Hoboken High School Weekly Update


Greetings Redwing Families,

I hope everyone is ready for Spring Break. March is a long month, but now we all get to take a well deserved break. Whether you are staying home or traveling, I wish you a happy, healthy, and safe break.

For those students who want to continue working on Edgenuity, or to improve their grade in their classes, please continue to work over the break. The third marking period officially closes on Friday, April 16th. It is very important to submit any missing assignments during this time.

From Monday, April 12th to Friday, April 16th, we will all be working remotely. For students who are currently onsite, that means you will be joining all your classes via Google Meet. For our remote learners, you will continue your work in Edgenuity and Google Classroom. Please work right up to the close of the marking period. Edgenuity has been adjusted to reflect the new marking period closing date, and lessons have been adjusted to keep you on target. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.

For our parents who have their child returning to onsite, please ensure you check your email (spam folder, too) to ensure you receive any information from the district regarding testing prior to the return.

Once again, wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday break.

All the best,

Ms. Picc

Congratulations Juliet

Sophomore Juliet Hysen has been accepted to the prestigious Harvard Summer School program at Harvard University. Juliet will be attending the course called "On the Witness Stand: Scientific Evidence in the American Judicial System." Juliet is very excited about her acceptance and looking forward to pursuing her interest in United States law. Pre-college programs can be a huge boost to any student who is planning on applying to 2 or 4 year colleges. Not only are they wonderful resume builders, but they also give students experience with college level work, and can help them decide on majors for their future college careers. We are so proud of Juliet's acceptance, and we're looking forward to hearing all about her experience.

College Planning Night

On Wednesday, March 31st Guidance held their annual College Planning Night! The platform looked a little different this year as it was virtual, but it turned out to be a very informative evening! We had representatives from Stevens Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University, and Georgian Court University attend and help answer questions surrounding the college application process. Don't worry if you missed it, a recording will be sent out to families! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Gleason or Ms. Wiener.

Ms. Malenda's English I

Incorporating a little fun and NCAA into class, Ms. Malenda has created the Life of Pi - March Madness - Animal Battle.

See the slide show!

Mr. LeBegue's AP Biology

As part of their unit on evolution, students in AP biology class simulated changes in allele frequency of a population under various conditions. They investigated three cases in which they themselves were parts of mating pairs with other members of the class! They performed this simulation by drawing cards to determine the genotypes of offspring. Students calculated the frequency of p (dominant allele frequency) and q (recessive allele frequency) by applying the Hardy Weinberg equilibrium formula p2 + 2pq + q2 = 1. Everyone in the class pooled their data in order to form their conclusions.

The first case involved a population in perfect Hardy Weinberg equilibrium which involved little change in allele frequency over the course of several generations. The second case involved the case of selection against the recessive allele – which quickly resulted in the population having almost exclusively dominant alleles in just a few generations. Finally, the last case involved a heterozygote advantage – similar to that which is seen for the sickle cell gene in Africa due to the presence of malaria there. In this case, maximum diversity was preserved as the recessive allele remains present in the gene pool.

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Cupcake Wars

International Pastries presented their cupcakes for judging in our "CupCake Wars"

Each group had to find a recipe for their cupcake, buttercream and a filling if they used one. They had two secret ingredients to use: a fruit and oats. Some groups used the oats as part of their cupcake batter and another decided to toast and caramelize the oats and use it as "sand" for their beach themed cupcakes.

Our judges decided whose cupcake was the best. Congratulations to all of the groups for their effort.

And the winners of the Cupcake wars are: Samantha Pennington and Jada Rivera.

They made vanilla cupcakes with blueberries, topped with a blue wave buttercream garnished with caramelized oats (for sand) and a sugar cookie decorated as flip flops and starfish.

