Redwing Reader

Marking Period 3, 2020-2021

Principal's message

Greetings Redwing Family!

I trust everyone had an enjoyable and restful spring break. After a week of remote and a weekend of testing, we welcomed students back for the final marking period of the 2020-2021 school year. I was pleased to see more students return onsite as we finish the year.

The Redwing Reader will provide you with a great overview of what students worked on during the third marking period. We continue to provide students with a host of dynamic learning experiences in the classroom and also outside of the school day. The only thing they have to do is get involved. If you ever have questions about any of the programs we host, or if your child is unsure of who to reach out to, please have them ask their guidance counselor.

Many of our offerings are communicated through either your email or your child's email so always check to make sure you do not miss out on any of our offerings.

Enjoy the Redwing Reader!

All the best,

Ms. Picc


English Language Arts

Grade 9:

Ms. Troutman’s English I courses just finished reading The Glass Castle, a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. Students participated in a fishbowl seminar that enabled them to comment on symbolism, theme, characterization, figurative language, and conflict. Students reflected on how Jeannette was not doomed by her birth, nor did she succumb to any conflicts she encountered. Jeannette Walls did claim that she felt “luckier” than most kids growing up, but some struggled to see how she could possibly feel luckier than others considering her parents’ erratic behaviors. From the artful imagery to the frame-narrative structure, students appreciated this memoir for a multitude of reasons.

This upcoming week, students will attempt to master the art of writing a Shakespearean sonnet before we read Romeo and Juliet. As we read the tragedy, Students will be asked to reflect on how the violent culture influences the characters in the play in order to closely analyze the language that reveals the duality between good and evil in man.

Grade 10:

The sophomore English classes started the third quarter with a study of Langston Hughes’s poems, including “Mother to Son,” “Dreams,” “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” and “Harlem.” Students examined how literary voice elements, such as diction, similes, metaphors, and imagery, create tone and meaning. Then students read and listened to a dramatic reading of A Raisin in the Sun, focusing on how characters are developed through direct and indirect characterization, dialogue, and stage directions. Various themes were explored and a connection was made to Black History Month and Women’s History Month with lessons about the author Lorraine Hansberry, her background and intentions in writing the play. Students wrote analytical essays selecting to work with the title and Hughes’s poem, the function of character, or themes and symbols. Work culminated in watching the movie of the play and discussing the differences from the original text. In April, for Poetry Month, we used weeded books to create "blackout poetry," a practice in which students made poems by selecting specific words on a page by deleting others. A few pictures are shared below.

Grade 11:

The AP Language and Composition students are sharpening their skills in preparation for the exam. They took two practice exams and have written a multitude of essays. They are improving every day.

English III students have been examining stereotypes in literature. They have read various poems and short stories, such as "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and are now celebrating Poetry Month by engaging in a creative writing unit. They have considered the nature of poetry and examined various poems and are currently;y engaged in a series of poetry writing activities. We look forward to reading their work and submitting entries for consideration to the Hoboken High School literary magazine.

Grade 12:

The seniors have examined the characters of A Streetcar Named Desire to analyze their varying relationships with realism and illusion. Students' essays supported that Stanley seeks the brutal truth and Blanche prefers to manipulate the truth. Students then debated over Stella's relationship with the truth. Some students observed that Stella hides from the truth, and others argued that Stella accepts the truth as a matter of practicality. Students then had a blast roasting the characters from the play. Some students dressed and performed in character while other students read their written roasts aloud in true fashion to the artform of roasting. The seniors are excited to begin reading The Bluest Eye next.


World History

Hoboken High School's 9th Grade Advanced Placement World History: Modern class is nearing the finish line! As we wrap up the Collegeboard curriculum, students will begin a whirlwind year-long review in preparation for AP exams. Students will work together in "digital think tanks" to categorize, analyze and synthesize over 800 years of historical information along timelines, across geographical spaces, and through thematic lenses. We will use a variety of digital tools in order to further sharpen our critical thinking skills, and challenge one another to produce high quality analysis under strict time constraints. Our level of commitment and dedication is unmatched, and we are very confident in our future academic successes! Wish us luck!

US History I

Students in US History I have been analyzing the possibilities and challenges that arose in America in the 1800s. They have examined America's transformation as a result of technology and innovation resulting in revolutions in industry and transportation. They also examined how Americans pushed to reform the systems that had been developed in our nation's early history. These reforms were most evident in the growth of the abolition movement which was highlighted as America expanded westward in the 1800s.

