The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Message - 10/8/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope that you are enjoying this week and have found the virtual back to school nights informational.

I would like to thank everyone with children on remote instruction who want them to transition to onsite learning for the period running from October 13th through November 30th for returning their declarations of intent. The numbers that we received were manageable across the district. At the K-8 level, all of our classrooms will have fourteen or fewer students. At our High School level, all single size classrooms will also have fourteen or fewer students. Our few double size classrooms (particularly science labs) do have more students assigned, as a result of larger square footage. Classrooms will still be minimal in terms of extra furniture, in order to maximize social distancing. Students and staff are required to wear face coverings and all desks and tables have shields. Windows continue to remain open, classrooms have hand sanitizer stations and custodians remain on a continuous cleaning schedule. Approximately a month ago, I ordered 250 Portable HEPA Units for every classroom in the district. They have arrived and have been distributed to all classrooms as well.

As you may or may not know, Mr. Mark Mautone has decided to leave the position of Director of Special Services and return to his true passion. Prior to assuming the role of Director, Mr. Mautone was a teacher specializing in the area of autism. His great passion and level of expertise landed him the distinct honor as the New Jersey Teacher of the Year. Since then, he has done several speaking engagements and has served on many state and national committees. Mr. Mautone has brought so much to the Hoboken School District, both in the classroom and to the Department of Special Services. We will remain indebted to him. Whether working with parents, staff, CST members or students, Mr. Mautone extended his assistance to all. He has a professorial way about him that makes people want to learn from him at all times. That is the true mark of a master teacher and that is what Mr. Mautone is. Join me in wishing him the best of luck in his new educational endeavor. His legacy in Hoboken will be felt by all for years and years.

Over the past week, a small committee assisted me in interviewing candidates to fill the role of Director of Special Services. I am proud to announce Dr. Cecilia D'Elia as Hoboken's new Director. Dr. D'Elia has worked in the Hoboken Public School District since 2001. She began as a School Psychologist on the Child Study Team. Dr. D'Elia worked in virtually all of our schools and has developed relationships with so many educators and administrators. In 2009, Dr. D'Elia transitioned to Director of the School Based Youth Service Program at Hoboken High School. There, she established programs to assist students both in and outside of school. In this role, Dr. D'Elia also took on the District's Anti Bullying Coordinator role and continues to serve on various Social and Emotional Learning Committees in Hudson County. Outside of these roles, Dr. D'Elia has served as a Project Reach Program Coordinator and School Liaison for St. Mary's Hospital. Her clinical experience is vast. She has been a supervisor for HOPES Head Start, a Psychiatric Clinician for St. Mary's Hospital and a staff clinician for Northwest Covenant Medical Center. Dr. D'Elia is distinguished in her field. She has sat on the Hudson County Health and Human Youth Services Commission, served on the Board of Trustees for the Hudson Partnership Care Management Organization and has been an Adjunct Professor for Montclair State University's Department of School Psychology Master's Degree Program.

Please join me in extending well wishes to Mr. Mautone and welcoming Dr. D'Elia to her new role as Director of Special Services for the Hoboken Public School District. Dr. D'Elia will assume the position on October 14th and overlap for approximately one week with Mr. Mautone to become familiar with the current status of the department. We will be setting up a virtual meet and greet for all families that would like to speak with Dr. D'Elia in the very near future. In the meantime, feel free to email her and wish her the best of luck at

This edition of The Herald provides information about our new sailing program, as well as our new stand up paddle boarding and kayaking programs. I have also included good news about Hoboken High School's Recognition by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the Nation's Best High Schools and Hoboken High School's award by Project Lead the Way as a National STEM School of Distinction. I have also included Hoboken High School's scholarship totals and 4-Year graduation cohort rates.

If your family is interested in our district's Breathe to Perform initiative, then take a look at all of the free programs we are offering throughout this school year and register. I am sure that you will find them so beneficial.

In closing, I want to thank all of you for your cooperation, patience and partnership. All three ingredients make for an incredible school district. I could not ask for a more committed collection of guardians and parents. You are truly amazing and I am honored to serve the Hoboken Public School District.


Superintendent Johnson

Hoboken Middle & High School Students Set Sail on the Hudson River

Christopher Della Fave, Hoboken Public School District's Director of Innovative Programs arranged for a new program this school year. Most people know Mr. Della Fave from his work with the Passport to Learning After School Program. However, he is now branching off and focusing on unique wellness programs to connect Hoboken Middle and High School Students. Recently, Mr. Della Fave partnered with the Hoboken Sailing Club to design and implement a program open to all 6th through 12th grade students in the district at no cost. This program boasts four sailing experiences on the Hudson River under to supervision of certified skippers.

One student in particular must be highlighted. Hoboken High School student, Asher Strell is certified by the International Yacht Training Organization and is certified to crew a vessel up to 78'. He also holds VHF Radio Operator Certification. He is permitted to sail in coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore, has PADI Scuba Open Water Certification and is a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. How amazing is that? Having Asher on these voyages with our students is so important. He is a positive role model and is helping to open the world up to our students.

