Gearing up for summer
Board of Education discusses vacation programming
by Marilyn Baer
Reporter Staff Writer
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First grader Raaga Hari was the Brandt student of the month of May.
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The Hoboken Board of Education met on June 26 to discuss summer programming in the district and the students of the month for May and June.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Christine Johnson reported the district’s Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Information (HIB) self-assessment scores for each district school.

In May 2016, the Department of Education issued the criteria for the annual School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. The school Anti-Bully Specialists and the district Anti-Bullying Coordinator, in collaboration with the School Safety Teams, completed this self-assessment.

The assessment is based on eight core elements: HIB Programs Approaches or other Initiatives, Training on Board of Education approved HIB policy, Other Staff Instruction and Training Programs, Curriculum and Instruction on HIB and Related Information and Skills, HIB Personnel, School-Level HIB Incident Reporting Procedures, HIB Investigation Procedure, HIB Reporting.

The grades are calculated from data collected the previous school year, 2016-2017, for a total possible score of 78 according to Johnson.

Johnson said each school received a score above 70. Brandt Primary School received an assessment score 73, Calabro Elementary School received a score of 77, Connors Elementary School received a 73, Wallace elementary school received a 76, the Hoboken Middle School received 73, and Hoboken High School received a 72.

The district as a whole received a score of 74. She noted that they won’t be able to issue a comparative report until it is analyzed by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Music, theater, and sports camps

The districts Arts Department will be hosting three different summer camps this year, the Summer Theater Camp, the Summer Band Camp, and a sports camp.

The Theater Camp is divided into two age groups, one for kindergarten to second grade students in the mornings three days a week, and one for third grade through eighth grade students until 2:30 p.m. three days a week.

The camp will take place from July to August with a final show on Aug. 1.

The camps are designed to teach learn critical thinking, self-confidence, creativity, teamwork, motivation, accountability, a strong work ethic and receive acting, vocal, and dance training.

The districts Music Department will have a summer music camp. The music camp will run in the mornings four days a week until July 26 for students in grades four through seven.

The purpose of the camp is to give lessons to all current members of the music department and to begin new band students for the fall.

The new Hoboken Redwings Summer Sports Clinic Series will provide fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students with four consecutive weeks of athletic sport instruction.

Students can choose from weekly clinics in basketball, co-ed swimming, volleyball, and soccer or sign up for all four weeks.

Clinics begin at the end of July and run until August 24.


“As you can see we really tried to cover the whole gambit.” – Dr. Christine Johnson


Math and English Language Arts

According to board member Sheillah Dallara, the district selected texts that highlight diversity, fairness, and empathy which share the common theme that each life is valuable and precious, regardless of origin, skin color, religion, gender, or orientation,” for the 2018 Summer Reading Initiative,

Books include “The Grasshopper & the Ants” by Jerry Pinkney, “Freedom in Congo Square” by Carole Boston Weatherford, “Baseball Saved Us” by Ken Moshizuki, “Rosa: My Story” by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins, and more.

Johnson said the district has purchased multiple copies of each required summer reading title for each school building that students can check out and the district worked with the Hoboken Public Library, which will have copies of the books available as well.

The library will be holding book discussions in Church Square Park for those going into first and second grade based on the reading list as well as the list of recommended reading from the American Library Association.

Johnson said she also worked with Little City Books, which will have books from the reading list available for purchase at a 10 percent discount for enrolled students.

Students will also engage in math throughout the summer months utilizing Edmentum, a source for online math assignments, and courses.

Johnson said the district has also set up math labs in the afternoons for children who need a little bit more support in these assignments and allows for computer access. She said the district also has a bank of laptops which families can check out to complete the summer assignments.

“As you can see we really tried to cover the whole gambit,” said Johnson.


Students of the Month

The board honored two student from each district school as the May and June students of the month, and Assistant Superintendent Gerald Fitzhugh presented each with a certificate.

Second grader Victor Scott was the May student of the month at Connors and first grader Jaylin Figueroa was the schools June student of the month. Sixth grader Lilo Feng was the Calabro student of the month of May and fourth grader Mia Bezale was the student of the month for June. First grader Raaga Hari was the Brandt student of the month of May and first grader Samuel Baltakov was the June student of the month. At Wallace School, kindergarten student Reese Roy was the student of the month of May and fourth grader Olivia Davis was the June student of the month.

The Hoboken Middle School May student of the month was seventh grader Autumn Cangley and the June student of the month was eighth grader Taina Dale. The Hoboken High School student of the month of May was Senior Daniel Burrell and the June student of the month was eleventh grader Angel Quinnones.

Not all students were present to receive their certificates. Their names will be read at the upcoming July 24 meeting of the board.

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