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    Teacher sets off on solo trip sailing the length of the Ohio River

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    Mr. Simpson takes a picture of the confluence of the Monongahela and Ohio rivers on Tuesday as he sets off to sail the length of the Ohio River.
     
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    Teacher sets off on solo trip sailing the length of the Ohio River

     

    Every summer, Dennis Simpson, 66, of Elizabethtown, Ohio, takes on a challenge that tests his endurance.

    This summer of COVID-19, when just existing is testing the endurance of so many, he is solo sailing the length of the Ohio River, from its beginning at Pittsburgh’s Point to Cairo, Ill., where it flows into the Mississippi River. 

    “I’ll be socially distanced,” he said with a smile before heading out on an adventure that he expects to complete in 20 days. Mr. Simpson, who this year will start his 45th year as a teacher, needs to get back for the start of school.

    He drove from his home outside of Cincinnati on Monday morning to drop off his boat, a 15-foot-long West Wight Potter, at South Side Marina. He drove back to have dinner out with his wife, Denise (they wore masks). He got a few hours’ sleep before getting up around 2:30 a.m. to drive back here, drop off gear and finish readying the boat so he could officially depart from the Point on Tuesday morning. 

    Alas, the wind was blowing from the west, so he didn’t start under sail. 

     

    This isn’t the first time he’s attempted to journey the entire 981 miles of the Ohio; he successfully navigated the river over the summers of 2012 and 2013 in a 16-foot-long kayak. Two previous attempts failed because, on one, his kayak’s pedal-paddle mechanism wore out and, on the other, he left a hatch open and water ruined some of his gear.

    The successful trip he dedicated to his first wife of 33 years, Bonnie, his teenage sweetheart whom he’d just lost to cancer. 

    He’s had all sorts of adventures over the past 25 years, from running the Boston Marathon to bicycling across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Last summer, he was certified as a power paragliding pilot in Indiana.

    He is chronicling his journey at point2point.me, a blog that won over his current wife, who’d also lost her spouse to cancer. Even though his tiny sailboat sleeps two, she is not joining him. As he told her, “You wouldn’t want to. This is not a vacation. This is work.” 

    He’ll be under sail for 10 hours a day, sitting on a cushion at the stern of the boat, shaded from the sun by the Bimini top he rigged. A small solar panel attached to the stern charges his tablet and phone. He has a 2.3-horsepower outboard motor for when there’s no wind and paddles if all else fails. He has a marine radio and a waterproof camera; he tries to publish his images and daily dispatches by midnight each day. 

    The main hatch pulls down for use as a table where he’ll eat a lot of his meals — simple stuff such as peanut butter and jelly on tortillas, which keep better at “sea” than bread. 

    “I’ve learned a few things,” he says. “I’ve failed as many times as I’ve succeeded at this stuff.” 

    He’ll stop at small towns to refill his cooler and cupboard and to talk and meet people, which is his favorite part. 

    The boat is small enough that he can pull it up onto the shore to sleep at night, either inside the hull or under a tent and mosquito netting on deck. 

    Mr. Simpson planned this adventure before COVID-19 hit. He’d originally wanted to build a shanty boat — a little floating shack — but couldn’t find proper pontoons, so he decided to try sailing.

    “I think everyone fantasizes about getting away,” he says, admitting he actually gets a little depressed just before these adventures. “Once I start, I’m fine.” 

    He teaches robotics at Princeton Community Middle School near Cincinnati but has mostly taught at high schools. He’s been district and state teacher of the year and says he likes inspiring his students.

    Sunning on the South Side dock Tuesday morning, he said his drive to push himself goes all the way back to his hardscrabble upbringing and to a teacher who was his cross-country coach.

    “Just try to keep up,” he said to the teenager who became a very competitive runner and eventually coached cross-country himself. 

    “Someday I’ll get too old for this,” he says. “I’m probably already too old for this. I don’t know when you grow up.” 

    Maybe that’s something that will come to him on the river, where things look different than they do from shore. Though he’s retracing his kayak route, he looks forward to seeing stuff he’s never seen. “I’m anticipating good things.”  

    He plans to pause at his home on Ohio’s Great Miami River, almost exactly the halfway point, because he needs to mow his 10 acres as well as the lawn at his church.  

    Then, if all goes according to plan, he and the Wandering Wisp will slide back out into the current of the bigger river, into whatever wind is blowing, and keep going.  

    Bob Batz Jr.: bbatz@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.

    First Published July 15, 2020, 7:37am


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    Reopening of Schools: Learning Options

     

    The survey will be open from July 1 - July 14.  

     

    Here are links: 

    Survey in English: https://forms.gle/QCxuDnDWWxfjrgiZ9

    Enlace en Español: https://forms.gle/5ezxuS7MiVsKtFp3A




    Princeton City Schools: Learning Options

     

    Dear Princeton Parents and Guardians,

     

    The goal of Princeton City School District is to return to a traditional, in-person school setting, when it is safe to do so, while reasonably protecting the health and safety of our students and staff.  If guidelines and health factors indicate that we are unable to bring everyone back at the same time, we will offer an alternating/flex schedule, to bring students back to campus for half of the time and offer remote learning the other half.   

