Pleasant Valley
Community Schools
Riverdale Heights Hosts First World Culture Night

Posted November 1st, 2018

Celebrating the different cultures that make up PVCSD is incredibly important to this district, and to show that, Riverdale Heights hosted their very first World Culture Night!
 
The evening was focused on food and fellowship, with every family bringing a food dish specific to their culture, providing a description of the ingredients and cooking methods. Everyone enjoyed learning about new foods and different traditions, all while celebrating the diversity within Riverdale Heights! What a wonderful night!
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

Riverdale Heights 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 18:           Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal. ***Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21:           5:00pm New Family Welcome
August 21:           5:30pm Meet and Greet
August 23:           8:30am First Day of School
August 29:           1:30pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Fall Picture Day

September 3:       No School, Labor Day
September 3:       Run with Carl

Friday, August 17, 2018:

Infinite Campus Parent Portal opens to access homeroom teacher assignments.  If you wish to open a parent portal account, please contact Susan Parks at 332-5550, ext. 1004.  Parents of incoming kindergarten students will receive a call on Tuesday, August 14th from the school office indicating their homeroom teacher assignment and assigned staggered start day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018:  Pleasant Valley Elementary Meet and Greet

  •  5:00-5:25 PM Welcome for parents of kindergarten students and new families to our district
  • 5:30-6:15 PM Elementary Meet and Greet (Please feel free to come at a time that works best for you.  This is an open house format.)
    • Meet your child’s homeroom teacher
    • Ask questions about the first day of school and become acclimated to your new classroom
    • Pick up your district calendar (one per family) and any incomplete registration forms
    • Unpack your backpack and pick-up your school supplies purchased through the PTA
    • Sign up for various PTA volunteer opportunities
  • 6:15-7:00 PM Registration and school fee finalization with school office personnel

            If needed only:

  • Finish any outstanding registration forms indicated during classroom visit
  • Deposit money into your child’s Food Service account (can be done online)
  • Visit with a Durham School Services bus driver representative for transportation questions
  • Visit with school nurse

Thursday, August 23, 2018:  First Day of School

First Day of School 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

  • *Parents of kindergarten students:  Please note your kindergartner will attend either August 23rd, 24th or 27th as you are directed on August 14th.  All kindergarten students will begin regular attendance on Tuesday, August 28th.

Parking Lot Procedures:

Getting back into the school routine can be tough.  Remind yourself of the pick up/drop off procedures at Riverdale Heights.  Click here for the parking lot procedures.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up:  It is important to work collaboratively to make sure students and staff are as safe as possible at all times.  Therefore, we ask all visitors to check in at the office.  If you arrive prior to dismissal you will need to wait in the atrium.  Parents should not head to classrooms, as this is a safety concern.  Appointments with faculty should be made in advance for visits before and after school, as teachers often have duties and/or meetings they need to attend to after dismissal.  We closely monitor who is able to access our building and it is important that we all work together to follow safety procedures.

Bus Rules:

Many of our students ride a bus to get to school.  Click here for a reminder of the expectations we have for our exceptional bus riders.

School Supplies and Spartan Safe Snack List:

Click here for a complete list of necessary school supplies for the 2018-19 year.

Click here for the updated Spartan Safe Snack list.

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 Riverdale Heights Family:

Kristen Bishop – 3rd Grade

Jose Lara – PE

Stephanie Seier – Instructional Coach

Megan Kohn – Educational  Aide

Lavanya Vijayaraghavan – Educational Aide

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!

PV Sweeps Regional 6th Grade Math Bee

Posted April 23rd, 2018

During the recent Regional Math Bee, PV swept the competition and took home 1st through 4th place! 🎉 6th grade Students from 24 teams competed in the bee and all five PV elementary schools placed within the top 10. In the team competition, Riverdale Heights finished first, Hopewell second, Pleasant View third, Cody fourth, and Bridgeview ninth. Riverdale Heights student Jack Cabay also placed first in the individual rankings.

