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Fast fashion: why should I care?

Fast fashion: why should I care?

Taylor English, Copy Editor

November 13, 2019

Cheap and trendy clothing has become readily available, but the “fast fashion” industry that is responsible may not be all it seems. Fast fashion can be defined as “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply avai...

Trump’s tax returns: why should I care?

Trump’s tax returns: why should I care?

Darsh Balani, Technical Site Manager

November 13, 2019

A Manhattan appeals court rejected President Donald Trump’s plea to deny a subpoena regarding his tax returns, meaning he has to show his last eight years of tax returns. The subpoena is aimed at his accounting firm rather than the president himself, avoiding any Constitutional crisis and the president’s...

Elizabeth Warren takes on the QC

Elizabeth Warren takes on the QC

Amulya Pillutla, Staff Contributer

November 12, 2019

People from all around the Quad Cities gathered in Davenport North High School’s gym on Nov. 3 to listen to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speak. As the primaries in Iowa are approaching quickly, Elizabeth Warren has been reaching out to Iowa to gain their support to become t...

What truly is considered a fight?

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

November 11, 2019

After an incident occurs at any school, the term ‘fight’ runs through the rumor mill quite frequently;  however, many times, a fight is not what actually occurred. Fighting is defined as “an attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary,” according to dictio...

Putting safety first: PV administration reacts promptly against student conflict

Putting safety first: PV administration reacts promptly against student conflict

Carly Lundry, Assistant to the Editor in Chief

November 11, 2019

Following Wednesday’s student altercation, the strictly-enforced safety protocols put students in the midst of a hyperactive day. Students are aware of the student altercation in the commons area during a Wednesday morning study hall. Although quickly after the incident administrators were able to ...

The altercation according to students

The altercation according to students

Nate Martell, News Editor

November 11, 2019

The altercation that occurred last Wednesday has fabricated a rumor mill in the halls of PVHS. The story has progressed into many different versions and proceeded far from the truth.  The conflict began on Instagram, a popular social media platform for teens, which led to arguments between two gr...

The administration’s report

The administration’s report

Maddy Licea, Editor in Chief

November 11, 2019

An altercation in the student commons of Pleasant Valley High School required Bettendorf Police presence on Wednesday morning. High school administration said the disturbance was the result of several arguments over Instagram between numerous individuals, many of which were being posted during school ho...

When an Insta-fight turns physical: The implications of PV’s altercation

When an Insta-fight turns physical: The implications of PV’s altercation

Maddy Licea, Editor-in-Chief

November 11, 2019

An altercation broke out between two students in the commons area of PV's high school. The altercation originated on social media however became physical. While the rumor mill started to spin about what happened, students are now searching for a clear answer. While reactions were different among peers,...

Beheading ISIS

Beheading ISIS

Chris Cumberbatch, Photo Manager

November 8, 2019

The United States military killed the leader of ISIS, Al-Baghdadi on Oct. 27, and no-one knows what will happen to the terrorist sect. President Trump, said, "The United States has killed the number one terrorist in the world." Trump also added, "this is bigger than killing Osama Bin Laden." Bin Laden, th...

Spartan Shield Staff wins Iowa News Team of the Year at the IHSPA Fall Journalism Conference

Spartan Shield Staff wins Iowa News Team of the Year at the IHSPA Fall Journalism Conference

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

On Oct. 24, Pleasant Valley’s Spartan Shield and Valenian yearbook staff traveled to Iowa City for the annual IHSPA Fall Journalism Conference. Once they arrived at the University of Iowa’s Memorial Union, an opening assembly started with the keynote speaker, Seung Min Kim, a White House corresp...

PV ranked top school district in Iowa

PV ranked top school district in Iowa

Nate Martell, News Editor

November 4, 2019

Pleasant Valley Community School District (PVCSD) has consistently been known to be one of the top school districts in the state. As of this year,  Pleasant Valley is able to boast the title of “Best School District in Iowa” according to Niche and MSN. PVCSD consists of seven schools. The high sc...

Why Should I Care About the California Wildfires?

Why Should I Care About the California Wildfires?

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

As the plethora of wildfires in California continue to spread, concern about how long it will take to control each fire continues to grow. As of now, the Kincade fire has engulfed 74,000 acres of land in the state of California. The fire is spreading rapidly, with only 15 percent of it under control. Though the Kincade fire is of great concern to California residents at this deva...

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