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Email Express for week of March 20

Because of UIL conflicts, this week's email is coming out early. This is the 28th 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 INFORMATION ONLINE
Information about the upcoming bond election is posted on the district website. This includes an informational brochure, as well as a tax rate calculator.

Click here to access the informational brochure, which is available in English and Spanish.

Haga clic aquí para acceder al folleto informativo, que está disponible en inglés y español.

Click here to access the tax rate calculator to determine the proposed increase for your property taxes.

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.

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.

PISD NIGHT AT ARENA FOOTBALL
Allen Event Center is hosting Princeton ISD Night at the Texas Revolution arena football game at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8. There will be pre-game performances by the band, choir and cheer team. Family and friends VIP discounted tickets to the game are available at www.TinyURL.com/PISDNight. For information, call 972-422-PASS.

FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC
The PHS basketball program is hosting free skills clinics from 3-5 p.m. Saturdays, April 1 and May 6, for children in 1st through 6th grades. Click here for more information.

TENNIS ACADEMY
The Princeton Tennis Academy is offering two sessions this spring. The first is underway until April 11, and the second is April 18-May 20. Click here for information.

NO SCHOOL
PISD schools and offices will be closed Friday, April 14, for Good Friday. Normal classes and office hours resume Monday, April 17.
 
2017-18 CALENDAR
The PISD Board of Trustees will consider the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at tonight's meeting. Click here for the draft of next year's calendar.
 
BUS DRIVERS NEEDED
PISD needs bus drivers for immediate openings.
-Guaranteed hours
-Starting at $14.50/hour
-Holiday fund offered
-$1,000 completion bonus
A CDL with a P&S endorsement preferred for this position.
Contact transportation department at 469-952-5400, ext. 2072.
 
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.:
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.
 
2016-2017 CALENDAR
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 

OPEN HOUSE
Open house for PHS is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. In addition, projects from the science fair will be displayed in upstairs C Hall and CATE programs will be featured in the main hallway.
 
SPORTS BANQUET TONIGHT
The Athletic Booster Club is hosting the winter sports banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20, at PHS to recognize basketball, powerlifting and cheer. Pay at the door and cost is $7. Admission for athletes being honored is free.
 
NHS NEEDS EGGS
The National Honor Society at PHS is conducting Easter egg hunts for the Pre-K programs at the local elementary schools Thursday, April 13, as a community service project.

Donation of plastic eggs and individually wrapped candy or pre-stuffed eggs are needed by April 5. Email jcollins@princetonisd.net if you have questions. Donations can be dropped off at the PHS office or in Mrs. Collins Room D201.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS POSTED
Several local scholarships are now posted on Naviance for current seniors, with more to come soon.
 
GIRLS SOCCER ALL-STATE
Seniors Kaylee Dotson, Melissa Bewley, Reychal Grimaldo, BriAna Lacey selected to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Academic All-State Team.
 
GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFFS
The Lady Panther soccer team will kick off its playoff run vs. Crandall at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Royse City stadium at FM 2642 at Interstate 30.
 
BOYS SOCCER ALL-STATE
Senior soccer defender Eugenio Cervantez was named Academic All-State Honorable Mention by the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO).
 
BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFFS
The Princeton Panthers face Kaufman in the first round of soccer playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Community High School.
 
BASKETBALL ALL-STATE
Senior Shelbi Cook was selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A All-State and Academic All-State basketball teams.
 
POWERLIFTING ALL-STATE
Ginger Phennel was named to the Academic All-State Elite team and Emily Jondron was named to the Academic All-State 1st Team for powerlifting.
 
STATE DEBATE
The Princeton UIL CX debate team placed 5th at the 107th CX state debate tournament. Team members are Jourdyn Albaugh and Jordyn Benavides. Freshman team includes Eden Burke and Taylor Daugherty.
 
PROM DRESSES
For nine years, Allen Community Outreach's Princess Project has collected gently used and new prom dresses, shoes, accessories for girls in Collin County that need help. The prom season is kicked off with a party, and many dresses are sold at a discounted price or given away to those in need.

