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Princeton Public Schools plans to offer a hybrid learning option (a combination of in-person and remote learning) starting in October. Many parents have already made their preferences known through the Power School Parent Portal but there are dozens of families at every school who have not made their preference known. If you haven't signed your student up for either the hybrid option or the all-remote option, please follow these instructions.

Read Post about Plan Now for October: Request Hybrid Learning or All-Remote in Parent Portal
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With just a short time before school begins, students are asking basic questions about how to prepare for Monday. Until all students have their district-assigned laptops, any computer will suffice. (If you do not have access to any computer, please email your building principal.)

One easy first step to prepare for Monday is to log on to PPS Link (you can type link.princeretonk12.org into any browser).

Read Post about Back to School Information: Test Your PPS Link Login
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Dear Parent:

We hope that you and your family are well and that, despite ongoing concerns over our current health emergency, you’ve been able to enjoy time with those special to you.  During a break from that time, we hope also that you’ll respond to our “Re-Entry Commitment Application” wherein we request information about which schooling model (hybrid or all-remote) you prefer for your child(ren), if you’ll take advantage of or waive your transportation privileges, and whether or not you’ll need childcare for your youngsters in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.  Having accurate data enhances our ability to plan effectively.

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Princeton Public Schools will open on September 14 with all students learning remotely. Your school principal will provide information about schedules and class placement. There will also be an update soon about the distribution dates for student devices.

Here is some information about technology:

PowerSchool and the Parent Portal

Though the district is moving away from PowerSchool Learning as the district LMS, we will still be using PowerSchool as our Student Information System (SIS). Parents can access the Parent Portal to see their children’s attendance and grades.

Read Post about New Technology for the New School Year
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After two public forums where Princeton Public Schools heard from a wide range of people including community members, students, alumni, and PPS staff, the Board of Education approved a name change for John Witherspoon Middle School. 

Going forward, it will be known as Princeton Unified Middle School (PUMS), an interim name that will be used until a permanent name can be chosen. The resolution passed by the Board requires a permanent name to be selected by June 30, 2021. The renaming process offers a unique learning opportunity for PPS students, and plans are underway for their participation.

Read Post about New Name for Middle School: Princeton Unified Middle School
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The recently installed plexiglass dividers in the Princeton High School cafeteria came in handy Thursday morning when students arrived to take the scheduled math advancement test. Each cafeteria table now has plexiglass dividers and masked students sat one-per-table to take the examination. The district is installing plexiglass as needed in all six schools and the administration building on Valley Road.

Read Post about Behind the Scenes at PHS: Plexiglass, Cleaning, New Construction
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Princeton Public Schools has named Cecilia X. Birge Acting Assistant Principal at Princeton High School. Ms. Birge, a teacher of Special Education and Mathematics, has been the head coach for the PHS Speech & Debate Team at PHS since 2015. She has also been the assistant coach of the PHS Girls Volleyball Team and the coach of the Girls JV Volleyball Team. 

"We are very pleased that Cecilia Birge will be an assistant principal at Princeton High School," said Interim Superintendent Barry Galasso. "She is an outstanding teacher and accomplished educator." 

Read Post about Cecilia Birge Named Acting Assistant Principal at Princeton High
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Thank you to the more than 100 people who participated in the Thursday morning meeting about a possible name change for John Witherspoon Middle School. We heard the voices of many articulate community members, students and teachers. A particular note of thanks to Shirley Satterfield who, as always, provided helpful historical information and insightful comments.

Read Post about Community Discussion Regarding Name of John Witherspoon Middle School
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Princeton Public Schools recently approved two significant technology purchases, a one-to-one computer and tablet initiative and a new Learning Management System (LMS). A study of technology and implementation over the last few months revealed that both devices and delivery systems needed to be replaced. The cost for the new devices falls within the technology department's existing budget due to low-interest financing.

Read Post about Technology Improvements for PPS: Improved Learning Management System and More Computers for Students
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Dear Community Member,

As we look ahead to planning for the fall and reopening our schools, the top priority of the Princeton Public Schools is to assure that all students and staff are safe and healthy.  While there is still much “in progress” in order to meet that goal, one thing that we are projecting is that we may need to partner with our community members in order to help make this happen.

To this end, I would invite you to consider becoming a Board of Education approved volunteer where you can help be a part of the solution during these difficult times.  If you would consider this, I know that an obvious question would be “What is it exactly that I am volunteering to do?”  The answer to that question is not easy as the COVID-19 situation we all find ourselves in seems to change from week to week.  However, there may be circumstances under which we need help with keeping students socially distant, entering the schools upon arrival, or things that we have not even thought of as of yet.

Read Post about PPS Seeking Community Volunteers
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Princeton Human Services is seeking donors for its annual backpack and school supplies drive. The drive benefits Princeton children who are low-income and in need of school supplies and new book bags.

For the past eleven years, the Princeton Human Services Commission, Princeton University, municipal employees, local businesses, organizations and residents have donated book bags and school supplies that have benefited many Princeton children. The items are distributed to children from low-income families who attend the Princeton Public Schools and are entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

Read Post about Princeton Human Services Annual Backpack and School Supplies Drive
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Princeton Public Schools recently announced two significant technology purchases, a one-to-one computer and tablet initiative and a new Learning Management System (LMS). A study of technology and implementation over the last few months revealed that both devices and delivery systems needed to be replaced. The cost for the new devices falls within the technology department's existing budget due to low-interest financing. 

