HMS Weekly Update #27
Thursday, April 1st
Dear Hoboken Middle School Family,
Happy Thursday and Happy Spring Break! Tomorrow, we begin our Spring Break which begins on Friday, April 2nd and ends on Friday, April 9th. School resumes for all students on Monday, April 12th. This first week back is a a full week of remote learning for all students.
Remote Student Reminders:
All current remote students will follow their current remote schedules.
Onsite Student Reminders:
All current onsite students will be sent links from each of their teachers for every class. Please have your child check their email on Monday, April 12th to find their links.
Remember, cameras must be on and students faces must be within the frame of the screen for a student to be marked present. All parents and guardians are asked to complete daily remote attendance for their child.
Marking Period 4...
Begins on Monday, April 19th for all students. Onsite students will begin their 4th cycle of Fine & Performing Arts Classes.
Please take some time to read through the updates below to learn some more about this past week and upcoming events. Some highlights are:
- Important Information for 8th Graders, including an updated flyer with course selections and a link to the HHS Program of Studies and a link for 8th Grade Portrait Retakes.
- HMS Lesson Study ~ World Health Day with Ms. Gentile & Ms. McHugh's Classes
- HMS Clubs Updates ~ Including Our HMS Best Buddies Friendship Chapter Walk Information
- HMS Spirit Day Tye Dye & Camo Slide Show (Please click through if show doesn't play)
- Our corner's that highlight areas within our school community
- And a grade and content level summary to give you a peak into the classroom.
- Helpful information at the bottom of the newsletter
As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Have a great week!
Important Information For 8th Graders!
Calling All Future Redwings!
Please complete this sign up sheet to select a day and time that works for you and your child. Ms. Falcone will share a Google Calendar invite with students, which will include a Google Meet link, as confirmation for your appointment. Here are the HHS Course Offerings for Freshman and the HHS Program of Studies.
If you have any questions, please email SFalcone@hoboken.k12.nj.us.
Did You Miss Your 8th Grade Portrait?
Please be on the look out next week for additional information. Please email any questions to IRamos@hoboken.k12.nj.us.
HMS Lesson Study
Celebrate World Health Day with Kindness: Cards of Kindness, Hoboken Middle School
As part of Hoboken Middle School’s fourth Student Development Day, students in science classes were asked to dig deeper in the area of health and there is no better way to do this than to celebrate World Health Day. Even though this annual celebration is on April 7th, Hoboken Middle School science classes had the opportunity to express the importance of health by expressing kindness by understanding how a little bit of happiness and generosity can improve a person’s overall health. Learners in grades 6th-8th celebrated World Health Day by spreading acts of kindness to their peers by creating an original class Kudoboard, an interactive greeting card, with statements of positivity to students in the class and about HMS. Students and teachers were creative in their class Kudoboards which presented a kind message promoting friendship and a positive school environment.
Ms. Gentile, 8th Grade
Ms. McHugh, 7th Grade
Students in the HMS Yearbook club met on Tuesday and continued working on the online design platform. Students worked on their assigned layouts and are continuing to make great progress!
The yearbook staff is requesting portraits of ALL 6th and 7th grade students. Fully remote students can submit portraits using these guidelines. All portrait submissions must be through the Community Upload Portal. Directions for submitting are attached with the guidelines.
6th and 7th grade onsite students have the option of submitting a portrait through the community portal using these guidelines OR having their portrait taken by a member of the HMS yearbook staff in school on Tuesday, April 20th in their school uniform.
Hoboken Middle School National Junior Honor Society: Pulchra Varietate Chapter
The Hoboken Middle School National Junior Honor Society wrapped up their very first t-shirt drive for the Hoboken Shelter on March 29th. After careful sorting and counting, NJHS received over 200 t-shirt donations from HMS Families! The members of the Pulchra Varietate Chapter are grateful for your donations and cannot wait to deliver them to the shelter sometime in April. Looking ahead, members of the NJHS are eagerly planning their first school wide campaign which is to educate their peers on the dangers of tobacco with the initiative HMS Takes Down Tobacco. This campaign will begin after Spring Break and will assist Hoboken Middle School students in making the right decision when it comes to tobacco and tobacco use. The next NJHS meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd.
