The Smoke Signal

  • Athlete of the Week: Five senior cheerleaders
  • Senior wrestler looks to end career on a high note
  • PV Hockey faces unique circumstances
  • “Illuminae” is a captivating and untraditional read
  • Dance Team hosts farewell performance before Florida competition
  • Athlete of the Week: Casey Lewis
  • Destigmatizing disabilities
  • Valentine’s Day Talent Night
  • The political climate of PV
  • Indians prepared to compete in state sectional tournament
  • Athlete of the Week: Five senior cheerleaders

    Athlete of the Week: Five senior cheerleaders

    Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

    February 16, 2018

    Names: Hailee Donne, Brielle Padovan, Lauren Martinez, Megan Garrett, and Nicolette Luisi Sport: Cheerleading Grade: Seniors Positions: Donne is a backspot, Padovan, Martinez, and Luisi are bases, while Garrett is a frontspot. The Lowdown: The Pascack Valley Cheerleading finished its r...

    (Clockwise from bottom left) Megan Garrett, Brielle Padovan, Hailee Donne, Lauren Martinez, and Nicolette Luisi

  • Senior wrestler looks to end career on a high note

    Senior wrestler looks to end career on a high note

    Jeremy Lesserson, Sports Writer

    February 15, 2018

    Robbie Natelli has been looking for a first place District 1 tournament finish and a state tournament entrance since his freshman year of high school. The challenge has mainly been a more difficult weight class in District 1. This year is no different. Natelli’s final shot comes this weekend in...

    Robbie Natelli (126) wrestles during a dual match against Pascack Hills. Natelli will compete in the district tournament on Saturday.

    Alysa Mehl

  • PV Hockey faces unique circumstances

    PV Hockey faces unique circumstances

    Spencer Goldstein, Sports Writer

    February 14, 2018

    When you think of the competitive sports teams here at Pascack Valley, it’s a pretty safe bet to say that the ice-hockey team is not the first one to come to mind. However, when you take an in-depth look at the team and it’s atypical circumstances, it may be the most interesting one of all. Unli...

    PV hockey players AJ Helfenbein, Alex Sullivan, and Neven Grubic line up prior to a game this season against Fair Lawn.

    Contributed by Jake Zaretsky

  • “Illuminae” is a captivating and untraditional read

    “Illuminae” is a captivating and untraditional read

    Ellie Kim, Staff Writer

    February 13, 2018

    Caught in the middle of a corporation war, teens Kady Grant and Ezra Mason are forced to flee their home planet after being attacked. Thrust into a battle of their own, they must fight their way through the deceptions of the fleet’s Artificial Intelligence, which should be protecting them, and a deadl...

    "Illuminae," written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is set in year 2575 where two megacorporations are at war over a planet. The third book, "Obsidio," will be released this March, following the book "Gemina."

    David Harnett

  • Dance Team hosts farewell performance before Florida competition

    Dance Team hosts farewell performance before Florida competition

    Rachel Cohen and David Harnett

    February 13, 2018

    A feeling of excitement filled the bleachers of the Pascack Valley new gymnasium from former dance team members, students, teachers, and parents, saying their goodbyes to the Pascack Valley Regional Dance Team as they prepare to leave for Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 15. In Orlando, the team...

    The Pascack Valley Varsity Dance Team takes a photo together after their pom routine.

    David Harnett

  • Athlete of the Week: Casey Lewis

    Athlete of the Week: Casey Lewis

    Spencer Goldstein, Sports Writer

    February 9, 2018

    Name: Casey Lewis Sport: Wrestling Weight Class: 182-195 lbs Grade: Senior The Lowdown: Lewis, a four year Varsity wrestler, has played an integral role for the Indians, who are seeking their first ever sectional title. He has wrestled in multiple weight classes this year, and looks to ...

    Casey Lewis is The Smoke Signal's Athlete of the Week for this week.

    Curstine Guevarra

  • Destigmatizing disabilities

    Destigmatizing disabilities

    Ava Devincenzo, Staff Writer

    February 7, 2018

    For PV senior Lauren Martinez, Camp Raspberry is more than just an interest. It’s personal for her. Camp Raspberry is a club run by the Pascack Valley School District in which the “rasp” part of raspberry stands for a recreation and socialization program. The club’s mission is to destigmatize spe...

    Camp Raspberry participant pets a rabbit brought by Tevaland. Camp Raspberry is a club that runs activities for special needs children.

