Pleasant Valley
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#SpartanNation April 28, 2017

Posted April 28th, 2017

Bridgeview

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

Bridgeview Says Thank You:  The staff and students at Bridgeview would like to express our thanks to the PTA and the Bridgeview Community for the success of the Walkathon today! Despite the fact that the weather wasn’t our best friend, the money raised during the week will add soft seating and an art wall to our library.  We are very grateful for your support!!

PTA Pulse:  Click here to learn about the next PTA meeting, the Book Fair and Grandparents/VIP Day.

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program. Click here for more information about beginning band.

Grandparents and Special Guests, Friday, May 5:  Once again, the staff and students are very excited to welcome you to the building on Friday, May 5th from 1:00-3:00.  Due to the lunch schedule, we would ask that you not arrive before the designated time, and when you do, plan to enter through Door C.  We will have student hosts and hostesses to help you find your students’ classrooms.  Parking, on a first-come, first serve basis, will be available in the school parking lots and behind the building as well as along the streets near the building.  (Also, be advised you may get hit up for a new book or two with the book sale in the cafeteria after the event). Parents are asked to notify their child’s teacher in writing if their child(ren) will be leaving with their grandparent or special guest at the end of the afternoon.

Parking Request, Friday, May 12:  The First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire has been a great partner to Bridgeview School this past year (and many years before, I might add).  Many times they have allowed us to informally and unofficially use their parking lot and turn around area as a “pick-up and drop-off zone” for Bridgeview parents.  However, due to a special event at the church on Friday, May 12, they have asked that parents and school personnel please not park in the church parking lot or turn around area during the pick-up time after schoolThank you in advance for your awareness of and compliance with this request.

The Dental Bus is coming to PV! The mobile dental clinic is coming to Bridgeview on May 17, 2017. Sign your student up today for a FREE dental exam and cleaning. Your child may be eligible if:

You do not have a dentist.
You do not have dental insurance.
It has been more than a year since your child’s last dental visit.
Your child qualifies for free or reduced meals.

*This service may be used to complete the kindergarten dental screening requirement*.  Exams will be done on site during the school day. Appointments last about 30 minutes. If further treatment is needed, the following services will be provided free based on the availability of the Give Kids a Smile dentists:

X-rays
Amalgam/Composite fillings
Tooth extractions
Root canals
Orthodontics

Complete this permission form and place in envelope or return form to school health office. Forms must be turned in by May 1st, 2017. Please contact your school nurse, Joette Strobbe, at 563-332-0215 with questions.

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

Cody

Variety Show is Tonight! The start time has been pushed back to 5:30, allowing more time for volunteers to setup and children to prepare their acts. Join us in the Cody gym to support and celebrate our incredibly talented kids!

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program. Click here for more information about beginning band.

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

The Dental Bus is coming to PV! The mobile dental clinic is coming to Cody on May 17, 2017. Sign your student up today for a FREE dental exam and cleaning. Your child may be eligible if:

You do not have a dentist.
You do not have dental insurance.
It has been more than a year since your child’s last dental visit.
Your child qualifies for free or reduced meals.

*This service may be used to complete the kindergarten dental screening requirement*.  Exams will be done on site during the school day. Appointments last about 30 minutes. If further treatment is needed, the following services will be provided free based on the availability of the Give Kids a Smile dentists:

X-rays
Amalgam/Composite fillings
Tooth extractions
Root canals
Orthodontics

Complete this permission form and place in envelope or return form to school health office. Forms must be turned in by May 1st, 2017. Please contact your school nurse, Ann Harris, at 563-332-0210 with questions.

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

Hopewell

2017-18 School Supplies:  Order school supplies through the Hopewell PTA.  No shopping and the supplies are delivered to Meet and Greet. Click here to for information to order online.   If you’re interested in donating a school supply pack to a student who cannot afford school supplies, click here for more information.

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program. Click here for more information about beginning band.

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

Walk-a-Thon, May 5: 

When& Where:   Show your PV pride on Friday, May 5th at the Hopewell Walk-a-Thon!

What For:  The 6th grade class voted to make this their legacy gift a shade structure for the playground. The students’ hard work at Donuts for Dads and Mornings with Mom has generated $3,332.00. The 6th grade committee has done extensive research on options available and selected the best fit for Hopewell. If we raise $11,000 through Walk-a-thon, we’ll be able to purchase the structure.

Prizes:  An ice cream party will be awarded to the classroom who raises the most funds and a special surprise if Hopewell reaches the target goal.

Donations:  Donation envelopes are due back Friday, May 5th. We are also asking for donations of Rice Krispy Treats & water. These items can be brought to the office prior to May 5th.

Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed to make this event successful. Please contact Holly Stanic @ hastanic@yahoo.com or Marcy Volkstorf @ marcyvolkstorf@gmail.com if you are willing to help. We are asking volunteers to work the day of in 2 hour increments starting at 8:00 AM and the last one starting at 12:00 PM.

The Dental Bus is coming to PV! The mobile dental clinic is coming to Hopewell on May 15, 2017. Sign your student up today for a FREE dental exam and cleaning. Your child may be eligible if:

You do not have a dentist.
You do not have dental insurance.
It has been more than a year since your child’s last dental visit.
Your child qualifies for free or reduced meals.

*This service may be used to complete the kindergarten dental screening requirement*.  Exams will be done on site during the school day. Appointments last about 30 minutes. If further treatment is needed, the following services will be provided free based on the availability of the Give Kids a Smile dentists:

X-rays
Amalgam/Composite fillings
Tooth extractions
Root canals
Orthodontics

Complete this permission form and place in envelope or return form to school health office. Forms must be turned in by May 1st, 2017. Please contact your school nurse, Kim Zupancic, at 563-332-0250 with questions.

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

Pleasant View

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program. Click here for more information about beginning band.

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

Pleasant View Walk-a-thon, Friday, May 5 (VOLUNTEERS/DONATIONS STILL NEEDED):Walkathon information was sent home last week along with a family donation envelope. Please return envelopes with or without a donation. This year we are walking to help raise funds to purchase a permanent shade structure for the primary playgroundWE NEED YOUR HELP!  To donate snacks and water, or to volunteer, please visit this link. Contact Amy Featherstone (amyLfeatherstone@yahoo.com) or Michelle LeMoine (thelemoines@mediacombb.net) with questions.

If you wish to come watch and encourage the walkers, the walk-a-thon schedule for Friday, May 5 is as follows:
4th Grade             8:45 – 9:15
6th Grade             9:25 – 9:55
2nd Grade            10:05 – 10:35
3rd Grade             10:45 -11:15
5th Grade             11:25 – 11:55
1st Grade              1:00 – 1:30
Kindergarten         1:40 – 2:
10

The Dental Bus is coming to PV! The mobile dental clinic is coming to Pleasant Valley schools in May 2017. Sign your student up today for a FREE dental exam and cleaning. Your child may be eligible if:

You do not have a dentist.
You do not have dental insurance.
It has been more than a year since your child’s last dental visit.
Your child qualifies for free or reduced meals.

*This service may be used to complete the kindergarten dental screening requirement*.  Exams will be done on site during the school day. Appointments last about 30 minutes. If further treatment is needed, the following services will be provided free based on the availability of the Give Kids a Smile dentists:

X-rays
Amalgam/Composite fillings
Tooth extractions
Root canals
Orthodontics

Complete this permission form and place in envelope or return form to school health office. Forms must be turned in by May 1st, 2017. Please contact your school nurse with questions.

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

Riverdale Heights

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program. Click here for more information about beginning band.

The Dental Bus is coming to PV! The mobile dental clinic is coming to Riverdale Heights on May 15, 2017. Sign your student up today for a FREE dental exam and cleaning. Your child may be eligible if:

You do not have a dentist.
You do not have dental insurance.
It has been more than a year since your child’s last dental visit.
Your child qualifies for free or reduced meals.

*This service may be used to complete the kindergarten dental screening requirement*.  Exams will be done on site during the school day. Appointments last about 30 minutes. If further treatment is needed, the following services will be provided free based on the availability of the Give Kids a Smile dentists:

X-rays
Amalgam/Composite fillings
Tooth extractions
Root canals
Orthodontics

Complete this permission form and place in envelope or return form to school health office. Forms must be turned in by May 1st, 2017. Please contact your school nurse, Stacy Schick, at 563-332-0525 with questions.

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

PV Junior High

Starting Monday, May 1, 2017, Pleasant Valley Junior High will be serving a limited menu due to construction to expand our kitchen.  Please check the menu here.

