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Have you heard? We're hosting a Bagels with the Board event on June 8! All in our community are invited to come talk wit...

Have you heard? We're hosting a Bagels with the Board event on June 8!

All in our community are invited to come talk with Board members in a low-key, conversational setting.

You're invited to Bagels with the Board!
Bagels with the Board offers parents and community members a casual opportunity to meet Board of Education members and share questions, concerns, and suggestions.

Bagels with the Board
Thursday, June 8
8:30 to 10:00 AM
Valley Road Conference Room
25 Valley Road, Princeton

SAVE THE DATE! Bagels with the Board will also be held on 9/29 and 12/6.

The first-ever Walnut Lane Student Film Festival is being held this Sunday at 10:00 AM at the Princeton Garden Theatre! ...

The first-ever Walnut Lane Student Film Festival is being held this Sunday at 10:00 AM at the Princeton Garden Theatre!

The festival showcases original short films created by JW and PHS students. Free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars! The first-ever Walnut Lane Film Fest will be held at the Princeton Garden Theatre on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00AM.

The film fest will feature original short films created by PHS and JW students.

The Walnut Lane Film Fest is a joint event where the Princeton Education Foundation and the Princeton Public Schools spotlight our talented John Witherspoon Middle and Princeton High School students’ creativity. This is an unique opportunity for us to show how our students can express themselves through the images, words, and music they fuse into their short films.

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Please be there, I will.

A reminder from Gary Snyder, Principal of Princeton High School:
Don't forget to RSVP if you plan to attend the Challenge Success Survey presentation on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:00PM in the PHS Cafeteria. We hope to have at least 250 parents attend the presentation and share their perspectives to help positively reshape learning at PHS. If you plan to attend, please email [email protected] and use “RSVP” as the subject.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Gary Snyder


A reminder from Gary Snyder, Principal of Princeton High School:
Don't forget to RSVP if you plan to attend the Challenge Success Survey presentation on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:00PM in the PHS Cafeteria. We hope to have at least 250 parents attend the presentation and share their perspectives to help positively reshape learning at PHS. If you plan to attend, please email [email protected] and use “RSVP” as the subject.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Gary Snyder

Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey
Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey

Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey

Congratulations to the all of our teachers who received a grant this year from the Princeton Education Foundation.

We want to give a big thanks PEF and our staff for bringing our students so many new learning experiences.

Take a look at the full list of grants at the link below.

December 1 at 7:00  pm!

December 1 at 7:00 pm!

On December 1, we will be hosting a workshop for parents on the district's Positive Education Initiative.

Katie Curran, Master of Applied Positive Psychology, will discuss research-based strategies to help students develop resilience, enhance well-being, and improve performance. She will also give an overview of the district's Positive Education Initiative.

December 1, 2016 at 7:00PM
John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium
Session will last 90 minutes


November 14, 2016

To our community:

This year's Presidential election was one of the most divisive in our lifetimes. Our students are coming to our classrooms experiencing emotions that may range from excitement to fear. While none of us yet know how the politics and policies of our country may or may not change, we stand together to assure our students and our community that our beliefs and goals – grounded in the principles of our democracy – will remain constant for the Princeton Public Schools.

1. We believe in inclusion. As a public school system we support the democratic process and the values and principles on which it is founded. Bigotry is not a democratic value. As a school system, we are committed to protecting the safety and rights of all of our students regardless of their religion, race, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ethnic or economic background. We also respect the political views of all students and of their families.

2. We believe in civil discourse and respectful disagreement. We want our students to be advocates for social justice. We will educate them to speak up when they believe something is wrong, to voice their opinions thoughtfully and intelligently, to listen respectfully to the views of others, to develop the skills of collaboration and compromise so that they can work through conflicts to achieve solutions for the benefit of all.

3. We believe in civic engagement. Our children are part of the next generation of participants in our democracy. Our job is to prepare them for this responsibility. We will encourage and value student voices in the management of our classrooms and schools, and teach students about the principles and functions of effective, representative democratic government. Most of all, we will go beyond merely teaching students about government, and help them develop the knowledge and compassion to become positive leaders in society.

In the coming days, months and years, we will:

Protect our students while teaching them to stand up for each other; through our conduct, words, teaching and clearly expressed expectations, we will show that inappropriate comments or actions based on race, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or political preference are not acceptable, and we will teach them why.
Work with our community partners to provide students and families with up-to-date information about any new laws or regulations that may affect them.
Continue to create classrooms that are safe havens for students to ask questions and express differing viewpoints.
Continue to provide students with opportunities through literature and the arts to learn about and express their understanding of different cultures and perspectives.
Continue our focus as educators on examining and enhancing our own cultural responsiveness. We recognize that our students and our community need us to be leaders in the arena of racial literacy.
Most of all, continue to be a safe and nurturing stronghold where all students know there are compassionate adults who will do all they can to support them.

