District News & Updates 3/21/2023
Dear Hoboken Public School District Families,
Regardless of what school your child attends, It is so helpful to read each school's weekly update. Take a moment and learn more about our early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school programs:
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In closing, I want to thank all of you for your steadfast cooperation, patience and partnership. All three ingredients make for an incredible school district. I could not ask for a more committed collection of guardians and parents. You are truly amazing and I am honored to serve the Hoboken Public School District.
Christine A. Johnson
Superintendent of Schools
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Hoboken Public School District to all of our Students, Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Parents, and the entire Hoboken community. #StPatricksDay#HereWeComeHoboken
Hoboken Public School District designated as a Kindness Certified District
We are pleased to announce that the Hoboken Public School District has been designated as a Kindness Certified District.
The Great Kindness Challenge is an action-based program with kindness concepts internalized through hands-on experiences. It supports students in creating a culture of kindness and compassion while strengthening their social and emotional well being.
During the Great Kindness Challenge Week, each school distributed the Great Kindness Challenge checklist --Classroom Edition kindness checklist to the students and kicked off creating a culture of kindness in the district.
The kind acts on the kindness checklist focus on key kindness concepts:
caring (incl. self-care)
As one of many activities during the Great Kindness Challenge Week, many of our schools partnered with local coffee shops, decorated stickers with kind messages that the shops place on their cups all week. A special thanks to The Hive, Empire Coffee, and Dolce and Salato for their generosity in partnering with the district.
Hoboken Public School District: Events & Activities
Hoboken Literary Weekend March 31-April 2
Manhattan Beach, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus.
Hoboken Youth Football Camp!
Join us for the inaugural Hoboken Youth Football Camp! Boys and girls will learn the game of football in a fun and educational 3-day afternoon camp (after Hoboken Public Schools half days). This is a non-contact, fundamentals camp focused on skills of the game delivered in a safe, positive and engaging environment.
Camp Director: Andy Bischoff (NY Giants)
Camp Head Coach: Keeon Walker (Hoboken Redwings Football).
For more information and registration, please visit
Hoboken Youth Football Camp | 2023
2023 HOBOKEN YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP AT A GLANCE DATES // 3-Day Camp: June 19-21, 2023 SCHEDULE // Mon - Wed, 1:30 - 5:00 pm AGE // Current 1st - 8th graders (co-ed) LOCATION // Hoboken, NJ STUDENTS FROM ALL DI STRICTS WELCOME ABOUT THE CAMP Kickoff your summer with our Innaguaral Youth Football Camp in Hoboken, NJ!
Hoboken Public School District's February Students of the Month
Hoboken Public School District's 2022-2023 Governor’s Educator of the Year
Hoboken Board of Education Meeting Highlights
Hoboken MS Student Council Representative
Olivia Dunn, Hoboken MS Student Council gives the Hoboken MS report to the Hoboken Board of Education. #TigersPride
Hoboken HS Student Government Representative
Halie Benway, Hoboken HS Student Government gives the Hoboken MS report to the Hoboken Board of Education. #RedwingsLeadership
Hoboken Public School District Science Family Event #HereWeComeHoboken
Hoboken Public School District: Fine & Performing Arts
Art at Connors School
This week in art, we discussed Women's History about female artists! We learned that in order for women to be hired as an artist, or create at all, they needed to disguise themselves as a man or come from a wealthy family. They were prohibited from creating, going to school, or being hired to work.
Our featured artist for grades Kindergarten, First, and Second is Claire West, an American painter. Her artist statement revolves about invoking a feeling of happiness to her viewers when they look at her art.
This week, we began a work of art that makes us happy by using bright colors, memories, or places within our piece.
This week in the Wallace School Theatre Classes we finalized our dance performance and rehearsed singing and dancing simultaneously! Our first graders are so excited to be working on a fun piece that welcomes the incoming warm weather.
Our show is on March 30th at 9:00 am in the Wallace School gym. Hope to see you there!
Music at Connors School
In Ms. Fleischer’s class, the students always sing along to some pre-recorded songs. These songs include many different body movements, like raise your hands, clap your hands and so on. Sometimes we like to make up our own movements. In the hit song “Tango Teddy”, we made up dance moves to go along with the groove and lyrics of the song. Here are Hazel, Zoe, and Reeva showing off their best tango dance moves. They definitely danced up a storm!
In the third grade, the students are loving every minute of playing their recorders. As with playing any instrument, there are different positions, postures, and fingerings. Here is Ms. Januse’s class showing off “Attention Position”, which someday they will hopefully use when they join the Hoboken HS Rockin Redwings Marching Band!
