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PVHS Front Drive Closed for Summer

Posted June 1st, 2017

Due to construction at the front entrance of PVHS, the front drive will be closed from Monday, June 5 through Friday, August 4, 2017. Please use the following parking lots and entrances:

  • For summer athletics and band use the tennis court parking lot and enter S1 (band entrance). To drop students off, use the tennis court parking lot and have your student walk along the access drive south of the tennis courts. The stadium gates will be open to access door S1.
  • For all other activities use the west parking lot for parking and the bus turnaround for student drop-off. Please use entrance N1 (NW Cafeteria entrance) to access the building.
2017-18 Online Registration

Posted May 1st, 2017

New this year, we are introducing an online registration process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 Online Registration.  We ask that you carefully review and complete all materials in the Online Registration before May 15, 2017.  Your child will be considered registered upon receipt of this material and payment of fees.  (Note that credit card payments are accepted online here and cash or checks are accepted at the buildings.)  Please notify the school office if your student will not be returning to Pleasant Valley Schools in the fall of 2017.

  • To begin your Online Registration, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account or do not remember your password, please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Online Registration must be accessed from the Portal website link above; it is not available through the Portal Mobile App.
  • Once logged in, click the link for “Online Registration” on the left
  • Select “Click here to go to Existing Student Registration”
  • Follow the prompts and be sure to click “Submit” when complete

For a list of school fees, please click here.

2017 Wall of Honor Recipient

Posted April 20th, 2017

Lt. Col. Melaine J. Burja, DNP, RN, USAF, NC has been named the recipient of the 2017 Pleasant Valley Community School District Wall of Honor Award.  The Wall of Honor Program was established in 1999 to recognize distinguished alumni who have graduated from Pleasant Valley High School.

Lt. Col. Burja graduated from PVHS in 1991 and has since spent her life serving her country on the front lines, in the classroom and in hospitals.

“In the academic setting, I am Dr. Burja.  In the military setting, I’m Lt. Col. Burja.  In the operating room, I’m just Melanie,” she said.

After she received a Bachelor of Arts from Wartburg College, graduating in just three years, she continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in 1995, and entered the United States Air Force. While on active duty, she earned a Masters of Science in Nursing Anesthesia from Uniformed Services University in 2005 and a Doctor of Nursing from the University of Iowa in 2014.

Lt. Col. Burja’s career has taken her around the globe, including serving in Southern England right after 9/11.   Upon returning to the States, she served as a Multi-Service staff nurse at Scott Air Force Base and as a staff nurse anesthetist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  In 2008, she was selected to serve in rural Japan where she coordinated anesthesia services for all operating rooms and for 240 obstetrical deliveries each year.  While in Japan, she was called on again to serve in the War on Terror in 2010, this time in Afghanistan.

“I supported a small medical facility at the front and a larger hospital with more extensive capabilities,” Lt. Col. Burja said.  “Medics were good targets for the terrorists and by chance or coincidence we were victim to quite a few rocket attacks, one of which hit my quarters while I was at the mess hall.”

When she returned from Afghanistan, she was named Air Force CRNA of the Year.  The next year tested Lt. Col. Burja again.  Still serving in Japan, she and her family were living at the base closest to the epicenter of the earthquake that caused the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor.  Her family was evacuated and she stayed to assist with recovery efforts with the distinct chance of being affected by radiation.

Next, the Burjas moved back to Iowa, where Lt. Col. Burja earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa.  She now teaches the graduate program and coordinates clinical rotations for Nurse Anesthesia students on Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

“The military gave me many opportunities,” she said. “It’s great to be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself.”

Lt. Col. Burja is looking forward to the next chapter in her life. She will retire from the Air Force in July and is accepting a position at a local children’s hospital where she will continue to work with anesthesia students and residents.

“Being active duty has meant that I have often had to choose the job over my family,” she said. “I plan to sit on the sidelines every Friday night during football season watching the marching band and cheering on my boys in whatever endeavors they pursue.”

Lt. Col. Burja is the daughter of Marie and Larry Randol, wife of Radu Burja and the mother of Nic and Luke.

Thank you to those who came to the Academic Awards Ceremony and reception in her honor.

 

PV Students Sweep Regional Math Bee

Posted April 11th, 2017

Pleasant Valley Math Bee teams swept the regional competition.  PV teams placed first through fifth and nine PV students placed in the top ten individually!

