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Superintendent Updates

 

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

 

 


 

May 29, 2020

 

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to an unconventional close, I want to thank you all once again for your patience, flexibility, and support in helping students continue to learn remotely.

 

The last couple of months have been challenging.  The impact on our schools will be long-lasting. We can and will make improvements as a community. In our educational realm, our Princeton Academic Plan, Remote Learning Plan, and One2One Technology Plan will be the framework that guides us as we continue our mission of “empowering each student for college, career, and life success.”

 

We are currently working on the Strategic Plan, along with plans for reopening our schools.  Your input is valuable as we create pathways to best meet the needs of each individual student. Community input will be happening in several ways: through surveys, small focus groups, online chats, and virtual public meetings.  The survey will be emailed to you. Please share your voice with us.

 

As we continue to work on and finalize our 2020-2021 school year plans, please be assured that we will communicate information on our website, eNews, social media, mailed newsletters, and emails.  During the summer, vikingmail accounts will remain active.  We encourage you and your children to check often for updates and information.

 

When we started this school year, we had a clear vision, and no one could have imagined we would be ending the school year this way.  I am extremely proud of our students and staff for working hard and making the best of this challenging situation.

 

Our Princeton High School Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation will air on Saturday, May 30th. We are proud to recognize our exceptional senior class. Our program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a tribute to the seniors.  The formal commencement ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. Help us celebrate the class of 2020 by sharing the links from FaceBook, YouTube, or icrctv.com with your family members around the world.

 

Once again, thank you to all of the students, parents/guardians, staff, board members, elected officials, business partners, and the entire educational community for their commitment to the Princeton City School District.

 

Take good care, stay healthy, and as always, Go Vikes!

 

Respectfully,

Tom Burton

Superintendent

 

29 de mayo de 2020

 

A medida que el año escolar 2019-2020 llega a un cierre no convencional, quiero agradecerles una vez más a todos por su paciencia, flexibilidad y apoyo para ayudar a los estudiantes a continuar aprendiendo de forma remota.

 

Los últimos dos meses han sido desafiantes. El impacto en nuestras escuelas será duradero. Podemos y haremos mejoras como comunidad. En nuestro ámbito educativo, nuestro Plan Académico de Princeton, el Plan de Aprendizaje Remoto y el Plan de Tecnología One2One serán el marco que nos guiará a medida que continuamos nuestra misión de "empoderar a cada estudiante para la universidad, la carrera y el éxito en la vida".

 

Actualmente estamos trabajando en el Plan Estratégico, junto con los planes para reabrir nuestras escuelas. Su aporte es valioso a medida que creamos caminos para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de cada estudiante individual. La participación de la comunidad se realizará de varias maneras: a través de encuestas, pequeños grupos focales, chats en línea y reuniones públicas virtuales. La encuesta le será enviada por correo electrónico. Por favor comparte tu voz con nosotros.

 

A medida que continuamos trabajando y finalizando nuestros planes para el año escolar 2020-2021, tenga la seguridad de que comunicaremos información en nuestro sitio web, eNews, redes sociales, boletines enviados por correo electrónico y correos electrónicos. Durante el verano, las cuentas de vikingmail permanecerán activas. Lo alentamos a usted y a sus hijos a que busquen actualizaciones e información con frecuencia.

 

Cuando comenzamos este año escolar, teníamos una visión clara y nadie podría haber imaginado que terminaríamos el año escolar de esta manera. Estoy extremadamente orgulloso de nuestros estudiantes y personal por trabajar duro y sacar lo mejor de esta difícil situación.

 

Nuestra graduación virtual de Princeton High School Class of 2020 saldrá al aire el sábado 30 de mayo. Estamos orgullosos de reconocer nuestra excepcional clase senior. Nuestro programa comenzará a las 6:30 p.m. con un homenaje a los mayores. La ceremonia formal de graduación comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. Ayúdenos a celebrar la clase de 2020 compartiendo los enlaces de FaceBookYouTube, o icrctv.com con los miembros de su familia en todo el mundo.

