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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!

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.

The Rube Goldberg Project

Posted May 1st, 2017

Throughout the past month, the seventh grade students have been learning about energy and energy conversions. To accompany this unit in science, and to show off their creativity, (while having fun!) students have worked in groups together to complete the Rube Goldberg Project. Students learned the value in communication in a group, and time management, as this was a time-consuming project. This project, inspired by the well-known Rube Goldberg Machines, was designed to be an educational take on energy conversions. The students were responsible for designing and building their very own Rube Goldberg machine. The students learned many things, and are officially done with the Rube Goldberg Project.

This story is written by 7th Grade student Corinne Johnson.

What Students Believe

Posted May 1st, 2017

Recently, the students in seventh grade language arts have been working on personal philosophy essays. “This I Believe” essays, as they are called, are modeled after the National Public Radio series and subsequent books. The essays students are working on include personal stories and examples. In every essay, students discuss what they have learned from their experiences. All the essays are very meaningful, and each can teach a very important lesson. After perfecting the essay, their “recipe for life,” students will also share a special recipe for food. These will both be published in class recipe book. The students have been working very hard.

This story is written by 7th Grade student, Shrinil Laddha.

PV Junior High Lunch Menu Limited

Posted April 28th, 2017

Starting Monday, May 1, 2017, Pleasant Valley Junior High will be serving a limited menu due to construction to expand our kitchen.  Please check the menu here.

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!

Nine Pleasant Valley Students to Sing at National Honor Choir

Posted March 7th, 2017

Pleasant Valley singers are traveling to Minneapolis, MN to sing in the High School Honor Choir and Middle Level Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference.

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Congratulations to ACDA High School Choir Members:

Bailey Connors
Vincent Gnad
Ellie Kurth
Christine Lyon
Zach Myatt
Roshni Nair

 

 

And ACDA Middle ACDA-JHLevel Honor Choir Members:

Bradley Hamilton
Rachel Lyon
Anna Myatt

More than 4,200 singers audition for the National ACDA Honor Choirs.  Vocalists submit online recordings of specific songs and judges compose the choirs.  High School singers will work with composer Eric Whitacre.  They’ll perform his music under his direction.  What an experience for our students!

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:

Bradley Drenchney
Cooper Bries
Grace Brand
Emma Nunez
Celia Brown
Elizabeth McVey
Morgan Miller
Ebby Barber
Alexandra Hurtado
Ethan Hornbuckle
Brady Sexson
Danny Krier
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Congratulations to the following students for placing at the State Competition:

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
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Clare Tinsman
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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.

Measuring Health with Heart Monitors

Posted February 27th, 2017

Right after Winter Break, students at Pleasant Valley Junior High and Pleasant Valley High School started using a new tool in PE class.  When students arrive, they put on a tiny smart watch.  It’s a heart rate monitor that clocks students’ heart rates through class.

Lessons started out simple, PVJH PE Teacher Jason Vice said.  Each teacher spoke with students about what’s an appropriate heart rate for students their age.  They then taught students how to wear the band – which was a bit tricky.  Even though it looks like a watch, students have to wear it three inches away from their wrist and that took some getting used to.  Teachers then taught students different exercises that can get heart rates going – like jumping jacks or lunges.  Then, they put the monitors into action.  Every day, students have a goal, for instance, keep your heart rate in the target area for 30 minutes.  Some students found they could get their heart rate up and keep it in the target range fairly easily – other students had to work harder to make it happen.  It’s all about assessing every student and making sure they’re getting the most out of PE class.

“It’s the most important thing,” Mr. Vice said.  “We want to teach students lessons to be active for their entire life.  We don’t care what they do, just that they like it and it keeps them healthy.”

 

The heart rate monitors are being used in a handful of schools in Iowa right now.  Thanks to the generosity of the Scott County Regional Authority and Genesis Health System, PV is helping pilot this program for other area schools.  As teachers learn more about how the students use the heart rate monitors and what’s appropriate, they’ll come up with a grading scale that will factor in heart rate during class.  Students scan the monitors before and after class – creating a graph students and teachers use to analyze the day’s work.  It’s a way for students to figure out what they need to do to make sure they’re using their PE class in the best way possible.

2017-18 Calendar

Posted January 25th, 2017

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

2017-18 Calendar At a Glance

PVJH Students Rank Top in State on Vocabulary Site

Posted January 16th, 2017

Expanding vocabulary is all in a days work at Pleasant Valley Junior High.  This year, Mrs. Dircks, Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Small decided to try something a bit different to challenge their students to learn new words and remember their meanings.  Students log into a website called vocabulary.com.  They’re quizzed on the definitions of various words through different types of multiple choice questions.  Students not only get to unlock levels and earn badges, but they also compete against other students in the class!  And the whole class competes with other classrooms across the state.  For the month of December, PVJH ranked highest in the state for numbers of words learned.  Some students love it so much, they’re even “playing” on their own.  Corinne Johnson just earner her one-millionth point!

Students are enjoying the challenge and the competition.

“It’s fun because you get to compete with classmates and other schools,” Shirnil Laddha said.

While there are general vocabulary quizzes anyone can take, a teacher can also design quizzes and target specific words to specific students.

“It’s a great program that naturally differentiates and motivates the kids with the competition element,” Mrs. Small said.  “I have a leaderboard in my classroom for the top individuals in each class, and the classes also compete as a whole against each other.”

Check it out  for yourself on vocabulary.com.

PVJH Robotics Teams Win Awards at Regional Qualifier

Posted December 19th, 2016

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

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

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

 

PVHS 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.

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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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!

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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.

 

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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