2009-10 July Newsletter.pub by AnthonySeuseu


									Pleasant Valley High School                                                                              Page 1

                                        Wishing you an enjoyable Summer!

                                         HERE’S WHAT IS HAPPENING
                                                 THIS FALL
                                                  AT PVHS

Registration packets for the 2009-10 school year were distributed to students in grades 8 through 11 on May 4, 2009.
Registration materials were due on May 11th. If you have not yet returned your student(s) registration materials, you
are asked to do so at this time. If you need additional materials, you may come to the high school or download them
from the school’s website www.pleasval.k12.ia.us; select the High School link, go to Information/Forms and select
Registration 2009-10. The Census Verification form and itemized fees form for current students are not available on-
line but can be obtained from the High School Main Office.

Submitting your registration information prior to fall registration will expedite your registration process in August.

                               FALL REGISTRATION DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  •   August 3 - Senior Registration Only! 8am-4pm

  •   August 4 - Senior Registration Only! 8am-5:30pm
  •   August 5 - Freshmen-Junior Registration. 9am-6:45pm
  •   August 6 - Freshmen-Junior Registration 9am-3pm
  •   August 7 - Make-up Registration 9am-3pm
All students in grades 9-12 are required to have their picture taken by Lifetouch Photography on either Wednesday,
August 5th or Thursday, August 6th. For security related purposes, this student picture will be downloaded into Infi-
nite Campus, the High School Library System and SNAP Lunch Account System. Picture packets are available for
those wishing additional photos. Picture make-up day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st.
REMINDER: House File 906, which became effective July 1, 2008, requires all students entering high school (9th
grade and transfer students) to have a dental screening by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist. To comply with this
recent requirement, your student must provide a certificate of dental screening. You can obtain a copy of the dental
form on the district website www.pleasval.k12.ia.us and selecting the high school link and Dental Screening Form.
The district is requesting that the forms be returned to begin the 2009-10 school year.

                          Letter from the Principal/Attendance Policy (Tardies)—p. 2-3
                                       Cell Phones/Digital Media Policy—p. 3
                             Registration Notes/Fees/Lifetouch/Parking Permits—p. 4
                                       Lifetouch Picture Pricing Sheet—p. 5
                                          9th Grade School Supplies—p. 6
                                            HS Calendar of Events—p. 7
                       Service-Learning Reminders/Athletic Booster Club Clothing—p. 8
                                                  Dress Code—p. 9
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                                       Spartan News                                                        Pleasant Valley High

                                                                                                         Important Numbers:
Message from the Principal
                                                                                                         Main Office:
July 7, 2009
                                                                                                         Ph 332-5151 Fax 823-1950
Dear Parents and Students:

