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The Hillsdale Free Public Library wants your feedback

The Hillsdale Free Public Library wants your feedback

Kyle Comito, Editor in Chief
January 10, 2017
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The Hillsdale Free Public Library Board of Trustees encourages all Hillsdale residents— especially students— to complete the following survey regarding the library and its services. The results from the survey will be considered to help generate a new strategic plan for the future of the li...

New office will be created for Superintendent

New office will be created for Superintendent

Meghan Costello, Staff Writer
January 5, 2017
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Pascack Valley Regional High School District Superintendent Erik Gunderson’s current office is located behind the Pascack Hills football field. His office is going to be torn down and relocated to a facility in Montvale. This construction is to allow for a field complex equal to the one at Pascack Val...

Spirit of late student lives on through foundation

Spirit of late student lives on through foundation

Rachel Powell, Staff Writer
January 4, 2017
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Zack Latteri always promised that when he got better, he would come back and bring sheets to the kids at the hospital. He wanted to make sure they would not have to deal with the rough, ripped sheets he too often encountered. Today, although Zack is no longer with us, the Zack Latteri Foundation i...

PV Theatre Arts class visits senior citizens’ home

PV Theatre Arts class visits senior citizens’ home

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
December 23, 2016
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The Pascack Valley High School Theatre Arts class visited the Atrium for Senior Living in Park Ridge on Monday Nov. 21. The Theatre Arts teacher, Peg Narin, reached out to the Atrium for Senior Living through Mrs. Laura Grier, who runs the internships program at PV. “They were thrilled with ...

DEAR is a work in progress

DEAR is a work in progress

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
December 21, 2016
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Pascack Valley had its second DEAR time last Wednesday and, according to PV Principal Tom DeMaio, there are still improvements to be made. “[DEAR time] is not where I want it yet,” DeMaio said of the Drop Everything And Read program. “Some kids were a little bit more okay with it because i...

Replacement for PV music teacher appointed

Replacement for PV music teacher appointed

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
December 20, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Ms. Mary-Lynn Rhodes was approved to replace Ms. Argine Safari, who will be leaving Pascack Valley on a six month sabbatical, during the Board of Education meeting in the Pascack Hills auditorium last night. Safari, the choir teacher at Pascack Valley, was named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Yea...

Human Rights League to host movie night

Human Rights League to host movie night

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
December 13, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The Human Rights League will be hosting a showing of “13th” Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall. “13th” is a documentary about racial inequality in the criminal justice system in America. It was released on Netflix on Oct. 7, 2016. The film recently won the Critics' Choice Documen...

DEAR students: mandatory reading period still exists

DEAR students: mandatory reading period still exists

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under News, Pascack Period Overview, Showcase

Although the past two scheduled DEAR sessions were cancelled, the mandatory Pascack Period reading session is not gone for good. According to PV Principal Tom DeMaio, the administration decided to cancel DEAR (Drop Everything And READ) time in both October and November in order to “make adjustment...

Administration aims to maintain normalcy in wake of recent tragedy

Administration aims to maintain normalcy in wake of recent tragedy

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
December 5, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Members of the Pascack Valley administration have been in contact with and receiving advice from various organizations since last Sunday, when a student at Pascack Valley decided to take his life. Jack Farrell, a senior at Pascack Valley High School, committed suicide last Sunday. According to his mo...

PV security officers now armed with guns

PV security officers now armed with guns

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer
November 22, 2016
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Just four short years ago, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy happened in nearby Connecticut. Active shooters in schools have increasingly become an issue throughout the country, with a greater number of incidents occurring each year. In response to this, many schools have been instituting new poli...

Dinner and a show

Dinner and a show

Kayla Barry and Madison Gallo
November 17, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

Last saturday, The Smoke Signal's editors, sophomores Kayla Barry and Madison Gallo, were in Indianapolis, Indiana for the JEA/NSPA Fall Conference of high school journalism. Around 6 p.m., on their way to dinner, they came across a Donald Trump protest in front of the Indiana Statehouse where M...

What do PV students think about the 2016 Presidential Election?

What do PV students think about the 2016 Presidential Election?

Matt Novakowski, Staff Writer
November 8, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

After nearly two years of talk about walls, emails, locker rooms, and the definition of the word “deplorable”, election day is here. The day where Americans cast their vote for the next President of the United States of America, the next Commander-in-Chief, and the next Leader of the Free World. ...

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