Marking Period 2, 2020-2021
Time is flying as we are now officially done with the first half of the school year. As you will see in the next pages, we are continuing to push our students, and provide for unique learning experiences. We engage our students in the humanities, sciences, and math. You will also see that we continue to receive recognition in everything we do, whether it be the arts, debate, or vocabulary challenges.
I am thrilled that you can take a glance of everything good at Hoboken High School.
All the best,
English Language Arts
Ms. Troutman's English I courses embarked on the survival unit, which focuses on a variety of texts that explore the essential question: What does it take to survive? Each text in the unit so far has provided a unique response to this question. The honors and college prep courses began reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, which exemplify frame narrative structure. These texts will enable us to see two very different voices that respond to the essential question. The frame narrative structure will enable us to see how the protagonist's voice is reflected in the retelling of events. As we read, we will engage in Socratic seminars, gallery walks, narrative writing, and analytical writing. By the end of the unit, students should be able to appreciate an array of survival techniques and reflect on the unique voices that convey the same theme of survival.
Mrs. Troutman's English I Honors students participated in the New York Times 15-second vocabulary video contest and two teams won (placed in the top 14 out of over 1,500 submissions!)We shared them all a few weeks ago in our newsletter, but here are the winners again for you to enjoy.
"Levitate" by Miguel Cabelin and Enya Rodriguez
"Defame" by Kendall McDonough, Naomi Cooke, and Riddhi Damani
The sophomore English classes finished reading the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 in the second quarter. Originally written by Ray Bradbury to express his concern for the effects of television on society, students marveled at the prediction of certain technologies and discussed the connection to our society’s dependence on streaming shows and on social media. Themes such as censorship, the pursuit of happiness, and the pursuit of knowledge were the basis of discussion and several short writings. Bradbury’s figurative style was examined through mini-lessons on aspects of voice, such as similes and metaphors, personification, hyperbole, symbols, and irony. To conclude the unit, students worked to connect the different aspects of the text through a hexagonal thinking exercise. Students also strengthened their familiarity and strength with the PSAT by completing practice tests in Albert.io.
The junior class has focused on historical and contemporary examples of rhetoric. They have written about congressional speeches and inaugural poems that reflect our past and present and considered how authors strategically use language to achieve a purpose. Students considered the relationship between the individual and community as they read and discussed short stories, like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "Young Goodman Brown," and poems and critical essays.
Students have also strengthened their vocabulary by creating vocabulary Jamboards and utilizing platforms like Vocabulary.com.
The seniors have been focusing on increasing their vocabulary by competing in vocab. jams. Some of the competitions have been fierce. Very exciting indeed! They have also honed their test-taking skills by completing SAT Reading and Writing Tasks. We are currently reading A Streetcar Named Desire, and the students are on the edges of their seats from the tension between Blanche and Stanley. Students also feel bad for Stella who is caught between her husband and her sister.
Throughout marking period two, the 9th Grade students of Hoboken High School have displayed academic professionalism and commitment while on a historical journey that connects past, present, and future. Using primary and secondary documents, students analyze evidence to construct arguments that point closest toward the historical truth. Students have considered the impact of early modern African empires on Eurasia, the short and long-term effects of interactions between Europe and the Americas, as well as the extent to which the transatlantic slave trade continues to shape our views of freedom and equality even today. As our journey continues, research and discourse translate into text-based arguments, and verbal debates promote clarity and consensus.
US History I
Students in US History I have been studying the Constitutional foundations of the United States. They have analyzed the difficulties the early nation has had through the revolution and the Articles of Confederation. Students also discussed how the Constitutional Convention was called to address those difficulties. They examined instances of how a young nation moved forward to set the example of democratic government. By studying constitutional concepts of federalism, separation of power, checks and balances, popular sovereignty, and the rule of law, students are exposed to the complexity of the US Constitution. This helps them to understand how it has been set up to address the challenges of the 1700s, as well as other challenges America has faced in its young history. This includes debates from Washington's Farewell Address and two-term presidency, to the election of 1800 where the United States experienced its first peaceful transition of power, as well as the establishment of judicial review in the case of Marbury vs Madison (1803).
