The first day of school for all PPS students will be Tuesday, September 6. PPS staff will participate in professional development on August 30, 31 and September 1. All school and offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.
Princeton Public Schools is hosting an in-person job fair for custodians on Monday, August 15, from 9 AM to 1 PM. We are hiring for all shifts and there are openings for substitute custodians. All are welcome to apply.
PPS is pleased to announce that in recent weeks, PPS has reorganized several of its supervisory positions in preparation the new school year and has added the new, budget-neutral position of Supervisor of Elementary Education.
This fall, PHS students will have access to new classrooms, new collaborative spaces, and a wellness studio. The new spaces were built with funds from the 2018 referendum and significantly expand the amount of collaborative classroom space at PHS. Thank you to our community for its ongoing support of facilities improvement and excellence in education.
Princeton Public Schools announced Tuesday that Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson will be the Supervisor of Science effective July 27. Dr. Barnes-Johnson has a Ph.D. in Urban Education/Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Temple University with a primary focus on STEM education teaching. In addition, she has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Montclair State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina. She has taught science at Princeton High School since 2007.
Princeton Public Schools was recently commended by Make Us Visible for adopting AAPI Curriculum Professional Development training for teachers.
PPS District Offices at 25 Valley Road are open from 8 AM to 3 PM during the summer. Summer hours end on Monday, August 29. Schools also have shortened hours in the summer. Please call ahead to confirm hours.
Click here to see events and activities scheduled for August 5 through 14 as part of the Witherspoon Jackson Safe Streets week.
On July 16, 2022, 988 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for crisis and suicide prevention. It will replace the 1-800 number currently used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. On this date, when someone calls 988 all phones in the U.S. (mobile and landline) will connect with the crisis/suicide prevention system. This will allow anyone in the U.S. to call 988 and get help designed specifically for someone dealing with a mental health crisis.
Princeton Public Schools offers a wide range of math courses at Princeton High School, including Calculus, AP Calculus, and Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra. More than 20 percent of PHS students take upper-level math courses. Here are course listings for the 2022-2023 school year.
Are you looking for more information about math offerings at Princeton High School? For the full description of courses, please see the PHS Program of Study. PHS also offers opportunities for qualified students to take courses at Princeton University, see page 30.
Princeton Public Schools will offer breakfast and lunch next year at the four elementary schools, at Princeton Middle School, and at Princeton High School. Many of our families qualify for reduced-price or free meals. We encourage everyone to fill out a form if there is a chance you may qualify for free or reduced meals.
A group of more than 30 educators, including teachers, staff from student support services and the Child Study Team, worked together on Friday at the Valley Road offices to develop expanded intervention services as part of ongoing efforts to help PPS pupils who could benefit from extra attention.
Multi-disciplinary intervention teams of school personnel at each school look at the needs of students who are at risk for learning, behavior, or health problems. The teams respond to requests for assistance made by teachers. This provides the benefit of multiple lenses looking at a concern.
A huge thank you to our Princeton High School students who shared presentations based on work in their PHS Racial Literacy courses.
Princeton Public Schools will be closed on June 17, in recognition of Juneteenth. Established as a federal holiday in 2021, (the first new federal holiday since MLK Day became a holiday in 1983) Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The Princeton Board of Education will meet Tuesday, July 26. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.
Please join us on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 PM for a parent and community Zoom conversation regarding the PPS Strategic Plan. We hope you can join us and contribute your thoughts and perspectives in the development of the Strategic Plan.
Congratulations to all the students who took Advanced Placement Exams in May. The number of exams administered totaled 1,346.
Here are resources to help students after a school shooting, including about tips for talking ot children about violence.
Please join us in celebrating Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In addition to classroom activities planned at PPS, we hope you will have the opportunity to check out some of the programs planned at the Princeton Public Library.
Are you interested in learning about the benefits of eating a whole food diet? Here's a group (sponsored Suppers, one of PPS's community partners) that provides helpful nutritional information.
Helping Children Feel Their Best: Nutrition Based Therapeutics features Dr. Uma Pisharody, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Advocate for Children’s Health.
Join us on Thursday May 31 at 7 PM for a parent and community Zoom conversation regarding Princeton's Strategic Planning process. Please share your thoughts and input as we move forward with the Strategic Planning Process. Please note the updated format and list of materials.
As part of our ongoing Spotlight on Special Education, meet Diane Van Driessen, Behavior Specialist for PPS and Sara Leta, social worker (Littlebrook and Riverside) and preschool Child Study Team.
School Year Calendars for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.
