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Start of School
We have been busy preparing for the new school year. Click here to view important information from Principal DeMaio.
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Graphic: "Happy Diwali"
Diwali Celebration and Educational Outreach
PV student Kareena Shah and Media Specialist Mrs. Margaret White collaborated on this cultural outreach educational initiative that ran in both schools.
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Harvest Festival on Wednesday October 16th
Pascack Valley High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society will host the first-ever Harvest Festival. The event will take place this Wednesday, October 16th, at 7pm, in the school's Lecture Hall.
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Photo: Book on a beach, encouraging summer reading
Summer Reading Program
Our Summer Reading Program book titles have been announced, offering choices to all students based on grade level.
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Photo: PV Senior Nick Tomasi holding one of his patent approved guitar picks
PV Senior is Patent Approved
Nicholas (Nick) Tomasi had a patent approved for his invention of a non slip, diamond coated guitar pick.
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Pascack Valley and Northern Valley Regional High School Districts College Fair
The 2019 Pascack Valley and Northern Valley Regional High School Districts College Fair will be held at Pascack Valley High School in October.
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Screening of "Life with Layla"
The Smoke Signal will be sponsoring a screening of Pascack Valley 2008 alum Ken Spooner’s 2019 documentary “Life with Layla” as a fundraiser for the film to gain a national audience.
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Photo: Kayla Creagh, winner of the U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Senior Silver Award
Figure Skating Her Way to Excellence
Congratulations to PV Senior Kayla Creagh for winning the U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Silver Award.
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Photo: PV Choir students who will be participating in the Halloween Talent Night
Halloween Talent Night
Pascack Valley High School Choir will present its annual Halloween Talent night on Wednesday, October 30 at 7pm, in the school's Auditorium.
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Photo: Samantha Cohen (left) after winning award, along side Stephanie Cooperman (right), President of AMTNJ
Future Teachers Win Scholarships
Samantha Cohn and Jacqueline Metz, two PV seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in mathematics education, each received a $2,500 scholarship from the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey.
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Photo: Bergen County Sheriff (left) with PV Sophomore Angela Song (right) after she received the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award
Student Participates in Law Enforcement Leadership Program
PV Sophomore Angela Song participated in the United States Law Enforcement Coalition Leadership Program 2018, receiving the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award for her participation.
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Class of 2019 Graduation
The Pascack Valley High School Graduation ceremony will take place in the gymnasium, with seats only available to ticket holders on June 18, 2019 at 6PM.
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Photo: This is a photo of Mia Woessner, Jessica Ponce, Diana Ocelotl, Ava Zurbach, Emilia Liguori, Lisa DeGise, Caitlyn DeGise, Christian Steimle, Danielle Bruane, Shaina Julis, Evan Murad and Jaimie Alessi
PVHS Environmental Club Promotes Recycling with Halloween Costume Swap
The Pascack Valley High School Environmental Club recently hosted its 4th annual Halloween costume swap at the Harvest Festival held last week at Meadowbrook School in Hillsdale.
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Photo: PVHS Fashion Design and Clothing Construction students (Back row, L to R) Natalie Moscatello, Megan Deady, Isis Gotlib, Margaret Morris. (Front row, L to R) Devin Panno, Samantha Caminneci, Nicole Misterek, Michael Parisi, Brianne Carolan, Alexis Nieves
Festival of Arts
Fashion Design students will present a dynamic runway show, while Culinary Arts students host a cupcake competition
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Photo: This is a photo of Ms. Back's Honors Advanced Photography II and AP Studio Art: 2-Design classes visited are galleries in NYC and made photos on the High Line
Advanced Photo Field Trip
Ms. Back's Honors Advanced Photography II and AP Studio Art classes visited art galleries in NYC and took photos on the High Line and on the street.
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Photo: Current PV students and Alumni Entrepreneurs at the PV Wellness Fair
Wellness Fair for Students and Staff
On May 1, we held a Wellness Fair for both students and staff during lunch and Pascack Period. Photo Credit @FRCTeam1676
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Photo: Kayla Barry (left), Rachel Cohen (center), and Katie Mullaney (right)
Smoke Signal Staff Continues to Win Awards
Rachel Cohen, Kayla Barry, and Katie Mullaney all honored in Quill and Scroll's national journalism contest.
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Photo: Several students standing with Mr. Sherman (far right) after having one an award
Advanced Video Production Class Wins Award
Mr. Sherman's Advanced Video Production class went to the New Jersey 10 Day Film Challenge where their short film "Revenge" won Best Film by Underclassman and 8th overall.
