Marking Period 2, 2019-2020
We are at the 100 day mark which means I like to look back and reflect on the first half of the year as well as look forward to the greatness yet to come. As you are reading through our newsletter, notice not only our co-curricular items, but also take notice of the highlights in our classrooms. We continue to push our students through challenging material, asking them to use their critical thinking skills to best prepare them for post secondary studies. For some of our underclassmen this is a difficult transition from middle school curriculum. It is imperative that we continue to encourage them to put in the time, as that is the only way they will see the results. Remember we have PGP tutoring labs available as well as after school library hours. Please encourage them to seek help when needed.
The next couple of months are huge celebrations in our school community. February is Black History Month immediately followed by Women's History Month in March. Mr. Munoz, our PGP coordinator, is arranging for engaging programs during PGP with a historical learning component embedded in these events.
Here is to a early Spring.
English Language Arts
Grade 9: Students in Ms. Malenda’s 9th grade English class have just completed a short story unit that included some of the most famous science fiction writers in history. Raymond Bradbury’s cautionary tale about the dangers of AI and technology, “The Veldt,” captured students attention and caused some shocks along the way. They also read the masterpiece “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” by legendary author Phillip K. Dick, in which a man wakes up early on his interstellar flight to a faraway homestead planet. This short story may have inspired the popular blockbuster movie “Passengers,” starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
Mrs. Troutman's ninth grade classes read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this past marking period and learned about contemporary issues associated with the themes throughout the novel. Students participated in learning stations that involved vocabulary jams on vocabulary.com, writing prompts on noredink.com, contemporary issues on newsela.com, and cooperative reading activities.
In addition to the novel, students just learned about "Thorny Situations" provided by Common Sense Education. Students were asked to evaluate two sources to determine the thorny situations depicted in the resources and reflect on the strategies provided in dealing with each individual situation. By the end of the lesson, students were expected to write a PSA about "Thorny Situations" to provide preventative education for their peers.
Grade 10: The sophomores in Ms. Stephens' classes worked on developing their analytical writing skills in the second quarter with the Literary Analysis Task and an analytical essay on theme in Like Water for Chocolate. They were challenged to participate in Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition, by memorizing a poem and sharing it with the class. Many of the Honors students did an excellent job with both memorization and delivery. Our school's champion was declared on January 16th. Rosie Cabelin (pictured below) will represent HHS at the regional competition at Bergen Community College in February. Work on reading comprehension and preparation for SATs continued through the use of vocabulary.com and Albert.io. As the third marking period begins, students in the 10th grade have started examining early American writing and are getting ready to read The Crucible.
Mr. Huggins' juniors selected from among their five seed pieces, one episode from their lives to craft into their memoir. Students have been reading touchstone texts for models of the memoir format, and engaging in writing activities to develop their fluency with imagery and dialogue, as they work to engage the reader.
Ms. Chakov's juniors are beginning the memoir-writing process for the SPI Memoir book. The students have examined previous student-published memoirs and excerpts from various memoirs to identify literary devices and comment on author's choice regarding setting, imagery, mood, and sequencing. We have begun to plan for the ceremony, and the students are very excited to perform.
Grade 12: Ms. Chakov's seniors are in the midst of reading A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Blanche's past is haunting her, and the students are shocked by Stanley's determination to destroy Blanche. Students are conflicted about the decisions Stella has to make. The students have created and performed soliloquies for the main characters in the play to demonstrate their understanding of the unique thoughts, feelings, and concerns of their chosen character. The seniors have also been completing tasks on Albert.io to improve their SAT and ACT scores.
The AP Capstone program is underway. The Seminar students will present their team multimedia talks in early February. The Research students are beginning to engage in their field research.
This marking period students focused on explorations, interactions and disruptions between Europe, Africa and the New World. Students uncovered the successes and failures of West African empires and city states and grappled with the question, "Should history remember Hernan Cortes as a hero or as a villain? They also considered the long term implications of the transatlantic slave trade through multiple lenses. Through their investigations, students were able to uncover the relationship of these events to our American identity today. In the third marking period, we will continue investigating, this time with global revolutions, independence movements and the consequences of industrialization. In the photo at right, students are enjoying the competitive aspect of classroom debates.
