The Smoke Signal

PVRHSD faculty to attend seminar on MLK Day

PVRHSD faculty to attend seminar on MLK Day

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

January 17, 2019


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Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s faculty will attend a seminar on Martin Luther King Day, Monday Jan. 21 about the history of racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination hosted by Seton Hall University’s College of Arts and Sciences at the university’s campus in South Orange. The prof...

PV signs new contract, changes recycling procedures

PV signs new contract, changes recycling procedures

Tara Healy and Jeremy Lesserson

January 16, 2019


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Pascack Valley’s recycling efforts are being revived and altered for the 2018-2019 calendar year. In previous school years, PV had a garbage and recycling pickup service, Miele, that mixed the two and then proceeded to separate them at their own transfer station. According to Dan O’Rourke at the...

A Voice of Courage

A Voice of Courage

Ava Devincenzo, Staff Editor

January 10, 2019


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The auditorium was quiet and attentive on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when Pascack Valley hosted Bella Miller, who grew up in Poland and was a survivor of Auschwitz. Her children had went to Pascack Hills. PV history teacher Marisa Mathias’ Honors World History and Critical Analysis of History Through Film cla...

Environmental Club hosts toy drive

Environmental Club hosts toy drive

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2018


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Pascack Valley's Environmental Club is making a difference by donating toys. Dozens of students brought in and organized toys to be sent on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to Second Chance Toys, a non-profit New Jersey based organization.  The organization specializes in donating toys that would otherwise be throw...

Genesis petition among topics of discussion at student council meeting

Genesis petition among topics of discussion at student council meeting

Noah Schwartz, Sports Editor

December 14, 2018


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(Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this article, the subhead mischaracterized the situation. The word closure has now been changed to petition.)   Pascack Valley Vice Principal John Puccio feels that the school-wide petition that has been sent out via email to reopen Genesis during schoo...

Anti-semitic grafitti discovered at George G. White School

Anti-semitic grafitti discovered at George G. White School

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

A swastika was found on a third floor boys bathroom stall in the afternoon by school personnel at George G. White Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  After graduating George G. White Middle School in Hillsdale, most students attend Pascack Valley along with students from Holdrum Middle School in River...

‘Outrage followed by disappointment’

‘Outrage followed by disappointment’

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

Pascack Hills Principal Glenn deMarrais said his “first reaction was outrage followed by disappointment” when multiple swastikas and racial slurs, drawn with pencil into the partition walls of a second floor boys bathroom in PH were discovered by a staff member on Nov. 30. “I was not going to...

Hateful graffiti discovered at Pascack Hills

Hateful graffiti discovered at Pascack Hills

Rachel Cohen and Josh DeLuca

December 3, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

Several swastikas and a racial slur were found etched into parition walls of a boys bathroom in Pascack Hills on Friday, Nov. 30. Since then, the bathroom has been shut down, the graffiti was removed, and the Montvale Police Department has conducted an investigation.  The recent discoveries at PH come...

Petition created against closure of gradebook

Petition created against closure of gradebook

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 29, 2018


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A petition against the closure of the gradebook during the school day on Genesis, the Pascack Valley portal that students use to access their grades, has been circulating throughout the student body during the past week. As of Thursday morning, the petition, found on Google Forms, had totaled 375 signa...

Pascack Valley participates in ‘Movement of Unity’

Pascack Valley participates in ‘Movement of Unity’

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

In the wake of the recent anti-Semitic graffiti and hate speech that was found at Pascack Valley, the student body participated in a “Movement of Unity” on Nov. 21. According to an email sent by Pascack Valley Regional High School District Superintendent Erik Gundersen, the event was one step in...

Students not permitted to eat lunch upstairs

Students not permitted to eat lunch upstairs

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 19, 2018


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Pascack Valley students are not permitted to eat lunch on the second floor as of Tuesday, Nov. 13. This procedure was sent in an email by PV Principal Mr. Tom DeMaio to remind students that it will be enforced for the rest of the school year. According to DeMaio, the upstairs was not closed during lun...

Gradebook to remain closed during school day

Gradebook to remain closed during school day

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 19, 2018


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It was announced at the beginning of October that Genesis, the portal in which Pascack Valley High School students utilize to access their grades, would be inaccessible during the school day in the "Gradebook Pilot Program." The program was constructed as a pilot to last until this upcoming Wednesday,...

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