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July 31, 2014
Letter to the Hoboken Community:
Very recently a story entitled “Why Hoboken Is Throwing Away All its Student Laptops,” surfaced on WNYC News, The Hechinger Report, by Jill Barshay. Since then, the School District has had a flurry of e-mails and phone calls from both concerned citizens, organizations willing to take our “mothballed laptop computers,” and a variety of news media wishing to create additional stories.
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On July 16, 2014, the Hoboken Board of Education appointed me to serve the district as the interim superintendent of schools while the search for Dr. Toback’s permanent replacement takes place. I am honored to have been selected and excited to be here!
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Michelle McGreivey, an educator at Hoboken Junior Senior High School, has been selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 21-25, 2014. Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.
During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.
Notice regarding cross country sign ups
All incoming freshmen or new students interested in joining the Hoboken High School Cross Country team, sign-ups will take place July 30th @ 2:00pm in the high school's main lobby.
Summer program at Connors begins July 8
Parents, don't forget about the summer program at Thomas G. Connors Elementary School beginning at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The program will run Tuesdays through Fridays concluding on Friday, August 1, 2014. For any additional information, please contact Mr. Howard McKenzie, Math Coach at 201-356-3687.
At the June 24 meeting of the Hoboken Board of Education, some changes were made to the HJSHS uniform policy for 2014-2015. Parents are asked to read the attached letter and policy to ensure that students are prepared for school in September. Please click title above to read them. Have a safe and healthy summer!
Wallace students recognize veterans' contributions
Wallace students welcomed veterans to their Flag Day ceremony last week. Here students are pictured serving the veterans after the ceremony.
Letter to community from Dr. Mark Toback
June 13, 2014
Last night, the Wayne Township Board of Education appointed me to serve as their new superintendent of schools. While I am honored by their endorsement and confidence, I must admit that leaving Hoboken will be bittersweet, due to the many relationships built here over the past few years. Working with a dedicated staff, a talented administrative team, supportive parents, and a thoughtful group of school board members has been rewarding in so many ways.
On behalf of the Hoboken Public School community, I want to extend my sincere congratulations to our graduating seniors. We wish you well as you move on to life after Hoboken High School. The graduating class of 2014 has secured its place as one of the most remarkable groups of young men and women to grace our halls. These students have flourished academically, with many also representing our school proudly on the athletic fields, in theatrical productions, and in local, state, and national academic competitions. While it has been a pleasure for the staff to have them here, and it is sad to see our seniors move on, we are also excited to think about the what the future holds for this accomplished group.
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Wallace celebrates Red, White and Blue Day
Brianna Medina is the winner of Wallace's 13th annual Red, White, Blue Day poster contest. Brianna is a fifth grader in Mrs. Killen's class. Her artwork will be featured in many Hoboken storefront windows. On Friday 6/13, Wallace Primary will celebrate its annual Red, White, and Blue Day. It was started by Mrs. Kathleen Temple as a day to honor veterans and those currently serving in our nation's military. The tradition is being carried on by Ms. Talarico.
Is it really true that as a resident of Hoboken, I can register my three-or four-year-old child in full-day Pre-Kindergarten classes free of charge? I just moved to Hoboken. Can I still enroll my child in Pre-K 3 or Pre-K 4? If I missed the March registration, how does placement work and what are the chances of my child being placed? For the answers to these questions and many others, click on the title above for our FAQ.
On June 2nd, the Connors School hosted the Annual International Dinner Night. Families as well as staff enjoyed an evening of music and conversation; not to mention great food that was representative of the cultures of our families at Connors Elementary. Over 45 families were in attendance as well as over 30 staff members. The night was enjoyed by all in attendance. Click title above to view pictures.
The Academic Summer School at Thomas G. Connors Elementary School is offering an academically savvy program for students entering grades 3 through 6. Students will be immersed in authentic instruction in the areas of ELA and Mathematics. Students will have ample opportunity to explore a variety of interests and topics. The Academic Summer School Program will run Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM for students. Fridays, students will take trips within our community. Apply by June 19th.
Every year, eleventh grade students in Hoboken High School engage in an extended writing experience culminating the publication of a compilation of their writing. Click the title above to read about this year's very impressive book.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers:
The final month of school is a very hectic time of the year and adding further confusion to our final month is the fact that the school calendar was modified after this past harsh winter. The administration worked together to develop an ALL SCHOOL END OF YEAR CALENDAR. We did everything we could to make sure that events are spread out in way that minimizes scheduling conflicts. We also hope you enjoy seeing all of the great events we have in the district as we end another successful school year.
