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Hoboken Junior Senior High School
800 Clinton Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 - 201.356.3700

Administrators
Principal: Robin Piccapietra
Vice Principal: Anna Gullo

Mission Statement
The mission of the Hoboken High School Educational Community is to prepare our students to become stakeholders in a changing and complex society. Our educational programs and activities are designed to ensure that all students can have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential through a diverse curriculum that promotes self-discipline, self-esteem and an understanding of the rights of others. Through the commitment of our staff, the students of our small, urban community will be socially, emotionally and academically equipped to carry out a contributing role in today’s society.

Belief Statements

  • Education is the key element to a successful future.
  • All children can learn to their highest potential.
  • We must have high expectations for ourselves and our students.
  • Students, parents, and staff are all accountable for their part in education.
  • Our objectives must have measurable outcomes.
  • Our role is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and the confidence to use the abilities that they develop.
  • Shared decision-making achieves positive change.
  • It is important to understand, appreciate, and accept diversity.
  • Community involvement and support enhance the success of our school.
  • Every individual has intrinsic worth.


Latest High School News
CREATE (HJSHS literary magazine) featured in online publication
On March 27th, Hoboken Junior Senior High School held an academic rally to recognize achievements in scholarship. Student MC Jaz Vergara kept a lively program of award announcements moving along, interspersed with video backdrop from the students in the Media Production Course. This assembly was at least 50 per cent student run, with an aim to increase student direction for the annual Excellence Assembly to be held in June. For the first time, we held a pinning ceremony with our new tradition of awarding pins for students who received honors or high honors in the first half of the year. Also distributed were awards for Harvard Model Congress, Poetry Out Loud, Journalism, Creative Writing, STANJ and Thespians. Mr. Anthony Gullo proudly distributed certificates to students in his C-Tech classes who achieved the certification: Network Cabling Specialist: Copper-Based Systems. We also recognized students on the Athletic Director's list for the second marking period and students who assisted in the running of our Hour of Code event.
Hoboken Junior - Senior high school explored the nation's capitol. Twenty-four students visited the monuments and museums over the 3 day history and government trip. Highlights included a trip to Mount Vernon, George Washington's home and farm, a tour of the capitol and a bike adventure checking out all of the monuments on the National Mall.
Come to our Junior High School Program Open House on April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. Meet our faculty and learn about our programs.
The African American Culture Club's Unity Luncheon is a festival meant to promote friendship and unity between diverse cultures and nationalities represented at HJSHS. The Luncheon is also a culminating event that celebrates and honors the rich history of the Hoboken African American community. Click title to read more.

Senior Prom Fashion Show
On March 14, the Hoboken community was treated to a prom fashion show and a silent auction. The students looked glamorous and the audience was impressed! Thanks to all those who joined us for this special event and a special thanks to the many who made it possible.
HHS Wins Big at Thespians Competition
Ms. Miller is so proud of the Drama Club for competing and participating in the 2014 New Jersey Thespians Festival. Twenty-nine high schools and approximately 630 students attended this festival. Our students won a total of 10 awards!!! That is the most we have ever won in a single competition.
The following students won “Accomplished Awards”. In these categories, judges pick a top ten (instead of a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place) to win these awards out of approximately 100 students.
Brittney Colon for Dramatic Monologue
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks for contrasting monologues
Gina Rotondi for contrasting monologues
Danielly Colon for contrasting monologues & Prop Table Master for Technical Olympics
Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks for Short Film Category & Comedic Monologue. He also won the overall Judges Select for this category, which means they felt out of the top 10 he was the BEST performer.
The following categories only have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finish with no top ten:
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Gina Rotondi, Allison Feinstein, Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks, and Danielly Colon won 2nd place for the Technical Olympics Event.
Brittney Colon won 1st Place for the best Supporting Actress award for the One Act Chapter Select Category.
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks won 1st Place for the Theater Marketing Category.
Be sure to congratulate our Thespians who represented our school with true red wing spirit.
NJ ASK Saturday Enrichment Classes
Hoboken Junior High is offering NJ ASK Saturday Enrichment Classes for the upcoming 2014 NJ ASK 7 & 8 assessments. This Enrichment Program will provide support to 7th and 8th grade students as they prepare to take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, (NJ ASK 7 & 8).
The NJ ASK Saturday Enrichment Classes involves familiarizing students with the format of the NJ ASK, and teaching them how to approach objective questions and how to maximize performance on open-ended questions requiring written responses and essays. Teachers help students to review NJ ASK content, and to improve any weaknesses in the required skills and knowledge. Such preparation helps students improve their skills, reduce test anxiety, and gain stamina for these important tests.

