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PVHS to send 34 Musicians to 2018 All-State

Posted November 5th, 2018

PVCSD is extremely proud to announce that 34 musicians from across the PVHS music programs have been selected for the 2018 IHSMA All-State Band, Chorus, and Orchestra! 
 
8 band students (and 4 alternates), 19 choir students, and
7 orchestra students were selected. The choir total is the 2nd highest selected number in the state. Listed below are the musicians who will be performing in November at the All-State Concert in Ames. Bravo students!
 
BAND:
Aditya Desai – Flute – 2nd year
Sanjiv Iyer – Clarinet – 1st year
Shreya Khurjekar – Clarinet – 1st year
Aadil Manazir – Percussion – 1st year
Sam McGrath – Bass Clarinet – 2nd year
Nico Moralez – Euphonium – 1st year
Amulya Pillutla – Clarinet – 1st year
Kaitlyn Ryan – Clarinet – 2nd year
ALTERNATES:
Lindsay Davison – Bass Clarinet
Nick Kamp – Euphonium
Miranda Miller – Horn
Dilan Nair – Percussion
 
CHOIR:
Grace Almgren – 11th grade – 1st year
Caden Bennion – 12th grade – 1st year
Alex Boyd – 12th grade – 1st year
Nikki Chang – 12th grade – 1st year
Bradley Hamilton – 11th grade – 1st year
Charity Jensen – 12th grade – 1st year
Rachel Lyon – 10th grade – 1st year
Maegan Neil – 10th grade -1st year
Brady Sexson – 11th grade – 1st year
Ciyanna Wilson – 11th grade – 1st year
Taze Wilson – 10th grade – 1st year
Sophia Dahm – 12th grade – 2nd year
Dalton Hout – 11th grade – 2nd year
Christine Lyon – 12th grade – 2nd year
John Mendelin – 11th grade – 2nd year
Natalie Murphy – 12th grade – 2nd year
Rece Vining – 11th grade – 2nd year
Alex Jungers – 12th grade – 3rd year
Madison Wells – 12th grade – 3rd year
 
ORCHESTRA:
Ruth Davidson – 12th grade – Viola – 3rd year
Dan Kim – 11th grade – Violin I – 1st year
Christina Li – 10th grade – Violin I – 2nd year
Connor Miller – 10th grade – Bass – 2nd year
Alyssa Paulson – 12th grade – Bass – 2nd year
Daniela Rybarczyk – 12th grade – Viola – 3rd year
Sarah (Annie) Warner – 12 grade – Violin I – 4th year
Alton Barber Selected for Hoover Uncommon Student Award

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Here at PVCSD, our students are very well known for accomplishing many things, in and out of the classroom. Today, we would like to take time to congratulate Alton Barber for being selected as a Hoover Uncommon Student earlier this month!
 
To participate in the Uncommon Student Awards Program, students applied as high school juniors in March. The Foundation then selected 15 finalists from across Iowa to participate, where they would each develop a philanthropic program of their own design and continue to work on it over the summer.
 
Each student was awarded $1,500 for their efforts. Three were selected by a panel of judges for an additional $5,000 scholarship award and our very own Alton Barber was one of the three!
 
His project was titled, ‘Big Blue World.’ “My program gives students in second through sixth grades with learning differences a chance to participate in FIRST robotics at the same level as any other team,” Barber said. “My goal was for the students to have fun and get exposure to some basic robotics principles. Intense competition was not our goal, and we all got a lot out of the experience!” he added.
 
PVCSD is proud and impressed, Alton! Well done! 
 
*All information provided in a press release from the Hoover Presidential Foundation.
2018 PTA Reflections Program Launch

Posted September 25th, 2018

PVCSD is ready to launch this year’s PTA Reflections Program! If you like to dance, create movies, write poems or stories, draw, paint, take photos, compose music, then the Reflections Program is for you!

PTA Reflections®

More than 300 Pleasant Valley students entered the Reflections contest last year in order to enhance their fine arts expression and education. This year you can be part of the fun too. Use your creativity to tell us what this year’s theme means to you:

Express yourself by creating an original work of art that relates to the theme in one or more of the following six categories:

Each student may submit up to four entries in each category. All entries are scored by experienced judges. The top four scores in each category and age group go on to compete at the state level. State winners are then submitted for National PTA Reflections® awards.

Contest Guidelines

All entries MUST comply with the contest guidelines AND be accompanied by an official entry form found by clicking HERE.

Please be sure your entry meets the requirements of both the General Contest Rules and the specific Category Rules (category rules are found by clicking on each of the category links listed above). In particular, note requirements for visual art and photography entries to be mounted on cardboard and within certain size limitations.

