Pleasant Valley
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TOUGH COMPETITION AT THE RIVERDALE SPELLING BEE

Posted December 8th, 2017

Spelling can be a bit tricky for many people, but not for the students in the Riverdale Heights Spelling Bee Competition!

22 students started out in the competition on December 5th, ranging in age from 3rd grade to 6th grade. The spellers went through 17 rounds, until all but the final two, both 5th graders, were eliminated. Tanya Rastogi finished in first place, with Sudarsgan Prasanna in second. Tanya will compete next at the Regional Competition at Augustana on February 21st for a chance to go to Nationals in Washington D.C. Way to go Tanya, and all spelling competitors!

PRE-THANKSGIVING FUN FOR RIVERDALE HEIGHTS

Posted December 5th, 2017

The afternoon of November 21st was an exciting one at Riverdale Heights! Students were challenged to raise 10,000 items for the Student Hunger Drive and were incentivized with an assembly before Thanksgiving with a special twist… they would get to watch their Principal get a pie squished in her face!

Students exceeded their goal and were the top can fundraisers throughout the PV elementary schools.  As you can tell, everyone was extremely excited to get their prize!  The assembly also featured a teacher from each grade level getting dressed up as a turkey.

What a way to celebrate such hard work and an amazing accomplishment for the Hunger Drive!  Thanks for all your hard work Riverdale Heights students and staff!

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!
RIVERDALE HEIGHTS HONORS VETERANS

Posted November 10th, 2017

Riverdale Heights students and staff took the afternoon on Friday, November 10th to honor those who serve, and have served, our country.  The annual Riverdale Heights Elementary Veteran’s Day Commemoration took place in the gym, where the whole school gathered to hear from nearly 60 veterans from all branches of the military.  The audience also got to hear from guest speaker Major Rebecca Milkowski, a local and highly decorated soldier from the Army. The Riverdale Heights 5th Grade Harmonics performed two songs, along with the 6th grade trumpets who performed Taps.

The Pleasant Valley School District wants to thank and honor all veterans on this day. Thank you for all you have done for this country and for this community, we are so grateful for you!

Schedule Conferences at Riverdale Heights

Posted October 13th, 2017

Riverdale Heights Elementary 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 16th and will remain open until Monday, October 30th .  Conferences are being held Tuesday, November 7th  and Thursday, November 9th  from 3:30-8:00.

Please use the following steps located below.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Click here for a full set of directions.

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 contact your child’s teacher to schedule your conference.

The conferences will be scheduled for 20 minutes in length and we ask teachers and parents to keep to the time allotment so it does not impact other schedules.

Please feel free to contact the Main Office at 563-332-0525 with any questions.

·         Conferences will be held in individual teacher rooms, unless otherwise noted.

·          Special area teachers will be available in their classrooms should you want to visit with them.

·         The book fair will be open during conferences.

·         We strive for 100% participation between our teachers and parents at conference time and look forward to communicating  your child’s progress with you.

 

Thank you,

 

Jennifer Gertson

Principal

 

Visiting Artist Rock Riverdale Heights

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Every year, Pleasant Valley Community School District works with Quad City Arts to bring their Visiting Artists into our schools.  The week of October 2, 2017, students enjoyed the critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio Infinitus.  

The members of Infinitus not only played familiar songs for the students at Riverdale Heights, but also challenged the kids’ musical ability.  In the video below, you see them working on a rhythmic pattern.

 The musicians also asked students to listen to various pieces and talk about what they thought each piece was about.

“That’s what’s great about music,” a member of Infinitus said. “We can hear the same thing and think something different.”

Infinitus is holding a public performance at Pleasant Valley High School in the theatre on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Infinitus, click here.

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 Riverdale Heights

Posted August 25th, 2017

What a beautiful day to start school!  We’re so glad you’re here!  Check out pictures from the first day of school below.

Meet and Greet: Ready for School!

Posted August 22nd, 2017

Thousands of students across the PV District headed to school a bit early on August 21, 2017.  Students and families unpacked their backpacks at the annual Meet and Greet.  Smiles all around as students get excited for the new year.  Click on the gallery for the fun at Pleasant View and Cody Elementaries.

