The Smoke Signal

PV's History Club created a display located in the main lobby of Pascack Valley High School, showcasing veterans currently serving in the armed forces. While the display was only temporary, the club aims to be able to keep it up permanently. 

PV military alumni honored with display

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

Ryan Novakowski, a 2019 Pascack Valley graduate, first decided to join the military at the end of his junior year when he was exposed to the basic training indoctrination period during his visit to his...

Diversify Our Narrative made its way to PV on Aug. 17, 2020. The group aims to incorporate diverse texts into the curriculum for a more inclusive education in school districts.

Expanding the PV perspective

Ava DeVincenzo, Staff Editor February 26, 2021

(Editor's Note: To highlight the district’s efforts to spread inclusivity and equity throughout the Pascack Valley community, The PV Student Publication will be publishing opinion and feature articles...

Towey and 'The People'

Towey and ‘The People’

Sarah Buttikofer and Hailey Migdal January 25, 2021

Senior Kyle Towey’s musical journey started years ago when he would sing with his grandma. Soon after he began singing, people began complimenting his voice. “I was always in musical theater...

Lucy and Josie as Emily Schroeder outside their trailer filming Boardwalk Empire. This show later won a SAG Award and Josie and Lucy traveled to L.A.

Take Two

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Editor January 20, 2021

A picture of the Pascack Valley marching band in the 1966 edition of The Warrior. The uniforms featured images of Indian style teepees.

The great mascot debate of 2004

Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor January 15, 2021

(Editor's Note: As many are aware, Pascack Valley's Indian mascot and nickname was removed last June after debates arose earlier that year, however, that was not the first time the mascot has been discussed....

The History Club presented civil rights activist and educator Theodora Smiley Lacey as a guest speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 13. She spoke to the district from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Zoom to discuss her activism, and the event was open to both PV and Pascack Hills students and faculty members.

Civil rights activist speaks to district

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor January 14, 2021

After reading a story about a Teaneck elementary school renaming itself in honor of 89-year-old civil rights activist and educator Theodora Smiley Lacey, Pascack Valley History Teacher and History Club...

Stan Bindell is a journalist from Wayne, New Jersey. He moved to Arizona, where he taught a journalism class at Hopi High School. Bindell and several of his former students spoke about their experiences as Native American students.

Navajo-Hopi Indians share their experiences and opinions

Kareena Shah, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

The Board of Education approved the decision to remove the Pascack Valley Indian mascot and nickname in June. Stan Bindell is a New Jersey native and a retired journalism teacher for Hopi High School of...

Seniors presented with Seal of Biliteracy award

Seniors presented with Seal of Biliteracy award

Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor January 6, 2021

When Pascack Valley senior Natalia Chinchilla was 10 years old, she felt like a “foreigner” in America, her own country. “I knew for a fact I was different because of the reaction that my classmates...

Finance Sam: What's the Point of my PIN?

Finance Sam: What’s the Point of my PIN?

Sam Topolosky, Audio Host December 8, 2020

  In the fifth episode of Finance Sam, we will discuss what is a PIN, why you might use it, and how it can be beneficial.  

The truth behind Native American myths in pop culture

The truth behind Native American myths in pop culture

Treshan Nilaweera, Staff Writer November 24, 2020
Prior to the Board of Education’s decision to retire Pascack Valley’s Indian mascot and nickname in June, several community members argued that the mascot misrepresented Native Americans. This got us at the PV Student Publication thinking…Where else are Native Americans possibly being misrepresented? It turns out that there are many misconceptions in media and pop culture, as well as in the origins of Thanksgiving. In our ninth installment of our “What’s in a Name?” coverage package, Staff Writer Treshan Nilaweera debunks popular Native American misrepresentations.
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