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Open House Welcomes Future Hornets

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Raima Islam '21, Brianna Rodriguez '20, Grace Rose '19
1 November 2018

This year's Open House was held on October 18th and was open to students in middle school and their families from the sending districts. Attendees were able to acquire information, meet students and faculty, and see the tremendous scope of what Passaic Valley has to offer.

Link to Open House Slideshow

Open House 2018 Slideshow

PV's Gymnastics Team at the Open House; photo credit: Grace Rose '19 On the night of Open House, Passaic Valley's sports teams and clubs were represented by students and advisors/coaches in the Griswold Gym. In the Farrell Gym, the Gymnastics Team showcased their winning routines. The Art Department displayed a "mini Art Show" of students' works in Suchorsky Library.

The Theatre Department presented a thirty minute preview of the 2018 Fall Show, Clue, in Schneider Auditorium.

The audience's reaction to Clue was very positive,” Ms. Caren Atamian, the director of Clue, stated. “Many people came up to me afterward and expressed their desire to see more of the show! [This was] a great showcase opportunity for PV's exceptional theatre!"


The Choir performed two pieces and the Hornet Harmonics sang the "Star Spangled Banner" a capella-PV Theater performing "Clue" at the Open House; photo credit: Grace Rose '19  style. The award-winning Marching Band performed their show "Phoenix Rising" outside.

During the Open House, many clubs showcased what they bring to PV’s community. Ms. Geraldine Volonnino, Club Advisor for the National History Day Club, emphasized the importance of the eighth grade open house. “I think it’s important to have an Open House annually so that we can introduce all of the great things PV has to offer,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to reach out to the community for the kids to meet their future teachers, coaches, advisors, guidance counselors, and administration.”

The STEM Department shared interactive experiments the middle schoolers could try themselves. Demonstrations of the Van-De-Graaff generator, free fall experiments, and a DNA extraction were among the many available experiments for the visitors to try. Mrs. Elena Shtraks, the Honors and AP Physics teacher, was impressed by her current students’ leadership and the positive feedback from the visiting students. She was delighted to see the middle schoolers doing the experiments on their own.

Students visiting the science lab; photo credit: Mrs. Elena Shtraks “It was very important to see that the younger students were open to trying the experiments," Mrs. Shtraks explained. "The night was truly successful!” 

Clubs that held special events during the night were popular attractions. National Art Honor Society did henna for students while the Future Health Professionals Club held a raffle for a t-shirt from the Fall Blood Drive. The clubs felt very successful after students began signing up for their clubs.

Along with club sign-ups, the Griswold Gym was filled with sports teams from all seasons. From football, ice hockey, lacrosse, tennis, track, and even Girls’ Show, the number of sports and activity sign-ups were set up throughout the gymnasium.

Baseball Head Coach and Health/Physical Education teacher, Mr. John Mazzo was particularly impressed with the turnout. “I believe the Open Bushra Choudhury '19 doing henna at the Open House; photo credit: Raima Islam '21  House was a success. Anything to promote our school and all it has to offer is great,” he said. “Baseball had several young men sign up and we also encouraged all of them to attend our summer camps to become more familiar with our program.” 

Staff and students believed the Open House was successful in showing students what PV has to offer. "I was very happy with the turnout [of the Open House] and the work that the students and the staff did that night," Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo stated. "PV is a very special school and everyone needs to know about it."