Exceptional Individuals

The Special Artist Division is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully. The Special Artist Division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure that every student has the chance to be part of the PTA Reflections® program.

Deadline

Entries will be collected outside the main office of your school before school on October 24, 2018 and October 25, 2018. Submitted artwork MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form (click here for form) and be signed by a parent or guardian.

Open House and Awards Ceremony

Participating students will be invited to join us Thursday, Jan. 17, 2018 for a reception and award ceremony held in the Pleasant Valley High School Cafeteria. All artwork entries will be on display for students and parents to enjoy.

 

For more information, contact your school Reflections representative:

Bridgeview: Leta Rose at ptabridgeview@gmail.com
Cody: Elizabeth Foad and Stephanie Peterson at elizabethfoad@yahoo.com and petersonstephanie@pleasval.k12.ia.us
Edison Academy: Shawn Rice at riceshawn@pleasval.k12.ia.us
Hopewell: Sharon Tinsman and Tara Bries at tinsman5@q.com and tara-bries@hotmail.com
Pleasant View: Angie Brand at brandangelak@icloud.com
PVHS: Kris Wehrman at kristinhwehrman@gmail.com
PVJH: Kathleen Fitzgerald at kathfitz93@gmail.com
Riverdale Heights: Shelagh Clark at shelaghclark04@gmail.com

 

For additional information and rules/regulations for each category, visit: http://www.iowapta.org/index.php/reflections

High School Back to School Center

Posted August 13th, 2018

We are thrilled to get the 2018-19 school year underway!  This is your one-stop shop for all things back to school.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon!

Important Dates:

August 6:             10:00am – 4:00pm Senior Review (A-L)

August 7:             10:00am – 4:00pm Senior Review (M-Z)

  • Parking Tag pick-up until 3:30pm on both days.
    Seniors please note:  You must see your counselor, have Online Registration (verification of information) submitted through the portal, Career Cruising and (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration completed before your parking tag will be issued.

August 8-14:       9:00am – 3:00pm Junior/Sophomore Parking Tag pick-up Please note: Online Registration (verification of information) submitted through the portal and (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.

  • Please note: Parking tags will not be dispersed between August 20th-22nd.  You may pick up your parking tag on August 23rd.

August 13:         Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal.   Don’t have a Portal account? Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21
:           7:00pm PVHS Open House – parents will follow a short 8 minute bell schedule

August 23:           8:10am First Day of School (Early Dismissal 10-12 Grade 12:05pm) Busses run at 3:30pm
August 24&27:  PVHS ID Pictures during wellness class
August 29
:           12:05pm Early Dismissal
September 3:
    No School, Labor Day – Run with Carl

Announcements: Keep an eye on this link.  The Daily Announcements are posted here!

Need a sports physical?  Click here for the form.

School Pictures, August 24 & 27Click here for the forms you need to order pictures for the fall of 2018!

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Information:

Students entering grade 12 must have 2 doses if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received at 16 years of age or older. There will be no grace period allowed, if your child does not meet the state requirements they will not be allowed to start school on August 23. If your student has a medical exemption; a new medical exemption to include the Meningococcal vaccine is required. YOU MUST PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Parking Procedures:

Parking lots have been re-titled and will have color coded tags.  Please click here to see mapPlease note: “A” lot will not be available until mid-fall.

Food Service:

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus – You can also download an app to keep track of it all on your phone.  Plus, the site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus, which makes it easy to feel good about what PVCSD is serving your kids!

School Meal Prices:

  • Elementary Breakfast $1.65
  • Junior High & High School Breakfast $1.80
  • Elementary Lunch $2.45
  • Junior High Lunch $2.55
  • High School Lunch $2.85-$3.10

You may make a deposit into your student’s lunch account at any time by sending cash or check to their building.  You can also add money via credit card to your student’s food service account online through RevTrak by clicking here.   Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file. Click here for a reminder about our meal charge policy, including how much students can charge and when you’ll be alerted for having a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Application:  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2018-2019 Free and Reduced Application.

  • To begin your Online free and reduced application, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Free and Reduced application 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 “Applications/Forms” on the left
  • Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

After your application has been processed you will receive notification in your parent portal inbox.

If you are unable to complete the online application please click on the link http://pleasval.org/free-and-reduced-meal-information/

If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or mahlerandrea@pleasval.k12.ia.us

New Faculty and Staff:

Join us in welcoming new faculty and staff to the PVHS Family:

Marina Boes – World Language (French)

Kelley Christman – Counseling

Jason Landa – Math/Comp Science

Zachary Miller – Science

Nicholas Scheetz – Science

Nick Stader – Special Education Aide

Bailey Trondson – English

Strive for Less Than Five:

The Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance by participating in the Strive for Less Than Five Challenge!  We encourage you to watch this one-minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us keep student attendance high as we head back into the school year!

