Pville Elementary Newsletter

September 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders

Pleasantville Elementary Does it Again!

For the 2nd year in a row, Pleasantville Elementary has been named by Solution Tree, an educational publishing and professional development company, as a 2017-2018 Model PLC School! Only five elementary schools in the entire state have achieved this distinction and only around 200 schools nationwide!

PLC stands for "Professional Learning Community," and in simplest terms, it revolves around much of the work the staff does on their late-start Monday mornings. When students arrive two hours later on every Monday morning, our staff will have already spent a couple hours on honing their craft, analyzing student performance and coming up with ways to meet EVERY CHILD'S NEEDS. This work revolves around interdependent, grade level teams that focus on a simple, but valuable collaborative process. Rest assured that this honor bestowed upon the elementary shows that the staff is working hard to improve each child's education at Pleasantville Elementary.

Below is the press release sent to the school district on August 14th by Solution Tree announcing this honor:


Pleasantville, IA (August 14, 2017)—Pleasantville Elementary (Pleasantville, IA) was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The Pleasantville Elementary’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:

1. Focus on learning.

2. Build a collaborative culture.

3. Create a results orientation.

Responding to news of the recognition, Principal Tom Roff said, “On behalf of the students and staff, I thank Solution Tree for this honor. I know we have worked hard the last few years to adhere to the best practices of high-functioning PLCs and the results have demonstrated that. Not only are our assessment results outstanding for all students, but the number of advanced performances keep going up and up. I cannot be any prouder of our students and staff for the hard work they put in to get this recognition for two years in a row.”

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.

Pleasantville Elementary's Literacy Earns High Marks!

Iowa law mandates that students in grades K-6 take literacy assessments three times a year to determine literacy progress and success. Out of nearly 700 elementary schools in Iowa, the literacy results of Pleasantville Elementary students was 35th best in the state, high enough to nearly place in the top 5%!

7 Habits for Families Night Announced

Mark your calendars! Our school staff would like to take some of the things the kids are learning and sharing it with families. Even the entire community is welcome!

Come visit us on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 PM in the elementary school when Mrs. Beier, Mrs. Cummings, Miss Leonard and Mrs. Dammann share with you more about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and how we are integrating those principles with our students. This is for adults only, please.

We hope to see you then!

Calling all parents! Calling all parents!

We are looking for members to our Elementary PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization)! Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The PTO has helped support our fall fundraiser, Teacher Appreciation Week, the Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe, and popular events like the Daddy-Daughter Dance and the Mother-Son Laser Tag Night! If you can dedicate one hour or more a month to help support our school, please come join the PTO and mark your calendars for 5:30 PM on the first Wednesday of the month, starting September 6th in the Elementary Library. Thanks!

Important Dates for Parents

NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day)

LATE STARTS: 10:10 AM on Mondays - Sept. 11, 18, & 25

7 Habits for Families Night: 6 PM on Sept. 27 (Wednesday), Adults only

PTO MEETING: 5:30 PM on 1st Wednesday of the Month in the Elementary Library (September 6)

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: 6:30 PM on 2nd Tuesday of the Month in HS Library (September 12)

SCHOOL PICTURES: Wednesday, September 13 for Elementary

GIRL SCOUTS REGISTRATION: Evening of Sept. 18th in Elementary Cafeteria



Tired of getting the same results? Have you wondered how to change it? Try using a process we use with our Leader In Me/7 Habits program. It's called "See-Do-Get." In order to get different results, you have to do things differently, and in order to do things differently, you need to see things from a different perspective. If you don't, you'll end up with the same results you always get. Einstein once said that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results." Come to our Family Night event on September 27th at 6 PM to learn more about the 7 Habits and the "See-Do-Get" process in order to take your life on a different path.
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