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Every year, new students join the Yearbook Class to work together, create a memorable theme and commemorate the graduating class. This year’s yearbook staff consists of 23 hard-working students along with Mrs. Cheryl Joseph and Mrs. Darcy Hall as their editors.
For the annual production of Girls’ Show, which took place on February 28, 2020, students from Passaic Valley partnered with Think Reel Films, a local production company, for the filming and live broadcast to Vimeo in high definition and to local public access stations in standard definition.
Journalism students saw an opportunity to cover the transition from traditional instruction to an online remote learning model as real-world journalists would. Within are links to their coverage of PV's response to the crisis, determination to serve the community, and the resilience of their students and staff.
On Thursday, March 12, students from the Music Department gathered on to the Schneider Auditorium stage for yet another annual Spring Concert. Ms. Pia Vanderstreet and Mr. Michael DeLuccia compiled a set list that included new songs and innovative renditions of classic and pop material.
On March 4th, the New Jersey Sharing Network held an informative presentation about the importance of organ donation to Passaic Valley’s sophomore and junior classes. Guest speaker Mr. Nicholas Sauter shared his experiences participating in this extraordinary program.
MSU awarded the Povolo quintuplets with a full scholarship to their institution in a ceremony held in Campbell Hall. The gift was a surprise to four of the five siblings and their parents. Victoria Povolo had previously reached out to MSU with college tuition concerns for the family.
The four superintendents of the Passaic Valley community, Ms. Tracey Marinelli, Ms. Patricia Capitelli, Dr. Michele Pillari, and Dr. JoAnn Cardillo attended an educational conference held in Atlantic City where they presented "Strengthening Our Schools Through Collaborative Practices".
March was Women's History Month. To celebrate, students enrolled in Passaic Valley's CTE Broadcasting Program, taught by Mrs. Stephanie Roberts, produced short videos detailing famous and influential female figures in New Jersey history.
The PV Choir hopes to spread some well-needed cheer with their virtual performance of "I Sing Because I'm Happy". Students were accompanied by PV alumna Mike Yesenosky on piano. Choral Director Ms. Pia Vanderstreet edited the video and Mr. Yesenosky edited the audio.
The Teen Center was honored at the annual NJCDC's Friends Breakfast. Maria Hoffman was chosen to represent the Teen Center, for she was an honorable member of the program and grew to become a successful leader.
Passaic Valley recently welcomed Mr. Jason Tiseo to its staff as new Special Education Teacher and Interim Head Baseball Coach. Administration, students, and staff are thrilled to have his experience both in front of the classroom and on the diamond.nterim head baseball coach.
On February 12, freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes learned the dangers and effects of vaping. Timothy Shoemaker served as a guest lecturer informing students about the soaring rates of vaping-related illnesses and conditions plaguing high schools throughout America.
This school year, Passaic Valley is implementing a Signs of Suicide (SOS) program through the Sandy Hook Promise organization. Information is available through the links within.
For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Passaic Valley High School held a day of service to honor the memory and influence of the civil rights leader. History and English teachers crafted original lessons focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, teachings, and legacy.
Girls' Show will premiere on February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Stream Girls' Show LIVE on your favorite digital device with internet access, such as a tablet, phone, laptop, and Smart TV with a web browser using the following link: www.vimeo.com/pvrhs.
February 28, 2020 will be Girls’ Show’s 75th performance. Mrs. Kathleen Dellanno, English Teacher and Director of Girls’ Show, sat down with the Valley Echo to describe her experiences as a member of Girls’ Show as a student and monitoring and directing the show as a teacher.
Passaic Valley's Marching Band won first place in the State Championship for the first time in about 35 years on November 3rd. Passaic Valley scored higher than seven other schools in the Group I A division of the competition with a score of 87.665.
Mr. Anthony Ottino retired on October 1st, 2019 after 14 years at Passaic Valley. Mr. Ottino worked for IBM for 25 years and at another school district prior to his time as a Hornet. Mr. Ottino says he had a wonderful experience here and will miss his colleagues and the camaraderie he built with them.
Physical Education classes have undergone a massive transition during remote learning. By administering lessons online over Google Classroom, Health and Physical Education teachers have been offering students a variety of tasks utilizing technology to keep track of their physical activity.
The Contemporary Issues Through Videoconferencing (CITVC) class is an elective course available to juniors and seniors. CITVC allows for students to design their own learning experiences and be active in what they learn.
During health-related school closures, Mrs. Stephanie Roberts' Broadcasting classes have developed a series of PSAs informing viewers on the best practices to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. These videos are designed teach viewers about the coronavirus and what to do if it is contracted.
Now in its eighth week, remote learning continues for schools across New Jersey. Passaic Valley administration has responded to concerns within the community by revising the model for the third and fourth marking period.
On March 16, students and teachers began the transition to remote learning, in following the proper safety precautions of social distancing. Teachers have been working harder than ever to ensure students are continuing to succeed academically, even when not in the traditional classroom setting.
With various visual components and online assessments, schools across the country are managing to make online learning work. Passaic Valley administration and teaching staff has been working hard to continue to offer students the same opportunities they were granted when coming to school.
Passaic Valley students and staff have been participating in online learning since March 16, 2020. To slow the spread of COVID-19, schools around New Jersey closed to ensure the safety of their students and staff.
Since March 16, Passaic Valley has turned to the Remote Learning Model during the public health-related school closure. The new method of instruction tasks teachers with crafting daily online lessons for students to complete through Google Classroom.
