The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend. We completed a very busy week across the district. Our students worked very hard and enjoyed a number of fun learning experiences.


Many families have asked about our LEAP Into Summer Camp Information and Registration. If you have a child currently in grades PK-4 through 7 and enrolled in our district for next school year, he or she is eligible to participate in our LEAP Summer Program. This year, LEAP will operate in 2-week camp blocks. Families may register children for one 2-week camp or more. We will operate four, 2-week camps in total equating to an 8-week program running from Monday, July 5th through Friday, August 27th. LEAP is at no cost to families that qualify for the free lunch program. It will run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. LEAP will also host a before care option beginning at 7:45 a.m. and an after care option until 6:00 p.m.


In response to parental input, we are proud to pull out the morning portion of the LEAP Into Summer Camp Program called Explorations and offer those activities to families as an alternative to a full day camp program. For information about Camp Explorations, visit our Parent Guide and Registration webpage.


We are so pleased to offer both of these summer camp options as an extension of learning and fun for our students. Please direct any questions about LEAP to Mr. Christopher DellaFave, Director of Innovative Programs at cdellafave@hoboken.k12.nj.us.


It's also incredible that the month of March is underway. On Thursday, April 1st our district calendar reflects a 1:00 p.m. dismissal followed by spring break which runs through Friday, April 9th. We will operate one week of remote learning after spring break, from Monday, April 12th through Friday April 16th. Our next and last Declaration Period will begin on Monday, April 19th. For all those families that wish to continue with onsite learning or switch to onsite learning will produce a negative COVID Test. We will provide families with testing options that will take place between Friday, April 16th and Monday morning, April 19th. I will release the Declaration of Intent, travel guidelines and more information about testing in the upcoming days.


In closing, there is a Google Form below to complete if your family is in need or if you know of a family that may be in need of support or assistance. The Hoboken Public School District has established a network to help with food, clothing, household items, PPE, toiletries, school supplies, reading materials, or pet supplies.


Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have. Have a wonderful evening.


Sincerely,

Christine A. Johnson

Superintendent of Schools

Helping Our District Families

Hoboken School District's 2021 LEAP Summer Program Parent Guide & Registration Information

Hoboken Middle School's Junior Honor Society: Pulchra Varietate Chapter

Members of the Hoboken Middle School National Honor Society are working towards creating a schoolwide fight against tobacco campaign during the months of March and April. Students have been independently researching how to bring awareness to their peers by joining NJHS Webinars and continuing dialogue in order to create the HMS Takes Down Tobacco campaign. Students of the Pulchra Varietate Chapter continue to meet in order to discuss ideas and begin the middle school initiative as soon as possible. Looking ahead, the National Junior Honor Society will join forces with the Hoboken Shelter in the upcoming weeks to organize collections and fundraisers in order to continue their leadership and service dedication to the wonderful community of Hoboken.

HMS Best Buddies Match Day

March is “Inclusion” month, and Hoboken Middle School aims to celebrate all year long! Sometimes we may wonder how one small action can make a difference. An inclusive world can be created through individual acts of inclusion – finding and welcoming those who have been left out, being a teammate, becoming a friend. Hoboken Middle School believes that inclusion is a skill that we can all practice – and when we do, we become better at including all people. To celebrate Inclusion Month, the HMS Best Buddies Friendship Chapter is asking everyone to pledge to include, to commit to an act of inclusion in their school, workplace, or community. These actions can be as simple as sitting with someone alone at lunch, inviting someone who has been excluded to join a pick-up sports game, or welcoming someone by saying hello during the school day. On March 5th, Hoboken Middle School's Best Buddies Friendship Chapter pledged to include others by holding its very first “Match Day” event! During this virtual event, the buddies met to play Kahoot, meet their buddy pairs, and to just have fun.

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Kean University is Building "CommUNITY"

This past week, fifteen Hoboken Middle School students in grades 6-8 had the opportunity to participate in another virtual conference focused on building leadership skills while implementing the concept of commUNITY in school hosted by Kean University's Diversity Council. Students were fully engaged in the inclusive virtual conference where they were able to meet students from other districts and could discuss relevant and meaningful topics about diversity and acceptance. Diversity Council members from Kean University presented ways for students to have a stronger leadership presence while being mindful of diversity and embracing diversity. The virtual conference was a wonderful way for our Hoboken Middle School students to network with peers from around the State and engage in meaningful conversations. We look forward to working with Kean University for future learning opportunities.

Wallace Wildcats Are Happy To Work Hard in School

March Madness at Brandt Elementary School

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Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Art Competition

The Hudson County Prosecutor, Esther Suarez, invited all K-12 students in Hudson County to submit artwork, poetry, or a short essay about “What #BlackHistoryMonth Means to You.” The goal was to illustrate a person/event in history, or someone in your community that has made an impact on you. Two Hoboken High School students, Eliza Nunez and Jorge Carreon, submitted pieces of artwork and were selected as top finalists from all Hudson County Finalists. The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office will be posting the top eight entries onto our Instagram next week – one per day – for voting to select the winners. Whichever three submissions receive the most likes within 24-hours of being posted, will receive the $50 gift cards. Stay tuned for more details. Congratulations Mrs. Amatucci, Jorge, and Eliza. Follow the following Instagram pages for the contest results @hudsoncountyprosecutor @HobokenStudent

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Hoboken Middle School's "Spread the Love" Campaign

Hoboken Middle School's Student Council hosted an extremely successful "Spread the Love" Campaign. Students collected over 150 pairs of socks and gloves to donate to the Hoboken Shelter.
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Students in Photography & Adobe continued to create Pop Art inspired photographic artworks based on women in history using various tools in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to David Espinel, Freddy Guevara, Michael Harasek (not pictured) & Angelo Melfi for Achieving Telecommunication Technologies Certification. One 4 C-Tech Certification Down and Three to Go!

