Pleasant Valley
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PVHS Back to School Central

Posted August 2nd, 2017

We are thrilled to get the 2017-18 school year underway!  This is your one-stop shop for all things back to school.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon!

Important Dates

August 7:           9:00am – 4:00pm PVHS Senior Registration (A-L) & Parking Tag Pick-Up until 3:30pm.

Seniors:  Career Cruising and (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.

August 8:           9:00am – 4:00pm PVHS Senior Registration (M-Z) & Parking Tag Pick-Up until 3:30pm.

Seniors:  Career Cruising and (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.

August 16-17:    9:00am – 3:00pm Junior Parking Tag Pick-Up

Please note: (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.
Please Note:  Parking tags will not be dispersed between August 17th -22nd. You may pick up your parking tag on August 23rd.

August 16:         Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal.   Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21:           5:30pm Fall Sports Kickoff Dinner
August 21:           7:00pm PVHS Open House – parents will follow a short 8 minute bell schedule
August 23:           8:10am First Day of School (Early Dismissal 10-12 Grade 12:05pm)
August 24-25:     PVHS ID Pictures during wellness class. Click here for a look at the picture packages.
August 30:           12:05pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
September 4:      No School, Labor Day
September 4:      Run with Carl

Click here for the 2017-18 district calendar.
Bookmark this link.  The Daily Announcements are posted here!
Need a sports physical?  Click here for the form.

From the Principal

Welcome Back,

I would like to welcome the Freshmen Class of 2021 to the start of their high school experience. This year’s new class will be experiencing the same controlled construction chaos along with other students. The main entrance disappeared in June and the new front addition is rapidly taking shape. Currently, students should be enjoying the new commons when they return from Christmas Break. The tower and new auxiliary gym will be completed by August 2018. Parking is guaranteed for all juniors and seniors requesting a tag. Sophomore parking tags will be allocated after the first two weeks of school. This will allow administration time to assure that all of the upper classmen requests have been filled. Priority will be given to those sophomore students involved in a fall sport or activity. New sophomore parking tags will be issued through the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Drop-off and pick-up at the HS will continue to be problematic but it is our hope that by eliminating parking at the front of the school there will be more room. A drop-off lane with a painted safety egress will define an area for students to open their passenger door without fear of being hit by exiting cars behind them. Click on the map below, which map should help provide a visual explaining the teacher, student and contractor parking.

The High School Open House is scheduled for grades 9-12 on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm. Our staff collective focus over the past three years has been to answer four key questions; what do we want all students to know? How do we know that they know it? What do we do if they do know it? And what do we do if they do not know it? Come to the Open House and hear the answers to all of these questions! If either you or your student logs onto the district website and selects PVHS, there is a plethora information for many courses. These websites include daily homework, answer keys, assignment calendars, and additional help sites.

Please be reminded that for the past decade, PVHS has followed an early-out schedule for grades 10-12 only. On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, grades 10-12 will be released at 12:05pm. Upper classmen riding the bus will be offered lunch. 9th grade students will have lunch by themselves with an opportunity to explore the meal selections without being ridiculed by older students wanting to get through the line and eat. We will also conduct a rotating activity schedule that includes study skills, an activity fair, building “hunt” and a reflective letter to themselves about their first day.

Welcome to the start of a new and exciting 2017-18 school year,

Mike Zimmer

Principal

Pleasant Valley High School

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Information

Students entering grade 12 must have 2 doses if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received at 16 years of age or older. There will be no grace period allowed, if your child does not meet the state requirements they will not be allowed to start school on August 23. If your student has a medical exemption; a new medical exemption to include the Meningococcal vaccine is required. YOU MUST PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Food Service

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus!  You can also download an app to keep track of it all on your phone!  Plus, our site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus!  Pretty cool!

School Meal Prices:
Elementary Breakfast $1.65
Junior High & High School Breakfast $1.80
Elementary Lunch $2.45
Junior High Lunch $2.55
High School Lunch $2.85-$3.10

To add money via credit card to your student’s food service account, use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file. Click here for a reminder about our meal charge policy, including how much students can charge and when you’ll be alerted for having a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Application:  New this year, we are introducing an online free and reduced application process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application.

  • To begin your Online free and reduced application, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Free and Reduced application must be accessed from the Portal website link above; it is not available through the Portal Mobile App.
  • Once logged in, click the link for “Applications/Forms” on the left
  • Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

After your application has been processed you will receive notification in your parent portal inbox.

If you are unable to complete the online application please click on the link http://pleasval.org/free-and-reduced-meal-information/

If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or mahlerandrea@pleasval.k12.ia.us

New Faculty and Staff

Join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff to the PVHS Family!
Pam Ancelet — Math
David Baxter-Shores – Vocal Music Instructor
Abigail Dalen – Social Studies
Jackie Edgin – Science
Brittany Herrmann – American Sign Language
Zachary Marotta – Science
Alexandria Medenciy – Art
Bartley Meinke – World Language
Gabrielle Parks – English
Scott Rice – Guidance Counselor
Jessica Scadden – English
Claire Slifka – Family and Consumer Sciences
Samantha Urban – Special Education

Strive for Less Than Five

This year, the Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance.  We encourage you to watch this one-minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us break attendance records on Wednesday, August 30.  We’re challenging every student to come to school to get the year started off right!

Don’t Miss a Thing!

In an emergency, PV will send you notices via text and phone calls.  Information you give us during registration automatically signs you up for emergency phone calls.  But, if you want texts, too, you need to sign up. Click here to manage your preferences. Sign in and click on the Contacts Tab.  Your name will pop up, then click edit and make sure your information is correct!  (can’t remember your sign in?  Click “forgot password” on the home page.  If you have any questions, contact our Communications Director at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us)

Pleasant Valley schools send out an email every week with important dates, events, and community opportunities.  It’s called the #SpartanNation and it’s unique to every school.  Make sure you check your in-boxes every Friday afternoon, so you don’t miss a thing!

To assure that your email provider will not block email communications, please add this email address to your safe senders list: enews@pleasval.k12.ia.us. Pleasant Valley will not give email lists to anyone outside of the district. If you do not have access to email, information is available in the school office.

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Run with Carl

Support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation and Run with Carl.  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run is Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at the Life Fitness Center.  The races start at 7:30am and every dollar raised from registration fees goes directly to the PVEF and the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation.  The PVEF provides scholarships for seniors, awarding 80 scholarships in 2017.  Six PVHS seniors received scholarships in 2017 thanks to proceeds from Run with Carl! Register NOW at www.runwithcarl.com.

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.

PVHS Students Raise Money for Counseling Services

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.

PVHS Career Center Puts Students on the Right Track

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!

 

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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