HMS Weekly Update #28
Friday, March 24th, 2023
Dear Hoboken Middle School Family,
I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter. Please take some time to read through the updates below to learn more about this past week and our upcoming events. I hope everyone had a great week!
- March is Women's History Month!
- NJSLA Passport to Learning Prep Course ~ (see information below)
- HMS Faculty & Parents vs HMS Students Basketball Game ~ Thursday, March 30th (see flyer below)
- 8th Grade Cap & Gown and Diploma Information ~ due March 31st (see information below)
The entrance on the 4th street side of the building is open to all students from 7:30 - 8:15. If your child arrives early, they should report to that door and enter the building. Students will then report to the HMS Cafeteria where breakfast will be served. The grade 6 (Garden Street) and grade 8 (Bloomfield Street) entrances doors open at 8:15 each day.
Please take some time to read through the updates below to learn some more about this past week and upcoming events. Some highlights are:
- HMS Help Desk
- Lunch Application Information Link
- Chromebook Insurance Link
- NJSLA Enrichment Prep Course (keep scrolling for details)
- 8th Grade Cap & Gown and Diploma Information ~ due March 31st (see information below)
- Oncourse Connect ~ Parent Information
- PTO Corner
- Office of Special Services Corner ~ April is Autism Acceptance Month
- Hoboken High School Informational Sessions! (see flyer below)
- District Musical Information
- Passport to Learning Corner
- Clubs & Activities Corner
- Guidance Counselor's Corner
- Move This World at HMS
- Our corner's that highlight areas within our school community
- Grade and content level summary to give you a peak into the classroom
- Helpful information at the bottom of the newsletter
- Students should bring a full water bottle to school everyday. If you would like to purchase an HMS Water bottle for $2 please have your child stop by the main office and see Ms. Munoz. We have water hydration stations in the building on the 1st floor and 3rd floor so they can fill up their bottles.
- Chromebooks must be charged each night at home. Please check in with your child to remind them to charge their Chromebook at night.
- Please communicate any health issues to Nurse Kirwin (NKirwin@hoboken.k12.nj.us). You may also share any documentation with her that the school would need.
- Here is the HMS Student Handbook for your convenience
- Please find the HMS School Uniform Guidance information
NJSLA Enrichment Courses
Passport To Learning Offering NJSLA Prep Courses
Hoboken Middle School and Passport to Learning is excited to share that an NJSLA Enrichment and Prep Course will be available to 6th-8th grades students. This unique course will take place during Passport to Learning Monday - Thursday, from 3:15-4:15 P.M. Math and ELA NJSLA Enrichment Prep courses will take place two days per week and will be taught by certified Math and Language Arts teachers.
This opportunity will benefit all students by offering data driven instruction focused on meeting student's individual needs and provide the following benefits:
- Refining Test taking strategies;
- Building Confidence;
- Improving test scores;
- Individualizing instruction based on benchmark data; and
- Improving mental stamina and resilience while testing
Classroom teachers will be sending out information to families the week of February 27th inviting students to attend this Passport to Learning Course. If you are interested in signing up your child, please email or reach out to Mr. Sorafine via email@example.com or Dr. Baskinger via firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Cap & Gown and Diploma Information ~ Due March 31st
ATTENTION 8TH GRADE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES...
Please complete the linked 8th Grade Cap & Down/Diploma Google Form to properly order your child's cap and gown and their diploma for the HMS Moving Up Ceremony in June. If you have any questions, please email me. Further information about dates and times for the Ceremony will be shared with families at a later date. Please complete this form no later than Friday, March 31st, 2023.
HMS Faculty & Parents vs HMS Students Basketball Game
HMS PTO BASKETBALL GAME INFORMATION AND SIGN UP
The HMS PTO is hosting a Basketball game on Thursday, March 30th at 6:30pm. It will be Teachers and Parents vs Students! If you would like to play please fill out the form below. If you do not wish to play, no need to fill this out. Thanks! Please note that this is an interest survey and will not guarantee that you will be playing during this event.