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

Choral Concert, Thursday, May 4:  Join us in the gym at 7:00pm for the last Choral Concert of the year.

Washington , D.C. Trip Meeting Monday, May 8:  The informational meeting for those signed up for this summer’s Washington D.C. trip will be held on Monday, May 8th at 7:00 at the junior high.  Trip materials will be distributed at this time.  We will also go over a preliminary itinerary and packing list.  Parents and students are both encouraged to attend.  If you are unable to attend, please contact Ms. Larsen.

PV Junior High Robotics Team Applications:  We are getting ready for the 2017-18 Robotics season for Pleasant Valley Junior High.  To fill out an application, please go to this website and submit the application by May 15.  Right now, we anticipate having two teams of 10 students per team.  We will be able to have more teams, if we can get a few more parent volunteers.  If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please email Sankari Kandasamy at PVJHRobotics@gmail.com

Scott County Book Mobile:  Come to the JH on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 1:30 PM-3:15 PM. If your child already has a library card they do not need to fill out this form.  On May 15th only students will library cards will be allowed on the book mobile.  Need a library card? Click here and fill an application and return it to the JH library by Thursday, May 4, 2017. Books will need to be returned to your local library or you can find out where the book mobile will be this summer at http://www.scottcountylibrary.org/bookmobile/.

BOGO Scholastic Book Fair, May 4-May 9:   We’ll accept cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. The fair will also be open before the choir concert from 6:00-7:00 on Thursday, May 4th.

Library books are Due May 19:  All books are due by the end of the day on Friday, May, 19th, and all fines need to be paid before school ends. Fines carry over from year to year. Students can check their accounts by logging into Destiny (the card catalog) at: http://destiny.pleasval.k12.ia.us/common/servlet/logout.do?tm=  The user name is the student’s last name. The password is the student’s ID number. Click on “My Info” to find out when books are due and what, if any, fine money is owed.  Fines cannot be paid from lunch account funds.

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

Pleasant Valley High School

Wednesday, May 3, is an early dismissal day!

RIGHT AFTER PROM (RAP) NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!  We currently need more volunteers for Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 during the RAP event. This event will not take place without at least 80-100 volunteers.  Please click the following link to volunteer your time and talent to make this a fun, safe and memorable event for our high school students.  http://signup.com/go/KPLDGp Volunteer questions?  Please contact Kris Hornbuckle Wehrman (kristinhwehrman@gmail.com / (563)949-7122)

Department of Education Survey:  Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs. The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey. Click here to take the three question survey.

PV Foundation Auction Ends Today:  Mother’s and Father’s Day are right around the corner! Get them a great present and help the PV Foundation raise money for student scholarships. Check out our online auction!  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm.

Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four, valued at $800.  Current Bid — $400
Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $700. Current Bid — $325
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four, valued at $500.  Current Bid — $350
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two, valued at $176.  Current Bid — $225
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year, valued at $225.  Current Bid — $250
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant, valued at $36.50.  Current Bid — $35
John Deere Kid’s Tractor, valued at $300.  Current Bid — $250
HON Perch Chair, valued at $400.  Current Bid — $200
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate, six bags available, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $28
Artswork Blown Glass Sculpture, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $55
Dwellings $50 Gift Card.  Current Bid $55
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers, valued at $58.  Current Bid — $50
Biolage Basket, valued at $40.  Current Bid — $30
Letty’s Design and Home Decor Fresh Flower Bouquet, valued at $50.  Current Bid — $50
Letty’s Design and Home Decor $100 off a Wedding Package.  Current Bid — $0

Community Opportunities

Junior Theatre Presents Arthur and Merlin:  The newly crowned King Arthur has just pulled the famed sword from the stone, but the varying factions in his kingdom are at war. As his people turn against one another, Arthur struggles desperately to restore order. His most trusted adviser, Merlin, offers to take the young king on a journey through time to meet other great leaders facing similar challenges, including Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II Performances: Saturday, April 29 & May 6 @ 1:00pm & 4:00pm / Sunday, April 30 & May 7 @ 2:00pm  Get all the details at : www.DavenportJuniorTheatre.org

Bettendorf YMCA Cheer ClinicClick here to learn about the June 3rd clinic.

Summer Camps at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges:  Now is a great time to start planning for opportunities to keep kids learning all summer long. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges – Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges –has ½ day and full day camps for a range of ages from 3 to 17 that will be hosted in locations across our 4-county district. Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up: Outdoor wilderness, video game development, career exploration, designing for Minecraft, building computer applications, exploring CSI, culinary camp, drone camp and even Zombie camp! For the full schedule and to register, visit eicc.edu/summercamp or call toll-free 1-888-336-3907.

Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program Now Accepting Applications:   YEW is a selective 7-week program looking for talented graduating and continuing high school students, ages 15-19, interested in creating and publishing works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and drama.  Each intern will receive a cash stipend, a full registration to the David R. Collins Writers Conference and a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center.  Click here for more information and to apply for an internship.

Thank you! PV Foundation Hold Successful Golf Outing

Posted April 27th, 2017

Thank you to the hundreds of people who supported this year’s Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation Golf Outing.  Together, we raised more than $34,000 for the Foundation.  The Foundation supports scholarships for Pleasant Valley High School Seniors.  On May 10, the Foundation will award 80 scholarships to 80 seniors.  These scholarships are funded through events like the Golf Outing and Run with Carl, but also through generous families and businesses who have decided to endow a scholarship in their name.  If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation, please contact secretary Beth Marsoun at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us.

Thank you to the sponsors and golfers who participated on April 24th at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  A special thank you to Arconic, who underwrites this event, allowing for every donation to go directly to our students.

