Due to staffing issues at Princeton High School, we will be using a synchronous, virtual learning format for this week, January 3 - 7, 2022.
Updated Athletic Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines
Every senior must order a cap and gown to proceed in the graduation ceremony.
PPS congratulates Akash Jim on earning a perfect score on the Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Advanced Placement exam! One of only two students worldwide to do so, Akash is a senior at Princeton High School and hopes to study either math or science in college.
Hello to all in the Princeton Public Schools! I am so excited to be returning to my professional roots as the Director of School Counseling Services (having formerly served the PPS as a French teacher at the John Witherspoon Middle School and as a high school counselor at Princeton High School).
Monday, October 25, is the first day of the PHS Hispanic menu. Check out the new entrees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month!
To keep students safe and to facilitate contact tracing, we are asking parents to upload student vaccine status into our existing student information system, PowerSchool.
The first full week of October is officially the Week of Respect, but at PHS we like to call it True Blue Week to promote respect, acceptance and kindness throughout our school community.
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.
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.
Here's a glimpse into the 2021 welcome back party hosted by Princeton High School for its students.
Meet the Princeton High School admin team.
Download the student packet for the 2021-2022 school year.
Letter to students, staff and parents from Principal Chmiel
PHS is planning a series of fun events tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 1 in the late afternoon and early evening. More details soon!
We are very excited for School Year 2021-2022! The PHS 9th grade orientation is scheduled for August 26 at 9:30 AM. Check-in starts at 9:30 at the PHS Performing Arts Center (the entrance is on Walnut Lane). Orientation for PHS transfer students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades will be held on September 9th.
We hope everyone is having a good summer. PHS is looking forward to welcoming students back in person in September. Meanwhile, seniors can sign up for senior portraits with Prestige Photography/Lifetouch by using code 60405.
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.
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."
Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Princeton High School commencement ceremony will be held Wednesday morning at 10 AM. The forecast shows a high probability of rain Tuesday afternoon, whereas Wednesday morning is anticipated to be 75 degrees and sunny.
PHS will collect computers and technology devices from all seniors and from students who are not returning to a PPS school in September. All other PHS students can keep their devices over the summer.
Julianna Krawiecki, PHS drama teacher, was recently honored to be the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre Governor's Award for the 2020-21 school year.
Science teacher Jim Smirk has been honored by Charlotte Gilmore, a PHS graduate who was recently accepted to the University of Chicago.
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.
The 101: Fund Talent Show Premiers will premier Friday at 7:30 and will be available to stream for the next week. Please check Canvas for the link.
This summer Princeton High School will offer online summer workshops to prepare for the college application process. The workshops include essay writing and SAT reviews. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 31.
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.
The Princeton High School Athletic Department is happy to inform you that you will have free access for the duration of the 2021 spring season to view athletic events held on the PHS stadium turf. This service is now free of charge and offered through the National Federation of High School Sports Network.
Following a comprehensive selection process, Princeton Public Schools Frank Chmiel has been selected as the next principal of Princeton High School. Mr. Chmiel’s appointment was approved by the Princeton Board of Education on April 27. Mr. Chmiel will assume his role as principal on July 1, 2021.
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.
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.
The annual "Evening of Cultural Celebration" is a pre-recorded virtual experience on YouTube this year, hosted by the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) and PULSE student groups of Princeton High School.
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.
All Princeton High School students are invited to participate in the Family YMCA program "Paths to Success," a weekly online interview series. PHS students receive community service hours for participation.
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.
The Princeton High School PTO will have a meeting at 7 PM on Thursday, January 14. Principal Jessica Baxter will give her last monthly update.
Princeton High School Program of Studies premiere event Wednesday January 13th at 7pm.
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.
“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.”
Congratulations to PHS Latin teacher Nolis Arkoulakis and his students.
This past Saturday the upper level Certamen team (think: quiz bowl for all things related to Latin) won the winter tournament, sponsored by the NJ Junior Classical League. The achievement was especially remarkable in that the entire affair was conducted via Zoom.
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.
Please see the attached cycle day calendars for December and January. I have attached an updated schedule for January as we will add instructional time on Fridays beginning 1/8/21. This also changes the calendar in that we will go to a 5 day E/F rotation. In a hybrid schedule, Fridays will still be remote.
I am happy to announce that at the next Board of Education meeting, Jared Warren will be recommended to serve as Acting Principal of Princeton High School as of January 15. He will succeed Jessica Baxter, who is leaving the district to become principal of a school closer to home.
District music supervisor Patrick Lenihan has done the research on Covid mitigation strategies that optimize musical performance. The masks the singers wear feature a bit more space around the mouth to accommodate breathing and articulation.