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The Pascack Valley District Board of Education meeting was held Monday night at Pascack Hills High School. During the meeting, community members raised concerns about student surveys leading to the approval of the Board of Education's new policy, giving students more protection when taking surveys or evaluations.

BOE approves new policy on student surveys

Sarah Shapiro, Megan Austin, and Oliva Moreno September 13, 2021

Community members shared their concerns on surveys distributed to students during Monday night's Board of Education meeting held at Pascack Hills.  The BOE also discussed steps that were being taken to...

The Board of Education held an in-person meeting in Pascack Hills on Monday. During this meeting, the community discussed their concerns regarding the COVID-19 restrictions for the upcoming school year, as well as the BOE discussing the search and process of finding a new superintendent.

District addresses COVID-19 concerns for upcoming school year

During the Comments from the Public sections of the in-person Board of Education meeting at Pascack Hills on Monday, August 30, community members discussed policies such as COVID-19 restrictions on masks...

District implements new schedule for upcoming school year

District implements new schedule for upcoming school year

Sarah Shapiro and Megan Austin August 12, 2021

The district has created a new schedule for the 2021-22 school year, implementing an eighth period into the school day. Though Principal John Puccio didn’t give an exact date for when students will...

Class of 2021 Graduation held on June 16

Class of 2021 Graduation held on June 16

The Class of 2021's graduation was held on June 16 at Pascack Valley. Graduates and faculty shared speeches and celebrated the occasion with family and friends.    

The Board of Education approved Daniel Fishbein as the interim district Superintendent during Monday night's BOE meeting held in the Pascack Valley Cafeteria and virtually on Zoom. The BOE also recognized a few individuals for their work in the district this past year.

District approves interim superintendent for 2021-22 school year

Abby Shapiro, Olivia Moreno, and Megan Austin June 7, 2021

At the recommendation of district Superintendent Erik Gundersen, the Board of Education approved Daniel Fishbein as interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2021-2022 year during Monday night’s BOE...

The community discussed the new District Equity Team during Monday night's BOE meeting held in Pascack Valley's Cafeteria and virtually on Zoom. The BOE also discussed the possible usage of flags other than the American flag in the district high schools.

Community discusses new District Equity Team

Abby Shapiro and Isabella Zuluaga May 24, 2021

At the recommendation of district Superintendent Erik Gundersen, the Board of Education approved the District Equity Team as a new co-curricular club for the 2021-22 school year with Erica Franceski as...

PV Student Publication announces 2021-22 Editorial Board

PV Student Publication announces 2021-22 Editorial Board

The PV Student Publication Editorial Board has filled its editor positions for the 2021-22 school year. Current Editors in Chief Spencer Goldstein and Ellie Kim will be passing the torch to Staff Editors...

Furniture taken out by the maintenance team Wednesday afternoon in the lower cafeteria in preparation for the possible merging of both cohorts. At a Special Board of Education meeting held on May 13 in-person and virtually through Zoom, the BOE decided to keep the hybrid schedule for the remainder of the school year.

District to continue using hybrid schedule for remainder of school year

The Board of Education has chosen to continue with the hybrid schedule for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year during the Thursday night special BOE meeting held virtually on Zoom and in-person...

The Board of Education approved an emergency hybrid meeting on Thurs. May 13 to discuss the possibility of combining the attendance of both cohorts by May 17 during Monday night’s BOE meeting held in Pascack Valley’s cafeteria and virtually on Zoom.

District to possibly combine cohorts for remainder of school year

(Editor’s Note: Updated at 2:45 pm to correct a quote inadvertently attributed to PV physcial education teacher Thomas Gallione instead of Superintendent Erik Gundersen.)  The Board of Education...

For the 2020-2021 school year, Senior prom will take  place at the Rockleigh Country Club on June 8th.

Senior prom to be held on June 8th

Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor April 28, 2021

Senior Class President Kiera Foster said she chose her prom dress in February, holding out hope that her senior prom would be conducted without interference from the pandemic. Months later, the senior...

The Board of Education held an in-person meeting on Monday night at Pascack Valley and virtually over Zoom. During the meeting, the BOE discussed district Superintendent Gundersen's resignation.

Community bids farewell to Gundersen

The Board of Education approved the resignation of district Superintendent Erik Gundersen at Monday night's BOE meeting held in Pascack Valley’s cafeteria and virtually on Zoom. Gundersen is set to resign...

John Puccio is set to become Pascack Valley's next principal, effective July 1. He was passed over for the position last year, and learning from that experience helped him get the job this time around.

Self reflection key for Puccio to obtain principal job

Spencer Goldstein, Editor in Chief April 23, 2021

During a board meeting on March 16, 2020, district Superintendent Erik Gundersen read over 70 letters from community members expressing their support for longtime Assistant Principal John Puccio to become...

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