After 33 years of work within the district, Assistant Principal of John Witherspoon Middle School, Lynne Harkness, is saying goodbye to Princeton Public Schools. Her last day in the district was Monday, March 30.
Katie McDonnell, a PHS senior in the Science Research Program, has been conducting research on the effect of micro plastics on the health of Poecilia reticulata and Kuhli loaches.
March 15, 2020
This is an unusual and disconcerting time for everyone. PPS administrators, teachers, and support staff throughout every department are working hard to support student learning remotely while encouraging a positive and healthy attitude.
I became a school counselor for Princeton High School because I believed in the power of love, care, connectedness, and compassion when working with students.
PPS buildings are open today (Thursday March 26) until noon to allow teachers to gather materials and supplies that they need. Teachers have emailed ahead of time to make arrangements as necessary and special cleaning procedures in effect.
On Monday, March 23 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., PHS Principal, Jessica Baxter and Jon Kleiman from the Challenge Success organization out of Stanford University will host a live-streamed event entitled The Well-Balanced Student. They will explore with parents research based strategies for raising physically and emotionally healthy teenagers. Using as context data from the Challenge Success survey, which our PHS students took in December, they will present strategies for establishing a healthier home environment, reducing academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increasing children’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.
This afternoon our Department of Health confirmed that one of our staff members at Riverside Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. That person is currently in the hospital and beginning to feel better. Our thoughts are with that member of our school family.
Because of concern about the Coronavirus, Mercer Street Friends food bank has unfortunately closed to Free Community Food Bank programs, such as our Mobile Food Pantry, leaving a large number of families and seniors without the weekly food that they count on. The mobile pantry that is run out of the Pannell Learning Center on Witherspoon Street every Wednesday is in dire need of food/supplies
After consulting this evening with our local health officials, I am announcing that the Princeton Public Schools will be moving forward with the implementation of remote learning beginning Monday, March 16 and extending initially through Friday, March 27.
We will now have an early dismissal tomorrow, March 12 and again on Friday, March 13 for all of our schools. Princeton High School will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. this Thursday and Friday. Our elementary and middle schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
Seher Abbasi (11th) and Sumuk Anand (9th) presented their research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on March 2nd.
As we continue to face the challenges of a rapidly developing global health problem, we would like to update our school community and reassure everyone that we are taking all necessary steps to protect our students, faculty and staff.
We are developing plans for remote instruction should it become necessary to close our schools for an extended period of time. PPS uses Power School Learning as our platform for digital learning.
Princeton High School guidance counselor, Paulo Velasco, was recently honored by the College Board Counselor Recognition Program. Each year, the College Board program selects middle and high school counselors who excel at their jobs.
NJ Assemblyman Zwicker recently presented the ten members of the Princeton High School Mock Trial Team with a ceremonial resolution passed by the state legislature. PHS students defeated 10 teams to win the Mercer County Title. This is the farthest the PHS Mock Trial team has advanced in 20 years. The team is coached by Kim Groome.
On Monday, February 24, students and staff members at Riverside Elementary school gathered in the gym for a whole school "morning meeting" focused on Black History Month. Led by second-grade co-teachers Ms. Achampong and Ms. Worden, students participated in the Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting format to kick off another great week at Riverside!
Construction is scheduled to begin March 1 at John Witherspoon. Director of Facilities David Harding recently shared this PowerPoint presentation with John Witherspoon parents.
Princeton High School has been named the top traditional public high school in New Jersey by Niche.com, and is ranked 20th out of all private and public schools in New Jersey.
From Monday through Thursday this week, the Minority Student Achievement Network MSAN/ Pulse students and Mrs. Lenora Keel will be hosting the exhibit “20 or More African American People and Events Everyone Should Know.”
Congratulations to the 10 students of the PHS Mock Trial team for their hard work in the Mercer County Competition on Tuesday, February 3rd 2020.
With the support of the Princeton Education Foundation and the Dodge Foundation, the elementary schools in Princeton Public Schools hosted Naomi Extra as a poet-in-residence to launch our celebration of Black History Month.
