Academic News

  • Dr. Martin Carroll Guest Teaches Python Programming Course

    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.

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  • Field Trip to William Paterson University Enhances Anatomy Honors Lesson

    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.

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  • Physics Brings Music to Class with Instrument Projects

    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.

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  • Principles of Engineering Welcomes Guest Speakers from U.S. Navy

    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.

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  • Students of the Month: Mathematicians 'March' to Success

    The Student of the Month award gives academically gifted students recognition for their achievements and hard work. March highlighted students who excelled in mathematics. This month's awards went to Joseph Valencia '19, Salvatore Mancini '21, Johnny Sahdou '22, and Isabella Zigarelli '22.

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  • Mr. Donnelly's Holocaust and Genocide Classes Visit U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    On March 8th, Mr. Donnelly’s Holocaust and Genocide classes visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. While the museum displays many historical artifacts dedicated to the remembrance of The Holocaust, it also educates students in a way that a classroom simply is unable to.

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  • PV Continues to Pay Homage to Early Photography Techniques

    In the age of digital photography, young people may never be exposed to the film process, a highlight of Passaic Valley's Photography classes. PV is one of just a few high schools that have maintained a "dark room" and continue teaching the multi-faceted film process in addition to digital photography.

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  • PV Expands Program of Studies with Newly Developed Course Offerings and Academic Partnerships

    On February 25th, Passaic Valley publicly announced its most extensive additions to its course offerings in school history. The updated Program of Studies looks to build on PV's already impressive and innovative opportunities offered to students.

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  • Engineering: Expanding Options for STEM

    Passaic Valley offers various different courses and electives that enhance the learning environment for students. Engineering, a new course for the 2018-19 school year, provides another important STEM pathway for interested and eager students.

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  • Chemistry Students Perform Edible Water Bottle Experiment

    Science teacher Ms. Richeall Kennedy introduced a new experiment for her chemistry students this past week. The students created edible water bottles out of certain elements mixed with water.

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  • Oxford University Accepts Catherine Fergesen into Esteemed Ranks

    As the school year nears its midpoint, many seniors are finishing college applications or eagerly awaiting responses. For Catherine Fergesen, her four years of hard work and relentless studying have earned her a well-deserved acceptance letter from Oxford University.

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  • Sophomore Stars Shine Bright After First Year

    This year’s Sophomore Class has a vast array of talented students. Three students, Elizabeth Dubov, Raima Islam, and Betul Koc, have especially made the most of their first high school years. Each has achieved a high enough GPA to be among the top of their class.

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  • Juniors with the Drive to Succeed Share Their Stories

    Passaic Valley's Class of 2020 is currently academically thriving. Three very bright, intelligent young students at the top of the class, Brian Katat; Lexie De Luca; and Jerry Sevillano, shared their experiences and advice with the Valley Echo.

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  • PV Honored on 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll

    PV was included on the 9th Annual District Honor Roll, administered by College Board. This placement recognizes schools with an increasing number of students taking AP courses and a rise in the number of those students achieving an exam score of 3 or higher.

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  • A.P. Psychology Launches Human Brain Project

    The students of A.P. Psychology were assigned a very complex project that really put their brains to work. Mrs. Geraldine Volonnino tasked her students with creating a 3-dimensional model of the human brain in a project that require ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork.

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  • New Elective Opportunities Offered for ABA Students

    Recently, the ABA program expanded its elective choices provided for students. The students are now able to partake in Photography, Art, Media, and Music. As the marking periods change, the students rotate between each new elective.

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  • Senior Scholars Reflect on Their Success

    Academic achievement is an important factor in the high school experience. Three seniors, who have excelled throughout their four years and established themselves among the top five academically ranked students, shared their reflections on their experiences with the Valley Echo.

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  • Physics Kicks Off 2019 with Balloon-Car Race

    Every year, Physics and Physics Honors hold their balloon-car race, challenging students to engineer a car powered by just a balloon. The challenge becomes a competition between the students to see who can make the fastest moving or the furthest travelling car.

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  • Superintendent's Breakfast Commends Scholars for First Marking Period

    On Monday, January 7th, the Superintendent’s Breakfast for the first marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year was held. With nearly 100 students in attendance, the breakfast recognized the achievements of students inside and outside of the classroom.

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  • Senior Academic Team Answers its Way to Silver at NorJac

    Saturday, December 8th: the Passaic Valley Academic Team competed against schools such as Seneca, Bergenfield, and BioTech in the North Jersey Academic Championships (NorJac) at Leonia High School. The Senior Team placed this year, achieving silver status by collecting almost 1,900 points.

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