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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. 

Read Post about Lunch Prices for School Year 2022-2023 - Breakfast and Lunch Will Be Available at All Schools
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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.

Read Post about PPS Educators Gather to Expand Intervention Services for PPS Students
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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.

Read Post about Eating for Your Health: Information from Suppers about Nutrition for Children and Students
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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.

Read Post about Data Points Inform PPS Strategic Planning: First Week of Planning Underway
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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. 

Read Post about Travel Protocols: Quarantine After Travel Information
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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.

Read Post about Introducción a La Encuesta Para Padres Y La Comunidad Del Distrito Escolar de Princeton 
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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. 

 

Read Post about New Jersey Department of Health Travel Guidelines
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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.

Read Post about Student Survey Key Part of Strategic Planning Process
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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.

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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.

Read Post about Updated Protocols Will Be in Effect Starting March 7
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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.

Read Post about Thank You to the Princeton Health Department for Seven Successful PPS-PHD Vaccination Clinics
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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. 

Read Post about March 16 World Cafe: Sustainability in Our Schools Interactive Meeting at 7 PM
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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.

Read Post about Learn About Sustainability Efforts at PPS - Tonight at 6:30 PM via Zoom
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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).

Read Post about Free Vaccination Clinics Hosted by PPS and the Princeton Department of Health: Feb 9, 17 and 24
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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.

Read Post about Winter Break Update: Details about Devices, Remote Learning and New Quarantine Guidelines
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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.

Read Post about Updated: Free Weekly COVID-19 Testing for PPS Students
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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.

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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.

Read Post about Princeton University Offering Vaccinations for Both Adults and Children
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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.

Read Post about Updated: Invitation to View Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccination Options
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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. 

Read Post about October 26: Board of Education Highlights
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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.

Read Post about College Students: Apply Now to Be a Substitute for Princeton Public Schools
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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. 

Read Post about September 28: Board of Education Highlights
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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.

Read Post about After 58 Years as an Educator, Dr. Ginsberg Announces January Retirement
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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. 

Read Post about The Arts: Health Protocols 2021-2022
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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.

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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.

Read Post about Updated: Health Protocols and Procedures for School Year 2021-2022
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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. 

Read Post about Dana Karas Named Director of Student Counseling Services for Princeton Public Schools 
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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. 

Read Post about July 27: Board of Education Highlights
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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.

Read Post about Summer Programs: Health Protocols, Travel Guidelines, Mask Requirements
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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. 

Read Post about Continúemos usando la mascara
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 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.

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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.

Read Post about Distinguished Educator Dr. Carol Kelley Named PPS Superintendent
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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. 

Read Post about Ideas Center: PHS Students Provide Friday Tutoring Sessions for Egyptian Children
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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).

Barry Galasso
Interim Superintendent

Read Post about PPS Letter to Governor Murphy
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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.

Read Post about Use Your PPS Account to Log into Zoom Classes
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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.

Read Post about Free Vaccination Clinic on Dec. 21 Co-Sponsored by PPS and Health Department
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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.

Read Post about Supervisor of Mathematics to Lead a Review of Course Options and Curriculum

 

 

Riverside News

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All pre-K, Grade 1, and Grade 5 students should bring their devices and chargers to school this Friday, June 10. The technology team will collect devices and chargers.Grades, 2, 3, 4 may take their devices home. If a student/parent wishes to store their device and charger at the school over the summer, this is an option. 

Read Post about Laptops and iPads: Device Collection Begins Friday, June 10
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The students of Mrs. Varadarajan's class shared their favorite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes and then decided to create an interactive bulletin board to share these words of inspiration with the school. There was a lot of buzz around the bulletin board not only around which was the most popular quote but also how powerful words can be to inspire an entire community.

Read Post about Interactive Bulletin Board at Riverside Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Black History 365
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As part of Giving Tuesday, Ms. Solovay's third grade class at Riverside had a nice surprise for teachers and students.

"Our class wanted to give back to Riverside with their hearts," said Ms. Solovay. Each student made several Positivity Notes and pictures to help brighten the day of teachers and students. They "secretly" just taped them to every door around Riverside.

Read Post about Giving Tuesday at Riverside: Drawings to Brighten the Day
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Come to the Riverside Fall Picnics so that your children can play with their classmates and you can meet Riverside friends new and old!

All picnics will take place 5 to 7 PM at the Riverside playground. Please bring a blanket/food. While we cannot serve food due to covid protocols, we'll provide  pre-packaged snacks for the children. 

