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Hoboken Walks

October 19, 2021 | Sam Martino

It’s been an exciting first few weeks in third grade. Students are getting to know routines, classrooms, and each other. This year kicks off with a study of Hoboken. 

Students prepare to get lunch provided by Mikie Squared.

Students have been taking regular walks around town to explore and get to know the community better. Each walk has a theme that directs the class’s attention toward certain features in town.


On one walk students tried to find examples of physical features around town. Students pointed out a variety of different animals and plants, as well as the fact that Hoboken is right along the Hudson River. 

This bit of “Serpentine” rock can be found at Stevens Park. This is a unique physical feature found in Hoboken.

Another walk had students on the lookout for cultural features. Students noted the businesses on Washington Street, Stevens Institute, and the parks. 

Students took time to sketch some buildings around town. Row houses are a common sight in Hoboken.

Students also took note of what jobs people do in Hoboken. This was highlighted by a trip to Mikie Squared on Washington Street. The class got to meet the owners (who happen to be third grade parents), some employees, and were even treated to lunch. 

Students took a tour of the kitchen and met the chef.

Enjoying lunch!

While there the class learned who worked at the restaurant and what it takes to run a business.

Sam Martino

Teacher, Grade 8

Sam Martino is the 8th Grade homeroom teacher and Middle School Social Studies teacher. He graduated from Fordham University in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in history. Before joining the staff in 2015, Mr. Martino worked as a substitute teacher at Mustard Seed School. During his time as a substitute, he was able to work with every elementary and middle school class. Mr. Martino’s connection to Mustard Seed School goes back much further, however. He first connected with Mustard Seed in 1999 when he enrolled as a second-grade student. In 2006, Mr. Martino graduated from Mustard Seed School. His mother served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and Mr. Martino’s two brothers also graduated from Mustard Seed. A lifelong Hoboken resident, Mr. Martino is excited to continue working with students in a unique urban community. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, and movies. He can often be seen lugging instruments around town as he travels to and from practices and shows.

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