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Letter from the Superintendent

posted Dec 5, 2016, 10:56 AM by Kari Osborne   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

Working Together Is Success

December 4, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” The Princeton community has shown that this quote is our mantra.  We have had many examples of this recently.  Our community partnerships are making our schools even better!

New Primary School

With the new Primary School’s gymnasium, stage, cafeteria and library, we have seen an uptick of interest in rentals.  We have extra facilities to be used, and that is happening.  Many times, all of our schools are being used on evenings and weekends.  This would never have been possible without the passage of our district’s referendum.  It is a win-win for our community and district.


We have several community partnerships for grants that are in process:

  • Safe Routes to Schools--a grant to acquire partial payment for sidewalks in front of our Intermediate and Primary Schools, sidewalks leading to our new youth ballfields from schools, and a flashing pedestrian light.  This is a collaboration with the City and the County.

  • One Community.  One Read. --a grant to encourage students, families and the community to read one book all at the same time, to encourage literacy and dialogue throughout our community.  This will hopefully be a partnership with local foundations and service organizations.

  • Wellness Walk--a grant to encourage walking in our school district schools.  This will be a joint project with Fairview Northland Medical Center.

  • Robotics--a community partnership with Glenn Metalcraft and Crystal Cabinets Works to start an elementary level robotics VEX team.  We already have other partnerships to establish our middle and high school robotics VEX teams.

Video Scoreboard

Now that we have our new high school gymnasium in action, our video scoreboard is a big highlight as well!  Thanks to many sponsors, we have a state of the art video scoreboard.  In addition, we have a new scoreboard for John Harvey Field.  Partnerships are with State Farm Insurance, Bremer Bank, Princeton Auto Center, Pizza Barn, Riverside Chiropractic, Princeton Agencies, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Midcontinent, Princeton Golf Course, Walmart and People’s Bank of Commerce.

Freshwaters United Methodist Church

The community may not be aware of this, but for the past two years, people from the Freshwaters United Methodist Church have been bringing in healthy snacks to our Primary and Intermediate Schools each Friday afternoon.  In an effort to combat weekend hunger, these miracle workers have provided the snacks in bags that are discreetly put into book bags by our school social workers.  It is hard to put a price on the difference that these good people have made in the lives of our little ones.

Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce

Our Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent partner with us in so many ways, including:

  • Helping us to set up an internship with a local broadcasting company,

  • Co-sponsoring  “It’s Just Dessert”, when students and chamber members met to learn about all of our local businesses.

  • Adding a student career fair component into the yearly Business Expo.

  • Encouraging student participation in the Rum River Festival parade and other chamber events.

  • Currently developing posters to highlight local businesses and relate it to defining foundational knowledge and skills necessary to enter the local job force.

Learning and Living Committee

This committee, which was founded in the 90’s and continues today, supports our district with many activities supporting our students’ quest in making a plan for beyond high school.  Whether they are matching up teachers with local business partners, bringing in guest speakers for students to learn about job opportunities, or teaching others about career pathways, this group epitomizes Henry Ford’s quote, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

These are just a few of the examples I am fortunate enough to experience every day.  The Princeton community never ceases to amaze me.  Kids are a priority here, and everyone wants to help our students succeed.

“Working together IS success” in Princeton, Minnesota.


Julia A. Espe