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Merry Sorrells

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 Spends Spring Break in Israel and South Africa

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.

Sustainability Grows at Principia

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.

Cum Laude Ceremony Recognizes Dedication and Academic Record of Inductees

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.

Eighth Graders Create Civil Rights Museum

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.

Filmmaker Goes Both Viral and Silent

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.

Boys' Track & Field Finish First at Missouri State Championships

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.

Spring Productions Make a Splash

This spring brought two fantastic performances to the stage that transported their audience members under the sea to conquer fear, pursue adventure, and find true love.

A Spring of Science & Sustainability

The end of the semester was an exciting one for the School with its sustainability efforts recognized nationally—and with the highly anticipated return of BioBlitz.