HMS Weekly Update #35

Friday, May 19, 2023

Dear Hoboken Middle School Family,

I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter. Please take some time to read through the updates below to learn more about this past week and our upcoming events. As a reminder, beginning on Monday, May 22nd, our 8th graders will be taking the NJSLA - Science. Please remind your child to come to school on time and with their Chromebooks fully charged.


Principal Sorafine

May Reminders:

  • HMS NJSLA begins May 15th for 7th & 8th Grade (see schedule below)
  • Grade 6 Field Trip ~ May 24th & 25th
  • Memorial Day ~ Monday, May 29th (schools closed)
  • Spring Concert ~ May 30th (see flyer below)

June Reminders:

  • HMS Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony ~ June 22nd at 11am @ Louis Taglieri Stadium
  • Last day of school ~ June 22nd, 2023
  • HMS Field Day ~ June 15th (sign ups and lunch information below)

Arrival Information:

The entrance on the 4th street side of the building is open to all students from 7:30 - 8:15. If your child arrives early, they should report to that door and enter the building. Students will then report to the HMS Cafeteria where breakfast will be served. The grade 6 (Garden Street) and grade 8 (Bloomfield Street) entrances doors open at 8:15 each day.

Please take some time to read through the updates below to learn some more about this past week and upcoming events. Some highlights are:

  • PTO Corner
  • District Musical Information
  • Passport to Learning Corner
  • Clubs & Activities Corner
  • Guidance Counselor's Corner
  • Move This World at HMS
  • Our corner's that highlight areas within our school community
  • Grade and content level summary to give you a peak into the classroom
  • Helpful information at the bottom of the newsletter


  • Students should bring a full water bottle to school everyday. If you would like to purchase an HMS Water bottle for $2 please have your child stop by the main office and see Ms. Munoz. We have water hydration stations in the building on the 1st floor and 3rd floor so they can fill up their bottles.
  • Chromebooks must be charged each night at home. Please check in with your child to remind them to charge their Chromebook at night.
  • Please communicate any health issues to Nurse Kirwin ( You may also share any documentation with her that the school would need.
  • Here is the HMS Student Handbook for your convenience
  • Please find the HMS School Uniform Guidance information

HMS Dress Code & Uniform Reminder

As the Spring weather approaches and warmer weather is near, please continue to remind your child of the HMS Uniform and Dress Code. Students are encouraged to dress comfortably but must still abide by the school dress code. Please note warm weather school uniform guidelines below:

  • Shorts and Skirts - Please note they must be appropriate length

    * Khaki (Tan or navy blue in color) Bermuda style shorts (knee length), skirts (knee length), and jumpers (knee-length) are permitted.
    * Not Permitted: shorts/skirts that are too short; spandex shorts
    * School Spirit Option – School issued athletic shorts that display the HMS Logo

  • Shirts – Must be worn with arms through sleeves.
    * Polo-style collar shirts or t-shirts (short or long sleeve) - SOLID navy blue, yellow, gray, or white,
    * Not Permitted: tank tops, cut-off shirts, crop tops
    * School Spirit Option – School issued t-shirt (long or short sleeved) that displays HMS Logo, HMS Activity or any other approved HPSD Activity (i.e. Theater, Band, etc.)

Please take the time to review the HMS Uniform Guidelines. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Baskinger (

NJSLA HMS Testing Schedule

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8th Grade Cap & Gown and Diploma Information


As the end of the school year quickly approaches, we would like to begin planning our Moving Up Ceremony for our 8th Grade Class. Though this may seem far away, it is important that we plan Cap and Gown sizing, as well as how student names should appear on their Grade 8 Diplomas.

Please complete the linked 8th Grade Cap & Down/Diploma Google Form to properly order your child's cap and gown and their diploma for the HMS Moving Up Ceremony in June. If you have any questions, please email me. Further information about dates and times for the Ceremony will be shared with families at a later date. Please complete this form if you have not done so already!

Thank you,
Dr. Baskinger
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HMS Field Day ~ June 15th!

