The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you had a nice weekend with your family. I want to let you know that there was a widespread Google outage early last week that disrupted mass email and robocall distribution. Thanks to many of our staff members and parents for letting us know that my emails and calls were not received. We were able to submit a help ticket and release those emails and calls that were blocked by spam. Google has rectified the issue on their end and we have been able to alleviate the problem on our end. I look forward to seeing our onsite staff members and learners for the next two and a half days before the winter break.

Tomorrow, I will be sending out the next Declaration of Intent to all families. The entire Hoboken Public School District will operate on a remote learning schedule, just as we did the week after Thanksgiving, from Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 8th. We will once again arrange for COVID-19 testing during the weekend of January 9th and 10th. The Declaration of Intent #4, providing families with the option of remote or onsite learning will run from Monday January 11th through Friday, February 5th. Again, all families will receive the Declaration Form tomorrow.

The past nine months have been difficult for so many families. As you know, I launched Operation Gratitude: Gift Card Drive just two weeks back. My office has been collecting gift cards to distribute to parents and guardians for the holidays. To date, we have collected $14,015.00 in the following gift cards:

Acme: $125.00

Alessio's: $25.00

Amazon: $875.00

American Express: $150.00

Children's Place/GAP/Old Navy/Macy's/Sephora/Build A Bear: $375.00

CVS/Walgreens: $100.00

Domino's: $75.00

Jersey Mike's: $10.00

Kohl's: $75.00

McDonalds: $25.00

Panera: $50.00

ShopRite/Trader Joe's: $4675.00

Starbucks: $30.00

Target: $3300.00

Visa: $4075.00

Walmart: $50.00

$11,015.00 in gift cards have already been distributed to 440 parents and guardians, and their children, as identified by principals, teachers and our Office of Enrollment. An additional $3,000 was distributed to the West Side Women to give out to families in the Hoboken Housing Authority. This is absolutely amazing. I can't thank you enough for responding to this call for help. This entire school community, from families to staff members, always rises up to assist those in need and it is the greatest testament to your generosity and humanity.

As additional gift cards come in over the next day or so, we will continue to log them in, record them and distribute them. There is no greater gift in this world than gratitude and when we are more grateful to give than we are to receive, everyone benefits.

Be sure to join us for tomorrow evening's virtual district wide winter concert. It is certain to be a wonderful event. I would also like to invite you to participate in our upcoming school community book club, sponsored by the Hoboken Public Education Foundation. I am extremely excited, along with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to introduce our book selection, Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity.


Christine A. Johnson

Superintendent of Schools

Don't Miss Our District Wide Winter Concert

I am so excited to announce our district-wide, virtual winter concert on Monday, December 21st from 6:30 PM -7:00 PM. The zoom link to enter is

Password: Winter

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Congratulations to Hoboken Public School District's Governor's Educators and Education Services Professionals of the Year

Brandt Elementary School Educator of the Year

  • Ashley Babilonia

Brandt Elementary School Education Services Professional of the Year

  • Amanda Gonzalez

Connors Elementary School Educator of the Year

  • Fran Azzarto

Connors Elementary School Education Services Professional of the Year

  • Christy Gaudio

Wallace Elementary School Educator of the Year

  • Victor Lucatorto

Wallace Elementary School Education Services Professional of the Year

  • Maryke Morales

Hoboken Middle School Educator of the Year

  • Rose Lemaire

Hoboken Middle School Education Services Professional of the Year

  • Allison Kershis

Hoboken High School Educator of the Year

  • Paul Huggins

Hoboken High School Education Services Professional of the Year

  • Michelle McGrievey

Turkeys for the Holidays

Sincere thanks goes out to ShopRite who reached out to Mayor Bhalla's Office with a donation of frozen turkeys for those in need of food around the holidays, and to Councilwoman Jabbour who agreed to take care of all of the logistics. The Hoboken Public School District was included as one on the agencies that would receive turkeys to distribute to families. As soon as we found out, our Office of Enrollment and Residency began to reach out to our homeless families living with relatives in Hoboken and we were able to secure distribution for the fifty frozen turkeys. We could not be happier that we were able to help some of our families!