Twenty-four teams from across the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency region competed individually and as teams to solve problems and demonstrate math skills.  Pleasant Valley Schools hosted the event this year. Congratulations to all involved!

Team:
1st– Riverdale Heights
(Tejus Kanathur, Shobini Iyer, Pranav Suresh, and Nikhil Ramaraju)
2nd – Pleasant View
(Cassel Friemel, Elizabeth Hernandez, Luke Thompson, and Trevor Zimmerman)
3rd – Hopewell
(Ike Swanson, Kushi Metha, Gertchen Highberger, Marcus Brown)
4th – Cody
(Ella Jones, Peyton Mahrt, Katia Zemo, Issac Wilcox)
5th – Bridgeview
(Aaron Trelsted, Josh Cozad, Nathaniel Cox III Esquire S. Preston, Danny Zietlow and Katelyn Kiefer)
6th – Lourdes
7th – Central DeWitt 1
8th – Central DeWitt 2
9th – Central Middle (Muscatine)
10th – West Middle (Muscatine)
Individual:
1st – Nikhil Ramaraju (RH)
2nd – Pranav Suresh (RH)
3rd – Luke Thompson (PV)
4th – Gretchen Highberger (HW)
5th – Tejus Kanathur (RH)
6th – Trevor Zimmerman (PV)
7th – Ella Jones (CO)
8th – Emilio Bobay (Central Middle-Muscatine)
9th – Ike Swanson (HW)
10th – Aaron Treistad (BV)
Pleasant View Wins Regional Battle of the Books

Posted April 4th, 2017

Eastern Iowa Battle of the Books ChampionsPleasant View brought home the hardware for another win—this time at the Eastern Iowa Regional Battle of the Books. Teams from Bennett, Bettendorf, Davenport, North Scott and Pleasant Valley (Pleasant View) competed in a 100 question challenge. Pleasant View team members included: Holly Jensen, Julianne Binto, and Alexa Very. Please congratulate these very deserving students when you get the chance and stop by the library to see the ginormous traveling trophy that will stay here at Pleasant View until next year. Way to go Pleasant View 6th graders!

District Band Concert Moves to iWireless

Posted March 25th, 2017

 

The Pleasant Valley District Band Night Concert will be at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL again this year!  Thanks to the construction at PVHS, there just isn’t enough room for this concert at the High School.  By having the event at the iWireless Center, we are able to have all 13 bands and 840 students perform together on one concert!  All students will perform on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

“We want to thank the Pleasant Valley Community School District and the Pleasant Valley Band Boosters for helping to make this performance possible,” Band Director Drew Anderson said.

We caught up with the Riverdale Heights 6th grade band as they get ready for the big concert.  Check out the video below!

PV Iowa Girls Code

Posted March 16th, 2017

team_with_chrisFor the last year, a group of PVHS students have been working on a big project.  The Iowa Girls Code Team has met several times a month to develop an app which allows students to “review classes,” providing tips and resources for students registering for PVHS classes.

The team presented their app at the Iowa Girls Code Spring Summit on March 5, 2017.  Students spoke about how they collected data, the challenges they faced and the app itself.

The team has also been central to this year’s Hour of Code classes offered to elementary students on early dismissal days.

To learn more visit: http://iowagirlscode.com/

The team included:

Jenna Aller
Caroline Christophersen
Alexis Cordts
Sydney Einck
Sara Hoskins
Caitlin Morgan
Amulya Pillutla
Cassidy Sorenson
Erin Woodford

 

Junior Achievement Teaches Kindergartners about Sharing

Posted March 16th, 2017

 

Pleasant Valley believes in we must prepare our students for a global society, and that is the mission of Junior Achievement, as well.  Dozens of volunteers come into classrooms to teach our students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.

Students as young as kindergarten receive these lessons.  In Mrs. Seamer’s class at Pleasant View, Amy Featherstone volunteers her time to come in once a week for several weeks to help students learn about personal economics and the choices people make to meet their needs and wants.

When we caught up with them, Mrs. Featherstone was reading the story “Charlie Plants a Garden.”  In the story, Charlie works with his classmates to build a community garden.  They sold flowers to raise money for the garden and donated some of the harvest to local food pantries.  Students worked in their journals to put the events in the story into a sequence.  All the while, the kindergartners learn about sharing and teamwork.

Thank you to all our JA volunteers.  If you’re interested in volunteering in PV classrooms, go to  http://jaheartland.org/what-you-can-do/volunteer-if-i-can-you-can/.

