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Valid from 02/10/2013

Princeton Public Schools Green Team Launches Sustainability Certification Program


A newly formed, district-wide Green Team met for the first time on Dec. 8, 2015, to move forward with Princeton Public Schools' participation in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification process. The team is co-chaired by superintendent Steve Cochrane and science supervisor Edward Cohen. Cochrane characterized the team's formation as "a welcome opportunity for the district to actively partner with our community in reducing our collective carbon footprint."


The PPS Green Team members will advise and support the district's efforts to study and adopt practices that integrate sustainability education into the curriculum, professional training, and in choices about how the district's resources are used.  The team will recommend revisions and enhancements to the district's educational program to ensure that sustainability education is coherent, integrated, developmentally appropriate and aligned with state standards and accepted best practices. In the wake of last week's historic climate agreement in Paris, Cohen described the excitement in classrooms this week as "palpable" and added that he "...can't wait to see students brainstorming solutions to combat global warming and curb emissions" as PPS works to educate for sustainability.


This year the PPS strategic planning process includes a broad-based emphasis on wellness. A primary focus of the PPS Green Team will be to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students and to encourage them to become leaders in making their schools, communities and planet, healthier places in which to live and work. Sustainable Princeton's liaison to the team, Mia Sacks, commented, "The Sustainable Princeton motto is Change A Habit, Change The World, and what better place to start than with the children in our schools."


The approximately 20-member team includes staff, administrators, parents, community and board members. The launch of the district's certification effort comes with a great deal of support from the town, which recently received Silver status in the Sustainable Jersey municipal certification process.


PHS biology teacher Paula Jakowlew is enthusiastic about the launch of the team and optimistic about its prospects for success. "I am looking forward to working with a committed group such as this -- many of whom have long been identified with producing positive, meaningful environmental change in the Princeton community," said Jakowlew. "Parents and students should expect to see not only positive changes that will result in a more earth-friendly PPS, but also a deeper connection to the environment that has sustained Princeton."


Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue actions to promote sustainability. Certification actions were created through a rigorous review process that included state leaders and experts from school districts, state agencies, academia, government, the nonprofit sector and the business community.

Valid from 12/17/2015 to 01/30/2016

Spring Art & Music Events at Princeton Public Schools


In addition to the production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which opens with a 4:00 p.m. matinee tomorrow, April 10, and runs through Saturday, April 13, there's a rich offering of arts events throughout the district. There's no better way to celebrate the spring than to take time out and catch some amazing performances. Here's a sampling:*

Wed., April 10: JW Concert Bands Concert, 7:30 p.m. at JW Auditorium

Thurs., April 11: JW Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. at JW Auditorium

Tues, April 16: JW Jazz Bands Concert, 7:30 p.m. at JW Auditorium

Wed., April 17: JW Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Princeton High School PAC

Friday, April 19: Princeton Jazz Festival. 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at PAC

Friday, April 19: PHS Senior Art Show, 6:00 p.m. at Numina Gallery

Saturday, April 20: Princeton Jazz Festival, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at PAC

Thursday, April 25: Elementary Strings Concert, 7:00 at PAC

Upcoming in May: PHS Spring Drama (5/17-18), PHS Band Concert (5/21), Orchestra Concert (5/22), and more!

*For complete listings of arts events, go to, or visit the individual schools' websites.


Valid from 04/09/2013 to 05/30/2013

Princeton Public School's 2016-2017 Calendar


Valid from 07/26/2016 to 06/15/2017

Princeton Public Schools Announces Princeton Balance Speakers Series Oct. 8


Princeton Public Schools announces the first event in the Princeton Balance Speakers Series for 2012-13, "Healthy State of Mind,” a panel discussion with behavioral health specialists from around the region. Intended primarily for parents of middle and high school-age children, the talk will provide information and support in promoting good mental health and a sense of balance in the lives of pre-teens and teens as they negotiate life transitions, relationship challenges, and academic and social issues.


Participants: Molly Palmer, PsyD., Trinity Counseling Service; Karen Gischlar, Ph.D., Rider University; Nicole Orro, LPC, Princeton House Behavioral Health; Julie Neufeld, LCSW, Princeton; George Scott, family therapist and coordinator, Traumatic Loss Coalition.


October 8, 2012, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Black Box Theater, Princeton High School
151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540


For more information, contact Princeton Public Schools at 609-806-4215

Valid from 09/24/2012 to 10/09/2012

Princeton Public School's Performance Reports Now Available


As many of you are aware, the NJDOE issued the new State Performance Reports this week, after some delay due to necessary corrections in data and information. Because these reports include some significant changes from the old School Report Cards -- and also raise questions in addition to providing valuable new information -- the district is providing an FAQ and other information.


Attached please find the FAQ and the full press release. Additional information and links to the reports are available on the district website.

