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State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Raiders Read! Reading, Relationships & Rigor

Banner School Award LogoCalhoun County Schools

Principal, Mrs. Crystal Sparks

Superintendent, Mr. Donald Turner

Reading, Relationships, and Rigor created a successful year of reading for Pleasant Valley Elementary School students. The program provided faculty collaboration with the library media specialist to target all readers. The media specialist worked with teachers to model standards using technology and STEM projects, create a reading center that allowed for flexible scheduling based on data, open access for all students, and weekly library time. The library became the learning hub with a friendly, student-centered environment which included additional seating, centers, and added technology. The library staff conferenced with students about favored authors, genres, and book requests with books ordered on student demand. This created a level of ownership of reading and excitement for students and THEIR library. Third-sixth grade students participated in Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition among multi-grade teams. Rigor was evidenced as the media specialist worked with teachers to ensure students were reading at levels that produced growth. Relationships guaranteed program success as students conferenced with teachers, parents, and mentors on specific reading goals, objectives, educational, and behavioral expectations. The parents, community, and staff were Pleasant Valley’s cheerleaders. Named, the Raiders, this group sacrificed daily to meet the needs of students and ensured growth for all students.

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