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Thanks to SCRA… One Year Later

Posted September 27th, 2017

The Scott County Regional Authority awards hundreds of thousands of dollars of grants every year.  Pleasant Valley Community School District is lucky enough to receive grants from this organization.  Last year, PV was awarded several grants and now, one year later, we want to thank the SCRA, and update several of the projects.

Manufacturing Lab Machinery

With the use of SCRA grant funds, the Pleasant Valley metals lab added eight new three-in-one Lincoln MP 350 welders.  They are capable of completing Stick welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding.  This allows students access to practice and become proficient in the welding areas.

“Students will have basic skills and knowledge to help them enter a post-secondary educational program or work force if they desire,” Metals teacher Brandon Tolle said.

Students are in the process of using the new welders to create work tables.

 

 

 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AEDs

 

Pleasant Valley knows the importance of Automated External Defibrillators or AEDS.  A former student went down while working out on the field. Help was there immediately and an AED was used within minutes. His life was saved because of the quick access to an AED and the medics were able to continue care upon their arrival.

Receiving the SCRA grant allowed PV to install an AED in every building in our district, including the Maintenance and Administration Centers.

“To me, knowing where an AED is located is the most important piece in an emergency situation,” PVHS Nurse Pam Cinadr said.

Having AEDs in each building adds a level of security when it comes to students, staff and visitors and the possibility of a sudden cardiac episode.

Electro-Charging Station for AP Physics 2

 

In Mr. Spangenberg’s Physics courses, students prove the equations in the textbook are real by using models.  In Physics 1, it’s fairly easy.  They can measure velocity and time by having students record how long it takes for a cart to go down a ramp.  But, when it comes to Physics 2, the ideas are more abstract.  It’s hard to show students electric and magnetic fields.  That’s where the SCRA comes in.  Mr. Spangenberg received a grant to purchase electron-charging stations.  The stations allow students to experiment with electricity and actually see the positive and negative charges on a graph.

“Equations represent something real,” Mr. Spangenberg said. “And these stations allow students to see abstract ideas in a real form.”

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.

PVHS Wins Spirit of Inclusion Award from Varsity Brands

Posted August 28th, 2017

Pleasant Valley High School was chosen out of all the schools in the nation for the Varsity Brands Spirit of Inclusion Award.  On Friday, August 25, 2017, Varsity Brands, Herff Jones, Varsity Spirit and BSN Sports presented the award to the school.  Along with it comes a $10,000 check, which will be used to establish a $1000.00 annual “PVHS Spirit of Inclusion” scholarship. The first scholarship will be granted to a member of the 2018 graduating class. Click on the pictures below for larger images.

Principal Mike Zimmer accepted the award with the following words:

Words. Words can be used to hurt or they can be used to heal. So it is I find myself struggling with the word “tolerance”, is it used to heal or to hurt? I can tolerate loud music but if I could, I would get rid of it. Over 8 years ago, PV Alumna Sarah Cronk, Sarah Herr, Kamyrn Huffman, Jenna Lehman and Brenna O’Neill under the leadership of Cheer Coach Ms. Pam Cinadr challenged our general tolerance of students with disabilities. Students with special needs would often eat lunch by themselves, have segregated courses, and were by-standers throughout High School.

These girls viewed their new service learning requirement as a challenge to change a small part of the world. They asked themselves, “What if we changed our perspective from tolerating our classmates with disabilities to respecting our classmates with “different abilities”? And so began the creation of a new Spartan Cheerleading Squad, “the Sparkles”. Including their classmates with different abilities has grown from the PVCSD to a national and worldwide movement that includes students at hundreds of high schools.

Their willingness to change their perspective towards students standing right next to them in school has expanded to the creation of the PVHS Shining Stars Dance Team and beyond. Including your classmates with different abilities was just a first step. Today I stand before you and state, “PVHS will no longer tolerate classmates who are different from ourselves, we will respect them as the precious and valued human beings they are”. While we will not always agree or understand others viewpoints, we will respect them regardless of different ability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, financial status or appearance.

Just as the founders of the Sparkles sought to change our attitudes so has the UNITE Club. The have worked tirelessly to share personal stories of those classmates who struggle everyday against degrading words told as “a joke” or those being tormented on social media for being different. Our cafeteria will soon display the flags of 43 different nations representing the birth place of PVHS students. We can take great pride in the fact that parents new to our area seek out PVHS to educate their children. But our work will never be complete as all it takes is an individual or small group of people to undermine all of our efforts.

So it is with great humility and knowing that our journey of inclusion is not complete, that our purpose of establishing respect for all students continues. It continues with each of you (teachers, custodians, bus drivers, administration, aides and students) standing up to injustice with not being a by-stander but an up-stander.

Below is a video of the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards when PVHS was announced as the winner.

 

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.

 

First Day of School at PVHS

Posted August 25th, 2017

What a beautiful day to start school!  We’re so glad you’re here!  While Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors had the afternoon off, the Freshmen class learned about clubs and activities, as well as the layout of the building.  Check out the pictures below from Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

 

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.

Elementaries

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.

PV Band Takes the Field

Posted August 10th, 2017

The nearly 300 strong Pleasant Valley High School band put its program on the field for the first time, Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  The powerful group enjoyed the beautiful weather as they worked hard to learn new music and new steps.  Take a look at the pictures below and join them, Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:00pm for the Sounds of the Stadium concert.  You won’t want to miss the fun at Spartan Stadium.

PV Softball Team Wins State Tournament

Posted August 1st, 2017

downloadCongratulations to the Pleasant Valley Softball team.  They won the state championship!

The team included

Claire Bebow
Rylee Carlson
Caitlin Crome
Anna Griffin
Chrstin Hartman
Emma Hartman
Peggy Klingler
Mallory Lafever
Alexia Lara
Bell Luebken
Carly Lundry
Hannah Mausser
Carli Spelhaug
Ellie Spelhaug
Rachel Tebbe
Tara Theusch
Emily Wood

Check out their stories by local media!

Quad City Times

KWQC

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.

Looking for a good book? Look no further!

Posted June 1st, 2017

We love to read. Books allow readers to travel back in time, to far away lands and to stretch the reader’s imaginations. During the school year students have a variety of resources, like peers, teachers and librarians to help find great book recommendations. What happens when they’re not around during the summer?  Sometimes kids leave books behind for summer camps, vacations, different scheduled activities. Sometimes, kids just don’t know what to read.  PV hopes the following ideas, links, and events will help you find more than one great book this summer.

 Bettendorf Library Summer Reading Program:   Register now at www.bettendorflibrary.com.   Read to earn prizes and participate in more than 100 special events!  Click here to watch a video that explains it all!

 LeClaire Library Summer Reading Program: Help the LeClaire Library Build a Better World! Early registration opens Monday May 22nd, but the first official day of our community-themed Summer Reading Program is June 5th. This program is for all ages – from babies to adults! In addition to the reading challenges, join us for a number of fun activities and programs throughout the summer.  Check out for a full calendar of events.

Cody’s Summer Reading Challenge:  Rocket, the school dog, wants to help you pick out the best books this summer.  It’s our goal for Cody students to maintain the skills they acquired this year and truly develop into lifelong, lovers of books and reading!  In order to avoid summer slide, Rocket would like to invite ALL Cody kids to join “Rocket’s Summer Reading Challenge 2017!”  Cody teachers are hoping to help you pick out the best books for you.  Find out how à   Click here to learn about the program!

Hopewell’s Book on the Go:  Go to http://bookonthego.weebly.com/ to check out 12 titles with different genres, for different ages (4th-7th grade students).  Students chose these books because when they read them, they were strongly impacted by the messages from the story plots. This summer reading program will kick off on May 30th and run through the entire summer. The final day of this program is August 23. Read the books and vote for a favorite at the end of the summer! We need you! We are excited about this adventure and hope you will join us for this summer reading journey.

Here’s some other ideas:

The Iowa Association of School Librarians makes lists of great books every year!  Click here to see the best books from last year and the list for next year!  The lists include books for students of all ages!

Follow Bridgeview Librarian Mrs. Fight on twitter @Fight4Library.  She reads a lot of books for students of all ages and rates them.  There are a lot of great books on her feed!

Check out Riverdale Heights Librarian Mr. Haack’s list of his favorite books!

Pleasant View Librarian Mrs. Anderson suggests books from that have won the Caldecott Award or Newbery Award.  Click on the links and get an idea of what you might like to try!

The Pleasant Valley Junior High and High School websites have lots of links to help you choose books you might like.  Click here for PVJH!  Click here for PVHS!

Finals Schedule

Posted May 26th, 2017

These are the only days that PVHS will allow an Open Campus. Lunch will be served at the HS but students may leave for lunch and return.

Students will NOT be allowed to change testing periods without Administrative approval. They MUST take their exam at their assigned time by period.  Students will be allowed to receive extra help or clarification from individual teachers during the resource periods.  Students remaining at school during non-testing periods have the option to study in the library, stay in the cafeteria or let off some tension by using one of the gyms.