 

Una vez más, gracias a todos los estudiantes, padres / tutores, personal, miembros de la junta, funcionarios electos, socios comerciales y toda la comunidad educativa por su compromiso con el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Princeton.

 

¡Cuida bien, mantente saludable y, como siempre, ve a Vikes!

 

Respetuosamente,

Tom Burton

Superintendente



 

 

 


May 20, 2020

 

Good evening Princeton Families,

  

As the Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, I want to update you on some important topics.

 

Parents, Guardians & Family Members

First, I would like to thank all the teachers for all the work they have done.  I want to be clear that my gratitude is not only for the staff at Princeton, but sincerely includes the staff at home.  Moms, dads, guardians, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins--you have all done an amazing job to keep students on task and prevent the COVID-slide. You are your child’s first teacher.  Every day, you teach by leading example. You are helping your son or daughter stay current, get enrichment, and learn valuable life skills. Now, you may be involved in teaching algebra, physics, and reading aloud more than before, and for your efforts, I thank you.

 

Graduation Update

Next, on behalf of the Board of Education, staff, teachers, support staff, and administrators, I would like to express the feelings of heartbreak and sadness on how the school year ended, without being able to come back together in person.  We all had looked forward to the graduation ceremony at Fifth Third Arena and we know nothing can replace the in-person experience. 

 

However, we know that we must live by our mission statement: “Empowering each student for college, career, and life success.”  To do that, we must do what is best and safest for EACH of our students. We follow the State of Ohio mandates and laws to ensure public health safety is practiced. This is why we are having a virtual graduation.  This ceremony, on Facebook Live, ICRC-TV, and YouTube Live premieres on Saturday, May 30, 2020. It will be a special tribute that you and family members can revisit and cherish.  We hope you will gather your households together, watch and share with family members across the world as we honor the Princeton High School Class of 2020.

 

However, due to some changes in restrictions and guidelines, in accordance with the Hamilton County Health Commissioner and Springdale Health Commissioner, we will be able to offer students the opportunity to walk across the stage in Matthews Auditorium in Cap and Gown, pick up your diploma, and have a picture taken. We will continue to practice social distancing guidelines with specific details that will be forthcoming. 

Graduates and families will be able to choose one time to sign up for a specific date to participate. However, we must first make sure our diplomas and covers are shipped and delivered.  We are scheduled to receive both items on May 28, and assuming students will be able to choose from one of the following dates;  

 

Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 - From 10 am - 3 pm

 

Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 - From 3 pm - 8 pm

 

Saturday, June 13 - 11 am - 5 pm

 

 

We need to plan this in accordance with the safety guidelines, so seniors should continue to check their vikingmail accounts to get specific details should this occur. Again, much information will be forthcoming.



End of School Year

The close of each school year is a major transition for our students.  Fifth-grade and eighth-grade students are also making significant life changes.  These are all important and special transitions.

 

We wish that we could hold great promotional ceremonies across the district and really celebrate like we have done before, in past years.  The new, creative, flexible plans that are coming to fruition are amazing.  These virtual experiences have been tremendous. 

Please make sure to follow our social media and website to see the Princeton Top 20 and Senior Awards.  Watch for the Music Signings, tonight, (May 20), at 7:00 PM,  Athletic Signings (May 26), and Military Signings (May 28) next week. You will also discover unique celebrations for our English Language Learners, Princeton Community Middle School, and each of the elementary schools. There are wonderful tributes to the students.

 

Summer Learning Opportunities

There was an interruption of traditional learning this school year. Over the summer, we want to provide opportunities across the entire district.  Students will be able to join these learning activities at no cost.  We are asking parents to give input on what your child needs to be successful in surveys or by reaching out to teachers and principals.  Princeton will have a robust virtual summer learning program.

 

One2One Technology Plan

As previously announced, Princeton City School District is rolling out the One2One Technology Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. All students in grades 9-12, as well as 8th graders in high school courses, will be issued a Chromebook device from the start of the school year.  This will allow our high school students to access assignments daily, so they can always complete lessons and have the curriculum and learning opportunities available. This One2One initiative will be empowering.

