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REGISTER FOR AP EXAMS BY MARCH 1, 2017

Posted February 22nd, 2017

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AP COURSES: AP Exam Registration is now open. Follow the link for to register through the Total Registration website.  Click here to register. 
 
PVHS must order exams at the end of next week. An exam will not be ordered for you if you do not complete your registration by Wednesday, March 1st. Payment must be made online at the time of registration. Upon completing your registration through TR, you will be directed to the PVCSD Web Store (the same system used for school fees and lunch accounts) to pay your exam fees.
2017-18 Course Selection for PVHS

Posted January 27th, 2017

Please make yourself familiar with the following list of events and meeting, which will help you and your student select courses for the 2017-18 school year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9th and 10th Grade Class meetings during school hours
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7pm Current 10th Graders Student/ Parent Meeting PVHS Theatre
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7pm Current 11th Graders Student/ Parent Meeting PVHS Theatre
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 11th Grade Class meeting during school hours
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 Incoming 9th Grade Student/Parent Meeting 7pm PVHS Theatre (A-J)
Thursday, February 16th, 2017 Incoming 9th Grade Student/Parent meeting 7pm PVHS Theatre (K-Z)

Parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the on-line 2017-18 Course Registration booklet, prior to making course selections.  To access this booklet, click here.

Beginning on January 24, 2017, the Infinite Campus Student Portal will be opened for current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students to select their course requests for the coming year. (Current 8th graders will register for high school classes at a later date.) If you have questions about course selection, please contact the high school Counseling office at 563-332-6250. Online course registration closes on February 27, 2017. If course requests are not made by this time, the Counseling office will make selections for the student.

The portal opens for registration on February 14th for current eighth graders who will be entering 9th grade this fall.

To begin the registration process, log in to the Student Portal by clicking here.  For further directions, including login information, please click here for the portal instructions.

NOTE:  If you have a student who is currently enrolled in another school district, but plan to enroll him/her at Pleasant Valley High School for the 2017-18 school year, please contact the counseling office at 332-6250 to begin the registration and course selection process.

2017-18 Calendar

Posted January 25th, 2017

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

2017-18 Calendar At a Glance

Eight PV Students Headed to Nationals in History and Geography

Posted January 18th, 2017

Pleasant Valley did some real damage at the History Bowl tournament at Davenport Central on January 14, 2017.  Not only did the varsity teams take first and second place, PV swept the History Bee portion of the tournament, which is an individual competition.  Patrick McMonagle, Ike Sears and Collin Smith took the top honors.  The JV team finished with a winning record, and Rece Vining finished in the top three!

On top of those honors, eight students qualified for the National History Bee and National Geography Olympiad.

Geography:
Ike Sears
Patrick McMonagle
Collin Smith
Vivek Joshi
Rece Vining

History:
Sophia Xiao
Gui Pinho
Joe Murphy

 

PVHS Choirs Dazzle in Holiday Concert

Posted December 13th, 2016

Nearly 200 singers took to the PVHS stage on December 12, 2016 for this year’s Holiday Concert.  For the first time, the choir has become large enough to split the concert into two events.

First, the Pleasant Valley Singers and Concert Choir sang, starting in the dark with a candlelight processional to “Hanerot Halalu” and “Candlelight Canon.”  The PV Singers sang two songs as a mixed choir and then split up with the girls singing “What Child is This?” and the boys singing “I Saw Three Ships.”  They ended their portion of the concert with a upbeat version of “Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.”  The Concert Choir used lighting along with song to set the scene, starting with a challenging version of “Fum, Fum, Fum!” which featured a four hand piano accompaniment by Mrs. Lyon and Mrs. Seward.  The lights changed as the choir sang “Beside Thy Cradle,” and brightened through “Flowers in Winter” and “Deck the Halls.”  Because this was the first year for the choir department to have two concerts, they needed to find an appropriate ending for the first portion.  “Cum Sancto Spiritu” to the rescue! Listen to it below.

For the second portion of the concert, the Women’s Ensemble started with a beautiful rendition of “Ding Dong Merrily on High.”  They showed versatility as they sang a jazzy version of “Let it Snow.”  Perhaps one of the best moments of the night, PV Voice Instructor, Tom Booth, joined the Women’s Ensemble as a soloist in “Mille Cherubini in Coro.”  What an opportunity for our singers and the audience members!  As the Chamber Choir took the stage, the two groups sang an overture of Christmas songs before Chamber performed some difficult pieces, including “O Magnum Mysterium” and “Chichester Psalms, Movt. II.”  As always, the concert ends with a community sing of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”  Thank you to all who joined our choirs!