Letters of Love to Senior Citizens

Hoboken High Schools' joint Student Activities Organizations are sponsoring a friendly letter writing campaign for senior citizens in Hoboken. These National Honor Society members dropped by the school library to pen a few notes last week. Mrs. McGreivey, Hoboken High School Library Media Specialist made sure that she had ample card making supplies available to any student that wanted to participate. Students on remote instruction even emailed pictures of their letters so that their notes of love could be printed out and included in the campaign.
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Ice Hockey is Coming to Hoboken High School in 2021-2022

Ice Hockey is a growing sport across the United States. Many Hoboken students play ice hockey with local travel teams and have hoped that Hoboken High School would one day have a team. Well, the time has come. Last year, the Passport to Learning & Wellness Program hosted an early morning Ice Hockey Clinic to determine interest among students. It was not only clear that our district has enough students to think seriously about forming a high school team, but we were also contact by the Weehawken School District. Weehawken High School expressed interest in forming an Ice Hockey Cooperative with Hoboken High School to compete as an NJSIAA program during the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of positive conversations, we will move forward with this cooperative and launch an inaugural Ice Hockey season next school year with our Weehawken High School partners!

New Team Wilderness Hiking Opportunities in Harriman State Park for Middle & High School Students

The Passport to Wellness Program will be offering six (6) new outdoor hiking outings for Hoboken Middle and High School Students. There will be two hikes per month in December, January and February for ten students. Safety measures will be implemented on buses and masks will be required. Team Wilderness staff will supervise all hikes. If your Middle or High School teen is interested in participating, please click here for more information.

Hoboken High School's 9th Grade Students Participate in the 8th Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest

Ms. Troutman's ninth grade honors classes decided to have a little bit of vocabulary fun and participate in the "8th Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest" sponsored by the New York Times. Each group or individual had to choose a vocabulary word from the "Word of the Day" list published by the New York Times and include the part of speech, definition, and pronunciation in the video. Here is just one fun video that a student submitted:
Levitate (without music) - NYT 8th Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge

Hoboken High School's Environmental Science Club Exerts Political Pressure

During the club's Monday meeting, students in the Hoboken High School Environmental Club learned about fracking and its contribution to global climate change. They took action against a proposed port that will be voted on soon by the Governors of NJ, CT and PA. The port would be located in Gibbstown, NJ on the Delaware River and would export LFG (liquified fracked gas obtained from fracking) all over the world. They penned this letter to Governor Murphy and sent it to his office asking him to vote against this polluting port.

The Hoboken Public School District Announces Spring Sailing and Possibilities Beyond...

During the fall, the Hoboken Public School District offered a mini sailing program for students who were interested in getting out on the Hudson River with the Hoboken Sailing Club. This program sparked interest in a core group of students and parents, along with our Director of Innovative Programs, Mr. Christopher DellaFave. Over the past few weeks, Mr. DellaFave engaged in conversations with Mark Stehli from the Hoboken Sailing Club and arranged for two Spring Sessions of U.S. Keelboat Sailing Certification for Middle and High School students. Parent fundraisers have also been established to offset the costs for any student that wants to participate that needs the cost of the certification covered. This incredible opportunity has led the district to look into participating in the Mid Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association and the New Jersey Interscholastic Sailing Association. Based on interest, we are positioned and ready to form a club so that our students can follow their passions!

Hoboken High School Athletics Update

Winter sports are approaching and as of now our plan is to move forward with them. However, the NJSIAA just modified the start dates for Winter Sports....

Basketball and Bowling -- Practice Starts January 11th. First competition is January 26th. End of the season is March 6th.

Swimming and Track & Field -- Practice Starts February 1. First competition is February 16. End of the season is March 27.

Girls Volleyball and Wrestling -- Practice Starts March 1. First competition is March 16. End of the season is April 24.

Registration is now open for Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Swimming, Cheer, or Bowling.

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

Scenes from Hoboken Middle School - Students Learning Both Onsite and Remote

Scenes from Hoboken Elementary Schools - Students Learning Both Onsite and Remote

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.