The AP Physics class ended their year with their annual Rube Goldberg projects. This year’s themes were: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Fortnite, Physics of Oz, and Up. Groups displayed their ingenuity and creativity to crowds of students and staff in the Physics Room on June 14 and 15.
Prom 2018 was definitely a night to remember. This year it was held at the brand new Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains on June 8th. Everyone had a great time as a DJ provided live music, the venue served great food, and a photo booth captured memorable moments amongst friends.
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, PV's long-awaited Bring Your Own Device Program will take effect. To prepare for the change, Mr. Meluso launched a pilot program during this past school year. For more information, visit https://www.pvhs.k12.nj.us/byod.
Normally celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April, this year's Bring Your Child to Work Day needed to be rescheduled to May 18th to avoid conflicts with the PARCC test. Once the eagerly awaited day rolled around, faculty, students, and little ones enjoyed all of the activities planned for the special day.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."