Valid from 04/13/2013 to 06/01/2013

Princeton Public Schools Lauch OVERDRIVE - A Digital Library


Neither sleet nor snow has prevented the JW and PHS Learning Commons  from participating in Digital Learning Day. Carolyn Bailey and Jen Bigioni, media specialists at the middle school and high school respectively, are using this week to publicize the launching of Overdrive,  the new Princeton Public Schools Digital Library,  which enables our students to borrow and enjoy ebooks on iPads, Nooks, and other e-readers. Our Princeton Public Schools Overdrive  contains digital versions of popular materials, such as the Harry Potter books and the Divergent series, as well as materials that support the PPS curriculum.


Digital Learning Day- which, this year was more of a  Digital Learning Week because of the weather - is a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and of effective applications of digital learning in schools to support teachers, improve learning and help students achieve at their highest potential.


Our district took the pledge and is listed among the innovators participating in the program. As part of the activities for our Digital Learning Day event, students are receiving directions this week on how to logon to the Overdrive site using their ids and passwords - and begin taking advantage of the great selections!

Valid from 02/09/2014 to 03/15/2014

Princeton Public Schools Announce New & Improved SUPER SATURDAY & Homecoming Weekend


Princeton High to play its first ever home football game at night

Princeton, NJ (September 8, 2014) -- Princeton Public Schools announced today that JW Middle School and Princeton High School will celebrate an expanded and enhanced Super Saturday & Homecoming weekend of events September 19-20. Thanks to a re-energized collaboration between students, PTO volunteers and school leaders, this year’s events promise to be the most exciting in recent memory, including a first-ever “under the lights” football game.


Homecoming 2014 will feature:

Friday, September 19th

7:00 PM

PHS Varsity Football will play Ewing High School at Princeton High School on its new turf field, under temporary lights, complete with Homecoming Floats.


Super Saturday

Saturday, September 20th  

11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

JW Middle School will host its annual Super Saturday event at Walnut Street between the middle and high schools. This year’s events will include: local vendors, food trucks, games, a raffle, the popular cake walk, and a bandstand for music and entertainment. PHS Girls and Boys Soccer will host games on the high school fields across Walnut. Super Saturday takes place rain or shine! 

"The Homecoming Weekend will be an exciting kickoff to the school year and a wonderful opportunity for the entire community to gather in support of its students,” said Stephen Cochrane, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools. “We are looking forward to events that connect to traditions of the past while creating traditions for our future!  All are welcome!"



Valid from 09/08/2014 to 09/21/2014

Princeton Public Schools Launches Alumni Association


The Princeton Public School District is excited to announce that it is launching an Alumni Association for Princeton High School graduates . The PHS Alumni Association will provide opportunities for meaningfully engagement with and among alumni, and will also provide support for current PHS students through mentoring, career/college connections, internships, guest speakers, and other beneficial alumni collaborations. 



Valid from 09/29/2017 to 10/25/2017

First Day of School September 4 at Princeton Public Schools


Valid from 07/30/2014 to 09/05/2014

Princeton Public Schools Hosts Referendum Town Hall on Feb. 8


On February 8, community members are invited to attend one of two "town hall" meetings hosted by Fielding Nair International (FNI) to help shape plans for Princeton Public School District facilities referendum this fall. Fielding Nair is one of the architectural firms Princeton Public Schools has contracted with to develop a plan for the referendum and is considered a global leader in 21st century school design. The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for our community to discuss ideas for a new 5th and 6th grade school and the renovation and expansion of Princeton High School.


Two leaders in school design, Fielding Nair CEO Prakash Nair and renowned educator Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, will be leading these meetings. They will discuss 21st century trends in learning and share best practices from around the world in school design. Both Mr. Nair and Dr. Hayes Jacobs will be partnering with the Princeton Public School District throughout the design process to ensure that we are building spaces that will help prepare our students to truly thrive in today's – and tomorrow's – world.


Referendum Design Town Hall Meetings

(Open to all in our community)


February 8, 2018

9:30 – 11:00 AM

John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium


February 8, 2018

7:00 – 9:00 PM 

Princeton High School Cafeteria


At 9:30 AM on February 8 in the JW Auditorium, Mr. Nair and Dr. Hayes Jacobs will present on the need to redefine education in the 21st century and will share how we can prepare students for today's and tomorrow's dynamic environments.


In the evening on February 8, Mr. Nair and Dr. Hayes Jacobs will repeat their presentation. The evening session will include more opportunities for community feedback and small group conversations. In a workshop format, participants will explore initial ideas and concepts, discuss options, and brainstorm ideas to help design the future of the Princeton Public School District.


