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Valley Cup off to typically hot, semi-miked start

The student team huddles before its basketball game against the faculty during Wednesday's first Valley Cup assembly. The teachers won the game, and the seniors hold a slim lead in the points standings.
Brandon Alvarado, Staff Writer September 29, 2014

Last Wednesday, the students of Pascack Valley gathered into the gym for the first time of the new school year. For returning students, we were reminded of the heat that the gym carries due to the excited...

Spirit Week kicks off with sports jersey day

Spirit Week kicks off with sports jersey day
September 24, 2014

PV's Valley Cup Week has included dress-up days featuring sports jerseys, tie-dyes, and green. Today will be the first Valley Cup assembly. Among the activities will be a faculty vs. student half-court...

Quiet time during Pascack Period

The halls at PV will likely be mostly without students Tuesday and Wednesday during the district's
Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer September 22, 2014

The Pascack Period at Valley has been talked about left and right, but starting last Wednesday, Sept. 17, it became a reality. There were various courses offered from “The Art of Food” to the “History...

Pascack Period launches

Pascack Period launches
Sydney Feinberg September 22, 2014

After much speculation, the time has finally come! From “Sisterhood and Society” to “BBQ & Smoking Foods” the Pascack Period is giving students a wide variety of classes to take. The classes...

Light turnout for optional summer reading discussions

From left to right, Dr. Mike Faigle, freshman Emily Le, and junior Justin Luwbel discuss Catcher in the Rye during book discussions last Wednesday.
Vanessa Rutigliano, Managing Editor September 18, 2014

Summer reading assignments had always been mandatory during summer breaks in the past years at Pascack Valley. However, in the spirit of the new Pascack Schedule, this year’s summer reading assignment...

PV’s first ever virtual day: A look back and a look forward

PV's first ever virtual day: A look back and a look forward
Carly Comito, Staff Writer September 16, 2014

On Feb. 13, 2014, Pascack Valley became the first school in the district to try something new, a Virtual School Day. After receiving permission from the state to allow students and teachers to work from...

Early returns are positive for rotating schedule

Early returns are positive for rotating schedule
Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer September 11, 2014

Pascack Valley’s rotating schedule has created quite the buzz around school this week and last, to say the least. From the new “Pascack Period” to classes going out of order to 88-minute periods,...

Students sample course offerings at Pascack Fair

Sophomores Regina Guzzo, left, and Julia Veloso are running a Pascack Period offering called
Sami Ulin, Staff Writer September 4, 2014

With a new school year comes a new schedule. Within the installment of a rotating block is a Pascack Period in which students have the ability to take enrichment classes of their choosing during one half...

Reactions to PV’s first day of extended periods

The halls at PV will likely be mostly without students Tuesday and Wednesday during the district's
Carly Comito, Staff Writer September 3, 2014

Pascack Valley is undergoing a major change this school year. Rotating classes with 88-minute periods have been implemented into our schedules. Senior Lindsay Gordon explains, “The 88-minute periods...

Day One: First thoughts on the new schedule

Sydney Feinberg, Staff Writer September 2, 2014
After numerous rumors have been spread and brains have been rattled, the new schedule has finally arrived. PV students and teachers are experiencing longer class periods, the Pascack Period, and a common lunch. Over the past year, students and teachers alike have been wondering how this new schedule will work and if it will actually help prepare students for college.

The Smoke Signal: New and Improved

From left to right, The Smoke Signal's editorial staff, which has been instrumental in adopting the newspaper's new online format:  Gina Romana, Co-Editor-in-Chief; Vanessa Rutigliano, Managing Editor; Justin Cook, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Justin Cook, Gina Romana, Vanessa Rutigliano, Smoke Signal Editorial Staff August 29, 2014

For decades The Smoke Signal has served as a reliable and informative source for all things Pascack Valley. Distributed to students at least four times every year, each issue would include articles providing...

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