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Is there enough being done to help failing students?

Students struggling to stay on top of all the extra work involved with a hybrid schedule.
January 14, 2021

This semester has been a long and arduous one for many students given the hybrid schedule and the current climate of the world. At PV and schools all over the country have had a record number of failing...

Antisemitic rhetoric on the rise

Temple Emanuel of Davenport, Iowa was one of several Jewish institutions and monuments targeted during the holiday Hanukkah when it was spray painted with an antisemitic message.
December 22, 2020

Last week, Jewish families and individuals around the world gathered to celebrate Hanukkah. Despite this time being a sacred observance, anti-semitic hate crimes surged internationally.  Throughout...

School behind a screen: how one teacher has utilized a robot to teach her online students

The AEA Robot makes online students feel like they are in the classroom through its advanced technology.
December 16, 2020

Pleasant Valley Junior High School recently had two new students enter its hallways. These students are not like the other students that walk the halls: they are actually two robots at-home students can...

PVHS to remain in hybrid model for second semester

After considering the benefits and drawbacks of each model, the school district has chosen to keep the high school in a hybrid/online model.
December 15, 2020

On Dec. 1, Superintendent Brian Strusz announced PV’s plans for next semester regarding snow days, the online remote waiver and schedule models for each level of education. Strusz began by noting...

A new schedule: What the day will look like if PV goes online

Senior Ani Pradeep logging into his google classroom account, which will be the main platform for learning in the online model.
December 8, 2020

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Scott County, many schools in the area have switched to the online school system to reduce the spread of the virus within their halls.  PV has still remained...

The importance of Christmas toy donations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Marine Toys-For-Tots has seen an increase in demand of donations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
December 1, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic putting many adults out of work, the need forChristmas toy donations has sky-rocketed.  Christmas toy drives give many families that cannot afford gifts a chance at making...

COVID-19 forcing school districts to go online

Senior Emma Cramer doing her online school work at Starbucks.
November 24, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Scott County, Pleasant Valley, along with North Scott High School, are considering going fully remote until the number of cases decreases. Cases don’t seem to...

A race to find a vaccine leaves society divided

As COVID-19 takes over the world, the race to develop and distribute an effective vaccine continues.
November 24, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the world, pharmaceutical companies are racing to create and distribute an effective vaccine to stop the spread. So far progress has been made in the process of certifying the vaccines...

How does the partial mask mandate function?

TBK Sports complex introduced new guidelines that only allow fitness members access. This comes with Kim Reynolds new restrictions that cover a broad amount of activities and events.
November 24, 2020

After months of recommending social distancing and masking, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds put in place a partial mask mandate as well as several other restrictions on gatherings, businesses and sports. These...

Fracking: why should I care?

Fracking is a process that generates valuable revenue for the economy and although environmentally harmful, creates millions of American jobs in the US.
November 23, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden’s recent victory in the 2020 presidential election has prompted many to wonder about the potential reform that will take place in the United States during the next four years. One...

America’s decision: the outcome of the election and its consequences

Senior Harris Ciaccio checks the current projected standings of the 2020 presidential election.
November 20, 2020

America chose its next president and congressional leaders on Nov. 3 and the weeks prior via mail-in and absentee ballots. Now, it is time to see what will happen next. Most media sources have called...

PV Conferences: Parent-teacher communication turned virtual

Google Meet splash screen is all-too familiar for parents and teachers for PV conferences.
November 9, 2020

This semester’s parent and teacher conferences were adapted to a virtual format via Google Meet. Each conference was back to back and consisted of a six-minute-long conversation. With rising COVID...

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