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  • The Hornet Harmonics Take the Stage

    In their second year, the Hornet Harmonics have assembled another stellar group of singers. The a cappella group consists of 16 dedicated and talented students. Click the link to learn more about the group.

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  • "Clue" Cast Reveal: Zany Fall Play is Fully Underway

    This year's PV Theater fall production is none other than Clue, adapted from the 1985 movie, which was based off of the widely-known board game. Click the link for a full cast list and details on the show.

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  • Art Department Outdoes Itself for Art Show 2018

    May 23-24, the annual Art Show, a celebration of the marvelous artwork created by students, returned for showcasing in the Farrell Gym. Amongst the many classes, there was plenty of excellent artwork available to show off to the community.

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  • Spring Musical 2018: The Fantastical Freaky Friday Amazes

    April 26-28, the Passaic Valley Theater Department debuted their annual Spring Musical, Freaky Friday. Click on the article to read about and view a photo gallery of the performances.

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  • PV Theater Wins Big at Bucks County

    On April 17th, PV’s Theater Department went on their annual Bucks County Playhouse field trip to perform in front of other attending schools. Annie Challice ‘18 and Gabriella Volonnino ‘19 won awards for Best Female Performances in a Musical while Freaky Friday won Best Production.

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  • Disney's Freaky Friday Premieres Thursday, April 26th at 7pm

    With opening night quickly approaching, the cast of Disney’s Freaky Friday is getting ready for an exciting, comedic spring performance. For more information and tickets, visit pvstheater.com.

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  • PV Hosts First National History Day in Library

    Organized by Mrs. Geraldine Volonnino, Passaic Valley hosted its first National History Day on April 11th. Now that she seems familiar with the concept, Volonnino and the National History Day Club plan to enter competitions starting next year.

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  • White Wins GS Night as Both Teams Leave Audience in Awe

    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.

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  • Italian Classes Create Love Letters and Carnevale Masks

    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.

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  • Physics Club Poses Important Question: What Will The Year 2040 Be Like?

    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.

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  • PV Theatre Releases Cast for Disney's "Freaky Friday"

    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.

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  • Girls' Show "The Future is Female" Includes Exciting Themes for Both Teams

    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."

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  • Scholastic Spring Book Fair Coming to PV March 5-7th

    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.

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  • Literary Club Coffeehouse to Offer Poems and Performances Feb 22nd

    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.

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  • The Stacked Talent at the Variety Show Amazes

    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.

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  • Library Offers New Literature and Activities

    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.

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  • Warm Up with Winter Fun: Makerspace Events Coming Soon!

    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.

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  • Theater Dept Announces Partnership with Disney for Spring Musical Freaky Friday

    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.

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  • Teen Center and Rock Solid Team Up to Teach Self-Defense

    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.

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  • GSA Hosts Conference with Acclaimed Author Lillian Faderman

    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.

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  • Winter Musical Review: Javier Tovar Steals Show as Greedy 'Grinch'

    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.

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  • Teen Center Organizes Trips for College Prep

    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.

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  • Team Building with CITVC in NYC

    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.

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  • Students Take Center Stage Over Summer

    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.

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  • AP English Students Go on a Well Deserved Trip

    Now that all of their exams are finally finished, the AP students can finally let out a breath of relief. What better way to unwind and reward the hardworking students then a well-deserved field trip? 

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  • Art Show 2017 Now Open

    Starting on Wednesday, May 24th the Art Department will host its annual Art Show in the Farrell Gym. Participants from all art classes showcase their very best work from the beginning of the year to the time of the show. Art Show is mostly run by students and supervised by teachers in the program.

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  • Spring Musical Review: Grease is the Word

    On May 11th through 13th the Theater Department debuted their 2017 spring musical Grease. The spring musical ended in a success and had the seniors in tears after their last performance on the PV stage.

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  • Theater Department Wins Big at Bucks County

    Every year the Theater Department travels to Bucks County, Pennsylvania to show off their hard work and perform in front of other schools. However, this trip is also a competition. At the end of the festival, PV took home four awards.

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  • Lit Club Accepting Poetry Submissions for Annual Contest

    Literary Club is hosting their annual poetry contest, where students from all grade levels participate by submitting their original work. The poetry contest allows students to show off their work, talents, and emotions by publishing student poetry in the school’s literary magazine, Images.

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  • Lunchtime in Teen Center is Both Fun and Informative

    The Teen Center provides many different opportunities for students to learn, have fun, and maybe even experience a little competition. In honor of the wildly popular NCAA basketball tournament, this month’s theme is March Madness.

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  • Girls' Show Results: White Wins the Night

    Both teams displayed tremendous effort, coordination, and heart. All the girls, regardless of winning or losing, should take pride in their exhilarating performances.

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  • New Production of Grease in the Works

    The theater department is planning a classic, yet exciting, production of Grease for this year's Spring Musical. Showrunner, Mrs. Jennifer Shue, recently released the full cast list, naming Brianna Cielo '17 and Michael Smith '17 as the production's leads, playing Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko respectively.

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  • Poetry and Improv at Literary Club's "One Night Coffee House"

    Every year the Literary Club holds their annual “One Night Coffee House” meeting. In special session, students and teachers read their personal or favorite poems to the audience. This event is a fundraiser for the Annual Poetry Contest.

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  • Girls' Show Releases Themes for 2017 Performance

    Themes can often make or break your routine, and ‘strong’ themes equal ‘strong’ routines. These themes are not released to the public immediately, in fact, the girls involved in Girls’ Show have a creative, and exciting way to reveal them.

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  • Behind the Curtains: How PV Picks the Perfect Plays

    Behind each play at Passaic Valley, there are a lot of different things that have to get done in order to make it a success. Play rights need to be given, auditions need to be held, actors and actresses need to be chosen, costumes need to be designed - and these are only a few of the things that need to be completed.

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