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District to present reopening plan to the state
Community holds Racial Equity Rally
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The next chapter
Seniors react to conflicting graduation date
A goodbye to our senior editors
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Photo of the Week
Photo of the Week
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Honoring Valley
Honoring Valley's Heroes: Leanne Ruoff
Ellie Kim and Ilmie Xhaferi June 30, 2020

(Editor’s Note: With help from science teacher Alison Petaccia, The Smoke Signal has created a series to pay tribute to graduates who are currently healthcare workers or are studying to become one during these unprecedented times. Below is...

Graduates celebrate the culmination of their high school careers by attending a car parade held on held on Tuesday, June 16. District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will still be held on July 8 despite concerns from seniors and parents who argue that the date interferes with “Beach Week,” a student-organized event in which graduates spend the week at the beach.
District to keep selected in-person graduation date July 8
Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor • June 22, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will still be held on July 8 despite concerns from seniors and parents who argue that the date interferes with “Beach Week,” a student-organized...

Honoring Valley
Honoring Valley's Heroes: Kenny McGlone
Ellie Kim and Ilmie Xhaferi June 19, 2020

(Editor’s Note: With help from science teacher Alison Petaccia, The Smoke Signal has created a series to pay tribute to graduates who are currently healthcare workers or are studying to become one during these unprecedented times. Below is...

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New coach, no problem for PV graduates’ “Last Dance” team

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor
July 15, 2020

With all the controversy surrounding the removal of the mascots for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, it didn’t take long for Jake Lutz and his fellow PV Class of 2020 teammates to come up with a nickname for their team in “The Last Dance” baseball tournament. “The team my dad started when I was six years old was the Jersey Storm,” Lutz said. “For him, we decided to be the Valley Storm.” Rick Lutz, Jake’s father, passed away in March due to cancer, so his son...

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How high school fall sports will be impacted by the coronavirus

Nolan Wasserman, Sports Writer
June 9, 2020

“Following New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s May 4 announcement, the [New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association] has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season.” With this statement from the NJSIAA, the spring sports season formally came to an end. The unusual season lasted just six days, with many teams having just finished tryouts. The absence of a spring season is disappointing in itself, but that is now history. The only question remaining...

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Pascack Swimming holds senior drive-by

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor
June 6, 2020

Team members, alumni, and past coaches of Pascack Swimming joined together in a senior drive-by through Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, and Hillsdale at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event was organized by Pascack Valley captains Jen Malocha, Tyler Marzano, and Sean Fei and Pascack Hills captain Kate Kavashanksy to show their support for the graduating Class of 2020 swimmers. Videos of the drive-by are below.      

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‘Fangirl’: Another masterpiece for young adults

Minche Kim, Staff Writer
June 9, 2020

In only 427 pages, Rainbow Rowell succeeds in conveying a complicated story of an everyday college freshman. While other authors prefer eye-catching characters to go along with their dramatic plots, Rowell, a bestselling author, chooses to catch the readers’ attention with an ordinary main character. “Fangirl” tells the story of Cath, a student who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln....

‘It was a key to her livelihood’

Olivia Jones, Isabella Tjan, and Mel Brentall
June 8, 2020

Following the abrupt leave from school on March 13 per New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s orders, our AP Spanish class — like every other class — was forced to adapt to a new digital learning environment. This presented particular challenges for language classes, which emphasize constant practice of the target language in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our understanding of various...

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