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Como lo hemos hecho en los últimos años, continuaremos siguiendo con los fines de semana y días festivos sin tareas. Hemos implementado esta práctica para alentar a nuestros estudiantes y a sus seres queridos a aceptar la importancia del descanso, la reflexión y la calidad de tiempo de que pasan con familiares y amigos.

Read Post about En Español: les mostramos nuestro calendario sin tareas para este año
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The 101: Fund, Princeton High School's college scholarship fund, has been providing need-based scholarships to PHS graduates for over 50 years.

The 101: Fund awarded $305,000 in 27 scholarships to 27 students in 2022 alone! They are planning to gather in person to celebrate students, the organization’s survival through the pandemic, and PPS friends and supporters.

Helping PHS graduates to attain their college dreams is a wonderful way for the greater community to show caring and compassion. Support Princeton's youth while enjoying fabulous live music. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.101fund.org/events

Read Post about October 22: Support the PHS Scholarship Fund, Great Music for a Great Cause!
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At Princeton Middle School, the bulletin board is up and students are ready to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month. Morning announcements include  "Did You Know" announcements relating to Latino/X and Hispanic culture. Also planned: A special themed lunch and then later in the month or in early October there will be an assembly with song, dancers and actors! At Princeton High School, faculty and students of Hispanic/ LatinX heritage of been working since August planning activities and multiple ways of honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Please stay tuned as we share information during the next 30 days.

Read Post about Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 to October 15
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In the last year PPS schools have had the opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity within our community with a wide variety of events and celebrations, ranging from Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month to Black History Month to Asian American Heritage Month.

To expand upon these celebrations, we would like to provide a platform for diverse members of our community to share their voice and perspectives for future calendar spotlights. This is an opportunity for increased awareness of cultural diversity within our community. 

Read Post about Monthly Spotlight: Cultural Celebrations
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Dr. Kelley invites parents and students to drop by Princeton Public Library on September 18 between 4:30 and 6 PM for a casual chat. She will be setting up shop in the library one afternoon a month for Superintendent's Office Hours. Please stop by and say hello!

Read Post about September 12: Superintendent's Office Hours at Princeton Public Library from 4:30 to 6 PM
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Las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton ofrecen desayuno y almuerzo en las cuatro escuelas primarias, en la Escuela Intermedia de Princeton y en la Escuela Secundaria de Princeton. El programa federal que proporcionó almuerzo gratis para todos los estudiantes. Para ver los menús, haga clic aquí. Para agregar dinero a su cuenta de almuerzo School Bucks,  haga clic aquíRegístrese para recibir comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido. Para obtener más información, clic aquí

Read Post about Precios del Almuerzo para el Año Escolar 2022-2023: Desayuno y Almuerzo Disponibles en Todas Las Escuelas
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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 Available at All Schools
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Like many other school districts, PPS is looking forward to providing an experience that resembles pre-pandemic schooling whenever possible for the new school year. PPS will not require masks for students or staff although in certain specific instances masks may be necessary. PPS protocols have been streamlined to best serve our students and staff. We will continue to consult with and follow the advice of the Princeton Health Department and our district physician.   We will also update this protocol if/when the NJ Department of Health revises their guidelines based on the most recent CDC changes. 

Read Post about PPS Health Protocols for School Year 2022-2023 
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Summer has been a busy and productive time for Princeton Public Schools! Our schools served as home to our vibrant and extensive summer program. Hundreds of students and dozens of teachers, support staff, bus drivers and administrators operated summer enrichment, transition programs, accelerated learning and interdisciplinary experiences addressing the summer learning needs of all of our students. In July, the district welcomed Mercer County Educational Specialist, Ms. Rosario Casiano, who conducted a special visit to PPS in recognition of our summer instructional program.  

Read Post about Busy and Productive Summer at Princeton Public Schools
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This fall, PHS students will have access to new classrooms, new collaborative spaces, and a wellness studio. The new spaces were built with funds from the 2018 referendum and significantly expand the amount of collaborative classroom space at PHS. Thank you to our community for its ongoing support of facilities improvement and excellence in education.

Read Post about New Classrooms and Collaborative Spaces Opening at Princeton High School
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Princeton Public Schools announced Tuesday that Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson will be the Supervisor of Science effective July 27. Dr. Barnes-Johnson has a Ph.D. in Urban Education/Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Temple University with a primary focus on STEM education teaching. In addition, she has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Montclair State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina. She has taught science at Princeton High School since 2007.

