The standard testing procedure for PARCC has remained the same in PV since the test was incorporated... until this year. Each grade level will test over a 3-4 day period in either the morning or the afternoon. The short time span for testing is due to the technology available to the school.
Make sure you complete your Course Selection sheet and hand it in to Guidance as soon as possible. You can find the Program of Studies on the PV website under "Academics."
Maybe you have seen his work on social media or in this year's Valley Echo articles: Chris Krusberg '18 is the man behind the camera. Just this past October, Chris’ photography career began with a spark of inspiration from his father who has been a professional photographer for the past 25 years.
With the return of the Environmental Club, science teachers and co-advisers Mr. Billy Goodman and Mr. Randall Sanders, began to contemplate how to help decrease the amount of waste that is produced in the school. That's when Goodman came up with the idea to design and sell reusable water bottles.
PARCC is just around the corner and the school has started planning for its arrival. This year the plan is to improve test scores and emphasize varied types of learning. The leadership team met to discuss strategies and decided to change the format of the Quarterly Baseline Assessments (QBAs) to resemble that of the PARCC tests.
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.
One of the biggest revolutions to the way PV serves its student body is the introduction of Co-Teaching. Co- Teaching is a method of instruction where two teachers in one work collaborated classroom help further educate students.
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.
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.