Monday, April 29, 2013
A city-wide production of Seussical is in the works. The performances are scheduled for the first weekend of May.
Students of all ages — from sixth graders to high school seniors — are scattered around the Hoboken High School Auditorium on a recent Friday afternoon. Some are in the back, chatting. Others are eating lunch in the front row, while another group is rehearsing on stage under the direction of Danielle Miller, the theater director. It's the last week before the district is performing Seussical. "I think we need more time," said Tim Sykes, the 10th grader who has the role of the Cat in the Hat. "I have a lot of stuff I have to work on. I am in every single number." While this is the third show Sykes, 16, is in, this is his first lead role. While he admitted to being a little nervous, he said he was ready. Unlike the most recent production at…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After months of discussion, the district is switching to a junior-senior high school model. As of next school year, the seventh grade will be taught at Hoboken High School.
As of the 2013-2014 school year, the seventh graders will move into Hoboken High School. Rather than adopting a middle school model in the district — which was discussed last year — the district will adopt a junior-senior high school model. The Hoboken Board of Education approved the measure on Tuesday night, during their monthly meeting. The School Board asked parents to fill out a survey and hosted an informational evening about the change. While not all parents seemed on board with the idea of moving the seventh graders into the high school, Toback has argued that the high school will offer the students more resources. The seventh graders will not share the classroom with high schoolers. In an earlier interview, Toback described it as "…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Five district schools are participating in Hoboken's next musical.
The Hoboken School district has announced the dates for its next musical. The students will put on the show on May 3, May 4 and May 5. Currently there are 120 students involved in the production, said Danielle Miller, the theater program director. Students from all K-12 schools are participating. Most recently, Hoboken High put on Rent. Ticket price for the show is $7 for general admission, $5 for students and $3 for seniors. The district is also introducing a $15 family pack: parents and siblings of performers only may pay $15 to attend all three shows. These must be purchased in advance.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The annual event will be held on May 31.
The school board approved a resolution to spend $5,112 on a bus to prom, with no cost to the students, on Tuesday night. "It's a regular practice in Hudson County," said Ruth McAllister, one of the school board members. Because a high number of students in the district are on free and reduced lunch, they don't have cars, McAllister said. A bus from the school district is the best way to get the students back to Hoboken safely, she said. A district-sponsored bus is also supposed to prevent drunk driving among the teenagers. While some members questioned the cost on Tuesday and some parents asked why there is no busing of students in the district, Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback explained that busing students inside Hoboken can't be done …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Hoboken Board of Education honored the group of High Schoolers who traveled to San Francisco for Harvard Model Congress.
After six days of participating in Harvard Model Congress in San Francisco, a group of Hoboken High school students returned inspired. On Tuesday night, the group told the school board about their experiences on the six day trip, which was supervised by teachers Erin Kubach and Steve D'Bernado. "It was an amazing experience," said Eimee Mendez, 16, "one that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life." She added that speaking to a room of hundreds of strangers was both exhilirating and nervewracking. "I didn't think it would change me as much as it did," Mendez said. Willie Allen, a freshman at the high school, felt the same way. For Allen, the trip was a good way to find out what life is like on the other side of the country and to …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The high school arts teacher dedicated her award to the students at Hoboken High.
Being teacher of the year can't be accomplished without a good crop of students. That's the message Erin Kubach — teacher of the year at Hoboken High — conveyed during Tuesday night's school board meeting. "This award represents my kids," she said, "they push me every day to do what i do." "They bring out all the passion that I have," added Kubach, who has been the art teacher at HHS for the past four years. Kubach was named high school teacher of the 2012-2013 academic year. "We have a district full of kids that are fearless," Kubach said, "they have a ton of energy." Kubach also runs the school's ski club, has been the leader of the Model UN contest and runs the Gay Straight Alliance at the high school. "Even if they're not taking art, I…
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Saturday shows will go on as planned and the fourth performance has been re-scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The Friday night performance of the High School's production of Rent has been cancelled, because of the impending snow storm, said Hoboken High School teacher Chris Munoz on Friday morning. "The kids are devastated," Munoz said. The shows that were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will go on as planned. The Friday night show has been reschudeled for Sunday night at 7 p.m. It's not the first time weather is bothering this production. Because of Sandy, the set was delivered late and many weeks of rehearsal time were lost. The performances will be held at the Hoboken High School auditorium at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Performances are being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the High School Auditorium.
Every day, before rehearsals start, the Hoboken High School cast of Rent stands around a piano, hands locked. After a warm up song, the students all share one bad thing ("I had an argument with someone," or "my grade was lower than expected") and one good thing (such as "I had a chicken parm for lunch and it was amazing" and understanding chemistry class") from that day. "The circle is meant to unify the cast for the day," said Theater Director Danielle Miller. " Within minutes after the circle, the students hop on stage and transform into their characters. "I don't look at this like a high school show," said Miller, adding that she wants this performance to be something the community will remember. Rent, the 1994 rock opera that centers …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The art teacher has worked at Hoboken High for four years.
Friday, January 25, 2013
The School Board appointed Eric Boateng earlier this week.
The Hoboken Board of Education appointed Eric Boateng as the new vice principal of the Hoboken High School. The school board approved Boateng's appointment 6-3. Peter Biancamano, one of the three board members voting "no," said he couldn't say why he voted against the appointment, because the matter was discussed in closed session. Carmelo Garcia and Frances Rhodes Kearns also voted against. Boateng will make an annual $121,160 in his position.