Latest Wallace School News
Meet Wallace School's new administrative team
Mr. Martin Shannon is the principal of Wallace School. A “born and raised” member of the Hoboken community, Mr. Shannon begins his fifth year as a school administrator and brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He attended Seton Hall University and then earned his graduate degree from Saint Peter’s University. Previously, he served as vice principal at Wallace and Connors, as well as the district’s director of athletics. A proud alumnus of Hoboken High School, Mr. Shannon both played on and coached for some of the district’s historic state championship football teams. His teaching experience includes middle and high school language arts. Mr. Shannon looks forward to using his unique knowledge of the community, his network of relationships throughout the district, and his skills as an educational leader to ensure the students of Wallace School are provided with a top-notch education that lays the foundation for a lifetime of success.
Mr. Charles Bartlett is the vice principal of Wallace School. After attending the Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Bartlett started his career teaching English at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. After eight years in the classroom, he transitioned to the position of testing coordinator and subsequently earned a graduate degree in educational leadership from Saint Peter’s University. After serving as a supervisor of language arts for Paterson, he became the supervisor of language arts and humanities for Hoboken in November of 2013. At the start of his third year as a school administrator, Mr. Bartlett is looking forward to serving the Wallace School community and ensuring it continues to grow and maintain its current course on a path to educational excellence.
During this school year, Ms. Mara's class and Mr. Hamlin's class adopted a penguin through Jenkinson's Aquarium. On April 30, Jenkinson's Aquarium came to Wallace to teach those two first grade classes about penguins in general and "their" penguin in particular. Click the title above for more pictures and information.
Johns Hopkins Program Applications Due April 26th
All applications for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth entry test are due to Mrs. Cohen by April 26th, 2015. The test is offered to students in grades 3-12. For more information, please contact Mrs. Fran Cohen at (201) 356-3717.
Do you want to build your daughter’s confidence? Is she having drama with friends? Do you want her to be assertive in conflict? Attend the Girls' Leadership Institute! Research shows that during the “tween” years girls begin to experience significant shifts in their self-confidence, and increasing social pressures to conform. This workshop series will provide an opportunity to be proactive when navigating this challenging period of your daughter’s development. Together you will learn how to communicate assertively, manage conflict, and build healthy strong relationships.
We are excited to announce the Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) will be hosting a four week workshop at Wallace School on Wednesday evenings in March. This program will be open to all fourth, fifth, and sixth grade female students and their parents (or a special woman in their lives).
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Is it really true that as a resident of Hoboken, I can register my three-or four-year-old child in full-day Pre-Kindergarten classes free of charge? I just moved to Hoboken. Can I still enroll my child in Pre-K 3 or Pre-K 4? If I missed the March registration, how does placement work and what are the chances of my child being placed? For the answers to these questions and many others, click on the title above for our FAQ.
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.
Pre K parents will find a complete schedule of events for meeting teachers and visiting classrooms by clicking on the title above.
The Thomas G. Connors Elementary School Kindergarten Experience
On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, our new kindergarten students came to Connors with their parents for a morning of centers and getting to know you activities. Under the guidance of Principal Fitzhugh and Vice Principal Morales, the kindergarten team, including the instructional aides and Reading Coach Rosanna Lucignano were on site to simulate the day in the life of a kindergarten student. The parents were able to receive answers to those burning questions prior to the start of the school year. The Connors Elementary School Family is looking forward to welcoming our youngest learners on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
Mrs. Christina Arnone received a $513 gift card from the Secaucus Walmart store for her back to school classroom shopping. Click the title above to read the full story on NJ.Com.
The 2015-2016 calendar was revised at the June 30 Hoboken Board of Education meeting. There was a change in the date for a professional development workshop for staff from October 28 to October 29. There will be no school for students on October 29.
Click the title above for a few photos from Hoboken High School Graduation 2015. We also have video available below.
Connors Elementary shares exciting news!!!!
In January 2015, the NJ Performance Report stated that Thomas G. Connors Elementary School met 100% of their performance targets in Student Achievement and Student Growth on NJASK 13-14. Connors Elementary School is the only school within our school district to have achieved this honor this past school year. In a more recent communication from the Department of Education, we learned that that as of July 1, 2015, Thomas G. Connors Elementary School will no longer be designated as a Focus School. Per the Department of Education, "Multiple factors informed the decision-making process, including students' standardized test outcomes, RAC team feedback, and the sustainability of any noted improvements." This is a great accomplishment, especially for the staff and students who worked so diligently to garner this achievement. Principal Gerald Fitzhugh, II, is already making plans to lead the learning community toward further improvement. "The next milestone for Thomas G. Connors Elementary School to accomplish is Reward School Status. We have a staff who are committed to teaching and learning as well as developing the whole child." Again, kudos to the Thomas G. Connors Elementary School stakeholders for accomplishing such an honor. As a district, we celebrate with you these fine accomplishments.
Gifted and Talented Students score in state competition
Students in the Hoboken Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program recently participated in two competitions sponsored by the EIRC (the Educational Information and Resource Center). The local component was held on May 23rd at HJSHS. One of the competitions, SITE (Student Inventions Through Education), required students to create inventions solo or in teams. The other competition, Green Challenge, required students to create projects involving technology, green industries and sustainability. The district winners went on to the state competition at Rutgers Eco-Center in Bordentown, NJ.
Mrs. Cohen would like to thank all the wonderful students who participated in the SITE and Green Challenge. All received certificate awards from EIRC for the following projects.
SITE: Kia Hulstrom-Glasses; Madison Gray & Zackery Rogers - Cook Bot; Mia Mendoza-clear air; Jayson Lombardo & Eashan Patel - Car helper 200; Gabrial Weaver - Virtual Wet Owner; Kayla Albuja - 3-D clip on Glasses; StevenSchmidt -Temperature Controlling Ice Cream Cup; Angel Lizardi - Techni.
Green Challenge: Seshan Ganesan & Tomek Botwick - Trash to Landfill; Jaden Reyes & Robert Auld- Turning off your Computer; Ava Guzman-Sustainable Rooftop Farming; Taylor Shaw-Why we should recycle Batteries.
We even had a few State winners:
1st. Place Platinum- Despina Hassiotis - Make the Change & Be the change. 2nd. Place Gold- Sanjna Samrai & Kiera Modder - How to save your pet bunnies' species. 3rd Place Bronze= Ariana Santiago - Green is the New Black.
Congratulations to all our participants.
The Hoboken Public Schools Science Fair incorporates inquiry-based learning that infuses science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students were required to participate in a school-level science fair this year. Teachers worked with students on ongoing investigation and application of the scientific process. The students’ knowledge and skills were put to a test at the school-level science fair. The winners in each grade of the school-level science fairs qualified to compete in the district-level science fair which was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Wallace Elementary School from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. The winners of the 2014-2015 Hoboken Public Schools Science Fair are... (Click title above for more.)
Congratulations to Gianessa Serpa of Calabro School for being among the top ten winners nationwide for Scholastic's Ridiculous Invention. Gianessa invented the InstaSmile. She was rewarded with science books from Scholastic. JOB WELL DONE!!!
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