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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
Parent Survey
Please take the parent survey below by clicking on the link.

Parent survey in English

Parent survey in Spanish
Helping hands
Members of the Hoboken Redwing Basketball Program painted the courtyard at Wallace Elementary School for the youth of Hoboken. This program was implemented by NJ Cares. This is just another example of how Coach Kolmer is incorporating community service into his program. Congratulations guys and Coach Kolmer. Community service is one of the fundamental cornerstones of any solid education.
COLLEGE TRIPS: permission forms available @ Student Center, Guidance, & Library
HCCC Culinary Arts Institute SEPTEMBER 30 max 20 students
Montclair State University OCTOBER 8 max 20 students
Historically Black Colleges & Universities fair NOV. 17 more details to come
Do the right thing in school so you can get to go on trips!

PEER LEADERSHIP TRAINING coming soon max 10 students in 9th & 10th grade ~ sign up at Student Center NOW!

5th period quiet lunch ~ max 10 selected students
6th period open game room max 20 students
Stevens shares love of engineering with HJSHS
HJSHS would like to thank our friends and partners at Stevens Institute's Pre-College Summer Program for their kind donation of 18 Lego Mindstorm kits as well as a box of spare lego parts. Our growing robotics program will put them to excellent use.
Food service notice for 2014-2015
Dear Parents,
Please be advised that the following price schedule will be in effect for the food services program during the 2014-2015 school year.

Students in grades 7-12:
Breakfast (regular): $1.75
Breakfast (reduced):$ .30
Lunch (regular): $3.75
Lunch (reduced): $ .40

As you will notice, meal prices are only slightly increased from 2013-2014. The most significant change is that the district will no longer participate in the Universal Free Breakfast program. Breakfast will now be available to all students at the rates listed above.
Boys' Basketball team goes to college
The Hoboken High School Boys' Basketball Program is already on the move. After going 6-2 in the Cliffside Park Summer League, Coach Kolmer had the team participate in a wonderful summer experience. For the first time, Hoboken High School participated in a summer league on a college campus. On August 2nd and August 3rd Coach Kolmer and the boys competed against teams from New York State on the Pace University campus. After the games, Coach and a guide took the team on a tour of the Pace University campus. Coach Kolmer hopes that if the young men see and feel what it's like to compete in a college gym, then tour the campus, they will begin to work even harder in the classrooms and on the court so they can make college a reality! Way to go Coach and the Redwings!
HJSHS introduces our top two
Meet Leslie Markevitch, valedictorian and Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, salutatorian of the Hoboken Senior High School Class of 2014.
Meet Leslie Markevitch
Meet Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks
Dear Residents,
On behalf of the Hoboken Public School community, I want to extend my sincere congratulations to our graduating seniors. We wish you well as you move on to life after Hoboken High School. The graduating class of 2014 has secured its place as one of the most remarkable groups of young men and women to grace our halls. These students have flourished academically, with many also representing our school proudly on the athletic fields, in theatrical productions, and in local, state, and national academic competitions. While it has been a pleasure for the staff to have them here, and it is sad to see our seniors move on, we are also excited to think about the what the future holds for this accomplished group.
(Click title to read more.)
On May 22, the Redwings celebrated with New Jersey Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, a graduate of Hoboken High School, at the Statehouse in Trenton and received a special joint resolution for winning a second consecutive state title.
HJSHS Captures Awards at Teen Arts
A group of aspiring performing artists recently participated in the annual Hudson County Teen Arts Festival. The following awards were received:
Brittney Colon received the Judges' Award in the Small Group Drama Theatre Category and Willie Allen received the Judges' Award in the Small Solo Vocal Category.
Lady Redwings win Sectional Championship
Congratulations to the Lady Redwings Varsity Softball team on their big win - Group 1 North 2 Sectional Champions! This is their second ever State Sectional Championship.

The Lady Redwings play on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4pm against Butler High School at Ramsey High School for the Northern Group 1 Championship.

Read more from NJ.Com.

Poetry Slam returns after long hiatus
On April 29th, students from HJSHS performed original as well as favorite poems before an appreciative audience. Organizers Mr. Barfield and Mrs. McGreivey would like to acknowledge the efforts of the performers in making a great evening. Performers included Mikey COlon, William Ithier III, Jaemi Yoon-Hendricks, Jaz Vergara, Alex Yoon-Hendricks, Gina Rotondi, Angelique Ventura, and Akilah Milo. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Student Council which held a bake sale at the event. Great job, everyone.
Several years ago, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the school hosted a regular series of these programs. Based on the success of this recent event, the school hopes to host additional evenings like this.
College Planning Night at HJSHS
On Wednesday, April 16th, more than 30 people, including students and parents/guardians attended College Planning Night in the Junior/Senior High School Library. Over the course of the evening, the audience listened to a panel of experts, including admissions representatives from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State University, New York Institute of Technology, and Penn State University discuss several topics relevant to the college search and application process. The panel was organized by counselor Stacie Beliveau, who, along with fellow counselor Susan Wiener, offered a brief synopsis of the college counseling process at Hoboken Junior/Senior High School. The panel presentation was moderated by Supervisor of Student Support Services, Michael Saulnier. The evening concluded with a question and answer session and refreshments with the guest speakers.
HJSHS Hugs Hoboken
The Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club, Environmental Science Club, Senior Student Council, and the African-American Club held its 4th Annual Hoboken High School Hugs Hoboken event on April 27, 2014. The faculty and students of these clubs at Hoboken High School beautified our city while serving the Hoboken community. They removed over 30 bags of garbage and debris from our shoreline and streets. Way to Go Redwings.
Support the Senior Class and get your car clean: $5 for cars and $7 for trucks. Dates: May 3, 10, 17 from 9 to 3 in front of Hoboken Junior Senior High School.
HJSHS celebrates Earth Day with waterfront clean up
Students from the Environmental Science Club, the Hispanic Culture Club and the Student Council of Hoboken Junior Senior High School will meet at Pier C on Sunday, April 27 at 10 am to conduct a waterfront clean up. Volunteers are welcome to join us as we try to protect and save our shoreline.
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 ˝ 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
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
Helping hands
Members of the Hoboken Redwing Basketball Program painted the courtyard at Wallace Elementary School for the youth of Hoboken. This program was implemented by NJ Cares. This is just another example of how Coach Kolmer is incorporating community service into his program. Congratulations guys and Coach Kolmer. Community service is one of the fundamental cornerstones of any solid education.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program gears up for a new year
As the new school year begins we welcome back our returning students for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) after school program, in which students engage in online courses with faculty faculty from CTY. We offer a warm welcome and congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into the program. They successfully completed the rigorous SCAT test and will be embarking on a challenging after school program to extend their skills.