Art at Wallace School
First graders are learning how to be activists through art! Each young artist is creating their own under the sea wax resist painting to help spread the message to keep our oceans and rivers clean!
This week we worked on our drawing skills, using how to draw guides and our imaginations, and next week we will paint our masterpieces.
Music at Wallace School
In Music this week, K-5 students voted in the Quaver March Music Madness contest week 1. In the 1st week, they have to choose 8 out of 16 songs provided by Quaver. Students in schools using Quaver across the United States vote every week. At the end of 5 weeks, one song is named champion. The theme this year is tempo. The songs are divided into 3 categories by their tempo: Largo, Moderato, and Presto. Students learned the Italian terms and a few extra terms provided in the Quaver tempo lesson. Older students submit a google form and younger students have a class vote. They created pictures of their reactions to their favorite song this week.
In Band Class, 4th graders started to learn band arrangements of Lightly Row and Merrily we Roll Along for the concert. They are practicing playing in sections and small groups. 5th grade band is playing an excerpt from Pirates of the Caribbean. The theme this week is sound productions. Students are working on breath support and tone.
Music at Brandt School
The Madness is back! As we “shoot” our way into the month of March, students in our K-5 classes got a chance to vote on selected songs from Quaver’s Music Madness.
The theme for this year is tempo, where students listened to songs at different speeds of music including - famous songs such as Flight of The Bumblebee by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the Can-Can from Orpheus & The Underworld. This activity provides students the opportunity to share their passion for music with the rest of their peers.
Hoboken MS Chorus
This week in Hoboken MS Chorus Club, the students finally landed on a song we could all agree on, "I Want it That Way" by the Backstreet Boys. This 1999 hit made a big comeback when it was featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and went viral.
Our arrangement, in a cappella style, contains typical nonsense syllables like "dun" and "da" and combines them in a rhythmically accented accompaniment for the melody. All of our voice parts will have a chance to perform a feature in this exciting version. We hope to perform this, along with a couple of others at our Trills & Thrills Festival at Six Flags on June 1st.
Hoboken MS Band
Hoboken MS Band Club, we started our second concert song, Randall Standridge's "Dark Ride." As you can imagine, the piece depicts an exciting, moonlit chase through a darkened forest. This thrilling work features dissonant harmonies, driving percussion, and plenty of chromatic twists. It begins with a slow and creepy introduction and then speeds up dramatically as the "chase" ensues.
We will be performing "Dark Ride" along with "Mission Impossible" at the NJMEA Middle School Band Festival on April 25th and at the Trills & Thrills Festival at Six Flags on June 1st.
Strings at Hoboken MS
Ms. Monblatt's Hoboken MS 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 staggered entrances as they occur in different parts, 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's Tigers Got Talent
On Friday, March 10th, The Fine & Performing Art Department at Hoboken Middle School, in conjunction with “Art in Our School Month” proudly hosted the "Tiger's Got Talent" show. This school-based assembly featured highly talented students and staff performing their amazing and even hidden talents!
Each grade level assembly featured our talented students and staff who sang, danced, acted, and even performed magic! We were all blown away. This exciting show certainly built Tiger Pride as students and faculty cheered for each other showing the incredible school community that has grown during the 2022-2023 school year. Four famous judges, Mr. Sorafine, Dr. Dortch, Ms. Miller, and Ms. Falcone, decided on grade level winners and the overall school winner who awarded their grade level with an upcoming dress down day and snacks!
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Safe Sitters at Hoboken HS
This week and last week Mrs. McGreivey and Ms. Pogorzelski ran our Safesitter training for seven students. This program, sponsored by the Student Center, teaches teens how to be safe at home alone, while watching siblings, or babysitting.
They received training in indoor safety, outdoor safety, child development, child care basics, behavior management, first aid, injury management, infant and child choking rescue, infant and child PR, and running a babysitting business. We would like to thank the Student Center staff, especially Mr. Keeon Walker, for supporting this valuable training and providing support to the program in so many ways, including the great snacks!
World Languages at Hoboken MS
In Spanish class, Grade 6 students discussed school schedules and subjects. Next, we reviewed colors and clothing. Finally, students wrote a short summary describing their favorite season and the color clothing items they would use depending where they were going. Grades 7-8 discussed the verb to be, "Estar". Students practiced using the verbs to describe feelings, location, and conditions. Next, students worked cooperatively to create a dialogue using the different ways the verb can be used. ¡Hasta luego!
