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Upcoming Events
Mon Apr 21
Spring break - schools are closed
Tue Apr 22
Spring break - schools are closed
Tue Apr 29
Poetry Slam at HJSHS, 7pm
Wed Apr 30
Liberty Science Center Free Community Evening (get flyer)
Tue May 6
BOE Curriculum Committee Meeting at CST Conference Room above BOE Meeting Room, 1115 Clinton Street, 5:30pm
Mon May 12
Connors Faculty Meeting 2:57-3:45 pm
Tue May 13
Connors PTO Meeting 5:00 pm
Connors - Heroes' Dance 5:30 pm
Johns Hopkins Testing Date changed to May 19
Wed May 14
HJSHS Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm
HJSHS PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
Fri May 16
District musical: "The Little Mermaid, Jr." 7:30 pm
Sat May 17
District musical: "The Little Mermaid, Jr." 7:30 pm
Sun May 18
District musical: "The Little Mermaid, Jr." 2:00 pm
Mon May 19
Johns Hopkins Testing Date
Wed May 21
Liberty Science Center Free Community Evening (get flyer)
Thu May 22
Wallace Kindergarten Art Show 1pm
Fri May 23
1:00 dismissal for entire district
Mon May 26
Memorial Day - schools are closed

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Latest School News
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.
Week of the Young Child (April 7-April 11) at Thomas G. Connors Elementary School
Connors Elementary School students in grades pre-kindergarten and kindergarten participated in a variety of activities aimed at celebrating them as young learners. This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The goal is to recognize the early childhood programs and services offered to the families to meet the needs of the children and families at local, state, and federal levels. From the dance party to yoga sessions as well as creating books entitled All About Me, these learners experienced a plethora of fun activities throughout the week. Special thank you to Mr. Francis Azzarto who served as DJ for the pre-kindergarten dance party and Mrs. Tammi Oberstein who taught our young learners yoga; this was the first experience for our students.
The Hoboken Public School calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available by clicking the title above.
Join a panel of college admissions officers for an informative evening at HJSHS on April 16th at 6:30 pm.
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.
On March 27th, Hoboken Junior Senior High School held an academic rally to recognize achievements in scholarship. Student MC Jaz Vergara kept a lively program of award announcements moving along, interspersed with video backdrop from the students in the Media Production Course. This assembly was at least 50 per cent student run, with an aim to increase student direction for the annual Excellence Assembly to be held in June. For the first time, we held a pinning ceremony with our new tradition of awarding pins for students who received honors or high honors in the first half of the year. Also distributed were awards for Harvard Model Congress, Poetry Out Loud, Journalism, Creative Writing, STANJ and Thespians. Mr. Anthony Gullo proudly distributed certificates to students in his C-Tech classes who achieved the certification: Network Cabling Specialist: Copper-Based Systems. We also recognized students on the Athletic Director's list for the second marking period and students who assisted in the running of our Hour of Code event.
The African American Culture Club's Unity Luncheon is a festival meant to promote friendship and unity between diverse cultures and nationalities represented at HJSHS. The Luncheon is also a culminating event that celebrates and honors the rich history of the Hoboken African American community. Click title to read more.

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!
Come to our Junior High School Program Open House on April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. Meet our faculty and learn about our programs.
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.
Parents are invited to attend an information session on the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. Click above for the flyer with session dates, times and locations.
HHS Wins Big at Thespians Competition
Ms. Miller is so proud of the Drama Club for competing and participating in the 2014 New Jersey Thespians Festival. Twenty-nine high schools and approximately 630 students attended this festival. Our students won a total of 10 awards!!! That is the most we have ever won in a single competition.
The following students won “Accomplished Awards”. In these categories, judges pick a top ten (instead of a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place) to win these awards out of approximately 100 students.
Brittney Colon for Dramatic Monologue
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks for contrasting monologues
Gina Rotondi for contrasting monologues
Danielly Colon for contrasting monologues & Prop Table Master for Technical Olympics
Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks for Short Film Category & Comedic Monologue. He also won the overall Judges Select for this category, which means they felt out of the top 10 he was the BEST performer.
The following categories only have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finish with no top ten:
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Gina Rotondi, Allison Feinstein, Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks, and Danielly Colon won 2nd place for the Technical Olympics Event.
Brittney Colon won 1st Place for the best Supporting Actress award for the One Act Chapter Select Category.
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks won 1st Place for the Theater Marketing Category.
Be sure to congratulate our Thespians who represented our school with true red wing spirit.
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.
Donte Bass to Play in All-Star Game
Hoboken Junior Senior High School's Donte Bass has been selected to be part of the North Team as a cornerback in the Phil Simms 2014 North vs. South All Star Football Classic on June 23rd, 2014. The North vs. South Classic is the oldest ongoing high school football all-star game in the state of New Jersey. The annual game features the best high school football players in the state of New Jersey. Way to go, Donte! We are proud of you.
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 looking for volunteers from the community to share information about their careers during Hoboken Junior Senior High School's annual Junior Prep Day, April 3, 2014. We would love to have representatives in the following fields: Business, Civil Service & Military, Performing & Fine Arts, Marketing, Technology, Law & Criminal Justice, and Mental Health & Social Services. For security and safety, no walk-ins will be allowed to volunteer on the day of the event. Due to logistical reasons we will gladly accept volunteers up to March 27, 2014. Click title above for registration form.
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.
Click title above to read more.
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.
Students Place at STANJ Competition
On Saturday February 1st, the Drama Club at Hoboken High School attended the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANj) Governor’s Awards at Rutgers University. STANj is the voice of advocacy for the inclusion of speech and theatre arts in the educational curriculum. Ms. Danielle Miller, who runs Drama Club and the musicals for the District of Hoboken, was voted onto the executive board for the STANj organization this past fall. The association includes members from elementary, middle, high school, college, and professional theatre who are interested in acting, directing, forensics, musical theatre, and technical theatre. Ms. Miller helped organize the statewide competition on Saturday that included 20 different high schools from across the state with over 400 students competing. Ms. Miller would like to recognize and congratulate the entire Drama Club for their participation, especially the following students who won awards for the school.

Jazmin Vergara & Danielly Colon won finalist awards for Improvisation.

Jaemi Yoon-Hendricks & Gina Rotondi won finalist awards for Comedic Monologue.

Jordan Yurnet was awarded a ½ tuition paid scholarship to attend Rowan University as a Theater Major for his overall performances in numerous categories.

Congratulations to all our students on their hard work and determination. You have made us all very proud.

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.
Wallace Teacher Carolina Martinez Publishes Children's Book
Congratulations to Wallace teacher Carolina Martinez on the publication of her picture book, Ladybug and Dragonfly. The book was a collaboration with Oscar Perez Cotto (spouse of Wallace Teacher Mrs. Perez). A book signing is in the works for the spring, but in the meantime you can read more about the book here.
Help Wanted: Parents are needed to give their input and perspective on two important projects:
  • Our transition program (school to school and grade to grade)
  • Our website (evaluation and enhancement with social media)
Please click the title above for more information and to volunteer.
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