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For the fall of 2021, PPS will do everything in its control to bring back all Princeton Public Schools students back to full-time, in-person instruction every day. The obstacles we face will include the status of the pandemic and whether staff and students feel comfortable in person, as well as mandates from the State of New Jersey, including the Governor, the State Legislature and the Department of Education.  As a public governing body, the Board of Education is required to follow federal, state and local law, regulations and guidance.

Read Post about Update: How State Rules Will Affect Plans for School in the Fall
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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.

Read Post about Actualización del Superintendente
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Princeton Public Schools recently confirmed plans to fully open all schools in September 2021.

“PPS is planning to have five-day, in-person instruction in September,” said Dr. Barry Galasso, interim superintendent. “We have discussed this in public with our parents and I would like to dispel inaccurate rumors. PPS schools will be fully open in September unless it is prohibited by the state.”

PPS announced plans this week to expand in-person instruction this spring for students who want to be back in school.

Read Post about September 2021: Return to Five-Day, In-Person School
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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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These highlights are an unofficial  summary  of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools  Board  of Education on January 26, 2021. 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 Board Highlights for January 26 Board of Education Meeting
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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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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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We have really enjoyed welcoming our bigger classes of 2nd graders back this week, and we are excited to have a number of Cohort C students in grades 3-5 rejoining us next Monday.  We will then welcome back all of our classes to our four-day-per-week model starting after spring break, and as I hope that you have gleaned from several messages from Dr. Galasso, the district is working diligently on plans for five full-days of school as normal in the fall.

Read Post about Dear Riverside Families: March 17 Update from Principal Shelley
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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.

Read Post about From Principal Shelley: Thanksgiving Update
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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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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

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High School News

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At a well-attended Zoom on Wednesday night, Principal Jared Warren described the new schedule and provided information about cohort merging, Friday schedules (45-minute periods instead of 60 minutes with an emphasis on open time in the afternoons) and targeted learning periods in the afternoon. Diana Lygas, Dean of Students, talked to parents about clubs and described some of the fun things PHS students have suggested as spring activities.

Read Post about Schedule Update and Spring Outlook for PHS: Watch the Zoom Recording, See the Slides
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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 Unified Middle School News

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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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Monday, January 18 -- Schools Closed, M.L. King Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 19 -- Cohort A Day​*, follow Tuesday hybrid schedule

Wednesday, January 20 -- In-Person A Cohort A Day, follow Monday hybrid schedule

Thursday, January 21st -- Cohort B Day​*, follow Thursday hybrid schedule

Friday, January 22nd -- Cohort B Day, follow Friday hybrid schedule

Read Post about Update: Community Park Schedule, Hybrid Learning Starts January 19
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Community Park recently held its first Virtual Field Day and P.E. teacher Mr. Chorba praised all the CP students and parents who made it a success.

Here is a message from Mr. Chorba: "WOW! We had an amazing the number of participants for our virtual Field Day. I received over 100 pictures and videos.  Your enthusiasm and effort was outstanding. Thank you for making it a success.  Every grade was represented for pictures and videos.  The grade that had most videos and pictures (and the most bonus points) was Kindergarten!"

Read Post about Community Park Field Day: A Message From Mr. Chorba
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Dear CP families,

We hope you are well and staying healthy!

Right about now, we would be gearing up for the International Fashion Show. It is such a special event at CP, one vividly highlighting our beautiful diversity, that we thought it would be a shame to cancel it. So, we have decided to forge ahead and present the event in a different way. Using FLIPGRID, we will be able to both carry on the tradition and enable CP parents to experience this wonderful event. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 10th.

We would love to know more about our CP students and families! If your child/family would like to participate, please submit a video on FLIPGRID. The Flipgrid link will be emailed via Konstella on the day of the event. The video can be made ahead of time of course.

Read Post about Community Park Fashion Show: Wednesday, June 10

 

 

Littlebrook News

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Community Park, Johnson Park, Littlebrook and Riverside PTOs  have created a new discount card program, called Princeton Perks, to help close their fundraising gaps and bolster shopping and dining around town. The Princeton Perks card costs $25 and gives cardholders special deals from more than 40 local restaurants and retailers through December 31, 2021. 

Read Post about PPS Elementary Schools Launch Princeton Perks to Support Schools and Local Businesses
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As a follow up to the email you have received from Dr. Galasso, our Interim Superintendent of Schools, please note the following from our District Administrators - 

  • All schools will operate on a remote schedule on Wed., Nov. 25th, the day before our Thanksgiving recess.
  • All schools will operate on a remote schedule on Mon., Dec. 7th, to accommodate our afternoon professional-development program for staff members.  This remote-only day will serve as the only day for remote instruction that week (Mon.-Fri., Dec. 7th-11th).
  • Our elementary schools will move their Mon., Dec. 7th, hybrid schedule to Wed., Dec. 9th (which otherwise would have been their all-remote day).
Read Post about Littlebrook: Schedule Information for November 25 to December 7
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As the weather turns colder, we though you might enjoy this October video from the Littlebrook School Gardens. Under the guidance of School Gardener Nancy Nicosia, each bed is a themed continent and has plants that are anti to that continent. Part One of this video includes European plants, South American plants (tomatoes) and a hint of what’s in the Asian garden (which includes loofa, a gourd). Littlebrook has donated over 200 pounds to producer to local food pantries.

Read Post about Littlebrook School Garden Autumn Tour, Part One