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.
Posted April 3rd, 2017
Our annual golf outing is Monday, April 24, at Palmer Hills Golf Course! This is the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation’s premier fundraiser! The Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships since 1991. This year, the Foundation will give nearly 80 scholarships to graduating PVHS seniors.
You can help! To golf, be a hole sponsor or donate a prize, fill out the below form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Beth Marsoun 525 Belmont Road Bettendorf, IA 52722
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.
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 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 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 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 October 13th, 2016
Check out the award-winning Spartan Shield! The latest edition has just hit the stands and now you can read all our student-journalist articles online. Go to www.spartanshield.org to hear PV news straight from our students. Read stories and comment with your feedback!
The Spartan Shield student staff is also selling annual subscriptions to our newsmagazine. Stay informed of the school’s many happenings while supporting this student publication for just $35 per year. To purchase an annual subscription and have the magazine sent to your home each month, simply send an envelope to the main office (by mail or with your student) containing your payment and your complete shipping address.
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 2nd, 2016
As summer winds down, it’s time to get excited about heading back to school! We’ve put together all you need to know about heading back to school. Click on your school below to get important dates and news about back to school!