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JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR BLANK SUMMER INSTITUTE

Posted December 8th, 2017

PVCSD would like to give a big congratulations to the PVJH students who have been nominated to be a part of the prestigious 2018 Blank Summer Institute (BSI) in Iowa City from June 24th through June 29th, 2018!

The Blank Summer Institute for the Arts & Sciences is a one-week residential summer program held at The University of Iowa for 120 of Iowa’s gifted students who are currently in grades 7 & 8. The Institute provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.

Once nominated, students will complete an application process. Applications are forwarded to the Belin-Blank Center where the final selection of students will be made.

The following students were nominated:

Timothy Davison – Invention & Innovation
Grace Davidson – Global & Cultural Studies
Carter Dougherty – Advanced Science
Evan Freese – Social Studies
Erika Holmberg – Performing Arts
Kavya Kalathur – Math Problem Solving
Lauren McGovern – Creative Writing
Gillian Oenick – Visual Arts

Well done Spartans and good luck with the final selection process!

DISTRICT WIDE ROBOTICS SHOWCASE A HIT FOR ALL AGES

Posted November 20th, 2017

On Sunday, November 19th, over 100 PV students gathered at Riverdale Heights Elementary for the Robotics Showcase! This showcase is part of the PVHS Robotics team outreach to younger students to promote robotics and other aspects of STEM. Students from Cody, Riverdale Heights, PVJH, and PVHS were involved in the showcase.
 
Sunday was all about the younger students showing the work they’ve done up to this point, and giving them an opportunity to see what’s coming for them at the next level! The teams take time to learn about robotics and the different aspects building a functioning robot, but they also learn many lessons in teamwork, collaboration, and adaptability.
 
After the showcase, there was a Robotics themed carnival with concessions and other activities, like noodle and marshmallow model building and a paper bridge building competition. A big round of applause to all the students who participated, Spartan Nation can’t wait to see what you keep accomplishing in the Robotics world!
COLLABORATION AND TEAMWORK IN JUNIOR HIGH GOOSE CHASE

Posted November 8th, 2017

Last week after the Iowa Assessment testing, Junior High students got out of their classrooms and headed out on a ‘Goose Chase’ throughout the school! During different periods of the day, students were placed in groups and sent on 38 missions, all focused on different educational skills like math and discourse. Each mission was worth a certain amount of points and encouraged collaboration and communication. We love to see our students have a little fun, while still working together to accomplish a task, after a long week of testing!

MINUTE TO WIN IT FUN FOR TEACHERS

Posted November 3rd, 2017

Students aren’t the only ones that get to have some fun on early out Wednesdays!  PVJH used their in service time on November 1st to talk teaching strategy, discuss new lesson plans, and play a few Minute-To-Win-It games to foster some competitive spirit.  We love to see our amazing educators interacting with each other and pushing one another to be their best, in the classroom and even playing awesome games!

PVJH Places at State Cross Country Meet

Posted October 16th, 2017

The Pleasant Valley Junior High Cross Country team won big at the state cross country meet in Ankeny!   Congratulations!

7th grade girls (State Champions) – Hayden Evans, Gretchen Highberger, Lydia Sommer, Karin Fowler, Bella D Antico, Khushi Mehta, Emma Richards, and Rylie Barber.

7th grade boys (State Runner Up)– Luke Knepp, James Morley, Jacob Mumey, Jacob Cox, Bryce Vining, Andrew Riley, and Trystan Ritchie

8th grade girls (3rd place)– Jayne Abraham, Taylor Buhr, Adelaide Wolfe, Camryn Woods, Deven Reeder, Sarah Kustes, Molly Rawat, Sydney Brandmeyer

8th grade boys (State Champions)– Colin Kilcoin, Tarun Vedula, Ryan Vance, Brady Adams, Rocco D Antico, and Parker Paulson.

Luke Knepp is the 7th grade Individual champion.

PV Junior High Conference Registration Open

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Pleasant Valley Junior High School will be using the PTC Fast Online Scheduling program for Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2017-2018 school year.  The online scheduling system will allow parents to select the time to meet with teachers that is easy and convenient for them.  The scheduling window will open up on Monday, October 2nd and will remain open until the day before the conference. The junior high will hold conferences on Thursday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 17,th from 3:30-7:30.

Please use the following steps located below.

