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PVHS National Merit Finalists

Posted April 9th, 2019

The faculty and staff of Pleasant Valley Community High School are pleased to announce that the following seniors were selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:  Kaitlyn G. Ryan, daughter of Patrick and Stacey Ryan of Bettendorf;  Justin R. Sehlin, son of Scott and Christy Sehlin of Bettendorf; and Sarah A. Warner, daughter of Frederick and Lian Warner 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 2019 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.

Pictured from left to right: Kaitlyn G. Ryan, Justin R. Sehlin and Sarah A. Warner

Riverdale Heights 2nd Graders Raise Money to Help Reduce Water Pollution

Posted April 3rd, 2019

Last week, students from Riverdale Heights in Mrs. Allbaugh’s 2nd grade classroom decided to give back to the community! Students organized a coin drive to benefit Living Lands and Waters and help reduce water pollution.
 
After having a visit from the LLW Educational Coordinator Meghan to discuss the project, the kids started collecting! At the end of the drive, they raised a total of 1,282.16!! Way to go Riverdale students and Mrs. Allbaugh for facilitating such a great fundraiser!

Major Success for PTA Reflections Participants

Posted March 25th, 2019

Back in January, nearly 150 PVCSD students submitted over 200 projects for the 50th Annual PTA Reflections Program under the theme of “Heroes Around Us.”  Students showcased their efforts by displaying their art, performing their music/dances, reading their written works and more! Students who received an Award of Excellence then submitted their projects for judging at the state competition.

This last month, out of the 73 awards given at the State level Reflections competition, 38 PV student projects went on to place either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, taking home 52% of the awards! Those students will be recognized at a ceremony in May in Clinton for their incredible work with the Reflections Program.  The per school breakdown is as follows:

BV CO HW PLV RDH JH HS Totals

1st

2 3 3 1 2 2 13

2nd

2 5

7

3rd

3 2 1 2

8

Honorable Mention

2 2 3 1 2

10

Totals 4 10 13 3 6 2

38

The PVCSD students who finished in 1st place will have their projects move on to the National Reflections Competition. Those students are as follows:

  • Kathryn Nels: Cody, 5th Grade
  • Sophia Foad: Cody, 6th Grade
  • Isabel Seamer: Pleasant View $th Grade
  • Veda Vegiraju: Hopewell, 6th Grade
  • Vrindha Vegiraju: PVHS, 9th Grade
  • Maci Tammaro: Bridgeview, 2nd Grade
  • Carter Luszczyk: Cody, 4th Grade
  • Jocelyn Bock: Riverdale Heights, 6th Grade
  • Preet Randhawa: Bridgeview, 4th Grade
  • Tanya Rastogi: Riverdale Heights, 6th Grade

Way to go Spartans!  We are so proud of your work!

Pleasant View’s Meghan Ruth Named WQAD Favorite Teacher

Posted March 19th, 2019

Each year, WQAD​ celebrates five teachers making a difference in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, and this year, PVCSD’s own 4th grade teacher Meghan Ruth from Pleasant View is one of those five!

Kai Rebro, a 4th grader in Mrs. Ruth’s class, wrote a letter to nominate her favorite teacher. Kai was one of over 200 students to write letters to WQAD between Galena and Burlington. Kai’s letter was selected as one of the five winners by last year’s winning teachers.

PVCSD has been lucky enough to have Mrs. Ruth as a teacher since 2012. We are so proud to have her on staff and are inspired by her dedication to her students!

Thank you News 8 for telling this wonderful story! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE STORY!

PV Drummer Accepted to Iowa All-State Jazz Band

Posted March 19th, 2019

Hey Spartan Nation, check out this awesome news! Time to give a big congratulations to Jackson Schou for being accepted to the 2019 Iowa All-State Jazz Band on Drum Set!

Jackson is only the 4th PV student to ever be accepted to the All-State Jazz Band! He will perform with the All-State Jazz Band in May in Des Moines. Great job Jackson!

Riverdale Heights 6th Grader Wins Regional Spelling Bee

Posted March 6th, 2019

Look out National Spelling Bee, here comes Riverdale Heights 6th Grader Tanya Rastogi! After 17 rounds and 3 1/2 hours of spelling, Tanya took home FIRST PLACE over 52 other students at the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com Regional Spelling Bee!

Click here to check out the great article detailing Tanya’s hard work in the The Dispatch / Rock Island Argus!

Rastogi will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for the end of May, in Washington, D.C., with all expenses paid. Best of luck at Nationals Tanya, and way to represent PVCSD! We are so proud!