Americans debated the addition of new territory. Not only were there questions about the country's physical growth, but also about America's identity going forward. That issue would be shaped by the question of slavery. And this led to the growing sectionalism and conflict that ultimately resulted in Civil War.

US History II

Students have been examining the changes that America was going through in the 60s, 70s and 80s. With the Cold War shaping many decisions in American life, especially with respect to the Vietnam War, the United States was forced to reconcile some difficult issues, including credibility and trust in the government, civil rights for Americans across all backgrounds and the issue of economic struggle.

Through this era students also examine the great cultural and technological changes that took place at this time transforming American life, including the uses of computers and the influence of music on how Americans will work and express themselves.

Holocaust, Genocide and Modern Humanity

Near the end of the marking period, in the Holocuast, Genocide and Modern Humanity class, students attended a Zoom presentation called "The Mitzvah Project." (see flyer) In this program, sponsored by The Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University, students were able to see an actor (Roger Grunwald) perform dual roles of a Nazi soldier and Holocaust survivor. Mr. Grunwald is a child of Holocuast survivors and lives in Los Angeles. He performs in various programs all over the world to teach the lessons learned about the Holocaust and in this way, we can "never forget." Hoboken students were so touched by this program that many felt compelled to compose a letter to him and detail why these lessons are so important to learn, especially in this tenuous political climate. Stay tuned for more upcoming programs as we work in conjunction with Kean University as we learn from the lessons of the past to make a better future.

African American History and Culture

As mentioned in the last quarterly newsletter, Hoboken High School has added African-American History & Culture to the curriculum. This new course is required as part of the Global Studies curriculum for all 10th grade students. It is under the direction of Mr. Munoz & Mr. Najarro.

African-American History & Culture has provided students with the opportunity to learn more about the contributions of the African American community to the establishment of the United States. Along with this, students have also been given the chance to explore and examine the experiences of African Americans in the United States following the arrival of the first enslaved person to the American colonies in 1619. As students become more aware of the social and racial issues afflicting contemporary America, the need to identify and define the horrors and injustices faced by African Americans in the United States becomes ever more needed at the academic level. Therefore, along with covering the amazing contributions of individuals such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, John Lewis, and many other significant figures in American history, we are also able to look at the uglier moments in American history and see how those moments continue to affect us.

In this course, we are able to mirror major historical events often discussed in US History I and US History II and view them through a new perspective. Events such as the beginning of Colonial America, the American Revolution, Antebellum America, the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the two world wars, the Great Depression, and much more can develop new meanings through the differing perspectives we use to explore them. Through our examination, analysis, and exploration of these topics, students are able to become more conscious of the African American identity and its relations with the nation. Thus, similar to the Latino History and Culture in America course in the 1st semester, we are able to highlight the incredible diversity that defines our shared American identity.

World Language


Mrs. Cruz and Mrs. De La Rosa are excited to announce that our Señor Wooly Learning platform has added graphic novels to continue our language acquisition journey. Students just began to read their first graphic novel, La Casa de la Dentista by Juan Carlos Pinilla in Spanish and they love the story. The story is about a town where all the children who do not brush their teeth suffer a significant loss. They get all their teeth taken out by La Dentista. Carolina, like everyone in her village, is terrified of La Dentista. Like The Legend of The Dentist, many of our students feel scared of going to the dentist. Our students loved the thrilling novel. We were able to secure a digital copy to enable all of our students to access the novel at any time from home or school.

To commemorate and celebrate Women's History Month, our Hoboken High School Spanish classes participated in a March Madness "Manía Musical de Mujeres Artistas." Spanish classes are participating in a music bracket mini-unit involving female recording artists. Also, the students were exposed to different genres of music to expand their musical repertoire in Spanish. Our brains are constantly craving context, and songs are the perfect way to help our students acquire the Spanish language vocabulary that they need to become more fluent each day.

Classroom Without Walls

We are pleased to announce that we will be traveling to Peru in April 2022 with our Classroom Without Walls! With so much happening in the world, we believe staying connected is more important than ever—whether it’s with our community, our future plans, or our global education. Because, while travel might feel uncertain right now, dreaming of it and seeing curriculum come to life down the road is still on the table. We hosted a webinar on April 15, 2021, to provide more information and open enrollment to our students and families.

Online enrollment is now open!

As a reminder, there are only a handful of guaranteed spots available on this trip. In order to give you additional flexibility, anyone who enrolls now will have the ability to change their mind and receive a full refund until August 1st, 2021. I am hoping that this will give you the peace of mind to secure your student’s spot risk-free.

