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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!

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

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BRIDGEVIEW SPELLING BEE A BLAST FOR ALL

Posted January 16th, 2018

PV has more excellent spellers headed to the regional competition in February! Last week, Bridgeview 23 3rd-6th graders competed in their Spelling Bee, getting through 15 rounds of tough words.

Elizabeth Otts, 4th grade, took first place, with Lynsey Stevenson, 6th grade, coming in second. Way to go girls, and good luck at regionals!

BRIDGEVIEW WINTER PROGRAM BLOWS AUDIENCE AWAY

Posted December 8th, 2017

Bridgeview hosted their annual Winter Program on December 7th and blew the audience away with their great tunes and fun theme!  This year was themed “A Wacky Family Holiday,” and told the story of fun (and not so fun) part of spending the holidays with your family.  There were songs about little cousins, holiday meals, ugly sweaters, catching a cold, holiday shopping and much more!

Thank you to Band Director Rachel Isaacson and Music Teacher Kristi Gray for all your hard work and preparation, and well done to all the performers!

DISTRICT WIDE ROBOTICS SHOWCASE A HIT FOR ALL AGES

Posted November 20th, 2017

On Sunday, November 19th, over 100 PV students gathered at Riverdale Heights Elementary for the Robotics Showcase! This showcase is part of the PVHS Robotics team outreach to younger students to promote robotics and other aspects of STEM. Students from Cody, Riverdale Heights, PVJH, and PVHS were involved in the showcase.
 
Sunday was all about the younger students showing the work they’ve done up to this point, and giving them an opportunity to see what’s coming for them at the next level! The teams take time to learn about robotics and the different aspects building a functioning robot, but they also learn many lessons in teamwork, collaboration, and adaptability.
 
After the showcase, there was a Robotics themed carnival with concessions and other activities, like noodle and marshmallow model building and a paper bridge building competition. A big round of applause to all the students who participated, Spartan Nation can’t wait to see what you keep accomplishing in the Robotics world!
Skype with Author Reveals Our Students Read Like Writers

Posted October 2nd, 2017

As the world embraces technology, it allows our students to make connections like never before.  On September 28, 2017, 2nd Graders at Bridgeview Elementary got an experience only technology could make happen.  They spoke live with author Kate Messner and asked her in-depth questions about her writing process, her characters, and her life.  It’s amazing what they jammed into a 15 minute conversation!

“You are some of the most observant readers I’ve ever met,” Ms. Messner said to the classes.

One student asked a question about two characters from two different books.  She wanted to know if Ms. Messner intended for them to look and act alike.

“I have never noticed that,” Ms. Messner told the kids.  She then explained that a lot of her characters share some of the traits she has, so they can act similarly.  But, as for looking alike, she said there were two different illustrators, so she figured that wasn’t on purpose.

Ms. Messner also talked about where she gets her ideas.  For example, she was researching a book in a mystery series and learned about a tree that supports 1,000 different organisms.  That tree turned into a completely different book.

Thank you, Ms. Messner, for taking the time to talk to our very excited students!

New Math Studio Creates Environment for Teacher Learning

Posted October 2nd, 2017

This year, Pleasant Valley is trying something new.  It’s called a Math Studio.  Together, teachers from a grade level plan a lesson and then watch one teacher as he or she executes that lesson.  It gives them an opportunity to watch a lesson live, instead of talking about it afterwards, and it helps the team of teachers explore a new initiative this year:  teaching Habits of Mind and Habits of Interaction.  These two instructional pieces help students know how to behave intelligently when they don’t know the answer. It’s about giving our students tools to think like a problem solver.

Along with the Area Education Agency and Teacher Leadership Coordinators, the 5th Grade teachers at Bridgeview and Cody tried this for the first time on September 28, 2017.  Mrs. Sitrick taught a class about place value — along the way asking students to explain their thinking and write in their Habits of Mind journals about what they learned. After the lesson, the 5th grade team and administrators met to talk about what they learned, too.  A new way of collaborating with the emphasis on our kids.

Wall of Honor Nominations

Posted September 5th, 2017

Wall of Honor Nominations are being accepted through October 13, 2017.