The Saturday tutoring dates and times are as follows: Dates: Saturday, March 15, 2014, Saturday, March 22, 2014 Saturday, March 29, 2014, Saturday, April 5, 2014 and Saturday, April 12, 2014.

All 7th grade students will report to their classes at 8:30 and will be released at 10:40. All 8th grade students will report to their classes at 10:50 and will be released at 12:50.

Read about some recent chemistry experiments.
Click the title above to learn about what the grade 7 Robotics students have been doing.
Computer Apps Students Enter Doodle for Google Contest
The Computer Apps B students are participating in the annual Doodle 4 Google contest. This year's theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place...". Google Doodles are the artistic changes made to the Google logo to celebrate famous birthdays, lives of famous people, inventions, achievements, etc.
Doodle submissions are judged in five age groups. One winner is selected per group, per state, resulting in 250 semi-finalists. Then the judges will select one winner from each state. These 50 state finalists will have the honor of having their sketch displayed on the Doodle 4 Google website.

The U.S. public votes on their favorite doodles to select the five national finalists. The sketch with the highest number of votes becomes the national finalist. Prizes, including Chromebooks, tablets and college scholarship money, are awarded at each level. The Doodle 4 Google submissions are judged based on artistic merit, creativity and the use of the contest theme and how well the theme is communicated in the design.
Mrs. Ising's Digital Photography class will be photographing the students' sketches so they can be submitted online. Internally, the students in each Computer Apps B class will vote on the top three sketches in their class. Then all of the Computer Apps classes will vote for the top three winners. These sketches will be posted on the school website.
Doodle 4 Google

Donte Bass to Play in All-Star Game
Hoboken Junior Senior High School's Donte Bass has been selected to be part of the North Team as a cornerback in the Phil Simms 2014 North vs. South All Star Football Classic on June 23rd, 2014. The North vs. South Classic is the oldest ongoing high school football all-star game in the state of New Jersey. The annual game features the best high school football players in the state of New Jersey. Way to go, Donte! We are proud of you.
We are looking for volunteers from the community to share information about their careers during Hoboken Junior Senior High School's annual Junior Prep Day, April 3, 2014. We would love to have representatives in the following fields: Business, Civil Service & Military, Performing & Fine Arts, Marketing, Technology, Law & Criminal Justice, and Mental Health & Social Services. For security and safety, no walk-ins will be allowed to volunteer on the day of the event. Due to logistical reasons we will gladly accept volunteers up to March 27, 2014. Click title above for registration form.
We are two for two! Under the tutelage of advisor Sharon Malenda, Hoboken’s Student Literary Magazine “CREATE” received its second national rank of “Excellent” from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Three hundred and seventy-three schools nationwide entered this prestigious competition and Hoboken High’s magazine fared very well with only twenty-six schools earning the highest ranking. We did even better in New Jersey, where only fifteen schools ranked higher with a “Superior” award. Hoboken’s magazine “CREATE” showcases the immense talent that our small school holds.
Click title above to read more.
Harvard Model Congress Team Performs Admirably in San Francisco
The 2014 Harvard Model Congress Conference in San Francisco was a milestone event for the Hoboken HMC team. Hoboken students participated in one of the most prestigious and realistic government simulation programs in the country. Our students collaborated with top students from around the country on congressional committees, including the House Foreign Relations Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions. Team members also impacted the process of government in special programs including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Council, and HMC Media. Students promoted and defended their proposed laws, while responding to crisis situations such as oil spills, security breaches, and terror attacks. As a result of our students’ diligence and determination, a total of thirty seven bills were considered and seven bills were passed into law. At the conference’s conclusion, the participants felt inspired and proud. Hoboken was honored to receive two awards of excellence by the Harvard Executive Committee. Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks was distinguished with an Award of Excellence in Media and Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks was recognized with an Award of Excellence for his work for the F.B.I. The following students participated: Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks, Alexandra Yoon-Hendticks, Christopher Johnson, Eimee Mendez, Jessica Parrilla, Jaida Cintron, Danielly Colon, Jazmin Colon, Willie Allen, Jazmin Vergara, and Alfredo Veloce.
Open House rescheduled for March 12
Due to predicted inclement weather, we have rescheduled our February 5th Open House to March 12th at 7:00 pm.
Class of 2014 Senior Spirit Week New Schedule
Tuesday, 02/04/14: Nerd Day
(Come dressed like the group that will be running the future)

