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    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