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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,"...

Teen Anxiety Fair educates parents

Teen Anxiety Fair educates parents

Matt Belva, Kayla Barry, and Vanessa Rutigliano
May 8, 2016
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Last Wednesday, there was a Mental Health Resource Fair at Pascack Hills that featured various booths that offered services to those suffering from anxiety disorders. This included social anxiety disorder, phobias, separation anxiety, and panic disorder. The event was sponsored by Kinderkamack Co...

Shhhhh!

Shhhhh!

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Writer
May 8, 2016
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If you were asked to go an entire school day without speaking to your friends or even teachers, could you do it? On Friday, April 15, the day of Silence, students across the nation pledged to do just that. This is an event sponsored by GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. This...

PV Choir Director named Bergen County Governor’s Educator of the Year

PV Choir Director named Bergen County Governor’s Educator of the Year

Curstine Guevarra and Robyn Roznitsky
May 2, 2016
Filed under Arts, News

Mrs. Argine Safari, the Choir, Bro Squad, and Music Theory teacher here at Pascack Valley, received the title of Bergen County Governor's Educator of the Year during the first half of lunch on May 2. "I'm just beyond excited for her. She totally deserves [this recognition]; she's done so much...

Executive Council Elections to take place this week

Executive Council Elections to take place this week

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Writer
May 1, 2016
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On Tuesday, May 3, students will have the opportunity to vote for next year’s Executive Council. The Council includes a President, Vice-President, Public Relations Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary. According to Mr. Shawn Buchanan, who oversees the Executive Council, the Council represents the enti...

Transgender Policy Portfolio

Transgender Policy Portfolio

Kyle Comito, Staff Editor
April 20, 2016
Filed under News

Pascack Valley passed a new transgender policy on April 11. The policy sparked debate and discussion among the PV community. Here is a collection of all of the stories run by The Smoke Signal about this topic. Click on each picture to view the story.

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“Fear the Indian” t-shirt controversy

“Fear the Indian” t-shirt controversy

Madison Gallo, Staff Editor
April 19, 2016
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Controversy and confusion arose after an email was sent out by a group of PV seniors selling t-shirts to fundraise and pay back Ramapo High School for their damaged bleachers. The design on the shirts featured PV's well-known Indian head logo. However, several students and teachers in the PV community thought that this logo was being “phased out” — why, then, was it being displayed on a t-shirt? And were these shirts ever approved by PV's administration?

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