 

2020-2021 School Year Plans

Many of you are wondering what the plans look like for returning to school in August.  We recently received some guidelines from the State of Ohio, and we are working in conjunction with the Hamilton County and Springdale Health Commissioners on ways that we can safely reopen schools.

 

There are several plans we are looking at and preparing for, as we know things rapidly change as scientists and doctors learn more information about COVID-19.  Several of the plans include a full return to the classroom, continued online and at-home learning, and/or Blended Learning, where students would come in a few days a week and continue studies from home on other days. 

 

We understand that still leaves many questions about childcare, transportation, how it will affect working parents and so many more. Princeton City School District is taking input and ideas, along with looking at best practices across the world, to ensure the plan we ultimately use will be the best for our community. I’m sure that you can understand that there are complex layers of issues to consider and we are being forward-thinking in our plans. We will be communicating broadly once decisions have been made.

 

We appreciate your continued support and patience.

 

As always, Go Vikes!

 

Respectfully,

Tom Burton

Superintendent

 

 

Update for May 8, 2020

 

 

 

May 8, 2020

 

Good evening. Please read these important announcements concerning Effective School surveys, virtual ceremonies, enrollment, and the collection of personal belongings. Please know there are more details in this week’s e-news and on the website.

 

First and foremost, it’s the end of “Teacher Appreciation Week,” and I want to thank the educators here at Princeton one more time for all the incredible things they have done all year long. Now, more than ever, parents, grandparents, guardians, and siblings are helping with the daily tasks of educating our children. We are all teachers! So thank you. Thank you for keeping your children connected by completing assignments, reading, sharpening math skills, and making the world a kinder place. Together, we all make the #vikingdiff.

 

Each family and student will be receiving an Effective School survey in the mail. We are counting on your input and feedback. Please fill them out by May 26th.  You can mail back your responses or place them in a drop box outside the main entrances of every elementary school building or the Princeton Administration Center at 3900 Cottingham Drive.

 

This week, Princeton High School will host a virtual Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 13th, and the Top Twenty of the Class of 2020, on Thursday, May 14th.  The events will be broadcast on the Princeton City Schools Facebook page at 7:00 p.m.  Stay tuned as there will be many virtual ceremonies celebrating our students during the month of May.  Please check the website, www.princetonschools.net, for additional information.

 

Plans on how to return personal belongings to students will be communicated by your child’s principal. Please contact them if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Registration for students new to our district, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten is happening online.  Please visit the district website for details on how to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. 


You can help support our wifi connectivity costs by purchasing a “We Stand Together, We Are Vikings” t-shirt.  The link to order is on our website.

As always, Go Vikes!

 

Tom Burton

Superintendent

 

 

 

8 de mayo de 2020

Buena noches.  Por favor quédese en línea para escuchar anuncios importantes sobre encuestas Effective School, ceremonias virtuales, inscripción y la colección de pertenencias personales. Tenga cuenta que hay más detalles en las noticias electrónicas de esta semana y en el sitio web .

 

En primer lugar, está por terminar la "Semana de agradecimiento a los maestros", y quiero agradecer a los educadores aquí en Princeton una vez más por todas las cosas increíbles que han hecho durante todo el año. Ahora, más que nunca, los padres, abuelos, tutores y hermanos están ayudando con las tareas diarias de educar a nuestros hijos. Todos somos profesores! Así que gracias. Gracias por mantener a sus hijos conectados al completar tareas, leer, mejorar las habilidades matemáticas y hacer del mundo un lugar más amable. Juntos, todos hacemos  #vikingdiff.

 

Cada familia y estudiante recibirá una encuesta de la escuela Effective School por correo. Contamos con su opinión y comentarios. Por favor complételos antes del 26 de mayo. Puede enviar sus respuestas por correo o colocarlas en un buzón fuera de las entradas principales de cada edificio de la escuela primaria o en el Centro de Administración de Princeton en 3900 Cottingham Drive.

