The Smoke Signal

The Smoke Signal takes home the gold

The Smoke Signal takes home the gold

Madison Gallo

November 7, 2018


Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

It was a big week for The Smoke Signal. The annual Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) Conference held on Monday, Oct. 29 at Rutgers marked The Smoke Signal three-peat of earning the Distinguished Journalism Award for New Jersey’s Division B. Among the other awards won were ...

Seniors dress up for Halloween

Seniors dress up for Halloween

Tara Healy and Katie Mullaney

November 5, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase, Uncategorized

As a part of their senior privileges, the class of 2019 was allowed to dress up for Halloween in school. Some of the costumes included dinosaurs, onesies, superheroes, and 80’s girls. Below are some pictures from the day.

ValleyChat: First Roundtable

ValleyChat: First Roundtable

Jake Topolosky and Naria Zuluaga

October 31, 2018


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In ValleyChat's first roundtable discussion, co-hosts Jake Topolosy and Naria Zuluaga discuss current event topics, including the New Royal Wedding, Banksy's Painting, the Met Gala, and the break up of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. ...

Calabrese’s creepy carnival

Calabrese’s creepy carnival

Elise Schicker, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Since they were babies, River Vale resident Scott Calabrese's children were carrying severed heads and limbs into the front yard from the garage. "You know, the typical stuff every kid carries,” said Calabrese. For 26 years, Calabrese has constructed and set up Halloween displays on his front...

Annual Halloween Talent Night Hosted by PV Choir

Annual Halloween Talent Night Hosted by PV Choir

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Arts, PV Life, Showcase

Tonight, 17 acts took the stage to show off their singing, dancing, and instrumental performances coordinated by Pascack Valley’s Choir Director Mrs. Argine Safari. “Every year, I am amazed at the talent that we have and I think that they cannot top it, but they always do,” Safari said. Safari...

Sisters in Culture

Sisters in Culture

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

(Editor's Note: The World Cultures Club was started already. A previous version of this article previously stated that Estefania Chinchilla and Natalia Chinchilla created the club.) Ever since they were in middle school, Pascack Valley junior Estefania Chinchilla and sophomore Natalia Chinchilla have bo...

The Road Unknown

The Road Unknown

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

As Pascack Valley junior, Sean O’Connor, pulled out of his driveway on the morning of June 23, he looked out onto his street, nervously wondering where he would be by the end of the night. For their summer vacation, O’Connor and his dad took a two week road trip across the country, travel...

ValleyChat: “Psycho” Review

ValleyChat: “Psycho” Review

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

October 16, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

ValleyChat returns with a new segment called "Movies You May Have Missed" where Audio Host Jake Topolosky discusses some of his favorite films with genre and theme depending on the month. In the spirit of Halloween, Topolosky talks about the 1960 thriller, "Psycho". ...

Behind the Badge

Behind the Badge

Elise Schicker, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


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Mike Niego is a man of many passions, such as golfing, photography, and the Yankees. But according to his wife, Mrs.Terri Niego, beneath all these hobbies lies his true passion. “Vacuuming. He vacuums every day,” she joked. Although Pascack Valley’s Security Officers Mike Niego and Chip Stalter...

September 2018 Valley Cup highlights

September 2018 Valley Cup highlights

Ariela Alfonso, John Castellanos, Evan Mathai, Claire Barnhart, and Molly Heintze

October 1, 2018


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On Friday, Sept. 28, Pascack Valley held its first Valley Cup of the school year. Students of all grades participated in a relay race, soccer shootout, basketball musical chairs, and Mario Kart competition. During the event, there was also a performance by the dance team....

From garden to classroom

From garden to classroom

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

September 23, 2018


Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

 Culinary teacher Ms. Julianne Downes was in the PV courtyard last May planting organic produce with her classes. Four months later, she enjoys eggplant meatballs for lunch. Throughout the summer, Downes, along with Mrs. Kristen Lindstrom and Mrs. Michela Piccolini, helped maintain the garden, picked the herbs and vegetables, and do...

British native among new teachers at PV

British native among new teachers at PV

Tara Healy, Staff Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

The day after Mr. Daniel Phillips’s final high school exam, he left rural southeast England to temporarily move to America for a summer job in New Hampshire. Now, years later, he is back in the United States teaching English at PV. This school year, there are other new teachers alongside Phillips:...

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