The Principia Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Blackwell as Principia’s Chief Executive, effective July 1, 2022. Blackwell is currently serving as Principia’s chief advancement officer and acting chief planning officer.
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The U.S. Department of Education named Principia School a 2022 U.S. Green Ribbon School on Friday, April 22. Principia School was nominated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with Missouri Green Schools for its commitment to sustainable practices in leadership, facilities, health, and environmental education.
The Principia Lower School gym has never smelled so good and looked like such a vibrant hub of cultural diversity as it did after school on April 1, 2022, during the Lower School’s first-ever Festival of Cultures. The aromas of culinary delights wafted through the gym as students whose families hail from nine different countries shared vibrant displays of flags, languages, fauna, and fun facts from distant lands. They even took part in a mini fashion show of traditional clothing.
Founded in 1898, Principia School boasts a rich history of accomplishments in women’s athletics with one of the longest traditions of girls’ sports in the nation. Just over one hundred years ago, an athletics program for girls was created at the school, providing opportunities for girls to play a variety of sports and for women to coach and hold athletic leadership positions. In honor of this groundbreaking milestone and International Women’s History Month, Principia School is celebrating the achievements of standout athletes and teams throughout the years. The School is marking this milestone with special, ongoing content on principiaschool.org and Principia’s social media accounts.
Eighth graders at Principia Middle School become "Printerns" in the annual Printernship program—walking down the start of possible career paths in engineering, sustainable gardening, early childhood education, marketing, and other future-employment fields that the students are interested in. Enjoy this video of "Printerns" on the job.
Principia is lighting the spark of business ingenuity in Middle and Upper School students. The Middle School’s “Business Game” and Upper School’s Launch Party and Pitch Night are cultivating the spirit of entrepreneurship—along with the skills and mindset needed to begin and sustain a successful business.
In his account of the 1914 attempt to travel across Antarctica entitled South, explorer Ernest Shackleton described the Drake Passage, which is the open water between South America and Antarctica, as “the most tempestuous storm-swept” stretch of ocean in the world. This description was on the minds of all 50 Principia alumni and friends who embarked on a ship for Antarctica in Ushuaia, Argentina. In fact, reading Shackleton’s book was part of our “homework” to prepare for the trip.
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This year, 86 students took part in Principia’s 41st annual ABC Solo & Ensemble Festival. Enjoy these clips of the Principia musicians above.
Students from Principia School, Lutheran North, Lutheran South, and MICDS in grades 5–12 shared their talents with the community in a variety of instrumental and vocal arts performances. Principia’s student musicians once again came away from the event earning honors—for Best Percussion Ensemble, Best Percussion Solo, Best Brass Ensemble, and Best Brass Soloist in both Middle and Upper School divisions. Of the 41 Principia entries, 31 earned an Exemplary (I) rating, and 10 earned an Outstanding (II) rating.
The artwork of four Principia Upper School students is part of the 2022 Young Artists’ Showcase: All-Media Exhibition at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Seniors Rex Heath and Lizzie McKim, along with sophomores Jaheim Magaki and Lauren Scott submitted images of their best art pieces for the annual competition.
Whether it’s supporting nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis community combating hunger and poverty or raising awareness about coral reef preservation, Principians of all ages are making a notable impact through the school-wide initiative known as the “Impact Challenge.” In essence, educators challenge each School level (Early Childhood, Lower, Middle, and Upper) to make a positive impact in the community. Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), students showcase their understanding of sustainability and highlight their efforts to address these goals during the annual Impact Challenge celebration.