Prakash Nair, founding President and CEO of Fielding Nair, is an award-winning architect, including recipient of the A4LE MacConnell Award, the highest honor worldwide for school design. He is also the author of two books including the landmark publication, The Language of School Design and Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning published by the Harvard Education Press.


Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is an internationally recognized expert on curriculum design, upgrading school design, and modernizing assessments. The author of 13 books and numerous articles, including her latest book, Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments, Dr. Hayes Jacobs is a highly sought-after speaker and educator, and is one of the foremost experts on 21st century learning.

Valid from 01/24/2018 to 02/09/2018

Princeton Public Schools Launches Community Engagement Plan Regarding Facilities Referendum on Dec 11



[Princeton, New Jersey – November 14, 2018]  On December 11, 2018, the town of Princeton will have an opportunity to vote on a $26.9 million bond referendum to provide critical upgrades to the Princeton Public Schools. In anticipation of that vote, the District launched today a multifaceted plan to provide information to the community and to engage the community in a continuing conversation about the future for our children.

In early October, the School Board voted 10-0 to place a single question on the ballot addressing the district's most urgent needs in its aging schools, including safety, security and HVAC upgrades.  If passed by the community, the referendum will also provide facility improvements for Princeton High School, including four additional classrooms, a dining distribution center on the main floor, increased space for athletics, and an improved area for student counseling.

The referendum is the result of nearly two years of work involving the School Board, the school district, and members of the community.  The planning process began with a comprehensive needs analysis, a series of demographic studies, and a capacity study of every school.  Architects consulted with teachers, administrators, students and various groups and individuals in our community.  Throughout the planning process, the Board continued to listen to a variety of voices. It sought to balance the needs of our schools and of our growing student population with a commitment to maintain the economic diversity of our town.  Ultimately, in an effort to achieve that balance, the Board decided to focus an initial referendum on the most urgent and immediate needs for our schools.


“We have strived to plan our future together,” stated Superintendent Steve Cochrane. “We have strived to honor our community’s economic diversity while at the same time addressing the needs and aspirations of all our students, staff, and families.  We believe this referendum begins to do that.”


“What makes the town of Princeton great is our ability to solve problems together,” stated Princeton Public School Board President Patrick Sullivan.  “With the challenges we currently face and those we anticipate for the future, it is vital that our community is accurately informed about the immediate needs in our schools and is also engaged in developing the longer term vision we have for our growing district.”


Today’s announcement activates a series of initiatives to provide that information and begin that community engagement.  Those initiatives include:


•    Referendum Web Page – Launched today, the new page located at - - will provide a centralized, one-stop shop for a variety of needed tools and information related to the referendum.  Included on the site will be a community “toolkit” providing a detailed FAQ and PowerPoint, various graphs and renderings, as well as voting information.


•    Regular Saturday School Parent Tours – Scheduled during select Saturday mornings between now and the December 11th vote, community members will have the ability to review first-hand shovel-ready projects and needed upgrades at Princeton High School that will take place if the referendum passes.  The tour dates and times are: Saturday, Nov. 17 @ 10:00 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 @ 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Specific information regarding these tours can be found on the referendum web page.


•   Social Media Information Sharing – For information updates on the referendum, the Princeton community can “like” or “follow” the district on Twitter @princetonk12 and Facebook @ PrincetonPublicSchoolsNJ to receive fact-based updates, reminders, and information related to the referendum.


•    Special “Meet the School Board” on December 4th – In addition to regularly scheduled Board Meetings between now and the December election and the over 40 public meetings held on this issue, the Princeton School Board and District Leaders will be available on Tuesday, December 4th at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Office at 25 Valley Road to discuss the referendum vote and opportunities for further involvement in the coming months.


In addition, the school district will use mailers, posters, handouts, newsletter, and emails between now and December 11 to ensure the community understands the referendum projects as well as where and when to vote.


The following are the consolidated polling locations for Princeton’s Referendum vote on December 11, 2018:


NOTE: Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.


  1. Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon - Districts 5, 9, 10 11, 21 and 22
  2. Riverside School, 58 Riverside Drive West - Districts 7, 8, 12, 17, 18 and 19
  3. Johnson Park School, 285 Rosedale Road - Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6
  4. Littlebrook School, 39 Magnolia Lane - Districts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 20 


Valid from 11/14/2018 to 12/15/2018

Princeton Public Schools Announce Hurricane Make-Up Days


Hurricane Sandy forced the schools to cancel five days, although they made up two of those days the following week.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved rescheduling the three remaining days, plus outlined a plan to fit in an additional three snow days if necessary. 

The three Sandy makeup days are scheduled as follows:

  • June 20
  • April 1
  • Feb 15

Should the district need to schedule additional makeup days as a result of winter weather those days will be, in the following order:

  • June 21
  • May 24
  • June 24

Valid from 11/28/2012 to 01/15/2013

Registration Open for Princeton Public Schools Preschool Program


PPS is accepting applications for the 2015-16 full-day Integrated Preschool program. Parents who wish to register their children on a tuition-paying basis must do so by Feb. 13, 2015.


