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Letter to the Editor: Why I do stand for the pledge

Letter to the Editor: Why I do stand for the pledge

Luke Rowe, Pascack Valley student

September 14, 2016

This past August, news spread that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the National Anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. His reasoning was this: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, ...

Why I don’t stand for the pledge

Why I don’t stand for the pledge

Jamie Ryu, Staff Editor

September 12, 2016

Editor's Note: The opinions presented in this article are not necessarily that of The Smoke Signal or its staff. To be consistent with prior opinion articles, this disclaimer was added after the fact for both clarity and transparency.  I stand with Colin Kaepernick. I stand with Brandon Marshal...

Editorial: Lack of authenticity in PV ‘s outside coverage

Editorial: Lack of authenticity in PV ‘s outside coverage

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

May 19, 2016

It seems that the media has placed a spotlight on the Pascack Valley community lately, what with the recently passed transgender policy, the two recent virtual days, and last spring’s “Peace in PV” controversy. The fact that this “spotlight” exists in the first place is quite intriguing. Co...

Letter to the Editor: Spring break trips are too important to miss

Letter to the Editor: Spring break trips are too important to miss

Matt Novakowski, Pascack Valley Student

May 6, 2016

(Editor’s Note: Matt Novakowski is a PV student who, like many others, is unable to go on extended school trips due to his commitment to a spring sport. His opinions are not necessarily those of The Smoke Signal or its staff.) Innovative. This is a commonly used word when describing Pascack Valley. For ...

Opposing views on newly passed transgender policy

Opposing views on newly passed transgender policy

April 19, 2016

Pascack Valley School District's new transgender policy was passed at a Board of Education meeting on April 11. PV students have expressed opposing views on the policy.

Senior year: Not the end, only the beginning

Senior year: Not the end, only the beginning

Brianna Ruback, Associate Editor in Chief

February 23, 2016

Senior year (noun): \sēnyər yir \ 1. the fourth, final, and arguably most desirable year of high school As high school students in our last semester, we are soaking up what is left of our time as “big fish in a small pond.” While we have enjoyed the wide variety of privileges, such as leavi...

Violence in video games does not equate to real world violence

Violence in video games does not equate to real world violence

Alexander Beckman, Staff Writer

February 19, 2016

(Alex Beckman’s opinions are not necessarily those of the The Smoke Signal or its staff. The Smoke Signal welcomes dissenting opinions via Op Eds or letters to the editor.) Violence in video games is not the main cause for real world violence. It accounts for a fraction of a percent, if any, of ...

Editorial: Tweets can echo

Editorial: Tweets can echo

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

February 8, 2016

A few students in our Pascack Valley school community have persisted in their criticism about The Smoke Signal embedding their Tweets into our article about the recent virtual days. We’ve decided to revisit these concerns and solidify our position on this issue moving forward. As outlined in our pre...

Editorial: Stand by your Tweets

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

February 5, 2016

Pascack Valley has been abuzz lately about our story on the recent virtual day. Several students have reached out to members of our Editorial Board and expressed their grievances over The Smoke Signal embedding their Tweets within our article. While we understand these concerns, we would like to address...

Summative assessments are no better than midterms

Summative assessments are no better than midterms

Brianna Ruback, Associate Editor in Chief

January 25, 2016

No midterms, no problems. Or so we thought. For the first time, Pascack Valley High School did not administer midterm exams this January and will not be giving final exams in the spring. However, this does not mean that students will not be taking lengthy assessments that do, in fact, carry...

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