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Email Express for week of Jan. 16

This is the 20th edition of Email Express, a communications tool utilized by Princeton Independent School District. This email is distributed weekly to keep you informed. Districtwide events are featured at the top, followed by a section for each campus to make information easier to navigate. In addition, we welcome suggestions on how we can improve our communications so feel free to email jcollins@princetonisd.net with your ideas.
 
We encourage you to follow the district Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date, as well. Follow @princetonisd on Twitter and like the Princeton Independent School District page on Facebook.
 
BOND ELECTION MAY 6
The Princeton ISD Board of Trustees called a bond election in the amount of $93.6 million for May 6 to fund projects that will handle the expected growth in the district.

"Home construction is booming with more than 5,000 new lots planned in the near future," Superintendent Philip Anthony said. "With almost 2,000 new students projected over the next 10 years, this bond will be needed to fund an additional three campuses, which are included in the package."

The election follows the recommendation of the long range planning committee, which was comprised of 30 community members. They reviewed the demographic study, conducted a facility needs assessment and determined cost projections, as well as financial implications for homeowners.

Projects funded by this bond include:

- Expanding Jr. High #2 to 900 capacity during original construction.
- Constructing additional game field for 2 Jr. High schools.
- Building Elementary #5 and #6.
- Renovating Lacy and Godwin elementary schools.
- Repairing and replacing drives and parking.
- Turfing baseball and softball fields.
- Purchasing school sites for 5 new campuses.

The district emphasized keeping the financial impact to homeowners to a minimum. The increase in taxes will not be more than 5 cents per $100 valuation, which on an average home valued at $142,000 with a homestead exemption would be only $4.88 per month for an annual increase of $58.51.
 
DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE
The annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the PHS cafeteria. Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. The theme is "Welcome to Wonderland." RSVP using this website: http://princetoncheersqua.wixsite.com/daddydaughter.
For more information or questions, email rfannin@princetonisd.net.

SALON OPEN
The CATE Center cosmetology salon is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month when school is in session. Services are provided by 2nd-year students of the program. The salon is not providing artificial nail services at this time. This will be added as students become experienced in the nail service.
 
In addition, the salon is open on the following Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.:
Feb. 4 (Daddy-daughter dance collaboration)
March 18
April 22 (Onion Festival)
May 6
 
Click here for a list of services and prices.
 
Appointments are first-come, first-served. Call 469-952-5400, ext. 3068 (leave a message if no answer) or email tbullard@princetonisd.net for an appointment.
 
CALENDAR PLANS
Planning is underway for next school year's calendar. Once approved by the Princeton ISD Board of Trustees, the calendar will be posted. Click here for the current 2016-2017 calendar.
 
MOBILE APP
To access the parent portal for grades and attendance from a mobile phone, log in to the parent portal for directions. The link for the parent portal is on the district website at www.princetonisd.net.
 
The new district ID is WBPSXG.

Princeton High School 

NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Clint Surratt has been hired as the new head football coach for Princeton High School. Most recently, Coach Surratt was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Lone Star High School in Frisco ISD, and he has been an integral part of the Rangers success for the past six years.
 
He orchestrated one of the most explosive offenses in the state and helped lead the team farther than any football team in Frisco ISD history, competing in the 2015 5A state championship game.  The Rangers finished the 2016 season with back-to-back district titles and a 10-2 record.
 
Before arriving at Lone Star, Coach Surratt spent 10 years in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD coaching at Newman Smith and Creekview high schools. During his time at Newman Smith, Coach Surratt helped coordinate one of the top offenses in Texas, leading to one of the biggest turnarounds in the state while competing in the 3rd round of the playoffs in 2009 and 2010. 
 
Throughout his career, Coach Surratt has mentored and developed some of the top student athletes in the state. Coach Surratt and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Ryann and Cody, who are ready to cheer on the Panthers.
 
"I'm excited about being the head football coach and look forward to working with students in Princeton ISD," Coach Surratt said.

FFA FUNDRAISER
The Princeton FFA is selling the annual Blue and Gold sausage, bacon and chicken strips. 

2 1/2 pound roll sausage $7
3 1/2 pound bacon $17
5 pounds chicken strips $21

If you would like to order, email tjohnson@princetonisd.net or purchase from any FFA member.

LAST CHANCE FOR YEARBOOK
The last yearbook sale is underway. Starting today through next Friday, Jan. 27, the yearbook staff is selling yearbooks in the cafeteria during all lunches. The cost is $50. Anyone who purchases a yearbook during this time, including those that have already purchased, will be put into a drawing for a FREE yearbook AND a separate drawing for a $50 gift card for new buyers.

