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

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
Please click on the title above to learn all about this week's "Week of Respect" activities.
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Hoboken Junior Senior High School began participating in an after school meal program through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, NJ Department of Agriculture. This program provides a meal, at no charge, to all Hoboken Junior Senior High School students participating in an after school program. Click the title above for more information.
On Wednesday, October 28th, HJSHS will host our annual college fair. Right now we have over 40 colleges that have confirmed, and we will have some more additions as we near the target date.
At the college fair, you'll find out about academic programs, campus activities, financial aid, and admissions requirements and have the opportunity to talk briefly with college representatives.

Make a point to talk with the college representatives – they want to engage with you and answer your questions.
Take notes.
Sign up to be on the mailing lists at colleges that interest you. Pick up brochures from colleges that interest you and take them home to review.
Attend information sessions, if available.
Be sure to go to the fair prepared to maximize your time. Bring paper and pen to take notes, and a list of questions. The Guidance Department sent out a list of questions on Naviance recently. Use them as a guide.

Join us for an open house on October 15th at 6:30 pm. Tour the building, meet our staff and students, and learn about our programs.
Order a uniform shirt with a logo and support the class of 2019!
The class of 2019 is sponsoring a uniform shirt fundraiser. Shirts are $13 each or 2 for $25.
Click here for order form.

Recent News
Notice regarding water main break
Dear Hoboken Public School District Parents and Guardians:

Throughout the day, I have been assessing the situation in Hoboken that arose as a result of the water main break in the southwest corner of the city.

At this time, it appears that our schools will open tomorrow on a regular schedule. Although there may be some inconveniences, we are prepared.

First, I have asked all staff members to plan accordingly and enter the city from northern approaches only.

Second, as water pressure improves, we have staff at each of our schools right now waiting to start up the boilers. As pressure continues to improve throughout the night, the boiler at Connors will also be tended to. Our fire systems will be in working order and we have been assured that there will be adequate water pressure to supply all fire hydrants.

Third, we have been told that we will need to cover all water fountains. Staff is on site and is already beginning to do so. We have been in contact with our food service provider (Pomptonian) and made them aware of the requirement to boil water. Cafeteria staff workers will modify lunch plans as necessary in order to meet all requirements. Toilet water may be a bit brownish in color but they will be in working order. We are also prepared with providing each school with gallons of drinking water.

Fourth, we have informed all transportation providers that there may be some delays in the morning. If your child is transported to school, either in district or out of district, I ask for your patience and cooperation.

Lastly, if anything changes or additional emergencies arise that change our ability to open, you will receive an automated emergency call. Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Christine Johnson
Superintendent of Schools
Congratulations to Stevens Institute for winning the US Solar Decathlon!
Stevens Institute of Technology won top honors overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar powered house. Click here to read more.
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Hoboken Junior Senior High School began participating in an after school meal program through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, NJ Department of Agriculture. This program provides a meal, at no charge, to all Hoboken Junior Senior High School students participating in an after school program. Click the title above for more information.
Hoboken Public Schools Science Fair - December 2015
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 Expo in Grades K-2, and a Science Fair in grades 3-12. Teachers work with students in ongoing investigation and application of the scientific process. The students’ knowledge and skills will be put to the test at the individual School-Level Science Fairs in December 2015. The winners from grade levels 3-6 of the School-Level Science Fairs will qualify to compete in the District-Level Science Fair. District-Level Winners from grades 5-12 will be eligible to enter this year's Hudson County Science Fair. For more information, click here.
The Hoboken Public Schools are pleased to announce our Parent/Guardian Academy, a series of free workshops for parents and guardians of students enrolled in the district’s schools. As partners in your child’s education, these workshops are intended to provide you with information on how to best support your child’s academic, social and emotional growth. To learn more, click on the link above to download our brochure listing the first in our series of workshops.

Our school community is invited to view the Hoboken Board of Education meeting that was held on September 8, 2015. Near the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Christine Johnson, Superintendent, gave an overview of long and short term goals for the district.

All parents are invited to join us for a parenting workshop series to be held at Connors School. See the attached flyer (click the link above) for details.
Please click on the title above to read Superintendent Johnson's letter welcoming families to the new school year. We look forward to greeting our students on September 8th. Together we will have a great year!
Read about Michelle Zube, teacher of children with autism at Wallace Elementary School. For two weeks in May and June, she traveled to Jakarta with the Global Autism Project to help fight the persistent stigma surrounding autism and improve the services available to children with the developmental disorder there. We are very proud of Ms. Zube's outreach efforts.
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.
Click here to reivew past news articles.

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District Policy Manual
Anti-Bullying Information
HIB Self-Assessment Grade (pdf)

Upcoming Events
Fri Nov 27
Schools closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Mon Nov 30
Wallace Student of the Month Breakfast
Thu Dec 3
Connors MP1 Awards Assembly
HJSHS Hispanic Poetry Slam 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 4
Calabro morning meeting 8:20 a.m. Calabro PTO Meeting 9:00 a.m.
Sat Dec 5
SAT hosted at HJSHS
Registration deadline for December SAT
Mon Dec 7
Wallace Book Fair
Wallace PTO Meeting time TBD
Tue Dec 8
Wallace Book Fair
Wallace Faculty Meeting
HJSHS Math Club Contest, 3:00 p.m.
BOE Meeting 7pm, Demarest Auditorium, 158 4th Street, Hoboken
Wed Dec 9
Wallace SLC Meeting
Wallace Book Fair
Thu Dec 10
Brandt Holiday Show (PK:10 am, K:10 am &1:20 pm)
Connors Honors Breakfast 7:30 am by invitation
Wallace PTO Festival of Lights PM time TBD
Wallace Book Fair
Early Childhood Parent Workshop - Preparing Healthy Snacks, 6pm at Rue School, 301 Garden St.
Elementary/Primary School Talent Show, Hoboken Junior/Senior High School Auditorium, 6:00pm, Tickets $5.00
Fri Dec 11
Wallace Book Fair
1:00 pm dismissal for entire district

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