Wednesday, 02/05/14: Decades Day
(Come dressed in your favorite attire from the 1920-1990s)

Thursday, 02/06/14: Twin Day
(Grab a partner and make copy of yourself. Twin Day)

Friday, 02/07/14: Class of 2014 Senior Spirit Day!
(Represent the Class of 2014 in style. Seniors!)

Monday, 02/10/14: Pajama Day
(Come dressed in your favorite PJs)

Students Place at STANJ Competition
On Saturday February 1st, the Drama Club at Hoboken High School attended The Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANj) Governor’s Awards at Rutgers University. STANj is the voice of advocacy for the inclusion of speech and theatre arts in the educational curriculum. Ms. Danielle Miller, who runs Drama Club and the musicals for the District of Hoboken, was voted onto the Executive Board for the STANj organization this past fall. The association includes members from elementary, middle, high school, college, and professional theatre who are interested in acting, directing, forensics, musical theatre, and technical theatre. She helped organize the statewide competition on Saturday that included 20 different high schools from across the state with over 400 students competing. Ms. Miller would like to recognize and congratulate the entire Drama Club for their participation, especially the following students who won wards for the school:
Jazmin Vergara & Danielly Colon won finalist awards for Improvisation.

Jaemi Yoon-Hendricks & Gina Rotondi won finalist awards for Comedic Monologue.

Jordan Yurnet was awarded a ½ tuition paid scholarship to attend Rowan University as a Theater Major for his overall performances in numerous categories.

Congratulations to all our students on their hard work and determination.

Hoboken High School’s Teen PEPers Present: Talk to Me: A Family Night Workshop

This dynamic and fun workshop gives parents/guardians and teenagers the opportunity to talk about issues such as privacy, trust, sex, friends, and independence. The goal of this workshop is to decrease some of the fears and discomfort surrounding talking about sex and sexuality. Parents/guardians will explore views about sexuality and pose questions to current Teen PEP members.

Take Home Messages
• It is important to understand how one’s own values and attitudes regarding sexuality influence the messages we give our children.
• Teenagers want and need guidance from parents/guardians and other trusted adults regarding decisions about sex and sexuality.
• Communicating with parents/guardians and other trusted adults is important in preventing sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and pregnancy among teenagers.

Who is invited:
Parents, guardians, teachers, community members, and juniors interested in joining Teen PEP
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Place: Hoboken High School Cafeteria

If you have any questions and to RSVP please contact: Ms. Blue or Ms. Deni at 201-356-3774

We hope everyone used their snow day to study! Attached above is the midterm schedule we will be using Thursday, Friday and Monday. Good luck to all students.
The Hoboken High School Class of 2014 seeks vendors to participate in our City-Wide Flea Market. A vendor can be a business or individuals trying to make money as they de-clutter!
Class of 2014 Flea Market
March 29, 2014
9am-3pm
Hoboken High School Gym

Click above to read more. Click here for flyer and application.

Senior trip payment deadline extended
The deadline for the first payment of the senior class trip has been extended until Friday, January 10, 2014 by 3pm. No payments can be accepted after this time. This deadline has only been extended due to the placement of the holiday and the snow emergency day.

If we do not receive your payment by this time, unfortunately you will lose your spot on the trip.

There will be no further extensions on the trip. The second installment for the senior class trip is due Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3pm. (No extensions will be given for this payment.) Payment is required to secure your place on the senior trip.

If you have any questions please see Mr. Munoz or Ms. Martinez in room 230.