In French class, 6th graders reviewed unit 2A concepts by mastering quizlet topics and playing Blooket. They took the test on this topic, which included listening and reading comprehension questions, as well as conjugating regular -er verbs and writing sentences to describe their likes and dislikes. In 7th and 8th grade, students completed their Physical Description Project. They described the hair color, eye color and height for four family members. Students worked on converting feet into meters in order to express the height of their family members. Finally, students answered four oral questions with Madame Jette in order to demonstrate their mastery of speaking skills in French.
In Mandarin class, 6th graders continued with the new unit of animals. Students reviewed the names of animals by singing the animal song and also learned how to ask and respond to questions related to the zodiac animal sign they belong to in Chinese sentences. 7th and 8th graders moved to the last section of Unit 4 on the pets topic. Based on the new words and sentences that we have learned last week, we did a lot of listening, reading, and writing activities to practice these new words. Then, students started their project to describe an ideal pet. Students will make a mini book for the project.
Ms. Tank's Mathematicians at Hoboken HS
This week Mrs. Tank's Pre-AP Algebra-1 reviewed systems of equations and inequalities on Albert.io and Khan academy and took a test. They also started analyzing systems of equations using graphing calculators for one solution, many or no solutions. They also completed a practice performance task on "Determining the Best Deal in Movie Streaming Services" assigned on the College board website. They also started a new lesson on modeling with systems of inequalities.
The Pre-AP Algebra 2 classes reviewed problems from review exercises in chapter 5 from all the lessons and practiced problems by completing two practice- tests. Students in Pre-AP Algebra 2 class also took the test on radical functions graphing and solving radical equations with extraneous solutions.
Mrs. Tank's Pre-Calculus students reviewed sine and cosine rules and learned how to find the area of an oblique triangle using Herron's formula. They also took a test on the sine-cosine rule and area of various triangles and completed an activity on khanacademy.org. AP Calculus class completed practicing their workbook free response problems for Exam 5-6 this week in both the calculator and non calculator sections. They also reviewed the solutions for the incorrect multiple choices. AP calculus students also took a test on the entire chapter on limits and continuity.
6th Grade Social Studies at Hoboken MS
This week in Social Studies students participated in the Law Day Contest. Students researched the Cornerstones of Democracy and discussed how tensions in our democratic system have revealed deep divisions in American society. Students examined how together, we can collaborate to overcome our differences, resolve our disputes, and preserve our democracy and republic.
Students were asked to create a poem, essay, rap, or song about the following prompt, “Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizens. Some studies show that citizens’ knowledge of civics and public participation in government has been lessening. How can you, as a student, demonstrate your responsibility as a citizen of this country, state, and nation?”
Ms. Perry's Juniors at Hoboken HS
Algebra 2 students have been actively preparing for the NJGPA (New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment) exam. This exam, a high school graduation requirement, will assess our junior level students on their English and math skills. They will need to demonstrate high proficiency in Algebra 1 and Geometry level topics. In class, students have been reviewing skills that relate to polynomial operations, quadratic and cubic polynomials with linear and quadratic factors, solving quadratic equations, multi-step contextual problems, systems of equations and inequalities, exponential expressions, graphing transformations, functions and their properties, rate of change, key features of graphs, word problems, rational and irrational numbers and more.
Geometry topics students reviewed include: formulas, angles and degrees, transformations, trig functions, reasoning skills, circle properties and more. The exam was given March 13 - March 16. We wish our Juniors the best of luck.
7th Grade Social Studies at Hoboken MS
This week the 7th graders worked very hard to finish their Caribbean South America Children’s Book. They should be very proud of what they made! We also reviewed for their Caribbean South America Test using a booklet, which they all enjoyed playing. They have all worked very hard in studying for their test and I am looking forward to seeing what they learned!
We also started our new unit on the Andes and the Pampas and will continue to learn about its geography and history next week. Below you will find just a couple of examples of the Caribbean South America Children’s Book!
Mr. Lebegue's Pre AP Bio
Students in Pre-AP Biology completed a unit on evolution! They went into a lot of depth in this topic. They learned all about how organisms are classified and then learned how they are categorized into various “clades” utilizing what is known as a cladogram.
The organisms are sorted into categories based on shared characteristics which likely represent the true pattern by which the species evolved. Cladograms also show the order in which organisms evolved, with organisms having the most “primitive” or ancestral characteristics toward the left of the diagram and organisms having the most “advanced or derived characteristics toward the right of the diagram. The students then moved onto natural selection, learning the various types (disruptive, stabilizing and directional) along with other forms of selection, which include artificial selection and sexual selection.