     

    However, we recognize that in this scenario, some families would not be comfortable with a return to the classroom. As a result, Princeton will offer a virtual option for those students.

     

    Based on the three options presented at the FaceBook Live June 22 Board of Education meeting, please provide us feedback to assist with the final planning for the reopening of schools in August. A detailed description of the various learning options is available on our website at www.princetonschools.net or you can click here to view the presentation

     

    A Reopening Task Force Committee, consisting of district and building administrators, consultants, teachers, parents, and community members, determined the learning options based on survey data, an extensive research review, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance documents. 

     

    Learning Option Descriptions:

     

     Remote Learning Options

    Traditional School Day

    If the Governor allows all students to return to school Monday - Friday with safety guidelines in place. A Traditional School Day (Full Time at School) will be provided. All students would return to a Normal School Day when the state of Ohio determines it is safe.  Health and safety procedures will be in place at every school. 

     

    Alternating / Flex Schedule (Buildings will operate at 50% capacity)

    If the Governor does not allow all students to return to school as described above, an Alternating Schedule (Half-Time at School/Half-Time at Home) will be provided:  This option provides a traditional face to face instructional method AND remote learning.  Students will be able to receive direct instruction and practice in our buildings AND will receive remote learning from home. Buildings will operate at 50% capacity to provide the required social distancing for students and staff. Students will be able to transition to full-time remote learning easily if required by the state of Ohio. Students in this model will follow a Week A/Week B alternating schedule as assigned by the beginning letter of the last name (e.g. A-L, M-Z). This will be determined once all students make their learning model commitment for the upcoming school year.

     Traditional School Day
       

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    Remote Learning

    Parents/Guardians can select Remote Learning (Full-Time at Home).  Parents of students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade can opt-in for their student to learn from home with a structured schedule and support from Princeton educators.  With full-time remote learning, students will receive a grade-level curriculum aligned to content standards in an online environment. Parents must make a one-semester commitment to this option. This leaves open the intent to return to a traditional learning environment in January 2021. Parents also have the option to choose a year long commitment to remote learning.  

     

    If you need additional information before making a decision, we will have a modified town hall remote learning series.  Two FACEBOOK LIVE EVENTS  will be held on Thursday, July 9 to go over additional information and to address questions about our learning options. The times of the events are scheduled for 12:00 noon and 6:30 p.m. You can rewatch these broadcasts at your convenience on our social media platforms. The next Board of Education meeting will also be on FACEBOOK LIVE on Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.

     One Semester Commitment

    One Year Remote Learning

     

    Survey in English: https://forms.gle/QCxuDnDWWxfjrgiZ9

    Enlace en Español: https://forms.gle/5ezxuS7MiVsKtFp3A

     

    Please complete the following survey by Tuesday, July 14. If you have multiple students, submit the information for each student in the survey.

     

    We will also have staff and volunteer support to fill out surveys in the community:

     

    Monday, July 6

    10:00 AM -11:00 AM

    Willows Apartments

    1235 Chesterdale 45246 (near Swimming pool)

     

    11:30 AM -12:30 PM

    1100 Apartments 

    1100 Princeton Square Circle (near office)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Centennial Apartments 

    9801 Mangham (near office)

     

    Tuesday, July 7

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Colony Apartments

    1 Kenilworth Court (near office)

     

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Woodlawn Elementary

    31 Riddle Rd (playground) 

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    St. Monica’s Recreation Center

    10022 Chester Rd 45215

    Douglas Street Entrance 

     

    Wednesday, July 8

    10:00 AM -11:00 AM

    Heritage Hill Elementary School 

    11961 Chesterdale Rd

     

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Crescent Village Apartments

    5330 Crest Hill Drive (near office)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

    Sharonville Elementary School

    11150 Maple Street (front of the building)

     

    Thursday, July 9

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Marianna Terrace Apartment

    10121 Shivers Court LH (near office)

     

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Village Green Mobile Home Community

    7501 School Road (playground)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

    Yorktowne Mobile Home Community 

    7260 Fields Ertel Rd

     

    Friday, July 10

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Evendale Elementary School 

    3940 Glendale Milford Road (playground area) 

     

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Glendale Elementary School

    930 Congress Ave (front of school)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Viking Village 

    150 Viking Way 

     

    The survey will be open from July 1 - July 14.  

     

    Thank you.

     

     

     

     

    Survey in English: https://forms.gle/QCxuDnDWWxfjrgiZ9

    Enlace en Español: https://forms.gle/5ezxuS7MiVsKtFp3A

    La encuesta estará abierta del 1 al 14 de julio.