HMS Student Council
HMS Student Council is excited to plan something special for our teachers on Teacher Appreciation Week. We really appreciate how hard they have worked, their continued support, and motivation throughout this school year. We had a lot of fun with the Tye-Dye and Camo Spirit Day on Wednesday of this week. Check out the pictures below. Don't forget Super Hero Day is on April 19th. We are also in the works of planning something special for Earth Day on April 22 and a Spring Community Project. As always, please feel free to reach out to your ELA Student Council CLass Rep for any questions, comments or concerns. We want to wish everyone a healthy, safe, and happy spring break!!
HMS Academic Team
This week, the HMS Academic Team brushed up on their knowledge of recent current events by taking a Current Events Quiz through the New York Times. We then prepared for upcoming National Geography League and National Science League competitions by answering practice questions on Quizizz. We will commence our meetings once again after spring break and begin to prepare for other academic competitions through the National Council for Mathematics and the National Academic Quiz Tournaments. We continue to encourage students to actively participate in these competitions and welcome new members!
HMS Literary Club
The games have begun! This week we had a great discussion about the first half of Part II, The Games. The students were insightful in their comments and predictions were made about the outcome. Additionally, the students started working in groups to create their own “districts”.
Please see a book review/recommendation written by 7th grader Lucas Daly for The Maze Runner by James Dashner (beware of some possible spoilers).
Thomas woke up in the elevator shaft. He remembered nothing. The walls of the elevator were a strange metallic material. Before he could think, the door opened to a bunch of unfamiliar faces staring back down at him. “Welcome to the Maze,” they tell him. Thomas tried thinking of something, anything, but all memories he once had went dark. Thomas is the latest in an expanding group of kids in a strange twisted world. The catch is that this world is far from infinite. Immense, unclimbable, impenetrable walls surround him in every direction. All except for one opening, that leads into the Maze. This Maze is the only way out. But it is infested with lethal creatures that kill on sight, and on top of that, the maze changes every night. Thomas goes to bed confused and worried. Nothing that the next day can’t solve, right? Wrong.
The next day, another kid has been dropped into the Maze from the elevator. This one is different. She is unconscious and holding a note. A note that reads: “She will be the last. Ever.” Something is different, something is wrong. And somehow, all of this is connected to Thomas. He needs to start thinking and step up his game and find the exit to the Maze, before it’s too late for them all.
This week in band, more and more students reached full speed on "Fog Bound" and will be able to submit their first videos after Spring Break. Advanced woodwinds broke new ground in "The Medallion Calls," connecting the musical phrases and working on proper breath timing and intake. Trumpet players practiced their high note endurance with drills designed to improve lip strength and mallet players reviewed the lines and spaces of the treble staff to increase their note recognition speed. Both of these sections are almost at full speed on "Fog Bound" and are beginning to focus on the lyrical sections that follow. Sixth graders are really making significant improvements in tone quality and pitch control as they increase the tempo of each section of the song.
HMS Best Buddies Friendship Chapter
Our Middle and High School Best Buddies Friendship Chapters will be participating in this year's National Friendship Walk!
Please view the flyer below and here is our Hoboken Public Schools Fundraising Page.
Ms. Falcone's Guidance Counselor Corner
Dear HMS Families,
I would like to thank Hoboken Middle School students and staff for a job well done during Student Development Day #4 today, April 1st. Students participated in lessons adapted from the Persist Kids curriculum, as well as mindfulness and team building exercises. Students took great pride in the Classroom Community Expectations they created with their homerooms. This Student Development truly focused on working as a team. Students were provided with opportunities to reflect on their own actions, thoughts, and feelings that contribute to our social, emotional, and academic success. Students also learned what it means to be empathetic, and the different skills we can use to understand how others may feel. All lessons have been uploaded to the Counselor's Corner Google Classroom for students to reference at any time.
In addition, for any student participating in the Stevens Tutoring program, there will be no tutoring during Spring Break. Sessions will resume during designated times the week of April 12th.
Lastly, 8th grade students who have signed up for Hoboken High School Class Scheduling with me have received a Google Calendar Invite from me for the week of April 12th. Students will use the Google Meet link in the invite to promptly log onto your appointment. If you have not signed up your child for a time to meet with me, please do so by Monday, April 12th at 9 AM using this link.
I hope you have a safe and relaxing spring break. As always, please do not hesitate to email with any questions: email@example.com.
Mark Your Calendars!
Dr. Baskinger's Curriculum Corner
It’s Spring Break. Time to Read!
Today marks the beginning of Spring Break. Many families take this time to go on vacation, complete spring cleaning projects, or just lounge around. Even though Spring Break is a time to relax and recharge, it is also a great time to catch up on reading, especially reading for pleasure! There are many benefits of reading for pleasure especially in students. Pleasure reading can be described as reading that is freely chosen or that readers freely and enthusiastically continue after it is assigned. Hoboken Middle School students have access to wonderful novels, read alouds, and mentor texts, but how much reading continues after the bell?
Reading for pleasure has many benefits for students of all age groups. By engaging in reading for pleasure activities, students’ level of empathy and overall well being can increase since they are relating to characters in real world experiences. Another benefit of reading for pleasure is that students will view reading as a fun activity rather than school-related curricular expectation. Since avid readers score higher on reading achievements tests, becoming a pleasure reader can increase reading assessment scores. Reading for pleasure can mean reading any genre for any length of time. Encourage your child to read throughout Spring Break!
Adopt a Flower Pot Program- Spring Has Sprung!
Spring weather is officially here and there is no better way to celebrate than by getting your hands dirty with some fresh plantings! Hoboken Middle School’s Adopt a Flower Pot Program is in full swing again and that means families who adopted a flower pot earlier in the school year are encouraged to stop by at the school soon to add some floral arrangements and pops of color to our beautiful building. If you have any questions about the Adopt a Flower Pot initiative, please contact Dr. Baskinger: firstname.lastname@example.org
HMS Nurse's Corner
Hello HMS Families,
It’s National Stress Awareness Month! In this exact moment, relax your jaw, lower your shoulders and take a deep breath. If you found yourself doing any of these things you are under stress whether you know it or not. Take the time each day for yourself to evaluate unnecessary stressors in your life and figure out how you can reduce them. Being over stressed can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular issues, and mental health concerns. Take the time to care for yourself and decrease unnecessary stress.
REMOTE 6th GRADE STUDENTS
Sixth grade student’s immunization records are past due for remote learners. These vaccines include Tdap and Menactra. This is mandated by the state under New Jersey State Policy: N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 Immunization of pupils in school. Please email these to email@example.com.
Stay Healthy! Nurse Beyer
Effective School Solutions Corner
Vacations can be a positive time for relaxation and separation from some academic responsibilities however it can also be a challenge for middle schoolers due to the lack of structure during a vacation, especially in the midst of a pandemic, as well as the subsequent transition back to school. Some helpful vacation tips: maintain a daily routine for family, offer daily check-in's with your children, set vacation boundaries with sleep hygiene and screen time, and communicate about and prepare in advance for the return to remote school the week of April 12th and if applicable the return to onsite school the week of April 19th. Check out the articles below for Spring vacation tools and ideas!
Have a safe and relaxing vacation!
HMS World Language Corner
In Spanish class this week, we spent some time discussing the importance of Women's History Month particularly for Latinas. We discussed how Latina women have been paving the path for generations to come. I read this quote to the students by Eva Longoria "When a girl sees herself as a scientist, or a boy sees someone with his skin color as a law student, it plants a seed that this is possible." In our discussion it brought a sense of understanding that anything is possible if you work hard and have determination. Latinas have paved the way in politics, science, medicine and the arts. Latinas have defied social, cultural, and gender stereotypes throughout generations.