US History I
In US History I students have been focusing on the structure of the Constitution and how it helped a young nation navigate the challenges in early American history. Students have also been able to draw parallels between the constitutional structure and the current impeachment trial. By taking part in discussions and debates regarding constitutional principles such as popular sovereignty, limited government and the rule of law, students can better understand the nature of the current events and why people felt so strongly about these issues in early American history, and continue to do so today.
US History II
US History II students have focused on the "Boom and Bust" years of the 1920s and 30s. During this time students have discussed the implications of personal financial decisions and government policies on the US economy. Students then turned their attention to the government response to both domestic and foreign crises in the form of the Great Depression and World War II. Through these topics, students learn how America utilized its diverse workforce to maximize its economic output to become the "Arsenal of Democracy," while at the same time acknowledging the dangers of nationalism, militarism, racism and anti-Semitism through various lessons and discussion of Japanese internment and the Holocaust.
In order for a student to fully understand a subject, a student must be able to teach and test others on that subject. In Chemistry class, students created board games on the Periodic Table of Elements. Students learned the periodic table as they played these peer-designed games.
This performance task required students create a board game. The board game must have rules for play, point scoring instructions, questions. Each student had to create 20 questions from chapter 6: 7 easy, 7 medium hard and 6 difficult. These questions had to be used in the game during the play. Students also created game pieces and a graphically designed board. They worked in groups of two to complete the task. They demonstrated knowledge of three classes of elements, classifying elements, and periodic trends.
Ninth grade students enrolled in Algebra 1 have been learning about systems of linear equations and systems of inequalities. Students extended their understanding of linear equations and inequalities to systems of linear equations and inequalities. They learned methods to solve systems of linear equations and inequalities. Students identified when each solution method is most useful. The students were able to implement these skills to solve real-world applications.
The next topic of study focuses on extending the concept of functions to include absolute value functions and other piecewise-defined functions. Students identify the characteristics of each of these types of functions and understand that transformations can be applied to these functions.
Algebra II Honors students are deep in the heart of the Algebra II curriculum, having successfully completed simplifying rational expressions and solving rational equations by including restrictions on the domain. They graphed rational functions by finding the asymptotes and using their graphing calculators to complete their drawings. We are now conquering the laws of exponents focusing on simplifying roots, radicals and rational exponents. Students will identify the effect a has on the graph of a parent square or cube root function, We will also be finding the rule for the composition of functions and order of operations in arithmetic.
Precalculus and AP Calculus
Mrs. Tank's PreCalculus class has started with Trigonometry and has covered the following topics;
1. Identify the unit circle and describe its relationship to real numbers
2. Evaluate trigonometric functions using the unit circle
3. Use domain and period to evaluate sine and cosine functions
Mrs. Tank's AP Calculus class have started the last section of the course with Integration and have learned indefinite integration, integration with u substitution, Sigma notation, Riemann sums, and area under the curve. They also reviewed the first two topics with AP exam style multiple choice and open ended problems.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
In the Introduction to Engineering Design classes students were introduced to manufacturing processes. In the past, artisans who produced one item at a time built most products. Today, industry uses mass production to build many of the same items more efficiently. Assembly lines can benefit mass production. An assembly line is an arrangement of machines, tools, and workers that build a product in steps. Each station of the line is equipped to perform a specific task. Assembly-line production can usually manufacture a product in less time and at lower cost. Mass production can also improve the quality of the product.
What is quality? How is quality determined? Some would say that the product designer determines quality. The designer creates specifications. Those specifications dictate the quality of the product. However, poor manufacturing processes may also affect the quality of a final product. The use of inferior materials or components can also reduce quality.
Quality control is a system used to verify the quality of a product. By testing important product features and comparing the resulting data to the previously established specifications, you can identify product defects. Quality assurance attempts to adjust the manufacturing process to improve and stabilize the quality of the product. We use statistics to help us determine and control quality. This is often the responsibility of quality control engineers.
Students worked in teams to design, test, and improve a manufacturing process to build boxes. Collectively they built a box for each student in their class. As part of the process, they tested the quality of the boxes using statistics. The boxes they created will be used in a future project.
