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This page contains information helpful to new and returning families at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. We hope this will help in your preparation for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please check this page regularly throughout the summer as new information will be added periodically.

Lower School: K-Grade 4

Summer SOAR and Reading Lists:

This year our Lower School will continue with the Summer Student Online Academic Resource (SOAR). Under the guidance of our Lead Classroom Teachers and Classroom Teaching Assistants, each rising grade has specially crafted learning opportunities and suggestions. Please know that these materials will not be a requirement and will not be assessed in any manner. Our Lower School educators are offering this partnership as an opportunity for boys to stay fresh with their existing skills and prepare for the coming grade level. Please note that all lists below apply to the grade your son will be entering in the fall of 2018.

To keep their reading skills sharp over the upcoming months, Princeton Academy strongly suggests that our boys read for fun. Below are suggested reading lists for our students. Enjoy!

Middle School: Grades 5-8

Summer Academic Preparation:

Summer is a wonderful time for students to play, pray, rest, read, and spend time with family and friends. We are certain that your summer plans will include enriching learning activities for your sons.

Reading

To keep their reading skills sharp over the upcoming months, Princeton Academy strongly suggests that our boys read for fun. Below are suggested reading lists for our students. Enjoy!

Rising Grade 5 Students

As students transition from Lower School to Middle School, the Fourth Grade Team has prepared a Summer SOAR packet for optional review.

Rising Grade 5 Summer SOAR

Mathematics

It is important to keep math skills sharp over the upcoming summer months. It is highly recommended that Middle School students complete assigned Khan Academy grade-level missions*.

*Students should use their Princeton Academy email addresses to log-in to their Khan Academy accounts.

  • It is recommended that students in Grade 4 moving up to Grade 5 complete 75 percent of the Grade 4 Mission.
  • It is recommended that students in Grade 5 moving up to Grade 6 complete 75 percent of the Grade 5 Mission.
  • It is recommended that students in Grade 6 moving up to Grade 7 complete 75 percent of the Pre-Algebra Mission.
  • It is recommended that students in Grade 7 (7A2 - The Two Year Program) moving up to Grade 8 complete 75 percent of the Algebra Basics Mission.
  • It is recommended that students in Grade 7 (7A1 - The One Year Program) moving up to Grade 8 complete 75 percent of the Algebra 1 Mission.

Technology:

Supplemental technological devices are provided by the school and are assigned to students on a 1:1 basis.

Health, Athletic and Student Forms

Required Forms

Health Forms:

All forms must be completed for each student unless otherwise noted. Please turn in these forms before the first day of school.

With regards to the PreParticipation Physical Evaluation Form, all New Students and MS students participating in athletics must have a current physical on file with the school. NEW Update for the 2018-2019 academic year: all students enrolled in Grades 3 through 8 are required to have a current annual PreParticipation Physical Evaluation Form on file with the School Nurse. The physical must not be greater than 365 days old. This is required for participation on all field trips, after-school activities, as well as Athletics for applicable grades.

In addition, in an effort to streamline our protocols, we are requiring a Permission for Medical Care and Release of Medical Information form to be completed for each student annually beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. Please submit these forms to the Health Office by August 1.

If applicable:

*A Health History Update needs to be completed if a student's physical on file is more than 90 days old.

Athletic Forms:

*A Health History Update needs to be completed if a student's physical on file is more than 90 days old.

Student Forms:

All forms must be completed for each student unless otherwise noted. Please turn in these forms by August 1.

*For New Students only

Emergency Contact Form

Please list at least two (and up to four) neighbors or nearby relatives who will assume temporary care of your son(s) if you cannot be reached. The person(s) listed below WILL BE CONTACTED in the event of an emergency if we are unable to contact a parent/guardian. This form is due by August 1.

Music Selection

Music Selection for Students Entering Grade 4 and Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Did you know that research indicates that the among the many benefits to learning to play an instrument are:

  • Increased capacity to memorize
  • Improved time management and organizational skills
  • Improved reasoning skills
  • Development of team skills
  • Development of discipline and concentration
  • Development of self expression, emotional intelligence, and pride

Did you know that 80 percent of academic awards in high school are earned by the 20 percent of the student body who participate in an instrumental music program?

Middle School Music Options:

Strings: The string class takes the knowledge built in previous years and applies it to the practice of playing a musical instrument and developing ensemble performance. Beginner-intermediate instrument technique for violin, viola and cello is taught, including instrument care, tuning, proper holding of the bow and instrument, and fingering. Rentals are available for approximately $130 for nine months through the Music and Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ. Contracts are provided by the school, and arrangements are facilitated by Mr. Wu.

Band: We offer lessons for the following band instruments at the beginner’s level: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. However, if your son can play any other instrument at no less than intermediate level, and he is interested in joining the band, please contact me for scheduling a brief audition. Instrumental rentals are offered through the Music and Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ, for approximately $130-$190 per month.

