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Graduation Ceremonies - June 16
Graduation Ceremonies will take place on the athletic fields of the respective schools and will be live streamed. Complete information is in this news article.
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Graphic: Ann Madden and Megan Sgroi
Internship Highlight: Ann Madden & Megan Sgroi
PV seniors Ann Madden and Megan Sgroi both intern at the Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service located in Hillsdale, NJ. Check out the district website to read more about their internship experience.
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Graphic: Hills Senior Haley Meyerson
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Internship Highlight: Chantal Efrat
This week, we caught up with PH senior Chantal Efrat who interns at Coco Curtain Studio & Interior Design located in Ridgewood, NJ.
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Graphic: Student Josie Gallina with Mrs. Barbara Borghi
Three Pascack Valley students earn the Italian Studies Student Award by the Coccia Foundation
Pascack Valley High School is pleased to announce that Josie Gallina, Olivia Mattessich, and Adrian Testino were selected to receive the Italian Studies Student Award by the Coccia Foundation.
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Tri-M Project Virtual Showcase
We very proudly present the Virtual Showcase of some of the participants of this year's Tri-M project, debuting Wednesday, May 26 at 7pm.
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Photo: PV Junior Daniel Wolosiuk sitting at his computer.
PV Junior Named Scholar in Cyber Security Competition
PVHS Junior Daniel Wolosiuk has been named Scholar in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition (NCSC). The event is a rigorous 48-hour online cybersecurity competition sponsored by The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF).
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Graphic: Paige Gorman
Princeton Prize in Race Relations Certificate Recipient
PV Senior, Paige Gorman, received a prestigious certificate for her work in social justice advocacy from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations of New Jersey.
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Graphic:  Intern Katelyn Eror
Internship Highlight: Katelyn Eror
This week, we caught up with PV senior Katelyn Eror who currently interns at the Comprehensive Women’s Care of Paramus located in Paramus, NJ. Check out the Internship Highlight on the website to read more!
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Graphic: Intern Eugene Shen
Internship Highlight: Eugene Shen
This week, we caught up with Park Ridge High School Senior Eugene Shen, who currently interns at Luminous located in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. Check out the Internship Highlight on the district's website to learn more!
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NJCTE Writing Contest Award Winner from PH
PH sophomore Allanah Mednard took second place in the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Annual Writing Contest with her essay entitled "More than a Hashtag, More than a Movement."
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Photo: Ms. Elena Spathis, Pascack Valley High School World Language Teacher
FLENJ Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to PV World Language Teacher Ms. Elena Spathis for being honored as the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey Teacher of the Year!
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Graphic: PV Students cleaning up around Hillsdale
PV National Honor Society Spring Clean-Up
Senior members of the PV National Honor Society participated in a town clean-up in Hillsdale on Sunday morning, May 2nd in partnership with the Hillsdale Environmental Commission.
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Photo: Pascack Hills Senior Aria Chalileh, honored with the Girl Scout Gold Award
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Photo (from left-to-right): Jamie Budakian (PV), Scott Jones (District), and Ross Koehler (PH)
Support Staff Persons of the Year
Congratulations to our Technology Specialists Jamie Budakian (PV, left), Scott Jones (District, middle), and Ross Koehler (PH, right) for being recognized as our Support Staff Persons of the Year
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Graphic: Student Luke Petaccia
Internship Highlight: Luke Petaccia
This week, we caught up with PV senior Luke Petaccia who currently interns at Temco Heating & Air Conditioning Incorporated located in Hillsdale, NJ. Check out the Internship Highlight on the website to read more!
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Graphic: Megan Pettigano, District Librarian
Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society
Mrs. Megan Pettigano, District Librarian, was recently inducted into the Omicron chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society.
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Photo: Dr. P. Erik Gundersen
Gundersen Announces Resignation
Superintendent Gundersen announces his resignation from the Pascack Valley Regional High School District after 27 years of service.
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Graphic: PVHS Junior Helen Choi
Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winner
PV junior Helen Choi received two distinctions from Scholastic's Art & Writing Awards: the Regional Gold Key Award and National Silver Medal for her artwork.
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Graphic: Intern Andrew Desautels
Internship Highlight: Andrew Desautels
This week, we caught up with PH senior Andrew Desautels who currently interns at DDS Dental Supplies located in Montvale, NJ. Check out the Internship Highlight on the website to read more.
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Graphic: Pascack Valley Student Publication members
PV Student Publication wins coveted NSPA Online Pacemaker Award
Pascack Valley Student Publication as one of 13 national winners of the annual Online Pacemaker Award, the National Scholastic Press Association announced on Saturday, April 10. The Pacemaker is widely regarded as the most prestigious national journalism award.
