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Pascack Valley students in the 1966 yearbook, "The Warrior." The Indian mascot was chosen in 1954 by a committee of PV students and faculty.
How the PV Indian came to be
Rachel Cohen, Former Editor in Chief • November 16, 2020
While the Indian had been used for years as Pascack Valley's mascot, few know the history behind its creation. In our eighth installment of our "What's in a Name?" coverage package, last year's Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen explores how our mascot was chosen. PV alum Bob McSpirit was emailed this school year and the Q&A is displayed below.
Arrow points on display at the Pascack Historical Society in Park Ridge. The Lenni Lenape inhabited New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania.
The Indians of New Jersey
Rachel Cohen November 12, 2020
While the PV Indian mascot has been used for years, many do not know the history of the Native American tribes that once lived on this land. In our eighth installment of our "What's in Name?" coverage package, last year's Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen delves into the history of our land. Before graduating in June, Cohen interviewed Pascack Historical Society trustee Francesca Moskowitz and emailed Assistant Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University Jameson R. Sweet.
The Oklahoma State University Pistol Pete mascot at a football game. Pascack Hills used a version of Pistol Pete as their mascot until 2005.
Phasing out the logos
Rachel Cohen, Former Editor in Chief • November 9, 2020
A few years ago, the district began utilizing the PV block letters instead of the Indian head logo on official documents and athletic wear — a practice which had many community members confused. Pascack Hills went through a similar situation a few years prior with their Pistol Pete logo. In our sixth installment of our "What's in a Name?" coverage package, former Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen, explores the district's logo practice and PH's retirement of Pistol Pete.
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“I didn’t necessarily [take] the same path as a lot of other teachers”
BOE hold their first in-person meeting of the 2020-21 school year
PV athletics continue despite shift to remote learning
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Seniors take on internship during the pandemic
Senior receives Dwight D. Eisenhower Award
PV sophomore cast in movie
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Athlete of the Week: Michael Pizzella
Athlete of the Week: Michael Pizzella
Nolan Wasserman, Sports Writer • November 20, 2020

Recent Performance: In the North 1, Group 3 State Sectional Final, Pizzella placed 13th, finishing the 5000 meter race in an astounding 17:53. This final run capped off...

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PV to take on Spartans in season finale
Noah Silver, Assistant Sports Editor • November 19, 2020

Coming off a 7-2 loss to River Dell, Valley will look to bounce back against Paramus at home on Friday night. Both teams come into the game with a losing record, as Paramus’...

Pascack Valley and River Dell get set at the line of scrimmage. The Golden Hawks defeat PV 7-2 on Friday night.
PV falls to River Dell in defensive battle
Noah Silver, Assistant Sports Editor • November 13, 2020

Coming off of a 14-7 loss against Old Tappan, Valley looked to bounce back Friday night at home against River Dell. However, the outcome was much of the same, as River...

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PV students must resist ‘pandemic fatigue’
Morgan Jones, Staff Writer • November 23, 2020

Life is different than ever before, forcing Pascack Valley students to adjust to new school schedules and protocols. While I was excited to start my sophomore year of high school, I didn’t realize it would be mostly virtual. The idea of...

Pascack Valley to remain fully remote through Nov. 23
Pascack Valley to remain fully remote through Nov. 23
Spencer Goldstein, Editor in Chief • November 12, 2020

After a third Pascack Valley individual tested positive for COVID-19, the school will operate on a fully remote schedule through Nov. 23, according to an email from district Superintendent Erik Gundersen.  “All of these cases relate back...

Two PV individuals test positive for COVID-19
Two PV individuals test positive for COVID-19
Spencer Goldstein, Editor in Chief • November 11, 2020

Two individuals at Pascack Valley tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent to the district on Nov. 11 by district Superintendent Erik Gundersen.  “The specific circumstances of these two cases requires an extensive contact...

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PV students must resist ‘pandemic fatigue’

Morgan Jones, Staff Writer
November 23, 2020

Life is different than ever before, forcing Pascack Valley students to adjust to new school schedules and protocols. While I was excited to start my sophomore year of high school, I didn’t realize it would be mostly virtual. The idea of two cohorts seemed like a reasonable plan, but the first time PV closed, I realized it was unrealistic.  I can’t speak for other students, but I have been...

‘Secret Society of Second Born Royals’: A cliche and tedious film

Danielle Braune, Staff Writer
November 10, 2020

The crown, the kingdom, the throne — who receives all of this power in a monarchy? The oldest child of a royal bloodline, of course. We all know the stories of the eldest son or daughter gaining the throne when he or she is of age, but what about the younger siblings? What do they get? The “Secret Society of Second Born Royals” tries to show us. This film takes place in Illyria, a kingdom...

First time voters reflect on upcoming election

Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor
October 30, 2020

A handful of Pascack Valley seniors have cast their ballots for the upcoming presidential election. U.S. citizens must be 18 years old in order to vote, and being that ballets are due on November 3, only a small percentage of seniors are eligible for this opportunity. Seniors Alexis Kalil, Antoinette Tavitian, and Ellie Schaumberger shared their thought processes in preparation for voting in the 2020...

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