 

6th Grade Science Camp Out Moves to Fall

Posted August 21st, 2017

At the June 26th meeting, the Board of Education approved moving of the sixth grade outdoor education camp from May 2018 to this coming September 2017.  The main drivers behind the change included curricular opportunities, weather, calendar conflicts in the spring and the availability of high school volunteers.  With this change for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, please read the following very closely:

The Iowa Department of Education determined that schools can no longer require students to pay for school-sponsored field trips that are considered a part of the district curriculum.  The sixth grade outdoor education camp falls under this rule.  The camps have been a part of Pleasant Valley’s environmental education program for over 25 years and support not only science education in the district but also the development of independence, responsibility, and social skills.  Students are afforded the opportunity to explore the geology of Maquoketa Caves, collect chemical and biological water data for the Iowa Water Program, and study pond and stream ecosystems at Camp Wyoming by wading through aquatic environments and examining captured organisms.  Owl calling, pellet dissection, geocaching, and a night walk have been added to help students learn more about the lives of various nocturnal animals.  The list of activities is long and varied.  Most are specifically designed around cooperative learning strategies including a team building challenge hike that highlights the first day’s events.  The camp encompasses such a wide range of educational and social values that we feel very strongly about continuing its tradition.  It allows all students to flourish in a natural setting and provides a wonderful lasting memory for all who participate.

The district supports the continuation of the camp experience, but the overall cost of the program is too great for the district to absorb. Prior to the DE ruling, the practice was for students to pay a fee to attend the sixth grade campout to help cover costs.  If we were still operating under that model, per student cost would be $34.00.  This money pays for the use of the camp, lodging, three meals, and necessary supplies.  It was also our practice that families who could not afford this amount either paid a lesser amount or were covered by a scholarship.

We ask that you consider a contribution to help support the cost of offering this program. Such contributions are strictly voluntary and are a tax deductible gift. Your contribution, if in the form of a check, may be made payable to the Pleasant Valley Community School District and sent to your child’s school by Friday, September 1, 2017.  If you would prefer, you may also make an online contribution by clicking https://pleasval.revtrak.net/2017-6th-grade-outdoor-education-camp  (Please note: contributing by credit card comes with a $2.50 convenience fee.)

The unfortunate reality is if we are unable to generate sufficient funds to support the portion of this experience which has historically been provided by student fees, the trip will not continue as part of our curriculum.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact your school’s principal or science specialist. The district will make a decision regarding the status of the science camps on Tuesday, September 5th.  Again, we ask that gifts/pledges be received by Friday, September 1st.  Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Mark your calendar!  If you are new to the district or this is your first child attending camp, the science teachers will be available during Elementary Meet and Greet on Monday, August 21st from 5:30 to 6:15 to provide insight into the learning opportunities your child will experience.  Please feel free to stop by their room.

If you can’t attend Meet & Greet, see the science teachers presentation here.

The fall campout dates for each elementary are:

Cody                               September 14-15
Hopewell                       September 21-22
Bridgeview                    September 28-29
Pleasant View               September 18-19
Riverdale Heights        September 25-26

 

 

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.

STEM Night Challenges PV 4th Graders

Posted May 1st, 2017

Pleasant Valley 4th Graders worked together for this year’s STEM Night.  Teams from across the District competed in STEM-based challenges — including building a web out of plastic grocery bags strong enough to hold a student and building the highest tower with just 10 sheets of paper.

PV science teachers started STEM night last year to inspire 4th Grade students to work together as a team and solve problems creatively.  Congratulations to Ezra Welch, Shaha Bhugra , Adam Dague, Aidan Schaapveld, Ivan Iverson, Muhammad Baig, Bennett Teitle, and Logan Gibbs, who scored the most points — but let’s be honest — the problem-solving skills learned make everyone winners.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped guide our students through their tasks!

Order School Supplies for 2017-18

Posted April 21st, 2017

Pleasant Valley elementary schools offer a great program.  Order your school supplies through our PTAs and have them delivered to your student’s classroom on Meet and Greet Night.  You can order online and don’t have to worry about finding all the items on the list!

Go to the following website and then enter the code for your school listed below.  We’ve also included contact information for each PTA, as well.

School Supply Website https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/

Bridgeview Code:  BRI160
Questions?  Contact Leta Rose at ptabridgeview@gmail.com

Cody Code: COD009
Questions?  Contact Brittany Daly at Dalyba@hotmail.com

Hopewell Code:  HOP064
Questions?  Contact Shelley Breen at tandsbreen@gmail.com

Pleasant View Code:  PLE029
Questions? Jenny Langan  at jlangan14@mchsi.com

Riverdale Heights Code: RIV052
Questions? Wendy Bock bockw@bhc.edu

 

PV Students Sweep Regional Math Bee

Posted April 11th, 2017

Pleasant Valley Math Bee teams swept the regional competition.  PV teams placed first through fifth and nine PV students placed in the top ten individually!

