About Our School

Pineview Elementary, Phone: 641-648-6410



Pineview Elementary School accommodates over 300 students in grades pre-school through second grade. Pineview employs highly qualified teachers with Ryan Robison serving as principal. We believe in providing a safe and caring environment that promotes opportunity and growth for all students. A goal at Pineview is to make learning as student-centered as possible. Many programs are in place to encourage growth through developmentally appropriate activities. Caring educators promote the development of life-long learners with hands-on activities and the use of the latest technology. Pineview students are also provided with many enrichment activities through music, physical education, library media and art.
Pineview Elementary School believes that when we work together with families to support learning, our students will not only succeed in school, but throughout life. We are implementing and supporting programs that reach out to involve parents more directly in their children's education.

One of our main academic emphases at Pineview is the teaching of reading. Our reading instruction includes both teacher-directed, small group skills instruction and the activities and strategies most often associated with literature-based, integrated language arts instruction.

There is sufficient guidance now available from research about how children best learn to read and about how successful reading programs work to ensure that virtually every child will learn to read well. We at Pineview support a balanced approach to reading that is organized, systematic and has explicit skills that include phonemic awareness (sounds in words), phonics, decoding, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension skills to address the needs of readers. Pineview's literature, language and comprehension program includes a balance of oral and written language and ongoing diagnosis that informs teaching and assessment that ensures accountability. Pineview also provides a powerful intervention program that provides additional support for children at risk of reading failure by meeting their instructional needs.
History:
The original Pineview building was built in 1935. The north wing was built in 1935. The north wing addition was completed in 1955 and the west wing, completed in 1999 added 4 kindergarten classrooms, a preschool classroom, a boost-up classroom, a K-Prep classroom, restroom and several office spaces.
Leader in Me:
Pineview, in a continuing effort to provide a total education, as well as a safe environment, uses the Leader in Me program. The Leader in Me is an innovative, schoolwide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child's full potential. Applying The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, teachers and students internalize timeless leadership principles that nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century. The 7 Habits are:

Habit 1 - Be Proactive Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3 - Work First Then Play Habit 4 - Think Win-Win
Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Habit 6 - Synergize
Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw

Pineview has chosen to focus on the first 3 habits. Pineview Elementary is creating leaders, one student at a time!
Schedules:
The first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. with opening exercises taking place at 8:20 a.m. (tardy bell rings). All students have a morning recess. Inclusive Pre-School, Prep-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten eat lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. with recess to follow until 11:50 a.m. First grade lunch is from 11:25 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. and recess is from 11:50 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Second grade lunch is from 11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. with recess to follow until 12:40 p.m. Dismissal time is 3:10 p.m. Every Wednesday our students are dismissed at 2:10 p.m. so teachers can participate in district professional development opportunities.
Attendance:
Good attendance is a must! A child developing a good attendance habit will benefit from this discipline for a lifetime. It enables a child to stay current with new learning and to avoid becoming discouraged from missing out on skill development. Being on time each day is very important.

Wednesday Envelopes:
Each Wednesday an envelope goes home with the student with important information from the school and the teacher. The student is responsible for bringing that envelope back or purchasing a new one. Twice monthly Mr. Robison will send home a newsletter once per month with school news, as well as important dates.

Iowa Falls Community Schools After School Programs:

Offers school-aged childcare to all children who attend school at Pineview.
The location for this program will be at Rock Run Elementary. The district will provide transportation from Pineview to Rock Run in the afternoon.

Program hours:

Monday - Friday after school until 6:00 p.m.
This program will be offered on all early dismissal in-service days until 6:00 p.m.
The After School Program will be offered on the days in which school is not open, except ...
If school is cancelled before the school day begins - NO After school program.
If school is dismissed early - after students have arrived the After school program will take care of students until their parents arrive - no later than 6:00 p.m. (If school is dismissed early BEFORE noon there will NOT be an after school program!)

The After School program will:
provide a safe and caring environment
be a place where children learn positive social skills through group interaction
have students contribute to the community through service projects
make sure that students receive homework and remedial assistance
sharpen technology skills through the use of computers
develop a student's lifelong interest in reading
provide hands-on learning experiences through an after school curriculum that would be supported by:
ISU Extension
Ellsworth College
Buena Vista University
Iowa Falls Police Department
Barlow Library
Ellsworth Municipal Hospital
Hardin County Conservation
help students to learn to appreciate diversity
provide recreational opportunities
provide nutritional snacks
provide supportive adult role models


Building Student Assistance Team (B.S.A.T.):
Pineview offers to students, teachers and parents a team approach to problem solving. The goal of the problem solving process is to help students (and their families) gain academic and behavioral success, both at Pineview Elementary and in the community. During this process a team (parents and school personnel) will meet to identify interventions that will help the student, teacher and parent deal with the problem the student is having in school. The B.S.A.T. process is meant to be user friendly and non-threatening. It is a wonderful resource with many different entities and personalities all coming to one table to work cooperatively for the good of students. At Pineview Elementary we strongly believe that when school personnel and parents work together as a team children benefit greatly.

Pineview Mentoring Program:
The Pineview Mentoring program pairs students in kindergarten - second grade with adult mentors. This is a special program that connects students with caring adults, who either listen to the student read, help to do academic work, or spend quality time together. The mentors are people in the community who volunteer their time to meet with the same child for 30 minutes each week. If at all possible, their mentor follows the student throughout the three years that they are at Pineview. It is a wonderful program and everyone at Pineview is very appreciative of the help the mentors provide. These mentors are, many times, just what the child needs! If you would have an interest in this program, please contact the school.

Boost Up
Pineview Elementary has a program called Boost Up. Many of the classes at Pineview participate in Boost-Up during their school day. Boost-Up uses a combination of physical and classroom activities, the curriculum stimulates high levels of pre-academic and early academic development among all children, from those at risk for failing due to receiving too little early stimulation to those fully prepared for academic learning.

Iowa Falls Parent Teacher Organization:
Iowa Falls has an active Parent Teacher Organization that supports our elementary programs. The Parent-Teacher Organization sponsors special events in the building such as Open House and the annual PTO Carnival. Last year with carnival fundraising dollars new books were purchased for our guided reading bookroom at Pineview. Room parents are also contacted through the PTO. Several people work in the building as volunteers. Any person who would be willing to volunteer, please contact our school. We would love you to be part of our team!

Reading is Fundamental:
Through the hard work of many key people at Pineview and contributions from community members and the Iowa Falls School District, the Reading is Fundamental program has become an institution in our elementary school. Through the proceeds made from the Book Fair at our Open House, local contributions, and contributions from the Iowa Falls School District; every student is given a book at least two times each year. The students look forward to the wide assortment of book choices and take pride in calling a new book their own.

Technology:
Technology is an important part of every classroom at Pineview Elementary. We have a lab of 25 iMac computers and each classroom has several computers with Internet access. Each grade level at Pineview has two laptops carts of 30 computers each for student use. We utilize all high-speed Internet connections and the students use technology throughout each day of the school year. We have also added Smart Boards to all of our classrooms. SMART boards are interactive white boards that make learning lots of fun for everyone. Each classroom is also equipped with a RedCat Amplification device. Each teacher wears a microphone and his or her voice is amplified through infrared technology throughout the entire classroom. Each classroom has iPad's available for the students to use as another learning tool.

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Secretary: Melanie Rice