Parent/Guardian Sign Up Information

Hoboken Middle School will hold its Field Day on Thursday, June 15th. The day will be filled with games, competitions, and a BBQ! Please see details below regarding Field Day sign up and . Stay tuned for more information.

HMS Field Day Lunch - 2023

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Hoboken Middle School PTO, along with the administration, is eagerly awaiting our annual field day on Thursday, June 15th . Along with the many activities on the field, the students will have a BBQ luncheon.

In preparation for this event, we ask that you select a menu item for your child. This information will assist in the purchasing and distribution of lunches. In addition to the item selected, all students will receive corn, watermelon, Doritos chips, 100% juice fruit ice pop and milk. Water will also be available.

Your child has the option to bring his/her own home lunch and snacks. Please note that choosing this option, they won’t receive the above items.

Please complete this form and return it to your child’s teacher no later than Monday, May 23rd. (CLICK ME!)

We will be looking for parent volunteers to help out on Field Day. Information regarding online sign up will be sent out in the coming weeks, until then please save the date: Thursday, June 15th.

Thank you for your support in making this a successful event for all of our students.

HMS & HHS Spring Concert ~ May 30th

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Hoboken Public Schools 2023-2024 Music Program Information

The Wait is Over! Be a Part of the Soundtrack of Our Artful District!

As we round the culminating corner of our successful 2022-2023 school year, we reflect on the gleaming talent of all children involved in our award winning Hoboken Music Programs. We applaud you and invite you to make more memories with us and join us next year!

  • Our rising 6th and 7th grade students, continue in the music programs you love! If you are interested in joining us, you are welcomed into a true musical family.

  • Our current 8th graders, please use the Hoboken High School form as you will be rising 9th graders next year. Join now to become a member of the award winning Rockin' Red Wings Marching Band!

Please choose your rising grade below to fill out the registration form related to Band / Strings as well as Chorus.

Once this form closes, your music educators will be in contact with you to provide you with additional program information as well as the rental link, if applicable.

Please complete your forms by Friday, May 19th.

Thank you and we cannot wait to have you!

Jessica Fasolino

Supervisor of Fine & Performing Arts

The Hoboken Public School Art Department

The Hoboken Public School Art Departments had a unique opportunity to participate in Hoboken's Through The Window Emerging Artists art exhibit sponsored by Hoboken Business Alliance and Main Street Pops. Throughout the month, storefront windows are transformed with works of art from professional and emerging artists in over 90 storefront locations. This is the largest outdoor art exhibit in our region with the help of the city’s vibrant business community. The exhibit throughout our beautiful town, allows our students to have their art work displayed with professional artists in the windows of prominent shops in Hoboken.

From May 1st-June 15th, artwork will be displayed from Hoboken Public Schools in the following locations

  1. Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street

  2. Playday Hoboken, 99 Park Ave

  3. WolfPack Fitness, 101 Park Ave

Have fun walking around town and viewing all the amazing artwork!

For more information please view

HOBOKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL student participants:

Emma Alvarado, Chloe Peel, Jaydin Menzies, Georgina Torres, Piper Morales, Lucas Balsera, Valerie Valerio, Isabella Pietri, Jaydin Menzies, Elise Pascual, Avery Martinez, Arsima Uruchyan, Benjamin Gabriel, Jackson Kirsch, Michael Keegan, Emma Henderson, Andrea Mendoza, Izayah Johnson, Fletcher Modrzewski, Isabella Rosado, Molly Lamb

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HMS Help Desk

Here are some helpful items for our families:

My child is going to be absent...what do I do?

Email and to inform us about the absence.

I need to pick up my child early...what do I do?

Call the main office 15 minutes prior to pick up so your child can be waiting at the 4th street entrance. The main office is (201) 356-3754. You will need to come into the security area to sign the book for your child to leave.

I have an issue with my Chromebook...what do I do?

Please visit the HPS-Tech in Our Schools Site for any tech related questions or problems with Chromebooks.

I have a question about dress code or purchasing...what do I do?

Email Dr. Baskinger ( for information

I have a question for about my child making up work if they are absent...what do I do?
Email Ms. Falcone for assistance (

Oncourse Connect ~ Parent Information


Here is the link for parents to sign up for Oncourse Connect:

I am also including the link that has FAQ's and videos to assist parents logging in:

Girls in Gear!

