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Princeton ISD "Email Express" for week of Dec. 11

This is the 17th 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.
 
WINTER WONDERLAND
Clark Jr. High will host "Winter Wonderland" for the community from 4-8 tonight. The event is open to the public and will feature pictures with Santa for $5 (bring your own camera), a make-your-own ornament station and a Christmas concession stand with holiday goodies. A few surprise elves will also be on-hand to welcome the children, and the halls will be festive for the holidays.

Walmart offered a discount for Angel Tree shopping. Pictured are PISD administrators Dr. Jackie Hendricks, left, and Donald McIntyre, right with Walmart store manager, Gina Langley.

ANGEL TREE WRAP-UP
StuCo sorts through 20,000+ cans.
The 2017 Lions Club Angel Tree Program hit a significant mark for its 10th year serving the children of Princeton - more than 600 kids were assisted. Deliveries are being made this week to less fortunate families who are receiving gifts of toys and clothes for Christmas, as well as food to help make their holidays a little merrier.

"There are so many people who played a significant role in this effort," Lions Club president Rene Mullins said. "But our students are really the ones who work hard to give back to the community. They adopt angels and shop together. They organize the food drives and help sort. They are amazing. The Princeton Lions Club would like to thank all the student organizations, teams and community volunteers that helped with this year's Angel Tree. They made all this possible."

The food drive also reached epic proportions this year as 20,194 items were donated to the holiday effort. That's an increase of more than 6,000 cans over last year.
This year, 611 children, including 195 families, were helped through the annual Angel Tree program. This number is up from 582 angels who were adopted last year, and this marks the 10th year that the program was able to assist every applicant.

Local businesses do their part to make this tradition a success. Several locations, including Independent Bank, Citizens State Bank and the City of Princeton, host Angel Trees on site to help spark adoptions.

And Walmart continued its community support by offering a 10 percent discount to the school district to assist when shopping for angels with the money donated to the Lions Club program.

"It's awesome that the businesses step up to support the efforts of the Lions Club and Princeton ISD," said Lions Club member and PISD administrator Donald McIntyre. "With the discount Walmart offered, it helped the dollar stretch farther. It was a huge contribution because for every 10 kids we shopped for at Walmart, we were able to save enough to shop for another kid."

VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
There will be a parent meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, in the PHS cafeteria to discuss the spring youth development program, which offers free volleyball training for Pre-K through 6th grade. Topics on the agenda include the popcorn fundraiser and clinic date.
 
 
 
ALLEN AMERICANS FUNDRAISER NIGHT
The Allen Americans will host a PHS fundraiser night Wednesday, Dec. 20. The band and athletic boosters are joining forces and will split the money raised. With each ticket sold, $5 goes back to supporting PHS band members and student athletes. In addition, the band will also be performing "America the Beautiful" and "O Canada."
 
The link to purchase tickets is www.allenamericans.com/Princeton.
 
SCHOOLS CLOSED
Princeton schools and offices will be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 9 for Christmas break. There will be a teacher workday and professional development Jan. 8-9. Normal classes and office hours resume Wednesday, Jan. 10.

CATE SALON
The CATE Salon is now open to the public on Thursdays from noon-3 p.m., with extended hours until 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays each month when school is in session. Click here for salon services with prices. Call 469-952-5400, ext. 3068 for appointments.
 
CALENDAR
Click here for a copy of the current school calendar for 2017-2018.
 
MOBILE APP 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 

 
FCA MEETS
FCA meets Friday, Dec. 15, 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. FCA alumni will be on hand to share this week.
 
BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE CHANGE
The boys basketball teams will play in Sherman today. JV at 4:30 p.m., Freshmen at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.
 
Cedrick Seefeldt with the basketball players.
 
TEACHERS OF THE MONTH
Heather Stringer with StuCo.
Cedrick Seefeldt was chosen by the boys and girls basketball programs as their Princeton High School November teacher of the month. Mr. Seefeldt teaches precalculus and assists with the debate program.
 
Student Council selected Heather Stringer as their Princeton High School November teacher of the month. Ms. Stringer teaches theater tech, and she leads the speech and debate teams for UIL competitions.

 
BAND CONCERT
The PHS winter band concert is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the PHS auditorium.
 
CHOIR CONCERT
The holiday choir concert is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the PHS auditorium.

ACADEMIC RESULTS
This speech, debate and academics students traveled to Aubrey for an invitational tournament. Results include:

Literary Criticism:
Cody Crank-1st
Elizabeth McGinty-2nd
William Wallace-6th
The three took first-place team.

Computer Apps:
Jordan Gilbert-2nd
Chase Rader-3rd

Calculator:
Noel Parra, Noel Jasso, Jacob Rogers and Abby Aradillas took 2nd-place team.

