The Smoke Signal

District removes two teaching positions and phases out program

District removes two teaching positions and phases out program

Katie Mullaney and Kayla Barry

June 12, 2018


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As the 2017-2018 school year comes to close, so does the French program and two teacher’s positions - one of them being for English, the other being for Art. District eliminates English position With Mr. Shawn Buchanan changing his position to Athletic Director, the District has decided not to replace his English teaching positio...

Teachers discuss Standards-Based Grading in their classrooms

Teachers discuss Standards-Based Grading in their classrooms

Jaiden Price, Staff Writer

June 11, 2018


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Pascack Valley English teacher Matthew Morone utilizes the Standards-Based Grading System in his course curriculum. Last spring, the English office collaborated with Dr. Barry Bachenheimer, the Director of Curriculum for the Pascack Valley District, and agreed that any teacher in the departmen...

Smoke Signal Film Festival highlighted by Zack Latteri documentary

Smoke Signal Film Festival highlighted by Zack Latteri documentary

Tara Healy, Staff Editor

June 7, 2018


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Casey Lewis's documentary "Pay It Forward," was the last film to be shown yesterday, June 6, at The Smoke Signal's third annual film festival. His film is about Zack Latteri, a student in the class of 2018 who lost his battle to leukemia. "Zack was a very good friend of mine and we all miss him a lo...

Buzzing about bees

Buzzing about bees

Julia Guskind, Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


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Two years ago, a native plant garden was planted by the tennis courts at Pascack Valley to appeal to butterfly and honey bee pollinators. Now, Pascack Valley is currently in the process of becoming a Bee Campus. The Bee Campus program aims to transform educational institutions to more sustainable...

The Smoke Signal to host film festival

The Smoke Signal to host film festival

Kayla Barry, Managing Editor

June 5, 2018


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The Smoke Signal will be hosting its third annual film festival this Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in the PV auditorium. Admission is $5. Following a brief intermission where food and refreshments will be sold, three films will debut: Chandni Shah's "The Untold Story," Shawn Rowan's "Space Oddity C...

Dig this

Dig this

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

May 23, 2018


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Throughout the past few weeks, the efforts of many different people went into achieving the success of Pascack Valley’s new organic garden, located in the courtyard. Next year, the food produced will be used in PV’s culinary classes. While it was a team effort, the original idea came from PV culin...

GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students

GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students

Sarah Tamagny, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


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Not a sound echoes through the halls of Pascack Valley. Students, adorned in rainbow colored hearts and holding note cards walk to their next class. On Friday, May 4, PV students observed the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence. The members of PV’s Gender and Sexuality...

Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

Katie Mullaney and Tara Healy

May 2, 2018


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“Mental health is not the absence of mental illness,” is a phrase that ESPN sports writer and author of “What Made Maddy Run,” Kate Fagan, told Pascack Valley juniors and seniors on Thursday in an assembly during Pascack Period. She also spoke later that day at 7 p.m. at Split Image: Secret...

Need to bEAT hosts benefit concert

Need to bEAT hosts benefit concert

Victoria Donofrio, Photographer

May 1, 2018


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Lauren Smith, currently in charge of Need to bEAT, hosted a benefit concert for the organization on April 12. Need to bEAT is an organization that raises money and awareness for eating disorders. The concert was at 7 p.m. in the PV auditorium....

PV community recounts Armenian history

PV community recounts Armenian history

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


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In 1915, Turkish Government leaders set a plan into motion that would forcibly remove and massacre the 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. By the end, 1.5 million people were killed. This is regarded by most historians as a genocide—a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an enti...

PV community participates in nationwide movement

PV community participates in nationwide movement

Rachel Powell, Staff Editor

March 26, 2018


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    Chants of "enough is enough" reverberated throughout the crowd as marchers demanded gun control legislation and volunteers with clipboards registered teenagers to vote. On March 24, hundreds of thousands of protesters across the country spoke out against gun violence d...

Pascack Valley students participate in walkout

Pascack Valley students participate in walkout

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

March 15, 2018


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On Wednesday, students at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, N.J. joined other American high school students in a national school walkout in memory of the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  The event at Pascack Valley was organized by...

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