Way to go PV 6th graders, #SpartanNation is extremely proud of your math skills!

 

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 CELEBRATES READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

Posted March 19th, 2018

PVCSD LOVES reading! During the last week of February, PV elementary schools celebrated Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’s birthday! There were Dr. Seuss themed decorations and lots of fun activities throughout the week, including some guest readers in a variety of classrooms! Thanks to all our guests and to the staff for continually showing PV students how important (and FUN) reading is!

CALLING ALL 2018-2019 KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!

Posted January 24th, 2018

The Pleasant Valley Community School District is compiling a list of names of students who plan to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Online Registration information will be sent to directly to these families prior to Feb 16, 2018, and they will be invited to attend kindergarten registration on February 23, 2018.

To indicate your student is planning to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, please visit the following link: http://pleasval.org/kindergarten-inquiry-form/ to fill out and submit the “Kindergarten Inquiry Form”. Please share this information with any families who have children five years of age or older on or before September 15, 2018.

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact your neighborhood elementary school (see information below):

Bridgeview Elementary School          Cody Elementary School                    Hopewell Elementary School

Mary Noack                                                      Jeni Kipper                                                   Michele Even

316 S 12th St                                                     2100 Territorial Rd                                      3900 Hopewell Ave

LeClaire, IA 52753                                         LeClaire, IA 52753                                       Bettendorf, IA 52722

563-332-0215                                                  563-332-0210                                              563-332-0250

noackmary@pleasval.k12.ia.us                  kipperjennifer@pleasval.k12.ia.us           evenmichele@pleasval.k12.ia.us

 

Pleasant View Elementary School                 Riverdale Heights Elementary School

Jeanne Hodgin                                                             Lori Ellerbach

6333 Crow Creek Rd                                                   2125 Devils Glen Rd

Bettendorf, IA 52722                                                  Bettendorf, IA 52722

Phone 563-332-5575                                                  Phone 563-332-0525

hodginjeanne@pleasval.k12.ia.us                           ellerbachl@pleasval.k12.ia.us

RIVERDALE HEIGHTS 5TH GRADE STEPS UP TO PROVIDE FOR COMMUNITY

Posted January 12th, 2018

Right before Winter Break, Riverdale Heights 5th Graders decided to work with Maddie’s Closet for their Project Jack. The kids discussed how their project money would be best spent and decided to partner up and make toiletry bags that included shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a brush/comb. They also decorated cards with inspirational sayings to put in each toiletry bag.

These awesome students were able to donate 50 toiletry bags to Maddie’s Closet, as well as some socks, underwear, and winter coats. Keep up the great work Riverdale, your community is thankful for you!

To learn more about Maddie’s Closet, visit https://maddiescloset.org/

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)

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.

Riverdale Heights Back to School Central

Posted August 1st, 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 18:           Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal.   Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21:           5:00pm New Family Welcome
August 21:            5:30pm Meet and Greet
August 23:           8:30am First Day of School
August 30:           1:30pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
August 31:            Fall Picture Day
September 4:       No School, Labor Day
September 4:       Run with Carl

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Join us for Meet and Greet Night, Monday, August 21!

5:00-5:25 PM    Welcome for parents of kindergarten students and new families to our district

5:30-6:15 PM    Elementary Meet and Greet (Please feel free to come at a time that works best for you.  This is an open house format.)

  • Meet your child’s homeroom teacher
  • Ask questions about the first day of school and become acclimated to your new classroom
  • Pick up your district calendar (one per family) and fill out any incomplete registration forms
  • Unpack your backpack and pick-up your school supplies purchased through the PTA
  • Sign up for various PTA volunteer opportunities

6:15-7:00 PM    Registration and school fee finalization with school office personnel, if needed.

