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The evening will benefit the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Human Capital Campaign
The Capitol Steps, America's award-winning musical political satirists, will perform their wildly popular show to the new, state-of- the-art Princeton High School Performing Arts Center (located on Walnut Lane) on Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm. The evening will benefit the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Human Capital Campaign. 
Known for putting the “mock” in democracy, the Capitol Steps have charmed audiences on both sides of the aisle with its unique brand of political humor set to popular music. While the Capitol Steps are renowned for poking fun at occupants of the White House, no one is safe from their satirical barbs, from Democrats to Republicans and from Congress to the Supreme Court.
Satirizing politics via songs and skits since the Reagan years, the Capitol Steps provide an ever-changing comedic repertoire that tackles current events on an international scale. The Capitol Steps have recorded 30 albums and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials.
Humorist P.J. O'Rourke says, "The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were smarter and could sing."
About the Princeton Senior Resource Center
The mission of the Princeton Senior Resource Center is to empower older adults in the diverse community to make informed choices and live healthy lives. PSRC offers affordable services, programs and opportunities that support, educate and engage older individuals, their families and caregivers.
PSRC faces a multi-dimensional challenge: to continue to provide and grow services for olderadults who are living long, healthier, more active lives than any generation before them; build new capacity for Boomers – the largest generation in history – who are just reaching retirement age; and develop services to support the families and caregivers, both near and distant, of older adults so that they can help navigate life’s transitions with dignity and confidence.  
For tickets
General admission tickets are $35 each ($25 each for seniors and students).  For tickets, call (609) 924-7108 or online at  Benefit VIP tickets are $125 and include a 6:30pm reception, valet parking and names in program.


Valid from 11/01/2010 to 11/19/2010

Princeton High School Presents Spring Musical "The Boy Friend" 3/30, 4/1, 4/2


 Princeton High School’s Spectacle Theatre Company
presents their spring musical:

The Boy Friend

Directed by drama teacher Patricia Wray
With book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson
(Original Broadway version was in 1954) 

All performances will be at
 Princeton High School
in the
Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center

(Located at the corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Avenue)

Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 1 at 8pm
Saturday, April 2 at 8pm

Tickets may be purchased at the door:
Adults $12, Students and Seniors $7

With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the Charleston) and winning sense of humor, "The Boy Friend" is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp in the spirit of "No, No, Nanette."  It is appropriate for all audiences (rated G).

“Support the Arts at PHS!”

Valid from 03/25/2011 to 04/03/2011

Spectacle Theatre Presents Beauty & The Beast April 10,12,13 Princeton High School Performing Arts Center


Catch the magic of Spectacle Theatre's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, opening Wednesday, April 10, with discounted matinee tickets -- perfect for all ages!


Wednesday, April 10, at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday April 13, at 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday matinee: $5
Friday and Saturday: $7 for students/seniors; $15 for adults, available at the door.


Princeton High School Performing Arts Center
Entrance at Corner of Walnut & Franklin Avenues


Based on the classic animated film, this production will appeal to audiences of all ages. Complete with dancing silverware, croonig candlesticks and a hilariously egotistical villain, this "tale as old as time" speaks to young and old alike with its universal message of the transformative power of love.

Valid from 04/07/2013 to 04/14/2013

Harlem Wizards at Princeton High School Novemeber 1


October 13, 2015 (Princeton, NJ) – Mark your calendars: the Harlem Wizards are coming to Princeton High School on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 pm to entertain young and old with thrilling basketball tricks and a show full of laughs. The Wizards will play the Princeton Education Foundation All-Stars, an impressive home team that includes teachers and staff from across the school district.


“We invited the Wizards to come to Princeton because we wanted to host a fun day out for everyone in the community,” said Shazia Manekia, President of the Princeton Education Foundation, which is organizing the event. “It was also a great opportunity to show off our local talent. We have some brawn to go with our brains here in Princeton. The Wizards are going to face some serious competition.”


For more than 50 years the Harlem Wizards have been entertaining audiences across the country with shows featuring tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The two-hour spectacle is the perfect outing for the entire family and a chance to watch amazing basketball talent right here at home.


The event will be held in the Princeton High School gymnasium. Tickets purchased before November 1st are $12 for adults $10 for children. Tickets are available online at Tickets will also be available on game day at PHS for $15. Any proceeds will go toward PEF Teacher Mini-Grants, which support innovative classroom programs. For more information, please contact: or 609-806-4214.4


For media queries, contact: Fran Jones,


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About the Princeton Education Foundation

The Princeton Education Foundation was founded in 1995 to serve as a bridge between our community and the public schools, encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated almost $2 million to the public schools in Princeton, NJ.

Valid from 10/13/2015 to 11/02/2015

Annual Teen Summer Fair at Princeton High School


Annual Teen Summer Fair at Princeton High School on Wednesday, January 13 from 7 - 9pm.
Representatives from exciting summer programs will present.  Learn about teen summer opportunities in community service, travel, language immersion, cultural immersion, teen travel, sailing programs, SAT prep....
Sponsored by Tips on Trips and Camps. Hosted by the Princeton High School PTO
for more information please call Nurit at 609 497-3434.


