The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you warm inside with a blanket and a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate. I know that many families are waiting for the Super Bowl. Please enjoy the game safely.


As you can see, it is snowing outside. While it appears it will end in the later afternoon hours, the suspension of street cleaning and the fact that emergency snow routes are in effect poses real parking problems for our staff. I am going to begin with a delayed opening schedule for tomorrow in order to provide time for staff to get in and find parking. K-12 (and PSD) school hours for both onsite and remote learning students will be from 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM. Pre-K hours for HOPES and Mile Square Programs will be from 9:45 AM to 2:30 PM. I know that whenever I make calls regarding school openings or closings, there are questions. I kindly ask that you direct your questions to me at cjohnson@hoboken.k12.nj.us, as opposed to trying to find the answer on social media. I will respond to your questions immediately.


Have a wonderful remainder of the day.


Sincerely,

Christine A. Johnson

Superintendent of Schools

Hoboken High School Virtual Open House

Wednesday, February 10th

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Intended for Families Interested in Hoboken High School


Register in Advance for our Virtual Open House Event

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ePYYsR17S9CkOc0AFZQueQ


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining our Hoboken High School Virtual Open House.


Agenda

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM Opening Remarks

  • Principal, Robin Piccapietra

6:45 PM - 7:15 PM Narrated Video

7:15 PM - 7:45 PM Panelists Real Time Q&A

  • Robin Piccapietra, Principal
  • Jin Park, Supervisor of Instruction & Programs
  • Derek Piccini, Vice Principal
  • Mike Ponce, Vice Principal
  • Derek England, Athletic Director
  • Stacie Gleason, Guidance Counselor
  • Susan Wiener, Guidance Counselor
  • Michelle McGreivey, Library Media Specialist
  • Chris Munoz, Teacher & Student Activities Coordinator
  • Paul Huggins, AP Teacher & Debate Team Coach
  • Steve D'Bernado, AP Teacher & Debate Team Coach
  • Samuel Thomas, PLTW Teacher
  • Danielle Miller, Teacher & Theater Coordinator
  • Dave Stasiak, Teacher & Music Coordinator
  • Geidy DeLaRosa, Teacher & Classrooms Without Walls Advisor
  • Ilia Cruz, Teacher & Classrooms Without Walls Advisor

7:45 PM - 8:00 PM Closing Remarks


Topics To Be Covered During the Virtual Open House Event

  • Meet the H.S. Administrative Staff
  • Advanced Placement Program (Pre AP, AP, Capstone & Academy)
  • Library Media Services
  • Educational Technology
  • Curriculum Overview & Electives
  • Project Lead the Way Pathways
  • Classrooms Without Walls Travel Program
  • Debate Team (Harvard Model Congress, Mock Trial & Model U.N.)
  • Student Activities
  • Theater Arts Program
  • Music Program
  • NJSIAA Athletics
  • Extra-curricular Activities
  • Special Education Services
  • Guidance Department Services
  • Online Platforms
  • Parent Engagement


*STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES*

Hoboken Middle School Program (Wednesday, February 17th)

Hoboken Preschool Program (Tuesday, February 16th)

Establishing a Legacy of Community Service

The Hoboken Public School District is committed to community service. As you know, on January 16th, students and staff from across the district participated in a number of good deeds in an effort to help others.


Community service is not new for four Connors Elementary School students. Dylan Patel (2nd Grade), Aayan Patel (Kindergarten), Kiyan Patel (2nd Grade), and Noam Patel (Kindergarten) serve meals to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. Dylan and Aayan first made sandwiches for the homeless last school year. It became their monthly "call to care". When our district announced this year's Virtual Day of Community Service, Kiyan and Noam joined their two friends. When asked how it makes them feel to make and deliver sandwiches to the Homeless Shelter, Kiyan said, "I feel good and grateful." Dylan truly believes that kids can make a difference in people's lives. Aayan plans to put homemade ice cream in cones and hand it out for free. And, Kiyan shared that he wants to draw pictures and make activities for kids who are sick and in the hospital. In addition to enjoying serving others, these special young boys also enjoy attending Connors Elementary School. Noam likes all of the nice teachers, Dylan loves Ms. Addi's morning announcements and Aayan claims that he has the best teacher in the world.


Just this past week, our district's "call to care" continued at Brandt Elementary School. Families were visited by Booker the Bear while they dropped off tooth brushes and tooth paste for the Homeless Shelter. Hoboken High School's Hispanic Culture members, along with other clubs, are collecting hygiene items for a large scale Toiletries Drive to benefit the Hoboken Food Pantry. Items may be dropped off until February 11th.

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Watch our District's Virtual Day of Service Video

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What Does Black History Month Mean to You?