HMS Help Desk
Here are some helpful items for our families:
My child is going to be absent...what do I do?
Email WVasquez@hoboken.k12.nj.us and SFalcone@hoboken.k12.nj.us to inform us about the absence.
I need to pick up my child early...what do I do?Call the main office 15 minutes prior to pick up so your child can be waiting at the 4th street entrance. The main office is (201) 356-3754. You will need to come into the security area to sign the book for your child to leave.
I have an issue with my Chromebook...what do I do?
Please visit the HPS-Tech in Our Schools Site for any tech related questions or problems with Chromebooks.
I have a question about dress code or purchasing...what do I do?
Email Dr. Baskinger (email@example.com) for information
I have a question for about my child making up work if they are absent...what do I do?
Email Ms. Falcone for assistance (SFalcone@hoboken.k12.nj.us)
Oncourse Connect ~ Parent Information
Here is the link for parents to sign up for Oncourse Connect:
I am also including the link that has FAQ's and videos to assist parents logging in:
Girls in Gear!
HMS PTO Corner
HMS PTO Booster Wall!
Office of Special Services: Special Education Parent Advocacy Group (SEPAG)
Autism Acceptance Month ~April 2023
We have made a shift away from the puzzle piece and the color blue in favor of the infinity spectrum of color band. Here are a couple of articles that explain further. One article and another
At the SEPAG meeting this week, we discussed this topic with parents and staff. We are enthusiastically united in the changes and look forward to the time when neurodiversity won't even be considered a disorder.
SEPAG Event Rescheduled ~ April 5th
Hoboken High School Informational Sessions
Hoboken Public Schools Theatre Department Presents...
Hoboken School District Musical
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Hoboken Theatre Department would like to invite your child in grades K-12 to participate in this year’s district production, The SpongeBob Musical. If you are interested in having your child participate in this year’s musical, please visit our website at http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us under the “The Arts” link/Theatre Department/District Musical for a list of FAQ’s to guide you through this process. This will help acclimate you to policies for rehearsals and the entire district musical experience, as well as answer any questions you may have about the audition process.
All participants in the district musical must commit to a TWO-DAY audition process. Even if your child only wants to dance, they must STILL attend the singing auditions, as both days are required. Participation in the musical is limited in number. Some children who audition may not be cast in the show. Failure to follow the audition process and policies (sign-ups, and attending both days) will result in your child being ineligible to be cast in the
show. While we hope to include every child who wishes to participate, we also need to make sure that we have the resources needed to provide a safe and effective learning environment.
In an effort to expedite auditions, every student must PRE-REGISTER using this google form SpongeBob Audition Form. Online sign ups will happen from now until Friday, February 10th. In an effort to expedite the audition process, after the registration process has closed, you will receive an email from a production team member that states your “specific” audition time. This will be the time that your child needs to arrive on BOTH audition days.
Parents are welcome to stay for the duration of their child’s audition only and not the entire audition process. Each child will be needed for roughly 30-45 minutes both days to complete the audition process. Please keep these audition days cleared from other activities as you will not know your child's audition time slot until a week or so before auditions.
The callbacks list, cast list, and weekly rehearsal schedules are posted at http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us under the “The Arts” link/Theatre Department/District Musical. If your child is cast in the production, you will be invited to a Google Classroom for both cast members and parents. That is where all information will be posted moving forward such as rehearsal schedules, costume requirements, and dance videos.
Auditions and ALL rehearsals are held at the Hoboken High School Auditorium:
Please also note that the production team is NOT responsible for getting students back and forth between buildings after school. We are only responsible for your child once they have arrived at Hoboken High School’s auditorium.
Reminder, you must pre-register your child before February 10th in order for them to be eligible to audition.
***An audition time slot will be assigned and emailed to you at a later date***
All audition material will be taught the day of auditions. There is nothing that your child needs to prepare in advance. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with The SpongeBob Musical soundtrack which can be found on YouTube as audition material will be chosen from those songs.