Read Post about Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson Named Supervisor of Science for Princeton Public Schools
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On July 16, 2022, 988 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for crisis and suicide prevention. It will replace the 1-800 number currently used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. On this date, when someone calls 988 all phones in the U.S. (mobile and landline) will connect with the crisis/suicide prevention system. This will allow anyone in the U.S. to call 988 and get help designed specifically for someone dealing with a mental health crisis.

Read Post about Lifeline: New Phone Number for Crisis & Suicide Prevention
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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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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.

Read Post about Estimadas familias de PPS
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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

 

 

Riverside News

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I am delighted to welcome you back for the 2022-23 school year. I am hoping we will see a full return to “normal” but no matter what, Riverside is prepared to meet any challenges that may arise. As the incoming principal at Riverside School, it is truly an honor to join the Riverside family and community. 

Read Post about Welcome to the New School Year! Message from Principal Whalen

 

 

Johnson Park News

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It is with great pleasure that I write to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year.  I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities while enjoying the wonderful sunshine (and heat!). 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! 

The faculty and staff at Johnson Park are working hard to see that your child(ren)’s learning experience is a successful and happy one. Our faculty and staff have an exciting year of learning planned. Your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher will be in communication with you to share specific information about their class—daily schedule/routines, expectations, highlights for the school year, etc. 

Read Post about Welcome to the New School Year! Message from Principal Siso Stentz
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Durante la semana del 22 de agosto, recibirá un correo electrónico de PowerSchool que incluye información sobre el año escolar e instrucciones para obtener el nombre del maestro principal de su hijo a través del Portal Para Padres (Parent Portal). Este incluirá instrucciones sobre cómo configurar su cuenta del Portal para Padres. El maestro de su hijo se comunicará con usted para compartir información sobre el año escolar y cualquier material que pueda necesitar. Ese correo electrónico también proporcionará información sobre rutinas y procedimientos en JP, junto con nuestros protocolos de salud y seguridad para el año.

Read Post about Le damos la bienvenida (en español)
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During the week of August 22nd, you will receive a PowerSchool email that includes some information about the school year and instructions to retrieve the name of your child’s homeroom teacher through the Parent Portal. It will include instructions on how to set up your Parent Portal account. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to share information about the school year and any materials they may need. That email will also provide some information about routines and procedures at JP, along with our health and safety protocols for the year.

Read Post about Welcome Back: Message from Principal Siso Stentz

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High School News

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We are excited to have Back to School Night in person this year! We are following the Anchor Day schedule tonight, which means looking at what your student would have for a G1.

Period 1: 7:00-7:10pm
Period 2: 7:15-7:25pm
Period 3: 7:30-7:40pm
Period 4: 7:45-7:55pm
Period 5: 8:00-8:10pm
Period 6: 8:15-8:25pm
Period 7: 8:30-8:40pm
Period 8: 8:45-8:55pm

Read Post about PHS Back-to-School Night Schedule: See You Tonight!
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Katherine Monroe (PHS ‘23) has been selected as a student delegate at the World Food Prize’s 2022 Global Youth Institute. Katherine was one of only two students selected from New Jersey for this prestigious conference. Katherine will present her research to a roundtable of agriculture experts, scientists, and 300 students from around the world. She was selected after submitting a final draft of her Global Challenge paper in July.

Read Post about SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT: Young Researcher Award from IEEE Goes to PHS's Larry He
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The Ideas Center is the hub of the tutoring programs for PHS.  In the center students can request academic assistance and receive help in a variety of ways including peer tutoring, study groups, Princeton University tutors and PHS teacher assistance. It is a quiet study room during the school day as well as a gathering place for service projects and a boisterous place at break for students to receive help, connect with peers and eat lunch.

Read Post about PHS Ideas Center: Sign Up for Free Tutoring Today!

Are you a high school student interested in coding? You are invited to take part in Hack PHS on Nov 5-6! HackPHS will be held in the cafeteria of Princeton High School, located at 151 Moore St, Princeton, NJ. Limited parking will be available around the school. All times are tentative, but you should plan on arriving around 9:30 AM on Saturday, November 5 and leaving sometime after 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 6.

Read Post about Nov 5-6: Annual PHS Hackathon, Please Register for hackPHS Today!
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Last week, Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Scholars from Princeton High School met with Superintendent Carol Kelley in the new wing of the high school where a portion of the new space is dedicated to the Resource Office for Access, Renewal, and Equity also known as the ROARE Center. 

"It's a place for homework help, college prep support, and a place where students feel a sense of belonging,” says PHS's Bethany Andrade Siddiqu, Coordinator of Student and Family Services. “I am so pleased that Dr. Kelley had the opportunity to come here and to speak with our MSAN Scholars." In addition to MSAN, Bethany is also the advisor for PULSE (Pride University Leadership Sisterhood Esteem), another PHS group with an emphasis on making all students feel welcome at the high school.