Valid from 11/09/2009 to 01/14/2010

Grieving Teen Support Group to Continue at Princeton High School


February 18, 2013 (Princeton)-- Princeton High School guidance counselors Sonia Reso and Kristina Donovan have been awarded a Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant to continue their work with the Grieving Teen Support Group at the high school. 
“The grief and loss group gives students the opportunity to connect with others that have had similar experiences, and let them know that they are not alone in their feelings,” said Donovan. 
The $500 Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant, which is the second that Reso and Donovan have received for the Grieving program, will pay for books, other materials and a speaker. In addition, the group will increase the number of sessions from 10 or 12 to 15 this year.
The initial idea for the group came about when Reso and Donovan independently approached their supervisor about creating a support group in 2010, having both experienced significant loss in their lives.  They began working together shortly after.  With their first PEF Mini-Grant in hand, they started the program in December of 2011.
The counselors’ goal is to provide structure and support for teens as they move through the grief process. They have developed their own curriculum based on multiple techniques to teach positive coping skills. 
Student participation is recommended by teachers, counselors or their peers.  The students are excused during the school day and their participation is strictly confidential.  
"Up to the point when they enter our group, some students have yet to find an environment in which they feel comfortable sharing or processing their grief,” said Reso. “Often times, our group becomes that for them and can really aid them in moving forward with their loss."  
The Grieving Teen Support Group is one of twelve projects across the district that were supported through a Princeton Education Foundation mini-grant during the 2012 -2013
academic year. The Princeton Education Foundation established the mini-grant program to help fund innovative classroom projects that fall outside the school district’s means.
Among the many projects funded this year are elementary level reading initiatives, middle school applied science and technology projects and enhancement of a high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program with Mindstorm Robotics.
The Princeton Education Foundation was established in 1995 to serve as a bridge between our community and our public schools  -- encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception, the Princeton Education Foundation has contributed over $1,200,000 to the Princeton Public Schools for capital improvements, educational programs and teacher support.

For more information contact:
Jill Morrison, 609-994-4441

Valid from 02/23/2013 to 04/15/2013

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Develops Arts Journalism Project for Princeton High School Students



Princeton, NJ—In order to keep art alive and relevant, it should be discussed and dissected as intelligently, as entertainingly, and as publicly as possible. With that in mind, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and its PSO BRAVO! education programs are partnering with Princeton High School journalism faculty to introduce an arts journalism project for students.

Eleven Princeton High School journalism students, freshmen through seniors, will participate in the program this year. Many of the students will write preview stories on the PSO’s March 10 concert, Mystical Poetry. Others will attend the concert and write reviews, forming and articulating opinions on PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov’s interpretation and musical choices, and evaluating factors such as the expressivity and technique of the ensemble and guest soloists, Margaret Mezzacappa and Zach Borichevsky. One review will be selected for publication in the PHS student newspaper, The Tower, and all of the final projects will be posted on the PSO website,

The students, all members of Courtney Crane’s Literary Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, and Journalism Internship courses, will be introduced to the concert’s two works—Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune—through a private interview session with Mr. Milanov. In addition, students will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Milanov speak about the program at a February 28 Soundtracks lecture at the Princeton Public Library, and those attending the concert will also hear his pre-concert talk at Richardson Auditorium.

“Many of these students want to pursue careers in journalism,” says Crane. “The aim of our work is for it to be hands-on and practical, and this collaboration with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra is a perfect match for this goal. I hope this opportunity both challenges and invigorates students to report in new ways and for a new audience.”

Members of the PSO staff visited and spoke to the PHS journalism class in late February, and the staff is helping to prepare the students by providing them with concert program notes, English translations of the poetry connected with the Mahler and Debussy works, and other background reading. The staff has also recommended music blogs where some of the best examples of music journalism can be found, such as New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ “The Rest Is Noise” and Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns’ “Condemned to Music.”

PSO BRAVO!’s arts journalism project is in its first-year pilot phase. Future plans include engaging more high schools in the program, and expanding the program to involve journalism on theatre, dance, and visual art, in collaboration with Princeton’s other excellent arts organizations.


“Arts writers are in a unique position to encourage people to participate in the arts, not only by purchasing a ticket, but also by discussing what they have seen and heard,” explains PSO Education Coordinator Carol Burden. “By writing a considered response to a performance or an exhibition, arts writers can elevate the level of conversation.  The PSO wants to take this opportunity to encourage young journalists to do this well, right from the start.”





The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed PSO BRAVO! education programs reach more than 10,000 students each year. Meet the Orchestra! establishes PSO musicians in teaching partnerships at more than 30 public, private, and special-needs elementary schools throughout Central New Jersey, and stages full-orchestra performances for elementary school students each spring. At the middle school level, Listen Up! invites students to attend Classical Series concerts and create visual art in response to the music they hear. Through Master It!, advanced high school and college instrumentalists participate in public masterclasses with world-renowned artists. PSO BRAVO! also presents a variety of activities outside of schools, including the Instrument Petting Zoo at Communiversity, programs at the Princeton Public Library and West Windsor Arts Council, and the Festival of Music and Art in partnership with the Princeton University Art Museum. From kindergarten through college, PSO BRAVO! inspires the next generation of musicians and audiences.