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Hoboken Youth Football Camp!

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HMS PTO Corner

Hoboken Public School PTO Golf Outing

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Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

The PTO is partnering with Krispy Kreme donuts for one last fundraiser for this school year! Kindly fill out the order form and Venmo payment to @HobokenMiddleSchool-PTO.


The fundraiser kicks off Monday, May 15th and runs through Tuesday, May 30th.

Pickup at HMS on June 2, 2023 between 3-4 p.m. (Students can pick up.)

Don’t want to purchase donuts but would still like to donate towards Field Day? Please send your donation via Venmo. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

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HMS PTO Booster Wall!

We are getting started on a second wall! To purchase your booster and be part of our wall please Venmo @HobokenMiddleSchool-PTO

Office of Special Services: Special Education Parent Advocacy Group (SEPAG)

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Hoboken Public Schools Theatre Department Corner

Hoboken School District Musical

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The Spongebob Musical Movie Night

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Montclair State University Theatre Night Foxy Awards Nominations

Montclair State University's Foxy Theatre Night Awards recognizes excellence in theatre productions throughout NJ. The awards honor accomplishments of individual achievement of both students and educators in areas of performance, direction, design, technical theatre, and overall outstanding productions.

It provides our NJ Thespians and theatre educators with opportunities to observe and learn from the high standards, extraordinary creativity and risk-taking artistic choices made by outstanding theatre educators and their students.

The awards ceremony was Tuesday May 16th and our educator Mr. Dave Stasiak won and award and the entire cast received a High Superior Rating for the overall production. Congratulations to Mr. Benson, Ms. Tapia, and the entire cast.

Sophia Castiglione, Rebecca Wu, Mallory Whitmore, Pria Wolsky, Violeta Martin, Krishay Chugh, Christopher Melli, Kevin Melendez, Tyler Mara, Annie Mahat
Henry Brennan, Charles Bird , Gloria Williams, Seneca Perry , Jackson Kirsch, Molly Lamb, Saira Bindra, Magnus Peterka, Ezra Horn, Jake Stefura, Samuel Leong
Sihanna Garcia, Emerson Blischke-Villavicencio, Gabriel Colon , Crisshayla Rivera, Regina Hosbach, Elise Pascual, Charles Stropp, Winter Acosta.
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Hudson River Showcase: Call for Youth Judges

HMS Passport to Learning Corner

Streetwear Startup

This week in Streetwear Startup, students worked to finish sewing their chore aprons. Even though our group was small, we worked together to complete the model apron and some were able to begin the sewing process on the machine. Next week will focus on treating and dyeing the fabrics with color, and beginning our final project--a screen printed t-shirt!

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Rock Climbing

Students practiced both bouldering and top rope this week. All students have shown great improvement since March!

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HMS Clubs & Activities Corner


This week, the GSA learned more about the history of Pride Month by watching a series of videos about the Stonewall Riots. Students finalized their short speech and poem to share with HMS during Pride Month. Next week, we will begin to hang up flyers for our upcoming spirit day!
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Academic Team

This week, the Academic Team competed in their final academic competition of the school year. Students in grades 6-8 competed in the National Social Studies League meet, which featured 40-50 multiple-choice questions based on American Studies, Geography of the United States, and United States government. Our scores have been submitted to be placed amongst other middle schools across the country. We hope to receive our scores in June!
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Newsletter Club

This week the Newsletter club continued to work on our 4th marking period newsletter. We worked to rewrite our notes into paragraphs. Next week we will put together our special project!

Yearbook Club

Click here to order your yearbook online! Orders are anticipated to arrive in June.

Lastly, here is a website for more information about ordering the yearbook:

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Student Council

This week during our student council meeting, we discussed ideas for our final project. The student council will be beautifying HMS by planting flowers in the flower boxes surrounding our school. The date of this initiative has not yet been set, but we invite anyone who would like to participate is more than welcome! We also discussed what kind of flowers we would like to plant and we then started the initial planning of the event by counting how many planters we will be filling with flowers.

