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Pushing back against censorship

Pushing back against censorship

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Editor
October 19, 2016
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In 2014, Northern Highlands student Adelina Colaku tried to publish an article in her school newspaper, The Highland Fling, but was prevented by the school’s administration. The principal, Joseph Occhino, censored the article, a piece discussing sensitive issues within the school’s staff. Colaku, who w...

Pascack Valley to host third annual Homecoming BBQ

Pascack Valley to host third annual Homecoming BBQ

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer
October 13, 2016
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Pascack Valley’s third annual homecoming barbeque, organized by the homecoming committee, will take place on Sat. October 29. It will happen before, during, and after the football game against Cliffside Park, lasting from 11:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the barbeque is $10 for adults and students ...

Devoted teacher recognized for helping students find their passions

Devoted teacher recognized for helping students find their passions

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Editor
October 10, 2016
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Pascack Valley choir teacher Mrs. Argine Safari has had a passion for music her whole life. However, she can pinpoint the exact moment when her passion for teaching became even stronger than that love for music. Safari remembers one of her students who was especially passionate about music. Since t...

PV music teacher is New Jersey’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year

PV music teacher is New Jersey’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year

Kyle Comito, Editor in Chief
October 5, 2016
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Argine Safari has done it again. After being named the Bergen County Educator of the Year last May, PV's Choir and Bro Squad director has been selected as the New Jersey Teacher of the Year on Wednesday morning by the New Jersey Department of Education in Trenton. She was chosen from a list of 21 te...

PV prepares for first Pascack Period session of year

PV prepares for first Pascack Period session of year

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Editor
September 20, 2016
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Pascack Valley will experience its first Pascack Period session of the year today. Students will have the opportunity to attend the classes they signed up for at the Pascack Period Fair last Wednesday, Sept. 14.

New member appointed to Board of Education

New member appointed to Board of Education

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
September 19, 2016
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Last night, Mr. Kenneth Ralph was appointed to the Board of Education in the Pascack Hills Auditorium as its newest member. His appointment follows the resignation of Mr. Alfred Murphy, a long time Board member. Murphy served, among many other positions since then, as the mayor of Hillsdale from ...

PV moves to semester grading for new year

PV moves to semester grading for new year

Julia Fiskin, Staff Writer
September 14, 2016
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In the past, Pascack Valley has organized student grades into four distinct marking periods. Last year, the school made the change to one year-long grading period. This year, yet again, the number of marking periods is changing, this time to two. This change comes after the one continuous marking period PV uti...

New PV Wellness Center aims to provide comfort, counseling to students

New PV Wellness Center aims to provide comfort, counseling to students

Casey Lewis, Staff Writer
September 8, 2016
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A coffee machine sits on a countertop in the back. In the middle, two couches and multiple armchairs are situated around a coffee table. And in the corner, individual pods with counter space are available for studying, Comfortability is the goal at Pascack Valley’s new Wellness Center, which...

PV puts new parking lot, traffic pattern into effect

PV puts new parking lot, traffic pattern into effect

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
September 5, 2016
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When Pascack Valley students and parents arrived for the first day of school last Thursday, they were greeted with the long-anticipated redesigned parking lot and its corresponding new traffic pattern. A total of 26 new spaces were added in place of the old tennis courts, according to PV Assistant Princ...

Editor in Chief bids a fond farewell

Editor in Chief bids a fond farewell

Vanessa Rutigliano, Editor in Chief
June 27, 2016
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Looking back, it’s hard to imagine what my last two years of high school would have looked like without The Smoke Signal. Probably a lot less busy (and a lot less stressful), but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. From covering events to leading meetings to tracking down writers to publishing stories, ...

“Her name is Juli”

“Her name is Juli”

Robyn Roznitsky, Staff Editor
June 15, 2016
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It is not often that a group of tourists show up bearing a photo of the past. One Peruvian woman has lived her entire life isolated from the rest of the world and the superficialities of life on the island of Taquile, Perú. Imagine her surprise when a group of American teenagers came to her pl...

New SAT set to take place

New SAT set to take place

Maddie Brookstone, Staff Writer
June 13, 2016
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Brains were most certainly working hard at Pascack Valley High School on March 5. The Scholastic Assessment Test or Scholastic Aptitude Test, which you may know as the SAT, was being administered to high school students. The SAT is known as a test of academic skills used for admission into U.S. colleges....

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