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Bringing light to the valley

Bringing light to the valley

Hailey Juillet, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


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PV sophomores sit in the front of the class, watching the documentary, "Tricked." It shows the lives of different sex trafficking victims and their struggles to get out of their situations. They remember watching the same documentary last year. These sophomores, Bianca Belmonte and Allison McGuire,...

Walking to remember

Walking to remember

Julia Ganbarg, Staff Writer

May 12, 2017


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Joanna Connors cannot stand cancer. So instead she walks. On Oct. 8, 2014, the unimaginable happened. Joanna Connor’s mother Lisa passed away from a rare form of leukemia known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Since her mom was diagnosed on Oct. 18, 2013, the Connors family h...

Smitten with Britain

Smitten with Britain

Jaiden Price, Staff Writer

May 10, 2017


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Chips. Cheese galaxy. Chocolate biscuits.   These are just a few of the things Bethany and Adam Giblin miss after their move from England, two and a half years ago. PV senior Bethany and her brother PV sophomore Adam moved across the Atlantic Ocean from Cambridge, England to River Vale on Oct. ...

Two for one special

Two for one special

Allison Botwinick, Staff Writer

May 9, 2017


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When the period ends, all of Pascack Valley files into the hallway—except for the American Studies students. For them, class is only halfway over. Juniors at PV have the option of taking two double-subject classes: American Studies, in which they study both history and literature, and Physics an...

Five ways to cope with stress

Five ways to cope with stress

Olivia Stabile, Staff Writer

May 2, 2017


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You’re a high school student, bound with responsibilities that must be dealt with. You have homework to complete, essays to write, tests to take, family to spend time with, and a social life to tend to. Of course, there are other things in your life that need to be taken care of; all of it being easier...

A filmmaker in the making

A filmmaker in the making

Sofia Hassan, Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


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Shane Flanagan remembers when he was a 10-year-old boy opening his mother’s Macbook for the first time. He started recording videos using the computer’s webcam while exploring iMovie. This is where his love for filming and editing videos began.   Flanagan, now a PV senior, interns at Lookalike Productions in E...

ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

Jake Topolosky, Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


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This is the first edition of The Smoke Signal's new podcast, ValleyChat. In three different segments, host Jake Topolosky, a PV sophomore, talks about different aspects of the college application process, a situation relevant to many PV students. He investigates college application essays, college...

Au revoir France, hello America!

Au revoir France, hello America!

Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


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On Aug. 18, 2015, Liam Sandt and his family travelled 4,000 miles from France, stopped for a nine hour layover in Iceland, and finally touched ground in the United States. Liam Sandt, a PV sophomore, lived in France for the majority of his life. He lived in a town northwest of Paris which was about a f...

PV students and staff travel the world for spring break

PV students and staff travel the world for spring break

Lauren Cohen, Managing Editor

April 6, 2017


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Three PV trips are taking place this spring break. Students have the opportunity to travel to China, Western Europe, or Italy with various groups and teachers, continuing on the PV tradition of school-related spring break trips. The interactive map below shows where PV students are going and what...

A special award for a special señor

A special award for a special señor

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


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As a child, Mr. Andrew Lewis always dreamed of playing baseball for the New York Yankees. If only he could have hit a curveball, maybe he would have been the next Derek Jeter or Didi Gregorius. Instead, Lewis decided to focus his attention on education, and eventually became a Spanish teacher at Pas...

“I was a dramatic child”

“I was a dramatic child”

Amelia Moran, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


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Merielle Lupfer looks out at the audience while sitting on the stage during the rehearsal process for the fall drama “Metamorphoses.” She remembers being in the same spot almost 20 years ago, listening to her director call cast members “twits.” She grins as she reminisces about her old direct...

Junior Ball Slideshow 2017

Junior Ball Slideshow 2017

Kyle Comito and Charlotte Atkinson

March 26, 2017


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The Pascack Valley Junior Ball took place last Thursday, Mar. 23 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale. The event included a cocktail hour, dinner, and music from a DJ. Below is a slideshow that The Smoke Signal put together of photos throughout the night.

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