Monday, August 20, 2012
Whole grain-rich foods, more fruits and vegetables mandated.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Monday, August 20, 2012
School districts across the country will bring new meaning to the "apple a day" saying this school year as nationally-mandated school lunch standards take effect. Beginning in September, the new lunch standards, introduced in January by First Lady Michelle Obama under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, will be implemented. The standards were created to help fight childhood obesity throughout the nation. According to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture, the new meal standards are designed to "make the same kinds of practical changes that many parents are already encouraging at home." This involves the inclusion of fruits, vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, low-calorie foods and foods with reduced amounts of …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Demarest School is currently under construction, and is scheduled to be ready on time for the new school year.
Students of two of Hoboken’s charter schools as well as the administrative offices of the Board of Education are scheduled to occupy the Demarest School on Fourth Street in the upcoming school year. The high school students from the Hoboken Charter School will use the fourth floor; Elysian charter schools I housing six classes on the third floor and eight classrooms on the first floor will be used by the district’s pre-school program. On the second floor, the Board of Education employees are using some old classrooms as their offices. Previously, the Hoboken Board of Education was located in the Wallace School. The charter schools are renting the space from the district and are paying rent, which is a source of income for the district. …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Since the Hoboken Board of Education moved out of the Wallace School, space has freed up in the building.
Roughly 80 students will be relocated from temporary trailers to inside the Wallace Elementary School at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback. Since the Board of Education offices moved to the Demarest School on Fourth Street, space has freed up in the Wallace School, enabling to get the students to move into classrooms. The pre-K classes that used to be housed in the building will be moving to Brand and Demarest, Toback said. “The board had to do something to get the kids out of the trailers,” Toback said. The trailers were at the end of their useful lives. It’s unclear what the board will do with the trailers. For now, they will remain where they are, but won’t be in use. One option is to…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Hoboken High School is being renovated before the new school year starts.
This year, Hoboken High School students will have a full commercial kitchen and a cafe in their building. Adjacent to the cafeteria, a classroom is currently being transformed into a kitchen-classroom, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Toback on Tuesday. With the classroom comes a new culinary program, for which an instructor has been hired. Students in the program can use multiple days a week to cook and learn the techniques, and other days to serve it up to their fellow high school students. The program is supposed to help high school students be more job ready. At the end of the program, students receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association. The equipment cost about $119,000 to purchase and was budgeted for in …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
For the first time in years, there will be more then 10 kindergarten classes in the district.
The district will be welcoming its largest kindergarten class in years for the 2012-2013 school year, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Toback on Tuesday morning. While usually there were 10 classes, this year there will be 14 kindergarten classes at the beginning of the school year. Two more sections were added recently, Toback said, on top of two extra people already hired to manage the increased enrollment. For many years, there were 10 kindergarten classes and at the end of school years the amount of students would drop, Toback said. Recently, however, the opposite has been true. "A lot more people are staying in the community," said Toback. The superintendents aims to keep those students in the public schools as long as …