Joe & Michele  Adam
AAA Court Family Dental
John Affre, Jr.
Phyllis Ahlstrand
Azeem & Faaiza Ahmed
Alex Brandtner Children’s
Dentistry
Sam & Marsha Allen
Matthew Allers
Walid & Mindy  AlSheikha
American Electric
Antique Archeology
Arconic
Arthur J Gallagher & Co.
Artswork
Blackhawk Bank and Trust
BankORION
Dale and Judy  Barber
Caroline & Jack  Barnes
Dustin  Benore
Bettendorf Office Supply
Denny Black
Blackhawk Bank & Trust
Blades 5th Avenue Hair Sculpture
Dave Borcherding
Chad  Borland
Bowe Machine Co.
Bridgeview PTA
Bueker Family
Build to Suit
Joe Bullock
Jay  Bump
Garrett Burchett
Bush Construction
Caddy’s
Tony Calabrese
Cardiovascular Medicine PC
Jeff Carr
Chad Carr
Carr Construction
Central Standard & Crust
Jamie Christophersen
City of Bettendorf
Mike  Clingingsmith
Derek Cockrell
Cody Elementary PTA
Blake  Collins
Mary Connell
Martha Conway
Cookies by Design
Greg Cotton
Mike  Couch
Chris   Cournoyer
Crane and Pelican
Crawford Company
Cliff Cronk
Crow Valley Golf Club
Mike  Culp
John and Nancy  Danico
Erik Danielson
Davenport Country Club
Jim and Gunda Davis
Matt Davis
Debbie  Dayman
Ryan  Dean
Don & Nancy  Dehner
Devils Glen HyVee
Jean  Dickson
Jerry  Douglas
Dwellings
Sue Eby
Darren Erickson
Eye Surgeons Associates
Cathy Farrell
Tate  Featherstone
Tim Feeney
First Central State Bank
Cody Flatt
John  Foley
Rich Ford
Fresh Blends
Frevert Ramsey Kobes, Architects-Engineers P.C.
Todd Friemel
Friemel Chiropractic Salt Holistic Health
Bob Gallagher
Scott Gardner
Genesis Health Group
Dennis Gerard
Jennifer Gertson
Chris Gibney
Good Sign
Larry  Goodknight
Granite City
Grasshoppers
Greenwood Cleaning
Bill Grothus
Mike & Joan Hames
Happy Joe’s
David  Harkin
Mitch  Harvey
Jeff Hassel
Tony Hiatt
Bern & Milissa Hoffman
Jason Holdorf
Gene Holst
Erin  Holst
Hopewell PTA
Charles Horan
Horan & Barker, P.C.
Patrick Horaney
Ryan Hornbuckle
Hornbuckle Heating & Air Conditioning
Mike  Horsfield
Barry  Huber
Jim  Huiskamp
Glen Hummel
HyVee Gift Cards
In Honor of Chuck Murphy
In Memory of Kay Dianne Murphy
In Memory of R. Hovey Tinsman, Jr.
Isabel Bloom
Scott Isbell
Caleb Jacobi
Tony Jaeger
Greg Jaeger
Matt Jewell
Jewell Tool Technology
Dan Jobst
Jeff and Beth Johannsen
John Deere Classic
John Deere Store
Larry  Johnsen
Marty and Mike Jones
Matt Jones
Jason Jones
Bob Jurkowski
Jay  Justin
Chad Kelley
Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek
Kewanee Dunes Golf Club
Scott Kidwell
Rick Kilcoin
KJWW Engineering Consultants
Bob and Marsha Kline
Frank  Klipsch IV
D’Anne Kroemer
Kunau Implement Company, Inc.
Adam  Kunkel
Kevin Kwack
Lagomarcino’s
Eric Langan
Chris Larson
Lavender Crest
Letty’s
Tom  Licea
Jeff Lindmark
Matt Livingston
Logan Contractors Supply
Nate  Loss
Dick Luett
Joe Lundry
Ethan Mahler
Brad Martell
Marty and Mike Jones
Shawn  Mask
Aaron Matlock
Matt Davis, PV Class of 1983
Jeff & Lisa McCraw
Jim  McGrath
Jim McMillan
Rich McMurrary
Deb and Rich Menke
Merle Norman
Steven  Meyer
Sean  Miller
Missman, Inc.
Monty Meyer CPA & Associates, PC
Scott Mouw
Rick & Debbie Mulvania
Brian Mykleby
Necker’s
Otto Nobis
Northwest Mechanical, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual
Phil Nunn
ORA Orthopedics
Mike  Osler
Palmer Hills Golf Course
Phil Pancrazio
Papa Murphy’s
Parochetti Enterprises, Inc. dba Taco Bell
Paul and Emily Scranton
Nate  Paulson
Kevin Pennekamp
Pepsi
Pizza Ranch
Pleasant Valley Redi-Mix Inc.
Pleasant View PTA
Decker  Ploehn
Precision Builders Inc.
Promotion Support Services
QC Iowa Realty
QC Silt Fence, Inc Erosion Control & Hydro-seeding Services
Quad Cities Investment Group, LLC
Kyle Rahe
Ted  Rebitzer
John & Janna Rice
John  Riches
River Bandits
River Valley Optimists
Riverdale Heights PTA
Rock Valley Physical Therapy/Quad-City Sport Performance
Jorge Rodriguez
Mark Roemer
Roller Law Office
Paul Schelly
Bob  Schwieder
Scott County Family YMCA
Sierk Orthodontics
Nathan & Laurie Skjerseth
John  Smith
Sneaky Pete’s
Chris Soy
Jim Spelhaug
Sports Fans
Spring Park Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.C.
State Representative Gary Mohr
Tim  Stecker
George Straetker
Brian Strusz
Karen Suh
Summit Concrete, Inc.
Superior Tube Products, Inc.
Sycamore Creek Farms
Randy & Pam Teymer
The Pelecky Family
The Sergesketter Family
The Westlund Family
Thiel Motor Sales of Pleasant Valley
Thomas Olson Family Dentistry
Bruce & Sharon  Tinsman
Hovey & Sara Tinsman
TPC at Deere Run
Bob & Susan  Travis
Tree House
True North Companies
Damian  Vandermeer
Steve Vanderschaaf
Sheryl  VanPelt
Ron  VenHorst
Jay  Wallace
WaterPark Car Wash
Weerts Funeral Home
Mike  Wenz
Windmiller Design & Development Co.
Keith Worner
Xenotronics Company
Yoli – Better Body Company – Liz Isbell
#SpartanNation April 21, 2017

Posted April 21st, 2017

Bridgeview

MAP & FAST Testing, April 24:  Starting on April 24th our students will begin the FAST assessment. This assessment is a screener of foundational literacy skills. The assessment itself is a series of short one minute assessments in kindergarten and first grade. Second through sixth grade students will read three different passages, each lasting one minute. April 24th will also mark the start of MAP testing for students in grades three through six.  During the two week testing window, students complete two MAP Assessments one in Math and one in Reading.

2017-18 School Supplies:  Order school supplies through the Bridgeview PTA. No shopping and the supplies are delivered to Meet and Greet. Click here to order online.

Bicycle and Scooter Safety:  With the warmer temperatures, more and more students are walking to school or riding bicycles and scooters.  While we encourage both of these opportunities for our students, please remind your child to observe the appropriate safety rules especially when crossing intersections.  We had reports of students crossing those intersections without stopping or looking for oncoming traffic.

Bridgeview Families:  Bridgeview’s cross-aged “families” will meet on Monday, April 24th at 12:55 in their regular family locations.  Nearing the end of the school year, the focus of the family meeting will be a comprehensive review and recap of the meaning and application of each of the six pillars of character:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.  Students will brainstorm ideas to ascribe to each of the Pillars and create a visual to remind everyone what it means to be a Bridgeview student of character.

“Oh the Places You’ll Go”: Next week, Bridgeview students will be divided into various teams and compete via ‘cash wars’ to secure funds for the Bridgeview Walk-a-thon scheduled for Friday, April 28th from 1:00-3:00.  During the week leading up to the Walk-a-thon, students on the various teams will earn prizes and gift cards to various locations in LeClaire and the Quad City area based on their team’s daily cash totals.  Funds collected for the Walk-a-thon will be used by the Bridgeview PTA to support the addition of soft seating and an art mural in the Bridgeview library. Please help Dr. Seuss’s Bridgeview friends to earn the cash they will need for the places they will go! Click here for full details and donation forms.

Musical Opportunities: Band and orchestra students across the district are scheduled for two performances next week.  On Monday, 6-12 band students will gather at the I-Wireless Center in Moline for the district’s annual band extravaganza.  Then, on Thursday, April 27 beginning at 6:00 in the high school theater, elementary orchestral students will host their spring performance.  Both of these events showcase the amazing talents of our elementary musicians and are can’t miss events.  See you there!

 

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program.  At the meeting, we will be covering all of the important information about the award winning band program, which has over 840 students in grades 6-12.  Local music stores will have representatives available to explain their instrument rental programs, as well as financial assistance, if needed.  The Pleasant Valley Band Staff will also be available to provide information regarding the best instrument choice for your child.  If your child did not attend their instrument try out day or is still uncertain which instrument would be best for them, an additional opportunity to try out instruments will be offered at 6:00 P.M. before the meeting.   Babysitting will be available during the meeting.  If you are unable to attend and/or have questions, please go to www.spartanbands.com and click on the beginning band tab.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful educational opportunity for your child!  We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 P.M.!

Boys Summer JH Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 7th-8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Cody

MAP & FAST Testing, April 24:  Starting on April 24th our students will begin the FAST assessment. This assessment is a screener of foundational literacy skills. The assessment itself is a series of short one minute assessments in kindergarten and first grade. Second through sixth grade students will read three different passages, each lasting one minute. April 24th will also mark the start of MAP testing for students in grades three through six.  During the two week testing window, students complete two MAP Assessments one in Math and one in Reading.

2017-18 School Supplies:  Order school supplies through the Cody PTA.  No shopping and the supplies are delivered to Meet and Greet. Click here to order online.

Variety Show, April 28, 5:00 pm:  Please consider supporting our Cody students by volunteering during the event. Every minute you can spare, we’ll welcome. Sign up here to help on the night of the show: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49abad2aaa8-night  Sign up here to help at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, April 26: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49abad2aaa8-dress

Walk-a-thon Sponsors Needed:  Now seeking sponsors for Walk-a-thon stations. Details went home with students earlier this week. Click here for that information and details on May 19th’s Walk-a-thon.

District Band, April 24, 7:00pm:  Join us at the i-wireless Center to hear all 840 band members play!  See you there!

Elementary Orchestra & 6th Grade Choir Concert, April 27, 6:30pm:  Join us in the PVHS Theatre to celebrate these young musicians.

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program.  At the meeting, we will be covering all of the important information about the award winning band program, which has over 840 students in grades 6-12.  Local music stores will have representatives available to explain their instrument rental programs, as well as financial assistance, if needed.  The Pleasant Valley Band Staff will also be available to provide information regarding the best instrument choice for your child.  If your child did not attend their instrument try out day or is still uncertain which instrument would be best for them, an additional opportunity to try out instruments will be offered at 6:00 P.M. before the meeting.  Babysitting will be available during the meeting.  If you are unable to attend and/or have questions, please go to www.spartanbands.com and click on the beginning band tab.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful educational opportunity for your child!  We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 P.M.!