     

    Aquí están los enlaces:

     

    Encuesta en inglés: https://forms.gle/QCxuDnDWWxfjrgiZ9

    Enlace en español: https://forms.gle/5ezxuS7MiVsKtFp3A

     

     

    Opciones de aprendizaje de la Escuela Princeton City

     

    Estimados padres y tutores de Princeton:

     

    El objetivo del Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Princeton es regresar a un entorno escolar tradicional en persona, cuando sea seguro hacerlo, mientras se protege razonablemente la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal. Si las pautas y los factores de salud indican que no podemos traer a todos de vuelta al mismo tiempo, ofreceremos un horario alternativo / flexible, para que los estudiantes regresen al edificio de la escuela la mitad del tiempo y ofrezcamos aprendizaje remoto la otra mitad.

     

    Sin embargo, reconocemos que en este escenario, algunas familias no se sentirían cómodas con un regreso al aula. Como resultado, Princeton ofrecerá una opción virtual para esos estudiantes.

     

    Según las tres opciones presentadas en la reunión de la Junta de Educación de FaceBook Live del 22 de junio, envíenos sus comentarios para ayudar con la planificación final para la reapertura de las escuelas en agosto. Haga clic en el enlace para ver la presentación de PowerPoint. PowerPoint le proporciona una descripción detallada de las diversas opciones de aprendizaje.

     

    Un comité de reapertura del grupo de trabajo compuesto por el distrito y los administradores del edificio, consultores, maestros, padres y miembros de la comunidad determinó las opciones de aprendizaje basadas en datos de encuestas, una extensa revisión de investigación y los documentos de orientación de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC).

     

    Descripciones de opciones de aprendizaje:

     

    Jornada Escolar Tradicional

    Si el Gobernador permite que todos los estudiantes regresen a la escuela de lunes a viernes con pautas de seguridad establecidas, se proporcionará el día escolar tradicional (tiempo completo en la escuela). Todos los estudiantes regresarán a un día escolar normal cuando el estado de Ohio determine que es seguro. Se implementarán procedimientos de salud y seguridad en cada escuela.

     

    Horario alterno / flexible (los edificios operarán al 50% de su capacidad)

    Si el gobernador no permite que todos los estudiantes regresen a la escuela como se describe anteriormente, se proporcionará un horario alterno (medio tiempo en la escuela / medio tiempo en el hogar): esta opción proporciona un método de instrucción tradicional cara a cara y aprendizaje remoto. Los estudiantes podrán recibir instrucción y práctica directa en nuestros edificios, y recibirán aprendizaje remoto desde casa. Los edificios operarán al 50% de su capacidad para proporcionar el distanciamiento social requerido para los estudiantes y el personal. Los estudiantes podrán realizar la transición al aprendizaje remoto a tiempo completo fácilmente si así lo requiere el estado de Ohio. Los estudiantes en este modelo seguirán un horario alternativo de Semana A / Semana B según lo asignado por la letra inicial del apellido (por ejemplo, A-L, M-Z) que se determinará una vez que todos los estudiantes hagan su compromiso de modelo de aprendizaje para el próximo año escolar.

     

    Aprendizaje remoto

    Los padres / tutores pueden seleccionar el aprendizaje remoto (tiempo completo en el hogar). Los padres de estudiantes de Pre-Kindergarten hasta el duodécimo grado pueden optar por que sus estudiantes aprendan desde casa con un horario estructurado y el apoyo de los educadores de Princeton. Con el aprendizaje remoto a tiempo completo, los estudiantes recibirán un plan de estudios de nivel de grado alineado con los estándares de contenido en un entorno en línea. Los padres deben comprometerse durante un semestre con esta opción. Esto deja abierta la intención de regresar a un entorno de aprendizaje tradicional en enero de 2021. Los padres también tienen la opción de elegir un compromiso de un año para el aprendizaje remoto.

    Si necesita información adicional antes de tomar una decisión, tendremos una serie modificada de aprendizaje remoto del ayuntamiento. El jueves 9 de julio se llevarán a cabo dos EVENTOS EN VIVO DE FACEBOOK para repasar información adicional y responder preguntas sobre nuestras opciones de aprendizaje. Los horarios de los eventos están programados para las 12:00 del mediodía y las 6:30 p.m. Puede ver estas transmisiones a su conveniencia en nuestras plataformas de redes sociales. La próxima reunión de la Junta de Educación también será en FACEBOOK LIVE el lunes 13 de julio a las 6:30 p.m.

    Complete la siguiente encuesta antes del martes 14 de julio. Si tiene varios estudiantes, envíe la información de cada estudiante en la encuesta.

    También tendremos personal y apoyo voluntario para completar encuestas en la comunidad:

     

     

    Lunes 6 de julio

    10:00 AM -11: 00 AM

    Willows Apartments

    1235 Chesterdale 45246 (cerca de la piscina)

     

    11:30 AM -12: 30 PM

    1100 apartamentos

    1100 Princeton Square Circle (cerca de la oficina)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Apartamentos centenarios

    9801 Mangham (cerca de la oficina)

     

    Martes 7 de julio

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Colony Apartments

    1 Kenilworth Court (cerca de la oficina)

     

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Woodlawn Elementary

    31 Riddle Rd (área de juegos)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Centro de recreación de Santa Mónica

    10022 Chester Rd 45215

    Entrada de la calle Douglas

     

