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Pet peeves with social media

Pet peeves with social media

Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer

December 15, 2014

“OMG you are perfect.” “Ugh. Get ugly.” “Share some of your beauty with the rest of us. You’re honestly perfection.” “Thanks, but I am really not pretty.” These are just some of the typical comments I see as I scroll down my Instagram news feed. In a world where technology...

Freshman seminar is not working

Freshman seminar is not working

Lauren Cohen, Staff Writer

November 23, 2014

Twenty-five bored students sit in rows in a classroom while two teachers drone on and on about whatever from the front of the room. At least two-thirds of the students have their laptops open scrolling through Twitter, not listening to a word their teachers are saying. There’s something wrong with...

PV students should have plenty of pride to spread around

PV students should have plenty of pride to spread around

Summer McSpirit, Guest columnist

November 20, 2014

(Editor's Note: After she sent a controversial "reply all" to a PV football-related email in mid-October, The Smoke Signal invited Summer McSpirit to write an Op Ed to clarify her stance. Flanagan's piece comes on the heels of Brianna Ruback's much discussed column from Monday, "Are high school sports overemphasized?") “You’re actually my hero, Summer!” ...

Are High School Sports Overemphasized?

Are High School Sports Overemphasized?

Brianna Ruback, Staff Writer

November 16, 2014

(Brianna Ruback'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.) Sports. The competition. The thrill. The great anticipation. Here at Pascack Valley, sports arguably get the most amount of hype....

Opinion: Don’t fret about the SATs

Opinion: Don’t fret about the SATs

Nina Henry, Staff Writer

September 29, 2014

“Stupid!” “Wrong.” “Idiot mistake.” “First grade math.” “Really stupid!” “Idiot!” “Did you forget how to multiply- again?!” These comments weren’t made by some disparaging teacher. These were things that I found myself writing in my SAT math practice book last year. How...

Opinion: PV’s New Common Lunch

Opinion: PV’s New Common Lunch

Kayla Shafran, Staff Writer

September 7, 2014

The new school year brought many changes to Pascack Valley, and with the new rotating block schedule comes a common lunch. To handle all students buying lunch at the same time, there are now three areas to buy lunch in the school: the cafeteria, the new gym concession stand, and at kiosks outside...

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