Pleasant Valley
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Celebrating 2017!

Posted May 31st, 2017

Thank you to the students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members who made 2016-17 such a great year!  Enjoy the pictures below from the last few days of school!


Bridgeview students spent the last Friday before the end of the year celebrating a great year by visiting several stations with their school family groups.


Cody students celebrated the last day of school with a field day!


Hopewell students enjoyed the beautiful day, playing outside on the last day of school!

Pleasant View

Pleasant View students spoke about what they liked best this year and what they expect to achieve next year, before getting a send-off from faculty and staff.

Riverdale Heights

Riverdale Heights students watched the faculty versus 6th grade kickball game and took a school picture for Will Kohn.

Pleasant Valley Junior High

Students spent the last day of school writing letters to future 7th graders and some got to play a game of kick ball!

Hopewell Runs for Mrs. Gatton

Posted May 1st, 2017

When one of our own needs help, the Pleasant Valley community jumps into action.  In November, Mrs. Gatton, a fifth grade teacher, at Hopewell Elementary had a seizure at school.  Doctors soon found a brain tumor and Mrs. Gatton started treatment.

Since the news, Hopewell staff and students have been doing what they can to support Mrs. Gatton.  On April 22, they held a 5k in her honor.  About 150 people signed up and together raised about $5,000.  Even though she’s not in the classroom, Mrs. Gatton is teaching her students the lesson of grit, self-sacrifice and community.

Watch the WQAD story here.



Hopewell Student Wins State Doodle 4 Google Contest… Again!

Posted February 23rd, 2017

To win once takes a lot of talent, but two win twice — back to back — has never happened in the history of the Doodle 4 Google Contest!  Third grade students filled the library at Hopewell, clad in Google’s signature colors, to celebrate Shalini Chandupatala’s win! Google chooses a winner from each state and territory who then compete for the grand prize, having their design on the Google home page for a day!

Shalini’s doodle followed this year’s theme:  “What I see for the future.”  Members of Google’s team spoke to the students about innovations currently under design, like the Waymo, Google’s self driving car and the Tilt Brush, a virtual reality simulation that allows artists and scientists to “paint” in 3D.

To win the grand prize, Shalini needs your help.  Vote for her doodle at this website.  Voting will be open from February 23rd to March 6th.  The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

Hear Shalini describe her Doodle in the following video and check out the photo gallery below!



Come Donate at our Blood Drive!

Posted January 19th, 2017

Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to 4 lives? Give blood and save lives at the Hopewell Elementary blood drive! Sixth graders are organizing this event and hosting it along with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center on February 22nd from 3:00-6:30 P.M. in the Hopewell cafeteria. Sign up today by clicking this 
online signup sheet.

Give Blood. Save Lives.

Need To Know Facts While you’re Considering Donating

4.5 million Americans need a blood transfusion every year.

Blood is fully utilized when a donation is made.

A blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in the U.S.

One out of every ten people entering a hospital need blood.

Blood cannot be manufactured, only generous donors like YOU can give.

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).



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