The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Hoboken Public School District is working on a number of initiatives to ensure that our students are learning in an environment that celebrates diversity, is rooted it equity, and appreciates inclusion.

Last year, we unveiled an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion led by Dr. Tamika Pollins. To date, the Hoboken Public School District has revitalized and integrated the NJ Amistad and NJ Holocaust Curricula across content areas. We have hosted artists, musicians and guest speakers. And, we have drafted new manuals and offered training in the areas of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, Affirmative Action, and Restorative Practices. Collectively, we understand that adults and children must continue to learn together in order to grow together.

Our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has developed a Google Form in an effort to collect resources from district families that can be shared and used for future learning experiences. This Google Form will be open for two weeks, until November 13, 2020. Please take a moment to open it up and submit the titles of inspiring books that you have read, powerful podcasts that you have listened to or videos/movies that you have watched. These will be cataloged to create a shared database for district families and staff. You may access and submit the Google Form below.

Have a wonderful evening.


Dr. Christine Johnson

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Tamika Pollins

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Save the Date: Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Mr. Kizito Kalima will Address the Hoboken Public School District on December 9th at 5:30-6:30

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established December 9th as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims. Please save the date of December 9th as our guest speaker will be Mr. Kizito Kalima. Mr. Kalima is a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide and will share virtually about his experiences during the 1994 mass murder of the Tutsis. Please visit Mr. Kalima's Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Sneak Peek: Author & Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan Set to Visit Hoboken Middle School

Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal's were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion’s father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation. It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive. Holocaust speaker and author, Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles, recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Mrs. Blumenthal Lazan will be visiting Hoboken Middle School on March 22, 2021 to share her powerful story with our students.

Hoboken Middle and High Schools Start International Best Buddies' Chapters

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form friendships with their peers, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. The MS and HS chapters will assist students in breaking through social barriers and encourage meaningful connections to heighten their academic and social experiences. Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and general education students will be paired as buddies and will meet once a month to participate in social activities. Hoboken Middle and High School students are excited to start this new advocacy initiative in their schools in our district!

Our District's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This summer, I presented a resolution to the Board of Education that exemplifies our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Board Members unanimously approved my resolution. The resolution not only guides our work, but reflects our values and promise to all students and staff in the district. To review the resolution, please see the attachment below.

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.