Don’t Miss a Thing!

In an emergency, PV will send you notices via text and phone calls.  Information you give us during registration automatically signs you up for emergency phone calls.  But, if you want texts too, you need to sign up. Click here to manage your preferences. Sign in and click on the Contacts Tab.  Your name will pop up, then click edit and make sure your information is correct!  (can’t remember your sign in?  Click “forgot password” on the home page.  If you have any questions, contact our Communications Director at thomsenhannah@pleasval.k12.ia.us)

Pleasant Valley schools send out an email every week with important dates, events, and community opportunities.  It’s called the #SpartanNation and it’s unique to every school.  Make sure you check your in-boxes every Friday afternoon, so you don’t miss a thing!

To assure that your email provider will not block email communications, please add this email address to your safe senders list: enews@pleasval.k12.ia.us. Pleasant Valley will not give email lists to anyone outside of the district. If you do not have access to email, information is available in the school office.

Follow us on facebook for stories about what’s going on in and out of the classroom!

Run with Carl

Support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation and Run with Carl on Labor Day, September 3, 2018!  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run takes place at the Life Fitness Center.  The races start at 7:30am and every dollar raised from registration fees goes directly to the PVEF and the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation.  The PVEF provides scholarships for seniors, awarding 90 scholarships in 2018.  Register NOW at www.runwithcarl.com.

2018-2019 PVCSD School Year Calendar At a Glance

Posted May 31st, 2018

As this school year wraps up, you can view the next school year calendar here!  Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to next fall!

PVHS 2018 Graduation Information

Posted April 11th, 2018

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and with that comes graduation for the PVHS Graduating Class of 2018!  Below you will find links to all available graduation information to help prepare you and your family, as well as to keep your senior on track during these last weeks of school.  Please call PVHS at 563-332-5151 if you need assistance with the information.

Annual PVEF Golf Benefit

Posted April 10th, 2018

The annual Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation golf outing is rapidly approaching!  Mark your calendars for Monday, April 30, at Palmer Hills Golf Course and participate in the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation’s premier fundraiser.  The Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships since 1991.  This year, the Foundation will give over 90 scholarships to graduating PVHS seniors.

We want you to participate in the fun! To golf, be a hole sponsor or donate a prize, fill out the below form and email to thomsenhannah@pleasval.k12.ia.us or mail to Hannah Thomsen at 525 Belmont Road Bettendorf, IA 52722.  See you on the 30th!

** POST EDIT: As of 4/24/18, the Golf Benefit is FULL and will not be able to accommodate any more golfers.  We can still take on more hole sponsors at this time!**

Click here to download the event brochure and registration paperwork.

Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation Holds Golf Benefit on April 24

PVCSD Honors 2018 Wall of Honor Award Recipient

Posted March 27th, 2018

Dr. Douglas Moard, MD FAAFP  Named to Pleasant Valley School District’s Wall of Honor

Dr. Douglas Moard, MD, FAAFP, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Pleasant Valley Community School District Wall of Honor Award.  The Wall of Honor Program was established in 1999 to recognize distinguished alumni who have graduated from Pleasant Valley High School.

Dr. Moard graduated from PVHS in 1976 and has since spent his life serving the community of Appleton, Wisconsin as a Board Certified Family Physician.

During his time at Pleasant Valley, Dr. Moard was a jack of all trades, involved in band, theater, tennis, wrestling, choir, and Letterman’s Club.  He was awarded the Danforth Award, and was also selected for the Iowa All State Chorus while at PVHS.

After he graduated from high school, Moard received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from

 

Luther College in 1980, and continued his education at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, graduating in 1984.  Dr. Moard then went on to complete his residency at Fox Valley Family Practice Residency in Appleton, Wisconsin from 1984-87, and was Chief Resident from 1988-89.

Upon the completion of his residency, it became clear to Dr. Moard that his passion was to continue improving the quality of life of families in his Appleton community.  He joined Thedacare Physicians in 1987 and has continued his career there ever since.  Dr. Moard went from Chief of Family Practice at Thedacare Hospitals in 1997-98, to the Assistant Medical Director at Thedacare Physicians starting in 2005.