Whether performing classical masterworks, introducing music by modern-day masters, or hosting students at their first live symphony performance, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey’s finest music organizations. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov and guided by an extraordinary Board of Trustees, the PSO offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest quality, as well as lectures and other events to complement these concerts. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and innovative education programs, carried out in partnerships with local schools and arts organizations. With funding for excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors—a Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Arts Institution—and in June 2011, the PSO received an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The only professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.


Find the PSO online at; on Facebook at; and on Twitter at


Valid from 03/04/2013 to 04/15/2013

Hearts to Haiti Benefit Concert, Princeton High School March 25. 2010


Singer songwriter Laura Cheadle, her father, James Cheadle, a jazz keyboardist and her band; Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band. Benefit for Shelter Box, American Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders. The school district has been raising money through dinners, performances, and bike sales since shortly after the earthquake. $15.,

Princeton High School, 151 Moore Street, 609-806-4300

Valid from 03/20/2010 to 03/26/2010

Princeton High School Jazz Festival April 20, 2013


The evening will culminate with guest artist Peter Erskine performing with PHS Studio Band.

Peter Erskine is an internationally renowned jazz drummer known for his versatility. He has won two Grammy awards and been voted ?Best Jazz Drummer of the Year? ten times by Modern Drummer magazine.

PHS Studio Band has won first place in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival for the last four years.


WHERE:  Princeton High School Performing Arts Center

               Walnut Street, Princeton NJ



Saturday April 20th 4-10:30 pm

Feature performance with Peter Erskine begins at 9:30.

The festival begins at 4 pm with competition performances of 8 high school jazz bands.



$10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors





The PHS Band Parents Association sponsors this event; all ticket sales support the PHS band program for travel, supplemental musical education and materials. For more information, please visit

Valid from 04/10/2013 to 04/21/2013

Washington Post Ranks Princeton High School 6 Among State's Most Challenging High Schools


In a recently released report, the Washington Post ranked Princeton High School number six among the state's most challenging high schools. The Challenging High School index identifies schools that excel in “persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests,” according to the Post. This year, only nine percent of the approximately 22,000 high schools in the nation earned the Challenging High School's Index rating and managed to reach placement on the list.


Princeton ranked high because, like the other schools on the index, a broad swath of students of all abilities, rather than solely the top performers, demonstrated a high level of college readiness. The Post's rating system factored out schools that focused only on what it calls the “elite” students, noting that many “high schools kept those rates artificially high by allowing only top students to take the [college-level] courses.”


The Post's findings lie in marked contrast to the results of the US News & World Report high school rankings released last week, which removed Princeton High School from the rankings altogether after placing PHS in the top 10 in the state and 196th in the nation last year.


Some key differences exist between the type of data used and the method of analysis in the two reports:


  • The Washington Post takes into consideration the difference between open-enrollment versus “elite” schools with highly selective enrollment, whereas US News & World Report treats public, charter, and magnet school equally, regardless of demographics and enrollment practices. The Washington Post's report does not include magnet or charter high schools that draw “such a high concentration of top students that its average SAT or ACT exceeds the highest average for any normal-enrollment school in the country,” according to the paper.
  • US News & World Report used data on Advanced Placement (AP) tests as reported by the state. The Washington Post relied upon a metric invented by the independent, non-profit College Board, the Equity and Excellence rate, which is “the percent of all graduating seniors, including those who never took an AP course, who had at least one score of 3 or above on at least one AP test sometime in high school.”
Key aspects of the Washington Post's findings are consistent with both the US News & World rankings, as well as the new School Performance Report issued by the New Jersey Department of Education: All three reports score Princeton High School very high in preparing its students for college and careers. The 2013 US News & World rankings place Princeton High School's college readiness index at 64.5 - significantly higher than the minimum score of 45.75 that US News & World Report has set for the Gold Medal status. The DOE's report rates the high school “above average” in college and career readiness, one of three key indicators. These are consistent with the Washington Post's high placement of Princeton High in its list of top schools.


The Washington Post focuses on AP courses and tests taken by students of all abilities based on research confirming the importance of doing college-level work. “AP, IB and AICE are important because they give average students a chance to experience the trauma of heavy college reading lists and long, analytical college examinations. Research has found that even low-performing students who got only a 2 on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP,” according to the Post.

Valid from 05/01/2013 to 06/15/2013

“Princeton's Black History: A Pictorial Retrospective” in Princeton High School's Numina Gallery


Princeton High School's Numina Gallery will celebrate Black History Month with the exhibition “Princeton's Black History: A Pictorial Retrospective”.  The exhibition incorporates several collections from The Historical Society of Princeton, Shirley Satterfield and the Princeton Regional Schools Archive.  The exhibit, which includes photographs from the 1860's to the 1960's, highlights three topics: education, people and buildings.  Numina members created a documentary that includes interviews of Shirley Satterfield and Jim Floyd, which will play on opening night.

Opening Night Friday February 3, 6-8 PM
Wednesday February 13: 2-4 PM and 10:30-10:50 AM
For more information:

Valid from 01/31/2012 to 02/29/2012

Princeton High School Wins NJ Regional Science Bowl


Princeton High School won the N. J. regional tournament of the Department of Energy's Science Bowl, held at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on Feb. 25, 2012.  The five-student team was undefeated coming into the tournament and had to beat West Windsor-Plainsboro to clinch the championship trophy.


Members of the award winning team are: Sadik Shahidain (captain), Sasha Chhabra, Kathy Huang, Yuval Wigderson, and Enric Boix, along with coach Tim Anderson and assistant coach Andrea Panagakis. This is the first time that the PHS team has won the coveted prize.


Established in 1991 as the National Science Bowl (NSB), the tournament is recognized nationally as a highly competitive science education and academic event. Teams of high school students compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.


The PHS team earned an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national Science Bowl championship April 26-30, 2012.
 (l. to r.) Enric Boix, Kathy Huang, Andrea Panagakis (Asst. Coach), Sadik Shahidain (Capt.) Sasha Chhabra, Yuval Wigdserson, and Tim Anderson (Coach)

Valid from 02/28/2012 to 04/15/2012

Upcoming Arts Events at Princeton High School


As always, Princeton Regional Schools is proud to provide a high-quality arts program to the community, and the end of the school year provides an especially rich array of events. Below are a few of special interest:

PHS Band Concert, 5/22, 7:30 PM, PHS PAC
PHS Orchestra Concert, 5/23, 8:00 PM, Bristol Chapel on Westminser Choir College campus
PHS End-of-Year Student Art Show, 6/1, 6:00-8:00 PM, Numina Gallery*
PHS Studio Band 35th Annual Concert, 6/2, 8:00 PM, PHS PAC
PHS Choir Cabaret Night, 6/9, 7:30 PM, PHS PAC

Other events are on my calendar at

*The annual Student Art Show, which promises to feature creative pieces in a variety of media, is sure to provide some wonderful photo opportunities!

For more information, contact Pat Lenihan at

Valid from 05/14/2012 to 06/10/2012

SAVE THE DATE! Annual Teen Summer Programs Fair at Princeton High School January 18, 2012


Tips Consultants along with Directors and Representatives from exciting summer programs will be present.  Learn about teen & tween summer opportunities in community service, travel, language immersion, cultural immersion, teen travel, photography, creative writing, theater, culinary, sailing, SAT prep, and more.  If you have younger children or cannot make it to the Fair, Tips can help you find the overnight camp or program you are looking for.


Sponsored by Tips on Trips and Camps - a free advisory service
Hosted by the Princeton High School PTO
For more information please contact:
Nurit at 609 497-3434

  Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 7 - 9pm.

Valid from 09/10/2011 to 11/10/2011

Princeton High School Big Band Dance January 28, 2011


Whether you love to dance or simply enjoy listening to live music, come join the fun at the PHS Big Band Dance! The award winning Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform Big Band classics and popular music from across the decades. From Glenn Miller to Michael Jackson, from Count Basie to Aretha Franklin, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The band dance is a fundraiser with proceeds going towards continuing musical education and participation in band competitions.
COST: Adults $6, Students and Seniors $4

WHAT: Princeton High School Big Band Dance
WHERE:  Princeton HS Café
               151 Moore Street, Princeton NJ
WHEN:    Friday  January 28th 7 pm- 10pm

Valid from 01/02/2011 to 01/29/2011

Princeton High School Presents "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" March 19-21


Princeton Public Schools - Arts Event


Spectacle Theatre's spring musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at Princeton High School

This high-spirited musical tells the story of a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness.  Her plan to civilize, and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law backfires, when the brothers kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.


When: March 19 - 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Princeton High School Performing Arts Center (corner of Franklin Avenue and Walnut Lane)

Admission: $10 adults/$7 students/seniors. Available at the door and during break in the main intersection the week of March 16

Valid from 03/11/2015 to 03/22/2015

Annual Holiday Big Band Dance at Princeton High School


The Princeton Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble will be holding the Annual 
Holiday Big Band Dance at Princeton HIgh School on Friday, December 11 
from 7:00pm- 10:00pm.  Swing dance demonstrations will be provided by 
instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton.  Tickets 
are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and seniors.  For more 
information visit the PHS Band webpage at

What:  Holiday Big Band Dance
Where: Princeton High School, 151 Moore St. Princeton NJ
When: Friday, Decmeber 11, 7:00 - 10:00pm

Why:  Proceeds benefit the PHS Band Program.
Tickets: $6.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors


Valid from 12/02/2009 to 12/12/2009

The Princeton High School Choir Performs Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Gondoliers' October 19 & 20


The Princeton High School Choir will be performing Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan’s twelfth operetta, on October 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., in the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center.




Filled with satire and love triangles, Gondoliers follows the story of a young bride who travels to Venice to marry the heir of the throne of Barataria only to find that he cannot be identified, since the drunken gondolier entrusted with the heir’s upbringing mixed up the heir with his own son.




The Choir’s performances of Gondoliers will be one of several fundraisers for their scheduled trip to Italy and Slovenia in February 2013. Gondoliers is a great way to introduce students to Venice in anticipation of their trip, as well as a great way to introduce audiences to these young performers' diverse musical talents.



Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available in advance at the box office in the lobby of the Princeton Public Schools Performing Arts Center, at the rear of Princeton High School, on the corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Avenue. The box office is open

on Tuesday and Thursday, October 16 and 18, from 6-8pm, and one hour prior to performances.



For more information, please contact choir director Vincent Metallo at 609-806-4280 x3792


Valid from 10/09/2012 to 10/21/2012

Instrument Sale at Princeton High School November 9-11


The Princeton Public Schools Music Department, in partnership with the Rockely Family Foundation, will hold an instrument sale November 9 - 11 at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center.  Acoustic pianos, digital pianos, guitars and violins will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit a unique loan program that has enabled, through the support of the Rockley Family Foundation, the music department to use new acoustic pianos at no charge.


Instruments for sale include grand pianos, baby grand pianos, digital player grand pianos, vertical (upright) pianos, digital pianos, orchestral string instruments, acoustic guitars, and electric guitars.  The sale will include instruments made by Pramberger, Yamaha, Seiler, Knabe, Roland, Breedlove, Tanglewood, Godin, Peavey, and other instruments manufacturers, with a discrete selection of used Steinway & Sons pianos.  Most instruments have been in service for less than one year, have been tuned, and include a full factory warranty.  Delivery and special no-interest financing is available on site.


There are two ways to view and purchase:
1)  BY APPOINTMENT:  You are invited to attend a special "private sale" on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, before the sale is open to the general public.  This will give you an opportunity to purchase with priority in selection and price reductions.  To secure an appointment time, please call: (609) 806-4321.


2)  FINAL SALE DAY:  You may attend the final sale day, without an appointment, on Sunday, November 11, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


Valid from 11/05/2012 to 11/12/2012

Princeton High School Honors Student Leaders at Gold Key Award Ceremony


On Thursday, May 31, 64 juniors and seniors at Princeton High School were named 2018 Gold Key Award recipients. Gold Key Award recipients are recognized for their character, leadership, and service to the school and community. Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s Gold Key Award!

Valid from 06/05/2018 to 07/15/2018

Princeton High School Wins Shore Bowl for Second Time


Left-to-right) Alexander Zhang, Avi Zinder, Angel Fuentes-Pesquera (coach), Diane Li, and Alan Gu (Samuel Brandt, not pictured)

Princeton Junction, NJ) – On Saturday, February 3, students from Princeton High School from Princeton Junction, New Jersey won the Shore Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The Shore Bowl, which was hosted by Rutgers University, is part of a nationwide competition that tests students' knowledge of ocean science disciplines through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended team challenge questions.  A team from Princeton High School previously won the Shore Bowl in 2014. The team will join winners from 22 other regional bowls April 19-22 at the University of Colorado Boulder for the NOSB Finals (which will be co-hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences). Students on the championship team include Alexander Zhang, Avi Zinder, Diane Li, Alan Gu, and Samuel Brandt (team photo below). They are coached by Mr. Angel Fuentes-Pesquera.


The NOSB, a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is building our next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates, and informed citizens by educating them in timely and relevant ocean science topics that are already a part of our future. The competition theme is Our Ocean Shaping Weather. Around the country - whether you're in a hurricane's path or seeing fewer snowfalls in the Rockies – you can see the effect of the ocean's influence on your weather. The ocean absorbs half of the sun's heat that reaches Earth, influencing weather on a global scale as currents move water and heat around the planet and as evaporation of ocean water leads to precipitation. One small change in ocean conditions can produce variations in weather patterns (in the short-term) and climate (in the long-term).


"This year, our theme hit a little closer to home than usual when our two Texas bowls had to be cancelled due to damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey," said Kristen Yarincik, director of the NOSB at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. "But the NOSB community really pulled together and embodied the ideals of the program when the Trout Bowl in Colorado offered to accept teams from Texas that wanted to compete. Thanks to donations from over 70 individuals, four teams made the trek from Texas to Colorado last weekend. It's this dedication and commitment around the nation, from the students and teachers all the way to volunteers, regional coordinators, and sponsors, that inspires me. Congratulations to all our competitors, and to our regional winners – we look forward to seeing you in Colorado."


For more information about NOSB, visit

Valid from 02/08/2018 to 03/15/2018

Diane Ravitch to Speak at Princeton High School Nov. 4


Diane Ravitch
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
November 4, 2013, 4:00 - 5:20 pm


Save Our Schools NJ, Labyrinth Books, and Princeton Public Schools invite you to hear Dr. Diane Ravitch speak about her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.  Ravitch, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, is leading a national battle to save public education. She will put forth a plan for what we can do to protect and improve public schools, including here in NJ.


Reign of Error is an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair. It is an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement,  which is draining students and funding from our public schools. Diane Ravitch argues that federal programs such as George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind and Barack Obama's Race to the Top set unreasonable targets for American students, punish schools, and result in teachers being fired if their students underperform, unfairly branding those educators as failures. She warns that major foundations, individual billionaires, and Wall Street hedge fund managers are encouraging the privatization of public education; some for idealistic reasons, others for profit. Ravitch makes clear what is right about U.S. education, how policy makers are failing to address the root causes of educational failure, and how we can improve our public schools rather than destroying them.


Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University.  She was assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education in the administration of President George W. Bush and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by President Bill Clinton. She is the author of seven previous books on education, including the critically acclaimed The Death and Life of the Great American School System and Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform.


Valid from 10/10/2013 to 11/05/2013

Aaron Silverstein -- Princeton High School -- 11th grade


Authors: Aaron Silverstein

Two days after sitting at my wooden desk and taking my final exams, I found myself overlooking the mountainous and fog-covered skyline of Kathmandu, Nepal.

I had spent my previous eight summers at a sleepaway camp in Maine, and I had aged out of it. So, in a span of an hour or two sometime in March or April, I went online and googled "Cool summer programs for high schoolers," read a description of a three week expedition to Nepal, and basically just signed up. I wanted an adventure.

And I sure got one. I will definitely remember it for the rest of my life.

My best friend and I, along with eight other high schoolers from across the U.S., had an absolutely amazing time. Our first week was spent in the capital city of Kathmandu, where we visited Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries and developed a connection with the vibrant city and the incredibly kind people within it. That first week made me realize something that would be true for the remainder of the trip: the people of Nepal were amiable and accepting. They truly welcomed outsiders like us and helped us adjust to their way of life: their food, song, dance, dress and customs.

I became even more immersed in the Nepali lifestyle in week two. We took a seven hour bus ride from Kathmandu to the rural village of Nurakowt. During this ride, we had to get out of the bus twice so roads that didn't exist prior could literally be built to enable us to get to our destination. But before we got to the village, we took a pit stop at a rice planting festival that another nearby village was having to celebrate the harvest. We crossed a terrifying suspension bridge and were welcomed with open arms to the festival by the locals. We didn't speak their language and they didn't speak ours, but they motioned us to this huge pool of mud, where rice would be planted later that day. The next hour was pure happiness: we danced and tackled each other in the mud, the locals teaching us Nepali dance moves while we all dove headfirst into the brown, warm slosh. That was an experience I'll replay in my head over and over again.

Our week in the village was awesome. In the mornings, we taught 16 and 17 year old Nepali students English. I lead a lesson about emotions and feelings, and I also learned some of the Nepali language, in addition to making great friends in the process. In the afternoons, we hauled cement, made mortar and put down bricks to help build new buildings for the village, which took significant damage along with the rest of the country from the 2015 earthquake. The people in the village were so welcoming and appreciative, which made it all so much more enjoyable. Even though I was teaching lessons in the village, it was me who learned the biggest one: the power of a strong community. These people didn’t have much, but what they did have was an incredibly strong network of family. The people of Nurakowt, whether they were in the classroom or on the soccer field or at worksites , truly cared for one another. Them allowing us to experience this community feeling alongside them was so meaningful.

My trip concluded with a five day trek on the Annapurna Circuit. Seeing over a dozen huge waterfalls flowing on different parts of the mountain's face at the same time was unbelievable. On the second day of the trek, we summitted the 10,000 foot Poon Hill, and I was literally in a cloud. We hiked for about five hours each day, and it was overwhelming when I finally saw civilization at the end. It was the perfect ending to an amazing trip.

As I said before, I wanted an adventure. And I am so glad I decided to go on this trip. Going to another country for a few weeks over the summer is something I highly recommend for a high school student. Also, many of these programs offer scholarships and financial aid; two of the eight students on my trip had their tuition paid in full by the program. It is an excellent way to experience a new culture, make great friends, help others, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. When you sit down to take your final exams in June, dream of seeing a part of the world you never thought you would.

The Program's Website:

I received 50 community service hours for my work in the village.

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Michaela Guo -- Princeton High School -- 11th Grade


Authors: Michaela Guo

This summer, I learned again and again the power of inclusion.

It's relatively easy to feel comfortable in a room where virtually everyone looks like you. But once you step into a room where there's nobody who looks like you, you start to get uncomfortable and a little less confident, feeling the pressure of representing everyone who looks like you. And it's easy to exit because you feel like you went into the wrong room.

AI4ALL is a summer program that works to change that by increasing diversity in artificial intelligence. For three weeks, I lived with 31 other rising juniors from all across the country. We explored neural networks and various machine learning algorithms, applying what we learned in groups to four real-world applications: computer vision, natural language processing, the Internet of Things, and the Fragile Families Challenge(using big, complicated, messy data, predicting certain aspects of a child's future, and improving the lives of disadvantaged children). It was amazing to be surrounded by people from vastly different backgrounds who all connected through an enthusiasm to learn.

Most fascinating for me was the heavy emphasis on ethics surrounding AI and its social impact, discussing accountability issues, privacy risks, and the consequences of a lack of inclusion. If the developers of technology are of a select group, then the technology will only properly serve that set of people because the creators simply will not have the perspectives (and thus won't notice needs) that a diverse set of people will. AI is at the intersection of all fields; it’s applicable everywhere from health to law. So if it's learning to be biased, what will happen to all the decisions we trust it to make? It seemed to me like robots couldn't really have prejudice — they're programmed machines, after all. But already, they show bias; take, for example, a "beauty contest robot" that learned off of training data to prefer lighter-skinned models. And with automation and globalization advancing so rapidly, when we don't provide everyone with access and opportunity to understand, use, and develop the technology that shapes our world, then we exacerbate economic and social disparities. The machines of our future will reflect the biases of the current creators; we have to think about not just who technology is working for, but who it can and will work against.

