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PVHS Front Drive Closed for Summer

Posted June 1st, 2017

Due to construction at the front entrance of PVHS, the front drive will be closed from Monday, June 5 through Friday, August 4, 2017. Please use the following parking lots and entrances:

  • For summer athletics and band use the tennis court parking lot and enter S1 (band entrance). To drop students off, use the tennis court parking lot and have your student walk along the access drive south of the tennis courts. The stadium gates will be open to access door S1.
  • For all other activities use the west parking lot for parking and the bus turnaround for student drop-off. Please use entrance N1 (NW Cafeteria entrance) to access the building.
#SpartanNation May 26, 2017

Posted May 26th, 2017

Bridgeview

End of the Year AssemblyThe 2016-2017 school year will conclude on Tuesday, May 30th at 11:30 AM.  Prior to that dismissal, there will an assembly in the gymnasium beginning at 8:45 AM where students will be recognized with a variety of awards and certificates. The LeClaire Police Department will be on hand to discuss bicycle safety during the summer and also to present some helmets to students whose names have been selected for that purpose.

BvTV Needs Your Help:  Hey Parents … by now we hope that you have had a chance to see our “BvTV” kiosk highlighting the “Celebration of our Learning Community.” We would love to have your help for the beginning of next school year. We would love to have as many pictures of students reading over the summer in special locations. So, if you’re travelling, it would be great if you could get a picture of your student reading and send it to Ms. Fight at fightdiane@pleasval.k12.ia.us  Even if you’re not travelling far away, a picture of your student in their “special reading nook” would be great, as well.

PTA Pulse:  Click here for the final PTA update of the year.

Thank You :  As the school year concludes, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bridgeview community, students, parents, and staff for the opportunity to have worked among you the past two years.  It has been a pleasure getting to know your children, meeting and partnering with many of you, and being a part of this educational staff that serves your children so graciously.  Pleasant Valley and the educational mission it espouses have been at the center of many years of my life’s work and I am honored to have had the opportunity to conclude that work at Bridgeview.  — Cyndy Behrer

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Cody

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Hopewell

Walkathon:  Thanks to the Hopewell community for a successful Walk-a-thon!   It raised $10,195!  This money will be added to the funds raised by the 6th grade class of 2017 and some additional funds committed by the PTA to be used for the construction of a shade shelter on the playground.

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Pleasant View

School Supply Packs:  Order Now before you forget!  The end of the school year and beginning of summer can get busy, so don’t delay! Visit http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter our school code, PLE029.  Sale ends on Friday, June 16.

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Riverdale Heights

Wear Red for Will:  On Tuesday, the last day of school, we’re asking all students to wear red for Will Kohn.  Will is a RH kindergartner and is awaiting a heart transplant in the hospital.  We will all meet out on the hill where we will play kickball and will take a school picture to send to Will.

2016-2017 Yearbooks:  Did you forget to order a yearbook last year with your spring registration?  If so, you’re welcome to order one now!  Please turn in $20 and your mailing address to the Riverdale Heights office before June 9th and HR Imaging will mail your yearbook directly to you this summer.  If you are unsure if you ordered one please check your Parent Portal.  Be sure to order next year’s yearbook when you fill out your child’s registration for the 2017-18 school year!

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Pleasant Valley Junior High

Yearbooks:  Yearbooks will be handed out the last day of school.  If your child will not be here on the last day of school, he/she may pick up their yearbook in the main office until June 16.  Yearbooks will not be handed out early.

Service Learning Hours for Incoming Freshmen:  Summer is a great time to complete service learning hours! Click here for a list of opportunities and contact Mrs. Jepsen if you have any questions.

Team Will Bake Sale:  Join us and Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd during LeClaire Garage Sales to raise money for Will Kohn and his family.  We’ll be at 905 Wild West Drive, LeClaire.

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

Boys Summer Swim Clinic:  The High School Boys Swim Program is holding summer clinic days 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.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Pleasant Valley High School

GRADUATION 2017:  The big day is Sunday!  For everything you need to know about  graduation, click here.

Locker Clean Out:  Please make sure students’ lockers are cleaned and emptied on their last day!  During the first weeks of summer, all lockers will be emptied and cleaned by custodians.  All items found/recovered will be set on tables outside the office for one week.  At the end of that week all recovered items will be donated.

Portal Reopens June 1:  Starting on May 25, grades will be unavailable on the Portal as teachers finalize the semester grades for their students.  For those using the Campus Mobile Portal App on their phone or tablet, push notifications will also be turned off at this time.  Both features will be turned back on when grading is complete on June 1, 2017 at 4:00p.m.