  • Finish any outstanding registration forms indicated during classroom visit
  • Deposit money into your child’s Food Service account (can be done online)
  • Visit with a Durham School Services bus driver representative
  • Visit with school nurse

Parking Procedures   

Getting back into the school routine can be tough.  Remind yourself of the pick up/drop off procedures at Riverdale Heights.  Click here for the parking lot procedures.

Bus Rules

Many of our students ride a bus to get to school.  Click here for a reminder of the expectations we have for our bus riders.

School Supplies  Click here for a complete list.

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/

Snacks: If you’re bringing in a treat for a classroom, remember the Spartan Safe Snack list.  We only allow items on the list in our classrooms to make sure all treats are safe for all students.  We appreciate your help to keep all our students healthy!

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 Hopewell Family!

Thomas Isaacson – Special Education
Alyssa Van Spreybroeck – Sixth Grade

 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.

Celebrating 2017!

Posted May 31st, 2017

Thank you to the students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members who made 2016-17 such a great year!  Enjoy the pictures below from the last few days of school!

Bridgeview

Bridgeview students spent the last Friday before the end of the year celebrating a great year by visiting several stations with their school family groups.

Cody

Cody students celebrated the last day of school with a field day!

Hopewell

Hopewell students enjoyed the beautiful day, playing outside on the last day of school!

Pleasant View

Pleasant View students spoke about what they liked best this year and what they expect to achieve next year, before getting a send-off from faculty and staff.

Riverdale Heights

Riverdale Heights students watched the faculty versus 6th grade kickball game and took a school picture for Will Kohn.

Pleasant Valley Junior High

Students spent the last day of school writing letters to future 7th graders and some got to play a game of kick ball!

Riverdale Heights Fine Arts Night

Posted May 1st, 2017

Riverdale Heights students showed off a year’s worth of hard work at this year’s Fine Arts Night.  The 4/5th Grade Choir sang and the 6th Grade Band played.  Student artwork covered the halls, as students read poetry aloud.  Thank you to all who participated!  Check out the work below.

A Little Silly Goes a Long Way at Riverdale Heights

Posted March 20th, 2017

Mustaches are funny, especially if you’re a 1st grader.  Students in Mrs. Schilling’s room at Riverdale Heights practiced listening and inferring skills, laughing all along the way.

Mrs. Schilling read the book “Mustache!” by Mac Barnett and illustrations by Kevin Cornell.  In the book, a king who wants to spend money on statues of himself and not his kingdom learns the hard way, as his people revolt by drawing mustaches on his pictures.

Students are engaged as Mrs. Schilling starts the book.  She asks questions about what they expect will happen on the next page, why someone would draw a mustache on a picture, and whether or not the king is a good leader.  Halfway through they stop to draw their own mustaches.  The students just finished self portraits.  They were tasked with taking a picture of that portrait, uploading it to Seesaw and drawing on a mustache!  Giggles filled the room, as students defaced their own faces!

Mrs. Schilling brought the students back to the front of the room and finished the story, but not before asking more questions of class.  Students whispered to each other their thoughts.

One silly story teaches students a lesson about leadership, but also reinforces important skills like verbalizing ideas, listening, teamwork, inferring, technology, and drawing.

Challenge-Based Learning Challenges Students at Riverdale Heights

Posted March 1st, 2017

 

For more than a month, 3rd Grade students at Riverdale Heights have been researching some big problems.  Mrs. Ahnquist’s ELP class split into two groups — one is looking to create a bully-free playground at school and the other is hoping to make a recycling system for the school.

Mrs. Ahnquist, along with Instructional Coach Mrs. Bornhoeft, wanted to try something new with this group.  It’s called “Challenge-Based Learning.”  The students identified a problem and researched ways to solve it.  Students worked together using databases, creating surveys, observing and conducting interviews to research each topic.  Based on the research, they’ve created a real-world solution.  The groups will present to the school in the coming weeks.  And when they do, we’ll update this story!

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