The Wall of Honor Program was established in 1999 to recognize distinguished alumni who have graduated from Pleasant Valley High School.

Nominees must have graduated 10 years or more prior to induction and must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Outstanding success in their career
  • Made a significant contribution to the community or society
  • Demonstrated significant accomplishments in business or professional life
  • Distinguished human service

Persons wishing to submit a name for consideration as a Wall of Honor honoree must send a letter of nomination to:

Mr. D. Michael Zimmer, Principal
Pleasant Valley Community High School
604 Belmont Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Click here for the nomination form.

Strive for Less than 5 Days Absent

Posted August 25th, 2017

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 the one minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.

Thank you for making Challenge 5 Day a success! Working with the United Way, the Arconic Foundation, and schools across the Quad Cities, we beat attendance goals. 96.1% of students in the Quad Cities attended school on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. The daily average last year was 90.3%.

A special thank you to staff and volunteers for welcoming our students to school! Pleasant Valley will continue to highlight the importance of attendance, and we hope you will, too.

Studies show that fewer than 5 absences in a year keeps learning on track. More than 5 absences each school year, beginning in kindergarten, increases the risk of dropping out, and decreases the chance of graduating from high school. If a child misses up to five days of school, he or she can probably make up what he or she misses. However, a child missing 9 days of school is in the danger zone, and students missing 18 or more days are considered chronically absent.

Absenteeism is a real problem in the Quad Cities. Last year 19,811 students (out of 50,326) missed 9 days or more, or 39.4% of students.

These statistics point to the reasons why attending school every day is so important.

•    More than 8 in 10 chronically absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of third grade.
•    Students not reading proficiently by third grade are 4 times more likely to not graduate high school.
•    3 out of 4 chronically absent sixth graders will never graduate high school.
•    Plus, the habit of regular attendance is important for earning a college degree and keeping a job.

The Challenge 5 initiative seeks community support to help ensure kids get to school every day. Here are five easy tips for parents.

1.    Set a regular bedtime.
2.    Prep clothes and backpacks the night before.
3.    Only keep children home if they are truly sick.
4.    Have a back-up plan for getting to school.
5.    Avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments and trips during school hours.

For more information about Challenge 5, visit unitedwayqc.org.

 

First Day of School at Bridgeview

Posted August 25th, 2017

What a beautiful day to start school!  We’re so glad you’re here!  Check out the pictures below from Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Meet and Greet: Ready for School!

Posted August 22nd, 2017

Thousands of students across the PV District headed to school a bit early on August 21, 2017.  Students and families unpacked their backpacks at the annual Meet and Greet.  Smiles all around as students get excited for the new year.  Click on the gallery for the fun at Pleasant View and Cody Elementaries.

 

6th Grade Science Camp Out Moves to Fall

Posted August 21st, 2017

At the June 26th meeting, the Board of Education approved moving of the sixth grade outdoor education camp from May 2018 to this coming September 2017.  The main drivers behind the change included curricular opportunities, weather, calendar conflicts in the spring and the availability of high school volunteers.  With this change for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, please read the following very closely:

The Iowa Department of Education determined that schools can no longer require students to pay for school-sponsored field trips that are considered a part of the district curriculum.  The sixth grade outdoor education camp falls under this rule.  The camps have been a part of Pleasant Valley’s environmental education program for over 25 years and support not only science education in the district but also the development of independence, responsibility, and social skills.  Students are afforded the opportunity to explore the geology of Maquoketa Caves, collect chemical and biological water data for the Iowa Water Program, and study pond and stream ecosystems at Camp Wyoming by wading through aquatic environments and examining captured organisms.  Owl calling, pellet dissection, geocaching, and a night walk have been added to help students learn more about the lives of various nocturnal animals.  The list of activities is long and varied.  Most are specifically designed around cooperative learning strategies including a team building challenge hike that highlights the first day’s events.  The camp encompasses such a wide range of educational and social values that we feel very strongly about continuing its tradition.  It allows all students to flourish in a natural setting and provides a wonderful lasting memory for all who participate.