Service Learning Hours:  Summer is a great time to complete service learning hours! Click here for a list of opportunities and contact Mrs. Jepsen if you have any questions.

Memorial Day Service at Bridgeview, May 30:  Everyone is  invited to a special Memorial Day Ceremony held at Bridgeview Elementary School in LeClaire on Monday, May 30, at 11:00 AM.  This wonderful event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Buffalo Bill Post #347, and will also feature the Pleasant Valley Concert Band along with several special guest speakers, including Richard B. Dix, Brigadier General, US Army.

Boys Summer Swim Clinic:  The High School Boys Swim Program is holding summer clinic days 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.

PV Volleyball Clinic:  The High School Volleyball Program is holding summer clinic days for students of all ages. Click here for a paper registration or register online at https://pleasval.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=athletics.

School Supply Drive: From June 1 to July 30, we will collect school supplies at PVHS.  These supplies will be used for students who may not be able to afford supplies.  Drop them off any time between 7:30am and 3:30pm at the main office.

Community Opportunities

Pleasant Valley Girl Scouts Twilight Camp: Click here to learn more about this camp.

Children’s Therapy iCan Bike: Click here to learn about this specialized instructional program for individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bike.

FCA Soccer Try Out Dates: Click here to learn about trying out for FCA Soccer Teams.

Host an Exchange Student:  Bettendorf Rotary Club is seeking families in the PV District who may be interested in hosting a 16-year-old male exchange student from Italy for approximately three months during the 2017-18 school year. Please contact Doug Peterson at 563-332-5007 or louanndoug@mchsi.com.

University of Wisconsin Platteville STEM Discovery Program:  This week-long program is for families of diverse and low-income.  Entering freshmen, sophomores and juniors will gain access to STEM exploration and qualifying students will be provided transportation, registration, meals and lodging. For more info or to register: http://www.uwplatt.edu/pre-college/stem-discovery.

Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation Awards 79 Scholarships

Posted May 12th, 2017

When the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation started 25 years ago, just two students received a scholarship – one boy and one girl were each awarded $500.  A lot has changed during the quarter of century.  On May 10, 2017, the PVEF awarded scholarships to 79 Pleasant Valley High School seniors, totaling nearly $85,000.

“This is a celebration of the 79 seniors, but also of the people who elected to invest their resources in the development of our future young leaders,”  PVEF President Dave Borcherding said.  “As with any investment, these generous donors are expecting a return on that investment. Your return to them is dedicating yourself to lifelong learning and using that learning to find the opportunities for which you are destined to provide the solutions.”

During the ceremony, families honored their loved ones, businesses thanked the community and all sent the message that PV supports its students now and will into the future.

“You know we’re proud of you,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Spelhaug said. “We also have expectations for you.  One of the reasons we award these scholarships is to remind you that it isn’t on your own that you’ve gotten to where you are.  Faculty, family and the community have stood beside you.  Our expectation is that you will go out into the world and stand beside someone else who needs it.”

Pleasant Valley Community School District believes in the best educational experience “not for some kids, but for all kids,” and the Foundation’s scholarship program represents that belief.  Scholarship recipients represent the entire 2017 class.  While some scholarships are awarded to top level students, scholarships are also awarded for character and work ethic.  Most awardees are students with a drive to succeed with a wide range interests from medicine to music to mechanics.

One of the presenters, Dr. Radhika Kolla, spoke of her mother-in-law and why her family chose to honor her with a scholarship.  Hashmat Siddiqui grew up during India’s independence from the British Empire.  Millions were uprooted from their homes, including Hashmat.  However, she was determined to get an education even though many girls stayed home from school fearing for their safety.  Hashmat went on to earn a Masters in Geography and Islamic studies and became an educator.  Dr. Kolla said her mother-in-law’s determination is inspiring and emphasized the need for diverse ways of thinking.  (Read the stories behind every scholarship at pleasval.org/foundation/.)

The PVEF raises funds through a golf outing in April, the road race Run with Carl in September, and through dozens of families and businesses who’ve chosen to endow scholarships.  If you are interested in learning more about the PVEF, please contact Secretary Beth Marsoun at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us.

The full list of scholarship winners is below our picture gallery.

