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Local firefighter budget goes to COVID

The Surrey Heights Bettendorf Fire Station which is currently only staffed by volunteer positions will acquire two career personnel later this month.

Sam McGrath, Business Manager

October 20, 2020

The city of Bettendorf has been expanding, building and innovating consistently in the past few years. When a city is constantly growing, the constituents expect city leaders to develop their emergency services.  These concerns were brought to the surface when 27-year-old Michael Brown lost his li...

How teachers are combatting cheating on online tests

Student prepares to take a Physics exam online

Jonathan Glaum, Multimedia Manager

October 19, 2020

This school year, hybrid students attend in-person instruction every other day, while remote learners do not. This has made it difficult, and sometimes impossible, for teachers to administer tests in-person. Teachers are finding it challenging to prevent students from cheating on exams, as there are...

The White House becomes a COVID-19 hotspot

As cases continue to rise across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached the nation’s leaders and made Washington D.C. a virus hotspot.

Taze Wilson, Lead Editor

October 16, 2020

As of Oct. 6, 12 members of the White House staff and President Trump's personal orbit have tested positive for COVID-19, including the president himself. The White House has become a COVID hotspot and the president a superspreader.  The President announced that he and the First Lady had tested po...

Independent freshman homecoming frustrates staff, students

Due to COVID-19 and regulations put in place, PVHS postponed its homecoming until April in hopes it will be safer for students. However, this decision has prompted several students to host their own versions of the dance.

Ingrid Hofmann, Editor In Chief

October 14, 2020

A large group of freshman students held their own private homecoming on Oct. 3 after Pleasant Valley High School postponed the school's annual dance. Photos from the evening, which their social media posts named "Un Hoco 2020," shows the group of students formally dressed and unmasked. In one photo,...

Scott Community College shuts down due to COVID-19

Students studying at Scott Community College before the outbreak of COVID-19 cases

Akash Pradeep, Feature Editor

October 13, 2020

In the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Scott County, Scott County Community College (SCC) decided to close down its Belmont Campus on Oct. 5 and send students online for the week. Officials noted cases were increasing among employees on this campus, which allowed its Urban Campus to remain open...

The road to the Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. - Barrett, if confirmed by the US Senate, will replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Taze Wilson, Lead Editor

October 6, 2020

Since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court has been in the media spotlight. While the process is incredibly important, some Americans do not know how a new justice is added to the Court.  In the most basic of definitions, the Supreme Court consists of nine justices who presid...

Nobody won, the American people lost

President Donald Trump representing the Republican party and Joe Biden representing the Democratic party went head to head in the first of three presidential debates. It was a very tense and fiery hour and a half long debate with many controversial statements and topics.

Sam McGrath, Business Manager

October 6, 2020

After an exhausting hour and a half, the first of three presidential debates led to a very disappointing outcome-nobody won. Shouting matches between the two debaters and the moderator led to a bipartisan agreement: this was one of the worst debates in American history.  On the Republican side, President Donald Tru...

Bangladesh to bougie: ending the forced labor in China

A representation of what Americans are truly wearing when they purchase from brands that outsource from China. Some brands may not even  realize what country the clothes are coming from and how the Chinese government is treating their garment workers. It’s time to start caring.

Corea Conner, Photo Manager

October 5, 2020

While Bangladesh has taken steps to decrease child forced labor over the past few years, adult laborers still face horrific conditions. 80 percent of these garment industry workers are women experiencing strikingly inhumane conditions.  Women experience sexual harassment and rarely receive maternity ...

Extra funding allows all PV students to receive free breakfast and lunch

A popular meal that students are served at lunch.

Kelly Brewer, Social Media Manager

October 5, 2020

Pleasant Valley School District has received funding that allows students to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch per day.   PV recently switched food programs from the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The Federal Government has pro...

Unprecedented school schedule results in increase of failing students

More students are failing their classes due to the hybrid schedule and responsibility put on students.

Jonathan Glaum, Multimedia Manager

September 29, 2020

The 2020 fall semester for Pleasant Valley High School students has altered from how students have traditionally learned from previous years. There has never been a time where so much self-sufficiency has been required of students, and the students who are incapable or unwilling to take learning into ...

Safety First: PV updates safety procedures in compliance with COVID-19 regulations

Multiple backpacks are present on the floor next to students’ desks in English teacher, Maureen Dyer’s honors journalism class. Backpacks are now present in classrooms due to COVID-19 and the lack of locker usage in the school.

Addi Steele, Photo Manager

September 29, 2020

In past years, PVHS has been free of backpacks and doors have been locked. But, thanks to COVID-19, safety priorities have changed throughout the school.. Previously, backpacks were to be banned in classrooms due to safety concerns. It went from drawstring bags only to mesh and clear bags allowed to no...

A fight from behind the bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s notorious legacy on the Supreme Court

Thousands of people have flocked to pay their respects at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. where Ginsburg lies in state, the first woman ever to do so. Ginsburg is to be buried in a private cemetery at Arlington National Cemetery within the following week. Ginsburg was well respected and acknowledged for her groundbreaking work in the fight for equal rights as both a lawyer and a judge. Senior Christina Li reminisced upon Ginsburg’s legacy, having said: “As long as her rulings stay in tact, her legacy will continue to live on through those who are treated equally because of them.”

Ingrid Hofmann, Editor-In-Chief

September 28, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as RBG, passed away Sept. 18 following a years long battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg had suffered from a series of health complications over the past 2 years, prompting many to encourage her to retire. However, Gins...

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