Jumping into the new system of learning from home has been a significant change for students, teachers, and administration. The transition to the remote learning model in response to COVID-19 has required patience and ingenuity to maintain the rigorous levels of instruction PV offers.
Due to COVID-19, Passaic Valley took the precaution to move to remote learning. Since March 16, students have been learning and doing their work from home through Google Classroom. There have been some challenges, but the program has been successful providing students with quality instruction.
Since 2016, senior have been placed as interns at Little Falls School No. 2 to explore a career in early childhood education, an opportunity offered through the Hornet Helping Hands Program. This year, the program has expanded, sending interns to Beatrice Gilmore in Woodland Park as well.
Dr. Susanne Iobst was awarded the New Jersey Governor's Teacher/Educational Professional of the Year award after being nominated by her colleagues. The annual award is voted on by a faculty and administrative committee.
Recently, Passaic Valley was recognized by College Board for their students' high performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Passaic Valley is among just 21 high schools in New Jersey and 800 in America and Canada to make the AP District Honor Roll and receive this acknowledgement.
PV announced its new course offerings and expanded partnerships for the 2020-2021 school year. The Program of Studies was debuted at PV during an evening event to welcome the incoming class of 2024.
After five years, midterms and finals have replaced the QBAs as the method of assessing student progress throughout the year. From January 27-30, students took their midterms following a revised early dismissal schedule, which featured two exam periods per day.
On Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, Physics and Physics Honors classes held their annual balloon car design competition. Students were tasked with constructing a toy car powered by a balloon. They had the freedom to explore several designs and materials, ranging from water bottle caps to CDs.
Mrs. Ennely Thornton's Financial Literacy Class welcomed several of very special guests throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Guest lecturers reinforced the concepts learned in class and exposed students to the perspective of professionals in the field of financial planning.
English Teacher Ms. Michele Miskovich took an innovative approach to essay revising. Instead of having her students visit the writing lab for critiques, she decided to have the writing lab come to them.
Passaic Valley embodies the belief that effective educators are also constant learners. Since the beginning of the school year, teachers have been active in programs and workshops to improve their instructional skills and pedagogy.
On February 13, Taylor Hill scored her 1,000th point as a Hornet in a home game against West Milford. Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Marc Salvatore originally planned to honor this incredible achievement at the end-of-year Basketball Dinner. When this was cancelled, Coach Salvatore got creative.
Winter Track and Field had a particularly successful season. The team has broken several school records, some of which have stood for decades. Upperclassmen and underclassmen teammates collected medals and improved their skills throughout the season.
Passaic Valley congratulates its very own Passaic Valley-Cedar Grove (PVCG) Hockey Team on being Big North Bronze Cup Division Champions. PVCG shutout Clifton 2-0 in an exciting championship game at Floyd Hall Arena.
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.
Senior Christie Ack became Passaic Valley’s first ever Fencing County Champion at the Passaic County Tournament in February. Placing first in epee, her achievement was the perfect capstone to Christie’s final season.
Mr. Max Wassel will take over as the Head Football Coach following the retirement of Coach Chet Parlavecchio. Coach Wassel has plenty of coaching experience, including coaching the Freshmen Football Team in 2017 and serving as Assistant Football Coach for the past two years.
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’s Head Football Coach Mr. Chet Parlavecchio has announced his retirement from the sport. As head coach for the Hornets for a total of 10 years, Coach Parlavecchio is recognized for his dedication to Passaic Valley students and his leadership of the program.
As the 2019 fall season draws to a close, we recognize the Girls' Varsity Volleyball Team for their exceptional season. The Hornets finished 17-7, made it to the county final, and qualified for the state tournament for the first time in years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passaic Valley’s Theatre Program continues to rehearse, while innovatively adhering to social distancing guidelines. Staff and cast members of this year's The Little Mermaid have turned to online conferencing technology for preproduction.
Film Photography student Sam Droney’s photograph was selected for the 2020 Fresh Perspectives art exhibit. Photography Teacher Ms. Melanie Vasa was pleased to hear the news as being accepted is an impressive achievement. “I am so happy for Sam. He is a wonderful person and deserves this,” Ms. Vasa said.
Throughout the month of January, the National Art Honor Society collected 20 grocery bags worth of canned goods, which were then donated to the Human Needs Food Pantry, in their eighth annual Soup-er Bowl Canned Food Drive.
March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM). To commemorate MIOSM, the Valley Echo is highlighting Passaic Valley's involvement in the The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Honors Festival for the first time.
On January 11, 2020, students and teachers participated in the Speech and STANJ competition at Montclair State University. Throughout the night, Passaic Valley took home Best Play and Best Musical awards.
On December 17, 2019, the annual Variety Show took place in the Schneider Auditorium at Passaic Valley. Presented by the Drama Club, the Variety Show gives students who may not be a part of the Theater or Music program a chance to shine on the PV stage.
On Thursday, December 19, the Passaic Valley Band, Choir and Hornet Harmonics hosted their annual Winter Concert to celebrate the upcoming holidays and winter season. Both gave strong performances for students, staff and community members in the Schneider Auditorium.
Passaic Valley's Theater Department announced the annual winter holiday production, Charlie Brown's Christmas Spectacular. The musical marks the first time an original script, written by Mia Preziosi '20 and Mark Huggins '20, is being produced for the stage.
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.
On Sunday April 14th, PV held its fourth annual Autism Walk at the track. Around six hundred students, staff, friends, and family members came to support the PV/Bergen ABA Program and over nine thousand dollars were donated.