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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
Connors PTO Meeting Jan 12 Flyer (pdf)
Join us on January 12 at 5 pm in the Educational Media Center for a meeting about PARCC and about child discipline. We will be joined by parenting coach Kumari Ghafoor-Davis. Childcare and a Spanish translator will be available.
Parent Teacher Conference Letter (pdf)
Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 21st
Parents, please be reminded to review the Parent-Teacher Conference Letter by clicking on the title above. You are able to select three times that work best for you to speak with your child's teachers. Once you return the conference letter form by October 15th, the homeroom teacher will send a confirmation letter to you indicating the time of your conference. In closing, I thank each of you for your continued commitment to Thomas G. Connors Elementary School.
Principal Fitzhugh's Welcome Back Letter to the School Community August 2015 (pdf)
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.
Connors PTO Meeting Dates 2015-2016 (pdf)
Connors students win at art contest
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.

Honors Breakfast at Connors
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.
Week of the Young Child (April 13-April 17) at Thomas G. Connors Elementary School
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)

Connors Read Across America Day
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.
Connors Black History Month Assembly Program
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.
Hispanic Heritage celebration at Connors School (pdf)
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 PBSIS initiative continues at Connors Elementary this school year
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

Thomas G. Connors Elementary School Summer Times August 2014 (pdf)
Click the title above to read about the four week program held at Connors School during July.
Hoboken Early Childhood Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
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.
Connors International Dinner - Pictures
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
Connors Cares Video
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

Connors Preschool Orientation letter (pdf)
Click title above to read about important dates for Connors preschool families.
Connors Open House Flyer Sept. 17 2013 (pdf)
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)
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District News and Updates
Weekly Updates from Schools 2-5-16
Superintendent Johnson Set to Host Informational Sessions for Incoming Junior and Senior High School Students
Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson is set to host an informational session for all parents and guardians of current 6th and 7th grade students to provide a glimpse into the exciting new initiatives and plans for the 2016-2017 school year at the Junior High School. This presentation, followed by a Q & A, will take place in the Hoboken Junior Senior High School Cafeteria from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. See event flyer.

Following the informational session dedicated to parents and guardians of current 6th and 7th grade students, Superintendent Johnson cordially invites all current 8th grade parents and guardians to learn more about the innovative plans that Hoboken High School has in store for the 2016-2017 school year. This informational session, followed by a Q & A, will take place in the Hoboken Junior Senior High School Cafeteria from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. See event flyer.
Drama Club Wins BIG at Theatre Competition
The HJSHS Drama Club attended The NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education Competition, sponsored by STANJ (Speech and Theatre Association of NJ) on January 30th, 2016. Thirty-five high schools with over 600 students competed in categories such as comedic monologue, dramatic monologue, comedic pairs, dramatic pairs, scenes, and improvisation.
Ms. Miller is proud of her students who worked hard and presented themselves in a professional manner. The following students won awards:

Gina Rotondi won 4th place for Comedic Monologue.

Brittney Colon won 3rd Place for Comedic Monologue.

Brandon Lyons, Jeane Cummins, and Te'Janea Bradley Johnson won 4th place in the scene category (3 or more actors) for the play A Raisin in the Sun.

What is most impressive is that Brandon Lyons won BEST ACTOR out of the entire competition for his portrayal of Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun. He will now get to attend the Governor's Awards Ceremony in Trenton in May to receive an additional award.

Visit Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms
Hoboken parents who are interested in learning more about early childhood education in our district are invited to Preschool and Kindergarten Visitation Days.
Parent and Guardian Letter Regarding Snow Days and Feb. 3rd Update (pdf)
Teachers and Educational Services Professionals of the Year 2015-2016
HMC Triumph
Senior Alfredo Veloce receives a national award of excellence from the students of Harvard University for "outstanding delegate" during closing ceremonies!!!
PARCC Dates Announced
Now available: the PARCC testing schedule for all schools.
HJSHS and Urban Farming
Congratulations to HJSHS teacher Juliana Addi, whose successful proposal has netted a $25,000 grant to develop the Urban Farm Engineers Club. The grant is from Cognizant, a global leader in business and industry, as part of their Making the Future grant program, which “seeks to inspire young learners and future leaders to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines by creating fun, hands on learning opportunities.”
Understanding Your Child's Test Results
The PARCC test was designed to provide clear information on your child’s progress toward meeting grade level expectations and mastering important skills like critical thinking. The score report gives you a snapshot of how your child is progressing and shows where he or she excels or needs more support. This information, along with grades, teacher feedback and scores on other tests, will help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically.

Each school will host an informational session on how to read your child's performance on the PARCC test. Below are the dates and times at each school.

Please contact your child's school for additional information.

Calabro - Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Connors - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM
HJSHS - Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Wallace - Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM

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Important Policies
Budget Information
Attendance Policy (pdf)
District Policy Manual
Anti-Bullying Information
HIB Self-Assessment Grade (pdf)

Upcoming Events
Today:
Thu Feb 11
1:00 pm dismissal for entire district
Connors Honors Breakfast 7:30 a.m. by invitation
Calabro Valentine's Day Party (4-6 gr.) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wallace PTO Valentines Dance (5th and 6th graders)
Fri Feb 12
Schools closed for Presidents' Day Weekend
Mon Feb 15
Schools closed for Presidents' Day Weekend
Tue Feb 16
Wallace Language Arts Consultant Visit
Wed Feb 17
Brandt Kindergerten Open House 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
HJSHS PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Thu Feb 18
Early Childhood Parent Workshop - Emergency First Aid -Rue School, 301 Garden St., 6pm
Glimpse into Middle School, HJSHS Cafeteria, 6pm
Glimpse into High School, HJSHS Cafeteria, 7pm
Fri Feb 19
HJSHS Little Shop of Horrors musical 7:30 pm
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Sat Feb 20
HJSHS Little Shop of Horrors musical 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm
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Sun Feb 21
HJSHS Little Shop of Horrors musical 2:00 pm
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Mon Feb 22
Brandt Book Fair
Tue Feb 23
Brandt Book Fair
SEPAC Meeting 6:00 pm
Wed Feb 24
Brandt Book Fair
Thu Feb 25
Brandt Book Fair
Connors African American History Month Assembly
HJSHS African American Culture Club Unity Luncheon

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