Additions offer functionality, security
Parents who have dropped off or picked up their students in the last few days no doubt noticed the new star-shaped benches in front of the Main Entrance. These concrete benches not only provide a place for our students to sit while waiting for their ride, but they add a layer of security, as have several other bollards.

In addition to the three concrete benches, which are each emblazoned with a different school or athletic logo, bollards have been added at various entrances to improve security and safety. One has been placed in front of the Robinson Auditorium entrance, and two high-visibility ones have been added at the Student Entrance.

The bollards are intended to protect these doorways from errant vehicles with an eye toward aesthetics while also allowing ample room for student egress.

"Improved security at these entrances enhances our overall safety profile," said President Steve Williamson.

Other school news: Two grants awarded
In other news, Providence has submitted two successful grant applications, one of which will continue the school's focus on safety enhancements. The first, $14,000 from the WHAS Crusade for Children, continues the school's longstanding partnership with WHAS. The student Penny Wars during Catholic Schools Week supports the Crusade and builds teamwork and community awareness. This grant supports the Learning Differences Program and Lab and sustains the school's collaboration with WHAS to serve the children of Southern Indiana.

The second grant is for $30,000 awarded by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis James P. Scott grant. The school's application centered on the redesign of the front driveway entrance to the school in order to complete the final phase of the envisioned 2012 Master Plan

"This first installment of $30,000 will be the seed money from which we develop the other funds needed to begin and complete a redesign of our driveway entrance," Mr. Williamson said. "For improved safety, security and traffic flow, this project will require additional fundraising and Pioneer community support."
Students' achievements honored
This past Sunday, many of our returning students were recognized for their academic achievements for the 2017-2018 school year. Some students received scholarships and book awards, while many others were honored for a full year of being on the honor roll. Students who were honored as the top students in their subject received Final Four T-shirts and can wear them to school tomorrow in recognition of their achievement. For a full list, click here.
Seniors enjoy 'trip of a lifetime'
For seniors Joe Gryboski and Tyler Upton, applying for the annual Indiana Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., was one of their best decisions as juniors. Both were accepted to represent their county - Tyler is from Clark County and Joe from Harrison County - and spent more than a week over the summer traveling with fellow Hoosier students to Gettysburg, Penn., and our nation's capital.
Teams start season with prayer experience
For many years, the Football team has held an annual tradition of blessing the players' helmets before the season-opening scrimmage. That tradition continues, and the team has added new ones, thanks to the influence of SportsLeader, a Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches and directors of sports ministry. The program developed many spiritual based season opening activities for teams and their families, and several sports have implemented them, including Volleyball and Boys Tennis.  Read more.
Girls Basketball developmental academy returns
The Providence Girls Basketball Academy, a developmental girls' basketball program for Deanery students is starting its 2018-19 season. An informational meeting for players and parents is on Sunday, Aug. 20. Seventh and eighth graders will meet at 7:00 p.m., and grades three to six at 6:00.

The junior high season starts in the last week of August. The season for grades three to six starts in a few weeks. Contact Coach Brad Burden with questions: Click here for the registration form.
Pioneer Pass offers free admission
Deanery students are able to attend Providence home, regular-season sporting events for free with a Pioneer Pass and when accompanied by an adult. Providence coaches have passes available for distribution, and they are also available at entrances to sporting events and require parents to submit contact information. IHSAA rules restrict passes from being given to students not enrolled in a Deanery school. Email for more info.
Parent Notes:  Progress Reports, Picture Retakes
Progress Reports out soon
Progress Reports will be posted to Skyward next Friday. Parents should also watch for an email from Principal Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger '74.
Picture Retake Day at end of month
Picture retakes are Friday, Aug. 31, for students who did not have their photo taken during registration or who are unhappy with their school photos. All students including seniors are required to have a yearbook photo taken, even if they do not wish to purchase any.
Photos will be taken in the Administrative Corridor during lunches. Order forms are available in the main office. Students unhappy with their original photograph must bring the entire original packet of photos. Students having retakes may dress up and must follow the guidelines in the handbook.
College Night for students and families
Save the date for College Night at PHS on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. when several college representatives will be on campus to field students' and parents' questions about planning for and completing the college and scholarship applications. Open to all students and parents and especially upperclassmen.