Thank you to Mrs. Byrne, Mr. Williams, Mrs. Lyon and Mrs. Seward for working with our students on such a lovely concert!

Please enjoy the video and pictures below!

 

 

PVHS and PVJH Orchestras Welcome Winter

Posted December 12th, 2016

On a chilly Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Pleasant Valley’s Orchestra students played their hearts out.  Both the Pleasant Valley Junior High Orchestras and PVHS Orchestras play together in one concert, showing the sustainability of this program.

The 7th Grade Orchestra kicked it off playing two pieces, before the 8th Grade orchestra took over performing challenging pieces like “Themes from Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria'”.  The two Orchestras combined to take on “Boreas.”  The PVHS String Orchestra played several holiday songs, including “Fantasia on “Greensleeves'” which featured two flute soloists.  The Full Orchestra, which includes band instruments, also kept up with the holiday theme, playing the classic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and welcoming several vocalists to sing in the piece “Christmas Bells are Ringing.”

The Orchestra program continues to grow here in Pleasant Valley and continues to amaze as the students tackle difficult pieces with ease and grace.

Thank you to Mr. Swinney, Ms. Deets and Ms. Rai for leading our students!

Check out the video and pictures below!

Real World Experience: Mock Interviews

Posted November 23rd, 2016

Preparing our students for the workforce is the goal at PVHS. Classwork is rigorous, but what about the real world skills students need?

All sophomore students are required to participate in mock interviews as a part of their Language Arts coursework. Students work on their resumes in class, as well as interviewing skills. Then, they’re put to the test by real employers. Students answer questions, just like in an actual interview, and the interviewers rate each student on appearance, eye contact, listening, posture, and, of course, the answers to their questions. Afterwards, the students rate themselves as to how they were prepared, questions asked and lessons learned.

PV’s Drama Department to Perform on International Stage!

Posted November 22nd, 2016

cxkrrnwxaaevojnUPDATE:  Pleasant Valley’s Drama Department will perform Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the International Thespian Festival in Lincolon, NE in June.  The show was chosen from performances across the country!  Congratulations!

 

Pleasant Valley High Schools Drama Department took the Iowa State Thespian Festival by storm.  This year, PVHS’s production of Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was chosen to be performed in front of all those who attended the Festival.  And twitter lit up as students from across the state applauded PV’s cast and crew.  Click here to see some of the nice things they had to say.

As if being chosen for a Main Stage production wasn’t enough, PV students’ additional performances at the Fest.  The three improv teams swept the podium, First, Second and Third!  Plus, Megan Maloney, Cassie Berta, Lauren Carroll and London Bicknell placed in the top three in various Individual Events qualifying them for the International Thespian Festival in June.  And one more thing – Maaz Ahmed will be serving on the Iowa Thespian Chapter Board this year.

What a weekend for PV’s actors and designers!

The Next Level: Wellness at PV

Posted October 31st, 2016

The goal of Pleasant Valley Community School District is to prepare students to succeed in a diverse, global society and become life-long learners.  PV instructors also want to make sure they continuously improve for the future of our students.  In the 2016-17 school year, Wellness instructors across the District took that goal to heart.  All summer, teachers met to determine how they should fairly and accurately assess all students.  They worked together with experts in the field to write new curriculum and, in turn, new assessments.  They based the curriculum on the new Iowa Core Standards and Physical Education National Standards.  The changes are teaching students not only life-long wellness skills, but emphasize cooperation, teamwork, and problem solving.

At PVHS, students are now graded in several ways.  Each student receives a fitness assessment.  They’re also tested on skills and knowledge of the particular unit.  Students are also graded on a 0 to 4 scale in three categories:  Cooperation and Teamwork, Problem Solving, and Participation.  Click here to see the full rubric.  Students who receive the highest score, a 4, must show teachers they’re helping others, have a solid work ethic, and are responsible.

PV’s Wellness Department is going beyond the games and teaching students communication, teamwork, and a positive attitude will make them successful, not just the scoreboard.

For more on the new curriculum, visit the Wellness Department’s website.

We also invite you to watch the video below, which explains why Wellness classes are so important to our students’ overall academic success.

 

PVHS Students Attend National Portfolio Day

Posted October 26th, 2016

 

PVHS Art students got the opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday, October 16th, as instructors took them to National Portfolio Day in Chicago, IL. The students were introduced to nearly 100 art and design university programs from all over the world. They showed their artwork, gained advice from professionals, and received college materials and resources.

