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Winter Conferences Scheduling for Hopewell

Posted February 9th, 2017

This year Hopewell Elementary will utilize an online conference schedule system for our Spring conferences. In addition, we will hold a traditional conference night on Thursday, March 2, 2017, and provide a range of additional conference times between February 27th and March 10th. The process allows families to choose from a variety of dates and times to meet with the classroom teacher.

To sign up for a conference, please visit and follow the on screen instructions. If you would like to review the process prior to visiting the site, a pdf of the process can be viewed here.

As you complete the scheduling process you will receive a confirmation email of your date(s) scheduled. The information in this email contains the “Access Link” that when selected will send you back to the online scheduler allowing you to make changes to your conference time. It is important not to delete the email from

The window for scheduling conferences and making conference changes is February 10th through February 24th. At 4:00pm on February 24th the window will close.

In the case that you are experiencing difficulty with this program, please contact your classroom teacher or the Hopewell office. We would be glad to help.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted January 31st, 2017

Pleasant Valley Community School District Kindergarten Registration is Friday, February 24, 2017 (times are listed below).

Students who will be five years old on or before September 15, 2017 should plan on attending Kindergarten Registration.

Registration for kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year is now available online.  Please complete the registration process before attending Kindergarten Registration on February 24, 2017.

If new to the Pleasant Valley District, please click here to begin your registration with an email address, or click here if you do not have an email address.

If you currently have students at Pleasant Valley, you can register your new 2017-2018 kindergarten student by logging into your Parent Portal Account here and clicking on “Online Registration” on the left side of the screen.  If you are a current PV parent and do not have a Parent Portal Account or have forgotten your username or password, please call Susan Parks at 563-332-5550.


Bridgeview Elementary School Cody Elementary School Hopewell Elementary School
February 24, 2017 at 9:30am February 24, 2017 at 9:30am February 24, 2017 at 9:30am
Mary Noack Jeni Kipper Michele Even
316 S 12th St 2100 Territorial Rd 3900 Hopewell Ave
LeClaire, IA 52753 LeClaire, IA 52753 Bettendorf, IA 52722
Phone: 563-332-0215 Phone: 563-332-0210 Phone: 563-332-0250
Pleasant View Elementary School     Riverdale Heights Elementary School  
February 24, 2017 at 9:00am February 24, 2017 at 1:00pm
Jeanne Hodgin Lori Ellerbach
6333 Crow Creek Rd 2125 Devils Glen Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722 Bettendorf, IA 52722
Phone: 563-332-5575 Phone: 563-332-0525

On February 24, 2017, incoming Kindergarten students will visit with teachers and staff, share a snack with new friends and ride on a school bus!  Parents will receive information about school routines, meet the school nurse and get any questions answered. See you then!

2017-18 Calendar

Posted January 25th, 2017

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

2017-18 Calendar At a Glance

Hopewell 6th Graders Take Students to Egypt

Posted January 16th, 2017

Sixth graders across the District spent several weeks researching and planning presentations on Egypt.  At Hopewell, students worked together on an interactive museum open to students and staff.  Sixth grade students manned several exhibits featuring weapons, transportation, and architecture.  At each exhibit, museum goers were guided through an activity, some watching student-designed videos, others loading into boats and going for a trip on the Nile.


Hopewell Students Explore Virtual Reality

Posted January 16th, 2017

Imagine exploring the world without every leaving school.  Students across the District are using new Virtual Reality glasses to add a new level to their research efforts.  Here, we caught up with 4th graders at Hopewell as they toured Ellis Island as a part of their Immigration projects.  Sixth grade digital leaders helped the 4th graders learn how to use the glasses and then walked them through a program that allowed them to see what Ellis Island was like for people who came to the country in the 1900s.

Click on the pictures below for a larger view.

Hour of Code Inspires Third Graders

Posted January 5th, 2017

Pleasant Valley Third Graders learned a little about computer coding in the first ever District-wide Hour of Code.  Students spent the afternoon after December’s early release learning basic computer science.  PVHS and PVJH students coached the third graders through lessons on, either moving Moana’s boat to find fish or helping a Minecraft chicken roam.  The students learn a simple process of thinking – choose a direction on a computer screen and make an animation move on another.  The process gets more complex as students learn, in hopes of sparking a love of computer science in each child.

Thank you to Chris Cournoyer and Theresa Barber for organizing this first of what we hope is many Hours of Code for PV students.  And a big thanks to the many volunteers who helped make this afternoon a success! is a free website.  Have your student try it out here –>

Hopewell Zoo Amazes!

Posted December 19th, 2016

Too cold to go to Niabi Zoo? No worries!  The 2nd Graders at Hopewell have just the place to learn about animals from all over the world.  On Friday, December 7, 2016, the 2nd Grade’s Zoo opened for business.  Students from across the school visited to learn about animals.  The 2nd Graders researched and presented information to their visitors.  Visitors learned something new and the zookeepers reinforced their knowledge and practiced their presentation skills!

Check out the genuine engagement from students in our pictures below!

Can You Spell S-O-C-C-E-R?

Posted November 22nd, 2016

The gym teachers at Hopewell Elementary are combining soccer skills and spelling. Teachers divided students into small teams.  Team members dribble the ball to a station, pick up a letter, and bring it back around to their group. Once the students had enough letters, they worked together to spell soccer-related words. Students worked until a checklist of many soccer terms was complete. The combination of spelling and physical activity brought in friendly competition and everyone won!

In Class Guidance from PV’s Professional Counselors

Posted October 26th, 2016

All of our schools have a professional counselor on hand.  These counselors provide guidance and help to individual students based on need, but they also come into each classroom to help all students with 21st Century skills.

