The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message May 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:


I hope that you enjoyed the warm weather today and were able to get outside for a walk. Be sure to take time each day to care for yourself.


Just as you and your children are busy with classes or work, we are very busy at central office. Our Office of Early Childhood is compiling all of our Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 registrations. They are developing letters to send to all families about the lottery process and ascertaining information from families that may not be returning to the district in the fall. Today, my team finalized a number of documents that needed to be sent to the County Office for the QSAC Monitoring process. Our Business Office and Facilities Department worked collaboratively today to lay out a plan for our grant submission for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Aid that we are set to receive through the CARES Act.


If you recall, I included a message about the guidance we received on graduation and moving up ceremonies. At that time, the State Police Superintendent wrote a letter to all school districts prohibiting car parades or any large gathers, with or without cars. Then, the Governor announced that car parades would be permitted. The Hoboken Public School District will be planning very special virtual ceremonies. If the Governor's Executive Orders later allow for onsite ceremonies with social distancing parameters, we will absolutely discuss this possibility and will make an educated decision.


You may be wondering if we are planning for summer programming. The answer is yes. The guidance that we have received to date is that we should be planning virtual special education extended school year programming. We are doing just that. However, I never want to be caught unprepared. As a result, we are also planning for hybrid options as well. In addition, we are planning for virtual intervention programs and even planning for digital optional coursework that any child may take. We certainly will continue to find unique on line experiences to share with all families. I will be making an announcement about our summer LEAP program before the end of this week.


This edition of The Herald includes daily videos from our Principals, wellness and theater videos, storytime videos, and videos from our recent virtual talent show. It also includes a fun video made by the Brandt Elementary School staff, information about our schools' PLTW distinctions, the Move the World Blog featuring Connors Elementary School, Hoboken Middle School's virtual book clubs, and an invitation to participate in the district's Diversity Day.


I will continue to check in with all of you daily to be sure that everyone is okay. I hope that you will also check in with me. If you would like to send me photos or videos of your children being creative or silly, or even showing off a talent, please do so. I will include them in future editions of The Herald.


Stay well. I assure you that I will keep you updated every step of the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.


Sincerely,

Superintendent Johnson

Daily Messages From Our School Principals and Supervisor of Early Childhood Education

HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Ms. Eakin
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Addi
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Shannon
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Marra
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Piccapietra

A Thank You Video For Ms. Ramos From Her Class

HPS Highlights: Thank You Ms. Ramos

May 21st is Diversity Day in the Hoboken Public School District

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Hoboken Schools recognizes the importance of celebrating diversity and have listed ways below that we can all participate in World Day for Cultural Diversity.


You may participate in as many activities that you would like. Please send a separate email with a photo to Dr. Pollins (Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us) of your participation. Put the name of the activity in the subject line for each email and please remember to list the name of the student in the body of the email. Send all submissions on May 18th by 9:00 am.


Exploration of Different Cultural Foods

As a family, research food from another culture. Explore commonalities and differences in the preparation and presentation of foods between your culture and one you chose to research. Send a picture of the process of making the food and/or a picture of the finished dish to Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.


Different Language Alphabets

To compare different written languages, do a google search of the alphabet in another language. Use the alphabet to write your name (For example, Braille, Arabic, Spanish or Japanese kanji). Share a photo of your name in English and the language of your choice by emailing Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.


Words of Respect

Research words and terms from various cultures that are commonly used to show respect. Be sure to add pronunciation tips so we can all practice saying the word. We will post a place to comment with your word on Twitter. Here are some suggestions:


Hello:

hola [OH-la] (Spanish)

marhaba [MAR-hah-bah] (Arabic)

ni-hao [NEE- how] (Mandarin Chinese)


Thank you:

domo arigato [doh-mo a-REE-ga-toe](Japanese)

salamat po [sa-LA-mat-po] (Tagalog)

motshakeram [MOAT-sheh- KER-am] (Farsi)


Appreciate Diversity Logo Contest

Create a logo that represents the diversity of Hoboken. All students who submit a drawing will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card. 5 winners will be randomly selected. Please submit all entries to Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.

