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Administration addresses “hit list” rumor in letter

Administration addresses “hit list” rumor in letter

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
May 9, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Updated 9:35 a.m. Thursday: New information regarding second email and DeMaio’s reachability. At 2:44 p.m. Tuesday, a letter written by Pascack Valley Principal Tom DeMaio was sent to the staff and student body at PV. The letter detailed a rumor that had been going around the school about a...

PV falls victim to Google “phishing” scheme

PV falls victim to Google “phishing” scheme

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
May 5, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The PVRHS district, alongside much of the nation, was victim to an international email phishing scheme conducted against Google users Wednesday afternoon. “We were on the phone [with Google] within two minutes, explaining to them what we saw, sending them information, and working with them to s...

PV Hosts Second-Ever Wellness Fair

PV Hosts Second-Ever Wellness Fair

Avery Paulen, Staff Photographer
April 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

For the second year in a row, the PV Wellness Committee hosted a fair for students in Pascack Valley's new gymnasium. The event was held on Wednesday during lunch and Pascack Period. Several booths and activities were set up throughout the gymnasium for students to learn about positivity and wellness. They ...

ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

Jake Topolosky, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

This is the first edition of The Smoke Signal's new podcast, ValleyChat. In three different segments, host Jake Topolosky, a PV sophomore, talks about different aspects of the college application process, a situation relevant to many PV students. He investigates college application essays, college...

PVRHSD students and staff to keep laptops over the summer

PVRHSD students and staff to keep laptops over the summer

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
April 16, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

PV students can rejoice: they can finally check their emails while sitting by the pool. Mr. Paul Zeller, Director of Instructional Technology in the PV district, announced over a mass email to students and faculty on March 28, that they would be allowed to keep their laptops over the summer. “It’s...

March Valley Cup Highlights 2017

March Valley Cup Highlights 2017

Kayla Creagh, Alysa Mehl, and Charlotte Atkinson
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Last Wednesday, Pascack Valley hosted its third Valley Cup of the year. This time, students from all classes competed in a "Battle of the Bands", a game of "Hungry Hungry Hippos," a search around the school for Mr. Jim Kennedy, and a hockey shootout. Included are Smoke Signal pictures and videos f...

A Celebration of Music

A Celebration of Music

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer
March 28, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Mrs. Argine Safari will be honored at Pascack Valley’s “Celebration of Music Education” event this Thursday at 7 p.m. The celebration will be held at PV and will be free and open to the public. “It's an event that will emphasize the importance of music education within our district,” sa...

PV alum to step down as Pascack Hills boys basketball coach

PV alum to step down as Pascack Hills boys basketball coach

Jake Aferiat, Sports Editor
March 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

After seven seasons at the helm, Pascack Hills boys basketball coach Kevin Kirkby is stepping down. Kirkby’s resignation is on the agenda for Monday night’s Board of Education meeting at the Pascack Hills auditorium. Kirkby, a 1998 Pascack Valley graduate and former Division 1 baseball player at St....

Juniors take traditonal post-prom class trip

Juniors take traditonal post-prom class trip

Kyle Comito, Editor in Chief
March 26, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

After the Junior Ball last Thursday, the Pascack Valley Class of 2018 took their traditional Junior trip to New York City. On Friday, students in the class had a choice of either bowling or ice skating at Chelsea Piers, followed by lunch and games at Dave & Buster's. This video segment is made from...

PV Genders and Sexuality Coalition replaces Gay Straight Alliance

PV Genders and Sexuality Coalition replaces Gay Straight Alliance

Kyle Comito, Editor in Chief
March 22, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Inclusion is the name of the game for the Pascack Valley’s new Genders and Sexuality Coalition, or PVGSC for short. The new club, which held its first meeting before school on Thursday, Mar. 9, is a rebranding of the former Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), which started about ten years ago with the go...

PV softball team hosts 5k run

PV softball team hosts 5k run

Lauren Cohen, Managing Editor
March 16, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The Pascack Valley softball team hosted its first-ever annual Softball Shamrock 5k Walk/Run on Sunday. The race was held to raise money for a team dugout. The race started at Stonybrook at 9 a.m. and ended at Meadowbrook Elementary School around 10 a.m with 129 race finishers. Bagels, apples, ...

PV takes shelter from man on the run

PV takes shelter from man on the run

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
March 13, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

PV was instructed to “shelter in place” by the Hillsdale Police Department on Thursday morning when Richard L. Coquel, a man eluding custody, was suspected to be in the woods near the school. “This is the first time that the Police Department has contacted the school with a situation like th...

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