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Hateful graffiti discovered at Pascack Hills

Hateful graffiti discovered at Pascack Hills

Rachel Cohen and Josh DeLuca

December 3, 2018

Several swastikas and a racial slur were found etched into parition walls of a boys bathroom in Pascack Hills on Friday, Nov. 30. Since then, the bathroom has been shut down, the graffiti was removed, and the Montvale Police Department has conducted an investigation.  The recent discoveries at PH come...

Petition created against closure of gradebook

Petition created against closure of gradebook

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 30, 2018

A petition against the closure of the gradebook during the school day on Genesis, the Pascack Valley portal that students use to access their grades, has been circulating throughout the student body during the past week. As of Thursday morning, the petition, found on Google Forms, had totaled 375 signa...

Pascack Valley participates in ‘Movement of Unity’

Pascack Valley participates in ‘Movement of Unity’

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018

In the wake of the recent anti-Semitic graffiti and hate speech that was found at Pascack Valley, the student body participated in a “Movement of Unity” on Nov. 21. According to an email sent by Pascack Valley Regional High School District Superintendent Erik Gundersen, the event was one step in...

Students not permitted to eat lunch upstairs

Students not permitted to eat lunch upstairs

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 20, 2018

Pascack Valley students are not permitted to eat lunch on the second floor as of Tuesday, Nov. 13. This procedure was sent in an email by PV Principal Mr. Tom DeMaio to remind students that it will be enforced for the rest of the school year. According to DeMaio, the upstairs was not closed during lun...

Gradebook to remain closed during school day

Gradebook to remain closed during school day

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 19, 2018

It was announced at the beginning of October that Genesis, the portal in which Pascack Valley High School students utilize to access their grades, would be inaccessible during the school day in the "Gradebook Pilot Program." The program was constructed as a pilot to last until this upcoming Wednesday,...

‘Student-led Movement of Unity’ planned for Wednesday

‘Student-led Movement of Unity’ planned for Wednesday

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 19, 2018

A 'student-led Movement of Unity' is set to take place in the morning Wednesday, Nov. 21, around 8:45 a.m. This is not a walkout as to avoid making the movement political, according to Vice President of PV's Executive Council Sean Oh. Students who participate will walk up to the track and, according...

Hate crimes on the rise across United States

Hate crimes on the rise across United States

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 19, 2018

In the wake of what has been happening at Pascack Valley regarding the graffiti that was recently uncovered by The Smoke Signal, it is apparent that PV’s situation is not a unique case. Anti-semitic and other hateful incidents have been on the rise across the United States in the past year. Accordi...

PV students, teachers tell their biggest takeaways from student council meeting

PV students, teachers tell their biggest takeaways from student council meeting

Katie Mullaney

November 19, 2018

After Pascack Valley’s Student Council meeting on Thursday Nov. 15, students and teachers who attended the meeting were asked what their biggest takeaway was from the open discussion about fighting back against anti-Semitism in the school. PV junior class president Anna Urrea states the importance of spea...

Students discuss solutions to anti-Semitism

Students discuss solutions to anti-Semitism

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

November 16, 2018

A student walkout and mandatory assembly were among the topics discussed at an open meeting for students held by Pascack Valley’s Student Council in the lecture hall the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss what actions should be taken regarding the recent anti-Semitic incidents in the school. PV Pri...

Anti-Semitic drawings under an ongoing investigation

Anti-Semitic drawings under an ongoing investigation

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 14, 2018

There is an ongoing police investigation regarding the five swastikas and other forms of hate speech found by students and staff throughout Pascack Valley. The investigation began on Sept. 27 after the first anti-Semitic drawing was discovered in the boys bathroom on the second floor.  The Smok...

Plaques containing hateful etchings removed

Plaques containing hateful etchings removed

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

November 14, 2018

Pascack Valley administration completed the removal of plaques behind the third base dugout of the baseball field Wednesday morning. The Smoke Signal first reported on Tuesday that the plaques contained etchings of homophobic slurs, racial slurs, and drug references. According to an email sent to th...

Hateful graffiti found on plaques along baseball dugout

Hateful graffiti found on plaques along baseball dugout

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 12, 2018

Days after it was made public that five swastikas were found inside various bathrooms at PV, more hate speech was pointed out to administration Monday at Pascack Valley, this time behind the third base baseball dugout etched onto plaques commemorating former standout PV baseball players. The plaqu...

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