Twenty-four teams from across the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency region competed individually and as teams to solve problems and demonstrate math skills.  Pleasant Valley Schools hosted the event this year. Congratulations to all involved!

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[su_column size=”1/2″] Team:
1st– Riverdale Heights
(Tejus Kanathur, Shobini Iyer, Pranav Suresh, and Nikhil Ramaraju)
2nd – Pleasant View
(Cassel Friemel, Elizabeth Hernandez, Luke Thompson, and Trevor Zimmerman)
3rd – Hopewell
(Ike Swanson, Kushi Metha, Gertchen Highberger, Marcus Brown)
4th – Cody
(Ella Jones, Peyton Mahrt, Katia Zemo, Issac Wilcox)
5th – Bridgeview
(Aaron Trelsted, Josh Cozad, Nathaniel Cox III Esquire S. Preston, Danny Zietlow and Katelyn Kiefer)
6th – Lourdes
7th – Central DeWitt 1
8th – Central DeWitt 2
9th – Central Middle (Muscatine)
10th – West Middle (Muscatine) [/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/2″] Individual:
1st – Nikhil Ramaraju (RH)
2nd – Pranav Suresh (RH)
3rd – Luke Thompson (PV)
4th – Gretchen Highberger (HW)
5th – Tejus Kanathur (RH)
6th – Trevor Zimmerman (PV)
7th – Ella Jones (CO)
8th – Emilio Bobay (Central Middle-Muscatine)
9th – Ike Swanson (HW)
10th – Aaron Treistad (BV) [/su_column]
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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!

Booker Bear Brings Smiles

Posted March 16th, 2017

PV 1st graders are celebrating the annual Booker Bear challenge.  Every year, the Bettendorf Library Foundation asks students to read 10 books.  Those who do it are honored at an event with pizza, a certificate and their own Booker Bear.  Ascentra Credit Union has sponsored this event since 1999.  Congratulations, students!

Miss Iowa Visits Riverdale Heights

Posted March 16th, 2017

Miss Iowa, Kelly Koch, visited the right kindergarten classroom.  Kelly’s platform is the Pinky Swear Foundation, whose mission is to aid in the emotional and financial support of families and their children going through pediatric cancer.  Kelly talked to the students about what it would be like to be in the hospital and so young.  But, this group of students gets it.  One of their own, Will Kohn, is in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant. Because of their background knowledge, they understood Miss Iowa’s message — to help those who need it most.

Thanks for reading to 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:

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[su_column size=”1/4″]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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Bridgeview
Hopewell
Pleasant View
Pleasant View
Pleasant View
PVJH
PVJH
PVJH
PVJH
PVHS
PVHS
PVHS
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Film Production
Literature
Dance Choreography
Photography
Visual Arts
Film Production
Literature
Music Composition
Visual Arts
Literature
Photography
Photography[/su_column]
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Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Primary
Intermediate
Middle School
Middle School
Middle School
Middle School
High School
High School
Special Artist
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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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Hopewell
Hopewell
Hopewell
Hopewell
Pleasant View
Riverdale Heights
Riverdale Heights
PVJH
PVJH
PVHS
PVHS
PVHS
PVHS
Hopewell
Hopewell
Hopewell
Pleasant View
Riverdale Heights
PVJH
PVHS
PVHS
Hopewell
Pleasant View
Pleasant View
PVHS
PVHS
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Literature
Visual Arts
Dance Choreography
Literature
Visual Arts
Film Production
Literature
Photography
Literature
Music Composition
Photography
Visual Arts
Photography
Visual Arts
Photography
Visual Arts
Literature
Dance Choreography
Music Composition
Photography
Photography
Dance Choreography
Photography
Visual Arts
Photography
Photography
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Middle School
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Primary
Intermediate
Primary
Middle School
Middle School
High School
Special Artist
High School
High School
Middle School
Primary
Intermediate
Primary
Intermediate
Middle School
High School
Special Artist
Intermediate
Primary
Middle School
High School
Special Artist
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Tie for 2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
Tie for 2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
Tie for 2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
3rd
3rd
3rd
Tie for 3rd
3rd
3rd
3rd
3rd
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
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