 

Arconic Science Achievement Scholarship                                                                                   Emily Suen

Ann & Rainsford Brown, Jr. Memorial Scholarship                                                                   Jerry Pendleton

Bettendorf Hy-Vee Citizenship Scholarship                                                                                Kelsey Borbeck

Bettendorf Rotary: Chuck Mooney/William Stradt/Rich & Dee James Scholarship         Lillian Jones

Bettendorf Rotary: Chuck Mooney/William Stradt/Rich & Dee James Scholarship         Elizabeth Zupancic

PV/Bettendorf Baseball Participation Scholarship                                                                    Michael Tappa

Bill & Ellen Stradt Family Scholarship                                                                                         Alexis Cordts

Brett Greenwood “Total Effort” Scholarship                                                                               Addie Swanson

Bridgeview Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                                    Danielle Henricksen

Carl D. Schillig Memorial Scholarship                                                                                          Kaitlyn Evans

Carolyn & Joseph Martin Family Scholarship                                                                            Reagan Putnam

Christine Harvey True Blue Scholarship                                                                                      Sally Walker

Chuck Murphy Spartan Spirit Scholarship                                                                                  Rachel Tebbe

Cody Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                                               Dylan Hartford

Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                 Abigail Reese

Crystal Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship                                                                                      Claire Park

Cyndy Behrer Leadership Scholarship                                                                                         Vincent Gnad

Dale Barber “True Grit” Scholarship                                                                                            Michael Showers

David J. Ramnath Memorial Scholarship                                                                                   Emily Nutt

Deborah R. Menke Leadership Scholarship                                                                               Jarrin Flores

Dr. Vijay Rajendran Family Scholarship                                                                                     Emily Bruinsma

English Department Achievement Scholarship                                                                        Julia Said

Evelyn Lehman iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Teleah Thomas

Family & Consumer Sciences Achievement Scholarship                                                         Emma Hartman

Hashmat Siddiqui & Manazir Family Scholarship                                                                    Austin Stickel

Andrew Green Memorial Scholarship                                                                                         Ellie Kurth

Fred & Maxine Green Family Scholarship                                                                                 Andrew Wendel

James D. Morrison Memorial Scholarship                                                                                Patrick McMonagle

Jana S. Witte Memorial Band Scholarship                                                                                Ian Aplington

Jana S. Witte Memorial Orchestra Scholarship                                                                        Harrison Qu

Jana S. Witte Memorial Vocal Music Scholarship                                                                    Megan Maloney

Janet E. Keady Memorial Scholarship                                                                                        Mark Conway

Jeffrey J. Donahue Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Damandeep Riat

Jeffrey J. Donahue Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Terry Saul

Jeremy “Red” Scannell Memorial Scholarship                                                                          Austin Kress

Jon Allbee Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                Sarah Meyers

John P. Bowe Memorial Scholarship                                                                                          Millenama Prasai

Joe & Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship                                                                            Cameron Trentz

Joshua D. Fullmer Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Zachary Pilger

Kathryn Ludwig Humanitarian Scholarship                                                                             Anna Grace Molinari

LeClaire Lions Club Service Scholarship                                                                                    Rachel Rector

LeClaire Manufacturing Achievement Scholarship                                                                 McClain Acri

Lindsay Suhl Memorial Scholarship                                                                                            Cecily Clark

Marilyn M. & Burton C. Gearhart Family Scholarship                                                            Ryan Thompson

Math Department Achievement Scholarship                                                                            Samuel Lederman

Merrit Parsons Memorial Scholarship                                                                                        Matthew Nelson

Merrit & Dorothy Parsons Family Scholarship                                                                         Ebteehal Ismail

ORA Orthopedics Musculoskeletal Health Scholarship                                                          Jared Allbee

Paul N. Lensmeyer Memorial Scholarship                                                                                 Carrie Peterson

Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company Scholarship                                                                                Rachel Barber

Performing and Visual Arts Achievement Scholarship                                                          Catherine Byrne

Philip A. Czachowski Memorial Scholarship                                                                             Keeli Richards

Pleasant View Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                             Alexander Wong

PTA Character Counts Scholarship                                                                                             Marie DeLessio

Pleasant Valley Education Association Scholarship                                                                Grace Wilson

Quad City Telugu Sangham Scholarship                                                                                    Aditya Subramaniam

R Hovey Tinsman, Jr. Memorial Scholarship                                                                           Christian Jones

Ralph & Marjorie VenHorst Family Scholarship                                                                      Megan Hackney

Rao Chitneni Memorial Scholarship                                                                                           Laura Butler

Riverdale Heights Elementary Achievement Scholarship                                                      Lauren Carroll

Snow Masonic Lodge #44 Scholarship                                                                                       Isaac Sears

