The Smoke Signal

‘What it truly means to be an Indian in America’

‘What it truly means to be an Indian in America’

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

May 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

(Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of The Smoke Signal or its staff.) The Battle of Little Bighorn. The Massacre at Wounded Knee. The Fort Laramie Treaty. Since the founding of our country, Native Americans have been swept under the covers. Whe...

‘Putting together the pieces’

‘Putting together the pieces’

Shauna McLean, Pascack Valley Student

March 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

(Editor’s note: Shauna McLean is a senior at Pascack Valley and a prominent member of the student body. She is the president of PV's Debate Team and the co-editor of the LitMag. McLean has written two Letters to the Editor before, but this is her first Op-Ed for The Smoke Signal.) I didn’t go ...

‘We should give back’

‘We should give back’

Ellie Kim, Staff Writer

January 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Pine Forest High School in North Carolina lacks enough funds to provide their students with science materials. They are without sufficient calculators, folders, batteries, and can not even afford a poster of the periodic table. Pine Forest High School is only one of many underfunded schools, yet here...

10 days with an Italian

10 days with an Italian

Sevan Gulleyan, Staff Writer

December 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

At first, I did not know what I was more anxious about — the language barrier or the cultural differences. I had spent the day before cleaning the guest room and all I could think to myself was “I hope she's normal.” Then, they arrived. On Nov. 30, a group of 24 Italian students from the Leonardo Da ...

Student council member: Representatives must take action to get gradebook access back

Student council member: Representatives must take action to get gradebook access back

Thomas DeWitt, Staff Writer

December 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

For over two months, Pascack Valley students have been barred from checking their grades during school hours. The consensus? Students are upset. Lately, we have been hearing a lot about the fight to reopen Genesis. But what about the fight against closing Genesis in the first place? As a member of student council...

The gradebook is a privilege

The gradebook is a privilege

Brendan Broesler, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

(Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this letter are not necessarily those of The Smoke Signal or its staff.) Hello Pascack Valley students. Many of you have read the recent Letter to the Editor discussing the Genesis petition and how it came to be. Many of you know the writer personally. I am here, distraught and in total co...

Letter to the Editor: ‘We won’t back down until our grades are up’

Letter to the Editor: ‘We won’t back down until our grades are up’

Christian Downey, Pascack Valley Student

December 2, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Showcase

(Editor's Note: A petition was created on Google Forms by two sophomores regarding the permanent closure of the online gradebook during school hours. The gradebook found on Genesis, the portal where students can access their grades, was announced closed on Nov. 19 after a trial period from Oct. 1...

‘Actions speak louder than words’

‘Actions speak louder than words’

Rachel Cohen, Staff Editor

November 29, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, Opinion, Showcase

The Pittsburgh shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 took 11 innocent lives. It has sparked a national conversation and the rise of other anti-Semitic incidents across the country in the past month. According to an article by CNN, the FBI has recently released data showing that hate crimes across the U.S. have risen in the ...

Letter to the Editor: ‘We all need to take responsibility’

Letter to the Editor: ‘We all need to take responsibility’

Shauna McLean, Pascack Valley Student

November 20, 2018


Filed under Graffiti Coverage, 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, I could pretend to be surprised. Many people are doing so. Symbols of hate have been carved into stalls in the boys bathrooms, and perhaps it was a shock to some, but ...

Thank you, Rawson

Thank you, Rawson

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion, PV Life, Showcase

Mr. Bill Rawson, the adviser of The Smoke Signal, was presented with the Golden Quill lifetime achievement award given to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the growth and quality of scholastic journalism throughout the state. In addition to Rawson's award, The Smoke Signal rack...

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....

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