    Miércoles 8 de julio

    10:00 AM -11: 00 AM

    Escuela primaria de la colina del patrimonio

    11961 Chesterdale Rd

     

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Crescent Village Apartments

    5330 Crest Hill Drive 

     

    Jueves 9 de julio

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Marianna Terrace Apartment

    10121 Shivers Court LH (cerca de la oficina)

     

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Comunidad de casas móviles Village Green

    7501 School Road (área de juegos)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Comunidad de casas móviles de Yorktowne

    7260 Fields Ertel Rd

     

    Viernes 10 de julio

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Escuela Primaria Evendale

    3940 Glendale Milford Road (área de juegos)

     

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Escuela primaria de Glendale

    930 Congress Ave (frente de la escuela)

     

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Pueblo Vikingo / Viking Village

    150 Viking Way

     

    La encuesta estará abierta del 1 al 14 de julio.

     

    Gracias.

     Remote Learning Options

     

     

     

     

     

    Traditional School Day

     

     

     

     

    One Semester Commitment

     

     

     

    One Year Remote Learning


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    Student Opportunities

     


    Summer Opportunitites Information

     

    Remote Learning Plan

    Remote Learning Plan







    Mission:

    Empowering each student for college, career, and life success

    Superintendent 

    Tom Burton

     

    Associate Superintendent

    Mari Phillips

     

    Technology Director

    Chris Lockhart

     

    Teaching & Learning Directors

    Tonya West Wright - Elementary

    Valerie Hawkins - Secondary

     

    Special Education Director

    Theresa Warren

     

        Student Services Director

        Kevin Jamison

    The Remote Learning Plan

    For Emergency School Closure of the Princeton City Schools

     

    Overview of Remote Learning Plan

    We are committed to making sure that students continue to experience the care and commitment of our staff and the routine of daily learning, while we are experiencing school closure. We must acknowledge that our approach to remote learning cannot replicate the magic that happens when school is in regular session (the invaluable social interactions, in-person feedback, camaraderie with teachers and peers, community and extracurricular events, and so on). However, we do contend that quality learning can occur from a distance.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic,  Princeton City School District has developed a remote learning plan to enable students to continue to learn each and every day while schools are closed.  This plan supports the Ohio Department of Education’s Remote Learning Resource Guide.   The plan is founded on the four core principles for remote learning.:  (1) High-Quality Remote Learning; (2) Responding to Equity; (3) Leveraging Partnerships; (4) Maintaining Quality Schools

     

    The District continues to support instruction by engaging students in remote learning.  Our goal is to support our students by providing meaningful academic opportunities while protecting the health and safety of students and their families.  This remote learning plan will help us deploy remote learning so that all students will benefit from the instruction that is taught by our teachers.  Princeton City Schools will support the whole child by providing flexible learning options and making adjustments based on student needs.  A continuum of learning opportunities for students to access remote learning is demonstrated by providing online platforms for teacher-student interaction, digital lessons for students to work at home; non-digital lessons, instructional learning packets, and consistent communication with students in innovative ways. 

    Our board of education, superintendent, district and building administrators, and community partners are committed to providing the necessary resources to support our staff and students through this pandemic.  



    Remote Learning Plan

    • High-Quality Remote Learning in the Princeton City School District.  

    The district continues to support instruction through a variety of digital and non-digital materials, resources, and instructional activities to maintain academic growth while schools are closed due to emergency.

      • The district has developed three options to support student learning:

     

    • Option 1 - District Digital Instructional Materials with Teacher Support

     

          • Digital instructional materials are provided by the district for students to access independently.
            • Students access the instruction directly from district purchased materials, e.g., I-Ready Math; I-Ready Reading; Edgenuity; EduPath
            • Teachers provide online office hours and conduct teleconferencing to support students with lessons.  

     

    • Option 2 - Teacher-Led Digital & Nondigital Instruction

     

          • Teacher-led digital and nondigital instruction is provided to students to allow for flexibility and variance in the delivery of instruction.
            • Students can access the instruction at any time - students self-pace their learning once teachers assign it to them.
            • Teachers provide materials digitally using videos, assignments from district materials or supplemental materials which students work independently on and submit.
            • Students and teachers communicate through Google Classroom, Zoom, other digital platforms, and/or by telephone.

     

    • Option 3 - Offline Instructional Learning Packets

     

     

      • Students access instruction directly from district provided materials, lessons, create videos or hold virtual classes to enable teachers to upload or select
        • Zoom
        • Google Hangouts
        • Google Classroom
        • Class DoJo
        • Class Tag
        • iReady
        • Video Teleconferences
        • Edgenuity
        • Exact Path
        • Study Island

     

      • Teachers offer online office hours and/or teleconferences and telephone feedback as a way to communicate to students throughout the day.
        • Office hours for staff are displayed on the District website and on each school’s website: 
        • Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences are held to communicate with families about student progress.
        • Teachers hold ZOOM teleconferences with whole classes, small groups, or with individual students

     

    Professional development for staff on Digital Platforms is provided by Princeton City School Technology Director.

