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Technology and Facility Upgrades Underway at Passaic Valley

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Rae Allex
11 August 2021

Painting project in progress; photo credit: Rae AllexThere are some amazing academic, athletic and facility initiatives on the horizon at Passaic Valley. We kicked off by implementing a painting maintenance plan, adding more white paint with new patterns of green to keep that traditional PV feel, yet brighten up the halls with a fresher look. Our goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to embrace the concept of improving school facilities to provide students with a better educational experience. We believe that these modifications to the atmosphere of our school will have a real impact on the attitude and motivation of current and future students, as well as teachers and parents. 

Passaic Valley is also very excited to announce the rollout of a new Realtime App. The app will allow students and parents to easily access important school information and receive customizable push notifications right to their phones for grades, attendance, discipline, cafeteria alerts, lockers, transportation and more. 

Painting project, enterance; photo credit: Rae AllexPainting project, Athletes of the Week; photo credit: Rae Allex“The new Realtime application is specifically a mobile version of the Student/Parent Portal,” said Mrs. Tara Torres, Director of Student Personnel Services, who believes the biggest takeaway for students and parents is that they can customize their push notifications to know the moment a teacher changes a grade or adds an assignment. Although we can send out announcements directly through the app, it is not built to replace our schools notification system, rather to help support Passaic Valley’s communication with the community.

Mrs. Tara Torres using the new Realtime app; photo credit: Rae AllexOur new website is also currently in the works and will be up and running within the next few months. The major difference will be the user friendliness of navigating the website from your mobile device. Additionally, in preparation for a great new school year, we revamped our email address domain to

The Griswold Gymnasium floor project is underway and it will benefit the entire student body. This renovation not only provides our athletic teams with a state-of-the-art new home court, but it is also used on a daily basis by our physical education classes. In addition to our new Superintendent, Mr. Bracken Healy, organizing smaller projects to update the existing school building, there is a continual need to modernize our beautiful campus.

We asked Director of Athletics and Student Activities, Mr. Joseph Benvenuti what his thoughts were on the Griswold Gymnasium Floor project:

Griswold Gym being sanded; photo credit: Rae AllexBetween sports and all the events that happen in the Griswold Gym, how do you feel about this momentous change? 

I am so excited to see these long overdue changes being made to our facilities here at Passaic Valley High School. We were finally able to secure funding to help push these improvements along and I could not be more grateful. I feel with the updates to the Griswold Gymnasium all Hornets, young and old, will feel a sense of excitement around the PV community. Our gymnasium has always been revered by rival schools as a phenomenal space. We use the "Gris" for so many events throughout our school year, such as sporting events, pep rallies, honor ceremonies, Girls' Show and state level competitions. It is great to see some work being done to bring the gym back to life. When the project is completed, I am sure everyone will feel Hornet Pride and passion for Passaic Valley's Griswold Gymnasium.

Finished Griswold Gym; photo credit: Rae AllexGiven the history of the Gris, how do you feel the upgrades will impact hosting County and State level events?

The Griswold Gymnasium was finished and officially opened in 1970. For over 50 years, Passaic Valley High School has been thought of as having one of the premier gymnasiums in the state of New Jersey. The "Gris" has played host to many local, county and state level competitions throughout the years. I am certain that with our ongoing improvements being made to the Griswold Gymnasium, Passaic Valley will continue to host major sporting events and competitions through the NJSIAA. Most importantly, I feel the new look court and upgrades will entice current and future Hornets to want to compete and ultimately win on this court here at PV!