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Physical Education Classes at Hoboken Middle School Are Now Competing in Ping Pong Tournaments

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Check Out Our Hoboken Middle School Kids Hard At Work

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Encourage Your Child To Independently Read for 20 Minutes Each Night

There is an abundance of research on the importance of reading. Often, families believe that reading will take place at school and children do not have to read at home. Interestingly, independent reading at home provides children with a tremendous academic advantage. The attached chart on the right is extremely powerful. It indicates that with just 20 minutes of reading per night for 5 days per week or an equivalent of 3600 minutes, children would conceptually gain 10 extra school days. Just think about it...if this was established as a habit and your child did this for eight years, they would conceptually gain 80 extra school days. So, who has a better chance of excelling academically? Children who read for 20 hours per day for 5 days per week or those who don't read regularly outside of school?

It's Cool To Be Kind At Brandt Elementary School - Riley, Nicholas, & Mallory Were Caught In The Act of Being Kind This Week...

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2021 Hoboken Little League Registration

Registration for the 2021 Hoboken Little League season is now opened all new and returning players, coaches and Managers. To register your child go to the Blue Sombrero website at http://tshq.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1802636
Coach pitch for players who turn 7 before Sept. 1, 2021
Player pitch for players who turn 8 before Sept. 1, 2021
Major division for players who turn 9, 10, 11, 12, before Sept. 1, 2021
Junior Division for players who turn 13 or 14 before Sept. 1, 2021
Senior Division for players who turn 15 or 16 before Sept. 1, 2021
Major league tryout survey Mandatory will close on March 5th
There will be no walk in registration

Online Registration for Tennis, Baseball, Softball and Lacrosse to open Monday

The City of Hoboken is pleased to provide spring recreation options for the Spring of 2021: tennis (ages 6 – 13), baseball (ages 4 – 16), softball (ages 4-15) and lacrosse (ages 8 – 13).

Visit www.hobokennj.org/register to register starting at 12:00 pm on Monday, March 8. Registration will remain open until March 19 at 5 pm. For any questions, please email recreation@hobokennj.gov.

For participants who signed-up and paid for recreation programs in the spring of 2020 that were canceled, but not issued a credit, please register this year without paying the registration fee, and send an email to recreation@hobokennj.gov.

Connors Elementary School Koalas Love Being In School

Our District's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This past summer, I presented a resolution to the Board of Education that exemplifies our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Board Members unanimously approved my resolution. The resolution not only guides our work, but reflects our values and promise to all students and staff in the district. To review the resolution, please see the attachment below.

Free Cycling Classes for Teenage Girls

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, Director Leo Pellegrini and Prime Cycle have partnered to offer a new, free cycling class for girls in grades 7-12. All classes will be 45 minutes and cycling shoes will be provided. Prime Cycle will provide all participants with appropriate guidance and training at the Hoboken Little League Field batting cages.

How to enroll:
  1. Go to www.primecycle.com
  2. Click on Login (top right)
  3. Click New User
  4. Complete required information for the name of the child (not the parent)
  5. After setting up the account, send an email to info@primecycle.com confirming child’s name, age and email address used for account
  6. Prime Cycle will send a confirmation email with final details

A Spotlight on Brandt Elementary School's Physical Education & Health Classes

The start of March has gifted us with warmer weather temperatures, finally giving students the opportunity to resume Physical Education classes outside on the Brandt rooftop. Students had fun running, jumping and skipping under the bright sun. In Health classes, students continued to study nutrition and the ways in which broke the main nutrients in our bodies are broken down so that we can stay healthy. Students also explored the differences between simple and complex carbohydrates, and took part in an activity comparing how much sugar goes into different soft drinks and chocolate. Lastly, students learned about how our bodies need a certain amount of calories each and every day to make up for the amount of calories people burn off through exercise and daily activities.
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Virtual Junior Knicks Academy

The New York Knicks are once again offering a virtual skills academy for children (ages 6 – 16) in Hoboken on March 8, 9 and 10 (4-5 pm), and again on March 31. Each session will include Knicks players or alumni, contests, and more.

Registration is now open for the March 8-10 sessions, please visit https://www.nba.com/knicks/junior/virtual-skills-academy/sign-up?cmp=van_jrk_skills-academy_210105 to sign-up.
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Hoboken High School Athletics Update

High school winter sports are underway!!! However, the NJSIAA has modified the start dates. Please take note of the new dates:


WINTER SEASON 2A


Swimming (Coach Pogo -- vpogorzelski@hoboken.k12.nj.us) and Indoor Track (Coach Mendez -- amendez@hoboken.k12.nj.us) -- Practice Starts February 1st. First competition is February 16th. End of the season is March 27.


WINTER SEASON 3


Girls Volleyball (Coach Kolmer -- skolmer@hoboken.k12.nj.us) and Wrestling (Coach Stanek -- sstanek@hoboken.k12.nj.us) -- Practice Starts March 1st. First competition is March 16th. End of the season is April 24th.


Registration is now open for Winter Seasons 2A and 3. Click Here for online registration for Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling, and Girls Volleyball.


Inn addition to registering, all high school student athletes must have a valid sports physical and must be academically eligible to participate.


Please visit our Athletic Website for information on schedules, online registration, our online apparel store, and much more! And follow us on Twitter @hobokenredwings

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.