The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 20) - April 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope this message finds you and your family well. In this edition of The Herald, you can watch daily video messages from our school principals and supervisor of early childhood.

You will also see a Google Form from the PTO's. They have graciously come together to help provide district families and essential school employees with prepared meals from a restaurant or grocery store gift cards. As you know, the Hoboken Public School District is serving grab and go breakfast and lunch meals to all families in need. This wonderful initiative started by our PTO's will further help our families and add our essential school employees to the efforts. I cannot thank our PTO leaders and their members enough for this outpouring of generosity.

The Hoboken Public Education Foundation is launching a bold initiative. In their letter below, you will see that the 5th Annual Gala had to be canceled. As you know, the Hoboken Public School District has provided jetpacks and Chromebooks to all families in need of technology in order to equitably access our remote learning plans. Over the past few years, the district has purchased numerous Chromebook carts. In order to provide every 3rd through 12th grade student in the district with a Chromebook, the district would need to purchase 411 additional Chromebooks in order to achieve a 1:1 ratio. Please take a moment and read their message below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the follow program or school leaders:

Supervisor of Early Childhood Learning: Lauren Eakin at

Director of Special Services: Mark Mautone at

Brandt School Principal: Charles Bartlett at

Connors School Principal: Juliana Addi at

Wallace School Principal: Martin Shannon at

Middle School Acting Principal: Anna Marra at

High School Principal: Robin Piccapietra at

Assistant Superintendent: Sandra Rodriguez Gomez at

Superintendent of Schools: Christine Johnson at

Do you have a child interested in participating in our Virtual Talent Show? If so, take a look at the Google Form below. You will see how easy it is to complete and submit.

I will continue to check in with my Hoboken School District Families 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.


Superintendent Johnson

Directions to Access Our District's YouTube Channel: HPS Video Highlights

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

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

A Bold Initiative to Support our Students: How You Can Help

As we begin the second month of what has become our new normal, our hearts and thoughts are with all of you - our friends, supporters, and Hoboken community. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters and the challenges that this pandemic has presented to us as individuals, a community, and the world at large.

We are reaching out today with news about HPEF’s 5th Annual Gala, and more importantly, to share our plans to launch a bold initiative to help support our schools and our students during these challenging times.

Status of HPEF’s 5th Annual Gala
Many of you have been asking if HPEF still plans to hold our 5th Annual Gala. We are deeply saddened to announce that we must cancel our May 14, 2020 event. Our team had been holding out hope that the evolving situation would improve, but it has become increasingly clear that social distancing guidelines will remain in place for longer than initially expected, and that our community will need more time to recover and resume in-person events.

The Gala is HPEF’s largest event and one that is essential to meeting our fundraising efforts and goals, however, the safety and health of our HPEF community is far more important at this time. Although the Gala is on hold, our mission to elevate and enhance the public education experience through private funding remains critically important.

Our Changing School Community
Over the past month, the HPEF team has been working closely with Hoboken Public School District Superintendent, Dr. Christine Johnson, to better understand the changing educational landscape, and to identify ways in which HPEF can help support our district school needs.

We must focus now, more than ever, on what has been our top priority from the beginning - equity in education.

With the challenges of COVID-19, we have seen firsthand how our students and staff need to be equipped with the technology and tools to adapt to virtual learning. Our schools must be resilient and ready to deliver online learning today and in the future.

How You Can Help Our Schools Now: Funding a 1:1 Chromebook Initiative
HPEF is launching a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for the Hoboken Public Schools in order to ensure that all of our district students have the same technology and tools they need to be successful in an online learning environment. This initiative will guarantee that all students in grades 3-12 have their own Chromebook, assigned by the Hoboken Public Schools. Whether our students are in a remote learning environment, or physically in school, our aim is for each student to have the technology, tools, and access needed to navigate the school curriculum together.

To meet this lofty goal, we will need to raise a minimum of $100,000. This will allow us to purchase the additional 411 Chromebooks the district needs to reach a 1:1 Chromebook ratio for students grades 3 through 12.

This initiative will begin with the funding of Chromebooks for 3rd-12th grade students who must complete annual, computer-based standardized testing and use Google Classroom and online learning tools as part of their curriculum. Any additional dollars raised will be used to purchase Chromebooks for K-2 students.

HPEF will be allocating all of our fundraising proceeds from the 2019-2020 school year (including our online giving campaign and Mom’s Night Out) to launch this campaign, and we will be reaching out to our committed Gala sponsors and supporters to ask for their support of this important effort.

A word from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christine Johnson –

“Educational technology is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Equipping all students with a Chromebook is consistent with our district goals of promoting equity and fostering personalized learning and ensures that moving forward, learning at school and home is seamless.”

How Can You Help Support this Effort?
We recognize that these are challenging times - personally, professionally and financially - but we also have heard from many of you asking how you can continue to support our schools and our children.

We encourage you to support this effort in any way that works for you:

● Make a donation here on our website or on our Facebook online campaign coming soon
● Help us spread the word about this important initiative
● Like and follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@hobokenpef) and share our posts

HPEF remains committed to helping our students continue to reach even greater academic heights and to ensuring our schools can confront the educational challenges that lie ahead.

From our homes to yours, we wish you and your families continued safety and good health, and we thank you for your continued and unwavering support.

With Gratitude,
Hoboken Public Education Foundation Board

Daily Theater Activities by Ms. Miller

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity: Guesstures

Congratulations to Hoboken High School's Theater Department

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Check Out the Very Important Attachments Below Regarding the 2020 Census

Below, please find a letter from Mayor Bhalla and a flier regarding the 2020 Census. It is so important for all families to read this information and respond.

Namaste with Dr. Lisa Allgaier, School Psychologist

Namaste with Dr. A (Session 16)

Mindfulness and Meditation with Carrie Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Mrs. Ellis

Hoboken Police Officers Also Read to Our Students

Story time with the Hoboken Police Department episode # 3 featuring Lt. Charles Kucz

Messages from our Early Childhood Learning Center at Calabro

HPS Highlights: Calabro School ECE Staff Messages
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Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

As many of you know, I am a mom too. Although my daughter is 24 years old, she continues to ask me questions about the Coronavirus. I provide her with a number of resources daily to read. I fully understand that talking to younger children about the Coronavirus can be difficult and confusing based on the number of messages that are coming your way from news media. I have attached a link that was sent to me by Carrie Ellis that may help make your conversations a bit easier. Click on the link below:

Mental Health Support

The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; (877) 294-HELP (4357). NOTE: The “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.

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

For the Assistant Superintendent, you may email

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.