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‘This place is paradise’

‘This place is paradise’

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

November 6, 2019

Tom DeMaio became assistant principal at Pascack Valley in the fall of 2002, but he almost did not even interview for the position. “The superintendent at Leonia offered me a different position and a nice raise,” DeMaio said. “I came back and told Dr. Sapienza that I was going to withdraw my a...

Behind the scenes with NJ filmmaker

Behind the scenes with NJ filmmaker

Ellie Kim, Katie Mullaney, and Morgan Jones

November 1, 2019

The Smoke Signal will be sponsoring a screening of Pascack Valley 2008 alum Ken Spooner’s 2019 documentary “Life with Layla” as a fundraiser for the film to gain a national audience. The documentary will be shown in the PV auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. Entry is $5, and Spooner, who co-direc...

Seniors show off Halloween costumes

Seniors show off Halloween costumes

Matt Austin, Rachel Cohen, and Ariela Alfonso

November 1, 2019

As part of their senior privileges, the class of 2020 was able to wear costumes to school for Halloween. Costumes ranged from television shows to pop culture references. Below are some pictures from the day.  

PV Choir hosts Halloween Talent Night

PV Choir hosts Halloween Talent Night

Matt Austin and Izzy Zuluaga

October 31, 2019

The Pascack Valley Choir held its annual Halloween Talent Night on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Eighteen singing, dancing, comedy, and instrumental talents performed for students and faculty. “It keeps me going, seeing the whole pascack community come together in a fun night of music, entertainment, and...

Meet Pascack Valley’s most polarizing fantasy football league

Meet Pascack Valley’s most polarizing fantasy football league

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

October 30, 2019

“If you ain't first, you’re last,” — originally said by Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby in the movie, “Talladega Nights” — has become a staple in the sports world due to its emphasis on the importance of winning with no consolations. However, its inspirational bearing failed to...

‘Cropsey’ second season to premiere

‘Cropsey’ second season to premiere

Vasili Karalewich, Staff Writer

October 27, 2019

“Cropsey,” the original Pascack Valley miniseries, is back for a second season with PV alumni Casey Lewis, Andre Dabaghian, Leana Hacopian, Sam Cassidy, Ben Bachrach, and Brendan Martins who made the first season of the film two years ago. The Halloween-themed episodes will be released all at onc...

The buzz around campus

The buzz around campus

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

October 21, 2019

Editor's Note: There will be a follow-up story in April of this school year when the bees arrive on campus. This story will highlight the responses of the PV community to the new bee campus.  Fascinated by her backyard beekeeping parents, Kristen Lindstrom was inspired to create the first New Jers...

Halloween Costume Ideas 2019

Halloween Costume Ideas 2019

Sidney Desmangles, Graphic Designer

October 20, 2019

As Halloween approaches, graphic designer Sidney Desmangles shares five costume ideas from movies, television shows, and pop culture that are easy to recreate. As a part of its senior privileges, the class of 2020 will be allowed to dress up for Halloween in school. ...

PV students, faculty respond to Sandy Hook commercial

PV students, faculty respond to Sandy Hook commercial

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

The Smoke Signal had Pascack Valley students and faculty members watch the Sandy Hook Commercial released on Sept. 28 by the Sandy Hook Promise to see their reactions to the video. The foundation is led by the parents of the victims who were killed in the elementary school shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in ...

Finance Sam: Credit Score

Finance Sam: Credit Score

Sam Topolosky, Audio Host

October 2, 2019

Pascack Valley junior Sam Topolosky covers credit scores in his second episode of Finance Sam. He also explains how to use your credit score to an advantage....

September 2019 Valley Cup Highlights

September 2019 Valley Cup Highlights

Matt Austin, Victoria Donofrio, and Ariela Alfonso

October 1, 2019

Pascack Valley held its first Valley Cup of the school year on Friday, Sept. 27. Students participated in a balloon pop, spike ball, and a scooter race competition with dizzy bat, where an individual spun around seven times and carried a tray of cups across the gymnasium while another student pinn...

PV students, alumni celebrate fifth annual homecoming

PV students, alumni celebrate fifth annual homecoming

Rachel Cohen, Morgan Jones, Eva Senande, and Caitlin Slasinski

September 28, 2019

Pascack Valley students and alumni gathered to celebrate PV's fifth annual homecoming barbeque on Saturday, Sept. 28 as PV football defeated Demarest 48-18 and are now 4-0 on the season. The event was held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. adjacent to the football field. "We have the whole weekend of festivities and events p...

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