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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


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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...

DEAR Administrators

DEAR Administrators

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

December 13, 2017


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Oh, DEAR; not this again. On Wednesday, Pascack Valley held its second Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) session of the 2017-2018 school year during Pascack Period Session A. Students were expected to remain in their homeroom classrooms and read quietly. The first DEAR session of the year was on Oc...

“I’m not ashamed”

“I’m not ashamed”

Kayla Barry, Managing Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Kayla Barry shares the struggles she faces every day due to anxiety.

A sport divided

A sport divided

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

NFL players kneeling on the sidelines has been a contentious issue for over a year now. A couple PV students weigh in on the debate.

PV must fix parking problems

PV must fix parking problems

Lauren Cohen, Editor in Chief

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

At 2:55 every week day, a long line snakes from the front of the school all the way back to the football field. What seems like hundreds of seniors sit in their cars for up to ten minutes waiting to leave campus at the end of the school day. Yet not even half of the seniors have parking spots in the stude...

Becoming an example for underclassmen

Becoming an example for underclassmen

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

October 11, 2017


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People always say that high school flies by, and I never believed that — until now. An eager, nervous freshman walked into her third-period elective, Intro to Journalism, taught by Mr. Bill Rawson. The Editor in Chief of the school paper, Vanessa Rutigliano, was introduced to the class within t...

Hear and now: PV needs a sign language class

Hear and now: PV needs a sign language class

Tara Healy, Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

(Editor’s note: Tara Healy is a PV sophomore who suffers from hearing loss and wishes to tell her story in this opinion piece.) When I was four years old, I was diagnosed with Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome. This means that the vestibular aqueduct in my ear is not shaped correctly, which resu...

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