Read Post about Riverside: Fall Picnics October 4 through October 7
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As the final days of summer fade away, I hope that you all share the excitement of a new school year, gratitude that we are all back in the building as a school family,  and confidence in our commitment to providing a safe and healthy educational experience for our children.   Riverside Elementary School has a powerful tradition of excellence and our staff members look forward to working collaboratively to continue building on the best foundation.

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Ebony Lattimer has been selected to be the new principal of Riverside School and will step into the principal's position on August 23. Ms. Lattimer has served as principal of the Titusville Academy for more than four years, and for the last eight years she has also been an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Read Post about Please Welcome Ebony Lattimer, Riverside's New Principal
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Student technology devices will be collected by the end of the year for Grades 5, 1 and PK only. Please bring your devices and chargers for collection on the following dates: 

Grade 5 (Chromebooks) - Thursday June 17
We will be collecting the Chromebooks from all of the fifth-grade students. When they return to the district in the fall for middle school, they will receive a MacBook at the beginning of the school year.

Read Post about Riverside Technology Return for Pre-K, First Grade, and Fifth Grade Students
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We look forward to welcoming many of our students back to in-person instruction this week after a long stretch of remote learning along with the winter break.  A few key reminders as we head back to school tomorrow:

* First, it is imperative that all families and staff members follow all guidelines related to travel, quarantining, and contact tracing as those measures are essential for us in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment.  Should you have any specific questions about protocols -- specifically when your child(ren) may need to stay home -- please reach out to our school nurse Sarah Gooen-Chen.

Read Post about Riverside Information for the Week of January 19
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Dear Riverside Families,

As we head into the long holiday weekend, I have a few important announcements and reminders to share...

* Next week (November 30 - December 4), all PPS schools will operate entirely remotely, and our daily schedule will be reverting to the one that we used in September and early October before launching the hybrid model. Your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will be providing the information that you need for their classes that week.

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October 20, 2020

Dear Riverside Families,

First and foremost, I am writing to share the good news that our COVID case that came to our attention last Friday evening has turned out to be a “false positive” from a rapid test.  Over the last couple of days, the child has now tested negative with two separate follow up PCR tests (those that take longer but are more accurate), and we received final confirmation of that news late last evening.

Read Post about False Positive: Quarantine Measures Ended for Staff and Students

 

 

Johnson Park News

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Our elementary schools will celebrate the Harvest Fest/Halloween holiday on Friday, October 29. We ask that all elementary students wear masks (surgical or cloth) designed to prevent COVID-19 transmission. Up to two family members are invited to watch the elementary school parades, and these guests must also be fully masked and follow social/physical distancing guidelines. You will receive details soon from your school principal.

Read Post about Harvest Fall/Halloween Celebrations at Elementary Schools
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It is with great pleasure that I write to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities while enjoying the wonderful sunshine. This is always one of my favorite times of the year! I love the excitement of beginning the new school year—meeting new colleagues, welcoming our students and families, and preparing for the adventures that lie before us! 

Read Post about Welcome From Principal Siso Stentz
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Johnson Park would like to invite students, parents, and friends to an evening of fun and games tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 24 from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. The event will be held at Community Park (the park, not the school) and will include a variety of games, such as tug-of-war, relays, and water balloon toss. There will also be team games, sports skills and brain challenges. We hope you can attend! Bring your extended family and neighbors to watch, cheer, or play.

Read Post about Johnson Park Family Fun Night Scheduled for Tuesday, August 24
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A very large weather system of rain and wind is approaching Princeton on Thursday and Friday this week. The forecast is calling for heavy rain at our peak times of arrival and dismissal.

This is simply to serve as a reminder of care and caution when dropping off your child or picking them up from JP. We will screen our students as quickly as possible so that they can get in the building safely. My concern is for dismissal. For Thursday and Friday, we are going to release all of our bus riders from class first. We are going to load our bus riders on the buses first and we are going to move the buses along quickly.

Read Post about Weather Watch: Reminders About Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
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Si un miembro del hogar de un estudiante ha sido diagnosticado con COVID-19, o ha estado expuesto a alguien que ha sido diagnosticado con COVID-19 y muestra síntomas, los estudiantes no deberán asistir a la escuela tan pronto como los padres / los tutores tengan conocimiento de la enfermedad y la exposición. Todos los estudiantes pertenecientes al hogar de una persona a la que se le diagnostica COVID-19 deben ponerse en cuarentena según el Departamento de Salud de Nueva Jersey y las pautas de los CDC que se enumeran a continuación:

Read Post about Mensaje importante para las familias
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Starting October 19, JP will celebrate the Week of Respect and School Violence Awareness Weeks with a daily Upstander challenge. 