More than 50 stakeholders participated in all-day sessions of the Core Planning Team on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Alignment Team met Tuesday evening and on Thursday the Instructional Planning Team had a full day session which included analysis of data provided by the recent surveys of students, parents and community members. The team also looked at PPS standardized testing scores and absenteeism data among other measures.
Please join the PTOC on Thursday, April 21 at 11:30 AM via Zoom for a special presentation on Executive Function. All PPS parents are welcome!
On the Friday before spring break, students and honored guests had the opportunity to dedicate the newly refurbished pew belonging to Paul Robeson which now sits in the PHS guidance suite. Thank you to everyone who participated in this inspiring ceremony.
We hope that all of our students and staff will have a restorative and fun spring break.
After spring break, PPS will continue to follow the NJ Dept of Health COVID travel advisory guidelines. Staff and students who are not vaccinated need to get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 5 days. This applies to travelers who go outside of the tri-state area of NY, PA and Delaware, and for international travel. If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, and are not vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine. For more details, please click here.
Unvaccinated students who must quarantine for 5 days will be provided with remote learning. If you know in advance that your student will be quarantining between April 18-22, please let your teachers know before spring break, if possible.
Click here to download the 2021-22 school calendar.
Escuelas Publicas de Princeton Calendario 2021-2022.
Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton: Como sabrán, las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton nos estamos embarcando en un proceso de planificación estratégica a largo plazo, mismo que informará la dirección y las prioridades futuras del distrito. Cada 5 a 7 años, las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton desarrollaremos un plan que nos guíe para nuestro futuro.
Thank you to all of our students and families who have continued to follow PPS health protocols. PPS will continue to follow the NJ Dept of Health COVID travel advisory guidelines. Staff and students who are not vaccinated need to get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 5 days. This applies to travelers who go outside of the tri-state area of NY, PA and Delaware, and for international travel. If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, and are not vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine.
For staff and students who are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine after travel. We ask that you monitor for symptoms, stay home if you are not feeling well and get tested for COVID.
PHS has the opportunity to win a $10,000 grant for the Community Choice award, so please watch our video and VOTE once a day, EVERY DAY. Please spread this message to family and friends and help our team win the Community Choice award.
As you may know, Princeton Public Schools is beginning a long-term strategic planning process. Every 5 to 7 years, PPS develops a plan that informs the district's direction and priorities.
Our district values input from our community. Students are important partners as we work toward our long-term plan. We want to hear from your students, grades 3-12. Students will have the opportunity to take a short, anonymous survey in class on starting on April 1.
Estimadas familias de PPS,
Gracias por su apoyo en esta transición del enmascaramiento obligatorio. PPS continúa alentando el uso de máscaras, sin embargo, a partir del 7 de marzo, se implementarán nuevas pautas y protocolos que reflejan la nueva orientación del Departamento de Salud de NJ.
A medida que avanzamos al relajar los protocolos de enmascaramiento de COVID, recuerde que este es solo el primer paso. Todos los demás protocolos permanecerán en su lugar. De acuerdo con las pautas de NJDOH, el rastreo de contactos ahora implicará el uso de un radio de 6 pies alrededor de la persona infectada. Anteriormente, con el enmascaramiento universal, podíamos usar un radio de 3 pies para los estudiantes que estaban debidamente enmascarados y sentados en las filas orientadas hacia el frente.
The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to share its winter edition of “News from the Arts,” a quarterly electronic newsletter about recent and upcoming arts events.
Thank you for your support as we navigate the transition away from mandated masking. PPS continues to encourage masking. New guidelines and protocols are now in place to reflect the guidance by the NJ Department of Health.
As we take one step forward by relaxing COVID masking protocols, please remember that this is just the first step. All other protocols remain in place, and in some ways, are even more important.
PPS would like to thank the Princeton Health Department who worked with our wonderful PPS nurses to provide an amazing 1063 vaccinations for PPS families and staff over the course of seven clinics held in recent months. The dedication of the Princeton Health Department and their nurses, who worked in conjunction with our dedicated and hard-working nurses, is remarkable. Huge thanks to everyone who made this possible and thank you to our PPS families and staff who turned out to support this effort.
Here are instructions for how to upload Booster Information and Vaccination Cards into PowerSchool
Whether you are a teacher, student, parent, or community member, you are cordially invited to participate in an interactive World Café on March 16 at 7:00 PM. During this event, we will break into small groups to consider each of our concerns and ideas regarding sustainability within the Princeton Public Schools.
