan Nation congratulations to the PV Platinum Dance Team for becoming the Class XIII State champions in Pom!  The team competed on December 1st against other dance teams from across the state to bring home the state title in the Pom competition, and 4th place in Class VII Jazz competition.  On November 4th, six individual PV Platinum dancers also competed in the Iowa State Dance Team Solo Competition, where each dancer was given a Division 1 rating, the highest achievable rating, and two placed within the top 10.  To see the Pom and Jazz performances, check out the Pleasant Valley Dance Team Facebook page here!  Well done, Dancers!

PVHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT FEARLESSLY GIRL ASSEMBLY

Posted November 29th, 2017

Spreading kindness and empowering young women to be a positive change in the community are just a couple of the things focused on by the PVHS chapter of Girls Learn International.  Earlier in November, the group attended the official launch conference of Fearlessly Girl to learn more about improving social media and the movement that is tackling cyberbullying.

Fearlessly Girl is an anti-bullying organization, based in Canada and started by Kate Whitfield.  The conference on November 17th was the official United States launch for the organization, where over 7,000 girls attended and watched via livestream from across the U.S.  The assembly was the largest anti-bullying gathering ever held, and was hosted by Kate Whitefield and Quad Cities native and professional tennis player, Madison Keys.  The women focused on topics like self-esteem issues, pressure to conform to societal beauty standards, and answered questions from participants pertaining to their personal lives.

While at the conference, the PVHS chapter of Girls Learn International was selected to receive the #kindcomments Award, which is part of a global initiative to prevent cyberbullying and promote positive activity on social media.  The PV GLI club was honored with this award because of their displays of kindness on and off social media.

Representatives from the group, Lily Williams, Whitney Ankton, and Ramya Kumar were also interviewed by Keys and Whitfield about their experiences with GLI, and about what the group does to promote kindness.

Spartan Nation is proud of these inspiring young women for taking the initiative to make PV and the world a better place!

DISTRICT WIDE ROBOTICS SHOWCASE A HIT FOR ALL AGES

Posted November 20th, 2017

On Sunday, November 19th, over 100 PV students gathered at Riverdale Heights Elementary for the Robotics Showcase! This showcase is part of the PVHS Robotics team outreach to younger students to promote robotics and other aspects of STEM. Students from Cody, Riverdale Heights, PVJH, and PVHS were involved in the showcase.
 
Sunday was all about the younger students showing the work they’ve done up to this point, and giving them an opportunity to see what’s coming for them at the next level! The teams take time to learn about robotics and the different aspects building a functioning robot, but they also learn many lessons in teamwork, collaboration, and adaptability.
 
After the showcase, there was a Robotics themed carnival with concessions and other activities, like noodle and marshmallow model building and a paper bridge building competition. A big round of applause to all the students who participated, Spartan Nation can’t wait to see what you keep accomplishing in the Robotics world!
STUDENT HUNGER DRIVE SUCCESS FOR PV

Posted November 16th, 2017

This year was a massive success for Pleasant Valley in the Student Hunger Drive!  We are proud to announce that PV raised over 65,000 pounds of food for the hungry throughout the Quad Cities, and brought home first place in the Division A competition!  Pleasant Valley also won the Mission Challenge portion of the competition, which included an essay and poster about the mission of the Hunger Drive, as well as the Most Improved award for improving pounds raised by 77%.

Spartan Assembly, the PVHS student council, spearheaded the efforts for this year’s drive.  These efforts included a Survivor theme throughout the high school, different events for PV students and staff, a variety of community activities and involvement, and lots of encouragement to the junior high and elementary schools to raise as much as possible.

Student leaders in Spartan Assembly all thought the difference in numbers this year was simply because of community and school involvement.   “Having more events helped so much,” senior Emma Horsfield said.  “The new events targeted more people that aren’t usually involved and made all different types of groups want to participate.”

PVSD wants to thank all students, teachers, and families for their involvement in this year’s Student Hunger Drive.  It is incredible to see the PV family come together to support the Quad Cities community and to make a difference in so many lives!

RIVERDALE HEIGHTS HONORS VETERANS

Posted November 10th, 2017

Riverdale Heights students and staff took the afternoon on Friday, November 10th to honor those who serve, and have served, our country.  The annual Riverdale Heights Elementary Veteran’s Day Commemoration took place in the gym, where the whole school gathered to hear from nearly 60 veterans from all branches of the military.  The audience also got to hear from guest speaker Major Rebecca Milkowski, a local and highly decorated soldier from the Army. The Riverdale Heights 5th Grade Harmonics performed two songs, along with the 6th grade trumpets who performed Taps.

The Pleasant Valley School District wants to thank and honor all veterans on this day. Thank you for all you have done for this country and for this community, we are so grateful for you!

COLLABORATION AND TEAMWORK IN JUNIOR HIGH GOOSE CHASE

Posted November 8th, 2017

Last week after the Iowa Assessment testing, Junior High students got out of their classrooms and headed out on a ‘Goose Chase’ throughout the school! During different periods of the day, students were placed in groups and sent on 38 missions, all focused on different educational skills like math and discourse. Each mission was worth a certain amount of points and encouraged collaboration and communication. We love to see our students have a little fun, while still working together to accomplish a task, after a long week of testing!

TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER FOR PLEASANT VIEW 6TH GRADERS

Posted November 8th, 2017

November 10th was filled with all kinds of technology for the 6th grade classes at Pleasant View during Tech EdCamp!  The student-led camp focused on teaching peers about several different presentation applications – iMovie, Spark Video, Haiku Deck, Adobe Pages, and Padlet.

The camp was also student-centered as each child was able to choose which sessions they wanted to attend based on their own interest, and allowed them to engage in the presentation, rather than just listen.  “Tech EdCamp was interactive,” Mallory, a 6th grade participant, said.  “It wasn’t just a ‘this is what the app is,’ we actually got to play around with the app and know how to use it.”

All students are putting their new learning to use as they present research based on their inquiry work for Ancient Egypt.

 

**Photos courtesy of Wendy Reyes

Visiting Artist Rock Riverdale Heights

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Every year, Pleasant Valley Community School District works with Quad City Arts to bring their Visiting Artists into our schools.  The week of October 2, 2017, students enjoyed the critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio Infinitus.  

The members of Infinitus not only played familiar songs for the students at Riverdale Heights, but also challenged the kids’ musical ability.  In the video below, you see them working on a rhythmic pattern.

 The musicians also asked students to listen to various pieces and talk about what they thought each piece was about.

“That’s what’s great about music,” a member of Infinitus said. “We can hear the same thing and think something different.”

Infinitus is holding a public performance at Pleasant Valley High School in the theatre on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Infinitus, click here.

Exploring the World through the Senses

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Why do people become explorers?  Students in Mrs. Wilga’s 5th Grade class at Pleasant View Elementary spent the day learning about explorers and how they used their senses to discover new worlds. Mrs. Wilga set up three stations — one, a group of small boxes students had to smell and determine the scent, another full of plant life and another technology-based station which allowed students to research explorers.  A hands-on class the students will definitely remember for a long time!

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