General Music: The general music class continues to build upon the fourth grade music studies by playing on new instruments, as well as familiar ones, to further develop reading advanced rhythm combinations and all the pitches on the 5-line staff. Musical elements and terminology continue to be reviewed, and new aspects of music form are introduced.

Other Opportunities: In addition, all Middle School students, regardless of the music program they select, are eligible to participate in the winter musical and music liturgy.

In order for us to accurately plan for the three music tracks, it is important for you to return the form below and indicate which musical program your son is interested in taking next year.

Grade 4 Music Options:

Students entering fourth grade have the opportunity to choose between taking violin or general music. Both of our musical tracks are offered during the same academic period.

Violin: The string class takes the knowledge built in third grade general music and applies it to the practice of playing a musical instrument and developing ensemble performance. Basic instrument technique is taught, including instrument care, tuning, proper holding of the bow and instrument, and fingering. Violin rentals are available for approximately $140 for nine months through the Music and Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ. Contracts are provided by the school and arrangements are facilitated by Mr. Wu.

General Music: The general music class continues to build upon the third grade music studies by playing on new instruments, as well as familiar ones, to further develop reading advanced rhythm combinations and all the pitches on the 5-line staff. Partner songs, multi-part rounds, descants, and simple two part harmony songs continue to be sung. Musical elements and terminology continue to be reviewed, and new aspects of music form are introduced.

One School Handbook

Parent and Student Handbook

Princeton Academy publishes a Parent and Student Handbook each academic year. Please use this link to view the 2018–19 One School Handbook and complete the acknowledgement form below.

HAWK Athletics Information (Grades 5-8)

HAWK Athletics Information (Grades 5-8)

Students in Middle School are eligible to play on Princeton Academy's athletic teams. If you are interested, please click here for athletics information.

Athletic Season Start Dates:

  • Fall Season: Thursday, September 6
  • Golf Tryouts: Monday, September 10
  • Winter Season: Monday, November 5
  • Spring Season: Monday, March 4

Please note that students in Middle School interested in participating in Princeton Academy Athletics must complete the necessary forms located in the Health, Athletics and Student Forms tab. All forms are due by August 1.

For additional information about Athletics at Princeton Academy please contact Director of Athletics Paul Clewell.

Don't forget to follow the HAWKS on Twitter at @HAWKS_Athletics!

Extended Day Programs

Click the button below to view class offerings and to register for Extended Day Programs*.

Register for Extended Day

*NOTE: when registering for Extended Day Classes, there is a two-step process. First select the number of classes per week, then make your class choices.

School Uniform

School Uniforms

Uniforms may be ordered from Flynn and O'Hara or Lands' End.



For orders through Flynn and O'Hara, 10 percent will be donated to Princeton Academy. You may visit Flynn and O'Hara's website or call (800) 441-4122.

Uniforms may be purchased online from Lands' End or by calling (800) 469-2222. By using the school account number 900040387, three percent of net sales will be donated back to Princeton Academy.

Used uniforms are also available at no charge in the Kalkus House. The Uniform Closet is on the second floor across from the Hawk's Nest School Store.

Please use the button below to view uniform guidelines by division.

Uniform Guidelines

School Hours

School Hours

Lower School promptly begins at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. There is also an Early Morning Drop Off program, starting at 7:00 a.m., available as part of our Extended Day Programs. Extended Day Programs and Classes are available on full school days. Please note that fall offerings for Extended Day Programs will be available in late August.

Middle School homeroom begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. Extended Day Programs and classes and After-School Study Hall are also available on full school days. For a fee, there is also an Early Morning Drop Off program available. Please note that fall offerings for Extended Day Programs will be available in late August.

School Calendar

School Calendar

The One School Calendar can be found on our website. It includes orientation dates, school start dates, vacations, holidays, teacher workdays and early dismissals. It is regularly updated to include athletic events, special all-school events, field trips and other division-wide events. We suggest you bookmark this link to the calendar and set up calendar alerts via myAcademy (Parent Portal). Please note that newly enrolled families will be receiving their log-in credentials over the summer months.

For quick reference of key dates, please click here to view our 2018-2019 Preliminary Parent Calendar. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a comprehensive calendar. To see all events, please refer to our One School Calendar.

Back to School Nights

Back to School Nights

Middle School Back to School Night - Monday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Lower School Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m.

School Lunch Program

School Lunch Program

Sign-ups for Princeton Academy's Lunch Program will occur in late summer. Please be on the look out for an email that will communicate when sign-ups are available.

Key School Contacts

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Hillary Nastro

Hillary Nastro

Titles: Director of Enrollment Management
Email:
Raymond T. Shay

Raymond T. Shay

Titles: Director of Technology and Summer Programs
Email:
Judy Springer

Judy Springer

Titles: Assistant to the Headmaster, Admission Associate
Email:
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2018 Summer Communications

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