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Congressional candidate makes Valley visit

Congressional candidate makes Valley visit

Jaimie Smith, Staff Writer
November 2, 2014
Filed under News

Last Wednesday afternoon, 33-year-old Congress candidate Roy Cho came to talk to Pascack Valley students and faculty during Pascack Period. Cho, a Democrat, will oppose longtime incumbent E. Scott Garrett in Tuesday's election. Originally from Freehold Township, Cho painted himself as a true Jersey...

Freshman class elects officers

Freshman class elects officers

Lauren Cohen, Staff Writer
October 29, 2014
Filed under News

Out of the 21 people who ran for a position on the Freshman Class Council, nine were elected by their classmates on Oct. 1 to lead them through their first year of high school. The winners have had some time to adjust to their new roles as leaders of the freshman class. Newly elected president Sam...

PV students prepare for trip to Germany

PV students prepare for trip to Germany

Carly Comito, Staff Writer
October 22, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

History teacher Ms. Leah Jerome has arranged a unique opportunity for PV students. She, along with business and financial literacy teacher Mr. Matthew Schulien, is taking 15 senior students, some enrolled in her AP World History class and some not, across the world to experience a life-changing...

Homecoming festivities set for Friday

Homecoming festivities set for Friday

John McCarthy, Staff Writer
October 21, 2014
Filed under News

Pascack Valley High School will be holding its first ever Homecoming on Friday. This event will take place at the soccer/baseball fields next to the football field from 4:30 to 6 pm. In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved into the school cafeteria. The evening will start off with a...

Ebola: How much of a threat is it?

Mclean Ambrogio, Staff Writer
October 15, 2014
Filed under Humor, News

Ebola. It’s not the new electronic bola. It can’t send pictures that self-destruct or limit your thoughts to 140 characters; however, it is sweeping the nation. If you haven’t already heard, Ebola is a deadly and contagious disease that is currently enjoying resurgence in western Africa. Ebola...

Valley Cup off to typically hot, semi-miked start

Valley Cup off to typically hot, semi-miked start

Brandon Alvarado, Staff Writer
September 29, 2014
Filed under Humor, News, PV Life

Last Wednesday, the students of Pascack Valley gathered into the gym for the first time of the new school year. For returning students, we were reminded of the heat that the gym carries due to the excited student body getting ready to compete with their peers. For the freshmen, they were able to experience...

Spirit Week kicks off with sports jersey day

Spirit Week kicks off with sports jersey day

September 24, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life, Uncategorized

PV's Valley Cup Week has included dress-up days featuring sports jerseys, tie-dyes, and green. Today will be the first Valley Cup assembly. Among the activities will be a faculty vs. student half-court basketball game. Keep visiting The Smoke Signal for points results and highlights followin...

Quiet time during Pascack Period

Quiet time during Pascack Period

Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer
September 22, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

The Pascack Period at Valley has been talked about left and right, but starting last Wednesday, Sept. 17, it became a reality. There were various courses offered from “The Art of Food” to the “History of Photography as an Art Form” to SAT and college application classes. However, not everyone...

Pascack Period launches

Pascack Period launches

Sydney Feinberg
September 22, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

After much speculation, the time has finally come! From “Sisterhood and Society” to “BBQ & Smoking Foods” the Pascack Period is giving students a wide variety of classes to take. The classes are being called “Learn to Learn” classes, and Wednesday was officially the first day that they...

Light turnout for optional summer reading discussions

Light turnout for optional summer reading discussions

Vanessa Rutigliano, Managing Editor
September 18, 2014
Filed under News

Summer reading assignments had always been mandatory during summer breaks in the past years at Pascack Valley. However, in the spirit of the new Pascack Schedule, this year’s summer reading assignment has been very different from years in the past. Instead of summer reading being mandatory for all...

PV’s first ever virtual day: A look back and a look forward

PV’s first ever virtual day: A look back and a look forward

Carly Comito, Staff Writer
September 16, 2014
Filed under News, Uncategorized

On Feb. 13, 2014, Pascack Valley became the first school in the district to try something new, a Virtual School Day. After receiving permission from the state to allow students and teachers to work from home rather than in school on that snow day, PV attempted this experiment of implementing a digital...

Early returns are positive for rotating schedule

Early returns are positive for rotating schedule

Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer
September 11, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

Pascack Valley’s rotating schedule has created quite the buzz around school this week and last, to say the least. From the new “Pascack Period” to classes going out of order to 88-minute periods, it's a stark difference from the way school used to operate in the past. The first day of school...

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