The Annual Winter Concert, hosted by the Music Department, took place on December 20th at 7 PM in the Schneider Auditorium. Before the concert took place, students from the choir and band performed for middle schoolers in Woodland Park and Little Falls during the school day.
It is no surprise that Passaic Valley is a school of students with many unique talents, abilities, and strengths outside of academics. One of these many students is Skylar Smith '22, who will be performing the art of ballet in the well known play, The Nutcracker, during the holiday season.
On February 22, 2017, alumnus Billy Santoro '15 donated his bone marrow to save leukemia patient Matthew Walker's life. He donated through Be the Match, a nonprofit organization operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.
Grace Rose '19 created and hosted a presentation on human trafficking at the Totowa Community Center on October 20th. To further recognize her work and community outreach, Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo honored Grace at a Board of Education Meeting on November 13th.
This year, the Unity Garden is honing its sights on hydroponically grown produce that can be grown year-round. Mr. Billy Goodman and Mr. Randall Sanders are collaborating with the school cafeteria to provide fresh, organically grown, and cost-effective produce for school lunches.
Monday, November 26th, will mark the first Strategic Planning Meeting at Passaic Valley High School. The meeting will take place in the Schneider Auditorium at 6:30pm. After two community forums during the summer, the school district is ready to develop a plan.
On Wednesday, November 7th, PV hosted its third annual Regional Professional Development for teachers from public schools throughout Little Falls, Woodland Park, and Totowa. This year’s theme was mental health and wellness.
On November 16, 2018, Passaic Valley announced a dynamic partnership with Montclair State University School of Communications and Media to create the dual enrollment course, Introduction to Communication Arts and Media.
On October 15th, Ms. Jennifer Shue received an email saying former student Dan Haycook '05 nominated her for the 2018-19 LifeChanger of the Year award. LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes educators and school employees across the country for their impact on students' lives.
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.
Academic achievement is an important factor in the high school experience. Three seniors, who have excelled throughout their four years and established themselves among the top five academically ranked students, shared their reflections on their experiences with the Valley Echo.
Every year, Physics and Physics Honors hold their balloon-car race, challenging students to engineer a car powered by just a balloon. The challenge becomes a competition between the students to see who can make the fastest moving or the furthest travelling car.
On Monday, January 7th, the Superintendent’s Breakfast for the first marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year was held. With nearly 100 students in attendance, the breakfast recognized the achievements of students inside and outside of the classroom.
Saturday, December 8th: the Passaic Valley Academic Team competed against schools such as Seneca, Bergenfield, and BioTech in the North Jersey Academic Championships (NorJac) at Leonia High School. The Senior Team placed this year, achieving silver status by collecting almost 1,900 points.
On Friday, November 30, Signora Carmela Monzo and Signora Maria Papaleo brought their Italian students to New York City on a field trip to the Metropolitan Opera. The group saw a dress rehearsal of the opera La Traviata.
Starting in early November, the Passaic Valley Critical Thinking Team implemented an activity to encourage critical thinking during lunch periods in the cafeteria. Every Friday, a puzzle is written on a white board in the cafe. The first two students to answer correctly win a prize.
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Passaic Valley partnered with Little Falls Township to create the Helping Hands internship program. This year, five new seniors chose to participate: Sarah Covello, Taylor Davis, Sarah Esmarian, Alexandra Levajac, and Gabriella Rose.
On Tuesday, November 27th, and Wednesday, November 28th, Ms. Kathleen Menake's Contemporary Issues Through Videoconferencing (CITVC) classes took a break from their conferences to partake in a unique, charitable tradition: the Free Rice Activity.
The Guidance Office has initiated the 12 Days of College Homeroom Competition. The senior homeroom with the highest percentage of applicants to college by December 18th will receive a breakfast in Campbell Hall right before winter break.
Along with several other new courses this year, A.P. Human Geography is now offered by Passaic Valley as both a new Science and advanced placement course for students. This course focuses on the spatial relationships of people to each other and their physical environment.
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.
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.
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.