Read Post about Technology Upgrades for Princeton Public Schools
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June 1, 2020

Here is an important message from Kristina Donovan, Supervisor of School Counseling:

Today is Mindful Monday.  Normally I send a Wellness Wednesday message, but this is too important to wait.

The events that have resulted in the death of many Black Americans in our country is not a new story.  The difference now is that we have cameras, video and unprecedented access to news and media. Black lives matter. It is not my right to speak for or on behalf of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members, but it is my job to ensure there is a safe space for people to share their lived experiences. It is my job to listen.

Read Post about Important Message from Supervisor of School Counseling
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Do you have or know a Princeton child who will be turning 5 by October 1st? 

It's time to register for Kindergarten. To register, please click here: online registration forms   

Once you've pre-registered your child(ren) in Registration Gateway, please email the Registration Office (residency@princetonk12.org) to finalize the registration and enroll them remotely.  Once our district offices reopen, you will be asked to bring in original birth certificates/passports and a primary residency document (deed/tax bill) for review.  

Read Post about Kindergarten: It's Time to Register/¡Convocatoria de PPS Kindergarten! 
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PHS faculty and staff members have come together to create The Harry Potter Project. After being inspired by the Littlebrook car parade from a few weeks ago, PHS School Psychologist David Rosenfeld decided that he wanted to organize a community event that involved the PHS faculty and staff for their students.

Read Post about The Binge-Worthy PHS Harry Potter Project: Books 1 through 7
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On Saturday, Michelle Seelenfreund a third-grade teacher at Littlebrook, visited Penn Medicine Princeton Health to donate 90 lunches to the staff. The Littlebrook community joined together and raised over $1,000 to buy the boxed lunches from D'Angelos, a local Italian food store that provides groceries, cheese and prepared foods. The boxed lunches included a sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie and a bottle of water.

Read Post about Littlebrook Raises over $1,000 and Donates Meals to Penn Medicine Princeton Health

 

 

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Johnson Park News

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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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September 12, 2020

Dear PHS Students and Families,

 School will begin remotely for all students this coming Monday, September 14 at 9:25 am.

 Many resources, including schedules, can be found here https://www.princetonk12.org/princeton-high-school/phs/back-to-school-information

Students will follow the E schedule on Monday. Students will login to Canvas and go to their 3rd period class at 9:25am , followed by period 1, then lunch, period 7, and finally period 5. On Tuesday, students will follow the F schedule (periods 4, 2, lunch, 8, 6).  See an example schedule below.  Students can see this matrix view of their schedules in PowerSchool.

Read Post about September 12: Letter from Principal Baxter
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September 9, 2020

Dear PHS Students and Families,

School will begin remotely for all students on Monday, September 14. Here is the Remote Learning Schedule.

Please see the attached documents about the first day and first weeks of school as well as the recording from today's student information session.

Read Post about Princeton High School Begins Remotely for All Students on Monday, September 14
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The U.S. History 1 classes in Princeton High School often take on some complex issues in our history. This year, students in Ms. Dineen's and Ms. Young's history classes created a series of exhibitions that show the enduring legacies of division.

Brought to you by member of the PHS Class of 2023, each student’s exhibit was designed to share the learning they have acquired in the past year, analyze the lasting legacies of past injustices, conflict, and triumphs to the present day, and help visitors learn more, get involved, or show their support for meaningful causes.

Read Post about Indivisible: Confronting Enduring Legacies of Division in American History
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While some of us may be at home watching different crime TV shows on Netflix to pass the time, students in Mrs. Alexis Custer’s Forensic Science course are studying it at home as part of the newly expanded popular course. The hands-on course, which was converted to a full-year course this year, provides students with a wide range of projects and activities that allow them to explore multiple facets of forensics, including crime scene investigation, DNA in forensics, lip print analysis, and so much more.

Read Post about Forensic Science: Popular Course Going Strong During Remote Learning

 

 

John Witherspoon News

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September 12, 2020

Dear PUMS Families!

We have enjoyed meeting with families and holding student orientations last week.

We are absolutely ecstatic to have connected with over 700 students during the week's orientations.

Ms. DiCarlo has been reminding everyone that it is important to give yourself some grace as we adapt to the opening of the school year.  Some things will be new and confusing at first but we are here to help.

Read Post about September 12: Letter from Mr. Burr
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Due to the current circumstances, Princeton Unified Middle School is unable to accept visitors until after August 24. 

At that time, all visitors must visit by appointment only.

When arriving to the building for your appointment, you should make a phone call to the main office in order to alert staff of your arrival. You will then be directed to enter the building through the security vestibule at the main entrance only.

Read Post about New Procedure for Visiting the Middle School
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As part of the facilities referendum that our community passed last year, the renovation of the John Witherspoon Academic Conference Center (ACC) is about to begin along with other improvements in our building. Beginning on March 1, we will start major construction to transform the ACC into new learning spaces that will be accessible to all JW students.

Read Post about Information about Planned Construction at John Witherspoon
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Thursday, February 13 8:30 AM – JW Construction Update with Dave Harding – Director of Facilities will present plans/timelines and answer your questions about the impact on our teachers, students, & the building. Minor piping work began Feb 10. Major construction will begin at JW on March 1.

Read Post about February 13: JW Construction Update with Facilities Director David Harding

 

 

Community Park News

Community Park Field Day: A Message From Mr. Chorba

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

 

 

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