 

Esta semana, Princeton High School organizará una Ceremonia virtual de entrega de premios Senior el miércoles 13 de mayo y el Top Twenty of the Class of 2020, el jueves 14 de mayo. Los eventos se transmitirán en la página de Facebook de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Princeton a las 7:00 pm Estén atentos ya que habrá muchas ceremonias virtuales celebrando a nuestros estudiantes durante el mes de mayo. Consulte el sitio web, www.princetonschools.net , para obtener información.

 

El plan sobre cómo recoger las pertenencias personales a los estudiantes serán comunicados por el director de su hijo. Póngase en contacto con ellos si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.

 

La inscripción para estudiantes nuevos en nuestro distrito, prejardín de infantes y jardín de infantes se realiza en línea. Visite el sitio web del distrito para obtener detalles sobre cómo inscribirse para el año escolar 2020-2021. 


Usted puede ayudarnos a reunir fondos para sufragar nuestros costos de conectividad wifi comprando una camiseta "Estamos juntos, somos vikingos". El enlace al pedido está en nuestro sitio web.

 

Como siempre, Go Vikes!

 

Tom Burton

Superintendente

 

 

 

 

 


 

Update for May 1, 2020

 

 

Princeton Families, 

Per the latest, Stay Safe Ohio order, students will continue with their remote learning opportunities until the end of the school year Friday, May 29. 

Students will continue to learn, read, and sharpen their skills throughout the summer months. Therefore, Chromebook devices will remain on loan, until you graduate, return to the buildings, or if you move away from the school district. 

Viking traditions are very important to our community. We are so proud of all of our students and especially our seniors. We know that this spring semester hasn’t gone the way we thought it would; however, we are committed to honoring the hard work of the Class of 2020.  

Due to the guidance from Governor DeWine, the latest order from Dr. Amy Acton, and the mandate from the Health Department, Princeton City Schools will hold a virtual graduation on May 30, 2020. The virtual commencement will be broadcast on the Princeton City Schools Facebook page at 7:00 p.m.  The virtual ceremony will also be aired LIVE on ICRC-Television and available On-Demand from their webpage.

Further, the prom and the Bridge Summer STEAM Camp for incoming 6th graders are canceled. 

We do have plans on how to return personal belongings to students; however, students are not allowed in the buildings through June, which currently delays this plan. Details will be forthcoming.

Registration for students new to our district, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten is happening online.  Please visit the Welcome Center page on our website for details on how to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.  We look forward to welcoming our new students onto our campuses as part of the Viking Family as soon as that is possible.

As we continue to comply with the mandates and guidelines provided by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education, there have been and will continue to be ways that we have to adjust the way we typically do things. We are grateful for your patience and your dedication to our learners, our community, and each other. 

Until we can be together in person, we stand united together as Vikings. Go Vikes!

Tricia Roddy

 

 


ALL CALL on April 20, 2020

Today, April 20, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that all Ohio school buildings will remain closed and will continue with remote learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  We will continue to support our students and families with our At-Home Learning, technology support, and food distribution for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Lessons and resources are updated weekly and the most up to date information can be found on our website, www.princetonschools.net.

We know this announcement leads to more questions and concerns. We appreciate your continued patience, as more information will be forthcoming. As always, please check the Princeton website for the latest information.

Tonight, our stadium will be lit up, along with stadiums across the nation. The light-up event will occur at 8:20 p.m., which is the military time of 20:20, to honor our Senior Class.  We will continue to find ways to celebrate and honor our students for the remainder of the school year.

Thank you for your continued support, as we are all #InThisTogetherOhio and as always, GO Vikes!


Respectfully,

Tom Burton

Superintendent

 

 


ALL CALL on April 16, 2020

 

Good evening, Princeton Families.  This is Superintendent Tom Burton with an update on WiFi, learning packets, and staying connected.

