The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

End of the School Year Message from your Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians,


During this pandemic, we celebrated Mother's Day. Today we celebrate Father's Day. There is no question that you contribute powerfully to the social and academic successes of your children. Over the past three months, I have watched you encourage your children when they wanted to give up. I have witnessed you assist your children with assignments when they needed a second teacher. And, I admire you for your willingness to work in partnership with each of our teachers, schools, and district. Thank you!


As we rolled into March, no one would have expected that learning would be transformed from traditional, in person education to remote instruction. I fully understand that it was not easy for our students and families or for our teachers. We had to plan quickly and in phases. We had to ensure that all students that needed Chromebooks and internet jetpacks received them. We also needed to be sure that our staff members were prepared to implement subject area content in each phase. In addition to our learning plans, we tried to focus on the whole child. In a virtual setting we hosted:


  1. Field days;
  2. A talent show;
  3. A National Honor Society Ceremony;
  4. A scholarship award ceremony;
  5. A Rockin' Redwings Band Awards Night;
  6. Daily yoga, theater and mindfulness videos;
  7. Music concerts;
  8. A full SEL week of learning;
  9. Moving Up Ceremonies.


Each day, we served breakfast and lunch. We made contact with all families, both at the school and district levels. And, we launched a YouTube channel to post all types of activities and experiences to keep you apprised of all that was happening in each of our schools. In the beginning, it was new to all of us. But, based on statewide survey results, our school district is deemed a model. I am extremely proud of our staff members and students.


As a district we have learned a lot about what was effective and what needs improvement. This summer, we will work diligently to address the areas that we can do better. At this time, I am still awaiting guidance from the Governor's Office regarding September. It is set to be released this week. As soon as we learn more about what September can look like, I will develop surveys for all families and staff. My administrative team, staff and Board of Education will develop plans (multiple if necessary) to best meet the needs of our school community.


This summer, we will be hosting a variety of programs in many different ways. Some will be onsite and in person. Others will be virtual. And, the remainder will be a hybrid of both. We will also be serving a complete breakfast and hot lunch program daily. Meals will include a full serving of fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk. We have changed the location for distribution from Hoboken High School to the Connors Elementary School. Please see important details below:


  • Start Date: Monday, June 29, 2020
  • End Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
  • Pick Up Times: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Monday - Friday
  • Location: The Front of Connors Elementary School (Monroe Street Side)


Before closing this message, I would like to remind you that our High School Graduation will be held at JFK Stadium on Wednesday, July 8th at 6:00 p.m. Our Middle School Moving Up Ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m. also at JFK Stadium.


Lastly, if your family is planning on moving from Hoboken or plan to enroll your child in a different school, please let us know so that we can plan accordingly.


I hope that you have a wonderful summer. Stay healthy and happy!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at cjohnson@hoboken.k12.nj.us.


Sincerely,

Superintendent Johnson

Hoboken Public Schools - A District Dedicated to Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

Our Vision

The Hoboken Public School District will be recognized as a premier educational choice and widely known as a best-practice model for academic growth, high quality instruction, innovative and equitable programs, engagement, facilities and personalized pathways that are essential for college, career and life-preparedness in our ever-changing, interconnected global society.


Our Mission

The Hoboken Public School District will prepare confident and resilient graduates who value academic achievement, embrace challenge, honor diversity, appreciate collaboration, and respectfully contribute to their local and wider communities.


Our District Goals

The Hoboken Public School District will implement a rigorous, relevant and responsive curriculum that meets the needs of all students, fosters personalized pathways for learning, and ensures continuous academic growth.


The Hoboken Public School District will support its diverse staff in professional growth, encourage them to serve as role models, and empower them to provide the highest quality of instruction for our students.


The Hoboken Public School District will develop and implement unique and innovative programs that promote global learning, ensure equitable access, and foster the social, emotional and academic growth of each student.


The Hoboken Public School District will engage and communicate with families and the wider community to bridge understanding and advance partnerships.


The Hoboken Public School District will operate well-maintained and safe facilities that respond to our growing student enrollment, support our academic and co-curricular programs, and promote pride across the city.