P'ville Elementary Newsletter

April 2016 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders

Academic Update: Iowa Assessment Results Are Strong Again!

Pleasantville Elementary has continued to improve year after year in achievement results on the Iowa Assessments (formerly the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills), posting higher numbers than the State of Iowa and our Heartland AEA averages. Here is a quick summary of the results:

Reading: 89.7% of 3rd-5th graders are proficient. That's 6.7% better than 2015 and 9% better than 2014. Nearly 36% of our elementary students scored "Advanced" in reading!

Math: 86% of 3rd-5th graders are proficient. That's a slight decrease from last year (-1%) but over 5% higher than in 2013 and 2014. Over 38% of our elementary students scored "Advanced" in math!

Science: 91% of 3rd-5th graders are proficient. That's 0.7% better than last year and 2.3% better than 2014. Nearly 33% of our elementary students scored "Advanced" in science!

We are so elated with our kids! They make us proud every day!

Future Pleasantville Pre-Schoolers: Please Check This Out!

If you have a child ready to attend pre-school next fall or in the near future, please sign up for the Pleasantville Elementary Pre-School "Play Day" on May 9th from 9:15-10:15 am. Children attending Play Day need to be at least 2 years of age on or before Jan. 1, 2016. Contact the office at (515) 848-0566 if you are interested.

Elementary Students Work Hard at Being "Bucket Fillers"

You may have noticed your child using words like "bucket filler" or "bucket dipper" at home. That's because it's part of the terminology used in our Leader In Me program. A bucket dipper says hurtful things and damages relationships while a bucket filler says kind things and builds strong friendships. Kids this year have worked hard to be kinder to one another and "fill each others' buckets". The following students were selected by their teacher for being great examples of bucket fillers in their classrooms. Congratulations to the following students chosen to participate in the Trojan Tromp for their kindness to others or improved performance: Ava Gilpin, Timothy Finley, Grace Fee, Lauren Neer, Cash Collins, Judy Hoyt, Shawn Curtis, Austin Gripp, Jacob Rowson, Grace Goodale, Kyson Jackson, Ellie Greene, Hudson Furnal, Cale Sorensen, Lizzie Heywood, Easton Cox, Zane Mullenix, Delilah Billings, Luke Vestal, London Burdett, Lily Mason, Hayden Lawson, Colton Metcalf, Grace Jordan, Macie-May Kuhnen, Grace Fust, Kyra Powell, Chesnee Showers, Chloe Rankin, Jaxx Lovell, Madilyn Rowson, Tyler Gibson, Jonah Schumacher, Kamryn Neer, Seth Sebring, Sophia Mason, Peyton Major & Brock Jones.

Bucket Fillers Lead the Tromp!

Pleasantville Elementary Raises Over $500 for Juvenile Diabetes!

With 26 days left of school, we decided to celebrate each day with a corresponding alphabet letter. On "D" Day, we asked kids to bring in a Dollar for Diabetes. Kids answered the call and brought in $573 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Way to go kids! You filled some more buckets!

Upcoming Important Dates in May

Monday Late Starts: May 2, 9, 16, 23

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6

PTO: May 4th @ 5:30PM in Elementary Library

5th Grade Band Concert: May 10

Field Trips:

May 5 - TK to Pella's Tulip Time

May 6 - Kindergarten FFA Ag Day

May 13 - PK to Science Center

May 17 - 1st & 2nd Grade to Pella Excite-A-Bowl

May 17 - 4th Grade to Science Center

May 18 - 3rd Grade to the Capitol

May 18 - 5th Grade to Living History Farms

May 20: PK Carnival

May 26: Kindergarten Graduation

Last Day of School:
Friday May 27th at 1:00

Building academic goal: by Spring 2016, 100% of our students will be either proficient or growing at the expected rate on the FAST assessment.

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Congratulations to "3G" for being selected by some of our staff as the best at modeling our Orange Pride expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe - part of our Positive Behavior Intervention & Support program. These students have earned the privilege of an additional 5 minutes of extra recess each day for the month of May and will also get to read the announcements! Way to go, kids!
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Mrs. Wicks' Students Write To and Hear Back From President

"I wanted to share the letter that my class received from the White House. We sent the letter after reading about Martin Luther King, Jr. in January. The boys and girls drew pictures and wrote about dreams that they have for country. They told the President they dreamed for all people to be kind to each other, to help each other, always say kind things to others and never let the color of people's skin keep them from being kind. Amazing dreams from our young students!" - Mrs. Ronda Wicks

President Obama's reply is pictured below. We're proud of the kids in PKW! Keep following those dreams!

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