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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!” ...

Friday Night Drinking: New policies being considered but not imminent

Friday Night Drinking:  New policies being considered but not imminent

Jaimie Smith and Jake Aferiat
November 20, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

Recent drinking related incidents at Friday night football games have reignited discussion over what policy changes should be implemented at Pascack Valley. Currently policies include a four-day suspension, drug testing, meeting with a drug/alcohol counselor, and a two-week suspension of after-school...

PV “lights the candle” with new club

PV “lights the candle” with new club

Jamie Ryu, Staff Writer
November 18, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

When Zak Terzini first thought of bringing Light the Candle to PV, he figured a few kids might be interested. He sent out an email with hopes that there would be a few people who’d respond offering to make a card for one of the ten kids that he’d been given a name for. Much to his surprise, his...

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....

Cover to Cover sets next meeting

Cover to Cover sets next meeting

November 14, 2014
Filed under Arts, PV Life

Cover to Cover, the PV Student Book Club, has set its next meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 25 during lunch in Room 209. The book discussion will center around "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. Bring a lunch, and dessert will be provided. For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]

Computer club runs coding workshop

Computer club runs coding workshop

Lauren Cohen, Staff Writer
November 11, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

For the second year in a row, the Pascack Valley Computer Club will be hosting a programming workshop as part of a worldwide event called Hour of Code. This program teaches students basic coding through tutorials that generally work on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. The Hour of Code event will...

Halloween Slide Show

Halloween Slide Show

November 5, 2014
Filed under PV Life

Enjoy some glimpses of our Halloween fun from last Thursday and Friday.

PV students prepare for trip to Germany

PV students prepare for trip to Germany

Carly Comito, Staff Writer
October 22, 2014
Filed under News, PV Life

History teacher Ms. Leah Jerome has arranged a unique opportunity for PV students. She, along with business and financial literacy teacher Mr. Matthew Schulien, is taking 15 senior students, some enrolled in her AP World History class and some not, across the world to experience a life-changing...

Creative Writing Opportunity

Creative Writing Opportunity

C. Leppert, Arts Editor
October 15, 2014
Filed under Arts, PV Life

The Smoke Signal is excited to announce the launch of its creative writing initiative. About once per month, we’ll be accepting open submissions for new student art, both visual and literary, to be published on the website. We’ll be working to create a showcase of student talent throughout the year. For...

“The Valley Gal” blog officially up and running

“The Valley Gal” blog officially up and running

Vanessa Rutigliano, Managing Editor
October 7, 2014
Filed under Blogs, PV Life

The Smoke Signal is proud to announce that juniors Rachel Barcelona and Serena Steinfeld have recently created PV's first ever fashion blog, “The Valley Gal.” To visit the blog, click here or find it linked at the top menu on The Smoke Signal home page next to the “slideshows” category. ...

Valley Cup slide show

Valley Cup slide show

Rebecca Silverman, Staff Photographer
September 30, 2014
Filed under PV Life, Uncategorized

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...

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