Email Express for week of July 28

  • 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  

    Free meals for all studentss   

    Princeton ISD announced that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.
     
    While no application or eligibility determination is required for a student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, Princeton ISD will process household applications during the 2021-2022 school year to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year while 2022-2023 applications are being processed. Each district has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.

    PISD seeks parent input on learning loss  

    Parents are asked to complete the survey using this Google link as the district attempts to determine the best way to assist students who have experienced learning loss because of COVID-19 circumstances.
     

    Back-to-School Bash

    The Princeton Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Back-to-School Bash from 10 a.m.-noon July 31 at Smith Elementary. The chamber and its volunteers and donors will fill 1,500 backpacks with school supplies this year, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The free event will start promptly at 10 a.m. and end at noon. There will be haircuts available, along with vision checks and other coupons students can use for health care services.

    Meet the Panther 

    Meet the Panther will be Wednesday, Aug. 18.
     

    Elementary Meet-the-Teacher will be Monday, Aug. 9  

    Meet-the-Teacher Night for all elementary schools will be 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9.

    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.
     
     

    Last week for PISD summer office hours  

    Summer office hours for Princeton ISD will end after this week, with normal hours resuming Aug. 2. Offices will be open this week 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. 

    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.

     

     

    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.

      

    PISD job openings

    Princeton ISD has several job openings right now, and all current openings can be found on the Princeton ISD website under Human Resources, including:
     
    Several certified positions
    Cafeteria workers
    Custodial positions
    Paraprofessionals
    Lawn maintenance
     
    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.