- Monday February 27th: Singing auditions
- Wednesday March 1st: Dancing auditions (please dress your child in appropriate clothing for movement)
- Thursday March 2nd: Callbacks (your child is only needed if they are asked to come back). The callbacks list will be posted on http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us under the “The Arts” link/Theatre Department/District Musical. These callbacks will take place from 3:15-6pm as a group as it's a small number of students who will be called back. If your child is NOT called back, that does NOT mean they are not cast. Please check the finalized cast list that will be posted on March 4th.
- Saturday March 4th: Cast list and 1st rehearsal schedule will be posted on http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us under the “The Arts” link/Theatre Department/District Musical.
- Monday March 7th: 1st rehearsal is 3:15-6pm (check rehearsal schedule to see if you are needed).
SpongeBob Show Dates (3):
Friday May 19th at 7:00 pm
Saturday May 20th at 2:00 pm,
Sunday May 21st at 2:00 pm
***Please do not audition if you cannot attend all three performances***
Pack a water bottle and snack for your child for auditions and rehearsals daily. The K-2 grade ensemble will meet Tuesday and Thursday weekly. If your child already has commitments after school these days please do not send them to auditions.
Additionally we will be holding a “Mock Audition Fundraiser” on Saturday February 25th from 9am-12noon. Information will be sent home about this event at a later date. It is meant to help prepare your child for the audition process. Casting will NOT be based on who participates in this fundraiser event. This event coincides with the high school’s Makers Day (noon to 3:00 pm) and is sure to be a family fun-filled day of STEAM activities.
On behalf of the entire production team, we look forward to working with your children in this production.
Hoboken Schools Theater Department Fundraisers
Spring Has Sprung at HMS
Put a "Spring" into Your Recess Step!
HMS Passport to Learning Corner
Although we had a very small group in PTL this week, we were able to make a dent in our hand-dyed and hand-sewn stuffie projects. The work of hand-sewing can be time consuming and arduous process—so props to the students for sticking with it! Please enjoy the satisfying images below that showcase some very neat and beautiful hand-stitching. Direct your compliments to Bella P. and Olivia D.!
Intro to Swimming
HMS Clubs & Activities Corner
On Wednesday March 22, 2023 Best Buddies Advisor and HMS CST School Psychologist, Ms. Kristen Beriloff, provided an overview of the Best Buddies Program to the HMS PTO.
Please take a moment to view the presentation to learn more about our programs and how you can support Best Buddies and the upcoming Friendship Walk on Sunday April 23, 2023.
Weekly Highlights. . .
On Tuesday March 21st, Best Buddies asked our HMS staff & students to Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!
Our staff and students rocked some of their most unique socks to keep the conversation going about Down Syndrome. Many of our students also created their own “socks”, which highlighted everyone’s unique abilities and interests. Ms. Burke’s class and our Best Buddies members helped to create a bulletin board to celebrate World Down Syndrome day outside the main office. Be sure to stop by and check it out!
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) #WorldDownSyndromeDay
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk
A very special THANK YOU to the HMS PTO!
50 % of all PTO Concession Stand Proceeds at the HMS Staff/Student Basketball Game on Thursday March 30th will be donated to our Hoboken Middle School Proud Friendship Walk Team!
The North Jersey Best Buddies Friendship Walk is Sunday, April 23, 2023 at Bergen County College in Paramus, New Jersey.
Help us build a more inclusive world by joining our team or making a donation today. Every dollar makes a difference!
The yearbook is looking for 8th grade baby pictures for the yearbook. Please upload your picture to the attached google form link. Or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the yearbook is looking for your 2022/2023 photos! Please upload your school appropriate photos to the shared google drive folder or email them to Ms. Brown email@example.com
HMS Student Council
This week during our student council meeting, we discussed the Leadership Bingo Challenge that the student council is participating in. We discussed ways in which the students can complete the tasks in each box. We then began discussing the planning of our school-wide dance that the Student Council and the PTO will be hosting during the month of May! We put together a list of possible theme ideas on a Google Form which will be sent out to the entire student body. The students will be able to vote and decide on which theme we will be using for the dance!
