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 code.org, 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!
Code.org is a free website. Have your student try it out here –> https://code.org/learn
Posted December 21st, 2016
Across the District, students and staff have been in the giving spirit. Toy drives. Book drives. Collecting items for shelters. The Spartan Nation knows what the season is really about — helping others. Here’s just some of the ways the PV family is helping make the world a better place.
- Caleb Shamrell’s Alive in Me — Students at Bridgeview, Cody and PVJH have been collecting toys and books to support the Alive in Me Foundation. The Foundation honors the life a Caleb Shamrell, who passed away just before he would have turned three. The Shamrell family just moved into the district and asked the schools to collect toys and books to give to families who would have to spend the holiday in the hospital. Bridgeview collected more than 900 items. Cody filled its boxes over and over. The same goes for the Junior High. Click here to learn about the Caleb Shamrell Alive in Me Foundation.
- Toys for Tots — All it took was one student to make a big difference for Toys for Tots. After writing and presenting a speech for class on Toys for Tots, PVHS Senior Zach Myatt decided he needed to do more. He took his 3 foot long Santa hat and asked people to help fill it with funds to support Toys for Tots. In just a week, Zach raised more than $500. He took the funds and bought toys for the Toys for Tots program.
- Toys for Tots — The 5th Graders at Riverdale Heights did a coin drive for Toys for Tots and raised more than $300!
- Warm Feet for Winter — The last few years, Pleasant View has done a pajama drive for the less fortunate. After learning of a need at King’s Harvest shelter, 6th grade began collecting socks for the homeless as an alternative. The students and families have been very generous: 227 pairs of socks and 166 handwarmers! This year, King’s Harvest also suggested hand warmers along with the socks. These will be taken to King’s Harvest over Christmas break!
5. Christmas for the Kohns — Will Kohn is a kindergartner and his father, Chris, teaches at the High School. Will is waiting for a heart transplant. While he waits, he needs to have medicine round the clock. To get the medicine, he will have surgery to put in a port, but that means celebrating Christmas in the hospital. PVHS raised money to purchase presents for Will and his family and had them delivered by Santa and a group of carolers, the Pleasant Valley High School Choir! The choir learned the songs Will’s class sang for their winter concert!
Posted November 23rd, 2016
Delving into facts and evidence, 4th Grade students at Riverdale Heights attempted to solve a long standing mystery: what happened to the colonists on Roanoke Island? These young investigators worked together to separate fact from fiction and then presented their cases to other 4th graders in the building.
Mrs. Woods presented the students with six scenarios of what could have happened to the colonists. The students researched those scenarios and then broke into groups based on what they believed the solution to the mystery to be. Of course, we’ll never really know – but students convincingly presented their ideas. Solid research, teamwork, and thinking are always a way to help solve any mystery.
Posted November 11th, 2016
Across the district, students welcome veterans and active duty military members to commemorate Veterans Day. At Riverdale Heights, students held an assembly and asked veterans and soldiers to attend. Students sang songs and listed to a speaker Lt. Col. Jeno Berta speak about the importance of the military and the support soldiers and marines receive from their families.
Check out the pictures below.
Posted November 7th, 2016
You are cordially invited to attend the annual Veteran’s Day Assembly to recognize local Veterans in our community and in our families this Friday, November 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30a.m. in the gymnasium. This invitation is also extended to all veterans who have relatives or friends here at our school to come and participate in this patriotic event! This might be a dad, a mom, an uncle, aunt, grandparent or a family friend. We will also be serving coffee and refreshments before the assembly in the front atrium around the tree so that you can visit with other veterans and know how much we appreciate all that you have done. In order to plan for seating arrangements as well as for refreshments, please let us know if you are planning to come by completing the form below and returning it to school by Thursday, November 10th or you may call our office staff at 332-0525. We look forward to seeing many of you this Friday as we honor your service to both us and to our country. Thank-you for your support and please contact our office staff at school if you have any further questions.
Posted October 26th, 2016
6th Grade students at Riverdale Heights are getting a workout. As soon as they hit the gym, students start their assignments, making the most of the time in class. Students run a few laps, do pull ups and sit ups, and then start in on the goal of the day – soccer. Mr. Bulat breaks the class into smaller groups and has them run a dribbling and trapping drill. On his whistle, they dribble the ball as fast as they can without losing control, and when he whistles again, they stop the ball.
Mr. Bulat wants these students to walk away with skills, but also a sense of teamwork. After the skill drill, groups of students play a soccer game, but it’s not the goals that count, it’s the assists. Students have to make a clear pass to another student before scoring the goal – the team with the most assists wins. What a way to learn games strategies and that everyone in the team can be a winner!
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.
Posted September 30th, 2016
Reading, thinking, and sharing ideas about books helps students at Riverdale Heights focus on this year’s reading goal. The staff is fostering a love of reading in each and every child, in hopes of seeing a year or more of growth in each student’s ability – but staff knows to do that, students first need to love reading. That’s why the first Troops Lesson was all about students and their favorite books.
Like in all of our schools, students at Riverdale Heights gather in small groups of all ages lead by a staff member that is likely not their teacher. These groups give students the opportunity to mentor, support, and learn from each other outside the typical classroom. Riverdale Heights calls its groups Troops! Each student brought in their favorite book. Then with a roll of the dice, answered a question about the book – who’s the main character? what’s the problem in the story? where does it take place? These questions helped students talk about the book and share thoughts and ideas with their Troops and inspire others to find a new favorite book. Check out the photos above and the video of the discussion below!
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 Assembly at PVHS:
Pleasant Valley Junior High Pep Rally:
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!
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.
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!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.