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Opposing views on newly passed transgender policy

Opposing views on newly passed transgender policy

April 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion

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.

Pascack Period: New changes for the better?

Pascack Period: New changes for the better?

Kyle Comito, Staff Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under News, Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion, PV Life

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


Filed under Opinion

(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


Filed under Opinion

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 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

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...

Opinion: How effective were the virtual days?

Opinion: How effective were the virtual days?

Eva Rosini, Staff Writer

February 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Summative assessments are no better than midterms

Summative assessments are no better than midterms

Brianna Ruback, Associate Editor in Chief

January 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion, PV Life

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...

Living with concussions

Living with concussions

January 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Sports, Sports Showcase

As awareness grows about the dangers of football, is playing the sport worth the risk? Dr. Bennet Omalu, who Will Smith plays in the recent release, says no. Smoke Signal sports writer Robert Saul, a victim of three concussions who can no longer play football, says yes.

The Valley Cup Experience

The Valley Cup Experience

Sydney Krantz, Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under Humor, Opinion, PV Life

The first Valley Cup of the 2015-2016 school year followed typical protocol with an extravagant showcase by the cheerleading team, a relay race built around bizarre, yet entertaining tasks, and a soccer shootout, all preceded by two dress up days. In fact, it was truly impressive how flooded the crowds...

Letter to the Editor: PV will take the lead in building a more tolerant society

Letter to the Editor: PV will take the lead in building a more tolerant society

May 21, 2015


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor: We would like to shed light on the current situation at PV for our community who has voiced concern and confusion about what's going on - especially people outside of our community who don't know our student population well, or at all. The fact is that the current issue on intolerance...

From our archives: Bigotry – In Pascack Valley?

From our archives: Bigotry – In Pascack Valley?

May 20, 2015


Filed under News, Opinion

Editor's Note: The Pascack Valley community is currently confronting issues of bigotry in the wake of last week's open letter by the Human Rights League. What you might not realize is that this is not the first time PV has faced an issue like this. The following article was originally published as ...

Pascack Valley High School's Official News Site: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
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