SENIOR QUOTES
Seniors who want a quote in the yearbook can stop by the yearbook table in the cafeteria during lunches to get more information. These will only be accepted until Jan. 27.

POWERLIFTING
The Lady Panther powerlifting team competed at Wylie East and came away with a 2nd place finish. The following lifters medaled: 
Lindsey Markcum, 1st place 105 lb. class
Angela Alcocer, 2nd place 132 lb. class
Emily Flatt, 4th place 132 lb class
Madisyn Kile, 1st place 148 lb. class
Carla Guerra, 2nd place 181 lb. class
Jennifer Canales, 5th place 181 lb. class

The Panthers and Lady Panther will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 21, as Princeton hosts the biggest meet in the area. More than 360 lifters will be in Princeton to compete.
 
PHS NHS MEETING
The PHS chapter of NHS meets after school Wednesday, Feb. 1, in E112. Attendance is mandatory.
 
MOVIE NIGHT
The PHS Huddle of FCA is hosting "Movie Night" featuring "Woodlawn" Friday, Jan. 27, immediately following the varsity basketball games. Admission is free.
 
ICED COFFEE SALE
FCCLA is selling vanilla iced coffee for $1 during break Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 18-20, in Cafe Fresh as a fundraiser.
 
PHS CAFE FRESH
Cafe Fresh is serving chicken stir fry with sweet tea for $5 Friday, Jan. 20. Chocolate cupcakes are available for $1.
 
CHEER TRYOUTS
Here are the timeline and steps for cheer tryouts. Applications are available at PHS in Room C215, Room B104 and at the counselor's suite main desk or at Clark in the main office.
Feb. 6 - Cheerleader candidate/parent meeting at 7 p.m. in a lecture hall. Enter at the back of school from the back parking lot near tennis courts.
Feb. 6 - Applications with $150 deposit due at meeting.
Feb. 15 - Cheer captain candidate binders due at noon in Room C215.
Feb. 25 - "We love cheer" clinic. Applications available in Rooms C215 or B104 or in the counselor's office or main office.
Feb. 27-March 2 - PHS cheer tryout clinic in the high school small gym from 3:30-5:30
March 3 - Tryouts at 3:30 p.m. in the high school small gym.
 
PHS 10TH-GRADE PSAT
Registration for the sophomore PSAT is underway until Wednesday, Feb. 1. There are only 25 testing spots available for this exam, so it is first-come, first-served. The test is Wednesday, Feb. 22.
 
Why should students take this test?
  • PSAT 10 helps students prepare for the future
  • Students will learn which skills need work for continued success through high school and college
  • Exam helps identify areas where students excel
  • Students receive a detailed score report giving information about skills in the areas of evidence-based reading and writing and math
Registration is available at http://attestservice.com/princeton. Cost of the exam is $19 and may be paid by card, PayPal or check.
 
FFA MEETING
The Princeton FFA chapter and Friends and Family booster club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the vocational ag building.

PHS MEET THE PANTHER
The spring Meet the Panther community pep rally is 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the main gym. Athletes from the following sports will be introduced: tennis, golf, winter guard, powerlifting, track, baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. In addition, the Class of 2017 senior superlatives will be announced.

DESTINATION COLLEGE
Collin College is hosting its next workshop in the Destination College series.

Destination College: The Parent Workshop
6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7
Target audience: Parents only
Collin College Conference Center
Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Dr., McKinney
This workshop will provide parents with the essentials of planning and preparing for your student's college experience. Speakers will address practical parenting concerns, strategies for a successful college admissions process and financial aid resources and terminology. Dinner will be provided starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please note, this workshop is for parents only. Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required and limited to two people per household. Register at www.collin.edu/destinationcollege. The RSVP deadline for this event is Jan. 30, unless capacity is reached sooner. For questions, email destinationcollege@collin.edu or call 972.377.1750.

PHS TRACK SCHEDULE
The PHS track schedule includes the following meets:
Feb. 16 - Wylie East
Feb. 25 - McKinney Boyd Relays
March 4 - Waxahachie Life Relays
March 16 - Princeton Panther Relays
March 23 - Al Rholes Relays in Van
March 30-April 2 - Texas Relays in Austin for qualifiers only
April 12-13 - 4A District 12 Meet in Princeton
April 20 - Area Meet in Crandall
April 28-29 - UIL Regional Meet at Texas A&M-Commerce
May 12-13 - UIL State Meet in Austin

PHS COLLEGE MEGAFEST
There will be a College Megafest from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. With this event, there will be information for North Texas youth about steps to take to achieve academic goals.

