This year's Open House was held on October 18th and was open to students in middle school and their families from the sending districts. Attendees were able to acquire information, meet students and faculty, and see the tremendous scope of what Passaic Valley has to offer.
Artistic students have been asked to participate in the Gelotti’s Ceiling Tile Contest. The National Art Honors Society, as well as many other members of the student body, are designing tiles to be placed in the newly renovated Gelotti’s building located in the Hillcrest section of Paterson.
October 15 through October 19 this year was designated Spirit Week. The Passaic Valley Student Senate and Teen Center arranged a competition between all grade levels to show their school spirit and pride through following themes for each day of the week. This year's winners: The Class of 2019.
Every school year brings some minor changes. However, this year marks a significant alteration to the school-day schedule. A ten-minute homeroom has been added to the beginning of the day and all subsequent periods have been slightly shortened to accommodate.
This past summer, 30 students and 5 chaperones were invited to expand their horizons and take part in the biennial Europe Trip. The trip embarked on June 29th and returned home on July 11th. The 13 day trip featured stops in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Lucerne.
On Thursday October 4, PV held its annual Fall Blood Drive in the Old Girls' Gym. The Future Health Professionals Club organized this event with the New York Blood Center. Over one hundred students signed up to donate and eighty-four units (approximately eighty-four pints) of blood were collected.
Eleven new student journalists and one Valley Echo veteran join Editor and Chief Mr. Cornelius Van Ess for the 2018-19 school year. The team is incredibly excited to build upon last year's first full year as an online publication. Inside this article are links to individual articles about each staff member.
Starting the new year, Derek Pezo, a senior, is glad to rejoin the team of writers for Valley Echo. With some journalistic experience from his sophomore year, he is excited for what the new year will bring.
Passaic Valley offers numerous academic courses where students can learn and flourish. This year, Passaic Valley added to its impressive catalogue with several new courses, including a new English course, A.P. Language and Composition (A.P. Lang).
Academically, students are now being offered several new Advanced Placement/college-level courses to challenge and prepare them. One of these new additions is AP Psychology, taught by Mrs. Geraldine Volonnino. Stay tuned to the Valley Echo for future articles detailing more new courses.
Every year, Passaic Valley welcomes a handful of new staff members, determined to enhance the academic advancements of their students. This year, Passaic Valley welcomes a new member to the World Language Department, French Teacher Mrs. Lynn Lions.
The Passaic Valley Education Foundation has launched a GoFundMe.com page in hopes of raising funds for a proposed Media Center Renovation Project. The fundraiser will be open for the next two years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Varsity Softball Team had a great regular season (11-5), earning a two-round bye going into Counties. In an impressive run, the Lady Hornets reached the championship game where they lost a heartbreaker to DePaul.
This year's PV Theater fall production is none other than Clue, adapted from the 1985 movie, which was based off of the widely-known board game. Click the link for a full cast list and details on the show.
May 23-24, the annual Art Show, a celebration of the marvelous artwork created by students, returned for showcasing in the Farrell Gym. Amongst the many classes, there was plenty of excellent artwork available to show off to the community.
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.