Mr. Alfred Cappello, physical education teacher and coach at Passaic Valley, was awarded the Annual Passaic Valley High School Governor’s Educator of the Year Award for 2017-18 back in January. On Friday, May 11th, a reception was held in celebration for the honorees.
National College Decision Day is an exciting day throughout the country as college-bound seniors agree on their future alma maters. Seniors wear their college apparel with a feeling of accomplishment and pride.
On Sunday, April 29th, members of the community gathered in the First Reformed Church in Little Falls for their annual Coffehouse event, featuring live music by student performers. The event was also the site of not one, but two promposals.
Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day is dedicated to demonstrating how thankful the PV staff is for the assistants in this school. On Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day, the school has a luncheon in honor of all the assistants in the building.
The Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition that Passaic Valley High School participates in. All the art for the competition was displayed in the Morris Museum. This year three seniors, Jon Alarcon, Danielle Burden, and Matt Nelson had their work showcased at the exhibit.
The third annual Autism Awareness Walk kicked off on Sunday, April 16th, raising money to fund various programs. Several custom T-shirts were sold and hundreds of people donated money to the valuable cause. About four to five thousand dollars were raised this year.
The Spirit Coffee House at the Totowa United Methodist Church will be exhibiting student artwork on Thursday, April 19th starting at 5pm. The student exhibition is part of the Church’s coffee-house series.
Catherine Fergesen '19 has created a club named "The STEM Girls Club" that helps teach middle school students from poverty stricken communities or underprivileged backgrounds new skills. Introducing young women from low-income areas to the subject is a priority for Catherine.
Twice a week, Ms. Standish, a licensed therapist and yoga/mindfulness instructor, visits Ms. Peters’ AP English classes. They hope for these sessions to create healthy coping mechanisms during a very eventful and stressful period for students as AP testing commences.
Starting on April 9th, the Academic Lab in Room 012 PARCC workshops will open for all Freshmen looking for an edge on the upcoming standardized test. Workshops for the ELA 9 and Algebra I sections of the test will be held to gain the proper experience and improve upon necessary skills.
The ABA Program has experienced many improvements and expansions this year. With new classrooms and more opportunities, the students are able to gain more experience. This year, the program and PV have scheduled their Annual Autism Walk for Sunday, April 15.
Most of the grades are in and the GPAs tabulated. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2018 are Andre Papasavas and Matt Kania, respectively. Congratulations to both men on such a prestigious achievement.
Mr. Randall Sanders recently spearheaded a novel project in his STEM Exploration classes: Students were split into groups and instructed to build robots using specialized kits. Once the robots were built, they duked it out in a "Sumo Bot" competition in the Wrestling Gym.
First-year physics students raced their home-made balloon cars, following their lessons in mechanics. Students were instructed to build a car out of everyday materials using the air of an inflated balloon as the only propelling force.
The Annual Passaic Valley High School Governor’s Educator of the Year Award for 2017-18 goes to Mr. Alfred Cappello. This is his 14th year teaching Physical Education and Health at Passaic Valley. Of course, he is also known for his coaching in several sports.
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.
The Hornets won their first game of the Passaic County Tournament when they defeated Lakeland Saturday, April 28 5-0. The next Saturday, the Hornets beat Passaic Tech 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
Passaic Valley Baseball travelled to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, which they have done every couple of years since Varisty Coach John Mazzo started coaching at PV. The team went there to get some more work in and enjoy themselves, establishing much needed comradery on the diamond.
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.
This upcoming Passaic Valley Boys' Lacrosse season looks to be a promising one as the Varsity Team introduces new Head Coach Mr. Joshua Danziger. Last year's team, coached under Anthony O’Hara, finished with a record of 9-8 but showed promising potential with the now seniors leading the squad.
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.
Coming off a great start in Counties, where Rachel Sol '18 hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer for a win against 8th seeded DePaul, the Varsity Girls Basketball Team competed in the second round against #1 seed Lakeland on February 10th.
It was a thrilling night on the mat on December 28th as the Hornets came back to win against Nutley with a final score of 45-29. However, the most thrilling story played out on the sidelines as Head Wrestling Coach Joseph Benvenuti recorded his 200th overall win.
Trinity Toerock became one of the three female captains despite the 2017-18 season being only her second year. Toerock, a junior, runs distance for the Winter Track Team. Toerock joined the track team her sophomore year and made varsity; just a year later, she makes captain.
April 26-28, the Passaic Valley Theater Department debuted their annual Spring Musical, Freaky Friday. Click on the article to read about and view a photo gallery of the performances.
On April 17th, PV’s Theater Department went on their annual Bucks County Playhouse field trip to perform in front of other attending schools. Annie Challice ‘18 and Gabriella Volonnino ‘19 won awards for Best Female Performances in a Musical while Freaky Friday won Best Production.
With opening night quickly approaching, the cast of Disney’s Freaky Friday is getting ready for an exciting, comedic spring performance. For more information and tickets, visit pvstheater.com.
Organized by Mrs. Geraldine Volonnino, Passaic Valley hosted its first National History Day on April 11th. Now that she seems familiar with the concept, Volonnino and the National History Day Club plan to enter competitions starting next year.
For the second year in a row, Girls’ Show ended with the White Team taking the night in an incredibly close competition. The magical night was filled with stunning performances from both sides, leaving audiences watching in the Griswold Gym or from the comfort of their home in awe.
February, and the love and vibrancy we celebrate during that month, has encouraged the Italian classes to make Carnevale masks and Valentine's Day love letters in two unique projects. Mrs. Monzo’s and Mrs. Napolitano’s classes have been hard at work during the busy month.
On February 9th, the Physics Club held a conference on the hypothetical changes that could happen in the world by the year 2040. The event included informative and engaging lectures by students and teachers, discussing what this theoretical world will look like.
Recently, the PV Drama Club revealed the cast list for the Spring Musical Freaky Friday. Annie Challice and Gabi Volonnino were cast as the leads, playing mother/daughter duo Katherine and Ellie Blake. The show will be performed on April 26-28th. Tickets will be available in for purchase at pvstheater.com.
Girls' Show 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 2 at 7pm. As a preview to the eagerly anticipated show, the Valley Echo took a look at the inspiration behind each team's themes. The overall theme for the night is "The Future is Female."
This spring, Passaic Valley will be hosting its first ever book fair. The inaugural event takes place from March 5th until March 7th in the library. The books will be supplied by Scholastic. Picture books, graphic novels, non-fiction, fiction, young adult novels, and mystery novels will be sold.