High School Clubs and Organizations


Pleasant Valley School District offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations. Below you can find more information outlining the Pleasant Valley High School's clubs and organizations, and/or by visiting a club or organization's official website.

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Students willing to assist new students during their initial, first week of school. Responsibilities include: showing new students to classes, eating lunch with them and introducing new students to other students. AMBASSADORS are also used throughout the school year as new students enroll.

CLUB INFORMATION:
Meets in the room #123
Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:
Guidance Office: hsguidance@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This club is for any students who are interested in contributing to the community and school using their artistic talents. Students do not need to be enrolled in an art class to participate. The club meets weekly in the Art room.

CLUB INFORMATION:

CLUB CONTACT:

Aimee Peters: petersaimee@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This club will strive to educate students about the universe beyond the standard physics curriculum. Students will visit local planetariums & observatories, perform their own observations, and explore celestial bodies and astronomical events. With these activities, students are introduced to astronomy as a hobby and as an opportunity for future study. This club will meet every Thursday after school.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in rooms #242
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Ian Spangenberg: spangenbergian@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Dedicated to students who either have a continuing interest in badminton, or would like to unwind after school by trying a new sport. We hope the student body will gain a deeper appreciation of this sport and enjoy socializing in a fun, active environment.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in the Gym
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Brett Ahlgren: ahlgrenbrett@pleasval.k12.ia.us

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This club holds activities to promote peace and positive change. The goal is to make the world a better place.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #4
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Dr. Lynne Lundberg: lundberglynne@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This club focused on preparing for the USABO exams. We will discuss several aspects of biology in a fun, exciting way. We will also discuss modern news that relates to biology.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #143
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Brant Clausen: clausenbrant@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
The Book Club is open to all staff and students. We read,we talk, we laugh, we might cry, and we mostly just have fun with books, ideas, and people. After the initial meeting, the Book Club meets about once a quarter, though this may change based on the group’s needs. There is also an online component for those who can’t meet in person.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in the Library
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Cari McDonald: mcdonaldcarissa@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
In Ceramics Club, we experiment with large-scale building projects and unique construction design. Every year, we hold our annual Pottery and Ice Cream Sale, in which we sell ice cream in our handmade ceramic bowls. Students in this club will get a deeper look into various clay operations and will acquire a better understanding of teamwork in commercial sculpting and pottery. This club is open to all students, 9-12, whether they are enrolled in art classes or not. Ceramics Club meets every Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm in room 285.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in rooms #285/286
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Alexandria Medenciy: medenciyalexandria@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Play and learn strategies for the game, as well as building/strengthening friendships. Hope to attend competitions if students interested and if available.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Ian Spangenberg : spangenbergian@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Experience various software engineering concepts to make video games, applications and more. Solve a variety of problems by creating computer programs.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Nikki Pitcher: pitchernikki@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This group supplies information about all things theatrical; whether you are a performer, technician, or audience member. This club helps organize and perform drama related activities such as: the fall musical, the Children’s Show, the Variety Show, Spartan Showcase, Winter Production, Large Group Speech activities, Battle of the Bands, and the spring play. The Drama Club meets every Thursday in the theater after school.

CLUB INFORMATION:

CLUB CONTACT:

William Myatt: myattw@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
A multiplayer pen & paper roleplaying game where a DM (dungeon master) creates games (campaigns) for players to adventure through. This game encourages teamwork, boosts problem solving skills, and promotes a healthy understanding of math & statistics.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Kevin Gaffney: gaffneykevin@pleasval.org

Will participate in the National Economics Challenge. Plan to study economic concepts as a group once a week, to prepare for the challenge, and, plan on having an investing division within the club where as group members, raise money & invest it in the stock market via a custodial brokerage account. Will study concepts in finance & invest money in the stock market as a learning experience.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Eric Crawford: crawforderic@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This club would get students together to help improve the environment within the area. We will plan different projects and activities to help achieve this goal.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #4
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Dr. Lynne Lundberg: lundberglynne@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open to any athlete grades 912. The mission of FCA is to present coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of accepting Jesus Christ into their life. FCA meets one morning a week for bible study, devotion, and fellowship.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #60
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Zach Marotta: marottazach@pleasval.org
Nick Sacco: sacconick@pleasval.org
Jane Wheeler: wheelerjane@pleasval.org
Joe Youngbauer: youngbauerjoe@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Geared towards students who have an interest or love of French culture, language, food, film and music. Meetings include practicing the language, games from the French-speaking world, films, listening to and commenting on French music, conversational French practice and cultural discussions. Occasional local trips to museums, restaurants & pertinent venues may take place. Open to all students, not just those in French class.