The students did a really fun hands-on lab which simulates natural selection very well. The students learned about a specific case of natural selection in which a specific predator, the song-thrush bird, hunts a specific species of snail which has a lot of variation in terms of its color. The birds seem to target snails whose colors stand out the most on a background. To test whether snail color influenced the rate of predation, students put a small cup to simulate the bird’s stomach on a table. They used spoons to scoop up “snails” of various colors (white or black) on a background (dark or light). The students used spoons to hunt the snails and scoop them into the stomach – each time, this counted as a “kill”. They counted how many snails were left and which colors. Between rounds, the snails bred with each other to produce a dark, medium colored or light snail. They repeated this process over several hunting rounds. The students found that lighter color snails increased in frequency on a light background whereas darker colored snails increased in frequency on a dark background. Their data did indeed support the conclusion that snail color influences the rate of predation.
The students proceeded to study many case studies of real examples of evolution in class – from Ensatina salamanders as an example of reduced hybrid viability to brown-nosed bats as an example of genetic drift conferring resistance to a deadly fungus. The students concluded the unit by doing a project on a specific aspect of evolution that they studied and a real world example of that aspect. Students chose really interesting examples, such as pygmy animals as an example of directional selection or migratory vs non-migratory geese as an example of sympatric speciation.
Pre AP Visual Arts at Hoboken MS
This week in Pre-AP Visual arts, students in 6th grade began working on the final stages of their "Appropriation Self Portrait". So far they have created some really wonderful pieces and shown lots of creativity in their responses to the project goals.
Meanwhile, 7th and 8th grade students have been diligently working on creating artwork for the annual PATH train poster contest under the theme of "summertime". They are doing a wonderful job, and I look forward to seeing the finished products next week!
PLTW Human Body Systems at Hoboken HS
You may have been told by a coach or a trainer to check the color of your urine or even smell your urine to gauge your level of hydration, but that is as far as it goes. Surprisingly, changes in your urine often point to disorders in other body systems.
The color, clarity, and composition of your urine tell a story about overall health. Second year Biomedical students analyzed urine samples of 6 patients. Students were then able to diagnose each patient based on the urinalysis results.
Creative Writing at Hoboken MS
This week students began writing rough drafts after choosing a prompt from a choice board. Some options included a love letter from a dog to a cat or objects, such as pencils and erasers or shoes and socks. Other options were creating a “pitch” for a new television show or creating a new candy and selling it. Great job done by all.
Hoboken HS Harvard Model Congress
This past week, the Hoboken High School Debate Program traveled to Madrid, Spain to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious international debate competitions, the Harvard Model Congress Europe Conference. Students assumed the roles of senators, congressmen, United Nations delegates and members of the Security Council and European Union.
They authored and passed laws and resolutions, that addressed national and global issues such as water scarcity, private interest in space, standardized testing and women's rights and the threat to democracy. All the delegates excelled as they worked with students from around the world. Hoboken High School’s distinguishing performance was recognized during the closing ceremonies as they won an unprecedented 12 awards, more than any other participating school.
Congratulations goes to:
Frances Michaels: Best Delegate for her work in the House Climate Committee
Sage Gurtman: Honorable Mention for her work in the United Nations World Health Organization
Julia Critz: Best Delegate for her work as a member of the World Bank
Kendall McDonough: Honorable Mention for her work in the House Climate Committee
Mara Reba: Best Delegate for her work in the European Union Honorable Mention
Daniel Weintraub: Honorable Mention for his work as the head of the CIA.
Jacob Linder: Best Delegate as a member of the House Intelligence Committee
Camilia Suarez: Best Delegate as a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee
Amalia Batlle: Best Delegate as a member of the House, Environment, Labor and Pension Committee
Genevieve Fink: Honorable Mention as a member of the UN Group of 20
Coby Kriegel: Best Delegate as a member of UN Group of 20
Juliet Hysen: Honorable Mention for her service as a member of the press in the Media Committee.
8th Grade at Hoboken MS
This week in Pre-AP World History and Geography, we reached the end of the Ancient Period. The students examined the development of Afro-Eurasian societies and the key elements of these societies such as their religions, gender roles and social hierarchies. The students then completed the Ancient Period Performance task, which required them to write a thesis statement and body paragraphs for an essay in which they compared various social hierarchies during this time period. The students finished out the week by completing the monthly writing task for the month of March. Next week we will begin taking a look at the next time period of interest: The Classical Period.