Dr. Moard took his passion for familial healthcare and grew it into interests in other areas, such as chronic disease management and adult and pediatric psychiatry.  Moard took these interests and led a special project that helped transform outpatient care via a process redesign within the Thedacare system.  The work was presented to the Institute for Health Care Improvement in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009.  The presentation

 

resulted in visits from healthcare leaders from major academic organizations from across the world to see the new, redesigned process first hand.  This then led to implementation that helped set performance benchmarks nationally for quality measurements.

Moard is also currently involved in the Mental Health Integration Project, which is a community-wide training program for primary care providers regarding management of psychiatric disorders.  The project is in collaboration with all three local health systems and uses grants from the community and other organizations such as the United Way.

Pleasant Valley Community Schools will honor Dr. Douglas Moard at the Academic Awards Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  There will be a reception in his honor at 3:30 p.m. in the PVHS Library.

EASY ACCESS COURSE REGISTRATION PRESENTATIONS

Posted February 21st, 2018

Here at PVHS, we are excited and ready for the 2018-19 school year! To learn more about the different courses offered at all grade levels and to view each Course Registration Presentation, click here!

FINALISTS NAMED IN THE 2018 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Posted February 14th, 2018

Pictured from left to right: Vivek Joshi, Konnor Sommer, Vishwajit Subramanian, Sophia Xiao 

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:  Vivek Joshi, son of Deepak and Janki Joshi of Bettendorf; Konnor Sommer, son of Kevin and Jill Sommer; Vishwajit Subramanian, son of Subramanian Trichy and Arathi Sharada Balagangadharan of  Bettendorf; Sophia Xiao; daughter of  Peter Xiao and Guo Li 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 2018 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.

NEW COMMONS AND OFFICE OPEN AT PVHS

Posted January 16th, 2018

It’s a very happy Tuesday at Pleasant Valley High School! This morning, the new entrance, commons, and front office opened for all to enjoy! Students and teachers alike were very impressed, with lots of “This is awesome!” comments floating around!

The space includes open areas for students to gather, that will be filled with furniture closer to Spring Break, a little cafe called Sparbucks, and the new front offices.  Sparbucks is run by our Spartan Assembly Student Council and the PV Food Service Department. The counter will offer warm drinks like tea, hot coco, and select coffee drinks, as well as serve as an additional place for students to eat lunch in the future due to the growing enrollment numbers here at PV.

The whole space is about community, and is supposed to help bring PVHS students together in a modern, comfortable space.  We are so excited for students and staff to have this great place to gather!

PV DANCE TEAM STEALS THE SHOW AND THE STATE TITLE

Posted December 4th, 2017

Let’s give a big Spartan Nation congratulations to the PV Platinum Dance Team for becoming the Class XIII State champions in Pom!  The team competed on December 1st against other dance teams from across the state to bring home the state title in the Pom competition, and 4th place in Class VII Jazz competition.  On November 4th, six individual PV Platinum dancers also competed in the Iowa State Dance Team Solo Competition, where each dancer was given a Division 1 rating, the highest achievable rating, and two placed within the top 10.  To see the Pom and Jazz performances, check out the Pleasant Valley Dance Team Facebook page here!  Well done, Dancers!

HOW TO DODGE THE FLU THIS SEASON

Posted November 28th, 2017

With cold weather headed our way, that means the start of flu season! Pleasant Valley school nurses need your help by being on the lookout for the flu in your households!

Be sure you take preventative actions to stop the spread of germs by avoiding close contact with sick people, washing hands often with soap and warm water, and covering your nose and mouth with tissues when coughing or sneezing.

If you or your student are sick with flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after a fever has dissipated without fever-reducing medicine.

Thank you for helping us stay healthy this winter season!

For more information from the CDC on all things flu related, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

 

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*Information provided by the CDC.

SPARTANS SEND RECORD NUMBERS TO OPUS HONOR CHOIR AND IOWA ALL STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Posted November 14th, 2017

36 Musicians Headed to Iowa All State Music Festival

Spartan Nation would like to congratulate the record 36 PVHS musicians that were selected for this year’s Iowa All State Music Festival!  After auditioning on October 21st, 10 Pleasant Valley students were selected from band, which ties the program record, 18 from chorus, and eight from orchestra, which is a program record.  The All State Festival concert happens this coming weekend, on November 18th at 7:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

The selected students are as follows in alphabetical order:

BAND:  

  • 1st yr. – Regan Breen (Horn), Kade Coudron (Trumpet), Aditya Desai (Flute), Vivek Joshi (Percussion), Sam McGrath (Bass Clarinet), Brenna Morley (Clarinet), Kaitlyn Ryan (Clarinet), Cassie Smith (Horn)
  • 3rd yr. – Ethan Good (Trumpet), Claire Thomsen (Flute)