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide infor-           PVHS Attendance:
mation on the upcoming school year. It is hard to believe that in a few short weeks we will begin
                                                                                                         Ph 332-6132
the registration process.
                                                                                                         Guidance Office:
I am pleased to announce that we have five new staff members joining us for the 2009-10 school
year: Ms. Autumn Pino, Associate Principal, Mr. Mike Peakin, Dean of Students, Dr. Thea                  Ph 332-6250 Fax 823-1951
Engelson, Asst. Vocal Music Director, Ms. Ellen Kendrick, English and Mr. Kevin Gaffney,
English. Please join me in welcoming them to Pleasant Valley High School.                                Activities Office:
Thank you for choosing to use the 2009-10 mail-in registration process. Our records show that            Ph 332-5309 Fax 823-1952
we have students who have not yet registered. In order to expedite your fall registration, it is
beneficial to submit your registration materials in advance. If you need to verify your registra-
tion, please contact the high school main office.                                                        Upcoming Events:
Last year, seniors registered prior to open registration. We will follow that same schedule this
                                                                                                         August 3 (8-4pm) Registra-
year. Seniors will register on August 3rd and 4th while open registration will take place on Au-
gust 5th and 6th. By dividing the registration days, we are hopeful registration will be expedited       tion - Seniors Only!
for all students.
                                                                                                         August 4 (8-5:30pm) Regis-
I would like to take a moment to inform you of a few changes to the Parent/Student Handbook              tration - Seniors Only!
for the upcoming school year. Below is an outline of a new component that has been added to
the attendance policy.                                                                                    Open Reg. - Grades 9-11
Tardies (being late to class or study hall)                                                              August 5 (9am-6:45pm)
Students are expected to attend class on time. A one minute warning tone will indicate how               August 6 (9am-3pm)
much time is remaining in the passing period. Students not in their classroom when the final bell
                                                                                                         August 10 - 9th Gr. & New
sounds will not be allowed to attend that class period. Students still in the hallway will be es-
corted to restricted study hall for that period. It will be the responsibility of the student to make-   Student Orientation/
up all work and turn in assignments during 8th period on that same day with no academic pen-             Transition
alty. A student being “swept” 3 times will receive a Wed/Sat session and a parent call will be
made. Students being “swept” more than 6 times will receive an out-of-school suspension and a            August 12 - School Begins
parent re-entry meeting will be scheduled. Tardies beyond 6 per class can result in removal from
that class. This policy will be implemented in the following manner: The first 2 1/2 weeks (8/12         August 12 - Early Dismissal
through 8/28) of school will be designated as a reminder/awareness period; the 3rd week (8/31            for Students in Grades 10-
through 9/4) will be designated as a catch and release period with the new policy being fully im-
plemented the Tuesday, September 8th following Labor Day.                                                12 Only

To view the entire attendance policy, please visit the district website www.pleasval.k12.ia.us and       Mailing & Physical
select the high school link.                                                                             Address:
Please note the information on our high school’s cell phone usage/digital media policy (page 3)          604 Belmont Road
and dress code (page 9) along with a list of some school supplies for our 9th graders (page 6).          Bettendorf, IA 52722
Please read all information carefully so you are prepared for the first day of school.
                                                                                                         Web Address:
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                              Pleasant Valley High School                                                            Page 3

Cell Phones/Digital Media

Students are not allowed to use their cell phones to make calls, check voice mail, send text messages or read text messages between
the hours of 8:10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Students not following this policy will have their phones confiscated and will receive a Wednes-
day or Saturday session. If a phone is used as a device to invade student privacy or to cheat on tests or assignments, disciplinary
action will take place, which may include the Scott County Sheriff Department. Parents or guardians who need to contact their son/
daughter may call the school at 332-5151 or 332-6132.

Prosecutors will be able to charge people who secretly watch, photograph, or digitally record others who are nude or partially nude
with “invasion of privacy.” This violation is classified as a serious misdemeanor in a court of law.

         1st offense: Wed/Sat. session and students pick up phones at the end of the school day

         2nd offense: Wed/Sat. session and parent will pick up phone at the end of the school day

         3rd offense: Cell phone contract with student/parent and administration.

Electronic music players/recorders are to be placed in the student’s locker during the school day between 8:00-3:30pm. Students
found violating this requirement will be issued the following consequences:

         1st offense: Wed/Sat. session and the student can pick up the device at the end of the school day.

         2nd offense: Wed/Sat. session and the parent will pick up the player at the end of the school day.

         3rd offense: Device is retained by the school for the duration of that school year.

In closing, here are a couple of additional programs regarding orientation/transition to Pleasant Valley High School.

The mission of the Pleasant Valley School district as a premier innovative district in the Midwest is to prepare students to succeed in
a diverse, global society by providing superior quality opportunities in a safe environment for each student to become a life-long
learner and by continuously improving and customizing the educational experience. As part of this mission, is our desire to help
incoming freshmen, new students and their families transition successfully into our school. In order for this to happen, we are invit-
ing freshmen, new students and parents to the orientation/transition meeting scheduled for Monday, August 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the
high school theatre. The meeting will include:

                  • general school information

                  • meetings with the guidance counselors

                  • a tour of the building.

