Pleasant Valley
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Pleasant Valley
Clubs & Organizations
Pleasant Valley School District offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations. Below you can find more information outlining the Pleasant Valley School District's clubs and organizations, and/or by visiting a club or organization's official website. If you have additional questions please feel free to e-mail the corresponding contact(s) or school.
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High School Clubs and Organizations
Academic Bowl

Academic Bowl is an organization that allows students a chance to demonstrate knowledge of materials across the curriculum in Jeopardy like format. Students are arranged in teams of 4 or 5 and they must “buzz in” to answer toss up questions to solve in 30 seconds. Competitions involve competing with various schools in both Iowa and Illinois, and participation in subject-specific competitions, such as Thinkers Throw-down and Science Bowl to name a few.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jamie Homb
hombjamie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Ambassadors Program

Students willing to assist new students during their initial, first week of school. Responsibilities include: showing new students to classes, eating lunch with them and introducing new students to other students. AMBASSADORS are also used throughout the school year as new students enroll.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Guidance Office
hsguidance@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Art Club

This club is for any students who are interested in contributing to the community and school using their artistic talents. Students do not need to be enrolled in an art class to participate. The club meets weekly in the Art room.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Aimee Peters
petersaimee@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Astronomy Club

This club will strive to educate students about the universe beyond the standard physics curriculum. Students will visit local planetariums & observatories, perform their own observations, and explore celestial bodies and astronomical events. With these activities, students are introduced to astronomy as a hobby and as an opportunity for future study. This club will meet every Thursday after school.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Ian Spangenberg
spangenbergian@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Badminton Club

Dedicated to students who either have a continuing interest in badminton, or would like to unwind after school by trying a new sport. We hope the student body will gain a deeper appreciation of this sport and enjoy socializing in a fun, active environment.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Randy Brockhage
brockhager@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Be The Change

This club holds activities to promote peace and positive change. The goal is to make the world a better place.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Dr. Lynne Lundberg
lundberglynne@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Biology Club

This club focused on preparing for the USABO exams. We will discuss several aspects of biology in a fun, exciting way. We will also discuss modern news that relates to biology.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Brant Clausen
clausenbrant@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Book Club

The Book Club is open to all staff and students. We read,we talk, we laugh, we might cry, and we mostly just have fun with books, ideas, and people. After the initial meeting, the Book Club meets about once a quarter, though this may change based on the group’s needs. There is also an online component for those who can’t meet in person.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Cari McDonald
mcdonaldcarissa@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Ceramics Club

In Ceramics Club, we experiment with large-scale building projects and unique construction design. Every year, we hold our annual Pottery and Ice Cream Sale, in which we sell ice cream in our handmade ceramic bowls. Students in this club will get a deeper look into various clay operations and will acquire a better understanding of teamwork in commercial sculpting and pottery. This club is open to all students, 9-12, whether they are enrolled in art classes or not. Ceramics Club meets every Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm in room 285.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Alexandria Medenciy
medenciyalexandria@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Cricket Club

Students will meet with experienced players, to learn how to play the game known as the 2nd most popular sport in the world. Learn to play and have a great time.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Grant Housman
housmangrant@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Drama Club

This group supplies information about all things theatrical; whether you are a performer, technician, or audience member. This club helps organize and perform drama related activities such as: the fall musical, the Children’s Show, the Variety Show, Spartan Showcase, Winter Production, Large Group Speech activities, Battle of the Bands, and the spring play. The Drama Club meets every Thursday in the theater after school.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

William Myatt
myattw@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Environmental Club

This club would get students together to help improve the environment within the area. We will plan different projects and activities to help achieve this goal.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Dr. Lynne Lundberg
lundberglynne@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open to any athlete grades 912. The mission of FCA is to present coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of accepting Jesus Christ into their life. FCA meets one morning a week for bible study, devotion, and fellowship.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Eric Royer
royereric@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Lori Duncan
duncanlori@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Four Square Club

A weekly club that emphasizes fun exercise in a relaxed setting. Our goal is to provide a lighthearted accepting and positive experience to a wide diversity of the student body. We will start with short morning meetings focused on four square, but will expand to other familiar games if interest is expressed. Through these recess games we hope to bring fun appropriate for all ages to our school.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Ian Spangenberg
spangenbergian@pleasval.k12.ia.us




French Club

If interested in being an entrepreneur or pursuing a career in business, come join in. Our mission is to bring business & education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership & career development programs. Students may have the opportunity to attend the Spring State Leadership conference, to compete in a variety of business competitions. Activities include fundraising for conferences & scholarships, business field trips, guest speakers and more.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Lori Brodersen
brodersenlori@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Future Business Leaders of America

