Debuting two days before the big event, PVTV unveiled "Into the Void," a short film created to preview their coverage of Girls' Show. This year, the crew decided to continue storylines established in last year's promo.
This Thursday, March 21, Passaic Valley Band and Choir will be hosting its annual Spring Music Concert. The concert will start at 7pm and will feature performances from the Jazz Band, Concert Band, Choir and the Hornet Harmonics, the school’s acapella group.
Active for twelve years and currently under the supervision and guidance of Mrs. Kelly Morris and Mrs. Danielle Vigilante, the PV Peer Mentoring Program has given freshmen the opportunity to ease into their transition from middle to high school under the guidance of junior and senior student mentors.
As a part of the Sandy Hook Promise, "Say Something Week" was an exciting new initiative designed to raise awareness of warning signs for school violence and encourage students to come forward if they witness potentially harmful behaviors.
PV is among only 6 high schools in New Jersey provided with a $40,000 grant to carry out a two-year program through A Partnership for Change. The Teen Center has teamed up with the PowerBack program to carry out effective awareness activities for teen dating abuse prevention.
Passaic Valley is home to numerous sets of successful twins. A particular pair that have been contributing members of the Passaic Valley community since the beginning of their freshman year are the Sabbak twins: Gregory Sabbak '19 and Melissa Sabbak '19.
Many are unaware of all that goes on behind the scenes and the weeks of preparation by the PVTV crew to broadcast the show internationally. Additionally, the crew has worked diligently to improve its capability to live stream, which has become the definitive way to watch Girls' Show.
On Thursday, February 14, Passaic Valley participated in its first ever MLK Dream Mat Project, a community service project designed to provide local homeless population protection in the form of mats woven from plastic bags.
The Teen Center recently designed a bulletin board outside of their room dedicated to Black History Month. Ms. Ashley Shaw, the designer, included images of African American artists and historical figures in hopes of honoring them and all that they stand for.
The Student of the Month award gives academically gifted students recognition for their achievements and hard work. March highlighted students who excelled in mathematics. This month's awards went to Joseph Valencia '19, Salvatore Mancini '21, Johnny Sahdou '22, and Isabella Zigarelli '22.
On March 8th, Mr. Donnelly’s Holocaust and Genocide classes visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. While the museum displays many historical artifacts dedicated to the remembrance of The Holocaust, it also educates students in a way that a classroom simply is unable to.
In the age of digital photography, young people may never be exposed to the film process, a highlight of Passaic Valley's Photography classes. PV is one of just a few high schools that have maintained a "dark room" and continue teaching the multi-faceted film process in addition to digital photography.
On February 25th, Passaic Valley publicly announced its most extensive additions to its course offerings in school history. The updated Program of Studies looks to build on PV's already impressive and innovative opportunities offered to students.
Science teacher Ms. Richeall Kennedy introduced a new experiment for her chemistry students this past week. The students created edible water bottles out of certain elements mixed with water.
As the school year nears its midpoint, many seniors are finishing college applications or eagerly awaiting responses. For Catherine Fergesen, her four years of hard work and relentless studying have earned her a well-deserved acceptance letter from Oxford University.
This year’s Sophomore Class has a vast array of talented students. Three students, Elizabeth Dubov, Raima Islam, and Betul Koc, have especially made the most of their first high school years. Each has achieved a high enough GPA to be among the top of their class.
Passaic Valley's Class of 2020 is currently academically thriving. Three very bright, intelligent young students at the top of the class, Brian Katat; Lexie De Luca; and Jerry Sevillano, shared their experiences and advice with the Valley Echo.
PV was included on the 9th Annual District Honor Roll, administered by College Board. This placement recognizes schools with an increasing number of students taking AP courses and a rise in the number of those students achieving an exam score of 3 or higher.
Colby Sellitto '21 has already managed to make a name for himself in the athletic and academic world. He has an impressive wrestling record and was chosen to be a student ambassador for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, all while maintaining his impressive 4.65 GPA.
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.
PV is a melting pot of exceptional students, one of which is Taylor Hill ‘21. Only a sophomore, Hill has already proven herself to be one of the most athletic, intelligent, and kind students at PV.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several sports teams acknowledged the suffering of those dear to players and coaches. These special games and events show the character of Passaic Valley’s student athletes and their dedication to find a cure.
For this year’s Homecoming, students and staff felt it was time to deliver something more unique and engaging. The arrangements for this year’s game, and the pep rally which preceded it, not only exceeded the community’s high expectations, but left its members with an incredible experience.
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.
Varsity Baseball participated in the High School Developmental League (HSDL), held during summer vacation months. PV won the regular season and represented Passaic and Bergen Counties in the state tournament, where they eventually lost to Montville.
Varsity Gymnastics has proven its potential through the great accomplishments and placings achieved so far this season, winning more meets in 2018 than all wins combined in the past 7 years. The team has already captured four wins, their highest score being an outstanding 99.75 out of 120 possible points.
Students of Passaic Valley have been rallying up this year with reinvigorated school spirit and pep due to the new student section, The Swarm. Thanks to creator Sophia Ayoub '19 and wide-spread support from the community, The Swarm has flourished during these first couple of weeks of school.
On Tuesday, February 26, the Literary Club held its annual Coffeehouse Event. The Coffeehouse Event is held to fund the Literary Club’s Annual Poetry Contest in April. Many teachers and students came together and made the night one to remember.
This year, PV, as a part of the Disney Theatrical Licensing Program, piloted two new dramas based on Marvel characters: "Mirror of Most Value," a Kamala Khan play by Masi Asare and "Subatomic" a play featuring Ant-Man's daughter by Nick Blaemire.
On Saturday, January 12th, representatives from several schools in the area attended the annual Speech and Theater Association of New Jersey (STANJ) at Montclair State University. Taylor Capers and Michela Speller won first prize in the Communications and Media category.
For auditions for The Addams Family, the Drama Club hosted a workshop lead by Broadway stars Jess LeProtto, Jelani Remy, and Jesse Corbin. Auditions will be held on February 12th at 5 pm.
On December 13th, the French Club hosted a movie night for all students in order to present a new way of experiencing the culture. Due to the success of the premiere, Mrs. Lynn Lions, Club Advisor, plans to organize more nights in the same vein.
On Thursday, December 6th, the FMPC invited Rammey Arsheed, an alumnus, to speak about life in the medical field. Arsheed went in depth about his college experience and the work effort required for a career in the field. He specifically spoke about how he became a chiropractor.
With the holidays right around the corner, NAHS has continued its card fundraiser, taking place during the Winter Concert on December 20th. This year, NAHS took part in a printmaking workshop from SCAD and welcomed a local business owner as a guest speaker to make this year's sale extra special.
Every year, Mrs. Anna Marie Dolce wants to expose members of the Spanish Club to different Hispanic cultures. On November 15th, she, and chaperone Mrs. Fulya Arici, took the club to the Margaret Williams Theater in Jersey City to watch several dances and performances.
Every December, the Theatre Department presents its student-directed Holiday Show. The 25+ year tradition continues with Elf Jr. the Musical, premiering December 10th.