Social Studies Department Achievement Scholarship                                                            Samuel Lundry

Spartan Nation Band Scholarship                                                                                               Mallory Obenauf

Spartan Nation Boys’ Cross Country Scholarship                                                                    Christian Simmons

Spartan Nation Determination Scholarship                                                                              Hannah DePover

Spartan Nation Extra Mile Scholarship                                                                                      Samina Abdullah

Spartan Nation Girls’ Cross Country Scholarship                                                                    Lillie Klauer

Spartan Nation iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Alexander Leonard

Spartan Nation iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Andrew Van Nattan

Spartan Nation iHope Scholarship                                                                                              Andrew Gratton

Spartan Nation Perseverance Scholarship                                                                                 Sarah Yoerger

Spartan STEM Scholarship                                                                                                           Cole Edwards

Steven J. Vander Horn Memorial Scholarship                                                                          Ryan Brohm

Ted & Carole Minnick Family Scholarship                                                                                 Ariel Rivera

Tinsman Family Education Scholarship                                                                                     Olivia Heckel

Tom & Martha Shaff Licea Family Scholarship                                                                         Mackinsey Paulson

Tom St. Clair Memorial Scholarship                                                                                            Hannah Humes

William “Bill” Stickel Memorial Scholarship                                                                              Jonathan Crouse

World Language Department Achievement Scholarship                                                         Abigail Schaller

#SpartanNation May 5

Posted May 12th, 2017

Bridgeview

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s).  Click here for the Bridgeview Survey.

PTA Pulse:  Click here to learn about ordering school supplies, registration, vaccination requirements and volunteer opportunities.

Tis the Season: As the end of the school year moves closer to becoming a reality, classes begin to take field trips to various locations.  Next week 6th grade students will be traveling to the Putnam Museum and Wednesday and participating in their annual Camp-Out experience at Camp Wyoming on Thursday and Friday.  Students in second grade will be visiting the Botanical Center on Thursday and our third and fifth grade students will be enjoying new learning on Friday at the Buffalo Bill and Hoover Museums respectively.  Please make sure your students are prepared with lunches, and whatever other materials are needed for their experience.

Bridgeview Flag Ceremony:  Bridgeview students and guests as well as current and former military personnel are invited to participate in the school’s annual flag ceremony scheduled for 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 16.  The ceremony will take place outside around the flag pole unless inclement weather forces us into the gymnasium.  The American Legion Post #347 will facilitate a portion of the ceremony and present a flag to 5th grade essay winner Kaleigh McGrath who will read her essay at the ceremony.  Additionally, students will sing several patriotic songs including The Star-Spangled Banner and Fly High, You Grand Old Flag.  Students are reminded to wear red, white and blue in recognition of our patriotic colors.

Senior Recognition Celebration, May 17: Bridgeview Alumni who are members of the graduating Class of 2017 are invited to attend a Senior Recognition Celebration in your honor on Wednesday, May 17 beginning at 2:35.  Please plan to enter the building through Door C (close to the gym/cafeteria), with your cap and gown.  We will then walk the halls of Bridgeview to the shouts and cheers of our students as they congratulate you!  Bridgeview alumni will be the honorees at a reception in the library immediately following the school day where they will have an opportunity to celebrate with their former elementary teachers.

2017-18 Scott County Family Y Kids Club Registration. Click here for information about before and after school care provided by Scott County YMCA.

Pleasant Valley Youth Football Registration for Fall:  Current 4th and 5th Graders interested in playing football in the fall, please click here for the May 18, 2017 registration information.

Athletic Boosters Clothing Sale, May 20:  Join us in the area between the gym and the pool at the Pleasant Valley High School.  We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. holding our end of year clothing sale! Questions please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or 563-949-7122 (call/text).

Cody

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with your students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s). Click here for the Cody survey.

2017-2018 Registration is due May 15th, 2017.  Click here to register. If your student will not be returning to Cody in the fall, please contact the office at 563-332-0210.

No Alternative Lunch on May 25:  Due to our Volunteer Luncheon on Thursday, May 25, the following will be served for lunch.  There will be no alternate choice this day.

Hot Dog on a bun
Carrots
Apple slices
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Milk
***Please make these changes on your lunch menu calendar.

Lost and Found: Please take a look at our lost and found table in the commons.  Any items left at the end of the school year will be donated to our health office and Goodwill.

Yearbooks are on sale in the office for $9.

2017-18 Scott County Family Y Kids Club Registration. Click here for information about before and after school care provided by Scott County YMCA.

