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Joseph F. Brandt Primary School and
Early Childhood Education


 

215 9th Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030 (201) 356-3695 or
(201) 356-3696  

Sandra Rodriguez
Principal

 

For more information on the district's early
childhood education department, click here.


Latest Brandt School News
Meet Principal Rodriguez in this profile by a Hoboken High School student.
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.

Recent News
Support the music and theatre departments in a fundraiser
Come join the Theatre and Music Departments for their annual end of the year “Showcase Fundraiser." Students from the entire district, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, will be performing in the Hoboken Junior Senior High School Auditorium on Friday, June 12th at 7pm. The showcase is held to highlight the best musical, theatrical and dance performances of the year, as well as several new solo medleys. Selections include musical numbers from “Grease” & “Shrek,” scenes and monologues that won in state-wide theatre competitions, chorus selections, dance performances, the Rockin' Redwings band, and previews of songs from next year’s upcoming musical season. Tickets are $5 per person. Refreshments will also be sold in the school store during intermission.
WINNERS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!! For five 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 17 of her students get published. She also had a winner, Adriel Clark, for the Earth Day Poster Contest. As always we are so very proud of our students here at T.G. Connors Elementary. Click on the title above to see their gorgeous work.

STEM-A-Thon will inspire Hoboken's 6th grade students to collaborate, create and innovate to complete fun STEM learning challenges. The program will take place June 2, from 9-2. Click on the title above to learn more.
Students entering grades three through six in Hoboken Public Schools are invited to register for an academic enrichment summer program. The program will take place at HJSHS from June 29 through July 30 on Mondays through Thursdays. Complete the registration form by clicking on the title above and submit to your homeroom teacher by June 12th. Join in the fun!
Please join us on June 2 at 6:00 pm for the Special Education Parent Advisory Group Meeting. The location will be the board meeting room in the basement at 1115 Clinton Street. Click the title above for more information.
Under beautiful blue skies, Hoboken High School made its annual trip up to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Library, Museum and House in Hyde Park, New York. Each year history students make the trek up along the Hudson River to learn more about the the 32nd president and his role in the Great Depression and World War II. As a supplement to the social studies curriculum, students not only got to explore the new state-of-the-art museum, but got to work with copies of primary documents from the archives and wander the Roosevelt compound. And according to social studies teacher Rachel Grygiel, a student favorite is walking the halls of Roosevelt's home and hearing news of ghost stories from the national park guides.
HJSHS National Honor Society has made us very proud by joining a national Teens for Jeans drive to collect jeans for homeless teens. They collected over 500 pairs and have shared a report with us. Click on the title above to see what they shared.
On May 4, 2015, Principal Fitzhugh hosted the Third Marking Cycle Breakfast celebration for our students in grades four through six. The celebration breakfast was enjoyed by all. Special thank you to our parent partners as well as Dr. Hernandez for taking time out of their busy schedules to celebrate the students for their academic achievements. Click the title above for pictures.
“Buy low! Sell high!” Hoboken High School students learned the true meaning of these Wall Street cries at the Stevens Institute’s Trading Day Competition, held on April 24, 2015. With their $1 million dollars -- simulated dollars, that is – the student investors started trading right at the bell and had to make split second decisions based on all their research from their classes. Competing against 20 schools from the tri-state area, the groups used TD Ameritrade’s “ThinkorSwim” trading simulator. Hoboken’s group, led by their adviser Mrs. Triana-Lisa, had an impressive profit and loss statement throughout the trading session. It was an exciting and educational day.

During this school year, Ms. Mara's class and Mr. Hamlin's class adopted a penguin through Jenkinson's Aquarium. On April 30, Jenkinson's Aquarium came to Wallace to teach those two first grade classes about penguins in general and "their" penguin in particular. Click the title above for more pictures and information.
On April 29, Mark Mautone was recognized at the White House in a ceremony honoring the the Teachers of the Year from around the country. Hoboken is exceptionally proud of Mark's work. In the picture at left, Mark is standing behind and slightly to the left of President Obama. Click the title above for a larger picture.
How do you spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s?
Congratulations to Calabro's three top spellers: Mircea Florescu, Nile Rivera, and Kai Hultstrom from Ms. Salvetta's fourth grade class. The three were eligible to participate in the Rotary's annual spelling bee, held at Hoboken Catholic Academy on April 17.
We also acknowledge Earth Day poster contest winners: from Ms. Kontogiannis/2nd Grade- Samara Bruschi (overall winner of the entire contest) and Jean-Michel Ellameh
and from Ms. Leon/6th Grade- Jared Delarosa and Azaryia Ladson. Congratulations on your success!
Connors Elementary School students in 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 constructing a large life sized drawing of themselves centered on the theme All About Me, these learners experienced a plethora of fun activities throughout the week. Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Janice Sheridan and Ms. Sarah Beers; along with kindergarten paraprofessionals Ms. Carol Mussara and Ms. Symone Braxton created activities that were specific to the learning styles of their students. Special thank you to Mr. Francis Azzarto who served as DJ for the kindergarten dance party and Ms. Rosanna Lucignano who taught our youngest learners yoga; this was a grand experience for our students.
Sign up for theatre camp. It will run at HJSHS from June 29 to July 29, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Complete the application and submit it to your child's school or come to registration on April 23 from 3-4 pm in the high school lobby. The camp is open to students who completed grades Kindergarten through 8 during the 2014-2015 school year.
Johns Hopkins Program Applications Due April 26th
All applications for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth entry test are due to Mrs. Cohen by April 26th, 2015. The test is offered to students in grades 3-12. For more information, please contact Mrs. Fran Cohen at (201) 356-3717.
Calabro School participated in the NJ Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser and raised $2,027.50 for the charity. Pictured is Ms Kontogiannis’ second grade class, who raised $1,267.22 towards the school’s total. Also pictured is second grader Jaiden Holmes, who has been the top student fundraiser for the last 3 years.
In observance of Women's History Month, Mrs. Gwendolyn Rodriquez's fourth grade ELA classes celebrated phenomenal women in history through Power Point as well as oral presentations on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The information that the students presented was rigorous while utilizing 21st century skills through a presentation forum. Mrs. Rodriquez invited each parent via email to view the presentations and many parents came to view the work of their children. It was certainly a great day enjoyed by all.
Theatre students from HJSHS spent the weekend learning and competing at the annual NJ Thespian Festival, New Jersey's largest annual theatre event. They took part in workshops, competed in group and individual events and auditioned for scholarships. They also had a chance to meet with college representatives and theater vendors. It also serves as a learning experience for theatre teachers, who network and share success stories and best practices. Thirty-five high schools with over 1,000 students were at this event. For all categories (except One Act Plays) students win an "accomplished" award if they receive a score from 95-100 on their piece. We are extremely proud to announce the students who won ratings of "accomplished" and their competition categories.

Brandon Lyons for Dramatic Monologue
Brittney Colon for Dramatic Monologue
Jason Oliveras for Dramatic Monologue
Allison Feinstein for Dramatic Monologue
Brittney Colon for Comedic Monologue
Gina Rotondi for Comedic Monologue
David Rivera & Ivelisse Lorenzo for Comedic Pair Scene
Brittney Colon for Musical Theatre Solo

In the category of One Act Plays, Ms. Miller's Theatre II class won second place out of twenty schools competing in this category. These plays are about 40 minutes long. The students performing the play were Gina Rotondi, Allison Feinstein, Aishah Tapia, Brittney Colon, and Jason Oliveras.

Four of our Juniors auditioned for 6 colleges this weekend at the festival for early registration opportunities and to bypass the first round of college auditions for theatre programs as a priority candidate. Junior Allison Feinstein received an opportunity to receive a 25,000 scholarship to Rowan University if she auditions for their theatre program next year.

