Email Express for week of Jan. 18

  • Welcome to the 19th edition of Email Express, the communications tool utilized by Princeton Independent School District. It is distributed weekly 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 

    Final yearbook deadline 

    The final deadline to order a yearbook at any Princeton school is Friday, Jan. 29. Order online at www.jostens.com/yearbookdeadline.

    SHAC meeting set Wednesday

    The monthly Student Health Advisory Council meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall 112 at the high school. Lunch will be served. Anyone is welcome to attend.

    COVID-19 testing continues 

    Princeton ISD continues to conduct COVID-19 rapid tests for staff and students who meet certain criteria. The school district operates under the Texas Department of Emergency Management for testing. This program is completely voluntary and intended only as a resource to provide fast, free and local testing for staff and students who wish to be tested.
     
    To qualify for a test, a staff member or student must be showing symptoms or be under a current quarantine order from the school.
     
    PISD's testing center is located in the portable classrooms behind Godwin Elementary, and individuals will enter the pick-up loop off East College Avenue.
     
    Testing hours are from 7-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. daily by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the campus principal or nurse.

    Food Bank distribution 

    The North Texas Food Bank has partnered with PISD to provide dry goods, produce and snack bags to Princeton families. Distribution will be Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Clark Middle School and start immediately after dismissal at 3 p.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. while supplies last. Just pull through the car loop near the Clark main entrance. 

    Schools closed

    Princeton schools and offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, for President's Day. Normal classes and office hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 16.

    Early release

    PISD will release early Friday, Feb. 26, for elementary UIL contests. Schools will observe the following release schedule: PHS releases at 12:05 p.m., buses run at 12:30 after lunch; Clark and Southard release at 12:35 p.m.; all elementary schools release at 1:30 p.m.; and Canup releases at 1:40 p.m.
     
     

    Sports on live stream 

    Princeton ISD has partnered with NFHS Network to provide live streaming for school events.
     
    Click the link below:
     
     
    Once on the page, you will need to subscribe to the NFHS Network by clicking the "subscribe" button near the top right of the page. Cost is $10.99 per month for a monthly pass or $69.99 for a yearly pass. A portion of these fees are returned to the district.
     
    Once subscribed, you can follow NFHS Network by clicking the "follow" button also at the top right. This will make sure you see all of the PHS games scheduled for NFHS. Subscribers will also be able to access the streams "on demand" after the games have ended.  
     
    Viewers also have the ability to stream and upload for "on demand" viewing certain "non-athletic" events. These can be set to be accessed WITHOUT a subscription.

    Free meals to continue until May

    As the result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extending COVID-19 benefits, Princeton ISD is able to offer FREE meals at no charge through the end of the school year at all school campuses and one curbside pickup location. Through the end of the school year (or while USDA funds are available), the Princeton ISD Child Nutrition Department will provide FREE meals to ALL students.
     
    Free breakfast and lunch will be available for in-person learners in the school cafeteria and remote learners through the curbside pickup at Southard Middle School, 455 Monte Carlo Blvd., from 5-6 p.m. every Monday. All children 18 years or younger are eligible for the curbside meals at no charge.
     
    Documentation providing guardianship is required if a parent picks up meals without a child present: student ID, student ID number, report card, Infinite Campus parent portal enrollment page or birth certificate.
     
    A la carte items are not included with the free breakfast or lunch meal, but will be available for purchase in the cafeteria. Meal charges incurred before Monday, Oct. 5, will still be owed as an outstanding balance.
     
    The Child Nutrition Department encourages families to continue to submit meal applications for the Free and Reduced Meal Program so that qualifying students will still receive meal benefits for 30 days of the new school year or when USDA funds are no longer available.

    Online learner meal distribution change

    PISD provides weekly curbside meal pick-up for remote learners. This is only for students not attending school on campus.
     
    MEAL PICK-UP PROCESS and LOCATION UPDATE:
    Beginning in January, children 18 and under that are currently NOT in school may pick up meals on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. ONLY at Southard Middle School. Until January, Harper Elementary is still a pickup location. These meals are for kids not already receiving the meals at school. You must show proof that you have children 18 and under. The kids can be with you, or if they are not with you, you must show either school badge (remote learners) or birth certificate of the children. 

    Technology help line and hours

    To assist students and parents utilizing the virtual method of instruction, the PISD technology department offers a help line from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 469-952-5414 or email help@princetonisd.net.

    School pictures

    Double T Photography will be on campuses to take school photographs following the schedule below. In addition, Double T will use a new ordering format this year instead of the traditional paper ordering forms. Parents/guardians will receive an electronic notification through email/text message to the contact on file through the district's student registration system. This method will be used for ordering photos.
     
    March 3 - Smith spring pictures
    March 18 - Lacy spring pictures
    March 23 - Lowe spring pictures
    March 24 - Southard spring pictures
    March 25 - Godwin spring pictures
    March 30 - Clark spring pictures
    March 31 - Canup spring pictures
    April 13 - Lowe kindergarten cap and gown
    April 14 - Harper spring pictures and kindergarten cap and gown
    April 15 - Lacy kindergarten cap and gown
    April 20 - Smith kindergarten cap and gown
    April 21 - Godwin kindergarten cap and gown

    District calendar changed to note new graduation date

    The 2020-2021 Princeton ISD calendar has been adjusted to include the new date for the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021. Click here for PDF.