Pleasant Valley Youth Football Registration for Fall:  Current 4th and 5th Graders interested in playing football in the fall, please click here for the May 18, 2017 registration information.

Athletic Boosters Clothing Sale, May 20:  Join us in the area between the gym and the pool at the Pleasant Valley High School.  We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. holding our end of year clothing sale! Questions please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or 563-949-7122 (call/text).

Hopewell

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s). Click here for the Hopewell survey.

PTA Meeting on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 pm.  Agenda items will include voting on the budget and officers for the 2016-17 school year.

Hopewell Flag Ceremony Friday, May 19, 10:30am:  On Friday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn at Hopewell, we will celebrate the American Flag and our active and retired service members. This tradition of reflection and honor is in partnership with the American Legion, Le Claire. Hopewell families are invited to join us for this celebration. Service members, active and retired, are invited to attend. If you are a current or previous service member and you are planning to attend, please call 563.332.0250 to RSVP.

Hopewell Gardeners needed!  Immediately seeking anyone with gardening or conservation experience, who would be willing to help maintain the beds at Hopewell during both the school year and summer, including the 20+ native species in the Butterfly Garden. A brief training on plant identification will be held, at various times of day, the week of May 22nd – 26th (dates and times flexible). Please contact Laurie Rohner for further information: Laurie.Rohner@gmail.com 563-210-3014

Box Top Collections: Please have any remaining boxtops turned into the bag outside your child’s classroom by 5/19/2017.  Many of you may wonder if those silly little boxtops are worth putting in bags and sending off to school…. well, Hopewell will get a check for over $1,600 for this school year!!! So please take a bow and pat yourself on the back for that effort! Thank you for supporting Hopewell!

2017-18 Scott County Family Y Kids Club Registration. Click here for information about before and after school care provided by Scott County YMCA.

Pleasant Valley Youth Football Registration for Fall:  Current 4th and 5th Graders interested in playing football in the fall, please click here for the May 18, 2017 registration information.

Athletic Boosters Clothing Sale, May 20:  Join us in the area between the gym and the pool at the Pleasant Valley High School.  We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. holding our end of year clothing sale! Questions please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or 563-949-7122 (call/text).

Pleasant View

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s). Click here for the Pleasant View survey.

School Supply Packs:  ORDER NOW before you forget!  The end of the school year and beginning of summer can get busy, so don’t delay!  Visit http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter our school code, PLE029.  Sale ENDS on FRIDAY, JUNE 16th.

2017-18 Scott County Family Y Kids Club Registration. Click here for information about before and after school care provided by Scott County YMCA.

Pleasant Valley Youth Football Registration for Fall:  Current 4th and 5th Graders interested in playing football in the fall, please click here for the May 18, 2017 registration information.

Riverdale Heights

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s). Click here for the Riverdale Heights survey.

Senior Recognition Ceremony, May 17:  Riverdale Heights Alumni are invited back on May 17th at 2:40 pm.  Please wear your cap and gown and plan to arrive around 2:30 pm!  We’ll parade you through the student-lined halls and get a chance to speak with your former teachers.  This is a special way for you to inspire the future of Pleasant Valley and thank those who helped you make it to graduation!  If you will be attending, please RSVP to Jenny Umland at umlandj@pleasval.k12.ia.us

2017-18 Scott County Family Y Kids Club Registration. Click here for information about before and after school care provided by Scott County YMCA.

Pleasant Valley Youth Football Registration for Fall:  Current 4th and 5th Graders interested in playing football in the fall, please click here for the May 18, 2017 registration information.

Athletic Boosters Clothing Sale, May 20:  Join us in the area between the gym and the pool at the Pleasant Valley High School.  We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. holding our end of year clothing sale! Questions please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or 563-949-7122 (call/text).

Pleasant Valley Junior High

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with your students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s). Click here for the Pleasant Valley Junior High survey.

Class of 2021!  8th Grade Social, TONIGHT, May 12:  The social is for 8th grade students and will be from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Junior High. There will be music, a photo area, snacks, beverages, open gym, and FUN!   This is not a formal event.

The Scott County Book Mobile will be at the Junior High on Monday, May 15th from 1:30-3:15 to kick off Summer Reading. Only students with a library card will be able to allowed to go on the Book Mobile.

All library books are due next Friday, May 19th. All students’ library fines should be paid as well. Students can see what books they have checked out and if they have any library fines by logging in with the username: student ID number and their password: their last name @ Destiny Card Catalog . Simply click on the “My Info” tab to view account information.

