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Virtual Day Vlogs

Virtual Day Vlogs

Hailey Migdal and Julia Chiola

March 30, 2020

The first virtual school day for Pascack Valley’s current freshmen and sophomores was on Monday, March 13, due to coronavirus concerns. The Smoke Signal asked students to record videos about their experiences with virtual learning at home. ...

Activities to do at home during quarantine

Activities to do at home during quarantine

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students have a lot of time on their hands while they are not in school. To stay occupied, below is a list of some activities to do at home while still staying safe. ...

A global approach to education

A global approach to education

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

March 9, 2020

When Nancy Ricca was asked to teach computer science at Pascack Valley 20 years ago, she had no prior knowledge of the topic. Ricca said she was “really only a week ahead of the kids” when she started teaching the class. “I was teaching myself [computer programming] while I was teaching them,...

Beyond the Barre

Beyond the Barre

Emily Moy, Staff Writer

March 1, 2020

The Summer Intensives at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre are all highly competitive dance programs, yet freshman Julianna Porrovecchio was accepted into all three of them for this upcoming summer. “You have to send in an audition video to go to the [Boston Ballet] audition,” Porrovecc...

Iceland in Film

Iceland in Film

Katie Mullaney, Editor in Chief

February 27, 2020

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Finance Sam: Banks vs. 529s

Finance Sam: Banks vs. 529s

Sam Topolosky, Audio Host

February 19, 2020

Pascack Valley junior Sam Topolosky discusses the difference between banks and a 529 plan. This is the fourth episode of Finance Sam....

Take party planning to the next level

Take party planning to the next level

Ava Devincenzo, Staff Editor

February 19, 2020

Around two years ago, Michael Deriso enrolled in a programming course, Little Ivy Academy, since his parents wanted him to try something new over the summer. Through hours of work and playing around on a computer at the academy and at home, an idea dawned on him. “[I wanted to] create a party hos...

PV Choir holds annual Valentine’s Day Talent Night

PV Choir holds annual Valentine’s Day Talent Night

Rachel Cohen and Olivia Moreno

February 13, 2020

Pascack Valley students took the stage for PV Choir's annual Valentine's Day Talent Night on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Performers sang and played instrumental pieces. Freshman Kareena Shah performs a Classical Indian dance by Kathak Tarana. Juniors Madeline Campbell and Delia Stiles sing “The...

‘Never say never’

‘Never say never’

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

February 11, 2020

In the Puccio household, they believe that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.  John Puccio finished his first full Ironman Triathlon in 13 hours and 59 minutes on Sept. 28 in Cambridge, Maryland. Leading up to this accomplishment, he credits his family in playing a major role for his s...

All-girl STEM team wins ‘Best Seismic Performance’ at competition

All-girl STEM team wins ‘Best Seismic Performance’ at competition

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Eight students came home victorious from an all-girls event, The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Tower Challenge, at Tenafly High School on Thursday, Feb. 6. The team won “Best Seismic Performance” for their indestructible tower design.  “Our team did exceptionally well, and I ...

PV Litmag hosts annual Lit Out Loud Event

PV Litmag hosts annual Lit Out Loud Event

Rachel Cohen, Matt Austin, and Ariela Alfonso

February 5, 2020

Pascack Valley's Literature and Arts Magazine held its Lit Out Loud event on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the lower cafeteria. Students sang, performed dances, and read their original poetry. AP Studio Art students also showcased their artwork during the event....

Valley’s Veggie Tales

Valley’s Veggie Tales

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

February 4, 2020

Kristen Lindstrom and Michela Piccoline have always been intrigued by the popularity that plant-based burgers were receiving from the media, especially after Burger King released its Impossible Whoppers. They began to look for ways to incorporate these burgers into the photosynthesis and climate change units that their freshman biology classes were learning...

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