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PV students and staff travel the world for spring break

PV students and staff travel the world for spring break

Lauren Cohen, Managing Editor
April 6, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Three PV trips are taking place this spring break. Students have the opportunity to travel to China, Western Europe, or Italy with various groups and teachers, continuing on the PV tradition of school-related spring break trips. The interactive map below shows where PV students are going and what...

A special award for a special señor

A special award for a special señor

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer
April 4, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

As a child, Mr. Andrew Lewis always dreamed of playing baseball for the New York Yankees. If only he could have hit a curveball, maybe he would have been the next Derek Jeter or Didi Gregorius. Instead, Lewis decided to focus his attention on education, and eventually became a Spanish teacher at Pas...

“I was a dramatic child”

“I was a dramatic child”

Amelia Moran, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Merielle Lupfer looks out at the audience while sitting on the stage during the rehearsal process for the fall drama “Metamorphoses.” She remembers being in the same spot almost 20 years ago, listening to her director call cast members “twits.” She grins as she reminisces about her old direct...

Junior Ball Slideshow 2017

Junior Ball Slideshow 2017

Kyle Comito and Charlotte Atkinson
March 26, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

The Pascack Valley Junior Ball took place last Thursday, Mar. 23 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale. The event included a cocktail hour, dinner, and music from a DJ. Below is a slideshow that The Smoke Signal put together of photos throughout the night.

Save your grades from tanking

Save your grades from tanking

Ally Botwinick, Staff Writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Peyton Moro loves helping people. As a senior National Honor Society student tutor at Pascack Valley, Moro has found tutoring through the Think Tank program to be rewarding, not only for herself but for her NHS tutor peers and the students coming in for help as well. PV’s Student Family Resource...

The path to math

The path to math

Sofia Hassan, Staff Writer
March 6, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

(Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a multi-part series examining interesting stories about PV teachers from outside of the classroom. Whether it is an unusual hobby, a prior job, or a specific interest, PV teachers have much to tell. Apparently, teachers have lives outside Pascack Valley. Who Kn...

He be jammin’

He be jammin’

Antonio Fyfe, Staff Writer
February 28, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

The humming of the strings echoed throughout the gym. The movement of his fingers were lightning. Jaclyn Spellman’s voice rang throughout the gym as the music escaped from Jeremy Gunther’s guitar. Gunther is a senior at Pascack Valley and his life revolves around rock music. He has played guit...

An open letter to future college applicants

An open letter to future college applicants

Eva Rosini, Staff Writer
February 22, 2017
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Dear Underclassmen, I’m not going to sugarcoat it: the college application process is stressful.  I’m sure my fellow seniors will agree that after clicking that last “Submit” button on the Common Application, they felt the weight of the world come off their shoulders.  But, although we s...

A soccer player’s history

A soccer player’s history

Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

(Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a multi-part series examining interesting stories about PV teachers from outside of the classroom. Whether it is an unusual hobby, a prior job, or a specific interest, PV teachers have much to tell. Apparently, teachers have lives outside Pascack Valley. Who Kn...

Interim choir teacher to fill big shoes

Interim choir teacher to fill big shoes

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Editor
January 30, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

On the first day of teaching in a school in Ghana, Mrs. Mary-Lynn Rhodes was greeted by the choir students singing the traditional "Hallelujah" Chorus. Years later, Rhodes is now the new choir teacher at Pascack Valley High School, where the same song is performed annually at the Winter Concert Rh...

Non-profit animal farm visits PV

Non-profit animal farm visits PV

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
January 26, 2017
Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

Tevaland Farm visited Pascack Valley yesterday, giving students an opportunity to meet and interact with different animals. The non-profit animal rescue brought chicks, rabbits, a duck, and rats to the Wellness Center from the beginning of lunch to the end of Pascack Period A. Taly Ron, owner of T...

Local filmmaker sheds light on heroin epidemic

Local filmmaker sheds light on heroin epidemic

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

(Editor's Note: The incorrect release date of the film was originally published in the article. The correct release date is May 2018.) Ken Spooner and his team set up their equipment and get their cameras rolling. They listen to the stories of five addicts and their two remaining family members w...

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