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One of many thing that will be available to students at RAP is the High 5 Arcade at the TBK Sports Complex

PV’s after prom: Plans for RAP prom 2021

Seth Clausen, Copy Editor May 24, 2021

Paired with the actual prom dance, there always comes a school party after. This gathering is known as RAP, or right after prom. During this event, students gather to see each other and have fun until...

Junior Claire Horsfield receives the Pfizer vaccine at the Genesis clinic.

Accessible for all: Younger adolescents can receive the vaccine, and PV announces vaccine clinic

Muskan Basnet, Copy Editor May 24, 2021

After almost a year of COVID-19, the development of the vaccine has been a relief to many. Initially the spread of the vaccine was limited, only reaching medical personnel and the elderly. Now the vaccine...

As vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic are being continuously researched, many experts have shared their concerns about the post-covid world.

Moving past the pandemic?: Experts reveal information about the lack of herd immunity

Kendall Jarvis, News Editor May 24, 2021

United States experts are now stating that herd immunity will either be unachievable or extremely difficult to reach. This is due to the new discoveries made by scientists in the past few months. The...

Thousands crowd to the United States southern border everyday pushing Washington to make some crucial decisions.

Why should I care? The United States Southern Border Crisis

Alex Thorne, Business Manager May 24, 2021

Whether it be for job opportunities, to escape violence or to simply start a better life, record numbers of people are trying to seek asylum in the United States. In fact, a vast majority of those people...

Indians wait in a long line at a vaccination site in Nagpur, India. Citizens are desperate to receive their doses of Covishield as the second wave of the pandemic consumes the country.

Eight thousand miles away

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor May 22, 2021

The Ganges River in India lies silently as the ashes from COVID-19 victims float within it. Overwhelming smoke fills the air as hundreds of newly deceased corpses begin to burn. The entirety of India stares...

Community members gather outside the Belmont administrative building with signs urging the board to repeal its mask mandate before the May 18 board meeting.

May 18 board meeting report: Masks to be required for the remainder of the school year, audience members voice opinions

Allisa Pandit, Staff Contributor May 19, 2021

Update: On the night of May 19th, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law banning mask mandates throughout the state, effectively making masks optional for the remainder of the school year. The board meeting...

Junior Ryan Groenenboom checks to make sure his Google Drive is restricted, preventing other students from taking his work.

Scandalous software: How online school has gifted students new ways to cheat

Alex Thorne, Business Manager May 13, 2021

Even before the times of COVID-19 and online school, many Pleasant Valley teachers used Google Workspace to help teach students their subjects. Equipped with applications such as Docs, Drive, Slides,...

As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, so does the career of beloved School Nurse Pam Cinadr.

So long, farewell: The end of a beloved nurse’s career

Alex Thorne, Business Manager May 4, 2021

Pleasant Valley High School has been blessed by having some amazing staff spend their career helping students. Perhaps the best example of this is when school nurse Pam Cinadr began her career keeping...

Biden will pull troops out of Afghanistan by the 20 year anniversary of 9/11.

Ending America’s longest war: Biden’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan

Sid Sharma, Feature Editor May 2, 2021

The Biden administration is looking to end America’s longest war by pulling troops out of the Middle East. His decision is met with both support and criticism from the public. The attacks on the World...

Ella Hurst wears an outfit which she feels comfortable and happy in.

Dress code controversy: Backlash at the junior high

Beth Mooy, Info graphic Manager April 27, 2021

Over the past few decades, numerous court cases have decided the standard for how students should dress in schools. Recently, students at Pleasant Valley Junior High (PVJH) protested the dress code in...

COVID-19 Vaccine uses mRNA mechanism that proves to work for other diseases and illnesses looking toward the future.

COVID-19 cures?: Coronavirus vaccine leads to development of other vaccines

Lauren Guinn, Opinion Editor April 23, 2021

COVID-19 has imposed several challenges and disrupted society from the beginning. However, other serious diseases and illnesses still plague many people living in the United States that there is no vaccine...

Junior Allisa Pandit holds up her vaccine card after getting her COVID-19 vaccine at Camden Park.

Institutions and incentives: What businesses and universities are doing to promote the COVID-19 vaccine

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor April 20, 2021

As summer is approaching, vaccination requirements for who qualifies for the COVID-19 vaccine are slowly easing and more Americans are able to receive their shots. Iowa recently opened vaccines to anyone...

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