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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!

Five PV Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Posted September 14th, 2017

National Merit Scholars

The faculty and staff of Pleasant Valley Community High School are pleased to announce that the following seniors were recently honored as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the 63rd  annual National Merit Scholarship Program: Laura J. Brown, daughter of Jason and Rita Brown of Bettendorf; Vivek Joshi, son of Deepak and Janki Joshi of Bettendorf; Konnor Sommer , son of Kevin and Jill Sommer; Vishwajit Subramanian, son of Subramanian Trichy and Arathi Sharada Balagangadharan of  Bettendorf; Sophia Xiao; daughter of  Peter Xiao and Guo Li of Bettendorf.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.   A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on qualifying test.

From approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February, they will be notified of this designation.  All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group.  Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join some 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Wall of Honor Nominations

Posted September 5th, 2017

Wall of Honor Nominations are being accepted through October 13, 2017.

The Wall of Honor Program was established in 1999 to recognize distinguished alumni who have graduated from Pleasant Valley High School.

Nominees must have graduated 10 years or more prior to induction and must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Outstanding success in their career
  • Made a significant contribution to the community or society
  • Demonstrated significant accomplishments in business or professional life
  • Distinguished human service

Persons wishing to submit a name for consideration as a Wall of Honor honoree must send a letter of nomination to:

Mr. D. Michael Zimmer, Principal
Pleasant Valley Community High School
604 Belmont Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Click here for the nomination form.

PV Celebrates Financial Reporting Awards

Posted August 30th, 2017

The Pleasant Valley District office is celebrating a fine accomplishment.  The district has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting and Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting on behalf of the Association of School Business Officials International and the Government Finance Officers Association.  The awards recognize the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.  Pleasant Valley School Board President, Heather Witters, presented Mike Clingingsmith, Chief Financial Officer, and Lorrie Long, District Accountant, with the award at the August 14, 2017 school board meeting. Mike-and-Lorrie-FinancialsPresident Witters thanked Mr. Clingingsmith, Ms. Long, and others in the business office for their diligence, attention to detail, accuracy and transparency in the maintenance and presentation of district financial records.

Strive for Less than 5 Days Absent

Posted August 25th, 2017

This year, the Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance.  We encourage you to watch the one minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.

Thank you for making Challenge 5 Day a success! Working with the United Way, the Arconic Foundation, and schools across the Quad Cities, we beat attendance goals. 96.1% of students in the Quad Cities attended school on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. The daily average last year was 90.3%.

A special thank you to staff and volunteers for welcoming our students to school! Pleasant Valley will continue to highlight the importance of attendance, and we hope you will, too.

Studies show that fewer than 5 absences in a year keeps learning on track. More than 5 absences each school year, beginning in kindergarten, increases the risk of dropping out, and decreases the chance of graduating from high school. If a child misses up to five days of school, he or she can probably make up what he or she misses. However, a child missing 9 days of school is in the danger zone, and students missing 18 or more days are considered chronically absent.

Absenteeism is a real problem in the Quad Cities. Last year 19,811 students (out of 50,326) missed 9 days or more, or 39.4% of students.

These statistics point to the reasons why attending school every day is so important.

•    More than 8 in 10 chronically absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of third grade.
•    Students not reading proficiently by third grade are 4 times more likely to not graduate high school.
•    3 out of 4 chronically absent sixth graders will never graduate high school.
•    Plus, the habit of regular attendance is important for earning a college degree and keeping a job.

The Challenge 5 initiative seeks community support to help ensure kids get to school every day. Here are five easy tips for parents.

1.    Set a regular bedtime.
2.    Prep clothes and backpacks the night before.
3.    Only keep children home if they are truly sick.
4.    Have a back-up plan for getting to school.
5.    Avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments and trips during school hours.

For more information about Challenge 5, visit unitedwayqc.org.

 

Parent Portals Active

Posted August 16th, 2017

Pleasant Valley Junior High

2017-2018 Student Schedules are now available on the Portal.  Click here to access the Parent Portal. To print your student’s schedule from the Portal, click on Reports and “Schedule”.

If you do not have a Portal account, please contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550.

Pleasant Valley High School

The portal is now open for the 17-18 school year. Click here to access the Parent Portal.
Please note:  first semester schedules are posted on the portal. Just a reminder that the students’ schedules are based on staffing needs. Scheduling changes CANNOT be made at this time to accommodate students’ requests for a different teacher, to change electives, or to accommodate late arrival/early release preferences. Due to the fact that most of our classes are at capacity or over, we ask that students and parents be respectful of these guidelines.