     

    Responding to Equity

    Due to the district’s student demographics, it is important that we ensure that opportunities for learning exist for all students.  We strive to ensure that there is equity of access to learning opportunities so that the opportunity and achievement gaps continue to close. We are committed to ensuring that our students K-12 have access to technology devices and internet access.  Therefore, we have been responsive to known equity issues as we developed this remote learning plan.  We have also focused on equity of access to learning for our students with disabilities and second language learners. 

     

    • Mobile Student-Centered Computing - Providing Access for All Students

     

      • All learners will have access to technology in a one-to-one computing environment.  Our goal is to distribute as many devices as possible to support our students. 
        • For students who needed technology devices, they were loaned a Chromebook to use while at home.
        • A District-wide distribution of devices occurred for K-12 students beginning the week of March 23 through April 3.  Individual distribution of devices occurs thereafter based on need.  Parents and students are told to contact the 513-864-1162 to request a Chromebook. 
        • 1:1 devices are assigned on loan to each student to take home 
        • Communication to parents about technology access, and pick up times are provided in many forms, i.e., districtwide All Call messages made by the superintendent and building principals, messages posted on social media (Facebook; Instagram; Tweeter).
        • Distribution of devices 
        • Instruction to parents about how to sign up is provided 
        • Kajeets devices/hot spots for students that do not have the internet at home

     

        • Students are able to access instructional materials from their device by using the district’s Learning Management System (Clever)
        • Two options to access WiFi: (1) District School Campuses and (2) Parking lots of apartment complexes within the community.
          • Princeton Mobile Book Center Bus Hotspot - the mobile book center bus will park in the lot of the schools. Students will not board the bus but will be able to access the WiFi bandwidth from the parking lot.
          • Partner with the local apartment and mobile home communities to offer the option to checkout WiFi devices from management offices. 
          • WiFi schedule and Technology
        • Connect with internet providers to see which are available in the areas: 
          • AT&T; Cinti Bell; Sprint; Spectrum; Comcast, etc. 

     

     

    • Consider the Needs of Students and Families 
    • Princeton & Community Food Distribution

     

          • Food Distribution
            • Morning Bus Stop Breakfast drop-offs were provided to families of all K-12 students beginning the second week of the school closure.  Changes were made to the schedule subsequently to provide morning bus stop breakfasts routes to elementary and middle school students.
            • We provide food distributions to families at six elementary schools since March 23. On March 30, Governor DeWine announced that all Ohio K-12 school buildings will continue to be closed through at least May 1; therefore, we have continued to distribute food to our families. 
            • In response to the needs and best practices, we continue to provide Grab & Go meals at six elementary buildings to anyone 18 and younger for a meal package each week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday.  The six elementary schools are:  Heritage Hill, Lincoln Heights, Sharonville, Springdale, Stewart, or Woodlawn Elementary schools.  They are in operation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

     

    • Partnerships with community organizations, churches, recreation centers, food pantries, and other organizations to support 

     

        • Our community partners are also delivering donated food and other life supplies to families in need. Our  community partners and volunteers collect, package, and distribute Student Meal Kits and other items to Princeton families in need.  
        • Community partnerships:
          • St. Monica’s Recreation Center in Lincoln Heights 
          • Princeton Closet,  Christ Church Glendale 
          • Lincoln Heights Outreach Initiative 
          • Montgomery Community Church 
          • New Day and Reconcile Community Church
          • Sharonville United Methodist 
          • St. Simon’s Church 
          • Valley Boosters Food Pantry, Vineyard Church 
          • Eddie Meiner LaRosa’s Pizza
          • Community volunteers, who are collecting, packaging and distributing Student Meal Kits and other items to Princeton families in need

     

    • Students with Disabilities

     

    The District is ensuring that  students with disabilities receive educational services closest to the manners prescribed within their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Therefore, our school personnel are collaboratively working together during this time to find ways to continue to serve and educate students with disabilities.

      • Ohio Department of Education - Consideration for Students with Disabilities during Ohio School Closure
      • The Required Special Education Contact Log provides guidance on the conversation that intervention specialists and related services personnel have with parents.  All contacts are documented.
      • Efforts are made to provide specialized services to students with disabilities during the time of the school closure. Schools will need to consider the exact nature and duration of the services provided during this period on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of individual students. 
        • Ninety- eight percent of our parents with students with disabilities have been contacted.
      • Special education guidance document is sent to all special education staff to provide guidance with holding ETR and IEP meetings during school closure.
      • Remote learning for Students with Disabilities
      • Special Education staff make available assistive technology for students with disabilities.
      • Text to speech and/or speech to text software for students with learning needs.
      • Audiobooks, digital books (Audible has corporate account options)

     

     

    • English Learners (EL)

     

     

     

      • Google Classroom is used to assign instructional /language level reading, writing, speaking prompts from resources such as National Geographic Reach, Inside, Saddleback, and Edge curriculum materials. 

     

    • Leveraging Partnerships. Education is everyone’s business. This is even more true in a crisis.  We are grateful for the        many community partners, behavioral health experts, churches, 501-3c organizations, parents groups, and other organizations that have supported our students and families throughout this school closure.