Pleasant Valley Junior High Presents Dear Edwina: The Musical

Posted March 2nd, 2017

For three months now, more than 70 Pleasant Valley Junior High students have been working after school on this year’s musical.  Dear Edwina follows a young girl who produces a backyard advice show with her friends from the neighborhood.  Along the way, Edwina answers advice letters with songs and dance.

It’s a fun and colorful show that features more than 30 soloists!  Our students have worked hard, so come on out and support them!  The show is Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm in the Pleasant Valley Junior High Gym.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Check out some of the pictures.

PVHS Career Center Puts Students on the Right Track

Posted March 1st, 2017

Did you know that PVHS is one of the only schools in the Midwest to have a dedicated Career Coordinator?  Mrs. Johnson runs the Career Center at the High School.  She coordinates job shadows, college visits — you name it.  Every month, a different profession is featured in our “Lunch & Learn” program.  Students eat their lunch while listening to experts in their field.  The next Lunch and Learn is on March 22 and will feature careers in Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.  Genesis will be holding the event with hopes of piloting a program in which several students will be able to intern with the hospital’s PTs.  The Career Center also coordinates exciting visits, like one coming up to the University of Iowa.  Students will learn about the Medical School directly from the students.  We encourage you to check out the PVHS Career Center website or follow @PVHSCareerCtr on twitter.  Mrs. Johnson keeps a list of tours, scholarships, job opportunities and job shadow information.  There’s a lot there and it all directly benefits our students!

 

2017-18 Calendar

Posted January 25th, 2017

The Pleasant Valley School Board has approved the 2017-18 Calendar.

2017-18 Calendar At a Glance

State Honors Riverdale Heights for Student Success

Posted January 20th, 2017

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Pleasant Valley Faculty accepted the Breaking Barriers Award on January 19, 2017 in Des Moines, Ia.

For the third year in a row, Riverdale Heights is being recognized by the State Board of Education for the school’s work to raise achievement among groups of students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom.  In 2015 and 2016, the school won the Breaking Barriers award for work with Latino students.  This year, faculty and staff earned the award for work with African American students.

The Breaking Barriers Award goes to the school with the highest proficiency rates statewide in reading and math among specific groups of students, such as students whose first language is not English or students from low-income backgrounds.  State assessment results from the last three years were examined to confirm the positive trend in achievement.

At Riverdale Heights, 73% of African American students were proficient in reading and math, compared to the statewide average of 54%.

“As a district we value the importance of each and every child receiving core instruction, regardless of ELL or special education needs or socioeconomic status,” Riverdale Heights principal, Jennifer Gertson told the Breaking Barriers committee. “It can be a challenge to arrange schedules so that students receive core instruction, intervention services and the supports necessary to close achievement gaps while making grade level learning accessible.  Our staff does a wonderful job working through these challenges, collaborating to give student what they need.”

Mrs. Gertson attributes the success to several different ways staff members across the district teach our students.

“I cannot say we “target” any one group of students,” she said.  “Our building is becoming increasingly diverse and we celebrate that.  We have 13 different languages spoken in the building and we work to look at data within subgroups to make sure learning is accessible and expectations are high for every student.  WIN (What I Need) time is built in to each grade level’s schedule and teachers collaborate with reading specialists, special education teachers, ELL teachers, specials teachers, the counselor, administration and the Instructional Coach to analyze data and determine intervention based on multiple pieces of data.”

Mrs. Gertson also says the success is based on the relationships our students have with our faculty.

“It really does take everyone working together for a common goal.  If we continue to know our kids and what they need, and work together to give them the supports they require, we can make a difference and will close achievement gaps.    We don’t let anything become a barrier for that work to happen.”

PVJH Robotics Teams Win Awards at Regional Qualifier

Posted December 19th, 2016

Congratulations to the PVJH Robotics Teams!  Five teams of Junior High students competed at the Regional Qualifier at the Putnam Museum on December 10th and 11th.  Every team won at least one award and “Outside the Bots” advanced to the State Championship in January!

We caught up with the teams during their final practice before the Qualifier.  All PV teams compete in the FIRST LEGO League competition.  Teams research a real-world problem (this year the theme focused on the interaction of people and animals) and develop a solution.  The teams also design, build, and program a robot to compete on a table-top playing field.  At the competition, students are judged not only on their robot’s performance, but a presentation of their solution to that real-world problem and also what’s called “Core Values,” which are spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship awards.

