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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.
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