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‘A part of PV’

‘A part of PV’

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

May 19, 2019


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After 22 years of working at Pascack Valley, Assistant Principal Debbie Squiccimarri is retiring at the end of this year. Christine Pollinger, the program coordinator of Park Academy, will become the interim assistant principal of PV for the 2019-2020 school year. Her approval will be decided at the B...

Annual ‘Senior Assassins’ game ends early

Annual ‘Senior Assassins’ game ends early

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

May 16, 2019


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"Senior Assassins," a game where seniors eliminate their targets using water guns, was canceled by Pascack Valley Senior Class Council President and game coordinator Kevin Conrad on a GroupMe senior group chat on May 15. He said in a text message on GroupMe that the game “has brought out the worst....

The heart of the challenge

The heart of the challenge

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019


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After becoming the first all-girl Panasonic Creative Design Challenge team at Pascack Valley, PV seniors Brenna Collins, Bianca Belmonte, and Julia Guskind were awarded with a “Special Category” prize for “Best Overall Documentation” on April 16 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newa...

Pascack Pi-oneers end season with 7 awards

Pascack Pi-oneers end season with 7 awards

Thomas DeWitt, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019


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The Pascack Pi-oneers, the Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s robotics team, recently returned from their five day trip to the FIRST Championship in Detroit, Michigan, marking the conclusion of the team’s 15th season competing. This season, the team won a total of seven awards, includin...

PV softball team to host its third annual 5k

PV softball team to host its third annual 5k

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

March 23, 2019


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The Pascack Valley softball team is hosting its third annual Shamrock 5k Run and Walk to raise money for team equipment and a donation to Meadowbrook Elementary School at Meadowbrook and Stonybrook Swim Club at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 24. “It's a fun way to support your team, and what else are you...

Unity in the Valley highlights

Unity in the Valley highlights

Matt Austin and Rachel Cohen

March 20, 2019


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The Pascack Valley Regional High School District hosted a Unity in the Valley event featuring a keynote presentation from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, a message from New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, and speeches from community and religious leaders on Tuesday, March 19. ...

PV community responds to the Unity in the Valley event

PV community responds to the Unity in the Valley event

Katie Mullaney and Mimi Xhaferi

March 20, 2019


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The Pascack Valley community and members of local towns attended the Unity in the Valley event in PV's auditorium to listen to community leaders, religious leaders, and specifically, a presentation by New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, on Tuesday, March 19. Below is feedback that The Smoke Sig...

PVRHSD holds Unity in the Valley event at PV

PVRHSD holds Unity in the Valley event at PV

Rachel Cohen and Madison Gallo

March 20, 2019


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New Jersey's 61st Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is the first Sikh in the U.S. to become an attorney general. Gurbir gave a keynote presentation, along with prominent community members, students, faith leaders, and a message from New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer at the Unity in the Valley event that too...

Exclusive interview with NJ Attorney General

Exclusive interview with NJ Attorney General

Madison Gallo and Josh DeLuca

March 20, 2019


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(Editor's Note: Prior to Tuesday's "Unity in the Valley" event, The Smoke Signal had a chance to sit down with New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the night's keynote speaker, for an exclusive interview. The following is a transcript of Grewal's interview with Smoke Signal Editor-in-Chief Mad...

Minor charged in hate and bias incident

Minor charged in hate and bias incident

Madison Gallo and Rachel Cohen

March 4, 2019


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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...

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