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Committee embarks on journey to find new mascot

Committee embarks on journey to find new mascot
Allison Varghese, Staff Writer January 8, 2021

The new era has begun. Fifty-three students and 15 faculty members met Thursday afternoon via Zoom to lay the groundwork for the selection of PV’s new nickname and mascot. The Mascot Selection Committee,...

PV to remain remote through Jan. 18

PV to remain remote through Jan. 18
Isabella Zuluaga, Staff Editor January 7, 2021

Although still in progress, local health officials have completed “enough” of their contact tracing investigation and recommend that Pascack Valley remain fully remote through Jan. 18 with a scheduled...

PV Mascot Selection Committee to hold first meeting

PV Mascot Selection Committee to hold first meeting
Allison Varghese, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

Pascack Valley’s Mascot Selection Committee will be holding its first meeting toward selecting a new mascot on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom due to COVID-19 contact tracing investigations at PV. This...

PV to go fully remote for at least two days

PV to go fully remote for at least two days
Spencer Goldstein, Editor in Chief January 4, 2021

Pascack Valley will utilize a fully remote learning schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an email from Superintendent Erik Gundersen. The decision came after the district was “made aware...

BOE holds reorganization meeting

Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education held a reorganization meeting followed by a regular meeting in which they discussed the mascot selection process, PV’s principal search, and PV’s school closing.
Isabella Zuluaga and Ilmie Xhaferi January 4, 2021

Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education Secretary Yas Usami swore in four new BOE members during Monday night’s BOE meeting held in Pascack Valley’s cafeteria and on Zoom. The new members are Kelly...

High schools throughout the country face mascot controversies

A banner displaying Teton High Schools new Timberwolf mascot and nickname. The Timberwolf mascot was approved in June of 2020, replacing the schools Redskin mascot.
Emily Moy, Staff Writer December 22, 2020

(Editor’s Note: The Board of Education approved the removal of the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills mascots, the Indians and Cowboys, in June. PV is one of many schools in New Jersey that has had a mascot...

BOE bids farewell to retiring members

The Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education bid farewell to board members Brian Hallowell, David Steinberg, Arnold Scher, and Kenneth Ralph during Monday night’s BOE meeting held in-person at Pascack Valley and on Zoom.
Ilmie Xhaferi and Abby Shapiro December 14, 2020

The Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education bid farewell to board members Brian Hallowell, David Steinberg, Arnold Scher, and Kenneth Ralph during Monday night’s BOE meeting held in-person at Pascack...

PV faces similar mascot situation to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

PV faces similar mascot situation to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
Ellie Kim, Editor in Chief December 9, 2020
Before the decision in June to retire the Pascack Valley mascot and nickname, the Indians, the district found itself in a strange position. PV had been utilizing the PV block letters as the school logo, rather than the image of an Indian head. Although the district began phasing out the Indian head logo, it continued to be occasionally used by community members. Like PV, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey also went through a period of uncertainty after it retired its Native American inspired logo, but kept its nickname, the Raiders.

Superintendent shares school reopening process

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said district nurses will meet with representatives from the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission to determine whether students can return to school on Monday, Dec. 14.
Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor December 7, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said district nurses will meet with representatives from the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission by the “middle to end” of this week to determine whether...

PV clubs face challenges after going virtual

PV clubs face challenges after going virtual
Megan Austin, Staff Writer December 2, 2020

Senior Natalia Chinchilla said that the “biggest” challenge in hosting virtual clubs is trying to get every member involved.  Chinchilla participates in numerous extracurricular activities, including...

Mascot controversies sweep the state

Mascot controversies sweep the state
Abby Shapiro and Sarah Shapiro December 1, 2020
Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills decided to remove their mascot, the Indians and Cowboys, in June. Recently, several high schools across New Jersey have questioned their controversial mascots and nicknames. In our 10th installment of our “What’s in a Name?” coverage package, staff editor Abby Shapiro and staff writer Sarah Shapiro report on a similar situation at Wayne Valley High School.

In-school activities to be held remotely until Dec. 14

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that all in-person school activities until Dec. 14 will be suspended or held remotely due to the increasing positive COVID-19 cases in the district. This was announced during the Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education meeting held Monday on Zoom. 

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that all in-person school activities until Dec. 14 will be suspended or held remotely due to the increasing positive COVID-19 cases in the district. This was...

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