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College Commitment Day

College Commitment Day

Matt Austin and Ava Kim May 10, 2021

  On May 4 and 7, seniors celebrated the milestone of committing to college by dressing up, decorating their cars, and writing with chalk on the sidewalk.  

During the summer, people tend to be happier while in the winter, people have a tendency to be unhappy and out of sorts which invokes the subject of seasonal depression. Seasonal depression affects your daily life, as well as how you think and feel.

Coping with seasonal depression

Chloe Cuesta, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

During the summer, people tend to be happier, more vibrant, and content with their lives. Meanwhile, in the winter, people have a tendency to be unhappy and out of sorts. This invokes the subject of seasonal...

PV sophomore Diego Mercado (left) and his brother Nicolas Mercado (right). Mercado's personal narrative,

Writing is ‘like opening a portal to [a person’s] very essence’

Francesca Sanelli, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

When PV sophomore Diego Mercado submitted his personal narrative titled “War and Peas” to the New York Times Learning Network 2020 Student Narrative Contest at the end of last year, he never expected...

The theme and logo for the 2021 Senior Fashion Show is Mask-erade. The show will take place on May 11 at the Rockleigh Country Club.

Senior Fashion Show to take place May 11

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Editor April 27, 2021

Co-chairs Kathleen Bonner and Mary Anne Kearney started planning the annual Pascack Valley Senior Fashion Show back in September, knowing that this year was going to be different than usual due to the...

Junior Faith Macchione first learned about the importance of beekeeping during a Girl Scouts project. She has gone on to help start the Beekeeping Club at Pascack Valley and create a Gold award around the premise of beekeeping.

Believe in the bees

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Junior Faith Macchione first learned about beekeeping during her freshman year while completing a Girl Scout requirement – called a journey – about the importance of bees in the environment. After...

Andre Dabaghian filming with Mike Blackgrove. They created a documentary on his brother, John Blackgrove, to share his story called 'Two Way Player.'

PV graduates release documentary on school’s all-time leading boys basketball scorer

Sarah Buttikofer and Sophie Kolax April 7, 2021

(Editors Note: John Blackgrove was the boys leading basketball points scorer. We originally had leading basketball point scorer, but that title goes to PV math teacher Laura Ely.) Former Pascack Valley...

Wait, we don't only learn academics in the classroom?

Wait, we don’t only learn academics in the classroom?

Hailey Migdal, Video Editor March 25, 2021

To celebrate International SEL Day on March 26, some PV teachers shared how they incorporate social and emotional learning in their classroom. Social and emotional learning is the process through which...

The COVID-19 pandemic took off around one year ago, as NJ schools were forced to close starting March 16, 2020.

A year in the ‘Q’

Allison Varghese, Social Media Editor March 16, 2021

One year after Pascack Valley's first virtual school day due to the coronavirus, the PV Student Publication offers a look back at all the top trends since the beginning of quarantine. As a bonus,...

The Pascack Valley Coalition of Rights and Equity, also known as PV CORE,  is a community organization that aims to celebrate diversity within Hillsdale, River Vale, Montvale, Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake, Washington Township, and Emerson. Above is a picture of PV CORE members at a vigil they held over the summer.

Explore PV CORE

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor March 10, 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...

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...

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