The annual Variety Show, which took place Friday, January 18th, provided students with an outlet to display their distinctive abilities while serving as a source of entertainment for spectators. This year's show included musical acts, comedy, cheer, modern dance, and Bollywood dance.
PV has partnered with local public works services and businesses to assist in a project providing the homeless of Passaic County with "Dream Mats" celebrating Martin Luther King Day. These mats will be designed to help protect against severe weather conditions and serve as a cushion on rough surfaces.
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.
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.
The students of A.P. Psychology were assigned a very complex project that really put their brains to work. Mrs. Geraldine Volonnino tasked her students with creating a 3-dimensional model of the human brain in a project that require ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork.
Recently, the ABA program expanded its elective choices provided for students. The students are now able to partake in Photography, Art, Media, and Music. As the marking periods change, the students rotate between each new elective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.