Our new honors math students are listed below. Their classes will begin on October 6th.
Maximus Forcellini-HJSHS
Sofia Melfi, Daisy Levine. Kiera Modder and Sanjna Samrai-Wallace Elementary School
Lana Cecala and Mircea Florescu- Calabro Elementary School
Emiliano Leal- Connors Elementary School

Our new honors reading and language arts students are listed below. They will begin their after school program in the last week of September.
Jordan Gomez-HJSHS
Dylan Nassau and Ella Anderson-Wallace Elementary School

To learn more about the CTY program, click here. Our local program coordinator is Mrs. Frances Cohen, who can be reached at (201) 356-3717 or by email at frances.cohen@hoboken.k12.nj.us.

Stevens shares love of engineering with HJSHS
HJSHS would like to thank our friends and partners at Stevens Institute's Pre-College Summer Program for their kind donation of 18 Lego Mindstorm kits as well as a box of spare lego parts. Our growing robotics program will put them to excellent use.
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.
On September 17 at 6:30 pm, all parents of Hoboken teens are invited to join us for a presentation on the subject of teen suicide prevention. The presentation will take place in the library at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. Please click the title above to find out more, including how to RSVP for this event.
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Preschool schedule announcement
On September 4th and 5th, preschool students only will be dismissed at 1:00 pm. For all other students there will be a full day of school on September 4th and 5th.
Boys' Basketball team goes to college
The Hoboken High School Boys' Basketball Program is already on the move. After going 6-2 in the Cliffside Park Summer League, Coach Kolmer had the team participate in a wonderful summer experience. For the first time, Hoboken High School participated in a summer league on a college campus. On August 2nd and August 3rd Coach Kolmer and the boys competed against teams from New York State on the Pace University campus. After the games, Coach and a guide took the team on a tour of the Pace University campus. Coach Kolmer hopes that if the young men see and feel what it's like to compete in a college gym, then tour the campus, they will begin to work even harder in the classrooms and on the court so they can make college a reality! Way to go Coach and the Redwings!
Click the title above to read about the four week program held at Connors School during July.
July 31, 2014
Letter to the Hoboken Community:
Very recently a story entitled “Why Hoboken Is Throwing Away All its Student Laptops,” surfaced on WNYC News, The Hechinger Report, by Jill Barshay. Since then, the School District has had a flurry of e-mails and phone calls from both concerned citizens, organizations willing to take our “mothballed laptop computers,” and a variety of news media wishing to create additional stories.
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Dear Residents,
On July 16, 2014, the Hoboken Board of Education appointed me to serve the district as the interim superintendent of schools while the search for Dr. Toback’s permanent replacement takes place. I am honored to have been selected and excited to be here!
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Michelle McGreivey, an educator at Hoboken Junior Senior High School, has been selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 21-25, 2014. Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

At the June 24 meeting of the Hoboken Board of Education, some changes were made to the HJSHS uniform policy for 2014-2015. Parents are asked to read the attached letter and policy to ensure that students are prepared for school in September. Please click title above to read them. Have a safe and healthy summer!
Good news regarding recent test scores
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,
While our focus in this district is on the students and not on standardized tests, we are always happy for good test results that reflect the hard work of our students and staff. That is why I am thrilled to announce that this year, 93% of our students were proficient on the language arts literacy section of the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). This result is, by far, the best we have achieved on the HSPA in a very long time—and maybe the best HSPA scores ever achieved in this district.

Although our scores remained flat in the area of mathematics, we were able to match our 61% proficiency level from last year—still the highest mathematics proficiency percentage achieved in this district for quite some time. I am confident that we have great momentum moving forward with a variety of enhancements in place to improve mathematics education in this district.
Congratulations to our eleventh-grade students, their teachers, and our administrators.


Mark Toback

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Upcoming Events
Tue Sep 23
HJSHS - Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30 pm
Wed Sep 24
HJSHS - ID pictures will be taken
HJSHS Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm
Thu Sep 25
Rosh Hashanah - school closed
Sat Sep 27
HJSHS - HSPA Prep Class 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Mon Sep 29
Brandt Pre-K - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
Tue Sep 30
Brandt Kindergarten - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
Sat Oct 4
HJSHS - HSPA Prep Class 8:30 am-12:30 pm

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