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Dr. Adam Christopher returned to Passaic Valley, his alma mater, as the New Assistant Principal in November. His expertise in STEM will help bolster our math and science departments. He will also focus on enhancing our Career and Technical Education programs to create more pathways for everyone.
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Passaic Valley's Future Medical Health Professionals Club held their annual Fall Blood Drive in the Farrell Gym. With over 70 qualified applicants, PV exceeded last year's total with 94 pints of blood donated.
Seniors Sophia Bermudez, Maggie Velkoska, Jordan Newbury, and Brianna Eppler have organized a clothing drive to help women and children in need within our community. They are collecting new or gently used winter clothing for women and children through November 30.
For the 2021-22 school year, the Writing Lab offers virtual tutoring, in addition to their standard in-person sessions, for students who need help with all things writing.
On December 1, 2021 PV held its annual On-Site Admissions Day for seniors. An all day event, 52 seniors sat down for brief ten to fifteen minute interviews with 14 New Jersey colleges. With over 134 acceptances, over $590,000 in scholarship money was awarded to students.
At the beginning of the school year, Passaic Valley welcomed Ms. Giselle Vitaliti and Ms. Alexandra Asaro as new World Language teachers. Ms. Vitaliti is as a Spanish teacher and Ms. Asaro joined us as a Teacher of Italian Leave Replacement.
Math teachers Mrs. Ennely Thornton and Mr. Salvatore Sileo introduced the Mathematics Honor Society. As members, scholars that possess an interest in mathematics have the opportunity to become nationally recognized and assist other students.
In April, Thomas Gaita '21 was accepted into the New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP) for 2021. He was selected to represent Passaic Valley High School among only 35-40 other students across the State of New Jersey.
Senior participants in fall sports were honored in the closing weeks of the season. Coaches collaborated with their younger players to organize memorable celebrations, like surprise parties and honorary ceremonies.
The Passaic Valley Wrestling Team added to PV's impressive year in sports by finishing with a 7-1 record. The team also won a league title and Coach Joseph Wassel was named Big North Coach of the Year.
For the first time in Passaic Valley history, the Boys Winter Track Team took home both the Boys Independence League Championship and the County Championship. For his leadership during such a successful season, Coach Joel Thornton was named Big North & Passaic County Coach of the Year.
The Boys Basketball team finished their season with a 12-3 record as Big North Independence Division Champions. The Hornets defeated Wayne Valley 47-46 in overtime on March 6 to force a three-way tie with Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills their first division title in eight years.
On February 3rd, Brianna DeLuccia ’21 was awarded the National Girls and Women in Sports (NGWS) Award by New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). This prestigious honor is given to female athletes who are leaders both on the field and in the classroom.
Passaic Valley hosted Paint Night on Wednesday, December 15th and Thursday, December 16th. Superintendent Mr. Bracken Healy believes that it is important for students “to be a part of the positive culture we are trying to build here at PV.”
Passaic Valley’s Drama Club and Music Department were hard at work preparing for the Winter Musical, Elf Jr. and the annual Winter Concert in the weeks leading up to Winter Break. The cast of Elf Jr. performed on December 13th and 14th and PV’s Concert Band and Choir performed on December 21st.
Seniors Sophia Bermudez, Magdalena Velkoska, Jordan Newbury, and Brianna Eppler organized a clothing drive for those in need this holiday season. Through November 30th, they collected gently used winter clothing for women and children, donating them to the nonprofit organization Oasis.
On November 13, 2021 current Passaic Valley students and alumni stepped back onto the Passaic Valley stage, participating in MTI's All Together Now concert. As a way to celebrate theaters reopening, theater programs across the world joined in the weekend dedicated to musical theater.
On October 28, 29, and 30, Passaic Valley Theater will be back on stage and performing their annual Fall Play. This year’s selection, La Gringa, stars Jeneily Ruano ‘24 as Maria Elena Garcia.