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Photo: Emily Bonner, one of 20 winners chosen nationally in the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual Creative Writing Contest
AATF Creative Writing Award
Emily Bonner was one of 20 winners chosen nationally in the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual Creative Writing Contest.
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Photo: Ms. Leah Jerome, center, surrounded by her students
Ms. Jerome - County Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Pascack Valley Social Studies teacher Ms. Leah Jerome on being recognized as the Bergen County Teacher of the Year!
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Photo: Madeline Miller at the Nokia Lab North Jersey Regional Science Fair
Nokia Lab North Jersey Regional Science Fair
Students participated in the The North Jersey Regional Science fair, a competition designed to support, encourage, and recognize student research.
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Photo: Lauren Shill, 1st place winner of Holocaust Museum Poetry Contest
1st Place in Holocaust Museum Poetry Contest
Lauren Shill, one of Ms. Santo's English students, won 1st place in the Holocaust Museum Poetry Contest this past June.
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Photo: Shauna McLean
Student Leadership Scholarship through NJ Principals and Supervisors Association
Shauna McLean has been selected to receive the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association's Student Leadership Scholarship.
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Photo: Rosemary Stanchak at the SHU Pirates Pitch Competition
Pirates Pitch Competition at Seton Hall University
Senior RoseMary Stanchak was the winner of a Shark Tank-style entrepreneurial competition, winning a $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall.
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Photo: Ms. Yao (left), Sophomore Jack Byun (center), and Ms. Noemi Rodriguez (right)
Sophomore selected for National Security Language Initiative
Sophomore Jack Byun has been selected for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program in Chinese.
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Photo: Ms. Caitlin Murphy
Ms. Caitlin Murphy Selected as a Desmos Fellow
Ms. Murphy was selected out of over six hundred applicants to join a forty-person cohort for the 4th Desmos Fellowship
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Photo: Sparkler and American Flag on Memorial Day
Extended Memorial Day Weekend
Dr. Gundersen announces extended Memorial Day weekend, closing school on Tuesday May 28. Photo Credit: Pixabay.com
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Options After High School Transition Fair
PVRHSD Special Education Parent Advisory Group sponsoring "Options After High School Transition Fair" Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7pm at PVHS.
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Photo: Students with Mrs.Crane at her workshop
Poetry Workshops with Poet & Alumna Amanda Crane
PVHS Graduate and former English teacher Amanda Crane visited both Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley to conduct a poetry workshop
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AP Studio Art Students Create Portraits of Refugees for The Memory Project
Ms. DiGiacopo's AP Studio Art class painted realistic portraits of Syrian refugees from photos of the children sent to us by the Memory Project.
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PVRHSD World Language Students Celebrate National Foreign Language Week!
Students celebrated National Foreign Language Week, with this year’s theme: Languages are the Key to our World!
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Photo: PV Tri-M Honor Society Group picture
Talent Night Hosted by PV Tri-M Honor Society
PV Tri-M Music Honor Society to hold a spring talent night, Thursday April 4 at 7pm
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PVHS Invites Residents to the 37th Annual Senior Citizen Day
The Executive Council cordially invites area senior citizens to the 37th Annual Senior Citizen Day to be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019
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Unity in the Valley
Unity in the Valley's kick-off event will be held March 19 7:00 pm at Pascack Valley High School
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PV Theater Presents: Once Upon a Mattress
Pascack Valley High School’s theatre program is presenting the Tony award-winning musical comedy, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS March 14-16.
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Hills Valley Coalition Presents: Growing up OVERexposed
On Wednesday, April 3, 7pm, Parent teen program to be held at Pascack Hills High School. The evening program features keynote Lauren Hersh, former Prosecutor and founder of National Director of World Without Exploitation
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McKenna Named Women's History Month Honoree
Ms. Diana McKenna, English teacher and adviser of the Human Rights League, was recently named a Women's History Month Honoree by the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women.
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Image: Photo of the Interact Club at Pascack Valley High School
Pascack Valley High School Interact Club Holds Successful Toy Drive
The Pascack Valley High School Interact Club recently held its annual toy drive to benefit the Center for Hope and Safety, formerly Shelter Our Sisters.