One of our goals for the 2009-10 school year is to help 9th grade students transition into high school. Due to this goal, we will have
an early dismissal for students in grades 10-12 on August 12th. Ninth grade students will be in session all day working in small
groups with teachers and staff. The regular bus schedule will be followed with bus departure scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Students in
grades 10-12 will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and may arrange for transportation home at that time.

I am looking forward to working with you. Please feel free to call me at (563) 332-5151 with any questions and concerns. Enjoy the
rest of the summer and see you soon.


Mike Zimmer, Principal
            Headline (Sixth)
Inside StoryAUGUST REGISTRATION NOTES 2009-10                                                                                      Page 4


                                              ATTENTION ALL PARENTS AND STUDENTS!


Registration for 12th grade students is scheduled for August 3rd from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and August 4th from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Seniors who have
completed their registration process, will be directed to the guidance office where they will meet with their counselor and receive their schedule.
Students who have not completed the registration process will be directed to the main office to complete their registration (complete and hand in
required forms and pay registration fees).


Registration for students in grades 9-11 is scheduled for August 5th and 6th. On August 5th, registration will be held from 9 a.m. until 6:45 p.m.
Registration on August 6th will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Make-up registration will be held on Friday, August 7th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
All students must begin the registration process at the registration check-in table located in the high school cafeteria. Students who have com-
pleted the registration process will be directed to the guidance office to pick up their schedule. Fee payment is requested at the time of registra-
tion and forms requiring a parent signature must be completed and submitted, in order to receive a schedule.

     1.   Emergency Card

     2.   Census Verification Form

     3.   Transportation Form

     4.   Parent Permission Form Which Included:

                    a) Late Arrival/Early Release [grades 11 & 12]

                    b) 8th Period Early Release [grades 9 & 10]

                    c) Parking [grades 11 & 12]


Families are required to make separate payments for registration and student meal tickets. In accordance with district policy, checks for meal
tickets should be made payable to Pleasant Valley Community School District (PVCSD) and registration and other fees should be made payable
to Pleasant Valley High School (PVHS).


Lifetouch Photography will take student school pictures during registration on August 5th and 6th. Pictures will be taken in the high school thea-
ter. Payment is required at the time of pictures. See attached picture price listing.


Parking tags, for lots located on the high school grounds, will be available for all juniors and seniors requesting one
with the exception of those juniors who have not completed their sophomore Service-Learning requirements.
The cost for the parking tag is $5. The tag must appear hanging from the rear view mirror in the vehicle. The tag
may be transferred from one vehicle to another for only the driver to whom it was issued. Parking privileges for both
parties will be revoked if it is discovered that a freshman or sophomore is utilizing a tag issued to another student.
PVHS will again issue seasonal parking tags for sophomores involved in fall, winter or spring extra/co-curricular
activities. Sophomores are eligible for a lottery drawing based upon rosters provided by the band, chorus, drama,
athletic directors/coaches. To qualify, an activity must meet after school and at least 3 times per week. For addi-
tional information, please call the Attendance Office at 332-6132.
                     Pleasant Valley High School                                                  Page 5

                          Pleasant Valley Junior and Senior High Schools
                                           2009 Fall Pricing

A - $30.50                                 B - $25.00                  C - $21.50

2 - 8x10 Portraits                         1 - 8x10 Portrait          2 - 5x7 Portraits

2 - 5x7 Portraits                          2 - 5x7 Portraits          2 - 3x5 Portraits

2 - 3x5 Desk Size                          2 - 3x5 Desk Size          2 - 2x3 Wallets

18 – 1 ½ x 2 ½ Exchanges                   2 - 2x3 Wallets            12 – 1 ½ x 2 ½ Exchanges

1- Portrait CD                             12 – 1 ½ x 2 ½ Exchanges

D - $16.50                                 E - $11.25                   F - $7.00

1 - 5x7 Portrait                           2 - 3x5 Desk Size            2 – 2x3 Wallets

