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A filmmaker in the making

A filmmaker in the making

Sofia Hassan, Staff Writer
April 21, 2017
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Shane Flanagan remembers when he was a 10-year-old boy opening his mother’s Macbook for the first time. He started recording videos using the computer’s webcam while exploring iMovie. This is where his love for filming and editing videos began.   Flanagan, now a PV senior, interns at Lookalike Productions in E...

ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

Jake Topolosky, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
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This is the first edition of The Smoke Signal's new podcast, ValleyChat. In three different segments, host Jake Topolosky, a PV sophomore, talks about different aspects of the college application process, a situation relevant to many PV students. He investigates college application essays, college...

Au revoir France, hello America!

Au revoir France, hello America!

Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer
April 18, 2017
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On Aug. 18, 2015, Liam Sandt and his family travelled 4,000 miles from France, stopped for a nine hour layover in Iceland, and finally touched ground in the United States. Liam Sandt, a PV sophomore, lived in France for the majority of his life. He lived in a town northwest of Paris which was about a f...

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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(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
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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...

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