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Pleasant Valley student fine tunes her solo ahead of Solo Festival

Solo Festival presents unique platform for students to elevate their performance skills

Spencer Johnson, Sports Editor, Student Life Editor February 21, 2024

Pleasant Valley’s local Solo Festival provides members of the band the opportunity to play individually for guest adjudicators and receive feedback on how to improve as musicians, bolstering PV’s music...

Pleasant Valley students dress up to spread love on Valentine’s Day.
Photo credit: Katelyn Chen

Fostering safety and unity: School spirit week takes a stand against violence

Katelyn Morris, Arts & Entertainment Editor, New Editor February 21, 2024

Pleasant Valley students spent Valentine’s week celebrating a week of positivity and connection. February 12-16, Spartans participated in themed days aimed toward promoting violence awareness and cultivation...

Cast of the 9th grade one act play, Commercials, received division 1 ratings at district speech competition, progressing to the state level
Photo Credit: Ryan Pottratz

PV students successfully host and compete at state speech competition

Selah DeVore, Copy Editor February 13, 2024

Large Group Speech is a vital part of Pleasant Valley’s theater program. Every year students rehearse various events in theatrical categories including acting, improv, and musical theater. Performers...

Ethics Bowl team celebrating at state competition.

Regional Bound: Pleasant Valley High School Ethics Bowl team sweeps top three spots at state competition

Jaydon Kachappily, Photo Manager February 5, 2024

Emerging from the state competition as the undeniable frontrunners, the Pleasant Valley Ethics Bowl team returns home with a full podium sweep. This finish extends PV’s dominance in Ethics Bowl competitions...

Blood Drive banner in the main hall at PVHS advertises the event to students.

Dwindling Donors: Blood drives experience reduced student involvement

Katelyn Morris, News Editor February 5, 2024

Pleasant Valley has hosted blood drives for years, but student participation has been inconsistent. Spartan Assembly continues to push blood drive sign-ups until the day of the event to reach donor goals. In...

Connor Schutte stands tall next to a snow man he built with friends.

Icy setbacks: Snow days impact students’ education

Spencer Johnson, Sports Editor, Student Life Editor February 5, 2024

As temperatures hit record lows and snow continues to fall, Pleasant Valley has dealt with numerous cancellations leaving students in a time crunch to finish out the school year. With an average of...

Divorces can quickly impose detrimental effects on the livelihood of students by creating evident barriers in healthy family dynamics. Photo credit to Robert Hobkirk, Creative Commons.

Consequences of divorced parents affect students well-being and academic performance

Armaan Bhagwat, Photo Manager January 4, 2024

Many factors in life can play a role in academic and physical struggle, and these factors are often uncontrollable. High school is a difficult period for teenage students, and the effects of a divorce...

Scholarship opportunities for upcoming college students have opened up for all those involved in the workforce, especially larger companies such as Starbucks, Amazon, and McDonalds. Photo credit to Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay, Creative Commons.

Scholarship opportunities for high schoolers in the workforce

Aedan Burkhart, Photo Manager January 3, 2024

Scholarship opportunities for upcoming college students have opened up for all those involved in the workforce, especially larger companies such as Starbucks, Amazon, and McDonald's. One of the leading...

Balancing collaboration with competition allows students to develop a variety of assets necessary for the future.

Striking harmony: Balance of collaborative and competitive learning environments allows for optimal results

Armaan Bhagwat, Photo Manager January 3, 2024

Calculus tests are handed back to a class of students, each anticipating their scores. One by one, faces display an array of emotions, from exuberance to discontentment. One student, originally pleased...

School drills getting more attention with additional safety sensors being placed.

Schools drills’ ineffective impact on student safety harms the school environment

Roger Weng, Copy Editor January 3, 2024

School drills have been a long-standing practice since the advent of public education. They gained major implementation in the 1950’s as a response to the fears of the Cold War and nuclear fallout. Today,...

Social media apps such as Instagram can have a negative affect on students attention spans. Photo credit to Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash, Creative Commons

Attention spans are getting shorter for students due to social media

Alex Blunk, Classroom Manager January 3, 2024

Students are becoming increasingly more distracted in and out of school due to a multitude of reasons: their attention spans are on the decline and focus levels are reaching a low. Distractions can...

Block scheduling’s time structure shown through magnet blocks.

Block scheduling shapes the future of student academics and wellbeing

Roger Weng, Copy Editor January 3, 2024

Experienced throughout the entire country, students are acclimated with the traditional period scheduling of classes.  The reasons why schools chose this method of scheduling is partly due to shorter...

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