Sign up here:

Now, more than ever, this will be an incredible opportunity for students to explore another place and culture, and we can't wait to see them discover more about themselves in the process. We know that a lot seems different in today’s world, so we want this trip to be something that everyone can look forward to in a few months' time!

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Seal of Biliteracy

Hoboken High School is proud to offer the Seal of Biliteracy to celebrate language learning and to honor students' efforts in acquiring a second language. Students were selected by their Spanish teacher to participate in this program because they had demonstrated interest and dedication in learning Spanish. In order to receive the honorary seal, they had to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by scoring a 3 or higher in the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Language. In the 2017-2018 school year, we became a pilot district, and 7 out of 10 students achieved the seal of biliteracy. For the last two years, 14 students earned the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy appears on students' transcripts and diplomas as evidence of their achievement. In addition, successful students will be part of different celebrations and will get a personalized medal to wear for graduation and to keep as a reminder of their achievements.

With immense pride and joy, we announce that twelve of our students earned the Seal of Biliteracy. Four of our remote and eight of our in-person students earned this accolade. Each step of the way, our students make us proud and fill us with happiness as we acknowledge their achievements!

The following students earned the Seal of Biliteracy this year and will be recognized at the Award ceremony in June 2021!

  1. Nicolas Bonelli 12th

  2. Jose Carreon 11th

  3. Jorge Carreon 11th

  4. Amira Colon 11th

  5. Destiny Colon 11th

  6. Karilynn Jimenez 11th

  7. Chelsea Melendez 12th

  8. Melanie Molina 11th

  9. Arlenne Ortega 12th

  10. Michaela Pacheco-Berger 12th

  11. Emily Pineiro 12th

  12. Arianna Santiago 12th


AP Biology

Students in Mr. Lebegue’s AP biology class completed units on cellular energetics and evolution during marking period 3. As they explored these topics, the students conducted several inquiry based, experiential labs. As part of the cellular energetics unit, the budding scientists studied the influence of the environmental factors on enzyme kinetics. After having learned about the enzyme catalase, which decomposes hydrogen peroxide to produce water and oxygen gas, the students got to witness the effect of pH and temperature on this enzyme’s activity in real life. The students conducted a calorimetry experiment in which they calculated the exact amount of energy contained in food items by completing a set of calculations using the data they collected. They investigated the process of photosynthesis by working with spinach leaf discs to observe the discs rise in the presence of light along with a carbon source as compared to a control treatment of light without a carbon source – in which the discs did not rise. As part of their unit on evolution, students simulated changes in allele frequency of a population under various conditions. They investigated three cases in which they themselves were parts of mating pairs with other members of the class! They performed this simulation by drawing cards to determine the genotypes of offspring. Students calculated the frequency of p (dominant allele frequency) and q (recessive allele frequency) by applying the Hardy Weinberg equilibrium formula p2 + 2pq + q2 = 1. In each of the above labs, everyone in the class pooled their data in order to form their conclusions. Pictures are below.

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NJSTEM Communities Challenge

Students in Hoboken High School’s Environmental Science Club presented their final presentation for the #NJSTEMCommunities Challenge. The team members who presented are Sheila Lam, Rowan Ellison and Daniel Weintraub and their advisor is Mr. Lebegue. The #NJSTEMCommunities Challenge is a competition in which teams of high school students from across New Jersey are tasked with creating an innovative solution to help mitigate the current COVID crisis using STEM technologies.

The team decided to focus their solution on helping Hoboken’s small businesses. As part of their extensive research, the team took a detailed account of closed businesses in Hoboken by taking photos of closed store fronts, contacted local and state level government officials by phone and by email, attended STEMinars and collected data on state and local budgets and much more.

The STEM solution they chose focused on increasing airflow and quality in restaurants, boutiques and healthcare facilities. For this, they utilized research on how to kill airborne COVID particles as well as how to generally improve air quality. They settled on a combination of unidirectional airflow, UV disinfection of the air, and HEPA filtration of particulates which could carry COVID. Doing so would decrease infection rates and make businesses safer for consumers and employees alike.

The team created a detailed five-part plan. The first involved securing state and federal funding through the CARES act, the second involved employing STEM technologies to allow Hoboken’s small businesses to safely welcome more customers, the third involved a public information campaign to promote awareness of their solution, and the fourth involved implementation and deployment of their plan in partnership with local entities within Hoboken. The fifth and final phase of the plan involved evaluation, which utilized a working algorithm to test their plan and also to qualify small businesses for help.

The students also consulted with mentors from local corporations including BD, Comcast, Siemens, and others to further develop and refine their solution. The team also created a working website which small businesses could log on to in order to apply for help and to provide them data about each business, which could be entered into the algorithm.