The full-day program is offered free of cost to children who will be 4 years old by Oct. 1, 2015, are residents of Princeton, and either 1) are eligible for the federal free and reduced meals program, or 2) receive special education services and will benefit from inclusion with typically developing peers. A  number of tuition spaces are also available for the next academic year.


Spaces for tuition-paying students are limited. Should interest exceed the number of spaces available a lottery will be held on Feb. 17. To be considered for the Preschool Tuition Lottery, all required registration information must be submitted to your child's school office by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015.  


New! This year:


  • School day extended to 3:00 p.m. (formerly 2:30 p.m.)
  • Breakfast included at start of school day, from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Transportation (free of cost to all, including tuition students)

For more information about the program, visit: or contact:


Eric Csolak, Supervisor of Special Education, age 3 - Grade 5, at

Kim McReynolds, Grants Program Specialist, at

Valid from 02/05/2015 to 02/14/2015

Princeton Public School's 2015 - 2016 Calendar


Valid from 08/09/2015 to 06/25/2016

Winter Arts Events at Princeton Public Schools


December 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

John Witherspoon Middle School Winter Choral Concert

Princeton High School Auditorium, 151 Moore St.


December 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

John Witherspoon Middle School Winter Instrumental Music Concert

John Witherspoon MS Auditorium, 217 Walnut Lane


December 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Princeton High School Choir with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University (tickets available through the Princeton Symphony Orchestra)

The PHS Choir is featured in the annual PSO's holiday celebration concert.


December 18, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Princeton High School Choir and Orchestra Concert

Princeton University Chapel

Since 1946, the annual PHS Winter Concert at the University Chapel has been a Princeton community tradition. Featuring all of the PHS choirs and orchestras, the program includes a variety of repertoire, a candlelight processional, and an energetic finale in which alumni are invited to join.

Valid from 12/02/2014 to 12/19/2014

Garden State on Your Plate Program Returns to Princeton Public Schools' Elementary Schools


Valid from 09/23/2015 to 11/01/2015

News Briefs from Princeton Public Schools




The PHS Chess team (below) brought home the first-place trophy from the Shore High School Chess League tournament for the fourth year in a row. The event was not without some heart-stopping moments against some very tough competition, including opponents from Manalapan and High Tech High. Good spirits matched the high level of determination for the team, for whom this is the last tournament of the year: "The spirits were high, and the chatter and laughter stayed with the team at every break they had," said advisor and PHS math teacher Graciela Elia. Congratulations to the whole team and to Ms. Elia!  




Photo: (l. to r.): PHS junior Shiv Sethi, sophomore Joseph Prentice, senior Alice Dong, sophomore Ashwin Dandamudi,

and freshmen Daniel Yedidia and Akshay Bhamidipati.


The PHS World Languages Department is proud to announce that senior Marie-Louise James is this year's recipient of the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) scholarship in Italian. Marie-Louise was chosen on the basis of her superior oral and written skills in the language. Brava, Marie-Louise and congratulations to Italian teacher Joe Mazzarella!


Hats off to the PHS Speech and Debate team for amazing results at last weekend's Montville Invitational. PHS students secured first place in four divisions at the tournament! Congrats to the whole team.


This one's for you, T. Geisel

Readers young and old grabbed a favorite book and spent time reading together as part of Read Across America, a nationwide celebration that takes place annually on March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday. In the hallways, the libraries and classrooms, there were plenty of opportunities to read. JW even had three straight activity periods devoted to reading. As Mr. Burr tweeted: "Students carrying books they love - a sight to see!"




Meet Puck & Co.

Fifth graders at three of our four elementary schools discovered the magic of the Bard, staging a production of an adapted text of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for their classmates, teachers and parents. The performance is a culmination of a McCarter residency that allows students to delve into a classic work, collaborate, memorize lines and create characters, and then share! Community Park (first photo below) just completed the residency, with Riverside and Littlebrook (second photo below) staging the production earlier in the year. Johnson Park opted for a film-making residency, with fifth graders producing a movie, "Despicable Day," which had its debut, red carpet and all, on Feb. 23.



Valid from 03/07/2016 to 03/28/2016

Princeton Public Schools Affirms DLI Program


Princeton, NJ – On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a measure affirming the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program at Community Park Elementary School as a successful and ongoing initiative in the Princeton school district.

The DLI initiative began as a pilot program at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, with class sections in both kindergarten and first grade. This year, the program expanded to second grade, with 43 students participating in Kindergarten, 41 students in 1st grade, and 38 students in 2nd grade.


