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"Teachers Take On..."

This is the first of an ongoing series called Teachers Take On by Hailey Migdal and Julia Chiola. This series will feature beloved teachers from PV as they attempt to take on popular teenage trends.

Environmental Club hosts toy drive
Genesis petition among topics of discussion at student council meeting
Anti-semitic grafitti discovered at George G. White School
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Recycle a bicycle
ValleyChat: Freshly Baked Follow-Up
The value of volunteering
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Pascack Valley starts season on right track

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor
December 17, 2018

If Pascack Valley was starting with a blank slate this season, they certainly didn’t paint the next Picasso or Rembrandt in their season opener. However, their performance on Friday afternoon was just enough for the Indians to edge Ramapo 53-49. “I’m ecstatic to tell you the truth,” PV coach Jeff Jasper said. “We have one kid who has played basketball, in Brie [Smith], and the other...

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Pascack Valley girls’ basketball starts with a ‘blank slate’

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor
December 14, 2018

Coach: Jeff Jasper (46th Season) Last year’s record: 28-3 Key Returners: Brianna Smith (Sr.), Sofia Battista (Jr.), Olivia Jones (Jr.) Key Losses: Kelly Petro, Brianna Wong, Toriana Tabasco, Kelly Smith, Lindsay Rhode, Nicole Arden, Cerina Dunkel Key Newcomers: Paige Skene (Jr.), Juliana Vassallo (Fr.), Kelly Andreasen (So.), Colleen Coyle (Sr.), Kayla Creagh (Sr.) Strengths of Team:...

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PV looks to repeat 2017 success

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor
December 12, 2018

Coach: Tom Gallione (14th Season) Last year’s record: 22-6 Key Returners: Bradley Zirlin (Sr., 113-120; 6-4), Jake Averna (Sr., 113-120; 9-14), James Allmers (Jr., 132; 12-4), Tyler Pizzi (So., 138; 18-4), Matt Beyer (Sr., 145; 22-8), Luke Petaccia (So., 160-170; 18-6), Stephen Soravilla (Sr., 160-170; 14-5), Tommy Chiellini (Sr., 182; 33-3), Jack Tsokanos (Sr., 195; 2-1), AJ Menendez (Jr.,...

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The gradebook is a privilege

Brendan Broesler, Staff Writer
December 10, 2018

(Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this letter are not necessarily those of The Smoke Signal or its staff.) Hello Pascack Valley students. Many of you have read the recent Letter to the Editor discussing the Genesis petition and how it came to be. Many of you know the writer personally. I am here, distraught and in total confusion. When students started showing grievance for the loss...

Letter to the Editor: ‘We won’t back down until our grades are up’

Christian Downey, Pascack Valley Student
December 2, 2018

(Editor's Note: A petition was created on Google Forms by two sophomores regarding the permanent closure of the online gradebook during school hours. The gradebook found on Genesis, the portal where students can access their grades, was announced closed on Nov. 19 after a trial period from Oct. 1 to Thanksgiving. The opinions expressed in this letter are not necessarily those of The Smoke Signal or...

‘Actions speak louder than words’

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor
November 28, 2018

The Pittsburgh shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 took 11 innocent lives. It has sparked a national conversation and the rise of other anti-Semitic incidents across the country in the past month. According to an article by CNN, the FBI has recently released data showing that hate crimes across the U.S. have risen in the past three years, and in 2017, increased by 17 percent. Along...

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PVTV Season 2 Episode 4

(Editors Note: Although it is not a Smoke Signal product, we display PVTV episodes produced by the Advanced Video Production classes as a service to the community.)

Pascack Valley High School's Official News Site: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
Pascack Valley High School's Official News Site: Where there's smoke, there's fire.