 

This week we switched our focus from distributing ChromeBooks to making sure students have Internet connectivity to access online learning. We are working with local apartment and mobile home communities to offer the option to check-out Wifi devices from management offices. In the past 2 days, we distributed 70 mobile hotspot devices for Princeton students to borrow and will be distributing another 100 next week. Our housing partners include:

 

Centennial Estates

The Colony of Springdale

Oak Park Apartments

The Willows Apartments

Village Green Mobile Home Park

The Villas of the Valley

Yorktowne Mobile Home Park

 

If you live in one of these communities, and you do not have Internet service, please contact the management office at your complex to check out a device. If you still need a ChromeBook, remember to use the Hotline phone number: 513-864-1162.


ALL CALL on April 3, 2020, at 7:15 p.m.

Good evening Princeton Families,

 

This is Tom Burton, Superintendent. Please listen for important information about an upcoming Question and Answer Session, at-home learning information, meal plans, and technology distributions.

 

The Princeton website, www.princetonschools.net, has the latest information and resources for at-home learning. Teachers and staff will continue to reach out and send information to your child as we continue empowering each student for college, career, and life success.

 

Tune in to Facebook Live every Monday evening in April, at 6:30 p.m. for informative broadcasts.  This Monday, April 6, I will be giving a brief update and answering questions live. On April 13, I will provide another update.  On April 20 and 27th, you can tune in to our Board Meetings. Our goal is to keep you connected and informed.   

 

We will continue to provide Grab and Go meals at six elementary school locations. Next week, the Grab and Go meal packages will be distributed with additional food on Tuesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Over the past three weeks, over 2,600 Princeton students checked-out ChromeBooks to use for their virtual learning and online lessons. If you have borrowed a device, please review the contractual agreement that you signed about usage, care, and returning of the materials.

 

If you are still in need of a device, please call 513-864-1162 or visit our website to fill out the Student ChromeBook Take-Home Request Form.

 

Today we had a virtual spirit day, with staff and students around the district wearing Spirit Wear!  It’s great to see all the interactions on social media.

 

Have a good weekend, and as always, GO VIKES!

 

 

 

Buenas tardes Princeton Families,

 

Este es Tom Burton, Superintendente. Escuche información importante sobre una próxima sesión de preguntas y respuestas, información de aprendizaje en el hogar, planes de comidas y distribuciones de tecnología.

 

El sitio web de Princeton, www.princetonschools.net tiene la información y los recursos más recientes para el aprendizaje en el hogar. Los maestros y el personal continuarán contactando y enviando información a su hijo a medida que continuamos capacitando a cada estudiante para el éxito universitario, profesional y de la vida.

 

Sintonice Facebook Live todos los lunes por la noche en abril, a las 6:30 pm para transmisiones informativas. Este lunes 6 de abril daré una breve actualización y responderé preguntas en vivo. El 13 de abril, proporcionaré otra actualización. Los días 20 y 27 de abril, puede sintonizar nuestras reuniones de la Junta. Nuestro objetivo es mantenerlo conectado e informado.

 

Continuaremos brindando comidas para llevar en seis escuelas primarias. La próxima semana, los paquetes de comida Grab and Go se distribuirán con alimentos adicionales el martes 7 de abril y el jueves 9 de abril de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

 

Durante las últimas tres semanas, más de 2,600 estudiantes de Princeton retiraron ChromeBooks para usar en su aprendizaje virtual y lecciones en línea. Si ha pedido prestado un dispositivo, revise el acuerdo contractual que firmó sobre el uso, el cuidado y la devolución de los materiales.

 

Si aún necesita un dispositivo, llame al 513-864-1162 o visite nuestro sitio web para completar el Formulario de solicitud para llevar a casa del Chromebook del estudiante.

 

¡Hoy tuvimos un día virtual de espíritu, con personal y estudiantes de todo el distrito vistiendo Spirit Wear! Es genial ver todas las interacciones en las redes sociales.

 

¡Que tengas un buen fin de semana y, como siempre, GO VIKES!

