The Smoke Signal

Hoco is a No-Go

Hoco is a No-Go

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports Showcase

Due to the impending weather conditions, Pascack Valley’s homecoming committee has made the decision to cancel their annual homecoming event. The football game against New Canaan will still take place, but the game has been rescheduled from Saturday Oct. 27 to Thursday Oct. 25 to avoid the storm. Senior nig...

New addition to PV security detail

New addition to PV security detail

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Mr. Hugh Ames, a previously retired police officer in South Orange, has been added to the Pascack Valley security staff alongside Mr. Mike Niego and Mr. Chip Stalter as of Tuesday, Oct. 23. At PV, Ames has the afternoon shifts ranging from 3:30 p.m. to a time depending on when all school activities...

Dance room and weight room reopen after air testing

Dance room and weight room reopen after air testing

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The Pascack Valley dance room and weight room were reopened for use Friday afternoon on Oct. 19  after an air quality test for mercury came back as negative. The rooms were shut down on Oct. 3 after an indication of mercury was found in the floors. The company of Health and Safety suggested for PV to shut down th...

Mercury found in dance room and weight room

Mercury found in dance room and weight room

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

An indication of mercury was found in the floors of Pascack Valley's dance room and weight room after undergoing testing on Sept. 3. After the Director of Facilities, Mr. Robert Donahue, completed training and discovered that the original material of the floor had a high chance of containing mercury, t...

Smoke Signal nominated for GSSPA Awards

Smoke Signal nominated for GSSPA Awards

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA), a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and conferences for high school newspaper publications, has recently tweeted the finalists for the print and online media awards. First, second, and third places for each print category were ann...

Online gradebook temporarily closed during school hours

Online gradebook temporarily closed during school hours

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

October 3, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Habitual gradebook checkers have had to find other ways to occupy themselves in class after Monday. The online gradebook is temporarily closed as of Monday during the school day in the “Pilot Gradebook Program” set to last until Thanksgiving by the Pascack Valley Regional High School District...

From garden to classroom

From garden to classroom

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

September 23, 2018


Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

 Culinary teacher Ms. Julianne Downes was in the PV courtyard last May planting organic produce with her classes. Four months later, she enjoys eggplant meatballs for lunch. Throughout the summer, Downes, along with Mrs. Kristen Lindstrom and Mrs. Michela Piccolini, helped maintain the garden, picked the herbs and vegetables, and do...

Veteran PV teacher takes charge as English Department Supervisor

Veteran PV teacher takes charge as English Department Supervisor

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

September 3, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Throughout her childhood, Mrs. Valerie Mattessich always enjoyed reading and writing and says she was motivated to do so by her teachers from elementary school to high school. Before graduating from Boston College with a major in English and minor in Spanish, she graduated from Pascack Valley where she r...

District removes two teaching positions and phases out program

District removes two teaching positions and phases out program

Katie Mullaney and Kayla Barry

June 12, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to close, so does the French program and two teacher’s positions - one of them being for English, the other being for Art. District eliminates English position With Mr. Shawn Buchanan changing his position to Athletic Director, the District has decided not to replace his English teaching positio...

Teachers discuss Standards-Based Grading in their classrooms

Teachers discuss Standards-Based Grading in their classrooms

Jaiden Price, Staff Writer

June 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Pascack Valley English teacher Matthew Morone utilizes the Standards-Based Grading System in his course curriculum. Last spring, the English office collaborated with Dr. Barry Bachenheimer, the Director of Curriculum for the Pascack Valley District, and agreed that any teacher in the departmen...

Smoke Signal Film Festival highlighted by Zack Latteri documentary

Smoke Signal Film Festival highlighted by Zack Latteri documentary

Tara Healy, Staff Editor

June 7, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Casey Lewis's documentary "Pay It Forward," was the last film to be shown yesterday, June 6, at The Smoke Signal's third annual film festival. His film is about Zack Latteri, a student in the class of 2018 who lost his battle to leukemia. "Zack was a very good friend of mine and we all miss him a lo...

Buzzing about bees

Buzzing about bees

Julia Guskind, Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Two years ago, a native plant garden was planted by the tennis courts at Pascack Valley to appeal to butterfly and honey bee pollinators. Now, Pascack Valley is currently in the process of becoming a Bee Campus. The Bee Campus program aims to transform educational institutions to more sustainable...

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