This form is required for any student going on a walking field trip within Hoboken. If your child has not turned in a signed walking field trip form, please print and complete the attached form and send it in to school with your child. This will ensure that your child does not miss out on educational opportunities to visit cultural centers within town, such as the public library or the museum.
In order to prepare students for the HSPA exam in March 2014, Hoboken Junior Senior High School will be holding mandatory tutoring sessions for all Juniors on Saturdays in January, February and March. Click the title above for a list of dates and more information.
Hoboken Junior Senior High School will soon be participating in a national program that transforms lives and relationships called Challenge Day. Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. The Challenge Day Program is designed to unite the members of the school or community and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the school population. Challenge Day also successfully addresses issues of violence, teasing, social oppression, racism, harassment, conflict management, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs. We still have room for a few adult volunteers to join us in this program. if you are interested, click on the title above to read more and sign up. Click here for student permission forms.
Create a Treat: Gingerbread House
Celebrate the holiday season and make a memory by assembling and decorating a gingerbread house with family and friends.
Date: December 17, 2013
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
High School Cafeteria
Cost: $2.00; one kit per family
Please call Ms. Judith Burrell 201-356-3705 or by email at judith.burrell@hoboken.k12.nj.us to reserve your gingerbread house kit now.
Sponsored by the Hoboken Junior Student Council
About 200 students in grades 7-11 will take part in the Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week. About 40 seniors have volunteered to serve as tutors to assist staff with the project. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn. Hour of Code modules and tools are self-directed. Students and teachers will be able to choose among a variety of one-hour tutorials to participate in the Hour of Code. Click the title of this article to learn more about the Hour of Code.
Join us in our Hour of Code!
The School based Youth Services Program (Student Center) has been actively helping students get ready for careers and college after high school. Click the title above to read more about their recent efforts.
Congratulations Hoboken High School Artists
Concordia Learning Center Art Competition October 2013
In October 2013, 3 HJSHS students competed and placed in an art contest sponsored by the Concordia Learning Center as part of the 23rd Annual Jersey City Artists Studio Tour. Ayni Harris (grade 12), Michael Wilson (grade 12) and Peter Gutierrez (grade 9) each submitted a piece of art in Beyond the Light: Painting with Feeling art contest. Ayni placed 1st and received a $50 TD Bank gift card; Peter placed 2nd and was given a $25 TD Bank gift card; and Michael was recognized for participating and also received a $25 TD Bank gift card. Ayni, Peter and Michael, HJSHS is proud of you and your beautiful artwork!
Parents of seniors are invited to join us on December 17 at 6:30 pm in the HJSHS Media Center (2nd floor) to learn about the college financial aid process. You will learn about different types of financial aid for college and receive information on how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  A college financial aid officer will be joining us to offer his expertise. Click title for flyer.
Come to Junior Senior High Parents' Night
On December 3rd at 7 pm, we invite all HJSHS parents to come in for brief meetings with teachers. We hope that you will be able to join us!
We heartily congratulate Mr. Christopher Munoz, Social Studies Teacher, on his receipt of the Latino Educator of the Year title from the Hoboken Puerto Rican Cultural Committee. Mr. Munoz also received commendations from the United States Senate and House of Representatives and the New Jersey Legislature, as well as the Hudson County Freeholders in recognition of his commitment to the students of Hoboken.
Attention seniors! Important announcement regarding the senior trip
The senior trip downpayment deadline has been extended until Wednesday, November 13 at 3pm. We cannot extend it beyond this date because we need to submit our deposit to the travel company we are using to plan the trip. The downpayment for the trip is $100, which is nonrefundable. Please get your downpayment in so you can celebrate your hard work with your classmates!
If you have any questions please see Ms. Martinez or Mr. Munoz.
Hoboken Senior High Group Heads to Philadelphia
On a gorgeous fall day, the Red Wings headed south to Philadelphia for a day of history and finance at the US Constitution Center and the Federal Reserve Bank. Now most students’ eyes would glaze over when learning of their destination, but the group left the “City of Brotherly Love” surprised and enlightened. First stop: the state of the art Constitution Center. Students were immersed in a 3D presentation chronicling the struggles of our country and illuminating the vision of our founding fathers. The center's exhibit of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs truly reinforced the meaning of freedom of speech. Images of love and hatred, peace and war took students beyond their comfort zones and made them think about other societies that lack so many freedoms.