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Environmental Science Club observes Earth Week

Mr. Lebegue and the Environmental Science Club put together a series of observances for Earth Week.

Monday: Seed Bomb Making - students packed seeds into balls of soil and compost and set them aside to dry for later planting.

Tuesday: Hoboken High School Lights Out

The club asked that all teachers keep their classroom lights out (when possible) to raise awareness of saving energy.

Wednesday: Survey Day

Teachers shared the club's survey in their classes to collect data on students' environmental habits.

Thursday: Earth Day

The club asked students to dress in green on Thursday.

Friday - Seed Bomb planting in Church Square Park - Mr. Lebegue and the club reached out to the City of Hoboken to seek permission to plant the seed bombs in a public place. They obtained permission to plant in a couple of specific beds in Church Square Park.

Biology (CP)

During the third marking period, the young biologists were busy exploring the world of microbiology. Students in the biology classes studied the structure of the cell membrane and how it is important to the processes of passive and active transport. They compared the similarities and differences between positive and negative feedback loops and how they help to maintain homeostasis within an organism. The students were introduced to the cell cycle and its various phases during cell division. They learned about mitosis and meiosis and how they are related to reproduction, differentiation, and growth of an organism. The biology classes engaged in numerous Gizmo virtual labs and a poster project to help reinforce the various concepts being learned.

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During Marking Period 3, students enjoyed formulating hypotheses about natural phenomena, testing these hypotheses using analytical chemistry methods, and verifying their results using nanoscale simulations. Students also had an opportunity to learn more about careers in science from two doctorate-level scientific professionals.

More Chemistry!

Ms. Amin shared a student's write-up from her Chemistry class.


Algebra I

In the third marking period, we really dived into the topics of quadratic functions. We studied two main forms of quadratics, which are the standard form and the vertex form. Most of the students now understand that x-coordinates play as the input concept to the function and the y-coordinates as the output. We also looked at functions graphically and the tables in the graphing calculator. We also have a better understanding of how to solve to factor and solve for the zeros, roots, and the solutions of the quadratic equations. Finding the zeros will be helpful to distinguish where the function intersects the x-axis. We aren’t fully comfortable with the quadratic formula but that is another way we can determine the roots of the quadratic function.

We will continue to study other functions that are not quadratic next marking period. A lot of these new topics will be correlated to Algebra II topics.


Hands-on Trigonometry-

For the start of the 4th marking period, geometry classes have been diligently exploring the trigonometric ratios formed by right triangles. After learning about the sine, cosine and tangent functions, students will begin exploring using these functions by surveying several tall objects.

Working with a partner, students will measure various tall objects in and around the Hoboken High School vicinity in order to indirectly measure their various heights. Using protractors and some other common household materials, students will assemble their own clinometers (use the measure angles of elevation and depression), record data, construct the problem and answer their questions.

By exploring some practical usages of this important topic, students will be able to grasp a better understanding of the trigonometric functions and how they can be applied in a real-world context.

Algebra II

Algebra 2 CP students worked on rational functions, rational exponents, and radical functions as well as compositions of functions. Throughout the third marking period, students completed assignments on Desmos. This graphing site provides a visual application for students to self discover ideas and check answers. Students completed Marble Slides to demonstrate their level of understanding of how radical functions transform. Once the function is graphed and the marble is launched it must collide with the stars sitting on the graph. This interactive activity allows students to be self-reliant and use prior knowledge to grasp new concepts and check for understanding. Students also completed digital task cards which tested their understanding and felt more like completing puzzles than doing algebra.

Honors Algebra 2 students completed many of the same concepts and continued with exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, and equations, as well as arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. Students have been listening to trig songs in preparation for memorizing the unit circle. The unit circle is an integral part of Precalculus. Most recently this class completed a unit circle project detailing the sine, cosine, and tangent of the special triangles located within the unit circle.

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Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

PLTW Computer Science Essentials

This marking period saw the CSE classes focus on programming robots to complete different tasks. We started with simply having the robots display parking spaces on their screen, then we moved to the robots actually driving and missing objects on a path. From there, we began using the Vision sensor on the robot to find different colored tiles in front of the robot. Finally, we finished with having the robot move as well as look for objects in front of the robot. Next marking period, we are going to focus on coding in text-based languages such as Python and C++. We will relate the concepts completed so far in the course to the syntax used in text-based coding and by the end of the year, we will produce a project and presentation that we came up with! We are looking forward to a strong finish to the school year!