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Photo: Pascack Valley students selected for the Bergen County Choir with their Choir Director, Argine Safari
Music Students Accepted to Prestigious Ensembles
PV music students selected for Bergen County Choir, Regional Choir, and Regional Orchestra. Photo Credit: Argine Safari
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District Ice Hockey Team Raises Funds
Pascack Valley Regional Ice Hockey Team Brings Charitable Efforts to its Games
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Photo: Judy Lucia (left) is named NJ Boys Bowling Coach of the Year, with one of her students (right)
NJ Boys Bowling Coach of the Year
Coach Lucia has been recognized as the NJ Boys Bowling Coach of the Year!
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2019 - 2020 Preschool Enrollment
The Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills preschools are currently accepting applications for the 2019 - 2020 school year.
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Photo: Storefront window painted to include 2 polar bears, by students in Studio Art class
Students Paint Windows for Local Business
Studio Arts classes painted themed holiday windows for River Vale businesses.
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Photo: Tri-M Honors Society Members in PV Cafeteria
Pascack Valley Music Honor Society Induction Concert
Pascack Valley High School is pleased to invite the community to the annual Tri-M International Music Honor Society Induction Concert.
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Photo: Students Cleaning and Preparing Toys for Donation
Second Chance Toy Drive
Students at Pascack Valley collected and donated over 200 toys to children in need through Second Chance Toy organization.
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Photo: Photo of Len Cusumano, Tom Gallione, Tom Gattoni, & Ken Sarajian
Gattoni Received YMCA Service Award
Tom Gattoni, former Director of Athletics at Pascack Valley HS received the Richard Poor Service to the Community Award
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Photo: Bro Squad Group Photo
Annual Holiday Concert
Pascack Valley High School held its annual Holiday Concert.
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Photo: Students with Mr.Rawson after winning awards
The Smoke Signal Wins 45 State Awards
Pascack Valley High School's student-run publication received 45 awards, including nine first places and the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s prestigious Distinguished Journalism Award.
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Photo: Ms. Leah Jerome (left) and Mrs. Danielle Macaluso (right)
Teachers and Education Services Professional of the Year
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Teacher and Education Service Professional of the Year!
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Photo: Head Shot of Argene Safari
Safari Heading to Finland as Fulbright Scholar
Mrs. Safari will travel to Finland in January 2019 to develop a global collaborative project with the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, several Finnish schools, and her own district.
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Image: Photo of Members of the Bergen County Choir from Pascack Valley
PVHS Students Accepted to Bergen County Chorus
Pascack Valley High School is pleased to announce that 10 of its outstanding choir students were accepted to the 2018 – 2019 Bergen County Chorus, the all-county honors choir.
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Music Honor Society to Host Coffeehouse
The Pascack Valley High School Tri-M Music Honor Society is hosting its winter Coffeehouse on Tuesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the school’s cafeteria.
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Photo: Molly Heintze Taking a Picture
Field Trip to Chelsea Gallery District
Ms. Back’s Honors Advanced Photography II & AP Studio Art: 2-Design (Photo) class got the opportunity to photograph on the streets of New York City.
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Photo: Jeff Jasper after winning 1000th basketball game
Welcome to Jasper Court
On December 6, publicly unveiled Jasper Court to the community.
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World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony
On Thursday, December 6, 2018 the Induction Ceremony of the French, Italian, Chinese and Spanish Honor Societies will take place at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.
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Image: Photo of Mr. Jeffrey Steinfeld, attorney, discussing immigration law with Pascack Valley High School History students.
PVHS History Students Discuss Current Issues with Local Immigration Attorney
Immigration Attorney Mr. Jeff Steinfeld presented his annual immigration seminar to Mr. Sarajian's US History II classes.
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NJ Seal of Biliteracy 2019
12th grade students from Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley High Schools earn the NJ DOE Seal of Biliteracy.
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Photo: Mr. Ken Sarajian
Mr. Sarajian Wins Vahan Cardashian Award
PV History Teacher Ken Sarajian Wins Vahan Cardashian Award for his activism and advocacy in the Armenian community and promoting genocide studies in high school education.
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Image: Students Making Pysanky Eggs
Pascack Valley Honors Art Students Craft Pysanky Eggs
Artist, Patty Wiszuk-DeAngelo visited my Honors Studio Art II class last week. Students learned about the ancient Ukrainian form of folk art, Pysanky Eggs.
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Graphic: The PV Theatre logo for their Fall Play Brainstorm
"Brainstorm" Takes the Stage
PV Theatre presents BRAINSTORM, with NEW performances added: Friday 11/16 @ 4:30pm Saturday 11/17 @ 3:30pm
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Open House at Pascack Valley
We hosted an open house on Tuesday, November 13 for current 8th grade students to explore our many offerings.
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