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Effective School Solutions Corner

As a middle schooler, taking responsibility for one's actions is an important tool as well as a difficult tool to build on. An aspect of a child learning about responsibility is their parent teaching them accountability. This article below encourages parents to label and identify responsibility when you witness them doing it, i.e. "I like the way you took care of the responsibility". Also, for parents to make connections between your child's actions of following through with responsibilities and a reward, as well as modeling your own responsibilities and verbalizing them. Lastly, the article encourages your use of coaching tools "from the sidelines" rather than lecturing them about their responsibilities which could lead them to become defensive. These are important years to reinforce this tool which will better assist them in high school.

Article: Teach Your Child Responsibility

Ms. Falcone's Guidance Counselor Corner

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month is significant, in that we bring attention to mental health and how essential it is to overall health and well-being. Throughout the month, I will be sharing some resources that are beneficial to our students' mental health in the HMS Weekly Updates and Counselor's Corner Google Classroom. Please take a moment to check out an exercise from Move this World below:

All students who received Honors and High Honors for Marking Period 3, have now received their certificates. I am so proud of our students' academic accomplishments!

Marking Period 4 Interim Reports will be available on OnCourse on May 25th. If you would like to schedule a conference with your child's teacher(s), please email me.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.


Phone: (201) 356-3600 ext. 3746

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Move This World at HMS

We continue to support our students' social-emotional needs and mental health through Move this World. Move this World is integrated into our Fine & Performing Arts classes during periods 1-3. Additionally, all teachers have been utilizing Move this World in their classrooms to allow students opportunities for a break and movement. This week, Mrs.Bruce's class participated in the Power of Pause, which served as a brain break during Math.

I invite all our families to log into Move this World as well!

Below, you’ll find log in instructions:



To learn more about Move this World, please visit their website.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

Thank You,

Ms. Falcone

(201) 356-3600 ext. 3746

HMS Nurse's Corner

If your child has any medical needs please feel free to call me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. As a reminder, if your child has any kind of over the counter or prescribed medication that needs to be kept in school and administered, please have your doctor fill out a medication form and supply me with the medication.

Please do not send in the medication in your child’s backpack or drop it off with the security guard. This is a safety concern! All medications must be handed to the nurse, by the parent, with orders.

Good management of your child’s asthma is important to his or her success at school. Clear communication between you and your child, your health care provider and school staff is the key to managing asthma at school. A written Asthma Action Plan developed by your health care provider and shared with the school will help keep your child safe at school. Following the Asthma Action Plan will enable your child to participate fully in school activities.

If your child has an Asthma Action Plan, please send a copy to the school nurse. If your child does not have an Asthma Action Plan, please talk with your health care provider about developing one that can be shared with the school staff. Your child should not be carrying an inhaler around with an asthma action pan in place.

It can be faxed directly to the school at 201-792-4801 or sent via email to the nurse at

Should you have any questions or concerns I can be reached at 201-356-3744 or

HMS World Language Corner


In Spanish class, Grade 6 students discussed why celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is so important for Latinos, Mexico's Independence Day, and reading and analyzing a comic strip. Students sharpened their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills and reviewed different expressions used in the comic strip. Students met an exchange student from Spain. In the reading they learned about their class preferences and schedules. Grades 7-8 students reviewed their reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills by spending time completing lessons using Duolingo and Wordwall websites.


In French class, 6th graders learned how to count from twenty to one hundred in French. Unfortunately, numbers are very tricky in French and require quite a bit of mental gymnastics. Not allowing that to daunt us, we spent time breaking down the logic of how numbers work in French, and even diagrammed some math problems! To give some examples, the number seventy in French is soixante - dix, which literally means sixty - ten, so students need to do addition when stating numbers in the seventies! It even gets more complicated in the eighties and nineties: the number ninety-four, for example, is quatre-vingt-quatorze, which literally means four - twenty - fourteen (in other words, 4 x 20 + 14 = 94). Students rose to the occasion and impressed Madame with their level of mastery! In 7th and 8th grade, we took a break from a long week of testing to focus on vocabulary involving much anticipated summer! Seventh graders created beautiful slides on which they matched the new vocabulary with pictures to help people understand the meaning. What a beautiful job they did!

