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Junior tosses no-hitter, first of his career

Junior tosses no-hitter, first of his career

Jake Aferiat, Sports Editor
April 23, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

If he hadn’t solidified himself as the ace of the Pascack Valley pitching rotation before the season started, junior Jordan Issackedes has certainly made a compelling case thus far. He threw a 69-pitch, seven strikeout, complete game shutout on April 17. But it was his start five days before: an ...

Athlete of the Week: Jordan Issackedes

Athlete of the Week: Jordan Issackedes

Noah Schwartz, Sports Writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

Name: Jordan Issackedes Sport: Baseball Grade: Junior Position: Pitcher Season Summary Thus Far: Behind Issackedes, and the prowess of the offense, the Indians have gone from being ranked 25th by The Record in its pre-season rankings, to now cracking the top 10, sitting at number 8. Lowdown: Issacked...

A filmmaker in the making

A filmmaker in the making

Sofia Hassan, Staff Writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

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
Filed under News, Showcase

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
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

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...

PVRHSD students and staff to keep laptops over the summer

PVRHSD students and staff to keep laptops over the summer

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor
April 16, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

PV students can rejoice: they can finally check their emails while sitting by the pool. Mr. Paul Zeller, Director of Instructional Technology in the PV district, announced over a mass email to students and faculty on March 28, that they would be allowed to keep their laptops over the summer. “It’s...

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...

Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

Jake Aferiat, Sports Editor
April 4, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

When Craig Nielsen announced his retirement last season, it sent shockwaves through the Pascack Valley football program. Now, a little more than a year later, Nielsen is again the talk of Pascack Valley football. After spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Clifton, Nielsen was approved as an assistant coach at PV for the up...

Spring Sports Preview: Baseball

Spring Sports Preview: Baseball

Emilio Quevedo, Sports Writer
April 3, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

Head coach: Will Lynch  (10th Season) Last year’s record: 15-11 (8-2 in league play) Key returnees: Matt Novakowski (Sr. C/DH), Jack Devanna (Sr. C), Carson Weis (Sr. 1B), Riley Weis (Sr., P/3B), Frankie Cascio (Sr., RF/DH), Alex DeRosa (Sr., CF/P), Ricky Lutz (Jr. LF), Justin Martin (So., ...

Spring Sports Preview: Boys Tennis

Spring Sports Preview: Boys Tennis

Jeremy Lesserson, Sports Writer
April 3, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

Head Coach: Ken DelSanto (2nd season) Last year's record: 5-15 Key returnees: Austin Davis (Sr.), Jeremy Collier (Sr.), Alex Corring (Sr.) Key loss: Alex Robinson Key newcomers: Evan Demarest (Fr.), Noah Schwartz (So.), Jonathan Antebi (Sr.), Jeremy Lesserson (So.) Strengths of team: Good, solid gro...

A look back on Pippin

A look back on Pippin

April 2, 2017
Filed under Arts, Showcase

The curtains are closed and the lights are off for Pascack Valley's 2017 spring musical, "Pippin". Take a look back on The Smoke Signal's coverage of the musical, including the history of the play, video of the cast's flash mob during lunch, pictures from PV's performance, and a closer look at PV Theatre Director Merielle Lupfer.

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