This week in French class, we celebrated Women's History Month from a French perspective by learning about World War II hero and resistance fighter Lucie Aubrac. We were able to make connections to what we learned about Righteous Gentiles from our assembly with Ms. Marion Blumenthal Lazan and we learned about important French leaders involved in the Resistance Movement in France. Lastly, we made connections to the arts by listening to and translating a French song about peace and tolerance, two important messages emphasized by Ms. Marion Blumenthal Lazan.
This week in Mandarin class, students have learned the names of different fruit juices and how to express the fruit juice they want to drink. We reviewed the whole unit and completed the unit test. The picture below shows the students using TPR (Total Physical Response) to help them reinforce comprehension and express their ideas in long sentences.
HMS Physical Education Corner
In Dance class this week students learned about one of the most popular forms of group dancing, line dancing. Students danced to various line dances all week that entailed fun and high energy movements.
In Physical Education this week students got to enjoy going on walking trips with the beautiful weather this week in combination with getting to pick their favorite activity for phys-ed class, soccer and kickball were the favorites!
HMS Artist Corner
Artist Trading Cards: Trading Day!
March 31 marked the final day of our Artist Trading Card project, which culminated in a classwide "swap!" Each artist created a colorful series of eight 2.5" x 3.5" cards of original theme and design. In keeping with the spirit of the original Swiss Artist Trading Card concept, cards were excitedly traded, shared, and appreciated by all!
Tyler Marra, Declan Simons
Lila McDonough, Elizabeth Bright, Lucas Daly, Louise Dirkx, Addison Rumph
Rebecca Lopez, Arriyah Rivera, Neya Freeman
Mrs. Jessica Fasolino
Visual Arts Teacher
Grade & Content Level ~ What Have We Been Learning?
6th Grade ELA
After completing their reading and final assessment for Chasing Vermeer, our 6th grade scholars put their sleuthing skills to the test! Students were given a case file for “The Canine Caper: Who Stole Snowball?” complete with background information, witness testimonies and evidence exhibits. Students had to use their critical thinking skills to gather evidence that proved their “client” not-guilty. Our scholars quickly learned that circumstantial evidence can be manipulated using valid reasoning; a skill that can prove to be a valuable tool when writing and presenting arguments.
6th Grade Mathematics
After wrapping up our Geometry unit, the 6th grade math team went back to basics to review problem solving involving whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students continued to use Google Jamboards to solve, organize, and share their thoughts with their peers. Students worked independently on a cumulative review to prepare for our next unit which will be Statistics and Probability.
6th Grade Social Studies
This week in social studies, students learned about the equal protection clause and the Supreme Court cases: Plessy v Ferguson and Brown v Board of Education. We also discussed the process of school integration surrounding the Little Rock Nine. When we return from spring break, we’ll introduce the due process of law and why the 14th amendment is important to protecting citizens’ rights. Today students took their revisions as a fun break, they went on virtual field trips to sites like the San Diego Zoo, the Louvre, and the Met Museum.
6th Grade Science
The Grade 6 Scientists explored the topics of natural selection and selective breeding. The students openly discussed the benefits as well as the problems that could occur as a result of each. Throughout their discussions in this week's lessons the students did a great job referencing their prior vocabulary and key concepts, in order to support their responses to questions on this week’s topics. The classes are enjoying the topic of adaptations and how the various adaptations are used for survival.
7th Grade ELA
Seventh grade writers have moved from the “Immersion” stage of our Memoir Unit to “Generating Ideas.” This week, students learned about reflective voice and how to identify the “Inside Story” and “Outside Story” in a memoir. After creating digital writer’s notebooks to store all of their memoir ideas, students began brainstorming significant people, places, and things in their lives. We ended our week by writing about one memory, focusing on including both the inside and outside story, as well as reflective voice. After the break, students will continue to generate ideas in Writing Workshop, and we will follow Holling Hoodhood into the new year as we read the chapters “January” and “February” in The Wednesday Wars.