Effective School Solutions Corner
Lying is a common obstacle in middle school age children. It is your child's way of problem solving however it is a faulty, maladaptive choice which can impact your foundation of trust as a family. As parents, it is your job to address the lying but most importantly help your children identify other constructive strategies. These two articles include information on why your child may turn to lying and also strategies to assist in your child's problem solving choices. First recommendation is to pick your battles based on most importance and seriousness of lies, i.e. risky or illegal behavior is priority. Second recommendation is to cool off and create a plan on how to address the situation rather than react in the moment. Third recommendation is to state the facts when addressing the lying rather than arguing about the details, and have a meaningful conversation about the lie.
Article: How to Deal with Lying Children and Adolescents
Ms. Falcone's Guidance Counselor Corner
I hope all of our HMS students and families had a great week! Please be advised that due to CoGAT Testing, 7th grade students did not meet with Partners in Prevention today. The We're Not Buying It program will resume on 3/31.
It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the 3rd marking period. As of Monday, 3/13, you have access to your child's Marking Period 3 Interim Report. If you would like to schedule a conference with your child's teacher(s), please reach out to me.
Stevens Institute of Technology is offering a STEM program to middle school students over the summer. Energy Abounds Summer Academy 2023 is a week-long program that will engage in hands-on engineering design. If you are interested in registering for this program, please see the flyer below.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
Phone: (201) 356-3600 ext. 3746
Move This World at HMS
We continue to support our students' social-emotional needs and mental health through Move this World. Move this World is integrated into our Fine & Performing Arts classes during periods 1-3. Additionally, all teachers have been utilizing Move this World in their classrooms to allow students opportunities for a break and movement. This week, Mrs.Bruce's class participated in the Power of Pause, which served as a brain break during Math.
I invite all our families to log into Move this World as well!
Below, you’ll find log in instructions:
To learn more about Move this World, please visit their website.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
(201) 356-3600 ext. 3746
HMS Nurse's Corner
If your child has any medical needs please feel free to call me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. As a reminder, if your child has any kind of over the counter or prescribed medication that needs to be kept in school and administered, please have your doctor fill out a medication form and supply me with the medication.
Please do not send in the medication in your child’s backpack or drop it off with the security guard. This is a safety concern! All medications must be handed to the nurse, by the parent, with orders.
Good management of your child’s asthma is important to his or her success at school. Clear communication between you and your child, your health care provider and school staff is the key to managing asthma at school. A written Asthma Action Plan developed by your health care provider and shared with the school will help keep your child safe at school. Following the Asthma Action Plan will enable your child to participate fully in school activities.
If your child has an Asthma Action Plan, please send a copy to the school nurse. If your child does not have an Asthma Action Plan, please talk with your health care provider about developing one that can be shared with the school staff. Your child should not be carrying an inhaler around with an asthma action pan in place.
It can be faxed directly to the school at 201-792-4801 or sent via email to the nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have any questions or concerns I can be reached at 201-356-3744 or email@example.com.
HMS World Language Corner
In Spanish class, Grade 6 students used the correct forms of adjectives and of the verb to be "ser". We also incorporated some culture this week and learned about Alebrijes. Alebrijes are one of the most recognizable crafts in Mexico. Alejibres are a mix of reality and fantasy. In Mexico every year, there is a parade for people to showcase their unique Alejibres. Grades 7-8 discussed places and activities in the Spanish speaking countries they would like to visit with their families. Students created a Google Slide presentation to show the places they would like to recommend tourists to visit.