Students were thrilled to have this real world experience, and had a lot to say.

“What I got out of this trip was in order to get noticed more you really need to take risks and strive to be unique,” Mackenzie Gropel said.

“For me, this trip was more than just showing my portfolio. I have had this mindset of how going to college is just another thing to waste time but to be brutally honest, this portfolio day got me super excited for my future in creating more art,” Hannah Sturtzer said.

“I felt that seeing others work along with getting constructive criticism on your own work helped inspire me and push me in a direction that will further my skills down the road,” Madison Johnson said.

“I’ve found ways to expand and improve my art from the advice given to me. I’ve also found two colleges I really want to go to now (and which ones aren’t a good fit for me),” Kal Paxton said.

“This trip was beneficial for me because I got some professional opinions on my artwork. I’ve only ever gotten opinions on my artwork from two of my teachers, my mom, and my peers so it was really nice hearing a different point of view on something I spend a lot of my life doing,” Cameron Blunk said.

A great trip for the next generation of creative thinkers!

HUMAN SERVICES CAREERS ARE IN DEMAND!

Posted October 17th, 2016

PARENTS! HUMAN SERVICES CAREERS ARE IN DEMAND!

Did you know your student has the opportunity to enter the following professions (listed below) with a 2 or 4 yr college degree in Child Development and/or Early Childhood Development?

The PVCSD Family & Consumer Sciences department will begin the process by providing the following courses for your student:

7th and 8th Grade Exploratory FCS
Child Development & Preschool (the study of 3-5  year olds)
Early Childhood Development (conception to preschool age)
Caring for Exceptional Children (children with special needs)
ECE 243 Early Childhood Guidance (dual credit)

ECE 133 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition (dual credit)

Here are the Human Services careers that are in demand!

Pre-school/Child Care
Careers Employers
  • Teaching/Administration
  • Religious organizations
  • Private homes
  • Extended school programs
  • Head Start
  • Family day care
  • Preschool
  • Montessori Schools
  • Private, public franchise, and corp. day care centers
Education [ top ]
Careers Employers
  • Early Childhood Ed.
  • Early Childhood Spec. Educ.
  • Teaching
  • Family and Consumer Sci.
  • Research
  • Curriculum Development
  • Administration
  • Univ. Studt. Affairs Counsel.
  • Parent-Child Education
  • Public and private schools (K-12)
  • Public preschool programs (e.g., Head Start)
  • Private preschool programs
  • Montessori schools
  • Adult education programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Programs servicing children & adults with special needs
Community Services [ top ]
Careers Employers
  • Administration
  • Programming
  • Development
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Community centers YMCA or YWCA
  • Rehabilitation organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Adult day care providers
  • Adoption agencies
  • Summer camp programs
Social Services [ top ]
Careers Employers
  • Case Management
  • Counseling

Administration

  • Profit and nonprofit organizations focused on children, youth, families, or senior citizens
  • Adult and child day care providers
  • Group homes
  • Treatment Facilities
  • Youth services agencies

 

Medical [ top ]
Careers Employers
  • Child Care Programs
  • Education
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Hospices
  • Health and wellness agencies
Government [ top ]
Careers Employers
  • Social Services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Program Coordination
  • Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Legislation
  • Advocacy
  • Federal, state and local government agencies (i.e., Departments of Health, Education and Welfare;
  • Military child care programs
  • Overseas child care and education programs
Communications [ top ]
Careers Employers Strategies
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Organizations geared toward children and family including; book publishers, professional associations
Business [ top ]
Careers Employers
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Manufacturing companies of children’s clothes, toys, furniture
  • Department and retail stores
  • Service organizations

 

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.”

 

PVHS Kick Off Assembly

Posted August 26th, 2016

Pleasant Valley High School kicked off the school year right with the annual Kick Off assembly.  The Spartan Assembly organizes the year’s first assembly, letting the leaders of various clubs and teams talk directly to the students.  The pep rally ends with a game, which is very serious, as the team who wins earns a tshirt for every student in their section.  This year students participated in a wheelbarrow race.  The Spartan Spirit is high for the 2016-17 school year!

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.

 

PVHS Recognizes Spring Accomplishments

Posted August 12th, 2016

Click here to see what our PVHS students accomplished this spring!

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

5th Annual AP District Honor Roll

Posted November 21st, 2014

certThe Pleasant Valley Community School District has been recognized by The College Board as one of 547 districts across the United States and Canada to have achieved the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The honor reflects Pleasant Valley’s dedication in increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintain or increasing the percent of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014.

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