Mr. DeBenedetto's US I Classes

U.S. History I classes have spent the week examining documents surrounding the early women’s rights movement in the United States. The abolitionist movement enabled women to carve out a place in the public sphere. Women attended anti-slavery meetings and circulated petitions to Congress. From such arenas, women began to recognize their own oppression.

Angelina Grimke, in an essay published in the abolitionist paper The Liberator, was sure to include that she saw “no rights but human rights . . . [and knew] nothing of men’s rights and women’s rights." From a 21st century perspective, this statement might have many rolling their eyes and saying “no kidding.” But in the early 19th century that was more controversial than Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes.”

Indeed, there was much pushback over women speaking out in the public arena—even by fellow women. Students were struck by just how seemingly self-defeating some women were. Inspiring particular ire were the writings of Catherine Beecher. With statements like “Heaven has made males the superior and females subordinate,” how could

they not? Yet despite the backwardness of such thinking, there are still some individuals who would agree with Beecher’s assertion that instead seeking public leadership roles, women should “employ [their] influence domestically, not for the purpose of exciting the public and

inspiring agitation, but by promoting a spirit of morality and charity.” As it was for Beecher, that way of being is still seen by some as the “natural order.”

This lesson induced many scowls and snickers. True, we have come a long way; there is a long way still to go. As Feline Dirkx wrote in response to a rise of women holding federal office since the 1960s, “it is not enough.”

Ms. Amatucci's Elements of Art

The Elements of Art classes are studying the works of Georgia O’Keeffe for Women’s History Month. Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the first female painters to achieve worldwide acclaim from critics and the general public. She was an American painter who challenged perceptions and evolved constantly throughout her career. The students are learning watercolor techniques to create O’Keeffe inspired paintings.

Support Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Everybody needs a friend. But not everybody has one. It can be very hard for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make connections on their own. So Best Buddies matches them with a peer volunteer to form a "buddy pair". New friends open up a whole new world of opportunities!

Hoboken Public School's Friendship Walk is scheduled for April 27th. Donations from people like you and me make local Best Buddies programs possible. Big, small, somewhere in between your support will not go unnoticed.

Join us in giving the gift of friendship - make a donation today to support our Friendship Walk & help us move to the top of the list!


Help us move Hoboken to the top of the list! Donate now.

New Jersey's Mission Movers

Thank you to our walkers and teams who are leading the way to a more inclusive state! Here's a look at our current Top 10:

Top Individuals

1. Victoria Gemignani ($10,975.00)

2. Matthew Fernandes ($1,510.00)

3. Zachary Zoccoli ($1,502.00)

4. Amanda Fernandes ($1,500.00)

5. John Berardi ($1,375.00)

6. Lily Occhipinti ($985.00)

7. Ami Lad ($580.00)

8. Greg Dillon ($500.00)

9. Jeremy Diskint ($350.00)

10. Lucas Fernandes ($350.00)

Top Teams

1. Merck ($11,175.00)

2. State Director's team ($4,675.00)

3. TCNJ Best Buddies ($4,656.00)

4. BBNJ Jobs ($1,627.00)

5. OneTeam Financial, LLC ($1,460.00)

6. New Jersey Advisory Board ($875.00)

7. Donna's Friendship Team ($745.00)

8. Drew University ($710.00)

9. MOHS 2021 Best Buddies ($685.00)

10. Hoboken Public Schools ($570.00)


Lauren Brill - The Unsealed

We held a schoolwide presentation/ (virtual ) assembly for all students and staff on the afternoon of March 25th. Lauren Brill, a former ABC & CBS sportscaster, and creator of the website, The Unsealed, did a live presentation on resiliency, facing life's challenges, and making your aspirations and goals a reality no matter what obstacles have been placed in your way. Students viewed this interactive presentation in their classroom and remote students were able to watch and interact through their computers. All students, staff, and parents are welcome to check out The Unsealed.

If you are someone/or know someone in need of support, please do not hesitate to stop by Room 228. Virtual services will be available during the remote week after spring break for our students. For our remote students, please join our virtual open office hours on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 3-4 via GoogleMeet.


