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Principal Raymond Rotella has retired from his position at Passaic Valley High School as of October 1st. Mr. Rotella, known for his kindness and sense of humor, was a special man to many in the PV community and will be missed by all.
The Teen Center will be introducing a new array of activities for the 2019-20 school year. These include an art program, collaborations with other staff members, and youth advocates. They hope to encourage students and staff to come in, be creative, and check out what they have to offer.
On October 19th, the Varsity Football Team dominated in a 42-7 win over Indian Hills during the Homecoming Game. The impressive athletic showing was the culmination of the annual Spirit Week, which generated PV pride through friendly competitions and special events.
Following the retirement of Mr. Raymond Rotella, on Monday, October 21, 2019, the Passaic Valley Regional High School Board of Education approved the recommendation of the Superintendent to hire Mr. Joseph Abate Jr. as Interim Principal of Passaic Valley Regional High School.
This year, PV hosted its annual Open House on October 19th for its sending districts. Academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities highlighted much of what Passaic Valley can offer those who enroll through booths, demonstrations, and performances.
From September 23-27, PV held Start with Hello Week with the intent of raising awareness for those who may feel isolated throughout the school day. Students were encouraged to reach out and "say hello" to their peers, who they may not know, in order to create a stronger sense of communtiy in our school.
Nine ambitious journalists are prepared to deliver the buzz around the Hornet community to their eager readers as the 2019-20 Valley Echo Staff. Editor-in-Chief Mr. Cornelius Van Ess is excited to see how their work will be received by the community they serve.
Along with a new school year comes some new members of Passaic Valley’s Valley Echo Staff. One of these new members is Gabby Gutierrez ‘22. As a student that is incredibly involved in PV sports and activities, Gutierrez will be a dynamic addition to the Valley Echo.
As the 2019-20 school year comes into full swing, the Valley Echo welcomes new members to its staff. Megan Morales'20 is a new addition to the Valley Echo team along with eight other students. Megan is looking forward to writing for the Valley Echo and is excited to have the chance to hone her journalism skills.
Mr. Michael O' Brien was hired as a new Social Studies/Special Education teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. He teaches US History in both co-teaching and traditional capacities.
The English Department developed a new elective course for students in grades 11 and 12 called Gender Studies. The half-year course focuses on gender issues in the current world, while also overviewing feminism throughout history.
Earlier this year, Passaic Valley's Broadcasting Program received approval as an official Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program of Study as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education and federal guidelines.
On Saturday June 1st, sophomore Raima Islam competed in the 2019 MARM Chemagination Competition held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her project, “Bridging the Gap—Combating Retinal Detachment” placed first in the Health/Medicine category.
On April 5th, Brian Katat ’20 was notified that he had been accepted into the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences. New Jersey Governor’s School is a tuition-free summer program created in 1983 for students interested in entering STEM careers in the future.
From March 22nd to the 26th, Passaic Valley’s STEM classes were exposed to Python, a commonly used professional programming language. Dr. Martin Carroll, of Nokia Bell Labs, served as a guest professor and educated students on STEM research along with additional exposure to the field of technology.
Anatomy and Physiology Honors students visited William Paterson University for a tour of Dr. Kelley Healey's molecular biology research lab and Dr. Sonya Bierbower's neuroscience research lab on Friday March 29th.
In March, Mrs. Elena Shtraks’ and Mr. Kevin Haimowitz’ physics classes undertook the Music Instrument Project, where each student discussed the relationship between their chosen instrument and physics, followed by a short musical performance.
On March 7th, the 6th period Principles of Engineering Honors class and Physics Club welcomed guest speakers Mikel Hamlin and Francis Waligur to talk about nuclear engineering in the U.S. Navy.
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.
Every October our Hornet sports teams hold Breast Cancer Awareness games to honor those impacted by the disease. Girls' Soccer hosted their annual game against Cedar Grove on October 5th to emphasize that, in October, our teams play for an additional goal.
It has been a very exciting start to the school year for Mr. Stephen Smith. The new history teacher was also named head coach for freshman football. The freshman team has grown immensely as a result of Smith’s experience as a football player and all the work he has put into this team.
Three senior Hornet athletes participated in local All-Star Games this spring. Antwan Rodgers, Matthew Jaeger, and Steven Nitch contributed significantly to their respective teams and represented the prestige of Passaic Valley Sports.
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.
On June 7th, the 3rd annual Athletic Signing Day was held for twelve student athletes on their way to collegiate athletics. The presentation was held during 2nd period in the Senior Cafe, in which the students were joined by their families to rejoice in their accomplishments.
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.
On Wednesday, May 8, Catherine Bennett ‘19 made PV history with her 200th career goal. In an intense game against Clifton, the girls’ lacrosse star and senior captain became the first Hornet to achieve this remarkable accomplishment.
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.
Passaic Valley Theater is wrapping up its rehearsals for their annual Fall Show Lend Me A Tenor, on stage October 24th, 25th, and 26th. The comedy is Director Ms. Pia Vanderstreet's first play in that role.
Passaic Valley Summer Theater put on two fantastic plays this summer: Zombie Prom and Shrek Jr. Maggie and Mike Lavagno directed the production of Zombie Prom, with Ms. Pia Vanderstreet as Musical Director. Mr. Michael DeLuccia and directed Shrek Jr.
On May 18, Stevens Institute of Technology hosted its annual Stevens Math Olympiad. This was the first year PV students participated in the event. The participants included Elizabeth Dubov ‘21, Betul Koc ‘21, and Lia Trewhella ‘22 accompanied by Mrs. Thornton, Mrs. Kurtishi, and Mrs. Robeson.
The Marching Band performed at Wilmore Road Park to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. The following day, the band, joined by the Color Guard, honored and remembered US veterans in the annual Memorial Day Parade, hosted by The American Legion Singac Post 108 & The Township of Little Falls.
Students with a passion for art were recently allowed to show off their talents and PV pride thanks to Gelotti's Ceiling Tile Contest. The tiles will be displayed in the newly renovated Gelotti's in Paterson.
The Drama Club and Theater Department debuted the annual spring musical, Addams Family: The Musical, in Schneider Auditorium on May 9th, 10th, and 11th. The Spring Musical was very successful and the most well-attended musical at PV in the last four years.
On April 4, the Theater Department traveled to New Hope, Pennsylvania for their annual Bucks County Playhouse field trip. This year, PV brought home 3 awards - Best Vocal Performance: Gabriella Volonnino ‘19, Best Comedic Actor: Marc Garcia ‘19, and Best Musical Ensemble.
The Addams Family hits Schneider Auditorium on Thursday May 9th, and additional showtimes include Friday May 10th, and Saturday May 11th. Performances begin at 7pm each night. The audience can look forward to an amusingly peculiar show about your not-so-average family.