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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!

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!
RIVERDALE HEIGHTS HONORS VETERANS

Posted November 10th, 2017

Riverdale Heights students and staff took the afternoon on Friday, November 10th to honor those who serve, and have served, our country.  The annual Riverdale Heights Elementary Veteran’s Day Commemoration took place in the gym, where the whole school gathered to hear from nearly 60 veterans from all branches of the military.  The audience also got to hear from guest speaker Major Rebecca Milkowski, a local and highly decorated soldier from the Army. The Riverdale Heights 5th Grade Harmonics performed two songs, along with the 6th grade trumpets who performed Taps.

The Pleasant Valley School District wants to thank and honor all veterans on this day. Thank you for all you have done for this country and for this community, we are so grateful for you!

Schedule Conferences at Riverdale Heights

Posted October 13th, 2017

Riverdale Heights Elementary School will be using the PTC Fast Online Scheduling program for Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2017-2018 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 open up on Monday, October 16th and will remain open until Monday, October 30th .  Conferences are being held Tuesday, November 7th  and Thursday, November 9th  from 3:30-8:00.

Please use the following steps located below.

  • 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.

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

·         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.

 

Thank you,

 

Jennifer Gertson

Principal

 

Visiting Artist Rock Riverdale Heights

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Every year, Pleasant Valley Community School District works with Quad City Arts to bring their Visiting Artists into our schools.  The week of October 2, 2017, students enjoyed the critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio Infinitus.  

The members of Infinitus not only played familiar songs for the students at Riverdale Heights, but also challenged the kids’ musical ability.  In the video below, you see them working on a rhythmic pattern.

 The musicians also asked students to listen to various pieces and talk about what they thought each piece was about.

“That’s what’s great about music,” a member of Infinitus said. “We can hear the same thing and think something different.”

Infinitus is holding a public performance at Pleasant Valley High School in the theatre on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Infinitus, click here.

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 Riverdale Heights

Posted August 25th, 2017

What a beautiful day to start school!  We’re so glad you’re here!  Check out pictures from the first day of school below.

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

 

 

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