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Graphic:  Various students who participated in the Science Fair
Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair Awards
This past month students from the Research in Molecular Genetics classes from Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills competed in the statewide Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair. Due to Covid-19, the science fair and awards ceremony were held virtually during the last week in March. Several students from district received a variety of awards, honors and distinctions for their projects.
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Photo: Mr John Puccio
New PV Principal
Congratulations to Mr. John Puccio, who was Board approved to be Pascack Valley's next principal.
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Photo of Tri-M Music Honor Society Members
PHHS Tri-M 2021 Project
Starting from the beginning of March 2021, Tri-M Chamber Choir and Concert Band members have been tutoring middle schoolers to help them practice their instruments, and strengthen their voices. The weekly 30 minutes lessons are given via Google Meet. This initiative was extremely well-received by the middle school students and their parents. The current number of people participating in this Tri-M 2021 project is 37 students.
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Graphic: Hills Valley Coalition Graphic announcing virtual event April 14
Hills Valley Coalition Event
The Hills Valley Community Coalition would like to invite you and your teen to a dynamic Parent/Teen education program on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6-9pm.
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Graphic: Pascack Valley Regional logo on the left, with text to the right: "Board Member Vacancy Borough of Montvale"
Board Member Vacancy
The Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education consisting of a 9-member Board is currently seeking a qualified candidate from the Borough of Montvale for membership to the Board due to the resignation of Janet Bissinger who dedicated her service to the district since 2013.
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Photo of Teacher James Kennedy
ITEEA Teacher Excellence Award
Pascack Valley Technology Education teacher, Mr. James Kennedy, was awarded the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association High School Teacher Excellence Award for 2021.
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Photo of Internship Student Isabella Zuluaga
The Internship Highlight: Isabella Zuluaga
This week, we caught up with PV senior Isabella Zuluaga who currently interns at The Law Offices of Jeffrey Steinfeld, P.C. located in Hackensack, NJ. Check out the Internship Highlight on the website to read more!
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Board of Education and Supt. Statements Regarding Mascots
The Board of Education and Superintendent have made statements regarding the decision on mascots.
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Graphic: Open Your Mind To Languages Poster
World Language Digital Poster Contest
Students from the Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish programs participated in a digital poster contest to celebrate National Foreign Language Week! This year's theme was "Open Your Mind to Languages".
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Graphic: Camillia Ghavami and Paige Gorman
AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Creative Writing Contest
Paige Gorman (Grade 12) was selected as a first prize winner in the annual AATF Creative Writing contest. She won $100 and her entry will be published in the national newsletter. Camillia Ghavami (Grade 12) also received recognition for her entry.
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Graphic: Julia Graham and Samuel Topolosky
ITEEA Reach Challenge
Two students in Intro to Innovation and Design, Julia Graham (grade 10) and Samuel Topolosky (grade 12), received Honorable Mention in this year's national Reach Challenge, presented through ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association). Julia & Sam designed adaptive and assistive technology devices to aid Parkinson's patients who struggle with gait and balance issues.
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Graphic: Photo of student Laura Varano
NY Times Coming of Age Multimedia Contest
Danielle Garretson's Honors Advanced Photography class submitted a photo to this contest, which asked teens to document "what they have lost, but also what they have found" during the pandemic.
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Graphic: Elise Burns and David Frangiosa
Publication of a Book by Teachers Elise Burns and David Frangiosa
Pascack Hills teachers Elise Burns and David Frangiosa wrote a book that reflects their philosophy and practice of fostering in students an intrinsic motivation to learn by using continuous and specific feedback. It was recently published by Corwin: A Sage Publishing Company. https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/home
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Graphic: Logo that says Bethany Church; photo of student Sam Schatzberg
Internship Highlight: Sam Schatzberg
This month we caught up with PH Senior Sam Schatzberg who currently interns at the Bethany Community Center located in Washington Township, NJ. Click the link in the bio to read more about his experience.
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Boyajian Receives Certificate of Excellence
Alec Boyajian has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for The 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Alec also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
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PH Trailblazer and PV Student Publication Win Many GSSPA Awards
Congratulations to the Pascack Valley Student Publication and Pascack Hills Trailblazer for winning, as a whole and as individuals, a total of 64 awards and honorable mentions by the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) in its annual awards contest.
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Internship Highlight: Madison Szabo
Internship Program extending beyond PV and PH and serving students in towns such as Park Ridge, this month we Park Ridge High School senior Madison Szabo.
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Graphic: Logo for NJPA Bernard Kilgore Scholarship Award, which is New Jersey Press Association Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship Award
Spencer Goldstein is the New Jersey Journalist of the Year, wins $5,000 scholarship
PV senior Spencer Goldstein was awarded the $5,000 Bernard Kilgore Scholarship and named New Jersey Journalist of the year by the New Jersey Press Association and the Garden State Scholastic Press Association.
