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Princeton ISD "Email Express" for week of Sept. 18

This is the fifth 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. These accounts are also linked to the district website at www.princetonisd.net so you do not need social media to see the postings.
 
 
STADIUM BAG POLICY
The Princeton Panthers will face Frisco Reedy at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Ford Center at The Star, 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034. Since this is also the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, it features a clear bag policy. See details in the illustration above or click this link for details: The Star bag policy.
 
Tim Johnson celebrates after eating seven jalapeno peppers.
 
WHATA CONTEST
Rachel Nicks and Tim Johnson were big winners for their schools.
Princeton ISD schools were pitted against each other in the hottest competition of the season as Whataburger sponsored a jalapeno eating contest. Fans packed the parking lot to cheer on their favorite campus.
 
With eyes watering, PHS ag teacher Tim Johnson choked down seven large, whole jalapenos in a matter of seconds to outdo his opponents, while Smith Elementary supporters outnumbered the other schools.
 
Whataburger is making a donation of $1,000 to PHS as the winning school and $500 to Smith for having the largest number of students in the crowd (and cutest shirt by contestant, principal Rachel Nicks).
 
FFA FUNDRAISER
The Princeton FFA Friends and Family will host the annual barbecue and auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Princeton High School. The barbecue dinner is $10 per person. The auction begins after dinner at approximately 6 p.m. Click here for an informational flyer. Proceeds from the auction go toward helping to purchase FFA members livestock projects that make the ribbon sale. For more information, email tjohnson@princetonisd.net or rakins@princetonisd.net.
 
BACK THE BLUE
The Princeton Panthers are inviting the community to join them Friday, Sept. 29, as they show their appreciation to law enforcement with the Back the Blue game. In addition to beating the Melissa Cardinals, the coaches hope to bridge the gap between the youth in the community and the officers here to help.

Coach Clint Surratt said it was an easy decision to implement a "Back the Blue" game into the schedule.

"As a team, we are spending a lot of time on our core values - family, integrity, discipline, compete and pride," he said. "And all of these symbolize what police officers are all about."
The theme of the game goes along with an old adage.

"If you follow the theory that it takes a village to raise our children, then you'll understand that police officers are a huge part of our community, and therefore, do a lot to fulfill this role," he said. "This entire Back the Blue effort is to show appreciation for what they do."

Special recognition includes:
Tribute game ball
Thin Blue Line helmet stickers
Back the Blue shirts for student section
Police chief honorary captain at the coin toss
Squad car near the end zone flashing lights after a score
Game ball raffle with proceeds donated to police charity
 
SCHOOLS CLOSED
Princeton schools and offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 2, for fair day. Normal classes and office hours resume Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The PHS cheer squad was one of the parade winners.

HOMECOMING PARADE WINNERS
The Athletic Booster Club has released the results of the Homecoming parade float contest. They are:

1st place:
1st- and 2nd-grade flag football

2nd place:
3rd- and 4th-grade cheer

3rd place (tie):
3rd- and 4th-grade football and PHS cheer
 
EARLY RELEASE
PISD will release early for a band contest Wednesday, Oct. 18. Schools will observe the following release schedule: PHS releases at 12:05 p.m., buses run at 12:30 after lunch; Clark releases at 12:35 p.m.; Huddleston, 12:35 p.m.; and all elementary schools release at 1:30 p.m.
 
FOOTBALL TICKETS
Advance tickets for football games are sold from Monday until noon Friday the week of each game at the Administration Building, 321 Panther Parkway. Not all away games will have advance tickets (call for availability on these).

Cost for advance tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

All general admission tickets at the gate are $6.

Single game reserved seats will be available for $7 at the tables on game night.

Season tickets are still on sale for $36 for six home games.
 
SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on each campus to school school portraits. Order envelopes will be sent home in advance, or, to pre-order portrait packages from the company's website, click here. This option is not available for senior portraits. Dates and make-ups are:
   
School:
Date:
Lacy fall
Today
Godwin fall
Sept. 20
PHS underclass
Sept. 21
Harper fall
Sept. 22
Huddleston fall
Sept. 25
CJH fall
Oct. 3
Lacy fall retakes
Oct. 10
Godwin retakes
Oct. 11
Underclass retakes
Oct. 12
Senior retakes
Oct. 13
Harper fall retakes
Oct. 17
Smith retakes
Oct. 18
Huddleston retakes
Oct. 24
CJH retakes
Oct. 25
Lacy class
Jan. 17
Godwin class
Jan. 22
Harper class
Jan. 31
Smith class
Feb. 6
Godwin spring
March 20
Lacy spring
March 21
Harper spring
March 22
CJH spring
March 27
Huddleston spring
March 28
Smith spring
April 10
Smith kinder cap and gown
May 1
Lacy kinder cap and gown
May 2
Godwin kinder cap and gown
May 3
Harper kinder cap and gown
May 4
 
RELAY FOR LIFE
The local event for Relay for Life is 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Jackie Hendricks Stadium.
 