This week in World History and Geography we began by closing out the chapter on Russia by studying for and then completing the chapter test. The students then began taking a look at the next region of interest: Africa. The students examined various important locations and placed them on a map of Africa and they also read about a girl from Ghana named Evelyn and learned about her life in West Africa. The students then compared the various climates that are present in Africa. The students ended the week with completing the Monthly Writing Task for March. Next week we'll be learning more about the culture and customs of Africa!
Hoboken HS Sophomore selected as a top10 National finalists for Black History Month Rap Competition
Hoboken HS Sophomore Arcadio Torres was selected as one of the 10 National finalists for Flocabulary's Black History Month Rap Competition.
As part of Mrs. Loughlin's African American History and Culture class, students researched and wrote hip hop songs about famous Black Americans. Arcadio chose abolitionist Frederick Douglass and was selected from over 450 entries to make it to the finals.
If his final work is chosen as the grand prize winner, Arcadio will work with a professional team of musicians and graphic artists to turn his work into a Flocabulary lesson that will be used in over 35,000 classrooms across the world. Good luck, Arcadio.
Kindergarten at Brandt School
We have been having a fun-filled week of learning in Kindergarten! In ELA, we are learning the letter Uu. We are able to identify both the long and short Uu vowel sound in the beginning and middle of a word. We can also write words with the long and short sounds. We are working with present tense verbs. We can write and use the Sight Words “have” and “for."
In Math, we are adding up to 20. Writing number sentences and solving story problems. In Social Studies, we are discussing famous women in history for Women's History Month.
Kindergarten at Connors School Ms. Fleischer, Ms. Watson, Mrs. Schain, Ms. Bartolotti, Mrs. White, Ms. Romanowski and Mr. Donovan
Math: Each day students start with a Do Now in order to get their brains ready for Math. Each Do Now is a review of a previous skill that was taught in order to obtain mastery. This week students focused on addition and story problems. Students created dice in order to play their new game roll and record 3. Also, students learned how to play double compare during math centers. Students created addition rainbows in order to practice addition fluency.
ELA: This week was a review week in Reader's Workshop. Students reviewed the letters: Hh, Ee, Ff, Rr, Bb, LL & Kk and their sounds. We also reviewed the following sight words: my, with, are, he, is, little, she, was. KOALIFIED Kindergarteners did an amazing job completing their center work, sounding out their words, and writing super-star sight word sentences! Kindergarten friends also read the story "Waiting Out the Storm" and sequenced the story by identifying the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We look forward to another wonderful week of learning next week!
Social Studies: This week students began learning about Women's History Month. Students created a book where they were introduced to figures such as Betsy Ross, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Jane Goodall, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Kamala Harris. Students will continue to learn about important women in history throughout the month of March.
Science: This week in Science, kindergarten classes wrapped up Unit 5: Weather. After learning about different types of severe weather storms, we focused on how weather forecasts can help us. Students thought about and drew what items they would put in a severe weather backpack. Some examples students came up with included flashlights, books, a first aid kit, and granola bars. In connection with Women's History Month, classes learned about June Bacon-Bercey, the first woman meteorologist on television.
Kindergarten at Wallace School
This week our Wildcats learned about and celebrated two special holidays- Holi, the festival of colors, and International Women’s Day! Students enjoyed learning about the festival of colors and will continue to learn about influential women in history and today.
In ELA, students reviewed all of the sight words and letters they have mastered. The essential question of the week was “How can you stay safe in bad weather?” The big book of the week was a realistic fiction story titled “Waiting Out the Storm” by Joann Macken. Students continue to engage with texts in our Reading Wonders companion books. The emphasis is on reading comprehension skills like identifying key ideas and details. Our readers are also encouraged to make self to text connections, build vocabulary and continue to review concepts of print. Our readers also had the chance to become authors after writing their own realistic fiction stories for our monthly writing task.
In Math, Kindergarteners continued to practice decomposing numbers into two addends. They worked with partners and in small groups to practice these skills through various games. The games included: Toss the Chips, Counting Tiles, and Pattern Block Grab.
1st Grade at Brandt School
This week in first grade, students got to go to the second pop-up library. Students enjoyed browsing the book selection and checking out a book with their Hoboken Library Card.
In Social Studies, students have been learning about influential women in history for Women’s History Month.