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Interact Club Valentine's Day Card for our Troops
The Interact Club participated in a community service project where the students created homemade Valentine's Day cards with warm wishes and thank yous which were mailed to our Troops.
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Internship Highlight: Kristen Kiernan
Kristin Kiernan, a Pascack Valley senior and an intern at Femmebot in Ridgewood NJ, is our most recent highlighted internship.
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PH Teacher Vani Apanosian Conducts a Social Justice Presentation on the Armenian Genocide
Ms. Apanosian, drawing on personal experience, history and research into current events, conducted a virtual presentation on artistic representations of the Armenian Genocide and how art education can fuel social justice work overall.
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Photo: Diego Mercado, finalist for the New York Times Narrative Writing Contest
New York Times Narrative Writing Contest
Sophomore Diego Mercado named finalist in the NY Times Narrative Writing Contest
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Graphic: Welcome to the Virtual PHHS Tri-M Induction Ceremony and Concert, February 10, 2021 @ 7PM
Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Concert
PHHS TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY Induction Ceremony and the Concert will premiere on Wednesday, February 10th at 7 PM. Please enjoy the program from the comfort of your home on YouTube!
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Photo: (from left-to-right): Allanah Mednard, Hannah Baskin, and Riley Solomon.
Virtual International Model UN Conference
On January 9, 2021 the Model UN team participated in the Virtual International Model UN Conference which was held via Zoom for students around the world. From the conference, our PHHS MUN team won four awards!
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Surprise Teacher and Student Appreciation Videos
To start our second semester, our Communication Department had a little surprise for both teachers and students. Teachers secretly made “shout out” videos to their students - and at the same time, students were doing the same for their teachers!
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PVRHSD’s Recognized Intern of the Month: Jace Perez
Despite the ongoing pandemic, students in PVRHSD have been able to expand their career horizons beyond the typical classroom in a real world environment. Continue reading for more information on the internship program, and Jace Perez’s unique experience as an intern for NJ. Motor Works West.
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Jasper and Kirkby Ranked in North Jersey High School Top 40 Power Players of 2020
Congratulations to Pascack Hills Softball coach, Erin Kirkby, and Pascack Valley Girls Basketball coach, Jeff Jasper, for earning a spot in the ninth-annual rankings of the top 40 most powerful people in North Jersey athletics.
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Music Notes
PVRHSD Hosts Virtual Music Winter Concerts
Join us virtually as both the Pascack Hills & Pascack Valley Music Departments host their 1st virtual Winter Music Concert!
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PVRHSD Subscription Instructions
The Pascack Valley Regional High School District has been working to provide an efficient and engaging way to bring updates and important information to our community members. Please follow the instructions to sign up for updates through the notification subscription.
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Photo: Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the Year.  From left to right: Ms. MaryJo Callanan, Mr. Steven Casamento, Mr. William Rawson, and Mr. Jay Uhl.
Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the Year
Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Teachers and Education Service Professionals of the Year!
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Graphic: Pascack Valley HS Theatre invites you to join us online for The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon - written on a light blue background
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
PV Theatre''s Fall Play goes virtual! Join us online for our production of THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON (STAY-AT-HOME VERSION) by Don Zolidis.
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College Admission in the Era of COVID-19
ICYMI: We have a recording of the guidance program: College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 with guest presenter Peter Van Buskirk
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Senior Yemie Woo is a Winner of the 2020 YoungArt National Competition
Congratulations to Yemie Woo on her recognition as one of the 686 winners of the 2020 YoungArts National Competition.
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Seal of Biliteracy Testing Continues
Despite the past Spring 2020 quarantine and our unique school environment, students from both Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley High School are still engaged in testing for the Seal of Biliteracy.
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Schedule Update
Pascack Hills High School will be fully remote Monday Oct. 26. Pascack Valley is fully remote through Oct. 28.
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Photo: Ms. Francesca Silvano (left), Ms. Angie DeLima (right)
PVHS Italian Program Receives $8,000 IACE Grant
The Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) has awarded Ms. Angie DeLima & Ms. Francesca Silvano, Pascack Valley High School Teachers of Italian, a $8,000 educational materials grant for the Pascack Valley HS Italian program.
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PVRHSD Social Media Launch
This week we officially launch social media presences on Facebook and Instagram as we continuously look to improve on how we communicate with our community.
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Photo: Soccer ball on a field, ready for a corner kick
Fall Athletics Season Guidelines
After discussions with our superintendent, a review of the capacities of our facilities and a careful assessment of our ability to manage crowds, it has been decided that the following measures will be put in place for all sporting events this fall, regardless of level.
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Mattessich Published English Journal Article
Valerie Mattessich, Supervisor of English, Art & Libraries, has published an article for the High School Matters column in English Journal, the national peer-reviewed journal for English educators published by NCTE.
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