If interested in being an entrepreneur or pursuing a career in business, come join in. Our mission is to bring business & education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership & career development programs. Students may have the opportunity to attend the Spring State Leadership conference, to compete in a variety of business competitions. Activities include fundraising for conferences & scholarships, business field trips, guest speakers and more.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Danielle Davenport
davenportd@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Future Physicians of America

Our goal is to make high school students aware of the multitude of healthcare professions, and to better prepare in the pursuit toward the medical field, as well as creating a supportive student community with students of similar aspirations. We plan to meet on a weekly basis to host mini lectures about our passions toward certain scientific fields, experiences with college programs in relation to the medical field, and to invite speakers from the healthcare profession. Another goal is to participate in healthcare related community events and fundraisers.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Susan Kvach
kvachsusan@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Gentlemen’s Club

The Gentlemen’s Club is a coed organization open to all students devoted to promoting gentlemanly living through good deeds, fine dressing, and a positive image that diffuses through the entire student body. Members of the Pleasant Valley High School’s Gentlemen’s Club exemplify intelligent, appreciative, respectful and proper living through the education of gentlemanly principles. Members also enjoy engaging in other gentlemanly activities such as boche ball, chess and croquet.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Don Fry
frydon@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Girls Learn International

GLI educates US students in the global movement for girl’s access to education and is a part of the Feminist Majority Foundation. It is a charitable foundation dedicated to raising money for schools in developing counties.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jenni Levora
levoraj@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Habitat For Humanity

A non-profit housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Quad Cities by building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with families in need. Our goal, through volunteering and fundraising, is to help build and sponsor homes. We are looking for students who want to make a difference by taking action. No building experience required!

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Tara Daurer
daurertara@pleasval.k12.ia.us




History Bowl

An organization that allows students a chance to demonstrate knowledge of History in “Jeopardy” like format. Students are arranged in teams of 4 or 5, they must “buzz in” to answer toss up questions to solve in 30 seconds. Competitions involve competing with various schools in both Iowa and Illinois.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jamie Homb
hombjamie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Ice Skating Club

Students will meet every few weeks to go ice skating at River’s Edge, fostering enjoyment of ice skating and building an exciting foundation!

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Dr. Lynne Lundberg
lundberglynne@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Math Club

Meet regularly to discuss concepts in mathematics and prepare for math competitions at high school and elementary levels.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Julie Spelhaug
spelhaugjulie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Model United Nations Club

Engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations process by learning about the UN and its associated country members, examining real world issues with the policies and perspective of those counties, learning the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. Have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events, while enjoy learning and participating with team members and engaging other MUN schools, individually or in a larger conference setting.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Philip George
georgephilip@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Multi-Cultural Club

This association will allow for students of all cultures to interact with students of other cultures. This student led association will allow for any student in the school to be a part of it. The major event this group will work toward is the cultural fair, in which you we will display each culture through music, dance, food and/or dress.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Stephanie Risius
risiusstephanie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




PV Pals

PV Pals is a student organization focused on creating social activities for students with special needs. PV Pals accepts anyone and everyone and promotes an environment of inclusion, awareness, and acceptance. Our membership includes students in grades 912 who are committed to making the Pleasant Valley community a better place.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Andrew Ward
wardandrewj@pleasval.k12.ia.us




PV Sketch Writing Club

Come to learn the do’s & don’ts of sketch writing, comedy and dramatic. Learn how to construct an interesting story line, define and refine characters, create original dialogue, format your work for actors, and bring your ideas to the stage/film.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Francis Dunbar
dunbarfrancis@pleasval.k12.ia.us

John Hoty
hotyjohn@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP)

The purpose of RSVP is to involve and empower students to identify issues and concerns in their school. It also provides students the opportunity to take action to address and resolve the issues they’ve identified. Members of this organization serve as student leaders and are assigned to lead their grade level homeroom through the process of identifying these issues and concerns.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Sara Russell
russellsara@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Science Bowl

An organization that allows students a chance to demonstrate knowledge of Science in “Jeopardy” like format. Students are arranged in teams of 4 or 5, they must “buzz in” to answer toss up questions to solve in 30 seconds. Competitions involve competing with various schools in both Iowa and Illinois.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jamie Homb
hombjamie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Shining Stars

This is an inclusive dance squad that practices dance and performs at football and basketball games.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Dr. Lynne Lundberg
lundberglynne@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Gina Meadows
meadowsgina@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Social Committee

Students get together to plan and decorate for Homecoming and Turnabout dances. This group decides dance themes, order and assembles decorations, design and sell tickets, create ad posters, arrange for a DJ, and coordinate with the PTA. They meet as needed around dance time in the sponsor’s classroom after school.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Katie Buchter
buchterkathryn@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Social Gaming Club