Congratulations to PPS's Mridula Bajaj who has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program. Mrs. Bajaj serves as Supervisor of Professional Development, Testing and Assessment and Supervisor of Science for PPS.
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs have a program to prevent eviction. They would like to share these details with the Princeton Public Schools community.
Princeton Public Schools, in conjunction with Sustainable Princeton, would like to invite PPS families, students, staff and community members to attend a presentation via Zoom tonight at 6:30 regarding efforts by Princeton Public Schools to be more sustainable. The February 16 event will be followed by a March 16 Town Hall.
Winter Concert and Art Show at Princeton Middle School.
We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, Feb. 2, Princeton Public Schools and the Princeton Department of Health will host a free vaccination clinic for PPS students and families from 4 to 6 PM at Princeton High School. Sign up for a free booster shot or for free vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna or Pediatric Pfizer).
To enroll your student, please complete this consent form and HIPAA waiver. The portal will remain open to allow all interested parents and guardians the opportunity to sign their students up for pool testing.
Princeton Public Schools, in conjunction with Sustainable Princeton, would like to invite community members to participate in a February 16 discussion via Zoom about how Princeton Schools can be more sustainable and take a look at the first steps that have been made by the district.
The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to share its winter edition of “News from the Arts,” a quarterly electronic newsletter about recent and upcoming arts events.
Letter to parents/guardians for High School Course of Study Orientation.
With the exception of Princeton High School, which will be remote this week for staffing reasons, all other PPS schools will have in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 3. PHS parents will receive detailed information from Principal Chmiel this evening.
Princeton continues to be in a public health situation where unvaccinated students and staff must quarantine after travel lasting 24 hours or longer outside of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York or Delaware.
COVID-19 PCR Testing
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Free COVID-19 PCR Testing Only
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Franklin Middle School- Hamilton Street Campus
415 Francis Street, Somerset
We are pleased that vaccinations are now available for students ages 5 to 11 in addition to students ages 12 to 18. If your student has recently been vaccinated, we ask that you upload their vaccination card into our existing Student Information System (PowerSchool) to facilitate contact tracing.
PPS is making contingency plans for individual cases of remote learning in January strictly as a precaution. While there are no plans to pivot to remote learning, we continue to work with our local health authorities in order to be prepared for the increase in positive cases. In January, students may need to quarantine after exposure to positive individuals, after travel, or isolate after a positive test. Each of those scenarios will be addressed on a case-by-case basis along with mitigating factors, such as vaccination status.
Princeton Public Schools will welcome two experienced educators to the district in January. Kathie Foster is slated to head the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Rebecca Gold will assume the helm of Human Resources.
PPS students will soon have the opportunity to participate in a free weekly COVID-19 testing program funded by the State of New Jersey. The emphasis will be on unvaccinated students but vaccinated students will also have the option to participate. To participate in testing, we ask that you complete the attached consent form and sign the HIPAA waiver for each student in your household no later than Wednesday, October 20.
All PPS parents are invited to a Referendum Information Session on Wed., Dec. 15, at 7 PM to discuss the upcoming Facilities Stewardship Referendum.
We hope you will join us to learn about planned improvements in the schools and to take part in the Question & Answer session.
On January 25, 2022 there will be an election to vote regarding the issue of $17.5 million worth of bonds to fund new roofs for Princeton Public Schools and to make urgent repairs including repairing the aging masonry on the Princeton High School Tower on January 25. In-person voting will be held on January 25 between 1:30 and 8 PM.
PPS en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud de Princeton están patrocinando dos campañas de vacunación que ofrecerán vacunas gratuitas de 4 a 8 pm el martes 30 de noviembre y el martes 21 de diciembre. Se realizará en el edificio Suzanne Patterson en 45 Stockton Street, ubicado frente a Monument Hall donde anteriormente se encontraba el Senior Resource Center.
The Princeton High School Drama Department would like to invite the community to attend the opening of Bethel Park Falls this weekend.
The Board of Education will meet Tuesday, November 9, at 7:30 PM via Zoom. The meeting is open to the public. All are welcome.
Are you seeking a vaccination for yourself or for your child? Princeton University continues to offer multiple opportunities for students ages 5-11 as well as students ages 12-18 to be vaccinated. The Princeton University website is updated frequently and additional dates may be available. Currently scheduled dates include Nov. 17, Dec 1, Dec 8 and Dec 15. The university offers vaccinations to adults and children 5 years and older.
The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that beginning Wednesday, December 1, eating inside (and following all appropriate safety protocols) will be the default option. If you would prefer your student eat outside during the winter (conditions permitting) please sign up using this form.
