• July 9, 2021

    Mask and Face Covering Requirement Lifted

    As Princeton City School District (PCSD) prepares to Reset, Refocus, and Restart the 2021-2022 school year, the District has created a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan which outlines our established policies and protocols. 

    In accordance with the Ohio Governor’s office which officially lifted the statewide face-covering order on June 2, 2021, the Princeton Board of Education is announcing the latest mask and face-covering guidance for Princeton City Schools as we invite students, staff, parents, and visitors back to school buildings and campus facilities. 

    Effective immediately, PCSD will no longer require face coverings at or inside any district facilities or district-owned transportation vehicle. This change is supported by recent updates to recommendations by The Ohio Department of Education. Face coverings and masks are permissible for any student, staff, family, or community member who chooses to wear one.   

    Princeton City Schools will continue to work with state and local health officials to seek guidance on COVID-19 and variants that may pose risks to our community, especially to those with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and individuals not yet vaccinated.  

    Students 12 years of age and older and Princeton employees who have not been fully vaccinated are able to do so by seeking out one of the state’s highly accessible, free vaccine clinics. 

    Going forward, we will continue to diligently apply the safety lessons learned during the pandemic. Our goal is always to provide a safe and engaging learning environment for staff and students - this includes taking all measures necessary to promote good health and hygiene practices with mindfulness of our impact on others.   

    I hope to see you and your smiles soon when I visit summer programs, athletic practices, band rehearsals, and more as we enjoy the outdoors and prepare for the upcoming school year.

    Tom Burton, Superintendent



    May 21, 2021

    Reflecting back on the past two school years and looking ahead to the summer opportunities, it has become apparent that we have shifted to making “The Community Is Our Campus.” With virtual learning, business and community opportunities, outreach and parent programs, the growth of experiences in our neighborhoods, providing food and connectivity, Princeton City School District reaches all aspects of our community. I am proud to see all the outstanding efforts our staff members have made to collaborate, communicate, and keep families engaged, regardless of the physical location. 

    For those of you who missed it, here is the link to the in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 that happened Sunday, May 16th at Fifth Third Arena at the University of Cincinnati. This evening, we are proud to recognize this exceptional class with a “Virtual Graduation” including the slideshow of baby and senior photos, the senior artist showcase, and messages to the Princeton Vikings. This will premiere on Facebook tonight at 7:00 p.m. and your likes, shares, and comments will mean so much to our students and their families.

    Congratulations to this year’s cohort of retirees: Steve Coleman, Steve Dick, Bobbie Hughes, Tamara Miller, Robin Nguyen, Marna Steinberg, Mary Vargo, and Beverly Williams. We wish you well in the future. Don’t forget to come back to our concerts, plays, and events because “Once a Viking, Always a Viking!” rings true for our entire Princeton family! 


    May 7, 2021

    Let’s give a five-star shout-out to our Princeton School Lunch Heroes!  This school year, over 158,700 meals have been distributed to remote families throughout the district above and beyond feeding our students each day at school. We have utilized our Viking Village and Food Van for distributions. Since March 2020, we have distributed almost 300,000 meals! Princeton Food Service workers do so much more than put food on trays or in bags. They are often the first people kids will talk to about life problems and food insecurity. Thank you, Food Services and lunchroom staff workers, for being the #vikingdiff; the work you do really matters.

    Over the past several months, Chris Poetter and I have been lobbying for Fair School Funding.  This battle continues at the state level, with additional testimony given this week in Columbus, but we know the work is far from over. 

    Once again, THANK YOU to our entire staff and teachers.  While Teacher Appreciation Week is over, please know our appreciation continues. I have seen phenomenal efforts by our staff, and that is more true now than ever.  Thanks to each of you for your work to connect with your students and make the #vikingdiff.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms and a Happy Military Spouse’s Appreciation Day to our military families!


    Dear Princeton Families,

    It’s hard to believe that May is already here, and I continue to be so grateful for the way our Viking Family has worked together to make this a successful year for our kids and our community. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to share my gratitude with all our staff regardless of their official titles, each is a teacher who models best practices, shapes daily events, and empowers each student for college, career, and life success. Our staff members have approached this uniquely challenging school year with such grace, determination, and dedication for our students, families, and community.

    As a proud educator, and as a current Princeton City School District parent, I am grateful every single day for the brilliant teachers who have or are shaping my own children’s educational journey. Although I have always had a deep admiration for teachers and the classroom, I have never been more proud of our teachers for the way they have refused to let anything keep them from serving our students this year.

    Our Princeton staff members ensure that our tradition of excellence and innovation in education continues for our students by stretching and pushing themselves. Their sacrifice, strength, and bravery are remarkable as they continue growing, learning, and innovating to provide our students with high-quality learning experiences. Our teachers are worthy of our celebration today and every day of the year. Please join me in honoring our teachers by sharing your appreciation with them by giving a shout-out on this quick form: https://forms.gle/xMY7pofueLVh4dp6A.


    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  To all employees, regardless of your official title, each of you is a valuable teacher who models best practices, shapes daily events, and empowers our students.  Thank you for everything you do to make such a difference in the lives of our children today and into the future. Your efforts continue to inspire our entire educational community; you are amazing!  





