The Smoke Signal

The Pascack Valley Indian mascot was removed in June of 2020. Since then, community members have continued to express their dissatisfaction through calling into Board of Education meetings and posting on social media.

Editorial: It’s time to move on from the mascot discussion

(Editor’s Note: This is the last planned piece in our coverage package, “What’s in a Name?”) Now that the Indian mascot is gone for good, it’s time to move on.   Some parents and Pascack...

Letter to the Editor: 'We deserve to be proud of our identity as Asian Americans’

Letter to the Editor: ‘We deserve to be proud of our identity as Asian Americans’

Jack Byun, Pascack Valley student April 5, 2021

(Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this letter are not necessarily those of The PV Student Publication or its staff.) Dear Editor, For quite a while, I have been contemplating sharing my perspective...

Season One of Disney's

‘WandaVision’: A mind blowing series

Danielle Braune, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

You sit back, jaw agape after watching the latest episode of WandaVision. Your remote is dead weight in your hands. A sense of dread grows in you as you realize:   I need to wait a full week...

In this past year, California has seen a massive surge in wildfires. Seniors Shaina Julis and Jaimie Alessi believe that people must do their part in remaining educated, even though media coverage on the fires has slowed.

Opinion: California wildfires must not be forgotten

Shaina Julis and Jaimie Alessi March 23, 2021

Over the past years, wildfires on the west coast have been destroying land, homes, and livelihoods.  Californians have been hit the hardest by the increasing amount of wildfires in their state. According...

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS Sunday night on March 14. Sophomore Cameron Dolan believes that Harry Styles' album

Opinion: “Fine Line” robbed of Pop Vocal Album Award

Cameron Dolan, Staff Photographer March 19, 2021

While we have all had to deal with the pandemic in different ways, the 63rd annual Grammy Awards gave viewers insight on how the music industry has been affected. With no concerts or touring happening,...

Opinion: Students should not have to fulfill mandatory elective requirements

Opinion: Students should not have to fulfill mandatory elective requirements

Hannah Elbogen, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

For years, I’ve found myself and others asking teachers, why do we need to learn this? Or, when will I ever need this in life? After this topic appeared again in a recent conversation with a peer of...

The NBA All-Star Game is set to take place on March 7. Sports Editor BJ McGrane shares his thoughts on how the event could lead to a greater spread of COVID-19.

Opinion: NBA’s decision to host All-Star Game is hypocritical

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor March 5, 2021

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the NBA has found a way to have a season. Considering the precautions that need to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s impressive how the league...

Sophomore Minche Kim discusses her experience moving to the US from Korea while also encouraging the district to continue with their efforts to spread diversity among the PV community.

Opinion: ‘The unfamiliar environment made me turn my head everywhere’

Minche Kim, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

(Editor’s Note: To highlight the district’s efforts to spread inclusivity and equity throughout the Pascack Valley community, The PV Student Publication will be publishing opinion and feature articles...

Nolan Wasserman shares his thoughts on the community throughout the removal of the mascot, and the selection of a new one.

Opinion: ‘We need to come together’

Nolan Wasserman, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Indians or not, we are a unified Pascack Valley community, and I believe that we need to start showing it.  As the Board of Education voted to remove the Indian mascot and logo from our school in June,...

NJ New Voices helps to protect student journalists' First Amendment rights.

‘Our opinions matter’

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Editor February 24, 2021

A journalist in North Carolina wanted to write a story on how schoolwide grades had recently been dropping, but the administration stopped her.  A journalist in Kentucky wanted to write a story about...

A Letter To High Schoolers During COVID

A Letter To High Schoolers During COVID

Hailey Migdal, Video Editor February 23, 2021

Video Editor Hailey Migdal creates an audio letter to students whose high school experiences are altered by COVID.  

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