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Opera singer visits Pascack Valley

Opera singer visits Pascack Valley

Charlotte Atkinson, Photo Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Last week, acclaimed opera singer James Valenti gave a presentation to Pascack Valley students about the opportunities he was able to experience because of his career. He discussed his professional work as an opera singer using photographs as references. Valery Berenshtein, a senior at Pascack V...

“Metamorphoses” photo essay

“Metamorphoses” photo essay

Victoria Donofrio, Photographer

November 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

PV Theatre performed their fall drama, Metamorphoses, on November 17 to November 19. The pictures were taken from their last performance on Saturday night.

PV Theatre presents its fall drama, Metamorphoses

PV Theatre presents its fall drama, Metamorphoses

Tara Healy, Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Rebecca Silverman, a PV senior, stands on the stage with the bright lights in her eyes and butterflies in her stomach. Like her own character in the play, Silverman has made a remarkable transformation. PV theatre’s fall drama, Metamorphoses, marks the one of the most intense roles Silverman has held, requiring her to overcome her...

“Doctor Strange” is Marvel’s latest magical experience

“Doctor Strange” is Marvel’s latest magical experience

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Origin stories always fall into the same, boring patterns: a quirky—often unpopular—person has power fall into their laps, a villain arrives, and the villain is defeated. Lessons are learned and a hero is born, most likely with a romance brewing in the background. However, it seems like Hollywoo...

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” isn’t peculiar—it’s bland

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” isn’t peculiar—it’s bland

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

Tim Burton is widely known for his success in over-the-top, unconventional, and peculiar films. Unfortunately, his latest work, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” is peculiar in a different sense. The story follows Jake, a boy from Florida who, after his grandfather’s mysterious dea...

Only 24 hours to go

Only 24 hours to go

Casey Lewis, Staff Writer

September 26, 2016


Filed under Arts, Showcase

  Lights lit up the Pascack Valley stage on Saturday night at 7 pm and the audience fell silent as actors rushed onto the stage. Over the next hour, twelve students performed four ten-minute plays. On Friday night, just 24 hours earlier,  the students of the theatre program did not even ha...

Urinetown dance captains help make show a success

Urinetown dance captains help make show a success

Lauren Martinez, Staff Writer

May 22, 2016


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Despite the almost ridiculous name and the sarcastic remarks throughout the whole show, Urinetown, put on by the PV Theatre program in mid-March, can be deemed a success. The humorous musical received positive feedback from students, faculty, and others who came out to watch. Part of this success...

PV band performs at Awards Concert

PV band performs at Awards Concert

Robyn Roznitsky, Staff Editor

May 17, 2016


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The Spring Band Awards Concert took place on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The concert featured Pascack Valley band teacher Mr. Joseph Zajac and his Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Some of the pieces performed include "Incantations" by Robert W. Smith, "Invicta" by James Swearington,...

Civil War: worth the wait

Civil War: worth the wait

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer

May 10, 2016


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Being the major Marvel fan I am, I was immensely excited for the movie, "Captain America: Civil War", and it did not disappoint. The story itself (no spoilers don’t worry!,) was concise, entertaining, and kept you guessing until the end. It also built up the already existing characters perfectly,...

PV Choir Director named Bergen County Governor’s Educator of the Year

PV Choir Director named Bergen County Governor’s Educator of the Year

Curstine Guevarra and Robyn Roznitsky

May 2, 2016


Filed under Arts, News

Mrs. Argine Safari, the Choir, Bro Squad, and Music Theory teacher here at Pascack Valley, received the title of Bergen County Governor's Educator of the Year during the first half of lunch on May 2. "I'm just beyond excited for her. She totally deserves [this recognition]; she's done so much...

Batman vs Superman: A good flick that beats a dead horse

Batman vs Superman: A good flick that beats a dead horse

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer

April 21, 2016


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This past weekend, I viewed Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and left feeling slightly confused, but not at all surprised. DC Comics, in my experience, seems to play on the same themes for almost all of its more popular characters. The most common theme is the struggle to maintain normalcy and li...

Photo essay: PV students paint murals of book spines

Photo essay: PV students paint murals of book spines

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Arts

Many have seen the fantastic mural in the English wing, but not many know what it’s exactly for. Mrs. Stephanie DiGiacopo, the art teacher in charge of this project, explained that the mural was an idea pitched to her by PV Principal Mr. Tom DeMaio who saw a similar one in a high school he toured la...

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