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ValleyChat: Black Panther and a Brief History of African-American Music

ValleyChat: Black Panther and a Brief History of African-American Music

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

March 1, 2018


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ValleyChat takes a trip through African-American musical history, and how it has influenced American culture with its variety and uniqueness. ...

Baked by a PV grad

Baked by a PV grad

Katie Mullaney, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


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Many people find that discovering their passion and building a career around it is difficult, but Pascack Valley graduate Melissa Ben-Ishay was lucky enough to find hers: baking.   Ben-Ishay said that working as an assistant media planner in 2008 was not a fulfilling career choice for her and, conseq...

Florida shooting affects local community

Florida shooting affects local community

Kayla Barry, Managing Editor

February 22, 2018


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Editor’s Note: This story contains some sensitive material about school shootings and tragic events. Reader discretion is advised. PV freshman Mallory Downs listened to her friend Alyssa Alhadeff as she told a joke while the two were staying in a hotel room for a soccer tournament. She looked up a...

Destigmatizing disabilities

Destigmatizing disabilities

Ava Devincenzo, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


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For PV senior Lauren Martinez, Camp Raspberry is more than just an interest. It’s personal for her. Camp Raspberry is a club run by the Pascack Valley School District in which the “rasp” part of raspberry stands for a recreation and socialization program. The club’s mission is to destigmatize spe...

Valentine’s Day Talent Night

Valentine’s Day Talent Night

Zana Allajbegu, Meghan Lee, and Evan Mathai

February 6, 2018


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PV choir held  their annual Valentine's Day Talent Night on Feb. 1. PV senior Ryan Muska and Michael Sherman, PV's video production teacher, hosted the night. Acts included singing, dancing, and instrumental pieces. All performances can be viewed here. Ariela Alfonso, Tirso Ballesteros, Curstine ...

The political climate of PV

The political climate of PV

Drew Botwinick, Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


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Over 300 Pascack Valley students participated in a recent survey on the current political climate at PV. The survey allowed students to express their views on President Donald Trump, the media, and political affiliation. The first question on the survey asked students to select the political party th...

ValleyChat: Super Bowl Special

ValleyChat: Super Bowl Special

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

February 2, 2018


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Host Jake Topolosky talks with Smoke Signal editors Lauren Cohen, Josh DeLuca and Noah Schwartz about their predictions for Super Bowl LII in this special Sport Department crossover with ValleyChat. ...

PV students balancing sports and academics

PV students balancing sports and academics

Isabella Zuluaga, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


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Students who play sports all year round feel that they need to find a balance between their athletics and academics. Sports can help to keep students’ minds occupied and also relieve stress. They feel that by doing a sport, they feel more focused, overall allowing them to manage their time more effic...

Substitute teacher to Teacher of the Year

Substitute teacher to Teacher of the Year

Tara Healy, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


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A young Ken Sarajian had no plan to become a teacher. “I was probably on my way to becoming a lawyer,” PV history teacher Sarajian said. “But I had two great [college] advisors who said ‘Ken, you don’t want to be a lawyer.’ They suggested I go to graduate school.” That life-changing conv...

The start of the long gold line

The start of the long gold line

Madison Gallo and Trey Herenda

January 29, 2018


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Jeff Jasper walked into athletic director Joe Talamo’s office and was offered the position of head coach of the girls basketball team in 1973. Talamo said that if Jasper performed well as head coach of the girls team, he would be the head coach of the boys junior varsity team. “I said ‘JV boys...

ValleyChat: A Review of Screenagers

ValleyChat: A Review of Screenagers

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

January 24, 2018


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In this episode of the ValleyChat, Jake Topolosky examines Screenagers and how the documentary tackled the subject of excessive technology usage, and why it might have failed to capture us. ...

Love and basketball

Love and basketball

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

January 24, 2018


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Love at first sight When Lois Jasper was asked to do a favor for one of her coworkers, she did not expect the unusual twist that it would take. “One of the women I taught with had a crush on [Jeff Jasper], so she asked me if I could deliver this note to him, and I said yes and delivered it,” Lo...

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