Boys Summer JH Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 7th-8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Hopewell

MAP & FAST Testing, April 24:  Starting on April 24th our students will begin the FAST assessment. This assessment is a screener of foundational literacy skills. The assessment itself is a series of short one minute assessments in kindergarten and first grade. Second through sixth grade students will read three different passages, each lasting one minute. April 24th will also mark the start of MAP testing for students in grades three through six.  During the two week testing window, students complete two MAP Assessments one in Math and one in Reading.

2017-18 School Supplies:  Order school supplies through the Hopewell PTA.  No shopping and the supplies are delivered to Meet and Greet. Click here to order online.  If you’re interested in donating a school supply pack to a student who cannot afford school supplies, click here for more information.

District Band, April 24, 7:00pm:  Join us at the i-wireless Center to hear all 840 band members play!  See you there!

Elementary Orchestra & 6th Grade Choir Concert, April 27, 6:30pm:  Join us in the PVHS Theatre to celebrate these young musicians.

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program.  At the meeting, we will be covering all of the important information about the award winning band program, which has over 840 students in grades 6-12.  Local music stores will have representatives available to explain their instrument rental programs, as well as financial assistance, if needed.  The Pleasant Valley Band Staff will also be available to provide information regarding the best instrument choice for your child.  If your child did not attend their instrument try out day or is still uncertain which instrument would be best for them, an additional opportunity to try out instruments will be offered at 6:00 P.M. before the meeting.  Babysitting will be available during the meeting.  If you are unable to attend and/or have questions, please go to www.spartanbands.com and click on the beginning band tab.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful educational opportunity for your child!  We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 P.M.!

Free Skating Party, May 25:  Attendance at the first two parties average more than 100 skaters per party, so we earned a free skate party!  That means there is no cost to skate.  It will still cost $1.50 to rent skates.  The free party will be Thursday, May 25th from 6-8pm. To order a Hopewell Skating Party T-Shirt, contact Lauralee Oenick at lauraleeoenick@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 3rd.  She will try to deliver the T-shirts before the party.

Cost: $12.00 for child sizes XS-XL
Cost: $12.00 for adult sizes S-XL
Cost: $15.00 for adult sizes 2XL and 3XL

Open PTA Positions for 17-18:  Many committee chairs will return next year, but there are opportunities for new people to become involved.  Current openings are: After-school Programs, Apparel, Apparel Design, Birthday Book Co-chair, Book Fair Co-chair, Cub Scout Rep, Fundraising, Gift Cards, Grandparents’/VIP Day, Harvest Game Co-chair, Photography Co-chairs (new committee), Product Redemption Co-chair, School Supplies (ordering for 18-19 year), Staff Appreciation Co-chair, Yearbook. Please contact current PTA president Elisabeth Norwood at epnorwood_20002@yahoo.com or incoming president Sara Sierk at sarasierk@hotmail.com to express interest or learn more.

Boys Summer JH Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 7th-8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Pleasant View

MAP & FAST Testing, April 24:  Starting on April 24th our students will begin the FAST assessment. This assessment is a screener of foundational literacy skills. The assessment itself is a series of short one minute assessments in kindergarten and first grade. Second through sixth grade students will read three different passages, each lasting one minute. April 24th will also mark the start of MAP testing for students in grades three through six.  During the two week testing window, students complete two MAP Assessments one in Math and one in Reading.

2017-18 School Supplies:  Order school supplies through the Pleasant View PTA.  No shopping and the supplies are delivered to Meet and Greet. Click here to order online.

District Band, April 24, 7:00pm:  Join us at the i-wireless Center to hear all 840 band members play!  See you there!

Elementary Orchestra & 6th Grade Choir Concert, April 27, 6:30pm:  Join us in the PVHS Theatre to celebrate these young musicians.

Pleasant View will be collecting General Mills BOXTOPS for the last time this school year!!  BOXTOPS NEED TO BE SENT TO SCHOOL BY APRIL 27TH!! Please be sure to send in ALL of the boxtops that you have so I can have them sent before school is out. Also, please have your boxtops cut around the dotted line and separate in bags of 50.  Thank you all very much for your support of this amazing program!  So far this year we have earned almost $1,000!!!  All of the 10-cent boxtops really add up.

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program.  At the meeting, we will be covering all of the important information about the award winning band program, which has over 840 students in grades 6-12.  Local music stores will have representatives available to explain their instrument rental programs, as well as financial assistance, if needed.  The Pleasant Valley Band Staff will also be available to provide information regarding the best instrument choice for your child.  If your child did not attend their instrument try out day or is still uncertain which instrument would be best for them, an additional opportunity to try out instruments will be offered at 6:00 P.M. before the meeting.  Babysitting will be available during the meeting.  If you are unable to attend and/or have questions, please go to www.spartanbands.com and click on the beginning band tab.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful educational opportunity for your child!  We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 P.M.!

Pleasant View Walk-a-thon, Friday, May 5 (VOLUNTEERS/DONATIONS NEEDED): The Pleasant View Walk-a-thon will be Friday, May 5. All students will walk 30 minutes around the outdoor paved track to celebrate their commitment to wellness and to help raise funds to purchase a permanent shade structure for the primary playground. Volunteers are needed to make posters, supply bananas, oranges (cuties or halos), and water, and also to hand out bananas/oranges and water the day of the walk-a-thon. To sign up, please visit this link. Questions? Please contact Amy Featherstone (amyLfeatherstone@yahoo.com) or Michelle LeMoine (thelemoines@mediacombb.net).

Boys Summer JH Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 7th-8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Riverdale Heights

MAP & FAST Testing, April 24:  Starting on April 24th our students will begin the FAST assessment. This assessment is a screener of foundational literacy skills. The assessment itself is a series of short one minute assessments in kindergarten and first grade. Second through sixth grade students will read three different passages, each lasting one minute. April 24th will also mark the start of MAP testing for students in grades three through six.  During the two week testing window, students complete two MAP Assessments one in Math and one in Reading.

2017-18 School Supplies:  Order school supplies through the Riverdale Heights PTA.  No shopping and the supplies are delivered to Meet and Greet. Click here to order online.

PTA Meeting,  April 25, 6:30pm:  Join us in the RH Library for the last PTA meeting of the academic year!  Dr. Spelhaug, PV Superintendent of Schools, will be our special guest speaker.  There has a lot of discussion about the different legislature that has come up and how it would directly affect our students.  He will let us know what has happened, what policies are being suggested/recommended, and how we can be involved. We hope to see you there!

District Band, April 24, 7:00pm:  Join us at the i-wireless Center to hear all 840 band members play!  See you there!

Elementary Orchestra & 6th Grade Choir Concert, April 27, 6:30pm:  Join us in the PVHS Theatre to celebrate these young musicians.

Attention 5th grade parents!  The 2017-2018 6th grade band is about to be formed!  On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the PV High School Band Room, there will be a general information meeting to explain our beginning band program.  At the meeting, we will be covering all of the important information about the award winning band program, which has over 840 students in grades 6-12.  Local music stores will have representatives available to explain their instrument rental programs, as well as financial assistance, if needed.  The Pleasant Valley Band Staff will also be available to provide information regarding the best instrument choice for your child.  If your child did not attend their instrument try out day or is still uncertain which instrument would be best for them, an additional opportunity to try out instruments will be offered at 6:00 P.M. before the meeting.  Babysitting will be available during the meeting.  If you are unable to attend and/or have questions, please go to www.spartanbands.com and click on the beginning band tab.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful educational opportunity for your child!  We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 P.M.!

Boys Summer JH Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 7th-8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Pleasant Valley Junior High

MAP Testing, April 24:  Monday marks the start of MAP testing for students. We take two MAP Assessments one Math and one Reading. Our students are scheduled to take only one MAP test a day.

District Band, April 24, 7:00pm:  Join us at the i-wireless Center to hear all 840 band members play!  See you there!

Incoming Freshmen Football Parent/Player Meeting, April 30, 7:00pm: There will be a Football Parent/Player Meeting on Sunday, April 30th at 7:00pm in the High School Theater for incoming freshmen for the 2017-18 school year.

High School Softball Tryouts, May 8, 9 & 10:  Click here for details.

High School Baseball Tryout, May 1, 2 & 3:  Click here for details

PVHS Baseball Parent Meeting, April 25:  There will be a Parent Informational Meeting held on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00pm in the High School Theater.  Players are encouraged and welcome to attend. We will review dates, HS tryouts, forms needed, communication, overall update and vision regarding the program and all teams.