HJSHS captures awards at Teen Arts
A group of aspiring performing artists recently participated in the annual Hudson County Teen Arts Festival. The following awards were received:
Brittney Colon received the Judges' Award in the Small Group Drama Theatre Category and Willie Allen received the Judges' Award in the Small Solo Vocal Category.
Lady Redwings win sectional championship
Congratulations to the Lady Redwings Varsity Softball team on their big win - Group 1 North 2 Sectional Champions! This is their second ever State Sectional Championship.
The Lady Redwings play on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4pm against Butler High School at Ramsey High School for the Northern Group 1 Championship.
The Hoboken Public Schools would like to welcome Suzan Radwan as the new Director of Special Services beginning in July 2014. She is currently working as the Executive Director of Operations for the Office of Special Education for the Newark Public Schools where she oversees compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:14, provision of services including academic programs and related services, and placement for approximately 7000 students with disabilities.
HHS Senior writes for national newsletter publication
A Hoboken High School journalist was recently chosen to write for a local community event and organization. Senior, Sasha Ferrer, who is a newspaper staff writer, yearbook layout designer and co-editor of the school’s literary magazine “CREATE,” was recruited to cover an exciting day in front of HOPES on 301 Garden Street. She wrote an article about the “Rock'n 4 Autism Awareness Concert and Festival,” which appeared in the Science in Autism Treatment newsletter – read by over 12,000 subscribers across the country! What wonderful exposure! Sasha independently interviewed her subjects and covered the event on her own time. She also took over the professional responsibility of emailing and coordinating with the executive director of the ASAT and co-chair of the Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Council, Dr. Celiberti. She was recommended by her journalism teacher, Ms. Malenda. (Click here to view Sasha's article).
On May 22, the Redwings celebrated with New Jersey Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, a graduate of Hoboken High School, at the Statehouse in Trenton and received a special joint resolution for winning a second consecutive state title.
Good news regarding recent test scores
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,
While our focus in this district is on the students and not on standardized tests, we are always happy for good test results that reflect the hard work of our students and staff. That is why I am thrilled to announce that this year, 93% of our students were proficient on the language arts literacy section of the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). This result is, by far, the best we have achieved on the HSPA in a very long time—and maybe the best HSPA scores ever achieved in this district.
Although our scores remained flat in the area of mathematics, we were able to match our 61% proficiency level from last year—still the highest mathematics proficiency percentage achieved in this district for quite some time. I am confident that we have great momentum moving forward with a variety of enhancements in place to improve mathematics education in this district.
WINNERS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!For four consecutive years students at T.G. Connors Elementary have had the honor of having their artwork published in the "Celebrating Art" Anthology. This year Mrs. Musella will have 41 of her students get published. In addition, Curtis Parker won the "Brownstone Xmas" Contest, sponsored by the Brownstone agency. Curtis, 5th Grader, won a $300.00 savings bond and his picture will be their Christmas card for the upcoming year. As always we are so very proud of our students here at T.G. Connors Elementary.--Ms. Musella
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Redwing Reader wins American Scholastic Press Association Award
The Redwing Reader, Hoboken’s only student newspaper, has won a second place award from the ASPA (The American Scholastic Press Association). Under the guidance of adviser Ms. Malenda and the leadership of the editor-in-chief Alex Yoon-Hendricks, this year’s newspaper earned 810 points out of a possible 1000 points in this nation-wide contest. The newspaper competed in the Jr/Sr High School, enrollment 500-1000 division. The multifaceted array of articles comes from both Ms. Malenda’s newspaper club and her media literacy, journalism and graphic design classes. The Redwing Reader has previously won a proclamation from the mayor for its conscientious content. The paper is usually published 3 times a year; please check out all our past issues online.
Last week, the HoLa Dual Language Charter School ran a prominent advertisement in the Hoboken Reporter, publicly urging the Hoboken Board of Education to drop a lawsuit. In light of this, it is appropriate for the public to know what is actually happening. (Click title to read more.)
Free Summer Camp at Stevens Institute for Hoboken Middle Schoolers
With the generous support of PSEG, an special summer camp week is being offered FREE by Stevens Institute of Technology exclusively for Hoboken students. This PSEG Hoboken WaterBotics session will be held July 14th through 18th. For more information about the program click here. For more information about registering for this special session, email Patricia.Slater@stevens.edu or call 201-216-5375.
