Tenere refers to the acquisition of organized knowledge, facere to the development of intellectual skills, intellegere is the formation of an enlarged understanding of ideas and values.
The laurel leaves are a symbol of excellence and achievement. As an ancient Greek symbol, they hint the origin of the word paideia and the roots of Western thought.
The bear was chosen as both a traditional school mascot and a symbol of strength and wisdom. The words freedom, discernment, courage and power are associated with the bear, as are the words motherhood and protection.
The compass rose indicates that life is a journey and must have direction if it is to be a good life. It signifies a deep principle of the paideia philosophy: lifelong learning. The education of children, above all, must give them not only the tools for a lifetime of learning, but also the motivation to continue their development as human persons. Education aims at happiness, a life well lived.
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PHS has been a true pioneer and has provided a good guide for future innovative inter-district cooperative high school programs. - OSPI