I learned to be more cognizant of the risks and ethical issues that always come with the benefits of any technology. The threats of “Terminator” takeovers are not those we should be most concerned about when it comes to machine learning and technology; we should be questioning the massive economic, social, and political impact technology has. Purposefully including those that often get pushed out of or don't even get access to a field like AI is so so vital. We shape the technology that will shape us and our future, so we need the diversity of perspective and background in every step of development — something that can often only be achieved through conscious inclusion.

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Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant Funds Princeton High School Program


March 20, 2013 (Princeton, NJ) - For the past ten years Janet Felton has worked as a
speech-language specialist at Princeton High School. Last fall, after attending a workshop
on executive functioning – the set of skills we use to plan, organize, initiate, and complete
activities - she shared what she learned with her colleagues in the Princeton Public School
District. The workshop was full of useful student-friendly tools to assist students in
managing their emotions, their time, and their school assignments.

Executive functioning skills help us to sustain our attention and persist in the face of
frustration. For many of Ms. Felton’s language impaired students, concepts regarding time,
time management, and self-regulation need frequent reinforcement. It is important to
provide easily remembered cues for students to use when expressing themselves,
especially in writing assignments. With school budgets already in place, Ms. Felton turned
to the Princeton Education Foundation’s Mini-Grant program to secure the funding needed
to bring a variety of these tools into her classroom through the Executive Functioning and
Emotional Regulation Program.

“What has been really exciting about introducing these materials to my students is learning
which ones help build up the students’ confidence in expressing themselves. I have been
discussing these tools with the District’s Student Services office and have made
suggestions to incorporate a few of them at the elementary
and middle school levels, so that students can get the
benefit of these organizational tools earlier in their
schooling,” said Felton. One especially helpful tool is a
simple string of seven colored beads that helps students
remember the important components of telling a story.
Another “helps students organize their homework tasks by
using SMART, a conceptual framework that stands for
Sheets, Materials, Actions, Resources and Technology,”
continued Felton, who works along side many teachers in
the classroom to integrate these time management skills
when the students participate in classes alongside their

Felton received an $876 Mini-Grant from the Princeton
Education Foundation to buy materials for she and four
other teachers she is training. The Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation
Program is one of twelve projects across the district that received a Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant during the 2012  -2013 academic year. The Princeton Education
Foundation established the Mini-Grant program to help fund innovative classroom projects
that teachers wish to try in their classes.

Among the many projects funded this year are elementary level reading initiatives, middle
school applied science and technology projects and enhancement of a high school STEM
(science, technology, engineering and math) program with Mindstorm Robotics.

The Princeton Education Foundation was established in 1995 to serve as a bridge between
our community and our public schools -- encouraging private philanthropy to enhance
public education for students at all levels. Since its inception, the Princeton Education
Foundation has contributed over $1,200,000 to the Princeton Public Schools for capital
improvements, educational programs and teacher support.

For more information please contact:
Jill Morrison

Valid from 03/20/2013 to 05/15/2013

Big Band Dance at Princeton High School


Princeton, NJ – January 7, 2009 - The award winning Princeton HS Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble invites the community to get out their dancing shoes and join them for a Big Band Dance.  The dance this month will be the last local performance prior to the Studio Band performing in Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 5.


The Band Dances give both students and community members the opportunity to get out their dancing shoes and have some fun.  “It is great to see members of the community both, young and old, together at our dances having a great time,” says band director Joe Bongiovi, “It doesn’t matter how well you dance, it is just great way to spend a Friday evening.”


The dance is a fundraiser with proceeds going towards continuing musical education and band travel. Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and seniors.  Food and beverages will be available for sale.  Further information and tickets are available on line at


The Studio Band has been a Princeton High School staple for 33 years. The band won the NJAJE Division II State Championships two years in both 2008 and 2009.  They also won the Disney Jazz Festival Competition in January of 2009.   The Studio Band has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in March during a program which highlights outstanding high school music programs.  The Studio Band’s is the first jazz band to be invited to perform in the annual program.  The Band dances help the students practice performing in public and help to raise funds to offset the cost of the trips and competitions.


Friday, January 22 at 7:00-10:00 in the PHS Cafeteria



Deanna Anderson 

23 Bodine Dr.

Cranbury, NJ 08512

Ph: 609-395-67

Valid from 01/07/2010 to 01/23/2010

Princeton High School Junior Wins Co-Championship at National All-Girls Chess Tournament


Apr 19, 2015, Chicago, IL. At the 12th Kasparov Chess Foundation National
All-Girls Chess Championships, Princeton High School Junior Alice Dong was
one of the co-champions of the top Under 18 section, with 4 wins and 2
draws. This was her third time winning a national since she began playing
chess in second grade.

This year edition had attracted 358 girls nationwide, a new record. The
top section, under 18, was much stronger than previous years. Among them
were 5 USCF Experts (above 2000), 1 WFM,  1 WIM from Canada, and a couple
of Class A players. Alice entered the field as the fourth seed. It was
projected to be a tough fight.

The road to the top was proved to be even more bumpy than expected. Right
before the flight to Chicago, Alice got stomach ache. She vomited
everything out in Chicago airport. Only on the way to the hotel she got a
little rest while being stuck in Chicago Friday afternoon traffic. She
arrived only a few minutes before the first game began, completely missing
the open ceremony. She finished the night with a solid win. But for the
next two days, she had to take Tylenol to mitigate her pain.

All games were 3 hours long, and as a scholastic tournament, 6 games had
been packed into a fast-paced weekend. As one of the top girl players in
US, Alice was not unfamiliar with long games and packed weekends. In last
9 years, she had spent most of her long weekends at some large chess
tournaments, playing games that could last 6 hours each. In the recent
Philadelphia Open, in the first game she was playing against the top seed
of her section. The game lasted 5 and half hours, way past mid-night. She
got home around 2am and after sleeping a few hours she sat back to the
board for the next round.

In the last four rounds, Alice played against the other four top seeds,
won two and drew two, holding herself solidly among the top.

Alice was happy to see that so many girls had come to play. She always
felt quite lonely when playing in large tournaments, against boys and
adults. To promote chess among girls, she organized the NJ All-Girls Chess
Camp last November, which was a huge success. 41 girls had attended the
2-day free camp, having fun and making new friends. She wish she could
introduce more girls to chess this year. You can find the camp information


Valid from 04/28/2015 to 05/31/2015

Students from Princeton High School Head to Colorado for 21st Annual National Ocean Sciences Competition


Five students from Princeton High School will compete against other top high school scholars in the 21st annual National Finals Competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) this Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22. The Princeton High School team won the Shore Bowl regional competition and joins 22 other regional winners (out of more than 350 competing teams) at Finals at the University of Colorado Boulder (hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES)). This is the first time students from Princeton High School have competed in the NOSB Finals.


The Princeton High School team consists of: Samuel Brandt (10th), Alan Gu (10th), Diane Li (12th), Alexander Zhang (12th)., and Avi Zinder (12th).


We are very excited to have won the regional competition, Shore Bowl, and to have the opportunity to travel and compete in the National Oceanic Science Bowl. These competitions have increased the leadership of our students, their enthusiasm to learn as much as they can about our Oceans and most importantly they have fun in the process.


Students will test their knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology by answering buzzer-style, multiple choice questions, and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions. They will also participate in the Science Expert Briefing, a mock congressional hearing where they present science recommendations on a piece of legislation, enhancing their critical thinking skills and building a better understanding of the broader context of science. 

The NOSB, the signature education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is building the next generation of ocean-literate citizens and scientists, educating them on timely topics that will remain relevant for years to come. The Finals theme this year is Our Ocean Shaping Weather.

Supporters at home can follow the Princeton High School team at the NOSB National Finals competition this weekend on Twitter (@NOSBRocks), FacebookInstagram, and Tumblr using #NOSB18.

Valid from 04/22/2018 to 05/01/2018

Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant leads to new mural at Princeton High School



January 7, 2013 (Princeton) - Thanks to funding from the Princeton Education Foundation, Princeton High School art student Klair Siciliano will lead a project this spring to create a permanent mosaic mural outside one of the high school’s art rooms. Siciliano was chosen to lead the project by art teacher Linda Nickman, who assigned Siciliano a similar project last year to help complete an existing mosaic on a door surround wall inside the art classroom.


This current project is on a grander scale, covering three walls around the entrance to the art classroom, and will be seen by thousands of people - students, faculty and school visitors now and for years to come.


Siciliano was asked to design the mural, which will be filled with colorful tile and glass. Her preliminary concept designs were drawn to scale and shared with PHS principal Gary Snyder and superintendent Judy Wilson who jointly approved the project plans.  


Princeton High School does not have the budget to support these types of special projects. Enter the Princeton Education Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to help bring to life innovative projects and programs that fall outside the school district’s means. The mural project won a Princeton Education Foundation mini-grant, funds that teachers may apply for to support specific programs to enhance their classroom teaching.


Last year, twelve projects across the district were supported through a Princeton Education Foundation mini-grant. Among the many projects are elementary level reading initiatives, middle school applied science and technology projects and enhancement of a high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program with Mindstorm Robotics.


With a $1,000 mini-grant secured by Nickman for the mural, Siciliano was able to begin work. She visited a wholesale tile and glass distributor and acquired the necessary supplies. All PHS Studio Art 3D students will contribute to the project by making small circular tiles with positive phrases and/or images that they choose as a 'legacy' to inspire those who view this large mosaic. These white-on-white tiles will be made from clay and fired in the kiln at the high school, and will unite to form the background and add interest and texture to the psychedelic-colored flower burst design. 


The Princeton Education Foundation’s support of this project illustrates how the organization can enhance the education of Princeton's public school students. Only by providing these wonderful opportunities can potential be developed. In this case, perhaps even the next Michael Graves!


Valid from 01/07/2013 to 02/28/2013

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