Anyone with a passing grade and interested in have a fun, social get together can join in playing video, board and card games, which are appropriate for school, on Wednesdays after school.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Amanda Ranfeld
ranfeldamanda@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Spartan Assembly

This group of students nominated by their peers helps coordinate and plan Homecoming activities, the Hunger Drive, the Blood Drive, and other schoolrelated activities. They also discuss school issues as needed, functioning as the student body’s government. The group meets twice weekly at 7:30 AM.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Megan Dixon
dixonmegan@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Spartan Salon

A club focused on exploring a variety of philosophy, art, and culture centered topics. It is an inclusive intellectual community dedicated to providing a fun forum to develop critical and creative thinking skills through engaging discussion.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

John Hoty
hotyjohn@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Speech Club

This group is for students who are interested in either/both large group (one act play, group musical theatre, and more) and individual speech events (solo musical theatre, original oratory, storytelling, and more). The contest season runs from January to April with practices beginning in November. Contact Mr. Myatt if you are interested.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Mr. William Myatt
myattw@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Students For Political Action

A nonpartisan, statewide group of young people interested in state and federal politics. The purpose of the group is to encourage legistrators to take action on youth issues, foster political discussion among interested students, and educate the student body as a whole about their responsibilities in a democratic society.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Sara Russell
russellsara@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Thespians

The International Thespian Society honors students for outstanding work in theatre. Students that receive at least ten points (approximately 100 hours) in the high school drama department, become a Thespian due to hard work throughout the year in drama.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

William Myatt
myattw@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Trap Shooting

This team is a program organized and supported through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) through which gun clubs, shooting facilities and other organizations provide youth with opportunities to participate in organized, adultsupervised, trap shooting activities leading to the Olympic styles of Bunker Trap and International Skeet. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to represent their school in the lifelong sport of shooting that is based on safety and responsibility.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Deputy Weipert
weipertchad@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Ultimate Frisbee Club

This club will meet weekly for 12 hours. The club will offer students an opportunity to learn and play the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Julie Spelhaug
spelhaugjulie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




UNITE Club

Club to celebrate diversity. Students who believe in universal respect for all races, nationalities, religions, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical handicap, appearance and financial status are welcome to join.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Melissa Lechtenberg
lechtenbergmelissa@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Volunteer Club

Students will get together during meetings and on weekends, to volunteer around the community in a friendly environment and discuss future volunteering opportunities.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Emily Jepsen
jepsenemily@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Women In STEM

Organized to get girls interested in STEM-related careers by interacting with other women already in the field. May include in-person and virtual visits from professionals, field trips to visit various STEM careers, and community engagement regarding STEM. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer with younger students within the district through the “Hour of Code” program, and other opportunities as they arise.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Megan Vandersee
vanderseemegan@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Audrey Holland
hollandaudrey@pleasval.k12.ia.us



World Education Of Love & Peace

Learn about the influences artists have had on the world and how their messages help spread vibes of love & peace throughout our lives. We will investigate art, literature, and philosophy, to further our understanding of the messages artists send and how they impact us.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Dr. Lynne Lundberg
lundberglynne@pleasval.k12.ia.us




World Language Club

World Language Club is open to all students who are interested in world languages and the cultures of the many countries in our world. Students do not need to be enrolled in a World Language class to participate. Activities include understanding a variety of cultures through movies, food, field trips, arts & crafts, etc... This group meets once a month during 8th hour.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Stephanie Risius
risiusstephanie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Young Women’s Club

This club will provide a space for young women to learn about women’s issues: health, history, self-defense, workplace, stress, and more; to discuss any accomplishments or problems; an overall place where they feel uninhibited. Guest speakers will be invited to provide outside opinion’s or input.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Meg Byrne
byrnem@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Jenni Levora
levoraj@pleasval.k12.is.us



Junior High Clubs and Organizations
Anime Club

Create projects and watch videos about Japanese movie and television animation.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Ann Martin
martinann@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Art Club

Expand your knowledge of different art techniques and artists while creating your own 2-D and 3-D works of art.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Sandy Clark
clarksan@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Book Club With Mrs. White

Read and discuss interesting books in a fun and unique way! Meet new people and start new friendships.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Hope White
whitehope@student.pleasval.k12.ia.us




Chess Club

Chess club is a place where students can enjoy each other's company while playing competition that is at their level. This is a club for people of all abilities and for people that want to learn more about the game of chess.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Marcus Cavanagh
cavanaghmarcus@pleasval.k12.ia.us