“Dual Language Immersion has made us a better school” noted Community Park Principal Dineen Gruchacz.  “Our teachers are finding new ways to collaborate and Spanish has become part of our school’s fabric, woven into our school meetings, morning announcements, and student-led conferences”

Board member Betsy Baglio, who has a child in the DLI program, shared at the Nov. 15, meeting that the program gives students a firsthand awareness of the world beyond Community Park and Princeton. She added that it is an excellent example of innovation in the Princeton school district.

Students in the DLI program at Community Park spend half of their day learning core content in Spanish, and the other half learning in English. This 50/50 model has the students learning Spanish Language Arts, math and science in Spanish and learning social studies and language arts in English. By alternating between the two languages, students develop flexibility and resiliency in thinking and problem solving, in addition gaining fluency in both languages.

 “Research supports that the DLI program raises the level of performance for all students across all subjects,” stated Superintendent Steve Cochrane.  “It is a remarkable program with significant potential to help us close the achievement gap.”

Princeton’s DLI initiative has been selected as a Model Program by the NJDOE.

Valid from 11/28/2016 to 01/01/2017

Princeton Public Schools Files Appeal on PCS Decision


Princeton, NJ – The Princeton Public Schools announced today that it will be filing an appeal of the decision by the Acting Commissioner of Education to approve the expansion of the Princeton Charter School. The appeal will be filed with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court, and the Board will also file a request with the Commissioner to stay her decision.

“We are filing this appeal on behalf of the students and the taxpayers of the Princeton community,” explained Superintendent Steve Cochrane. “It is economically , educationally, and ethically unjust that a majority of the allowable increase in the school budget will, for years to come, fund the expansion of 76 students at the Princeton Charter School, while leaving a much smaller portion for the nearly 3800 studen ts in the growing and far more diverse Princeton Public Schools.”

“There are some principles worth fighting for,” Cochrane stated. “The funding for our children’s education is one of them.”

Cochrane further stated, however, that he does not want to see students caught in the middle of this dispute. "While we, as a District, are committed to addressing this decision in the courts, we are equally committed to ensuring that our schools, our classrooms, and our community remain welcoming environments for every student and their families. They are all our children," Cochrane concluded.

Valid from 03/07/2017 to 04/10/2017

Princeton Public Schools Announce New Assistant Superintendent


Princeton, NJ – Princeton Public Schools is proud to announce Annie Kosek will be the District’s new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction . The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Kosek to the position at its March 16, 2017 meeting.

Ms. Kosek is well - known in the community for her role as the principal of Littlebrook Elementary School where her focus has been on enhancing the social, emotional, and intellectual lives of her students. During the course of her 14 years at Littlebrook Elementary , Ms. Kosek built lasting relationships with staff and families while establishing a reputation for fairness, kindness, and the highest level of instructional leadership. Prior to joining the Princeton Public Schools, Annie worked for many years in Hopewell Valley, first as an elementary school teacher, later as a K - 12 staff developer, and eventually as a K - 8 supervisor of Language Arts.

“ I am honored by the opportunity to work alongside Annie, ” said Superintendent Steve Cochrane. “She brings a tremendous eagerness to serve and inspire our district.”

Ms. Kosek also brings to her new central office role a broad set of experiences as well as a unique understanding of the people and programs in the Princeton Public Schools. She will continue to serve as the principal at Littlebrook Elementary through the remainder of the school year .

Valid from 03/21/2017 to 04/30/2017

Princeton Public Schools Named Top District in New Jersey


Princeton Public Schools is proud to once again be recognized by Niche as the #1 public school district in New Jersey. We appreciate that this ranking from Niche incorporates a range of data that goes beyond the standard measurements of success, such as test scores and college placements, and includes as well the diversity among our student body, the clubs and activities available to our students, and the health and safety of our school communities.

We are proud to be recognized for the excellence that we see daily in our schools, from our nationally renowned music department to our Dual Language Immersion program to our award - winning athletic teams, and we celebrate our staff who are dedicated to making our schools places of innovation and care.

While many of the metrics that Niche and other ranking organizations use to measure success are important, we are working as a district to redefine success to include the level of engagement among our studen ts, the equity in our classrooms and curriculum, and how well we are fulfilling our mission to prepare all of our students to lead lives of joy and purpose. At the end of the day, a ranking is a meaningful recognition of our work, but the measurement we value most is seen in the lives of our students and the varied contribution s they are making to our world.

Valid from 08/11/2017 to 10/01/2017

Princeton Public Schools and Princeton Charter School Agree to Settle Litigation and Work Towards Collaboration


PRINCETON, September 27--The Princeton Public Schools (PPS) and The Princeton Charter School (PCS) are pleased to announce to the Princeton community that the parties have reached a resolution regarding our respective lawsuits and that we are committed to moving forward in a spirit of collaboration on behalf of our town and on behalf of our students. 


