Pleasant Valley
Community Schools
Junior High
Announcements
December 11, 2017

Congratulations to the PVJH students who have been nominated to be a part of the prestigious 2018 Blank Summer Institute (BSI) in Iowa City from June 24th through June 29th, 2018! Timothy Davison – Invention & Innovation, Grace Davidson – Global & Cultural Studies, Carter Dougherty – Advanced Science, Evan Freese – Social Studies, Erika Holmberg – Performing Arts, Kavya Kalathur – Math Problem Solving, Lauren McGovern – Creative Writing, Gillian Oenick – Visual Arts. Well done Spartans and good luck with the final selection process!

MATHCOUNTS: The Pleasant Valley Junior High School MathCounts Competition will be held on Thursday, December 14th, starting at 3:15 in the Mrs. Hill’s room (111). The top 10 students in the school competition will represent the Junior High at the Regional MathCounts Competition in February. Please see Mrs. Hill if you have any questions.

There will be NO Activity Busses on Tuesday, December 12th or Friday, December 15th.

Sign- ups for Boys Basketball, Cheer/Dance and Swimming will be held Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15 during lunch.

Partners with a Purpose will meet on Thursday, December 14th from 3:15 – 4:45 in room 60.

Congratulations to Luke Knepp for winning his age group in the Davenport Elks Lodge 298 50th annual Hoop Shoot.

The Pleasant Valley Junior High School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, starting at 2:45 in the library. Anyone interested is invited to participate. Please check-in with your advisor teacher and then report to the library. The winner of the Bee will represent the Junior High at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 21st at Augustana College. Please see Mrs. Mulfinger (room 116) if you have any questions.

FACS club will be meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12th from 3:15-4:45 to make Christmas stockings. Students must have taken (or currently in class) FACS or have sewing machine experience. This activity is limited to 15 students. If you are interested, you must sign up on Mrs. Pardoe’s door (#22).

Dance! Sing! Act! Make new friends! Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr. will be Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th. Starting on Friday, December 8th please sign-up for an audition slot outside of the choir room, and pick up an audition packet to prepare with. Everyone makes the show, so please audition if interested, or see Mrs. VanLanduyt about how you can get involved backstage! Rehearsals will begin after winter break.

Do you have gently used 7th-8th-grade appropriate books at home? Visit the book swap shelf in Ms. Dircks’ classroom (across from the computer lab) from 7:15-7:30 a.m. or during advisory to trade your books for new titles! Currently available: Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman, The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone, The Giver by Lowis Lowry and many more! Not sure if you want to trade? Drop in to see what’s available…all students are welcome!

8th graders who are NOT in Life Skills – please make sure you have completed all three components of Career Cruising as soon as possible! If you are unsure of your progress, you can check the Career Cruising completion report outside the counseling office. See your counselor with any questions.

The 3rd Annual “Alive in Me Holiday Give Back” has begun. All toys and books are donated to pediatric patients at local hospitals and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital so that these young patients (infant to 18 years old) feel special during their stay in the hospital over the holidays. New, unwrapped toys and books will be collected at PVJH through December 15th. Last year, PVJH along with Cody and Bridgeview collected more than 3,000 items and we’d love to meet that goal again! The “Alive in Me” foundation was started by one of our very own Pleasant Valley families following the death of their son. Learn more about their personal story and all the great things they are doing for other families at www.aliveinme.org

Student authors and artists! Please consider submitting your original artwork or literature for display around the building. There is an envelope outside Mrs. Small’s door for you to submit this work. Your piece must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper and on one side only. Your name must be on the front for everyone to see or on the back if you prefer anonymity. You may submit as many pieces as you like as the displays will rotate throughout the year.

Calling all Spartan writers! Make a visit to the CoNtEsTs wall across from the library near the classrooms of Mrs. Small, Mrs. VanLanduyt, and Mrs. Ward. Check the ConTEsTs wall frequently for information and entry forms. Get your words in print, let your voice be heard, and (possibly) win some great prizes!

December 8, 2017

MATHCOUNTS: The Pleasant Valley Junior High School MathCounts Competition will be held on Thursday, December 14th, starting at 3:15 in the Mrs. Hill’s room (111). The top 10 students in the school competition will represent the Junior High at the Regional MathCounts Competition in February. Please see Mrs. Hill if you have any questions.

The Pleasant Valley Junior High School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, starting at 2:45 in the library. Anyone interested is invited to participate. Please check-in with your advisor teacher and then report to the library. The winner of the Bee will represent the Junior High at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 21st at Augustana College. Please see Mrs. Mulfinger (room 116) if you have any questions.

FACS club will be meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12th from 3:15-4:45 to make Christmas stockings. Students must have taken (or currently in class) FACS or have sewing machine experience. This activity is limited to 15 students. If you are interested, you must sign up on Mrs. Pardoe’s door (#22).

Dance! Sing! Act! Make new friends! Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr. will be Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th. Starting on Friday, December 8th please sign-up for an audition slot outside of the choir room, and pick up an audition packet to prepare with. Everyone makes the show, so please audition if interested, or see Mrs. VanLanduyt about how you can get involved backstage! Rehearsals will begin after winter break.

Battle of the Book permission slips are due to Mrs. Roche or Ms. Hardaway on Friday, December 8th.

Robotics will meet today from 6:00 – 7:30 in room 124.

