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PV students walk for a cause

PV students walk for a cause

Kayla Barry, Staff Editor
June 9, 2016
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The Pascack Valley Eating Disorder Awareness and Education pascack period will be holding an Eating Disorder Awareness Walk this Sunday June 12. It will be on PV's turf field and will be from 10 am to 1 pm. There is a $2 admission fee per a person, but children under two years old walk for free. Food,water,...

Smoke Signal Film Festival set for Tuesday

Smoke Signal Film Festival set for Tuesday

Matt Belva, Staff Writer
June 5, 2016
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The Smoke Signal will be hosting its first ever film festival Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the PV auditorium.  Rebecca Silverman’s “Again,” Andrew Favorito’s “The Lunes Project,” Zach Kaplan’s “Duality,” and selections from The Smoke Signal and Shannon Culloo will be played. The headliner fo...

PV senior to host concert

PV senior to host concert

Chandni Shah, Staff Editor
June 1, 2016
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This Friday at 7 p.m. in the Pascack Valley auditorium, PV senior Jared Kullberg will be hosting his own concert. The concert will be full of music with Kullberg on drums, and is free of cost. Josh Lantigua, PV senior, also will be selling t-shirts with his business called "Simplexity."  "Since freshm...

Executive Council finalized for next school year

Executive Council finalized for next school year

Curstine Guevarra, Photo Editor
May 24, 2016
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The positions for Executive Council 2016-17 school year are: President – Emilio Quevedo Vice President – Jacob Ricco Secretary – Drew Aral Treasurer – Matt Novakowski Public Relations – Andrew Merli Senior Liaison – Chloe Witt BOE/Junior Liaison – Kelly Petro BOE/Sophomore...

PV principal receives award

Sarah Schmoyer
May 22, 2016
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Pascack Valley Principal Mr. Tom DeMaio was recently awarded the Bergen Country Administrator of Excellence Award. DeMaio was given this recognition by the Bergen County Principal’s and Supervisor's Association to commemorate his accomplishments and actions as principal. Every year the organization...

Hillsdale woman advocates for new amendments to Joan’s Law

Hillsdale woman advocates for new amendments to Joan’s Law

Evan Jones, Staff Writer
May 20, 2016
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Joan's Law, signed in New Jersey in 1997, is meant to protect minors from murders involving sexual violence. The main advocate for the law was Hillsdale resident Rosemarie D'Alessandro. D'Alessandro's daughter, Joan, was the victim of such a crime in 1973. On Holy Thursday, Joan, a girl scout, w...

PARCC Testing Portfolio

PARCC Testing Portfolio

Kyle Comito, Staff Editor
May 18, 2016
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This past week, Pascack Valley administered the standardized PARCC test for the second year in a row. Here is a "portfolio" of all of the Smoke Signal's coverage of the test, from the opinions of the students to expectations of the administrators. Click each picture for the article.

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PARCC Day 4: administrators overall pleased with PARCC testing

PARCC Day 4: administrators overall pleased with PARCC testing

Jamie Ryu, Staff Writer
May 18, 2016
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After four days of testing, the PARCC exam has concluded at Pascack Valley. “We’re happy with how it went,” said John Puccio, the Assistant Principal at Pascack Valley. “There were some new parts this year so we didn’t know what we were going to expect. But we’re pleased with what happened.”

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NJDOE claims PARCC benefits outweigh drawbacks

NJDOE claims PARCC benefits outweigh drawbacks

Lauren Martinez, Staff Writer
May 17, 2016
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There are the SATs and the ACTs. There are AP exams and placement tests. All are standardized, and all are commonplace to many high school students. They can feel long and drawn out, and many think it is painful to sit in a room for so long. But they have their upsides, including, quite obviously, getting into college.

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Administration is optimistic for second year of PARCC testing

Administration is optimistic for second year of PARCC testing

Kayla Barry, Staff Editor
May 11, 2016
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About 80 percent of Pascack Valley’s student body last year chose not participate in the new standardized test, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which is affiliated with seven different states. This year, though, only 12 percent are not taking the test, according to PV Principal Tom DeMaio.

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“Love Isn’t” newsroom project presents Pascack Period event

“Love Isn’t” newsroom project presents Pascack Period event

Sara Cadiz, Staff Writer
May 10, 2016
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Recently, Mr. Matthew Morone, an Honors English 2 teacher here at Pascack Valley, assigned “newsroom” projects to students from his period one, four, five, and seven classes. The mission for each class was to select an issue that is significant in today’s society. This is the third year that Morone...

PV English teacher wins prestigious award

PV English teacher wins prestigious award

Vanessa Rutigliano, Editor in Chief
May 10, 2016
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PV English teacher Mr. Matt Morone has been named the Princeton Distinguished Educator of the Year, which will be received at Princeton University’s Graduation Ceremony on May 31. The process of nominations and applications for this award began in November. “I was nominated by a teacher,"...

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