 

 

 

Princeton City School District Building Closure until May 1, 2020

March 30, 2020; posted 8:30 p.m. 

 

Good evening Princeton Families,

 

Today, March 30, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to be closed to students through Friday, May 1, 2020, due to the coronavirus health crisis. All activities and athletics are canceled through May 1, 2020.

 

We know the Governor’s order to close school for an extended period of time presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being. 

 

What does this mean for our students?

Although our school buildings are to remain closed, at-home learning will continue through Friday, May 1, 2020. We will continue to adjust and administer our virtual learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and distribute free meals to our students.

 

Will Princeton staff be working?

Yes, our school district is providing food, technology, and remote learning options to children. Administrators are actively planning and responding to this national health crisis. Teachers are creating lesson plans and engaging with their students remotely.

 

During scheduled school days, our teachers will be available via email to support our parents and students. Teachers and building principals will be sharing via email their remote learning plans and expectations with parents and students on an ongoing basis. For those students who do not have access to online learning, hard copies of assignments by grade level will be available. Technology check-outs will continue on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, at Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for any enrolled Princeton student, K-12. Some teachers may also mail packets to your home. 

 

What about food service?

Food services will continue to operate with one change this week, with Morning Bus Stop breakfasts on Wednesday, April 1st, and Friday, April 3rd, only during the middle school and elementary school bus routes. Grab and Go meals will be available on Tuesday, March 31, Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All Princeton students can go to any bus stop or elementary school for food distribution. 

 

Technology check-out devices are available for any Princeton student, including grades K-2, for curbside pickup on Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd.  Please see our website, www.princetonschools.net, for the form and more information on this program. Please bring your pen to sign off on the form at the pickup.

 

If you have questions regarding technology or food distributions, please call our hotline at 513-864-1162.

 

What about mental health support?

We recognize the importance of consistent and continued care for our students who access our school-based mental health services. The district has contacted each of our mental health partners, and they plan to continue to provide access to mental health services. 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.

 

Our professionals are reaching 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

 

Si tú estás en crisis o piensas en suicidarte, o si conoces a alguien en crisis o que piensa en suicidarse, llama: La Red Nacional de Prevención de Suicido (en español): 1-888-628-9454 

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

If you are in crisis or are thinking of suicide, or if you know someone in crisis or who is thinking of suicide, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (in English): 1-800-273-8255

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

These crisis lines are operated 24/7, so please call if you have any concerns or questions. 

 

What does this mean for graduation?

Our high school administration and teachers will be working together to ensure that students in the Class of 2020 are on track to graduate. The district is waiting to receive more guidance from the Ohio Department of Education. Know that we will work together to provide assistance and flexibility in the interest of doing what is right for students. 

 

What about state testing?

Governor Mike DeWine has called on the Ohio State legislature to waive state testing for the 2019-2020 school year. On March 24, Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, stated that he is pursuing waivers from testing requirements and other waivers from current federal requirements with the Ohio legislature.

 

What about services to students with disabilities?
Our school is making a good faith effort to provide such services. If a student with a disability needs access to the alternate delivery models being offered to general education students, the district will consult with parents and/or caregivers to determine the needs of the student and identify the most appropriate means for meeting those needs during the closure period. 

 

Questions?

For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal. If you need technology or food assistance, call the hotline at 513-864-1162 and leave a message.

 

We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19 at www.princetonschools.net/COVID-19.

 

We are experiencing a health crisis that none of us has experienced in our lifetime. There will be bumps along the way, but your child’s teachers, counselors, building principals, and our support staff are here to work with our families to support you and your children.

 

We have seen Vike Nation and our communities come together.  Together, we will navigate through this challenging situation. Thank you for rising up to the challenge before us.

 

Respectfully,

Tom Burton

Superintendent

 


ALL CALL on March 30, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

 

Good Evening this is Superintendent Tom Burton, with an important message from Princeton City Schools.