PLTW Engineering

In our Introduction to Engineering classes, the students have been working in a unit based on thoughtful product design. The unit introduced students to a broader interpretation of the word design to include universal principles that contribute to successful product design. Students are exposed to design principles that can impact the appeal, usability, safety, and sustainability of a product. Design topics that are introduced or reinforced include product life-cycle, sustainability, manufacturability, human-centered design, and systems thinking.

For one particular project, students designed a houseplant watering system for a home in which the owner is going to be away for a month at a time. There were a plethora of innovative designs that the students came up with. Some designs focused on the use of simple materials, while others had more complex automated systems. Some of the students' ideas are shown below.

PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science

This past marking period, st year Biomedical students worked in groups to come up with their own innovation to address a concern or need a diabetic might face (checking blood sugar, exercise, needles, etc.). Students then presented their business ideas and designs to a panel of "sharks", or investors, similar to the show "Shark Tank". Some of the student ideas included a phone case that measured glucose levels, a watch for diabetics, and a lotion that helps with nerve damage in someone's hands or feet!

Students heard from volunteers from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Our guests spoke to the students about the difficulties and obstacles they have overcome. A big congratulations to all our winners for having the best innovations in the 9th grade!

In addition to the research into diabetes, students also learned the biology of sickle cell disease.

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PLTW Human Body Systems

Second year Biomedical students have been diving deep into the urinary and skeletal system! Students explored the main human body system that not only conserves water and important ions, but also rids the body of harmful wastes–the urinary system. Activities included a kidney dissection, looking at the effect of alcohol, and analyzing the urine of 6 patients! Each joint involves a unique interaction between bones and permits a different set of movements. Students in person and remote worked with a real cow elbow joint to see a joint in action and analyze important structures.
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PLTW Biomedical Innovations

Our environment affects our health. Pollution in the air we breathe, water we drink, and soil where we grow our food can contribute to health problems. Your team’s mission is to investigate various environmental health hazards. Senior Biomedical Science students formed teams to determine what is causing the symptoms and illness in their Williams family case study. They performed water tests, explored the dose-response relationship of a toxin, investigated hazards in the local environment, created an environmental health profile of the community, and outlined a plan to solve an environmental health problem.

Business Ethics

During marking period 3, students engaged with ethical problems in business through film. With the movie Wall Street, they learned about insider trading. Through Dark Waters, they learned about the negative environmental and health results stemming from DuPont dumping unregulated chemicals in West Virginia. In that film, a lawyer who learns about it tries to get DuPont to accept their responsibility, and nearly fails, but perseveres and finally gets them to settle with the local residents who were harmed. With The Insider, students learned about a real whistleblower, Jeffrey Wigand, who worked in the tobacco industry. Wigand knew that his employer was chemically enhancing cigarettes to make them more addictive. Wigand and news producer Lowell Bergman struggled to bring the truth to light but were fought by CBS and Wigand's former employer, Brown & Williamson tobacco.

Students were shocked to learn about these ethical breaches and, as a side note, about the prevalence of smoking decades ago. Their biggest takeaway was that if you fight for the truth to be exposed, positive changes can be made.

Physical education / Health

Remote learners

The two units the students studied for the third marking period within the Edgenuity platform for Health and Physical Education were Nutrition and Physical Activity and Fitness and the Body. Throughout the course, students examined practices and plans they could implement in order to carry out a healthy lifestyle, and the consequences they could face if they do not follow safe practices. In addition, students devised healthy nutrition and physical fitness plans. Hopefully students are taking the information learned and sharingnit with their families and applying it to their daily lives!

culinary arts

Culinary Arts I started off marking period 3 focusing on knowing all of the tools and equipment in a commercial kitchen. We used Quizlet to help with the learning, along with being able to see and touch the actual tools. We had a scavenger hunt to see who could identify the tools and equipment.

We also took a look at the rights of a youth worker within the food service industry. Students used the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) website to learn about various hazards in the industry and how to stay safe. We explored the different laws for workers under 16 years old and under 18 years of age.

We finished up with learning about various herbs and spices, including where the herbs and spices originated from and how to use them.

International Pastries spent much of the marking period working on “Cupcake Wars.”

Students were tasked with creating a cupcake, complete with filling and frosting. They also had to do a recipe cost analysis and a nutritional analysis of their recipes.

All classes spent a week working on Pizzas, sauce and toppings.

The result was crisp and chewy doughs with delicious toppings.


Elements of Art

The Elements of Art classes studied the works of Georgia O’Keeffe for women’s history month during marking period 3. Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the first female painters to achieve worldwide acclaim from critics and the general public. She was an American painter who challenged perceptions and evolved constantly throughout her career. The students are learning various watercolor techniques like watercolor washes, layering, and wet on dry to create O’Keeffe inspired paintings.

