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Human Rights League to host movie night

Human Rights League to host movie night

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

December 13, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

The Human Rights League will be hosting a showing of “13th” Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall. “13th” is a documentary about racial inequality in the criminal justice system in America. It was released on Netflix on Oct. 7, 2016. The film recently won the Critics' Choice Documen...

DEAR students: mandatory reading period still exists

DEAR students: mandatory reading period still exists

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under News, Pascack Period Overview, Showcase

Although the past two scheduled DEAR sessions were cancelled, the mandatory Pascack Period reading session is not gone for good. According to PV Principal Tom DeMaio, the administration decided to cancel DEAR (Drop Everything And READ) time in both October and November in order to “make adjustment...

Administration aims to maintain normalcy in wake of recent tragedy

Administration aims to maintain normalcy in wake of recent tragedy

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Members of the Pascack Valley administration have been in contact with and receiving advice from various organizations since last Sunday, when a student at Pascack Valley decided to take his life. Jack Farrell, a senior at Pascack Valley High School, committed suicide last Sunday. According to his mo...

PV security officers now armed with guns

PV security officers now armed with guns

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


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Just four short years ago, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy happened in nearby Connecticut. Active shooters in schools have increasingly become an issue throughout the country, with a greater number of incidents occurring each year. In response to this, many schools have been instituting new poli...

Dinner and a show

Dinner and a show

Kayla Barry and Madison Gallo

November 17, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, Video

Last saturday, The Smoke Signal's editors, sophomores Kayla Barry and Madison Gallo, were in Indianapolis, Indiana for the JEA/NSPA Fall Conference of high school journalism. Around 6 p.m., on their way to dinner, they came across a Donald Trump protest in front of the Indiana Statehouse where M...

What do PV students think about the 2016 Presidential Election?

What do PV students think about the 2016 Presidential Election?

Matt Novakowski, Staff Writer

November 8, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

After nearly two years of talk about walls, emails, locker rooms, and the definition of the word “deplorable”, election day is here. The day where Americans cast their vote for the next President of the United States of America, the next Commander-in-Chief, and the next Leader of the Free World. ...

How the presidential candidates plan on handling your college tuition

How the presidential candidates plan on handling your college tuition

Rachel Powell, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

(Editor's Note: The original version of this story identified Hillary Clinton as the current Secretary of State; however, she no longer holds this position. The error has since been corrected.)  On Election Day, voters will have to make their choice of candidate based off a variety of different importa...

Testing program helps students decide between ACT and SAT

Testing program helps students decide between ACT and SAT

Kelsey Hagen, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Many students have a hard time deciding whether they should take the SAT or the ACT. However, PV sophomore, Brendan Falconer thinks he’s found the test that is right for him. “I am going to take the ACT because it fits more of my strengths,” Falconer said. To help other students deci...

The Smoke Signal wins 20 awards at GSSPA Conference

The Smoke Signal wins 20 awards at GSSPA Conference

Curstine Guevarra, Photo Editor

October 25, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

  Members of The Smoke Signal took a trip to the annual Garden State Scholastic Press Association Conference this past Monday. At the conference, which is attended by many student journalists all across the state of New Jersey, The Smoke Signal was named New Jersey's Distinguished Journ...

Pushing back against censorship

Pushing back against censorship

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Editor

October 19, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

In 2014, Northern Highlands student Adelina Colaku tried to publish an article in her school newspaper, The Highland Fling, but was prevented by the school’s administration. The principal, Joseph Occhino, censored the article, a piece discussing sensitive issues within the school’s staff. Colaku, who w...

Pascack Valley to host third annual Homecoming BBQ

Pascack Valley to host third annual Homecoming BBQ

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer

October 13, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Pascack Valley’s third annual homecoming barbeque, organized by the homecoming committee, will take place on Sat. October 29. It will happen before, during, and after the football game against Cliffside Park, lasting from 11:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the barbeque is $10 for adults and students ...

Devoted teacher recognized for helping students find their passions

Devoted teacher recognized for helping students find their passions

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Pascack Valley choir teacher Mrs. Argine Safari has had a passion for music her whole life. However, she can pinpoint the exact moment when her passion for teaching became even stronger than that love for music. Safari remembers one of her students who was especially passionate about music. Since t...

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