The Class of 2022 Cum Laude Inductees were recognized during a special ceremony at the close of the school year. After awarding Cum Laude Society membership to five graduates with exceptional academic records—Anna Dilley, Peyton Hanser, Joli Muller, Naomi Nutwell, and Holly Savoye—all were invited to listen to inspiring messages from an inductee and a guest speaker who touched on themes of perseverance and pursuing passions.
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Kai Patterson (US’13, C’18) has been shooting and splicing his way across the galaxy and through time with two recent sci-fi film projects that have attracted worldwide attention.
The Board of Trustees of Principia School, a co-educational college-preparatory school for preschool–grade 12, is excited to announce Dr. Merry Sorrells as Principia’s next Head of School, starting in July 2022. Selected from a pool of candidates from around the country, Dr. Sorrells comes to Principia School with over two decades of experience in educational leadership.
Principia's commitment to sustainability is embedded in its curriculum, values, and practices. "We are committed to vibrant, innovative, sustainable growth and development," says Sustainability Coordinator and science teacher Lynne Scott. From our Bioblitz weekend event that's open to the entire community to the April 22 recognition by the U.S. Department of Education of the School as a 2022 U.S. Green Ribbon School, Principia is gaining a strong reputation as a hub for sustainability.
Upper Schoolers spent a week in September on four different character trips—one for each grade level—whitewater rafting, building houses in the Dominican Republic, living on and crewing pulling boats along the Maine Coast, and exploring leadership in Northern Michigan. Enjoy this brief video compilation from all four trips.
Now that the 2022–2023 school year is well underway, the impact of new faculty has become clearer. This group of new teachers brings both depth of experience and new energy. For example, a Middle School Learning Engagement Center (LEC) teacher is currently earning her doctorate through St. Louis University; a new third-grade teacher has former experience teaching in the Lower School and St. Louis schools before returning to Principia; and a new physics/math teacher has a quarter century of experience in education.
This spring, eighth-grade students completed a comprehensive unit, learning about the people, places, and events surrounding the American Civil Rights Movement. The culminating activity was designing and constructing a walkthrough exhibit that displayed the students’ findings.
During spring break, Upper School students took Principia learning abroad to Israel and South Africa. Students in the Advanced Bible Seminar traveled though Israel and the Holy Land, diving deeper into familiar Bible stories. At the same time, juniors and seniors participated in a service trip to South Africa, supporting the work of nonprofit organization The Simunye Project. Each trip allowed students to expand their learning and shine their light in a new place.
Enjoy this photo slideshow from the May 22, 2022, Upper School graduation ceremony!
The Upper School track & field team capped off a strong season with a remarkable showing at the Missouri State Championship Meet. The weekend was filled with expressions of endurance and strength, as well as notable joys and achievements. The boys’ team took first overall—the first boys’ team state-title win since 1990.