The College Megafest will consist of workshops and panel discussions surrounding the following topics:
  1. SAT/ACT prep course
  2. Career discussion panel
  3. Financial aid information
  4. Universities/colleges overview
Students who participate will have the benefit of attending an SAT/ACT workshop free of charge, listening to professionals from their desired career and opportunities to shape their academic outlook. Students who participate will also have the opportunity of receiving one of several academic scholarships.
 
For those that would like to apply for the scholarships, email collegemegafest@gmail.com to obtain a packet.
Click here for an event flyer.
 
PHS SIX WEEKS TESTS
PHS is administering six-weeks tests following this schedule:

Feb. 15: electives, math and language arts
Feb. 16: social studies and science
Feb. 17: makeup testing

PHS AP TEST REGISTRATION
Registration for AP exams is underway.

Who: AP exams for Spring 2017 are for those students currently enrolled in an AP course or have previously taken an AP course. Currently enrolled students are required to test by the AP Contract (signed at the beginning of the school year). Students will receive a copy of the 2017 AP Bulletin for Students and Parents from their AP teacher(s) in January.

What: AP exams are given in May during a 2-week period that is set by College Board. Specific details regarding testing dates/locations/times will be shared closer to testing.

When: Registration for AP exam(s) begins Tuesday, Jan. 3, and ends Friday, March 17.

Where: Students must register and pay the remaining balance for all required AP exams using the online registration system at http://aptestservice.com/princeton. Cost for each exam is $90. Students were required to pay a $10 per exam deposit during the fall semester. Students with Free/Reduced lunch status will have a discounted rate. However, these students must visit with Mrs. Wendy Cain (counselor/AP coordinator) to obtain a specific code before registering online. The website also contains material to assist in answering questions for both students and parents.

Why: With qualifying AP exam(s) scores, students can earn college credit, advanced placement or both at a majority of colleges and universities in the United States. This allows students to begin their college experience with college credit(s) already awarded saving both time and money. With the signing of HB 1992, all public Texas colleges and universities are required to award credit to students who submit scores of 3 or higher on AP exam(s).
 
PHS SENIOR PANORAMIC
The senior panoramic photo is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the main gym.

PHS FCA MEETS
The PHS Huddle of FCA is now meeting in the lecture hall to make meetings more convenient for students. Meetings are 7 a.m. Fridays in E112. Donuts are provided.

Clark Jr. High 

CLARK FACEBOOK
Clark Jr. High has its own Facebook page to communicate important information for parents:
 
CLARK FCA MOVIE NIGHT
The Clark Huddle of FCA is joining with PHS to host "Movie Night" Friday, Jan. 27, immediately following the varsity basketball games. "Woodlawn" will be shown in the auditorium. Admission is free.
 
CLARK CHEER TRYOUTS
There will be a parent meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Clark library for anyone interested in trying out for 2017-2018 Clark cheerleader/mascot.

Cheer/mascot clinic is Feb. 27-March 3 in the Clark gym from 3-5 p.m.

CLARK BUNDT CAKES
The Eldorado Parkway location of  Nothing Bundt Cakes is hosting an appreciation fundraiser for Clark Jr. High. During the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 30 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Clark when you mention the promotion. Click here for a flyer.
 
CLARK TUTOR PROGRAM
Clark Jr. High has implemented a "Zeros Aren't Permitted" (ZAP) tutoring program to:
* Promote responsibility
* Decrease failures due to late/missing work
* Establish open communication between parents and teachers

Students who have late or missing work will be assigned an after-school tutoring session to complete the assignments. Teachers will communicate with parents what work is missing and will be available to help students during the tutorial session. If the assignments are turned in prior to the tutorial date, students will not be required to attend. Each subject will have ZAP tutoring on a different day:

* Monday - Math
* Tuesday - Language Arts
* Wednesday - Social Studies
* Thursday - Science

The tutor bus will be available each day for students who need transportation.

CLARK NJHS MEETINGS
The Clark National Jr. Honor Society meets the first Monday of every month. 
 
CLARK APP


CLARK FCA
Clark FCA meets at 7 a.m. every Friday in Coach Landon Cope's Room 203. Leadership also meets in Coach Cope's room at 7 a.m. Wednesdays.
 
CLARK SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.
Wednesday, March 22 - Clark spring portraits
 
CLARK TESTING
The Clark 4th six-week testing schedule is modified because of the PSTAAR.

7th grade
Feb. 15: 1-4 periods
Feb. 16: 5-8 periods
Feb. 17: Makeup day

8th grade
Feb. 15: Math practice STAAR
Feb. 16: Reading practice STAAR
Feb. 17: Science and social studies six-week tests

Huddleston 

HUDDLESTON SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Thursday, March 16 - Huddleston spring portraits

HUDDLESTON OPEN HOUSE
The spring open house for Huddleston is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.