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science
PLTW Medical Interventions
PLTW Biomedical Innovation
Timely patient care can be the difference between life and death. Hospitals and emergency care centers strive to provide quality care to all who enter, but time is of the essence. Our 12th grade scientists were tasked with designing an emergency department that takes efficient patient care to the next level. Students shared their design with Dr. Leslie George and received valuable feedback. Our students presented their final designs to Dr. Amit Kumar, Ms. Piccapietra, Mr. Munoz, and Mr. Lebegue. Both groups did excellent work!
Physical education / Health
This marking period the 10th graders completed the first steps of the Graduated Drivers License (GDL) Program by completing classroom hours and passing the state test! They are on the right path to completing the “Early Bird” driving process! All driving information can be found on the free PDF version of the drivers manual. Students in grades 9,11 and 12 completed a marking period of Health and their first lessons from the Common Sense Education digital citizenship curriculum. The lessons all focused around the issue of privacy of personal information online.
To see updates and get tips follow Hoboken High School Physical Education Department's Twitter! @HHSphysedNJ
As the marking period comes to a close, we can reflect on the fun we had.
Culinary I worked on Famous Chef Presentations, Gingerbread Houses, Bacteria "Wanted" Posters and continually worked on safety and sanitation with in foodservice operation.
Culinary II and International Pastries helped prepare the Thanksgiving buffet, that was open for all of the school to attend. Both classes also worked on creating cookies for every teacher in the district for our annual Culinary Arts Appreciation Day. We then delivered the cookies to all of the schools; it was a great time to show our appreciation to all of the teachers and for the teachers to see how our students have grown.
We finished the marking period with a “Cupcake War” in International Pastries. The winning team was Matt McGreivey and Luis Melendez. They created a chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate pastry cream, topped with a coffee frosting and garnished with an oatmeal raisin cookie.
The team put forth a colossal effort in a six hour marathon session of mock trial, beating 5-year consecutive champions Union City in semi-finals and Bayonne in the finals. Our Redwing team was led by attorneys Rebecca Weintraub and Arianna Santiago. The victory was an entire team effort. Our team of twenty students has been preparing and supporting each other for months. Their efforts make us proud to be Redwings.
We are beginning to prepare for Model UN, scheduled for March 2-3 at St. Peter's University. Last year we won several awards and students are excited to challenge themselves again. Our team will consist of 38 students representing three countries.
Elements of Art
Mrs. Amatucci’s Elements of Art classes have finished up on their New Jersey posters for the Youth Art Month Contest. The students then began learning the Principles of Design and have been applying it to their work.
Photography and Photoshop
Photography classes have been working with layer masks to create original photography.
Theater: The Wolves
Hoboken High School’s Drama Club Presents “The Wolves” written by Sarah DeLappe
February 7th at 7pm
February 8th at 2pm & 7pm
February 9th at 2pm
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.hhsnj.booktix.com
Ms. Miller saw this brand new play at The Lincoln Center in December 2017. She was struck by the truthful nature of the writing. It’s almost like a fly on the wall look into the complicated nature of navigating through life as a girl. This story is told from the perspective of members of an elite indoor girls soccer team. Sarah DeLappe creates this thought provoking yet complicated insight into the challenges women face. Each character is dealing with their own issues, yet trying to find their place in the pack of “wolves” (the team name) where they feel accepted. Each character has a desire to be seen and heard as the girls discuss periods, boys, genocide, political warfare and more. In life, women have to be warriors, like wolves, because life itself provides pushback for every decision we make.
As female audience members watch the play, Ms. Miller hopes they can see parts of themselves in each character. The cast is made up of Rebecca Weintraub, Sofia Melfi, Toni Fucci, Judith Erdaide, Shyann Santiago, Arianna Santoago, Rosie Cabelin, Miki Pacheco-Berger, Feline Dirkx, and Juliet Hysen. This play has made this group of young actors hungry to explore parts of themselves they buried or did not know existed. It has to allowed them to explore society, to bring up thought-provoking questions, and most importantly, it has educated them in a way that allows them to grow not only as artists, but as human beings.
