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District to hold potential in-person graduation

New Jersey schools can hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing beginning July 6, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Tuesday via Twitter. A hybrid ceremony will still take place, but an additional in-person ceremony may be a possibility.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

May 27, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen said a hybrid graduation is still planned for June 16, but an additional in-person ceremony may be possible following Governor Phil Murphy’s tweet Tuesday morning that schools are able to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing b...

SAT, ACT tests cancelled poses problems for juniors

SAT exam administrations were cancelled for the months of March, May, and June due to the coronavirus. Students who have yet to take the exam or are unsatisfied with their score must take the exam at a later date.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

May 25, 2020

Many people consider junior year to be the most challenging year of high school. Along with the increased academic rigor and the search for the right college, juniors also need to worry about standardized testing. Standardized tests have an immense impact on a student’s chances to be accepted into...

Staying green during quarantine

Staying green during quarantine

Jaimie Alessi and Shaina Julis

May 24, 2020

While the coronavirus has been devastating to people and the economy, it has had an unexpected impact on the environment. The reduced travel and economic slowdown caused by the quarantine has reduced pollution around the world.  NASA’s satellite images of China show that there has been a visible decrease i...

Senior Send-off: Evan Demarest

After being unable to play his final season of tennis, Evan Demarest looks back upon his personal growth throughout his high school career.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

May 22, 2020


Smoke Signal announces 2020-2021 Editorial Board

Smoke Signal announces 2020-2021 Editorial Board

Smoke Signal Editorial Board

May 22, 2020

The Smoke Signal Editorial Board has filled its editor positions for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Rachel Cohen and Katie Mullaney, the current editors in chief, will be passing the torch to Sports Editor Spencer Goldstein and Managing Editor Ellie Kim. Below is a breakdown of the staff, sports, ...

Celebration of the Arts to be held virtually May 28

Celebration of the Arts to be held virtually May 28

Abby Shapiro and Sarah Buttikofer

May 22, 2020

The 2019-2020 Celebration of The Arts will take place virtually May 28 where students' “incredible” talents will be showcased, said Noemi Rodriguez, district supervisor of world language, ESL, music, and family and consumer sciences. The Celebration of The Arts highlights various student works fro...

Photo of the Week

Olivia Jackson, Photographer

May 21, 2020

To spread hope during the pandemic, many Hillsdale and River Vale residents have painted rocks with messages. The rocks have been left on front lawns throughout the towns.

Honoring Valley’s Heroes: Julianne Darcey

Honoring Valley's Heroes: Julianne Darcey

Ellie Kim and Ilmie Xhaferi

May 21, 2020

(Editor's Note: With help from science teacher Alison Petaccia, The Smoke Signal has created a series to pay tribute to graduates who are currently healthcare workers or are studying to become one during these unprecedented times. Below is a biobox of Julianne Darcey who works at the Maria Fareri Children...

Senior Send-off: Sean Deady

Sean Deady is one of many seniors who have had their final season cancelled due to the coronavirus. Deady looks back on his lacrosse career.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

May 21, 2020


Students face AP exam complications

Due to the pandemic, students are taking virtual Advanced Placement exams May 11 to May 22. While the College Board released a practice demo for submitting responses, students faced complications and may have to retake their exams.

Abby Shapiro, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Junior Aishwarya Pathri was one of the many Advanced Placement students who were unable to submit their test answers on this year’s virtual exams. Pathri said she read that 10% of students could not submit their responses this year. Pathri was “frantically clicking the [submit] button” as she watched the time g...

Community shares opinions on country’s eventual reopening

Millions of Americans have found themselves stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced the closing of schools and non-essential businesses. Pascack Valley has been holding virtual school days since Mar. 16.

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

May 20, 2020

Millions of Americans have been stuck in quarantine for weeks due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, sparking a debate regarding the right time to reopen the country. While many people believe it is best to wait for the coronavirus to run its course, others feel the country should reopen as soon as possib...

‘Cheer’: More than just a sport

The docuseries,

Ava DeVincenzo, Staff Editor

May 19, 2020

“Cheer” on Netflix is everything that I look for in a show to binge during the virtual days: captivating, emotional, entertaining, and addicting. This documentary series focuses on the world of competitive cheerleading at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, and shows the mental and physical stress...

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