The Smoke Signal

Pascack Valley defeats Demarest in Halloween blowout

Pascack Valley took down Demarest on Saturday by a score of 34-7, notching its second straight win.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

October 31, 2020

When Pascack Valley was shut down due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases, the football team was prohibited from practicing for two weeks, resuming practice on Thursday. But based on Valley’s performance in its 34-7 blowout of Demarest on the road Saturday, you wouldn’t be able to tell that the...

Halloween baking in quarantine

Halloween baking in quarantine

Hailey Migdal and Allison Varghese

October 30, 2020

Enjoy these easy fall-themed treat ideas that can be made in a COVID-safe manner! The recipes are under each video. Recipe Recipe Recipe  ...

Valley football to resume play in Demarest

Valley football to resume play in Demarest

Noah Silver, Sports Editor

October 30, 2020

Coming off a blowout 34-8 win against Bergenfield, Valley will look to improve its record to above .500 when it travels to Demarest Saturday morning to take on the Norsemen. Throughout the past five years, the two teams have played a total of five times. Valley has won four of those games, including ...

First time voters reflect on upcoming election

First time voters reflect on upcoming election

Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor

October 30, 2020

A handful of Pascack Valley seniors have cast their ballots for the upcoming presidential election. U.S. citizens must be 18 years old in order to vote, and being that ballets are due on November 3, only a small percentage of seniors are eligible for this opportunity. Seniors Alexis Kalil, Antoinette...

Athlete of the Week: David Jones

After coming up big on both sides of the ball in PV football's win over Bergenfield, David Jones is the Athlete of the Week.

Nolan Wasserman, Sports Writer

October 30, 2020

Name: David Jones Sport: Football Grade: Senior Position: Safety/Wide Receiver Recent Performance: Jones has been on fire through the first two games of his senior season. In Week 2 against Bergenfield, Jones put on a show, leading PV to its first win of the season. He was everywhere on the field...

COVID-19 presents extended risk for homeless

The pandemic has caused an increase in clients for local food pantries. However, COVID-19 restrictions also force them to utilize less workers, making it more difficult to assist everyone.

Sarah Shapiro, Staff Writer

October 29, 2020

Poverty has always been a concern in the United States, but since the coronavirus pandemic began, it has sparked an extended risk for the homeless population. Due to a lack of resources – such as hygiene products, close quarters, and a larger difficulty for food distribution – the risk is higher t...

PV Choir Board to host Halloween Talent Night

PV Choir Board to host Halloween Talent Night

Sarah Buttikofer and Abby Shapiro

October 29, 2020

The Pascack Valley Choir Board will be hosting a virtual Halloween Talent Night on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. “[Argine] Safari, [advisor of the choir board and choir teacher,] organized the Talent Night and the Choir Board also helped put it together – coincidentally I am also on the Choir Board,...

2020 Presidential Election in the PV community

The Pascack Valley community expressed its thoughts and opinions in a poll from the PV Student Publication.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

October 28, 2020

(Editor's Note: Statistics used in this article are from two unscientific polls that were sent out to the PV community via email. The first was sent out to the entire community while the second was sent out to just the 176 responders to the first poll.)   As Nov. 3 approaches, the 2020 Presidential Election is the ...

Board of Education Candidate Cheat Sheet

Eight candidates are running for the Pascack Valley Regional District Board of Education on Nov. 3. Each candidate is highlighted below .

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

October 26, 2020

With the Pascack Valley Regional District Board of Education Election coming to a close on Nov. 3, The PV Student Publication has given the community an opportunity to get to know this year's candidates through "cheat sheets" based on responses made by candidates themselves. While there are four...

BOE introduces mascot selection process

Pascack Valley Athletic Director Shawn Buchanan and Pascack Hills Athletic Director Phil Paspalas presented their plan for the new mascot selection process to the Board of Education during Monday night’s BOE meeting held virtually through Zoom. Assistant Superintendent Barry Bachenheimer also showcased the 2020 Assessment Data Presentation.

Ilmie Xhaferi, Sarah Buttikofer, and Abby Shapiro

October 26, 2020

(Editor's Note: As of July 1, Barry Bachenheimer has changed his title from Director of Curriculum to Assistant Superintendent. A previous version of this article stated that Bachenhiemer is Director of Curriculum.) Pascack Valley Athletic Director Shawn Buchanan and Pascack Hills Athletic Director Phil Pas...

Response from the community

The Board of Education's decision to retire the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills mascots and nicknames was faced with backlash and support from the community. Several petitions were created in the months that followed.

Ellie Kim and Abby Shapiro

October 26, 2020

The Board of Education’s decision to retire the Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills mascots caused an uproar in the community. In our third installment of our “What’s in a Name?” coverage package, Editor in Chief Ellie Kim and editor Abby Shapiro explore the community’s response to the district’s decision.

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