In French class, 6th graders began learning a new list of vocabulary from the 2B section of our curriculum. Students practiced writing the new expressions and recognizing them in context. In 7th and 8th grade, students reviewed for the 5A unit test on the topic of family and physical descriptions. They played Bingo to finetune listening comprehension and Blooket to help them master recognition of the vocabulary. Finally, they took the test at the end of the week with sections dedicated to writing, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and grammar. The students mastered the material with flying colors!
Grade & Content Level ~ What Have We Been Learning?
Our sixth grade ELA students continued to work towards completing their feature article this week. In particular, they crafted an engaging lead in order to extend an invitation to their readers. They began with evaluating the “leads” of the mentor authors, understanding the ways to determine the most effective, interesting, and “catchy” way to introduce their articles to their audience. After analyzing the organization of the article “A More Accessible World” students began to form effective body paragraphs in a cohesive manner that portrays the angle of their own original feature article.
As part of our literary focus, students continued to practice their critical thinking and assessment skills by completing a close reading of the informational article, “Code Talkers.” Students analyzed the impact of integrating information in various media formats by analyzing how charts and other infographics enhance the overall meaning of a text.
This week, our 6th grade mathematicians wrapped up our unit on Geometry. Students are now pros at finding the area of squares, rectangles, triangles, trapezoids, parallelograms and composite figures. They can calculate surface area and find volume. They also applied their ability to compute with fractions and decimals to this skill. Next week, we are going to start our Statistics and Probability unit.
This week in Social Studies students learned about the specific powers granted to the judicial branch in Article III of the Constitution. They examined how the Constitution gives the U.S. Supreme Court the power to interpret the laws and whether or not they are constitutional or unconstitutional. To observe good sources of the Supreme Court decisions, students took a closer look at some monumental court cases throughout history such as Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown. V. Board of Education. Finally, to celebrate Women’s History Month students researched the six women Supreme Court Justices and created a poster to highlight one that stood out to them.
Sixth grade scientists continued studying density and practiced formula calculations throughout the week. We also learned about water displacement/Archimedes’ principle and how we could use that method to find the volume of irregular shaped objects. We found that when an object is submerged in water, it pushes water out to make room for itself. The object pushes out a volume of water that is equal to itself. Additionally, we reviewed how to correctly measure liquids in a graduated cylinder. It is important to measure at eye level, as well as measure from the flattest, most center part of the meniscus.
This week, seventh graders followed Holling Hoodhood through November of his 7th grader year in their reading of The Wednesday Wars. Students learned about characters, plot events, and themes in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which Holling reads in this chapter. At the end of the chapter, students made comparisons between themes in the two texts. In Writing Workshop, students generated ideas for the memoirs, using mentor texts to explore the “outside story” and “inside story” of a memoir. Next week, we will continue the brainstorming process!
This week, 7th grade students learned about determining outcomes of compound events by using a tree diagram, a table, and an organized list to represent the sample space for a compound event. In addition, students learned about simulating compound events. Students used different tools such as spinners, coins, and dice to simulate a compound event. Students also modeled real-world situations involving a compound event and predicted its outcome using a simulation.
This week the 7th grade students were able to explore and explain the Pros and Cons of using renewable energy such as hydroelectric, solar, and wind. The students showed great excitement in working together, and some were able to include video evidence that supported their research. There will be a few more projects the students will be working on as they are close to completing their journey into Earth’s Resources and Distribution.
This week the 7th grade students compared the Andes and the Pampas in terms of land use, ethnic diversity, and geography. The concept that geography plays an impact on the life people live was talked about this week and students were able to come up with examples to prove this. We also were able to study the life of Harriet Tubman this week as part of our Women’s History Month Celebration. Students had the opportunity to work in groups to study primary sources that spoke about Harriet Tubman’s early life, escape to freedom, and her role in the underground railroad. Next week we will continue to learn about the Andes and Pampas region, studying its history, the Inca, and what it is like today.
