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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!

Pleasant View Celebrates Reading and Writing with Annual Literacy Day

Posted April 23rd, 2018

In preparation for the upcoming visit from the Pleasant Valley Visiting Author, Sarah Weeks, Pleasant View Elementary had their fifth annual Literacy Day! This day was filled with fun activities to celebrate reading and writing with the theme Save Me a Book, based off Sarah Week’s book, Save Me a Seat. Students gathered in their Character Circles and participated in balloon races, book mark making, poetry writing, reading aloud and acting out a book, and many other things. The kids had a blast and got very excited to meet the author this week! Thanks Pleasant View staff for reminding your students how important and fun reading and writing are!
 
Sarah Weeks will be stopping by most PV schools during her visit, so be on the lookout for stories on the interactions between her and our students!
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

 

 

 

 

BIG BAD WOLF VS. THREE LITTLE PIGS – A LESSON IN COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Posted February 5th, 2018

Mrs. Nedved, 2nd grade teacher at Pleasant View, got creative teaching her students about comparing and contrasting! During this unit, Mrs. Nedved used the two stories, The 3 Little Pigs and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, to write a play trial. The trial was that of the 3 Pigs vs. the Big Bad Wolf and students were witnesses on each side of the play. Mr. Cavanaugh, Pleasant View counselor, was the presiding judge, and another class served as the jury to help determine the fate of the wolf!

In the end, the Big Bad Wolf was declared innocent, and the students had a blast!

PLEASANT VIEW KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADERS CELEBRATE 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL

Posted January 30th, 2018

The 100th day of school is a big day for kindergarten and first graders here at PV!  Last Friday, Pleasant View students celebrated in style with a “birthday” party themed for 100 year olds! Students and teachers dressed up as 100 year olds and shuffled through different games that 100 year olds might play at a birthday party. What a cute and fun way to celebrate being in school for 100 days!  Thanks for sharing your photos Pleasant View!

SMILES ALL AROUND AT THE PLEASANT VIEW WINTER PROGRAM

Posted December 12th, 2017

Pleasant View students took the stage Friday, December 9th for their annual Winter Program!  Students sang and played songs featuring their Polar Express theme, with tunes like I Love to Ride on a Train, Chug-a Chug-a Choo Choo, and Believe.

Thank you to following people for all their hard work and preparation for this great Winter Program: Mrs. Cibula – Vocal Music, Ms. Bailey – Band Instructor, Mr. Barrott – Accompanist, and Mr. Davis – Drum Set.  Well done to all involved!

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!
PLEASANT VIEW STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT FREEDOM

Posted November 20th, 2017

PVCSD loves seeing our students grow and gain deeper understanding of the world around them!  Each month Pleasant View students meet in their Character Circles for a short activity.  The groups are mixed with students from grades K-6.  This year, the focus is Empathy and how people with great character are able to walk in the shoes of others.  Pleasant View educators wanted kids to understand that if people learn about others, they are more likely to show empathy.  On November 10th, Character Circles met and talked about the holiday of Veteran’s Day, and learned what a veteran is and what they have done for America.  Discussions emphasized the fact that there is freedom because of the men and women fighting in the Armed Services. Students were asked what freedom means to each of them and they wrote it on a star. Every star was then added to a freedom banner. That banner was featured in the photo below, and will be hung in the Pleasant View hallways as a reminder to the students.  The photo taken of students with their banner will be used to make a canvas to be donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Bettendorf!

TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER FOR PLEASANT VIEW 6TH GRADERS

Posted November 8th, 2017

November 10th was filled with all kinds of technology for the 6th grade classes at Pleasant View during Tech EdCamp!  The student-led camp focused on teaching peers about several different presentation applications – iMovie, Spark Video, Haiku Deck, Adobe Pages, and Padlet.

The camp was also student-centered as each child was able to choose which sessions they wanted to attend based on their own interest, and allowed them to engage in the presentation, rather than just listen.  “Tech EdCamp was interactive,” Mallory, a 6th grade participant, said.  “It wasn’t just a ‘this is what the app is,’ we actually got to play around with the app and know how to use it.”

All students are putting their new learning to use as they present research based on their inquiry work for Ancient Egypt.

 

**Photos courtesy of Wendy Reyes

Schedule Conferences at Pleasant View

Posted October 13th, 2017

Pleasant View Families,

As in the past, Pleasant View Elementary will utilize the PTCFast online scheduling system for our conferences. We will hold a set conference night on Tuesday, November 7th from 3:30-5:30 and Thursday, November 9th from 3:30-8:00.  In addition, teachers will provide a range of additional conference times between November 6th and 17th. The process allows families to choose from a variety of dates and times to meet with the classroom teacher.  Scheduling conferences online allows parents and teachers more flexibility for conferencing.  We recognize that families have busy schedules, and believe a system of this nature opens up more opportunities for parents.

To sign up for a conference, please visit https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Pleasant_View_Elementary  and follow the on screen instructions. If you would like to review the process prior to visiting the site, a pdf of the process can be viewed here.

As you complete the scheduling process you will receive a confirmation email of your date(s) scheduled. The information in this email contains the “Access Link” that when selected will send you back to the online scheduler allowing you to make changes to your conference time. It is important not to delete the email from PTCFast.com.

Some Conferences Have Been Scheduled Already

Parents of students who are a part of the programming listed below do not need to sign up for a conference, as we have manually scheduled their conferences because of the multiple teachers being involved in the conference. 

  • K-6 Special Education
  • K-6 Reading Specialist
  • 4-6 Formally Identified Extended Learning Program (ELP)

Parents who have children in these programs will receive an email from PTCfast.com about their scheduled conference time.  If this time does not work, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

The window for scheduling conferences is from today through the end of the day on Monday, October 30th.  Should you need to change a conference that you previously scheduled or were unable to schedule a conference during the window of time, please contact your child’s teacher.

In the case that you are experiencing difficulty with this program, please contact your classroom teacher or me. We would be glad to help.   Thank you!

Sincerely,

Steven Cotton

Principal

cottonsteven@pleasval.k12.ia.us

563-332-5575

Pleasant View Students “Choose to Be”

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Walking to the library at Pleasant View, it’s impossible to miss a new mural outside Art Teacher Ms. Kirsch’s room. Since the beginning of the year, 4th through 6th Graders have been working together to create the artwork.  Ms. Kirsch gave them a prompt, “Choose to Be…” and students designed a word or phrase to put up on the wall. Students talked about the importance of how their artwork can make an impact on the other students in the school.  An inspiring and beautiful piece of art!

Exploring the World through the Senses

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Why do people become explorers?  Students in Mrs. Wilga’s 5th Grade class at Pleasant View Elementary spent the day learning about explorers and how they used their senses to discover new worlds. Mrs. Wilga set up three stations — one, a group of small boxes students had to smell and determine the scent, another full of plant life and another technology-based station which allowed students to research explorers.  A hands-on class the students will definitely remember for a long time!

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 Pleasant View

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!

Pleasant View Students Play the Part in Wax Musuem

Posted May 19th, 2017

Pleasant View 3rd Graders held their annual wax museum on May 19, 2017.  A lot of work goes into this exciting day.  Students read all sorts of texts to research a historical figure.  From Michael Jackson to Leonardo da Vinci to Sojourner Truth, students researched and then performed a speech based on the life of an important person.  Students stood still until a museum visitor pressed their button.  They then came to life and shared what they learned.  Great work, students!

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