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Art School Portfolio

The art portfolio class students were busy creating personal pieces for their portfolio. This piece is an 18 x 24 inch pencil drawing by Eliza Nunez.

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Photography and Photoshop

The Photography and Adobe classes created work to celebrate Women’s History Month by creating Pop Art inspired pieces on women who inspire them. We also created collage posters for the women of Hudson County who made an impact in history. Near the end of the third marking period, we started learning about exposure bracketing to create HDR (high dynamic range) photographs.

Theater: FOXY and THESPY awards coming up

Montclair State University's Foxy Theatre Night Awards recognizes excellence in productions of high school and middle straight plays throughout New Jersey. They accept 100 submissions each year. This year Ms. Miller entered our winter high school production of She Kills Monsters written by Qui Nguyen and our one-act play 26 Pebbles written by Eric Ulloa. Based on the adjudication process, MSU chooses the TOP 5-8 pieces as nominations. This is similar to the structure of the Tony Awards or Oscars. On Monday, May 17th at 7pm we will attend the virtual ceremony where the winners will be announced. It is such an honor to be nominated in so many categories in this challenging year. The Theatre Department was determined to create meaningful art experiences despite the circumstances and our students rose up to the challenge and exceeded Ms. Miller's expectations. To be in the top 5-8% in 12 categories is a wonderful way to celebrate their accomplishments. She is so proud of our students' professionalism, work ethic, and determination. We had such amazing rehearsal experiences with these two plays that are near and dear to our hearts. This is certainly a year to remember. It could not have been accomplished without our amazing production team consisting of Doug MacAulay, David Stasiak, Britteny Schruefer, and Redwing Alumna Aishah Tapia.

Congratulations to our students: Sofia Melfi, Rosie Cabelin, Miguel Cabelin, Kendall McDonough, Mable Blischke-Villavicencio, Daniel Weintraub, Naomi Cooke, Juliet Hysen, Feline Dirkx, Mary Claire McGreivey, Halie Benway, Riddhi Damani, and Kiomy Cuevas


  • Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Virtual Play (Zoom Format)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Virtual Background Design
  • Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy

She Kills Monsters: NINE NOMINATIONS

  • Outstanding Production of a Virtual Play (Zoom Format) --this is HUGE-- (Best Play Category top 8 out of 100 entries)

  • The Peter Filichia Award for Pushing the Envelope in Academic Theatre
  • Outstanding Achievement in Virtual Background Design
  • Outstanding Achievement in Editing
  • Outstanding Achievement in New Media/Special Effects
  • Outstanding Achievement in Choreography or Movement in a Straight Play
  • Outstanding Achievement in Stage Combat
  • Outstanding Achievement in Makeup & Hair Design
  • The Jo Anne Fox Outstanding Theatre Educator Award

But wait, that's not all.

Each year The Educational Theatre Association has "unified" multiple state theatre competition events.

The following students re-entered pieces that were previously submitted to NJ Thespians and received "Superior Ratings" at the unified event.

Eight total Redwings have opportunities to compete with the best of the best in high school theatre from around the world to win an International Thespy's Award at The International Thespians Festival June 21st-25th.

Mrs. Miller is so proud of this group of students as it has not been easy acting in a virtual world (via zoom).

Kendall McDonough

Mable Bliske-Villavicencio

Rosie Cabelin

Sofia Melfi

Miguel Cabelin

Alana Rivas

Riddhi Damani

Daniel Weintraub *(previous winner on state-level)

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At the start of 3rd marking period, Global Beats students transitioned to the second semester offering, Electronic Music & Songwriting. In this class, we focus less on the style of the song we are creating and more on the process and form. Young music producers began by creating simple 2-part songs and eventually progressed to full ABABCB pop song structure. To finish the quarter, we celebrated Women’s History Month with projects inspired by the music of Grammy award-winning producer Tasha Catour and prolific young songwriter Billie Eilish.

The remote chorus and band program continued their preparations for the virtual spring concert by completing their first video performances. The chorus closed out their rendition of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” complete with theatrical flair and costumes. They are now working on “You Will Be Found” from the Broadway production Dear Evan Hansen. The band finished their marching band-style arrangement of Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and are now hard at work at a fantastic concert band-style song entitled “Into the Clouds.”

The Hoboken District Music Department was recently recognized for a second consecutive year as being one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation. The high school is proud to lead the way, offering a plethora of musical opportunities for our talented students.