A settlement agreement was approved by the Trustees of the Princeton Charter School on September 12, 2018, and by the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools at its meeting on September 25, 2018.  The agreement calls for an end to all suits and complaints between the parties; it also involves a credit from PCS of $60,000 to the PPS over the course of two years; and it affirms the collaboration of the two institutions moving forward.


"Princeton has two strong public school systems within its borders: Princeton Public Schools and Princeton Charter School," stated PCS Head of School, Lawrence Patton. "Both districts are pleased to settle the litigation between them and move forward in their missions to serve the children of the families of Princeton."  


Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane agreed. "We are thrilled for this opportunity to move forward together. We want to collaborate on what we can learn from each other. We want to collaborate with the new commissioner of education on his stated commitment to improve the school funding formula. Most importantly, we want to collaborate in ways to benefit and support the students whom we share."


"We are pleased to put this dispute behind us," stated Patrick Sullivan, PPS Board President.  "While we always act to protect our budget, in this case, there are real benefits to the Princeton community to start a process of coming together for our students.  All children in this community are "our" children.  This settlement reflects that reality."


"We look forward to working together as we focus on our first priority, educating the children of the Princeton community," said Maryellen McQuade, President, PCS Board of Trustees.





Valid from 09/27/2018 to 11/15/2018

Princeton Public Schools


Valid from 03/15/2010

Princeton Public Schools: Communications Director Appointment : Valerie Francois


After interviewing numerous candidates over the past several weeks, the district has found someone who we believe has the right vision, values, and experience to effectively serve our schools in the role of Communications Director. Valerie Francois served most recently as the Division Director of Communications at the NJ Department of Education. She comes with a heart focused on doing what is right for students and celebrating their stories. Prior to working for the state, she spent five years as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications for the Ranney School in Monmouth County. She has also worked as Senior Program and Educational Outreach Manager for the Siemens Foundation (philanthropic arm of Siemens Corporation), for the Educational Testing Service (Program Administrator) and Girl Scouts USA (Senior Web Editor). She has extensive experience in designing and launching websites, engaging stakeholders through social media, and writing clear and compelling text. She has an MBA from the University of Pheonix as well as a BA in Journalism from Penn State University. She lives in Plainsboro and is well acquainted with Princeton and with our efforts in the areas of wellness, equity and outreach. She will start with the district on August 16.

Valid from 08/17/2018 to 09/17/2018

News Briefs from Princeton Public Schools




PHS's two teams made a strong showing at the Shore Bowl, a regional competition that focuses on ocean-related topics, with one team winning first place in Division B and the other team winning second place in Division A. The Shore Bowl, which was held on Feb. 6 at Rutgers University, brings together high school students from NJ, NY and PA. Topics included the biology, chemistry, physics, geology of the ocean, as well as navigation, geography, related history and literature.


Students in Jackie Katz's Research class at PHS are very excited about the newly installed aquaponics system for food production. Housed at JW, the equipment allows the nutrient-rich water of the fish tank to sustain the plant cultivation. The high school students are engaged in research on sustainable agricultural solutions for communities in developing countries. In addition, they will have the opportunity to pass their knowledge on to their younger fellow scientists at JW. The equipment is made possible through a PEF mini-grant. Look for more news on this topic soon!




Littlebrook second graders in Katie Federico, Joanne Ryan and Dara Cohen's classes put a whole new spin on natural phenomena in their "Weather Informance" production, featuring dance and musical responses to what they learned about weather. In conjunction with science lessons, the students choreographed and performed dramatic interpretations conveying their knowledge of such events as lightning storms and tornadoes. The performance was the culmination of a residency directed by artist Christine Colosimo.






While the PHS musicians were making a sweep of the awards at the 2016 Berklee Jazz festival, including the seventh consecutive win in the large ensemble competition, the PHS orchestra was launching its European tour. In Geneva, the orchestra paid a visit to the Palais des Nations, where it was honored as a UNICEF USA being both musically sensitive and socially pro-active. Read more on the UN Library's facebook page.




Closer to home, the PHS Choir is celebrating uniquely American musical genres, as they rehearse with Dr. Donald Dumpson in preparation for the Spirituals and Gospel Festival. Do not miss this inspirational evening of music that brings together the entire community - Friday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the PAC. Tickets may be purchased from students in the PHS Choir or by calling Mia Gargan at the high school (806-4270). This event tends to sell out, so get your tickets now


Marie Louise James, a PHS senior, is one of three winners of this year's Westminster Conservatory Concerto Competition. Marie Louise will be performing the first movement of Mozart's Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus.




Congratulations to Jeanette Paredes's class at JW for winning the "Read to Succeed" prize by successfully engaging in a variety of reading activities!




