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PV Choir Board to host Halloween Talent Night

PV Choir Board to host Halloween Talent Night

Sarah Buttikofer and Abby Shapiro

October 29, 2020

The Pascack Valley Choir Board will be hosting a virtual Halloween Talent Night on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. “[Argine] Safari, [advisor of the choir board and choir teacher,] organized the Talent Night and the Choir Board also helped put it together – coincidentally I am also on the Choir Board,...

BOE introduces mascot selection process

Pascack Valley Athletic Director Shawn Buchanan and Pascack Hills Athletic Director Phil Paspalas presented their plan for the new mascot selection process to the Board of Education during Monday night’s BOE meeting held virtually through Zoom. Assistant Superintendent Barry Bachenheimer also showcased the 2020 Assessment Data Presentation.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Sarah Buttikofer, and Abby Shapiro

October 26, 2020

(Editor's Note: As of July 1, Barry Bachenheimer has changed his title from Director of Curriculum to Assistant Superintendent. A previous version of this article stated that Bachenhiemer is Director of Curriculum.) Pascack Valley Athletic Director Shawn Buchanan and Pascack Hills Athletic Director Phil Pas...

Response from the community

The Board of Education's decision to retire the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills mascots and nicknames was faced with backlash and support from the community. Several petitions were created in the months that followed.

Ellie Kim and Abby Shapiro

October 26, 2020

The Board of Education’s decision to retire the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills mascots caused an uproar in the community. In our third installment of our “What’s in a Name?” coverage package, Editor in Chief Ellie Kim and editor Abby Shapiro explore the community’s response to the district’s decision.

The retirement of the PV Indian

Discussion surrounding the PV Indian mascot has

Ellie Kim and Abby Shapiro

October 23, 2020

Some have questioned the timing and suddenness of the decision to retire the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills mascots. In our second installment of our “What’s in a Name?” coverage package, Editor in Chief Ellie Kim and editor Abby Shapiro explore what played out during the days and weeks leading up to the decision. To remain transparent with our audience, two of the seven staff writers in this package have been involved with the PV One Spirit club.

PV to remain remote through Oct. 28

PV to remain remote through Oct. 28

Ilmie Xhaferi, BJ McGrane, and Spencer Goldstein

October 16, 2020

Pascack Valley will go fully remote through Oct. 28 after a second individual tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent to the entire district on Oct. 16 by district Superintendent Erik Gundersen.  "Although the investigation has revealed that Covid-19 was not transmitted within an...

PV individual tests positive for COVID-19

PV individual tests positive for COVID-19

Ellie Kim, Editor in Chief

October 14, 2020

An individual at Pascack Valley tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent to the district on Oct. 14 by district Superintendent Erik Gundersen.  “The individual was exposed over this past weekend at a non-school related event,” Gundersen wrote in the email. “Local health offici...

BOE announces plans for better communication

Director of Technology and Communications Paul Zeller said that he and Pascack Hills intern Samantha Goldman plan to use social media to improve communications between the Board of Education and the public during Monday night’s BOE meeting held virtually through Zoom. Goldman said that the most “efficient” way to communicate with parents, educators, and students is through social media platforms.

Abby Shapiro, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Isabella Zuluaga

October 12, 2020

Director of Technology and Communications Paul Zeller said that he and Pascack Hills intern, Samantha Goldman, plan to use social media to improve communications between the Board of Education and the public during Monday night’s BOE meeting held virtually through Zoom.  “Goal number one is to establish a Board o...

National Honor Society holds virtual induction ceremony

Seniors were virtually inducted into Pascack Valley's National Honor Society on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

Abby Shapiro and Sarah Shapiro

October 8, 2020

A group of seniors was inducted into Pascack Valley’s National Honor Society over Google Meet on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. led by English teacher and NHS advisor Valerie Santo. To begin, Santo greeted the public, thanking parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators for taking time out of their d...

A Spooky Spin

Video production teacher Michael Sherman released a book titled

Vasili Karalewich, Staff Writer

October 6, 2020

Video production teacher Michael Sherman has written a book titled “A Halloween Tale,” which he released Oct. 6 through Amazon.  “I’ve always wanted to do a Halloween version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the past fifteen years, but the stars never lined up,” Sherman said. The plot p...

BOE addresses uncertainty regarding cheerleaders at football games

The Board of Education addressed many topics at the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. These topics include the concerns of Pascack Valley's and Pascack Hills' cheerleaders attending other districts' football games, the change in dates for the PSAT test, and a score report for the HIB self-assessment given by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Sarah Buttikofer, and Abby Shapiro

September 21, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that he intends for male and female athletes in both Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills, such as both schools’ football teams and cheerleading teams, to attend away games despite opposition from other municipalities during Monday night’s Board of Education me...

District reflects on reopening plan

The Board of Education discussed how students and faculty felt returning back to school. The district also approved three new clubs for the 2020-21 school year: the Society of Women Engineers, the STEM League, and the Technology Student Association.

Abby Shapiro, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Sarah Shapiro

September 8, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the hybrid schedule is a “weird” way to begin the 2020-21 school year during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Tuesday night held on Zoom.  “I’ll be the first to admit [the hybrid schedule] is not a perfect solution to the situation...

Students return to school amid pandemic

The district has welcomed back all students from grade 10 through 12 in Cohort A on Sept. 3 and Cohort B on Sept. 4, while an orientation day for freshman was held on Sept. 2. With students returning, the district has taken several safety measures to promote social distancing including the placement of green and white tape down the center of every hallway.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

September 4, 2020

After conducting entirely remote instruction since March 16 due to the pandemic, the district welcomed back all students from grades 10 through 12 in Cohort A on Sept. 3, with Cohort B attending school the following day on Sept. 4. An orientation day for freshman was held on Sept. 2.,  and all days w...

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