 The following courses have approved semester exams waive options:

  • 10-12th Band may play at graduation as their final
  • 9th Band may play at the Memorial Day observance as their final
  • Band students not participating in either of these options MUST report to school and complete a written final.
  • Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble may sing at graduation as their final.
  • PV Singers and those not performing at graduation will have a written final.
  • Wellness and Health classes do not administer finals.
Thursday, May 25th Friday, May 26th Tuesday, May 30th
NOTE: TIME CHANGES
Resource 8:10-9:40 Resource 8:10-9:40 Resource 8:10-8:45
5th period 9:50-11:20 1st period 9:50-11:20 3rd period 8:50-10:20
6th period 12:20-1:50 2nd period 12:20-1:50 4th period 10:30-12:00
7th period 2:00-3:30 Resource 2:00-3:30 8th period
make-up
12:30-3:30

 

Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation Awards 79 Scholarships

Posted May 12th, 2017

When the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation started 25 years ago, just two students received a scholarship – one boy and one girl were each awarded $500.  A lot has changed during the quarter of century.  On May 10, 2017, the PVEF awarded scholarships to 79 Pleasant Valley High School seniors, totaling nearly $85,000.

“This is a celebration of the 79 seniors, but also of the people who elected to invest their resources in the development of our future young leaders,”  PVEF President Dave Borcherding said.  “As with any investment, these generous donors are expecting a return on that investment. Your return to them is dedicating yourself to lifelong learning and using that learning to find the opportunities for which you are destined to provide the solutions.”

During the ceremony, families honored their loved ones, businesses thanked the community and all sent the message that PV supports its students now and will into the future.

“You know we’re proud of you,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Spelhaug said. “We also have expectations for you.  One of the reasons we award these scholarships is to remind you that it isn’t on your own that you’ve gotten to where you are.  Faculty, family and the community have stood beside you.  Our expectation is that you will go out into the world and stand beside someone else who needs it.”

Pleasant Valley Community School District believes in the best educational experience “not for some kids, but for all kids,” and the Foundation’s scholarship program represents that belief.  Scholarship recipients represent the entire 2017 class.  While some scholarships are awarded to top level students, scholarships are also awarded for character and work ethic.  Most awardees are students with a drive to succeed with a wide range interests from medicine to music to mechanics.

One of the presenters, Dr. Radhika Kolla, spoke of her mother-in-law and why her family chose to honor her with a scholarship.  Hashmat Siddiqui grew up during India’s independence from the British Empire.  Millions were uprooted from their homes, including Hashmat.  However, she was determined to get an education even though many girls stayed home from school fearing for their safety.  Hashmat went on to earn a Masters in Geography and Islamic studies and became an educator.  Dr. Kolla said her mother-in-law’s determination is inspiring and emphasized the need for diverse ways of thinking.  (Read the stories behind every scholarship at pleasval.org/foundation/.)

The PVEF raises funds through a golf outing in April, the road race Run with Carl in September, and through dozens of families and businesses who’ve chosen to endow scholarships.  If you are interested in learning more about the PVEF, please contact Secretary Beth Marsoun at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us.

The full list of scholarship winners is below our picture gallery.

 

Arconic Science Achievement Scholarship                                                                                   Emily Suen

Ann & Rainsford Brown, Jr. Memorial Scholarship                                                                   Jerry Pendleton

Bettendorf Hy-Vee Citizenship Scholarship                                                                                Kelsey Borbeck

Bettendorf Rotary: Chuck Mooney/William Stradt/Rich & Dee James Scholarship         Lillian Jones

Bettendorf Rotary: Chuck Mooney/William Stradt/Rich & Dee James Scholarship         Elizabeth Zupancic

PV/Bettendorf Baseball Participation Scholarship                                                                    Michael Tappa

Bill & Ellen Stradt Family Scholarship                                                                                         Alexis Cordts

Brett Greenwood “Total Effort” Scholarship                                                                               Addie Swanson

Bridgeview Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                                    Danielle Henricksen

Carl D. Schillig Memorial Scholarship                                                                                          Kaitlyn Evans

Carolyn & Joseph Martin Family Scholarship                                                                            Reagan Putnam

Christine Harvey True Blue Scholarship                                                                                      Sally Walker

Chuck Murphy Spartan Spirit Scholarship                                                                                  Rachel Tebbe

Cody Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                                               Dylan Hartford

Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                 Abigail Reese

Crystal Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship                                                                                      Claire Park

Cyndy Behrer Leadership Scholarship                                                                                         Vincent Gnad

Dale Barber “True Grit” Scholarship                                                                                            Michael Showers