US History II
Students have discussed how America sought to build on its constitutional promise of a "more perfect union", as it addressed the challenges of the mid-1900s. The Great Depression, WWII, and the start of the Cold War provide a backdrop for the nation as it struggled both domestically and internationally. All of this was done amidst the challenges of "two Americas" emerging. One America was highlighted by postwar wealth and prosperity, the other faced the difficulties of inequity. Through these challenges, students discuss how America emerged as a stronger, more diverse nation that has become better equipped to meet the needs of its people and others around the world as it expanded its post-war role as a superpower.
Holocaust, Genocide and Modern Humanity
In Holocaust, Genocide & Modern Humanity, students are learning about the roles that upstanders, bystanders, rescuers, collaborators, and resisters played in the Jewish Holocaust. Students are examining the many different ways that the Jewish people resisted, whether it be practicing their faith in secret, teaching children to read in concentration camps, and hiding/surviving in the forest where many Jews led sneak attacks on German soldiers and collaborators. Students are creating presentations on what they learn and will present to the class virtually. Lastly, students are preparing to welcome Maud Dahme, a Holocaust survivor, later on this month in a Zoom. Students will hear her story of hiding in Amsterdam and the tragedy of losing several members of her family to the concentration camps. This will be a special presentation where students will be able to take what they have learned and meet someone who has lived through these horrific circumstances and survived. One beautiful aspect of this story is the fact that Hoboken was the place where Maud took her first steps in America at age 14. What a privilege it will be to hear her story.
People Who Shaped the World
Students in People who Shaped the World classes analyzed various sources to determine the impact of MLK on American society. Ultimately, they estimated the extent to which his goals, as outlined in the "I Have a Dream" speech and other writings, have been realized. Also, they considered where and how Dr. King might focus his efforts if he were alive today.
To acknowledge and celebrate Three Kings’ Day, The Spanish classes had a socially distanced class discussion about the origins, meaning, and importance of this tradition in Spanish speaking countries. We distributed individually wrapped cookies and hot cocoa in a socially distanced manner to celebrate our students on this special day. Our students prepared for this celebration by reading the story, What is Three Kings Day in Spanish. Our students were able to compare and contrast how we celebrate different holidays in Spanish speaking countries. Social distancing and safety protocols were strictly followed to ensure a safe and healthy small scale celebration for our students.
In Spanish, students just finished reading La Novia by Deb Navarre. The story is about a group that is navigating daily life and the struggles of adolescent life. Emily, Erick, and Steve are a very close group of friends. This group of friends has known each other since kindergarten and are now in a bigger school, meeting new people and falling in love. Our students loved the thrilling novel. We’ve been on the road with these characters now through many chapters. Now, our students are reviewing what they have learned about our “personajes de la novela”. Our students will create a book with a mini biography of each character from the novel. They will include adjectives used in the chapters to describe the personajes as well as other information given about them (such as sports played, hobbies, etc.) They will also choose a picture online that represents their character. See images from this literature study below.
Looking forward to February, when we celebrate, embrace and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American Heritage Month, our students will learn about the diverse and divergent social and cultural paths taken by African Americans following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the introductory activity, students establish to what extent their own understanding of African American history has been shaped by the classic narrative culminating in the civil rights movement. In the learning activities, students will explore major movements and turning points in African American history from 1968 to the present by viewing and discussing video segments from the PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. In the culminating activity, students compare and contrast the causes and effects of these different currents on the African American experience in the post-civil rights era.
