Passaic Valley Gazette

January 2020, Vol. V

Health and Wellness Lead to Positive School Experiences

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.”
J. Stanford

Passaic Valley Regional High School


All students are prepared to meet the challenges of post secondary life with grace and confidence.


To assure today's educational programming is relevant to tomorrow's college and career employment expectations.

PV has been named to the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll

Passaic Valley continues to emphasize the importance and the benefits of AP courses. Our students understand that these courses can help them:

  • Become familiar college-level work while developing skills for a successful college experience
  • Earn college credit
  • Skip introductory college courses
  • Save college tuition money and enhance their transcript for their college applications

Our teachers and guidance counselors have done a wonderful job of promoting this message as our participation rate in Advanced Placement Course continues to rise.

PV Introduces New Media Specialist, Daria Leidig!

Daria Leidig, Media Specialist

Signs of Suicide Training Program

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Signs of Suicide (SOS) trains youth and adults on how to identify, intervene, and get help for people who may be depressed or suicidal. This program is part of the STOP School Violence Grant awarded to PVHS by the NJ Department of Education. Ms. Cheryl Grande, Physical Education Teacher teamed up with Ms. Danielle Vigilante, Guidance Counselor and Kelly Morris, Student Assistance Coordinator to bring SOS training into senior health classes and designate staff to attend an SOS implementer program. In February, the entire school will attend an assembly for information related to SOS, Start With Hello and Say Something.
On January 15th, 2020 Passaic Valley held our annual Physics Balloon Car Competition. Physics students from Mrs. Shtraks, Mr. Haimowitz and Mr. Iobst's classes built and created cars powered by balloons. The competition is measured by which car runs the straightest, fastest and furthest. Owen Delbiu earned first place with a distance of 19.5 meters. Second place was Crystal Sandoveal and Third place was Brianna Deluccia with both cars traveling over 18 meters. Nice work!!

Monthly Course Highlight

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Contemporary Issues Through Video Conferencing

CITVC is taught by Ms. Menake, it is a course that involves methods for implementing current educational technology into the curriculum through project based learning, video-conferencing, interactive virtual field trips, formal instruction, and dialogues with students and teachers from around the world.

This particular video conference included Mr. Tony Caputo, reporter and anchor for News12NJ, coordinated and moderated by Olivia Manfredo, Research and Internship intern and CITVC class member. Mr. Caputo highlighted his experiences in media, broadcasting and journalism during this videoconference.

Check out more unique courses we offer by clicking the Program of Studies 2020-2021 link below!

Join PV in Curbing the Vaping Epidemic

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Save Your Breath, community forum event, will be held at Passaic Valley on February 12, 2020 from 6:30pm -8:00pm. It is an incredible evening, brought to you by the Little Falls, Totowa and Woodland Park Municipal Alliances.

While EVERY PARENT needs to be concerned about this trend, no parent needs to be SCARED. The comforting solution to this problem is your informed involvement. Please, plan to attend.. Click here to register.

Passaic Valley High School Takes First Place at STANJ

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The Passaic Valley High School Theater Department participated in the STANJ Governor's Theater Award Competition on Saturday, Jan. 11th, at Montclair State University.

Mia Preziosi and Christopher Perez made top six in the musical pairs competition. "Lend Me a Tenor," directed by music instructor Pia Vanderstreet, took home Best Play, and "The Addams Family," directed by Jennifer Shue, took home Best Musical. Over 25 schools attended STANJ and competed in categories including Monologues, Scenes and Musical Theater.

Passaic Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Department consistently offers instruction and opportunities for students to create, perform and compete successfully.

Broadway Comes to the PV Drama Club

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The Passaic Valley Drama Club preps for its spring musical auditions for The Little Mermaid with Broadway Stars and PV alums Jess LeProtto and Jelani Remy. Auditions are to be held on Tuesday, January 28th at 5pm.

New Faces Among the Hornet Athletic Family

NLI Signings

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Winter Sports Highlights

Indoor Track

Boys: Javoun Bloomfield placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feets 11 inches which puts him in the top 50 all time in Passaic County. The two relays teams both placed first. The 4x800 team of Jessier Soriano, Frank Koch, Leith Matari, Edward Bennet and the 4x400 team of Frank Koch, Jessier Soriano, Zakrai Dahhan, Justin Idelfonso won Gold. These performances led the boys team to a 2nd place league finish.

Girls: Zuania Victoria placed first in the 55 hurdles. Kristina Martir placed first in the shot put. Katharine Cottone placed first in the 800 meters. These performances helped the girls team finish 3rd.


Boys: 6 wins this season – Back 2 Back Vernon Viking Holiday Tournament Champions.

Leading scorers: Brian Whitney (10th), Angel Rodriguez (10th), Elliot Whitney (11th)

Girls: 3 wins this season. Leading scorers: Taylor Hill (11th) and Kayla Allmendinger (12th)


10 wins this season already. This team only had 9 wins for the entire season one year ago. Tremendous turn-around this season due to the work ethic and dedication by the wrestlers and coaches. Finished 3rd at the Passaic County Tournament as a team, Danny Hasbani and Matt Ciarlo took 1st place, and Coach Joe Wassel was named the Passaic County Coach of the Year!

Ice Hockey

7 wins this season – 3rd seed in the Passaic County Tournament. Currently the team is in the Passaic County Tournament Finals set to play Lakeland High School. This team won an exciting overtime game in the semi-finals against West Milford to earn a spot in the finals. The county final game date and time is to be determined.

Upcoming Events

BOE Meeting

February 11th, 7:30pm PVHS Library

Save Your Breathe - Guest Speaker, Timothy Shoemaker (Registration Requested)

February 12th - 6:30pm-8:00pm PVHS Auditorium

Mid-Winter Break

February 17th-18th, School Closed

BOE Meeting

February 25th, 7:30pm PV Library

Girls' Show

February 28th, 7:30pm PVHS Griswold Gym

Junior Cotillion

March 6th

BOE Meeting

March 10th, 7:30pm PVHS Library

Spring Concert

March 12th, 7:00pm

BOE Meeting

March 24th, 7:30pm PVHS Library

Sophomore Parent Night

March 25th, 6:30pm at PVHS Auditorium

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