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An enchanted evening is a success

An enchanted evening is a success

Cristina Gunther, Staff Contributor

September 27, 2016

After gloriously winning the 2016 homecoming game against the Davenport West Falcons, the Pleasant Valley Spartans piled into the school cafeteria for another great homecoming dance. This year, thanks to the Social Committee, the cafeteria was transformed from an ordinary school lunchroom into somet...

Stabbing at Minnesota Mall

Brynn Hancock, Photo Manager

September 27, 2016

On Sept. 18, 2016, a stabbing took place at the Mall Of America. At least nine shoppers were stabbed, and all were seriously injured. Police reports say the attacker was wearing a private security uniform while running around the mall. He began stabbing shoppers at Crossroads Centers a little af...

The end of an icon

The end of an icon

Cristina Gunther, Staff Contributor

September 27, 2016

The saying “what goes up must come down” is usually a reference to gravity, but these days it can describe one of Bettendorf’s most beloved landmarks: The Lodge. The Bavarian-style hotel, with its iconic nine-story tower, was built in 1973 and for many years was a prestigious and prosperous bu...

Voices 4 Peru: Klopp visits PV students

Voices 4 Peru: Klopp visits PV students

Abi Paravasthuramesh, News Editor

September 27, 2016

On Sept. 26, Pleasant Valley High School Spanish students of all levels received a visit from Daniel Klopp, Voices 4 Peru Founder & Executive Director. Klopp, a former PV graduate, created the Voices 4 Peru organization to provide hope and empowerment to marginalized communities by giving them vari...

Attention to ALICE: Why should you care?

Abi Paravasthuramesh, News Editor

September 26, 2016

The purpose of ALICE training is to supply a plan detailing how to act effectively in the case of an armed intruder threat. “Lockdown” is the traditional procedures schools use in such situations; the school building and classrooms are locked and the students and teachers take shelter in their classroom...

Reconstructing Bettendorf, and what it means for you

Cristina Gunther, Staff Contributor

September 26, 2016

Driving is a tough skill to learn. Whether you’re on a fast-moving highway or bumper-to-bumper traffic, it’s very stressful for teens who are just beginning to sit behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one leading caus...

New physical education curriculum

New physical education curriculum

Evan Decker, Business Manager

September 26, 2016

Pleasant Valley High School has always called for “total effort” in both academics and athletics. This phrase has become a familiar guideline in Pleasant Valley’s strive for excellence. Students have been conditioned to the idea that hard work will always pay off. However, in the fall of 2016, t...

Spartans in STEM: PVHS Robotics

Spartans in STEM: PVHS Robotics

Abi Paravasthuramesh, News Editor

September 21, 2016

With STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) interests continuing to thrive in our community, Pleasant Valley progresses in promoting these fields through its popular robotics programs. There will be two teams from the high school that will be competing in this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge (...

1 in 6 women

Lillie Klauer, Staff Contributor

September 19, 2016

Rape: unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).   For one young California woman, this definit...

Samsung Note 7 Recall

Alex McLean, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2016

Samsung’s newest flagship device, the Note 7, has begun a worldwide recall after reports appeared with the collective complaint that the new phone has exploded due to an overloaded battery. Around the country and the world, the Note is being recalled for, among other things, causing garage and car ...

A better understanding of the election

Lily Feldman, Sports Editor

September 19, 2016

With the 2017 election coming up, many Pleasant Valley students are eligible to vote. Many still wonder who the right candidate is for the next four years. This is a large stepping-stone into adulthood for these teens. It is the first real decision some high school students have to make that will affect t...

Who goes where

Who goes where

Dylan Hartford, Social Media Manager

September 19, 2016

One of the many changes that has taken place at Pleasant Valley high school this school year is the remodeling of the seven faculty bathrooms into unisex bathrooms. Many students have seen these bathrooms and have questioned what a unisex bathroom is. A unisex bathroom is not only for people who no l...

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