David J. Ramnath Memorial Scholarship                                                                                   Emily Nutt

Deborah R. Menke Leadership Scholarship                                                                               Jarrin Flores

Dr. Vijay Rajendran Family Scholarship                                                                                     Emily Bruinsma

English Department Achievement Scholarship                                                                        Julia Said

Evelyn Lehman iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Teleah Thomas

Family & Consumer Sciences Achievement Scholarship                                                         Emma Hartman

Hashmat Siddiqui & Manazir Family Scholarship                                                                    Austin Stickel

Andrew Green Memorial Scholarship                                                                                         Ellie Kurth

Fred & Maxine Green Family Scholarship                                                                                 Andrew Wendel

James D. Morrison Memorial Scholarship                                                                                Patrick McMonagle

Jana S. Witte Memorial Band Scholarship                                                                                Ian Aplington

Jana S. Witte Memorial Orchestra Scholarship                                                                        Harrison Qu

Jana S. Witte Memorial Vocal Music Scholarship                                                                    Megan Maloney

Janet E. Keady Memorial Scholarship                                                                                        Mark Conway

Jeffrey J. Donahue Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Damandeep Riat

Jeffrey J. Donahue Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Terry Saul

Jeremy “Red” Scannell Memorial Scholarship                                                                          Austin Kress

Jon Allbee Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                Sarah Meyers

John P. Bowe Memorial Scholarship                                                                                          Millenama Prasai

Joe & Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship                                                                            Cameron Trentz

Joshua D. Fullmer Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Zachary Pilger

Kathryn Ludwig Humanitarian Scholarship                                                                             Anna Grace Molinari

LeClaire Lions Club Service Scholarship                                                                                    Rachel Rector

LeClaire Manufacturing Achievement Scholarship                                                                 McClain Acri

Lindsay Suhl Memorial Scholarship                                                                                            Cecily Clark

Marilyn M. & Burton C. Gearhart Family Scholarship                                                            Ryan Thompson

Math Department Achievement Scholarship                                                                            Samuel Lederman

Merrit Parsons Memorial Scholarship                                                                                        Matthew Nelson

Merrit & Dorothy Parsons Family Scholarship                                                                         Ebteehal Ismail

ORA Orthopedics Musculoskeletal Health Scholarship                                                          Jared Allbee

Paul N. Lensmeyer Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Carrie Peterson

Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company Scholarship                                                                                Rachel Barber

Performing and Visual Arts Achievement Scholarship                                                          Catherine Byrne

Philip A. Czachowski Memorial Scholarship                                                                             Keeli Richards

Pleasant View Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                             Alexander Wong

PTA Character Counts Scholarship                                                                                             Marie DeLessio

Pleasant Valley Education Association Scholarship                                                                Grace Wilson

Quad City Telugu Sangham Scholarship                                                                                    Aditya Subramaniam

R Hovey Tinsman, Jr. Memorial Scholarship                                                                           Christian Jones

Ralph & Marjorie VenHorst Family Scholarship                                                                      Megan Hackney

Rao Chitneni Memorial Scholarship                                                                                           Laura Butler

Riverdale Heights Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                      Lauren Carroll

Snow Masonic Lodge #44 Scholarship                                                                                       Isaac Sears

Social Studies Department Achievement Scholarship                                                            Samuel Lundry

Spartan Nation Band Scholarship                                                                                               Mallory Obenauf

Spartan Nation Boys’ Cross Country Scholarship                                                                    Christian Simmons

Spartan Nation Determination Scholarship                                                                              Hannah DePover

Spartan Nation Extra Mile Scholarship                                                                                      Samina Abdullah

Spartan Nation Girls’ Cross Country Scholarship                                                                    Lillie Klauer

Spartan Nation iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Alexander Leonard

Spartan Nation iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Andrew Van Nattan

Spartan Nation iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Andrew Gratton

Spartan Nation Perseverance Scholarship                                                                                 Sarah Yoerger

Spartan STEM Scholarship                                                                                                           Cole Edwards

Steven J. Vander Horn Memorial Scholarship                                                                          Ryan Brohm

Ted & Carole Minnick Family Scholarship                                                                                 Ariel Rivera

Tinsman Family Education Scholarship                                                                                     Olivia Heckel

Tom & Martha Shaff Licea Family Scholarship                                                                         Mackinsey Paulson

Tom St. Clair Memorial Scholarship                                                                                            Hannah Humes

William “Bill” Stickel Memorial Scholarship                                                                              Jonathan Crouse

World Language Department Achievement Scholarship                                                         Abigail Schaller

Spartan Shield Brings Home State Journalism Awards

Posted May 1st, 2017

The journalists working on the Spartan Shield have upped their game this year.  For the first time, they’re publishing their work online and for the first time they held a live broadcast on election night.  Their work is paying off.  They have been named one of five All-Iowa News Team Finalists by the Iowa High School Press Association.  The team will submit a portfolio of printed work, as well as their work online, and judges will make a decision by the fall.