Then, changing gears a bit, the group headed over to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The group was hooked when our tour guide told us that 2 football fields of cash were sitting several floors below us in the bank's vaults. But the visit was more than "the Benjamins" under our feet. Lessons on credit, inflation and counterfeiting left the group incredibly well informed on the role of the Federal Reserve. Thanks to Mr. Taraszkiewicz for organizing the informative trip.

Register now for the Hoboken Public Schools Family Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History. There will be free bus transportation and free admission on Saturday, November 9th. Bus picks up at Hoboken Junior High at noon and returns by 5:00pm. See flyer (click title) for more information.
9th Grade Student Aims for the Sky
We are so proud of freshman Peter Gutierrez and his passion for airplanes! Peter's planes will be the subject of an exhibit at the Hoboken Historical Museum in November. Everyone who knows Peter can observe his passion as he always seems to be building or designing aircraft. We strongly encourage the entire Redwing Community to go to his exhibit when it opens in November. To read more about it, click here.
Senior Class receives donation from CarePoint Hoboken University Medical Center
On September 17, 2013, CarePoint Hoboken University Medical Center donated $1,000 to the Senior Class.
The initiative was started by Mr. Munoz and Ms. Martinez, Class of 2014 Co-Advisers. “We really wanted to go out in the community and show the seniors the Hoboken Community was behind them.”

The $1,000 (pending BOE approval) will go towards lowering the cost of senior activities such as the prom, senior trip, and other cost. Nyree Martin, Senior class president said, “We really appreciate it because we don't get a lot of money and there are a lot of students that can't afford all of the senior class expenses.”

Paul Walker, President and CEO of HUMC, aHoboken newcomer, was also made an honorary Hoboken High School Class of 2014 member and presented with a “Once a Redwing, Always a Redwing T-shirt. "It is our pleasure to present a check from CarePoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center for $1,000 to put to use as you see fit and support your class," Walker said.

For NJ.com coverage: Click Here

For more information on how to donate to the Class of 2014 you can contact via email at christopher.munoz@hoboken.k12.nj.us or lorna.courtney-martinez@hoboken.k12.nj.us

Hispanic Culture Club Attends Annual Celebration in Union City
On Sunday, September 15, 2013 the Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club attended Senator Robert Menendez’s 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Union City High School in Union City, NJ.
The students had an opportunity to meet with the Senator and have a Q &A session before the event. Students asked him questions with topics ranging from comprehensive immigration reform to civic responsibility.
In addition, Sen. Menendez was inducted as an honorary member of the Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club. President and Junior, Leanza Rodriguez was interviewed by several media outlets, News 12 Espanol, Cablevision, and the Jersey Journal just to name a few.
To see Leanza’s Interview in Spanish: Click Here.
This was the kick-off to the Hispanic Culture Club’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration which is on-going from September 15th through October 15th.
If you are interested in the Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club you can contact Mr. Munoz at Christopher.Munoz@hoboken.k12.nj.us
Uniform Look Book
Students and parents are encouraged to visit our brand new online "look book" to check out the new uniforms. The uniform policy is on our website and here is a link to our look book. We offer special thanks to our fantastic models and to Ms. Theresa Minutillo for her help in creating the look book.
Hoboken High welcomes students to our first ever Junior Senior High School Program. We have been preparing for your arrival with facilities renovations and curriculum development. We are looking forward to a very exciting year with you.
Please click on the title above to read about the uniform policy for students in grades 7-12 in the 2013-2014 school year.
There are many positive changes planned for the 2013-2014 school year at Hoboken High School. One of those changes involves allowing students to pursue certain course work online through the Virtual High School Collaborative. Students are able to select from a variety of classes that would not otherwise be available or to complete advanced coursework beyond what is offered at the high school. Please be on the lookout for additional materials about the program from the Guidance Department. Click here for general information about the program...