CHOIR:

  • 1st yr. – Sophia Dahm, Molly Dippel, Dalton Hout, Avery Luepker, Christine Lyon, Kaylin McNeal, John Mendelin, Natalie Murphy, and Rece Vining
  • 2nd yr. – Alex Jungers, Nathan Lyon, Roshni Nair, Brendan Roethler, Sean Wallace, Madison Wells (2nd yr.),
  • 3rd yr. – Halle Fish, Ellie Lindmark
  • 4th yr. –  Bailey Connors, first four year choral All Stater from PV

ORCHESTRA:  

  • 1st yr. -Christina Li (Violin), Kiran Marla (Violin), Connor Miller (Bass), Alyssa Paulson (Bass)
  • 2nd yr. -Ruth Davidson( Viola), Daniela Rybarczyk (Viola)
  • 3rd yr. – Veronica Henderson (Harp), Sarah (Annie) Warner (Violin)

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Record 45 students selected for Opus Honor Choirs

All of Pleasant Valley would also like to congratulate the 45 students selected, with one alternate, for the Opus Honor Choir! Of the nearly 3,000 students who were nominated to audition for the Opus Honor Choir, PV singers take up 45 spots of the 720 in the four different Opus Honor Choirs.  This is a record number for Pleasant Valley, and Pleasant Valley has the second highest acceptance into OPUS across the entire state of Iowa.

The OPUS Honor Choir concert is held Thursday, November 16th at CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames.

The accepted students are as follows, by grade/choirs and in alphabetical order:

5th/6th Grade Choir:

  • 5th Grade: Carly Berta, Xin-Yan Chan, Lily Hansel, Ameya Menon, Veda Vegiraju
  • 6th Grade: Kylie Brees, Selah DeVore, Zachary Guest, Elly Huhn, Nathan Kuberski, Grace Richards, Ryan Sondgeroth

7th/8th Grade Bass Choir:, Carter Carroll (8th, 2nd year), Ethan Ferry (8th, 2nd year), Tommy Glennon (7th), Payton Hintermeister (8th), Braeden Jackson (7th), Ben Jungers (8th), Ethan Kilcoin (8th, 2nd year), Collin Melody (8th), Matthew Murphy (7th, 2nd year), Ujan RoyBandyopadhyay (8th, 3rd year), Ryan Saddler (8th, 2nd year), Anthony Shamrell (7th), Bryce Vining (7th, 2nd year)

7th/8th Grade Treble Choir: Ava Burmahl (7th, 2nd year), Grace Davidson (8th), Chante Hardaway (8th), Erika Holmberg (8th, 4th year), Shobini Iyer (7th, 2nd year), Leah Mendelin (7th, 2nd year), Lexi Pelzer (7th, 2nd year), Rhema Saddler (7th, 2nd year), Caroline Sierk (8th, 2nd year), Alyse Zuiderveen (8th)

9th Grade Mixed Choir: Lukas Ager (2nd year), Ebby Barber (alternate), Lydia Cox (1st year), Charlie Crouse (2nd year), Gabriel Johnson (2nd year), Rachel Lyon (4th year), Bailey Mattioli (2nd year), Elizabeth Mooy (4th year), Maegan Neil (2nd year), Kendall Ontiveros (1st year), Taze Wilson (2nd year)

JA TITAN COMPETITION NO MATCH FOR PV BUSINESS STUDENTS

Posted November 6th, 2017

It’s on to the Scholarship Round for JA Titan Competitors Pleasant Valley Team 1!  Thursday, November 2nd was a successful day for the PV team, as they contended in, and won, the qualifying round of the JA Titan Competition at St. Ambrose University.  Pleasant Valley had to knock out Assumption, Bettendorf, North, West, and North Scott at this level to advance.

Junior Achievement (JA) Titan is a program that puts high school students in a business simulation, where they have to make decisions regarding price, marketing, production, research and development, and capital investment.  Each decision plays a part in determining the success of failure of their virtual business, all while teaching students more about working in a global economy.

The team will compete in the Scholarship Round on November 15th against the other winning high schools from the JA Heartland 24-county territory.  Spartan Nation wishes the team the best of luck!