By now, everyone in the district and pretty much the entire nation knows the story of Green Fruit Loop, lizard extraordinaire who found his way to Mark Eastburn's science class at Riverside by hitching a ride in a bag of organic tatsoi, but did you know it was featured on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" in the "Which story is actually true?" segment. And yes, it was actually true.

Valid from 02/12/2016 to 03/12/2016




The Princeton Education Foundation, a non-profit organization established to encourage private philanthropy to the public school system, presented the Princeton Public Schools with a check for $113,500 at the district’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at the John Witherspoon Middle School.


The gift comprises contributions from several different sources: $27,700 represents the annual end of year gift from the Princeton Education Foundation and will go toward upgrading the vocal and instrumental music classrooms in all four elementary schools; $27,550 reflects donations to the PowerUp PRS! technology campaign, an effort that the Princeton Education Foundation is overseeing in concert with the school district; and two gifts given to the Princeton Education Foundation from district PTOs - $28,250 from the Community Park Elementary School PTO, and $30,000 from the Johnson Park Elementary School PTO. These two gifts are directed through the PowerUp PRS! campaign specifically for children at Community Park and Johnson Park schools.


 “The Princeton Education Foundation is extremely grateful to the many sponsors and donors who have made it possible for us to offer this support to our schools,” said Barbara Prince, president of the Princeton Education Foundation Board of Trustees.



The Princeton Education Foundation is a bridge between the Princeton community and its public schools, encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.2 million to the Princeton Public Schools for capital improvements, educational programs and teacher support.


For more information contact:

Jill Morrison, or 609-994-4441



Valid from 06/16/2012 to 08/01/2012

Princeton Public Schools in Strong Financial Position, Audit Reveals


Princeton Public Schools' financial statements and the district's fiscal position are very strong, according to a recent audit conducted by Wiss and Company, LLP.


“The district has a very sound internal control structure,” said Scott Clelland, a partner at the firm who is in charge of public sector services and who headed the audit.


Public schools are required by law to be reviewed on a yearly basis by an independent auditor to establish the financial status of every district.


For 15 years in a row, the district has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the International Association of Business Officials. “[Princeton] was one of 20 schools that received the certificate out of the 600-plus districts in the state,” noted Clelland.


Not coincidentally, 15 years is also the amount of time that Stephanie Kennedy has served as the business administrator for Princeton Public Schools. As the person directly overseeing the district's $82 million budget, Kennedy ensures that there is good fiscal management, a fact confirmed by the auditors, who closed the books for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, with no comments or recommendations for improvement of management.


In addition to serving as a public document, the audit is used by bonding agencies. Princeton Public Schools has a AAA rating for bonding.


What is Kennedy's key to success? “I'm all about accountability and following the laws and regulations -- and making sure everyone else is as well,” said Kennedy, noting with a laugh that this doesn't always make her the most popular person in the room. Her down-to-earth style, however, has earned her great respect.


Kennedy credits her success to a great team at the Business Office. She has worked with the district's comptroller, Jennifer Micale, for almost as long as she's been at Princeton.


Kennedy might run a tight ship but, according to her, “Jen and the rest of the team keep the ship on course. The entire Business Office, in handling payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and purchasing through bids, contributed to this successful audit."


"This is an remarkable achievement by our Business Office," said Board of Education President Timothy Quinn. "It's even more significant this year because of the 15-year milestone and the fact that the auditors made no comments or recommendations in this year's audit, which is almost unprecedented in any audit, public or private. The exemplary service of Mrs. Kennedy and her team enables this board to remain good stewards of public funds." 


Valid from 12/07/2012 to 01/15/2013

Princeton Friends School and Princeton Public Schools Work for Inclusive Curriculum


Princeton Public  Schools Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Bonnie Lehet and Princeton Friends School Head of School Jane Fremon travelled to Wellesley, Massachusetts in early March to participate in an Administrators Institute sponsored by the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum.  Founded by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women in 1987, the SEED Project engages public and private school teachers, college faculty, parents, and community leaders from all subject areas, grade levels, and geographic locations to create gender fair, multi-culturally equitable, socioeconomically aware, and globally informed curricula.  Since then, more than 1,900 K-16 teachers from 41 U.S. states and 14 other countries have become SEED seminar facilitators. In total, SEED seminars have engaged over 30,000 teachers to date, who in turn have influenced more than 30 million students and helped them experience greater diversity in the curriculum - in public schools, private schools, and English-speaking international schools.