    Contributed by Holly Aloi

  • Valentine’s Day Talent Night

    Valentine’s Day Talent Night

    Zana Allajbegu, Meghan Lee, and Evan Mathai

    February 6, 2018

    PV choir held  their annual Valentine's Day Talent Night on Feb. 1. PV senior Ryan Muska and Michael Sherman, PV's video production teacher, hosted the night. Acts included singing, dancing, and instrumental pieces. All performances can be viewed here. Ariela Alfonso, Tirso Ballesteros, Curstine ...

    Aaron Correa sings "Back to Black." Correa performed in last week's annual talent show.

    Evan Mathai

  • The political climate of PV

    The political climate of PV

    Drew Botwinick, Staff Writer

    February 5, 2018

    Over 300 Pascack Valley students participated in a recent survey on the current political climate at PV. The survey allowed students to express their views on President Donald Trump, the media, and political affiliation. The first question on the survey asked students to select the political party th...

    A survey was sent out to PV students to determine the current political climate at the school through their party affiliation and views on immigration, jobs, tax reform, and health care. Over 300 students responded to the survey.

    Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

  • Indians prepared to compete in state sectional tournament

    Indians prepared to compete in state sectional tournament

    Jeremy Lesserson, Sports Writer

    February 5, 2018

    What: North 1, Group 3 State Sectional Tournament Quarterfinals When: Monday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Where: Pascack Valley High School Pascack Valley will wrestle in its second consecutive state team tournament as the No. 2 seed. after an 11-year absence As a result, the Indians will face off against se...

    Pascack Valley coaches and wrestlers cheer after Robbie Natelli wins his match against Matthew Murawski of Old Tappan last Friday night. They are wrestling Paramus today in the first round of the North 1, Group 3 tournament.

    Curstine Guevarra

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Athlete of the Week: Five senior cheerleaders
Senior wrestler looks to end career on a high note

Senior wrestler looks to end career on a high note

February 15, 2018

PV Hockey faces unique circumstances

PV Hockey faces unique circumstances

February 14, 2018

Athlete of the Week: Casey Lewis

Athlete of the Week: Casey Lewis

February 9, 2018

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“Illuminae” is a captivating and untraditional read

Ellie Kim, Staff Writer
February 13, 2018

Caught in the middle of a corporation war, teens Kady Grant and Ezra Mason are forced to flee their home planet after being attacked. Thrust into a battle of their own, they must fight their way through the deceptions of the fleet’s Artificial Intelligence, which should be protecting them, and a deadly virus. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s captivating first sci-fi novel, “Illuminae,” ...

Worth more than a test

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer
January 2, 2018

I sit in a crowded classroom with the PSAT test packet in front of me, the clock above me, and the time of the section on the board across from me. I will not finish in time, I think to myself as I feel my heart rate begin to rise. I re-read the passage in front of me as twenty minutes pass with 12 questions left. The prompter announces “pencils down” as I look at the 12 unanswered questions...

DEAR Administrators

Smoke Signal Editorial Board
December 13, 2017

Oh, DEAR; not this again. On Wednesday, Pascack Valley held its second Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) session of the 2017-2018 school year during Pascack Period Session A. Students were expected to remain in their homeroom classrooms and read quietly. The first DEAR session of the year was on Oct. 25, taking place during Pascack Period Session B.  DEAR was first implemented last school ...

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Valentine’s Day Talent Night

Zana Allajbegu, Meghan Lee, and Evan Mathai
February 6, 2018

PV choir held  their annual Valentine's Day Talent Night on Feb. 1. PV senior Ryan Muska and Michael Sherman, PV's video production teacher, hosted the night. Acts included singing, dancing, and instrumental pieces. All performances can be viewed here. Ariela Alfonso, Tirso Ballesteros, Curstine Guevarra and Jared Diva dance Tinikling, a Filipino Folk Dance. Aaron Correa perform Back ...

‘Tis the Christmas season

Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer
December 21, 2017

PV students share the movie that they feel defines the Christmas season.

Rockin’ Around the Winter Concert

Victoria Donofrio and Evan Mathai
December 21, 2017

On Dec. 14., the Pascack Valley Band and Choirs held their winter concert in the PV auditorium. The concert began at 7 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m. The songs performed were holiday-themed and were conducted by Mr. Joseph Zajac, the band director, and Ms. Argine Safari, the choir director. Pascack Valley Symphonic Band performs "Joyance" by James Swearingen. Pascack Valley Wind Ensemble perfo...

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