At the Student Center we continue to be busy meeting our students' needs, academically and emotionally. We continue to hold individual sessions for students, on an at-need basis, as well as to organize groups and presentations. Our SafeSitter Training is completed and we have some well-trained graduates. A big thank you to Mrs. McGreivey and Nurse Turonis for helping facilitate.
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Classroom Without Walls

We are pleased to announce that we will be traveling to Peru in April 2022 with our Classroom Without Walls! With so much happening in the world, we believe staying connected is more important than ever—whether it’s with our community, our future plans, or our global education. Because, while travel might feel uncertain right now, the dreaming of it and seeing curriculum come to life down the road, is still on the table. We will be hosting a webinar later this month to provide more information and open enrollment to our students and families.

WHEN: Thursday, April 15th

TIME: 7:00 PM

WHERE: Online via Zoom

Let us know if you can come by RSVP’ing to the meeting directly via our link: https://bit.ly/3dlsPnP

Can’t make the meeting but want more information? RSVP and select “no, but send info.”

Please contact Ms. De La Rosa or Ms. Cruz with any questions

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You can make the yearbook great!

The Yearbook Club is thankful for your assistance. We need our remote students (or onsite students, too) to send in pictures through the Yearbook Snap app (see flyer and videos below). This yearbook needs to represent all students, not just the ones on site. Send us pictures of your remote learning life.

Thanks to the seniors who already submitted baby pictures. We have received about 60 and we have 119 seniors so please ask your senior if they have sent in theirs. We are also posting forms in the Class of 2021 Google Classroom with polling questions to find out where seniors see themselves in 10 years, and we will be asking additional questions next week.

If anyone has yearbook questions, just reach out to Mrs. McGreivey (michelle.mcgreivey@hoboken.k12.nj.us). She is eager to hear from you.


WINTER SPORTS ARE UNDERWAY!!! However, the NJSIAA has modified the start dates for all Sports....


Girls Volleyball (Coach Kolmer -- skolmer@hoboken.k12.nj.us) and Wrestling (Coach Stanek -- sstanek@hoboken.k12.nj.us) -- Practice started March 1 and competition is just beginning. End of the season is April 24.

Spring Season

Baseball (Coach Williams -- cwilliams@hoboken.k12.nj.us), Softball (Coach Johnson -- vinstepo11@yahoo.com), Girls Lacrosse (Coach Nelson -- knelson@hoboken.k12.nj.us), Boys Lacrosse (Coach Favino -- nicholas.favino@hoboken.k12.nj.us), Boys Volleyball (Coach Fernandes -- felipe.fernandes@hoboken.k12.nj.us), and Outdoor Track (Coach Mendez -- amendez@hoboken.k12.nj.us).....Practice Starts April 1. First competition is April 19. End of the season is early June.

Registration is now open for Spring Sports. CLICK HERE for online registration for Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Volleyball, and Outdoor Track.

Student-athletes, in addition to registering, must have a valid sports physical and must be academically eligible to participate.

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


Mr. William's Bowling Team

Hoboken High School’s Boys and Girls Bowling teams finished up their seasons at the beginning of March. Even though it was not a normal season, due to COVID, the kids really enjoyed having an opportunity to compete. Both teams had a great season. The girls team finished in second place in the division, losing only one match all season. The boys team finished in fourth place. Gina Cruz for the girls and Adrian Cepeda for the boys finished in the top six averages in the division and were selected to compete in the King and Queen tournament with the best bowlers in the county. Normally, we wrap up our season with a big dinner at a local restaurant but due to COVID protocols elected for a pizza party at school to celebrate our season. I would like to recognize Seniors Alysa Toledo, Kiomy Cuevas, JJ Castellitto, and Davion Delgado on the completion of their great bowling careers for Hoboken High. We are really looking forward to next season when things are hopefully back to normal.