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PHS looks toward the new year

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 1:28 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 1:33 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Princeton High School is gearing up for the start of school in about a month.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, Superintendent Kirk Haring said he had seen a student that day who had informed Haring that school started in 27 days, if anyone was counting.

The school buildings and grounds will be ready for the students when they come, Haring said. The PHS maintenance staff has been busy and is ahead of schedule in getting everything ready for school. Both the buildings and grounds are in great shape. The maintenance crews work hard and take great pride in the school building and grounds, Haring said.

In his report, Principal Andy Berlinski said the fourth annual Freshmen Ignition orientation day is set for Aug. 12. School registration for returning sophomores, juniors and seniors will be Aug. 13. The first day of attendance for all students will be Aug. 19, with Blue/White Night set for Aug. 23.

One of the new students to PHS this fall will be Selina Darimont, a foreign exchange student from Storkow, Germany.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the school board unanimously approved a request presented by Berlinski to allow Darimont to attend PHS in the fall. The girl is currently a 10th grader and is coming to PHS through the Youth For Understanding program. She would live with the Bernard and Terry Ann Dumyahn family. The Dumyahns have a daughter Maxine who is a sophomore at PHS this fall, Berlinski said.

PHS will also have a foreign exchange student this fall from Denmark. Anna Rosendah will live with host family Scott and Sonnie Blocki, whose daughter Elise will be a junior at PHS.

Looking ahead to the school year, Berlinski also reviewed testing programs which PHS students will take this year. The new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing will be administered once next May, instead of once in late March and once in late May. Also, instead of all 9,10 and 11th grade students taking the PARCC test, it will now be given just to those students enrolled in Algebra 2 or in a third year of English.

Also, there is the option to the ACT as well in late March, which is four to six weeks earlier than in the past. There is a lot of value in continuing the ACT because of the benchmark it provides as a measure for college preparedness, especially until PARCC becomes more able to provide comparison data, Berlinski said.

On Wednesday, Berlinski said PHS will continue to administer the ACT and WorkKeys tests, but instead of giving the test in April, it will be administered in March. However, the school will most likely not lose its test prep time.

“We will be flexible and move up our test prep program to earlier in the school year to accommodate this change in testing,” Berlinski said.

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