We are honored to be part of a community that is united in the support and protection of all children and families, as we are united in upholding the values of our democracy in our daily work with and for students. Thank you for all you do to support this work.


Steve Cochrane, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools
Andrea Spalla, President of Princeton Public Schools Board of Education
Patrick Sullivan, Vice-President of Princeton Public Schools Board of Education
Annie Kosek, President, PAA
Olive Giles, President, PRESSA
Theresa Cross, Co-president, PREA
John McCann, Co-president, PREA
Renee Szporn, Co-president, PREA


Post-Election Conversation with Community Leaders
A message from Mayor Liz Lempert, Superintendent Steve Cochrane and other Community Leaders:

In the aftermath of one of the most divisive elections in our country’s history, it is important for us to come together as a town and recommit ourselves to the values of inclusion, diversity, and opportunity. Much can happen at the local level, and we all have a role to play in shaping our community as a place of welcome and support for neighbors in need.
If you have concerns, questions, or are looking for resources to help you, your family, or someone you know, you can contact our local Human Services Department at 609-688-2055. The office is located at 1 Monument Drive Princeton, NJ. We are learning from residents that there is a need for support services such as counseling and we would like to help you get connected to any assistance possible.
We will be holding a gathering Thursday night, November 10th, at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 pm in the Community Room. We invite all local leaders, non-profits and community groups to join us in a discussion of how we can all continue to contribute to these efforts. It is important for us to work together to reassure our community of our commitment to maintaining and building a unified Princeton.

Liz Lempert, Mayor of Princeton
Elisa Neira, Executive Director, Princeton Human Services
Steve Cochrane, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools
Brett Bonfield, Executive Director, Princeton Public Library
The Rev. David A. Davis, The Princeton Clergy Association
Rabbi Adam Feldman, The Princeton Clergy Association
Jeff Nathanson, Executive Director, Princeton Arts Council
Kristin Appelget, Director of Community and Regional Affairs, Princeton University
Kate Bech, Chief Executive Officer, Princeton Family YMCA
Judy Hutton, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Princeton
Leticia Fraga, Chair, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund

John Witherspoon Middle School PRESENTS: Charlotte's Web on Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 PM in ...

John Witherspoon Middle School PRESENTS: Charlotte's Web on Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 PM in the JW Auditorium. Tickets $10/adult, $5/student. Entertainment for all ages!

Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey

Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey

On Wednesday, September 28, George Scott with the Traumatic Loss Coalition gave a presentation to families on mental health and how to help children cope with grief and loss.

If you weren't able to make it to the presentation, you can view it here.

Princeton High School Choir-NJ tours

Princeton High School Choir-NJ tours

PHS Choir presents an evening of Zarzuelas. October 21 and 22 at JW Middle School, 7:30pm. $10 Adults and $5 Seniors and Students.


Important upcoming events hosted by the Special Education PTO of Princeton Public Schools:
There will be a Meet and Greet on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 7:00 p.m at JW Middle School. This event will give families an opportunity to meet the Student Services team and connect with other parents with children in Special Education programs.

On October 27, 2016, the Special Education PTO will host a School Board Candidates Night at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about these two events, please download the flyer:

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Exciting Homecoming weekend events - fun for kids of every age! Tonight's football game is sure to be exciting but there's SO MUCH MORE! Cheer on our PHS girls' tennis team this afternoon. Bring the whole family to the JW Super Saturday carnival, then walk across Walnut to watch our FABULOUS PHS field hockey team on Saturday at 2:30.

It's Homecoming Weekend at PHS!

--Friday Events--
Girls Tennis NJSIAA Event vs. Montgomery
2:30 PM

Food Trucks
6:00 PM
House of Cupcakes, Jammin' Crepes, Nina's Waffles, and Tico's

Football Game vs. West Windsor Plainsboro
7:00PM on the Turf Field

--Saturday Events--
Field Hockey: Varsity MCT vs. Stuart Country Day School
2:30 PM on the Turf Field

John Witherspoon Middle School Super Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Walnut Street between JW and PHS.
Boardwalk Games, Cake Walk, Food Trucks, Bandstand, and more!

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This Friday and Saturday, our community comes together for some old-fashioned school spirit! Homecoming weekend doesn't end with this Friday Night Lights football, either. Come to JW's Super Saturday carnival, this Saturday, and then walk over to the PHS turf to cheer on our field hockey and soccer teams!