Media production

Mr. MacAulay's students have been working on their own superhero story. They have completed the paper copy of their production and are just finishing adding audio. Very soon they will have a completed video version. Each class will have their own narrator and have made choices on music and effects and timing.

Watch for more information coming soon about The Red Canary!

Student Support Services

School library media center - Common Sense Certification

A central focus in any school library program is teaching and promoting good digital citizenship. This "habit of mind" is of critical importance now that our students are in a one-to-one Chromebook environment. Mrs. McGreivey has been using and promoting the digital citizenship curriculum from Common Sense Education for years and this year the entire school made a commitment to become Common Sense certified. We formed a digital citizenship team consisting of teachers and administrators and wrote our implementation plan.

The Common Sense curriculum has six lessons per grade level. We looked at the lesson themes and divided them across our entire curriculum so that the responsibility was shared by our entire school. Each teacher attended two Common Sense webinars, and most teachers taught one Common Sense lesson and conducted a family engagement activity. The lessons center around the six digital citizenship themes of

  • Media Balance and Well Being
  • Privacy and Security
  • Digital Footprint and Identity
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama and Hate Speech
  • News and Media Literacy

These lessons sparked rich discussions among teachers and students about our privacy settings, social media use, and other aspects of our digital lives. We are extremely proud of our staff and students for taking this step to put our best digital foot forward.

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virtual day of steam

For the fourth year in a row, the school library partnered with the Theater Department and the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) teachers to put on our Day Of STEAM, a combination of Theater Day and Makers Day. This year we went virtual with the assistance of the New Jersey Makers Day organization, which offered live-streamed maker activities and tutorials from their website all day on March 19th and 20th.

We created a website to offer our Day of STEAM activities to the community. We created, produced, packaged, sorted and distributed kits for elementary students and families. We received and filled 170 requests for kits through our website. We also produced tutorial videos for families to use along with our kits. In addition to the "maker" component of the website, we had some fun-filled theater videos from Ms. Miller as the theater contribution.

Check out our website with videos below, as well as pictures of some of our students assisting with the kits.

Nurse Notes

Spring is here, which for many of us means spring cleaning. And while you are at it, take a look through your medicine cabinet to spot any prescription drugs you are no longer taking. Do you know how to safely dispose of them? We are sharing some guidance below from the federal Food and Drug Administration, as well as the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
How to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicine

Hoboken residents aged 16 and up eligible for vaccine

Nurse Turonis would like to share the following information recently sent out by the City of Hoboken.

"Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the Hoboken Health Department encourage all Hoboken residents ages 16 and up to pre-register to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the Hoboken Health Department at Carepoint. The Hoboken Health Department has opened the City’s pre-registration list to now accept sign-ups for all Hoboken residents ages 16 and up, who will become eligible to receive the vaccine as of Monday, April 19. The City will soon begin scheduling vaccine appointments at Carepoint from the pre-registration list for next week.

Hoboken residents ages 16 and up can now pre-register at the following link:, while selecting the category “general public”, if they do not meet other currently listed categories. Those pre-registering are encouraged to provide an e-mail address if they have one, to allow for a faster registration process.

“Getting vaccinated remains a critical part of overcoming the pandemic and keeping our community safe,” said Mayor Bhalla. “The data demonstrates that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe and effective, and I encourage all residents to get one as soon as an appointment becomes available. I also ask all residents to consider talking to their friends and family, and assist them in signing up for the vaccine as well.”

Hoboken residents ages 16 and 17 require a parent or guardian to pre-register on their behalf in order to receive a vaccine through the Hoboken Health Department at Carepoint.

The Hoboken Health Department is currently being supplied with 1,170 Pfizer and 300 Moderna vaccines per week from the New Jersey Department of Health. Residents ages 16 and up will soon be able to register for an appointment in other locations including Hudson County’s site in Kearny, and State-run locations. Demand may exceed supply for a period of time after April 19, given the expanded eligibility.

Hudson County appointments:

State of New Jersey appointments:

For more information on the CDC and FDA’s decision to temporarily pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution, please click here: "


The Class of 2021 has moved into the financial aid stage of college applications. Most seniors have applied to colleges or trade schools, and they are working toward figuring out their financial aid packages and making their final decisions. The deposit deadline for most schools is May 1st.

Beyond that, seniors have earned more than $15 million dollars in merit scholarships from the colleges to which they have applied this year. That number is likely to keep rising as more seniors contribute their numbers to the tally!

Currently, there are a number of local and other scholarships on offer to Hoboken High School seniors. These are posted to the Google Classroom or emailed to eligible students. More opportunities for scholarships will be forthcoming as we return from the Spring Break.

