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Pleasant Valley Junior High Back to School Central

Posted August 1st, 2017

We are thrilled to get the 2017-18 school year underway!  This is your one-stop shop for all things back to school.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon!

Important Dates

August 8:             8:45am PTA Meeting at PVJH
August 16:           JH Registration – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
August 16:           Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal.  ***Don’t have a Portal account? Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 17:           Building open – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
August 18:           Building open – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
August 21:           Building open – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
August 22:           Building open – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
August 23:           First Day of School – 7:34 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
August 23:           Football and Cross Country practice begins. Physical & concussion forms required for participation. Click here for the form.
August 24:           Volleyball Practice begins. Physical & concussion forms required for participation. Click here for the form.
August 24:           Human Growth and Development Meeting – 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
August 24:           JH Open House – 6:30 p.m.   Click here for the schedule for the night.
August 25:           School pictures
August 30:           12:55pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
September 4:       No School, Labor Day
September 4:       Run with Carl

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Click here for activities and athletics at PVJH.

Bookmark this link.  The Daily Announcements are posted here!

School Supplies:  Click here for a complete list.

Open House, August 24

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, we will host our annual Open House.  The Open House is an opportunity to meet each of your child’s teachers.  We will run the following schedule:

6:00-6:20pm Human Growth and Development Meeting in the gymnasium (optional)
6:30-6:35pm Welcome to Pleasant Valley Junior High – Please report to your child’s 1st period class
6:35-6:42pm 1st Period
6:46-6:53pm 2nd Period
6:57-7:04pm 3rd Period
7:08-7:15pm 4th Period
7:19-7:26pm 5th Period
7:30-7:37pm 6th Period
7:41-7:48pm 7th Period
7:52-7:59pm 8th Period

Prior to attending the Open House, please visit with your child about their daily schedule and have them map out the route for you.  Their schedule can be printed online through the Parent Portal under the ‘Report’ section.  We will have your child’s schedule and map of the school available in at the main entrance if you need a copy.

The goal of our Back to School Open House is to allow each of you to meet your child’s teachers and to understand the curricular expectations of the course.  Therefore, we recommend you do not ask specific questions regarding your child’s progress at that time.  If you have a specific question regarding your child, we encourage you to set up a time to meet with the teacher or to send them an email!

PTA Back to School Social

Our first social of the year is TUESDAY!  It’s a great chance for the students to get together and have a fun time before school begins!

Back to School Social
Tuesday, August 15th
6:00pm – 7:30 pm
PV Junior High School
$1 Admission
Concessions and Activities

PARENTS!!! there are 2 ways to help PTA for this event:

Bring Concession Donations (SIGNUP LINK):      http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48A8AF2BA2F85-concessionsocial

 VOLUNTEER!  (SIGNUP LINK):      http://signup.com/login/entry/74703360115335607   

From the Principal

On behalf of the fantastic staff of Pleasant Valley Junior High, I want to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year. Along with the students, the dedicated, hardworking, and caring staff is what makes PVJH such a great place to learn and grow. The collaboration amongst the staff is a foundation to enriching the learning opportunities they strive to provide each day. With these learning opportunities we are constantly focused on challenging each student to improve their academic and socio-emotional skills. These improvements are possible as we focus on hard work, respect, pride, and taking action.

PVJH has been a very busy place this summer in relation to the completion of our $7 million construction and renovation project. The library, orchestra, kitchen, boys’ locker room, and science classroom renovations are being finished. Thanks to our Junior High PTA, our hallways have been painted to bring some color and artistic flair to the building. All of these facility changes are very exciting and will bring another dimension of energy to our school days.

In closing, enjoy these last days of summer. We look forward to beginning another school year developing productive relationships with your child in their learning journey. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and thank you for all you do to support the Pleasant Valley Schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Trampus Budde

Parking & Pick Up/Drop Off Changes

Pick Up/Drop Off:  Because of the renovations at Pleasant Valley Junior High, procedures have changed.  Busses will now drop off and pick up behind the school.  Car drivers will use the front of the school.  Click here for a map of the new traffic pattern. 

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

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Information

Students entering the 7th grade are required to have 1 dose of the Meningococcal vaccine if born on or after September 15, 2004.  There will be no grace period allowed, if your child does not meet the state requirements they will not be allowed to start school on August 23. If your student has a medical exemption; a new medical exemption to include the Meningococcal vaccine is required. YOU MUST PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Food Service

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus!  You can also download an app to keep track of it all on your phone!  Plus, our site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus!  Pretty cool!

School Meal Prices:
Elementary Breakfast $1.65
Junior High & High School Breakfast $1.80
Elementary Lunch $2.45
Junior High Lunch $2.55
High School Lunch $2.85-$3.10

To add money via credit card to your student’s food service account, use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file. Click here for a reminder about our meal charge policy, including how much students can charge and when you’ll be alerted for having a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Application:  New this year, we are introducing an online free and reduced application process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application.

  • To begin your Online free and reduced application, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Free and Reduced application must be accessed from the Portal website link above; it is not available through the Portal Mobile App.
  • Once logged in, click the link for “Applications/Forms” on the left
  • Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

After your application has been processed you will receive notification in your parent portal inbox.

If you are unable to complete the online application please click on the link http://pleasval.org/free-and-reduced-meal-information/

If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or mahlerandrea@pleasval.k12.ia.us

New Faculty and Staff

Join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff to the PVJH Family!
Troy Markin – Math/Science
Aileen Spickermann – Reading Specialist
Abigail Dalen – Social Studies
Bartley Meinke – World Language
Jennifer Zeglis – Band

Strive for Less Than Five

This year, the Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance.  We encourage you to watch this one-minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us break attendance records on Wednesday, August 30.  We’re challenging every student to come to school to get the year started off right!

Don’t Miss a Thing!

In an emergency, PV will send you notices via text and phone calls.  Information you give us during registration automatically signs you up for emergency phone calls.  But, if you want texts, too, you need to sign up. Click here to manage your preferences. Sign in and click on the Contacts Tab.  Your name will pop up, then click edit and make sure your information is correct!  (can’t remember your sign in?  Click “forgot password” on the home page.  If you have any questions, contact our Communications Director at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us)

Pleasant Valley schools send out an email every week with important dates, events, and community opportunities.  It’s called the #SpartanNation and it’s unique to every school.  Make sure you check your in-boxes every Friday afternoon, so you don’t miss a thing!

To assure that your email provider will not block email communications, please add this email address to your safe senders list: enews@pleasval.k12.ia.us. Pleasant Valley will not give email lists to anyone outside of the district. If you do not have access to email, information is available in the school office.

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Run with Carl

Support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation and Run with Carl.  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run is Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at the Life Fitness Center.  The races start at 7:30am and every dollar raised from registration fees goes directly to the PVEF and the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation.  The PVEF provides scholarships for seniors, awarding 80 scholarships in 2017.  Six PVHS seniors received scholarships in 2017 thanks to proceeds from Run with Carl! Register NOW at www.runwithcarl.com.

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