P'ville Elementary Newsletter

April 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders!

Mission Statement for Pleasantville Community Schools

The Pleasantville Community School District, in partnership with the entire community, will empower every student to become a life-long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community

Pleasantville Elementary ROCKS the Iowa Assessments!

Iowa Assessments (formerly known as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills) is a required state assessment given to 3rd-11th grade students across the state to measure academic progress. The State of Iowa began storing Iowa Assessments results in 2004-2005 after the No Child Left Behind legislation, and since that time Pleasantville Elementary posted it's best performance in the last 12 years! In fact, the school's performance puts it in very elite company. Typically these kinds of performances are only seen in districts where poverty rates are half or a third of Pleasantville's, making us an outlier in performance.

All three grade levels (3rd-5th grade) combined to score above the 90th percentile on proficiency in math, reading & science! Additionally, our students had increasingly high "advanced" numbers (students scoring at or above the 85th percentile nationally). These numbers are phenomenal considering that with our smaller-sized grade levels (about 50-60 students) one student's performance can sway results 2% one way or the other. Here are our results:

3rd Grade:

92% proficient in Reading (48% advanced)

96% proficient in Math (44% advanced)

96% proficient in Science (19% advanced)

4th Grade:

91% proficient in Reading (51% advanced)

93% proficient in Math (44% advanced)

94% proficient in Science (29% advanced)

5th Grade:

90% proficient in Reading (38% advanced)

91% proficient in Math (43% advanced)

88% proficient in Science (22% advanced)

Total Combined:

91% proficient in Reading (44% advanced)

93% proficient in Math (43% advanced)

93% proficient in Science (24% advanced)

Thank you to our wonderful students for doing their best and for our teachers and staff who work tremendously hard to achieve these types of results!

It was a good last week in April

We aren't sure what other elementary schools did their last six days of April, but Pleasantville Elementary students ...

* Wrote random acts of kindness letters to staff last Friday

* Read books to friends in other grade levels on Monday

* Helped pack 31,333 meals to feed the hungry all over the world (Meals from the Heartland) and cleaned up parts of our community on Tuesday

* Raised $236 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Wednesday

* Got in a little extra physical exercise as well as decorated the downtown streets of town on Thursday

* and capped off the month with the Trojan Tromp, a big, bubble blowout and a high-five fest on Friday!

It was a very good end to the month, indeed!

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Meals from the Heartland

"Ending Hunger Starts with One Grain of Hope." That's the slogan for the organization "Meals from the Heartland," a non-profit group that uses volunteer help to package meals to help the hungry. On April 25th, our 2nd grade students helped package food for malnourished people in Iowa, the US and the world by giving up one morning of school to help those less fortunate. We'd like to thank Ashley Mull, our Reading Corps specialist for organizing this opportunity for our students as well as the 2nd grade teachers, Miss Wild and Miss Brillhart, parent volunteers and of course the students for filling stomachs and filling our hearts with pride. For more on this organization, see this link.


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Habit of the Month: Sharpen the Saw! Congratulations to our April Trojan Trompers!

In April, we focused our attention on the seventh habit "Sharpen the Saw," which emphasizes keeping a balance in our lives. In order to be our sharpest, we can't overwork ourselves nor do too little work either. We also need to be aware of our eating, sleeping and exercising habits to keep us at our best. Students and staff found wonderful ways to get a little extra exercise, talk about healthy habits and being kind to one another. Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by their teacher for best exemplifying this habit and got to participate in the latest "Trojan Tromp": Dalton Allen, Anna Adkins, Ryker Lange, Serenity Curtis, Jocelyn Jurgens, Max Vestal, Claira Vestal, Sawyer Nott, Binley Bakker, Gabby Claver, Laina Caban, Cash Collins, Creyton Jones, Craigan Smith, Nolan Perry, Sydney Ask, Riley Randleman, Parker Britton, Delilah Billings, Draydin Friedel, Maci Martin, Lizzie Heywood, Lincoln Lewis, Carly Gripp, Charlotte Latch, Evan Dawson, Christian Dawson, Wesley King, Jacob VanEck, Michael VerPloeg, Landyn Quinn, Dillon Langford, Torie Coker, Trent Jolly, Kaleb Croy, Dylan Barnes & Johnny "Be Good" Valdez!
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Congratulations to Miss Brillhart's Class, our "Orange Pride Classroom of the Month!"

Nineteen classrooms had the opportunity to be selected for our Classroom of the Month, but only one could win this honor! Congratulations to Miss Brillhart's class for being selected as the recipient of this prestigious award. They were chosen thanks to collectively and consistently exhibiting our PBIS Orange Pride Expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. These are the "school rules" our students follow as part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) system. The classroom of the month earns a special privilege such as extra recess minutes and/or reading the morning announcements. Way to go!
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Pinwheels for Prevention

On April 7th, students planted pinwheels into the ground around the elementary campus to bring awareness to child abuse. Over 360 pinwheels glistened on that sunny day, hopefully bringing some cheer and recognition that we need to do everything we can to prevent these things from happening to our vulnerable kids.

Upcoming Important Dates for Parents in May

"Kindness Adventure" sales run from May 2-12th (look for flyer in your child's backpack or take-home folder)

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 1-5

Late Start Mondays: May 1, 8, 15 and 22

FAST Testing (Reading): Week of May 8

Last Day of School: May 26 1:00 Dismissal

Don't forget our "A to Z Countdown" has begun and there are some themed or dress up days. Check our announcements (emailed or online at http://pvillecsd.org/schools/elementary/).

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Despite what you might think ...

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We will plant many more in their place!