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.
On Tuesday December 12th and Thursday December 14th, Mr. Meineke led a demonstration on the use of the 3D printer. Attendees came away with knowledge on the use of this valuable machine, particularly in making original, artistic creations.
As the holiday season grew nearer, PVTV, with some help from Old Saint Nick, compiled a Nice List to commemorate the kind actions of staff and students. On morning announcements Friday, December 8th and 22nd, Santa made surprise appearances to announce the submissions.
Tess Muir '18 has signed onto the college gymnastics team at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she will participate among the team's twenty-two other members. Bowling Green scouted Muir at the NCAA Showcase, where colleges seek out prospective athletes to recruit to their teams.
This year Passaic Valley has introduced a new program called "Hornets Helping Hands". The program is part of a collaboration with the Little Falls School District and allows several seniors who are interested in a career connected with teaching elementary students.
Mr. Sanders and Mr. Goodman organized a clean-up of the Peckman River, located in the back of Passaic Valley's campus, on November 3rd. The project brought together a lot of students with two common goals: to maintain the beauty of PV's campus and support its environmentally conscious ideals.
The PV Theater is putting its finishing touches on the fall play, Rumors, coming to the stage October 26, 27, and 28. A farce written by Neil Simon, Rumors follows four couples as they try to navigate the mystery surrounding an anniversary party gone wrong.
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.
On Tuesday, June 13th, and Wednesday, June 14th, the AP Physics classes invited students and staff to room 241 to witness a demonstration of Rube Goldberg 2017. Students, staff, and even whole classes flocked to the physics room to witness this year's show.
Twenty five students from Ms. Hillary Bresson's French classes participated in the Grand Concours, also known as the National French Contest. The contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, assesses student listening, reading, and writing skills in the French language.
As a reward of sorts for their hard work, AP Physics students participate in the Rube Goldberg Project as a culmination of their two years in the notoriously tough class.On June 13th, these students will unveil their finished Rube Goldberg machines to the PV public.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Starting on May 4th, the Passaic Valley varsity baseball team participated in the Passaic County Tournament. The first round saw the Hornets defeat rival Wayne Valley in one of the most intense games of the season.
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.
Coming in April 2018, the Theatre Department will be piloting Disney's Freaky Friday. PV is a part of a very exclusive list, being one of only five other schools in the country to be given the opportunity to perform the new musical through Disney Theatrical Licensing Pilot Program.
The Teen Center and Rock Solid Krav Maga LLC, a local gym in Little Falls, joined together to host a self-defense course geared towards students on November 28th. The course is held for female students only and is free of charge to all participants.
On December 6, 2017, Alex Volgyesi, president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance managed to get acclaimed author Lillian Faderman to conference with the group. Faderman spoke about her youth and about how she decided she had to document LGBT history.
From December 4-7th, the Passaic Valley Theater Department debuted their 2017 Holiday Show, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on the iconic 1957 children's book, the musical starred Javier Tovar as the Grinch, Alex and Andre Papasavas as his dog Max, and Camryn Frey as Cindy Lou Who.
The Teen Center is organizing college visits in an effort to expose students to local college campuses. This will allow students intending to attend college to prep early. In addition, for those unsure of their post-high school plans it can brighten their horizons to see if these colleges are for them.
On November 2nd, Ms. Kathleen Menake, teacher of Contemporary Issues through Videoconferencing (CITVC), accompanied by Mr. Tom Deeney, Ms. Caren Atamian, and Mr. Mike DeLuccia as chaperones, took students to New York City's premier escape the room venue, Escape Entertainment.
In the summer, the fantastical, theatrical productions at Passaic Valley do not cease. In fact, they only expand. Open to students going into grades 5 through 9, the Summer Performing Arts Camp provided an outlet in painting, drawing, sculpting, theater, music, and yoga for those of the creative bent.