Highlighting Our Talent Show Stars One Day At A Time

HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Malcom Cummins performs on the Drums
HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Fernanda Escamilla, Hopelessly Devoted To You
HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Kate Cherpitel, Talent: Dance Routine

SEL at Home: T.G. Connors Elementary School Gets Creative. Check Out the Blog Below!

5th Grade Connection to the Middle School Virtual Book Club - Maximum Ride, by James Patterson

5th GRADE BOOK CLUB

OPTIONAL


To all 5th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our bridge to HMS Virtual Book club, and get to know some of the middle school teachers. We will be reading the novel

The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to the novel.


Ms. Painter & Ms. Falcone as well as some of our other ELA teachers are looking forward to meeting you. If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Mondays at 2:30 for a discussion.


See the Zoom link below.

Here is the schedule for the meetings.


Monday May 18th

Monday June 1st

Monday June 8th


Maximum Ride Book 1


Samantha Painter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 5th Grade Book Club

Time: May 18, 2020 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until Jun 8, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)

May 18, 2020 02:30 PM

Jun 1, 2020 02:30 PM

Jun 8, 2020 02:30 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95343959094


Meeting ID: 953 4395 9094

Password: bookclub5

6th Grade Virtual Book Club - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

6th GRADE OPTIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB


To all 6th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to the novel.


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Friday May 15th

Friday May 22nd

Friday May 29th


Hatchet PDF

Hatchet Audio


Samantha Painter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 6th Grade Book Club

Time: May 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, until May 29, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)

May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

May 15, 2020 12:00 PM

May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/tJYvf-ytrDgoHNy-UOqan27CHYqqc4UBa4lX/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCqrDMvH9aWsh-PRowQAIqgZ-_zpnZBgo1E0SrKEiFdMFTVHttTI7ErJfrR


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92285523268


Meeting ID: 922 8552 3268

Password: bookclub6

7th Grade Virtual Book Club - The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

7th GRADE OPTIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB


To all 7th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to Ernest Heminway (reading attached).


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Topic: Ernest Hemingway biography and Cuba

Friday May 15th

Topic: The Way Life as presented in the novel.

Friday May 22nd

Topic: Characterization: Santiago: an unlikely hero

Friday May 29th

Topic: Themes


The Old Man and the Sea PDF


The Old Man and the Sea Audio


The Old Man and the Sea: An introduction to Hemingway


Emerald Rozmester is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Grade 7 Book Club

Time: May 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, until Jun 5, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)

May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

May 15, 2020 12:00 PM

May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

Jun 5, 2020 12:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71452851824


Meeting ID: 714 5285 1824

Password: bookclub7

8th Grade Virtual Book Club - Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

8th GRADE BOOK CLUB

OPTIONAL


To all 8th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as an introduction to John Steinbeck and the migrant worker experience.


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Topic: Introduction to author and migrant workers

Friday May 15th

Topic: Character Study

Friday May 22nd

Topic: Theme

Friday May 29th

Topic: Symbolism & Final Thoughts


Resources for Book Club:

John Steinbeck Biography

Migrant Workers in the 1930’s

Of Mice and Men PDF

Of Mice and Men Audiobook


Hoboken Public Schools Earn National Distinctions by Project Lead the Way for STEM Learning

Congratulations Hoboken High School

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Congratulations Hoboken Middle School

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Congratulations Wallace, Connors and Brandt Elementary Schools

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Daily Theater Activities by Ms. Miller

Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity: Day 3: "Body Movements & Gestures".
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A Session of Namaste with Dr. Allgaier, School Psychologist

HPS: Namaste with Dr A. Opening Doorways to Emotion

A Meditation Session With Mrs. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Mediation with Mrs. Ellis

Oragami Artwork by Middle School Student, Maya Gottlieb

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Hoboken Police Department Officers And Detectives Read To Our Students

Hoboken Public School District's Counseling Department Website for Social Emotional Learning Resources. See Below:

2020-2021 Approved School District Calendar

You've Asked and We've Responded

A number of parents have asked for updated school directories. Each of our schools have prepared new directories including names, positions, emails, and phone numbers. If you have any questions for the Superintendent of Schools, please email cjohnson@hoboken.k12.nj.us

For the Assistant Superintendent, you may email srodriguez@hoboken.k12.nj.us


Below, you will find each school's directory:

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.