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Blast from the past

Blast from the past

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

September 23, 2020

Although Daniel Pasquale has always known that he wanted to be a teacher, he didn’t realize that he wanted to become a music teacher until he was a student for former PV instrumental music teacher Joe Zajac and PV choir teacher and Tri-M Music Honor Society adviser Argine Safari. “I had to fi...

PV Theatre abandons fall play due to political controversy

PV Theatre abandons fall play due to political controversy

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Editor

September 18, 2020

(Editors Note: Kyle Towey's quote, in the first sentence of the article, originally asserted that the issue was regarding the epilogue. Tom Lupfer emailed to clarify that the Donald Trump portion of the production was actually the 45 play, not the epilogue.) PV Theatre opted to abandon its fall pro...

Students comment on Pascack Valley’s reopening

Students comment on Pascack Valley's reopening

Spencer Goldstein and Ellie Kim

September 14, 2020

Pascack Valley opened its doors for the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 2 after nearly six months without in-person schooling. The freshman class was first to enter the school on Wednesday for an orientation day, followed by the sophomores, juniors and seniors of Cohort A on Thursday and their Cohort...

From the field to the office

Glenn deMarrais posing with his son, who played junior football for River Dell. DeMarrais coached high school sports for almost 20 years before coaching his sons in Junior Football and Little League Baseball.

Spencer Goldstein, Editor in Chief

September 3, 2020

In order to become a high school principal, Glenn deMarrais had to earn his master’s degree in educational administration. He attended New Jersey City University, taking the majority of his courses at night and in the summer due to his teaching obligations at Southern Regional High School. Howeve...

‘I felt a loyalty to help the Hawthorne students’

Retired principal Tom DeMaio was offered an interim principal position by Hawthorne District Superintendent Richard A. Spirito for the 2020-21 school year.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

August 19, 2020

Former Pascack Valley Principal Tom DeMaio said he felt “nostalgia” when he was first offered the position to become an interim principal at Hawthorne High School – the school he graduated from.  "One of the big factors that made me and my wife decide to take this position is because [Hawt...

The next chapter

District Library Media Specialist Margaret White  has been working for the district for 20 years and PV instrumental music teacher Joe Zajac has been a band director for 40 years. Both have retired at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

June 18, 2020

When district Library Media Specialist Margaret White first decided that she wanted to become a school librarian, she felt that she could "fit in" with the job.  “I have a couple of librarian friends, so I’ve always kind of liked the atmosphere of the library,” White said. “With being friends wi...

Seniors react to conflicting graduation date

The district administration scheduled the Class of 2020's in-person graduation to be during Beach Week – an annual senior tradition in which graduates take a trip to the beach after the conclusion of the school year – prompting many seniors and parents  to urge the district to change the date of the ceremony. After the district was unwilling to do so, a number of seniors expressed their opinions on the conflicting date of the ceremony.

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

June 18, 2020

After months of uncertainty regarding the status of a potential in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020, the district announced one for July 8. However, the selection of that date has received backlash from seniors and parents due to its overlapping with “Beach Week," an annual student-or...

A goodbye to our senior editors

A goodbye to our senior editors

Ellie Kim, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Izzy Zuluaga

June 16, 2020

With Editors in Chief Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney, and Photo Editor Victoria Donofrio graduating, The Smoke Signal 2020-2021 Editorial Board wanted to thank the senior editors for all their hard work and dedication. Below are bio boxes highlighting the impact that The Smoke Signal had on the gra...

A dynamic duo

Assistant District Superintendent Barry Bachenheimer and his daughter, Lea Bachenheimer, continue to volunteer with the South Orange Rescue Squad during the coronavirus pandemic. While Lea’s shift lasts Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, Bachenheimer is on duty from 6 p.m. Sunday night to 5 a.m.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

June 10, 2020

When Barry Bachenheimer first signed up for an EMT course at 16 years old, he originally wanted to become a firefighter.   “I watched [“Emergency”], and I saw the firefighters and the paramedics on the show — I thought I wanted to do that,” said Bachenheimer, the current director of cur...

Community members ‘adopt’ the Class of 2020

Senior Jeff Patalano receives goodies from his adopter. Community members were given the opportunity to

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer

June 7, 2020

To make the end of senior year memorable for the Class of 2020, senior parents Dana Porrazzo, Jaime Caruso, Donna Colasuono, LeeAnn Menendez, and Jennifer Zdankowski took it into their own hands and came up with the idea of “adopting” the seniors. Porrazzo said that senior parents or guard...

Girl Scout perseveres despite coronavirus challenges

Senior Gianna Rowe has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and is working towards receiving the Gold Award. Rowe continues to try to find alternative ways of completing her required service hours, while following social distance precautions.

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, senior Gianna Rowe is thinking of new ways to finish her Gold Award while still following the social distancing precautions.  Rowe has been in Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten, and was just hours away from completing the highest award there is — the Gold Award. ...

Senior Clubs Send-Off

Due to the coronavirus, the Class of 2020 has had to say goodbye to the clubs it was a part of throughout high school. Some seniors are highlighted below.

Izzy Zuluaga, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Hailey Migdal

May 28, 2020

With the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year being virtual, the Class of 2020 has lost the opportunity to say goodbye to the clubs it has been a part of throughout high school. The Smoke Signal has decided to honor some of those seniors.

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