     

     

    • Community Partnerships

     

        • As of April 17, the Princeton City School District, including neighborhood/community partnership efforts, have distributed 36,748 meals to families.  In addition, 1088 volunteer positions were filled by 468 community members. 

     

    • Behavior Health Supports

     

      • The district recognizes the importance of consistent and continued care for our students who access our school-based mental health services; therefore, we have contacted each of our mental health partners, and they are continuing to provide  access to mental health services. 

     

      • Parents are informed that any specific questions or concerns should be directed to your student’s therapist and treatment provider. All agencies have options for home visits (as appropriate) or telephone sessions.

     

      • Administrators, teachers, school counselors, and school psychologists reach out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure and to make alternative plans if necessary. Our counselors will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need.
        • CRISIS HOTLINE: 513-281-2273

        • CRISIS TEXT LINE: 839863 and text 4HOPE 

        • The below numbers are listed on our website:

     

    • Maintaining Quality Schools/Family Communication and Engagement:  A quality school is a “place” where parents, caregivers, community partners and others interact and collaborate to enhance the learning experience of students.  Direct human interaction facilitates authentic learning, which cannot be replaced easily by remote learning.  

     

    Parents, guardians, and families are strategic partners for enhancing the learning experiences of students.  They want to be informed and want to be able to get answers.  They are allies in ensuring devices are charged, are cared for, and support their child learning at home.  Below are ways that the District is engaging families.

     

     

    • Facebook Live Sessions

     

      • The superintendent has a weekly Facebook Live session to update staff, parents, students, and residents about the district's efforts to ensure that students are receiving a quality education through remote learning. Sessions begin at 6:30 pm - 7:30 p.m. The first session was held on April 6.  The second session was held on April 13. 

     

     

    • Monday, April 6         Facebook Live Events Monday, April 13

     

        • 2.700 views 2.900 views 3,008 views
        • 4,541 reaches 5,153 reaches 4,451 reaches
        • 1,465 engagements 472 post engagement 1,598 engagements
        • 125 comments 87 comments
        • 24 shares 19 shares

     

     

    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

     

     

      • Home Survey - 360-Degree Communication 
        • If school closure continues through the beginning of next school year, we may want to consider surveying teachers, students, parents to find out how they are adjusting to at-home learning in real-time. Surveys should be shared via text, email, and online to broaden accessibility and increase response rates. These can be quick 2-3 question polls that can be completed in under five minutes. Here is an example: 
        • Remote Learning Home Support Survey Template

     

    • Virtual Connectivity - Taking Activities Online as Much as Possible

     

      • The district realizes the importance of being connected to teachers and friends.  We also know that students need to feel a sense of belonging to be fully engaged in learning;  therefore, the administration is making provisions for virtual connectivity, taking activities online as much as possible. Google Hangouts, Facebook, and Zoom can be used for the following:
        • Show-and-tell 
        • Book report/science presentations
        • Awards Assemblies
        • Music Concerts
        • Spirit week daily challenges 

     

     

    • Social-Emotional Wellness at Home/ Mental Health

     

     School counselors work remotely with students.  They use digital resources that focus on SEL competencies, for example, feelings and emotions, self-regulation, decision making, etc. 

     

    Appendix (Content is based on Denver Public School District’s Roles in Supporting Remote Learning)

    Roles in Supporting Remote Learning

    District & Building Administrators

    LEADERS WILL PREPARE FOR REMOTE LEARNING BY:

     

    • Providing socio-emotional support and an overall positive remote school culture.
    • Supporting teachers in determining which remote learning option is best for them.
    • Supporting teachers to provide instructional resources and materials through remote means such as  Google Classroom, Google Meet, and Zoom.
    • Creating district-supplied remote learning materials and off-line instructional learning packets.
    • Setting office hours to connect with parents to support remote learning for students.
    • Participating in leading professional learning and attending virtual learning sessions intended to support leading in a remote environment.
    • Ensuring that they are monitoring District communication for up-to-date information regarding school closures and remote learning plans to then ensure communication systems are created and implemented for families.

     

    Teachers

    TEACHERS WILL PREPARE FOR REMOTE LEARNING BY:

     

    • Determining which remote learning option is best for them in collaboration with their principal.
    • Providing instructional resources and materials through remote means such as Google Classroom, Google Meet, and Zoom.
    • Reviewing district-supplied remote learning materials and off-line instructional learning packets.
    • Setting office hours to connect with students and support their learning remotely.
    • Participating in group professional learning and attending virtual learning sessions intended to support remote learning.
    • Ensuring that they are monitoring District communication for up-to-date information regarding school closures and remote learning plans.

     

    Students

    STUDENTS WILL PREPARE FOR REMOTE LEARNING BY:

     

    • Engaging in remote learning activities being offered by their teachers, school and/or the District.
    • Signing up for office hours with your teachers if you need assistance with your assignment.
    • Ensuring that they know the usernames and passwords for instructional resources that are accessible via the district portal and/or website.
    • Ensuring they set up a remote workspace and calendar to manage their time.