PE Lockers:  On Monday, May 22nd all JH students will turn in their locks for PE. At this time it important for everything to be out of the PE lockers and taken home. Students will have until Thursday May 25th to have everything out of the lockers before all lockers will be emptied and cleared on Friday, May 26th. Once lockers are cleared, all left over clothes and shoes will be placed in lost and found until the end of the school year.  All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Incoming Freshmen Service Learning Opportunities:  On May 10th, Mrs. Jepsen from PVHS came out to PVJH to talk with 8th grade students about the service learning requirement.  Current 8th grade students can begin accumulating their service learning hours this summer. Click here to see information provided to your student. Feel free to check out the service learning website for additional information https://sites.google.com/a/student.pleasval.k12.ia.us/service-learning/home or contact Mrs. Jepsen at jepsenemily@pleasval.k12.ia.us with any questions.  You can also click here for a list of summer opportunities.

Fall Play Auditions:  The 2017 fall play is Oh, What a Tangled Web by John R. Carroll! Auditions for the fall play will be on the first and second day of school (Wednesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 24th) from 2:30-4:45. Please sign-up outside of Mrs. VanLanduyt’s room when you are at registration or on the first or second day of school. To prepare for your audition, and find out more information, please visit Mrs. VanLanduyt’s website: http://mrsvlaclassroom.weebly.com/play-and-musical.html

Athletic Boosters Clothing Sale, May 20:  Join us in the area between the gym and the pool at the Pleasant Valley High School.  We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. holding our end of year clothing sale! Questions please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or 563-949-7122 (call/text).

Pleasant Valley High School

Annual Parent Survey:  Every year, we survey our parents to help analyze our work with students.  You will receive a link to a survey for each building where you have signed up for eNews. Please complete the survey by May 19 for each building in which you have a child enrolled.  Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully complete this survey(s). Click here for the PVHS survey.

PVHS Spartan Bakery:  Order yummy treats from PVHS students!  The students created the recipes and all proceeds will be donated to the family of Will Kohn. Click here for what’s on sale and to order.  Orders are due by May 15 at 3:30pm.

Right After Prom Committee Meeting, May 16 – There will be a wrap up RAP meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Room 164 at the Pleasant Valley High School.  If you are interested in helping with this event next year, please be sure to join us!  Any questions, please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or call/text (563)949-7122.

Senior Send-Off at Your Elementary: 

Bridgeview Elementary   Bridgeview Alumni who are members of the graduating Class of 2017 are invited to attend a Senior Recognition Celebration in your honor on Wednesday, May 17 beginning at 2:35.  Please plan to enter the building through Door C (close to the gym/cafeteria), with your hat and gown.  We will then walk the halls of Bridgeview to the shouts and cheers of our students as they congratulate you!  Bridgeview alumni will then be the honorees at a reception in the library where they will have an opportunity to celebrate with their former elementary teachers.

Cody Elementary – Cody Alumni are invited back on May 17th at 2:30pm.  Please wear your cap and gown!  We’ll parade through the student-lined halls and get a chance to speak with your former teachers.  This is a special way for you to inspire the future of Pleasant Valley and thank those who helped you make it to graduation!  If you will be attending, please RSVP to Jennifer Kipper at kipperjennifer@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Pleasant View Elementary  — Alumni received an invitation with details in the mail.

Riverdale Heights Elementary – Riverdale Heights Alumni are invited back on May 17th at 2:40 pm.  Please wear your cap and gown and plan to arrive around 2:30 pm!  We’ll parade you through the student-lined halls and get a chance to speak with your former teachers.  This is a special way for you to inspire the future of Pleasant Valley and thank those who helped you make it to graduation!  If you will be attending, please RSVP to Jenny Umland at umlandj@pleasval.k12.ia.us

**Hopewell Elementary will have a graduating class in 2018.

Yearbook orders due soon! The deadline to order a yearbook from the 2016-2017 school year is approaching quickly. Our book is packed with memories from this year and your student won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have a beautiful keepsake they’ll treasure forever. The cost is $70. Payment can be made in the main office. All orders are due by Friday, May 26th. There will not be yearbooks available for sale when they arrive—all books must be preordered. If you are unsure whether you purchased a yearbook during the registration process, you can verify by logging into your campus portal and looking for the $70 charge under the Fees tab, or you can call the main office at 563.332.5151.