Photo courtesy of JA Heartland

Pleasant Valley Schools $10,000 for Team Rubicon

Posted September 26th, 2017

Team-Rubicon

On September 25, 2017, Pleasant Valley students presented a $10,000 check to Team Rubicon at the School Board Meeting.  Christy Wood, Jake Wood’s mother, accepted the check on behalf of Team Rubicon.  Jake Wood is a PV alumn who started Team Rubicon. After the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Wood enlisted in the Marine Corps. After four years serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, he left the service to find his next mission in the world, but that mission found him.  In January 2010, Jake gathered a few former Marine friends and headed to Haiti to help in relief efforts.  He knew that highly trained military veterans possessed unique skills which could be used to great effect in a disaster situation.  Team Rubicon was born from that effort.

When PV students, faculty and staff saw the devastation in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, they knew they needed to act.  Across the district, students collected spare change, with the idea that doing a little bit can help a lot.  The district wanted to raise $1 for every student and staff member, which would be around $5,000.  Instead, they raised $10,000!

Watch the video below of the presentation to the board.

Thank you for your support of Team Rubicon’s work in Texas, and please view this personal message of gratitude from Jake Wood to his friends in Pleasant Valley:

Visit www.teamrubiconusa.org to learn more about veterans helping victims of disasters, and as importantly, helping one another.

Homecoming 2017

Posted September 8th, 2017

What a beautiful week for Homecoming!  The Spartan Nation came out in full force to support students and celebrate Pleasant Valley!  Check out the photo galleries below and the Pleasant Valley Community School District facebook page for even more!

PVHS Pep Rally

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Carnival

PVJH Pep Rally

Homecoming Central

Posted August 31st, 2017

Homecoming is the week of September 4, 2017.  The Spartan Nation is gearing up for a great week!  Check below for information about the parade, dress up days, the carnival and the big game!

PARADE, Thursday, September 7

If you want to register your group or organization for the parade, click here.

The annual Homecoming Parade will be held on Thursday, September 7th, at 6:00 p.m. The parade will begin from the Scott Community College driveway, proceed through the entrance/exit onto Belmont Road, and end at the entrance to the west parking lots of the high school. Please CLICK ON THE MAP BELOW carefully note the directions below. 

 

Drop off procedures:

For floats, convertibles, participants, and everything other than students walking with their elementary school:  Belmont Road at the entrance of Scott Community College will close at 5:30pm.  We ask that you enter the Scott Community Campus from the Highway 67 (Great River Road).  In the map above, you will see a yellow line showing the drop off spot and turn around.

For elementary students and parents walking with their elementary school: Parents should drop off their children in the designated drop-off zone in the southernmost west parking lot.  Parents can park in the designated parking areas to the west of the stadium or at the Belmont Administration Center. Students walking in the parade should check in with teachers and principals in the area south of the west parking lots.  Please plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to walk with their children.  Parents walking in the parade should park their vehicles and then walk to the area south of west parking lot to join up with other elementary school children and parents.  Elementary teachers and principals will escort students grouped by school to the beginning of the parade route. All parents and students present will walk to the float staging area located in the Scott Community College parking lots to get in line for the parade. Do not drop students off at the Scott Community College parking lots. We strongly encourage K/1 parents to participate in the parade with their child(ren). Please do not bring candy and other items to hand out during the parade.

Pick up procedures for elementary students walking with their elementary school: Students who participate in the parade need to be picked up at the west ticket booth, northeast of the drop off area. Please see the map on the back of this document. Do not pick up students prior to the end of the parade route. Students need to be picked up by parents no later than 6:30 p.m. Following the parade, students and their parents are invited to visit the Homecoming Carnival festivities in the new parking lot to the east of the tennis courts.  You will be able to walk from the west parking lots around the stadium and tennis courts to the carnival.

Click here for the full information and for the permission slip to walk in the parade. We need this returned to the office by September 6.

**Elementary participants will not join the parade if inclement weather occurs.  If questionable weather is in the forecast, a decision will be announced before dismissal from school the day of the parade.

 

CARNIVAL, Thursday, September 7:

The Homecoming Carnival is after the parade at 6:30 p.m. in the D parking lot (the new parking lot) at PVHS. We will have food trucks, a dunk tank, caricatures, face painting, henna, games, and much more. Admission is free at the Carnival, with donations accepted to benefit the Student Hunger Drive. Food Trucks and Caricatures have various prices and will accept cash.

CORONATION, Friday, September 8:

Voting for Homecoming King and Queen will take place on the student portal throughout the week (deadline Thursday at 3:30pm). The coronation of the Homecoming king and queen will take place Friday during the spirit assembly at 10:25 a.m.

HOMECOMING GAME, Friday, September 8:

Come cheer on the Spartans as they take on the Muscatine Muskies.  Don’t forget to wear your homecoming t-shirt!