Students in AP biology completed several inquiry based labs this marking period. The students honed their skills using the light microscope and looked at slides of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and various glia. They prepared detailed drawings of cell signaling pathways using colored chalk and presented their drawings. The budding scientists analyzed a microscope slide of an onion root tip, identified the various phases of the cell cycle within the image and calculated the amount of time the cell spent in each phase of the cell cycle. During their unit on heredity, the students studied the fascinating topic of linked genes and analyzed microscopic images of the fungus Sordaria sp. Using their skills of observation and statistical analysis, the students were able to determine the length of the gene's locus from the chromosome's centromere and determine if the gene for spore color were linked or assorted independently. To kick off the unit on gene expression, they worked with models and puzzles of DNA and extracted the DNA from a strawberry after creating their own lab procedure. Finally, they concluded the marking period by producing models of the lac and tryp operons.
During Marking Period 2, students in Mr. Aleynik’s Chemistry CP class conducted several inquiry-based investigations within the framework of the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning Model (POGIL). Students evaluated the relationship between atomic structure and the organization of the Periodic Table, investigated the formation of ionic compounds by creating an evidence-based analysis of observed reaction patterns, and designed/developed/formulated multiple solutions to a research question previewing stoichiometric calculations through an analysis of data related to a common chemical reaction. Basic statistical analyses were also used to construct arguments germane to relationships between physical properties and molecular structures.
Students constructed visual representations defining key academic vocabulary by creating their own posters and by designing posters outlining common misconceptions. Students strove to formulate hypotheses prior to conducting experiments. Students were aided in their efforts to formulate hypotheses through the creation of higher-level thinking questions about existing phenomena. Students assembled molecular models based on chemical formulas or based on chromatographic data. An ensemble of some of the work by the student-scientists can be seen below and at right.
Lesson Summary for the Week
This week we learned about molecular compounds, which are usually composed of two or more nonmetal elements. They are inorganic compounds that take the form of discrete molecules. By doing worksheets on how to create compounds we used the periodic table to draw out each element and learn how to put them together on a molecular level. Many things go into creating a compound such as covalent bonds, types of bonds, number of bonds, and unshared electrons.
The lab for this lesson is about distinguishing the difference between oxygen radicals (O), molecular oxygen (O2) and ozone (O3) . All of which are very different. Oxygen radicals are single unbound atoms of the element oxygen, which are very unstable and are represented by the symbol O. Molecular oxygen is the oxygen that we breathe. It is a molecule of two atoms of oxygen linked by a double bond. It is represented by the symbol O2, in order to distinguish itself between oxygen radicals and atomic oxygen (ozone). Atomic Oxygen is ozone, which is made up of three oxygen atoms, or O3 and is a very reactive molecule. This molecule called “ozone” has to be generated and tanked right before use because it quickly decays into O
During Marking Period 2, students in Mr. Aleynik’s Physics Honors class conducted several inquiry-based investigations within the scope of the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning Model (POGIL). Students evaluated the relationship between Newtonian Mechanics and important Physics concepts such as energy, work,and inertia. Students created concept maps using higher-level thinking questions when previewing lessons.
Students developed multiple ways to solve problems by leveraging both conceptual, mathematical, and visual explanations. Students completed enrichment activities and laboratories that previewed Advanced Placement college-level work through the study of inclined planes, rotational motion, impulse, momentum, conservation of energy, Magnus effect, and the Work Energy Theorem.
Students used multiple ways to solve problems and to provide explanations for natural phenomena. Students worked with the Chemistry CP class to create a higher-level thinking questions poster in an effort to formulate better hypotheses and to better understand the underlying causes of natural phenomena. Students not only sought to explain their answers mathematically but also to fully explain the Physics behind the mathematics. An ensemble of some of the work by the student-scientists can be seen below:
In the second marking period, the Algebra I students dived into understanding what it means to have linear equations and what linear functions are. They have mastered how a point can be part of a function and also be a solution. We have also started to work with systems of linear equations, understanding how two or more equations can work together simultaneously to have a common solution. We looked at how we can find this algebraically and also graphically.
For the next quarter, we will continue to work with systems of nonlinear equations. But before we do, we will discover the different types of nonlinear functions as a class.
Students will engage in a variety of instructional strategies. Online resources are being utilized in these classes including Albert.io, Pearson Realize (our online textbook), and Edpuzzle to enhance class lessons.