FACS Club

Create sewing projects and bake delicious treats for your family to enjoy.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Brenda Pardoe
pardoebrenda@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Fall Play

Join fellow students in a Junior High Fall play production.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Lyra Vanlanduyt
vanlanduytlyra@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Horticulture/Landscaping

Get dirty after school and learn landscaping techniques while beautifying our school grounds.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Debbie Hartman
hartmandebbie@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Math Counts

Collaborate with peers to solve challenging math problems and have a chance to compete in the MATH COUNTS competition.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Marci Hill
hillmarci@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Mock Trial

Present and argue a court case after months of preparation and practice.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Cristin Frankel
cristinjf@icloud.com

Justin Teitle
jteitle@icloud.com



Musical

Auditions for the spring musical happen in December every year. Rehearsals are every day after school from 3:15-4:45pm January until the first weekend of March, when we perform the show in our gym. Closer to the date of the show students may be asked to stay later. Students will learn basic stage directions and theatrical terms. They will also learn music and dances for the show. It’s a great way to be involved and make new friends! Please be sure to audition in December, as everyone who auditions makes the show!

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Lyra VanLanduyt
vanlanduytlyra@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Peter Grau
graupeter@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Partners With A Purpose

Partners with a Purpose is an inclusive club which welcomes and encourages the participation of all students, regardless of grade, ability or interest, to come together as a group of friends. Our club plans special charitable and educational projects both in and outside of the school building to help make our community a better place. Students eat, laugh, play games and make lasting friends who make their school experience more enjoyable.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Emily Backus
backusemily@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Katie Casper
casperkatie@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Polar Bear Running Club

Participate in a student-friendly atmosphere while developing strength and endurance at your own comfort level.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jenny Lauritsen
lauritsenjenny@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Recycling Club

Help our school go green by taking care of the recycling needs in the building.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Debbie Hartman
hartmandebbie@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Ann Martin
martinann@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Robotics

Students will build, test, and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions using the EV3 Robot and Legos, as well as research, develop, and share their innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Sankari Kandasamy
pvjhrobotics@gmail.com




Scripps Spelling Bee

Participate in the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee and potentially advance to the regional, state, and national bee.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Katharine Mulfinger
mulfingerkatharine@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Spartan Book Club

Join fellow PVJH book aficionados to discuss a variety of engaging literature. Spartan Book Club members will select novels together and meet to share thoughts and connections to the novels.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Kathy Cline
clinek@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Kelly Dircks
dirckskelly@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Student Council

A major responsibility of Student Council is to represent the student body’s viewpoints to the administration and promote school spirit and participation. The council is responsible for many of the activities within the school, as well as service projects benefiting the PV community and the community at large. Any student is welcome to apply to join the student council at the beginning of each year.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

David Kissack
kissackdavid@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Lauryn Deets
deetslauryn@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Tennis Club

Work on fundamental tennis skills and gain knowledge about a lifelong sport.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jennifer Goetz
goetzjennifer@pleasval.k12.ia.us




Trap Shooting Club

This team is a program organized and supported through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) through which gun clubs, shooting facilities and other organizations provide youth with opportunities to participate in organized, adult supervised, trap shooting activities leading to the Olympic styles of Bunker Trap and International Skeet. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to represent their school in the lifelong sport of shooting that is based on safety and responsibility.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Damien Dassie




Yearbook

Create the junior high yearbook by taking pictures and editing and arranging pages to highlight memories of the school year.

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Troy Markin
markintroy@pleasval.k12.ia.us

Wendy Williams
williamswendy@pleasval.k12.ia.us



Yo-Yo Club

This is a student lead club that works with all different levels of Yo-Yo’ers . Students will have different activities and sessions for all different types of tricks/skills. Bring the Yo-Yo & the fun!!

Additional Information
Contact(s):

Jennifer Goetz
goetzjennifer@pleasval.k12.ia.us





Equal Educational Opportunity
The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, creed, socioeconomic status (for programs), age (for employment), gender, or sexual orientation. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator. The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Brian Strusz who can be reached at Pleasant Valley Administration Center, 525 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, IA. 52722; telephone (563) 332-5550. Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department Education 10220 North Executive Hills Blvd., 8th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64153-1367, (816) 891-8156, or the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146 (515) 281-5294.


Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy
It is the policy of the Pleasant Valley Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of age (for employment), color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status in the educational program or activities which it operates. Inquiries concerning the application of federal and state nondiscrimination statutes and the implementing regulations to the district may be referred to Brian Strusz, who has been designated by the district as Educational Equity Coordinator, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of HEW, Washington, D.C. Brian Strusz can be reached at Pleasant Valley Administration Center, 525 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, IA. 52722 - telephone (563) 332-5550.

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