     

    Families

    FAMILIES WILL PREPARE FOR REMOTE LEARNING BY:

     

    • Assuring that a device and internet access are available at home (complete the Technology Registration formto indicate the need for a device and/or internet access for at-home use if needed).
    • Ensuring that they are monitoring District communication for up-to-date information regarding school closures and instructional continuation plans.
    • Encouraging their students’ participation in remote learning content.
    • Reviewing the appropriate grade-level information linked within the District website.
    • Ensuring that they know their students’ usernames and passwords for instructional resources that are accessible via the District portal and/or this website.
    • Ensuring that you and your family are safe and healthy during this pandemic. 

     

     


    June 3, 2020

     
    The past two weeks have been filled with emotion.  I have lost sleep, struggled with words, fought with anger, have been incredibly frustrated, and realized that the country I thought was coming together to fight COVID-19 is struggling to respect the voices and emotions that people of color possess.  The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and the overt behavior of Amy Cooper highlight a recent history of a centuries-long treatment of people of color. 
     
    We must have honest and unapologetic conversations while respecting the feelings of frustration, fear, and exhaustion that people of color feel with the struggle for equity, equality, and justice. 
     
    During several conversations with staff, friends, and colleagues of color, many feelings were expressed that are weighing heavily on me. While I can’t understand how people of color feel, I can respect and acknowledge the difficulty that people of color have living in a world that is filled with inequity, inequality, injustice, and racism.  
     
    I am proud to stand with students, staff, teachers, administrators, superintendents, parents, and community members everywhere against oppressive behaviors, racism, and will express my truth while respecting the voices, truths, feelings, and emotions of all people.
     
    Respectfully,
     
    Tom Burton
    Superintendent

     


     

     

    PCMS 2020 Summer Virtual Adventures

     

    PCMS 2020 Summer Virtual Adventures

    PCMS is offering summer e-learning adventures for students. 

     

    Summer Adventures Learning Dates:

    Session 1: June 8th, 2020 through June 25th, 2020

    Session 2: July 6th, 2020 through July 23rd, 2020

     

    Learning Activities Will Include:

    1. Math/Language Arts Enrichment - Delivered through ExactPath, an online learning tool that specifically designs a learning path for each student based on their most recent MAP assessment.
    2. Monday through Thursday. 2-hour virtual meetings per day.
    3. Real-World Project-based Learning Activities.
    4. Art Projects
    5. Science Experiments
    6. Virtual Field Trips
    7. Academic games
    8. Goal Setting
    9. Exercise Routines
    10. Cooking/Healthy Living Options

     

    **Camp is FREE to all PCMS students and Chromebooks Checkout/Internet Access can be facilitated as needed.

     

    Have Questions?  Please reach out to your child's grade level principal.

    6th Grade - Laura Wilder lwilder@vikingmail.org

    7th Grade - James Stallworth jstallworth@vikingmail.org

    8th Grade - Debbie Amodio damodio@vikingmail.org

    Use the link to register online: https://tinyurl.com/y8u7kzdw


    Congratulations Lincoln Cobb

    Congratulations Robert Dorn


    The Princeton Community Middle School Robotics classes displayed forty-one projects at the Ohio Technology Summit in Columbus this past weekend. The PCMS display was one of eighty exhibits during the MakerX convention and was viewed by over 5,000 in attendance.

     

    The Princeton display was awarded a plaque for the third-best school display. Fourteen student projects received ribbons through judging by the Ohio Technology and Engineering Education Association. One project was singled out as second place Best of Show in Robotics for a model of a robotic arm made by Lauren Burns.

     

    Additional awards include first place ribbons to Alana Larkins and Max Marcilla, second place ribbons to Zach Burns, Isaac Mejia and Machaiah Moore, and honorable mention ribbons to Mikaylah Anderson, Marc Moye, Madison Thompson, Veer Patel, Mason Phillips.

     

    Projects and awards will be on display during the upcoming Princeton Festival of Arts.

     

    PCMS Robotics display at event

     

     

    PCMS Virtual Festival of the Arts

    Virtual Festival of the Arts!
    Please click the included link to view the PCMS Digital Art Show!
     
    https://padlet.com/ahugenberg/sc04zegq54qxt83l
     
    Thank you for your support of the visual arts!
    The PCMS Art Department
    #vikingdiff

    District Letter on 4th Quarter Grading

    Princeton City School District

     

    April 14, 2020

     

    Dear Princeton Families,

     

    First, let me say we hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life during the last few weeks.  We want to thank everyone who has reached out in so many ways to offer help through this pandemic. 

     

    As you know, remote learning for the Princeton City School District is in full motion. Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for students while schools are closed but also to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers. While it is our responsibility to continue to educate our children, we also want to compassionately take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families are enduring during this time.  Therefore, we want to provide clarity to the grading system being used for the 4th quarter marking period for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year due to the mandated school closure. 

