The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you had a nice weekend with your family. The mild weather was a nice surprise. However, it appears that we may be in for a bit of storm mid-week. If our district needs to close as a result of inclement weather and internet connections are not disrupted, families will be notified and we will shift to remote learning.

The past nine months have been so difficult for so many. During the holidays we should always keep families in need in our hearts and minds. Rather than a toy drive this year, the Hoboken Public School District will be hosting a Gift Card Drive. This drive will be for all our families that are experiencing financial challenges. We have identified families through our partnership with the West Side Women, the Hoboken Housing Authority, our Homeless Liaison Officer, and other local agencies. If you are aware of a family in need, please let me know.

There is a box in the main office of each school and one in central office. We are asking for Gift Cards in the amount of $25.00. They can be Visa gift cards, gift cards to food stores, or gift cards to clothing stores. Each day, the cards will be collected and brought to our business office to be counted, logged in and secured for distribution. I know that providing these cards to families will mean so much to them, especially at this time of the year. I would like to ask for a big collection push on Monday and Tuesday of this week. We plan to distribute the gift cards to families on Thursday and Friday. Please remind your friends. Help me, help others!


Christine A. Johnson

Superintendent of Schools

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

In Honor of International Day of the Commemoration & Dignity of the Victims of the Crimes of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime

This past Wednesday, close to 70 staff members, parents and students gathered together via zoom in honor of International Day of the Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of This Crime. Our Hoboken Public School District's community was addressed by Mr. Kizito Kalima who survived the Rwandan Genocide as a teenager. He spoke of survival, mental health and the power of forgiveness.

So many were moved as he shared his story of being a fourteen-year old boy who had to survive on his own during the mass murder of the Tutsis. He narrowly escaped multiple attempts on his life and hid in a swamp for three months until it was safe. He shared how his past has fueled his dedication to assisting individuals in bringing peace and reconciliation into their lives.

His ability to turn his pain into his purpose left everyone in a deep state of personal reflection. The conversation with Mr. Kalima reminded us all of the importance of social justice, sparked conversations at dinner tables and between colleagues.

Our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will have additional speakers throughout the year as part of a yearlong Series. Please be on the lookout for future dates so that you have the opportunity to participate. Below you will find a link to information regarding the Rwandan Genocide from

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.

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!
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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 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.