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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
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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...

PAWs up for Tevaland

PAWs up for Tevaland

Allison Sumereau, Staff Writer
March 5, 2017
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Tevaland, a local animal rescue farm, made their second visit to Pascack Valley this year on Tuesday for Pascack Animal Welfare's "Mardi Paws" event. The farm originally brought animals to PV's Wellness Center on Jan. 25. Senior Interns Jennifer Chayt, Shannon Slattery, and Hina Oyru also arranged for a bake sale to raise money to support the farm, which ta...

PV Cheerleaders take home the gold

PV Cheerleaders take home the gold

Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer
March 3, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The cheerleaders sat in a circle in the gymnasium as the speaker announced,  “In first place, Pascack Valley High School.” They cheered as they received the first place trophy, which is now proudly displayed in the cheer gym. On February 12th, the PV Varsity Competitive Cheerleaders competed in the...

Pascack Period plays host to several speakers and events

Pascack Period plays host to several speakers and events

Rebecca Silverman, CJ Guevarra, and Rachel Powell
March 2, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Wednesday, Pascack Valley held several independent events during the Pascack Period, including a video call with a famous alumnus, an Islamic speaker, and a presentation on teen sleep habits.   Dan Fogelman Video Call: In the lecture hall, students had the opportunity to video c...

Blurred lines

Blurred lines

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

River Vale painted a blue line down the center of Westwood Avenue on September 29, joining several other towns in New Jersey who’d done the same. Hillsdale followed suit a month later, on October 26, painting blue and red lines down Hillsdale Avenue and a green line down the center of  Washington...

Virtual days are a thing of the past

Virtual days are a thing of the past

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
February 7, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s virtual days are virtually dead. As a result of the “mixed” feedback they received from parents and students after last year’s virtual days, the administration has decided to end virtual days for the time being. According to Director of Curr...

Board of Education passes long-awaited recording policy

Board of Education passes long-awaited recording policy

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
February 7, 2017
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The Board of Education unanimously passed a policy that will allow recording of board meetings yesterday in the Pascack Hills auditorium. The policy will go into effect beginning the next Board of Education meeting on Feb. 27. Yesterday’s meeting was unofficially recorded in order to test the equipmen...

Dance Team holds “send off” performance before departure for Florida

Dance Team holds “send off” performance before departure for Florida

Victoria Donofrio and David Harnett
February 2, 2017
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On Monday, Jan. 30, the Pascack Valley Regional Dance Team held a "send off" performance for students in the new gymnasium before its departure for national competition. The team is leaving for Orlando, Florida on Wednesday to compete in Dance Team Union (DTU) Nationals. The event included performances...

Fresh face brings fresh ideas to the Board of Education

Fresh face brings fresh ideas to the Board of Education

Jamie Ryu and Ally Sumereau
February 1, 2017
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Most nights, James Stankus sits around the the dinner table with his kids and wife. They talk about their days, exchanging stories. Often times, Stankus hears bits and pieces of comments about the school from his children. It was this that first prompted him to run for the Pascack Valley Regiona...

Non-profit animal farm visits PV

Non-profit animal farm visits PV

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
January 26, 2017
Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

Tevaland Farm visited Pascack Valley yesterday, giving students an opportunity to meet and interact with different animals. The non-profit animal rescue brought chicks, rabbits, a duck, and rats to the Wellness Center from the beginning of lunch to the end of Pascack Period A. Taly Ron, owner of T...

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