4 - 3x5 Desk Size                          2 - 2x3 Wallets              4 – 1 ½ x 2 ½ Exchanges

9 – 1 ½ x 2 ½ Exchanges         4 – 1 ½ x 2 ½ Exchanges

Option 1- $7.75                            Option 2- $7.75

8 – 2x3 Wallets                            2 – 5x7 Portraits

Option 3- $8.00                            Option 4- $7.50

1 – 8x10 Portrait                          4 – 3x5 Portraits

Name on Wallets - $6.00

Digital Retouching - $7.00
                     9TH GRADE SCHOOL SUPPLIES                                                           Page 6

Every 9th grader will need the following items for all of their classes. Individual classes may require unique supplies.
When purchasing folders, choose ones that are already 3-hole punched to fit in a trapper or binder.

                                         RED FOLDER – ENGLISH CLASS

                                  PURPLE FOLDER – SOCIAL STUDIES CLASS

                                        GREEN FOLDER – SCIENCE CLASS

                                          BLUE FOLDER – MATH CLASS

                                                SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS

                                                     #2 PENCILS


                                                LOOSE LEAF PAPER
School Board Meetings: 8/10,8/24,9/14,9/28,10/12,10/26,11/9,11/23,12/7,12/21,1/11,1/25,2/8,2/22,3/8,3/22,4/12,4/26,5/10,5/24,6/14,6/28
NOTE: School Board Meetings begin @ 7pm and are held at the Pleasant Valley Administration Building, Belmont Rd., Bettendorf, IA
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                                                         2009-10 CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR SEMESTER 1

AUGUST 3,4                Senior Registration Only! – August 3rd 8am-4pm, August 4th 8am-5:30pm
AUGUST 5,6                Open Registration – Grades 9-11 & Students New to the District (Aug. 5th 9am-6:45pm) (Aug. 6th 9am-3pm) – HS Cafeteria
AUGUST 7                  Registration Make-up – 9am-3pm - Main Office
AUGUST 10                 9th Grade Student Orientation/Transition & Students New to the District - 7:30pm – HS Theater
AUGUST 12                 First Day of School
AUGUST 12                 Early Dismissal for Students in Grades 10-12
AUGUST 13                 HS Fall Coaches/Parent Kick-off 6:00-9pm
AUGUST 17                 Class Meetings Grade 9 – 8:10am, Grade 10 – 8:55am, Grade 11 – 9:40am, Grade 12 – 10:45am – HS Theater
AUGUST 21                 Mixer Dance – 9-11pm – HS Cafeteria
AUGUST 26                 K-12—Early Dismissal
SEPTEMBER 1               Picture Re-take Day – 7:30am-3:30pm
SEPTEMBER 2               HS Open House – 6:30-8:45pm
SEPTEMBER 7               K-12—No School
SEPTEMBER 10              ASVAB Test – 8:00 a.m. – Library
SEPTEMBER 11              Mid-term Reports Due
SEPTEMBER 16              K-12—Early Dismissal
SEPTEMBER 22              Jostens Parent Meeting – 5-7pm – HS Cafeteria
OCTOBER 1                 Homecoming Parade 5:30pm
OCTOBER 1                 Coronation Aud – 6:30pm— HS Gymnasium
OCTOBER 3                 Homecoming Dance – 11pm – HS Cafeteria
OCTOBER 6                 Jostens – Senior Class Meeting 10:40-11:30am – HS Theater
OCTOBER 7                 K-12—Early Dismissal
OCTOBER 7                 ITED Testing – Grades 9 & 11, Sophomore Plan - Grade 10
OCTOBER 12                College Night @ St. Ambrose University 5-8:30pm
OCTOBER 14                PSAT/NMSQT National Test – 8-11:30am – HS Library
OCTOBER 14                End of 1st Quarter
OCTOBER 15                No 8th Period Resource
OCTOBER 19                Junior/Parent Night – 7-9pm – HS Library
OCTOBER 22                Parent/Teacher Conferences – 4-8pm
OCTOBER 23                K-12—No School
OCTOBER 24                National ACT Test Day 8am-12:30pm – HS Cafeteria
NOVEMBER 6                K-12—No School
NOVEMBER 5-7              Fall Musical – 7-10pm

