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Board of Education passes long-awaited recording policy

Board of Education passes long-awaited recording policy

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

February 7, 2017


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The Board of Education unanimously passed a policy that will allow recording of board meetings yesterday in the Pascack Hills auditorium. The policy will go into effect beginning the next Board of Education meeting on Feb. 27. Yesterday’s meeting was unofficially recorded in order to test the equipmen...

Dance Team holds “send off” performance before departure for Florida

Dance Team holds “send off” performance before departure for Florida

Victoria Donofrio and David Harnett

February 2, 2017


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On Monday, Jan. 30, the Pascack Valley Regional Dance Team held a "send off" performance for students in the new gymnasium before its departure for national competition. The team is leaving for Orlando, Florida on Wednesday to compete in Dance Team Union (DTU) Nationals. The event included performances...

Fresh face brings fresh ideas to the Board of Education

Fresh face brings fresh ideas to the Board of Education

Jamie Ryu and Ally Sumereau

February 1, 2017


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Most nights, James Stankus sits around the the dinner table with his kids and wife. They talk about their days, exchanging stories. Often times, Stankus hears bits and pieces of comments about the school from his children. It was this that first prompted him to run for the Pascack Valley Regiona...

Non-profit animal farm visits PV

Non-profit animal farm visits PV

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

Tevaland Farm visited Pascack Valley yesterday, giving students an opportunity to meet and interact with different animals. The non-profit animal rescue brought chicks, rabbits, a duck, and rats to the Wellness Center from the beginning of lunch to the end of Pascack Period A. Taly Ron, owner of T...

Administration restricts access to boy’s locker room

Administration restricts access to boy’s locker room

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

January 24, 2017


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The Pascack Valley administration decided to limit access to the boys’ locker room last Friday. According to an email sent by Principal Tom DeMaio, due to sustained damage, students will no longer be allowed in the boys’ locker room without “proper supervision” by a teacher. “There was d...

PV Litmag to Host “Lit Out Loud”

PV Litmag to Host “Lit Out Loud”

Jake Topolosky, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


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Whether it be a painting, an original song, or an excerpt from a recently written short story, all art is welcome at the PV Literature and Arts Magazine’s annual fundraising event, “Lit Out Loud.” The event is in the style of a coffeehouse performance night, and it will be taking place on Thur...

NJ Commissioner of Education visits PV

NJ Commissioner of Education visits PV

Lauren Cohen, Managing Editor

January 11, 2017


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New Jersey Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington visited Pascack Valley last Tuesday to observe first-hand the original additions the administration and teachers have put into the curricula and classroom design. Harrington met with District Superintendent P. Erik Gundersen, Director of Curric...

The Hillsdale Free Public Library wants your feedback

The Hillsdale Free Public Library wants your feedback

Kyle Comito, Editor in Chief

January 10, 2017


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The Hillsdale Free Public Library Board of Trustees encourages all Hillsdale residents— especially students— to complete the following survey regarding the library and its services. The results from the survey will be considered to help generate a new strategic plan for the future of the li...

New office will be created for Superintendent

New office will be created for Superintendent

Meghan Costello, Staff Writer

January 5, 2017


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Pascack Valley Regional High School District Superintendent Erik Gunderson’s current office is located behind the Pascack Hills football field. His office is going to be torn down and relocated to a facility in Montvale. This construction is to allow for a field complex equal to the one at Pascack Val...

PV Theatre Arts class visits senior citizens’ home

PV Theatre Arts class visits senior citizens’ home

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

December 23, 2016


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The Pascack Valley High School Theatre Arts class visited the Atrium for Senior Living in Park Ridge on Monday Nov. 21. The Theatre Arts teacher, Peg Narin, reached out to the Atrium for Senior Living through Mrs. Laura Grier, who runs the internships program at PV. “They were thrilled with ...

DEAR is a work in progress

DEAR is a work in progress

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

December 21, 2016


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Pascack Valley had its second DEAR time last Wednesday and, according to PV Principal Tom DeMaio, there are still improvements to be made. “[DEAR time] is not where I want it yet,” DeMaio said of the Drop Everything And Read program. “Some kids were a little bit more okay with it because i...

Replacement for PV music teacher appointed

Replacement for PV music teacher appointed

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

December 20, 2016


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Ms. Mary-Lynn Rhodes was approved to replace Ms. Argine Safari, who will be leaving Pascack Valley on a six month sabbatical, during the Board of Education meeting in the Pascack Hills auditorium last night. Safari, the choir teacher at Pascack Valley, was named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Yea...

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