Posted April 11th, 2017
The National Honor Society held its annual PV Palooza on April 1, 2017. Students spent their Saturday night playing dodgeball, basketball, listening to a live band, and dancing. This year, NHS raised $3,750 for the Vera French Foundation, which provides school based counseling services to all the PV schools.
Posted March 1st, 2017
Did you know that PVHS is one of the only schools in the Midwest to have a dedicated Career Coordinator? Mrs. Johnson runs the Career Center at the High School. She coordinates job shadows, college visits — you name it. Every month, a different profession is featured in our “Lunch & Learn” program. Students eat their lunch while listening to experts in their field. The next Lunch and Learn is on March 22 and will feature careers in Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. Genesis will be holding the event with hopes of piloting a program in which several students will be able to intern with the hospital’s PTs. The Career Center also coordinates exciting visits, like one coming up to the University of Iowa. Students will learn about the Medical School directly from the students. We encourage you to check out the PVHS Career Center website or follow @PVHSCareerCtr on twitter. Mrs. Johnson keeps a list of tours, scholarships, job opportunities and job shadow information. There’s a lot there and it all directly benefits our students!
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 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 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: