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Thomas G. Connors Elementary School


201 Monroe Street Hoboken, NJ 07030 - 201.356.3680


Principal:
Gerald Fitzhugh, II

Vice Principal
Maria Morales 


Latest Connors School News
Click on the title above to read the welcome letter that was sent home in early August. We are looking forward to another very productive school year at Connors!
The Thomas G. Connors Elementary School Kindergarten Experience
On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, our new kindergarten students came to Connors with their parents for a morning of centers and getting to know you activities. Under the guidance of Principal Fitzhugh and Vice Principal Morales, the kindergarten team, including the instructional aides and Reading Coach Rosanna Lucignano were on site to simulate the day in the life of a kindergarten student. The parents were able to receive answers to those burning questions prior to the start of the school year. The Connors Elementary School Family is looking forward to welcoming our youngest learners on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
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.

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 a 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.
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.
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.
Connors School Spring Survey
The Thomas G. Connors Elementary School Spring Survey is available for parents, staff, and student completion. Please look below for survey links. Students will take the survey with their respective homerooms. Staff will take the survey during common planning meetings. Parents are able to take the survey on their own or at the school building. Please see our school clerks for technology usage. I thank each constituent group for their commitment to completing the surveys.

Educationally yours,

Mr. Gerald Fitzhugh, II
Principal

Parent Survey English

Parent Survey Spanish

Staff Survey

Elementary Survey

Elementary Survey Spanish

Middle School (Grade Six Students ONLY)

Middle School Spanish (Grade Six Students ONLY)

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.
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.
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.
Click title to see pictures from the show.
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.
Connors Elementary School Fall Survey
The Thomas G. Connors Elementary School Fall Survey is available for Parents, Staff, and Student usage. Students will take the survey with their respective homerooms. Staff will take the survey during common planning meetings. Parents are able to take the survey on their own or at the school building. Please see our school clerks for technology usage. I thank each constituent group for their commitment to completing the surveys.

Educationally yours,

Mr. Gerald Fitzhugh, II
Principal

Elementary Students

Elementary Students - Spanish

Middle/High School Students

Middle/High School Students - Spanish

Parents

Parents Spanish

Staff

Click the title above to read about the four week program held at Connors School during July.
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 stakeholders at Connors Elementary. Over 45 families were in attendance as well as over 30 staff members. The night was enjoyable by all in attendance. Click title above to view pictures.
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.
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!
Please Follow Connors Elementary on Twitter
Parents, you are encouraged to follow Thomas G. Connors on Twitter via the address: @Connors School. You will have the opportunity to view events that are upcoming as well as announcements that are vital for you and your child. I thank you in advance for your continued support! Principal Fitzhugh
Thomas G. Connors Elementary School is a part of the Positive Behavioral Supports in Schools Initiative. Through the initiative, common language building wide had to be established so all stakeholders were aware of the expectations across grade levels. The Connors CARES video was made in the Spring of 2013 in an effort to establish behavioral and social protocols at Thomas G. Connors Elementary School. The purpose of the video is to provide an instructional component to explicitly teach students the expectations and appropriate behaviors in each part of the school building. The video has been viewed by all Connors students and teachers, and can be viewed when reminders are in order to strengthen behavioral and social protocols in the classroom, hallway, stairwell, and recess areas of the school building.
School Culture and Climate Survey
Dear Connors staff, students and parents,
Kindly assist us by completing the appropriate survey below.
Parent Survey - English
Parent Survey - Spanish
Student Survey for Grades 3-5
Student Survey for Grade 6-12
Staff Survey
Fall Parent Survey
Attention Connors Elementary School Parents, the time has arrived for you to take the fall parent survey. This survey will provide you the forum to express how you feel that Connors Elementary is functioning both socially and pedagogically. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. I thank you in advance for your continued support.
Principal Fitzhugh

Parent Survey

Parent Survey in Spanish

Click title above to read about important dates for Connors preschool families.
Please join Principal Fitzhugh at 5:30 pm on September 17 for a General Information Session to review data from the previous school year as well as new information for SY 2013-2014. (Students MUST be accompanied by their parents/guardians)
Summer vacation may be here, but Connors School stayed busy with our summer program. Click the title above to download and read about our summer progress.
Connors Students Win at Art Competition
For three 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 35 of her students get published. As always we are so very proud of our students here at T.G. Connors Elementary. See winning pictures.
On Friday, April 5, 2013, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes and Natalya of World Wrestling Entertainment joined students at Thomas G. Connors Elementary School for a WrestleMania Reading Celebration. Five-hundred books were donated to the school, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Each student was also given an autographed book to take home. Our district would like to thank Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the WWE, and Pearson Education Foundation. For a look at more pictures from the event, click here.
The students and staff at Connors School have been through quite a bit of adversity this year. Among the public schools in Hoboken, Connors School experienced the worst of the unimaginable damage from Hurricane Sandy. The entire ground floor was flooded and this led to the loss of classroom space and cafeteria space. With little insurance money and no FEMA aid, the district has relied on the extraordinary work of the district employees both for the original cleanup and the restoration process. Although the final city inspection must be completed, we expect the students to return to their new and improved cafeteria once we return from our spring break. Thank you to the dedicated custodians and maintenance employees who have been working to restore the Connors School back to normal.
On Tuesday, March 21, a new Mac Computer Lab was opened at Connors School for the first time. The new lab was sorely needed and is a replacement for a lab with many outdated computers. The computer lab is an essential part of the academic program at Connors School. Students and teachers regularly use the lab for a variety of projects as well as to allow students to use SuccessMaker software. The software allows students to receive a variety of lessons to supplement classroom instruction.

