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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.

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Curtains Cast and Crew

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."

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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. 

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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 ( or Dr. Donovan (, Supervisor of School Counseling.

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