See a PHS counselor for more details and to obtain a VIP access wristband. Event details are:

9th annual Princess Project
Suncreek United Methodist Church
1517 W. McDermott
Allen, Texas 75013
Thursday, March 23
VIP access begins at 5:30 p.m. 
Doors open 6-9

Also, Allen Community Outreach is looking for more donations of gently used prom attire.

DUAL CREDIT CHECKLIST
Prospective dual credit students need to complete steps to enroll in dual credit courses for next year.
As of today, the following steps should be completed:
 
A. Complete the online application for Collin College. Go to https://apply.collin.edu
You will receive an email from Collin within a few days assigning a CWID number. Do NOT lose this number. It is the equivalent of your Student ID. You will also receive information on how to log on to your Cougar Web account. Do NOT lose this information. You will need this to complete enrollment and submit assignments.
 
B. Pick up your counselor-signed dual credit enrollment form (See Ms. Megan Guinn in the counselors' office)
 
C. Complete the dual credit enrollment form with all signatures. This must have your CWID number in order to be processed.
 
D. Complete the meningitis form (gray form). This needs your signature and CWID number.
 
E. Complete the mandatory training on preventing sexual violence. This video is located on the Student Tab in your Cougar Web account. 
 
F. Turn in the dual credit enrollment packet (the enrollment form and meningitis form) to the counselor's office. Upon receiving this, we will send Collin College your transcript and testing information. 
 
If you have taken a dual credit course with Collin College before, you may skip steps A and E. 
 
These forms must be turned in by Tuesday, April 18, in order to be eligible for dual credit courses next year. Schedules will be changed for all students who have not turned these forms by April 18.   
If you have any questions, contact your high school counselor:

Wendy Cain (A-F) wcain@princetonisd.net
Kayla Walling (G-M) kwalling@princetonisd.net
Robin Baggerman (N-Z) rbaggerman@princetonisd.net
 
AP TESTING SCHEDULE
Every student enrolled in an AP class will be testing. Late registration ends March 24. Testing schedule:
Tuesday, May 2, at noon: Physics I in Lecture Hall E112

Wednesday, May 3, at 8 a.m.: English Literature (English IV) in Lecture Hall E112

Friday, May 5, at 8 a.m.: U.S. History in Lecture Hall E112

Monday, May 8, at 8 a.m.: Biology in Lecture Hall E112

Tuesday, May 9, at 8 a.m.: Calculus AB in Lecture Hall E112

Wednesday, May 10, at 8 a.m.: English Language (English III) in Lecture Hall E112

COLLIN SUMMER CAMPS
Collin College is hosting several summer camps for high school and middle school students, including SAT/ACT prep, robotics, dance and crime scene investigation. Click here for details.

CAFE FRESH
Cafe Fresh is serving hamburgers with chips and sweet tea or lemonade for $5 Friday, March 24. A dessert of cupcakes is available for $1. Cafe Fresh is cash only.

TRACK RECORD
Dylan Templeman broke the school discus record, which was previously held by his brother, Derek, with a throw of 175 feet and 6 inches.
 
CLASS OF 2017 NEWS
It's time for the Class of 2017 to prepare for their upcoming graduation activities. Click here for more information.
 
PHS NHS MEETING
The PHS chapter of NHS meets after school Wednesday, April 5, in E112. Attendance is mandatory.
 
COUNSELORS ON TWITTER
For the latest information from the PHS counselors, follow them on Twitter @PantherCounsel.
 
PHS PROM
Prom is May 13 and tickets will be on sale April 10-May 5. Prom will take place at the Eldorado Country Club in McKinney from 7-11 p.m. Prom tickets are $60. Only individual tickets will be sold.

AFTER-PROM PARTY PRIZE DONATION
Senior class officers Callie Burton and Hunter Peacher show off the after-prom prize donated by El Dorado.
The after-prom party, sponsored by El Dorado Chevrolet/Mazda, will be at PHS. All juniors and seniors are invited to the party regardless if they attended prom or not. Admission is free. After-prom starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. This year there will be a mechanical bull and a rock climbing wall.
Also, for the second year in a row, El Dorado Motors in McKinney has donated a vehicle. This year, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu will be given to one lucky licensed Princeton student during the after-prom party. Students must attend the after-prom celebration and be present to win.
 