In ELA, students read stories and wrote about how animals survive in nature. Students love learning about different animals. Students are learning to reread text in order to learn more and find out information that they missed during the first read. They are asking questions about animals that they are learning about and reading books to find the answers. The phonics focus for the week was long o (oa, ow, oe). We are also working on breaking words into syllables to help them read and write longer words, differentiating between common and proper nouns, and verbs.
In Math, students are representing word problems with equations and solving those problems. They are working on equivalent equations (10+4=8+6). Students are also practicing place value.
1st Grade at Wallace School
ELA - this week 1st graders focused on the essential question "How Do Animals Help Each Other?" We read two stories in wonders called "Animal Teams" and "A Team of Fish". We focused on words with long /e/ spelled as: e, ea, and ee. We practiced compound words and learned how to add a prefix to a word to give it a new meaning. In ELA centers, we used magnifying glasses to find this week's words with long /e/. We matched our vocabulary words to their definitions, practiced our spelling words, and used Raz-Kids on our tablets for reading comprehension. We completed a writing activity about why we are lucky. We created a word bank together, then students picked three things they feel make their lives lucky. They explained their choices and colored a rainbow to attach to the top of their writing.
Math - We have begun wrapping up Unit 5 and took Quiz 2. We played true and false using addition and subtraction equations. We played the penny jar game, and incorporated some other fun math centers to sharpen our addition and subtraction skills. We completed our daily practice pages using story problems to find an unknown number.
Social Studies/ILP - We are learning about famous women that have impacted our history. This week we studied Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Both of these women embodied bravery and perseverance.
1st Grade at Connors School Ms. Sheridan, Ms. Klag, Ms. Vayda, Ms. White and Ms. Stinson
Math: This week students reviewed what makes a statement true by looking at addition and subtraction equations and answering true or false. As an added challenge, students worked on making false equations true but changing one number or symbol. Students also began working on solving story problems with the unknown change/addend after teachers modeled how to solve these problems using strategies to help students know what the missing addend is. Students practiced using penny jars, and story problems to draw out the scenario and work it out to find the final answer.
ELA: This week our essential question was, "How do animals survive in nature?" We read nonfiction texts to find out how animals survive in the wild. Our phonics focus was long o spelled oa, oe, ow. We read multiple texts that had words with these spelling patterns in them. Our new high frequency words were: find, over, food, start, more, warm. In grammar, we learned about irregular verbs go and do. We also focused on open syllables. All of the games on Reading Wonders provided extra practice for these skills. Students did a great job on our monthly writing task. The topic was to write an informative text on a community worker. Our next unit will be on poetry.
Social Studies: We had a busy week in Social Studies! We talked about the importance of Digital Citizenship. Students talked about ways to stay safe online. The Digital Citizens showed us how to use our head, legs, feet, arms, gut, and heart to be safe and responsible online. Then the students learned a catchy song and dance from the digital citizens! It was so much fun! From our Young Citizens text we started to discuss what a state is and how many states the United States has. The students were given a map of the United States. They had to color certain states a different color depending on what the teacher asked. For Example, the students were asked to color the state they live in orange. We also continued discussing influential women for Women's History Month. We talked and read about Jane Goodall and Oprah Winfrey. We can’t wait to learn more next week!
2nd Grade at Brandt School
In Social Studies, students have been celebrating Women’s History Month and many of the significant figures that have impacted our world over time through researching and reading stories.
In Reading, using various texts, students were able to identify characters' perspectives and really focus on understanding the character of the story and how they might handle the problem at hand after deciphering their qualities and intentions. Students also practiced identifying text features and what the plot of the story was.
In Writing, students have used their knowledge of a character's traits and the importance of understanding their intentions and attitude, amongst other qualities, to create their own story using that character. Students also reviewed their sequencing and revising skills to draft their own realistic fiction writing piece.
In Math, students practiced their place value as well as their addition and subtraction fluency within 20. The students were able to determine the value of each separate number in several examples presented to them. The students were able to solve equations ranging from addition and subtraction problems but also creating their own as well.
2nd Grade at Wallace School
The Second Graders at Wallace ROARed into this first full week of March by learning so many new things and participating in lots of fun and engaging activities!
The students discussed the well known phrase "in like a lion, out like a lamb" about the weather in March. They made individual predictions, have been charting the weather daily, and made a fun craftivity. Additionally, the students learned about both lions and lambs and wrote about the interesting new facts they learned.
The classes are having a month long celebration of reading in honor of Read Across America and have had parent Mystery Readers visiting the classes each day. The kids have loved the surprise of having their parents visit our rooms to listen to them read a favorite story. Thanks to all the parents who have taken the time to come in for this special occasion.
