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‘Student-led Movement of Unity’ planned for Wednesday

‘Student-led Movement of Unity’ planned for Wednesday

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 19, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

A 'student-led Movement of Unity' is set to take place in the morning Wednesday, Nov. 21, around 8:45 a.m. This is not a walkout as to avoid making the movement political, according to Vice President of PV's Executive Council Sean Oh. Students who participate will walk up to the track and, according...

Hate crimes on the rise across United States

Hate crimes on the rise across United States

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 19, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

In the wake of what has been happening at Pascack Valley regarding the graffiti that was recently uncovered by The Smoke Signal, it is apparent that PV’s situation is not a unique case. Anti-semitic and other hateful incidents have been on the rise across the United States in the past year. Accordi...

PV students, teachers tell their biggest takeaways from student council meeting

PV students, teachers tell their biggest takeaways from student council meeting

Katie Mullaney

November 18, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

After Pascack Valley’s Student Council meeting on Thursday Nov. 15, students and teachers who attended the meeting were asked what their biggest takeaway was from the open discussion about fighting back against anti-Semitism in the school. PV junior class president Anna Urrea states the importance of spea...

Students discuss solutions to anti-Semitism

Students discuss solutions to anti-Semitism

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, News, Showcase

A student walkout and mandatory assembly were among the topics discussed at an open meeting for students held by Pascack Valley’s Student Council in the lecture hall the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss what actions should be taken regarding the recent anti-Semitic incidents in the school. PV Pri...

Anti-Semitic drawings under an ongoing investigation

Anti-Semitic drawings under an 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 ...

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