  • April 30, 2021

    The pieces of the puzzle are coming together as we wrap up World Autism Month and head into Mental Health Awareness Month. This photo is one of many wonderful signs I saw during building walk-throughs this month. Thank you for your commitment to making Vike Nation a place where all people can reach their full potential and are empowered for success. 

    This week, Princeton continued to celebrate students and their future pathways. We celebrated the Military Commitment Signing, Senior Academic Awards, and the Ceremony for DECA Business Program Graduates.  Ceremony for Business Program Graduates/DECA

    Mental Health Awareness Month comes at a time that is very busy for educators - reminding us how important workplace wellness is, while also highlighting the stresses our students may be facing. We have focused on many areas of wellness in our Parent and Community Education Series this year; this is not a focus for just one month.  Mental Health is built into our Strategic Plan as we establish programming and resources to promote the overall well-being of each student and staff member, and build strong partnerships with physical health, mental health, social service agencies, and local law enforcement.

    Speaking of local law enforcement, we are proud to announce that Officer Jim Beckman of the Springdale Police Department has been awarded the 2020 Larry Cox D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer of the Year in Ohio. Officer Beckman provides the program at both Heritage Hill Elementary and Springdale Elementary schools. Also, Laura Condo, a fifth-grade teacher at Springdale Elementary, has been recognized as the D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year! Congratulations, Laura!

    The Hall of Fame School presentation for Evendale Elementary School was held virtually today. Thank you to all of the teachers, support staff, and administrators who took part in earning this incredible recognition. Next week, Sharonville Elementary School will hold their virtual Hall of Fame School presentation.

    May you continue to follow healthy practices and protocols to allow our community to finish the school year strong! 

    Doorway with hands and hearts with the quote "We have decided to stick with LOVE. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

  • Statement from the Princeton City School District Regarding Violence toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


    The Princeton City School District (PCSD) denounces prejudice, violence, and hate crimes toward any person or group of people. Recent news stories reflect an increase in violent crimes directed toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including last week's shooting rampage near Atlanta. Anti-Asian rhetoric and violence are evidence of racism, which we will not tolerate or accept.


    PCSD is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students and employees. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student has equal access to the District's educational programs and activities. We are committed to carrying out our mission of “empowering each student for college, career, and life success.”


    We firmly believe that establishing a deep sense of belonging and building a future for our community and our world is critical, where each individual is equally valued and every person's potential is realized and fulfilled. 


    We recognize that this is a difficult time for our community, especially our Asian-American staff, students, and families. We encourage our students to reach out to a trusted teacher, staff member, administrator, or their school counselor to discuss their feelings and/or concerns. We urge our staff to take advantage of the mental health and additional resources provided by our Human Resources Department. 


    To learn more about PCSD’s ongoing Equity and Anti-Racism work, please visit www.princetonschools.net/equity. Lastly, we urge every member of our community to listen to and support one another.


    Tom Burton 




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  • Students for Equitable Education Summit

    The impact of student voice is so incredibly important in education. Four of our Princeton students have been working with students across the country in creating a SEE US All Summit. This is a student-led movement calling for equitable education that values, honors, and affirms the identity of every student. The free virtual event is on Saturday, April 24th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about what young people are experiencing in classrooms today and willing to move from advocacy to action, I invite you to sign up and participate. I promise you will be blown away by the intellectual engagement with these students! http://bit.ly/SEESummit





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  • Thank you for your support and participation in the Express Feedback for Good fundraiser!

    I want to thank everyone who did their part to make the Express Feedback for Good fundraiser a success.  The $50,000 raised will make a difference in our summer health and wellness programming.

    Thank you!


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  • February 5, 2021

    Dear Princeton Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff, and Community Members,

    We have been eagerly awaiting the news and details that will allow Princeton employees to have the option to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.  Please see below for the most current information.

    Princeton City Schools has buildings that fall under the jurisdiction of Hamilton County and the City of Springdale Health Departments. Therefore, the staff at Springdale Elementary School and Heritage Hill Elementary School will be partnering with the City of Springdale Health Department to be vaccinated today, on Friday, February 5, 2021.  

    The rest of our school staff members will be partnering with Mercy Health Fairfield and to receive the vaccine on February 11, 2021. 

    Please make note of this important information:

    • February 10: PHS & PCMS Virtual Conferences
    • February 11: No School for Students; Professional Development Day
    • February 12: No School; Conference Exchange Day
    • February 15: Presidents’ Day

    As you may know, the COVID-19 vaccines require a second dose. This has been scheduled, resulting in the following changes:

    • March 11: Virtual Learning Day for ALL Students; Staff will receive a second vaccine.
    • March 12: End of Quarter; Virtual Learning Day for ALL Students.
    • March 15: In-person learning shifts to Scarlet and Gray Learning students combined.

    While we know that unexpected school closures and schedule changes can be difficult for some families, it is our hope that the advanced notice will be helpful with your planning. It is important for our staff to receive the vaccine so that we can maintain in-person learning and finish the school year strong. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

    We will share more details as they become available, but we wanted to share this exciting news as we look forward to being able to bring back our Scarlet and Gray Learning Week students on campus together.

    As always, if you have any questions, you can reach me at 513-864-1000 or email me at tburton@vikingmail.org.


    Tom Burton




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