Outside the Bots
Junior High Team
Advanced to the State Championship Jan 2017
Team Coaches: Jill Gneiting & Lakshmi Subramaniam
Bryan Caraman
Gleb Ivan Hultin
Jake Gneiting
Lily Dumas
Ramya Subramaniam
Salar Cheema
Tanisha Nanisetty
Zain Mohammed
Spartan Cyborgs
Junior High Team
Core Values Award
Team Coaches: Sankari Kandasamy & Namachivayam Ganesh
Collin Melody
Eric Hedgren
Saketh Vempali
Srikanth Ganesh
Seth Good
Stinging Scorpions
Junior High Team
Project Award
Team Coaches: Dana Good & Surabhi Ajgaonkar
Alexander Xiao
Bailey Harris
Garrett Conway
Jaitra Ajgaonkar
Kevin Lie-Atjam
Marvin Roebuck
Mukul Kulkarni
Philip Richland
Spartan Bots
Junior High Team
Robot Design Award
Team Coaches: Tom Breen & Venkat Nanisetty
Akash Pradeep
Blake Anderson
Devon Katragadda
James Breen
Lauren Puthoff
Rithvik Vanga
Flourish and Bots
Neighborhood Team
Core Values Award
Ebby Barber
Sara Hoskins
Aabha Joshi
Kavya Kalathur
Shveta Kalathur
Preksha Kedilaya
Genevieve McShane
Aditi Nachnani
Gayathri Pundi
Madhu Subramanian

 

PVHS Art Teacher, Devin Hanson, Named Art Teacher of the Year

Posted October 3rd, 2016

web1-devin-hansonMr. Hanson has only been teaching for a few years
at PVHS and is already getting recognized for his work with students.  Art Educators of Iowa are recognizing Mr. Hanson as Outstanding Secondary Art Teacher of the Year.

A college professor nominated Mr. Hanson for the award and a committee of his peers chose him for the honor.  He said it’s something he wasn’t expecting, as he is a younger teacher.

“I’m very grateful to be honored with this award,” he said in his statement to the committee. “You don’t take on a career in education for the recognition or fame. When you become a teacher, you are making a commitment to better the lives of yweb3our students and your community, no matter what it takes.”

Mr. Hanson said what he enjoys most about teaching the time he has to get to understand his students.

“As an art teacher, I have more time to talk to the students and really know them,” he said.

During the day, he sees a wide variety of students:  some are talented artists; some are using their art skills to work in a trade.

“Students who invest themselves in art are a class all their own,” he said.  “These students all have different personalities, but are the most creative people in the world. Over the last three years of my teaching career, my goal has been to reach these students and instill the values of art education, whether they pursue art in the future or not. I once heard an administrator say, ‘we are in the people industry.’  This is very true in the world of education, as we are producing individuals who have the skills to change the world we live in.”

web4Mr. Hanson received his award at the AEI banquet in Burlington, Ia.

on October 1.  He stressed he would not be able to do quality work without the support of the Pleasant Valley Community School District.

“It is rewarding to be in a district that values the arts as much as they do, and they have provided me with more than enough tools to be successful.”

 

First Day of School Pictures

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!

Bridgeview

Cody

Hopewell

Pleasant View

Riverdale Heights

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.

 

New Food Service Accounts

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!)

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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 mahlerandrea@pleasval.k12.ia.us.

 

PV Foundation Awards 79 Scholarships

Posted May 12th, 2016

As the Pleasant Valley School District continues to grow, so does the generosity of the community.  On Wednesday, May 11, those who’ve endowed scholarships through the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation awarded 79 scholarships to 79 PVHS seniors.

The night is emotional, as students are rewarded for years of hard work and determination.  It’s also emotional as students hear the donors stories, why they’ve chosen to honor a PVHS student in the memory of a loved one, as a business giving back to its community or a family showing gratitude for what PV has offered them.  Stories of love and life inspired PVHS students to make a difference in the world.