 

Today, Mike DeWine, the Governor of Ohio, announced that Ohio schools will be extending the remote/at-home learning through May 1, 2020.  Although the physical buildings will be closed, Princeton City Schools will continue educating with at-home learning, virtual assignments, and packets that may be mailed to your child.  You will get more information about Princeton’s learning plans on a weekly basis.

 

Food services will continue to operate with one change this week, with Morning Bus Stop breakfasts on Wednesday, April 1st and Friday, April 3rd only during the middle school and elementary school bus routes. Grab and Go meals will be available on Tuesday, March 31, Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd.  All Princeton students can go to any bus stop or elementary school for food distribution. 

 

Technology check-out devices are available for any Princeton student including grades K-2 for curbside pickup on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd.  Please see our website, www.princetonschools.net for the form and more information on this program. Please bring your own pen to sign off on the form at the pickup.

 

If you have questions regarding technology or food distributions, please call our hotline at 513-864-1162.

 

We are experiencing a health crisis that none of us has experienced in our lifetime.  Your child’s teachers, counselors, building principals, support staff, and administrators are here to support you and your children.

 

We have seen our entire educational community come together.  Together, we will navigate through this challenging time. 

 

Have a good evening and as always, Go Vikes!



 

 

 

 

Buenas tardes. Este es el Superintendente Tom Burton, con un mensaje importante de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Princeton.

 

Hoy, Mike DeWine, el Gobernador de Ohio, anunció que las escuelas de Ohio ampliarán el cierre de las escuelas hasta el 1 de mayo de 2020. Aunque los edificios físicos estarán cerrados, las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Princeton continuarán educando con aprendizaje en el hogar, tareas virtuales y paquetes que podrán ser  enviados por correo a su hijo. También obtendrán más información sobre los planes de aprendizaje de Princeton semanalmente.

 

Los servicios de alimentos continuarán funcionando según lo programado para esta semana, con los desayunos en la Parada del Camión de la mañana. el miércoles 1 de abril y el viernes 3 de abril. Las comidas para llevar estarán disponibles el martes 30 de marzo, jueves 2 de abril y viernes 3 de abril.

 

Los dispositivos de tecnología(computadoras) están disponibles para la recogida en la acera de la escuela  el jueves 2 de abril y el viernes 3 de abril. Consulte nuestro sitio web, www.princetonschools.net para obtener el formulario y obtener más información sobre este programa.

 

Si tiene preguntas sobre la tecnología o la distribución de alimentos, llame a nuestra línea directa al 513-864-2121 para información en Español.

 

Estamos experimentando una crisis de salud que ninguno de nosotros ha experimentado en nuestra vida. Los maestros, consejeros, directores de edificios, personal de apoyo y administradores de su hijo están aquí para apoyarlo a usted y a sus hijos.

 

Hemos visto a Vike Nation y nuestras comunidades unirse. Juntos, navegaremos por esta difícil situación. 

 

Como siempre, Go Vikes!

 

 


 

March 29, 2020

 

Dear Princeton City School District Families, 

 

I hope that you had a nice week, enjoying time with your family. We return back to the educational plan that we distributed on March 12th.  As we begin lessons for the week of March 30, we have the following updates for you:

 

Princeton At-Home Learning: Student assignments and learning opportunities for March 30-April 3

 

Student assignments and learning opportunities for March 30-April 3 were sent home on March 12, 2020, and are available at www.princetonschools.net.  

 

Please remember that your child’s teacher(s) will have the best answers if you have questions about login information or specific assignments. Our teachers are available and working hard to support our families and students during this transition to virtual learning and at-home assignments. Thank you for your patience and support!  Feel free to reach out to let us know how we can help.

 

Curbside technology pickup continues

Princeton’s Technology Department has been working to ensure our students have access to devices and technical support via the hotline phone number: 513-864-1162.  To check out a device, please fill out this form. We will offer curbside pickup of Chromebooks on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd, available to any registered Princeton student in kindergarten through grade 12. 

 

Food distribution continues

Princeton City School District will continue providing meals to our students while our school buildings are closed. Gathering food supplies is an allowable reason to leave your homes as stated in Governor DeWine’s  “Stay at Home” order. 

