Volume 05 | October 22, 2021
    It's a Princeton Pink Out!
    Superintendent's Update
    Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
    Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet
    The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on November 13
    in Viking Village and Matthews Auditorium,
    Guests can purchase dinner tickets for $30.00 per plate. Please click here to fill out RSVP. For payment of additional seats, please send a check payable to PEF or the Princeton Education Foundation. In the memo line, include the number of additional seats requested, along with the inductee's last name or table name. The check should be mailed to:
    The Princeton Education Foundation
    C/O Carmen Daniels
    PHS Open House / College & Career Fair
    Student Hero of Character - Ornella Siakam
    Congratulations to Ornella Siakam, PHS Class of 2021, for being recognized as a Student Hero of Character for 2021 by The Greater Cincinnati Character Council!
    Ornella Siakam, who graduated from Princeton High School in May, has always been a standout student. She was very involved in Performing Poetry events, where she made quite a name for herself, as she represented Princeton High School in poetry events across the region.
    Ornella was involved in the Youth Built Change program, which is a partnership between Princeton City Schools and the University of Cincinnati. The program is part of a class that is focused on creating community researchers in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
    As a high school junior, Ornella conducted research on drug abuse and addiction in urban Cincinnati. She worked with a team to develop research questions, collect and analyze data, and present the findings to academic audiences and community stakeholders.
    Out of this research, Ornella and two other students created a “New ERA program. This new improved and sustainable plan to ERadicate Addition program for middle and high school students in efforts of using education to prevent drug and alcohol addiction.
    Last summer this pilot program was taught to students in a similar fashion as D.A.R.E. is taught in our communities to fifth-grade students. However, this program was student-led and continues where D.A.R.E. leaves off when students are more likely to have circumstances arise that would lead them to more dangerous opportunities and peer pressure.
    Ornella has the characteristics of a great leader. At Princeton High School she served as President of the National Honor Society.
    She became the co-host, alongside Superintendent Tom Burton, of our monthly television show, “Viking Voices: The People of Princeton.” As co-host, Ornella helped select guest speakers and topics to showcase to our community. Ornella asked thoughtful questions to the guests and ensured that a high quality of professionalism is maintained. At the end of each episode, Ornella was featured in “Siakam Speaks” a segment where she performs original poetry covering current topics, such as the Coronavirus, racism, social issues, and more.
    Ornella is also one of four Princeton High School students who were part of the national conference called “Students for Equitable Education Summit” in April 2021.
    In conjunction with Digital Promise and school districts across the country, Ornella lead discussions on how educators can change what or how they are teaching to become more equitable. Ornella, one of the top student leaders, was also asked to deliver a Keynote Address.
    Ornella Siakam is a hero who uses her voice for those who feel underrepresented or unheard. She shares her talents and speaking skills to not only question issues, but to make changes. Her knowledge and research experience have led her to find ways to make our community and those who live in it better.
    Ornella Siakam is a true Hero of Character!
    Young Artist Invitational 2021 Ends Tomorrow!
    COVID-19 Dashboard
    When Princeton City School District (PCSD) Administrators receive notification of a positive case, they will notify students and staff that were in close contact with the person who received the positive case. Administrators will then notify the school family members and share the actions that have taken place and follow-up procedures.
    PCSD will post an updated COVID-19 Dashboard, on the website on Mondays to notify the community of COVID-19 spread in the school system. The information will also be published on www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
    Thank you for contacting your school nurse to report a COVID-19 case, no later than 24 hours after receiving a confirmed diagnosis or have been asked to quarantine. If you or your child is waiting for COVID-19 test results, please do not send the student to school.
    Temperature Checks
    Daily temperature checks MUST OCCUR DAILY PRIOR to sending students to the bus stop or to the school buildings.
    Stay Home If You Are Sick
    To stop the spread of infectious diseases, we all need to do our part. As cold, flu, and allergy season approaches, Princeton City School District is encouraging students and staff to stay home if you aren't feeling well or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell, or taste). One infected person can spread germs - your friends, co-workers, and classmates are counting on you!
    Technology Department Information
    As part of the Covid pandemic relief, the federal government is offering to pay $50 per month for qualifying K-12 households. EVERY student household in Princeton qualifies since Ohio is providing free breakfast and lunch to all of our students.
    The family needs to apply directly to receive the credit on their bill. They can apply online at: https://www.ohio-k12.help/remotedx or call 844-k12-OHIO (844-512-6446).
    Please feel free to share this information. See flyers for additional details.
    Bonus: The family is also eligible to receive a one-time $100 discount toward the cost of a connected device from the broadband provider.
    Upcoming Events: You are Invited!