“You don’t need to have a lot in order to give a lot,” Jeff Paul, founder of the iHope foundation, said to the students and their families.  Mr. Paul established his scholarship after his grandmother passed away.  She’d left him a few thousand dollars and his family decided to use the money for others, starting by paying for student’s dinners on homecoming night or picking up the tab for a stranger’s coffee.  Mr. Paul teaches at Pleasant Valley Junior High and noticed some of his students didn’t have the support they needed outside of the classroom.  He spoke of a student who brought in the day’s assignment soaking wet, because rain came through her roof.  His family decided to buy the student an ipad and quickly saw how much the simple gesture changed that student’s work ethic and confidence.  So, he decided he could do more and started raising money.  He’s now raised tens of thousands of dollars thanks to winnings from his Iron Man competitions and local businesses.  Every year he gives a student an ipad, with the promise of a $1,000 scholarship when they graduate.

Mr. Paul’s story is just one of dozens behind the PV Foundation’s scholarship program.  The Foundation’s goal is to one day provide a scholarship for every deserving graduating senior.  Scholarships come from families, businesses, and most recently, Run With Carl.  The PV Foundation and Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation organize the race with proceeds benefiting students.  Because of the Run with Carl, the PV Foundation added five new scholarships this year, and plans to add more with the coming success of the Labor Day race. (sign up to Run with Carl at www.runwithcarl.com)

These scholarships directly beneift PVHS students and will for years to come.  New research shows less than 5% of Quad City students who do not start a post-secondary program immediately after high school will not complete a program, whether it’s a four-year degree or a vocational program.  The Foundation scholarships  are a powerful message of support and encouragement to our graduates.

If you are interested in contributing to or volunteering for the Foundation, please email our secretary Beth Marsoun at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Click here to see all of the scholarship recipients

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Congratulations to National and State Reflections Winners

Posted May 2nd, 2016

Congratulations to the hundreds of students who entered artwork in this year’s PTA Reflections Contest. PTA Reflections is a national competition encouraging participation in the arts and recognizing students for achievements.  In October, students entered projects in the following categories:  Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.  The entries had to fit the theme “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  Each piece was judged by Quad City artists.  The top winners go onto state and maybe even the national competition.

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Pleasant Valley had 236 entries this year.  That’s up 29% from 2015!  132 entries advanced to the state competition. Click here to see how our students did at the state level.

We also had two students receive honors at the national level.  Congratulations to 8th Grader Miranda Miller, who won an award of excellence in literature, and 5th Grader, Gretchen Highberger, who won an award of merit in literature.

Look at the list of awards for all PV students and check out the photos below of some of the artists and artwork from the January honor night.

Pleasant Valley Among Top High Schools in the Nation!

Posted September 3rd, 2015

Newsweek has released its High School rankings and Pleasant Valley High School is on the top 500 list.  PVHS is the only high school in the QCA to make the prestigious list of top schools.  PVHS ranked 369 in the 2015 list, up from 488 in 2014.  Only three Iowa schools rank higher than PVHS.

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Check out the list here  http://bit.ly/1NEHnvR

Click on the graph to the right to see PV’s full scores.

Newsweek looks at several criteria and weighs them, as seen below, to come up with the rankings.

College Readiness

A combination of the following

College Enrollment Rate 25%

Graduation Rate 20%

Weighted AP/Dual Enrollment composite – 17.5%

Weighted SAT/ACT composite – 17.5%

Student Retention – 10%

Counselor to Student Ratio – 10%

Graduation Rate

College Bound Students

Poverty

 

Check out the methodology here  http://bit.ly/1fXGMXD

Iowa Invests $1.3 Million in PV Teachers

Posted January 30th, 2015

Pleasant Valley prides itself on the quality of its teachers, and the state of Iowa is taking notice. The state is giving Pleasant Valley Schools $1.3 Million to continue investing in teachers.

For years, teachers have been getting together at faculty meetings and professional development, but that’s only once a month or so. With this money, Pleasant Valley will start a daily effort for teachers to collaborate, learn from each other and rely on each other’s strengths. The new system paves the way for more support and collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other instead of operating largely in isolation within their classrooms. It is not about test scores or evaluations; it is about sharing ideas and creating a system of support for teachers by teachers.

The money will go to hire Instructional Coaches, Leads and Models (read more about each position in the brochure attached to this article.) These will be top teachers willing to guide and mentor others.

PV will also hire two people, one for the elementary schools and one for the JR High/High School, to work solely on integrating technology into classrooms. Plus, all educators will get additional training and professional development ensuring our staff is up on the latest technology and trends in education, including implementing Iowa Core.

Bottom line? This means more qualified, experienced teachers teaching your children every day!

Pleasant Valley will implement the program in the fall of 2015. The money comes from Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System which is a part of education reform passed in 2013.

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