Teaching & Learning

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We are here to support student learning throughout the Princeton School District and hope that you find this information as a useful tool.

Please let us know how we can be of assistance to you. Thank you for all you do for the students of ISD 477!

2018-19 District 477 PPRA Notice
During Spring 2019, District 477 will participate in the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey. The MN Student Survey is one of the longest running youth surveys in the nation. It is administered every three years to students in 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grade. Students respond anonymously to questions about school climate, bullying, out-of-school activities, health and nutrition, emotional and mental health, relationships, and more. Prior to the administration of the survey, parents will be provided with an opportunity to opt their child out, as well as an opportunity to review the survey.


Standards-Based Accountability Assessments:

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students in grades 3-8 & 10 take the Reading. Students in grades 3-8, & 11 take the Math, and students in grades 5, 8, and 10 take the Science. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

Math Assessment Trends

Reading Assessment Trends

Science Assessment Trends

MDE Testing Resources Link

Universal Screening:

Universal screening is the process of regularly checking every student’s performance (taking their “temperature”) periodically during the school year.

Formative Assessment for Teachers (FAST) Assessments: Grades K-2
FAST helps to identify students who are responding well to core instruction (on track), as well as those who may require supplemental (some risk) or intensive (high risk) intervention and instructional support as an integral component to an effective RtI/MTSS program.

STAR Reading and STAR Math: Grades 3-12

STAR Reading and STAR Math are standards-based, computer-adaptive assessments that measure students’ reading comprehension and math skills, monitor achievement and growth, and track understanding of focus skills aligned to MN learning standards. This assessment is used as part of Princeton's RtI/MTSS framework.

Career and College Readiness

Princeton offers students in grade 11 an opportunity to participate in the ACT® on a school day. The ACT® is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. Students are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to graduate or meet graduation assessment requirements.

In addition, every student is required to take a College/Career Readiness course to help students to practice a career investigation process, to give our students a competitive edge in the job search. Students research career options, develop job-seeking skills, and interview skills in areas that they are considering. Students also create a portfolio of skills and abilities, complete a mock interview with local business owners and have the opportunity to job shadow a professional in the community.

Title I

Title I is a federally funded program designed to provide supplemental academic services to students who qualify. Supplemental instruction will enhance the student’s ability to become proficient in their reading and math curriculum. We currently provide Title I services at Princeton Primary and Princeton Intermediate Schools. Students qualify for Title I services in these schools based on academic need and teacher recommendation. Each school develops a plan to provide Title I support that meets the unique needs of students at their school. The key to our students’ success is parent involvement, so we offer several opportunities throughout the school year for parents to become involved. If you are interested in joining our parent involvement committee, please contact Jessica Town-Gunderson at 763-389-7278 or jessica.town-gunderson@isd477.org.

CLICK HERE to access the Title I Parent Involvement Plan

Advanced Academics

This program provides resources for students who need instruction beyond current grade level standards. Click Here for more information.

English Language Learners

The English Language Learners program serves students in grades K-12 who qualify based on the following criteria:

  • A language other than English is spoken at the home.
  • The student’s level of English proficiency.
  • The student’s academic skills and classroom assignments.

The ELL program is designed to support students in achieving English language proficiency. Students receive support in the classroom and in small group instruction, depending on their proficiency level. Students remain in the ELL program until they reach proficiency in academic English. The length of time required to achieve English language proficiency is dependent on many factors, such as, initial proficiency in English, educational experiences, and rate of progress.

World's Best Workforce

The World’s Best Workforce Plan (state statute, section 120B.11) is a comprehensive, long term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning with the ultimate goal of creating the world’s best workforce. It is intended to serve as a foundational document that aligns educational initiatives that serve students Pre-K through high school. It is based on five beliefs:

  • All students are ready for kindergarten
  • Close the achievement gap
  • All students in third grade achieve grade level literacy
  • All students attain career and college readiness before graduation from high school
  • All students graduate from high school

Princeton’s World’s Best Workforce Plan serves as a blueprint that demonstrates how current district initiatives and plans work together in a concerted effort to create a quality workforce equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century.

Section 504

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides protection against discrimination on the basis of one’s disability in any program or activity provided by school districts and other educational providers that receive federal funding. The purpose of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is to ensure that students who are Section 504 eligible have educational opportunities equivalent to their non-disabled peers.

If you have further questions, please contact the building your child attends to speak with the building 504 Coordinator.

District Coordinator - Erin Dorhmann - (763) 389-6191
Family Center - Gwen Anderson - (763) 389-6199
Primary School - Peggy Swenson - (763) 389-6934
Intermediate School - Lynn Nettifee - (763) 39-6814
Middle School - Joan Bullivant - (763) 389-6739
High School - Jeff Schultz - (763) 389-7226
Student Services - Sarah Moffat - (763) 389-6063

Literacy Plan

Click Here for a copy of the ISD #477 Princeton Public Schools Local Literacy Plan

Report Card (MDE)

Samantha Heitke

Titles: Advanced Academics Coordinator
Phone Numbers:
School: 763-389-7185

Dayna Hillcrest

Titles: Spanish and English Language Teacher
Phone Numbers:
School: 763-389-6778

Cathy Nolte

Titles: Math Coach / Intermediate School Math League Advisor / Intermediate School Destination Imagination Advisor
Phone Numbers:
School: 763-389-6013

Andrea Preppernau

Titles: Assessment and Special Programs Coordinator
Phone Numbers:
School: 763-389-7271

Sonia Strickland

Titles: Technology / Teaching & Learning Secretary
Phone Numbers:
School: 763-389-6166

Jessica Town-Gunderson

Titles: Director of Teaching & Learning
Phone Numbers:
School: 763-389-7278