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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.
Earlier this November, former Science teacher Mrs. Daria Leidig took over the role of School Librarian. She looks forward to working with both students and staff members to supplement curriculums and enhance learning experiences.
PV invites parents/guardians and students of the Class of 2024 to this important information session on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Attendees will receive their copy of the 2020-2021 Program of Studies Course Guide and will get a head start learning about Passaic Valley's unique learning opportunities.
The PVEF hosted its first book fair at the Woodland Park Barnes and Noble, with earnings contributing to the renovation of the library. From December 7-11, students and staff were able to support the cause both in-store and online by purchasing items using a specific bookfair ID code.
Ms. Jenai Agosta has retired as Special Education Teacher after 38 years. Displaying an incredible level of dedication for the community, Ms. Agosta spent the entirety of her career at Passaic Valley. She leaves behind a legacy of rigor and care in the students she taught and the staff she advised.
Members of the Passaic Valley staff, Mr. Michael Carlucci, Ms. Arianna Robeson, and Mr. William Phillian visited Passaic County Community College to learn more about robotics teams and competitions. The Science Department hopes to use the information to form a robotics team at Passaic Valley.
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.
Roughly 6 years ago, math teacher Mr. Salvatore Sileo, developed the PV Volunteer Math Peer Tutoring Program for students in sending districts. The program continues to improve student achievement in mathematics, increasing test scores and preparedness for the high school level.
On October 4, PV alum Dr. Anastasia Pytal met with and talked to Mr. Jeffrey Francisco's Human Behavior classes. Her guest lecture gave students the opportunity to learn more about how different disorders correlate to the brain and provided an in-depth understanding of how the brain works.
Mr. Michael O' Brien was hired as a new Social Studies/Special Education teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. He teaches US History in both co-teaching and traditional capacities.
The English Department developed a new elective course for students in grades 11 and 12 called Gender Studies. The half-year course focuses on gender issues in the current world, while also overviewing feminism throughout history.
Earlier this year, Passaic Valley's Broadcasting Program received approval as an official Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program of Study as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education and federal guidelines.
On Saturday June 1st, sophomore Raima Islam competed in the 2019 MARM Chemagination Competition held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her project, “Bridging the Gap—Combating Retinal Detachment” placed first in the Health/Medicine category.
On April 5th, Brian Katat ’20 was notified that he had been accepted into the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences. New Jersey Governor’s School is a tuition-free summer program created in 1983 for students interested in entering STEM careers in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.