Prose:
Summer Austin-4th
Justin Parrish-5th

Duo:
Justin Parrish and Spencer Snell-1st

Program Oral Interp:
Summer Austin-3rd

Informative Speaking:
Alexis Jones-4th
Eden Burke-5th

LD Debate:
Chris Malhas-4th
 
SOCCER ALUMNI GAME
The PHS soccer program is hosting the first ever alumni game night Saturday, Dec. 30, at Jackie Hendricks Stadium.
 
The alumni women vs. PHS varsity will play at 2 p.m. The alumni men vs. PHS varsity will play at 3:30 p.m.
 
All alumni must register by email. Alumni women contact Coach Michele Housden at mhousden@princetonisd.net. Alumni men contact Coach Kent Ackmann at kackmann@princetonisd.net.
 
Registration is free and deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 22. Game shirts will be provided for all approved alumni.
 
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.
 
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 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at McKinney's Collin College conference center, 2400 Community Ave., McKinney, TX 75071. Prom tickets will go on sale in March for $60 per person. The theme is "A Night in Paris; Glitter and Gold."
 
PHS AFTER-PROM
The after-prom party will be 11 p.m.-1 a.m. May 12 at Splitsville Luxury Bowling, 351 Town Place, Fairview, TX 75069. Once again, Eldorado Chevrolet will donate a free vehicle that will be given away at the end of the after-prom party.
 

Clark Jr. High 

 
Clark hallway winners.
 
CLARK WINTER WONDERLAND
Clark principals sport Christmas suits to welcome Santa.
Clark Jr. High will host "Winter Wonderland" for the community from 4-8 tonight. The event is open to the public and will feature pictures with Santa for $5 (bring your own camera), a make-your-own ornament station and a Christmas concession stand with holiday goodies. A few surprise elves will also be on-hand to welcome children, and halls with be festive for the holidays.
 
Student Council sponsored a hall decorating contest to make the hallways more festive for the event. Clark Principal Casey Gunnels presented the first-ever Clark "Doory" award to the Heather Wood and Jessica Foote, who helped create a Winter Wonderland in their hall.
 
CLARK BAND CONCERT
The Clark Jr. High winter band concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the PHS auditorium.
 
CLARK FACEBOOK
Clark Jr. High has its own Facebook page to communicate important information for parents:

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

Tuesday, March 27 - Clark spring portraits
 

Huddleston 

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

Wednesday, March 28 - Huddleston spring portraits
 
Huddleston math students sell their goods.
 
HUDDLESTON SHARK TANK
Students raised money for Angel Tree.
Pre-AP math classes at Huddleston did a "Shark Tank" themed project. Students had to create a product, buy all supplies for less than $10 and sell the end product to their classmates. Students relate this entrepreneurial endeavor back to various math concepts learned already this year.
 
"The kids really enjoy it," Huddleston math teacher Meghan Pappas said. 
 
They spent their breaks selling their goods. There was everything from bracelets and glow-in-the-dark bubbles to flower pens and flower-shaped crayons. The project raised more than $700, which was donated to the Angel Tree Program.
 
HUDDLESTON TESTS
The six weeks tests for the 3rd six weeks are:

Dec. 19: Language arts
Dec. 20: Language arts and science
Dec. 21: Math and social studies

HUDDLESTON FCA
FCA leadership will meet Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. in Mrs. Rachel Davis' room.

FCA meeting for everyone will be 7 a.m. Friday in Mrs. Davis' room and will feature a Christmas special. Mr. Weldon Swann, who is the FCA representative for North Collin County, will be attending as a guest.

To order an FCA shirt, see Mrs. Davis at break for a T-shirt form.

HUDDLESTON LIVING MUSEUM
The Huddleston living museum is Friday, Dec. 22.

HUDDLESTON BAND CONCERT
The Huddleston winter concert is 6:30 tonight in the PHS auditorium.
 

Godwin

 
GODWIN FACEBOOK
Follow Godwin Elementary PTO on Facebook to stay connected with information.
 
GODWIN MUSICAL
The 3rd-grade Christmas musical is 6 tonight. All family members are invited to attend the Christmas musical. Students need to wear red, green, white or a Christmas shirt. If you have any questions, email music teacher, Kelly Dittman at kdittman@princetonisd.net.
 
GODWIN DRESS-UP DAYS
Monday, Dec. 18 - Wear Christmas socks
Tuesday, Dec. 19 - Wear red/green
Wednesday, Dec. 20 - Wear winter/holiday shirts
Thursday, Dec. 21 - Wear ugly Christmas sweater
Friday, Dec. 22 - Wear pajamas (school appropriate)

GODWIN CHRISTMAS STORE
The Godwin PTO Christmas store is open this week for students to shop for family members.

