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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.
At the start of this school year, Passaic Valley welcomed Ms. Rose Moise, the new School-Based Clinician, to its staff. Ms. Moise works out of the West Bergen Mental Healthcare group and serves as a resource for students to receive mental and social-emotional support.
The 2021-22 Valley Echo Staff is made up of four newcomers eager to deliver the news to their community and expand their writing skills. Click on the article to read more about the reporters and learn how to submit ideas for articles to the Valley Echo.
Sophomore Daren Lomuti is excited to be making his debut as a journalist for the Valley Echo during the 2021-2022 school year. Ready to contribute a unique perspective, Lomuti is looking forward to growing his love for writing and informing the Passaic Valley community.
Junior Gabrielle Lim joined the Valley Echo staff this year, offering her past experience in journalism to the team. She hopes to add her own unique voice to the paper and inspire more students to write.
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.
Performance Arts teachers have found new, creative ways to tackle issues with live performance through a screen and fully embraced technology in the virtual classroom.
Photography and Design classes, instructed by Ms. Melanie Vasa and Ms. Lori Demsey, have made a smooth and astute transition into the virtual classroom, providing students with the necessary software, whilst allowing them a creative outlet to showcase their work.
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.
Spring sports are now in session and, for some athletes, it will be their last season in high school. For one senior baseball player, Carlos Morales '17, his final season is also his fourth consecutive year on the varsity squad, a rare and prestigious achievement.
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.
The PV Theater Department is currently producing their annual Spring Musical. This year, they have chosen Mamma Mia!, a favorite amongst students and families. The cast and crew have been hard at work to safely produce this year’s show.
The Passaic Valley Theater community frequently adopts traditions from Broadway. One of which, the Legacy Robe, was awarded to Alex Paese '21 this year for her contributions to the theater community throughout her high school career.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, Passaic Valley Summer Theater (PVST) cancelled their highly anticipated mainstage play Beauty and The Beast and their junior production Moana. In response, PVST cast and crew decided on an entirely original idea, filming a documentary called Ghost Light.
Passaic Valley’s Theatre Program continues to rehearse, while innovatively adhering to social distancing guidelines. Staff and cast members of this year's The Little Mermaid have turned to online conferencing technology for preproduction.
Film Photography student Sam Droney’s photograph was selected for the 2020 Fresh Perspectives art exhibit. Photography Teacher Ms. Melanie Vasa was pleased to hear the news as being accepted is an impressive achievement. “I am so happy for Sam. He is a wonderful person and deserves this,” Ms. Vasa said.