Check out this outstanding slide deck of summer vocabulary in French created by 7th graders Rafaella Rispoli, Violetta Martin, Riley Peters and Chloe Lopez!

Below is a picture of 8th grader Dante Santiago serenading our class with his rendition of La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf, one of the most iconic French songs.

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In Mandarin class, 6th graders reviewed the unit on animals by working on basic vocabulary, writing sentences; and practicing reading and writing skills based on an article in Mandarin. 7th and 8th graders continued with the unit on weather. Students completed a weather report project. The project required students to research four different cities ( at least one of which located in China) where they want to travel and describe the weather conditions, the temperature and what clothes they should wear if traveling to that city.

Arianna Melendez presenting weather reporter projects.

Grade & Content Level ~ What Have We Been Learning?

Each Friday our grade level teams will be sharing content highlights from the week. Please check out the sections below that highlight the content for your child.

6th Grade

Language Arts

After completing our NJSLA last week, sixth grade ELA students wrapped up their previous novel, began a new one and started our final writing unit.

Students had the opportunity to wrap up Mockingbird with a literary analysis essay and a structured, focused group discussion. We also began reading our new novel Chasing Vermeer, a mystery novel which focuses on art history and adventure. Students independently dived into this exciting new quest. They also began the new SchoolWide Writing Unit - Argument Essay by reviewing mentor texts and discussing the elements of this formatted style.


This week, our sixth grade mathematicians started their PLTW Green Architecture course. Students learned that being an engineer means various things and not just building. Students researched the multitude of engineering careers and what invention was created through that career. Towards the end of the week, students refreshed their memories regarding conversions. Students measured items around the classroom and converted each measurement to decimal feet. Decimal feet is what architects use when creating blueprints. Next week, students will continue measuring similar to architects and continue to learn about design and the design process.

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Social Studies

This week in Social Studies, students learned how the U.S. Supreme Court uses the power of judicial review. Classes examined how the Supreme Court established its power to decide whether acts or other branches of the federal government or by state and local governments violate the Constitution. We learned this power of the court is called the power of judicial review. Students closely analyzed court cases such as Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Meyer v. Nebraska, Tinker vs. Des Moines, and New Jersey v. T.L.O to explain the judicial process. Students also completed and presented their Jewish Heritage Month Projects.

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This week in science, students finished working on their Plastic Research Project where they were to choose a topic they found interesting and wanted to learn more about. 6th graders collected information on an outline/graphic organizer and then transferred their research to their choice of a poster or a digital slideshow/infographic. At the end of the week, each student was responsible for presenting their research to the class while the audience responded with feedback (glows and grows). They did a fabulous job and created some very impressive content!

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7th Grade

Language Arts

This week, seventh graders worked hard as they completed the NJLA for English Language Arts on Monday and Tuesday. After testing, students celebrated both Asian American Pacific Islander Month and Jewish Heritage Month by reading a series of short stories. For AAPI Month, students read a Chinese folktale or fable of their choosing, analyzed the story for the theme, and created short skits to perform for their classmates. Students discussed how fables and folktales can teach readers about the morals and values of a specific culture. For Jewish Heritage Month, students read the memoir, The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco–one of our memoir mentors from this unit! Students learned about many Jewish traditions and ended the lesson by making their own “keeping quilts” which represented their own family traditions.


This week, students took the NJSLA mathematics assessment. We are so proud of their hard work and effort. Next week, students will begin their Project Lead the Way unit: Automation & Robotics. To prepare for PLTW, students reviewed coding fundamentals by programming, debugging, and applying algorithms. This work will help them develop code for their robots!


After NJSLA testing this week, the science classes were able to finish their Biodiversity presentations, and participate in an academic challenge Kahoot! created by their classmates. The students had a great time learning and having fun with their science topics. We ended their week reflecting in groups and sharing opinions on whether invasive species will be considered native species as long periods of time have passed. We continue to wish luck to our STEAM Tank group STAT as they continue to strengthen their project for the approaching finals.

