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Senior Victoria Csatay won the Governors Exceptional Promise in Music Award. Csatay performed at the award ceremony last Spring.

Senior wins Governor’s Award for Exceptional Promise in Music

Sophie Kolax, Staff Editor October 13, 2021

Earlier this year, jazz singer and Pascack Valley Senior Victoria Csatay won the Governor’s Award for Exceptional Promise and Music Award. The award recognizes those involved in the arts for their creativity...

Senior Drew Petaccia was the master of ceremonies on Sept. 8

Valley Cup Gallery

Matt Austin, Photo Editor October 12, 2021

PV community shares thoughts on 2021-22 schedule

PV community shares thoughts on 2021-22 schedule

Julia Chiola and Hailey Migdal October 7, 2021

Now a month into school, PV Student Publication Video Creators Julia Chiola and Hailey Migdal went around the school to ask people's opinions on the 2021-22 schedule.

Valley Cup Over the Years

Valley Cup Over the Years

Megan Austin and Cameron Dolan October 6, 2021

  Pascack Valley will hold its first in-person Valley Cup since November 2019 on Oct. 8th, this Friday. The Valley Cup is scheduled to take place outside on the bleachers overlooking the football...

Alum Shane Cubala defending his team during juniors vs. freshmen dodgeball.

In-person Valley Cup to return this Friday

Brendan Noone, Staff Writer October 5, 2021

Pascack Valley will have its first in-person Valley Cup after two years on Oct. 8th. This Valley Cup will take place outside on the football field, with all of the grades watching on the bleachers. Friday...

Melissa Szabo is teaching the Early Childhood and Family Development class after previously filling in for family and consumer science teacher Jessica Andersen in 2020. Szabo attended Pascack Hills and said she is happy to now be teaching at the district.

Pascack Hills alum is “excited to be back at the district”

Olivia Moreno, Staff Editor September 30, 2021

Pascack Valley District teacher Melissa Szabo has had a passion for teaching children since she was in high school. This passion led to her taking the Early Childhood and Family Development class at Pascack...

A Letter to High Schoolers Post-COVID Podcast

A Letter to High Schoolers “Post-COVID” Podcast

Hailey Migdal, Video Editor September 23, 2021

Though COVID-19 is far from over, life is starting to speed up again and high schoolers must now readjust to all aspects of in-person learning... which is hard.

Deena Mahmoud has joined the Pascack Valley staff as a Special Education English Teacher for the 2021-22 school year. Mahmoud felt it was important for every student to be offered the same opportunities for education which is why she has decided to teach special education at PV.

‘I wanted to be able to teach everyone’

Abby Shapiro, Editor in Chief September 13, 2021

Coming from a family of teachers, Deena Mahmoud felt “inspired to help people grow.” “I saw the importance of [teaching], and [my family's] passion for it made me passionate about it,” Mahmoud...

Luisa Sanchez

‘I wanted to be able to give back’

Megan Austin, Social Media Editor September 10, 2021

Luisa Sanchez’s grandmother was a teacher in Peru for 20 years before immigrating to the U.S. in 2001. Now, Sanchez will be following in her grandmother’s footsteps, joining Pascack Valley High School...

Faculty and student council welcomes the Class of 2025

Faculty and student council welcomes the Class of 2025

Matt Austin and Ava Kim September 3, 2021

Freshman orientation was held on August 31, the day before school started for the upperclassmen. During the orientation, the freshman sat through an assembly introducing them to the district and was welcomed...

Daniel Fishbein will be the districts interim superintendent while the board works to find a replacement for Erik Gundersen.

‘He is always driven by doing the right thing’

Emily Moy, Staff Editor September 2, 2021

Daniel Fishbein recalled that there was some Hillsdale/River Vale rivalry while he attended middle school at George G. White School in Hillsdale. “Teams would play against each other and things like...

After 27 years of working in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, Superintendent Erik Gundersen is resigning. His resignation becomes effective on June 30.

‘It’s time for me to take on new challenges’

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Editor June 11, 2021

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen is resigning from his position after having worked in the Pascack Valley District for 27 years. “I was a teacher for seven years.” Gundersen said. “Then...

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