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The Board of Education approved John Puccio as Pascack Valley's next principal during Monday night's BOE meeting in Pascack Valley's cafeteria and virtually on Zoom. The BOE also discussed the ongoing process in implementing an eighth period in the school’s schedule.

Puccio approved to become next principal

Isabella Zuluaga and Abby Shapiro April 12, 2021

At the recommendation of district Superintendent Erik Gundersen, the Board of Education approved John Puccio to be the next principal of Pascack Valley High School during its Monday night BOE meeting held...

The PV Student Publication has been announced a recipient of the National Student Press Association’s 2021 Online Pacemaker Award. The NSPA Pacemaker is considered scholastic journalism's preeminent award, and a total of 13 publications received it this year.

PV Student Publication receives 2021 Online Pacemaker Award

Ellie Kim and Spencer Goldstein April 10, 2021

For the first time in its history, the PV Student Publication has been announced a recipient of the National Student Press Association’s 2021 Online Pacemaker Award, which is considered scholastic journalism’s...

John Puccio spent 12 years as Pascack Valley's assistant principal before filling in as PV's interim principal following the retirement of Tom DeMaio last year. After returning to his role of assistant principal for the 2020-21 school year, Puccio has been recommended to the Board of Education for the position of PV's next principal.

John Puccio recommended for PV principal position

Spencer Goldstein, Editor in Chief April 7, 2021

Editor's Note: The PV Student Publication will post a follow-up story with more information on this news within the next few days. John Puccio has been recommended to the Board of Education by district...

The Asian Culture Club gathered in a Google Meet to take its yearbook photo. The club aims to provide a wider cultural understanding and awareness of different cultures within the PV community.

Asian Culture Club responds to hate crimes

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

When PV senior and Asian Culture Club President Natalia Chinchilla first heard about the shooting that occurred in Atlanta, Georgia, her heart dropped. "I knew for a fact that Asian hate crimes aren’t...

The Board of Education approved Joe Blundo to be BOE Vice President during its Monday night meeting held in Pascack Valley’s cafeteria and virtually on Zoom. The BOE also discussed concerns over the mascot selection process.

BOE approves new vice president

Ilmie Xhaferi, Sarah Buttikofer, and Abby Shapiro March 22, 2021

In a unanimous vote, the Board of Education approved Joe Blundo to be BOE Vice President during its Monday night meeting held in Pascack Valley’s cafeteria and virtually on Zoom. This comes following...

The 2020-2021 interim principal Glenn deMarrais sitting in his office.

PV principal search underway

Sarah Buttikofer and Allison Varghese March 18, 2021

Superintendent Erik Gundersen has begun the process of searching for a new Pascack Valley principal. He said that the first round of candidate interviews started during the first two weeks of March and...

Following the selection of the Panthers nickname for PV, the district is preparing the design process of a new logo. The 10-member Logo Selection Committee plans to hold its first meeting in the upcoming weeks.

Logo Selection Committee to hold first meeting

Ellie Kim, Editor in Chief March 18, 2021

And so, the journey for a new logo begins. With seven students and three faculty members, Pascack Valley’s Logo Selection Committee is preparing to hold its first meeting in the upcoming weeks. The...

Members of the PV Student Publication take part in an editors meeting. The 2020-21 school year is the first time that the publication has been nominated for the Online Pacemaker award.

PV Student Publication named finalist for 2021 Online Pacemaker award

Spencer Goldstein and Ellie Kim March 16, 2021

For the first time in its history, the PV Student Publication was named as a 2021 Online Pacemaker finalist by the National Student Press Association in its announcement on Monday, March 15. The PV Student...

The Board of Education held an in-person meeting on Monday night at Pascack Valley and virtually over Zoom. During the meeting, the BOE approved the Panthers as PV's new mascot, as well as the Broncos as Pascack Hills' new mascot.

BOE approves Panthers as new mascot

Abby Shapiro, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Emily Moy March 9, 2021

The Panthers are here to stay. In a 5-4 vote, the Board of Education approved the Panthers as Pascack Valley’s new mascot during its meeting Monday night held in PV’s cafeteria and virtually on...

How common are the district's new mascots?

How common are the district’s new mascots?

Isabella Zuluaga, Staff Editor March 8, 2021

(Editor's Note: The graphics displayed in the featured image are not the new logos of Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills.) Pending approval from the Board of Education, Panthers is set to become Pascack...

Pascack Valley's former mascot, the Indian, was removed last June by the Board of Education. The decision was met with both support and backlash from community members.

PV students share thoughts on mascot controversy

Abby Shapiro and Ava DeVincenzo March 5, 2021

  (Editor's Note: Last February, the PV Student Publication sent a survey to Pascack Valley students and faculty. Respondents were asked several questions pertaining to the now-retired school mascot,...

Panthers set to become Pascack Valley’s new mascot

Panthers set to become Pascack Valley’s new mascot

Spencer Goldstein and Ilmie Xhaferi February 25, 2021

The Pascack Valley mascot option with the most votes is the Panthers, according to Assistant Principal John Puccio. Therefore, pending approval from the Board of Education, the Panthers are set to become...

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