Boys Summer HS Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 9th-12th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Boys Summer JH Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 7th-8th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

Don’t Miss a Thing! 

Did you know PVJH posts a weekly schedule of events here?
And that you can read the daily announcements here?

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Pleasant Valley High School

MAP Testing, April 24:  Monday marks the start of MAP testing for students. We take two MAP Assessments one Math and one Reading. Our students are scheduled to take only one MAP test a day.

District Band, April 24, 7:00pm:  Join us at the i-wireless Center to hear all 840 band members play!  See you there!

Right After Prom, May 6: Click here to donate to and volunteer for this safe and free event for PV students. You can also sign up to volunteer here.  Interested in helping with the final planning stages???  Please join us Tuesday, 4/25/17 at 6:00 p.m. in the PVHS Library.  Questions, please call/text Kristin Hornbuckle Wehrman (kristinhwehrman@gmail.com / (563)949-7122).

Service Learning Hours:  As a reminder all seniors and sophomores are required to have their service learning requirement completed by May 1st to attend Jr/Sr prom.  Sophomores who are not attending prom need to have their hours completed and turned in by Wednesday, May 24th.  Contact Mrs. Jepsen at jepsenemily@pleasval.k12.ia.us with any questions.  Check out the service learning calendar to see upcoming volunteer opportunities!  https://sites.google.com/a/student.pleasval.k12.ia.us/service-learning/monthly-opportunity-calendar

Senior Picnic Planning Meetings April 26 & May 8:  Attention Senior’s & Parent Volunteers!  The PTA sponsored “Senior Picnic” will be held after Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 11-2:45pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  Mark your Calendars now to attend this fun event.  Tickets go on sale in early May.  Parent Volunteers are needed to help organize the picnic.  Picnic planning meetings will be:  Wednesday, April 26 at 6pm and Monday, May 8th at 7pm.  Both meetings will be held in the PVHS Library.  For more information on how to volunteer, contact Annette Blunk, blunkannette@gmail.com.

High School Softball Tryouts, May 8, 9 & 10:  Click here for details.

High School Baseball Tryout, May 1, 2 & 3:  Click here for details

PVHS Baseball Parent Meeting, April 25:  There will be a Parent Informational Meeting held on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00pm in the High School Theater.  Players are encouraged and welcome to attend. We will review dates, HS tryouts, forms needed, communication, overall update and vision regarding the program and all teams.

Baseball Webstore is Open:  Just a reminder to all that our Fan Web store is currently open until Sunday!  Click here and make your order soon!

Boys Summer HS Golf Camp:  The Boys’ High School Golf Program is holding a summer camp for students entering 9th-12th grade for the 2017-18 school year.  Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

Looking for other summer camps?
For Beginning Band or Theatre camps, click here.
For Athletics, click here.

PV Foundation Auction:  On Monday, April 24, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser, a Golf Outing at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  As a part of the event, we hold an online auction of items donated to us by generous local businesses.  Bidding starts Monday at 4pm.  Check out the list of items below and bid at http://pleasval.org/foundation-auction/  The auction ends Friday, April 28, at 4pm. Stay and Play Package at Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek, 2 nights, 3 rounds of golf for four.

Davenport Country Club, 1 round of golf for four
Crow Valley, 1 round of golf for four
TPC at Deere Run, 1 round of golf for two
Happy Joe’s Pizza for a Year
Isabel Bloom Lucky the Elephant
John Deere Kid’s Tractor
HON Perch Chair
Merle Normal Bag containing make up and gift certificate
Artworks Blown Glass Sculpture
Dwellings $50 Gift Card
Alex and Ani Bracelet from Necker’s Jewelers

Community Opportunities

(HS only) Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball is hosting an informational meeting for its high-school division Sunday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at Devils Glen Park. Formerly known as the Colt League, the Seniors Division is for ages 15 to 19. Get together a group of friends for games starting May 15 and running until the end of July. Online registration is available at eteamz.com/BPV. Late walk-up sign-ups are offered at Sunday’s meeting. For more information, contact Steve Tappa at 563-676-8111 or tappa@qconline.com.

(BV, CO, HW, PLV only) Boy Scouts, April 25:  Come to the Join Cub Scouts event on April 25, 2017. Click here for more info.

Tour de LeClaire and Pancake Breakfast:   Tour de LeClaire is a big wheel race for all children 3-6 years old sponsored by the River Valley Optimist Club.  Click here for more information and here to register on the May 20th event.

Public Works Open House and Recycling Fair, May 20  Free food, facepainting, help paint a snow plow, visit with Master Gardeners, and more. Click here to learn about this event.

Upper Iowa University Summer Reading Skills Camp: Click here to learn about the summer reading programs.

Annual Golf Benefit

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 marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us or mail to Beth Marsoun 525 Belmont Road Bettendorf, IA 52722

Click here for our registration form!

PVHS Parking Procedures Change to Make Way for Construction

Posted March 8th, 2017

Starting March 13, 2017, construction crews will begin the expansion and renovation of Pleasant Valley High School.  Read more about the project here.  Construction will start in the East Parking lot.  This lot will be off-limits which requires a change to parking procedures.  The goal is to keep traffic flowing and stop cars blocking traffic on Belmont Road.  Please review all traffic guidelines and included maps.  These changes will take effect March 13, 2017.

Daily Morning Drop Off (red)

Every morning Monday through Friday, parents/guardians dropping off students may use the north lot along Belmont Road.  To get as many cars through the stoplight, pull up as close as possible to the car in front of you.  When everyone stops, everyone gets out.  No matter what door the student wants to enter – we ask that you not stop until everyone stops – then all students can get out safely at the same time.  This allows for a smoother traffic flow.

Parent/guardian drivers may also use the west parking lot.  However, this intersection will not be manned and it is not advisable to turn left out of this parking lot.

THERE WILL BE NO DROP OFF IN THE EAST PARKING LOT TO ENTER NEAR THE WEIGHT ROOM – AS THE EAST PARKING LOT WILL BE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION.

Daily Afternoon Pick Up (green)

Every afternoon Monday through Friday, parents/guardians picking up students may use the north lot along Belmont Road.  To get as many cars through the stoplight, pull up as close as possible to the car in front of you.

Parent/guardian drivers may also use the west parking lot, stacking along the outside of the parking lot and up to the intersection with staff parking.

From 2:30-3:15pm, parent/guardian drivers may also use the circle drive normally used for busses.  Stacking is allowed during this time period, but this line will be closed at 3:15pm.

Early Dismissal Pick Up April 5 and May 3 (blue)

On these days, parents/guardians picking up students may use the north lot along Belmont Road.

Parent/guardian drivers may also use the west parking lot, stacking along the outside of the parking lot and up to the intersection with staff parking.  On these two days only, this intersection will be manned with a Sheriff’s Deputy until 12:25pm, parent/guardian drivers may also use the circle drive normally used for busses.  Stacking is allowed during this time period, but this line will be closed at 12:25pm.  Traffic will be directed through the parking lot and out to Belmont Road (please see map)

Student Drivers (yellow)

Students who drive to school will be allowed to park in the open parking lots marked in yellow on the maps.  The two West parking lots are open.  Access to the newer portion of the East Parking lot will now be off of College Drive on the Scott Community College campus.  Students can also park in the expanded lot near the softball and baseball fields.  Please schedule accordingly as the walk to the High School may be longer than in the past.

Click on map below for larger view.

Our primary purpose is student safety.  Please follow these parking guidelines through the end of the school year, as we prepare for what will be a beautiful expanded and renovated PVHS.

Nine Pleasant Valley Students to Sing at National Honor Choir

Posted March 7th, 2017

Pleasant Valley singers are traveling to Minneapolis, MN to sing in the High School Honor Choir and Middle Level Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference.

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Congratulations to ACDA High School Choir Members:

Bailey Connors
Vincent Gnad
Ellie Kurth
Christine Lyon
Zach Myatt
Roshni Nair

 

 

And ACDA Middle ACDA-JHLevel Honor Choir Members:

Bradley Hamilton
Rachel Lyon
Anna Myatt

More than 4,200 singers audition for the National ACDA Honor Choirs.  Vocalists submit online recordings of specific songs and judges compose the choirs.  High School singers will work with composer Eric Whitacre.  They’ll perform his music under his direction.  What an experience for our students!

