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District awaits governor’s office decision regarding graduation

Superintendent Erik Gundersen addressed graduation concerns during the Board of Education meeting held Monday night on Zoom. A graduation is still scheduled for the Class of 2020 on June 16.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

May 5, 2020

(Updated 5/6/20, 8:41 p.m. with topics of human resources approved by the Board of Education.) District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said that graduation will still take place on June 16 during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom.  “We have a lot of work to d...

Coronavirus hinders ‘1776’ spring musical

The cast and crew of  were in their final dress rehearsal of the “1776” spring musical when they received an email that they were still going to perform only to direct family. The next day, the musical was cancelled on opening night due to coronavirus concerns.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

May 4, 2020

Erin Hollar was in the final dress rehearsal of Pascack Valley Theatre's “1776” spring musical when she received an email that the cast and crew were still going to perform to direct family.  The next day, the musical was cancelled on opening night due to coronavirus concerns.  “We got to do al...

Seniors virtually inducted into National Honor Society

A virtual induction ceremony was held on Zoom for seniors accepted into the National Honor Society. The new members were inducted on Friday, May 1.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

Seniors accepted into the National Honor Society were inducted on a Zoom conference call at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Family members of the inductees were also allowed to tune into the conference call.  “Typically, we would be honoring all of these young men and women in person, but we figured that we wou...

Seniors to be inducted in virtual National Honor Society ceremony

Seniors to be inducted in virtual National Honor Society ceremony

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

After the original National Honor Society induction ceremony date scheduled for April 15 had passed, Valerie Santo talked with the administration, club officers, and Pascack Hills NHS advisor Peggy White before deciding to move the event online for seniors. Due to the coronavirus, the ceremony will no...

Virtual Valley Cup to be held Wednesday

Juniors watch a lip sync battle during November's Valley Cup. With school shut down due to the pandemic, the Executive Council has decided to host a Valley Cup virtual on Wednesday.

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

As Pascack Valley has shut down due to the pandemic, the Executive Council has decided to host Valley Cup, the school pep rally, virtually on Wednesday. An in-person Valley Cup would have been held on May 21. “The idea of a virtual Valley Cup was a combined effort by the entire council,” said Anna U...

Gundersen addresses graduation concerns at BOE meeting

Gundersen addresses graduation concerns at BOE meeting

Ellie Kim and Izzy Zuluaga

April 28, 2020

The Board of Education answered concerns raised by parents regarding a graduation ceremony at its virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. “We want to make sure that we are honoring the recognition that those students deserve,” district Superintendent Erik Gundersen said. “We are working with ou...

Gundersen ‘very disappointed’ in principal search

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said he was “very disappointed” that Pascack Valley’s principal search did not turn out as he expected.
Brian Hutchinson, the Emerson Junior-Senior High School principal, asked the Board of Education to rescind his appointment days after the community expressed support for Interim Principal John Puccio to take on the permanent position.

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

April 24, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said he was “very disappointed” that Pascack Valley’s principal search did not turn out as he expected. Brian Hutchinson, the Emerson Junior-Senior High School principal, asked the Board of Education to rescind his appointment days after the community expr...

Student-composed jingle featured in NJTV

Senior Sophia Lange's jingle was chosen as a segue piece between clips in each episode of NJTV Learning Live, a program created to educate students in grades three through six while schools are shut down from the coronavirus. The tune was created using a piano, flute, and tambourine on Musescore.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Senior Sophia Lange composed a jingle using a piano, flute, and tambourine on Musescore at 1 a.m. after receiving an email from AP Music Theory teacher Argine Safari. “I was proud and humbled by how it turned out, [but] I didn’t believe that anyone would like it that much,” said Lange, who ...

Beekeeping program put on hold

The bees for the beekeeping program arrived on April 4, but could not be stored since Pascack Valley is shut down due to the coronavirus. Science teacher Kristen Lindstrom came up with the idea to temporarily have them in her parents' backyard who are beekeepers until September.

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

Biology teacher Kristen Lindstrom was faced with a difficult decision after the bees for Pascack Valley’s beekeeping program arrived, but could no longer be stored due to the pandemic. “I either had to give [the bees] away and potentially lose money, or we would have to cancel our order for t...

Robotics season brought to a halt

Hannah Epstein, Pascack Valley's CEO of the robotic team, leads the carpentry subdivision. Epstein, who is a senior, could have already finished her last year on the team after its first competition was cancelled and the season may not continue due to the coronavirus.

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

April 19, 2020

The Pascack Pi-oneers, the district’s robotics team, were ready to add onto their 13-year streak of competing in world championships. But after building their robot since January, they were never able to take part in a singular competition as their season remains on hold amid the coronavirus pande...

Gundersen: ‘He is well versed in our district vision and mission’

The Board of Education  held its virtual meeting Monday night on Zoom. At the meeting, Glenn deMarrias, the current Pascack Hills principal, was approved as Pascack Valley's principal for the 2020-2021 school year.

Ellie Kim and Izzy Zuluaga

April 14, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said the Board of Education was left in a “difficult situation” amid the global pandemic during its virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom.  Current Emerson Junior-Senior High School Principal Brian Hutchinson, who had been approved as next year's Pasca...

DeMarrais to step in as PV’s principal

Pascack Hills Principal Glenn deMarrais is recommended as Pascack Valley’s principal for the 2020-2021 school year pending the Board of Education’s approval on Monday, April 13. The position became open after Tom DeMaio retired during the 2019-2020 school year.

Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney

April 10, 2020

(Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and The Smoke Signal will provide updates once more information is made available.) Glenn deMarrais, the current Pascack Hills principal, is recommended as Pascack Valley’s principal for the 2020-2021 school year pending the Board of Education’s appr...

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