In recent weeks, lessons in Mr. McKenzie's Geometry classes have been focused on one of its main tenets - proofing. We have been working on deciphering the various proofs and exploring various concepts and approaches in building our knowledge base.
In order to lessen the use of paper, students have been utilizing the online Google Add On Kami. It allows them to type/draw on any document assigned online. Our students are fast learners and have quickly adapted to the program and even demonstrated some shortcuts to the class. Above is an assignment where students were required to identify the overlapping triangles using the Kami program.
For Black History Month, Geometry classes will be reviewing segments of the movie, Hidden Figures and discussing some of the mathematics and computer concepts mentioned throughout the film. Using educational resources from the “Journeys in Film” program, we hope to have relevant conversions and continue to develop our critical thinking skills.
Precalculus and AP Calculus
In Mrs. Tank’s Pre-calculus class during marking period 2, Students learned about analyzing and sketching graphs of rational functions. Students also reviewed the properties of exponents and logarithmic functions. They also know how to classify scatter plots and use scatter plots to find the linear and quadratic models from the real-life data using TI-89 calculators. In January, trigonometrical concepts of right triangle and unit circles, and graphs of trigonometric functions were reviewed and students applied them to real world problems. Students also learned to use and verify trigonometric identities and to solve Trig equations.
Mrs. Tank's AP Calculus class has 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 over the December break.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
PLTW Computer Science Essentials
For the second marking period, Computer Science finished up with MIT App Inventor. This program let students develop and test their own phone applications. These projects included everything from being able to draw on pictures, to using the GPS features in the phone. It was an absolute blast watching them learn, struggle, and succeed the entire semester. During the semester, Mr. Anderson was able to publish an article for Project Lead the Way in an attempt to help future PLTW teachers in teaching their first year. It is definitely an enlightening experience.
Next, we will focus on creating programs to control our VEX Robots. First, we will just learn how to move them around, then we will move on to having them detect colors and avoid objects! We are definitely excited about the opportunity to control a robot with the code we write.
Over the course of the 2nd marking period the Introduction to Engineering classes have been focusing on building CAD skills to develop 3D models and technical drawings. Students have learned the importance of precision measurement and how it affects the outcome of a designed 3D model. Multiple CAD topics were introduced, and the students applied the engineering design process and their new CAD skills to design and 3D print products.
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science
PLTW Human Body Systems
PLTW Biomedical Innovations
Financial literacy and Economic business literacy
At the culmination, students sat for the Wise Financial Literacy Exam. For students who pass, they will earn a certificate proving they are financially literate. According to the Wise website, students who complete this course end up making smarter financial decisions. After taking this class, students are more likely to create and follow a budget, open a savings account, and set financial goals.
Students who completed this class will now move on to take Business Ethics in the second semester.
Physical education / Health
Culinary Arts I started off marking period 2 with gingerbread house building. Students learned how to create or find the stencil that they used for cutting out their gingerbread house pieces. They then learned how to make gingerbread cookie dough from scratch. After creating their dough, we spent time rolling and cutting out the pieces that we need to bake. Once the dough baked, they began assembling their individual gingerbread houses. Each student was able to pick and choose from start to finish how they created and decorated their gingerbread house.
Next, we focused on foodborne pathogens. Students created a “Wanted” poster of their pathogen. They researched how foodborne pathogens can be reduced, prevented, or eliminated from the foods that we eat. They researched the best hygiene practices, who the high-risk populations are, and the various strains of pathogens found in foods. Students then used Canva to create their posters. Check them out in the linked file below.
We also spent time focusing on HACCP. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. HACCP is a system that is used to look at our food production system in order to control hazards. Students followed the HACCP steps to make a beef taco soup.
Finally, we began our research for Black History Month. Students must choose a city in the United States and research the foods, culture, a Black chef in that city, and events of the city. We are then developing a menu to create for a Black History Month (socially distanced) Luncheon.
International Pastries also worked on gingerbread houses, but we created a “Little Hoboken”.
We also made salted caramel pumpkin layer cakes, which we were able to enjoy at a pre-holiday break luncheon.