In ELA, we have been discussing the Essential Question- 'How does the Earth change?' The students worked in their Reading/Writing Companion and read Into the Sea, an expository text about erosion. They focused on the concepts of Compare & Contrast, Cause and Effect, Homographs, Sentence Clues, as well as learned lots of new cross-curricula vocabulary.
The students were excited to begin learning foundational skills for multiplication including arrays, equal groups, and repeated addition. They even began learning multiplication facts for their weekly Minute Math Quiz. These mathematicians are really impressive by picking up on this new concept so quickly!
In celebration of Women's History Month, the students have been learning about different notable women in history. They are also working on 'Biography in a Box' projects about a woman who they are interested to learn more about. We are excited to see the students present their projects and to learn more about many influential women who have had a positive impact in our world!
2nd Grade at Connors School Ms. Garcia, Ms. Rinaldi, Ms. Pokorny, Ms. Criqui and Ms. Romanowski
ELA: This week our second graders learned how to use text evidence to identify and understand cause and effect while reading expository stories such as “Into the Sea”. They learned that author’s inform readers by using some text features such as bold print, headings, and titles. The phonics focus for the week was r-controlled vowels: oar; ar, or, ore. In the writer’s workshop students continued to work on drafting their realistic fiction stories. Next week they will be revising and editing their stories!
Math: This week in math, second graders investigated numerical data. We collected data with post it-notes, cube towers, and tally marks. Students were able to go around to different classes and conduct a survey on how many teeth students in other classes have lost. They used the data they collected to make a visual representation in the form of a line plot. We are looking forward to finishing up unit 4 next week, as we will have the Unit 4 test on Thursday, March 16th. Students came home with study guides to prepare for the test.
Social Studies: This week in social studies, we continued educating ourselves about the internet. We learned about putting a stop to online meanness and understanding what we should do if someone is mean to us on the internet. We now know that we should always think of the word "STOP" when faced with online meanness. Step away. Tell a trusted adult. Ok sites first. Pause and think online.
Women's History Month: 2nd Graders completed a 3 day long activity with 18 influential women throughout history. On the first day, students had to collect data about each of the women, such as if they had children, won a prize, or were still alive today. On the second day, students had to place these women on a timeline. On our last day, students had to locate where these women lived on a world map. We had such an amazing time learning about these women, and we can't wait to share our knowledge with others at home!
Science: This week in Science, second grade classes wrapped up the weathering and erosion unit. Students evaluated and ranked various methods of preventing wind and water from changing the land. Students also continued to identify changes as fast vs. slow occurring. In each class, students worked in small groups to build paper Mache volcanoes. We are looking forward to exploding them once all groups are finished!
Mandarin with Ms. Jia at Connors School
This week in Mandarin the kindergarteners started the unit of colors. Grade 1 students finished the zodiac animal activities. Grade 2 students reviewed some Chinese culture and language questions.
Grade 3 students continue to practice sentences about age, favorite leisure activities, sports and pets. Grades 4-5 students completed a research project about famous Chinese women to celebrate Women history month!
Physical Education at Brandt School
Our basketball unit is in the midst of understanding the benefits of why it's such an amazing life skill. Students this week were able to put the skills we have learned into practice. Students practiced these skills within stations. Shooting, dribbling, offensive, and defensive skills were incorporated in these stations.
Students worked together to help, encourage, or challenge each other through the stations. Steph Curry said it best “Basketball isn’t just a sport. It's an art, one that must be mastered to succeed.”
Hoboken HS Classroom Without Walls Program Desert Social
Our Hoboken HS Classroom Without Walls Program had a Desert Social to discuss pre-departure information for our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. It was a great opportunity for our redwing families to network and prepare for our upcoming authentic learning opportunity.
Wallace School Literacy
In Literacy, the Wallace School second graders are getting closer towards the end of Unit 4 Our Life, Our World. They're continuing to focus on the topic "How does Earth change?" They've learned about things that can change the Earth's surface such as erosion, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Students completed comprehension activities to show understanding of the text's vocabulary words and context, as well as apply the newly learned cause and effect skill. In addition, students focused on different types of r-controlled vowels and completed phonics activities in their Literacy stations.
Second grade mathematicians focused on categorical data in Math this week. Their goal was to identify and sort data by common attributes using their classmates, fictional creatures and common objects. They then used the data that they sorted to organize and represent it using different graphs like picture graphs, bar graphs and Venn diagrams. Students are looking forward to sorting numerical data in the upcoming week!
