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District to hold potential in-person graduation

New Jersey schools can hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing beginning July 6, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Tuesday via Twitter. A hybrid ceremony will still take place, but an additional in-person ceremony may be a possibility.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

May 27, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said a hybrid graduation is still planned for June 16, but an additional in-person ceremony may be possible following Governor Phil Murphy’s tweet Tuesday morning that schools are able to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing b...

Smoke Signal announces 2020-2021 Editorial Board

Smoke Signal announces 2020-2021 Editorial Board

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

May 22, 2020

The Smoke Signal Editorial Board has filled its editor positions for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney, the current editors in chief, will be passing the torch to Sports Editor Spencer Goldstein and Managing Editor Ellie Kim. Below is a breakdown of the staff, sports, ...

Celebration of the Arts to be held virtually May 28

Celebration of the Arts to be held virtually May 28

Abby Shapiro and Sarah Buttikofer

May 22, 2020

The 2019-2020 Celebration of The Arts will take place virtually May 28 where students' “incredible” talents will be showcased, said Noemi Rodriguez, district supervisor of world language, ESL, music, and family and consumer sciences. The Celebration of The Arts highlights various student works fro...

Students face AP exam complications

Due to the pandemic, students are taking virtual Advanced Placement exams May 11 to May 22. While the College Board released a practice demo for submitting responses, students faced complications and may have to retake their exams.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Junior Aishwarya Pathri was one of the many Advanced Placement students who were unable to submit their test answers on this year’s virtual exams. Pathri said she read that 10% of students could not submit their responses this year. Pathri was “frantically clicking the [submit] button” as she watched the time g...

Final exams to not be administered

The Board of Education held its virtual meeting Monday night on Zoom. At the meeting, it was announced that there will not be a final exam period at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Izzy Zuluaga and Ilmie Xhaferi

May 19, 2020

Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer said that there will not be a final exam period at the end of the 2019-2020 school year during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. “We have decided that because of the challenges of remote learning, there will not be a final...

Gundersen announces hybrid graduation

A hybrid graduation is planned for the Class of 2020 on June 16. Superintendent Erik Gundersen announced the district's plan Friday afternoon.

Ellie Kim and Spencer Goldstein

May 18, 2020

An initial announcement regarding the possibility of an in-person graduation ceremony, if state regulations allowed for it, was released in an email sent to the parents and students of the Class of 2020 by district Superintendent Erik Gundersen on May 7. However, Gundersen later announced the district's...

8 ways to support local businesses

8 ways to support local businesses

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Local business owners have suffered ever since the coronavirus hit the community. With both Hillsdale and River Vale in quarantine, below are eight ways to help vendors during these unprecedented times. Hillsdale Local Businesses: Chicken Delight Cornerstone Della Cucina Domani Hol...

District awaits governor’s office decision regarding graduation

Superintendent Erik Gundersen addressed graduation concerns during the Board of Education meeting held Monday night on Zoom. A graduation is still scheduled for the Class of 2020 on June 16.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

May 5, 2020

(Updated 5/6/20, 8:41 p.m. with topics of human resources approved by the Board of Education.) District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that graduation will still take place on June 16 during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom.  “We have a lot of work to d...

Coronavirus hinders ‘1776’ spring musical

The cast and crew of  were in their final dress rehearsal of the “1776” spring musical when they received an email that they were still going to perform only to direct family. The next day, the musical was cancelled on opening night due to coronavirus concerns.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

May 4, 2020

Erin Hollar was in the final dress rehearsal of Pascack Valley Theatre's “1776” spring musical when she received an email that the cast and crew were still going to perform to direct family.  The next day, the musical was cancelled on opening night due to coronavirus concerns.  “We got to do al...

Seniors virtually inducted into National Honor Society

A virtual induction ceremony was held on Zoom for seniors accepted into the National Honor Society. The new members were inducted on Friday, May 1.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

Seniors accepted into the National Honor Society were inducted on a Zoom conference call at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Family members of the inductees were also allowed to tune into the conference call.  “Typically, we would be honoring all of these young men and women in person, but we figured that we wou...

Seniors to be inducted in virtual National Honor Society ceremony

Seniors to be inducted in virtual National Honor Society ceremony

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

After the original National Honor Society induction ceremony date scheduled for April 15 had passed, Valerie Santo talked with the administration, club officers, and Pascack Hills NHS advisor Peggy White before deciding to move the event online for seniors. Due to the coronavirus, the ceremony will no...

Virtual Valley Cup to be held Wednesday

Juniors watch a lip sync battle during November's Valley Cup. With school shut down due to the pandemic, the Executive Council has decided to host a Valley Cup virtual on Wednesday.

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

As Pascack Valley has shut down due to the pandemic, the Executive Council has decided to host Valley Cup, the school pep rally, virtually on Wednesday. An in-person Valley Cup would have been held on May 21. “The idea of a virtual Valley Cup was a combined effort by the entire council,” said Anna U...

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