Recent News
CREATE (HJSHS literary magazine) featured in online publication
More on Wallace's Mark Mautone, Hudson County Teacher of the Year
Mark Mautone, Hudson County Teacher of the Year, was recently interviewed in the Jersey Journal. Click here to read his interview.
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.
The Hoboken Public School calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available by clicking the title above.
Join a panel of college admissions officers for an informative evening at HJSHS on April 16th at 6:30 pm.
Connors Students Learn about Autism
In observance of Autism Awareness, Mr. Mark Mautone came to Connors Elementary and spoke with the students in grades 4 & 5 about Autism. The presentation was well received by students and staff. The awareness of Autism is important and the presentation provided students and staff of the real facts. Special thank you to Mr. Fitzgibbons, Director of Special Services for reaching out to the Principals in the effort of spreading this positive message district wide.
Heartfelt congratulations go out to Mark Mautone for being named Hudson County Teacher of the Year. We are extremely proud to call this world-class educator our own. Read more about Mr. Mautone.
On March 27th, Hoboken Junior Senior High School held an academic rally to recognize achievements in scholarship. Student MC Jaz Vergara kept a lively program of award announcements moving along, interspersed with video backdrop from the students in the Media Production Course. This assembly was at least 50 per cent student run, with an aim to increase student direction for the annual Excellence Assembly to be held in June. For the first time, we held a pinning ceremony with our new tradition of awarding pins for students who received honors or high honors in the first half of the year. Also distributed were awards for Harvard Model Congress, Poetry Out Loud, Journalism, Creative Writing, STANJ and Thespians. Mr. Anthony Gullo proudly distributed certificates to students in his C-Tech classes who achieved the certification: Network Cabling Specialist: Copper-Based Systems. We also recognized students on the Athletic Director's list for the second marking period and students who assisted in the running of our Hour of Code event.
The African American Culture Club's Unity Luncheon is a festival meant to promote friendship and unity between diverse cultures and nationalities represented at HJSHS. The Luncheon is also a culminating event that celebrates and honors the rich history of the Hoboken African American community. Click title to read more.

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!
Come to our Junior High School Program Open House on April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. Meet our faculty and learn about our programs.
The Hoboken School District would like to welcome Sandra Rodriguez as a new Principal in the district. Beginning in early May, she will be working at Brandt School and will be responsible for Early Childhood Education (PK-3, PK-4, and Kindergarten). She is currently working as the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Newark Public Schools where she oversees a program that serves nearly 7,000 PK-3 and PK-4 children. Click title above for more.
Parents are invited to attend an information session on the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. Click above for the flyer with session dates, times and locations.
HHS Wins Big at Thespians Competition
Ms. Miller is so proud of the Drama Club for competing and participating in the 2014 New Jersey Thespians Festival. Twenty-nine high schools and approximately 630 students attended this festival. Our students won a total of 10 awards!!! That is the most we have ever won in a single competition.
The following students won “Accomplished Awards”. In these categories, judges pick a top ten (instead of a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place) to win these awards out of approximately 100 students.
Brittney Colon for Dramatic Monologue
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks for contrasting monologues
Gina Rotondi for contrasting monologues
Danielly Colon for contrasting monologues & Prop Table Master for Technical Olympics
Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks for Short Film Category & Comedic Monologue. He also won the overall Judges Select for this category, which means they felt out of the top 10 he was the BEST performer.
The following categories only have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finish with no top ten:
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Gina Rotondi, Allison Feinstein, Jaemison Yoon-Hendricks, and Danielly Colon won 2nd place for the Technical Olympics Event.
Brittney Colon won 1st Place for the best Supporting Actress award for the One Act Chapter Select Category.
Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks won 1st Place for the Theater Marketing Category.
Be sure to congratulate our Thespians who represented our school with true red wing spirit.
Extreme winter weather compelled the district to use five snow days this school year in the interest of the safety of our families. Please click on the title above to download our revised calendar, as approved by the Hoboken Board of Education on March 11, 2014.
Donte Bass to Play in All-Star Game
Hoboken Junior Senior High School's Donte Bass has been selected to be part of the North Team as a cornerback in the Phil Simms 2014 North vs. South All Star Football Classic on June 23rd, 2014. The North vs. South Classic is the oldest ongoing high school football all-star game in the state of New Jersey. The annual game features the best high school football players in the state of New Jersey. Way to go, Donte! We are proud of you.
Look for HobokenSchools on Twitter
The Hoboken Public School District has recently joined Twitter. Look for us to get updates on upcoming events and find out about good news in the district. You can follow us from the link near the bottom right of this page.
We are looking for volunteers from the community to share information about their careers during Hoboken Junior Senior High School's annual Junior Prep Day, April 3, 2014. We would love to have representatives in the following fields: Business, Civil Service & Military, Performing & Fine Arts, Marketing, Technology, Law & Criminal Justice, and Mental Health & Social Services. For security and safety, no walk-ins will be allowed to volunteer on the day of the event. Due to logistical reasons we will gladly accept volunteers up to March 27, 2014. Click title above for registration form.
We are two for two! Under the tutelage of advisor Sharon Malenda, Hoboken’s Student Literary Magazine “CREATE” received its second national rank of “Excellent” from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Three hundred and seventy-three schools nationwide entered this prestigious competition and Hoboken High’s magazine fared very well with only twenty-six schools earning the highest ranking. We did even better in New Jersey, where only fifteen schools ranked higher with a “Superior” award. Hoboken’s magazine “CREATE” showcases the immense talent that our small school holds.
Click title above to read more.
Issue number 6 of our district newsletter is now available by clicking on the title above.
Sending home school notices to parents and guardians is a long time and traditional method of communicating in most school communities, including Hoboken. The problem is that sometimes parents never receive the notices or other important information. In an effort to further improve our communication, and to have a safety net for all parents who did not receive notices, the district has developed a "digital backpack" that contains all notices for a particular school. We are hopeful this will be a small convenience we can offer to all of our parents.
Using the digital backpack is very simple. Click on the digital backpack icon on the district website. Next, select the school or schools of attendance for your children and you will find the notices. Because we just started the new system today, it may take a week until you will start to see notices.
Students Place at STANJ Competition
On Saturday February 1st, the Drama Club at Hoboken High School attended the Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANj) Governor’s Awards at Rutgers University. STANj is the voice of advocacy for the inclusion of speech and theatre arts in the educational curriculum. Ms. Danielle Miller, who runs Drama Club and the musicals for the District of Hoboken, was voted onto the executive board for the STANj organization this past fall. The association includes members from elementary, middle, high school, college, and professional theatre who are interested in acting, directing, forensics, musical theatre, and technical theatre. Ms. Miller helped organize the statewide competition on Saturday that included 20 different high schools from across the state with over 400 students competing. Ms. Miller would like to recognize and congratulate the entire Drama Club for their participation, especially the following students who won awards for the school.