For St. Patrick's Day, students practiced previously learned skills in order to Unlock the Rainbow! They went on a journey to complete seven challenges to reach the pot of gold! Challenges went in order from least to most difficult, consisting of Math and Literacy concepts. Each time students exhibited perseverance and hard-working skills while completing the challenges, they earned gold coins to be traded in for Class Dojo points and class money. The best part for the students was that each challenge unlocked a prize for them, with the pot of gold being the biggest prize of all! What a fun way to end a week full of learning!
Passport to Learning Highlights
Greetings from Art Explorers V1 at Brandt School
The group did some introductions by playing Animal Bingo! 3 winners! We read How the Rhinoceros got his Skin by Kipling, and we made Masai necklaces from paper plates. I showed them the necklaces the Masai people make in Kenya, which is also where the rhinoceros lives! I hope they made it home safely!
In our weekly newsletter, we will be including shots of the kids doing their various projects and I like to do candid shots. I’m still learning names and faces, so if any of your parents do not want your child to be included on these please let me know now.
I look forward to making some great projects with these great little kids and I look forward to working with them!
PTL at Wallace School-Math Academy
This week in Math Academy our little Kindergarten Mathematicians skipped counted by 5's, 10's and 2's. For assignments they completed lessons on IXL where they had to match groups of 5's, 10's and 2's to pictures with 2, 5, or 10 items shown. For extra practice this weekend have your little learner review jump counting by 2, 5, and 10.
Early Childhood Education Highlights
Preschool at 770 Jackson
This week, in Ms. Lynne’s classroom the students read a book called, “Solid and Liquid”. After reading the book, the class had a discussion about the different attributes of both a solid and a liquid and how they take form.
The students decided to put on their thinking caps and become scientists! The class performed a little experiment using different liquids and made predictions. Would the liquids change to a solid when placed in the freezer? What will the results be? The class recorded the data and these are the results!
Preschool at Brandt School
In Room 111, Ms. Faith and Ms. Stephanie’s class have been working hard on their name recognition and name writing. They have been using name puzzles to help them with recognizing each letter in their name and how to spell it. What a fun way to learn the letters of your name!
Preschool at Calabro School
This week, Ms. Nicole and Ms. Meagan's class celebrated the Jewish holiday Purim. The children listened to a book called, "The Purim Superhero," and learned about the history of the holiday. The children also dressed up as superheroes and princesses to keep the celebration going!
Preschool at Connors School
Ms. Kate and Ms. Denise’s class finished off the end of Read Across America Week with Pajama Day! In celebration of Pajama Day, the class read "Llama Llama Red Pajama" as a class.
After reading the story and talking about their own bedtime routines, each child got to decorate their own pair of pajamas! Students used markers, tissue paper, paper scraps, and sequins to decorate and design their own pajamas.
Preschool at Rue HOPES
In Rue 001, the students have been working on identifying themselves and their characteristics. The class practiced making their self-portraits by using their favorite colors to represent them. It snowed last week and when the students returned to school, they drew snow balls during graphics practice and made snowmen using cotton balls.
Students have been exploring the areas of the classroom more and more and we have been noticing some more intentional play. You can see 3 children reading books in a setup similar to a small group reading with the teacher showing the pictures and reading to the other 2 children. Other students can be seen being doctors in the vet tech area.
Preschool at St. Francis
In Room 401, located at the St. Francis site, celebrated Read Across America. The class read many different books and celebrated many different authors, including Dr. Seuss. The class began by reading the book "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss.
After reading the story they participated in a fun filled activity. The students made their very own Cat in the Hat hats. This activity allowed the teachers to introduce patterns. The students discussed that patterns are things that repeat just like the Cat’s hat. The students were able to practice patterns as well as the order of their names all while having fun!
Tigers in Action: Hoboken Middle School Athletics
6th Grade Middle School Girls Basketball
Congratulations Hoboken MS 6th Grade Girls Basketball Team on winning the City of Hoboken Recreation Basketball League Championship. #TigersPride #HereWeComeHoboken
7th/8th Grade Middle School Girls Basketball
Congratulations Hoboken MS 7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Team on winning the City of Hoboken Recreation Basketball League Championship. #TigersPride #HereWeComeHoboken
Hoboken HS Boys Basketball 2023 Hudson County Honors
1st Team All County National Division:
2nd team All County National Division:
Sophomore: Lamir Boxley
Honorable Mention National Division:
Junior: Simon Celiberti-Byam
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