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Mon Sep 22
Calabro - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
Tue Sep 23
HJSHS - Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30 pm
Wed Sep 24
HJSHS - ID pictures will be taken
HJSHS Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm
Thu Sep 25
Rosh Hashanah - school closed
Sat Sep 27
HJSHS - HSPA Prep Class 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Mon Sep 29
Brandt Pre-K - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
Tue Sep 30
Brandt Kindergarten - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
Sat Oct 4
HJSHS - HSPA Prep Class 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Sat Oct 11
HJSHS - SAT exam
Mon Oct 13
Columbus Day - schools closed
Tue Oct 14
HBOE Meeting 7pm, Board Meeting Room, 1115 Clinton St. Hoboken
Wed Oct 15
Wed Oct 22
HJSHS Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm
HJSHS PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
Fri Oct 24
HJSHS Homecoming Game/Dance
Sat Oct 25
ACT Exam More info
Wed Oct 29
Professional Development for Staff - schools closed

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Summer Reading, Writing and Math 2014

Latest School News
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.
On September 17 at 6:30 pm, all parents of Hoboken teens are invited to join us for a presentation on the subject of teen suicide prevention. The presentation will take place in the library at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. Please click the title above to find out more, including how to RSVP for this event.
Click on the title above to find out when your child's school will host a back to school night.
Preschool schedule announcement
On September 4th and 5th, preschool students only will be dismissed at 1:00 pm. For all other students there will be a full day of school on September 4th and 5th.
Boys' Basketball team goes to college
The Hoboken High School Boys' Basketball Program is already on the move. After going 6-2 in the Cliffside Park Summer League, Coach Kolmer had the team participate in a wonderful summer experience. For the first time, Hoboken High School participated in a summer league on a college campus. On August 2nd and August 3rd Coach Kolmer and the boys competed against teams from New York State on the Pace University campus. After the games, Coach and a guide took the team on a tour of the Pace University campus. Coach Kolmer hopes that if the young men see and feel what it's like to compete in a college gym, then tour the campus, they will begin to work even harder in the classrooms and on the court so they can make college a reality! Way to go Coach and the Redwings!
Click the title above to read about the four week program held at Connors School during July.
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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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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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.

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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