HOMECOMING DANCE, Saturday, September 9, 8:30pm:

PVHS PTA needs your help.  We are looking for adults to chaperone the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Please see SignUp (http://signup.com/go/iGEeTSW) for specific needs and let us know how you can help.

HOPEWELL DRESS-UP DAYS:

Tuesday — Hawaiian Day
Wednesday — Sport a Smile with Silly Socks (Picture Day)
Thursday — PJ Day (Join us Thursday afternoon for the Homecoming Parade)
Friday — Spartan Pride (wear Blue & Gray)

PLEASANT VIEW DRESS-UP DAYS:

Join us for the parade on Thursday night!
Friday — Wear your PV Spirit Gear!

RIVERDALE HEIGHTS DRESS-UP DAYS:

Tuesday — Time Travel Day:  You are in a time travel machine.  Where will you land?  Dress like that time in history.
Wednesday — Workout Wednesday:  Wear your favorite workout clothes.
Thursday — Riverdale Heights Rocks & Parade Day:  Wear your favorite Riverdale Heights, PV shirt, or gray and blue! (Join us Thursday afternoon for the Homecoming Parade)
Friday — Team Spirit Day — Wear your favorite team shirt or colors.

PVJH DRESS-UP DAYS:

At our kickoff assembly, the junior high students chose the theme of “Hollywood” for the year. Join us in dressing up for these Hollywood themed spirit days to celebrate homecoming next week!

Tuesday: Movie in your PJs,
Wednesday: Incognito! Try to hide from the paparazzi by wearing hats, sunglasses, wigs, and anything else as a disguise.
Thursday: Spirit Day- wear your Spartan gear to cheer with the High School marching band and cheerleaders at the pep rally!
Friday: Red Carpet and Gold Oscars (7th wears red, 8th wears gold)

PVHS DRESS-UP DAYS:

Tuesday – Tie Dye Day
Wednesday – Twin Day
Thursday – Country versus Country Club Day
Friday – Spartan Spirit day!

Community Event: Digital Citizenship Expert Speaks at PV

Posted August 28th, 2017

Pleasant Valley Community School District is holding an important community wide event on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:30pm in the PVHS Theatre.  Paul Davis, a world-known expert on empowering parents and educating children about internet safety, will speak about digital trails, footprints, cyberbullying and responsibility online.  Mr. Davis has been addressing digital citizenship for years, training Canada’s Department of National Defense, Canada’s border service and more than 400,000 parents and students in North America. We encourage all parents K-12 to attend this important event, as we work together to mold our children into 21st century adults.

In the 2016-17 school year, all 6th Grade students underwent a digital bootcamp, which included listening to a TedEd Talk by Mr. Davis.  Watch the video below to see what our students learned.

Paul Davis from Beth Campbell on Vimeo.

PVHS Back to School Central

Posted August 2nd, 2017

We are thrilled to get the 2017-18 school year underway!  This is your one-stop shop for all things back to school.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon!

Important Dates

August 7:           9:00am – 4:00pm PVHS Senior Registration (A-L) & Parking Tag Pick-Up until 3:30pm.

Seniors:  Career Cruising and (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.

August 8:           9:00am – 4:00pm PVHS Senior Registration (M-Z) & Parking Tag Pick-Up until 3:30pm.

Seniors:  Career Cruising and (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.

August 16-17:    9:00am – 3:00pm Junior Parking Tag Pick-Up

Please note: (if applicable) Scott Community College Course Application/Registration must be complete before your parking tag will be issued.
Please Note:  Parking tags will not be dispersed between August 17th -22nd. You may pick up your parking tag on August 23rd.

August 16:         Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal.   Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21:           5:30pm Fall Sports Kickoff Dinner
August 21:           7:00pm PVHS Open House – parents will follow a short 8 minute bell schedule
August 23:           8:10am First Day of School (Early Dismissal 10-12 Grade 12:05pm)
August 24-25:     PVHS ID Pictures during wellness class. Click here for a look at the picture packages.
August 30:           12:05pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
September 4:      No School, Labor Day
September 4:      Run with Carl

Click here for the 2017-18 district calendar.
Bookmark this link.  The Daily Announcements are posted here!
Need a sports physical?  Click here for the form.

