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Dressed with a smile

Dressed with a smile

Madison Gallo, Editor in Chief

January 16, 2018


Filed under Jasper, PV Life, Showcase

Joe Poli always showed up to work in the same outfit and the same smiley face pin. Now, almost 30 years after his death, his close friend Jeff Jasper wears his own smiley face pin in memory of him. From 1978 to 1989, Poli was the principal of Pascack Valley and was a close friend of history teacher...

ValleyChat: Holiday traditions across the world

ValleyChat: Holiday traditions across the world

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

December 21, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

ValleyChat host Jake Topolosky talks to junior Christina McRae and senior CJ Guevarra in two seperate podcasts, where they discuss the cultural holiday traditions and foods of the Dominican Republic and the Philippines respectively. ...

‘Tis the Christmas season

‘Tis the Christmas season

Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


Filed under Arts, PV Life, Showcase

PV students share the movie that they feel defines the Christmas season.

Rockin’ Around the Winter Concert

Rockin’ Around the Winter Concert

Victoria Donofrio and Evan Mathai

December 21, 2017


Filed under Arts, PV Life, Showcase

On Dec. 14., the Pascack Valley Band and Choirs held their winter concert in the PV auditorium. The concert began at 7 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m. The songs performed were holiday-themed and were conducted by Mr. Joseph Zajac, the band director, and Ms. Argine Safari, the choir director. Pascack...

From “Grey’s Anatomy” to orthopedic internship

From “Grey’s Anatomy” to orthopedic internship

Katie Mullaney, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Kyra Gynegrowski stands in the back of the room as the doctor examines a patient. She listens attentively and brainstorms ideas for a possible diagnosis for him. Going a step further, she thinks about how to present the diagnosis to the patient. At PV, Kyra is the Vice President of the senior cla...

Kickin’ it

Kickin’ it

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Stepping onto the mat, Jenna Slota feels her heart race. She knows that her short height and thin figure does not intimidate her competitors. Her nerves start to kick in until she turns to face the crowd. When her eyes catch a glimpse of her friends, Slota’s confidence rises and the thrill of the com...

Holiday gift guide

Holiday gift guide

Ally Botwinick and Shannon Donnelly

December 18, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

As everyone is scrambling to find something to get their loved ones or even classmates for a secret santa, it can be difficult to think of inexpensive gift ideas. Although you may want to purchase something for them that is outside of your means, you can still get them a great, thoughtful present that...

ValleyChat: Net Neutrality

ValleyChat: Net Neutrality

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

December 14, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

In this episode, Jake Topolosky discusses the issue of Net Neutrality. With the FCC vote happening today, Topolosky urges people to help tell the government that everyone should have a free and open internet. See the links in the description. ...

ValleyChat: Nick’s Picks

ValleyChat: Nick’s Picks

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

December 4, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

This is the second episode of a two part ValleyChat special on entrepreneurs in Pascack Valley. Jake Topolosky interviews Nick Tomasi who is going into the music equipment business with his designs for guitar picks. Check out the description on SoundCloud for additional information. ...

ValleyChat: Baked by RoseMary

ValleyChat: Baked by RoseMary

Jake Topolosky, Audio Host

December 1, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

This is the first part of a two part ValleyChat special on entrepreneurs in Pascack Valley. In this episode, Jake Topolosky interviews junior RoseMary Stanchak who has taken up baking as a hobby. ...

Resource officer role filled

Resource officer role filled

Tara Healy, Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Officer Mike Camporeale walks down the Pascack Valley hallway and is greeted with smiles from the students. This is much different from what he experienced as a patrol officer. Instead of being around town, he gets to build relationships with students in a school setting. Camporeale is the new resource officer at PV...

Kidding around

Kidding around

Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Vanessa Pikulski stands at the front of the dance room, watching the children practice their tumbling. She stops at each one, fixing what they do wrong and encouraging them to continue practicing. The next day, she uses the same patience to guide the Family Living children in writing their names....

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