PCSD will offer MORNING Bus stop distributions on Monday, March 30th,  Wednesday, April 1st, and Friday, April 3rd. We will also operate “Grab & Go” lunches at the following locations on Tuesday, March 31st, Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd.

  • Heritage Hill Elementary School
  • Lincoln Heights Elementary School
  • Sharonville Elementary School
  • Springdale Elementary School
  • Stewart Elementary School
  • Woodlawn Elementary School

Children 18 and under must be present to receive meals. For more information, please visit www.princetonschools.net. If you have a circumstance that prevents you from getting to the sites or need additional food assistance, please call the hotline at 513.864.1162 and leave a detailed message.  The hotline is monitored frequently and responses are provided regularly.

 

Bill 197

As you know our lives and our schools have been greatly impacted by the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and have already transitioned in many ways to accommodate the directives from Governor Mike DeWine and his team. 

 

Once the Governor signed House Bill 197, we received additional guidance on other areas affecting our students of which you should be aware.

 

  • All K-12 standardized testing and state report card requirements are waived for this school year. 

 

  • Our local schools were granted the authority to determine who is on track to graduate and issue diplomas based upon the completion of Princeton’s requirements. We will continue to communicate with our senior students and their parents. Our guidance counselors are available to answer any questions about whether your student is currently on track to graduate. 

 

  • All districts are permitted to continue providing students with lunch, which Princeton will continue to do.

 

  • Our local governments - including our school board - may now opt to hold remote/virtual meetings but the public must still have access. While we have the option, we may also meet in person. Regardless, we will notify the public as to how we will proceed. 

 

  • Voting in the March 17, 2020 election was extended to April 28, 2020. Voting will occur by mail and in-person voting will be available for those who are disabled or cannot receive mail. To obtain a vote-by-mail application, you can visit voteohio.gov to print an application or https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/ to register to vote.

 

Finally, I know these times are difficult in many ways. I see and understand these difficulties. We have families with loved ones on the front lines taking care of those who are sick. We have families with lost income. Changes are happening so quickly and with such a big impact. While we cannot take that hardship away, we can support each other throughout all of this. Know that we are here to support you and your child. I am proud to see how our staff and communities are pulling together. 

 

We will do our best to keep you informed and to work through the changes as they come our way. The most up-to-date information can always be found on our website at www.princetonschools.net.

 

Respectfully,

 

Tom Burton

Superintendent


 

March 25, 2020

 

Good Afternoon Princeton Families, 

 

As you know, Princeton City School District is on "Spring Break" this week.  We will continue providing meals to our Princeton students next week. Gathering food and necessary supplies is an allowable reason to leave your homes, as stated in Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order.  

 

Food distributions will resume next week. Children 18 and under must be present to receive meals.

 

Buses will deliver meals during their MORNING ROUTES on:  

Monday, March 30

Wednesday, April 1

Friday, April 3

 

Grab & Go packages will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at:

Viking Village on Monday, 3/30

Heritage Hill Elementary - 3/31, 4/2, 4/3

Lincoln Heights Elementary - 3/31, 4/2, 4/3

Sharonville Elementary - 3/31, 4/2, 4/3

Springdale Elementary - 3/31, 4/2, 4/3

Stewart Elementary - 3/31, 4/2, 4/3

Woodlawn Elementary - 3/1, 4/2, 4/3

 

For food or technology needs, call the hotline: 513-864-1162.

 

Technology Check-Out Available

 

We will offer a curbside check-out of technology to students at Viking Village. Devices will be available for elementary students for those who need them.  Grades 3-5 will have online distance learning assignments. Technology distribution will occur on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 from 11 AM to 1 PM.  See information and form on the Princeton website: www.princetonschools.net

 

For the health and safety of all, physical and social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced. Please stay in your cars and follow the drive-thru pattern.

 

Stay home, be safe and as always, GO VIKES!

 

Respectfully,

 

Tom Burton

Superintendent