Do you have gently used 7th-8th-grade appropriate books at home? Visit the book swap shelf in Ms. Dircks’ classroom (across from the computer lab) from 7:15-7:30 a.m. or during advisory to trade your books for new titles! Currently available: Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman, The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone, The Giver by Lowis Lowry and many more! Not sure if you want to trade? Drop in to see what’s available…all students are welcome!

8th graders who are NOT in Life Skills – please make sure you have completed all three components of Career Cruising as soon as possible! If you are unsure of your progress, you can check the Career Cruising completion report outside the counseling office. See your counselor with any questions.

There will be NO Activity Busses on Friday, December 8th.

The 3rd Annual “Alive in Me Holiday Give Back” has begun. All toys and books are donated to pediatric patients at local hospitals and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital so that these young patients (infant to 18 years old) feel special during their stay in the hospital over the holidays. New, unwrapped toys and books will be collected at PVJH through December 15th. Last year, PVJH along with Cody and Bridgeview collected more than 3,000 items and we’d love to meet that goal again! The “Alive in Me” foundation was started by one of our very own Pleasant Valley families following the death of their son. Learn more about their personal story and all the great things they are doing for other families at www.aliveinme.org

Student authors and artists! Please consider submitting your original artwork or literature for display around the building. There is an envelope outside Mrs. Small’s door for you to submit this work. Your piece must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper and on one side only. Your name must be on the front for everyone to see or on the back if you prefer anonymity. You may submit as many pieces as you like as the displays will rotate throughout the year.

Calling all Spartan writers! Make a visit to the CoNtEsTs wall across from the library near the classrooms of Mrs. Small, Mrs. VanLanduyt, and Mrs. Ward. Check the ConTEsTs wall frequently for information and entry forms. Get your words in print, let your voice be heard, and (possibly) win some great prizes!

This year’s Plant Yourself in Stem event will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at SCC’s Kahl Education Center, 326 W. Third Street Davenport. Students and adults may register at www.eicc.edu/plant

December 7, 2017

Pleasant Valley Junior High Student Leadership Program—#BeTheChange. The first meeting will be Thursday, December 7th from 2:30pm-3:10pm in A gym.

Student Council will meet today from 2:30 – 3:10 in room 96.

Please dismiss the 7th grade Basketball Team at 3:05 today for their games in Bettendorf. Their bus will leave at 3:15.

Please dismiss the Wrestling Team at 3:00 for their meet in Bettendorf. Their bus will leave at 3:10.

The Pleasant Valley Junior High School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, starting at 2:45 in the library. Anyone interested is invited to participate. Please check-in with your advisor teacher and then report to the library. The winner of the Bee will represent the Junior High at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 21st at Augustana College. Please see Mrs. Mulfinger (room 116) if you have any questions.

FACS club will be meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12th from 3:15-4:45 to make Christmas stockings. Students must have taken (or currently in class) FACS or have sewing machine experience. This activity is limited to 15 students. If you are interested, you must sign up on Mrs. Pardoe’s door (#22).

Dance! Sing! Act! Make new friends! Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr. will be Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th. Starting on Friday, December 8th please sign-up for an audition slot outside of the choir room, and pick up an audition packet to prepare with. Everyone makes the show, so please audition if interested, or see Mrs. VanLanduyt about how you can get involved backstage! Rehearsals will begin after winter break.

Battle of the Book permission slips are due to Mrs. Roche or Ms. Hardaway on Friday, December 8th.

Robotics will meet today from 6:00 – 7:30 in room 124.

Do you have gently used 7th-8th-grade appropriate books at home? Visit the book swap shelf in Ms. Dircks’ classroom (across from the computer lab) from 7:15-7:30 a.m. or during advisory to trade your books for new titles! Currently available: Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman, The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone, The Giver by Lowis Lowry and many more! Not sure if you want to trade? Drop in to see what’s available…all students are welcome!

8th graders who are NOT in Life Skills – please make sure you have completed all three components of Career Cruising as soon as possible! If you are unsure of your progress, you can check the Career Cruising completion report outside the counseling office. See your counselor with any questions.

There will be NO Activity Busses on Friday, December 8th.

The 3rd Annual “Alive in Me Holiday Give Back” has begun. All toys and books are donated to pediatric patients at local hospitals and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital so that these young patients (infant to 18 years old) feel special during their stay in the hospital over the holidays. New, unwrapped toys and books will be collected at PVJH through December 15th. Last year, PVJH along with Cody and Bridgeview collected more than 3,000 items and we’d love to meet that goal again! The “Alive in Me” foundation was started by one of our very own Pleasant Valley families following the death of their son. Learn more about their personal story and all the great things they are doing for other families at www.aliveinme.org

Student authors and artists! Please consider submitting your original artwork or literature for display around the building. There is an envelope outside Mrs. Small’s door for you to submit this work. Your piece must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper and on one side only. Your name must be on the front for everyone to see or on the back if you prefer anonymity. You may submit as many pieces as you like as the displays will rotate throughout the year.

Calling all Spartan writers! Make a visit to the CoNtEsTs wall across from the library near the classrooms of Mrs. Small, Mrs. VanLanduyt, and Mrs. Ward. Check the ConTEsTs wall frequently for information and entry forms. Get your words in print, let your voice be heard, and (possibly) win some great prizes!

This year’s Plant Yourself in Stem event will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at SCC’s Kahl Education Center, 326 W. Third Street Davenport. Students and adults may register at www.eicc.edu/plant

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