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Anti-Semitic drawings under ongoing investigation

Anti-Semitic drawings under ongoing investigation

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

There is an ongoing police investigation regarding the five swastikas and other forms of hate speech found by students and staff throughout Pascack Valley. The investigation began on Sept. 27 after the first anti-Semitic drawing was discovered in the boys bathroom on the second floor.  The Smok...

Plaques containing hateful etchings removed

Plaques containing hateful etchings removed

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

Pascack Valley administration completed the removal of plaques behind the third base dugout of the baseball field Wednesday morning. The Smoke Signal first reported on Tuesday that the plaques contained etchings of homophobic slurs, racial slurs, and drug references. According to an email sent to th...

Hateful graffiti found on plaques along baseball dugout

Hateful graffiti found on plaques along baseball dugout

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 12, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

Days after it was made public that five swastikas were found inside various bathrooms at PV, more hate speech was pointed out to administration Monday at Pascack Valley, this time behind the third base baseball dugout etched onto plaques commemorating former standout PV baseball players. The plaqu...

Community reacts to anti-Semitic drawings

Community reacts to anti-Semitic drawings

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 11, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

After The Smoke Signal broke the story that swastikas have been found at Pascack Valley, the community has spoken out about anti-Semitism. Two anti-Semitic drawings were confirmed by Pascack Valley Regional High School District Superintendent Erik Gundersen at the Board of Education meeting Monday, Nov...

The Smoke Signal takes home the gold

The Smoke Signal takes home the gold

Madison Gallo

November 7, 2018


Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

It was a big week for The Smoke Signal. The annual Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) Conference held on Monday, Oct. 29 at Rutgers marked The Smoke Signal three-peat of earning the Distinguished Journalism Award for New Jersey’s Division B. Among the other awards won were ...

Three additional anti-Semitic drawings identified

Three additional anti-Semitic drawings identified

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

Three additional swastikas were discovered in Pascack Valley High School Tuesday morning according to an email sent to the community from Pascack Valley Regional High School District Superintendent Erik Gundersen. The email, sent Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the afternoon, was also made public on the distric...

Superintendent confirms anti-Semitic graffiti

Superintendent confirms anti-Semitic graffiti

Madison Gallo, Rachel Cohen, and Josh DeLuca

November 6, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

At the Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education meeting held on Monday, Nov. 5, Superintendent Erik Gundersen addressed the two “isolated incidents” of anti-Semitic defacement that were discovered Sept. 27 and Oct. 18 inside of Pascack Valley High School. Two swastikas w...

Game procedure to be enforced next year

Game procedure to be enforced next year

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 29, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Pascack Valley plans on continuing its new policy into the next school year in order to promote a controlled environment at sporting events. The procedure states that no bags, water bottles, and outside beverages or containers would be permitted at the athletic complex for both students and parents. PV ...

Hoco is a No-Go

Hoco is a No-Go

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports Showcase

Due to the impending weather conditions, Pascack Valley’s homecoming committee has made the decision to cancel their annual homecoming event. The football game against New Canaan will still take place, but the game has been rescheduled from Saturday Oct. 27 to Thursday Oct. 25 to avoid the storm. Senior nig...

New addition to PV security detail

New addition to PV security detail

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Mr. Hugh Ames, a previously retired police officer in South Orange, has been added to the Pascack Valley security staff alongside Mr. Mike Niego and Mr. Chip Stalter as of Tuesday, Oct. 23. At PV, Ames has the afternoon shifts ranging from 3:30 p.m. to a time depending on when all school activities...

Dance room and weight room reopen after air testing

Dance room and weight room reopen after air testing

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The Pascack Valley dance room and weight room were reopened for use Friday afternoon on Oct. 19  after an air quality test for mercury came back as negative. The rooms were shut down on Oct. 3 after an indication of mercury was found in the floors. The company of Health and Safety suggested for PV to shut down th...

Mercury found in dance room and weight room

Mercury found in dance room and weight room

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

An indication of mercury was found in the floors of Pascack Valley's dance room and weight room after undergoing testing on Sept. 3. After the Director of Facilities, Mr. Robert Donahue, completed training and discovered that the original material of the floor had a high chance of containing mercury, t...

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