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‘The job grew, and I grew with it’

‘The job grew, and I grew with it’

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

September 17, 2019

Mary Camporeale said she was hired “purely by accident” and had no background in technology before working for the district.  “I’ve never taken a computer science course or any kind of computer-related course,” Camporeale said.  After working at the PVRHSD for 24 years, Camporeale, the P...

Photo Gallery: Summer in Montana and Wyoming

Photo Gallery: Summer in Montana and Wyoming

Matt Austin, Rachel Cohen, and Katie Mullaney

September 16, 2019

Smoke Signal Photo Editor Matt Austin shares photos that he took on his month-long summer trip to Montana and Wyoming, capturing moments from Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Below are the highlights of his trip. ...

Finance Sam: Credit and Debit Cards

Finance Sam: Credit and Debit Cards

Sam Topolosky, Audio Host

September 15, 2019

Pascack Valley junior Sam Topolosky begins his new podcast, Finance Sam, with discussing the difference between a debit and credit card. Topolosky will cover all kinds of topics relating to finance and economics, including keeping a good credit score, managing one’s student debt, and investing...

PV teacher wins car, trip on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

PV teacher wins car, trip on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Ellie Kim, Staff Editor

September 14, 2019

Math and computer science teacher Lauren Johnson won a 10 day cruise through the Panama Canal, a Ford Edge, and $9,650 on “Wheel of Fortune” Thursday night on Sept. 12. Johnson solved the final puzzle and the triple toss up word, guessing the words “a tricky move” and “dictionary.”  ...

PV teacher spins her luck

PV teacher spins her luck

Ellie Kim and Ava Devincenzo

September 11, 2019

Pascack Valley math teacher Lauren Johnson learned the alphabet by watching “Wheel of Fortune” as a toddler.  “I actually remember watching ['Wheel of Fortune'] before I could even read,” Johnson said. “I remember knowing the letters, but not being able to read the words.” Still an ...

‘Mauna Made’ by PV junior

‘Mauna Made’ by PV junior

Katie Mullaney, Editor in Chief

September 8, 2019

When Pascack Valley junior Jaimie Alessi was on a ski team as a kid, her friends and she would go around the ski lodge and sell her handmade crochet hats. Shortly after she started, she was kicked out of the lodge for doing so because of “how crazy” it got. She then moved on to do craft fairs but...

PV alumni return as physical education teachers

PV alumni return as physical education teachers

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

September 4, 2019

After graduating from Montclair State University in 2014, Dana Amato played softball in Italy for three months to bring the United States back into the 2020 Summer Olympics. Amato said the attempt was successful.  “[Amato] is Mother Teresa,” Pascack Valley history teacher and girls basketball c...

‘A great role model’

‘A great role model’

Isabella Zuluaga, Staff Editor

September 3, 2019

From swimming with sea turtles and sea lions in the Galapagos over the summer to hiking in the Ecuador Highlands, Jennifer Kuo and Pascack Valley history teacher Leah Jerome both have found a love for traveling.   “Ms. Kuo is a difference-maker in any environment,” Jerome said. “She has g...

First-year teacher to teach new STEM courses

First-year teacher to teach new STEM courses

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

August 29, 2019

Throughout her life, Danielle deQuintal has always been passionate about science and technology, and she knew she wanted to become a teacher. Now a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, deQuintal will begin her teaching career at Pascack Valley through teaching new courses, including architec...

New assistant principal finds passion in education

New assistant principal finds passion in education

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

August 28, 2019

Christine Pollinger originally went to Montclair State University to study fine art. Following college, she worked as a secretary and created art in her free time but then moved to upstate New York to work in a photography studio. “I wasn’t feeling any kind of intrinsic joy from that,” Pollinger said. “Even ...

First-year teacher finishes time at PV

First-year teacher finishes time at PV

Tara Healy, Staff Editor

June 25, 2019

First-year Pascack Valley science teacher Daniel Grothues always knew he wanted to work within the sciences like his father and his mother who is a nurse at the Valley Hospital. He also knew he had a passion for helping people and working with them.   Grothues start working at PV in January of 2...

Class of 2019 Spotify Playlist

Class of 2019 Spotify Playlist

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

June 18, 2019

The Pascack Valley Class of 2019 submitted songs that they feel best represented their four years in high school. The Smoke Signal asked students in a Google Form to provide songs that they found to be most nostalgic, their all-time favorites, or most representative of their time at PV. Comments From Senio...

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