Social Studies

After having the NJSLA testing in the morning, the 7th graders were able to research famous Jewish Americans for Jewish American Heritage Month. Students read a variety of biographies about famous Jewish American singers, scientists, actors, actresses, etc. and select the person that interested them the most. From there, the 7th graders did research about that person’s life, and created a visual timeline to share with the class. Students also read more about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s capital. Next week we will continue to discover what Brazil is like today, as well as its history.

8th Grade

Language Arts

Great job this week by the 8th graders demonstrating their understanding of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards through testing for ELA. In addition students have been working on their Heritage Projects for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Month through researching a poet and analyzing a poem. Students created presentations to share with their classmates!

Pre-AP Algebra

During the second part of this week algebra students took the math part of the NJSLA. During afternoon class time we enjoyed some math activities adjacent to our algebra curriculum. We explored the graphing calculators a bit more and made our own penny and and tower of Hanoi games. These last two have solutions that are functions that we studied this year- exponential and quadratic. These are easy games to play at home so hopefully you will have an opportunity to try them out! Algebra had a day off from testing on Friday so we tested our understanding of projectile motion by creating small catapults and continually reengineering them to hit targets from a given distance. Students will take their final exam on Thursday. The students voted to have it close to testing as we have done so much review already. On Wednesday we create a one page notes sheet that students can bring to the exam with them.


This week in Pre-Algebra the students completed all of their Math and ELA NJSLA! I am very proud of all of them. During the afternoon the students were asked to create a poster involving finding the surface area of a cylinder, cone or sphere. The students were able to work in groups to create this poster which was graded on accuracy and presentation. The students had fun working with their peers to create this poster and presenting their work to the rest of the class at the end of the week.


Students have done a great job this week during NJSLA! For Science, we have been continuing our Solar System exploration. On Tuesday, we watched the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey when we learned about the birth of the solar system and the history behind the study of astronomy. On Wednesday and Thursday, students developed an accurately scaled model of the solar system out of clay! On Friday, we began our solar system posters!

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Pre-AP World History

In addition to our 8th graders doing an amazing job during NJSLA testing, in Pre-AP World History and Geography, students have been working on a poster project in which they are creating mini lessons to teach the rest of the class next week! The students have been examining various sources and organizing how they are going to present their findings on a poster. Next week they will be presenting their posters to their classmates!

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Social Studies

This week in World History and Geography, the students learned about East Asia as it is today! They examined the various issues with water that some South Asian regions face and they came up with possible solutions to some of these issues. They then participated in a gameshow review game to begin preparing for the chapter 20 test, which they will be reviewing for and completing next week!

Fine and Performing Arts Corner

HMS Strings

Ms. Monblatt's HMS students had a wonderful week of string class! Students were actively engaged in partner play while perfecting pieces including a challenging arrangement of "Sweet Child Of Mine" and the traditional Folk song, "Ashokan Farewell". Students are working with peers to practice reading bowings before implementing them into their performance! On Tuesday, May 30th, their hard work will be on full display at our district's Spring Concert at Hoboken High School. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting! Bravo to all of these outstanding students for all of their hard work!

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Creative Writing

This week our creative writers focused on setting the scene. Using figurative language, sensory details and imagery students responded to a prompt to create a scene. Keep up the good work!

Physical Education

In Physical Education this week many competitive games were played in our last leg of the Speedball unit. Tournament play will start shortly!

Hoboken Middle School Recognized as Kindness Certified School!

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Parent Resources for Cell Phone Monitoring

Most children today have a cellphone on hand and use it extensively to do homework, communicate with friends, and view social media platforms. It is almost unimaginable to think of a modern-day child who doesn’t take full advantage. These rapid advancements in technology have been proven to be a recent challenge. Below are two suggested cellphone monitoring services that include activity monitoring, location services, filtering, and screen time management. Though not offered through Hoboken Public Schools, these resources may be helpful in managing cell phone usage. Click on each link below below to be taken directly to the resource website.

Qustodio: The All-In-One Parental Control and Digital Wellbeing Solution

Mobicip: Designed for Digital Parents