An Upstander is someone who stands up and speaks out when someone is being hurt. Upstanders treat others with kindness and care. Upstanders create a warm and welcoming JP community. At JP we believe every student can be an upstander!

Read Post about Johnson Park: Week of Respect Starts October 19
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September 13, 2020

Dear Johnson Park Families:

The first day of the new school year is finally upon us! I hope that you share my excitement although I recognize that there is some worry. This year, we open our school year in a very different way. Our staff members and teachers have worked tirelessly to prepare for our opening, and I can assure you that their warmth, enthusiasm and creativity will shine—even through a screen.

Read Post about Welcome Back: Letter from Principal Siso Stentz
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Dear Johnson Park Parents and Guardians,
 
It is with great pride and excitement that I write to you as the newly appointed Acting Principal of Johnson Park Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school that is nothing but exceptional! I have worked in the Princeton Public School district for more than 20 years, beginning as a Special Education Teacher in 2000. I transitioned into Administration in 2005 as the Supervisor of Student Activities, served for 10 years as the District’s K-12 Supervisor of Guidance, and from 2017-2020, worked as an Assistant Principal at Princeton High School.  I am excited to continue my career in a district that prioritizes teaching and learning, supports all student learners and embraces parent and community relationships.  I am eager to develop partnerships with all JP families in a collective effort to ensure your child's success.

Read Post about Meet Principal Siso Stentz: A Video Hello and A Focus on a Safe Return to School

The Arts News

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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. 

Read Post about The Arts: Health Protocols

High School News

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There will be no school on Friday, June 17 in recognition of Juneteenth. For final exams, PHS will operate following its regular E-Day/F-Day schedule during the week of June 13 - 16. Congratulations to all seniors! Graduation will be held on the front lawn on June 20.

Read Post about Princeton Public Schools Will Be Closed on June 17, PHS Graduation To Be Held on June 20
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The results for the 2022 National Jazz Festival were announced this weekend and PHS had an excellent showing! PHS placed first in all 3 major categories (Large Ensemble, Small Ensemble, & Vocal Jazz Ensemble) with several individual students winning or placing in individual categories. Throughout the history of the Berklee Jazz Festival and the National Jazz Festival, this is only the second time  one school placed first in all three major ensemble categories! The first time ever was when PHS won at the Berklee Jazz Festival in 2014.Congratulations to all the students for representing PHS well and to Joe Bongiovi, Princeton High School Band Director.

Read Post about National Jazz Festival Awards: PHS Places First in All Three Major Ensemble Categories
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The 2022 Princeton Jazz Festival starts tonight, Friday, April 22 at 8 PM! Two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Tony Succar will perform with the PHS Studio Band! The Studio Band will also perform Saturday, April 23 at 9 PM.

Check out other PHS and local school bands starting at 6 PM. It’s all happening at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors.

Read Post about Princeton Jazz Festival: Studio Band Will Perform Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 9 PM
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The recent performance of Curtains at Princeton High School has been receiving rave reviews. One veteran PHS teacher describes it as perhaps "the best production I have seen in my over 50 years at PHS." That's quite a compliment! And his opinion is shared by all who were fortunate enough to see the production.

Read Post about Raves and More Raves for Curtains: "Best Production in the Last 50 Years!"
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Student members of the PHS Black History 365 team have been working diligently to put together some amazing podcast that provide the origin stories of some members of our faculty and staff. Here are a few featured episodes and  you can find all of episodes here.

Read Post about PHS Black History 365 Podcasts: Featuring Scott Goldsmith, Olive Giles, Bethany Siddiqu and More!
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Admissions officers from colleges and universities will host both in-person and virtual visits starting this week. The in-person visits will take place in the school counseling office. If the visit is virtual, we are encouraging students to visit the Learning Commons, cafeteria, under a tent (any here you can get wi-fi to connect) with their devices, so they can log in virtually for the visit.

Read Post about Juniors & Seniors: Sign Up to Meet College Admissions Officers
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Ada Metaxas, a senior enrolled in Princeton High School's three-year Research program,  has recently had her project accepted to the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. This is one of the top international research journals in the neuroscience field, making this publication a major accomplishment for any researcher, particularly a high school student.

Read Post about Update: Research Papers by PHS Students Scheduled for Publication
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It’s been a terrific year for summer programs at Princeton High School. Programs include the English Language Camp for students who are in the process of learning English. 

“We have been thrilled with the enthusiasm and large turn out this summer,” said Dr. Andrea Dinan who has been involved with the English Language Learners (ELL) program the last ten years and runs the PHS Ideas Center during the school year.