CLUB INFORMATION:

CLUB CONTACT:

Lori Brodersen: brodersenlori@pleasval.org
Marina Boes: boesmarina@pleasval.org
Melissa Lechtenberg: lechtenbergmelissa@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
If interested in being an entrepreneur or pursuing a career in business, come join in. Our mission is to bring business & education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership & career development programs. Students may have the opportunity to attend the Spring State Leadership conference, to compete in a variety of business competitions. Activities include fundraising for conferences & scholarships, business field trips, guest speakers and more.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #172
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Danielle Davenport: davenportd@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Our goal is to make high school students aware of the multitude of healthcare professions, and to better prepare in the pursuit toward the medical field, as well as creating a supportive student community with students of similar aspirations. We plan to meet on a weekly basis to host mini lectures about our passions toward certain scientific fields, experiences with college programs in relation to the medical field, and to invite speakers from the healthcare profession. Another goal is to participate in healthcare related community events and fundraisers.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #144
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Craig Parker: parkercraig@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
The Gentlemen’s Club is a coed organization open to all students devoted to promoting gentlemanly living through good deeds, fine dressing, and a positive image that diffuses through the entire student body. Members of the Pleasant Valley High School’s Gentlemen’s Club exemplify intelligent, appreciative, respectful and proper living through the education of gentlemanly principles. Members also enjoy engaging in other gentlemanly activities such as boche ball, chess and croquet.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #186
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Don Fry: frydon@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
GLI educates US students in the global movement for girl’s access to education and is a part of the Feminist Majority Foundation. It is a charitable foundation dedicated to raising money for schools in developing counties.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #286/287
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Aimee Peters: petersaimee@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
A non-profit housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Quad Cities by building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with families in need. Our goal, through volunteering and fundraising, is to help build and sponsor homes. We are looking for students who want to make a difference by taking action. No building experience required!

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room TBD
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Tara Daurer: daurertara@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
An organization that allows students a chance to demonstrate knowledge of History in “Jeopardy” like format. Students are arranged in teams of 4 or 5, they must “buzz in” to answer toss up questions to solve in 30 seconds. Competitions involve competing with various schools in both Iowa and Illinois.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room TBD
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Bart Meinke: meinkebartley@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Unite under a common goal of school & public safety that remain non-partisan & advocate for each individual to express their own opinion & reach out to legislators. Work together to create a united front to ensure the public is safe in their communities.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Kevin Gaffney: gaffneykevin@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations process by learning about the UN and its associated country members, examining real world issues with the policies and perspective of those counties, learning the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. Have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events, while enjoy learning and participating with team members and engaging other MUN schools, individually or in a larger conference setting.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #265
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Philip George: georgephilip@pleasval.org

Student focus around Esports with the main focus being around events that paradigm holds. Paradigm is local business in Davenport which hosts Esports events. Some events include rec league & tournaments – some tournaments offer scholarship money. * Esports is centered around computer gaming.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Deanna Weinschenk: weinschenkdeanna@pleasval.org

The goal is to teach mathematical problem solving & critical thinking skills. Meetings will consist of team/group activities, along with student led presentations. These presentations will teach many strategies that can be used in all forms of math, and, will have practice problems in them.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Ian Spangenberg: spangenbergian@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This is an organization that allows students a chance to demonstrate knowledge of materials across the curriculum in “Jeopardy” like format. Students are arranged in teams of 4 or 5, they must “buzz in” to answer toss up questions to solve in 30 seconds. Competitions involve competing with various schools in both Iowa and Illinois, and participation in subject-specific competitions, such as Thinkers Throw-down.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room TBD

