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Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 18) - April 8, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today was another beautiful day.

Yesterday, I put out a "Choice Board Check-In" asking families and staff to share a moment that put a smile on your face. There were some many wonderful responses. I selected a number of them to share with you:

  1. We donated 2 batches of homemade chocolate chip cookies and a special cake to the Emergency Room workers at the hospital. They were so thankful and it brightened our day.
  2. My sons gave sincere hugs to each other today and exchanged I love yous.
  3. Watching my older daughter sing "twinkle twinkle little star" to her new baby sister.
  4. Seeing how excited my daughter was to make an invention out of recycled materials for science! What a great project!
  5. The 7pm clap for first responders is turning into a life-affirming dance party on our street as one of our neighbors blasts one well-chosen song a night, and we all come out to our fire-escapes and doors to dance, wave hellos, and cheer. The HPD has also started touring our little corner to wave back and blow the sirens for us all. It's becoming the happiest part of our days.
  6. One of my students left a hand made note under my apartment door. Such a sweet gesture.
  7. When my morning Zoom was about to end, one of my 3 year old students shouted, “I’m going to call you back!”
  8. The growth I see from my 14mo old son is amazing! He is stacking cups/rings, doing itsy-bitsy spider, giving treats to our dogs. These little things are so fun to watch!
  9. Having my student discuss all his minions and not realize he was adding, subtracting and working on his grammer as we discussed all of them. When I explained what he just did he laughed and said now I can smile.
  10. A friend surprised me with a surprise social distancing picnic!
  11. Finishing a 1000 piece puzzle as a family
  12. During Zoom a student said “thanks for being so proud of me!” That comment put a smile on both of our faces.
  13. My sister came to visit. She sat in her car and we sat on the porch but it was so nice to see her in person.
  14. Being able to step outside on the patio to feel the warm sun on my face!
  15. I shared my son's ELA assignment about a music writing assignment with Mr. Brassel the music teacher as it showed my son's enthusiasm for music. Mr. Brassel's very positive and caring response about my son and empathy towards our family really brightened my day. It was so nice for him to take the time to reach out to us.
  16. I received an email from a student who asked how I was doing and if I was ok and ended the email with I miss school and I miss you.
  17. Something that put a smile on my face today was playing baseball with my son and husband in our backyard. Family time is the best time.
  18. Watching my husband and son have work out sessions.
  19. My husband and I just played tag outside in front of our house with our three children after a long day of work/school!
  20. Cooking dinner every night and eating together
  21. Spending time to play hide and seek in the house with my family.
  22. Yesterday, my daughter Jessica played a prank on my grandson A.J. 4 yrs old . I hadn't laugh so hard in a long time.
  23. Every night at 7, when the neighborhood comes to their doors and windows to cheer, blow horns, ring bells, and applaud our superhero healthcare workers!
  24. Planning an indoor egg hunt for my children.
  25. Being able to give my student his award at the board meeting. It was just so nice to see a student!
  26. When our family gather at our windows (at 7 pm daily each night) to clap in appreciation for all essential workers out there working hard day and night to keep us safe and healthy!
  27. Being able to help my little brother understand his Math and seeing his smile when I told him how he had managed to get every question right all on his own!
  28. Celebrating Ms. Cocucci's birthday!
  29. I'm a high school staff and what made me happy was receiving a note from an elementary school parent asking for another district Zooming in on Kids session after the break! Looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon

I hope that those responses moved you. It's so nice to get a glimpse into your lives. I have included the third day of my "Choice Board Check-In" below in a Google Form. I hope that you take a moment and respond. Sharing connects all of us! So, describe something that you are looking forward to soon...

I encourage you to take time to review The Herald each day. 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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Daily Messages from our Early Childhood Supervisor and Principals

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

Daily Theater Activities with Ms. Miller

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

Namaste with Dr. A ~

HPS: Namaste with Dr. A (Session 15)

Meditation with Ms. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Mrs. Ellis

HPS Students and Staff Read Stories

HPS Reads: L. Nieves reads "If You give a Mouse a Cookie" By Laura Numeroff

Hoboken Public School Students Working Hard

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:

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.