Read Post about PHS Summer Programs: Camp for English Language Learners in Full Swing
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Stephanie Greenberg has been selected to be an assistant principal at Princeton High School. Ms. Greenberg currently serves as the PPS Supervisor of Humanities, Grades 7-12. She will assume her new duties on Monday, July 12.

“Stephanie Greenberg is an engaging and accomplished educator with experience, leadership, and a passion for learning that will be a tremendous asset to Princeton High School," said Dr. Carol Kelley, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools. "I'm thrilled that she will be working with Principal Chmiel and the administrative team."

Read Post about Stephanie Greenberg Selected as New Assistant Principal at Princeton High School
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It’s a busy time at Princeton High School with AP exams in full swing, seniors ordering caps and gowns, and fields full of lacrosse and field hockey teams. Meanwhile, behind temporary walls, there is a parallel universe where entire portions of the building are being transformed.

Read Post about Princeton High School Renovations Include New Guidance Offices, Classrooms, and Collaborative Spaces
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Two Princeton High School faculty members, Nipurna Shah and Paul Song, run a program for Asian-American students that has been a beacon of support both for current students and the program's alumni. The curriculum, which is modeled on AWARE (Asian Women's Action for Resilience and Empowerment) at Boston University, has been adapted to be both gender neutral and appropriate for high school students by Ms. Shah and Mr. Song. 

Read Post about PHS Program Provides Support for Asian-American Students
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PHS science teacher, Dr. Robert Corell was recently honored as an inspirational teaher by Alexa Podolsky, a PHS graduate and a senior at Cornell University. Ms. Podolsky was named a Merrill Presidential Scholar at Cornell. She recognized Dr. Corell as an inspiring high school teacher who encouraged her to pursue science.

Read Post about Dr Corell’s Rigorous Teaching Cited by Cornell Presidential Scholar Alexa Podolsky PHS ‘17
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Highlights of the new bell schedule:

*60 minute periods M-TH, 45 minute periods on Friday.
*20 minute break in the middle of (8:20-1:00) instructional day.
*Fridays will be in-person beginning on 3/19 (Week of 3/15).
*Targeted instruction period will remain from 2:00-3:21, Monday-Thursday. We will have an additional period from 12:00-1:00 on Friday, and an open period from 2:00-3:21 on Friday. For the open period on Friday, we ask that you communicate an appointment time with your teacher.

PowerSchool has been updated to reflect the new bell schedule. You can also view the schedules as an attachment or on our website.

Read Post about March-April Plans: Information for PHS Families
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Dear Princeton High School Families,

As the 1st semester is coming to a close, we are reaching out to see if any of our students in Cohort C would like to return to PHS for the 2nd semester. 

The 1st semester ends on Wednesday, February 3 and re-entry for the 2nd semester will be set for Monday, February 8.

Read Post about Princeton High School: Students Can Opt Into Hybrid Learning or Remote Learning for Quarter 3
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Please be reminded that Tuesday will be an E Day with COHORT B returning to the building.  Start time is 8.20am.

As Mr. Warren stated on Friday, the remainder of the January calendar has been modified due to PSAT on Jan 26.  Office hours will be tied to each day of the week.  Number days are gone.

Please click here for the revised January calendar, and here for February calendar, and here for revised PHS Bell Schedule 2021.  Instructions and schedules on January 26 will be modified to accommodate those who have signed up to take the test.  More information will be released this week.

Please be reminded that all MUST complete the COVID Health Assessment in Power School before arrival.  Please make sure you are logged into your Power School Portal on your phone or your device as you approach the building.  We no longer take screenshots as proof.

Read Post about PHS Schedule for the Week of January 19, Covid Assessments, PSAT Schedules, New Zoom Procedures
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The National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) has named PHS’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach John Torrey its State Coach of the Year for New Jersey. This award is given annually to a high school strength and conditioning coach in recognition of achievements and passion for the profession. Award winners, selected from among the top coaches in each state, receive an award certificate and recognition at the National Conference Awards Dinner, to be held in Minnesota in June.

Read Post about PHS Coach John Torrey Honored by NHSSCA
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“We call them ‘social justice warriors’,” says Princeton High School Principal Jessica Baxter of the students who have taken the school’s racial literacy course, an elective taught by Joy Barnes-Johnson and Patricia Manhart. “Nobody leaves the course as they enter it. They want to do more.”