Pleasant Valley Junior High Presents Dear Edwina: The Musical

Posted March 2nd, 2017

For three months now, more than 70 Pleasant Valley Junior High students have been working after school on this year’s musical.  Dear Edwina follows a young girl who produces a backyard advice show with her friends from the neighborhood.  Along the way, Edwina answers advice letters with songs and dance.

It’s a fun and colorful show that features more than 30 soloists!  Our students have worked hard, so come on out and support them!  The show is Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm in the Pleasant Valley Junior High Gym.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Check out some of the pictures.

Measuring Health with Heart Monitors

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.

Pleasant Valley High School Ready for Expansion and Renovations

Posted February 22nd, 2017

The Pleasant Valley Community School Board has approved plans and bids for a major expansion and renovation at PVHS.  Because of continued growth, PVHS needs more room for just about everything from science classrooms to music storage to athletic practice space.  The project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2017 and be finished by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Click the slide show for larger images.

 

Construction crews will build a tower in the current senior parking lot.  The three story building will contain 10 classrooms (four of them state-of-the-art science rooms).  A new auxiliary gym will be built in the same area, as the current D gym will have a new purpose.  It will be split down the middle; half of it will be a new music rehearsal room and half of it will be a multi-purpose athletic room to provide space for practices like wrestling, dance and cheerleading.

Renovations also include a new main hallway which will connect the school from east to west.  Currently, if you stand at the cafeteria and look west, the hallway ends at D Gym.  Now, the hallway will continue through the current D gym and into the new addition, which will provide a much needed backbone to the building.

The main entrance will also get a face lift.  A new commons area for student collaboration will be added to the front of the school, as well as a new main office.  The guidance office will move into the old main office area, which will be renovated.  The old guidance office will also undergo construction to be turned into new special education rooms.

As the new tower and gym will be built on the current senior parking lot, more parking will be added onto the new parking lot in the southeast corner of the High School.

This major expansion is just the first phase of what will likely be three phases at PVHS, adding more classrooms and possibly a competition gym.  Renovations in those phases include a possible concert hall, as well.

PVHS 1st Semester Honor Roll

Posted February 6th, 2017

Congratulations to the students who earned a place on the PVHS Honor Roll.

16-17 SEMESTER 1 WEIGHTED GPA HONOR ROLL

UNITE Club Inspires Students to Respect Each Other

Posted February 1st, 2017

The UNITE Club at Pleasant Valley High School takes on a tough mission:  getting high school students to be nice to each other.  There have been dozens of movies, books, and tv shows that feature the cliques and social system of a high school.  It’s hard to get away from the stereotypes, but that’s exactly what UNITE Club hopes will happen.  A group of about 20 students meet once week to figure out how to make the school as inclusive as possible.  Each month, they address a different group of students with the hopes of getting all students to understand each other a bit better.  They produce a video and ask students to wear a ribbon in support of each group.  Right now, they’re working on a video about Religious Inclusion.  We’ve included the videos they’ve produced already this year below.

Suicide Prevention

LGBTQ Awareness

Racial Diversity

SocioEconomic

 

Pleasant Valley Earns USDA Award for Healthy Schools

Posted January 16th, 2017

The USDA has just announced that Pleasant Valley Community School District has been awarded the Bronze HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom award.

Since the beginning of the HealthierUS School Challenge in 2004, awards have been given to schools in 50 States and the District of Columbia.  As of December 14, 2016, there are 4,550 schools certified (3,197 Bronze, 868 Silver, 318 Gold, and 167 Gold Award of Distinction).

Each Pleasant Valley school will be awarded $500 to put towards Physical Education or Nutrition Education.

The certification recognizes schools for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching kids about nutritious food choices and being physically active, providing opportunities for physical activity and having supportive wellness policies.

Iowa Report Card Released

Posted January 13th, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017, the state launched the updated 2016 Iowa School Report Card website that provides a snapshot of how all Iowa public schools and districts are performing in eight measurable areas.  Each school will then be grouped by comparable grade configurations (e.g., elementary schools, middle schools, high schools) into one of the six overall ratings:  Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority.

The Iowa School Report Card website, http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard/, was developed by the Iowa Department of Education as a requirement of the 2013 education reform law. This component of the law, requires the Department to evaluate and rate schools based on their performance on the following eight measures:

The Iowa School Report Card rates schools on the following educational measures:

  • Proficiency: The percentage of students scoring proficient or better on reading and mathematics assessments.
  • Closing Achievement Gap (FRL, IEP and ELL): A measure that reflects a statewide goal of narrowing the gap in achievement for students with disabilities, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and English Language Learners.
  • Closing Achievement Gap (Minority student within school comparison): A measure that reflects a statewide goal of narrowing the gap in achievement for between minority and non-minority students. This measure reports the difference in proficiency levels between student groups within the school.
  • Closing Achievement Gap (Minority student to state average): A measure that reflects a statewide goal of narrowing the gap in achievement for between minority and non-minority students. This measure reports the difference in proficiency levels between minority students in the school to the statewide average.
  • College and Career-Ready Growth: The percentage of students who are making the year-to-year growth necessary to be ready for college and career training by the end of high school.
  • Annual Expected Growth: The percentage of students making a year of academic growth in a year’s time on reading or mathematics assessments.
  • College and Career Readiness: The percentage of students who score at or above a level of performance in reading and mathematics that predicts a higher probability of postsecondary success. (Middle/high schools only.)
  • Graduation Rate: The percentage of ninth-grade students who finished high school within five years. (High schools only.)
  • Attendance: The average daily attendance of students, which is the total number of days students were enrolled and present divided by the total number of possible attendance days.
  • Staff Retention: The percentage of teachers, school administrators and other licensed staff members who remained employed in a school over consecutive school years.
  • Parent Involvement Teacher Survey: A survey of teacher practices and perceptions of parent involvement. This measure is for information purposes only and is not included in the overall rating. This measure along with a parent survey to parents will be included in the ratings in future versions of the report card.

We believe this information can be helpful in our goal of having the finest academic and extra-curricular programs in the state. Not in some things but in everything. Not for some kids but for every kid. However, student performance data only tells part of the story about how our schools are doing. Our belief as a district is that it is critical that we maintain a mindset of continuous improvement for all of our programs, learners and staff. Working with our schools to support high learning expectations for your child(ren) is a critical component to achieving excellent outcomes for each and every student.

Pleasant Valley Students Give Back During the Holidays

Posted December 21st, 2016

Across the District, students and staff have been in the giving spirit.  Toy drives.  Book drives. Collecting items for shelters.  The Spartan Nation knows what the season is really about — helping others.  Here’s just some of the ways the PV family is helping make the world a better place.

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    1. Caleb Shamrell’s Alive in Me — Students at Bridgeview, Cody and PVJH have been collecting toys and books to support the Alive in Me Foundation.  The Foundation honors the life a Caleb Shamrell, who passed away just before he would have turned three.  The Shamrell family just moved into the district and asked the schools to collect toys and books to give to families who would have to spend the holiday in the hospital.  Bridgeview collected more than 900 items.  Cody filled its boxes over and over.  The same goes for the Junior High. Click here to learn about the Caleb Shamrell Alive in Me Foundation.untitled-1
    2. Toys for Tots — All it took was one student to make a big difference for Toys for Tots.  After writing and presenting a speech for class on Toys for Tots, PVHS Senior Zach Myatt decided he needed to do more.  He took his 3 foot long Santa hat and asked people to help fill it with funds to support Toys for Tots.  In just a week, Zach raised more than $500.  He took the funds and bought toys for the Toys for Tots program.
    3. Toys for Tots — The 5th Graders at Riverdale Heights did a coin drive for Toys for Tots and raised more than $300!warm-feet-for-winter-001
    4. Warm Feet for Winter — The last few years, Pleasant View has done a pajama drive for the less fortunate.  After learning of a need at King’s Harvest shelter, 6th grade began collecting socks for the homeless as an alternative.  The students and families have been very generous: 227 pairs of socks and 166 handwarmers!  This year, King’s Harvest also suggested hand warmers along with the socks.  These will be taken to King’s Harvest over Christmas break!

5. Christmas for the Kohns —  Will Kohn is a kindergartner and his father, Chris, teaches at the High School. Will is waiting for a heart transplant. While he waits, he needs to have medicine round the clock. To get the medicine, he will have surgery to put in a port, but that means celebrating Christmas in the hospital.  PVHS raised money to purchase presents for Will and his family and had them delivered by Santa and a group of carolers, the Pleasant Valley High School Choir! The choir learned the songs Will’s class sang for their winter concert!