Those participating in our new sailing sailing program are having an amazing time. What a great experience for our students. Thank you to the Hoboken Sailing Club for making this program a reality.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Kayaking Program Along the Hudson River is Now Open to Hoboken School District's Middle and High School Students

This time around, the Hoboken Public School District is teaming up with Resilience Paddle Sports to offer six, no cost Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayaking events for the students of Hoboken Middle and High School. Depending on the forecast, students will either kayak or SUP their way along the Hoboken shores with the Resilience Paddle Sports crew. These six dates are a wonderful opportunity to get outside, enjoy Hoboken's Hudson River Waterfront while working up a sweat! Students will be under the supervision of a certified instructor who will point out the how to's of Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking.

Hoboken Middle School Dates - Only

Tues Oct 13

Tues Oct 20

Tues Oct 27

Hoboken High School Dates - Only

Thurs Oct 15

Thurs Oct 22

Thurs Oct 29


There is a limit of 20 seats per day. The number of seats remaining can be seen when completing your child's enrollment. These are stand-alone dates and you do not have to sign up or attend all of them. Students and families are responsible for meeting and gathering at the location. The school district will not be bussing. These events are weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, there will be no make-up dates. Students must know how to swim to participate


3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p .m. - Students will self dismiss


Students and families are responsible for meeting and gathering at the location below. The school district will not be bussing.

1301 Sinatra Drive

Hoboken, NJ 07030

Meet at the entrance by the dog park.

Please use this site to enroll your child in for this adventure along the Hudson!

Congratulations Hoboken High School...

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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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Breathe to Perform for Families

On September 1st Breathe to Perform provided a district wide staff Professional Development on Respiratory Health in a Time of COVID-19. I’m pleased to announce that we have now partnered with Breathe to Perform to offer a once a month Parent/Guardian series with David Bidler and Lex Clark, founders and CEOs of Breathe to Perform. Both David and Lex have participated in state of the art neurological protocols with leading neuroscience expert Dr. Andrew Huberman at Stanford University, as well as Dr. Jose Herrero of Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and North Shore University Hospital where David worked with Dr. Herrero to develop real time breath control protocols to better map the neuro-network of the brain. Our Breathe to Perform Parent Series kicks off on Tuesday, October 20th at 3:50 p.m. via Google Meet. The first three editions of the Breathe To Perform family edition will cover topics related to The Impacts of Masks and will open with a powerful conversation on The hidden opportunities of wearing masks at school. For more information about David, Lex and Breathe to Perform please visit their website at

If you would like to participate, please visit the Google MeetUp Link to join:

Breathe to Perform: The Hidden Opportunities of Wearing Masks at School

Date: October 20, 2020

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

Breathe to Perform: The Latest Science of Stress Management and Adaptation in Schools

Date: November 17, 2020

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

Breathe to Perform: Three Tips on How to Improve Mental Focus at School and Home

Date: December 15, 2020

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

How to Strengthen your Mind, Body, and Family Connection

Date: January 12, 2021

Time 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

Simple Strategies for a Fit Family: The 80/20 Rule

Date: February 9, 2021

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

March Madness: Family Fit Challenge

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

Parent & Guardian Communication

If you have any questions regarding your child's school or schedule, please reach out to his or her principal via email. Our principals' email addresses are as follows:

This school year, we are asking all parents and guardians at all school levels to regularly use our student information system (Genesis). If you do not have a Genesis Parent Portal Account for your child or each child in your home, you may complete the Genesis Parent Account Request Survey by clicking below:

What will you be using Genesis for during the school year?

As parents and guardians, you will be asked to complete a Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire Form for each child in your home if they will be participating in our full-day, onsite traditional learning model. This questionnaire follows N.J. Department of Education guidelines for health and safety. It will ask questions related to symptoms that your child may be experiencing, as well as possible contact and potential exposure to COVID-19.

Each morning, a new Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire will be available between 5 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. This Questionnaire is very important and is part of our commitment to keep everyone safe and healthy. Below, you will find a Screencastify tutorial to help you with this process:

For those students who are participating in the full-day remote learning program, parents and guardians will need to submit the Remote Learning Attendance Form each day between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. certifying that your child or children will be present for remote learning all day.

Remember, you must complete this form for each child in your home. We have included a Screencastify tutorial below that will assist you with this process as well:

To recap, the completion of the Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire Form will be completed for all children who are coming onsite for our full-day traditional learning model.

The completion of the Remote Learning Attendance Form will be completed for all children who will be staying home and participating in our remote learning model.

We will be sending friendly reminder emails at the start of the year on a daily basis. And, to facilitate practicing both forms, I am respectfully asking all K-12 families in the district to complete both the Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire Form and the Remote Learning Attendance Form during the week of September 14th through the 18th. By doing so, you will help us troubleshoot any issues that families may have or emails that may not be operational.

Our District's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This 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.