PISD INSTAGRAM
Princeton ISD now has an official Instagram account to share photos. Recognizing that not everyone who enjoys seeing local pictures on social media has Facebook or Twitter, the district added Instagram to showcase photos from around the district. Follow PrincetonISD on Instagram to see the kids in action this school year.
 
BELL SCHEDULES
District officials have finalized the campus bell schedules. They are:

Elementary, 8:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m.
Huddleston, 7:30 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
Clark, 7:30 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
PHS, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
2017-18 CALENDAR
The PISD Board of Trustees approved the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here for a copy.
 
NEW MOBILE APP DISTRICT ID
For instructions on using the mobile app, click here.
 
To access the parent portal for grades and attendance log in to the parent portal, visit www.princetonisd.net.
 
The new district ID is GFHYGD.
 

Princeton High School 

 
BOAT CAPTAINS NEEDED
The PHS fishing team needs boat captains. For more information, contact Randall Morris at 972-571-8867 or remorris70@yahoo.com.

FCA MEETS FRIDAY
FCA meets this Friday, Sept. 22, in the lecture hall during both lunches. Eat a quick lunch in the cafeteria then head to the lecture hall. A lunch FCA meets at 11:45 and B lunch FCA meets at 12:40. Everyone is welcome.
 
Hunter Worthy and Iris Carrillo.
HOMECOMING ROYALTY
The 2017 Homecoming king and queen are Hunter Worthy and Iris Carrillo.
 
POWDER PUFF GAME
PHS will host its 4th annual Powder Puff football game Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Jackie Hendricks Stadium to benefit the volleyball program's Dig Pink initiative.
 
Sign up in C212 to participate. This year's team combinations will be the purple squad of 9th- and 12th-graders and the pink squad of 10th- and 11th-graders. Each team will be allowed four coaches, 20 athletes, one mascot and eight cheerleaders.
   
Admission will be $3 for adults and $2 for students. Since it is a fundraiser for a charity, no athletic passes will be accepted.  
 
CAREER PREP FUNDRAISER
Some of the spirit items for sale.
The career prep program at PHS is conducting its annual fundraiser that features Panther spirit wear. The deadline to purchase is Friday, Sept. 22. Purchase from any career prep student or contact Coach Eric Lockman at elockman@princetonisd.net
 
PSAT FOR JUNIORS
Registration is underway until Thursday, Sept. 28, for the PSAT for juniors scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11. This test is a preparation for the SAT. Registration is available online only at aptestservice.com/princeton. After registration, students will receive a study guide. Cost of the exam is $19.
 
Because of changes from College Board, this exam is only geared toward juniors. Different versions of the PSAT will be administered later in the year.
 
FFA MEETING
The PHS chapter of FFA and the FFA Friends and Family booster club will meet at 7 tonight in the vocational ag building.
 
CAFE FRESH
Cafe Fresh kicks off at PHS this Friday, Sept. 22, featuring a traditional fall theme with a Frito Chili Pie bar and all the fixin's and cupcakes for dessert, as well as fruit punch or sweet tea.
 
Cost this week is only $3 for lunch and $1 for dessert. Cafe Fresh is cash only.

ATHLETIC NIGHT
The Princeton High School Athletic Booster Club will host a fundraiser night at Texas Roadhouse in McKinney Monday, Oct. 30. A portion of all food sales will go directly to the booster club to support student athletes.

SPONSORS NEEDED
Sponsors are needed for Princeton High School basketball tournament to be held Dec. 7-9. Several sponsorship levels are available. Email Coach Eric Lockman at elockman@princetonisd.net if interested. Click here for details about becoming a tournament sponsor.

PHS PORTRAIT DATES
Double T Photography has scheduled school day photos and senior portrait dates at PHS for the coming year. They are:

Underclassman photos Sept. 21
Underclassman retakes Oct. 12
Senior portrait retakes Oct. 13
 
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
PHS counselors will host a financial aid night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the PHS auditorium.
 