Meantime, PV students are also being recognized for their individual journalistic work.

Sam Lundry, “How we got here”, 1st place in Editorial Writing
Cassie Berta “Starving for perfection”, 2nd place in Editorial Writing
Lauren Brewer “Education in Iowa”, 1st place in Editorial Cartoon; and 3rd place for her cover featuring Cyberbullying.
Jarrin Flores & staff — best high school news site, 3rd place (not to shabby for  a first year website)

Check out their work at http://spartanshield.org/

PVHS Students Will Attend Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony

Posted April 11th, 2017

Hannah Humes has been selected to the Governor's Scholars Recognition Program.Hannah Humes has been selected to the Governor's Scholars Recognition Program.Seniors Hannah Humes and Joshua Bowman have been selected to represent PVHS in the Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program.  Students across the state who are the highest academic achievers in their schools, regardless of gender or participation in extracurricular activities, are awarded this honor.

Hannah and Joshua are invited to attend a ceremony where they will meet the Governor and be recognized for their academic success.

The Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program is a join effort between the Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic association, and its title sponsor, Iowa Farm Bureau.

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

 

Eight PVHS Students Named National Merit Finalists

Posted March 6th, 2017

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Pictured Left to Right Front Row: Margarita Rasgado, Emily Suen, Hannah Humes Pictured Left to Right Back Row: Matthew Nelson, Samuel Lederman, Catherine Byrne, Patrick McMonagle, Isaac Sears

Left to Right: Millenama Prasai, Harrison Qu and Emily Nutt have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Left to Right: Millenama Prasai, Harrison Qu and Emily Nutt have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Merit Finalists

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 Finalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program:

Catherine Byrne, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Byrne of Bettendorf;

Hannah Humes, daughter of  Timothy and Kerry Humes of Bettendorf;

Samuel Lederman, son of Joshua and Gillian Lederman;

Patrick McMonagle, son of Robert and Denise McMonagle of Davenport;

Mathew Nelson; son of Todd and Mary Ann Nelson of Bettendorf;

Margarita Rasgado Lopez; daughter of  Jesus Rasgado Lopez and Maria Margaita Lopez Fernandez of Bettendorf;

Isaac Sears, son of Stephen and Beatrice Sears of Davenport;

Emily Suen, daughter of Benjamin Suen a
nd Jennifer Chui of Bettendorf.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.  The Semifinalist and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join some 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Commended Students

The principal, Mike Zimmer, of Pleasant Valley High School announced today that Emily Nutt, daughter of  Andrew and Kari Nutt of Bettendorf, IA,  Millenama Prasai, daughter of Ganga and Bindu Prasai of LeClaire, IA, Harrison Qu,  son of Zhiming Qu and Xin Liu of  Bettendorf, IA,  have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

 

Twelve PV Students Advance to National PTA Reflections Contest

Posted March 5th, 2017

PV students made their mark on this year’s PTA Reflections Contest.  Thirty-one students, with 38 entries, placed at the state level and 12 of those students took first place, which means their artwork is advancing to the National Contest.

Congratulations to the following students for advancing to the National Contest:

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Ethan Hornbuckle
Brady Sexson
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Congratulations to the following students for placing at the State Competition:

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Aniruddha Desai
Amanda Esche
Clare Tinsman
Molly Venner
Mikayla Schultz
Laelagh Allen
Ananya Satya Narayan
Morgan Brady
Eoin Fitzgerald
Maddie Anthony
Danny Krier
Siobhan Morley
Brady Sexson
Leila Assadi
Audrey Jacobs
Camille Wood
Rylan Backes
Mackenzie Clark
Morgan Miller
Brady Sexson
Danny Krier
Clare Tinsman
Emma Nunez
Arissa Khan
Alie Krier
Danny Krier
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SENIORS! Yearbook Pictures are due Friday, March 3, 2017

Posted March 1st, 2017

If you have not yet submitted your student’s senior photo to the yearbook site, time is running out. Senior photos must be submitted by the end of the day Friday, March 3. Simply go to images.jostens.com and enter login ID 406113607 to submit your student’s photo. You can also visit www.spartanshield.org to for more detailed instructions for uploading your photo. 

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