After 20 years at PV, Mary Lou Bednarski has decided to retire at the completion of the school year. While sad to see her go, her former students and current colleagues wish her the best of luck in the next phase of her life and promise to keep the memory of her storied career alive.
On Monday, June 12th the Bergen/ Passaic Valley ABA Program for students with autism and other disabilities hosted Pequannock High School's equivalent program in a friendly soccer match, as the schools competed and celebrated the hard work of their students.
Throughout the past six years at Passaic Valley, Mrs. Patricia Lynch has established a reputation as fun-loving while expecting excellence. At the end of June, Mrs. Lynch's wonderful personality will be leaving the Hornet halls for a retirement sure to be filled with laughs and adventures.
As the school year comes to an end, Passaic Valley hosted its 2017 Senior Prom at The Fiesta in Wood-ridge on Friday, June 2nd. From the never-vacant dance floor to the great food and music, Prom certainly lived up to the hype buzzing around the school a week before the event.
After 27 years of being the library's warm and welcoming figure, Mrs. Konzelmann announced her retirement at the end of June. Though she didn't always hold this position. “I substituted here before I worked in the library. And before that, I started my teaching career as a history teacher in Clifton."
On Monday May 22, Dr. Suzanne Iobst was awarded the Edward J. Merrill Outstanding High School Chemistry Teaching Award. The award was given by the American Chemical Society of North Jersey, one of the largest and oldest American professional societies, founded in 1876.
Over the course of the 2015-16 school year, Mary Boudaher ’18 and PV alumni Alexa Colon ’16 (a current freshmen at Rutgers University), worked on a short documentary that would represent the media program. The finished film took 2nd place at the Passaic County Film Festival.
On Tuesday, June 13th, and Wednesday, June 14th, the AP Physics classes invited students and staff to room 241 to witness a demonstration of Rube Goldberg 2017. Students, staff, and even whole classes flocked to the physics room to witness this year's show.
Twenty five students from Ms. Hillary Bresson's French classes participated in the Grand Concours, also known as the National French Contest. The contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, assesses student listening, reading, and writing skills in the French language.
As a reward of sorts for their hard work, AP Physics students participate in the Rube Goldberg Project as a culmination of their two years in the notoriously tough class.On June 13th, these students will unveil their finished Rube Goldberg machines to the PV public.
On April 27th, Nikki Shah '17 was informed that she would be given the honor of Salutatorian at graduation on June 23rd. This wonderful honor is the culmination of a high school career spent in which Shah continuously strived for academic excellence, “This proves hard work does pay off.”
Teachers employ many different and unique ways to bring their subjects alive for their students. Sophomore British Lit teacher, Mrs. Darcy Hall, has her own methods for teaching her classes.
Mrs. Megan Miele, formally known as Ms.Ellis, has always been an uplifting spirit for students and teachers. Mrs. Miele is a devoted and hard-working teacher and is a role model for her students.
After seven months of waiting, Sarah Elkordy ’17 received the good news of a fully paid acceptance into Princeton University. From honors and AP classes to volunteering and participating in sports, clubs, and activities in and outside of PV, Sarah's hard work finally paid off.
The PV Education Foundation is introducing a new summer STEAM camp beginning July 3rd and running throughout the month. The camp will join the already well established Art, Culinary and Theater Arts camps that run during summer mornings.
A brand new class has been added this year: CAD, or Computer Aided Design. The class is a full year course taught by Mrs. Arianna Robeson. They use a 3D design program called Sketch Up that allows them to create cars, houses, furniture, buildings, etc.
With the new addition of STEM (Science, Technology, Engendering, and Mathematics) in Passaic Valley, we have introduced a Makerspace. Passaic Valley, and many other schools around the world, have taken part in the addition of Makerspaces to their libraries to better education in the field of technology.
Starting on May 4th, the Passaic Valley varsity baseball team participated in the Passaic County Tournament. The first round saw the Hornets defeat rival Wayne Valley in one of the most intense games of the season.
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 2017 NJ Wrestling State Championships were held in Atlantic City over the March 3rd weekend. Student athletes wrestled in front of about 10,000 people packed into the Boardwalk Hall. PV's own Nick DeNora '17 placed 8th in the state making his coach and school incredibly proud.
The wrestling team has had a phenomenal 2016-2017 postseason. After their last match as a team, the athletes moved on to compete at the District Tournament to earn a spot for Regions and then for the State Tournament. Nick Denora '17 medalled in States, earning 8th place overall.
At 10-9-1 and earning a spot in the top ten of the Big North Conference, the Ice Hockey Team made it to States. Catch Mr. Michael Sheehan and the Hornets Ice Hockey team vie for the Big North Bronze Cup Championship on February 17 and play their first game in States on February 20.
The Passaic Valley wrestling team has been switched into a higher, more competitive region. PV now shares a region with one of the top teams in the state, Bergen Catholic.
Passaic Valley Basketball introduces two new coaches to the Freshman and Varsity teams. This winter season Mr. James Holsworth is the new coach for the Varsity team, while Zachary Donovan coaches the Freshman team.
Starting on Wednesday, May 24th the Art Department will host its annual Art Show in the Farrell Gym. Participants from all art classes showcase their very best work from the beginning of the year to the time of the show. Art Show is mostly run by students and supervised by teachers in the program.
Literary Club is hosting their annual poetry contest, where students from all grade levels participate by submitting their original work. The poetry contest allows students to show off their work, talents, and emotions by publishing student poetry in the school’s literary magazine, Images.
The Teen Center provides many different opportunities for students to learn, have fun, and maybe even experience a little competition. In honor of the wildly popular NCAA basketball tournament, this month’s theme is March Madness.
The theater department is planning a classic, yet exciting, production of Grease for this year's Spring Musical. Showrunner, Mrs. Jennifer Shue, recently released the full cast list, naming Brianna Cielo '17 and Michael Smith '17 as the production's leads, playing Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko respectively.
Every year the Literary Club holds their annual “One Night Coffee House” meeting. In special session, students and teachers read their personal or favorite poems to the audience. This event is a fundraiser for the Annual Poetry Contest.
Themes can often make or break your routine, and ‘strong’ themes equal ‘strong’ routines. These themes are not released to the public immediately, in fact, the girls involved in Girls’ Show have a creative, and exciting way to reveal them.