Posted February 24th, 2017
It all started with an idea. One student wanted to help other students learn about Digital Citizenship and now four students from Pleasant View are working on a podcast they hope will make an impact. “This I believe…” will focus on issues these students want to talk about. They all said they wanted to get involved because you hear podcasts from adults and teenagers, but you rarely get the perspective of younger kids. They’ve worked for a month or so on their scripts, researching and fine-tuning. We caught up with them as they taped for the first time. The final project isn’t complete, but when it is you can find it on PV’s Technology Instructional Coach Beth Campbell’s website.
Listen to the video below to hear the full story about how this group started.
Posted February 1st, 2017
The UNITE Club at Pleasant Valley High School takes on a tough mission: getting high school students to be nice to each other. There have been dozens of movies, books, and tv shows that feature the cliques and social system of a high school. It’s hard to get away from the stereotypes, but that’s exactly what UNITE Club hopes will happen. A group of about 20 students meet once week to figure out how to make the school as inclusive as possible. Each month, they address a different group of students with the hopes of getting all students to understand each other a bit better. They produce a video and ask students to wear a ribbon in support of each group. Right now, they’re working on a video about Religious Inclusion. We’ve included the videos they’ve produced already this year below.
Posted January 18th, 2017
Pleasant Valley did some real damage at the History Bowl tournament at Davenport Central on January 14, 2017. Not only did the varsity teams take first and second place, PV swept the History Bee portion of the tournament, which is an individual competition. Patrick McMonagle, Ike Sears and Collin Smith took the top honors. The JV team finished with a winning record, and Rece Vining finished in the top three!
On top of those honors, eight students qualified for the National History Bee and National Geography Olympiad.
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 19th, 2016
If you ever need to get into the holiday mood, don’t miss the Winter Programs from the Pleasant Valley Community School District. Click on the program below and enjoy pictures and video from each one!
Posted December 12th, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s youngest musicians shined on December 8, 2016. The Elementary Orchestra students and 6th Grade Choir worke together to put on a concert.
This year, the 4th grade Orchestra has more than 150 students! So, the class performed in two separate groups: Hopewell and Bridgeview under the direction of David Rosales and Riverdale Heights, Pleasant View and Cody under the direction of Robert Swinney. The 4th Graders have only been playing together for seven weeks and they’ve already come very far, playing five pieces both with their bows and pizzicato. The 5th Grade Orchestra, under the direction of Sara Tinsman, is now playing full pages of music! They played four pieces, including “We Will Rock You!” The 6th Grade Orchestra played beyond their years on songs like “Sleigh Ride Jingles” and “Conquistador.”
The 6th Grade Choir sang the challenging piece, “Bidi Bom,” as well as several holiday tunes. Thanks to Mrs. Ann Lannan, who came to the rescue after 6th Grade Choir Director Margaret Thompson welcomed a brand new baby boy less than a week before the concert!
Thank you to Robert Swinney, Sara Tinsman, David Rosales, Rebekah Weber, Heater Steffes, Margaret Thompson, Ann Lannan, Elisabeth Josie, Deborah DCamp and Perry Mears for all they do to support our budding musicians.
Enjoy the video and pictures below!
Posted November 22nd, 2016
UPDATE: Pleasant Valley’s Drama Department will perform Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the International Thespian Festival in Lincolon, NE in June. The show was chosen from performances across the country! Congratulations!
Pleasant Valley High Schools Drama Department took the Iowa State Thespian Festival by storm. This year, PVHS’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was chosen to be performed in front of all those who attended the Festival. And twitter lit up as students from across the state applauded PV’s cast and crew. Click here to see some of the nice things they had to say.
As if being chosen for a Main Stage production wasn’t enough, PV students’ additional performances at the Fest. The three improv teams swept the podium, First, Second and Third! Plus, Megan Maloney, Cassie Berta, Lauren Carroll and London Bicknell placed in the top three in various Individual Events qualifying them for the International Thespian Festival in June. And one more thing – Maaz Ahmed will be serving on the Iowa Thespian Chapter Board this year.
What a weekend for PV’s actors and designers!
Posted November 1st, 2016
Congratulations to all of the band, choir and orchestra students who auditioned in October in Washington, Iowa. These musicians represent the top 1.5% of all Iowa musicians and will perform in the 600 member choir, 280 member band, and 200 member orchestra on November 19 at Iowa State University. Great job Spartans!
All State Choir:
Orchestra All State:
Annie Warner – Violin I
Sophia Xiao – Violin I
Ruth Davidson – Viola
Daniela Rybarczyk – Viola
Veronica Henderson – Harp
Band All State:
***Ian and Maureen are only the 2nd and 3rd four-year All-State Band musicians in school history!
Posted October 17th, 2016
Congratulations to the 33 students who were selected for the OPUS Honor Choirs. The students below represent Pleasant Valley at the festival in Ames in November. The OPUS Honor Choir Festival is an annual event that is sponsored by the Iowa Choral Director’s Association. The festival consists of four choirs; a two-part 5th-6th grade mixed chorus, 7th-8th grade boys choir, 7th-8th grade girls choir, and a 9th grade mixed ensemble. Each year, thousands of students from across the state of Iowa audition to be apart of these select groups with only 160 students selected for each choir.
7/8th Grade Choir: Lukas Ager, Anna Arms, Ebby Barber, Isa Burkhart (small group), Charlie Crouse, Ben Curran, Ethan Ferry, Erika Holmberg, Gabe Johnson, Ethan Kilcoin, Rachel Lyon, Beth Mooy, Megan Neil, Logan Paul, Ujan Roybandyopadhyay, Ryan Saddler, Caroline Sierk, and Taze Wilson
9th Grade Choir: Grace Almgren, Molly Bimm, Dalton Hout, Morgan McCartney, John Mendelin, Maddie Murphy, Amy Oberhart, Ciyanna Wilson, and to Holyn Doran, alternate.
Posted October 3rd, 2016
Posted March 21st, 2016
UPDATE: The Pleasant Valley Jazz Choirs ranked top in the state. Jazz Etc placed 3rd at the competition and Leading Tones placed 4th. Congratulations!
On March 29, PVHS will have not one, but two Jazz Choirs performing in the state competition. The members of Leading Tones and Jazz Etc are ready for the state stage and they’re looking to bring home some hardware. Pleasant Valley is just one of two schools who will have more than one choir participate, plus only 25 choirs from across Iowa advanced to the state competition. A big honor for two of our choirs!
Students performed their sets on Monday, March 21, for other choir students, but also some special guests. The vocal jazz ensemble from Southwest Community College in Creston, Iowa, along with their director Lucas Mattson, sat in the audience to provide some constructive feedback before the Spartans head to state.
Jazz Etc will perform at 5:20pm and Leading Tones at 6:20pm at Valley High
School in Des Moines on Tuesday, March 29. The Spartans travel well, so we know some of you will want to make the trip!