To top this all off, senior Jason Oliveras won 1st place for Best Supporting Actor for the one act play out of hundreds of actors!! This makes him best in the state for NJ! Congratulations to all participants.
On February 27th, Hoboken Junior Senior High School held their first annual "Hudson County Theater Day". Memorial High School and County Prep High School were also involved in this event. Throughout the day, students went around the high school to attend different acting, singing and dancing workshops. Click title above to read more.
On Friday, February 20th, HJSHS Drama Club had the extraordinary honor to meet actress Janet Saia, who is a “swing” actress in The Phantom of the Opera. At our workshop she informed us about the profession of theatre and how a “swing” has to memorize multiple roles as you never know which one you will be playing daily. Click title above to read more.
Click the title above to read a letter from Interim Superintendent Dr. Brockel regarding changes to this year's school calendar based on use of snow days.
Please click on the title above to download the Hoboken Public Schools calendar for 2015-2016, which was approved by the Hoboken Board of Education on March 10, 2015. This is a re-post with a minor revision regarding the notation of a professional development day in October.
On Friday, February 27th, our early childhood students in grades K-2 were a part of Dr. Seuss' birthday celebration. Celebrity readers provided our students with the opportunity to hear the words of the late Dr. Seuss through read-alouds throughout the morning. Students were excited to have our celebrity readers in their classrooms and were able to ask questions about their careers and subsequent impact on the community of Hoboken. Special thank you to Ms. Maritza Ramos, school clerk for putting together this wonderful experience for our early childhood learners. Click title above for pictures.
Several parent information sessions have been scheduled for March. We invite parents of prospective Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth enrollees to attend. If your child is already in this program, you do not need to attend. This program is conducted after school and allows advanced students to enrich their skills in a number of academic areas via online connection to staff at JHU Center for Talented Youth. If you wish to read more about the CTY program, click here. For the dates of the information sessions, click the title above.
The Black History Month Assembly was held on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Two performances were planned for our school community; the 1st at 10:00 AM and the 2nd at 1:00 PM. Parents, staff, students, several board members, and the executive team were in attendance. Under the direction of Mrs. Gwendolyn White, inclusion specialist, the school community had the opportunity to view poetry, music, and literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights period, and beyond. The performance was phenomenal and allowed for all stakeholders to learn about the aforementioned periods. Click title above for pictures.
PARCC Test Prep Pep Rally at Calabro
In preparation for PARCC, 3rd through 6th grade students at Calabro participated in a Test Prep Pep Rally on Wednesday, February 25th presented by the School Improvement Panel (ScIP). A powerpoint was presented on items such as the schedule and test taking skills. Afterwards, students enjoyed music while participating in a skills competition including hula hoop, jump rope, and soccer shooting.
CIESE at Stevens Institute is at forefront of STEM education
The CIESE (Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education) program at Stevens Institute of Technology is described in this recent press release. Teachers in Hoboken Public Schools have been participating in CIESE programs for many years and we are proud to have such a great resource in our own town. Ruth Tyroler, president of the Hoboken Board of Education, is quoted in the press release recognizing the benefits we receive in our partnership with CIESE and Stevens.
Please join Hoboken Public Schools in congratulating our colleagues who have been recognized by their peers as Teachers of the Year and Educational Services Professionals of the Year for 2014-2015. Click the title above for school-by-school pictures and profiles of the honorees.
Student groups team up for good causes
The HJSHS Student Council, Hispanic Culture Club, and the African American Culture Club have joined forces in two fundraisers. They have been selling hearts and "Go Red" bracelets to benefit the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" initiative. District administration supported this program by running a staff fundraiser dress down day on February 6th.

The groups are now working on a Pennies for Patients campaign from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to help fight blood cancers. Students have placed collection boxes throughout the HJSHS building to collect change. Even a small donation can make a big difference.
This Valentine's Day, the senior citizens at Columbian Towers got a special treat from the second grade students at Salvatore Calabro School. Ms. Kontogiannis and her second grade class generously gave the seniors handmade cards accompanied by teddy bears and roses.