The 2020-2021 school calendar is now available.
Littlebrook Kindergarten students spent three sessions creating a mixed media cityscape with Art Sparks.
Do you have a child entering Kindergarten? You are invited to a Parent Information Session to learn about the Dual Language Immersion Program, an English/Spanish immersion program open to all district students.
Information sessions will be held this Wednesday evening, January 22 at 6:30 PM and on Thursday, January 23 at 8:45 AM at Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon Street.
There is some exciting news from Riverside: The Riverside Sensory Path is now ready for students! The response so far has been amazing and students and teachers are expressing gratitude to Lynn Spirko, Ashley Kennedy, Alison Unkert and the entire group that worked together to make it happen.
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.
The PHS 3-Year Research Program is now accepting applications. This program is geared towards students who are interested in pursuing their own independent scientific research project. All current freshmen are eligible to apply.
Following a smooth reorganization Monday night, the Board of Education is looking ahead to build on the accomplishments of the past year, while capitalizing on the skills and experience of its members to tackle the challenges ahead.
At a reorganization meeting on Tuesday evening, the Board of Education welcomed three new and returning members, elected leadership and discussed the sharing of various roles through which the board will liaise with school and community partners in the year ahead.
Preschool and Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year
Did you know that the breakfast menu at John Witherspoon has been getting good word-of-mouth reviews from students and staff? Meanwhile, breakfast at Princeton High School now starts at 7:45 AM every morning.
Click here to see our most recent standardized assessment report, which includes the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), SAT, ACT, and AP data for 2018-2019.
Princeton Board of Education recently approved a $1.54 million contract with Shorelands Construction Inc. for security upgrades at all four elementary schools.
In the next two years, Princeton Public Schools will use $27 million in referendum funds for health and safety upgrades to schools. Here are some of the planned improvements at Princeton High School.
The Prince, Princeton High School's yearbook, was recently awarded top honors by The Garden State Scholastic Press Association and received the highest score of any yearbook submitted in New Jersey. The Garden State Scholastic Press Association promotes scholastic journalism in New Jersey. The Prince received the GSSPA "All New Jersey Platinum" award.
After almost ten years of service, Cranbury board representative Evelyn Spann is leaving the Princeton Board of Education.
Two busy intersections on Harrison Street will be safer for students walking and biking to school after they are improved with approximately $674,000 of federal funds, said Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert on Friday
Students at Community Park School participated in a Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a concept launched by the Teaching Tolerance project, which encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria.
Littlebrook School celebrated "Character Counts" week with a full roster of accomplished guests who shared how their jobs relate to the Six Pillars of Character.
The annual PHS Hackathon will be held Nov 2 and is open to all New Jersey high school students.
It was out with the old, and in with the new last Saturday at the JW Edible Gardens!
PPS teachers recently participated in an author visit with Cornelius Minor at Barnes & Noble.
The district has developed a new visitor protocol scheduled for full implementation beginning in October 2019.
Princeton Public Schools is pleased to announce Free Public Preschool Pending NJ Department of Education Preschool Aid
Thanks to an increase in funding from community partners and supportive grants, students have benefited from the largest menu of summer programs ever being offered at Princeton Public Schools.
Felicia Spitz of Princeton Children's Fund (PCF) shared some happy news recently: The book clubs at the Princeton Public Library have attracted over 40 John Witherspoon and Princeton High School students.
Riverside School will be the first elementary school to receive new air conditioning and heating units as part of a series of improvements that Princeton Public Schools will make in the next 18 months.
Princeton Public Schools is installing air conditioning in the high school gym, one of several major upgrades in the works this summer.
We are continuing to move forward with our implementation of the projects associated with our facilities referendum, and I want to provide you with some key information about our approach to those projects.
At its meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools took an important next step in the implementation of its school facilities referendum projects by approving a contract to appoint the Piscataway-based firm Epic Management, Inc. (“EPIC”) as its construction manager.
A message from Steve Cochrane Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools.