On Wednesday, September 5, Princeton Academy welcomed new and returning families for Orientation Day. The following day, students returned for the first official day of school. Students in LS and MS were welcomed with our traditional Morning Handshake. Teachers enthusiastically helped to introduce and acquaint the boys with their new grade. Smiling faces, boundless energy and plenty of HAWK spirit filled the hallways.
The first days of school were also filled with many meaningful traditions. Grades 1-7 supported and honored their eighth-grade brothers in the annual Opening Day Kettle Up: Grade 8 Tie Ceremony. Eighth graders shook hands with their peers and received their Princeton Academy ties which they will wear with pride for secondary school interviews and Graduation. We honored Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne and her journey to America and displayed a replica of the Rebecca, the ship she sailed 200 years ago. Headmaster Rik Dugan noted to students that while we celebrate 200 years of Sacred Heart education, we also celebrate Princeton Academy's 20th anniversary.
The MS continued the tradition of Sacred Heart Goals Day on Thursday, September 6. In true Hogwarts fashion, Morning Assembly looked like it could have taken place in the Great Hall with Professor McGonagall and the Sorting Hat - new MS students were "sorted" into their "houses" according to our Blue Green Tradition. The Blue Team and Green Team work all year to gain points for their "houses" and on Thursday, the teams participated in challenging leadership and community-building exercises, as well as community service projects utilizing the entire campus including the Low Ropes Course. Head of Middle School Kathleen Humora stated, "We are Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. We soar with the spirit of the Sacred Heart each day as we believe, we persevere, we serve, we respect, and we grow! We are Blue Green as we honor the building of a strong, safe, and welcoming community."
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