Elements of Art
Mrs. Amatucci’s Elements of Art classes have finished studying color theory and completed their monochromatic paintings. They are learning about the Principles of Design and how to apply it in their work.
Art School Portfolio
Art School Portfolio classes have been working hard to create work for their art school applications while others are enjoying a higher level of art class to explore their creativity. Their work exemplifies their personal style while experimenting with various mediums.
Photography and Photoshop
Photography classes have been working with layer masks to create original photography. Students created collage posters in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.
Theater: Competition Time!
The Hoboken High School Thespian Competition Team has been busy virtually attending statewide theatre competitions this January. In doing so our theatre students are able to earn valuable recognition and feedback on their acting pieces. This year instead of attending in person, all events were virtual. It was extremely challenging trying to act with scene partners through virtual platforms and create believable connections and emotional choices when each student is in different locations. Ms. Miller commends the students for their hard work ethic, dedication, and willingness to jump right in and make art in unconventional ways.
New Jersey Thespians Festival
Over MLK weekend (January 15th-17th) our theatre students attended the New Jersey Thespians Festival. This year's virtual festival had 55 schools from across the state attending. Students who place “superior” are able to compete at the International Thespians Festival in June. Besides competing, students were able to select from hundreds of workshops to learn and grow as thespians. Overall, students particularly enjoyed interacting and create art with students from across the state, even though the platform was different.
A few workshops that stood out to students were:
"Acting for Commercials": Students learned snips of commercials and were taught how to personalize every piece you work on so that you can be fully connected to the material.
"Improvisation": Students learned that a great way to start improvisational sketches is by speaking about something the audience can relate to such as a "pet peeve".
"Storytelling on Film": Students learned about film fundamentals such as having consistent lights and sound. They also worked in small groups to create mini-movies.
“How to Create An Acting Career You love": Students learned how to pursue an acting career at a young age. They also learned about the best college programs to attend for theatre and how hard work and determination are huge factors in being successful in the business.
2nd Place Best Actor for Chapter Select Play: Miguel Cabelin
3rd Place Best Actress for Chapter Select Play: Sofia Melfi
Superior Medal Solo Musical Theatre: Daniel Weintraub (can compete at ITF)
The Speech & Theatre Association of New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education
STANJ hosted the NJ Governor's Awards Competition on January 22nd. Our students submitted 22 pieces (monologues, scenes, musical theatre) to be adjudicated by professionals in the field of theatre. Winning first place at this prestigious and highly competitive event also grants that student the additional honor of obtaining a Governor’s Award in Arts Education in a ceremony in Trenton in May. This is the highest arts honor you can achieve in the state.
1st Place Comedic Monologue: Sofia Melfi (wins Governor’s Award)
3rd Place Comedic Pair: Kendall McDonough & Mable Blischke Villavicencio
3rd Place Best Actress: Mable Blischke Villavicencio
6th Place Best Scene: Miguel Cabelin, Alana Rivas, Riddhi Damani, & Mable Blischke Villavicencio
Finalist Comedic Monologue: Rosie Cabelin
Students who participated in both competitions:
Scenes from "She Kills Monsters"
Theater: Backstage Class
In Global Beats class, students have been studying and creating genre-bending music, including the ever-growing Korean pop style known as K-Pop. Mixing K-Pop loops with hip-hop, dance, and rock loops, students created their own brand of the popular musical style. Global Beats producers will look forward to Black History Month, in which students will create a composition using authentic vocal melodies and harmonies in the South African isicathamiya style, made popular by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The remote chorus and band program presented their first virtual concert at the end of December, sharing the songs they have completed, as well as “works in progress.” The chorus recreated the tight harmonies of Queen, as they sang “Bohemian Rhapsody,” complete with video effects to match those of the original music video. The band performed a marching band-style arrangement of “Mic Drop,” a song made famous by the omnipresent K-pop group, BTS. The video performance also featured surprise alumni guest dancers Amanda O’Brien ‘20 and Gabriellis Del Valle ‘20.