7th Grade Mathematics
This week, students furthered their understanding on Theoretical and Experimental Probability. Students completed an Edpuzzle activity in order to review for the Topic 7 Mid Topic Quiz. Please ensure that your child completed and submitted the Topic 7 Mid Topic Quiz. Lastly, students completed spring activities in order to review prerequisite skills, such as rounding decimals, solving equations, calculating statistical measures. When we return from the break, we will start the second half of Topic 7, where students will determine the outcome and probability of compound events. Students should start preparing for their Topic 7 Test, which is scheduled for April 21.
7th Grade Social Studies
Welcome to Africa! Students have been researching and crafting country profiles of the 54 nations for our “Africa Gallery Walk.” Our digital designers have taken their skills to the next level and our traditional artists, once again, have crafted beautiful posters by hand. The combination of content and design have allowed students to really work with the material and teach each other from their designs. We also learned about “quality of life indicators” such as literacy rate, life expectancy, per capita GDP, and HDI (Human Development Index) and how they can tell much about life in that country.
7th Grade Science
Can you escape??? Our 7th grade Science students worked through a breakout escape room, which was a fun way to test their knowledge of the Water Cycle. In the beginning of the week, we reviewed the Water Cycle, with engaging videos from Generation Genius. Towards the end of the week, students completed activities that included primary sources, vocabulary review, and sequencing of events all related to the unit. This digital escape room motivated students to review and study the unit content.
8th Grade ELA
Students began the week by completing a quiz on our current novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. On Tuesday, students completed the March Narrative Writing task. Throughout the week, students continued reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, analyzing character development and relationships between characters. Students also continued brainstorming for their memoir writing pieces by thinking about important people and using pictures to gather ideas.
8th Grade Mathematics
This week in Pre-Algebra, students extended their understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane. Students practiced finding distances between two points on the coordinate plane, and applied the Pythagorean Theorem to solve real world problems involving distances on maps and between points on a coordinate grid. Up next, students will investigate the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem and determine if triangles with given side lengths can be classified as right triangles.
This week in Algebra 1, students continued their work of quadratic equations in vertex form and transitioned into standard form. Students analyzed key features when the function is written in standard form, how it can be derived from vertex form, and the uses for it in terms of graphing. Students also compared and contrasted the two formats of the quadratic functions and used them to model real world problems. To end the week, students then focused on sets of data in table format and learned skills on how to determine whether the data represents a linear, exponential, or quadratic function by using ratios and differences to find patterns that match each type of function.
This week students in Mrs. Tank's Geometry class learnt how to distinguish between angles of elevation and depression.They also know how to use trigonometric ratios and the Laws of Sines and Cosines to solve real life problems. Geometry students in my class also took the quiz on sine and cosine rule.Students also learnt that these relationships can be used to solve problems where side lengths, angle measures, or areas of triangles are desired.
8th Grade Social Studies
This week in Social Studies students reviewed and studied for our WWII assessment by categorizing vocabulary, playing review games, and analyzing all topics covered in this unit. Students then completed their assessment on WWII identifying cause/effect, key people, major events in the European Theatre of war and the Pacific Theatre of War and the global aftermath of this major war. When we return from spring break, we will begin our topic of Russia and our focus on the Cold War including Democracy vs. Communism and the policy of containment.
8th Grade Science
This week in Science class we analyzed the structure and function of the human hand and explored how each body system plays a role in hand function. Then, we constructed our own functioning mechanical hands. We used different materials to model the actual anatomy in our hands. We ended the week by testing out our hands to see if they could pick up different objects. Some of us were successful on every trial! When we weren’t successful we reflected on how our models could be modified next time.