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March was Women's History Month. To celebrate, students enrolled in Passaic Valley's CTE Broadcasting Program, taught by Mrs. Stephanie Roberts, produced short videos detailing famous and influential female figures in New Jersey history.
MSU awarded the Povolo quintuplets with a full scholarship to their institution in a ceremony held in Campbell Hall. The gift was a surprise to four of the five siblings and their parents. Victoria Povolo had previously reached out to MSU with college tuition concerns for the family.
The PV Choir hopes to spread some well-needed cheer with their virtual performance of "I Sing Because I'm Happy". Students were accompanied by PV alumna Mike Yesenosky on piano. Choral Director Ms. Pia Vanderstreet edited the video and Mr. Yesenosky edited the audio.
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.
Passaic Valley recently welcomed Mr. Jason Tiseo to its staff as new Special Education Teacher and Interim Head Baseball Coach. Administration, students, and staff are thrilled to have his experience both in front of the classroom and on the diamond.nterim head baseball coach.
On February 12, freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes learned the dangers and effects of vaping. Timothy Shoemaker served as a guest lecturer informing students about the soaring rates of vaping-related illnesses and conditions plaguing high schools throughout America.
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.
The PVEF hosted its first book fair at the Woodland Park Barnes and Noble, with earnings contributing to the renovation of the library. From December 7-11, students and staff were able to support the cause both in-store and online by purchasing items using a specific bookfair ID code.
Ms. Jenai Agosta has retired as Special Education Teacher after 38 years. Displaying an incredible level of dedication for the community, Ms. Agosta spent the entirety of her career at Passaic Valley. She leaves behind a legacy of rigor and care in the students she taught and the staff she advised.
Members of the Passaic Valley staff, Mr. Michael Carlucci, Ms. Arianna Robeson, and Mr. William Phillian visited Passaic County Community College to learn more about robotics teams and competitions. The Science Department hopes to use the information to form a robotics team at Passaic Valley.
Since 2016, senior have been placed as interns at Little Falls School No. 2 to explore a career in early childhood education, an opportunity offered through the Hornet Helping Hands Program. This year, the program has expanded, sending interns to Beatrice Gilmore in Woodland Park as well.
Dr. Susanne Iobst was awarded the New Jersey Governor's Teacher/Educational Professional of the Year award after being nominated by her colleagues. The annual award is voted on by a faculty and administrative committee.
Recently, Passaic Valley was recognized by College Board for their students' high performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Passaic Valley is among just 21 high schools in New Jersey and 800 in America and Canada to make the AP District Honor Roll and receive this acknowledgement.
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.
Earlier this year, Passaic Valley's Broadcasting Program received approval as an official Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program of Study as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education and federal guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Varsity Baseball participated in the High School Developmental League (HSDL), held during summer vacation months. PV won the regular season and represented Passaic and Bergen Counties in the state tournament, where they eventually lost to Montville.
Varsity Gymnastics has proven its potential through the great accomplishments and placings achieved so far this season, winning more meets in 2018 than all wins combined in the past 7 years. The team has already captured four wins, their highest score being an outstanding 99.75 out of 120 possible points.
Students of Passaic Valley have been rallying up this year with reinvigorated school spirit and pep due to the new student section, The Swarm. Thanks to creator Sophia Ayoub '19 and wide-spread support from the community, The Swarm has flourished during these first couple of weeks of school.
The Varsity Softball Team had a great regular season (11-5), earning a two-round bye going into Counties. In an impressive run, the Lady Hornets reached the championship game where they lost a heartbreaker to DePaul.
Throughout the month of January, the National Art Honor Society collected 20 grocery bags worth of canned goods, which were then donated to the Human Needs Food Pantry, in their eighth annual Soup-er Bowl Canned Food Drive.
March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM). To commemorate MIOSM, the Valley Echo is highlighting Passaic Valley's involvement in the The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Honors Festival for the first time.
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.
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.