    We are excited to invite you to our in-person, socially distant breakfast. Guest Speaker, Mr. Phil Castellini, COO Cincinnati Reds, will talk about “Building Business Partnerships.”
    Space is limited so register today! Click here to register, once we have reached capacity registration will be closed.
    We look forward to seeing you in person.
    Want a career that makes the #vikingdiff?
    Princeton City School District is now accepting applications for the Clerk Typist civil service exam.
    Applications will be accepted from 10/22/2021 at 8:30 A.M. to 11/5/2021 at 12:00 P.M. The salary range for Clerk Typist is $14.32 – $21.87.
    The application and vacancy notice can be found at https://www.princetonschools.net/Page/112 or you can come to the Princeton Administrative Office at 3900 Cottingham Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45241.
    Please retain a copy of the Vacancy Notice as it contains important information regarding instructions for the exam including the job description.
    Call (513) 864-1080 if you have questions.
    Athletic Updates
    Game Day Ticket Information
    Gameday tickets for all home high school and middle school athletic events are sold online only by visiting https://vikenation.org/sports/2020/7/15/hometown-ticketing.aspx.
    Tickets will be available on game day at 9:00 AM. Saturday games will be published on Friday after 3:00 PM.
    Princeton Athletic Passes are available. Save money and support the Vikings. Please visit our ticket page at www.vikenation.org to purchase your passes today.
    Princeton Viking Athletic Passes are now available at:
    Student Pass - $20
    Adult Pass - $100
    Family Pass (2 adult passes and 3 student passes) - $250
    GMC Athletes of the Week
    Greater Miami Conference Athletes of the Week
    Mekhi Lynn -Sr- Football
    Mekhi was 13/20 passing for 337 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed for another in his season debut as the Vikings took down Mason!!
    Karlye Favors -Sr- Soccer
    Karlye came off the bench from a recent injury to record an assist in the game against Talawanda.
    If you can not make it to the final regular season home football game vs. Colerain this Friday, catch it streamed live on our website: www.vikenation.org
    If you plan to attend, tickets for the game will be available on Friday, October 22 after 9:00 am, go to: www.vikenation.org/tickets
    Best of luck to our Cross-Country team as they travel to Voice of America Park for the Division I District Championship on Saturday, October 23!! Girls Race begins at 10:00 am followed by the Boys Race at 11:00 am!! Tickets are available at: www.ohsaa.org/tickets
    Regional Water Polo Finals!!
    Come on out to Viking Natatorium on Saturday, October 23 as our AquaVikes go for a Regional Championship! The Boys will take on St. Xavier High School starts at 4:45 pm then the Girls will face The Mavericks at 6:00 pm!! Princeton will also serve as the host site of the State Water Polo Championships on October 30 & 31!!
    Let’s Go AquaVikes!
    Cheerleading Information
    The Princeton High School cheerleaders will compete this Sunday, October 24th at Fairfield High School in the first-ever Game Day GMC Competition.
    **Part of our Game Day Competition score is crowd participation - we need your help!**
    The Game Day competition consists of a band dance, situational sideline (we will be given cues to know if we are offense or defense) a crowd leading cheer, and the fight song.
    Doors Open:
    9:00 AM
    Competition Start Time:
    10:00 AM
    Estimated Time Princeton will compete:
    11:00 AM
    (You will want to be in the arena and seated before 11:00 a.m.)
    Tickets are currently available. All ticketing will be done online through https://gofairfield.net/tickets/.
    For those unable to attend the competition, it will be live streaming the event through our athletic department’s YouTube channel. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqmu4nKYviiVglcdWZAFDgg for viewing.
    Come out and support your high school cheerleaders!
    Little Lady Vikes Fundamental Clinics
    Coach Dee Davis and the Girls Basketball Program will hold Fundamental Clinics for Grades 1st-6th on Sundays (9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7) at the Princeton High School Arena.
    Fundamentals will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
    Please contact Coach Davis at ddavis@vikingmail.org with any questions.
    ALL Princeton students must be enrolled using
    FinalForms for the 2021-2022 school year
    Need assistance completing FinalForms?
    Call 513-864-1111.
    Watch this instructional video in Spanish for a step-by-step guide to fill out the FinalForms paperwork.
    Special Meeting
    October 25, 2021
    Princeton Administration Center
    3900 Cottingham Drive
    6:30 p.m.
    Regular Board meetings can be
    viewed virtually on Facebook
    and on ICRC-TV Viewing Link:
    Announcements & Flyers
    Corporate Sponsors
    Many thanks to our corporate sponsors! To visit their websites, just click on the logo to open the hyperlink for more information.
    Official Sports Medicine Provider for Princeton School District
    Princeton City School District | 513.864.1000 | www.princetonschools.net