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The architectural lines of Becherer Hall at Rivermont Collegiate are intended to complement the Bettendorf mansion. The hall was dedicated in 2001 and contains, in addition to this atrium, classrooms and an auditorium.

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PV registration begins in February

Pleasant Valley Junior High School registration begins Feb. 13.

Current and incoming junior high students will receive information about registration for the 2018-2019 school year on the following dates:

  • Feb. 12: Current eighth-grade students will receive high school registration materials. Junior high and high school counselors will discuss the registration process.
  • Feb. 13: High school forum for current eighth-grade students with last names A-J and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 13: Informational meeting about the junior high for incoming seventh-grade students and their parents, 6:30 p.m., PVJH gym A.
  • Feb. 13 and 14: Current seventh-grade students will receive registration materials and school counselors will discuss the registration process.
  • Feb. 15: High school forum for current eighth-grade students with last names K-Z and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 27 and March 1: Registration and course information for incoming seventh-grade students will be provided during elementary school conferences.

Junior high students who are new to the Pleasant Valley School District should contact the Guidance Office at 563-332-0202 for registration and course selection.

Current and incoming high school students will receive information about registration for the 2018-2019 school year on the following dates:

  • Jan. 23: Current ninth and 10th-grade students will receive information during school hours.
  • Jan. 24: Informational meeting for current 10th-grade students and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 6: Current 11th-grade students will receive information during school hours.
  • Feb. 7: Informational meeting for current 11th-grade students and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 13: Informational meeting for incoming ninth-grade students with last names A-J and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.
  • Feb. 15: Informational meeting for incoming ninth-grade students with last names K-Z and their parents, 7 p.m., PVHS theater.

Prior to registration, students and parents are encouraged to view the 2018-2019 Course Registration booklet. The booklet is available at pleasval.org by selecting the high school link followed by Course Registration Book 2018-2019.

PV youth basketball teams compete in region playoffs

Pleasant Valley sixth grade girls’ and eighth grade boys’ basketball teams will play in the Iowa Youth Basketball Region Playoffs Saturday, March 3, in Pella, Iowa. The fifth grade boys’ team will play Saturday, Feb. 24, in Cedar Falls.

Iowa’s fourth-ninth grade basketball teams were invited to play in the North and South Region Championships. North Region playoffs will be Feb. 24-25 at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and Waterloo Columbus High School. South Region playoffs will be March 3 at Pella schools.

The top two teams from each region will go on to play in the Iowa State Championship April 7-8 at Kingdom Hoops Basketball Complex in Des Moines.

Following the state championship, the top two teams will play in an “elite eight” style Great Five-State Championship at the Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

More information and registration is available at pacesettersports.net.

Bettendorf High School planetarium releases show schedule

Bettendorf High School will host public shows in the Donald A. Schaefer Planetarium. Seating is limited. To reserve seats, call the BHS Activities Office at 563-332-4516.

The planetarium will present the following shows at 7 p.m.:

Feb. 27

  • Phantom of the Universe, ages 14-adult: A discussion of the most intriguing questions of the 21st century including: What makes up the fundamental particles of the universe? and what are we all made of? 

March 20

  • Oasis in Space, all-ages: Begins in the farthest reaches of space to explain how Earth is an oasis in the vast cosmos.
  • Renaissance, all-ages: Details the beginning of modern science in a time called the Renaissance.

May 1

  • From Earth to Universe, all-ages: The newest breakthroughs in astronomy and cosmology taking viewers to the edges of the known universe.
  • The Works of Walt Whitman, all-ages: A showcase of the works of the transcendental poet Walt Whitman.

The planetarium’s new Spitz digital full-dome projection system can project immersive 360-degree images and video using two projectors designed for the planetarium dome.

Rivermont Collegiate Technology Fair set for April 7

Rivermont Collegiate will host its Technology Fair Saturday, April 7 at the school’s Becherer Hall, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf. The competition is open to all area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Deadline to register is March 22. Entry fee is $10 per student project and $20 per group project with a maximum of three students per group. Registration is first come, first served.

The fair includes student technology projects and a technology career fair that will feature area businesses. Projects are judged using the Iowa Technology and Education Connection technology fair categories and rubrics.

For more information and to register, visit rivermontcollegiate.org. For questions, email techfair@rvmt.org.

LeClaire Chamber of Commerce events

Feb. 10: LeClaire Cocoa Crawl, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 25: Buffalo Bill Cody birthday event, noon to 4 p.m., Buffalo Bill Museum, free.

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

For more information and complete driving directions, visit Facebook (Black Hawk Hiking Club of the QC) or blackhawkhikingclub.org.

Saturday, Feb. 3: 2:30 p.m., Scott County Park, 18850 270th St., Eldridge - The group will meet at the Indian Hills Shelter prior to the start of the hike along easy trails through the woods.

Saturday, Feb. 10: 2:30 p.m., Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Hampton, Illinois - The preserve features bluffs and ravines along Illinois 84 with views of the Mississippi River. The group may join the short hikers on the bike path, weather permitting.

Saturday, Feb. 17: 2:30 p.m., Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan Birthplace - The hike will cover the streets of Tampico, stopping at the museum, church and the birthplace of Ronald Reagan (our 40th President). Water provided; bring your own cup. Entering Tampico on IL172, carefully watch for HIKE signs.

Friday, Feb. 23: 7 p.m., Annual Picture Presentation, Deere-Wiman House, 1105 8th St., Moline - Club members’ photos will be judged in five categories by Paul Riewerts. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Saturday, Feb. 24: 2:30 p.m., Lake Story, Galesburg, Illinois - The Cabeen Hiking and Biking Trail is a flat, paved trail, approximately five miles round trip. From Illinois 150 South at the Illinois 6 and 150 intersection, Lake Story is about 40 miles south. Continue past the Lake Story sign to the next right which is marked with a green sign that says "Cabeen Hiking & Biking Trail" and turn right.

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City Editor/Bettendorf News Editor

Liz Boardman is the Quad-City Times City Editor, manages the Economy section and Bettendorf News, and is the house Freedom of Information Act geek. A Rock Island native, she joined the Times in 2016.