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Pleasant Valley Cougars

Established Principal Miss Susan Richardella to Retire


Miss Susan Richardella has been principal of Pleasant Valley Elementary for 9 years. She has served the Altoona Area School District for 24 years, teaching or leading as principal at the following elementary schools: Ebner, Baker, Logan, McCauliffe Heights, and finally Pleasant Valley.

Here are some things her devoted staff will miss about her...

She understands the "little" people because of running her own preschool.

Her screams, cheers and tears over our classroom lessons and smiles for our learners!

“Gift of Time” = priceless

Her opening day assemblies -  How she shares terrific children’s literature with our students. What a great way to start us all out on the road to a wonderful year of literacy. Having the principal talk about reading and how she loves books was inspiring for the children and a great model to follow.

A  poem for this poet:
You did everything you could
To help our students shine.
Despite the nasty challenges,
No one has ever heard you whine.
Thanks for being a principal
So passionate and caring.
We are all at a loss
Now that you are retiring.

"Gift of Time," catered dinners/lunches (from the principal’s pocket). She always trusted us as professionals in the classroom, and she never forgot what is like to teach and be in the classroom.

Her smiling face and how she supported us through tough times.



Pleasant Valley Elementary School Honored as a
2015 Distinguished Title 1 School for Second Year in a Row!

PV school

Principal’s Thoughts: I could not be more proud of our learners and faculty as our fabulous school has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Title I Distinguished School for the 2015-16 school year.

A year ago, we were honored by PDE as a High Achieving Reward Title One School. I am blessed to be the instructional leader of a school where teachers believe in education, where parents support the home-school relationship and where our learners come to school to learn.


Gov. Tom Wolf visits Pleasant Valley

during his Schools That Teach tour!


March 9, 2015 Gov. Tom Wolf visits PV


Pleasant Valley Elementary School Honored as a
2014 Distinguished Title 1 School!

Volunteers Needed!


Many Pleasant Valley activities depend on volunteers. Please be sure to read the AASD Volunteer Manual so you complete the necessary volunteer requirements in order to become a volunteer at PV.


Reading News

The focus for the 2015-2016 school year will be READING, READING, READING! Teachers have received professional development with Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments so that they can identify the instructional reading level of every child and plan instructional groupings accordingly. Once each child's level is determined, a Balanced Literacy approach will be how the learners will receive instruction.

USDA Food and Nutrition Services

Free and Reduced Lunch 
School Meals Program

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. 

Click here for information on Frequently Asked Questions, Income Eligibility Guidelines and Application.


Elementary School Parent Handbook 2015-2016


Click here to view the parent handbook for the 2015-2016 school year.



PV 2014-2015 Calendar

Check out the Pleasant Valley 2015-2016 Calendar!



September 10 - Meet the Teacher Night 5:30 - 7:30

September 18 - Elementary Football Night @ Mansion Park 7 p.m.

Nov. 2 - Provine Pictures

Nov. 16-20 - American Education Week

Nov. 17 - Parent Involvement Night 5:30-7:30 p.m.

March 7-11 - Kindergarten Registration

April 11-29 - PSSA Testing Click here for complete schedule.

May 5 - 6th Gr. Recognition 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  End of MP Conference Date Report Cards Home
Marking Period 1 Oct. 28, 2015   Nov. 6, 2015
Marking Period 2 Jan. 20, 2016 Nov. 23-24, 2015 Jan. 28, 2016
Marking Period 3 Mar. 30, 2016   Apr. 7, 2016
Marking Period 4 June 2, 2016   June 2, 2016



Pleasant Valley Elementary School will continue to grow as a Professional Learning Community and will have plans in place to Close the Gap and Raise the Bar so that ALL learners will grow academically.


Through the collective knowledge of our Pleasant Valley staff, we commit to collaborate with each other to find answers to:

  • What is it we want all learners to learn?

  • How will we know when each learner has learned?

  • How will we respond when learners experience difficulty?

  • How will we enrich and extend the learning for learners who are already proficient?


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