It happens just once a year, where all the schools in the district come together to celebrate Friday Night Lights Football at Princeton High School! Join us Friday October 14th as PHS takes on West Windsor Plainsboro South for their annual Homecoming Game. Favorite local vendors – Jammin’ Crepes, Tico’s, Nina’s Waffles and House of Cupcakes will have Food Trucks set up. The concession stands will be serving pizza from Nassau Street’s #1 pizza place, Princeton Pi.

The Pep Band will be playing, the Cheerleaders will be cheering and the Tiger will be dancing. You will not want to miss the half time Golf Cart Float Parade as each class competes to be declared The Most Spirited and Creative! Gates open at 6:00pm, Kick-off is 7:00pm Sharp!

Princeton Board of Education Candidates Forum 2016 - lwvprinceton

This Election Day, November 8, Princeton voters will fill three open seats on the 10-member Board of Education. Four candidates are running for these three seats. Thank you to the candidates for running, and thanks to the Princeton League of Women Voters and Princeton Community TV for hosting a candidates' forum. Watch the video here and get informed!

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area is a New Jersey nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


A message from Superintendent Steve Cochrane:

Dear Princeton Public School Students, Staff and Families,
Participation in youth sports can have a powerful impact on the lives of our students. It can shape them physically, emotionally, and ethically. Participation in youth sports can also, however, come with challenges. How do students balance the joy of playing with the rigor of competition? How do they explore multiple sports when the pressure to succeed focuses increasingly more on early specialization? As coaches, players, and parents, we need to consider our response to these challenges and the role we can play together in creating the most positive sporting experience for our students.
To address how we can develop a healthy and positive approach to youth sports, the Princeton Public Schools have partnered with the school districts of Hopewell Valley and West Windsor-Plainsboro to host nationally renowned coach and author, John O’Sullivan from the Changing the Game Project. Mr. O’Sullivan is the author of the national best-selling book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids.
During the day on Wednesday September 21, and Thursday, September 22, Mr. O’Sullivan will work with our district coaches and some of our student-athletes to provide them with the information and resources they need to make sure youth sports are a healthy, positive, and rewarding experience for all involved.
In the evening on Wednesday, September 21, at 7:00PM, Mr. O’Sullivan will give a special presentation for parents in the Performing Arts Center at Princeton High School. Mr. O’Sullivan will discuss the ways we can help our athletes perform to their potential, while at the same time giving children ownership and enjoyment of their sports experience. He will present the latest science and psychology on performance and athletic development and help us to come up with ways to create a positive environment for our players, coaches and families.
If you have a child involved in youth activities or school sports, I strongly encourage you to attend Mr. O’Sullivan’s presentation on September 21. Please RSVP for this free event.
If you are interested in hearing a portion of John O’Sullivan’s message, his recent TED talk can be found [at]: "Changing the Game in Youth Sports”.
Steve Cochrane


Welcome back, students! Wishing everyone in our PPS community a joyful year.


As students and families soak up these last days of summer vacation, our teachers, administrators and staff met together this morning for the annual PPS faculty convocation. Superintendent Cochrane, PREA Co-Presidents Theresa Cross, John McCann and Renee Szporn and Positive Education expert Katie Curran spoke about the power and importance of relationships as the foundation of all we do in our schools. The atmosphere was unified, excited and overwhelmingly positive. It's going to be a great year!


Celebrating the Life of John Miranda

The Princeton Public Schools community is mourning the loss of John Miranda, the district's Athletic Director, who passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

John had been with Princeton Public Schools since 1993, starting as a business education teacher at Princeton High School before becoming Athletic Director and Supervisor of Health and Physical Education in 2005.

“John went above and beyond his duty as an administrator,” shared Bob James, President of Friends of Princeton Athletics. “He was a huge fan and loved to see our students do well.”

John was head coach for the PHS baseball team from 1996-2004. During that time, many of his student athletes went on to have successful baseball careers at colleges and universities. As Athletic Director, John never missed an Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and loved stories that alumni would tell. John spearheaded the homecoming initiative that started three years ago and could be found without fail at all district sporting events.

John had a M.A. in Education from Temple University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Wilkes College. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. As a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, John served several tours of duty in Iraq.

The pride of John's life were his three sons, who were all PHS graduates and outstanding athletes. With his easy-going, upbeat personality, John was a friend to many.

John will be greatly missed in our schools and in our community. The district sends condolences to his wife Jean, his three sons John Jr., Nicholas, and Timothy, and members of his immediate family.


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