The Smoke Signal

Towey and “The People”

Towey and
Sarah Buttikofer and Hailey Migdal January 25, 2021

Senior Kyle Towey’s musical journey started years ago when he would sing with his grandma. Soon after he began singing, people began complimenting his voice. “I was always in musical theater...

Mascot Selection Committee compiles new nicknames

PV Mascot Selection Committee student representative Vasili Karalewich said that the committee was able to compile 53 mascot suggestions after holding its second meeting Thursday afternoon in PV’s auditorium and through Zoom. The committee cannot reveal any suggested mascot names at this time.
Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor January 21, 2021

After collecting recommendations from its student members, PV Mascot Selection Committee student representative Vasili Karalewich said that the committee was able to compile 53 mascot suggestions after...

Gundersen: Indians nickname off the table

Gundersen: Indians nickname off the table
Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor January 20, 2021

Could the Indians nickname really come back? Apparently not. District Superintendent Erik Gundersen clarified his statement from Monday night’s Board of Education meeting in which he said that...

Take Two

Lucy and Josie as Emily Schroeder outside their trailer filming Boardwalk Empire. This show later won a SAG Award and Josie and Lucy traveled to L.A.
Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Editor January 20, 2021

Seniors recognized as 2021 National Merit semifinalists

Seniors recognized as 2021 National Merit semifinalists
Isabella Zuluaga, Staff Editor January 20, 2021

Senior Aishwarya Pathri was in band class when she was called down by her guidance counselor – Stephanie DiStasi – at which point she was handed a letter that recognized her as one of the 2021 National...

Indians and Cowboys mascots still “on the table”

The Board of Education held an in-person meeting on Monday night at PV. It discussed a wide range of topics, including the state of each school's mascot.
Spencer Goldstein, Ilmie Xhaferi, and Abby Shapiro January 18, 2021

Are the Indians really retiring after all? At the Board of Education’s meeting held at PV and on Zoom on Monday night, district Superintendent Erik Gundersen stated that he would inform the schools’...

The great mascot debate of 2004

A picture of the Pascack Valley marching band in the 1966 edition of The Warrior. The uniforms featured images of Indian style teepees.
Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor January 15, 2021

(Editor's Note: As many are aware, Pascack Valley's Indian mascot and nickname was removed last June after debates arose earlier that year, however, that was not the first time the mascot has been discussed....

Civil rights activist speaks to district

The History Club presented civil rights activist and educator Theodora Smiley Lacey as a guest speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 13. She spoke to the district from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Zoom to discuss her activism, and the event was open to both PV and Pascack Hills students and faculty members.
Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor January 14, 2021

After reading a story about a Teaneck elementary school renaming itself in honor of 89-year-old civil rights activist and educator Theodora Smiley Lacey, Pascack Valley History Teacher and History Club...

‘The Mandalorian’ season two: The best of its kind

Season two of Disney's
Danielle Braune, Staff Writer January 12, 2021

WOW. Where do I even begin with this season? Our boy, Mando, sets out to return Baby Yoda (who was finally given a name this season: Grogu) to its kind, other Force-users called Jedi, and a series of...

Committee embarks on journey to find new mascot

PV Mascot Selection Committee student representative Vasili Karalewich said that the committee was able to compile 53 mascot suggestions after holding its second meeting Thursday afternoon in PV’s auditorium and through Zoom. The committee cannot reveal any suggested mascot names at this time.
Allison Varghese, Staff Writer January 8, 2021

The new era has begun. Fifty-three students and 15 faculty members met Thursday afternoon via Zoom to lay the groundwork for the selection of PV’s new nickname and mascot. The Mascot Selection Committee,...

PV to remain remote through Jan. 18

PV to remain remote through Jan. 18
Isabella Zuluaga, Staff Editor January 7, 2021

Although still in progress, local health officials have completed “enough” of their contact tracing investigation and recommend that Pascack Valley remain fully remote through Jan. 18 with a scheduled...

Navajo-Hopi Indians share their experiences and opinions

Stan Bindell is a journalist from Wayne, New Jersey. He moved to Arizona, where he taught a journalism class at Hopi High School. Bindell and several of his former students spoke about their experiences as Native American students.
Kareena Shah, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

The Board of Education approved the decision to remove the Pascack Valley Indian mascot and nickname in June. Stan Bindell is a New Jersey native and a retired journalism teacher for Hopi High School of...

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