The district supports the continuation of the camp experience, but the overall cost of the program is too great for the district to absorb. Prior to the DE ruling, the practice was for students to pay a fee to attend the sixth grade campout to help cover costs.  If we were still operating under that model, per student cost would be $34.00.  This money pays for the use of the camp, lodging, three meals, and necessary supplies.  It was also our practice that families who could not afford this amount either paid a lesser amount or were covered by a scholarship.

We ask that you consider a contribution to help support the cost of offering this program. Such contributions are strictly voluntary and are a tax deductible gift. Your contribution, if in the form of a check, may be made payable to the Pleasant Valley Community School District and sent to your child’s school by Friday, September 1, 2017.  If you would prefer, you may also make an online contribution by clicking https://pleasval.revtrak.net/2017-6th-grade-outdoor-education-camp  (Please note: contributing by credit card comes with a $2.50 convenience fee.)

The unfortunate reality is if we are unable to generate sufficient funds to support the portion of this experience which has historically been provided by student fees, the trip will not continue as part of our curriculum.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact your school’s principal or science specialist. The district will make a decision regarding the status of the science camps on Tuesday, September 5th.  Again, we ask that gifts/pledges be received by Friday, September 1st.  Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Mark your calendar!  If you are new to the district or this is your first child attending camp, the science teachers will be available during Elementary Meet and Greet on Monday, August 21st from 5:30 to 6:15 to provide insight into the learning opportunities your child will experience.  Please feel free to stop by their room.

If you can’t attend Meet & Greet, see the science teachers presentation here.

The fall campout dates for each elementary are:

Cody                               September 14-15
Hopewell                       September 21-22
Bridgeview                    September 28-29
Pleasant View               September 18-19
Riverdale Heights        September 25-26

 

 

Looking for a good book? Look no further!

Posted June 1st, 2017

We love to read. Books allow readers to travel back in time, to far away lands and to stretch the reader’s imaginations. During the school year students have a variety of resources, like peers, teachers and librarians to help find great book recommendations. What happens when they’re not around during the summer?  Sometimes kids leave books behind for summer camps, vacations, different scheduled activities. Sometimes, kids just don’t know what to read.  PV hopes the following ideas, links, and events will help you find more than one great book this summer.

 Bettendorf Library Summer Reading Program:   Register now at www.bettendorflibrary.com.   Read to earn prizes and participate in more than 100 special events!  Click here to watch a video that explains it all!

 LeClaire Library Summer Reading Program: Help the LeClaire Library Build a Better World! Early registration opens Monday May 22nd, but the first official day of our community-themed Summer Reading Program is June 5th. This program is for all ages – from babies to adults! In addition to the reading challenges, join us for a number of fun activities and programs throughout the summer.  Check out for a full calendar of events.

Cody’s Summer Reading Challenge:  Rocket, the school dog, wants to help you pick out the best books this summer.  It’s our goal for Cody students to maintain the skills they acquired this year and truly develop into lifelong, lovers of books and reading!  In order to avoid summer slide, Rocket would like to invite ALL Cody kids to join “Rocket’s Summer Reading Challenge 2017!”  Cody teachers are hoping to help you pick out the best books for you.  Find out how à   Click here to learn about the program!

Hopewell’s Book on the Go:  Go to http://bookonthego.weebly.com/ to check out 12 titles with different genres, for different ages (4th-7th grade students).  Students chose these books because when they read them, they were strongly impacted by the messages from the story plots. This summer reading program will kick off on May 30th and run through the entire summer. The final day of this program is August 23. Read the books and vote for a favorite at the end of the summer! We need you! We are excited about this adventure and hope you will join us for this summer reading journey.

Here’s some other ideas:

The Iowa Association of School Librarians makes lists of great books every year!  Click here to see the best books from last year and the list for next year!  The lists include books for students of all ages!

Follow Bridgeview Librarian Mrs. Fight on twitter @Fight4Library.  She reads a lot of books for students of all ages and rates them.  There are a lot of great books on her feed!

Check out Riverdale Heights Librarian Mr. Haack’s list of his favorite books!

Pleasant View Librarian Mrs. Anderson suggests books from that have won the Caldecott Award or Newbery Award.  Click on the links and get an idea of what you might like to try!