Godwin

GODWIN FACEBOOK
Follow Godwin Elementary PTO on Facebook to stay connected with information.
 
GODWIN BOX TOPS
PTO will be collecting box top labels for the rest of the year.

GODWIN MOVIE NIGHT
The PTO is hosting family movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

GODWIN JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
Jump Rope for Hearts kicks off at Godwin Jan. 23. This year the school goal is to raise $3,500. More information will be sent home with students soon.

GODWIN 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL
The 100th Day of School is Jan. 31 and students can dress like a 100-year-old person or wear a T-shirt made with 100 items on it.

GODWIN WALKING
The Godwin Weekly Walking dates are Jan. 19 and Jan. 27.

GODWIN PSTAAR
The 4th-graders will be taking the writing practice STAAR Feb. 1. Students should get a good nights rest and eat a healthy breakfast. 
 
GODWIN SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Monday, Jan. 30 - Godwin class pictures
Tuesday, March 21 - Godwin spring portraits
Tuesday, May 2 - Godwin kindergarten cap and gown

Harper

HARPER 6-WEEKS AWARDS
The third six-weeks awards ceremony is Friday, Jan. 13, during grade level pride time. A flyer is being sent home with each student that will be earning an award and recognized during the assembly.

HARPER BOX TOPS
Harper is collecting Box Tops from now until the final submission date, Feb. 24. Collection sheets have been sent home with students in their blue folder. More sheets are available in the front office. When submitting a sheet, only use one side and make sure both the student name and the teacher name are on the sheet so the appropriate class gets credit. For every 50 box tops submitted, the student will receive a special box tops spirit stick, and after five, the sixth spirit stick is the golden box top spirit stick. The class with the most box tops collected gets a popcorn party. Contact the principal's secretary, Frances Webb, with any questions. 

HARPER PRACTICE STAAR
The fourth-grade practice writing STAAR is Wednesday, Feb. 1.
 
HARPER SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Harper class pictures
Thursday, March 23 - Harper spring portraits
Thursday, May 11 - Harper kindergarten cap and gown

Lacy

LACY FACEBOOK
You can follow Lacy PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information at:  www.facebook.com/LacyElementaryPTO
Lacy students sort items for science.
LACY SCIENCE SORTERS
Students in Mrs. Vallery Hamilton's 3rd-grade science class sorted everyday objects based on what resource (natural and synthetic) the items were made of.  They discussed the properties of wood, metal, cotton, plastic and glass and appropriate uses for those resources because of their particular properties. 
 
LACY FAMILY NIGHT
The Lacy PTO is hosting its January Family Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Lacy cafeteria.
 
LACY CUB SCOUTS
Lacy Elementary Cub Scouts Pack 77 for 1st- through 5th-graders meets every Wednesday from 3:45-5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. Click here for an information flyer. Click here for a registration form.
 
LACY LOVES VOLUNTEERS
Lacy Elementary welcomes parents who would like to volunteer for the school. Click here to access a list of volunteer opportunities to see how you can help. Information on volunteering is also included.
 
LACY SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Thursday, Jan. 19 - Lacy class pictures
Tuesday, March 14 - Lacy spring portraits
Tuesday, May 16 - Lacy kindergarten cap and gown

LACY BOX TOPS
Lacy is collecting box tops for the 2016-2017 school year.

Smith 

SMITH FACEBOOK
You can follow Smith Elementary PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information by liking the page:
Smith Elementary PTO

SMITH YEARBOOK
Smith Elementary yearbooks are on sale for $25 until March 1. After that date, they will be $30 until sold out.
 
SMITH DRESS-UP DAYS
The Smith dress-up days for the 4th six weeks are:

Jan. 18 - Hat Day

Jan. 27 - Lemon Lime Day

Jan. 31 - 100th Day of School - decorate a T-shirt with 100 items

Feb. 1 - Exercise Day

Feb. 10 - Goofy Glasses Day

SMITH CUB SCOUTS
Smith Elementary Cub Scouts Pack 277 for 1st- through 5th-graders meets every Thursday from 3:45-5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. Click here for an information flyer. Click here for a registration form.

SMITH SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Thursday, Jan. 26 - Smith class pictures
Tuesday, April 4 - Smith spring portraits
Wednesday, May 3 - Smith kindergarten cap and gown

Community Announcements 

STORYTIME SCHEDULE
The Princeton library is hosting storytime. Weekly storytime for all ages accompanied by a parent meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Storytimes for January include:
Jan. 18 - "Winter is Here"
Jan. 25 - "Snowflake Bentley"


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the district's communications, I can be reached through this email address, jcollins@princetonisd.net or by calling 469.952.5400, ext. 3504.
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