The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message - May 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:


I hope that you had a nice day. There are a number of events happening in the district that I would like to draw your attention to. First, Hoboken Middle School is hosting a series of Virtual Book Clubs. These clubs are a great way for your child to interact with classmates and staff. Second, tomorrow is World Diversity Day. In the Hoboken Schools, we will be hosting our first ever Virtual Diversity Day. If your family is interested in signing on to the Zoom Session that we are holding in conjunction with Kean University, you may do so using the information below:


3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 810 6122 8861

Password: Hoboken20

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81061228861?pwd=Ylh3c0JhaHhhV2dvc0EyUVlrR0pndz09


This edition of The Herald includes:

  1. Testimonial Project Google Form;
  2. Daily videos from our Principals;
  3. Wellness and theater videos;
  4. A story time video posted by Officer Rivera;
  5. Videos from our recent virtual talent show;
  6. National Federation of State High School Associations Article, Featuring Hoboken High School's Athletic Director, Mr. Derek England;
  7. Social and Emotional Learning & COVID Resources.


I would like to take this time to celebrate some of our district's recent accomplishments. A few months back, I announced that the Hoboken Public School District was named "A Best Community for Music Education". This month, we were notified that every one of our schools were named Project Lead the Way's "National STEM Schools of Distinction". Last night, Ms. Miller and her phenomenal Theater Department won a Foxy Award for Contemporary Costume Design by Montclair State University. I could not be more proud of these accomplishments.


I want to remind you that there will be no remote learning on Monday, May 25, 2020. Our school offices and virtual classrooms will be closed in commemoration of Memorial Day.

Our food service provider, Pomptonian, will not be serving meals on Memorial Day. Instead, they will pack up extra meals for families on Friday, May 22nd.


I will continue to check in with all of you daily to be sure that everyone is okay. I hope that you will also check in with me. If you would like to send me photos or videos of your children being creative or silly, or even showing off a talent, please do so. I will include them in future editions of The Herald.


Stay well. I assure you that I will keep you updated every step of the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.


Sincerely,

Superintendent Johnson

Daily Messages From Our School Principals and Supervisor of Early Childhood Education

HPS: A Wednesday Morning Message from Ms. Eakin
HPS: A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Addi
HPS: A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
HPS: A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Shannon
HPS: A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Marra
HPS: A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Piccapietra

May 21st is Diversity Day in the Hoboken Public School District

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Hoboken Schools recognizes the importance of celebrating diversity and have listed ways below that we can all participate in World Day for Cultural Diversity.


Below are a number of activities that we have been announcing. Hopefully, your family has chosen to participate by engaging in one or more of these activities. Whether you have or haven't, you can join the culminating Zoom Session hosted in partnership with Kean University by using the login information below:


3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 810 6122 8861

Password: Hoboken20

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81061228861?pwd=Ylh3c0JhaHhhV2dvc0EyUVlrR0pndz09


You may participate in as many activities that you would like. Please send a separate email with a photo to Dr. Pollins (Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us) of your participation. Put the name of the activity in the subject line for each email and please remember to list the name of the student in the body of the email. Send all submissions on May 18th by 9:00 am.


Exploration of Different Cultural Foods

As a family, research food from another culture. Explore commonalities and differences in the preparation and presentation of foods between your culture and one you chose to research. Send a picture of the process of making the food and/or a picture of the finished dish to Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.


Different Language Alphabets

To compare different written languages, do a google search of the alphabet in another language. Use the alphabet to write your name (For example, Braille, Arabic, Spanish or Japanese kanji). Share a photo of your name in English and the language of your choice by emailing Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.


Words of Respect

Research words and terms from various cultures that are commonly used to show respect. Be sure to add pronunciation tips so we can all practice saying the word. We will post a place to comment with your word on Twitter. Here are some suggestions:


Hello:

hola [OH-la] (Spanish)

marhaba [MAR-hah-bah] (Arabic)

ni-hao [NEE- how] (Mandarin Chinese)


Thank you:

domo arigato [doh-mo a-REE-ga-toe](Japanese)

salamat po [sa-LA-mat-po] (Tagalog)

motshakeram [MOAT-sheh- KER-am] (Farsi)


Appreciate Diversity Logo Contest

Create a logo that represents the diversity of Hoboken. All students who submit a drawing will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card. 5 winners will be randomly selected. Please submit all entries to Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.

Highlighting Our Talent Show Stars One Day At A Time

National Federation of State High School Associations Article, Featuring Hoboken High School's Athletic Director, Mr. Derek England

5th Grade Connection to the Middle School Virtual Book Club - Maximum Ride, by James Patterson

5th GRADE BOOK CLUB

OPTIONAL


To all 5th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our bridge to HMS Virtual Book club, and get to know some of the middle school teachers. We will be reading the novel

The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to the novel.


