Pleasantville Elementary

December 2015 Newsletter

Pleasantville Elementary - Growing Learners & Leaders

On Friday, December 18th we held our monthly "Trojan Tromp" for kids that exemplified our month's Habit of the Month: Think Win-Win (sharing, compromising, solution finding). Congratulations to the following students for being selected by their teachers for demonstrating excellence in that habit: Tenley Shannon, Shanna Curtis, Reese Green, Creyton Jones, Ava Muster, Lauren Neer, Emmalynn King, Austin Gripp, Lila Cox, Alyssa Park, Kailee Nepamuceno, Laila Pedicini, Grayson McGill, Elsie Otto, Chloe Roff, Hayden Brent, Mason Mull, Lizzie Heywood, Sam Heywood, Charlotte Latch, Matthew Fallis, Addie Koenig, Ali Archer, Xander McGill, Damien Lawson, Lauren Furnal, Rhya Cowden, Finley Cowden, Emily Dority, Jury Ellis, Parker Sheets, Brock Jones, Peyton Seuferer, Emma Danks, Gage Lyon & Mikey Sampson.
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Orange Pride Classroom of the Month: Mrs. Busick's 4th Grade Class

Congratulations to 4B for being selected by some of our staff as the best at modeling our Orange Pride expectations - Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe. These students have earned the privilege of 5 minutes of extra recess for the month of January and to read the morning announcements. Way to go, kids!
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"Pennies for Pets": Service Learning Project at Pleasantville Elementary

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Pleasantville Students & Staff Raise $250 for Charity

As part of our Leader In Me service learning initiative, student leaders at Pleasantville Elementary crafted posters, led assemblies and collected funds for Hope Animal Rescue in an effort to help support the cost for this wonderful organization in getting pets adopted into loving homes. Pictured above are students Sophia Mason, Jonah Schumacher, Emma Hodnefield & Mallory Thorpe giving Jed Hammen and Jen Douma of Hope Animal Rescue a check for $250 that students collected during the past month. We want to thank student leaders of this service learning committee: Lincoln Card, Beckett Bakker, Ali Archer, Lauren Furnal, Mallory Thorpe, Emily Lisinko, Jonah Schumacher, Sophia Mason & Emma Hodnefield; as well as their teacher-leaders: Jen Worthington, Haley Brillhart & Lisa Furnal. Way to go!

Bullying & Harassment

The State Board of Education has encouraged schools to adequately address and distinguish between typical adolescent cruelty and harassment. The State Board recognizes that immature behavior such as name-calling, taunting, and teasing, when done with no intent to physically harm or scar the other child’s psyche can usually be viewed as “typical adolescent cruelty” versus “harassment”. The State Board cautions schools not to be bound by a strict formula of what constitutes typical adolescent cruelty, as this can depend heavily on the circumstances surrounding the incident, as well as the age and the maturity of the students involved.

Bullying and Harassment of any type (student - student), (student – teacher, (teacher-student) will not be tolerated in the Pleasantville School District. Any type of bullying or harassment should be reported first to the guidance counselor (Mrs. Phillips,, or 848-0566). Inquiries, concerns or grievances related to bullying or harassment should be reported promptly to allow investigators the opportunity to investigate and intervene in a timely manner.

Harassment of students by other students will not be tolerated in the school district. This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned and/or school-operated buses, vehicles or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

Harassment, bullying and abuse are violations of school district policies, rules and regulations and, in some cases, may also be a violation of criminal or other laws. The school district has the authority to report students violating this rule to law enforcement officials. Students who feel that they have been harassed or bullied should:

Communicate to the harasser or bully that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so. If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser or bully, the student should ask a teacher, counselor or administrator to help.

If the harassment or bullying does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser or bully, the student should visit the guidance office and pick up our Bullying Report Form, which details:

o What, when and where it happened

o Who was involved;

o Exactly what was said or what the harasser or bully did;

o Witnesses to the harassment or bullying;

o What the student said or did, either at the time or later;

o How the student felt; and

o How the harasser or bully responded

Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Harassment or bullying on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status includes conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble persons when:

Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or


Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental


Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic

performance; or

Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:

verbal, physical or written harassment or abuse;

pressure for sexual activity;

repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications:

suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.

Harassment or bullying is based upon factors other than sex includes, but is not limited to

verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse;

repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, etc.;

demeaning jokes, stories, or activities


Violations of the Student-to-Student Harassment Policy may result in detention or suspension depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and the student’s record. Students may be referred to Peer Mediation. Multiple violations may result in suspension or expulsion.

Please take a look at the following video, provided by the Iowa Department of Education, which has helped shape this policy and the procedures the school uses to investigate and act upon reports of bullying or harassment.