The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message - May 8, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:


It was not the nicest day outside. It was cool, windy and rainy. However, I hope that your spirits were not dampened by the weather as we close out Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week and near a celebration for Mother's Day. Enjoy the photos and videos from students thanking our staff members.


On Monday, Governor Murphy announced that all schools in New Jersey would be closed for the remainder of the academic year. He also indicated that guidelines for graduation ceremonies would be forthcoming and that a committee would be formed to contemplate extended school year programming, summer enrichment and camps, and what a September opening of schools might look like. We are certainly planning multiple options for summer programming.


However, today I participated in a conference call with the NJ DOE's Hudson County Office, Superintendents of Schools, and the NJ Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning. The topic of conversation was end of year celebrations, moving up ceremonies, graduations, and proms. I know that many parents and students are asking what we will do. Participants on the call were told that schools and/or school districts should not announce any plans for celebrations, proms, or graduations until we receive specific guidance from the NJ Office of School Preparedness and Emergency. I believe that we will received guidance shortly.


This edition of The Herald is filled with information about our district, schools, and students. Please take a moment to read through it and watch the videos that are embedded. Remember, May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Please take a moment and read about the Hoboken Education Foundation's progress toward its 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Last sunday evening, we hosted our first Virtual Talent Show. In each edition of The Herald, I will highlight one act per day. I have also included Ms. Piccapietra's (Hoboken High School Principal) tribute to the Class of 2020. I believe that your family will also enjoy the Middle School Virtual Book Clubs. Be sure to review the 6th, 7th and 8th grade books, descriptions and resources.


As you know, all of our schools participate in Project Lead The Way's STEM Program. This past week, we were notified that every single school in our district have been named National Schools of Distinction for STEM Learning. This recognition came shortly after our district earned the 2020 Best Community for Music Education distinction.


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

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HPS Celebrates: Hoboken Middle School 2020 Staff Appreciation Video

Thank You For Ms. Katie and Ms. Delia of class 107 at Mile Square Program/Demarest School, Created by Mr. James Maxon

Thank You Video

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

HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Ms. Eakin
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Addi
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Shannon
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Marra
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Piccapetria

Friday Messages From Guidance Counselors

HPS: A Message from Ms. Marcal
HPS Guidance: A Message from Mr. White
HPS: A Message from Ms. Hosbach
HPS Guidance: A Message from Ms. D'Anna
HPS Guidance: A Message from Mrs. Gleason
HPS Guidance: A Message from Ms. Wiener

Hoboken Public Education's Bold Initiative

The Hoboken Public Education Foundation has entered its final week of fundraising for their 1:1 Chromebook for Kids campaign. As you can see from the graphic below, they are almost to their goal of ensuring that each child grades 3 through 12 throughout the Hoboken Public District Schools will be provided with their own Chromebook to use for school work when school begins this Fall. Whether our students are in a remote learning environment, or physically in school, HPEF’s aim is for each student to have the technology, tools, and access needed to navigate the school curriculum together. There is still time to donate through their Facebook Fundraiser, the HPEF website or by Venmo (@HPEF-HPEF). Thank you all for your continued support of our Hoboken Public Schools and our students!

Highlighting Our Talent Show Stars One Day At A Time

HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Rosie & Miguel Cabelin, Pretzel Thief

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


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have helped shape the history of the United States. It is important for all Americans to know about the contributions and histories of the Asian-Pacific American experience in the United States.

The origin of Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month dates back to the 95th Congress (1977-1978) when five joint resolutions were introduced proposing that a week in May be designated to commemorate the accomplishments of Asian/Pacific Americans. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the resolution and in 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the celebration from a week to a month. The proclamation did not include an annual designation, and the president had to reauthorize May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month annually in the coming years. In 1992, legislation was introduced that would permanently designate May as the commemorative month.

The month of May was selected for two reasons: First, to commemorate the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrants to the U.S. on May 7, 1843; secondly, to honor the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Up to 20,000 Chinese workers participated in the building of the transcontinental railroad.

Hoboken Public Schools Earn National Distinctions by Project Lead the Way for STEM Learning

Congratulations Hoboken High School

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Congratulations Hoboken Middle School

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Congratulations Wallace, Connors and Brandt Elementary Schools

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Daily Theater Activities by Ms. Miller

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity: Day 9 Improvisation "ABC" Game"
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A Session of Namaste with Dr. Allgaier, School Psychologist

HPS: Namaste with Dr A., Joy

Meditation with Mrs. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Mediation with Mrs. Ellis

Our PTO's Helping Those In Need

Hoboken Police Department Officers And Detectives Read To Our Students

Enjoy High School Principal, Robin Piccapietra's Tribute to the Class of 2020

HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Ms. Picc tribute to the Class of 2020

Hoboken Police Department Reads To Our Students

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

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

As many of you know, I am a mom too. Although my daughter is 24 years old, she continues to ask me questions about the Coronavirus. I provide her with a number of resources daily to read. I fully understand that talking to younger children about the Coronavirus can be difficult and confusing based on the number of messages that are coming your way from news media. I have attached a link that was sent to me by Carrie Ellis that may help make your conversations a bit easier. Click on the link below:

Mental Health Support


The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; (877) 294-HELP (4357). NOTE: The “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.


Parent Stress Line - 1-800-843-5437

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.