Senior parents reminder
Seniors must have their yearbook photo taken at Whyland's Studio in Jeffersonville or Lifetouch in Highlander Point in Floyds Knobs. Please schedule an appointment soon.
Reunion planning for 2018
Reunion planning is underway for the class years ending in 3 and 8. Information will be posted below as it is received. To ensure you receive reunion information in a timely manner, please update your contact info here.
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. Dates: Sept. 14, and Dec. 7, 2018. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions.
  • 1960 - Annual mini-reunion brunch will be on  Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Orange Clover Copper Room. Details will be on  class web page and  Facebook page.
  • 1 968:  Sept.  21, 2018, Jeffersonville K of C, 7:00-? and Sept. 22, 300 Spring, Jeffersonville, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Register here. C lass  Facebook page
  • 1973: Oct. 12, 2018, Sheraton in Jeffersonville; Oct. 13 The Levee at the River House, Louisville. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Tour & Tasting TBA. Invitations to come.
  • 1978: Sept. 7, 2018, Golf Scramble at Covered Bridge; Sept. 8, 2018, Mass/tour of PHS followed by reception at Covered Bridge Golf Club. Invites have been sent. 
  • 1983: Sept. 1, 2018. Mass/tour of PHS at 4:30 followed by reception at Elk Run Golf Club, 7:00-11:00 p.m. For updates join the class Facebook page. Invites have been sent.
  • 1993: Aug. 25, 2018, Kyes I, in Jeffersonville, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Register here. See class Facebook page, or contact Edie Paine Frakes at (502) 592-1917 for more info. Invites have been sent.
  • 1998: Sept. 21-22, 2018. Sept. 21 - Golf Scramble 9 a.m Champions Pointe. Sept. 22 - Class Buffet Dinner & Bonfire 5:00 -? Invites coming soon.
  • 2008: Nov. 3, 2018, Covered Bridge Golf Club. Save the date and other info on class Facebook page. Invitations forthcoming.
Classes 1995-2005: Keep an eye out for an invitation to a special event in mid-September to gain insight and information on future education planning. Pizza and prizes will be featured!

Save the date: Class of 1969 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. More info to follow. And mark your calendar for the Golden Diploma Dinner hosted by Providence on March 2, 2019. Save the dates will be sent.
Register now for annual Golf Scramble

Here is your last chance to register for the Pioneer Golf Scramble! This afternoon of fun at Champions Pointe Golf Course in Henryville is a primary fundraiser for the Annual Student Assistance Program, so your support is needed! Call Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at (812) 945-3350 x 224 to sign your team up today.  Click here  to register. 

The 20th Annual Pioneer Golf Scramble to benefit the Annual Student Assistance Program is Thursday, Aug. 23, at Champions Pointe Golf Club with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.
All alumni invited to attend Alumni Night 
Save the date for Sept. 14, when Providence welcomes back all alumni for Alumni Night during the Pioneer Football homecoming game vs. Charlestown. Activities will include an Alumni Tent on the Pioneer Athletic Center patio inside Murphy Stadium. More details will be available in future eVisions, so mark you calendars now and plan to join in the Homecoming excitement!
Archbishop Thompson to speak at ASAP
Mark your calendars for Oct. 24 for the Annual Student Assistance Program dinner at Huber's Orchard & Winery. Archbishop Charles Thompson will be the featured speaker. Funds raised go directly to help students in need of financial assistance.
History of Providence basketball available
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during school hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping.

If you are in any way related to the Providence community you'll surely appreciate this first-of-its-kind Providence publication. Tradition, heritage and Pioneer blue pride leap from every page. Think graduation. Think birthdays. Think anniversaries. Think reunions. And then order an extra one for yourself.

The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Welcome, Ms. Vander Woude
Ms. Monica Vander Woude is thrilled to be able to share her faith and her relationship with God with her theology students. A recent graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) with a double major in history and education, her role as theology teacher came about after she worked for a year as a consultant and then as a long-term substitute theology teacher at a Catholic high school in Louisville.
Aug. 23: Pioneer Golf Scramble
Aug. 24: First Quarter Progress Report
Aug. 31: Picture Retake Day
Sept. 3: Labor Day, no classes
Sept. 7: College Night

Opening prayer for Novena to Our Lady of the Assumption

Lord Jesus Christ, You have destroyed the power of death and given the hope of eternal life for body and soul. You granted your Mother a special place in your glory, and did not allow decay to touch her body. As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary, grant us renewed confidence in the victory of life over death. Amen.

Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84
Director of Communications
eVision reporter/writer

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