On April 13th, PVTV participated in the 15th annual Passaic County Film Festival. Entries for this included short animated films, public service announcements, music videos, among others. PV was also proud to have two students place in the competition: seniors Mariah Domenech and Lorenzo Graziano.
Passaic Valley’s Art Show is the all-encompassing event that showcases PV students’ artistic talent. The show will be held in the Farrell Gym during school May 22nd and 23rd. On May 22nd from 7 to 9 PM, the Art Show will be open to the public.
On Friday, May 3, Passaic Valley's Future Health Professionals Club, hosted its annual Spring Blood Drive in the Farrell Gym in collaboration with the New York Blood Center. This year, approximately 130 students volunteered to donate, and 103 pints of blood were collected.
On Wednesday, March 27th, Ms. Kathleen Menake and her two World History Honors classes spent the day in New York City, enjoying the Broadway play, Anastasia, exploring the famous New York Public Library, and grabbing a quick bite to eat along the way.
In recent years, PV has been in a partnership with the Bergen Educational Services to teach students with special needs to be more independent through a strategy called the ABA Program. However, this is only the centerpiece of a greater initiative to provide services and raise awareness for autism.
Passaic Valley offers a variety of summer camps and productions for children and teens in the area. The programs present a wide range of activities, from culinary classes to performing arts to STEM. There is a program perfect for everyone and registration is open now.
PV students and the PV/Bergen ABA Art Class Program designed ribbons for Autism Awareness Month in April. They are currently hung up around the school in an effort to promote school pride and raise awareness to the wonderful programs and inclusive community we have here at PV.
On Friday, March 22nd, NJSCA recognized Mr. Bill Pantale as Counselor of the Year for Passaic County, upon nomination from Mrs. Danielle Vigilante. Pantale, who has been a counselor for over 36 years, was honored at the 33rd Annual "Counselor of the County" awards program luncheon held in Ewing, NJ.
Several of Passaic Valley's juniors and seniors made the trip to the various middle schools in Totowa, Little Falls, and West Paterson on April 8th, 9th, and 11th, to talk with eighth grade students about student life here at Passaic Valley.
The Sophomore Team achieved 1st place at the annual Student/Staff Volleyball Game on March 27th. Proceeds for this year's game went to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.
From March 22nd to the 26th, Passaic Valley’s STEM classes were exposed to Python, a commonly used professional programming language. Dr. Martin Carroll, of Nokia Bell Labs, served as a guest professor and educated students on STEM research along with additional exposure to the field of technology.
Anatomy and Physiology Honors students visited William Paterson University for a tour of Dr. Kelley Healey's molecular biology research lab and Dr. Sonya Bierbower's neuroscience research lab on Friday March 29th.
In March, Mrs. Elena Shtraks’ and Mr. Kevin Haimowitz’ physics classes undertook the Music Instrument Project, where each student discussed the relationship between their chosen instrument and physics, followed by a short musical performance.
On March 7th, the 6th period Principles of Engineering Honors class and Physics Club welcomed guest speakers Mikel Hamlin and Francis Waligur to talk about nuclear engineering in the U.S. Navy.
The Student of the Month award gives academically gifted students recognition for their achievements and hard work. March highlighted students who excelled in mathematics. This month's awards went to Joseph Valencia '19, Salvatore Mancini '21, Johnny Sahdou '22, and Isabella Zigarelli '22.
On March 8th, Mr. Donnelly’s Holocaust and Genocide classes visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. While the museum displays many historical artifacts dedicated to the remembrance of The Holocaust, it also educates students in a way that a classroom simply is unable to.
In the age of digital photography, young people may never be exposed to the film process, a highlight of Passaic Valley's Photography classes. PV is one of just a few high schools that have maintained a "dark room" and continue teaching the multi-faceted film process in addition to digital photography.
On February 25th, Passaic Valley publicly announced its most extensive additions to its course offerings in school history. The updated Program of Studies looks to build on PV's already impressive and innovative opportunities offered to students.
Science teacher Ms. Richeall Kennedy introduced a new experiment for her chemistry students this past week. The students created edible water bottles out of certain elements mixed with water.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The Literary Club's annual Poetry Contest, which has been a tradition here for many years, is an event that many students look forward to as a way to express their emotions and showcase their inner Shakespeare. The Literary Club is currently accepting submissions for the contest until April 12th.
On March 9th, sophomores Brianna Trewhella, Victoria Corrado, Carolyn Rosenberg, and Lilli Harrington competed in the National History Day competition, held at Kean University.
The 74th annual Girls’ Show ended with a green flag rising for the night. Regardless of the results, all participants were successful in showing the time and dedication put into the event on the floor that night, reminding everyone of the tenacity and commitment that keeps this tradition going.
On Tuesday, February 26, the Literary Club held its annual Coffeehouse Event. The Coffeehouse Event is held to fund the Literary Club’s Annual Poetry Contest in April. Many teachers and students came together and made the night one to remember.
This year, PV, as a part of the Disney Theatrical Licensing Program, piloted two new dramas based on Marvel characters: "Mirror of Most Value," a Kamala Khan play by Masi Asare and "Subatomic" a play featuring Ant-Man's daughter by Nick Blaemire.