Schedules will be available under reports.  PLEASE NOTE:  Due to class and faculty changes All STUDENTS 9-12  MUST check their updated schedule before August 23, 2017.

Please join us on Monday, August 21st at 7pm for Open House. Normally we allow students in the building earlier; however due to all the construction, we are not allowing students in the building until Monday, August 21st.

Lunch schedules will be posted the first day.

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Parent Portal is now open for Elementary families to see teacher assignments.  If you wish to open a parent portal account, please contact Susan Parks at 332-5550.
***Parents of incoming kindergarten students received a call on Monday, August 14th from the school office indicating their homeroom teacher assignment and assigned staggered start day.

Construction Update: Pleasant Valley Junior High

Posted August 1st, 2017

UPDATE 8/1/2017:  Construction crews are putting the final touches on the major renovations and expansion at Pleasant Valley Junior High.  The new orchestra room, kitchen expansion, and library are almost ready!

UPDATE:  4/21/2017:  Pleasant Valley Junior High Students will be getting a new library.  Right after Spring Break, volunteers moved all of the books out of the current library and into a temporary location in the new wing of the building.  Check out the progress below!

 

UPDATE 2/22/2017:  Work is well underway in the new addition.  Crews are focusing on the new section that will connect the gym area to the classrooms on the northwest portion of the building.  This section will contain a new industrial tech room, as well as bathrooms and a new staff room.  At the front of the building, where the staff room used to be, there is also a lot of work happening.  Renovations are underway to the guidance office.

1/11/2017:  Students are now using portions of the new addition at Pleasant Valley Junior High.  Over Winter Break, a portion of the new addition opened.  The new arrangement isn’t permanent.  Instead, students and staff are using the new classrooms as a holding place until the rest of the building can be renovated.  For example, the guidance department is being renovated, so they’ve moved into some of the new classrooms.  Same goes for some of the computer labs.

When construction is complete at PVJH, there will be eight new classrooms, a new industrial tech room and a multi-purpose wellness room. There will also be a newly renovated Orchestra room, guidance area, and kitchen.

 

Pleasant Valley High School Ready for Expansion and Renovations

Posted August 1st, 2017

The Pleasant Valley Community School Board has approved plans and bids for a major expansion and renovation at PVHS.  Because of continued growth, PVHS needs more room for just about everything from science classrooms to music storage to athletic practice space.  The project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2017 and be finished by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Parking Update 8/10/2017: As construction continues, building entrances and parking options will continue to change.  For the time being, we ask that you not use the gym or main entrance to enter the building for your own safety, as you will have to enter the construction site.  Instead, we ask that you use the following doors:  N1 (the cafeteria), W1 (the teacher’s entrance near the rear of the theatre), and S7 (the band entrance).  Please click on the map below for clarity.

UPDATE 8/1/2017:  Crews have been busy this summer, building the new commons area and digging for the new gymnasium.  Click on the pictures below.

 

Click the slide show for larger images to see the designs.

 

Construction crews will build a tower in the current senior parking lot.  The three story building will contain 10 classrooms (four of them state-of-the-art science rooms).  A new auxiliary gym will be built in the same area, as the current D gym will have a new purpose.  It will be split down the middle; half of it will be a new music rehearsal room and half of it will be a multi-purpose athletic room to provide space for practices like wrestling, dance and cheerleading.

Renovations also include a new main hallway which will connect the school from east to west.  Currently, if you stand at the cafeteria and look west, the hallway ends at D Gym.  Now, the hallway will continue through the current D gym and into the new addition, which will provide a much needed backbone to the building.

The main entrance will also get a face lift.  A new commons area for student collaboration will be added to the front of the school, as well as a new main office.  The guidance office will move into the old main office area, which will be renovated.  The old guidance office will also undergo construction to be turned into new special education rooms.

As the new tower and gym will be built on the current senior parking lot, more parking will be added onto the new parking lot in the southeast corner of the High School.

This major expansion is just the first phase of what will likely be three phases at PVHS, adding more classrooms and possibly a competition gym.  Renovations in those phases include a possible concert hall, as well.

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!

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[su_column size=”1/2″] 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) [/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/2″] 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) [/su_column]
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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.”

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