CAREER PREP SCHOLARSHIPS
The career prep class and HHN Ministries are joining forces to raise funds for the career prep scholarship. HHN Ministries will be dancing at the half time of the Dallas Mavericks game March 23 against the LA Clippers and the Texas Legends game March 25 against the Oklahoma City Blue.  
Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the career prep scholarship fund.

Dallas Mavericks ticket prices are:
Upper Level - $22 and $34
Platinum - $84
Lower Level - $88

Texas Legends ticket prices are:
Section 104 - $15

To purchase tickets, email Coach Eric Lockman at elockman@princetonisd.net and let him know the game, price amount and number of tickets you want to purchase.
 
FFA MEETING
The Princeton FFA chapter and Friends and Family booster club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the vocational ag building.

PHS TRACK SCHEDULE
The PHS track schedule includes the following meets:
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 SIX WEEKS TESTS
PHS is administering six-weeks tests following this schedule:

April 11: electives, math and language arts
April 12: social studies and science
April 13: makeup testing

Clark Jr. High 

CLARK FACEBOOK
Clark Jr. High has its own Facebook page to communicate important information for parents:
 
FLORIDA SCIENCE TRIP
An informational parent meeting for the 2018 summer science trip in Florida will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Clark Jr. High library. Students will be experiencing NASA and behind the scenes at Disney's Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. For more information, email Breanne Luelf at bluelf@princetonisd.net.
 
CLARK NJHS MEETINGS
The Clark National Jr. Honor Society meets the first Monday of every month. 

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 5th six-week testing schedule is:

April 11: 1-4 periods
April 12: 5-8 periods
April 13: Makeup day

Huddleston 

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

Thursday, March 24 - Huddleston spring portraits

HUDDLESTON OPEN HOUSE
The spring open house for Huddleston is 6:30-7:30 tonight. 

HUDDLESTON BAND
The upcoming Huddleston band activities include:

April 25: Spring concert at PHS
May 16: Sandy Lake Funfest
May 24: Band camp packet and money ($125) due. Money can be turned in any time prior to May 24 and checks should be made payable to Sounds of Summer Band Camp.
June 7-10: Summer band camp at PHS.

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 STAAR
The 4th-grade writing STAAR and 5th-grade math STAAR is March 28.

The 5th-grade reading STAAR is March 29.
 
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.

Today - Godwin spring portraits
Tuesday, May 2 - Godwin kindergarten cap and gown

Harper

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 PTO
The Harper PTO will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the library.

Spirit assists with reading program at Harper.
Students read to Spirit.
HARPER READS
The Harper READ with Me program is in full swing. Mrs. Bunny now brings her new pup Spirit to read with the students at Harper. 

HARPER KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP
The Harper kindergarten round-up is April 3-6.

HARPER FIELD TRIPS
April 6 - 5th grade
April 13 - 3rd grade
April 13 - 2nd grade

HARPER BAND TESTING
Band testing will be April 10 for 5th-graders.

HARPER STAAR
The 4th-grade writing STAAR and 5th-grade math STAAR is March 28.

The 5th-grade reading STAAR is March 29.

Students should get a good nights rest and eat a healthy breakfast.
 
HARPER SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

Thursday, March 23 - Harper spring portraits
Thursday, May 11 - Harper kindergarten cap and gown

Lacy

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 PTO hosts "Painting with the Family" night.

PAINTING AT LACY 
Lacy Elementary PTO hosted a "Paint With the Family Night" Friday, March 17. Under the direction of high school art teacher Chelsey Rogers, attendees painted paw-themed canvases to show their Panther Pride.

LACY STAAR
The 4th-grade writing STAAR and 5th-grade math STAAR is March 28.

The 5th-grade reading STAAR is March 29.

Students should get a good nights rest and eat a healthy breakfast.
 
LACY FACEBOOK
You can follow Lacy PTO on Facebook for up-to-date information at:  www.facebook.com/LacyElementaryPTO
 
LACY SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

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 AFTER-SCHOOL ART
Forms for the after-school art class are available in the office. Art classes start after school Wednesday, March 22.
 
Smith Scientists of the Month.

SMITH SCIENTISTS
The March Scientists of the Month for Smith Elementary School were chosen for their continued achievements and awesome behavior in the science classroom. They are, from left, Mia Franco, Addison Alexander, Violet Salazar and Breonna Smith.
 
