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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...

Final exams to not be administered

The Board of Education held its virtual meeting Monday night on Zoom. At the meeting, it was announced that there will not be a final exam period at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Izzy Zuluaga and Ilmie Xhaferi

May 19, 2020

Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer said that there will not be a final exam period at the end of the 2019-2020 school year during the Board of Education’s virtual meeting Monday night held on Zoom. “We have decided that because of the challenges of remote learning, there will not be a final...

‘We’re fighting and training to eventually become leaders’

A classmate and Pascack Valley alum Ryan Novakowski at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Novakowski hopes to be commissioned into the Navy for five years.

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

(Editor’s Note: This article is in honor of National Military Appreciation Month in May.) Ryan Novakowski grew up surrounded by service, as his dad was in the National Guard, his grandpa was in the army during World War II, and his brothers were in the shipment at the United States Merchant Marin...

Gundersen announces hybrid graduation

A hybrid graduation is planned for the Class of 2020 on June 16. Superintendent Erik Gundersen announced the district's plan Friday afternoon.

Ellie Kim and Spencer Goldstein

May 18, 2020

An initial announcement regarding the possibility of an in-person graduation ceremony, if state regulations allowed for it, was released in an email sent to the parents and students of the Class of 2020 by district Superintendent Erik Gundersen on May 7. However, Gundersen later announced the district's...

Senior creates college decision video featuring parents

Senior creates college decision video featuring parents

Ilmie Xhaferi, Staff Editor

May 14, 2020

Senior Lauren Bell wanted to commemorate her fellow classmates and express her gratitude to the parents of the Class of 2020 despite not being able to celebrate National College Decision Day on May 1. As an alternative, she created a video of parents saying a message to their children that was ...

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