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Activities to do at home during quarantine

Activities to do at home during quarantine

Sarah Buttikofer, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students have a lot of time on their hands while they are not in school. To stay occupied, below is a list of some activities to do at home while still staying safe. ...

Director of Curriculum: ‘Unprecedented times’ in education

Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer addressed virtual learning, SATs, and AP testing questions due to coronavirus concerns at the Board of Education meeting Monday afternoon. Community members were given the opportunity to watch the meeting on a YouTube livestream.

Ellie Kim, Managing Editor

March 17, 2020

(Editor’s Note: Smoke Signal reporters planned to attend Monday’s Board of Education meeting. However, due to suggested COVID-19 precautions, they chose not to attend the meeting and instead used the livestream for its reporting.) Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer addressed concerns over virtu...

Hutchinson named PV’s permanent principal

The Board of Education approved Brian Hutchinson, the Emerson Junior-Senior High School principal, as Pascack Valley’s permanent principal for the 2020-2021 school year at its meeting Monday afternoon. Over 70 community members, students, and teachers expressed their disappointment at the board’s decision to not choose John Puccio, PV’s assistant principal for the past 12 years, for the position.

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

March 17, 2020

(Editor’s Note: Smoke Signal reporters planned to attend Monday’s Board of Education meeting. However, due to suggested COVID-19 precautions, they chose not to attend the meeting and instead used the livestream for its reporting.) In a 7-2 vote, the Board of Education approved Brian Hutchinson, the Em...

Community expresses support for Puccio

Community expresses support for Puccio

Katie Mullaney, Editor in Chief

March 17, 2020

(Editor’s Note: Smoke Signal reporters planned to attend Monday’s Board of Education meeting. However, due to suggested COVID-19 precautions, they chose not to attend the meeting and instead used the livestream for its reporting.) During the Board of Education's meeting this past Monday, Superintendent Erik Gundersen read more than 70 letters that expressed support f...

The finish line for the winter track season

Oren Roznitsky runs at the Armory Track in NYC.  PV's Sprint Medley Relay qualified for nationals before the event was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

March 16, 2020

In any sport, teams practice together countless times, in hopes that one day, they will have a chance to reach their dreams. Pascack Valley’s nationals-bound Sprint Medley Relay (SMR) only had to run the race together for a total of… wait for it... one time. That’s right. Once. One chance...

Concerns of coronavirus affect PV events

The announcement to postpone the spring musical,

Ellie Kim and Ava DeVincenzo

March 13, 2020

Talia Dian said she was shocked by an announcement while taking her physics test Thursday afternoon.  “I didn't believe it at first, and I started crying,” said Dian, casted as John Hancock. “It was very emotional because we have all worked so hard and now it's gone.” PV Theatre’s spr...

Athlete of the Week: Austin Koolery

Austin Koolery is the Smoke Signal Athlete of the Week after the PV boys basketball team came away with two upset wins en route to a state semifinals appearance.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

March 13, 2020

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Bergen County made the right choice, although slightly late

Bergen County made the right choice, although slightly late

Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief

March 12, 2020

President Donald Trump’s European travel ban.  Professional sports seasons. March Madness. The stock market.  Broadway. Disneyland. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the United States, exceeding 1,200 cases as of Wednesday, according to The N...

Photo of the Week

Seniors Jessica Flatley and Sam Klink help senior Erin Hollar get ready for the dress rehearsal of the spring musical,

Matt Austin, Rachel Cohen, and Victoria Donofrio

March 12, 2020

This past week, Pascack Valley's Theatre production of "1776" was postponed due to coronavirus concerns which was scheduled to premiere on Thursday at 7p.m.  The cast and crew underwent "Hell Week" throughout this week when they prepare for the premiere at night. ...

District cancels international school trips

Following the Board of Education executive meeting Monday night, Superintendent Erik Gundersen notified the community in an email Tuesday morning of its decision to cancel international school trips for the 2019-20 school year due to COVID-19 risks. A virtual day plan was also approved by the New Jersey Board of Education if school closure is enforced by the state.

Katie Mullaney, Editor in Chief

March 10, 2020

District Superintendent Erik Gundersen notified the community in an email Tuesday morning of the Board of Education’s plans to cancel international school trips for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the risks of COVID-19.  The Board of Education arrived at its decision Monday night out ...

School trip decisions to be announced Tuesday

The Board of Education discusses the conflicts of the coronavirus regarding school trips Monday night. A final decision will be communicated to students and parents Tuesday morning.

Katie Mullaney, Editor in Chief

March 9, 2020

The Board of Education made a final decision at its executive meeting Monday night on precautions against the coronavirus that the district will take on overnight, local, and international field trips. The plan will be communicated to students and parents Tuesday morning, district Superintendent Erik Gu...

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