The Smoke Signal

  • Senior leaves her mark on PV girls lax program
  • Seeing the classroom through a different lens
  • A life-changing experience
  • New recreational baseball league available to PV students
  • PV senior reflects on high school career
  • Beyond the Surface
  • “I marched to bear witness”
  • Top 10 things to do on the weekend
  • GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students
  • Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive
  • Senior leaves her mark on PV girls lax program

    Senior leaves her mark on PV girls lax program

    Jeremy Lesserson, Sports Writer

    May 21, 2018

    The fire burning inside of the heart of Elisabeth Ralph stems from one motive — to keep winning. She may have just scored her 100th career goal as an Indian, but her true desire comes from the feeling of victory. From the time she was in fourth grade, Ralph played midfield, but when she got to Pa...

    Elisabeth Ralph has scored 53 goals for PV this season. PV's next game is Tuesday against Northern Highlands.

    Victoria Donofrio

  • Seeing the classroom through a different lens

    Seeing the classroom through a different lens

    Kelsey Hagen, Staff Writer

    May 17, 2018

    Many PV seniors have the opportunity to see the classroom from a different viewpoint- as a teacher’s assistant. PV computer science teacher Nancy Ricca thinks teachers’ assistants benefit immensely by taking on this role in the classroom. “By helping other people, they [the teachers’ a...

    PV senior and Honors Computer Science TA Sam Pitkowsky assists a peer in class.

    Victoria Donofrio

  • A life-changing experience

    A life-changing experience

    Hailey Juillet, Staff Writer

    May 16, 2018

    Ms. Angie DeLima laid in a hospital bed facing her husband, holding their newborn son, Thomas, on an August afternoon in 2011. After pausing for a moment, her husband finally popped the question: Do you want to move to Dubai? DeLima recalls being in a state of shock. But she agreed. DeLima, now ...

    Angie DeLima standing with a camel in Dubai.

    Contributed by Ms. Angie DeLima

  • New recreational baseball league available to PV students

    New recreational baseball league available to PV students

    Noah Schwartz, Sports Editor

    May 15, 2018

    The River Vale Baseball and Softball Association is forming a new recreational baseball league for high schoolers. The league is open to PV students of all grades, as long as they are not part of the high school baseball team here at Pascack Valley. Sign-ups close later this week, and the fee to join...

    Nicole De Khors (with permission via Burst)

  • PV senior reflects on high school career

    PV senior reflects on high school career

    Shannon Donnelly, Staff Writer

    May 14, 2018

    As we sat in class, less than two months away from graduation, my classmates that I have known since kindergarten were discussing roommates, jobs, and getting apartments. I began tearing up. I suddenly felt uneasy that I was in the same boat as them and did not want to accept the fact that I w...

    Gabby LoPiccolo and Shannon Donnelly dress up as cheerleaders during the homecoming football game. Donnelly discusses her transition into college and the emotions that come from it.

    Molly Heintze

  • Beyond the Surface

    Beyond the Surface

    Tara Healy, Staff Writer

    May 14, 2018

    Editor's Note: The story was corrected from Ridgewood YMCA to the YMCA Synchro Stars in Ridgewood. The team also practices in the pools at YMCA Bergen County. In the beginning of her freshman year, current Pascack Valley junior, Sophie Altman, heard a rumor that there would be a synchronized swimmi...

    Sophie Altman and members of her synchronized swimming team dance in the pool. Altman joined the team at the Ridgewood YMCA as a freshman and is currently the captain.

    Contributed by Sophie Altman

  • “I marched to bear witness”

    “I marched to bear witness”

    Ally Botwinick, Staff Editor

    May 13, 2018

    This past April, I took part in the International March of the Living. I, along with 15,000 other Jewish teens marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau, a walk that was an actual death march only 70 years ago. I marched to bear witness so that we will never ever forget the atrocities that took place during the Holo...

    Ally Botwinick and Julia Ganbarg with the Israel flag at Birkenau. They recently went on a trip to participate in March of the Living.

    Contributed by Ally Botwinick

  • Top 10 things to do on the weekend

    Top 10 things to do on the weekend

    Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer

    May 10, 2018

    Not sure what to do this weekend? Here are the top 10 things to do for fun in the Pascack Valley area! Emma Palamidis Go to Paramus Park, Palisades, or Garden State Mall. Walking around at any mall can get your mind off of school work and is a fun thing to do with friends! Lucky for us, these mall...

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  • GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students

    GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students

    Sarah Tamagny, Staff Writer

    May 4, 2018

    Not a sound echoes through the halls of Pascack Valley. Students, adorned in rainbow colored hearts and holding note cards walk to their next class. On Friday, May 4, PV students observed the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence. The members of PV’s Gender and Sexuality...

    Students from the LGBTQ club hand out stickers for students participating in the Day of Silence event to wear.

    Molly Heintze

  • Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

    Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

    Katie Mullaney and Tara Healy

    May 2, 2018

    “Mental health is not the absence of mental illness,” is a phrase that ESPN sports writer and author of “What Made Maddy Run,” Kate Fagan, told Pascack Valley juniors and seniors on Thursday in an assembly during Pascack Period. She also spoke later that day at 7 p.m. at Split Image: Secret...

    Kate Fagan speaking to the seniors and juniors at Pascack Valley about her book "What Made Maddy Run" and the struggles college students face.

    Katie Mullaney

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Seeing the classroom through a different lens
A life-changing experience
PV senior reflects on high school career
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Senior leaves her mark on PV girls lax program
New recreational baseball league available to PV students

New recreational baseball league available to PV students

May 15, 2018

Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

May 2, 2018

Athlete of the Week: Jake Klag

Athlete of the Week: Jake Klag

April 27, 2018

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Top 10 things to do on the weekend

Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer
May 10, 2018

Not sure what to do this weekend? Here are the top 10 things to do for fun in the Pascack Valley area! Emma Palamidis Go to Paramus Park, Palisades, or Garden State Mall. Walking around at any mall can get your mind off of school work and is a fun thing to do with friends! Lucky for us, these malls are not too far away.                                               ...

Technology at our fingertips

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer
April 17, 2018

As I scrolled through various social media apps, the harsh light from my cell phone made me squint my eyes. I glanced at the digital clock. 3:00 a.m. “I have to be up in three hours,” I thought to myself. “It’s too late to bother starting that Physics homework.” Where had the time gone? How had 12 hours gone by since I got home at 3 p.m. and I had not completed a single problem? In this m...

“I stood up and walked”

Rachel Powell, Staff Editor
March 15, 2018

One month ago, I learned that there had been yet another school shooting and that 17 people had been killed in a senseless and tragic act of violence. I watched as parents tearfully remembered saying goodbye to their children before school that morning, listened to survivors make passionate pleas to elected representatives, waited to learn more about how this could have happened, and hoped that someth...

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PV Theatre performs “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Curstine Guevarra, Photo Editor
March 18, 2018

PV Theatre performed their spring musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Thursday, Mar.16 to Saturday, Mar. 17. The musical was musically directed by Mr. Michael Mahadeen, choreographed by Mrs. Francesca Silvano and Ms. Kelsey McGrail, and directed by Mr. Thomas Lupfer and Mrs. Merielle Lupfer. "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is about J. Pierrepont Finch...

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.

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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.