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DEAR Administrators

DEAR Administrators

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

December 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

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.

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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.

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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


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

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...

Five ways to cope with stress

Five ways to cope with stress

Olivia Stabile, Staff Writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, PV Life, Showcase

You’re a high school student, bound with responsibilities that must be dealt with. You have homework to complete, essays to write, tests to take, family to spend time with, and a social life to tend to. Of course, there are other things in your life that need to be taken care of; all of it being easier...

Letter to the Editor: A divided nation must come together

Letter to the Editor: A divided nation must come together

Hugh Cassidy, Pascack Valley Student

November 14, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Showcase

The outcome of this past week’s presidential election has come as a shock to many. With both candidates being such polarizing figures for their respective ideologies and policies, one large group of people was bound to be devastated by the results. I will also admit the outcome of the election is not what I hope...

The dangerous meaning behind one of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes

The dangerous meaning behind one of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes

Olivia Stabile, Staff Writer

November 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This Halloween, countless couples, whether they were comic book fans or not, attended themed parties dressed up as Harley Quinn and the Joker. Though this may seem like an innocent costume choice for couples, not many people know the hidden and traumatic meaning that these characters promote: domest...

Editorial: Why the New Voices legislation must pass

Editorial: Why the New Voices legislation must pass

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

October 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

If one thing is clear after our investigation into local cases of student censorship and experience talking with other students at the GSSPA conference, it’s this: The New Voices bill as proposed in the New Jersey congress must be passed. The New Voices bill, as explained in detail here, is aimed at solidifying the first amendment rights of journalists ...

Editorial: Pascack Period’s disguise has worn thin

Editorial: Pascack Period’s disguise has worn thin

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

September 28, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After two years, it’s finally time to come out and say it: Pascack Valley’s “innovative” Pascack Period has been a hoax from the very beginning. The Pascack Period was advertised to PV students as a weekly opportunity to follow their passions. It was supposed to be the time for students ...

Letter to the Editor: Standing for Patriotism

Letter to the Editor: Standing for Patriotism

Michael Mugno, Pascack Valley student

September 27, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Showcase

I honestly cannot believe that I have to write this article. We are living in a time where patriotism is at an almost all-time low, and it’s more than a shame. Everyone is taking their differences to heart, and rarely does anybody get the whole story on major events. Everything is biased, as much as...

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