CLUB CONTACT:

Bart Meinke: meinkebartley@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
An organization that allows students a chance to demonstrate knowledge of Science in “Jeopardy” like format. Students are arranged in teams of 4 or 5, they must “buzz in” to answer toss up questions to solve in 30 seconds. Competitions involve competing with various schools in both Iowa and Illinois.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in the Library

CLUB CONTACT:

Bart Meinke: meinkebartley@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This is an inclusive dance squad that practices dance and performs at football and basketball games.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in the D Gym

CLUB CONTACT:

Dr. Lynne Lundberg: lundberglynne@pleasval.org
Gina Meadows: meadowsgina@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Students get together to plan and decorate for Homecoming and Turnabout dances. This group decides dance themes, order and assembles decorations, design and sell tickets, create ad posters, arrange for a DJ, and coordinate with the PTA. They meet as needed around dance time in the sponsor’s classroom after school.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #147

CLUB CONTACT:

Katie Buchter: buchterkathryn@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This group of students nominated by their peers helps coordinate and plan Homecoming activities, the Hunger Drive, the Blood Drive, and other school related activities. They also discuss school issues as needed, functioning as the student body’s government. The group meets twice weekly at 7:30 AM.

CLUB INFORMATION:

CLUB CONTACT:

Barb Pischke: PischkeBarb@pleasval.org
Zach Miller: millerzach@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This group is for students who are interested in either/both large group (one act play, group musical theatre, and more) and individual speech events (solo musical theatre, original oratory, storytelling, and more). The contest season runs from January to April with practices beginning in November. Contact Mr. Myatt if you are interested.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #25
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

William Myatt: myattwilliam@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
A nonpartisan, statewide group of young people interested in state and federal politics. The purpose of the group is to encourage legistrators to take action on youth issues, foster political discussion among interested students, and educate the student body as a whole about their responsibilities in a democratic society.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #263
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Sara Russell: russellsara@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
The International Thespian Society honors students for outstanding work in theatre. Students that receive at least ten points (approximately 100 hours) in the high school drama department, become a Thespian due to hard work throughout the year in drama.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #25
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

William Myatt: MyattWilliam@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This team is a program organized and supported through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) through which gun clubs, shooting facilities and other organizations provide youth with opportunities to participate in organized, adultsupervised, trapshooting activities leading to the Olympic styles of Bunker Trap and International Skeet. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to represent their school in the lifelong sport of shooting that is based on safety and responsibility.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room TBD
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Kristin Wehrman

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
This club will meet weekly for 12 hours. The club will offer students an opportunity to learn and play the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #250
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Julie Spelhaug: spelhaugjulie@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Club to celebrate diversity. Students who believe in universal respect for all races, nationalities, religions, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical handicap, appearance and financial status are welcome to join.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in room #157
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Bailey Trondson: trondsonbailey@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Organized to get girls interested in STEM-related careers by interacting with other women already in the field. May include in-person and virtual visits from professionals, field trips to visit various STEM careers, and community engagement regarding STEM. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer with younger students within the district through the “Hour of Code” program, and other opportunities as they arise.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Meets in rooms #249/253
  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Megan Bildner: bildnermegan@pleasval.org
Audrey Holland: hollandaudrey@pleasval.org

CLUB DESCRIPTION:
Students who enjoy or are interested in creative writing, can meet and write with their peers, share in their work or help improve their skills as story tellers, in a fun and non-competitive environment.

CLUB INFORMATION:

  • Check High School announcements for meeting dates/times

CLUB CONTACT:

Lynn Lundberg: lundberglynne@pleasval.org

Equal Educational Opportunity

The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, creed, socioeconomic status (for programs), age (for employment), gender, or sexual orientation. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator. The Affirmative Action Coordinator is Brian Strusz who can be reached at Pleasant Valley Administration Center, 525 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, IA. 52722; telephone (563) 332-5550. Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department Education 10220 North Executive Hills Blvd., 8th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64153-1367, (816) 891-8156, or the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146 (515) 281-5294.