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District Equity Team and PH alumni to hold peaceful protest

A peaceful rally and march will be held in Woodcliff Lake this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event was organized by the District Equity Team with the help of a group of alumni.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

June 24, 2020

A peaceful protest march to support the Black Lives Matter movement will be held in Woodcliff Lake by the District Equity Team and Pascack Hills alumni Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The march will begin at the Woodcliff Lake Town Hall and end at the Woodcliff Lake train station, where vario...

Pascack Hills community holds protest against removal of mascots

Pascack Hills students, teachers, and parents gather in the PH parking lot. Students protested against the removal of the

Abby Shapiro and Izzy Zuluaga

June 23, 2020

Members of the Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley community gathered in the PH parking lot to protest in favor of the return of the schools' former mascots – the Cowboys and the Indians, respectively – following the removal of them in a virtual Board of Education meeting held through Zoom on June 22...

Community expresses opinions on mascot removal

Community expresses opinions on mascot removal

Abby Shapiro, Sarah Buttikofer, and Izzy Zuluaga

June 23, 2020

During the Board of Education's meeting Monday night held on Zoom, over 50 community members voiced their opinions regarding the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills Mascot and nickname. Community members were able to call-in to the meeting during comments from the public.  Alumni, current students, p...

District approves removal of PV and PH mascots

The removal of the PV and PH mascots was voted on and approved by the Board of Education at its virtual meeting tonight held on Zoom. The decision to establish new mascots and what those mascots would be will be made by the Board following its retreat Thursday.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

June 22, 2020

(Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and The Smoke Signal will provide updates once more information is made available.) The removal of the Pascack Valley mascot as the Indians and the Pascack Hills mascot as the Cowboys was voted on and unanimously approved by the Board of Education at it...

District to keep selected in-person graduation date July 8

Graduates celebrate the culmination of their high school careers by attending a car parade held on held on Tuesday, June 16. District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will still be held on July 8 despite concerns from seniors and parents who argue that the date interferes with “Beach Week,” a student-organized event in which graduates spend the week at the beach.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

June 22, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will still be held on July 8 despite concerns from seniors and parents who argue that the date interferes with “Beach Week,” a student-organized event in which graduates spend the week at the...

Class of 2020 to participate in graduation parade

Class of 2020 to participate in graduation parade

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

June 15, 2020

A parade will take place Tuesday, June 16, with a rain date of June 17, in place of a traditional ceremony on the original graduation date due to the pandemic. The parade will take place in four separate “waves” to ensure that traffic is kept to a minimum and keep the community safe, according to an email sent by Interim Principal John Puccio to the Class of 2020.  Each of the 296 seniors is permitted one car, which must also be identified using a poster with the graduate’s name. The parade will begin at Holdrum Middle School and proceed to Rivervale Road and through Piermo...

Final virtual Valley Cup videos released

Senior James Allmers prepares to throw a ball during the dodgeball game.

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

June 13, 2020

Executive Council President Anna Urrea said the final virtual Valley Cup will most likely determine if the juniors or seniors win the trophy. The winner is aiming to be announced on June 16, the last day of school. The event, which is a music video competition, was released Saturday morning. “Fir...

In-person graduation to be held July 8

In-person graduation to be held July 8

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

June 11, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held on the finalized date of July 8 with a rain date of July 9. The district’s plan to hold an in-person graduation ceremony was announced at the Board of Education’s virtual meeting o...

In-person graduation ceremony intended to be held July 8

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the district intends on hosting an in-person graduation on July 8 if New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy increases outdoor capacity during the Board of Education's virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. During the meeting, Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer was also approved as assistant district superintendent and Cynthia Ackerman as assistant business administrator for the 2020-2021 school year.

Abby Shapiro, Sarah Buttikofer, and Ilmie Xhaferi

June 8, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that the district intends on hosting an in-person graduation on July 8 if New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy increases outdoor capacity during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. The rain date for the ceremony would be July 9. ...

Pascack Swimming holds senior drive-by

The event was organized by the captains of the class of 2021.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

June 6, 2020

Team members, alumni, and past coaches of Pascack Swimming joined together in a senior drive-by through Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, and Hillsdale at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event was organized by Pascack Valley captains Jen Malocha, Tyler Marzano, and Sean Fei and Pascack Hills captain Kat...

Poppy seed project

Seniors Angelina Giustra and Jennifer Pulsiano donated money they raised from their public policy project to the American Legion. A poppy sale would have been held in front of the school, but due to the pandemic, the fundraising plan was altered.

Ellie Kim and Sarah Buttikofer

June 6, 2020

Government and history teacher Jeff Jasper said that it’s important for us to always remember the sacrifices that veterans have made. “As we get further and further away from knowing veterans, we should never forget what veterans have done, and who they are,” said Jasper, who served for two years ...

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