Photo credit to Dispatch-Argus

Jenel Nels to fill empty School Board Seat

Posted March 4th, 2019

Let’s give a BIG Spartan Nation welcome to thenewest School Board member Jenel Nels! Jenel was sworn into the board in the first week of February, where she will serve as the District One representative. It is an honor to have you Jenel!

 

Elementary Spelling Bee Winners Head to Regional Bee

Posted January 24th, 2019

Spelling is no easy task during the day to day in the classroom, and there’s even more pressure when you’re competing in front of an audience against your classmates!  Throughout this winter, PVCSD 3rd-6th graders practiced and competed in their school’s spelling bee, leaving one or two from each elementary school victorious.  Check out the details of each spelling bee, and the winners who will go on to compete at regionals!

Bridgeview

  • 54 students in competition (school record!)
  • Went 7 rounds
  • Winner: Lillie Voges – 5th Grade

Cody

  • 16 students in competition
  • Went 16 rounds
  • Winner: Amrutya Kudigram – 4th Grade
  • Second: Molly Smith – 3rd Grade

Hopewell

  • 21 students in competition
  • Went 11 rounds
  • Winner: Muhammad Muddasir – 5th Grade
  • Second: Saipreeti Srinivasan – 6th Grade

Pleasant View

  • 21 students in competition
  • Went 12+ rounds
  • Winner: Emily Groves – 6th Grade
  • Second: Jonathon Rode – 5th Grade

Riverdale Heights

  • 21 students in competition
  • Went 14 rounds
  • Winner: Tanya Rastogi – 6th Grade (3rd year in a row RDH Spelling Bee Champion)
  • Second: Isaac Shepherd – 5th Grade

The Regional Spelling Bee takes place next month, where spellers could get the chance to win and go to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.!

Below are the winners from each school!  Way to go spellers and good luck at regionals!

History Bowl Proves No Match for PV Varsity Team

Posted January 9th, 2019

Watch out National History Bowl, PV is coming for you! On January 5th, 11 students competed in the Eastern Iowa Regional History Bowl and Bee, and at the end, the PV Varsity Team took home FIRST PLACE! The team – Joe Murphy, Rece Vining, Alexander Xiao, and Will Fairman – came out victorious and qualified for the National History Bowl in Washington D.C. in late April!
 

Rece Vining also took second place in the Regional History Bee as an individual, qualifying him for the National competition. We are so proud of these #SpartanNation history buffs! 

n history buffs!

Riverdale Heights 5th Grade Pays it Forward

Posted January 2nd, 2019

Before Winter Break, the 5th graders at Riverdale Heights were busy working on their 2018-19 Pay it Forward project!
The kids chose to purchase fleece and create tie blankets to support King’s Harvest and the local homeless population. Students created motivational cards to attach to each blanket as well.

The blankets were delivered right before the holidays and received lots of positive feedback of appreciation to share with the kids. Well done students, for serving your community and for being shining examples of compassion!

Pleasant View Students Spread Love this Holiday Season

Posted December 21st, 2018

Pleasant View has a wonderful history of caring for others in so many ways.  This year, Pleasant View’s Culture and Climate committee, along with the PTA, decided to once again partner with King’s Harvest in Davenport to help the homeless and less fortunate in the Quad Cities area.  Each grade collected different things, from travel size toothpaste, lotion, or soap, to hand warmers and socks, and many things in between. The students then took turns throughout one of their school days assembling “Socks of Love,” or care packages with one of each of the items inside.  After the final count was made, students put together 480 packs for those in need! PVCSD is so proud!

The Socks of Love will be handed out at King’s Harvest later in December and through the winter months.  Pleasant View wants to thank the families, kids, and staff for all the help provided to meet needs of people in our community, especially during this holiday season!

 

Iowa Department of Education Director Makes Visit to PVCSD

Posted December 7th, 2018

This week, PVCSD had the distinct pleasure of hosting Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, and Aileen Sullivan, 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year, for a tour of our fantastic district!
 
During their tour, Ryan and Aileen spent time learning about the Teacher Leadership System impact, visiting classrooms to observe different math lessons, literacy programs, and converse with students and teachers. They also spent time at PVHS, experiencing the district’s dedication to post-secondary and career readiness for all students.
 
PVCSD wants to extend a huge thank you to Ryan and Aileen for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend time with us today! It was an honor to have you!

PV takes home Hunger Drive Victory

Posted November 27th, 2018

#SpartanNation PROUD!  After six weeks of hard work and dedication from the PVCSD student body, Pleasant Valley has raised 57,859 pounds of food (40.2 per student), making PV the Class A WINNER for the 2018 Student Hunger Drive!

This amount provides over 125,000 meals for the Quad Cities community! Well done PVCSD, and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to make this happen! What an incredible thing to see young people come together to support those in need!

