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Rube Goldberg continues to be a much anticipated event that AP Physics and AP Calculus students enjoy taking part in each year. This year’s project themes included Queen, NASA, Avengers, and Jurassic Park.
Held on June 7th at Seasons Catering in Washington Township, the prom's aesthetically pleasing venue, variety in food and refreshments, music from the DJ, and open photo booth helped pull the event together, making it an especially memorable night for attendees.
On Tuesday May 21st, many Passaic Valley students, families, and World Language teachers gathered in the auditorium to celebrate the World Language Honors Society inductees for 2019.
Advisor Ms. Kelly Morris and Media Consultant Ms. Stephanie Roberts brought 10 students to the annual Passaic County Teen Summit held at William Paterson University on May 17, 2019. This year’s theme was “Leading the Way: S.N.A.P (Students Navigate Awareness & Prevention)”.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Passaic Valley students were commemorated for their outstanding efforts in the Dream Mat Project by the NJDOE at Mercer County Technical School's Sypek Center in Pennington, New Jersey.
To kick off graduation week, PV will launch a unique Spirit Week from June 17-21st. Students and staff will be wearing PV apparel throughout the week. Furthermore, lawn signs for the Class of 2019 and alumni are available for purchase from the home page.
On May 1st, seniors wore T-shirts and other apparel from their choice of post-secondary institution to celebrate College Decision Day. Staff members were also allowed to participate by wearing gear from their alma maters.
The Hornet Hackathon will be administered for all third through eighth graders of the Totowa, Little Falls, and Woodland Park middle schools and their families to showcase what courses, programs, activities, and sports, Passaic Valley has to offer on May 22 from 6-9pm.
Throughout each year, the Music Department hosts three concerts in the Schneider Auditorium. This upcoming Wednesday, May 22, the annual Pops concert will be held at 7 pm. The concert consists of performances by the Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and the Hornet Harmonics, the acapella group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.