These highlights are an unofficial summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education meeting on October 26. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting. Official minutes will be approved by the Board at its next meeting.
If your student is unvaccinated and travels outside of NJ, NY, PA or Delaware for more than 23 hours, please plan to quarantine upon return for a minimum of 7 days (with a negative COVID-19 test) or 10 days without a test. Please note, in the most current guidelines, unvaccinated students who travel to Connecticut will still need to quarantine after travel.
Are you a college student interested in working as a substitute teacher for Princeton Public Schools? The process is now easier, because the State of NJ allows students enrolled in accredited colleges to work as substitute teachers. Applicants must also be at least 20 years old and have 30 semester-hour credits, here is more information about the process.
Check out the very first PPS Times District Newsletter.
The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to share its fall edition of “News from the Arts,” a quarterly electronic newsletter about recent and upcoming arts events.
New energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems installed in PPS schools could save the district over $70,000 a year in utility costs.
Health Protocols for the Visual and Performing
If you missed the Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, October 19, please use the link to view the recording.
COVID-19 Protocolo para los Estudiantes
If you unvaccinated child travels outside of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, or Deleware for 24 hours or longer, you child will need to quarantine for 7 days (with testing) or 10 days (without testing).
Information about PPS's district-level action planning.
Check out the homework free weekends in 2021-2022.
These highlights are an unofficial summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education meeting on September 28. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting. Official minutes will be approved by the Board at its next meeting.
The Board of Education will meet Tuesday, October 12, at 7:30 PM via Zoom. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.
Dr. Robert Ginsberg, a respected educator who has been part of Princeton Public Schools since 1988, has announced his plans to retire on January 1. Dr. Ginsberg currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. A celebration of Dr. Ginsberg's career is planned for December.
Please take a look at the changes in PPS health protocols, including a new deadline for CrisisGo, criteria for isolation and quarantine, information about lockers at the middle school, and ways to facilitate outdoor lunches.
Here's a fact sheet on the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Please stop by 25 Valley Road on October 5 at 6 PM to say hello to Dr. Kelley. All PPS parents are welcome.
The PPS Plan for Re-Entry 2021: See You in September
We look forward to welcoming your students back to our school buildings on September 9 for in-person, five-day, full-day instruction. Below, please review the alternate learning options offered by State law.
Nutri-Serve, the PPS food service company, is looking for staff. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested.
Based on current community transmission data, our school physician has recommended a conservative approach to begin the 2021-22 school year. We are again planning for a phased approach that will lead us toward a more “normal” experience by mid-year. Advancement to the next phase will be only after approval from the superintendent in consultant with our district physician and health professionals.
Did you miss the recent Q&A with Dr. Helmrich? Click here to view answers to frequently asked questions about health protocols.
To provide good air quality, PPS uses filtering methods to reduce particles, odors, and micro-organisms including mold, bacteria and virus particles. PPS has focused on the primary components of clean air which include dilution (air exchange and the inclusion of fresh air); exhaust; and humidity control.
Reapertura con cuidado. Avanzando 2021-2022 Preguntas frecuentes.
We continue to be in a public health situation where unvaccinated students and staff must quarantine after travel lasting 24 hours or longer outside of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York or Delaware.
Unvaccinated staff and students must continue to follow the CDC guidelines which require 10 days of quarantine without testing or seven days of quarantine with a negative test taken on day 3-5 after travel. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.
We are excited that due to a federal waiver, the cost all breakfast and lunch meals provided by our food service provider will be fully reimbursed by the Department of Agriculture, which means there is no cost to parents or students.
We are looking forward to welcoming all families back on September 9. Princeton Public Schools is poised to implement the following mitigation strategies, all designed to keep the health and safety of our students and staff our top priority as we plan to welcome our students and staff back in September.
PPS is looking forward to welcoming all families back on September 9. PPS is poised to follow protocols designed to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Dana Karas has been selected to serve as the Director of Student Counseling Services for the Princeton Public Schools. Ms. Karas, who has held administrative positions in Franklin Township Public Schools and Lawrence Township Public Schools, previously worked in Princeton first as a middle school French teacher and later as a school counselor at Princeton High School. She will officially join the district at the end of September.
These highlights are an unofficial summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education meeting on July 27. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting. Official minutes will be approved by the Board at its next meeting.
We would like to extend this invitation from Hopewell Valley Regional Schools to join an informational panel discussion at 7:30 PM on August 11 with local pediatricians Dr. Helmrich, Dr. Palsky, and Dr. Wenger.