Theater: Thespians and STANJ
Hoboken High School Thespians Troupe #7268 competed at the New Jersey Thespians Festival on December 7th & 8th 2019 at Robbinsville High School. There were 51 high schools with 1350 students competing over the course of two days.
A Superior Medal means that these students can compete against winners from other states and countries in the same category at the International Thespians Festival at The University of Indiana in June. To earn a superior medal you need to get a perfect score on the acting rubric.
1st Place Chapter Select One Act Play
(We are now our states representative and get to perform on the main stage
at the International Thespians Festival in June)
2nd Place Best Overall Actress
3rd Place Best Supporting Actress
Contrasting Monologues Superior Medals:
3rd Place Technical Olympics (quick costume change, mic change, props table, and set change)
Fastest Sound System Set-Up (in entire competition)
We are also proud to announce that Michaela Pacheco-Berger placed as a finalist in the Comedic Monologue Category at STANJ (Speech and Theater Association of New Jersey) on the weekend of January 11th.
theater: disney and donuts
Disney and Donuts was a new fundraising idea for the Hoboken High School Drama Club. High School students dressed up in Disney character costumes and ran events that children of all ages could participate in. Approximately 400 community members came out dressed in their Disney costumes to have breakfast with Disney princesses. Admission was $5 per person and included a donut, juice, crafts table, coloring, face paint, karaoke, and a photo booth. The event was a huge success and brought so much joy to people of all ages. It was truly a magical experience that will become an annual event for the Theatre Department.
Student Support Services
School library media center
Common Sense Education, a non-profit organization, first developed its K-12 curriculum in 2010. All units were revised over the past two years and are fully customizable, integrating easily with the G-Suite platform. The curriculum has been embedded into social studies for grades K-8. In the high school, the lessons are being taught in a cross curricular manner, with multiple departments taking responsibility for the six digital citizenship themes. ELA will teach "Cyberbullying, Digital Drama and Hate Speech." Social studies has adopted "News and Media Literacy" and "Digital Footprint and Identity." Health and physical education teachers have taken on three themes: "Media Balance and Well Being," "Privacy and Security," and "Relationships and Communication."
Together with other team members from administration, our IT department, and our wonderful school resource officers, Mrs. McGreivey helped to plan and conduct our first ever Digital Safety and Citizenship Night for district families. We were thrilled by the turnout and the fantastic parent participation.
Data Privacy Day was January 28
Turnout was great for Digital Safety and Citizenship Night
We are using the COmmon Sense curriculum to teach digital Citizenship
A recent article from RWJ Barnabus Health states that bystanders can assist in the event of heart attack or cardiac arrest. A heart attack is caused by a blockage in an artery. Symptoms can include chest pain, sweatiness, and shortness of breath. Bystanders should call 9-1-1 and keep the victim calm while waiting for help. Cardiac arrest is usually caused by an electrical problem that causes the heart to stop pumping. It can be triggered by a heart attack. The victim may feel dizzy or have a racing heart before losing consciousness. Bystanders should call 9-1-1 and get a defibrillator or perform CPR. This video gives a great demonstration of how bystanders can help.
On Wednesday, January 22nd, the Hoboken High School Guidance Department hosted PSAT Score Interpretation Night. Parents of students in grades 9-11 gathered to view students' PSAT score reports, and learn about what the score reports can tell them. Mrs. Gleason and Ms. Wiener explained the breakdown of the score, and all about the additional information that is available through students' College Board accounts. More importantly, they answered the questions, "What does this mean for the student?" and "What should be done next?" From ACT and SAT testing plans to test prep information to college planning, parents got a taste of what is to come, especially for juniors, who are registering for college entrance tests now. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's counselor for more information or to set up an appointment.
On Tuesday, January 28th, Hudson County Community College met with seniors to assist them with their applications. Representatives from the Radiology and nursing programs were also available to meet with students and answer any questions they had.
Our seniors are in full swing with college applications and 70% of the class have applied with over 200 acceptances and $16.6 million in scholarship money thus far. Families should have already completed the FAFSA and HESAA applications but if they haven't, reach out to Mrs. Gleason to help you with this process.
On March 11, the Guidance Department will be taking a group of juniors and sophomores to the annual NJACAC College Fair at Kean University where they will have an opportunity to meet with college admission representatives from all over the country.