Attention parents of seniors: We have only a few spots left for senior yearbook ads and will fill them on a first-submitted basis! If you have a senior, please consider honoring their accomplishments with a personalized vanity ad in a reserved section of this year’s yearbook.  Choose childhood and/or additional senior photos, along with a special message to surprise your student, who will surely treasure the ad for years to come. Click here for the order form. There is very limited space remaining, so reserve your student’s spot today! If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Dyer, yearbook adviser, at 563.332.5151 or dyermaureen@pleasval.k12.ia.us .

Senior Picnic, May 25:  Attention Senior’s & Parent Volunteers!  The PTA sponsored “Senior Picnic” will be held after Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 25, 2017 starting at 11am at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  Tickets will be sold in the PVHS Front office for $5.00 each.  Your ticket includes a delicious lunch, drink & desert, Plus a chance to win Door Prizes.  Students Must bring their ticket for entry into the picnic and to register for Door Prizes.  We have several unclaimed Door Prizes from RAP that have been donated to the Picnic such as:  dorm size refrigerator, DVD player, Bluetooth speaker, luggage and many more.

Parent Volunteers are needed to help with the games and other events the day of the picnic.  In addition, we are asking for deserts & water donations.  Watch your email for the Sign-Up notice.  Thank you for supporting the PTA and helping to make your student’s Senior Picnic a Success.  For more information on how to volunteer, contact Annette Blunk, blunkannette@gmail.com.

Athletic Boosters Clothing Sale, May 20:  Join us in the area between the gym and the pool at the Pleasant Valley High School.  We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. holding our end of year clothing sale! Questions please contact Kris at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com or 563-949-7122 (call/text).

Community Opportunities

Young Adult Summer Reading Programs, Bettendorf Library: Click here to learn about programs like Build a Better Code, Build a Better Burger, Build a Better Deck, and many more!

WIU-QC Songwriting Camp:  Click here to register for the camp!

Bettendorf Life Fitness Tennis Summer CampClick here to learn about the camp!

Quad Cities Museum Week:  From June 17 through 25, over 20 museums from across the Quad Cities region will come together for the third annual Quad Cities Museum Week. Enjoy this celebration of our region’s museums and participate in special activities, exhibits and promotions during this fun-filled week. This year’s theme will be “QC Spotlight”. Each museum will feature people, items, inventions, products, and historical  events that spotlight and tell a story about the Quad Cities. Museum Week is the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get out and explore.  Each museum features its own, theme, history, galleries, and exhibits.  Come and discover these wonderful historical and cultural treasures that add to the quality of life in our region. To find out more about Museum Week, please visit www.qcmuseumweek.com

Cub Scout Registration, May 20:  Does your son like outdoor activities, camping, games, awards and more?  Then, Scouting is for him!  This is for boys who will be in 1st grade through 5th grade next school year.  Riverdale Heights Elementary, Cub Scout Pack 24, is holding a new Cub Scout registration event on May 20th from 4pm to 5pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park (the bandshell on 23rd St south of Middle Road).  We will have an alternate location of Riverdale Heights Cafeteria if it is raining.  There are activites planned for your son during the event so bring him along.  For questions, contact Eric Hupp at 650-0792 or email him at thehupps@gmail.com.

 

Regional Battle of the Books Champions

Posted May 3rd, 2017

bob-winners-2017Anna Kunau, Cassie Smith, &  Erica Heiselman, team ACE, are the Regional Battle of the Book Champions for 2017.  This was their second year competing. A big congratulations, and a thank you, for bringing the traveling trophy back to  PVJH. Great job to Lizzie McVey, Kayleigh Early, & Camryn Woods who also competed. Next year will be your year to keep the trophy here!

#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
Eight PVHS Students Named National Merit Finalists

Posted March 6th, 2017

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Pictured Left to Right Front Row: Margarita Rasgado, Emily Suen, Hannah Humes Pictured Left to Right Back Row: Matthew Nelson, Samuel Lederman, Catherine Byrne, Patrick McMonagle, Isaac Sears

Left to Right: Millenama Prasai, Harrison Qu and Emily Nutt have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Left to Right: Millenama Prasai, Harrison Qu and Emily Nutt have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Merit Finalists

The faculty and staff of Pleasant Valley Community High School are pleased to announce that the following seniors were recently honored as National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program:

Catherine Byrne, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Byrne of Bettendorf;

Hannah Humes, daughter of  Timothy and Kerry Humes of Bettendorf;

Samuel Lederman, son of Joshua and Gillian Lederman;

Patrick McMonagle, son of Robert and Denise McMonagle of Davenport;

Mathew Nelson; son of Todd and Mary Ann Nelson of Bettendorf;

