The Smoke Signal

PV students help peer through GoFundMe page

PV students help peer through GoFundMe page

Samantha Nicklas, Staff Writer

January 28, 2018


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A campaign titled “PV Student Being Evicted” was posted on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe on Dec. 27, 2017, the information detailing a Pascack Valley student who, in about twenty hours, would lose her River Vale apartment unless $2,000 was raised by 4 p.m. the next day. To ensure the student...

PV to host Speaker Series

PV to host Speaker Series

Kayla Barry, Managing Editor

January 24, 2018


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Although he does not like to be credited, Brian Gatens presented the idea of bringing in a national-level speaker to various school districts throughout the Pascack Valley area. Since the districts tend to be small in size, Gatens believed that joining forces with all eight districts could bring in k...

Students face possible discipline for possessing inappropriate images

Students face possible discipline for possessing inappropriate images

Madison Gallo, Lauren Cohen, and Molly Heintze

January 19, 2018


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(Editor's Note: In the 2008 incident, pictures were transmitted to the school laptops through external drives. A previous version of this article incorrectly states that they were transmitted via the school network.) Pascack Valley High School held mandatory assemblies throughout the day on Friday ...

The big 1,000

The big 1,000

Gianna Battista, David Harnett, Molly Heintze, Curstine Guevarra, and Rachel Cohen

January 11, 2018


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  A sea of green overflows the Pascack Valley new gymnasium with the administration, fans, former players, parents, and teachers, smiling for a picture with Jeff Jasper, the PV Girls Basketball team coach. After 45 years of instructing on the sidelines, Jasper has become the first girls bas...

PV initiates new midterm schedule

PV initiates new midterm schedule

Katie Mullaney, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018


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As midterm week approaches, Pascack Valley students scramble to finish their review packets and attend study sessions to ensure success on their upcoming assessments. This is the first year for many students to experience high school midterms, considering last year, all students were exempt from midte...

Joan’s Law updated to cover children up to 18 years old

Joan’s Law updated to cover children up to 18 years old

Sara Cadiz, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


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  Forty-four years ago marked a day in which citizens of Hillsdale would never forget: the death of Joan Angela D’Alessandro. Joan, a dedicated Girl Scout from Hillsdale, was only 7 years old when she was molested and murdered on April 19, 1973. Joan delivered Girl Scout cookies to h...

District introduces new schedule

District introduces new schedule

Kelsey Hagen, Staff Writer

December 17, 2017


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The Pascack Valley dismissal bell rings at 2:53 p.m this year instead of 2:51 p.m. like it had in the past. The district added two minutes to the school day and took five minutes off of lunch, allowing for one more minute of instructional time each period this school year. This adds up to seven extra minutes...

PV students visit National History Museum of African American History and Culture

PV students visit National History Museum of African American History and Culture

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

December 5, 2017


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  On Monday, Pascack Valley students, along with history teacher Leah Jerome and psychology and history teacher Ryan Walter, visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located in Washington D.C., for the day. At the museum, students learned about the history of A...

District pilots delayed opening for Professional Development

District pilots delayed opening for Professional Development

Lauren Cohen, Editor in Chief

December 4, 2017


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On Wednesday Nov. 29, students reported to school at 10 a.m. instead of the usual 8 a.m. Teachers still arrived at 8 a.m., as they had professional development in the morning. According to Dr. Barry Bachenheimer, Director of Curriculum for the Pascack Valley district, the delay accomplishes a n...

November 2017 Valley Cup highlights

November 2017 Valley Cup highlights

Curstine Guevarra and Alysa Mehl

November 28, 2017


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Last Wednesday, Pascack Valley hosted its second Valley cup of the year with a Thanksgiving theme. Students from all grades competed in tug of war, ultimate frisbee, and a relay in which the teachers participated. There were performances from the cheerleading, dance and gymnastics teams. Delia Matte...

PV Theatre performs “Crush”

PV Theatre performs “Crush”

Claire Barnhart, Photographer

November 19, 2017


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PV Theatre presented their fall play, "Crush" on Nov. 16-18. The show was directed by Mr. Thomas Lupfer and Mrs. Merielle Lupfer. "Crush" is a sci-fi romantic comedy that follows two characters, Bark (Zach Panno) and Aspen (Keara Fernandez)....

PV’s next top models

PV’s next top models

Claire Barnhart and Alysa Mehl

November 13, 2017


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PV seniors took the stage on Nov. 7 at the annual PFO Fashion Show held at Seasons Catering and Special Events in Washington Township. The models wore outfits from different local stores, which helped to advertise these brands. As the seniors walked the runway, parents and other guests socialized ...

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