NOVEMBER 12               National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 7-9pm – HS Theater
NOVEMBER 17               Mid-term Reports Due
NOVEMBER 19               HS Coaches/Parents Tip-off Night 6-9pm
NOVEMBER 25-27            K-12—No School
NOVEMBER 30               Financial Aid Night – 6:30-8:30pm – HS Library
DECEMBER 9                K-12—Early Dismissal
DECEMBER 10               HS Blood Drive – HS Gymnasium
DECEMBER 21               HS Final Exams (1,2,5,6)
DECEMBER 22               HS Final Exams (3,4,7,8 – Make-up)
DECEMBER 22               End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
JANUARY 5                 School Resumes
                         SERVICE-LEARNING REMINDERS
                                                                                                        Page 8

SENIORS must have approval of their service-learning projects by the end of the 1st semester. Seniors who have not
done so will receive an “F” for Service-Learning on their 1st semester report card. Seniors who need help in the selec-
tion of a project should see Mrs. Voss.

SENIORS must have the Service-Learning requirement completed by May 1st of 2010, in order to meet graduation re-
quirements. Seniors who do not have their Service-Learning requirement completed will not receive a high school di-

SOPHOMORES must have completed thirty (30) hours of community service by May 1st of 2010, in order to receive
the required credit for graduation. Sophomores who have not turned in community service hours to Mrs. Voss by the
end of the 1st semester will receive an “F” for Service-Learning on the 1st semester report card.

JUNIORS must have their Service-Learning projects pre-approved and completed by May 1st of 2011.

FRESHMAN must complete thirty (30) hours of community service by May 1st of 2011.

If you have any questions, please call Lindy Voss, Service-Learning Coordinator at 332-5151 ext. 5126 or Mike
Zimmer, Principal, at 332-5151 ext. 5114.

                              ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB SPARTAN CLOTHING

               Clothing will be sold on the following days during fall registration at the high school:
                                      August 3 & 4 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
                                       August 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
                                       August 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
                                       Items will be sold at Kick-Off August 21st
                                            For additional information call:
                              Trish Hoelting @ 529-1388 or Leann Sokolik @ 508-5557

NOTE: If you would be willing to volunteer your time to help with Athletic Booster Club clothing sales during the reg-
istration dates listed above, please contact Deb or Trish at the telephone numbers listed above. There will be a sign-up
sheet at registration for parents to volunteer to assist at football games. Thank you.
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                                            High School Dress Code Policy

The board believes inappropriate student appearance causes material and substantial disruption to the school environ-
ment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors.
Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good
learning environment. The standards will be those generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a school set-
The board expects students to be clean and well groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for the time,
place and occasion. Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying ob-
scene material, profanity or reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed. While the primary responsibility for appear-
ance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the education program will not be tolerated. When,
in the judgment of a principal, a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a
threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.
Examples below clarify the standards of dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment:
•   Pants must be worn at the waist to insure that undergarments are not visible.
•   Shirts must cover the abdomen, cleavage, shoulders, and back during normal classroom activities.
•   Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school.
•   Footwear is required.
•   Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry and notebooks must not display racial or ethnic slurs/
    symbols gang affiliations, vulgar, subversive or sexually suggestive language or images. Students may not promote
    products which are not legal to buy such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be
    of a length, which is beyond the fingertip in an upright position.
      Prohibited items include:                Sunglasses
                                               Large long heavy chains
                                               Studded or chained accessories
                                               Long coats and jackets
The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and
may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as wellness, vocational classes, and science labs.

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