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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

Sophomores and juniors who refused to take the PARCC sat in the auditorium of the duration of the tests

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

Alex Pearson filled out and submitted this form in order to refuse to participate in the PARCC tests.

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...

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

Our PV pride should make us cheerleaders for all PV sports, activities, and clubs, Summer McSpirit asserts.

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?

Fans get charged up for PV sports, especially home football games. But should the PV community be paying more attention to the school's other clubs and activities?

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

From left to right, sophmore Amy Santo and Carly Boyle take a peek at a PSAT booklet. SAT season can be a stressful time for students.

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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