Jazmin Vergara & Danielly Colon won finalist awards for Improvisation.

Jaemi Yoon-Hendricks & Gina Rotondi won finalist awards for Comedic Monologue.

Jordan Yurnet was awarded a ½ tuition paid scholarship to attend Rowan University as a Theater Major for his overall performances in numerous categories.

Congratulations to all our students on their hard work and determination. You have made us all very proud.

On January 14, students from Hoboken Junior Senior High School faced their fears of public performance to participate in our seventh annual Poetry out Loud school competition. Seven students competed in two rounds in which they performed memorized poems to a rapt audience of students, staff and parents. The poem selections were varied, ranging from the more familiar to the more obscure, and the performers, to a person, were outstanding. The overall winner was senior Leslie Markevitch, with senior Jazmin Vergara a close second. Leslie will compete on the regional level on February 10th at Bergen PAC. This is the third time Leslie has won in the school competition. We congratulate her on her hard work and her recognition of poetry's enduring importance for all people.
Wallace Teacher Carolina Martinez Publishes Children's Book
Congratulations to Wallace teacher Carolina Martinez on the publication of her picture book, Ladybug and Dragonfly. The book was a collaboration with Oscar Perez Cotto (spouse of Wallace Teacher Mrs. Perez). A book signing is in the works for the spring, but in the meantime you can read more about the book here.
Help Wanted: Parents are needed to give their input and perspective on two important projects:
  • Our transition program (school to school and grade to grade)
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Important Policies
Attendance Policy (pdf)
District Policy Manual
Anti-Bullying Information
User Friendly Budget 2013-14 (pdf)
HIB Self-Assessment Grade (pdf)

Upcoming Events
Today:
Mon Apr 21
Spring break - schools are closed
Tue Apr 22
Spring break - schools are closed
Tue Apr 29
Poetry Slam at HJSHS, 7pm
Wed Apr 30
Liberty Science Center Free Community Evening (get flyer)

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