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Summer "Extra Edition" for week of June 19

Periodically as news arises throughout the summer, PISD will send out information through email.
 
However, we encourage you to follow the district Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date throughout the summer. Follow @princetonisd on Twitter and like the Princeton Independent School District page on Facebook. These accounts are also linked to the district website at www.princetonisd.net so you do not need social media to see the postings.
 
STUDENT REGISTRATION
Online registration is now available for existing students using the parent portal site. If Internet is unavailable, kiosks are located on each campus for registration purposes. If you experience difficulties logging in through parent portal, contact the campus office. New students must register on campus.
 
SEASON TICKET RENEWAL
Current Jackie Hendricks Stadium season ticket holders can begin renewing their reserved seats for the 2017-2018 football season beginning Wednesday, July 5. Beginning July 31, any remaining reserved seats will be open to the public. 

The tickets are available at the Princeton ISD Administration Building, 321 Panther Parkway. Cost is $6 per ticket for a total of $36 per season with six home games.
 
Summer business hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Regular business hours, which return Aug. 10, are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Friday.
 
For more information, contact Beatriz Velasco at 469-952-5400, ext. 3506.
 
APP CHALLENGE
Congressman Sam Johnson will offer the Congressional App Challenge, which is an opportunity for students that have an interest in coding or app design. The challenge begins July 26. Click here for more information.
 
STAAR INFORMATION
The new STAAR report card provides Texas parents stronger student-specific information and helpful resources.
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has announced that Texas parents will now have access to greater individualized student information with the launch of the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Report Card. 

In addition, a new interactive website will offer an opportunity for parents to "Log In, Learn More" to access additional student-specific resources. Among the available tools on the website will be the ability to view actual STAAR questions as well as their student's answer. Texas will be among the first states in the nation to offer this valuable component to all its parents.
 
"Every parent needs to know how their child is doing in school, but they also want to be in position to provide greater support for their son or daughter," said Commissioner Morath. "The STAAR Report Card goes beyond providing a student's information from the previous year. It also gives every parent access to resources that can help their child as they move from grade level to grade level." 

The new report card contrasts dramatically from what has been shared in previous years with parents. The revamped report presents information in a more colorful, understandable and parent-friendly way. 

Student information includes how a child performed on a specific STAAR assessment, how the student is progressing from the previous school year, and the level of reading difficulty a student can successfully accomplish. Parents will also see new STAAR performance labels for their student: Masters Grade Level; Meets Grade Level; Approaches Grade Level; and Does Not Meet Grade Level. 
  • Masters Grade Level (Passing) - Performance in this category indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention.
  • Meets Grade Level (Passing) - Performance in this category indicates that students will have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention.
  • Approaches Grade Level (Passing) - Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention.
  • Does Not Meet Grade Level - Performance in this category indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention.
A section of the new STAAR Report Card highlights how a student has progressed academically from the previous year. A student academic growth graph will show parents where their son or daughter was academically the previous school year and reflect any growth seen in the most recent school year.

Beyond the report card itself, parents are encouraged to "Log In, Learn More" at a newly-revamped website (www.texasassessment.com) to see even more student-specific information regarding their child. With a student-specific access code (provided in the STAAR Report Card distributed by the school districts), parents will be able to see a variety of resources and assessment components, including STAAR assessment questions and answers - along with their child's answers. 

"The ability for each parent to view the actual STAAR questions posed to their child, along with the answers their child provided, should provide greater insight into the expectations at every grade level," said Morath.

The website also makes available resources designed to help parents prepare their son or daughter as they progress from grade level to grade level. Resources include tools to support a child's ability to read and write, as well as tips and questions to help prepare for parent-teacher conferences in the new school year.

Beginning this month, the new STAAR Report Card will be distributed to parents with children who took the STAAR assessments during the 2016-2017 school year. High school STAAR reports are available to parents beginning June 13. Grade 3-8 STAAR reports are available to parents beginning June 30.
 
SUMMER HOURS
Summer hours are in effect for Princeton ISD. They are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Offices are closed on Fridays. Regular business hours will resume Aug. 10. They are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
WRESTLING COMES TO PISD
Princeton ISD is launching a wrestling program that will kick off for the upcoming school year. An informational camp/clinic to introduce wrestling to Princeton students is set for 9:30 a.m. June 26 at PHS and will feature wrestling experts from the North Texas area. Click here for a letter from the new coach.
 
FREE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
Princeton ISD is hosting the summer food service program at no cost for kids 18 and younger at Princeton High School daily Monday through Friday, until June 30. 

Meal times are:

Breakfast served from 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH
The 4th annual back-to-school bash is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 5, at Smith Elementary. Visit cumc.com/bash to register for the free event. Registration closes July 5.
 
NEW VOLLEYBALL CAMP DATES
Austin College is hosting a high intensity team volleyball camp for Princeton girls in junior high and high school from 6:30-9 p.m. July 18-21 at PHS. Cost is $70. Click here for registration brochure. Register online or bring payment to camp.

FOOTBALL PROGRAM
The PHS Athletic Booster Club is selling business and personal ads for the 2017-18 football program. Click here for the contract and information to submit photos and payment. Deadline to purchase is Aug. 25.
 
SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMPS
Several summer camps are available at the Collin County Adventure Camp. Click here for more information.
 
SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
Princeton ISD is hosting several sports camps this summer. For a complete listing of all camps with dates, cost and contacts, click here. The registration form and payment to Princeton athletics should be returned to Lana Howell in the athletic office of the indoor facility.
 
2017-18 CALENDAR
The PISD Board of Trustees approved the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here for a copy of next year's calendar.
 
MOBILE APP
To access the parent portal for grades and attendance from a mobile phone, log in to the parent portal for directions. The link for the parent portal is on the district website at www.princetonisd.net.
 
The new district ID is WBPSXG.

Princeton High School 

2018 GRADUATION
The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 is 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Allen Event Center so mark your calendars now.

Cheer squad shows off camp honors.

CHEER CAMP HONORS
The PHS cheer team recently attended camp and came away with big results, including:
Two All-American winners
Award for "Most Camp Spirit" (nominated by all the other teams)
"Most Improved Mascot"
"Most Creative Skit" by a mascot
Two superior ribbons
Bid to NCA nationals
16 All-American nominees
Herkie Award
Spirit Stick 3 out of 4 days of camp

SUMMER TESTS
PHS will administer the STAAR-EOC retakes following this schedule:

Today - Biology
June 21 - Eng 2
June 22 - U.S. History
June 23 - Algebra

SOFTBALL ALL-DISTRICT
All-District selections were recently announced for softball. They are:

1st Team
Ellis Woodruff, catcher
Katy Wilson, pitcher
Ryleigh Aungst, infield

2nd Team
Halie Thompson, infield
Shelbi Cook, outfield

Honorable mention
Destiny Estrada, infield
Cameron Wilson, outfield

Academic All-District
Ryleigh Aungst
Shelbi Cook
Destiny Estrada
Ashley Tice
Brooke Veal

COUNSELING SURVEY
The PHS counseling department wants help from parents to determine priorities for student, staff and parent services. Counselors ask for few minutes of your time to complete a needs assessment survey as one of the critical stakeholders for the campus.

For survey completion, you need access to a Google account as the survey was built using this platform. To complete the survey, use the following link:  


AP TEST SCORES
AP scores will be available online in July. To get scores, students must sign up for a College Board account by going to apscore.org. Students should take this step now so they'll be ready to access their AP scores in July. For more information, go to apscore.org.

Step to access AP scores
1) Sign up for a College Board account at apscore.org. It's best to provide the same information on the College Board account that you supplied on your AP answer sheet(s). Your name, date of birth, gender, mailing address and email address are especially important.

2) You may already have an account if you have taken College Board exams in the past (AP/PSAT/SAT). Try signing in to confirm.

3) Remember the following information to access your scores: a) Your College Board account username and password; b) Your AP number (or student ID number if you provided it on your AP answer sheet).

College Board used to mail individual score sheets out to students, but do not any longer.

Clark Jr. High 

CLARK FACEBOOK
Clark Jr. High has its own Facebook page to communicate important information for parents:
 
CLARK SCIENCE TRIP
Clark Jr. High will be headed to Orlando in 2018 to explore U.S. space travel at Kennedy Space Center, Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and some of the nation's most diverse ecosystems at Fort DeSoto State Park.

If you are interested in your child experiencing a hands-on science summer program, contact Breanne Luelf at bluelf@princetonisd.net. For more information, visit www.worldstrides.com and enter Trip ID# 146156.

Huddleston 

HUDDLESTON BAND
The Huddleston band participated recently in the Sounds of Summer Band Camp at PHS.

Godwin

GODWIN FACEBOOK
Follow Godwin Elementary PTO on Facebook to stay connected with information.

GODWIN SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
Click here for a copy of the school supply list for 2017-2018.

Harper

HARPER SCHOOL SUPPLIES
EPI school supply packs are now on sale. See the front office for information. Click here for an order form.

Harper principal and mayor present award.

HARPER MAYOR'S AWARD
Ximena Campos received the first-ever Mayor's Award from Harper Principal Nichole Powell and Mayor John Mark Caldwell during Harper's 5th-grade end-of-year-awards ceremony.

Lacy

LACY FACEBOOK
You can follow Lacy PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information at:  www.facebook.com/LacyElementaryPTO

Smith 

SMITH FACEBOOK
You can follow Smith Elementary PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information by liking the page:
Smith Elementary PTO

Community Announcements 

BACK THE BLUE
In an effort to provide equipment to protect officers with Princeton Police Department, the Back the Blue benefit fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. Click here for event flyer.
 
JULY SPECTACULAR
The City of Princeton is hosting the annual July Spectacular from 5-10 p.m. July 3 at the Caldwell Community Park/POW Camp. Applications for vendors are being accepted.
 
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Princeton library is hosting the summer reading program until July 26. Click here for information and registration.
 
MOVIE IN PARK MOVED TO NEW LOCATION

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the district's communications, I can be reached through this email address, jcollins@princetonisd.net or by calling 469.952.5400, ext. 3504.
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