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Freshman Year: The Time of My Life

Freshman Year: The Time of My Life

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Writer

June 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As I took my first steps through the doors of Pascack Valley, I took a pause, thinking to myself, “This is going to be my home for the next four years.” Now that this school year is coming to an end, I have finally understood what the phrase “time flies when you're having fun.” Although I ha...

Reel Talk: Episode Three

Reel Talk: Episode Three

Matt Ricciardi and Jake Lutz

June 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Video

In this episode of  Reel Talk, junior Matt Ricciardi and sophomore Jake Lutz review the short-film series "Cropsey" that was created by PV senior Casey Lewis and Video Production teacher Mr. Michael Sherman....

Reel Talk: Episode Two

Reel Talk: Episode Two

Jake Lutz, Matt Ricciardi, and Erik Manino

June 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Video

Reel Talk is a new segment on The Smoke Signal created by Jake Lutz, Matt Ricciardi, and Erik Mannino. There will  be new videos every week in which Lutz and Ricciardi review new films....

Letter to the Editor: In support of the Second Amendment

Letter to the Editor: In support of the Second Amendment

Danny Moallem, Pascack Valley Student

June 4, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Showcase

(Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this letter are not necessarily those of  The Smoke Signal or its staff.) Dear Editor, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Constitution of ...

Goin’ Clubbing

Goin’ Clubbing

Jake Lutz, Staff Writer

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports, Sports Showcase

I skipped my middle school graduation for my first showcase when I was 14 years old. I did not know what to expect at the showcase. It was very nerve-wracking for me when I saw how many colleges were there scouting and evaluating players when I arrived at Don Bosco High School. I remember thinking...

Reel Talk: Episode One

Reel Talk: Episode One

Jake Lutz, Matt Ricciardi, and Erik Mannino

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Reel Talk is a new segment on The Smoke Signal created by Jake Lutz, Matt Ricciardi, and Erik Mannino. There will  be new videos every week in which Lutz and Ricciardi review new films....

Top 10 things to do on the weekend

Top 10 things to do on the weekend

Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer

May 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Not sure what to do this weekend? Here are the top 10 things to do for fun in the Pascack Valley area! Emma Palamidis Go to Paramus Park, Palisades, or Garden State Mall. Walking around at any mall can get your mind off of school work and is a fun thing to do with friends! Lucky for us, these mall...

Technology at our fingertips

Technology at our fingertips

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As I scrolled through various social media apps, the harsh light from my cell phone made me squint my eyes. I glanced at the digital clock. 3:00 a.m. “I have to be up in three hours,” I thought to myself. “It’s too late to bother starting that Physics homework.” Where had the time gone? How ha...

“I stood up and walked”

“I stood up and walked”

Rachel Powell, Staff Editor

March 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

One month ago, I learned that there had been yet another school shooting and that 17 people had been killed in a senseless and tragic act of violence. I watched as parents tearfully remembered saying goodbye to their children before school that morning, listened to survivors make passionate pleas to electe...

Will we ever feel safe?

Will we ever feel safe?

Lauren Cohen, Editor in Chief

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Now, we have another deadly school shooting to add to the list: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When will this end? There have already been a number of school shootings so far in 2018, and while the three mentioned above took place prior to this year, the Fe...

“Illuminae” is a captivating and untraditional read

“Illuminae” is a captivating and untraditional read

Ellie Kim, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Caught in the middle of a corporation war, teens Kady Grant and Ezra Mason are forced to flee their home planet after being attacked. Thrust into a battle of their own, they must fight their way through the deceptions of the fleet’s Artificial Intelligence, which should be protecting them, and a deadl...

Worth more than a test

Worth more than a test

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer

January 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I sit in a crowded classroom with the PSAT test packet in front of me, the clock above me, and the time of the section on the board across from me. I will not finish in time, I think to myself as I feel my heart rate begin to rise. I re-read the passage in front of me as twenty minutes pass with 12 questions...

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