Hoboken High School Weekly Update


Greetings Redwing Families!

As we enter the month of February, we are actively celebrating Black History Month with a multitude of instructional lessons and activities designed to engage and enlighten our students on the importance of the African American influence on our society.

The history department is digging even deeper into the roles of African Americans who shaped our collective narrative as Americans. The English department is also actively involved including teaching lessons on the Harlem Renaissance; in American Literature students are studying Langston Hughes and Claude McKay. They will also start reading the American classic A Raisin In the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. In addition, students in English II will be watching the award winning documentary 3 and 1/2 minutes, which is based on the events surrounding the 2012 shooting of Jordan Russell Davis and examines the consequences of Florida's "Stand your Ground" law.

Also in honor of Black History Month, today during PGP, students and staff are signing the Black Lives Matter in Education pledge in the lobby. Our Black Film series is also in progress and we are looking forward to the reappearance of our Soul Cafe in the coming weeks. Our school library is sponsoring a quiz on identifying notable African Americans with prizes at the end of the month. It's sparking discussion among students during PGP as they try to find the names to match the images.

The theater department has been busy with the finishing touches on The Wolves, which debuts this weekend. The students are excited to show their talent and express the collective challenges of being a female high school athlete. Please come out and support our skilled actors!

We are excited to invite you to come to our next Community Dinner on February 19th in our cafeteria, from 5-7 pm. Please see the flyer below for more information. To sign up to bring a dish, please contact michelle.mcgreivey@hoboken.k12.nj.us.

I want to welcome Mr. McKenzie back to Hoboken High School. He has joined us in the mathematics department and will be teaching Algebra I and Geometry. Students were thrilled to see Mr. McKenzie as many of them had him as a teacher in Wallace and Connors. Our students gave him the warm Redwing welcome.

As we close out the second marking period, please keep up to date on your child's grades in Genesis and encourage them to take part in our PGP classes to help with homework and improve their grades! All parents can access student grades in the Genesis Parent Portal. If you prefer a hard copy reach out to your child's guidance counselor. In addition we will sharing LinkIt! Winter Individual Student Reports. Once you received these you are invited to connect with your child's counselor.

Shout out to our School Counselors

As this is School Counselor Week, I would like to recognize the hard work our counselors, Mrs. Gleason and Ms. Wiener put in every day. They get to know your child's interests in order to connect them with opportunities that will enrich and engage them throughout high school. In addition, they are instrumental in helping with the college application process, which can be overwhelming. Thank you both for all you do!

It is also important to acknowledge the many people who provide counseling and support to our students but work in other departments outside of guidance. Thank you to Dr. D'Elia, Ms. Cangeloso, Mr. Taglieri, Ms. Drumgoole and Dr. Allgaier!

The Wolves

Ms. Miller, cast and crew have been putting in long hours this week to prepare for The Wolves, with performances this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This story is told from the perspectives of an elite indoor girls soccer team. It is a thought provoking yet complicated insight into the challenges women face. Each character is dealing with their own issues, yet trying to find their place in the pack of “wolves” (the team name) where they feel accepted. Each character has a desire to be seen and heard as the girls discuss periods, boys, genocides, political warfare and more. Thank you to Terri Bish for sharing the great photos below from rehearsals. Buy your tickets now!

Seal of Biliteracy

Join us in celebrating the 2020 Seal of Biliteracy recipients for Hoboken High School. This year we are proud to announce that 14 of our students have met all the requirements to earn the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy. To achieve this accolade, our students have to be proficient in English by scoring proficient or higher in the State test or the SAT. In addition, our students have to take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) and scored an I3 or higher. Our students went above and beyond to achieve this amazing acknowledgment of merit and obtained the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Certificate. This cohort of students will receive a medal to celebrate their achievements and to proudly wear during graduation.

WISE Financial Literacy Exam

This week 59 students were assessed using the WISE Financial Literacy Certification Test. Students who successfully complete the assessment receive the W!se Certified Financially Literate™ (CFL™) credential, which demonstrates to to colleges and employers that students have the knowledge and skills to be financially savvy. We are proud to announce that 78% of students successfully completed the exam and are now certified.

Lunar New Year

At the end of last week, to celebrate Lunar New Year, Culinary II and International Pastries worked on Peking roasted duck, Mandarin pancakes, steamed piggy buns, vegetarian potstickers and char sui buns. Students then enjoyed a small luncheon together during PGP.

Student Center

This week the Student Center hosted another Powerful Parents workshop with guest speaker Laura Marcos. The focus was raising leaders of the future. We discussed leadership qualities and ways to keep communication open as we allow our children the opportunity to take more ownership of their own lives.

Upcoming Events

HHS Drama Club Presents - Wolves - Friday, February 7th, at 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 8th, at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm, Sunday February 9th, at 2:00 pm

Community Dinner - Wednesday, February 19th from 5-7 pm. Bring a dish and meet your neighbors! See flyer below.

Day of STEAM - February 29th - see flyer below