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Keeping the heart for physical education beating

Keeping the heart for physical education beating

Hannah Lederman, Video Editor

March 22, 2019


Filed under PV News

The physical education program has adapted over the years to accommodate changing lifestyles and perspectives of students, and teachers are determined to teach students the benefits of this class. Students’ behavior towards PE class has been a critical factor in the way the curriculum has formed....

Beyond the plaque

Beyond the plaque

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under PV News

For most students, Academic Awards Night is a time to honor their academic success throughout the year. Though, many students are not aware that the spotlight is also shared with the Wall of Honor recipient. The process of selecting an honoree requires a group of faculty members at the high school, alo...

Make-up madness in March

Make-up madness in March

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under PV News

There are many things that resulted from the long winter that Iowans have been experiencing: more snow, more cold weather, more cancellations of school, work, and activities. Another result of the long winter was longer school days for many schools across the Quad Cities, including PV. For the month...

Just another internet hoax: How the Momo Challenge scared a nation

Just another internet hoax: How the Momo Challenge scared a nation

Abby Riley, Sports Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under Beyond PV, PV News

For the past decade, the danger of the internet has occupied the forefront of media and concerned parents. People have chosen to feed off the fear of the public and create what is being called the “Momo Challenge.” The Momo Challenge caught the attention of parents and social media users back...

French students celebrate Mardi Gras

French students celebrate Mardi Gras

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

March 8, 2019


Filed under PV News

Students at Pleasant Valley High School taking French classes all joined in the tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras every year on Mar. 5 by indulging in delicious foods and festivities. This holiday is a huge part of France and its people. Senior Christy Bishop thinks celebrating Mardi Gras gives ...

PV’s finest nominated to be Governor’s Scholars

PV’s finest nominated to be Governor’s Scholars

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under PV News

Seniors Mallory Lafever and Shreya Khurjekar were nominated in late February as the Iowa Governor’s Scholars. The two will make the trip to Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa in April to be recognized for their top level academic achievements throughout high school. Khurjekar and Lafever were initially unaware...

Enrollment and expansion

Enrollment and expansion

Trevor Glaum, Business Manager

March 7, 2019


Filed under PV News

The recent events in neighboring school districts have continued to encourage families, who are able, to move their kids to PV.  The Davenport Community School District Board of Education passed a plan to eliminate over 75 positions. 34 staff members have accepted the early retirement package offere...

Gaming design grows in the PV community

Gaming design grows in the PV community

Varun Vedula, Feature Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under PV News

Students have begun to receive a different type of education this semester in the new Coding and Gaming class. The development of video games teaches kids how to code, work in teams, and solve problems. Similar to other courses at Pleasant Valley High School such as Honors Journalism and Introduction...

What the future holds for Planned Parenthood

What the future holds for Planned Parenthood

Azariah Courtney, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019


Filed under Beyond PV

The Pro-Choice versus Pro-Life debate has been ongoing for quite some time; recently, Trump’s administration has made steps to defund Planned Parenthood. This action will have serious repercussions, reaching further than just abortions. A New York Times article said, “The Trump administration annou...

Change is coming: Selective Service System is ruled unconstitutional

Change is coming: Selective Service System is ruled unconstitutional

Abby Riley, Sports Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under Beyond PV

On Feb. 22, Miller ruled it unconstitutional to have a male-only registration system. It was only a matter of time before there was lawsuit regarding the Selective Service System and its gender related stipulations ,and Federal District Court Judge Gray Miller of the Southern District of Texas took on this very task. The ruling st...

Students prepare for Iowa assessments

Students prepare for Iowa assessments

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

March 6, 2019


Filed under PV News

Students from the Pleasant Valley School District are getting ready to take the updated Iowa assessments in two weeks. Despite tradition, the Iowa assessments will not be taking place during the fall season this year, but instead the spring season. This change was only one of the few adjustments mad...

Zimmer named new Director of Secondary Education

Zimmer named new Director of Secondary Education

Odin McDonald, Photo Manager

February 27, 2019


Filed under PV News, Showcase

A unanimous Pleasant Valley School Board decision on Monday approved Mike Zimmer, current principal of Pleasant Valley High School, to serve as the district's new Director of Secondary Education beginning this summer. In previous years, the board would hold interviews for both internal and external applicants. How...

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