Pleasant Valley
Community Schools
Riverdale Heights Back to School Central

Posted August 1st, 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 18:           Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal.   Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21:           5:00pm New Family Welcome
August 21:            5:30pm Meet and Greet
August 23:           8:30am First Day of School
August 30:           1:30pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
August 31:            Fall Picture Day
September 4:       No School, Labor Day
September 4:       Run with Carl

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Join us for Meet and Greet Night, Monday, August 21!

5:00-5:25 PM    Welcome for parents of kindergarten students and new families to our district

5:30-6:15 PM    Elementary Meet and Greet (Please feel free to come at a time that works best for you.  This is an open house format.)

  • Meet your child’s homeroom teacher
  • Ask questions about the first day of school and become acclimated to your new classroom
  • Pick up your district calendar (one per family) and fill out any incomplete registration forms
  • Unpack your backpack and pick-up your school supplies purchased through the PTA
  • Sign up for various PTA volunteer opportunities

6:15-7:00 PM    Registration and school fee finalization with school office personnel, if needed.

  • Finish any outstanding registration forms indicated during classroom visit
  • Deposit money into your child’s Food Service account (can be done online)
  • Visit with a Durham School Services bus driver representative
  • Visit with school nurse

Parking Procedures   

Getting back into the school routine can be tough.  Remind yourself of the pick up/drop off procedures at Riverdale Heights.  Click here for the parking lot procedures.

Bus Rules

Many of our students ride a bus to get to school.  Click here for a reminder of the expectations we have for our bus riders.

School Supplies  Click here for a complete list.

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/

Snacks: If you’re bringing in a treat for a classroom, remember the Spartan Safe Snack list.  We only allow items on the list in our classrooms to make sure all treats are safe for all students.  We appreciate your help to keep all our students healthy!

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 new faculty and staff to the Hopewell Family!

Thomas Isaacson – Special Education
Alyssa Van Spreybroeck – Sixth Grade

 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.

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

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

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

Hopewell

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!

Riverdale Heights Fine Arts Night

Posted May 1st, 2017

Riverdale Heights students showed off a year’s worth of hard work at this year’s Fine Arts Night.  The 4/5th Grade Choir sang and the 6th Grade Band played.  Student artwork covered the halls, as students read poetry aloud.  Thank you to all who participated!  Check out the work below.

A Little Silly Goes a Long Way at Riverdale Heights

Posted March 20th, 2017

Mustaches are funny, especially if you’re a 1st grader.  Students in Mrs. Schilling’s room at Riverdale Heights practiced listening and inferring skills, laughing all along the way.

Mrs. Schilling read the book “Mustache!” by Mac Barnett and illustrations by Kevin Cornell.  In the book, a king who wants to spend money on statues of himself and not his kingdom learns the hard way, as his people revolt by drawing mustaches on his pictures.

Students are engaged as Mrs. Schilling starts the book.  She asks questions about what they expect will happen on the next page, why someone would draw a mustache on a picture, and whether or not the king is a good leader.  Halfway through they stop to draw their own mustaches.  The students just finished self portraits.  They were tasked with taking a picture of that portrait, uploading it to Seesaw and drawing on a mustache!  Giggles filled the room, as students defaced their own faces!

Mrs. Schilling brought the students back to the front of the room and finished the story, but not before asking more questions of class.  Students whispered to each other their thoughts.

One silly story teaches students a lesson about leadership, but also reinforces important skills like verbalizing ideas, listening, teamwork, inferring, technology, and drawing.

Challenge-Based Learning Challenges Students at Riverdale Heights

Posted March 1st, 2017

 

For more than a month, 3rd Grade students at Riverdale Heights have been researching some big problems.  Mrs. Ahnquist’s ELP class split into two groups — one is looking to create a bully-free playground at school and the other is hoping to make a recycling system for the school.

Mrs. Ahnquist, along with Instructional Coach Mrs. Bornhoeft, wanted to try something new with this group.  It’s called “Challenge-Based Learning.”  The students identified a problem and researched ways to solve it.  Students worked together using databases, creating surveys, observing and conducting interviews to research each topic.  Based on the research, they’ve created a real-world solution.  The groups will present to the school in the coming weeks.  And when they do, we’ll update this story!

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).

 

 

Breaking Barriers at Riverdale Heights

Posted January 29th, 2016

BB 2 2016It is the mission of the Pleasant Valley Community School District to have the finest academic and extra-curricular activities in the state.  Not in some things but in all things.  Not for some kids but for every kid.  Faculty and staff work together every day to figure out what each student needs to succeed in our global society.  For some, it’s extra help with long vowel sounds; for others, it’s memorizing the quadratic equation.  No matter if it’s an at-risk student who needs extra help or a high-performing student who needs to explore a lesson deeper, Pleasant Valley faculty and staff identify the need and nurture it.

Riverdale Heights Elementary is getting statewide attention for its commitment to the PV mission.  The Iowa State Board of Education honored the school for the second year in a row for the staff’s work to raise achievement among groups of students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom.  Riverdale Heights is one of just four schools in the state to receive the Breaking Barriers Award.  The school is being recognized specifically for its work with Latino students.  At Riverdale Heights, Latino students are, on average, 93 percent proficient in reading and math.  That compares to the state average of 66 percent.  On January 21, 2016, Principal Jennifer Gertson and members of the faculty joined Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and the State Board of Education to receive the honor.

Principal Gertson says this honor is indicative of what teachers are doing in and out of the classroom across the district:  using assessment data to identify what each student needs most and working together to come up with a plan to help each student.  She says they’re not “targeting” Latino students, but all students, to make sure every one is achieving at his or her highest level.

The Breaking Barriers Award winners have the highest proficiency rates state wide in math and reading among specific subgroups of students, such as students whose first language is not English and students from low-income backgrounds. State assessment results from the last three years were examined to confirm a positive trend for each school.

Check out what KWQC and WQAD had to say about this story!

KWQC –> http://bit.ly/1P1O5Zz

WQAD –> http://bit.ly/1nTiWAX

 

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