All of our schools have a professional counselor on hand.  These counselors provide guidance and help to individual students based on need, but they also come into each classroom to help all students with 21st Century Skills.

In Mrs. McGivern’s 4th grade class at Hopewell, Counselor Mrs. Reed spoke with students about Self-awareness:  what are your strengths and weaknesses and why it’s important to know them.  Each month, she visits each class for about 30 minutes covering a host of topics from feelings to empathy to conflict resolution and decision making.  PV believes we need to address the developmental needs of students in the areas of academics, personal and social skills, as well as career skills.  Our professional counselors help give our students the skills needed to deal with daily life, beyond the classroom.

A Cool Experiment at Hopewell

Posted October 26th, 2016

At Hopewell Elementary, young scientists work on an invention to keep ice from melting. With limited resources and a time limit, it’s hard to come up with a plan, find the tools to make it, and assemble the idea. With ideas ranging from mason jars with foil sealant to Tupperware with band-aids keeping the cold in, the sixth graders had to try to find the best heat resistant invention. Though they couldn’t test their creations until the next day, building everything up seemed to be pretty cool.

PVHS Sparkles Featured in People Magazine

Posted October 21st, 2016

Friday is probably the favorite day of the week for high school students everywhere. It’s more than just a day, Friday is an opportunity. Pleasant Valley High School is the home of the Sparkle Effect, where special needs girls from around the district get their chance to shine. Before kickoff, the girls take their place right along-side their cheerleader. This is the time when they get to help cheer on the Spartans! But October 7th was different; the Sparkles had a special guest on this Friday night.

People Magazine came into town to feature the team, and it wasn’t their first time. Back in 2008 when the Sparkle Effect first started at PVHS, People featured the girls, helping get the word out and to build a nationwide effort to start Sparkle Effect teams.  People came back to report on the success of this program, which started right here at PVHS.

The girls couldn’t have been happier. Thanks to Capri College, the Sparkles had their hair and makeup done by a local, professional team of stylists. It didn’t stop there, once the girls were ready, they all headed down onto the football field. Lights, camera, smile! The ladies were in their pose waiting for People to take their shot. And that’s what it’s all about, taking a shot. Sarah Cronk, a former PV student, founded the team when she was still in high school. The Sparkle Effect has branched out all across the nation bringing the communities closer with each new team. New friendships blossom and old friendships grow stronger, the Sparkle Effect gives the girls a sense of pride not only in themselves, but as a team.

A team is a family, and families are impacted as well. The parents, the siblings, and the students are all involved. Whether they could be on the team or whether they already are on the team, the heart of the family and community is touched. That includes the girls that help teach the Sparkles a new routine.  The great thing is, the girls teach each other new things everyday, and then they proceed to teach people around them.  Everyone shines and everyone is a Sparkle.

Click here to see the story in PEOPLE.

HOMECOMING Parade, Assembly and More! Check out the pictures!

Posted September 15th, 2016

Homecoming is always special at Pleasant Valley!  Join us at the game tonight!  It’s a white out — so grab your WHITE Spartan gear and help our team win!

Check out pictures from the week’s events below:

Homecoming Parade:


Homecoming Assembly at PVHS:

Pleasant Valley Junior High Pep Rally:

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!




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Riverdale Heights

Pleasant Valley Junior High

PVHS 10-12 graders get out early and the freshmen stick around to learn about the High School.  Freshmen students go on a scavenger hunt to learn the building, learn study and organizational habits and get to check out all the clubs at the at the activities fair.


New Food Service Accounts

Posted August 1st, 2016

Pleasant Valley has transitioned to the Infinite Campus Food Service system for the coming school year.  With this updated system, you will now be able to view your student’s lunch balance and see an itemized list of food service purchases right through your Parent Portal login!

Parent Portal View (available now!)

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You are also once again able to add money via credit card to your student’s food service account through our online webstore, RevTrak.  The option to make food service deposits will now show under the “Infinite Campus Payments” section along with your assigned and optional school fees.  A separate login for food service payments is no longer required! (See updated instructions on using the RevTrak webstore here.)

Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file.

If you have questions about the new system, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or


PV Teacher Named Iowa Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Posted June 27th, 2016

web4-TOY-May-2016-(51)Hopewell PE Teacher, Justin Wiese, has been named the Iowa Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Wiese teaches Hopewell’s 545 students alongside Mr. Merrill and both work each day to challenge the kids.

“I want to look back and say I taught 35 years, instead of one  year 35 times,” Mr. Wiese said.  It’s a mantra his first principal, Jill Anderson taught him.  After he graduated PE Major of the Year from University of Northern Iowa, Mr. Wiese took a position in the Norwalk Community School District.  Jill Anderson motivated Mr. Wiese to be a teacher and not a placeholder in student’s schedules.

“I don’t want to stay content,” he said.  “I constantly push myself to get new ideas.”  You can see the fun the kids are having daily on his twitter account, where he posts videos of the students pushing themselves beyond what they thought possible.

“Seeing kids enjoy moving is what makes it fun,” he said.  “I loved sports growing up but I’m too short to play professionally, so I get to teach future athletes for a living.”

The statewide accolade comes at a particularly important time in Mr. Wiese’s life.  In the last few years, he’s lost his brother, grandfather, grandmother and cousin.  Last year, he was out for a considerable amount of time due to illness.

“This award has truly been a blessing,” he said.  “Laying in a hospital bed made me realize how much I really enjoy what I do.”

Mr. Wiese says he knows he’s in the right job.

“I truly believe that this is what God has called me to do!”

Mr. Wiese will accept the 2016 Elementary PE Teacher of the Year award on June 21 at the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention at Simpson College in Indianola.

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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.

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