PVHS Celebrates Fall Accomplishments

Posted December 20th, 2016

There is always a lot to celebrate in Pleasant Valley and on December 6, 2016, PVHS celebrated a season of successes!  As the students and staff do three times a year, they gathered to honor academic, extracurricular, and athletic achievements.  Check out the list below, along with pictures and video!  Congratulations, Spartans!

THEATRE

Directors:  Bill Myatt, Francis Dunbar
Congratulations to the cast, crew and pit of Sweeney Todd on a phenomenal performance in Cedar Falls to close The Iowa Thespian Festival!  The show has been selected as one of six shows from across the country to be performed at the International Thespian Festival in June.  The students and staff were treated to a scene from the show, which started with the untimely death of the man himself, Principal Mike Zimmer.

Other Theatre Recognition goes to
– Maaz Ahmed who has been elected to the Iowa State Thespian Board.
–  Megan Maloney, Cassie Berta, Lauren Carroll, London Bicknell (twice) for placing in the top 3 various Individual Events and qualifying for competition at The International Thespian Festival in June.
– PV’s three Improve Teams, who swept the Improve category at the Iowa Thespian Festival!

1st Place Team = Hatrick  
Joey Dwyer
Michael Guhin
Robbie Williams

2nd Place Team = WACIT
Molly Dipple
Odin McDonald
Kaylynn Nowak
Olivia Peters 

3rd Place Team = The Select Button
Maaz Ahmed
Sam Lindhoff
Ali Rizvi
Keshav Wagle

ACADEMICS

National Merit Semi-Finalists: (Scored in the top 1% of the more than 1.5 million students participating in the 2014 PSAT exam).
Catherine Byrne
Hannah Humes
Samuel Lederman
Patrick McMonagle
Matthew Nelson
Margarita Rasgado Lopez
Isaac Sears
Emily Suen

National Merit Commended: (Scored in the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students participating in the 2014 PSAT exam).
Emily Nutt
Millenama Prasai
Harrison Qu

ACT Exam

Students scoring in the top 5% of more than 1.7 million students participating nationally
Michael Brees
Darian Creighton
Evelyn D’Antico
Abigail Davison
Rory Donahue
Kaleb Dykema
Vincent Gnad
Benjamin Gorman
Sujay Marisetty
Arjun Salgado-Westman
Maya Sheybani
Collin Smith
Trenton Vogele
Students in the top 3%

Samina Abdullah
Ethan Good
Austin Halupnik
Dylan Hartford
Emma Hartman
Shashank Inampudi
Roshini Penmatcha
Olivia Peters
Maragarita Rasgado-Lopez
Max Royer
Justin Sehlin
Caroline Sharis

Students in the top 1%

Cartherine Byrne
Harrison Qu
Patrick McMonagle
Peter Mills
Alexander Wong

ART

Instructors:  Aimee Peters and Devin Hanson

Festival of Trees High School Art Exhibit
Jordan Keyes has been awarded first place in 3D Art
Carly O’Toole has been awarded 1st place in Drawing
Lauren Brewer has been awarded 2nd place in Drawing
*All 3 students are in AP Studio Art, Jordan is also in Ceramics.

SPARTAN ASSEMBLY – HUNGER DRIVE
Advisor: Tracy Lux
Together, Pleasant Valley raised a total of 35,327 lbs district-wide.  That calculates to 25.56 pounds per student.

MATH TEAM
Advisor: Jamie Homb
Congratulations on their strong showing at the Princeton University Math Competition!  Our team was one of 80 invited from the best schools across the country, based on how well students did on a national Math test. Math Team Members who competed are Captain, Sam Lederman, Isaac Sears, Aadil Manazir,  Aman Manazir, Shashank Inampudi, Darsh Balani, Vishwajit Subramanian and Aditya Desai.

JOURNALISM
Advisor:  Maureen Dyer

Iowa High School Press Association’s Annual Conference
Sam Lundry—1st place newswriting
Abi Paravasthuramesh—2nd place newswriting
Alyssa Farrell—current Editor in Chief of the yearbook to accept the 4th place yearbook in the state of Iowa from last year

Honors Journalism
We successfully aired a one-hour live news broadcast to over 4,000 viewers on election night. It’s the first of its kind from any local high school. It was produced by Sam Lundry, anchored by Jarrin Flores (editor in chief of the online news site) and Kinsey Paulson (editor in chief of the Spartan Shield newsmagazine), and ALL technical was done by Alex McLean.

MUSIC
Choir Directors: Mr. Rob Williams, Mrs. Meg Byrne and Mrs. Catherine Lyon
Band Directors: Mr. Drew Anderson, Mrs. Tara Daurer, Mr. Brian Gartner and Mr. Robert Medd
Orchestra Director:  Mr. Robert Swinney

Opus Honor Choir

1st Year
Grace Almgren
Molly Bimm
Dalton Hout
Madeline Murphy
Ciyana Wilson
2nd Year
Morgan McCartney
Amy Oberhart
3rd Year
John Mendelin

Alternate
Holyn Doran

All State
These musicians represent the top 1.5% of all Iowa musicians and performed in the 600 member choir, 280 member band, and 200 member orchestra on November 19 at Iowa State University.

Chorus

1st year
Lauren Brewer
Michael Guinn
Alexander Jungers
Nathan  Lyon
Roshni Nair
Sean Wallace
Madison Wells
2nd year
Cate Byrne
Joseph Clifton
Halle Fish
Elizabeth Lindmark
Megan Maloney
Zach Myatt
Brendan Wheeler
3rd year

Samina Abdullah
Lauren Carroll
Bailey Connors
Vincent Gnad
Ellie Kurth
Andrew Sandry

Band

1st Year

Jonathan Hahm
Olivia Heckel
Carrie Peterson
Millenama Prasai
Ellie Zupancic

2nd Year
Ethan Good
Claire Thomsen
Keshav Wagle
4th Year

Ian Aplington
Maureen Thomsen

Alternates

Ben Fuller
Shreya Khurjekar Matthew Nelson

**Ian and Maureen are only the 2nd and 3rd four-year All-State Band musicians in school history!

Orchestra

1st Year
Ruth Davidson – Viola
Daniela Rybarczyk – Viola
2nd Year
Veronica Henderson – Harp
Annie Warner – Violin I
Sophia Xiao – Violin I

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted to the SEISTA (South East Iowa String Teachers Association)
High School Honor Orchestra Festival:

Jeanella Cho – violin I
Dan Kim – violin I
Kiran Marla – violin II
Keshav Wagle – cello
Emily Preston Cello
Alyssa Paulson – Bass

PLATINUM DANCE
Coaches Katie Rokusek & Brittany Kissel

State Solo Competition
Division 1
Samina Abdullah
Marie DeLessio
Kinsey Paulson
Placed Top 12
Hannah Lederman
Allie Zucker
Grace Wilson

State Team Competition
2nd Place – Class 6 Jazz
3rd Place – Class 13 Pom

Rebecca Abdullah
Samina Abdullah
Natalie Adams
Caroline Carlson
Caitlin Crome
Marie DeLessio
Elle Fietsam
Abi Haessler
Abi Hancock
Brynn Hancock
Sydney Lear
Hannah Lederman
Olivia Marchiori
Morgan McCartney
Haley Moore
Julia Necker
Mackinsey Paulson
Noel Pearson
Amy Showers
Kayla Stevens
Grace Wilson
Anna Worden
Ali Zucker

SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Bowling Coach:  David Wheeler

Regional Qualifiers:
Claire Johnson
Kirby Curran
Bobby Bender

State Champion:
Bobby Bender

BOY’S GOLF
Coach Andy Ward & Assistant Coach Niki Palmer

State Qualifier:  Michael Showers

FOOTBALL
Coach Rusty VanWetzinga, Assistant Coaches Eric Royer, Ryan Arnold, Jason Vice, Ron Litchfield & Joe Youngbauer

1st Team All-District:
Brady Bormann
CJ Carter
Michael Brees
Arthur Braden
1st Team QC Times All-Metro:
CJ Carter
Brady Bormann

VOLLEYBALL
Coach Amber Hall & Assistant Coach Kalie Pillow

1st Team All-Conference:
Elissa Moylan
Kelsey Ruff
1st Team QC Times  All-Metro:
Elissa Moylan
All District Team:
Elissa Moylan

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Coach Erik Belby & Assistant Coach Nick Sacco
– State Runner Up
– MAC Champions
– District Champions
– Pleasant Valley All-Time Record for Top 7 Total Time over 5000 meters
– IATC At-Large Coach of the Year – Erik Belby