Many underclassmen are planning for productive summers by pursuing Pre College programs in a number of areas. Sophomore Juliet Hysen has been accepted to a prestigious Pre-College program with Harvard University, in which she will study Forensic Science. Additionally, Juniors Ty Wholf, Nyla Garci, and Rowan Ellison as well as Sophomore Harrison Korman have been accepted to the Stevens Institute of Technology ACES Summer Program, where they will study a variety of offered subjects, including Engineering, Business, Game Design and Electronic Music Production. There are many more summer pre-college programs available. Counselors post these in Google classrooms, and students can reach out to their guidance counselors for additional options.

At this time, the guidance department is hard at work in planning with students for the 2021-2022 school year. All students in grades 9-11 should meet with their counselors to plan which courses they would like to take and find out what teachers have recommended.

On March 31st, the Guidance Department hosted its annual College Planning Night. Our panel consisted of admission representatives from Stevens Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University and Georgian Court University. The goal of this event was to create greater clarity in the college going process that students and their families will undertake during their senior year of high school. College Planning Night provided an opportunity for our families to prepare for the college application and selection process. A recording of our event can be found in the video below!

Please save the date for our Virtual College Fair that will be taking place on April 22nd, from 1-3pm. Remote and in-person students will be able to log in during this time to meet with admission counselors from over 35 colleges and universities from across the country.

You must register at the link below in order to attend! All 9th-11th grade students and parents are encouraged to attend!

HPS: College Planning Night 2021

Child Study Team - BEST BUDDIES Walk is coming up! Won't you donate?

Best Buddies is an international organization dedicated to ending the isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Ms. Drumgoole has started a Best Buddies Program at HHS and is recruiting students to participate.

Some of us may know someone with a disability or even have a family member with IDD. Often it is very difficult for people with IDD to interact with the community so they experience isolation, lack friendships and are not treated fairly. Best Buddies is working hard at ending all that.

We are participating in a walk to raise operating funds for the Best Buddies Program and to raise awareness. Please see this link to donate.

Student Center

The third marking period is done! At the Student Center we have continued to support students with academic and mental health needs through this year’s uncharted waters. In addition to one-on-one counseling, our doors have remained open before school, during lunch, and after school for students to drop in. This time provides students with a quiet place to catch up on schoolwork and a safe place to find support. We are so proud of our students who are able to recognize when they need a bit more assistance and utilize the resources available to them.

We are looking forward to the last quarter of the year and a spring full of hope. At the Student Center we are working behind the scenes to organize some more amazing events. We have hosted speakers and interactive workshops and our Student Center is getting ready to provide our HHS students with even more opportunities and resources. We hope the students who took part in the SafeSitter training for future childcare providers are reaping the benefits of this amazing program. We have shared a few pictures below. We also had an amazing speaker with an inspiring story about perseverance that all students were able to take part in during the school day. On Tuesday, April 19th we will start a four-week series from Planned Parenthood for those looking to take control of their health and life. Please look for sign-up opportunities. True Mentors continue to work with students who are motivated to find and retain employment opportunities! All of these opportunities are available to all HHS students, onsite and remote. Please make sure to get engaged and stay focused for the final semester!

We are excited for what’s to come, and hope you are too!


Winter Sports

The weather is finally starting to turn for the better as the Redwings are beginning our spring season! Our student-athletes have demonstrated tremendous resiliency this year while battling their opponents as well as the worldwide pandemic!

The Redwings had a strong winter season where schedules were continuously altered and juggled. Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Wrestling, and Girls Volleyball (traditionally a Fall Sport!) all had successful campaigns. Meanwhile, Indoor Track had its best season in years as both Ty Wholf and Karilynn Jimenez were both named to the All-County Team.

Currently, all of our spring sports are just getting started...

Visit the athletic website ( for roster and/or schedule information on Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track, or Boys Volleyball!

Way to go Redwings!

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Literary Magazine

The staff of the Literary Magazine have been hard at work to build another wonderful magazine filled with student writing and artwork this year. In the third quarter, they sponsored their 4th annual Creative Writing Contest. All HHS students were invited to submit their own original poems and short stories and enter to win prizes. The club also organized a Poetry to Go activity with the help of Mrs. McGreivey, in which they created packages of poems and poetry writing prompts to pass out to students in order to inspire them to write creatively and hopefully submit their writing to the magazine for publication. Our contest ended March 31st and winners will be selected by April 30th at the latest. All Hoboken High School students are still encouraged to submit their artwork and creative writing to Ms. Wiener for possible publication in our annual Magazine, The Redwing Realm.