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez is inviting K-12 students to submit artwork, poetry or a short essay about “What Black History Month". All school principals will share this learning experience with teachers. Students can share (or illustrate) a person or event in history, or someone in their community, that has made an impact on them.
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Project Lead the Way Community Celebration Award Recipient - Hoboken Public School District

Congratulations to PLTW Community Celebration Award Recipient- Hoboken Public School System for demonstrating how no action is too small, and together our impact is large! Check out our story by clicking here https://bit.ly/3bo62H8

Hoboken High School's Biomedical Science Teachers Mr. Samuel Thomas and Mr. Jean Lebegue Offer Seven Tips for Remote PLTW Teaching

The highly respected PLTW Biomedical Science teachers Mr. Samuel Thomas and Mr. Jean Lebegue recently contributed a post for the Project Lead the Way blog. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Lebegue, who are extensively trained in PLTW's Biomedical Science coursework understand the challenges and rewards associated with this rigorous program that is offered at Hoboken High School. Take a moment and see what Mr. Thomas and Mr. Lebegue have to say https://www.pltw.org/blog/seven-tips-remote-teaching

She Kills Monsters

Congratulations to Hoboken High School's Theatre Department. This weekend our students, under the direction of Ms. Danielle Miller, did what many thought would be impossible. They dazzled audiences with an virtual production of She Kills Monsters. While not a traditional show on stage, it was so clear to see our students' talents. Students, families and members of the community purchased tickets and watched the show on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday. There is not limit to what the Hoboken High School Theatre Department can accomplish. Get ready for the District's Spring Musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.

New Jersey Virtual Thespian Theatre Festival


The Hoboken High School Theatre Department participated in The Speech & Theatre Association of New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education 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...the highest arts honor you can achieve in the state.


AWARDS WON:

1st Place Comedic Monologue: Sofia M. (wins Governor’s Award)

3rd Place Comedic Pair: Kendall M. & Mable BV.

3rd Place Best Actress: Mable BV.

6th Place Best Scene: Miguel C, Alana R, Kendall M, & Mable BV.

Finalist Comedic Monologue: Rosie C.


Congratulations: Ms. Danielle Miller, Rosie C, Miguel C, Sofia M, Daniel W, Alana R, Halie B, Riddhi D, Kendall M, Mable BV, Naomi C, and Frannie M.

Congratulations to Hoboken Middle School's 37 Newly Inducted Members to the National Junior Honor Society

Congratulations to Hoboken Middle School's newly inducted members in the National Junior Honor Society who took their pledge on Thursday, January 28th in a virtual ceremony. Hoboken Middle School selected the name Pulchra Varietate for their Chapter. Pulchra Varietate means Beautiful Diversity. Thank you to all families and members of our school community that took the time to attend. The ceremony can be found on our District's YouTube Channel or by clicking on the video below.

HMS: Hoboken Middle School National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

Exemplary Professional School Counselor

Congratulations to Mrs. Stacie Gleason of Hoboken High School for being honored as an exemplary Professional School Counselor for the 2020-2021 School Counselor Recognition Program. Ms. Gleason is a powerhouse. She is a driving force behind the great success of Hoboken High School's Guidance Department. Hoboken High School's Guidance Department services students in the areas of academics, social and emotional learning, and college and career readiness. Ms. Gleason is dedicated to preparing, empowering, and inspiring our students.

Check Out Our College Academic & Merit Scholarship Totals

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Take A Look At Our 4-Year H.S. Graduation Cohort Rate

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Hoboken High School Athletics Update

High school winter sports are underway!!! However, the NJSIAA has modified the start dates. Please take note of the new dates:


WINTER SEASON 2A


Swimming (Coach Pogo -- vpogorzelski@hoboken.k12.nj.us) and Indoor Track (Coach Mendez -- amendez@hoboken.k12.nj.us) -- Practice Starts February 1st. First competition is February 16th. End of the season is March 27.


WINTER SEASON 3


Girls Volleyball (Coach Kolmer -- skolmer@hoboken.k12.nj.us) and Wrestling (Coach Stanek -- sstanek@hoboken.k12.nj.us) -- Practice Starts March 1st. First competition is March 16th. End of the season is April 24th.


Registration is now open for Winter Seasons 2A and 3. Click Here for online registration for Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling, and Girls Volleyball.


Inn addition to registering, all high school student athletes 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

International Best Buddies Has Arrived in Hoboken Middle School and High School

Best Buddies is an international organization dedicated to ending the isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Ms. Beriloff (HMS) and Ms. Drumgoole (HHS), under the leadership of Dr. Tamika Pollins, have started Best Buddies Programs at both Hoboken Middle School and Hoboken High School. They are 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities to interact with the community. As a result, they often experience isolation, lack friendships and are not treated fairly. Best Buddies is working hard to end all of that.


We have students at Hoboken Middle School and Hoboken High School with various abilities and the goal is to encourage inclusiveness. Through the Best Buddies Program, Ms. Beriloff and Ms. Drumgoole aim to pair students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a peer buddy to support their integration in our school community.


To join our High School Group please complete the interest form using this link https://forms.gle/VpxDuouXPZjxTCKq9 or reach out to Ms. Drumgoole at patricia.drumgoole@hoboken.k12.nj.us. To join our Middle School Group, please email Mr. Beriloff at kberiloff@hoboken.k12.nj.us.

Caught Doing Good...

A recent news story featured some of our Redwings football players shoveling snow with local group, Your Safe Space. Safe Space is part of the Heal Hoboken Collective. Our students and graduates help with the group's shoveling efforts during the winter months. Great job, Redwings!

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A Day in the Life of a Hoboken Middle School Student

Our District's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This past 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.