For junior Faria Majeed, doing more meant working with fellow students to found a social justice club called C.A.R.E., for Cultural and Racial Equity. CARE gives students opportunities to discuss and advance perspectives gleaned from the class and from students’ own research. “Our goal is to educate within the PHS community,” Faria says. “Being racially literate is an essential skill that is so important for, not only present day America, but future America.”

Read Post about PHS Racial Literacy Course a Linchpin as Offerings Expand
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The Guidance Department and our PHS College Advisor, Ms. Shah, would like to invite all 9th and 10th graders and their parents to an Early College Planning Night on Monday, December 7 at 7 PM. If you are in 9th or 10th grade and did not receive the Zoom link please reach out to Ms. Shah (NipurnaShah@princetonk12.org) or Dr. Donovan (KristinaDonovan@princetonk12.org), Supervisor of School Counseling.

Read Post about Early College Planning Night Scheduled for December 7

 

 

Princeton Middle School News

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Princeton Middle School wants to make the transition from fifth grade to the middle school as easy as possible. There are now a variety of programs designed to welcome incoming Grade 6 students to ensure that they will feel comfortable when they arrive at Princeton Middle School.Thank you to Ms. Bernal who worked with fifth graders from Community Park, Johnson Park, Littlebrook and Riverside to provide information about the transition.

Read Post about Princeton Middle School Reaches Out to 5th Graders to Prepare for Transition to the Middle School
June 16: Princeton Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony Begins at 9:30

This year’s 8th grade promotion ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 16 on the Princeton High School Football Field. The event will begin at 9:30 AM. Guests should be seated by 9:16 AM. Students should arrive dressed and ready to participate. They should go first to their Block One class as they would on any other school day. Block One begins at 8:25 AM.

Read Post about June 16: Princeton Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony Begins at 9:30
Dual Language Immersion Program Review Underway

PPS has been working with the Center for Applied Linguistics on a program review of the Dual Language Immersion program at Community Park and Princeton Middle School.

Thank you to the many parents and students who have participated in focus groups this week. The Dual Language Immersion program has been in existence for seven year and provides students with the opportunity to learn daily in two languages, Spanish and English.

Read Post about Dual Language Immersion Program Review Underway
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Princeton Middle School parents are invited to join Mr. Burr, Dr. Carol Kelley, Dr. Edwina Hawes and others for a Zoom conversation about middle school procedures and protocols on Thursday, December 9 at 6 PM. This will be the first in an ongoing series of conversations. Please submit your questions here. Zoom link and more details coming soon!

Read Post about December 9: Please Join Us for a Middle School Conversation at 6 PM
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We are proud to welcome you to the 21-22 school year.  True to our goals and objectives, we are preparing to welcome over 800 learners for a full day of school each day beginning September 9.

We are dedicated to providing the best middle school education while also being certain to care for each individual who walks through our doors each day. As we continue to navigate challenging health news and rapidly changing recommendations to health protocols, we would like to thank the Princeton Middle School staff for their dedication to our students.

Read Post about Welcome to Princeton Middle School 2021-2022
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Please join the Princeton Middle School Administrative Team for our Virtual Ice Cream meeting at 7:30 PM on August 30 or the Virtual Coffee meeting at 8 AM on August 31.The focus of the presentation will be Health and Safety updates as well as a review of the new master schedule. The meetings will be held virtually—check your email for the Zoom link.

Read Post about PMS Parent Information Sessions on August 30 and 31
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Dear Princeton Unified Middle School Families:

Monday will be an all remote day for all PPS schools due to weather conditions. Please remember to do the Daily Health Screening form. 

AT PUMS... We will be keeping our HYBRID schedule tomorrow, so that we can observe our learning and maintain previously scheduled meetings etc.  We will have our four scheduled blocks, and our day will conclude at 1PM, same as if we were attending in person.    

Please stay safe in today's weather, and stay tuned to any further updates.  

Read Post about February 1: PUMS Schedule, Note from Mr. Burr
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The Middle School’s new Innovation Lab is a flexible learning space that can be configured for a wide range of uses. It can be used as a remote learning center during the pandemic and it is also suited for classes that involve collaboration, including coding classes, robotics and technology classes.

Read Post about Take a Video Tour of the Innovation Lab and Nurses' Suite with Mr. Burr

 

 

Community Park News

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Are you interested in registering your Kindergarten or Grade 1 student for the Dual Language Immersion program at Community Park? The DLI program is open to students registered in any PPS School. For more details about enrolling students in the DLI Kindergarten and first grade classes, please call the Community Park main office at 609.806.4230.

Read Post about Dual Language Immersion Registration for Kindergarten and First Grade