Dr. Palmer’s Update: July 2010
Summer is in full swing, yet Principia’s campuses are still buzzing with activity.
Major maintenance projects are underway, including repaving and reroofing work. Perhaps the most exciting project is Phase 1 of the Middle School renovation. This includes a relocation and redesign of the Lower and Middle School library and art room. We are excited that this update will enable the instructional spaces to better support cross-disciplinary collaboration, project-based learning, and other curricular changes. Stay tuned for further updates on this renovation project and its eventual extension to all levels of the School.
Just weeks after Commencement, more than 600 alums, spouses, and children arrived in Elsah for the College Reunion. It was a weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing, and remembering what Principia is all about. I enjoyed meeting many of you for the first time and catching up with some of my own classmates. We are all a bit wiser—but capable of having just as much fun as ever!
Summer Session is about to launch in Elsah, July 10–24. We’re looking forward to welcoming a batch of Principia friends to relax, learn, and refresh while enjoying each other’s company. If you can’t join us this summer, sign up for Autumn Session, October 16–28, when the students are back on campus. Participating in adult classes in the midst of the fall athletic and cultural events gives you an insider’s look at Principia today.
For those who can’t plan a trip to our part of the world, Executive Officer Peter Stevens and I are hosting two more summer webcasts on Principia’s new strategic plan, “Rising Higher, Reaching Further.” We will share the vision for Principia’s future and answer your questions in these interactive sessions. Registration is required for these events. Just click on the date you’d like to participate in order to register: Thursday, July 15, at 8 p.m. CDT, and Sunday, August 15, at 8 p.m. CDT. Information about the 10-year plan for Principia is also available online.
While we miss the students during the summer months, we relish the opportunities to welcome alumni and other friends back to Principia for reunions and adult education. A change of activity is always welcome. As Principia founder Mary Kimball Morgan wrote to parents in 1921, “If it has been a year of thorough work and accomplishment, a bit of playtime has been earned and should intervene before another school year” (Education at The Principia, p. 52).
It was, indeed, a school year of work and accomplishment. (For a glimpse back, enjoy the photos highlighting the faces and activities at the School and College this past academic year.) We expect our students are engaged in some well-earned playtime. And we can’t wait to see them on campus for sports camps and writing seminars in August.