GODWIN TESTING
Godwin six-weeks tests are Dec. 18-21.

GODWIN PARTIES
Godwin classroom Christmas parties and pajama day are Dec. 22. Schedule:
 
Pre-K: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Kindergarten: 10-11 a.m.
1st: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
2nd: 9-10 a.m.
3rd: 9-10 a.m.
4th: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
5th: 1-2 p.m.

GODWIN YEARBOOK
The Godwin Elementary yearbook is on sale until Jan. 26 for $33. Pay cash or check (payable to Godwin Elementary) or purchase online at www.jostens.com.

If you have any questions, contact librarian, Mindi Box, at mbox@princetonisd.net.

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

Monday, Jan. 22 - Godwin class pictures
Tuesday, March 20 - Godwin spring portraits
Thursday, May 3 - Godwin kindergarten cap and gown
 
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.
 

Harper

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

Mrs. Powell's class won the schoolwide food drive.

HARPER FOOD DRIVE
The Princeton mayor and his wife, John Mark and Lisa Caldwell, provided lunch to Mrs. Taylor Powell's students, who were the winners of the schoolwide "food fight." Harper collected 5,019 items during the 3rd Annual Food Fight: The Fight Against Hunger.
 
Students create perimeter elves.
 
HARPER ELVES
Geometry elves.
To get into the Christmas spirit, Mrs. Melodi Bedell's 4th-grade math class created "perimeter elves" and measured the perimeter of the rectangular and triangular shapes that made up the elves.
 
HARPER TESTS
Harper six-weeks tests are Dec. 15-21.

HARPER MUSIC
The 3rd-graders will present the musical program, "Christmas Musical Toys," at 2:30 and 6 p.m. Dec. 21.

HARPER PARTIES
The Harper Christmas parties are Dec. 22.
 
Parents/guardians and other visitors must show ID to enter for the parties. Party schedule:
 
Pre-K 2:15 p.m.
Kindergarten 2 p.m.
1st grade 1:15 p.m.
2nd grade 1:45 p.m.
3rd grade 1:15 p.m.
4th grade 1 p.m.
5th grade 1 p.m.

HARPER LITERACY/PAJAMA DAY
Dec. 22 is Literacy Day and Pajama Day at Harper. Pajamas must be school appropriate and shoes must be worn at all times.

HARPER PHOTOS
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

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 visits the police department.
 
LACY KINDNESS
A Lacy student presents the gift.
The 4th-grade students at Lacy Elementary traveled to the Princeton Police Department to deliver their act-of-kindness gift in appreciation for all the officers do for the community. They also have prepared and delivered gifts they have created during their #15DaysofKindness challenge. So far, the 4th-graders have created homemade Play-Doh for Pre-K, written Christmas cards for troops overseas and presented a Merry Christmas banner to the staff in the front office. 
 
LACY FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Lacy PTO will host a Christmas movie night Friday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Christmas movie will begin at 7 p.m. Entrance is free, but there will be light snacks and drinks for sale. More information to come.
 
LACY PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

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:
 
Smith Scientists of the Month.
 
SMITH SCIENTISTS OF THE MONTH
Smith Elementary selected its December Scientists of the Month for their outstanding behavior and great laboratory skills. They are, from left, Miyoko Matsumoto, Antoine Sobers, Dante Garcia and Brooke Rater.
 
SMITH PICTURES
Double T Photography will be on campus the following dates to shoot photos.

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

Community Announcements 

 
BOOK SALE
The Lois Nelson Public Library has an on-going book sale to fund library programs and supplies. Books are sold for 25 cents. Sales are cash only. New books added each week.
LIBRARY STORYTIME
The library hosts storytime at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Topics for December:

Dec. 13: "Storytime with Mrs. Claus" (this storytime will be at 4 p.m. This will replace the storytime normally scheduled for 10:30 a.m.)
 
There will be no storytime Dec. 20, Dec. 27 or Jan. 3 because of the holiday schedules.
 
SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN
Santa Claus will be at Old Rooster Creek Flea Market, 10424 CR 1099, Princeton, every Saturday and Sunday in December. They will be accepting donations for a toy drive.
 
CHAMBER LUNCH
The monthly Chamber of Commerce networking lunch is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 319 McKinney Ave., across from the chamber office. Santa will be on hand to collect unwrapped Angel Tree donations.
 
The Princeton Fire Department is providing lunch.

Fire Chief Tom Harvey will be the guest speaker, and he will share some holiday home safety tips.
 
BUSINESS AND BREAKFAST
Whataburger will host the final Business and Breakfast for 2017 from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. The come-and-go networking breakfast is free.
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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