     

    The fourth quarter marking period will be graded as Pass/Fail for students K-12 based on participation in remote learning.  A grade of “Pass” bears no numeric weight. This means that it would not impact the other quarters positively or negatively. We believe this decision is equitable and gives students the opportunity and incentive to connect through remote learning and to improve their grades during this unprecedented time. 

     

    Standards-Based Grading K-5

    • The Elementary Report Card is based on essential learning standards for each grade.  Teachers will continue to provide standards-based learning opportunities for students throughout the remainder of the school year.  
    • Students will be assessed during quarter 4 on satisfactory achievement toward meeting grade-level expectations during remote learning.  Some standards may be left blank for quarter 4 because they will not be assessed during remote learning.
    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to work toward improving their progress by participating in remote learning.  No student’s achievement mark will drop below the standard-based achievement mark that was issued for quarter 3 (which ended March 13).
    • Interim reports will not be mailed to parents.

      

     Course Grading 6-12 

    • The second semester average will be a combination of the numeric grade from quarter 3 and the “Pass” from quarter 4. For example, if a student earns a “B” for quarter 3 and a “Pass” for quarter 4 the overall second semester grade would be a “B” on the report card.
    • Students in grades 9-12 will be given the option of earning a letter grade for the class or choose to earn Pass/Fail for quarter 4.  
    • Seniors that choose a letter grade for their fourth quarter classes must email their counselor no later than May 1, 2020; otherwise, students will receive a Pass or Fail as their quarter 4 grade. Students in grades 9-11 may choose to earn a letter grade as well.  The student must email their grade level counselor no later than May 15, 2020, to let them know they wish to earn a letter grade.
    • Any student that receives a “Pass” for quarter 4 will not receive a grade lower than their quarter 3 grade as their final semester grade.
    • Similar to previous years, high school courses taken by students in middle schools will not impact the high school GPA.
    • HIgh school students are awarded credit each semester.  If students choose “Pass” instead of a grade the “Pass” bears no numeric weight.  This means that it would not impact the other quarters positively or negatively. For example, if a student earns a “B” for quarter 3 and a “Pass for quarter 4 the overall second semester grade would be a “B” on the report card.
    • No future grade will drop below the grade issued for quarter 3, (which ended March 13). 
    • For the second semester, a quarter 3 grade of an “F” and a “Pass” for quarter 4 would average as a “Pass” for the second semester. 
    • Students enrolled in off-campus College Credit Plus classes will be calculated based on the college/university standards.
    • Interim reports will not be mailed to parents.

     

    Semester Exams and Second Semester Grades

    There will not be second semester exams for students in grades 9-12. The second semester grade will be calculated based on the average from the 3rd and 4th quarters.  For example, a student who earned a B (3.0) quarter 3 and a P (0.0) quarter 4, will receive a B (3.0) for the semester. 

     

    OHSAA, College Admissions, and NCAA Eligibility

    Typically OHSAA requires grades for quarter 4 for students to be eligible for Fall sports.  The Ohio High School Athletic Association has suspended this procedure temporarily and will count Passing (P) grades as credit toward that course, which will be sufficient to maintain eligibility for athletic participation.  Because the second semester’s final grades will be letter grades, there will be no impact on calculations for college admissions or for the NCAA Eligibility Center.

     

    State Testing

    With the recent decision made by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education that districts are not required to administer the spring 2020 Ohio State Test due to closure of all public schools through May 1, the below guidance has been issued: 

    • Students who have not passed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee assessment will not be required to be retained in third grade for the 2019/20 school year. They will be promoted to fourth grade for the 2020/21 school year and continue to receive the needed intervention to develop reading skills.
    • The requirement of earning the mandated 18 end of course points to graduate has been suspended for the class of 2020. 
    • Seniors in the class of 2020 will not have a testing requirement to earn a diploma.

     

    If you have any questions regarding your student’s current academic status or grading in general, please contact your student’s building principal or guidance counselor.  

     

    We appreciate your understanding and patience as we transition together through this new learning environment.  Please stay safe and healthy. 

     

     

    Click here to print this letter

     


    PCMS Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations Lincoln Cobb

    Congratulations Robert Dorn


    The Princeton Community Middle School Robotics classes displayed forty-one projects at the Ohio Technology Summit in Columbus

    The Princeton Community Middle School Robotics classes displayed forty-one projects at the Ohio Technology Summit in Columbus this past weekend. The PCMS display was one of eighty exhibits during the MakerX convention and was viewed by over 5,000 in attendance.

     

    The Princeton display was awarded a plaque for the third-best school display. Fourteen student projects received ribbons through judging by the Ohio Technology and Engineering Education Association. One project was singled out as second place Best of Show in Robotics for a model of a robotic arm made by Lauren Burns.

     

    Additional awards include first place ribbons to Alana Larkins and Max Marcilla, second place ribbons to Zach Burns, Isaac Mejia and Machaiah Moore, and honorable mention ribbons to Mikaylah Anderson, Marc Moye, Madison Thompson, Veer Patel, Mason Phillips.

     

    Projects and awards will be on display during the upcoming Princeton Festival of Arts.

     

    PCMS Robotics display at event