Join students of Hoboken Junior Senior High School in celebrating Poetry Month by attending our Poetry Slam on April 29th at 7 pm in room 106. Student Council will be sponsoring a bake sale at the same time. Enjoy sweet treats as you are transported by words of our students as well as the words of their favorite poets.
CREATE (HJSHS literary magazine) featured in online publication
More on Wallace's Mark Mautone, Hudson County Teacher of the Year
Mark Mautone, Hudson County Teacher of the Year, was recently interviewed in the Jersey Journal. Click here to read his interview.
The Hoboken Public School calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available by clicking the title above.
Connors Students Learn about Autism
In observance of Autism Awareness, Mr. Mark Mautone came to Connors Elementary and spoke with the students in grades 4 & 5 about Autism. The presentation was well received by students and staff. The awareness of Autism is important and the presentation provided students and staff of the real facts. Special thank you to Mr. Fitzgibbons, Director of Special Services for reaching out to the Principals in the effort of spreading this positive message district wide.
Heartfelt congratulations go out to Mark Mautone for being named Hudson County Teacher of the Year. We are extremely proud to call this world-class educator our own. Read more about Mr. Mautone.
6th Grade Basketball Triumph
Congratulations to the 6th grade basketball team city champs!! The combined 6th grade team from Connors and Calabro Elementary Schools was the only team in either league to go undefeated, finishing 11-0 counting the championship game. In the championship game, Connors/Calabro were down by 9 early in the game and down by 5 late in the game, but the players never gave up or lost focus. The players continued to battle until finally taking the lead in the final minute and holding on for a 52-49 win over Wallace, who played very well and showed great pride themselves. The gym was packed with parents and teachers alike. The atmosphere was electric. Members of our 6th grade team included: Ali Mendoza and Kyrin Rhone from Calabro, and from Connors: Nyjon Freeman (MVP) Jason Blanks, Darius Darden, Carlos Cruz, Xavier Ventura, Razel Colon, Fabian Cordova. Way to go, team!
The Hoboken School District would like to welcome Sandra Rodriguez as a new Principal in the district. Beginning in early May, she will be working at Brandt School and will be responsible for Early Childhood Education (PK-3, PK-4, and Kindergarten). She is currently working as the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Newark Public Schools where she oversees a program that serves nearly 7,000 PK-3 and PK-4 children. Click title above for more.
Extreme winter weather compelled the district to use five snow days this school year in the interest of the safety of our families. Please click on the title above to download our revised calendar, as approved by the Hoboken Board of Education on March 11, 2014.
Look for HobokenSchools on Twitter
The Hoboken Public School District has recently joined Twitter. Look for us to get updates on upcoming events and find out about good news in the district. You can follow us from the link near the bottom right of this page.
We are two for two! Under the tutelage of advisor Sharon Malenda, Hoboken’s student literary magazine “CREATE” received its second national rank of “Excellent” from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Three hundred and seventy-three schools nationwide entered this prestigious competition and Hoboken High’s magazine fared very well with only twenty-six schools earning the highest ranking. We did even better in New Jersey, where only fifteen schools ranked higher with a “Superior” award. Hoboken’s magazine “CREATE” showcases the immense talent that our small school holds.
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Issue number 6 of our district newsletter is now available by clicking on the title above.
Sending home school notices to parents and guardians is a long time and traditional method of communicating in most school communities, including Hoboken. The problem is that sometimes parents never receive the notices or other important information. In an effort to further improve our communication, and to have a safety net for all parents who did not receive notices, the district has developed a "digital backpack" that contains all notices for a particular school. We are hopeful this will be a small convenience we can offer to all of our parents.
Using the digital backpack is very simple. Click on the digital backpack icon on the district website. Next, select the school or schools of attendance for your children and you will find the notices. Because we just started the new system today, it may take a week until you will start to see notices.
On January 14, students from Hoboken Junior Senior High School faced their fears of public performance to participate in our seventh annual Poetry out Loud school competition. Seven students competed in two rounds in which they performed memorized poems to a rapt audience of students, staff and parents. The poem selections were varied, ranging from the more familiar to the more obscure, and the performers, to a person, were outstanding. The overall winner was senior Leslie Markevitch, with senior Jazmin Vergara a close second. Leslie will compete on the regional level on February 10th at Bergen PAC. This is the third time Leslie has won in the school competition. We congratulate her on her hard work and her recognition of poetry's enduring importance for all people.
Help Wanted: Parents are needed to give their input and perspective on two important projects: