Posted February 22nd, 2017
Cody students moved into the new section of the building just before Winter Break and moved out of the library at the end of January. Since then, construction crews have been busy renovating the old library and surrounding classrooms. They also cut a hole in the ceiling and put in beautiful skylights. Check out the progress in the pictures below. Students will be using the new classrooms and new library in the 2017-18 school year!
Posted February 9th, 2017
The Choir program in Pleasant Valley is growing and growing fast. More than 500 students sang at this year’s District Choir Festival on Monday February 7, 2017. That doesn’t count the nearly 300 students in the 4/5th grade choirs!
Students tackled songs from certain decades with each choir dressing up in the fashion of the times. Check out the pictures below and video from the festival.
Special thank you Choral Directors Meg Byrne, Rob Williams, Catherine Lyon, Peter Grau, and Margaret Thompson. We also extend our thanks to our accompanists Dr. Perry Myers and Becky Seward.
Posted January 31st, 2017
UPDATE January 26, 2017: After a successful move into the new addition at Cody, students, staff and volunteers moved into the temporary library. The library will be renovated into a new state-of-the-art media center. In the meantime, students will use what used to be Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. VenHorst’s room as a temporary library. Crews have already started work on what used to be Mrs. Notton, Mr. Grafenberg, and Mr. Hoppe’s rooms. Check out the pictures below!
December 19, 2016: The excitement bounced off the walls at Cody Elementary on Friday, December 16, 2016. It may be that they were just one week away from Winter break – or it could be seeing the brand new addition for the first time, and then getting to MOVE IN!
Fourth through Sixth Grade students spent the day moving from their old classrooms to new classrooms in the much-awaited addition. Construction crews have been pounding, drilling and sawing since spring of last year, and curiosity has grown and grown. The addition houses six new classrooms, new lockers, and new bathrooms.
As the students move in to the new space, construction crews will renovate the old classrooms and the library – adding extra space, which will allow for PV’s growing enrollment.
Check out pictures below and get a real feel of what the day was like from this story from WQAD.
Posted January 18th, 2017
Pleasant Valley students showed off their skills at the PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2017. This program continues to grow. This year, PV had 249 entries from 198 students!
The PTA Reflections contest is a nationwide contest to support Arts Education. Students create their projects on their own time and submit artwork in six different catagories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The work is judged by adult artists and each student receives a critique. At the ceremony, all work is on display as each student is individually recognized for his or her creation.
Special thank you to co-chairs, Denise McGregor and Tosha Allen, as well as the chairs at each individual school: Leta Rose (Bridgeview) Amy Hartz (Cody), Sharon Tinsman (Hopewell), Angela Brand (Pleasant View), Tosha Allen (Riverdale Heights), Kathleen Fitzgerald (PVJH), Shawn Rice (Edison Academy) and Jennifer Krier (PVHS).
Posted December 12th, 2016
Cody students took the stage with pride to entertain friends and family in the annual Winter Program. This year, Ms. Gray produced a program called “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” which took Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame through the North Pole, meeting Angel Noel, the Grinch, and the Abominable Snowman on the way to meet the Blizzard and find her way home. The 6th grade actors weaved a narrative through the performances of each class. Creativity ran through the students’ acting, singing and playing!
The program kicked off with a growing 6th Grade band under the direction of Brian Gartner. The Glissandos, the 4th and 5th Grade choir, set the scene with “Sing a Rainbow.” The Kindergarten showed their hip hop skills, and the 5th Grade counted their blessings. The 4th Grade sang the classic Grinch theme and used sign language while singing “Chirstmas Comes from the Heart.” Both the 2nd and 3rd Grades rocked out with their performances and the 1st Grade focused on snow. The 6th Grade brought it home, singing two beautiful songs about family.
As always, the entire school circles the audience to end the concert (always a special and emotional moment.) Thank you to Ms. Gray for writing this wonderful concert, and Mr. Gartner teaching our students the love of music.
Posted November 22nd, 2016
What’s the best way to tell a story? At Cody Elementary, the 4th graders found a new and fun way to share a story. It allows the kids to use pictures and slides along with their voice telling the story in the background. In this case, students are telling spooky stories. To help the students start thinking about how a scary story is made, a representative of Bettendorf Library came out to Cody to read them a few. Not only did they learn about the fluency of a story, but they saw and heard how a story should be read.
Each student started their story with the same prompt, “I used to be afraid of the old house at the end of the block…” and then let their imaginations run wild. Not only were the stories different, but the presentations were different as well. Adobe Spark is helping teach presentation skills they will use throughout their education and career. Being able to combine their writing, reading, and presentation skills all at once will help the students grow immensely.
Posted October 17th, 2016
Thank you to all the Grandparents and VIPs who came to visit on October 7, 2016!