ACT PREP
The McKinney campus of Collin College is currently offering an ACT test prep course. Contact PHS counselors for more information.
 
PANTHER GAME DAY THEMES AND PEP RALLY INFO
Date
Opponent
-mascot
Theme
Dress attire
9/22:
Frisco Reedy
-Lions
Hunt the Lions
Camo
9/29:
Melissa
-Cardinals
Capture the Cardinals
Pep rally: Back the Blue
Patriotic wear
(red, white and blue)
10/17:
Quinlan
-Panthers
Pink Out the Panthers
Pep rally: Dig Pink
Pink out (breast cancer awareness)
10/20:
Paris
-Wildcats
Wipeout the Wildcats
Beach wear
(no swimsuits, obviously)
10/27:
North Lamar
-Panthers
Power Out the Panthers
Pep rally: Black Out
Black out
11/3:
Liberty-Eylau
-Leopards
Hunt the Leopards
Animal print
11/10:
Anna
-Coyotes
Confuse the Coyotes
Pep rally: Senior pep rally
Decades
 
COLLIN FINANCIAL AID
The Collin College Financial Aid Office will hold a financial aid presentation at each of the campuses the first week of October.
 
Representatives will address the terminology, the application process and scholarships, as well as a Q-and-A time to answer questions. According to Collin officials, this will be helpful information regardless of whether students will be attending Collin College or not. Meeting times:
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.     
Oct. 2      
Central Park Campus Conference Center 
2200 West University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071

6:30-8:30 p.m.     
Oct. 3   
Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.      
Oct. 5    
Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
9700 Wade Blvd, Frisco, TX  75035
 
Contact information:
972.758.3842 or financialaid@collin.edu
To register:     
 
2018 GRADUATION
The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 is 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Allen Event Center so mark your calendars now.

PHS PROM
The 2018 PHS prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at McKinney's Collin College conference center, 2400 Community Ave., McKinney, TX 75071. Once again, Eldorado Chevrolet will donate a free vehicle that will be given away at the end of the after-prom party.
 
SCHOLARSHIP EVENT
St. Mark MBC in McKinney will host a College Megafest CheckPoint from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The College Megafest CheckPoint is a pre-event to the annual College MegaFest held in February.  The purpose of the event is to assist students in completing college applications and applying for financial aid. Students will also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships which will be awarded in February with assistance available for the scholarship essay. 
 
To obtain a scholarship packet, email collegemegafest@gmail.com.
 

Clark Jr. High 

 
CLARK FACEBOOK
Clark Jr. High has its own Facebook page to communicate important information for parents:
 
CLARK FOOTBALL
Upcoming Clark football games are:

7th grade 
Tonight vs. Greenville (home) at 5:30 
Sept. 28 vs. Melissa (home) at 4:30
Oct. 10 vs. Quinlan Thompson (away) at 5:30

8th grade 
Tonight vs. Greenville (away) at 5:30
Sept. 28 vs. Melissa (home) at 6:30
Oct. 10 vs. Quinlan Thompson (home) at 5:30

CLARK FCA: 
Clark FCA meets at 7 a.m. Fridays in Coach Landon Cope's room.
 
Clark FCA leadership meets during break Wednesdays in Coach Landon Cope's room.
 
CLARK VOLLEYBALL
Upcoming Clark volleyball games are:

Sept. 18 vs. Bonham (away) at 5:30
Sept. 25 vs. Aubrey (home) at 5:30
Oct. 2 vs. Melissa (away) at 5:30
Oct. 9 vs. Celina (away) at 5:30
Oct. 16 vs. Anna (home) at 5:30

CLARK PEP RALLY SCHEDULE
Upcoming Clark pep rallies are:
Today at 2:10 p.m. for all 7th-graders and football, band and cheer
Sept. 28 for 8th grade

CLARK SCIENCE TRIP
Clark Jr. High will travel to Orlando next year to explore U.S. space travel at Kennedy Space Center, Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and some of the nation's most diverse ecosystems at Fort DeSoto State Park.

If your child wants to experience a hands-on science summer program, contact Breanne Luelf at bluelf@princetonisd.net. For more information, visit www.worldstrides.com and enter Trip ID #146156.
 
There will be an informational parent meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Clark Jr. High library.
 
