The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 13) - April 1, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope you had a good day and that this background provides a calming and relaxing feeling. I would like to remind you that if you have any questions about the content of the remote learning plans, please contact our Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Rodriguez Gomez. If you have specific questions about the delivery of the remote learning plans, please contact your child's principal.

Our staff members are so honored to come together, digitally, and bring new learning to families. Our Director of Innovative Programs, Mr. Chris DellaFave, will be hosting a Wellness Wednesday Variety Show. Every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. he will be hosting a wellness variety show with various colleagues, teachers, and wellness practitioners who are interested in bringing you the latest and greatest at-home practices, nutritional tips, mobility work, breath control, and beyond. This is a wonderful time to connect with each other as well as look forward to weekly scheduled programming. The Wellness Wednesday Variety Show zoom information and schedule is below:

Christopher Della Fave is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: The Wellness Wednesday Variety Show

Time: Wednesday, Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Schedule - 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm, Chris Della Fave, Description: Breath Control. Executive functioning skills, followed by techniques for alert & calm breathing and tips for falling asleep.

Schedule - 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm, Kristen Beriloff & Lisa Allgaier, Description: Organizing & Creating Space: Physically & Emotionally. How to organize your time, create physical and emotional space and engage in a practical mindfulness activity.

Schedule - 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Carrie Ellis & Veronica Pogorzelski, Description: Cooking & Nutrition. Helping to create healthy food options and quick recipe ideas to ensure you are getting vital nutrients throughout the day to stay healthy and energized.

Schedule - 6;45 pm - 7:00 pm, Benjamin Butler, Description: Mobility & Movement. Provide a full body flexibility and mobility sequence as well as an at home workout for all fitness levels and ages

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 717 710 033

In this edition of the Herald, I have included video messages from our principals, virtual band videos, photos of our students working on their studies, art videos, and health and wellness videos. There are also resources included for you and your family.

Please do not forget that tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day. Wear your blue in support and honor of our classmates, students, children and family members!

I encourage you to take time to review The Herald. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook too. I will be checking in with my Hoboken School District Families each day via the Herald. I hope that you will also check in with me. If you would like to send me photos of your children hard at work, please do so. I will include them in 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.


Superintendent Johnson

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Directions to Access Our District's YouTube Channel: HPS Video Highlights

If you are interested in accessing our YouTube Channel, please follow these instructions:

  1. Google YouTube
  2. Click on Videos
  3. Type in the Search Box: HPS Video Highlights
  4. Click the red box to subscribe

Daily Messages from our Early Childhood Supervisor and Principals

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

HPS Highlights: Hoboken Middle School thanks Hoboken University Medical Center

HPS Highlights: Hoboken Middle School thanks Hoboken University Medical Center

Wallace School at Work: Video Part II

HPS: Wallace School at Work (Week 2 of Virtual Learning)

Mathletes With The DellaFaves


Look At This Amazing Artwork by Grade 6 Student, Paulina H.

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Stories by HPS Staff Members

HPS Reads: Mr. Bartlett reads "Instructions" by Neil Gaiman
HPS Reads: Mrs. Mendoza reads "Cutie Sue wins the Race" by Kate Melton

Stories by HPS Students

HPS Reads: Hoboken HS Natalie E. reads "The Pigeon Needs a Bath! " by Mo Willems

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity (Tableaus Day 1)

Namaste with Dr. Allgaier, School Psychologist at Hoboken High School

Meditation with Mrs. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Mrs. Ellis

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:

COVID-19 Resources

What is Social Distancing?

We have heard of Social Gatherings, Social Media and Social Interactions, but Social Distancing? Social and distance do not seem like two words that go together. Social distancing seems like an oxymoron, like Jumbo Shrimp! The point of being social is to encounter other individuals. But in times like these, where direct contact is discouraged, how do we connect and continue to be social while still distancing ourselves?

Social distancing is reducing the direct contact with others who are not within your home. Keeping a distance of 6ft between you and others who do not live in your home and reducing your time spent in public areas. Even those who are part of your family but do not live in your home, like grandparents, should avoid close contact in order to prevent the spread.

So how can we continue to keep our sanity by social distancing but still feel social? Here is a list of some activities to incorporate into your day to feel social and to do your part in flattening the curve.

  • Use facetime, zoom, or just a regular phone call to connect with friends and family!

    • If you are using facetime or zoom, have a dance party, tell jokes, sing with each other, host a cooking lesson (if approved by your parents).

  • Some people still have to go to work to keep us safe in hospitals, work in our food stores, and drive the trucks to deliver our packages and food so even though we are spending most of our time inside, you can draw pictures or make signs for your windows to thank them! A simple thank you note goes a long way!

  • Explore and travel!! You ask, how? Many museums, zoos, and travel companies have free virtual tours online so check out the penguins, famous works of art or view other countries around the world, all from the comfort of your home.

    • Craft project: Make a passport and fill it with all the places you explore

  • Learn a new language! Many activity websites are teaching, for free, language courses so pick a new one and then facetime with your friends and try to teach them!

Don’t forget to laugh and smile and keep moving around and even though we have to be separated from others while outside, getting outside for a walk if you can daily, is very important.

Stay Healthy,

Nurse Beyer & Nurse DeMatteo

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.

Emotional Health Activities

There are a number of great resources for social and emotional health during a high stress time like the one we are in right now. Check out these "Things You Can Do For Your Emotional Health" and share with your family.

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

For the Assistant Superintendent, you may email

Below, you will find each school's directory:

Thank you to Hoboken Resident, Thao Pham

Thao Pham is a Hoboken resident and a pediatric physical therapist who work with children in NYC area. Dr. Pham understands that these are challenging times, especially when things are restricted and parents have to play many different roles. Dr. Pham has a collection of in-home physical activities that he kindly shared with the City of Hoboken. Below, you will see a number of activities that can be done in the living room or in the yard in order to keep the children active and healthy. Thank you to Dr. Thao Pham.

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.