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Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 1) - March 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope that you and your families are doing well and following the guidelines set forth by the the City of Hoboken's Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health.

Today at 2:00 p.m. Governor Murphy required all schools, colleges and universities must close and will remain closed indefinitely. As a result, we are continuing to develop remote learning lessons. We are doing so, two weeks at a time. We will absolutely be ready to roll out an extended remote learning plan when the one that is in place, expires. The next set of remote learning plans will rely more heavily on work that will be pushed and linked into Google Classroom. Directions will be provided for all families that are not familiar with Google Classroom. We will also be focusing on including additional work to challenge students.

At the end of last week, I had to submit our remote learning plan to the County Office. I did so and it was accepted. Over the weekend, I had to submit a presentation of our Preparedness Plan to the County Office. I included it below for your reference.

Today, I received a number of emails from families regarding Stories with Staff. Many of our students seemed to really enjoy them. If you would like to access our YouTube Channel, please do the following:

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

I have posted some additional stories, as well as a "Rainbow Meditation for Inner Strength" from from Ms. Carris Ellis. Remember, it's critical to have your children get up and move around. There are many exercises that can be done at home. Who knows, maybe even daily yoga sessions may be coming your way!

I encourage you to take time to review The Herald. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook too. I will be sending regular updates and resources for all families.

Stay well. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.


Superintendent Johnson

HPS: Ms. Ellis reads “Rainbow Meditation for Inner Strength” by Dawn Selander

Poem: Us

'Everything starts with us

Everything starts with us
all we have to do is trust
make the right decisions and plan
it can happen if you think it can.

when it’s time to move, don’t hesitate
try to be early, we don’t make them wait
be honest, don’t try to over inflate
by sticking together, our lives will be great.

and we have the option to choose'

And we have the option to choose
by listening to others we’re bound to lose
life is about using common sense
we don’t have to run and jump high fence.

Only takes teamwork to get the win
you’re one of the best that ever been
if not helping, tell ‘em to get on bus
cause everything starts with us.

New Videos Posted on our YouTube Channel - HPS Video Highlights: Stories With Staff

During these weeks that our schools are closed, I asked our staff if they would be willing to read stories to your children. I thought that our youngest students in particular, would enjoy seeing some familiar faces and listening to fun and engaging stories. Within minutes, our dynamic staff began sending me videos. Christopher Munoz, Hoboken High School teacher helped by uploading the videos we received today to our YouTube Channel.

In order to view these videos, you will need to subscribe to our channel. Follow the directions as listed below:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on videos
  3. In the search box, type in HPS Video Highlights
  4. Hit the red "subscribe" button

Continue to check our channel daily for more stories. I have added those that have been uploaded so far below for your families viewing pleasure. More to come...

HPS: Ms. Gaudio reads “Be You!” By Peter H. Reynolds
HPS: Mrs. Gavin reads "The Wishing Well” reads "The Wishing Well" by Nicholas Tana
HPS: Ms. Mcgeehin reads “What Was I Scared Of” by Dr Seuss
HPS: Mr. Benson reads “Not Quite Narwhal” by Jessie Sima

Johns Hopkins CTY

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth online courses will remain active throughout the entirety of the district’s remote learning plan for grades 2 - 8. Therefore, there will still be 3 - 5 hours of required coursework to complete per week in order to meet the course ending deadlines for both the three-month and six-month course options.

You will continue to receive email communications on assignment completion, feedback and grades from your child’s Johns Hopkins CTY online course instructor. If you have any questions at all, he or she will remain the first point of contact in regards to CTY curriculum and coursework completion.

Ms. Tara Donnelly will continue to monitor all Johns Hopkins CTY emails at the Middle School level. If students or parents have questions, please reach out to her at For all Grades 2 through 5 questions, please contact your building principal or Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Rodriguez-Gomez at

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.

Class of 2020 - Oh The Places They May Go!

Our Class of 2020 has 82 students. 96% of the class applied to 2 or 4 year colleges and have already been offered $17,149,460 in academic and merit based scholarships. Take a look at the colleges and universities that they have applied to:

Adelphi University

Albertus Magnus College

Albright College

Alfred University

Allegheny College

American International College

American University

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Assumption College

Bard College

Barry University

Baruch College of the CUNY

Becker College

Berkeley College

Bethany College

Bloomfield College

Boston College

Boston University

Bridgewater College

Brooklyn College of the CUNY

Brown University

Bryant University

Bucknell University

Caldwell University

California Institute of Technology

Calvin University

Castleton University

Centenary University

Central Connecticut State University

Clark Atlanta University

Cleveland State University

Coastal Carolina University

College of Charleston

College of Mount Saint Vincent

College of Saint Elizabeth

Colorado State University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Culver-Stockton College

Curry College

Dartmouth College

Dean College

Delaware Valley University

DeSales University

Dominican College

Drew University

Drexel University

Elon University

Emmanuel College

Emory University

Fairfield University

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus

Felician University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida State University

Fordham University

Franklin & Marshall College

Frostburg State University

Full Sail University

Georgia State University

Georgian Court University

Gettysburg College

Hartwick College

Harvard College

Hawaii Pacific University

Hofstra University

Howard University

Hudson County Community College

Hunter College of the CUNY

Immaculata University

Iona College

John Jay College

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)

Johnson & Wales University (Providence)

Kean University

Keiser University

Kenyon College

Keystone College

King's College

Le Moyne College

Lincoln College

Lincoln University

Louisiana State University

Lycoming College

Lynn University

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College

Marist College

Maryville University

McDaniel College

McPherson College

Mercy College - All Campuses

Merrimack College

Michigan State University

Mitchell College

Molloy College

Monmouth College

Monmouth University

Montclair State University

Morehead State University

Morehouse College

Mount St. Mary's University - Maryland

Muhlenberg College

New England College

New England Institute of Technology

New Jersey City University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

New York School of Career & Applied Studies of Touro College & University System

New York University

North Carolina State University

Norwich University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Old Dominion University

Pace University - New York City

Pace University - Pleasantville

Pennsylvania State University

Plymouth State University

Princeton University

Quinnipiac University

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rider University

Rivier University

Rowan University

Rutgers University School of Nursing

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University-Newark

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University

Saint Anselm College

Saint Peter's University

Salisbury University

Seton Hall University

Siena College

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Springfield College

St. Francis College

St. John's University

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stockton University

Stonehill College

Stony Brook University

SUNY Morrisville

Susquehanna University

Syracuse University

Temple University

The Catholic University of America

The College of New Jersey

The College of Saint Rose

George Washington University

The Ohio State University

University of Iowa

York College

University of Oklahoma

University of Tampa

University of Texas

Tufts University

Tulane University

University at Buffalo

University of Bridgeport

University of Central Florida

University of Connecticut

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Hartford

University of Maine

University of Massachusetts

University of Miami

University of Nevada at Las Vegas

University of New England

University of New Hampshire at Durham

University of New Haven

University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Puget Sound

University of Rhode Island

University of Richmond

University of South Carolina

University of Utah

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Virginia

University of West Florida

Ursinus College

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

Villanova University

Virginia State University

Wagner College

Washington University in St. Louis

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wesley College

West Virginia University

Western Connecticut State University

Western New England University

Widener University

Wilkes University

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University of Louisiana

Yale University

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:

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.