Tess Muir '18 has signed onto the college gymnastics team at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she will participate among the team's twenty-two other members. Bowling Green scouted Muir at the NCAA Showcase, where colleges seek out prospective athletes to recruit to their teams.
This year Passaic Valley has introduced a new program called "Hornets Helping Hands". The program is part of a collaboration with the Little Falls School District and allows several seniors who are interested in a career connected with teaching elementary students.
Mr. Sanders and Mr. Goodman organized a clean-up of the Peckman River, located in the back of Passaic Valley's campus, on November 3rd. The project brought together a lot of students with two common goals: to maintain the beauty of PV's campus and support its environmentally conscious ideals.
The Legacy Castle is set to host Passaic Valley's prom for the Class of 2018. "It's one of the most beautiful venues in the Tri-State Area," said Mrs. Lindita Kurtishi, class advisor, who secured the venue along with fellow advisor Mrs. Ennely Thornton.
Ten students from Passiac Valley went to William Paterson University with Mrs. Kelly Morris for the Passaic County Teen Summit. The students have 5 months to complete a 3 minute video based on the topics discussed. Good luck to the group!
The annual Passaic Valley Open House was very successful this year and was well received by the middle school students and parents who attended. The event gave the community a chance to gather together and see what Passaic Valley has to offer.
The PV Theater is putting its finishing touches on the fall play, Rumors, coming to the stage October 26, 27, and 28. A farce written by Neil Simon, Rumors follows four couples as they try to navigate the mystery surrounding an anniversary party gone wrong.
On Monday, October 2nd, Passaic Valley's Future Doctors of America Club hosted its annual Blood Drive in collaboration with the New York Blood Centre. This year was a tremendous success with over 100 kids particpating and accumulating 78 pints of blood.
As a part of a new initiative, two storytellers come to Passaic Valley and draw in students with their on the spot recreations of fictional stories. The storytellers, Paula Davidoff and Gerald Fierst from Storytelling Arts Inc., tell stories related to the subject being taught in class at the time.
Students are enjoying a new slew criminology-focused classes this year. The intriguing courses come as a result of overwhelming interest in the subject over the past few years. The administration hopes that these fledgling classes serve as just the start in offering more diverse courses and electives.
The rejuvenated Media I class has officially begun to create new short films, involving original subject created by students. For their first project, groups of students told a story utilizing nine distinct camera shots without any dialogue or narration.
In the first few weeks of its pilot year, the senior English electives are spurring excitement and discussion throughout the senior class. Replacing the standard fourth year of English, seniors can now choose two or more semester-length English courses to fulfill their Senior English requirements.
On Tuesday, June 13th, and Wednesday, June 14th, the AP Physics classes invited students and staff to room 241 to witness a demonstration of Rube Goldberg 2017. Students, staff, and even whole classes flocked to the physics room to witness this year's show.
Twenty five students from Ms. Hillary Bresson's French classes participated in the Grand Concours, also known as the National French Contest. The contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, assesses student listening, reading, and writing skills in the French language.
As a reward of sorts for their hard work, AP Physics students participate in the Rube Goldberg Project as a culmination of their two years in the notoriously tough class.On June 13th, these students will unveil their finished Rube Goldberg machines to the PV public.
On April 27th, Nikki Shah '17 was informed that she would be given the honor of Salutatorian at graduation on June 23rd. This wonderful honor is the culmination of a high school career spent in which Shah continuously strived for academic excellence, “This proves hard work does pay off.”
Teachers employ many different and unique ways to bring their subjects alive for their students. Sophomore British Lit teacher, Mrs. Darcy Hall, has her own methods for teaching her classes.
The 2017-18 winter season is officially underway as members of each roster enter the season with optimistic eyes. Students and coaches alike have been preparing for the season for months now, conditioning and mentally preparing for the difficult, but rewarding, grind that is to come.
On October 20th, the Varsity Field Hockey Team played in their annual Senior Game. As is tradition, the field was decorated by the underclassmen and proud parents in an effort to demonstrate their appreciation for the seniors. In this year's senior game, PV defeated Dwight Englewood in overtime 1 - 0.
The boys' Varsity Soccer team has had an astonishing run this season, accomplishing a 9-3-1 record and becoming the Big North Independence Division Champions. Taking the top seed in the County Tournament, the team will face Passaic High School this weekend at home.
Though technically on their summer "vacation", the students and staff that comprise Passaic Valley Athletics have been hard at work. Throughout the summer months, they have made tremendous strides to make the 2017-18 an exciting year for any Hornet sports fan.
Starting on May 4th, the Passaic Valley varsity baseball team participated in the Passaic County Tournament. The first round saw the Hornets defeat rival Wayne Valley in one of the most intense games of the season.
Spring sports are now in session and, for some athletes, it will be their last season in high school. For one senior baseball player, Carlos Morales '17, his final season is also his fourth consecutive year on the varsity squad, a rare and prestigious achievement.
The 2017 NJ Wrestling State Championships were held in Atlantic City over the March 3rd weekend. Student athletes wrestled in front of about 10,000 people packed into the Boardwalk Hall. PV's own Nick DeNora '17 placed 8th in the state making his coach and school incredibly proud.
The wrestling team has had a phenomenal 2016-2017 postseason. After their last match as a team, the athletes moved on to compete at the District Tournament to earn a spot for Regions and then for the State Tournament. Nick Denora '17 medalled in States, earning 8th place overall.
From December 4-7th, the Passaic Valley Theater Department debuted their 2017 Holiday Show, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on the iconic 1957 children's book, the musical starred Javier Tovar as the Grinch, Alex and Andre Papasavas as his dog Max, and Camryn Frey as Cindy Lou Who.
The Teen Center is organizing college visits in an effort to expose students to local college campuses. This will allow students intending to attend college to prep early. In addition, for those unsure of their post-high school plans it can brighten their horizons to see if these colleges are for them.
On November 2nd, Ms. Kathleen Menake, teacher of Contemporary Issues through Videoconferencing (CITVC), accompanied by Mr. Tom Deeney, Ms. Caren Atamian, and Mr. Mike DeLuccia as chaperones, took students to New York City's premier escape the room venue, Escape Entertainment.
In the summer, the fantastical, theatrical productions at Passaic Valley do not cease. In fact, they only expand. Open to students going into grades 5 through 9, the Summer Performing Arts Camp provided an outlet in painting, drawing, sculpting, theater, music, and yoga for those of the creative bent.
Starting on Wednesday, May 24th the Art Department will host its annual Art Show in the Farrell Gym. Participants from all art classes showcase their very best work from the beginning of the year to the time of the show. Art Show is mostly run by students and supervised by teachers in the program.
Literary Club is hosting their annual poetry contest, where students from all grade levels participate by submitting their original work. The poetry contest allows students to show off their work, talents, and emotions by publishing student poetry in the school’s literary magazine, Images.
The Teen Center provides many different opportunities for students to learn, have fun, and maybe even experience a little competition. In honor of the wildly popular NCAA basketball tournament, this month’s theme is March Madness.