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Living with concussions

Living with concussions

January 10, 2016

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

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

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

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 ...

Open letter to our community from the PVHS Human Rights League

Open letter to our community from the PVHS Human Rights League

May 10, 2015

Pay attention as you walk down the hallways of Pascack Valley High School. If you listen and look closely, you’ll hear and see exactly what students of minority groups experience every day: a stream of hateful racial, ethnic, and homophobic slurs. Sometimes these may be subtle, but they are always...

A beef with meat

Chandni Shah, Staff Writer

May 6, 2015

AThe dictionary definition of the word "human" is "having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character regarded as distinguishing humans from other animals." To be human or not—the choice is up to you. Many people see vegetarianism as a boring, dull lifestyle where usually the person is portray...

A smile is the best accessory

A smile is the best accessory

Jaime Minervini, Staff Writer

May 3, 2015

Fashion channels my inner personality. It is something that is there for me no matter what. I want to share with everyone how you can develop your own personal style. First, you need to know that fashion isn’t about showing off or wearing the most expensive designer labels. It’s about confidence....

Is Pascack Valley too test-oriented?

Is Pascack Valley too test-oriented?

Brianna Ruback, Features Editor

April 27, 2015

As high school students, we are constantly being evaluated. From the projects, presentations and tests to the bigger assessments, like the PARCC, SAT and ACT, it seems like school never misses a chance to grade and critique our academic performance. While it is important to assess students on their...

Self defense: Why only for girls?

Self defense: Why only for girls?

Alex Pearson, Staff Opinion Columnist

April 20, 2015

Last week, the school informed us of the increasingly talked about self defense classes for senior girls. And really, it’s about time. However, I, and a large number of students, have a couple of problems with this. Self-defense for the girls is one of the better ideas this school has had, and now,...

Sending smoke signals to our former editor in chief

Sending smoke signals to our former editor in chief

Justin Cook, Editor in Chief

April 14, 2015

It’s hard to imagine a young David Remnick, current editor of The New Yorker, walking through the same halls of Pascack Valley that we walk through everyday. It’s hard to imagine a young Remnick attending the PV football games or going to the school pep rallies; however, it’s especially difficul...

Behind the scenes of the PARCC refusal: Inside the auditorium

Behind the scenes of the PARCC refusal: Inside the auditorium

Brianna Ruback, Features Editor

March 15, 2015

“If you don’t take the PARCC, you will have to sit in a classroom for four hours and be quiet.” “You will have to read a book alongside your classmates taking the test.” “You will have to read quietly the auditorium.” Those were just a few of the lines I heard repeatedly just days...

Why I refuse to take the test

Why I refuse to take the test

Alex Pearson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2015

When I was first prompted to write this article, I refused immediately. Not because I loathe the subject or the idea of writing it, but because I believed it needed to be objective. I found myself unable to acquiesce, as I am a very opinionated person. However, upon being corrected and told that I was...

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