Ms. Painter & Ms. Falcone as well as some of our other ELA teachers are looking forward to meeting you. If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Mondays at 2:30 for a discussion.


See the Zoom link below.

Here is the schedule for the meetings.


Monday May 18th

Monday June 1st

Monday June 8th


Maximum Ride Book 1


Samantha Painter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 5th Grade Book Club

Time: May 18, 2020 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until Jun 8, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)

May 18, 2020 02:30 PM

Jun 1, 2020 02:30 PM

Jun 8, 2020 02:30 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95343959094


Meeting ID: 953 4395 9094

Password: bookclub5

6th Grade Virtual Book Club - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

6th GRADE OPTIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB


To all 6th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to the novel.


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Friday May 15th

Friday May 22nd

Friday May 29th


Hatchet PDF

Hatchet Audio


Samantha Painter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 6th Grade Book Club

Time: May 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, until May 29, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)

May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

May 15, 2020 12:00 PM

May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/tJYvf-ytrDgoHNy-UOqan27CHYqqc4UBa4lX/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCqrDMvH9aWsh-PRowQAIqgZ-_zpnZBgo1E0SrKEiFdMFTVHttTI7ErJfrR


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92285523268


Meeting ID: 922 8552 3268

Password: bookclub6

7th Grade Virtual Book Club - The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

7th GRADE OPTIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB


To all 7th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to Ernest Heminway (reading attached).


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Topic: Ernest Hemingway biography and Cuba

Friday May 15th

Topic: The Way Life as presented in the novel.

Friday May 22nd

Topic: Characterization: Santiago: an unlikely hero

Friday May 29th

Topic: Themes


The Old Man and the Sea PDF


The Old Man and the Sea Audio


The Old Man and the Sea: An introduction to Hemingway


Emerald Rozmester is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Grade 7 Book Club

Time: May 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, until Jun 5, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)

May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

May 15, 2020 12:00 PM

May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

Jun 5, 2020 12:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71452851824


Meeting ID: 714 5285 1824

Password: bookclub7

8th Grade Virtual Book Club - Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

8th GRADE BOOK CLUB

OPTIONAL


To all 8th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as an introduction to John Steinbeck and the migrant worker experience.


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Topic: Introduction to author and migrant workers

Friday May 15th

Topic: Character Study

Friday May 22nd

Topic: Theme

Friday May 29th

Topic: Symbolism & Final Thoughts


Resources for Book Club:

John Steinbeck Biography

Migrant Workers in the 1930’s

Of Mice and Men PDF

Of Mice and Men Audiobook


Daily Theater Activities by Ms. Miller

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity: Day 3: "Vocal Choices" Tones, Volume, & Rate

Foxy Award for Contemporary Costume Design

Last night we were one of the lucky high schools to win a Foxy Award for Contemporary Costume Design at MSU. Overall our scores were high, which just shows how incredibly talented and of high caliber other school productions are. We received a 93.5 score out of 100.


Below is some information on the Foxy Awards:


Montclair State University's Theatre Night Awards recognizes excellence in productions of high school straight plays throughout NJ. The awards honor accomplishments of individual achievement of both students and educators in areas of performance, direction, design, technical theatre, and overall outstanding productions. Students are able to share their work with other students and to be recognized outside of their own high schools.


Our productions of The Wolves written by Sarah DeLappe received the following nominations:


Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Costume Design --WON

The Jo Anne Fox Veteran Teacher Award --Danielle Miller

The Peter Filichia Award for Pushing the Envelope in Academic Theatre

Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Drama


There were 75 schools who submitted plays. It is highly competitive, so we were honored to even be nominated as a finalist for any categories. It was our first year entering this as we have never done a full length play before.


Normally we would be able to attend the awards ceremony at MSU to see who wins in each category, kind of like the Tony Awards. However this year it was Virtual Ceremony on May 19, 2020

Namaste with Dr. A

HPS: Namaste with Dr A. Sleep and Restoration

A Meditation Session by Mrs. Carrie Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Mediation with Mrs. Ellis

Hoboken Police Officers Read Stories To Our Students

Storytime with the Hoboken Police Department episode # 16 featuring Police Officer Cynthia Rivera.

Hoboken Public School District's Counseling Department Website for Social Emotional Learning Resources. See Below:

2020-2021 Approved School District Calendar

You've Asked and We've Responded

A number of parents have asked for updated school directories. Each of our schools have prepared new directories including names, positions, emails, and phone numbers. If you have any questions for the Superintendent of Schools, please email cjohnson@hoboken.k12.nj.us

For the Assistant Superintendent, you may email srodriguez@hoboken.k12.nj.us


Below, you will find each school's directory:

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.