The Smoke Signal

GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students

GSA hosts Day of Silence for LGBT students

Sarah Tamagny, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


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Not a sound echoes through the halls of Pascack Valley. Students, adorned in rainbow colored hearts and holding note cards walk to their next class. On Friday, May 4, PV students observed the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence. The members of PV’s Gender and Sexuality...

Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

Kate Fagan: Keeping Madison’s Story Alive

Katie Mullaney and Tara Healy

May 2, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

“Mental health is not the absence of mental illness,” is a phrase that ESPN sports writer and author of “What Made Maddy Run,” Kate Fagan, told Pascack Valley juniors and seniors on Thursday in an assembly during Pascack Period. She also spoke later that day at 7 p.m. at Split Image: Secret...

Need to bEAT hosts benefit concert

Need to bEAT hosts benefit concert

Victoria Donofrio, Photographer

May 1, 2018


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Lauren Smith, currently in charge of Need to bEAT, hosted a benefit concert for the organization on April 12. Need to bEAT is an organization that raises money and awareness for eating disorders. The concert was at 7 p.m. in the PV auditorium....

PV community recounts Armenian history

PV community recounts Armenian history

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


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In 1915, Turkish Government leaders set a plan into motion that would forcibly remove and massacre the 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. By the end, 1.5 million people were killed. This is regarded by most historians as a genocide—a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an enti...

PV community participates in nationwide movement

PV community participates in nationwide movement

Rachel Powell, Staff Editor

March 26, 2018


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    Chants of "enough is enough" reverberated throughout the crowd as marchers demanded gun control legislation and volunteers with clipboards registered teenagers to vote. On March 24, hundreds of thousands of protesters across the country spoke out against gun violence d...

Pascack Valley students participate in walkout

Pascack Valley students participate in walkout

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

March 15, 2018


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On Wednesday, students at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, N.J. joined other American high school students in a national school walkout in memory of the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  The event at Pascack Valley was organized by...

Pointed email addresses cell phone use in class

Pointed email addresses cell phone use in class

Tara Healy, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


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An email from Assistant Principal John Puccio to all students addressed cell phone use by Pascack Valley freshman and sophomores during class. The email, sent on Monday, Feb. 26, said, “We would like to remind you that cell phones must be turned off during class time and that it is against school pol...

Dance Team wins double national title in Florida competition

Dance Team wins double national title in Florida competition

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

February 21, 2018


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The Pascack Valley Regional Dance Team, along with 32 other varsity teams, circled around the dance floor, waiting for the announcer to introduce the winners of each category. The PVRDT huddled with their heads facing the floor and their arms around each other’s shoulders as the presenter name...

Dance Team hosts farewell performance before Florida competition

Dance Team hosts farewell performance before Florida competition

Rachel Cohen and David Harnett

February 13, 2018


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A feeling of excitement filled the bleachers of the Pascack Valley new gymnasium from former dance team members, students, teachers, and parents, saying their goodbyes to the Pascack Valley Regional Dance Team as they prepare to leave for Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 15. In Orlando, the team...

PV student to compete in regional poetry competition

PV student to compete in regional poetry competition

Lauren Cohen, Editor in Chief

February 1, 2018


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A Pascack Valley freshman will represent the school at the regional Poetry Out Loud contest on Feb. 9 at Bergen Community College. On Dec. 20, PV held its own Poetry Out Loud event during Pascack Period, with the winner, Ava Devincenzo, moving on to the next round. At the regional competition, Devincen...

PV students help peer through GoFundMe page

PV students help peer through GoFundMe page

Samantha Nicklas, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


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A campaign titled “PV Student Being Evicted” was posted on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe on Dec. 27, 2017, the information detailing a Pascack Valley student who, in about twenty hours, would lose her River Vale apartment unless $2,000 was raised by 4 p.m. the next day. To ensure the student...

PV to host Speaker Series

PV to host Speaker Series

Kayla Barry, Managing Editor

January 24, 2018


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Although he does not like to be credited, Brian Gatens presented the idea of bringing in a national-level speaker to various school districts throughout the Pascack Valley area. Since the districts tend to be small in size, Gatens believed that joining forces with all eight districts could bring in k...

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