CLARK SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Clark portraits
Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Clark retakes
Tuesday, March 27 - Clark spring portraits
 

Huddleston 

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

Monday, Sept. 25 - Huddleston portraits
Tuesday, Oct. 24 - Huddleston retakes
Wednesday, March 28 - Huddleston spring portraits

HUDDLESTON TESTS
Huddleston six-weeks test schedule:
 
Tuesday, Sept. 26 - Language arts
Wednesday, Sept. 27 - Language arts and science
Thursday, Sept. 28 - Math and social studies
 
HUDDLESTON FCA
The Huddleston FCA leadership only will meet at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Mrs. Rachel Davis' Room 310.

HUDDLESTON SEE YOU AT THE POLE
The Huddleston FCA will host See You at the Pole at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the flagpole outside Mrs. Davis' room in front of the school.
 

Godwin

 
GODWIN FACEBOOK
Follow Godwin Elementary PTO on Facebook to stay connected with information.
 
Garrett Turner enjoys a visit with four generations of family.
 
GODWIN GRANDPARENTS
Garrett Turner had a special treat for the Grandparent's Day breakfast with four generations of his family in attendance. He enjoyed his muffins with baby brother, Lincoln, mom, Meagan Turner, and his grandmother, Mandy Weaver, and his great-grandmother, Wanda Wilson.
 
GODWIN NEEDS WATCH D.O.G.S.
Godwin is searching for dads, uncles, grandpas, father-figures who want to sign up to be a part of the school's Watch D.O.G. program, which promotes father involvement with a goal of providing positive male role models while enhancing security and reducing bullying.
 
Watch D.O.G.S. will volunteer for at least one day at the school. Follow the steps below to volunteer.

1. Click this link to go to the invitation page on SignUp.com: Watch D.O.G.S 
2. Enter your email address. You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com. 
3. Sign up by choosing your dates. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

GODWIN POPCORN
Godwin PTO is selling popcorn for $1 Sept. 21 and 22. All proceeds will go toward 5th-grade science camp.

GODWIN MOVIE NIGHT
The Godwin PTO is hosting movie night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, with a showing of "Smurfs: The Lost Village."
 
GODWIN SPAGHETTI DINNER AND DANCE
 
Godwin Elementary's fifth-graders are hosting the first-ever spaghetti dinner and dance of the decades fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 29.
 
Tickets can be pre-ordered for $7 for adults and $5 for children. Cost at the door is $10 per person. Proceeds will be used to offset the cost of science camp for each student. Following the meal, the dance will feature the music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and today.
 
GODWIN TESTING
Six-week testing at Godwin will be the week of Sept. 25.

GODWIN 3RD-GRADE TEAM
3rd-grade team.
The Godwin 3rd-grade team:

From left, Adam Wallace, Madison Wilson, Jenni Christensen and team lead Meagan Turner
 
GODWIN SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 - Godwin portraits
Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Godwin retakes
Monday, Jan. 22 - Godwin class pictures
Tuesday, March 20 - Godwin spring portraits
Thursday, May 3 - Godwin kindergarten cap and gown
 
GODWIN COLLEGE WEEK
The week of Oct. 2-6 is College Week at Godwin. Ms. Wendy Crane, the counselor, will visit with each grade to talk about college. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt Oct. 6.

GODWIN PTO MEETING
The Godwin PTO will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the teacher's lounge.

GODWIN SCIENCE CAMP
Godwin 5th-graders will be at science camp Oct. 18-20.

GODWIN BOOK FAIR
Godwin Book Fair is Oct. 22-27.

GODWIN TRUNK OR TREAT
Oct. 27th: The Godwin PTO will host Trunk or Treat from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27. The school is accepting candy donations in the office. If you are interested in setting up a "trunk," contact PTO President Jonna Catenaccio at jonnacatenaccio@gmail.com.
 

Harper

 
HARPER PTO FACEBOOK
Follow the Harper PTO Facebook page by clicking this link: HarperPTO

Principal Nichole Powell makes announcements.

HARPER HUDDLE
Every Friday, administrators at Harper Elementary do live announcements and birthday shout-outs during the weekly Harper Huddle pep rally. Principal Nichole Powell gets the attention of the students using a megaphone and her "loud' socks.

HARPER CURRICULUM
Harper curriculum nights are:

Sept. 20: 4th grade 5 p.m.
Sept. 21: 2nd grade 5:30 p.m.

