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Executive Council finalized for next school year

Executive Council finalized for next school year

Curstine Guevarra, Photo Editor

May 24, 2016


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The positions for Executive Council 2016-17 school year are: President – Emilio Quevedo Vice President – Jacob Ricco Secretary – Drew Aral Treasurer – Matt Novakowski Public Relations – Andrew Merli Senior Liaison – Chloe Witt BOE/Junior Liaison – Kelly Petro BOE/Sophomore...

PV principal receives award

Sarah Schmoyer

May 22, 2016


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Pascack Valley Principal Mr. Tom DeMaio was recently awarded the Bergen Country Administrator of Excellence Award. DeMaio was given this recognition by the Bergen County Principal’s and Supervisor's Association to commemorate his accomplishments and actions as principal. Every year the organization...

Hillsdale woman advocates for new amendments to Joan’s Law

Hillsdale woman advocates for new amendments to Joan’s Law

Evan Jones, Staff Writer

May 20, 2016


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Joan's Law, signed in New Jersey in 1997, is meant to protect minors from murders involving sexual violence. The main advocate for the law was Hillsdale resident Rosemarie D'Alessandro. D'Alessandro's daughter, Joan, was the victim of such a crime in 1973. On Holy Thursday, Joan, a girl scout, w...

PARCC Testing Portfolio

PARCC Testing Portfolio

Kyle Comito, Staff Editor

May 18, 2016


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This past week, Pascack Valley administered the standardized PARCC test for the second year in a row. Here is a "portfolio" of all of the Smoke Signal's coverage of the test, from the opinions of the students to expectations of the administrators. Click each picture for the article.

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PARCC Day 4: administrators overall pleased with PARCC testing

PARCC Day 4: administrators overall pleased with PARCC testing

Jamie Ryu, Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


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After four days of testing, the PARCC exam has concluded at Pascack Valley. “We’re happy with how it went,” said John Puccio, the Assistant Principal at Pascack Valley. “There were some new parts this year so we didn’t know what we were going to expect. But we’re pleased with what happened.”

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NJDOE claims PARCC benefits outweigh drawbacks

NJDOE claims PARCC benefits outweigh drawbacks

Lauren Martinez, Staff Writer

May 17, 2016


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There are the SATs and the ACTs. There are AP exams and placement tests. All are standardized, and all are commonplace to many high school students. They can feel long and drawn out, and many think it is painful to sit in a room for so long. But they have their upsides, including, quite obviously, getting into college.

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Administration is optimistic for second year of PARCC testing

Administration is optimistic for second year of PARCC testing

Kayla Barry, Staff Editor

May 11, 2016


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About 80 percent of Pascack Valley’s student body last year chose not participate in the new standardized test, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which is affiliated with seven different states. This year, though, only 12 percent are not taking the test, according to PV Principal Tom DeMaio.

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“Love Isn’t” newsroom project presents Pascack Period event

“Love Isn’t” newsroom project presents Pascack Period event

Sara Cadiz, Staff Writer

May 10, 2016


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Recently, Mr. Matthew Morone, an Honors English 2 teacher here at Pascack Valley, assigned “newsroom” projects to students from his period one, four, five, and seven classes. The mission for each class was to select an issue that is significant in today’s society. This is the third year that Morone...

PV English teacher wins prestigious award

PV English teacher wins prestigious award

Vanessa Rutigliano, Editor in Chief

May 10, 2016


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PV English teacher Mr. Matt Morone has been named the Princeton Distinguished Educator of the Year, which will be received at Princeton University’s Graduation Ceremony on May 31. The process of nominations and applications for this award began in November. “I was nominated by a teacher,"...

Teen Anxiety Fair educates parents

Teen Anxiety Fair educates parents

Matt Belva, Kayla Barry, and Vanessa Rutigliano

May 8, 2016


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Last Wednesday, there was a Mental Health Resource Fair at Pascack Hills that featured various booths that offered services to those suffering from anxiety disorders. This included social anxiety disorder, phobias, separation anxiety, and panic disorder. The event was sponsored by Kinderkamack Co...

Shhhhh!

Shhhhh!

Sarah Schmoyer, Staff Writer

May 8, 2016


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If you were asked to go an entire school day without speaking to your friends or even teachers, could you do it? On Friday, April 15, the day of Silence, students across the nation pledged to do just that. This is an event sponsored by GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. This...

PV Choir Director named Bergen County Governor’s Educator of the Year

PV Choir Director named Bergen County Governor’s Educator of the Year

Curstine Guevarra and Robyn Roznitsky

May 2, 2016


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Mrs. Argine Safari, the Choir, Bro Squad, and Music Theory teacher here at Pascack Valley, received the title of Bergen County Governor's Educator of the Year during the first half of lunch on May 2. "I'm just beyond excited for her. She totally deserves [this recognition]; she's done so much...

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