In light of the recent tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, teachers and students at Passaic Valley took part in a nationwide effort to stand in solidarity with the victims.
The PV App is available for any and all Apple iOS and Android devices through the App Store and Google Play. The app gives users notifications and alerts to keep up-to-date with the goings on in various areas of the school, including PVTV, Student Activities, Athletics, the Library, and the Valley Echo.
The Interact Club is collecting donations for the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge. Students are encouraged to donate materials including: food, toys, paper plates, paper towels, cloth towels, blankets, old sheets, gift cards for Petco or Pet Smart, etc. Students can drop off the supplies in room 208.
On Thursday, February 1st, our school librarian, Ms. Leanne Weiss, created a bulletin board outside the library. The board, titled "Books We Love" displays submissions of book recommendations from teachers and PV staff.
On January 8th, Maria Cordonnier, in collaboration with the Transportation Committee, introduced Ordinance #1306, proposing that all Little Falls roads have a 25 MPH speed limit. The roads most heavily impacted are to be Main Street, Long Hill Road, Ridge Road, and Stevens Avenue.
The PVTV team has unveiled its brand new website that offers on-demand viewing. Now, with the new myPVTV.com website, the morning announcements can be watched daily from home. Viewers can also access PVTV's new shows: "Coaches' Corner", "Valley Views", and "Behind the Scenes."
For another year, in collaboration with Girls' Show, Mrs. Ennely Thornton, Mrs. Lindita Kurtishi, Mrs. Kathleen Dellanno, Ms. Jamie Peters, and their respective classes are hosting several fundraisers. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Pennies for Patients Student Series.
From now until the Friday before the Super Bowl (February 2), the National Art Honors Society will be accepting donations of canned food to support the Human Needs Food Pantry (HNFP) in Montclair. Drop-off locations are at the library, main office, and/or room 151.
STEAM Unity Garden is having a Self-Watering Planter Fundraiser. Sculpture, Ceramic, and Graphic Design Classes are all participating as well as the Art and Environmental Clubs. This fundraiser is to bring awareness to the garden and for a field trip to the Grounds for Sculpture.
The ABA Program has experienced many improvements and expansions this year. With new classrooms and more opportunities, the students are able to gain more experience. This year, the program and PV have scheduled their Annual Autism Walk for Sunday, April 15.
Most of the grades are in and the GPAs tabulated. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2018 are Andre Papasavas and Matt Kania, respectively. Congratulations to both men on such a prestigious achievement.
Mr. Randall Sanders recently spearheaded a novel project in his STEM Exploration classes: Students were split into groups and instructed to build robots using specialized kits. Once the robots were built, they duked it out in a "Sumo Bot" competition in the Wrestling Gym.
First-year physics students raced their home-made balloon cars, following their lessons in mechanics. Students were instructed to build a car out of everyday materials using the air of an inflated balloon as the only propelling force.
The Annual Passaic Valley High School Governor’s Educator of the Year Award for 2017-18 goes to Mr. Alfred Cappello. This is his 14th year teaching Physical Education and Health at Passaic Valley. Of course, he is also known for his coaching in several sports.
As a part of a new initiative, two storytellers come to Passaic Valley and draw in students with their on the spot recreations of fictional stories. The storytellers, Paula Davidoff and Gerald Fierst from Storytelling Arts Inc., tell stories related to the subject being taught in class at the time.
Students are enjoying a new slew criminology-focused classes this year. The intriguing courses come as a result of overwhelming interest in the subject over the past few years. The administration hopes that these fledgling classes serve as just the start in offering more diverse courses and electives.
The rejuvenated Media I class has officially begun to create new short films, involving original subject created by students. For their first project, groups of students told a story utilizing nine distinct camera shots without any dialogue or narration.
In the first few weeks of its pilot year, the senior English electives are spurring excitement and discussion throughout the senior class. Replacing the standard fourth year of English, seniors can now choose two or more semester-length English courses to fulfill their Senior English requirements.