This week in ELA, we concluded our film vs. novel analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by noting similarities, differences, and determining which version did a better job of portraying the characters and themes. On Wednesday, students reviewed for our assessment with a class Jeopardy game! On Thursday, students measured their comprehension with a multiple choice and written response assessment. The students really enjoyed the novel! In our writing unit of Argumentative Essay, students created a strong thesis statement to prove their opinions on their topic and began drafting. Lastly, we practiced our 8th grade vocabulary to prepare for our next vocabulary quiz next week.
Welcome to spring everyone! This week algebra students focused on the solutions to quadratic equations. These solutions help us to see the x-intercepts from which we can derive the line of symmetry and vertex as well as other points. Solving for these x-intercepts allows us to see things such as when a flying object will hit the ground and points of minimum profit and revenue and there references for other pieces of information that we can obtain from a graph or equation in a given scenario. Students are becoming experts and expanding and factoring polynomials allowing them to see how different forms of equations give different kinds of information about a context.
Happy Friday! This week in Pre-Algebra we discussed the concept of Transformation, Translations, Reflections and Dilations on a graph. The students were able to use the appropriate strategies to complete these transitions from pre-image to image on the graph. We will be moving forward with systems of equations next week and identifying where lines are intersecting on the quadrant plane.
We started off this week in Science by finishing up our Light Lessons. Then we started our next topic - Informational Technology! Students completed a hands-on activity where they came up with a message and relayed it to their partners using morse code via a flashlight. Students also analyzed the differences between analog and digital signals and compared the pros and cons of each. We also studied things such as noise interference and different types of waves.
Pre-AP World History
This week during Pre-AP World History and Geography the students continued to analyze religions of ancient East Asia. The students finalized their project posters which described either Confucianism or Daoism. They then reexamined all of the sources from the Qin and Han Dynasties and determined whether they believed if the Han Dynasty or Qin Dynasty had a greater effect on the development of East Asia. We finished out the week by learning about Harriet Tubman’s contribution and accomplishments throughout her lifetime by watching a documentary. Next week we will be examining the growth and key characteristics of South Asian religions and development.
This week during World History and Geography we continued to explore Africa and its development over time. The students performed their skits that they created the prior week which depicted the hope and challenges that West and Central African countries faced after their independence. The students then explored the cultural contributions of important cities and kingdoms of West Africa as if they were on an expedition through Africa. They then wrote letters home, detailing their experiences! We finished out the week by learning about Hariet Tubman’s contribution and accomplishments throughout her lifetime by watching a documentary. Next week, we will be wrapping up our exploration of Africa!
Fine and Performing Arts Corner
Pre-AP Visual Arts
This week in Pre-AP Visual Arts, students gathered references and developed skills that will assist them in creating their next projects. After learning and practicing how to create one and two-point perspective in a drawing, students selected personally significant images to use as references for their projects. The driving question for our next project is, “What do you LOVE about Hoboken?” Some students have already been sketching out their ideas and flexing their mastery of perspective. Great work!
Ms. Monblatt's HMS students had an excellent week of string class! Students were actively engaged in partner play while continuing to work on pieces including a challenging arrangement of "Sweet Child Of Mine" and the traditional Folk song, "Ashokan Farewell". Students worked with peers to analyze the time signature and rhythmic patterns of each piece, using subdivision to count while analyzing the orchestration of the score using NoteFlight composition software! Bravo to all of these outstanding students for all of their hard work!
Hoboken Middle School Recognized as Kindness Certified School!
Parent Resources for Cell Phone Monitoring
Most children today have a cellphone on hand and use it extensively to do homework, communicate with friends, and view social media platforms. It is almost unimaginable to think of a modern-day child who doesn’t take full advantage. These rapid advancements in technology have been proven to be a recent challenge. Below are two suggested cellphone monitoring services that include activity monitoring, location services, filtering, and screen time management. Though not offered through Hoboken Public Schools, these resources may be helpful in managing cell phone usage. Click on each link below below to be taken directly to the resource website.
Qustodio: The All-In-One Parental Control and Digital Wellbeing Solution