Riverdale Heights Hosts First World Culture Night

Posted November 1st, 2018

Celebrating the different cultures that make up PVCSD is incredibly important to this district, and to show that, Riverdale Heights hosted their very first World Culture Night!
 
The evening was focused on food and fellowship, with every family bringing a food dish specific to their culture, providing a description of the ingredients and cooking methods. Everyone enjoyed learning about new foods and different traditions, all while celebrating the diversity within Riverdale Heights! What a wonderful night!
Bridgeview Joins Forces with Local Volunteers to Complete Landscape Beautification Project

Posted November 1st, 2018

We love a good beautification project! Over the spring and summer at Bridgeview Elementary, dead and overgrown plants were removed by Mr. White and the PV maintenance crew to prepare for a landscape beautification project that was completed during the month of October! Staff and students orchestrated the effort to focus on learning about citizenship and horticulture. A video launch was shared with all students to preview the work that each student did in shifts from 15 to 30 minutes long. The Bridgeview PTA supported the effort financially, which was minimal due to generous donations by Home Depot and Wallace’s Garden Center in Bettendorf. Megan Harshberger, Bridgeview parent and local landscaper, led the charge with planning and presence on both days to help the students understand their work and have fun!

Students had fun contributing during the project. This was evident in the photos and statements made throughout their learning and work. They learned about a variety of things including annuals, perennials, planting, splitting and transplanting. Nearly 80 plants were freshly planted or transplanted. We look forward to enjoying the new and improved look around our main entrance now and for years to come!  Thank you to the donors, volunteers, staff, and students for making this school wide project come to life!

National Merit Scholarship Program Recognizes Six PVHS Commended Students

Posted October 24th, 2018

It’s time to congratulate the National Merit Scholarship Commended Students from PVCSD! Of the 1.6 million students that took the 2017 PSAT last October, 50,000 high performing students are selected as Semifinalists (16,000) or Commended (34,000). PVCSD is extremely proud to claim 6 of those students!

The following are the PVCSD National Merit Commended Students:
Jacob Bandy
Alexander Haack
Shashank Inampudi
Mallory Lafever
Aman Manasir
Sujay Marisetty

We are so proud of your academic excellence and success! Way to go!

Brian Strusz Announced as New PVCSD Superintendent

Posted October 9th, 2018

After conducting a 14 session “listening tour,” hearing from the public, stakeholder groups, students, parents and community members, and interviewing the candidate, the Pleasant Valley Community School District Board of Education is pleased to announce that Brian Strusz has been unanimously selected to serve as the District’s next Superintendent of Schools. 
 
Strusz is currently the PVCSD Assistant Superintendent and has served in that role since 2011. He has been with PV since the 1996-1997 school year, where he started as a math teacher. During his time, he has also served as the PVHS Athletic Director, the PVJH Dean of Students, and the PVJH Principal.
PVCSD looks forward to welcoming Strusz to his new role, where he will assume his duties on July 1, 2019.  Thank you to the PV School Board and to all who provided their thoughts during this search!
Four PVHS Seniors Named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program

Posted September 17th, 2018

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 Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program: Regan E. Breen, daughter of Tom and Shelley Breen of Bettendorf; Kaitlyn G. Ryan, daughter of Patrick and Stacey Ryan of Bettendorf; Justin R. Sehlin, son of Scott and Christy Sehlin of Bettendorf; and Sarah A. Warner, daughter of Frederick and Lian Warner of Bettendorf.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on qualifying test.

From approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February, they will be notified of this designation. 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 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join some 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Pictured Left to Right: Kaitlyn Ryan, Justin Sehlin, Sarah Warner, Regan Breen

Updated Spartan Safe Snack List for PVCSD Elementary Schools

Posted June 27th, 2018

The Pleasant Valley School Community makes student health and wellness a top priority! In addition to maintaining high standards for providing safe and healthy lunches, we believe that snacks consumed at school also impact good nutrition and the development of lifelong healthy eating habits. As a result, we have been collaborating on exciting changes to the Spartan Safe Snack List for the 2018-19 school year.

In addition to our commitment to snacks that are nut-free, we have adjusted our snack list to better align with the USDA Smart Snack Standards. Below you will find the list of food and beverages that may be shared in the classroom along with frequently asked questions and answers. Click here to access the list in a separate tab.  This list will be enforced at all elementary schools starting next fall.

Thank you for joining us in making our schools the healthiest they can be so students can do their best work.

Please contact the district or your school nurse if you have questions or feedback.  To learn more about the USDA Smart Snack Standards, click here.

PVCSD Fees by Building

Posted June 27th, 2018

Find out more about fees due for each PVCSD school by clicking here! 

 

 

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