State Qualifiers
Nicholas Yanek – All-State
Konnor Sommer
Parker Huhn
Gavin Smith
Mark Conway
Anthony Peña
Ben Gorman

Alternates
Ian Aplington
Ian Kaffenberger
Andrew Witters

MAC Champion
Nicholas Yanek

District Champion
Nicholas Yanek

1st Team All-Conference
Nicholas Yanek
Konnor Sommer
Anthony Peña
Mark Conway
Parker Huhn

1st Team QC Times All-Metro
Karson Sommer
Nicholas Yanek

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Coach Jane Wheeler & Assistant Coaches Josh Hoffman and Melissa Martinez
– 3rd in the MAC and District Runner
– 10th Place at State

State Qualifiers:
Addie Swanson
Maddy Minard
Abby Riley
Mallory Lafever
Laura Brown
Chloe Greig
Caroline Christophersen

Alternates:
Lauren Buechel
Lily Jones
Cecilie Schieffer

GIRLS SWIMMING
Coach Dave Kissack & Assistant Coaches Caitlin Schaeffer & Bethany Hovland
– 2nd Place in the MAC
– Regional Champions
– 13th Place at State
– MAC Coach of the Year – Dave Kissack
– Regional Coaching Staff of the Year – Dave Kissack, Caitlin Schaeffer, & Bethany Hovland

State Finish
Claire Park – 1st Place – Diving
Aviana Zahara– 4th place – 100 Backstroke
Aviana Zahara, Emily Goodman, Perapa Chotiprasidhi, Lauren Groenenboom  – 4th Place – 400 Medley Relay

1st Team All-Conference
Diving – Claire Park, Trinity Shi
200 Medley Relay – Aviana Zahara, Emily Goodman, Perapa Chotiprasidhi, Lauren Groenenboom
500 Freestyle – Emily Goodman
100 Backstroke – Aviana Zahara & Perapa Chotiprasidhi
400 Freestyle Relay – Maggie Burke, Ali Staver, Christy Bishop, Libby Staver

Cider & Pretzel Concert Satisfies

Posted December 6th, 2016

The 56th Annual Cider & Pretzel Concert celebrates the tradition of the PVHS band program.  All four bands play pieces they’ve been working on for the last quarter.  The band is one of the fastest growing programs at PVHS.  Enjoy the pictures below and the video of portions of the concert!

Living Lands and Waters Teaches Life Lessons at PVHS

Posted November 23rd, 2016

web1It only takes one person to change the world.  Students in 9th grade health classes learned that on November 21 and 22, 2016.  Mike Coyne-Logan from Living Lands and Waters spoke to all 9th grade students.  He talked about the origins of the organization that cleans up waterways across the country.  The idea came from Chad Pregracke, at the time, a teenager who noticed there was too much garbage in the river. He used his passion to convince Alcoa to invest in him.  He received a grant to start cleaning up the Mississippi. Now, under Living Lands and Waters, Chad employs dozens of people who mobilize thousands of volunteers across the count
ry.

web2Mr. Coyne-Logan spoke with the students about the desire to make a difference and also shared some of his experiences, like some of the weird stuff he’s found in the river.

Thank you to Living Lands and Waters for inspiring our students.

PV Sends 68 Students to Statewide Music Festivals

Posted November 23rd, 2016

PV Musicians certainly have a lot to be thankful for!  The weekend before Thanksgiving 68 PV musicians traveled to Ames, Ia. to take part in the All State and OPUS Festivals.  We congratulate our singers and players who’ve earned this honor.

OPUS Honor Choir

6th Grade

Front Row L to R: Bryce Vining, Leah Mendelin (solo finalist) and Rhema Saddler

Back Row L to R: Ava Burmahl, Shobini Iyer (solo finalist), Lexi Pelzer and Matthew Murphy

7/8th Grade

Front Row L to R: Caroline Sierk, Ebby Barber, Erika Holmberg, Beth Mooy, Isa Burkhart (small group), and Ujan Roybandyopadhyay

Middle Row L to R: Ryan Saddler, Logan Paul, Gabe Johnson, Taze Wilson, Ethan Ferry, and Maegan Neil

Back Row L to R:  Ethan Kilcoin, Rachel Lyon, Lukas Ager, Ben Curran, Charlie Crouse and Anna Arms

9th Grade

Front Row L to R:  Morgan McCartney, Grace Almgren, Maddie Murphy, and Molly Bimm

Back Row L to R:  John Mendelin, Dalton Hout, Amy Oberhart and Ciyanna Wilson

All State

Front Row R to L: Roshni Nair, Choir, Samina Abdullah, Choir, Sophia Xiao, Orchestra, Maureen Thomsen, Band, Millenama Prasai, Band, Carrie Peterson, Band, Olivia Heckel, Band, Jonathan Hahm, Band, Daniela Rybarczyk,Orchestra, Madison Wells, Choir, and Megan Maloney, Choir

Middle Row R to L: Michael Guhin, Choir, Nate Lyon, Choir, Brendan Wheeler, Choir, Sean Wallace, Choir, Zachary Myatt, Choir, Joe Clifton, Choir, Ian Applington, Band, Cate Byrne, Choir, Lauren Brewer, Choir,  Keshav Wagle, Band and  Vincent Gnad, Choir

Back Row R to L: Alex Jungers, Choir, Elizabeth Lindmark, Choir, Bailey Connors, Choir, Halle Fish, Choir, Veronica Henderson, Orchestra, Lauren Carroll, Choir, Annie Warner, Orchestra, Claire Thomsen, Band,  Ellie Zupancic, Choir, Ellie Kurth, Choir, Ethan Good, Band

Not pictured Andrew Sandry and Ruth Davidson

Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation Starts Scholastic Booster Club

Posted October 27th, 2016

For 25 years, the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation has supported our students through a robust scholarship program.  Since 1991, the PVEF has awarded nearly 700 scholarships totaling nearly $700,000.  To fund our scholarships, we rely on hundreds of generous donors who have either chosen to give small amounts or endow a permanent scholarship.

Because of PV’s continued growth, the Foundation is assisting with a new and exciting effort.  Starting in the 2016-17 school year, the Foundation will help start the PV Scholastic Booster Club.   For years, parents and community members have supported the arts and athletics in Pleasant Valley, and now the Foundation is providing a structure to do the same for the district’s academic mission.

Parents interested in starting the PV Scholastic Booster Club have already had a few preliminary meetings to discuss what they would like to achieve. They would like to invite you to their next meeting, November 3, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Pleasant Valley Administrative Center at 525 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  At this meeting, we will discuss ideas to support our students through funding and recognition. If you are interested in attending, please email Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation Secretary, Beth Marsoun, at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us.

Can’t make the meeting, but still want to help?  Consider donating to the PV Scholastic Booster Club at the following levels:

Pioneer Level $500.00
Genius Level $250.00
Virtuoso Level $200.00
Brilliance Level $150.00
Imagination Level $100.00
Inspiration Level $50.00

Checks should be made to the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation with PVSBC in the  memo.  Every contribution will help support our students’ academic achievements. Send your check to:

The Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation
c/o Beth Marsoun
525 Belmont Road
Bettendorf, IA

It’s a Miracle! Celebrating Parker Kress!

Posted October 26th, 2016

For the last month, the Spartan Nation has been going above and beyond for PVHS Freshman Parker Kress.  Parker was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma as a 7th grader.  He’s fought off the cancer, but was facing a tough decision:  in his leg where the cancer was, he had an infection, one he couldn’t get rid of.  So, the brave 15-year-old decided he would have his leg amputated.  Watch the video below to hear his story and how his friends have supported it through it all.

But then something amazing happened.  Parker went to the doctor ahead of his surgery and he was told the infection disappeared.  He would not have to have his leg amputated. Doctors say it is a miracle!  So instead of holding a yellow out at a football game and a send off to surgery ceremony, PVHS held a celebration!  Pat Angerer spoke in front of sea of yellow “Power for Parker” shirts (we’re told more than 850 shirts were sold.) See the pictures below.

Parker still faces a tough couple of months.  Doctors have found spots on his lungs, but couldn’t focus on that until his infection was gone.  Now that it is, the focus is on taking care of those spots.  And with the Spartan Nation behind Parker, there’s no need to worry.  We’ve got your back!

Read the Spartan Shield story here.

Check out the stories from our local media below.

WQAD http://bit.ly/2ekq46B
KWQC TV-6 News http://bit.ly/2eOuvGf
WHBF TV http://bit.ly/2eIaG3D

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