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Superintendent Newsletter 9.25.18

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Barton's Tiger Times
09.25.18
isd477.org
Superintendent Ben Barton | Princeton Public School District 477
Welcome to the first edition of Barton's Tiger Times.
One of my goals as your Superintendent is to provide the community with pertinent, up to date communication in order to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.
Busing Updates & Information
Princeton Public Schools’ mission to be an innovative leader in instruction, can only be accomplished by a team approach. Every member of our team plays in integral role and responsibility towards achieving our goals and accomplishing our mission. The focus of this article is on the very important role that our buses and drivers play on our team. Every school day starts with our student's ride into school and sets the tone for the day. Although our organization is one of learning, students arriving to school physically and emotionally safe is a prerequisite to that learning. Princeton Schools partners with Palmer Bus Service to serve our community by safely transporting students in our district. Our district has a tremendous amount of gratitude to the Palmer organization and all the drivers that get our students to and from school safely. One of my favorite quotes about bus drivers is that they “Are sometimes the first smiling adult a child sees each morning and the last before they get home. They always brave the weather to get our kids safely where they need to be, while being a shining example while they do it.” Palmer Bus Service runs 32 routes in the morning and 35 routes in the afternoon for our district. The district spans over 235 square miles and crosses into 4 counties. In addition to the routes, Palmer runs several trips on a daily basis for the district’s vast variety of athletics and activities. A troubling trend that districts across the state are experiencing, including Princeton, is a shortage of bus drivers. As of this today, we are two drivers short to fulfill all of our routes. Palmer Bus Service has indicated that they would like to hire at least 4 to 5 more drivers and maybe more if that were an option. Although our drivers are doing a great job given the shortage, it does cause some challenges that we need to overcome. Our goal is to shorten the times students are on the bus and to enhance the student bus riding experience. If you or anyone you know is interested in a rewarding and fulfilling part time career as a bus driver please call Palmer Bus Service at 763-631-5315. Palmer offers competitive wages, flexible scheduling, and will pay you for your training.  
Ben Barton
Superintendent
#477PrincetonProud
This video (linked below) was shown to our entire team at our back to school event to enforce the message of each year being a fresh start and the importance of transformation. 
Motivation Corner
click Me!
Thank you to all the parents and community members who attended our first Coffee & Conversation!  I always appreciate your feedback and look forward to continuing the reciprocal communication.

Our next Coffee & Conversation is taking place on October 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

Visit my Superintendent Page at isd477.org/district/superintendent for more information about Coffee & Conversation.
Free & Reduced
Lunch Program
It's not too late to submit your Application for Education Benefits for the 2018-19 school year! 
Why Apply?  It helps your family:
 - No cost student breakfast and lunches
 - Reduced rates for Middle School and High School Activities & Athletics
 - Reduced fee for SAT and ACT testing
 - Youth Community Education classes at 25-50% off

Apply electronically by accessing Skyward Family Access at isd477.org or you may contact Deanna Cooley at 763-389-6162 or [email protected]
Upcoming Events
Oct 1 - 5: Homecoming Week
Oct 2: School Board Meeting
Oct 2: Primary School Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser
Oct 5: Intermediate School Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser
Oct 5: Homecoming Football Game & Dance
Oct 10: Walk to School Day
Oct 18-19: MEA (No School)

Good News in our District
Motivational speaker Eric Timm visited our
Primary, Middle and High Schools on September
24th and spoke to students about the
"Power of Words".  Timm reinforced the
message of using kind and respectful words
with each other, and students were very
receptive of the message!  This was a great example of our students living the concept of "Tiger Pride".  As always, lets keep our students and our community #477PrincetonProud!