Dr. Helmrich is the school physician for Princeton Public Schools.
The Princeton Public School's free public preschool is expanding in September. The newest site at the Mary T. Crimmins Learning Center, located at the Princeton Community Village, is currently being developed in partnership with the Princeton YMCA.
Unvaccinated students participating in summer programs must continue to follow the CDC travel guidelines which require 10 days of quarantine (without testing) or seven days of quarantine (with a negative test taken on day 3-5 after travel). Mask requirements remain in effect for all PPS buildings.
Princeton Public Schools shared its plans for September with the public at the June Board of Education meeting. The plan will continue to be updated throughout the summer.
Princeton Public Schools recently announced the results of a Special Education Program Evaluation that was done by an outside consultant, the Public Service Group (PCG). The district encourages families to read the report and offer comments and questions.
Si bien el CDC (Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades) ha publicado las nuevas pautas en el uso de mascarillas, PPS debe continuar siguiendo los protocolos que están vigentes hasta que el Departamento de Salud de Nueva Jersey actualice sus pautas para las escuelas.
PPS requiere que todo el personal y los estudiantes, incluso aquellos que están completamente vacunados, usen máscaras en los terrenos de la escuela y sigan todos los protocolos de salud de PPS. Todos los protocolos deportivos permanecen igual.
PPS requires all staff and students, even those who are fully vaccinated, to wear masks on school grounds and follow all PPS health protocols. All athletic protocols remain in place.
Princeton Public Schools is offering an enticing mix of old and new programs this summer.
Linda Noel and Amanda Botwood are parent volunteers who serve as co-presidents of the Princeton Education Foundation, the independent 501(c)3 organization that seeks to support and enhance learning opportunities for students in the Princeton Public Schools.
Here are some resources to facilitate talking about the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict.
Estimadas familias, padres y estudiantes:
Hagamos una pausa por un momento para reflexionar mientras recordamos que a mediados de marzo cumplimos un año con el coronavirus.
Enfrentamos desafíos, pero podemos estar agradecidos de que las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton están preparadas para salir del año más difícil de la historia, con escuelas que están abiertas a más y más estudiantes y con el inicio de un plan para septiembre que nos permitirá abrir nuestras puertas a tiempo completo para todos los estudiantes que quieran asistir en persona.
Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the Princeton Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Kelley has been selected as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Princeton Public Schools. Dr. Kelley’s appointment will be voted on by the Princeton Board of Education at a public meeting tonight, February 18. Once approved by the Board of Education, Dr. Kelley will assume her role as Superintendent on July 1, 2021.
Last fall, Andrea Dinan, the district’s director of service learning and experiential programs, was in search of meaningful volunteer projects that students could undertake during the Covid pandemic when she happened across a posting on an Arabic studies listserv looking for English teachers to help Egyptian pupils with reading. When she replied to the posting to offer help, Dr. Dinan was surprised to learn there could be as many as 900 pupils from the Diwan School in Bani Serif, near Cairo, who would participate.
George Scott Presentation of Parenting During Difficult Times
Dear PPS Parents and Staff,
With the support of the Princeton Board of Education, I sent a letter today to Governor Murphy encouraging him to expedite Covid vaccinations for New Jersey educators. In this district we feel strongly that a delay in protecting teachers results in a further reliance on remote instruction, something we all hope to minimize. We are reaching out to other elected officials and continuing to work hard on behalf of PPS students and staff.
I have included a copy of our message to the Governor (below).
Congratulations to our PHS drama students who participated in the STANJ Governor's Awards Competition for Theatre Arts.
The CP Dual Language Immersion program is open to all PPS incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade students.
Important information for preschool and kindergarten registration.
PPS is implementing a new procedure for Zoom meetings that will start on Tuesday, January 19. Many students are already following these procedures. Thank you to everyone who logs into Zoom through PPS link and signs in with a district account.
If you need a refresher on how to get into a Zoom class (or if your student has not been signing in to Zoom with a district account) here are instructions for iPads, Chromebooks and MacBooks.
PPS and the Princeton Department of Health are sponsoring a free vaccination clinic on from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 45 Stockton Street, near Monument Hall. To sign up for a vaccination or a booster shot, please use this link. Children who received their first shot at the clinic on Nov. 30 will be eligible for their second shot on Dec. 21.
Stephenie Tidwell came to education by way of banking, so she knows a lot about applications of mathematics in the financial sector. That knowledge of the uses of mathematics in the real world will help her as she sets about a curricular review in Princeton’s mathematics program intended to broaden participation by creating new course opportunities, particularly at the high school level.