The Spirit Coffee House at the Totowa United Methodist Church will be exhibiting student artwork on Thursday, April 19th from 4-6pm. The student exhibition is part of the Church’s coffee-house series.
Catherine Fergesen '19 has created a club named "The STEM Girls Club" that helps teach middle school students from poverty stricken communities or underprivileged backgrounds new skills. Introducing young women from low-income areas to the subject is a priority for Catherine.
Passaic Valley’s Spanish Club has been sending money and letters to students and teachers in the Peruvian Amazon. Through CONAPAC’s Adopt-A-School Program Passaic Valley High School is able to support these schools in need.
Students have a safety concern regarding parent drop-off and pick-up in back of the school and have brought this to the attention of Dr. Cardillo and Principal Rotella. Attached you will find a well-written letter by a student who wishes to remain anonymous in the publishing of this article.
From March 12 to June 15, the PV Library and Literacy Connections is hosting a special reading contest. The contest consists of reading four or more books that are on or above your grade level, creating a story map of each book you read, and one makerspace design.
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.
Starting on April 9th, the Academic Lab in Room 012 PARCC workshops will open for all Freshmen looking for an edge on the upcoming standardized test. Workshops for the ELA 9 and Algebra I sections of the test will be held to gain the proper experience and improve upon necessary skills.
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.
This upcoming Passaic Valley Boys' Lacrosse season looks to be a promising one as the Varsity Team introduces new Head Coach Mr. Joshua Danziger. Last year's team, coached under Anthony O’Hara, finished with a record of 9-8 but showed promising potential with the now seniors leading the squad.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.