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Upcoming Events
Wed Oct 22
1:00 pm dismissal at all schools, followed by parent-teacher conferences
HJSHS Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm
HJSHS PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
Thu Oct 23
Brandt Tools of the Mind Workshop 9am
Fri Oct 24
HJSHS Homecoming Game/Dance
Sat Oct 25
ACT Exam More info
Mon Oct 27
Red Ribbon (Drug and Alcohol Awareness) Week begins
Wed Oct 29
Professional Development for Staff - schools closed
Thu Oct 30
HJSHS College Fair
Sun Nov 2
Daylight savings ends
Thu Nov 6
NJEA Convention - schools closed
Fri Nov 7
NJEA Convention - schools closed
Deadline to register for December ACT. More info
Tue Nov 11
HBOE Meeting 7pm, Board Meeting Room, 1115 Clinton St. Hoboken
Wed Nov 19
HJSHS Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm
HJSHS PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
Wed Nov 26
Thanksgiving holiday - 1:00 dismissal for entire district
Thu Nov 27
Thanksgiving holiday - schools closed
Fri Nov 28
Thanksgiving holiday - schools closed

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Latest School News
CDC shares information for parents regarding the enterovirus D68
Almost all of the CDC-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68. Please visit the links below for the CDC publications.

Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68

General questions and answers about EV-D68

Infographic: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

Connors School to be featured in television program
Classroom Closeup NJ, which airs on NJTV, will feature Thomas G. Connors Elementary School in its program Safer after Sandy, which will air on October 19, October 25, November 23 and November 29. Click here for a list of television stations carrying the program.
The remainder of regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings for 2014 will be held in the auditorium at A. J. Demarest School, 158 4th Street, at 7:00 pm.
The next two meetings are November 11 and December 9. Click title above for full notice.
Students participate in Red and Purple Ribbon Weeks
This year Hoboken Public Schools will be participating in Purple Ribbon Week and Red Ribbon Week from October 20-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence prevention campaign in the USA. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention, education and a personal commitment to live drug-free lives. The goal is to create awareness in our schools, community, and to continue educating our students on the importance of living a drug-free lifestyle. During Purple Ribbon Week (violence prevention) & Red Ribbon Week all students will have an opportunity to participate in school wide activities that will assist in gaining the knowledge to resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence.
Purple Ribbon Week activities
Red Ribbon Week activities
October 15th was such a fantastic day at Connors Elementary! Under the leadership of Ms. Meza, world language teacher and Ms. Sanchez, resource teacher, the students in grades 2-6 participated in a celebration honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. The synopsis of the play was as follows:
A tourist dad and his son, much in need of a vacation, arrive late for their flight to Kalamazoo. In the midst of the frustration, a tour guide offers his help, only to also find himself in a similar frustrated state when the tourist cannot make up his mind as to where to go after learning about so many culturally fulfilling packages.
El turista (the Spanish term for tourist), is the product of a collaborative effort by Adela Sanchez (resource teacher) and Tatiana Meza (world language teacher). Based on an original script written by Ms. Meza and enhanced by the choreographic talents and vision of Ms. Sanchez, El turista is a whirlwind ride that encompasses humor, drama, and dance.
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Come to Hoboken Junior Senior High School on October 21 at 7 pm to tour our building, meet staff and learn about our programs.
District teacher honored by EIRC
Our warm congratulations go to Mrs. Fran Cohen, our gifted and talented coordinator, for her recent "Take the Lead" award from the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC). The award is designed to recognize teachers who make a difference in promoting and impacting gifted education in NJ. Read more about the award.
NJ State Teacher of the Year is Wallace's Mark Mautone
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Mark Mautone was named NJ Teacher of the Year. We are tremendously proud to call him one of our own. Click to read the New Jersey Department of Education's full press release on this event and the NJEA story on Mark's award.
Helping hands
Members of the Hoboken Redwing Basketball Program painted the courtyard at Wallace Elementary School for the youth of Hoboken. This program was implemented by NJ Cares. This is just another example of how Coach Kolmer is incorporating community service into his program. Congratulations guys and Coach Kolmer. Community service is one of the fundamental cornerstones of any solid education.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program gears up for a new year
As the new school year begins we welcome back our returning students for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) after school program, in which students engage in online courses with faculty faculty from CTY. We offer a warm welcome and congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into the program. They successfully completed the rigorous SCAT test and will be embarking on a challenging after school program to extend their skills.

Our new honors math students are listed below. Their classes will begin on October 6th.
Maximus Forcellini-HJSHS
Sofia Melfi, Daisy Levine. Kiera Modder and Sanjna Samrai-Wallace Elementary School
Lana Cecala and Mircea Florescu- Calabro Elementary School
Emiliano Leal- Connors Elementary School

Our new honors reading and language arts students are listed below. They will begin their after school program in the last week of September.
Jordan Gomez-HJSHS
Dylan Nassau and Ella Anderson-Wallace Elementary School

To learn more about the CTY program, click here. Our local program coordinator is Mrs. Frances Cohen, who can be reached at (201) 356-3717 or by email at frances.cohen@hoboken.k12.nj.us.

Stevens shares love of engineering with HJSHS
HJSHS would like to thank our friends and partners at Stevens Institute's Pre-College Summer Program for their kind donation of 18 Lego Mindstorm kits as well as a box of spare lego parts. Our growing robotics program will put them to excellent use.
The Universal Team of the Positive Behavior Supports in Schools Initiative hosted the kick off celebration for our continued implementation on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the school gymnasium. The celebration consisted of a Wii Dance Party, Minute to Win It Activities, and discussing as a school the attributes of Connors C.A.R.E.S: C-Commit to Learning, A-Act Responsibly, R-Respect Everyone, E-Effort Matters, and S-Soar to Success. A special thank you to the Connors Universal Team for making this event a noteworthy experience for staff and students. Click title above to see pictures.
Click on the title above to find out when your child's school will host a back to school night.
Dear Residents,
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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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!
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.
Congratulations to our eleventh-grade students, their teachers, and our administrators.


Mark Toback

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