Coming off a great start in Counties, where Rachel Sol '18 hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer for a win against 8th seeded DePaul, the Varsity Girls Basketball Team competed in the second round against #1 seed Lakeland on February 10th.
It was a thrilling night on the mat on December 28th as the Hornets came back to win against Nutley with a final score of 45-29. However, the most thrilling story played out on the sidelines as Head Wrestling Coach Joseph Benvenuti recorded his 200th overall win.
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.
Trinity Toerock became one of the three female captains despite the 2017-18 season being only her second year. Toerock, a junior, runs distance for the Winter Track Team. Toerock joined the track team her sophomore year and made varsity; just a year later, she makes captain.
The Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove Hornets Hockey Team's record stands at 5-6-2. But if Friday, January 5th's 5-1 victory over Pascack Valley is any indication, the team is starting to really hit their stride. Their defensive prowess and offensive versatility were on full display in the battle of the PVs at Floyd Hall.
The PV Fencing Team is striving hard during meets in preparation for this weekend, where they will be taking on their first major tournament of the season. The girls will be competing in the Santelli Tournament on Saturday, January 13th and the boys will compete in the Cetrulo Tournament the next day.
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 2017-18 winter season is officially underway as members of each roster enter the season with optimistic eyes. Students and coaches alike have been preparing for the season for months now, conditioning and mentally preparing for the difficult, but rewarding, grind that is to come.
On October 20th, the Varsity Field Hockey Team played in their annual Senior Game. As is tradition, the field was decorated by the underclassmen and proud parents in an effort to demonstrate their appreciation for the seniors. In this year's senior game, PV defeated Dwight Englewood in overtime 1 - 0.
Though technically on their summer "vacation", the students and staff that comprise Passaic Valley Athletics have been hard at work. Throughout the summer months, they have made tremendous strides to make the 2017-18 an exciting year for any Hornet sports fan.
For the second year in a row, Girls’ Show ended with the White Team taking the night in an incredibly close competition. The magical night was filled with stunning performances from both sides, leaving audiences watching in the Griswold Gym or from the comfort of their home in awe.
February, and the love and vibrancy we celebrate during that month, has encouraged the Italian classes to make Carnevale masks and Valentine's Day love letters in two unique projects. Mrs. Monzo’s and Mrs. Napolitano’s classes have been hard at work during the busy month.
On February 9th, the Physics Club held a conference on the hypothetical changes that could happen in the world by the year 2040. The event included informative and engaging lectures by students and teachers, discussing what this theoretical world will look like.
Recently, the PV Drama Club revealed the cast list for the Spring Musical Freaky Friday. Annie Challice and Gabi Volonnino were cast as the leads, playing mother/daughter duo Katherine and Ellie Blake. The show will be performed on April 26-28th. Tickets will be available in for purchase at pvstheater.com.
Girls' Show 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 2 at 7pm. As a preview to the eagerly anticipated show, the Valley Echo took a look at the inspiration behind each team's themes. The overall theme for the night is "The Future is Female."
This spring, Passaic Valley will be hosting its first ever book fair. The inaugural event takes place from March 5th until March 7th in the library. The books will be supplied by Scholastic. Picture books, graphic novels, non-fiction, fiction, young adult novels, and mystery novels will be sold.
The Lit Club Coffeehouse will be held on February 22nd in the Senior Cafe. The Coffeehouse is famous for its teacher and student readings of poems and stories. Advanced Theatre also performs improv and engages in interactive games with the audience. Coffee, tea, and small snacks will be served.
Friday, January 19th, a great deal of students showcased their special talents at this year’s annual Variety Show. The many different acts were all distinctive and entertaining in their own way. The show included musical acts, stand-up comedy, impersonations, and juggling.
Ms. Leanne Weiss and the library are updating their book collection with some brand new titles. Ms. Weiss has set up displays in the library to show off the new additions to visitors. There are many different genres throughout each collection, to pique the interests of as many students as possible.
New and fascinating events are coming to the Makerspace this January! In room 111, accessible through the library, these events are available to anyone wishing to attend. All activities will take place during periods 4 to 7.