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The Teen Center was honored at the annual NJCDC's Friends Breakfast. Maria Hoffman was chosen to represent the Teen Center, for she was an honorable member of the program and grew to become a successful leader.
For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Passaic Valley High School held a day of service to honor the memory and influence of the civil rights leader. History and English teachers crafted original lessons focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, teachings, and legacy.
Girls' Show will premiere on February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Stream Girls' Show LIVE on your favorite digital device with internet access, such as a tablet, phone, laptop, and Smart TV with a web browser using the following link: www.vimeo.com/pvrhs.
This school year, Passaic Valley is implementing a Signs of Suicide (SOS) program through the Sandy Hook Promise organization. Information is available through the links within.
February 28, 2020 will be Girls’ Show’s 75th performance. Mrs. Kathleen Dellanno, English Teacher and Director of Girls’ Show, sat down with the Valley Echo to describe her experiences as a member of Girls’ Show as a student and monitoring and directing the show as a teacher.
Passaic Valley's Marching Band won first place in the State Championship for the first time in about 35 years on November 3rd. Passaic Valley scored higher than seven other schools in the Group I A division of the competition with a score of 87.665.
Mr. Anthony Ottino retired on October 1st, 2019 after 14 years at Passaic Valley. Mr. Ottino worked for IBM for 25 years and at another school district prior to his time as a Hornet. Mr. Ottino says he had a wonderful experience here and will miss his colleagues and the camaraderie he built with them.
Earlier this November, former Science teacher Mrs. Daria Leidig took over the role of School Librarian. She looks forward to working with both students and staff members to supplement curriculums and enhance learning experiences.
PV invites parents/guardians and students of the Class of 2024 to this important information session on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Attendees will receive their copy of the 2020-2021 Program of Studies Course Guide and will get a head start learning about Passaic Valley's unique learning opportunities.
PV announced its new course offerings and expanded partnerships for the 2020-2021 school year. The Program of Studies was debuted at PV during an evening event to welcome the incoming class of 2024.
After five years, midterms and finals have replaced the QBAs as the method of assessing student progress throughout the year. From January 27-30, students took their midterms following a revised early dismissal schedule, which featured two exam periods per day.
On Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, Physics and Physics Honors classes held their annual balloon car design competition. Students were tasked with constructing a toy car powered by a balloon. They had the freedom to explore several designs and materials, ranging from water bottle caps to CDs.
Mrs. Ennely Thornton's Financial Literacy Class welcomed several of very special guests throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Guest lecturers reinforced the concepts learned in class and exposed students to the perspective of professionals in the field of financial planning.
English Teacher Ms. Michele Miskovich took an innovative approach to essay revising. Instead of having her students visit the writing lab for critiques, she decided to have the writing lab come to them.
Passaic Valley embodies the belief that effective educators are also constant learners. Since the beginning of the school year, teachers have been active in programs and workshops to improve their instructional skills and pedagogy.
Roughly 6 years ago, math teacher Mr. Salvatore Sileo, developed the PV Volunteer Math Peer Tutoring Program for students in sending districts. The program continues to improve student achievement in mathematics, increasing test scores and preparedness for the high school level.
On October 4, PV alum Dr. Anastasia Pytal met with and talked to Mr. Jeffrey Francisco's Human Behavior classes. Her guest lecture gave students the opportunity to learn more about how different disorders correlate to the brain and provided an in-depth understanding of how the brain works.
Mr. Michael O' Brien was hired as a new Social Studies/Special Education teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. He teaches US History in both co-teaching and traditional capacities.
The English Department developed a new elective course for students in grades 11 and 12 called Gender Studies. The half-year course focuses on gender issues in the current world, while also overviewing feminism throughout history.
Passaic Valley’s Head Football Coach Mr. Chet Parlavecchio has announced his retirement from the sport. As head coach for the Hornets for a total of 10 years, Coach Parlavecchio is recognized for his dedication to Passaic Valley students and his leadership of the program.
As the 2019 fall season draws to a close, we recognize the Girls' Varsity Volleyball Team for their exceptional season. The Hornets finished 17-7, made it to the county final, and qualified for the state tournament for the first time in years.
Every October our Hornet sports teams hold Breast Cancer Awareness games to honor those impacted by the disease. Girls' Soccer hosted their annual game against Cedar Grove on October 5th to emphasize that, in October, our teams play for an additional goal.
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.
It has been a very exciting start to the school year for Mr. Stephen Smith. The new history teacher was also named head coach for freshman football. The freshman team has grown immensely as a result of Smith’s experience as a football player and all the work he has put into this team.
Three senior Hornet athletes participated in local All-Star Games this spring. Antwan Rodgers, Matthew Jaeger, and Steven Nitch contributed significantly to their respective teams and represented the prestige of Passaic Valley Sports.
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.
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.
On January 11, 2020, students and teachers participated in the Speech and STANJ competition at Montclair State University. Throughout the night, Passaic Valley took home Best Play and Best Musical awards.
On December 17, 2019, the annual Variety Show took place in the Schneider Auditorium at Passaic Valley. Presented by the Drama Club, the Variety Show gives students who may not be a part of the Theater or Music program a chance to shine on the PV stage.
On Thursday, December 19, the Passaic Valley Band, Choir and Hornet Harmonics hosted their annual Winter Concert to celebrate the upcoming holidays and winter season. Both gave strong performances for students, staff and community members in the Schneider Auditorium.
Passaic Valley's Theater Department announced the annual winter holiday production, Charlie Brown's Christmas Spectacular. The musical marks the first time an original script, written by Mia Preziosi '20 and Mark Huggins '20, is being produced for the stage.
Passaic Valley Theater is wrapping up its rehearsals for their annual Fall Show Lend Me A Tenor, on stage October 24th, 25th, and 26th. The comedy is Director Ms. Pia Vanderstreet's first play in that role.
Passaic Valley Summer Theater put on two fantastic plays this summer: Zombie Prom and Shrek Jr. Maggie and Mike Lavagno directed the production of Zombie Prom, with Ms. Pia Vanderstreet as Musical Director. Mr. Michael DeLuccia and directed Shrek Jr.
On May 18, Stevens Institute of Technology hosted its annual Stevens Math Olympiad. This was the first year PV students participated in the event. The participants included Elizabeth Dubov ‘21, Betul Koc ‘21, and Lia Trewhella ‘22 accompanied by Mrs. Thornton, Mrs. Kurtishi, and Mrs. Robeson.
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.