SMITH BOOK FAIR
The Smith book fair is this week.
 
SMITH STUDENT COUNCIL
The Smith Student Council will meet at 7:30 a.m. March 23.
 
SMITH FIELD TRIPS
The 1st-grade field trip is March 31.

SMITH STAAR
The 4th-grade writing STAAR and 5th-grade math STAAR is March 28.

The 5th-grade reading STAAR is March 29.

Students should get a good nights rest and eat a healthy breakfast.

SMITH DONUTS
The Smith PTO will host Donuts with Dad from 7-7:30 a.m. March 30. Forms were sent home before spring break. If you plan to attend, forms were due Monday.
 
SMITH SCHOOL PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

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 March include:
March 22: Rainbows
March 29: Spring 
 
PHS FCA
The FCA Huddle at PHS meets every Friday morning at 7 in Lecture Hall E112. Everyone is welcome and donuts are provided..

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.

HUDDLESTON FCA
The Huddleston Huddle meets at 7 a.m. on these dates:

-March 31
-April 7 - Easter special
-April 21 - Guest speaker Weldon Swann, After 35 years of teaching and coaching in public education, Swann now serves through the ministry of FCA in the northern part of Collin County.

The Huddleston FCA leadership team meets every Wednesday morning at 7. 

All FCA meetings in Mrs. Rachel Davis' room.
 
FAITH BIBLE SCHOOL
Faith Baptist is hosting a Good Friday Bible School at 1306 N. 6th St. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14. It is free for all children ages 4 years to 6th grade. Each child needs to bring a sack lunch. Register at faithprinceton.org.

BINGO NIGHT
The Noino Study Club is raising money for PHS scholarships with an upcoming Bingo Night at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Clark Jr. High.

SUMMER TRACK PROGRAM
Registration is open until May 7 for the "Fanntastic Summer" track program for $100. Practices will start at 4 p.m. April 2. See the Facebook page Fanntasticsports Track & Field for additional information. Registration is also available using this link: Fanntastic Track.
 
SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMPS
Several summer camps are available at the Collin County Adventure Camp. Click here for more information.
 
EASTER EGG HUNT
The City of Princeton is hosting its annual communitywide Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 8, at Veteran's Park in Downtown Princeton.
 
BUS DRIVERS NEEDED
PISD needs bus drivers for immediate openings.
-Guaranteed hours
-Starting at $14.50/hour
-Holiday fund offered
-$1,000 completion bonus
A CDL with a P&S endorsement preferred for this position.
Contact transportation department at 469-952-5400, ext. 2072.
 
TOUGH LIKE JACK FUND RUN
The Tough Like Jack Fund Run is June 3. Donations and sponsorships are needed. Click here for informational flyer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TRASH-OFF
The annual City of Princeton Trash-Off is 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Community Park.
 
CHAMBER CASINO NIGHT
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Casino Night fundraiser Saturday, May 13, at the 1899 Farmhouse Event Venue in Princeton. Sponsorships are available. Sponsorship levels include:

$5,000 sponsor - Logo on all event materials, recognition on website and invitations, banner at event, 3 sponsored gaming tables, 2 reserved dining tables, 20 tickets

$3,500 sponsor - Logo on all event materials, recognition on website and invitations, 2 sponsored gaming tables, 1 reserved dining table, 10 tickets

$2,000 sponsor - Recognition on website and event materials, 1 sponsored gaming table, 1 reserved dining table, 8 tickets

$1,000 sponsor - Recognition on website and event materials, 1 reserved dining table, 6 tickets

$750 sponsor - Recognition on website and event materials, 4 tickets

$500 sponsor - Recognition on website, 4 tickets

$250 sponsor -Recognition on website, 2 tickets

$100 sponsor - Recognition on website

Email  info@princetontxchamber.com for sponsor information.
 
COMMUNITY FITNESS CHALLENGE
The City of Princeton is again participating in the It's Time Texas community fitness challenge until March 31. Individuals and organizations can participate as everyone focuses on creating a healthy community. It's easy to participate and earn points toward Princeton's efforts. Click here to see how to earn points for your community. For more information, visit the city's website link at Princeton Community Fitness Challenge.

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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