Recent News
Pre K parents will find a complete schedule of events for meeting teachers and visiting classrooms by clicking on the title above.
The Thomas G. Connors Elementary School Kindergarten Experience
On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, our new kindergarten students came to Connors with their parents for a morning of centers and getting to know you activities. Under the guidance of Principal Fitzhugh and Vice Principal Morales, the kindergarten team, including the instructional aides and Reading Coach Rosanna Lucignano were on site to simulate the day in the life of a kindergarten student. The parents were able to receive answers to those burning questions prior to the start of the school year. The Connors Elementary School Family is looking forward to welcoming our youngest learners on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
Mrs. Christina Arnone received a $513 gift card from the Secaucus Walmart store for her back to school classroom shopping. Click the title above to read the full story on NJ.Com.
The 2015-2016 calendar was revised at the June 30 Hoboken Board of Education meeting. There was a change in the date for a professional development workshop for staff from October 28 to October 29. There will be no school for students on October 29.
Click the title above for a few photos from Hoboken High School Graduation 2015. We also have video available below.
Connors Elementary shares exciting news!!!!
In January 2015, the NJ Performance Report stated that Thomas G. Connors Elementary School met 100% of their performance targets in Student Achievement and Student Growth on NJASK 13-14. Connors Elementary School is the only school within our school district to have achieved this honor this past school year. In a more recent communication from the Department of Education, we learned that that as of July 1, 2015, Thomas G. Connors Elementary School will no longer be designated as a Focus School. Per the Department of Education, "Multiple factors informed the decision-making process, including students' standardized test outcomes, RAC team feedback, and the sustainability of any noted improvements." This is a great accomplishment, especially for the staff and students who worked so diligently to garner this achievement. Principal Gerald Fitzhugh, II, is already making plans to lead the learning community toward further improvement. "The next milestone for Thomas G. Connors Elementary School to accomplish is Reward School Status. We have a staff who are committed to teaching and learning as well as developing the whole child." Again, kudos to the Thomas G. Connors Elementary School stakeholders for accomplishing such an honor. As a district, we celebrate with you these fine accomplishments.
Gifted and Talented Students score in state competition
Students in the Hoboken Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program recently participated in two competitions sponsored by the EIRC (the Educational Information and Resource Center). The local component was held on May 23rd at HJSHS. One of the competitions, SITE (Student Inventions Through Education), required students to create inventions solo or in teams. The other competition, Green Challenge, required students to create projects involving technology, green industries and sustainability. The district winners went on to the state competition at Rutgers Eco-Center in Bordentown, NJ.

Mrs. Cohen would like to thank all the wonderful students who participated in the SITE and Green Challenge. All received certificate awards from EIRC for the following projects.

SITE: Kia Hulstrom-Glasses; Madison Gray & Zackery Rogers - Cook Bot; Mia Mendoza-clear air; Jayson Lombardo & Eashan Patel - Car helper 200; Gabrial Weaver - Virtual Wet Owner; Kayla Albuja - 3-D clip on Glasses; StevenSchmidt -Temperature Controlling Ice Cream Cup; Angel Lizardi - Techni.

Green Challenge: Seshan Ganesan & Tomek Botwick - Trash to Landfill; Jaden Reyes & Robert Auld- Turning off your Computer; Ava Guzman-Sustainable Rooftop Farming; Taylor Shaw-Why we should recycle Batteries.

We even had a few State winners:

1st. Place Platinum- Despina Hassiotis - Make the Change & Be the change. 2nd. Place Gold- Sanjna Samrai & Kiera Modder - How to save your pet bunnies' species. 3rd Place Bronze= Ariana Santiago - Green is the New Black.

Congratulations to all our participants.

The Hoboken Public Schools Science Fair incorporates inquiry-based learning that infuses science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students were required to participate in a school-level science fair this year. Teachers worked with students on ongoing investigation and application of the scientific process. The students’ knowledge and skills were put to a test at the school-level science fair. The winners in each grade of the school-level science fairs qualified to compete in the district-level science fair which was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Wallace Elementary School from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. The winners of the 2014-2015 Hoboken Public Schools Science Fair are... (Click title above for more.)
Congratulations to Gianessa Serpa of Calabro School for being among the top ten winners nationwide for Scholastic's Ridiculous Invention. Gianessa invented the InstaSmile. She was rewarded with science books from Scholastic. JOB WELL DONE!!!
Prom 2015 was lovely at the Chart House in Weehawken. Click the title above for a few images. More are coming soon.
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Upcoming Events
Tue Sep 1
Wallace Mile Square parent orientation 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Wed Sep 2
Superintendent's Orientation - Teachers report
Thu Sep 3
Registration deadline for October SAT
Superintendent's Orientation - Teachers report
Fri Sep 4
All buildings closed for Labor Day
Mon Sep 7
All buildings closed for Labor Day
Tue Sep 8
First day of school for students
Pre-K students only 1:00 p.m. dismissal
BOE Meeting 7pm, HJSHS Auditorium, 800 Clinton St., Hoboken
Wed Sep 9
Pre-K students only 1:00 p.m. dismissal
Thu Sep 10
Pre-K students only 1:00 p.m. dismissal
Fri Sep 11
Pre-K students only 1:00 p.m. dismissal
Calabro morning meeting 8:20 a.m.
Connors PBSIS Kick-off 12:45 p.m.
Sat Sep 12
ACT Test

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