From the Principal

Welcome Back,

I would like to welcome the Freshmen Class of 2021 to the start of their high school experience. This year’s new class will be experiencing the same controlled construction chaos along with other students. The main entrance disappeared in June and the new front addition is rapidly taking shape. Currently, students should be enjoying the new commons when they return from Christmas Break. The tower and new auxiliary gym will be completed by August 2018. Parking is guaranteed for all juniors and seniors requesting a tag. Sophomore parking tags will be allocated after the first two weeks of school. This will allow administration time to assure that all of the upper classmen requests have been filled. Priority will be given to those sophomore students involved in a fall sport or activity. New sophomore parking tags will be issued through the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Drop-off and pick-up at the HS will continue to be problematic but it is our hope that by eliminating parking at the front of the school there will be more room. A drop-off lane with a painted safety egress will define an area for students to open their passenger door without fear of being hit by exiting cars behind them. Click on the map below, which map should help provide a visual explaining the teacher, student and contractor parking.

The High School Open House is scheduled for grades 9-12 on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm. Our staff collective focus over the past three years has been to answer four key questions; what do we want all students to know? How do we know that they know it? What do we do if they do know it? And what do we do if they do not know it? Come to the Open House and hear the answers to all of these questions! If either you or your student logs onto the district website and selects PVHS, there is a plethora information for many courses. These websites include daily homework, answer keys, assignment calendars, and additional help sites.

Please be reminded that for the past decade, PVHS has followed an early-out schedule for grades 10-12 only. On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, grades 10-12 will be released at 12:05pm. Upper classmen riding the bus will be offered lunch. 9th grade students will have lunch by themselves with an opportunity to explore the meal selections without being ridiculed by older students wanting to get through the line and eat. We will also conduct a rotating activity schedule that includes study skills, an activity fair, building “hunt” and a reflective letter to themselves about their first day.

Welcome to the start of a new and exciting 2017-18 school year,

Mike Zimmer

Principal

Pleasant Valley High School

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Information

Students entering grade 12 must have 2 doses if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received at 16 years of age or older. There will be no grace period allowed, if your child does not meet the state requirements they will not be allowed to start school on August 23. If your student has a medical exemption; a new medical exemption to include the Meningococcal vaccine is required. YOU MUST PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Food Service

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus!  You can also download an app to keep track of it all on your phone!  Plus, our site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus!  Pretty cool!

School Meal Prices:
Elementary Breakfast $1.65
Junior High & High School Breakfast $1.80
Elementary Lunch $2.45
Junior High Lunch $2.55
High School Lunch $2.85-$3.10

To add money via credit card to your student’s food service account, use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file. Click here for a reminder about our meal charge policy, including how much students can charge and when you’ll be alerted for having a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Application:  New this year, we are introducing an online free and reduced application process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application.

  • To begin your Online free and reduced application, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Free and Reduced application 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 “Applications/Forms” on the left
  • Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

After your application has been processed you will receive notification in your parent portal inbox.

If you are unable to complete the online application please click on the link http://pleasval.org/free-and-reduced-meal-information/

If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or mahlerandrea@pleasval.k12.ia.us

New Faculty and Staff

Join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff to the PVHS Family!
Pam Ancelet — Math
David Baxter-Shores – Vocal Music Instructor
Abigail Dalen – Social Studies
Jackie Edgin – Science
Brittany Herrmann – American Sign Language
Zachary Marotta – Science
Alexandria Medenciy – Art
Bartley Meinke – World Language
Gabrielle Parks – English
Scott Rice – Guidance Counselor
Jessica Scadden – English
Claire Slifka – Family and Consumer Sciences
Samantha Urban – Special Education

Strive for Less Than Five

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 this one-minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us break attendance records on Wednesday, August 30.  We’re challenging every student to come to school to get the year started off right!

Don’t Miss a Thing!

In an emergency, PV will send you notices via text and phone calls.  Information you give us during registration automatically signs you up for emergency phone calls.  But, if you want texts, too, you need to sign up. Click here to manage your preferences. Sign in and click on the Contacts Tab.  Your name will pop up, then click edit and make sure your information is correct!  (can’t remember your sign in?  Click “forgot password” on the home page.  If you have any questions, contact our Communications Director at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us)

Pleasant Valley schools send out an email every week with important dates, events, and community opportunities.  It’s called the #SpartanNation and it’s unique to every school.  Make sure you check your in-boxes every Friday afternoon, so you don’t miss a thing!

To assure that your email provider will not block email communications, please add this email address to your safe senders list: enews@pleasval.k12.ia.us. Pleasant Valley will not give email lists to anyone outside of the district. If you do not have access to email, information is available in the school office.

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Run with Carl

Support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation and Run with Carl.  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run is Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at the Life Fitness Center.  The races start at 7:30am and every dollar raised from registration fees goes directly to the PVEF and the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation.  The PVEF provides scholarships for seniors, awarding 80 scholarships in 2017.  Six PVHS seniors received scholarships in 2017 thanks to proceeds from Run with Carl! Register NOW at www.runwithcarl.com.

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