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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!

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

Spartan String Musicians Play in SEISTA Honor Orchestra

Posted February 14th, 2019

Spartan Nation is incredibly proud of the awesome young musicians that were part of the SEISTA (South Eastern Iowa String Teacher’s Association) Honor Orchestra at the end of January! Selected string players from South Eastern Iowa schools spent a day rehearsing as well as performing a concert, which was held at Bettendorf High School. The following PV students were selected and participated in the event! Way to go Spartans!

2019 SEISTA HS Honors Orchestra Members:

Jeanelle Cho – Violin I

Maddie Anthony – Violin I

Lila Teitle – Violin II

Uma Kasichianula – Violin II

Grace Davidson – Viola

Emily Preston – Cello

Grace Welveart – Bass

2019 SEISTA JH Honors Orchestra Members:

Lee Kim- Violin I
Thi Phan- Violin I
Xin-Yan Chan- Violin II
Caleb Swinney- Violin II
Anni Desai- Viola
Jessie Parker- Viola
Carl Rekow- Viola
Kyle Almgren- Cello
Meredith Mohr- Cello
Trevor Zimmerman- Cello

2019 SEISTA Cadet Orchestra Members:

5th Grade:
Johann Deutmeyer-Violin
Avalon Anderson-Viola

6th Grade:
Victoria Rice-Violin
Emma Schrag-Violin
Maddie Sierk-Violin
Saipreeti Srinivasan-Violin
Cassie Garner-Viola
Laura Chen-Cello
Alika Cho-Cello
Regan Resig-Cello

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!

Look out State, Here Comes PV Robotics!

Posted January 2nd, 2019

Throughout November and December, robotics loving PV students have participated in a variety of FLL (First Lego League) Tournaments in and around the QC Area, and have had much success!  These students have to work in teams to build their robot and complete a series of robot obstacles.  Depending on their success, teams can receive awards, and even advance to the state level tournament, which is just what six PV teams did!

Below are the tournament dates, the team names, and the awards they received at their competitions!

11/10/18

  • Riverdale Rocks Robots – Blue: Project Honorable Mention & Advanced to State Championship
  • Riverdale Rocks Robots – Gray: Project Award & Advanced to State Championship

12/08/18

  • W.A.R.P We Are Robot People – PVJH: Advanced to State Championship

12/09/18

  • Big Blue World – Nemo – Riverdale Heights: Judges Award
  • Blue – Riverdale Heights: Judges Award
  • The Brick Fast Club – Cody Elementary: Core Values Award

The State Robotics Championship Tournament takes place on January 19th and 20th.  Best of luck to all our PV teams!

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!

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!

Fall Conference Scheduling for Riverdale Heights

Posted October 11th, 2018

Riverdale Heights Elementary School will be using the PTC Fast Online Scheduling program for Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  The online scheduling system will allow parents to select the time to meet with teachers that is easy and convenient for them.  The scheduling window will remain open until Friday, October 26th.  Conferences are being held Tuesday, November 6th  and Thursday, November 8th  from 3:30-8:00 p.m.

Please use the following steps located below.

  • If you have access to a computer please enter the following link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Riverdale_Heights_Elementary_2018 
  • At that web address, you will be asked to choose the teachers you would like to meet with. After submitting your choices it will ask for your student’s first and last name, your email address and name.
  • To confirm your identity and email address, PTC Fast will send you a confirmation email.
  • Click on the link in the email to see a screen showing all available times for your parent-teacher conference. Click on whichever time is most convenient for you.
  • Click here for a full set of directions.

Automatic Reminders

  • The system will send you a confirmation email with the date and time you have reserved. That email will include a link that allows you to change your appointment time, if you need to.
  • The system will send you a reminder a few days before your conference.

If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule your conference.

The conferences will be scheduled for 20 minutes in length and we ask teachers and parents to keep to the time allotment so it does not impact other schedules.

More details about conference scheduling are as follows:

  • Conferences will be held in individual teacher rooms, unless otherwise noted.
  • Special area teachers will be available in their classrooms should you want to visit with them.
  • The book fair will be open during conferences.
  • We strive for 100% participation between our teachers and parents at conference time and look forward to communicating  your child’s progress with you.

Please feel free to contact the Main Office at 563-332-0525 with any questions.

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! 

 

 

6th Grade Track and Field Day Fun

Posted May 29th, 2018

The Annual PV 6th Grade Track and Field Day was last week and it was a major success! All 6th Graders were brought to PVHS and broken into four different teams: Green, Red, White, and Blue. Individuals from each team competed in running events and a variety of field events, such as high jump, limbo, and many others.
 
Track and Field day is full of fun and competition, but is also a way to introduce all the 6th graders before they head to Junior High in the Fall to make one big class! We are excited for you to head to 7th grade Class of 2024!
Visiting Authors Sarah Weeks and April Henry Make Stops at PV Schools

Posted May 22nd, 2018

The PVCSD had the fantastic opportunity to host the amazing author Sarah Weeks as our elementary visiting author this spring!

During her visit, Sarah spent time at each elementary school talking with our students, reading with them, and answering their many questions. Ms. Weeks formally began her career by writing songs for Sesame Street, but she wrote her first story when she was just 5 years old! As she had conversations with students, Ms. Weeks discussed her inspiration, her research process, her love of Dr. Seuss books, and taught about her writing process. We are so appreciative of Sarah Weeks visit, so let’s give her a big #SpartanNation THANK YOU for taking time out of her busy schedule to inspire and encourage creativity in PV students!

