The Smoke Signal

Tri-M Music Honor Society hosts Coffee House

Tri-M Music Honor Society hosts Coffee House

Tara Healy, Molly Heintze, and Victoria Donofrio

December 6, 2018


Filed under Arts, PV Life, Showcase

The annual Coffeehouse event, a talent night hosted by Pascack Valley’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, took place in the cafeteria on Tuesday Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. PV students took the stage to sing and perform their instrumental acts at the event. “We want to raise awareness of music and how wonde...

‘A hero inside and outside the classroom’

‘A hero inside and outside the classroom’

Rachel Cohen and Kayla Barry

December 5, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Former Pascack Valley history teacher Ms. Karen Kosch recalls her first time seeing Ms. Leah Jerome, PV history teacher, teach her class. Kosch had mentored her and would meet with her once a week to go over her lesson plans. “The first time I saw her teach, I just thought ‘She’s got it!,’" Kos...

A trip for a cause

A trip for a cause

Kayla Barry, Assistant Editor in Chief

December 2, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Throughout her life, Pascack Valley sophomore Emma Stankus has never been on a airplane. Although she is nervous, she is excited to go be going to Jamaica on Dec. 13. Stankus is visiting Jamaica from Dec. 13 to 17 to volunteer in a mission trip with Tiny Hope Children’s Home. Tiny Hope Children...

November 2018 Valley Cup highlights

November 2018 Valley Cup highlights

Molly Heintze, John Castellanos, and Ariela Alfonso

November 30, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Pascack Valley held its second valley cup of the year. They started Valley Cup by renaming the new gym basketball court the Jasper court after PV girls basketball coach Jeff Jasper. After, two students from each grade participated in a recycling relay race. Lastly, four stu...

Thank you, Rawson

Thank you, Rawson

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

November 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion, PV Life, Showcase

Mr. Bill Rawson, the adviser of The Smoke Signal, was presented with the Golden Quill lifetime achievement award given to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the growth and quality of scholastic journalism throughout the state. In addition to Rawson's award, The Smoke Signal rack...

The Smoke Signal takes home the gold

The Smoke Signal takes home the gold

Madison Gallo

November 7, 2018


Filed under News, PV Life, Showcase

It was a big week for The Smoke Signal. The annual Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) Conference held on Monday, Oct. 29 at Rutgers marked The Smoke Signal three-peat of earning the Distinguished Journalism Award for New Jersey’s Division B. Among the other awards won were ...

Seniors dress up for Halloween

Seniors dress up for Halloween

Tara Healy and Katie Mullaney

November 5, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase, Uncategorized

As a part of their senior privileges, the class of 2019 was allowed to dress up for Halloween in school. Some of the costumes included dinosaurs, onesies, superheroes, and 80’s girls. Below are some pictures from the day.

ValleyChat: First Roundtable

ValleyChat: First Roundtable

Jake Topolosky and Naria Zuluaga

October 31, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

In ValleyChat's first roundtable discussion, co-hosts Jake Topolosy and Naria Zuluaga discuss current event topics, including the New Royal Wedding, Banksy's Painting, the Met Gala, and the break up of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. ...

Calabrese’s creepy carnival

Calabrese’s creepy carnival

Elise Schicker, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Since they were babies, River Vale resident Scott Calabrese's children were carrying severed heads and limbs into the front yard from the garage. "You know, the typical stuff every kid carries,” said Calabrese. For 26 years, Calabrese has constructed and set up Halloween displays on his front...

Annual Halloween Talent Night Hosted by PV Choir

Annual Halloween Talent Night Hosted by PV Choir

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Arts, PV Life, Showcase

Tonight, 17 acts took the stage to show off their singing, dancing, and instrumental performances coordinated by Pascack Valley’s Choir Director Mrs. Argine Safari. “Every year, I am amazed at the talent that we have and I think that they cannot top it, but they always do,” Safari said. Safari...

Sisters in Culture

Sisters in Culture

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

(Editor's Note: The World Cultures Club was started already. A previous version of this article previously stated that Estefania Chinchilla and Natalia Chinchilla created the club.) Ever since they were in middle school, Pascack Valley junior Estefania Chinchilla and sophomore Natalia Chinchilla have bo...

The Road Unknown

The Road Unknown

Katie Mullaney, Staff Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

As Pascack Valley junior, Sean O’Connor, pulled out of his driveway on the morning of June 23, he looked out onto his street, nervously wondering where he would be by the end of the night. For their summer vacation, O’Connor and his dad took a two week road trip across the country, travel...

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