The Smoke Signal

Minor charged in hate and bias incident

Minor charged in hate and bias incident

Madison Gallo and Rachel Cohen

March 4, 2019


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

A minor was recently found responsible for at least one of the hate and bias incidents at Pascack Valley High School and has been charged by the Hillsdale Police Department, according to an email sent to the Pascack Valley Regional High School District community by PVRHSD Superintendent Erik Gundersen o...

Unity in the Valley to host kick-off event at PV

Unity in the Valley to host kick-off event at PV

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

March 4, 2019


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Unity in the Valley is hosting its first kick-off event with presentations from the Anti-Defamation League and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal who will be sharing his experiences with discrimination. The event will be held in the Pascack Valley auditorium from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Marc...

Speaker talks to PV students about ‘The Teen Sleeping Crisis’

Speaker talks to PV students about ‘The Teen Sleeping Crisis’

Hailey Juillet, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


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Honors U.S. history II and psychology teacher, Ryan Walter, hosted an assembly to promote awareness on the crisis surrounding teen sleeping habits on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Pascack Valley auditorium. The assembly discussed “The Teen Sleeping Crisis,” teen sleep habits, sleep disorders, and th...

New Voices for New Jersey

New Voices for New Jersey

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

January 30, 2019


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(Editor’s note: This article was written in October for a Garden State Scholastic Press Association news write-off contest and won second place on Jan. 26. This article was published for Student Press Freedom Day on Jan. 30.)  John Tagliareni, one of the founding members of the Garden State Scholas...

Dance Team hosts ‘send off’ to Florida competition

Dance Team hosts ‘send off’ to Florida competition

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

January 29, 2019


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The Pascack Valley Regional Dance Team hosted its farewell performance on Monday, Jan. 28, before leaving for the Dance Team Union Nationals on Thursday, Jan. 31. The event was held at 7:30 p.m. in the new gymnasium and featured performances from the PVRDT and the River Vale Rockers. Nationals ...

Cohen, Mullaney named editors in chief for 2019-2020 school year

Cohen, Mullaney named editors in chief for 2019-2020 school year

Olivia Moreno, Staff Writer

January 27, 2019


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Pascack Valley juniors Rachel Cohen and Katherine Mullaney will be editors in chief of The Smoke Signal for the 2019-2020 school year, the publication has announced. “We are different people, but I feel like we work really well together,” Mullaney said. “I am excited to see what this will bring for both of ...

PVRHSD faculty to attend seminar on MLK Day

PVRHSD faculty to attend seminar on MLK Day

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

January 17, 2019


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Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s faculty will attend a seminar on Martin Luther King Day, Monday Jan. 21 about the history of racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination hosted by Seton Hall University’s College of Arts and Sciences at the university’s campus in South Orange. The prof...

PV signs new contract, changes recycling procedures

PV signs new contract, changes recycling procedures

Tara Healy and Jeremy Lesserson

January 16, 2019


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Pascack Valley’s recycling efforts are being revived and altered for the 2018-2019 calendar year. In previous school years, PV had a garbage and recycling pickup service, Miele, that mixed the two and then proceeded to separate them at their own transfer station. According to Dan O’Rourke at the...

A Voice of Courage

A Voice of Courage

Ava Devincenzo, Staff Editor

January 10, 2019


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The auditorium was quiet and attentive on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when Pascack Valley hosted Bella Miller, who grew up in Poland and was a survivor of Auschwitz. Her children had went to Pascack Hills. PV history teacher Marisa Mathias’ Honors World History and Critical Analysis of History Through Film cla...

Environmental Club hosts toy drive

Environmental Club hosts toy drive

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2018


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Pascack Valley's Environmental Club is making a difference by donating toys. Dozens of students brought in and organized toys to be sent on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to Second Chance Toys, a non-profit New Jersey based organization.  The organization specializes in donating toys that would otherwise be throw...

Genesis petition among topics of discussion at student council meeting

Genesis petition among topics of discussion at student council meeting

Noah Schwartz, Sports Editor

December 14, 2018


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(Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this article, the subhead mischaracterized the situation. The word closure has now been changed to petition.)   Pascack Valley Vice Principal John Puccio feels that the school-wide petition that has been sent out via email to reopen Genesis during schoo...

Anti-semitic grafitti discovered at George G. White School

Anti-semitic grafitti discovered at George G. White School

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

December 5, 2018


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A swastika was found on a third floor boys bathroom stall in the afternoon by school personnel at George G. White Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  After graduating George G. White Middle School in Hillsdale, most students attend Pascack Valley along with students from Holdrum Middle School in River...

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