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Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Posted May 30th, 2017

Good luck to the Class of 2017!  More than 300 students graduated from Pleasant Valley High School on May 28, 2017.  We all wish you the best of luck!

Graduation 2017

Posted May 1st, 2017

May is here and it’s time to start thinking about graduation!  Graduation for the class of 2017 is at the iWireless Center at 3:30pm on May 28, 2017.  While many of you likely received most of this information in the mail, we wanted to make sure you had it handy!

With the end of the school year and graduation quickly approaching, we wish to congratulate you and your senior on reaching this important accomplishment in their life.  Along with this congratulation, we also wish to remind parents about the school’s position on a few items regarding graduation.  Below are a couple of informational items:

Before Graduation

Have your student answer the following questions:

  1. Are you passing all of the courses that you are now taking? If you have a question, ask your teachers or counselor.
  1. Have you met the minimum requirements for graduation, including service learning? If you are still unsure, see your counselor now!
  1. Have those of you who have applied to a college or for employment signed a release form to have a transcript or credits sent?
  1. Have you paid all fees or made arrangements to pay all fees before graduation? Fees must be paid before checkout sheets are signed.
  1. Students who have not served their detentions will not be allowed to complete the graduation checkout until they are served. You can check in the main office about any detentions.

 

MONDAY, MAY 15           Senior Picnic Tickets on sale in Main Office $5

MONDAY, MAY 22          Pick up your checkout sheet in Main Office; Senior Finals – during regular class time

CHECK OUT SHEETS:  Your teacher will sign it once you have completed class & turned in your textbooks. This form must be completed with the appropriate signatures before a senior will be allowed to graduate.

TUESDAY, MAY 23              Senior Finals – during regular class time

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24       Senior Finals – Make-Up; Senior checkout completed & turned into Main Office

THURSDAY, MAY 25          Graduation Rehearsal in ABC gym, 9:30am.

The parking lot east of the tennis courts will be blocked off for senior parking.  There are only 137 spots, so please car pool.  Overflow parking will be available at the Baseball/Softball parking lots.   Please arrive by 9:15am.  Rehearsal begins promptly at 9:30am.

At this time, we will share expectations with our graduates.  It is our belief that graduation is a combination of ceremony and celebration. We wish to keep the graduation ceremony a dignified one which students, parents and the community can be proud to attend.  Our goal is to ensure that all graduating students receive the acknowledgment and respect that should be afforded during this ceremony without unneeded distractions.  Please note:  decorations are NOT allowed on the mortar board during the graduation ceremony.  

SENIOR PICNIC – Veterans Memorial Park at   11:00 A.M          (Right after graduation rehearsal) Address: 1645 23rd Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Graduation Day

  • To reduce bridge traffic, seniors, band and choir participants will be bussed to the iWireless center; no exceptions please.  Graduates are encouraged to return with their parents.
  • Students need to be at the high school cafeteria doors by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.
    Busses leave at 2:15 p.m.!!
  • Please note: decorations are NOT allowed on the mortar board during the graduation ceremony.
  • This year HR Imaging will be taking photographs of your graduate receiving their diplomas in addition to a posed photo.    If you are interested in purchasing photos from HR Imaging, please go to shop.hrimaging.com.
  • The iWireless doors will open for Pleasant Valley admittance at 2:30 p.m. The graduation ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. and conclude at 4:45 p.m.
    • Please note: North Scott High School graduation will be conducted at noon the same day. They will be off premises by 2pm.
  • There will be unlimited seating and handicap seating will be available. An elevator near the box office will allow access to the second level and seating. Please click here to see a map of the iWireless Center.  Please discuss seating with your student so you can choose the best view of your graduate.
  • All graduates need to pick up their diploma AFTER the ceremony in the conference room of the iWireless.
  • The iWireless Center has asked that you not congregate around the stairs and escalator due to fire codes. They have asked that you meet your graduate after the recessional outside the box office or outside weather permitting.  We ask that everyone disperse the iWireless Center by 6:00 p.m. so the venue can be prepared for another event. 

All students must ride the bus to graduation.  To reduce bridge traffic, all seniors, band and choir participants will be bussed to the iWireless center; no exceptions please.  Graduates are encouraged to return with their parents.  Students need to be at the high school cafeteria by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.  Busses will leave promptly at 2:15 p.m.

 

After Graduation

The District will no longer retain health and immunization records for students who have graduated. You or your student can pick up their immunization record, Monday, May 22nd in the Main Office from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Immunization records that are not picked up will be dispersed at graduation rehearsal. 

Upon graduation, a student’s cumulative records will be retained at the high school for one year following graduation. At that time, the cumulative records will be sent to the administration center for conversion to permanent record status.

Construction Update: Pleasant Valley Junior High

Posted April 21st, 2017

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.

 

Measuring Health with Heart Monitors

Posted February 27th, 2017

Right after Winter Break, students at Pleasant Valley Junior High and Pleasant Valley High School started using a new tool in PE class.  When students arrive, they put on a tiny smart watch.  It’s a heart rate monitor that clocks students’ heart rates through class.

Lessons started out simple, PVJH PE Teacher Jason Vice said.  Each teacher spoke with students about what’s an appropriate heart rate for students their age.  They then taught students how to wear the band – which was a bit tricky.  Even though it looks like a watch, students have to wear it three inches away from their wrist and that took some getting used to.  Teachers then taught students different exercises that can get heart rates going – like jumping jacks or lunges.  Then, they put the monitors into action.  Every day, students have a goal, for instance, keep your heart rate in the target area for 30 minutes.  Some students found they could get their heart rate up and keep it in the target range fairly easily – other students had to work harder to make it happen.  It’s all about assessing every student and making sure they’re getting the most out of PE class.

“It’s the most important thing,” Mr. Vice said.  “We want to teach students lessons to be active for their entire life.  We don’t care what they do, just that they like it and it keeps them healthy.”

 

The heart rate monitors are being used in a handful of schools in Iowa right now.  Thanks to the generosity of the Scott County Regional Authority and Genesis Health System, PV is helping pilot this program for other area schools.  As teachers learn more about how the students use the heart rate monitors and what’s appropriate, they’ll come up with a grading scale that will factor in heart rate during class.  Students scan the monitors before and after class – creating a graph students and teachers use to analyze the day’s work.  It’s a way for students to figure out what they need to do to make sure they’re using their PE class in the best way possible.

More than 500 Students Participate in District Choir Festival

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.

Student Artists Shine at PTA Reflections Ceremony

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).

 

 

PVHS Sparkles Featured in People Magazine

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.

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