Margarita Rasgado Lopez; daughter of  Jesus Rasgado Lopez and Maria Margaita Lopez Fernandez of Bettendorf;

Isaac Sears, son of Stephen and Beatrice Sears of Davenport;

Emily Suen, daughter of Benjamin Suen a
nd Jennifer Chui of Bettendorf.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.  The Semifinalist and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group.  Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join some 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Commended Students

The principal, Mike Zimmer, of Pleasant Valley High School announced today that Emily Nutt, daughter of  Andrew and Kari Nutt of Bettendorf, IA,  Millenama Prasai, daughter of Ganga and Bindu Prasai of LeClaire, IA, Harrison Qu,  son of Zhiming Qu and Xin Liu of  Bettendorf, IA,  have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

NEW PICTURES: The Junior High Renovation Project

Posted November 1st, 2016

Construction is well underway at Pleasant Valley Junior High.  Crews are adding eight new classrooms, a new industrial tech room and a multi-purpose wellness room.  Those new classrooms are scheduled to be in use before Winter Break, as renovations begin on the new Orchestra Room, Guidance Suite and Teacher’s Lounge.  Keep an eye on this article, as we’ll post pictures as the project unfolds.

 

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

PVHS Art Teacher, Devin Hanson, Named Art Teacher of the Year

Posted October 3rd, 2016

web1-devin-hansonMr. Hanson has only been teaching for a few years
at PVHS and is already getting recognized for his work with students.  Art Educators of Iowa are recognizing Mr. Hanson as Outstanding Secondary Art Teacher of the Year.

A college professor nominated Mr. Hanson for the award and a committee of his peers chose him for the honor.  He said it’s something he wasn’t expecting, as he is a younger teacher.

“I’m very grateful to be honored with this award,” he said in his statement to the committee. “You don’t take on a career in education for the recognition or fame. When you become a teacher, you are making a commitment to better the lives of yweb3our students and your community, no matter what it takes.”

Mr. Hanson said what he enjoys most about teaching the time he has to get to understand his students.

“As an art teacher, I have more time to talk to the students and really know them,” he said.

During the day, he sees a wide variety of students:  some are talented artists; some are using their art skills to work in a trade.

“Students who invest themselves in art are a class all their own,” he said.  “These students all have different personalities, but are the most creative people in the world. Over the last three years of my teaching career, my goal has been to reach these students and instill the values of art education, whether they pursue art in the future or not. I once heard an administrator say, ‘we are in the people industry.’  This is very true in the world of education, as we are producing individuals who have the skills to change the world we live in.”

web4Mr. Hanson received his award at the AEI banquet in Burlington, Ia.

on October 1.  He stressed he would not be able to do quality work without the support of the Pleasant Valley Community School District.

“It is rewarding to be in a district that values the arts as much as they do, and they have provided me with more than enough tools to be successful.”

 

Reflections Art Competition

Posted October 3rd, 2016

New Director of Elementary Education

Posted October 3rd, 2016

Pleasant Valley Community School District is pleased to introduce you to its new Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Cindy Lewis.  Dr. Lewis comes to PV with vast experience and knowledge about our youngest students.  Dr. Lewis started her career teaching preschool, and taught for several years at different elementary grade levels.  She also served as literacy specialist and principal in the Davenport Community School District.  Most recently, she served as the literacy coordinator for the Mississippi Bend Area Educational Agency, helping 21 school districts implement new state reading standards.

“I am so lucky to come on at PV,” Dr. Lewis said.  “We have a great legacy, so I’m lucky to step into this spot.”

Dr. Lewis said she’s looking forward to building on PV’s successes.

“I many not have a lot of answers, but I have a lot of questions.”  Her outside perspective allows her to ask why PV does something a certain way and work with administrators and staff to make sure it’s what’s best for students.  This fall, she’ll work with each grade level on some of those questions, especially when it comes to literacy.

“I would like to help teachers take a closer look at the work they are doing,” she said.  “I also will work to make sure all students have a 90 minute reading block.”

Dr. Lewis has a doctorate of educational leadership and lives in Bettendorf with her husband, Robert.  She has three children, who all graduated from Pleasant Valley, and six grandchildren.

Welcome to PV’s New Faculty and Staff

Posted September 20th, 2016

The Pleasant Valley Community School District cordially welcomes New Faculty and Staff for the 2016-17!  We know your addition to our team will only strengthen our mission to provide 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!  Please click on the slide show below to see all of our new team members

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Bettendorf, IA 52722

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