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Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

Many PV students start their day by writing things they are grateful for to set their mindset for the day ahead.

Attitude of gratitude: Why mindset matters

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor November 22, 2021

When PV teacher Amy Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she had a critical choice to make about her attitude and demeanor: She could choose to focus on the hope of the life ahead of her or...

A person shows off their all white sneakers in public.

The persistent uprise and historical significance of the white shoe trend

Alex Hunter, Copy Editor November 22, 2021

Beginning in the 1970s, the white sneaker took American consumers by storm, and its prevalence persists today. Many are eager to unfold the history behind white shoes and how they have gained so much traction.  Historically,...

MrBeast and Mark Rober use social media to ensure images like these become less common.

When life’s a beach, you clean it up

Mukul Kulkarni, Copy Editor November 22, 2021

Social media is a way for users to share photos and videos, stay in touch with friends and family and find funny or entertaining content. However, one pair of social media influencers are taking a unique...

“Sesame Street” has been a beloved children’s television show since 1969.

Muppets making history: “Sesame Street” adds new cast member

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor November 22, 2021

Ever since 1969, the popular children’s television show “Sesame Street” has been a staple in families’ homes. It has been a longtime favorite that has addressed many important current issues. Now,...

Festival of Trees 2021 runs from Nov 20-28.

The awaited return of Festival of Trees

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor November 15, 2021

The Quad Cities area has been anxiously awaiting the return of the beloved community tradition of Festival of Trees. After its devastating cancellation in 2020, Festival of Trees is making its grand return...

Many mailboxes across the country remain empty as they await delayed packages.

Shipping and shopping: How the correlation between the two is impacting Christmas this year

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor November 15, 2021

As Thanksgiving approaches, shoppers begin to brace themselves to eat a hearty meal and rush out to shop deals at the midnight Black Friday doorbusters. However, as stores prepare to return to Christmas...

Students in Pleasant Valley’s Special Education Program have been provided incredible experiences as a result of the equality PV works to foster.

Understanding the roles of equity and equality in the classroom

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor November 8, 2021

The words “equity” and “equality” are used frequently in education, but how often are they discussed using their proper definitions?  As of 2020, 48.1 million students in the United States...

Freshman Tanya Rastogi is one of few PV students to ever be selected to the Iowa All-State festival as a freshman.

Freshmen dominance across sports and music

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor November 8, 2021

For many high school student athletes and musicians, earning All-State honors or taking home a conference title are career-long goals. Although these titles are difficult to achieve, two standout freshmen...

Kim Reynolds presents the 2022 Teacher of the Year award to PV history teacher Sara Russell.

More than a teacher: Sara Russell’s 2022 Teacher of the Year Award

Isa Burkhart, News Editor November 4, 2021

The role of teachers is fundamental to society. Learning, creating and innovating all come from the significant influence of the people we learn from: our teachers. So what makes a good teacher?  A ...

The brand new Rivian R1T pickup truck has entered production, threatening to shift the paradigm of vehicles in America along with other electric vehicle manufacturers.

The trillion dollar question: Can electric vehicles take over America?

Vinay Joshi, Business Manager November 1, 2021

With promises to boost the US economy and reduce climate change, electric vehicles have seemingly been embraced by the American public. Tesla, the current leader of the EV industry, recently crossed...

A havoc filled street is flooded with Haitian migrants.

Havoc in Haiti: Societal tension halts student mission trips

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager November 1, 2021

Following the assasination of President Jovenel Moïse, devastating natural disasters and a local labor shortage, Haiti is in shambles. Gang affiliation and a corrupt government structure has led to...

Senior Harper Clark sits with her adopted dog, Mister.

Adopt not shop: Rescuing shelter pets

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor October 29, 2021

It is a common saying that an animal is a person's best companion. These pets can be found anywhere, but as the number of shelter animals continues to grow by the day, it is just as important for the animals...

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