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What  happens in Princeton Public Schools’ buildings over the summer? More than you might imagine. This week marks the start of summer programs for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Almost 400 PPS students will participate in district programs this summer. Summer programs include support classes, enrichment opportunities and extended learning for students of all ages.

 “I think most people don’t realize just how busy our schools are in the summer,” says Superintendent Cochrane. “Our buildings are bustling with focused learning environments that allow students to immerse themselves in topics they’re passionate about or gain a solid grounding in challenging subjects.”

“It doesn’t shut down here,” says Princeton High School Principal Jessica Baxter. “We have regular students here over the summer, we have track camp and we have students using our conditioning facilities, which includes all of the fall sports teams.”

Community Park hosts the YWCA Princeton Mini Achievers Program and a Spanish-language enrichment summer program sponsored by the Community Park PTO. In addition, CP serves as the rainy-day home for various programs sponsored by the Princeton Recreation Department, including their popular day camp, and the Princeton Tennis Camp also comes indoors at CP on rainy days.

John Witherspoon hosts a number of summer programs including STARRS  (Students Thinking for Academic Rigor, Readiness, and Success) from July 8 to July 26. This is a federally-funded program that provides students with additional academic instruction in reading, writing, and math, as well as offering science and social studies enrichment. All students in AIS (Accelerated Intervention Services) and ELL (English Language Learners) were invited to participate.

In addition to summer programs throughout the district, there is also summer cleaning and construction in district buildings, including the installation of air conditioning in the new gym at Princeton High School.

Dr. Ginsberg, helps a young student to his class, but stopped to feed the fish along the way
A small group of kindergarten students observe the fish as they get ready for class
PHS students diving into their studies!
Mr. Merick works with a small group of students on a first-day project
Ms. Goodwin and her students hard at work at John Witherspoon Middle School
JW Middle Schoolers kicking off a project
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