Email Express for week of June 7

  • Welcome to the summer edition of Email Express, the communications tool utilized by Princeton Independent School District. It is distributed periodically throughout the summer to keep you informed. Districtwide events are featured at the top, followed by a section for each campus to make information easier to navigate.
     
    We encourage suggestions on how we can improve our communications, so feel free to email jcollins@princetonisd.net with your ideas.
     
    In addition, like the Princeton Independent School District Facebook page and follow Twitter @princetonisd to stay up-to-date, as well. These accounts are also linked to the district website at www.princetonisd.net so you do not need social media to see the postings. In addition, Princeton ISD has an official Instagram page to showcase photos from around the district. Follow @PrincetonISD on Instagram to see the kids in action.


  • District News  

    Board meeting rescheduled  

    The Princeton ISD Board of Trustees voted to reschedule the June meeting from June 21 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 15.

    Accessing STAAR scores  

    Princeton students took the STAAR tests earlier this spring, and the STAAR is one of many ways to measure student learning. It will help schools and teachers better understand where students may have gaps from the disruptions to learning caused by the pandemic. Teachers will use STAAR results along with other information to co-create learning plans with families to jumpstart learning next year.
     
    Starting on June 28, you will be able to access your child’s STAAR results on TexasAssessment.gov. After visiting the site, click the “Find My Access Code” and enter your child’s information. This will take you directly to your child’s STAAR results, which will include detailed breakdowns in each subject, identifying your child’s strengths, as well as areas where they may need additional support. Parents have shared that seeing which questions their child got incorrect has been the most useful. You will also see easy to use resources that can be used at home over the remainder of the summer focused on the skills your child needs the most support.
     
    We expect STAAR scores will likely be lower for many students this year as many of them have experienced trauma and loss in addition to the disruption in classroom instruction. You can help ease stress by letting your child know that this year, STAAR is only meant to help teachers and parents better support their learning.
     
    The partnership between families and schools has never been more important. We encourage you to log in and learn more anytime after June 28. Use this information along with your own observations from the past year and your child’s grades to create a learning plan with teachers in the fall to help your child succeed.
     
    Thank you for your partnership, and we wish you and your family a healthy and restful summer.
     
    To access your child’s results anytime after June 28, visit TexasAssessment.Gov.
     
     

    PISD summer office hours  

    Summer office hours for Princeton ISD will begin Monday, June 7. Offices will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ‬The following schools will be closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m.:
     
    PHS
    Lovelady
    Clark
    Southard
    Godwin
    Harper
    Lacy
     
    The following schools will be closed for lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.:
     
    Lowe
    Canup
     
    Smith Elementary will not be closed for lunch.

    Online registration open now for existing students

    Existing students must complete the registration process every year. This process allows parent/guardians the opportunity to review and update addresses, phone numbers and emergency contacts. It is important for the school offices to have accurate information in case of emergency.
     
    Student registration is available through the Parent Portal. https://princetontx.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/princeton.jsp 
     
    Under 'More" select 'Online Registration' and select register student(s) who are currently enrolled in this district. Once you complete a tab on the registration, the information will be held and you can close the registration and finish later. The registration is sent when you click 'Submit' on the last page. The registration will be locked when you sign and submit.
     
    If you need help with accessing the parent portal, contact the school at 469-952-5425.
     

    Harper custodian medical assistance

    Patrick Fisher is completing his 10th year working on Princeton ISD’s custodial staff. He started at Harper last year and quickly became part of the Harper family. This year, he has faced several medical problems. In March, he had quadruple bypass surgery and has been home recovering since that time. Recently, Patrick’s kidneys began to fail as a complication of his diabetes and a weakened heart condition. His wife, Tammie Fisher, has continued to work at Harper Elementary on the custodial staff during this time. However, this is a financially burdensome time for them.
     
    Princeton ISD has opened an account to benefit Patrick and Tammie Fisher through Independent Financial Bank. Donations to the account will help offset the growing medical expenses and their living costs as the family is down to one income. Donations can be made from June 1-30.
     
    PISD employees were emailed a link to a Google form in case they wanted to contribute through a payroll deduction.
     
    Cash or check donations can be made at the administration building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
     
    Direct questions to one of the following: Jim Staley, Director of Auxiliary Services; Karla Douglas, Head of Custodial Staff; Heidi Lovelady Estep, Harper Elementary Principal.

    Panther spirit wear

    Funky Otter has provided a new online option to purchase Panther spirit wear. To order Princeton T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, use the link to access the online inventory.
     
     
    A portion of the proceeds goes back to the district.

    Summer feeding program

    This summer's feeding program will be free for anyone 18 and younger from June 1-28. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and lunch will be noon Monday through Friday at the PHS cafeteria.
     

    Food benefit assistance  

    Did your child receive free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program during the 2020–21 school year? If so, your family may be eligible for P-EBT benefits to purchase food. The P-EBT application opens June 2. For information: visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt or call 833-442-1255.
     

    Panther summer sports camps

    To register for any of the sports camps listed, visit this link:
     
     
    To access the camp registration go to the district website, click Extracurricular then Athletics, then the Sports Camps tab and select Princeton High School using the drop-down menu and choose which camp you will attend.
     
    Payment can be made online or at the door.

    Food distribution   

    Stop by Clark Middle School on Wednesday, June 16, starting at 3 p.m. (while supplies last, which is usually 5 p.m.) to pick up food for your family. The school has partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to help the community. This means you can get produce and dry goods for your family. Go to the car loop by the main entrance, and volunteers will load up your car.

    Panther Summer Pride

    It’s time for student-athletes to be part of the Princeton Panther Summer Pride. Sign up using the online registration by clicking the link.
     

    Summer school information

    Princeton ISD's summer school for all grade levels will be held at Princeton High School June 1-28, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with ESL hours from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
    Free breakfast and lunch will be served daily at 7:30 a.m. and noon.
     

    PISD seeks students for lawn maintenance

    PISD auxiliary services is seeking high school students for summer lawn maintenance. The maintenance department would like to hire 5 students to help with weed eating and other lawn maintenance duties, as well as helping with painting and moving boxes and other classroom materials. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday. Pay will be $8/hour. Applicants should return the attached application to Jim Staley at 303 Panther Parkway, Princeton, Texas, or email jstaley@princetonisd.net or drop off at the PHS office.
     
    Click here for application.

    PISD job openings

    Princeton ISD has several job openings right now, including:
     
    Several certified positions
    Custodial positions
    Paraprofessionals
    Level 1 computer techs
    Lawn maintenance
    Bus mechanic assistant
     
    Applications for these positions can be accessed on the website using this link:
     
     
     

    District calendar

    ‪The school calendars for the next two years are available.
     
    Click here for a copy of the 2021-2022 school calendar.
     
    Click here for a copy of the 2022-2023 school calendar.