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Breaking the silence

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Spencer Goldstein and Abby Shapiro

June 5, 2020

An email calling out the district’s silence regarding the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed at the hands of a white police officer, was sent out to both Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills on behalf of the District Equity Team and the PV Human Rights League on June 2. Hills senior Beck...

Black Lives Matter protests planned across N.J. this weekend

Black Lives Matter protests planned across N.J. this weekend

Sarah Buttikofer, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Rachel Cohen

June 4, 2020

In cities throughout the country, people are protesting the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed May 25 after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. The Smoke Signal compiled a list of many protests being held in New Jersey over this upcoming weekend. ...

Parent-sponsored prom planned for July

The Class of 2019 had its senior prom on June 14 at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton. A parent-sponsored prom is planned for the Class of 2020 on July 17 at the Rockleigh Country Club.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

June 2, 2020

A parent-sponsored prom has been organized for July 17 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rockleigh Country Club. “We thought to grab a day that we thought would be safe in the middle of the summer and keep our fingers crossed that things keep opening up,” senior parent Diane Zgajic said. Jamie C...

EMT volunteers continue working during pandemic

While many EMT volunteers are choosing to stay home, senior Sarah Viceconte continues to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. She volunteers for a 12-hour shift once a week and a 24-hour shift once a month for the Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

June 1, 2020

While many EMT volunteers are choosing to stay home, senior Sarah Viceconte continues to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. Viceconte volunteers for a 12-hour shift once a week and a 24-hour shift once a month as an EMT for the Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service. “We have a large m...

District to hold potential in-person graduation

New Jersey schools can hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing beginning July 6, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Tuesday via Twitter. A hybrid ceremony will still take place, but an additional in-person ceremony may be a possibility.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

May 27, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said a hybrid graduation is still planned for June 16, but an additional in-person ceremony may be possible following Governor Phil Murphy’s tweet Tuesday morning that schools are able to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing b...

Smoke Signal announces 2020-2021 Editorial Board

Smoke Signal announces 2020-2021 Editorial Board

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

May 22, 2020

The Smoke Signal Editorial Board has filled its editor positions for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney, the current editors in chief, will be passing the torch to Sports Editor Spencer Goldstein and Managing Editor Ellie Kim. Below is a breakdown of the staff, sports, ...

Celebration of the Arts to be held virtually May 28

Celebration of the Arts to be held virtually May 28

Abby Shapiro and Sarah Buttikofer

May 22, 2020

The 2019-2020 Celebration of The Arts will take place virtually May 28 where students' “incredible” talents will be showcased, said Noemi Rodriguez, district supervisor of world language, ESL, music, and family and consumer sciences. The Celebration of The Arts highlights various student works fro...

Students face AP exam complications

Due to the pandemic, students are taking virtual Advanced Placement exams May 11 to May 22. While the College Board released a practice demo for submitting responses, students faced complications and may have to retake their exams.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Junior Aishwarya Pathri was one of the many Advanced Placement students who were unable to submit their test answers on this year’s virtual exams. Pathri said she read that 10% of students could not submit their responses this year. Pathri was “frantically clicking the [submit] button” as she watched the time g...

Final exams to not be administered

The Board of Education held its virtual meeting Monday night on Zoom. At the meeting, it was announced that there will not be a final exam period at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Izzy Zuluaga and Ilmie Xhaferi

May 19, 2020

Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer said that there will not be a final exam period at the end of the 2019-2020 school year during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. “We have decided that because of the challenges of remote learning, there will not be a final...

Gundersen announces hybrid graduation

A hybrid graduation is planned for the Class of 2020 on June 16. Superintendent Erik Gundersen announced the district's plan Friday afternoon.

Ellie Kim and Spencer Goldstein

May 18, 2020

An initial announcement regarding the possibility of an in-person graduation ceremony, if state regulations allowed for it, was released in an email sent to the parents and students of the Class of 2020 by district Superintendent Erik Gundersen on May 7. However, Gundersen later announced the district's...

8 ways to support local businesses

8 ways to support local businesses

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Local business owners have suffered ever since the coronavirus hit the community. With both Hillsdale and River Vale in quarantine, below are eight ways to help vendors during these unprecedented times. Hillsdale Local Businesses: Chicken Delight Cornerstone Della Cucina Domani Hol...

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