 

On January 31st, 13 Drama Club members attend the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANJ) Governor Awards in Arts Education event held at Rutgers University. At this event Hoboken Junior Senior High School students performed in the following categories: Comedic Monologue, Dramatic Monologue, Comedic Pairs, Dramatic Pairs, Scenes, and Improvisational Pairs. Twenty-five high schools across the state attended this event with over 500 students competing. Ms. Miller also serves on the board of this organization as "president-elect" and helps plan this competition with eleven other theatre arts educators from other districts across the state. Ms. Miller is SO PROUD of the Drama Club for the professionalism that they exemplified at the competition on Saturday. These students have been rehearsing since October for this competition. It requires dedication and hard work to memorize so many scenes and monologues. She is pleased to announce the awards that have been won by our students.
Brittney Colon won 5th place for Dramatic Monologue
Ivelisse Lorenzo and David Rivera won 7th place for Comedic Pairs.
Only 1st-10th place winners are announced at the awards ceremony and these three students placed out of over 500 applicants in 25 school districts. Click title above for more pictures.
HBOE earns two awards for budget
The Hoboken Board of Education has received awards from two different organizations for this school year's budget. To view more information, please click on the document titles below.
Press release regarding award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
Press release regarding award from the Association of School Business Officials
On January 12, ten Hoboken Junior Senior High School students participated in our eighth annual Poetry Out Loud school competition. The program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, partnering with U.S. state arts agencies. It is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Our ten intrepid performers put away any public speaking fears they had and each recited two poems they had memorized over the preceding weeks for classroom competitions. The ten classroom winners who took part are Willie Allen, Jaida Cintron, Kobe Dawes, Ashley Diaz, Allison Feinstein, Maria Florendo, Jaeda Henriquez, Akilah Milo, Jason Oliveras and Lisseth Quizhpi. Jason Oliveras, a senior, was the overall winner, with Maria Florendo coming in second. Jason will be representing the school at the regional competition on February 2 at Bergen PAC in Englewood. We are proud of them all.
We are three for three! Under the tutelage of advisor Sharon Malenda, Hoboken’s Student Literary Magazine CREATE received its third national ranking of “Excellent” from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Hoboken’s magazine CREATE showcases the immense talent that our small school holds. Click title above to read more.
On January 8th, sixteen alumni of HJSHS volunteered their time to talk to students in grades 9-12 about lessons learned in college. They represented thirteen different colleges/universities which included Stevens Institute of Technology, Hudson County Community College, Rowan University, Pennsylvania State University, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, University of California Berkeley, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Rutgers University. Hoboken students gained valuable insight into the college application process from students who were in their shoes not too long ago.
About 125 current students attended the sessions, which were broken up by grade level. Our graduates shared tips on applying to college, succeeding once you get there and doing your best to prepare while still in high school. Questions from our students ranged from how to choose a college to what dorm life is like. Within the high school program, an emphasis is placed on college preparedness, but the message resonates more for current students when it comes from a peer.
An important aspect of Alumni Day is to have the graduates explain their experiences transitioning from high school to college. The advice given on this day stays with our students throughout the remainder of their time here at Hoboken High School. We received fantastic feedback from all involved and look forward to continuing this program next year!
We are grateful to our dedicated alumni for sharing their insights. Once a Redwing, always a Redwing!

This year in schools across the country, students in grades 3-11 will be taking new computer-based assessments called the PARCC - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The test will be given in the subject areas of Math and English Language Arts and will be given two times per year. The first test is the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and will be administered during the testing window March 2 - 27, 2015. The second test is the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) and will be administered during the testing window April 20 - May 22, 2015. To see the Official Hoboken Public Schools PARCC PBA Testing Schedule, click title above.
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.
Click here to reivew past news articles.

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Upcoming Events
Wed May 27
Calabro School International Family Dinner 6pm
Thu May 28
HJSHS Senior Trip
Fri May 29
HJSHS Senior Trip
Sat May 30
HJSHS Senior Trip
Tue Jun 2
STEM-a-thon for grade 6
SEPAC Meeting 6pm 1115 Clinton meeting room, basement
Wed Jun 3
HHS Hispanic Culture Club Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 7pm
Fri Jun 5
HJSHS Bleeding Truth reading (Junior memoir project), 9am
HJSHS Senior Class Trip-Long Branch Beach Pier Village and Six Flags Grad Night
Sat Jun 6
SAT exam
Tue Jun 9
BOE Meeting 6:30pm, Demarest Auditorium, 158 4th Street, Hoboken

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