Pleasant Valley Cougar News

March 3, 2022

In this Week's Update

  • Secretary of Education Visits Pleasant Valley
  • Third Grade Erupts
  • String Spectacular
  • PV Gets a Makeover

Secretary Ortega Visits Pleasant Valley

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Pleasant Valley Elementary School was honored to welcome Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Dr. Noe Ortega into our school this week. The first person Dr. Ortega wanted to meet was our student council president, Hannah Doehrer. Our Bookworm winners for the week were announced while he was here and he got to see our students select their books. Dr. Ortega was awarded a Bookworm token for his achievement in promoting early literacy in Pennsylvania schools. Hannah awarded him his token. After first grader, Mikey Gority's book got stuck in the vending maching, Dr. Ortega offered him his token to use to select another book.

Students then moved to the art room where Dr. Ortega read Mikey's selection, Your Future is Bright by Corey Finkle. All seven other elementary schools and the Learning Express zoomed in to take part in hearing from Dr. Ortega. Over 3300 AASD students shared Dr. Ortega's visit and book reading with Pleasant Valley.

Third grade, led by Mrs. Temchack and Mrs. Jarrett, worked this week to produce a book of their own. Using Book Creator, students wrote The Importance of Education in just three days. All year long, Mrs. Temchack and Mrs. Jarrett have been piloting the Writing Workshop program and this project was an excellent opportunity to showcase all that the students have learned. Liam Oswald, Jaelynn Tremmel, Angeline Bravin, and BransonTrostle presented the book to the Secretary. Dr. Ortega promised the book would be displayed at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He was very impressed by the young authors.

We are very honored to be able to showcase the exceptional things happening in the AASD. We want to thank the Assistant to the Superintendent, Haley Fleegle, for arranging and organizing this visit. The faculty and staff worked together to prepare for the special honor. Mr. Burns, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stahl, our custodians, Mrs. Wall and our cafeteria staff, and Mrs. Kuhn, our secretary worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the visit seamless. Mrs. Miller, our art teacher, shared her space. The first grade and third grade team took on extra responsibility so their teammates, Mrs. Temchack, Mrs. Jarrett, and Mrs. Wasovich could be hands-on with the visit. The entire faculty, staff, and student body made an extra effort to show our community just how amazing our school and the people here are! I may be bias, but I think they are pretty awesome every single day!

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Third Grade Erupts

It was an eventful week for third grade! In science with Mrs. Schreier and Miss Mignogna, students made volcanoes! They were so excited for this hands on science experiment. Ask your third grader what caused the reaction to make their volcanoes erupt.

Music Fills the Air

Select Pleasant Valley 4th and 5th graders were invited to perform at the String Spectacular at the AAHS Auditorium this Thursday. These students have been rehearsing since January for what was the very first performance of their musical careers. The auditorium was packed with standing room only as families came together to support their childrens' talent and dreams.

This year's performance had a very special musical moment. Miss Strayer, elementary string specialist, commissioned a brand new work to be composed for AASD string players. She reached out to a composer to create a brand new piece specifically for these students. On Thursday, our students performed the music for the very first time in history. The work, which was stirring and challenged our young musicians to excel, will now be made available for worldwide purchase. As schools around the world purchase and perform the piece, it will always contain, "Commissioned for the Students of the Altoona Area School District" in the title. The students also got to zoom with the composer and learn more about his process.

Thank you, Miss Strayer, for making this special memory for our students and their families.

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PV Gets a Makeover

Hats off to Mrs. Miller! She worked with students in grade one, four, five, and kindergarten to create picture frames for our entire PV faculty and staff. She and Miss Glass collected pictures from everyone and Mrs. Miller made this tremendous display in the office. Throughout the school year, we can update the pictures for holidays and for fun!
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Miss Kuhn loves her fishies and so do the students! Kindergarten helped her expand her underworld vision.
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Upcoming Events

March 8 - Pleasant Valley Kindergarten Registration

March 15 - 5th grade Fundraiser Pick-up, 4:00-6:00 pm

March 16 - 5th Grade Parent Meeting, 5:00 pm

March 16 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 pm

March 17 - STEM Night, 4:00 pm

March 22 - Title 1 Parent Engagement Event, 5:00 pm


March 24 - Eat at Hoss's for PV

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