We also want to thank all 5 PV Elementary PTAs for their sponsorship of this visit and for all their work in making it a success! Thank you staff and librarians for making Ms. Weeks feel welcomed and for making it such a fun thing for PV students!

In addition to the elementary school visiting author, PVJH had the incredible opportunity to have New York Times Best Selling Author April Henry come for a visit!

April spent her day speaking to groups of junior highers, telling them all about her journey to becoming a best selling author. Students were able to get books signed by April, and some were even awarded a special lunch in the library with her! April’s biggest piece of advice for these students was to never give up, even when it feels like you might never succeed.

We would like to give a huge thank you to April for taking time to visit PVJH and encourage their creativity! Thank you also to PVJH Librarian Anita Roche for organizing such a fantastic day!

1st Graders use Skype to Connect with Author

Posted April 11th, 2018

Technology is an amazing thing and brings so many cool opportunities to PV students! Last week, in Mrs. Cotton’s first grade classroom at Riverdale Heights, students got to use that technology to Skype with children’s author Pat Zieltlow Miller!

Pat is the author of the new book Be Kind. Mrs. Cotton’s first grade class has been spending a lot of time thinking about the importance of kindness under the essential understandings that there are many different ways to be kind and kindness matters.
The students engaged in writing activities and critical thinking around these two understandings.

They had to come up with questions to ask the author, and were very excited to hear what Pat had to say. She even read them her new book during their Skype time!

A big thanks to Pat Zieltlow Miller for taking time to talk with our Riverdale students, and a big thanks to teachers for helping PV kids learn why kindness is so important!

4th Grade STEM Night Success

Posted March 27th, 2018

Last Friday night, 16 teams of eight students each participated in the annual 4th Grade STEM Night out at Cody! STEM Night is an opportunity for 4th grade students across the district to complete three STEM activities with their team. Those activities included building a bridge of spaghetti noodles, building a skyscraper with 10 sheets of copy paper, and building a unique, functional paper airplane. Outside of those activities, students had to learn how to make their team work well together in just the hour and 15 minute time limit! All teams were fantastic and really showed off their STEM skills!

Check out these awesome kids from the evening! Thanks to all who contributed photos, and to the PV Science Educators who organized this great event!

STRIVING FOR FIVE THIS SPRING

Posted February 13th, 2018

 

PVCSD and the United Way of the Quad Cities Area are working hard to encourage students and families to Strive for Less Than Five! Missing school can negatively effect a student’s progress in the classroom, so we need YOUR help in our efforts to get kids to strive for less than five days absent.

The winter months make this tricky, as illness are spread and poor weather can cause travel issues. Keeping your child home when they are ill is extremely important to both their health and the health of those surrounding them. But when your child is healthy, check out the five tips for missing less school in the second photo, provided by the United Way.

Thank you for helping us improve school attendance, and for giving our students the opportunity to have the best education possible! For more information about Challenge 5, visit unitedwayqc.org/challenge5

STRIVE FOR 5STRIVE FOR 5

 

 

 

 

DEEP BREATHING AND ‘DO RE MI’ FOR RIVERDALE 5TH GRADE MUSICIANS

Posted January 24th, 2018

Riverdale Heights 5th graders are taking their music skills to the next level by learning about the value of deep breathing and solfège!  Music teacher Mr. Connell started Wednesday’s class by having students lay down and observe their diaphragm rise and fall.  They did exercises involving count breathing, where the singers had to breath in for four seconds and then hiss out for eight, 12, and 16 seconds to work on breath control.  Following their warm up, it was time to review their new lessons on solfège, which is used to teach pitch and scale work.  Students echoed Mr. Connell, keeping his pitch and mimicking his solfège had motions, and even completed a few challenges around different scales.  We love seeing so many amazing musicians in the making!

RIVERDALE HEIGHTS PUTS ON RIVETING WINTER PROGRAM

Posted December 20th, 2017

Ringing in the final Winter Program of the season, Riverdale Heights made certain to put on a great show for two packed performances!  Each program, the students and teachers take care to show off the great skills and progress that’s been made throughout the year, and we’re proud to watch the musicians shine.

Great job to all performers, and to Rachel Isaacson and Keaton Connell for organizing such a lovely concert! Thanks for sharing your photos with us Riverdale!

TOUGH COMPETITION AT THE RIVERDALE SPELLING BEE

Posted December 8th, 2017

Spelling can be a bit tricky for many people, but not for the students in the Riverdale Heights Spelling Bee Competition!

22 students started out in the competition on December 5th, ranging in age from 3rd grade to 6th grade. The spellers went through 17 rounds, until all but the final two, both 5th graders, were eliminated. Tanya Rastogi finished in first place, with Sudarsgan Prasanna in second. Tanya will compete next at the Regional Competition at Augustana on February 21st for a chance to go to Nationals in Washington D.C. Way to go Tanya, and all spelling competitors!

PRE-THANKSGIVING FUN FOR RIVERDALE HEIGHTS

Posted December 5th, 2017

The afternoon of November 21st was an exciting one at Riverdale Heights! Students were challenged to raise 10,000 items for the Student Hunger Drive and were incentivized with an assembly before Thanksgiving with a special twist… they would get to watch their Principal get a pie squished in her face!

Students exceeded their goal and were the top can fundraisers throughout the PV elementary schools.  As you can tell, everyone was extremely excited to get their prize!  The assembly also featured a teacher from each grade level getting dressed up as a turkey.

What a way to celebrate such hard work and an amazing accomplishment for the Hunger Drive!  Thanks for all your hard work Riverdale Heights students and staff!

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