Jane Fremon became involved with the SEED Project even before its inception.  In 1985, Fremon and Princeton Friends School Associate Head Nancy Wilson (both teachers at Princeton Day School at the time) were selected for participation in a year-long, monthly professional development seminar for K-12 teachers sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and led by McIntosh and Emily Style, a high school teacher from Madison, NJ.  Informed by McIntosh's seminal work on white privilege, male privilege, and curriculum re-vision, as well as Style's metaphor of "curriculum as window and mirror," this seminar encouraged teachers to share their own experiences about gender, race, and other systems of privilege and oppression, both in their lives and in their own education, and to explore ways to incorporate a greater appreciation of the diversity of human experience in their own classrooms.  In 1987, growing out of this Dodge Seminar, SEED was launched as an annual, week-long summer workshop led by teachers, for teachers.


Princeton Public Schools launched the SEED program in 1994, with three leaders and more than 30 district educators participating.  In the years since that first seminar, the district has supported the training of additional SEED facilitators, expanding the program to six ongoing seminar groups that serve both veteran and new teachers. Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Lehet was invited to participate in the SEED Administrators Institute because of her support of the program at PPS. Through this experience, she has developed a sharper lens to view the possibilities of an inclusive curriculum and a renewed appreciation of the importance of the SEED seminars and workshops that take place within the district.  Lehet has had the privilege of working with the district's three SEED leaders, Nancy Livingston, Sarah Schwimmer, and Stacey Tuliszewski. Livingston, who worked with SEED National Project since 1995, assists Peggy McIntosh and her colleauges from the National SEED program in training new leaders across the country.


The March 2014 SEED Institute, funded by the C.W. Kellogg Foundation, brought together three dozen principals, school heads, and superintendents from around the country who have been involved with the SEED Project over the past three decades.  The aim was to collect testimony, share best practices, and explore the ways in which the SEED program has influenced the leadership styles of school administrators, the nature of professional development of teachers, the inclusion of justice and equity strands into the K-12 curriculum, and the culture of schools.

Valid from 04/03/2014 to 06/01/2014

Princeton Public School's Bond Sale Closes with Historically Low Rate


Princeton Public School's bond sale, in anticipation of $10.98 million of work slated under the referendum proposal, closed with a historically low lending rate of 1.43 percent for the district.


"The lower-than-anticipated rate will translate into a substantial savings for taxpayers", according to Stephanie Kennedy, Business Administrator for Princeton Public Schools.  Princeton voters approved the facilities spending in a special referendum last September, at which time the interest rate projected by bond counsel and district was 2.5 percent.


The 1.43 percent interest rate means that the debt service will be more than half a million dollars less than was originally projected, said Mary Lyons, a financial advisor with Pheonix  Advisors, who helped with the sale of the bond.


A number of factors led to the lower interest rate, not least of which was the district's Aaa rating by Moody's, which was re-affirmed this month after interviewing Kennedy and reviewing the district's financials, including the most recent audit. The Aaa rating is held by only a handful of school districts in New Jersey.


"This is great news for the taxpayers", said Kennedy. "This means that we can get all of the projects done for fewer tax dollars over 10 years than we had originally projected."


Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley, an investment firm out of Chicago that sells municipal bonds, won the bid against such competitors as PNC Capital, UBS Financial, Raymond James, Janney Montgomery Scott, and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, all of whom submitted bids during the public auction.


With the successful sale of the bond, the district can move forward with the planned construction projects, many of which will go out for bid in February and will be completed by fall 2013.


"This is a great way to start off the referendum project",said Kennedy. "It is also good timing for budgeting the 2013-14 debt service."


For ongoing updates on the referendum work, go to


Assenka Oksiloff
Communications Director
Princeton Public Schools
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Valid from 01/21/2013 to 02/28/2013

Princeton Public Schools Hosts Diverse Educators Recruitment Day


Princeton, NJ – Princeton Public Schools is committed to building a diverse staff that reflects the wonderful diversity of our community. On Monday, August 14, Princeton Public Schools hosted a Diverse Educators Recruitment Day for general education teachers, administrators, special education teachers, and other education professionals.

“We know how important it is for students to see individuals who look like them in leadership positions in their classrooms and schools,” said Superintendent Steve Cochrane. “We also know that the more diversity we have among our educators, the better our schools will be for all students.”

94 applicants participated in the recruitment day, many with strong backgrounds in education.

"It was great to see the quality and number of prospective teachers and administrators who turned out for the job fair,” said the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources , Lew Goldstein. “ Our efforts to recruit and retain additional educators of color will be ongoing as we work to reflect our student and community profile now and in the years to come.”

Princeton Public School will hold additional diversity recruitment days to continue increasing the number of educators of color in the district. Princeton Public Schools will also continue to participate with 17 other school districts in the CJ PRIDE (Central Jersey Program for Recruitment of Diverse Educators) job fair in March of each year.

Princeton Public Schools would like to thank its community partners for supporting the district in its efforts to hire more diverse staff and for helping to spread the word about the Diverse Educators Recruitment Day.

Valid from 08/16/2017 to 09/30/2017