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A smile is the best accessory

A smile is the best accessory

Jaime Minervini, Staff Writer
May 3, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Fashion channels my inner personality. It is something that is there for me no matter what. I want to share with everyone how you can develop your own personal style. First, you need to know that fashion isn’t about showing off or wearing the most expensive designer labels. It’s about confidence....

Is Pascack Valley too test-oriented?

Is Pascack Valley too test-oriented?

Brianna Ruback, Features Editor
April 27, 2015
Filed under Opinion

As high school students, we are constantly being evaluated. From the projects, presentations and tests to the bigger assessments, like the PARCC, SAT and ACT, it seems like school never misses a chance to grade and critique our academic performance. While it is important to assess students on their...

Self defense: Why only for girls?

Self defense: Why only for girls?

Alex Pearson, Staff Opinion Columnist
April 20, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Last week, the school informed us of the increasingly talked about self defense classes for senior girls. And really, it’s about time. However, I, and a large number of students, have a couple of problems with this. Self-defense for the girls is one of the better ideas this school has had, and now,...

Sending smoke signals to our former editor in chief

Sending smoke signals to our former editor in chief

Justin Cook, Editor in Chief
April 14, 2015
Filed under Opinion, PV Life

It’s hard to imagine a young David Remnick, current editor of The New Yorker, walking through the same halls of Pascack Valley that we walk through everyday. It’s hard to imagine a young Remnick attending the PV football games or going to the school pep rallies; however, it’s especially difficul...

Behind the scenes of the PARCC refusal: Inside the auditorium

Behind the scenes of the PARCC refusal: Inside the auditorium

Brianna Ruback, Features Editor
March 15, 2015
Filed under Opinion

“If you don’t take the PARCC, you will have to sit in a classroom for four hours and be quiet.” “You will have to read a book alongside your classmates taking the test.” “You will have to read quietly the auditorium.” Those were just a few of the lines I heard repeatedly just days...

Why I refuse to take the test

Why I refuse to take the test

Alex Pearson, Staff Writer
March 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

When I was first prompted to write this article, I refused immediately. Not because I loathe the subject or the idea of writing it, but because I believed it needed to be objective. I found myself unable to acquiesce, as I am a very opinionated person. However, upon being corrected and told that I was...

Pet peeves with social media

Pet peeves with social media

Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer
December 15, 2014
Filed under Opinion, PV Life

“OMG you are perfect.” “Ugh. Get ugly.” “Share some of your beauty with the rest of us. You’re honestly perfection.” “Thanks, but I am really not pretty.” These are just some of the typical comments I see as I scroll down my Instagram news feed. In a world where technology...

Freshman seminar is not working

Freshman seminar is not working

Lauren Cohen, Staff Writer
November 23, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Twenty-five bored students sit in rows in a classroom while two teachers drone on and on about whatever from the front of the room. At least two-thirds of the students have their laptops open scrolling through Twitter, not listening to a word their teachers are saying. There’s something wrong with...

PV students should have plenty of pride to spread around

PV students should have plenty of pride to spread around

Summer McSpirit, Guest columnist
November 20, 2014
Filed under Opinion, PV Life

(Editor's Note: After she sent a controversial "reply all" to a PV football-related email in mid-October, The Smoke Signal invited Summer McSpirit to write an Op Ed to clarify her stance. Flanagan's piece comes on the heels of Brianna Ruback's much discussed column from Monday, "Are high school sports overemphasized?") “You’re actually my hero, Summer!” ...

Are High School Sports Overemphasized?

Are High School Sports Overemphasized?

Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer
November 16, 2014
Filed under Opinion, PV Life

(Brianna Ruback's opinions are not necessarily those of the The Smoke Signal or its staff. The Smoke Signal welcomes dissenting opinions via Op Eds or letters to the editor.) Sports. The competition. The thrill. The great anticipation. Here at Pascack Valley, sports arguably get the most amount of hype....

Opinion: Don’t fret about the SATs

Opinion: Don’t fret about the SATs

Nina Henry, Staff Writer
September 29, 2014
Filed under Opinion, PV Life

“Stupid!” “Wrong.” “Idiot mistake.” “First grade math.” “Really stupid!” “Idiot!” “Did you forget how to multiply- again?!” These comments weren’t made by some disparaging teacher. These were things that I found myself writing in my SAT math practice book last year. How...

Opinion: PV’s New Common Lunch

Opinion: PV’s New Common Lunch

Kayla Shafran, Staff Writer
September 7, 2014
Filed under Opinion, PV Life

The new school year brought many changes to Pascack Valley, and with the new rotating block schedule comes a common lunch. To handle all students buying lunch at the same time, there are now three areas to buy lunch in the school: the cafeteria, the new gym concession stand, and at kiosks outside...

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