Child Study Team hosts visit by DVRS
On Friday, January 24, 2020 the Child Study Team at HHS invited Donna Schuyler and Rachel Pucci, representatives from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), to speak with juniors, seniors and parents about post-secondary services. DVRS provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find and keep jobs. For over 80 years, the mission of the NJ federal and state vocational rehabilitation system has been to help adults with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment that is consistent with their abilities, strengths and priorities.
Case managers and guidance counselors will refer students with an IEP or a Section 504 Plan to DVRS during their 11th grade year. We encourage students and parents to follow up with the office.
Students, please remember that
· A DVRS counselor will help you choose a career that will match your interests, skills, and abilities
· DVRS will work with you to develop an IEP (Individualized Plan for Employment). This plan includes your vocational goal and the services you need to reach it and succeed in your job.
· Our goal is to make your transition from school to work an easy one. DVRS will help you get ready to start working, or to start training or degrees that lead to a job.
The contact information for Hoboken High School’s DVRS representative is:
Donna Schuyler, MSW, LSW
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I
201-217-7180 (General Office Number)
The Student Center has been working to build resilience in our students by assisting their parents and guardians through Powerful Parents 3.0. This is an opportunity for parents to share resources and support in raising healthy teens.
Our meditation room is getting a lot of use by students who need to lower their stress level and rest during their PGP time. In addition, we completed a full course of “Yoga for Beginners” and look forward to starting Winter Yoga in February.
In December, our partnership with True Mentors resulted in the formation of the Teen Independence Program being brought to our school. This is an ongoing, open group to students who would like to get a part time job. After they complete their resume, reference list and practice interviewing skills they will be placed in one of many available volunteer or paid positions. We are looking for more students to participate since we have many job openings to be filled. The workshops are Thrusdays after school, but if a student is unable to attend at that time, TIPs is available at other times in their Jubilee Center office.
Lastly, we welcomed Ms. Hoo to our staff as a counseling psychology intern from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s doctoral program. We are fortunate to have Ms. Hoo, who is a licensed clinical social worker and has many years of experience in the school setting.
Heroes and Cool Kids
The Redwings are in the midst of another amazing winter sports season here at Hoboken High School.
Girls and Boys Bowling have been improving every time they arrive at the alley and the future looks extremely bright for both sports. Indoor Track is in the middle of its season and had a record-setting participation rate! Girls Basketball under the leadership of a new head coach, is making great strides as senior Zoe Mattessich recently joined the illustrious
"1000 point club." Meanwhile, the Boys Basketball team had significant wins recently vs McNair, University, and Ferris. Girls and Boys Swimming are preparing for the upcoming County and League Championships. Wrestling, in its first year of existence, is off to a fast start, with many of our Redwings winning their first varsity matches -- including Senior James Davis, who had three pins at a quad meet in Leonia. And last but not least, our Redwing Cheerleaders continue to offer invaluable support for our athletic programs!!!
Way to go Redwings!
P.S. -- Spring season is just around the corner...Join a tradition of excellence and join the Redwing Family. Visit the athletic website (www.hobokenredwings.org) for information on how to register for Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse (*new program), E-Sports (*new program), Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track, or Boys Volleyball!
Random Acts of Kindness
The Hispanic Culture Club spearheaded their annual random acts of kindness campaign during the month of December, recognizing the many unsung heroes in our day.
Ugly holiday sweater day
Our staff wore their "ugly" holiday sweaters on one of our last pre-break December Days.
Paying it Forward
During the holiday season, HHS made a donation to a school in Haina, Dominican Republic to help with recovery efforts. Pictured is Martin Peralta presenting the school with our donation & Ms. Picc receiving a plaque from Bajos De Haina in recognition of HHS’s donation.
Random Acts of Kindness
Ugly holiday sweater day
pgp lunchbox lectures
Medical School Graduate Nnaemeka Nweke engaged 9th Grade male students with a talk about their future & a growth mindset.
AAA-Northeast presents: Shifting Gears, a presentation about impaired driving to the Driver’s Education classes.
NJ Sharing Network speaking to Driver’s Education Classes about organ donation.