Read Post about ROARE Center in PHS's New Wing Welcomes Students, Cultivates a Sense of Belonging
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Katherine Monroe, PHS '23, has been selected as a student delegate at the World Food Prize’s 2022 Global Youth Institute. Katherine was one of only two students selected from New Jersey for this prestigious conference.

Katherine will present her research to a roundtable of agriculture experts, scientists, and 300 students from around the world. She was selected after submitting a final draft of her Global Challenge paper in July.

Read Post about Katherine Monroe, PHS Student, Selected as Global Youth Institute Delegate
Graphic showing Aug 25 for 9th Grade Orientation and Sept. 29 for Back to School Night

We are looking forward to seeing new and returning students on September 6, the first day of school. . Princeton High School is a wonderful, welcoming place.  We have a wide variety of academic events, club fairs, social celebrations, music, and theatre planned for this school year. It is going to be a great year!

Read Post about Welcome to the New School Year from Principal Chmiel, School Photos on September 7 during P.E

 

 

Princeton Middle School News

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Start Strong testing will be held the week of September 19.PMS is working hard to ensure all students have district devices that are working properly. If your student is having an issue with their device, please have them submit a tech ticket on PPS link. If their device is not working at all, their counselor can submit the ticket for them. 

Read Post about Start Strong Testing Scheduled for Week of September 19: Please Bring Headphones
Thursday, September 1:  6th Grade Orientation at Princeton Middle School at 8 AM

PMS would like to invite all 6th grade students to orientation onThursday, September 1 at 8 AM.  Students may begin lining up at the front door at 8AM, and we will begin letting them in at 8:10 AM. Our team is looking forward to answering questions. Student orientation will conclude at 10AM. To sign up to receive the district-issued computer for 6th grade students, please click here. Distribution starts on Thursday and Friday and will continue on September 6.

Please review the PPS Acceptable Use Policy.  The district requires a signed Acceptable Use Policy before issuing any device.  Here is the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) 

Read Post about Thursday, September 1: 6th Grade Orientation at Princeton Middle School at 8 AM
Princeton Middle School: Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year from Principal Burr - UPDATED

We are excited to welcome everyone back to school on Tuesday, September 6. Please remember that school starts at 8:25 AMWhen students arrive on the first two days, they should report directly to their PAWS classes for school-based activities related to school community, schedules, lockers, tours of the building, and expectations.

  • We are excited to bring back paper planners for all students and they will be handed out during these first two days.
  • Our student planners also contain our student handbook which provides a wealth of information about our school and the wonderful opportunities we offer.
Read Post about Princeton Middle School: Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year from Principal Burr - UPDATED

 

 

Community Park News

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This week the Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Jones partnered with the School Psychologist, Mrs. Marmo, to conduct Social Emotional Lessons (SEL) in all Kindergarten through 5th grade classes. We read books related to feelings and coping skills, discussed various coping strategies, and practiced mindful breathing. Students brainstormed ways to calm themselves when experiencing big emotions, which included deep breathing, positive affirmations, asking for help, and sharing their feelings with someone they trust.

Read Post about Community Park: Students Discuss Coping Skills, Feelings and How to Handle Big Emotions
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Welcome, ¡Bienvenidos! to a new school year. Community Park opens this fall with Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classes on all grade levels, while maintaining traditional English-only classes at the 5th grade level. CP welcomes students and families who are part of the Dual Language Immersion program from all other PPS elementary schools, as well new families who have recently moved to Princeton.

Read Post about Welcome, ¡Bienvenidos! To a New Community Park School Year

 

 

Littlebrook News

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There's a lot happening at Littlebrook, including the Week of Respect, Oct 3-7. Registration is now open for the Music After School Program. Littlebrook has been awarded a bronze-level certification in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program! And we have details about the Halloween/Harvest Day parade.

Read Post about Littlebrook Update: Week of Respect, Music After School, Sustainable Certification, Parade
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Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! In just a few short days, the start of a new school year will be upon us. 

The Littlebrook School staff of highly qualified educators and support personnel is committed to delivering an excellent, complete educational program to its students.  Littlebrook School is one where every child is known and celebrated, and staff members advocate for and support the needs of each student.  It is one where integrated, hands-on learning across the disciplines is the norm and where safety, respect, accountability, support, and excellence are highly evident.  Our teachers regularly use research-based best practices and analyze students’ academic data to determine current skill levels and to set individual goals for growth.  Every school year, we seek to provide all of our students with yet another year filled with learning, positive relationships, and the joys of success and accomplishment.

Read Post about Welcome to the New School Year! Message from Principal Ramirez