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Honors Italian students win scholarships

Honors Italian students win scholarships

Julia Ganbarg, Staff Writer
June 7, 2016
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Five PV students in the Italian Honors program were awarded Italian scholarships on May 16. The students that won were honored for the leadership they’ve shown in learning and teaching the Italian language and its culture. The “Passing the Torch” scholarship was awarded to senior Kasane Toneg...

Pascack Pi-oneers publish book series

Pascack Pi-oneers publish book series

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer
June 3, 2016
Filed under PV Life

Editor's Note: When this story first ran on , it had inaccurate/misleading information about the names of Nicole Rifkin and Samantha Pincus as well as that the books were based on Livingstone's life. We have changed the mistakes and apologize for these errors in the first place.  The Pascack Pi-oneers...

Highlights from PV’s final Valley Cup

Highlights from PV’s final Valley Cup

Kyle Comito, Staff Editor
May 28, 2016
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In the last Valley Cup of the school year Thursday, the Seniors pulled through and claimed the cup for the second year in a row. The event was highlighted by a dance competition in which each class gathered students to put together a routine to perform in front of the school. There was also an u...

PV says goodbye to beloved video production teacher

PV says goodbye to beloved video production teacher

Emma Palamidis and Julia Fiskin
May 25, 2016
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“I Like Jersey Best," which almost became the state song of New Jersey, was co-written by one of Pascack Valley’s own teachers. Mr. Phil Bernardi wrote and played this song and many others for nearly the past 40 years as a singer/songwriter and a guitar player. Bernardi brought his love for ...

PV Environmental Club continues to benefit community

PV Environmental Club continues to benefit community

Katherine Sandt, Staff Writer
May 24, 2016
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The Pascack Valley Environmental Club works very hard to help not only PV, but also the world we live in. Mrs. Michela Piccoline and Ms. Kristen Lindstrom run the environmental club and both share a love for the earth. Piccoline started the club because she is a biology teacher and cares about the ...

Teens Tackle Tourette’s hosts walk to raise awareness

Teens Tackle Tourette’s hosts walk to raise awareness

Sara Cadiz, Staff Writer
May 24, 2016
Filed under PV Life

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 th...

Photo Essay: PV students travel to the Galapagos

Photo Essay: PV students travel to the Galapagos

Robyn Roznitsky and Sarah Schmoyer
May 24, 2016
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Over spring break a group of Pascack Valley students went to the Galapagos Islands with Dr. Marlene Healey, Jim Kennedy, Christie Rossig, and Michela Piccoline. They visited the city of Quito, the Equator, a volcano on Isabela Island, and many other famous and notable sites. Here is a slideshow of some...

Students voice differing opinions on PARCC

Students voice differing opinions on PARCC

Sara Cadiz, Staff Writer
May 19, 2016
Filed under PV Life

Mid-May marks the time of year when Pascack Valley High School students must take the PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  The online assessment tests students in mathematics, English language arts, and literacy to provide them with better information for their...

Why Students did—or didn’t— take the PARCC

Why Students did—or didn’t— take the PARCC

Jamie Ryu, Staff Writer
May 16, 2016
Filed under PV Life

Some PV students were asked why or why not they took the PARCC test this week. While they do not speak for the entire student body, these students present opinions that are shared by many. Here is what they said.

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PARCC testing day 2: students refusing to take the test not allowed to use electronics

PARCC testing day 2: students refusing to take the test not allowed to use electronics

Jamie Ryu, Staff Writer
May 15, 2016
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Students who have refused the PARCC are not allowed to use electronic equipment inside the auditorium, where they are required to stay for the duration of the testing period. This involves all electronics: laptops, phones, iPods, etc.

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Senior Project Spotlight: PV student to self-publish poetry book

Katie Suarez, Staff Writer
May 15, 2016
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Senior year is the year of decisions, memories, and chances. PV seniors are given the opportunity to pursue an interest or talent of their choosing through the option of senior projects. The students who choose to pursue these projects are excused from one of their classes for the second half of th...

PARCC testing day one: Students refusing exam sit “silently” in auditorium

PARCC testing day one: Students refusing exam sit “silently” in auditorium

Jamie Ryu, Staff Writer
May 13, 2016
Filed under PV Life

Only 50 of the 166 kids who refused to take the PARCC test sat in the auditorium at Pascack Valley on Thursday for the duration of the test as they were supposed to. Thursday marked the start of the PARCC exams. The first two days, Thursday and Friday, are devoted to math. English will be tested on Monday and Tuesday.

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