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How PV plans to manage the remainder of the school year

How PV plans to manage the remainder of the school year

Carly Lundry and Grace Halupnik

March 22, 2020

As public schools across the country temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pleasant Valley is not attempting a transition to online education as administration configures a new plan for the remainder of the semester. PV announced on March 16 that schools would remain closed after spring br...

Information about the uncertainties of PV’s COVID-19 closure

Information about the uncertainties of PV’s COVID-19 closure

Alyce Brown, Staff Contributor

March 18, 2020

Pleasant Valley School District announced on Monday, March 16 that the district will be shut down until April 13 due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Following that announcement, there is still uncertainty around many facets of that decision.  With many schools in the nation switching to online classes, stu...

Closed for Corona: How new virus is taking over the world

Closed for Corona: How new virus is taking over the world

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

March 14, 2020

Shanghai, Ireland, Texas and schools.These are just some of the places around the world that have cancelled events or shut down due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Shanghai is home to the first-built Disney resort in China. Over a month ago, it was shut down because of COVID-19. ...

COVID-19: Its effects on spring break and school

COVID-19: Its effects on spring break and school

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

March 13, 2020

Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa had three cases of coronavirus four days ago. It is now up to 16 cases.  All but two of the 14 Iowans live in Johnson county and contracted the virus while on a cruise in Egypt. The two other cases are from Pottawattamie county and Carroll county. The for...

Why the oil market has crashed-and what it means for America

Why the oil market has crashed-and what it means for America

Rece Vining, Lead Editor

March 13, 2020

Oil prices have collapsed after a breakdown in Russo-Saudi production agreements. Saudi Arabia and Russia have both announced increases in production after a failure to agree on mutual production cuts. The resulting price war has shocked the global economy and seriously destabilized the market. Exp...

Coronavirus and spring break: How airlines are taking extra precautions to prepare for travelers

Coronavirus and spring break: How airlines are taking extra precautions to prepare for travelers

Morgan Ramirez, Photo Manager

March 13, 2020

With spring break approaching, many students and their families are flying to their vacation destination. While some may want to travel by plane, they may be shocked by new precautions set in place by airlines. While coming in contact with various viruses is a common concern in airports, the Coro...

Analysis: Super Tuesday surge carries Biden to national lead, cleans up also-rans

Analysis: Super Tuesday surge carries Biden to national lead, cleans up also-rans

Rece Vining, Lead Editor

March 9, 2020

The Democratic primary battle has become much more competitive since Tuesday, with a sudden surge in support for former Vice President Joe Biden carrying him to victory in ten of the 15 “Super Tuesday” contests.  Senator Bernie Sanders won four states, including delegate-rich California, whereas former NYC ...

Increased violence opens eyes of administrators

Increased violence opens eyes of administrators

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

March 9, 2020

After a string of sexual harassment, assault, and violence reports at Bettendorf schools, parents walked in protest from Bettendorf Middle School to Bettendorf High School for the school board meeting on Mar. 2. The parents protested in response to the school district not handling disciplinary actio...

One school one mission: How Pleasant Valley raises money for local charities

One school one mission: How Pleasant Valley raises money for local charities

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

March 9, 2020

When outsiders think of Pleasant Valley High School, the many accomplished athletes or  top-notch academics may come to mind. However, that’s not all Pleasant Valley stands for.  Over the course of the years, Pleasant Valley’s National Honor Society (NHS) and Spartan Assembly have made it a missi...

Why 2020 Presidential candidates are dropping like flies

Why 2020 Presidential candidates are dropping like flies

Brooke Goy, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

In the span of a few days, three major political candidates dropped out of the Presidential race. This trend is abnormal from previous elections, and it’s leaving US citizens wondering: why so sudden?  Super Tuesday happens before each Presidential election and consists of 14 states voting in the...

Dedication to academics and our school: Honoring PV’s national merit finalists

Dedication to academics and our school: Honoring PV’s national merit finalists

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

March 3, 2020

Senior year is the culmination of four years of hard work. For most it can be a very exciting time. It’s even more exciting for eight gifted seniors from PV who have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Darsh Balani, Aditya Desai, Grace Halupnik, Margaret Huang, Maya Johnson, Paul Malachuk, Joseph Murphy, and Prakruti Pancholi. To be entered, students must take the PSAT/NMSQT no later than their junior year of high school in order to be entered for the schola...

How the coronavirus erased $6 trillion dollars

How the coronavirus erased $6 trillion dollars

Rece Vining, Lead Editor

March 3, 2020

Fear of the coronavirus’ potential economic impact was the main cause of a global stock market correction last week, in which the Dow Jones lost 12% of its value in the largest single-week drop since the 2008 financial crisis. As the virus continues to spread in China and across the globe, many believe global supply chain...

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