P'ville Elementary Newsletter
April 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders!
Mission Statement for Pleasantville Community Schools
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:
92% proficient in Reading (48% advanced)
96% proficient in Math (44% advanced)
96% proficient in Science (19% advanced)
91% proficient in Reading (51% advanced)
93% proficient in Math (44% advanced)
94% proficient in Science (29% advanced)
90% proficient in Reading (38% advanced)
91% proficient in Math (43% advanced)
88% proficient in Science (22% advanced)
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
* 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!
Meals from the Heartland
Habit of the Month: Sharpen the Saw! Congratulations to our April Trojan Trompers!
Congratulations to Miss Brillhart's Class, our "Orange Pride Classroom of the Month!"
Pinwheels for Prevention
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/).