Town Talk Features

Heard in the Halls: 6.1.22

kirk day school | Langley Koch (pictured with head of school Taylor Clement) was named the Missouri second-grade winner of the 2021 Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest. Nearly 80,000 students compete in the national penmanship competition. Having won at the state-level, Koch’s entry will now receive further review to determine if it will be selected as a Grand National Grade-Level Champion.

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The U.S. Department of Education named the district a 2022 Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee. It was recognized for projects such as construction of multiple LEED-certified elementary schools, installation of 25 solar panels and creating 49,000 square feet of rain gardens for water conservation. The district also promotes holistic wellness across environmental health, medical and mental health, and racial equity using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. With outdoor STEAM labs on every school campus, there also is a district-wide focus on project-based environmental and sustainability education.


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Sophomores Josephine Sausville and Sophie Wallace were bronze recipients of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The award is presented by the president through Americorp and the Points of Light Initiative, and they earned the distinction by completing 50 to 74 hours of volunteer service during the calendar year. Sausville and Wallace completed their service hours as members of the Gateway Chapter of the National Charity League, an organization that provides service and support to more than 25 local nonprofits. Their service projects included decorating sidewalks to brighten senior communities, volunteering at fundraising events, creating baked goods to support essential workers and more.

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Seven high school students in the district were selected for the 2022 Missouri Scholars 100 list, a statewide program that honors 100 of the state’s top academic students in the year’s graduating class. The students recognized were Daniel Baris and Jeremy Li of Parkway Central High, Anjolaoluwa Ola and Sanjana Panwar of Parkway North High, Riley Dorrough of Parkway South High, and Connor Gusky and Marissa Liu of Parkway West High.

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The school was named a 2022 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for its dedication to reducing environmental impacts and improving the health and wellness of students. Principia has created a biodiverse environment by restoring 42 acres of forest and six acres of savanna in the St. Louis area. The school also has outdoor spaces for students to engage with subjects, such as science, language arts, social studies and math. Additionally, it maintains several affinity groups to support  LGBTQ+ students, students of color and international students.


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