  • If you have access to a computer please enter the following link:
  • At that web address, you will be asked to choose the teachers you would like to meet with. After submitting your choices it will ask for your student’s first and last name, your email address and name.
  • Please note: if you have two students with the same teacher, you will have to schedule appointments for each student.
  • To confirm your identity and email address, PTC Fast will send you a confirmation email.
  • Click on the link in the email to see a screen showing all available times for your parent-teacher conference. Click on whichever time is most convenient for you.
  • Please click here for complete instructions.

Automatic Reminders

  • The system will send you a confirmation email with the date and time you have reserved. That email will include a link that allows you to change your appointment time, if you need to.
  • The system will send you a reminder a few days before your conference.

If you do not have access to a computer, please call the Junior High on Monday, October 2nd to schedule your conference.  Please dial 563-332-0200 and ask for Linda Houston.

The conferences will be scheduled for 5 minutes in length and we ask teachers and parents to keep to the time allotment so it does not impact other schedules.  To further assist with keeping conferences on schedule, please do not schedule back to back conferences.   You will need travel time between classes for each conference.  We appreciate your cooperation!

Please feel free to contact the Main Office at 563-332-0200 with any questions.

  • Conferences will be held in individual teacher rooms, unless otherwise noted.
  • If a longer conference is required, we ask that you schedule this time with the teacher
  • We ask that you print and bring your son’s/daughter’s schedule with you to conferences or have access to it via parent portal
  • There will be no after school activities held on the days of conferences
  • Students should leave school after 8th period on the conference days
Banned Book Week

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Teacher Librarian Anita Roche takes Banned Book Week seriously.  Every year, she talks with Language Arts students about censorship and challenges them to think about why some might want certain books banned.  This year, PVJH featured a museum of banned books.  Students walked through the area and many were surprised to see familiar titles on the shelves.  

Students then talked about why some books might get challenged or even banned from a library.  They read the most popular challenged book in the country, “Tango Makes Three.”  The picture book is about two male penguins who hatch an egg.  Students worked together to determine why some might want the book challenged.

“We have to keep these discussions to keep growing,” Mrs. Roche said. “It’s for you and your family to make a decision on what you can read.”

For more information on banned and challenged books, click here.

Pleasant Valley Junior High Play, September 23 & 24

Posted September 18th, 2017

Pleasant Valley Junior High actors have been busy this school year.  Less than a month after school began, students are putting on a play!  Students auditioned in the spring and had the summer to prepare on their own.  Rehearsals started the first day of school.  You can see all their hard work on Saturday, September 23rd, at 7:00pm or on Sunday, September 24th, at 1:00pm.  Both performances are in the Black Box Theatre at the High School.

Students are performing Oh, What a Tangled Web by John R. Carroll. On an impulse, a young girl makes up a story, and
the complications that result from it are extremely funny. Suddenly needing an excuse, the girl fumbles for a moment and then blurts out that there has been a death in the family. Actually, the only thing wrong in this family is that the cat is missing. In any case, people start coming over to express their concern and sympathy. The parents think they’re referring to the missing cat and the hilarious complications just continue to multiply!

Cast
Jan Wilson ………………………………………Caroline Sierk
Chris Wilson …………………………………… Cassel Friemel
Frank Wilson ……………………………………… Evan Freese
Shirley Wilson ………………………………… Miranda Croll
Mr. Quigley ……………………………………… Anna Arms
Mrs. Quigley ………………………….……… Madelyn Rode
Tim Scarlotta …………………………………… Ethan Kilcoin
Stan Glowacki ………………………Jackson Brandstetter

Crew
Director …………………………………… Lyra VanLanduyt
Assistant Stage Director ……………………… Harper Clark
Sound ……………………………………… Alyse Zuiderveen
Costume, Hair, and Make-up …………………………………
Josie Olderog, Catherine Moore, Emilee Stock
Lighting …………………………………………… Lydia Wilson

 

 

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.

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 PVJH

Posted August 25th, 2017

What a great day to start school!  Pleasant Valley Junior High Students started the day with an all-school assembly.  Students watched as teams of teachers tried to throw cards into watermelons and get a ping pong ball to stick to a piece of bread.  Ask you students how these games taught them about focus.  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.

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

Construction Update: Pleasant Valley Junior High

Posted August 1st, 2017

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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!

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