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Smoke Signal attends NHSJC in Washington, D.C.

Editors in chief Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney sit at a news desk at the Newseum.

Rachel Cohen, Matt Austin, and Victoria Donofrio

November 25, 2019

The Smoke Signal attended the Fall National High School Journalism Convention, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the Nation Scholastic Press Association, in Washington, D.C. from Thursday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 24. At the convention, around 6,000 student journalists across th...

Smoke Signal hosts ‘Life with Layla’ screening

Two viewers watch

Ellie Kim, Ava Devincenzo, and Izzy Zuluaga

November 6, 2019

(Editor's Note: This article was updated on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to include a Facebook live stream of the Q & A.) Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said that there is no doubt that “we have an opioid and heroin epidemic” in Bergen County. Musella gave an opening speech during the star...

Harvesters’ club collects donations for foster care families

Pascack Valley’s Harvesters' club, a nondenominational club that explores Christianity, collected donations for Embrella. All items are going to children who have aged out of the foster care system and need basic necessities.

Joselyn Yoo, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Pascack Valley’s Harvesters' club, a nondenominational club that explores Christianity, collected donations such as food, college supplies, and hygiene products for Embrella, a nonprofit organization that supports foster families and kids. According to Embrella’s website, the organization provides scholarship pro...

PV Principal to retire after 18 years

Pascack Valley Principal Tom DeMaio will be retiring in January after becoming the principal during the 2007-2008 school year, according to the agenda for the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 28. DeMaio has worked at PV for 18 years.

Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney

October 25, 2019

(Editor’s Note: Updates were added to this article at 10 p.m. following the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Oct. 28.) District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said Tom DeMaio has been a “dedicated, thoughtful, compassionate, and motivated person” in leading Pascack Valley.  “He has really accelerated what we were able to do at Pas...

PV Choir to hold annual Halloween Talent Night

Pascack Valley Choir's 
annual Halloween Talent Night will be held in the PV auditorium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. The event will consist of singing, dancing, poetry, and comedy by PV students and faculty.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

The Halloween Talent Night, hosted by Pascack Valley’s Choir, will be held in the PV auditorium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 and consist of singing, dancing, poetry, and comedy by students and faculty. Tickets are $5 purchased in advance and $8 at the door. All proceeds from the event will go to the ch...

Tri-M Music Honor Society to host first-ever Harvest Festival

The Pascack Valley Tri-M Music Honor Society is hosting its first-ever Tri-M Harvest Festival in the PV lecture hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Students and members of Tri-M will be performing to raise money for kids’ music programs in underprivileged schools across the United States.

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

The Pascack Valley Tri-M Music Honor Society will be hosting its first-ever Harvest Festival in the PV lecture hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.  Students and members of Tri-M will be performing, prizes will be given out, and food will be available for $5 admission to the event.  “We wanted...

Longtime PV coach receives Bob Hurley Award

Jeff Jasper speaks after having 'Jasper Court' named after him. On Thursday night, he received the Bob Hurley Award at the 2019 Dan Finn Foundation Charity Gala.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

October 6, 2019

Jeff Jasper is one of the most accomplished high school coaches of all time, surpassing 1,000 wins, as well as winning six state championships and 14 sectional titles in his 46-year tenure as girls basketball coach at Pascack Valley. However, Jasper does not think his accomplishments are solely based...

Google Chrome extensions disabled on district-issued laptops

Disabled Chrome Extensions

Katie Mullaney, Editor in Chief

October 1, 2019

Due to the number of students who were bypassing their laptop’s content filter or exposing their personally identifiable information, the Google Chrome extensions on the district-issued MacBooks were disabled on Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. for the safety and security of the students. This change was outlined...

PVRHSD to host college fair at PV

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District is hosting a college fair on Oct. 17. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the old gymnasium and new gymnasium.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

October 1, 2019

The Pascack Valley High School District will be hosting a college fair on Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m with around 180 colleges in attendance. The event will be held in the old gymnasium and new gymnasium with tables set up alphabetically with the names of each college placed on high stands.  “...

Board of Education aims to promote equity within the district

The Board of Education is focusing on educating its staff members and students on implicit bias and ensuring that every student is treated equally. Administrators, supervisors, and teachers will be sent to a variety of programs, including a presentation by the Anti-Defamation League called “Echoes and Reflections” on Oct. 14.

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

September 25, 2019

The Board of Education is focusing on educating its staff members and students on implicit bias to ensure that every student is treated in an “equitable fashion” this school year and the years following, according to Superintendent Erik Gundersen.   “We want to make sure students feel equa...

Smoke Signal to host screening of PV alum’s documentary

Smoke Signal to host screening of PV alum’s documentary

Sarah Shapiro and Morgan Jones

September 23, 2019

(Editor’s Note: The phrase "a drug-addicted family" has been corrected to "a family struggling with substance abuse" to better characterize the situation.) The Smoke Signal will be sponsoring a screening of Pascack Valley 2008 alum Ken Spooner’s 2019 documentary “Life with Layla” as a fun...

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