The Smoke Signal

The arrest of CNN journalists is an affront to the First Amendment

Omar Jimenez, a CNN journalist, and his crew were arrested Friday morning while covering the Minneapolis protests. Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen sees this as a violation of reporters' First Amendment rights.

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

May 29, 2020

As a journalist, I stand with Omar Jimenez.  Jimenez, a CNN correspondent, was arrested by state police on live television early Friday morning at a site of protests in Minneapolis, despite identifying himself to police officers and saying he would be happy to move. His crew, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were also taken in...

SAT, ACT tests cancelled poses problems for juniors

SAT exam administrations were cancelled for the months of March, May, and June due to the coronavirus. Students who have yet to take the exam or are unsatisfied with their score must take the exam at a later date.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

May 25, 2020

Many people consider junior year to be the most challenging year of high school. Along with the increased academic rigor and the search for the right college, juniors also need to worry about standardized testing. Standardized tests have an immense impact on a student’s chances to be accepted into...

Community shares opinions on country’s eventual reopening

Millions of Americans have found themselves stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced the closing of schools and non-essential businesses. Pascack Valley has been holding virtual school days since Mar. 16.

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

May 20, 2020

Millions of Americans have been stuck in quarantine for weeks due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, sparking a debate regarding the right time to reopen the country. While many people believe it is best to wait for the coronavirus to run its course, others feel the country should reopen as soon as possib...

‘Cheer’: More than just a sport

The docuseries,

Ava DeVincenzo, Staff Editor

May 19, 2020

“Cheer” on Netflix is everything that I look for in a show to binge during the virtual days: captivating, emotional, entertaining, and addicting. This documentary series focuses on the world of competitive cheerleading at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, and shows the mental and physical stress...

Put an end to pandemic shaming

Many have started to criticize and shame others on social media for not following social distancing guidelines or wearing masks and gloves. However, freshman Sarah Buttikofer believes that education is the only way to end the spread of the pandemic.

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

Pascack Valley and other schools throughout the country have been shut down due to something that we all have grown to know so well — the coronavirus.  As many of us are staying home and have a lot of time on our hands due to the coronavirus, the pandemic has brought out the best, and in some ca...

Seniors reflect on school year cut short

Seniors reflect on school year cut short

Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney

May 10, 2020

As New Jersey high schools have been shut down for the remainder of the academic year due to the coronavirus, the Class of 2020 is awaiting a decision regarding graduation and other senior activities. Below are the perspectives of Editors in Chief Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney on the end of their senio...

‘Pandemic’: So many plots, so little time

The docuseries,

Danielle Braune, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

Marked by wooden pegs with numbers upwards of 45, abnormalities — suspected to be bodies — lay underneath the soil of what seems like such a peaceful place in the middle of the woods. However, when a gravestone comes into view, you know something is off.  Doctor Dennis Carroll and his team sto...

‘Social distancing is not a punishment — it’s protection’

Grocery stores, including the ShopRite in Hillsdale, have hung up posters and signs to promote social distancing. However, the sign did not stop customers from standing close together by the checkout aisles.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

April 1, 2020

Upon checking off the last items of our grocery list in ShopRite, my mom and I began to make our way to the self-checkout aisle. When we reached self-checkout, I saw a sign reading “Please keep your social distance.” As more customers began lining up towards the cashiers and self-checkout ai...

Stop calling it the ‘Chinese virus’

Junior Ellie Kim has lived in the United States her entire life. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, she addresses the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

March 29, 2020

A 23-year-old Asian woman was punched in the face by another woman making racial slurs in Manhattan. A 23-year-old Chinese college student was attacked and beaten in London. A 16-year-old Asian boy was attacked and hospitalized by classmates who accused him of having the coronavirus in California.  ...

Bergen County made the right choice, although slightly late

Bergen County made the right choice, although slightly late

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

March 12, 2020

President Donald Trump’s European travel ban.  Professional sports seasons. March Madness. The stock market.  Broadway. Disneyland. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the United States, exceeding 1,200 cases as of Wednesday, according to The N...

‘The Call of the Wild’: Not your average dog tale

The movie,

Danielle Braune, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

Many movie-goers purposefully don’t see movies with dogs because they know they will be sobbing afterwards. That notion reigned true with “The Call of the Wild.” “The Call of the Wild” was a rollercoaster; it had its emotional ups and downs, but the way everything settles at the end lea...

‘Birds of Prey’: A comical and action packed film

Danielle Braune, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Newly single Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) kicks off “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” by wiggling herself out of yet another near-death experience by promising she would find a diamond that the antagonist, Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor), had been searching for. After ex...

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