HARPER MATH CHALLENGE
Leah Tijerina participated in the math challenge.
Mrs. Jordan Porter's homeroom math class challenged Harper Elementary Principal Ms. Nichole Powell to a dual in the subtraction game, "Around the World." Ms. Powell faces off against Leah Tijerina.
 
HARPER TESTING
Harper is six-weeks testing the week of Sept. 25-29.
 
HARPER ASSEMBLY
The NED Show assembly is set for Harper Sept. 28.
 
HARPER FUNDRAISER
The Harper fundraiser ends today and all sales packets are due.

HARPER PTO
The Harper PTO will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 5.

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

Friday, Sept. 22 - Harper portraits
Tuesday, Oct. 17 - Harper retakes
Wednesday, Jan. 31 - Harper class pictures
Thursday, March 22 - Harper spring portraits
Friday, May 4 - Harper kindergarten cap and gown
 
HARPER POPCORN
The PTO will host Popcorn Wednesdays. Purchase a bag of popcorn for $1 during recess time to help support the Harper PTO by purchasing a bag of popcorn for $1 at recess time.
 

Lacy

 
LACY FACEBOOK
You can follow Lacy PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information at:  www.facebook.com/LacyElementaryPTO
 
LACY SPIRIT
Coach Nutt and Ms. Sauceda.
Lacy Elementary was getting in on the Homecoming festivities today with the students and staff taking part in spirit day traditions. Coach Zachary Nutt and Ms. Monica Sauceda show off their "tacky tourist" stylings.
 
LACY FAMILY NIGHT
The Lacy PTO will host family Movie Night Friday, Sept. 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Entrance is free, but there will be light snacks and drinks for sale.

LACY RED RIBBON WEEK
Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-27, and Lacy will celebrate with several spirit days to commemorate the occasion. They are:

Monday: "RED"y to live a drug free life! - Wear red. 
 
Tuesday: I'm too bright for drugs! - Wear bright colored clothes.                          
 
Wednesday: Stay in the game. Play drug free! - Wear Dallas Cowboys gear for mascot Rowdy's visit (or your favorite team shirt).
 
Thursday: Drugs are Despicable! - Dress like a minion.
 
Friday: Wild about being drug free! - Wear crazy hair.
 
LACY SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Today - Lacy portraits
Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Lacy retakes
Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Lacy class pictures
Wednesday, March 21 - Lacy spring portraits
Wednesday, May 2 - Lacy kindergarten cap and gown
 

Smith 

 
SMITH FACEBOOK
You can follow Smith Elementary PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information by liking the page:
 
Bayleigh Wilson and Emma Degollado teach a science lesson.
 
SMITH SCIENCE
Mrs. Amber McIntyre's 5th-grade science students, Bayleigh Wilson and Emma Degollado, teach a science lesson on relative density in Mrs. Alisha Cofield's kindergarten class. They demonstrated a sink or float experiment for the younger students.
 
SMITH 50TH DAY
Smith will celebrate the 50th day of school Oct. 27 by dressing in a '50s style.
 
SMITH SCIENTISTS
Smith Scientists of the Month.
Smith Elementary Scientists of the Month were selected for their hard work and positive attitude in the science classroom. They are, from left, Matteas Green, Arianna Salazar, Emma Degollado and Michael Ned.
 
SMITH SPIRIT NIGHT
The Smith PTO is hosting a spirit night at Texas Roadhouse from 4-9 tonight. There will be free activities for the kids, and the class that has the most representatives will win a class party.
 
SMITH SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 - Smith retakes
Tuesday, Feb. 6 - Smith class pictures
Tuesday, April 10 - Smith spring portraits
Tuesday, May 1 - Smith kindergarten cap and gown
 

Community Announcements 

 
 
CHAMBER AFTER HOURS
The Chamber after-hours networking is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Holiday Inn and Suites McKinney-Fairview.
 
MOVIE NIGHT
The library will host the fall Movie Night in the Park Oct. 21.
 
CHAMBER GOLF TOURNEY
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever golf tournament Monday, Oct. 9. The 4-man scramble will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Oak Hollow Golf Course in McKinney. Registration deadline is Sept. 22 and cost is $100 for individuals or $400 for a 4-man team. Fee includes dinner and awards ceremony. Sponsorships are available by calling 214-326-4771.
 
COMMUNITY YARD SALE
The City of Princeton will host the Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Community Park. Spaces are available for $10. Applications are located at www.princetontx.gov and deadline to submit is Sept. 21.
 
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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