The Pleasant Valley Junior High and High School websites have lots of links to help you choose books you might like.  Click here for PVJH!  Click here for PVHS!

2017-18 Online Registration

Posted May 1st, 2017

New this year, we are introducing an online registration process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 Online Registration.  We ask that you carefully review and complete all materials in the Online Registration before May 15, 2017.  Your child will be considered registered upon receipt of this material and payment of fees.  (Note that credit card payments are accepted online here and cash or checks are accepted at the buildings.)  Please notify the school office if your student will not be returning to Pleasant Valley Schools in the fall of 2017.

  • To begin your Online Registration, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account or do not remember your password, please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Online Registration 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 “Online Registration” on the left
  • Select “Click here to go to Existing Student Registration”
  • Follow the prompts and be sure to click “Submit” when complete

For a list of school fees, please click here.

STEM Night Challenges PV 4th Graders

Posted May 1st, 2017

Pleasant Valley 4th Graders worked together for this year’s STEM Night.  Teams from across the District competed in STEM-based challenges — including building a web out of plastic grocery bags strong enough to hold a student and building the highest tower with just 10 sheets of paper.

PV science teachers started STEM night last year to inspire 4th Grade students to work together as a team and solve problems creatively.  Congratulations to Ezra Welch, Shaha Bhugra , Adam Dague, Aidan Schaapveld, Ivan Iverson, Muhammad Baig, Bennett Teitle, and Logan Gibbs, who scored the most points — but let’s be honest — the problem-solving skills learned make everyone winners.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped guide our students through their tasks!

Bridgeview Students Reach Goal for Walkathon

Posted May 1st, 2017

Once again,

the community at Bridgeview Elementary did it!  Thanks to many donors, students raised $4,300, beating their goal!  They’ll buy furniture and a mural for the new library.

This year’s walkathon pitted teams against each other in a donation war.  With a Dr. Seuss theme, the T2K classes and kindergarten classes competed as team Grinch, 1st and 4th Grade as Sam I am, 2nd and 5th as Team Horton, and 3rd and 6th as Team Lorax.  Every day, the team with the most donations won a prize!  And, at the end of the week, all students participated in the walkathon obstacle course.  Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, all students learned the value of giving to make their school better.

 

Order School Supplies for 2017-18

Posted April 21st, 2017

Pleasant Valley elementary schools offer a great program.  Order your school supplies through our PTAs and have them delivered to your student’s classroom on Meet and Greet Night.  You can order online and don’t have to worry about finding all the items on the list!

Go to the following website and then enter the code for your school listed below.  We’ve also included contact information for each PTA, as well.

School Supply Website https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/

Bridgeview Code:  BRI160
Questions?  Contact Leta Rose at ptabridgeview@gmail.com

Cody Code: COD009
Questions?  Contact Brittany Daly at Dalyba@hotmail.com

Hopewell Code:  HOP064
Questions?  Contact Shelley Breen at tandsbreen@gmail.com

Pleasant View Code:  PLE029
Questions? Jenny Langan  at jlangan14@mchsi.com

Riverdale Heights Code: RIV052
Questions? Wendy Bock bockw@bhc.edu

 

District Band Concert Moves to iWireless

Posted March 25th, 2017

 

The Pleasant Valley District Band Night Concert will be at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL again this year!  Thanks to the construction at PVHS, there just isn’t enough room for this concert at the High School.  By having the event at the iWireless Center, we are able to have all 13 bands and 840 students perform together on one concert!  All students will perform on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

“We want to thank the Pleasant Valley Community School District and the Pleasant Valley Band Boosters for helping to make this performance possible,” Band Director Drew Anderson said.

We caught up with the Riverdale Heights 6th grade band as they get ready for the big concert.  Check out the video below!

Booker Bear Brings Smiles

Posted March 16th, 2017

PV 1st graders are celebrating the annual Booker Bear challenge.  Every year, the Bettendorf Library Foundation asks students to read 10 books.  Those who do it are honored at an event with pizza, a certificate and their own Booker Bear.  Ascentra Credit Union has sponsored this event since 1999.  Congratulations, students!

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