Student Support Services
School library media center
Right now, at the start of Black History Month, she would like to share a resource with families. Common Sense Media has been curating resources for families since the pandemic started. Their website, Wide Open School, offers resources for all grade levels. Please take a look at this collection they put together for families during Black History Month.
Also on the theme of diversity, equity and inclusion, Mrs. McGreivey develops our library's collection to hold books that are "mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors" for our students. They can see themselves reflected in our resources (mirrors), while also learning about others different from them (windows). Right now we are creating posts on Instagram to promote titles by Black authors in our collection, both in print and digital formats. Below you can see the first. Check us out on Instagram at @hobokenlmc for all our Black History Month posts.
Nurse Turonis also points out that anyone can learn compression-only CPR, using resources located at the American Heart Association website.
Save a life
Counselors continue to reach out to students via email and Google Classroom to offer opportunities and experiences of all kinds. Most recently, we reached out about the FREE Girls Who Code summer program, offered to students at all levels of coding experience. Also, the annual ACES program at Stevens Institute of Technology has begun their application process. Stevens gives Hoboken High School three full scholarships each year for this amazing program, where students experience real college level courses and activities and are guided by Stevens students and faculty. These programs are available in a variety of subject areas across Stevens' academic program areas.
Moving in the third quarter, the guidance department is looking forward to working more closely with our 9th through 11th grade students on continuing to build their post-secondary plans using Naviance to further explore personal attributes, interests and alignment to colleges and careers.
Child Study Team - BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL HAS ARRIVED AT HHS!
Best Buddies is an international organization dedicated to ending the isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Ms. Drumgoole has started a Best Buddies Program at HHS and is recruiting students to participate.
Some of us may know someone with a disability or even have a family member with IDD. Often it is very difficult for people with IDD to interact with the community so they experience isolation, lack friendships and are not treated fairly. Best Buddies is working hard at ending all that.
We have students at HHS with various abilities and the goal is to encourage inclusiveness of everyone. Through the Best Buddies Program, we aim to pair students with IDD with a peer buddy to support their integration in the school community.
The second making period has come and gone! At the Student Center we have continued to support students with academic and mental health needs through this year’s uncharted waters. In addition to one-on-one counseling, our doors have remained open before school, during lunch, and after school for students to drop-in. This time provides students with a quiet place to catch up on school work and a safe place to find support. We are so proud of our students who are able to recognize when they need a bit more assistance and utilize the resources available to them.
We are looking forward to the second half of the year and the spring full of hope. At the Student Center we are working behind the scenes to organize some amazing events. From speakers to interactive workshops, the Student Center is getting ready to provide our HHS students with even more opportunities and resources. Keep an eye out for our upcoming SafeSitter training for those future child care providers, a series from Planned Parenthood for those looking to take control of their health, an amazing speaker for an inspiring story about perseverance, and a workshop with True Mentors for the employment motivated! These opportunities are available to all HHS students, onsite and remote.
We are excited for what’s to come, and hope you are too!
WINTER SPORTS ARE UNDERWAY!!! However, the NJSIAA has modified the start dates for Winter Sports....
WINTER SEASON 2
Basketball and Bowling -- have begun and while we continue to battle this pandemic as well as our opponents, the Redwings are excited to be back in action. End of the season is March 6th.
Due to COVID, no fans will be permitted at games at this point, however we will live stream our home basketball games -- a link will be available the day of our game on our district website... CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STREAMING
WINTER SEASON 2A
Swimming (Coach Pogo -- firstname.lastname@example.org) and Indoor Track (Coach Mendez -- email@example.com) -- Practice started this February 3rd. First competition is February 16. End of the season is March 27.
WINTER SEASON 3
Girls Volleyball (Coach Kolmer -- firstname.lastname@example.org) and Wrestling (Coach Stanek -- email@example.com) -- Practice Starts March 1. First competition is March 16. End of the season is April 24.
Registration is now open for Winter Seasons 2A and 3. CLICK HERE for online registration for Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling, and Girls Volleyball.
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