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December 11, 2019 - eVision News
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Students brighten others' Christmas as Advent Angels
In the spirit of giving, our students participated in the Advent Angels project. Each House adopted a local family and members of each House donated money, some gathered to shop for gifts for their assigned family, others got together to wrap the gifts, and others helped deliver the items.

The House of Humility, for example , raised enough donations to also “adopt” two children from the Angel Tree Project at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Humility member junior Brooklyn Stocksdale said she likes participating in the project because she knows she is making someone’s Christmas brighter.

“It really shows how spending just a little bit of time or money can make all the difference and make someone’s day better,” Brooklyn said. “I especially like that we get to help a whole family and bring them joy on Christmas.”

Junior Sophia Hottois , another Humility member, agrees.

“Performing acts of kindness truly improves your own character and benefits everyone involved,” Sophia said. “I like being able to make someone else’s day or put a smile on their face.”

Humility junior executive delegate Sam Bowles was surprised that helping out a stranger could mean so much.

“Even though I don’t personally know the kid I shopped for, I know I provided him with what he needed for Christmas, and that is extraordinary to me,” Sam said.

Senior Olivia McCurdy , of the House of Justice , enjoys helping others because she can make a difference in their lives. Through House projects such as this one, she has found that working together as a House adds a new component to service learning.

“Doing this project with my House has allowed us to come together to help others,” Olivia said.

Sophia agrees.

“House projects (can) truly strengthen our call to service, and we are able to build better bonds with each other, regardless of what grade level we may be in,” Sophia said.
More School News
Dual credit courses will continue
Providing our students the opportunity to earn dual credits as another way to prepare for college has long been a priority at Providence and continues to be. With Indiana University Southeast no longer partnering with us in the Bridge to College program, our administrators and faculty worked diligently to fill in the gaps. As a result, students can continue to take the same courses taught by IUS faculty but with different options. IUS Economics will now be offered as ACP Economics through IU Bloomington and taught by the same IUS adjunct professor. IUS Psychology and IUS Business will now be offered via Ivy Tech Community College and taught by the same professors who previously taught them via IUS.

Additionally, IUS Sociology, which was not offered this year, is tentatively scheduled to be offered next spring via Ivy Tech. Providence also will be offering a new AP computer science course. ACP and Ivy Tech Courses provide three to five hours of college credit that will transfer to any Indiana college. To earn college credit for AP courses, students must earn a 3 or higher on the end-of-year AP exam.

Underclassman students will register for classes in mid-January. More information will be emailed to parents. Click here to view the Program of Studies.
December faculty, staff leaders recognized
This month, the December Leaders honored are the faculty and staff who lead the various academic departments and committees. The Academic Council members are World Languages Department Chairperson Katie Aebersold , Theology Department Chairperson Kathryn Jacobi, Principal Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger ’74, Assistant Principal Kerry Gerber (Hon. ’20) , and Math teacher Mary Alice (Lenfert) Knott ’77. The heads of each department are Science Department Chairperson Diana Welch , Social Studies Department Chairperson Maria (Cochran) Harritt '10, Math Department Chairperson S tephanie (Mayfield) Mauk ’99 , PE and Health Department Chairperson Ben Hornung ’75 , English Department Chairperson Elizabeth Bentley , and Fine Arts Department Chairperson Ellen Holifield.
School News: Club events, House activities
Pinterest Club makes Christmas wreaths
The Pinterest Club had its second meeting of the year in late November. Senior and president Elle O’Bannon chose the Christmas wreath craft, bought the supplies, and coordinated the meeting.
House of Truth celebrates St. Nick
The House of Truth brought the tradition of St. Nicholas to Providence last Friday. The student leaders researched information about the saint to read during morning prayer, and during first block, leaders of the House went through the halls putting candy in the shoes students had placed outside their classroom door.

Ornament Workshop a popular event
The Art Club held three Ornament Workshops inviting children and families from the Deanery to make clay ornaments. About 36 Deanery students and 12 adults participated, with several attending two sessions.
Christmas concert on Sunday

Get in the Christmas spirit by attending the Christmas Spectacular on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium. The Popcorn Players and Providence Singers will perform. Tickets are $5.00 at the door.
Students deepen faith in God at NCYC
In mid-November, a number of our students traveled with their parish youth group to Indianapolis to participate in NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference). The event is held every two years, and our students who attended found it meaningful whether it was their first or second trip.
Dance, Cheer clinics offered
The Dance Team is hosting a clinic for preschool through eighth graders on Saturday, Dec. 21. Those who attend will learn a fun dance routine with the Providence Dance Team – and then perform it during halftime of the Providence Boys Basketball game later that evening.

The clinic is 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Koetter Gym. Participants are to wear comfortable clothes and tennis or jazz shoes. A T-shirt and snack will be provided.
The cost is $30 per child. Registrations must be received by Saturday, Dec. 14. Click here to download the registration form.

The varsity Cheer Team is hosting a clinic for girls and boys grades preschool through eight on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Koetter Gym. Participants will learn sideline cheers and a short dance to perform at halftime of the Boys Basketball varsity game on Monday, Jan. 28. The participants will play games with their peers, learn valuable cheerleading skills, and enjoy a small snack that will be provided.

The cost for the clinic is $25 per participant for those who register by Jan. 15. Registration forms received after the 15th will be $30 per participant. The price includes a T-shirt for participants to wear during their performance. Shirts will be guaranteed for those who pre-register. Click here to download the registration form.
Girls Basketball, Football, Soccer players receive various honors
CJ SI Athlete of the Week nominee
Senior Natalie Boesing was nominated for Courier Journal Southern Indiana Athlete of the Week in her first week of the season, during which she played four games in five days, averaging 27.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Fall sports athletes recognized
The season may be over, but student-athletes from the fall season continue to garner honors.
  • Five Boys Soccer players recently were named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Academic All-State: seniors Brandon Barron and Ryan Drury and juniors Luke Hesse, Dominic LaDuke, and Evan Scott.
  • Senior and Football running back Colin Flake was named Courier Journal Southern Indiana Athlete of the Week in early October after rushing for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers’ 21-6 victory over Mitchell.
  • Junior and Boys Soccer midfielder Evan Scott was named Courier Journal Southern Indiana Athlete of the Week in early October for his hat trick in the 11-0 win in the sectional final win over Trinity Lutheran. 
Fourth senior signs to play college sports
Senior Carlie Miiller has signed with Hanover College to play NCAA Division III women's soccer at the school.
Winter sports schedules available
Pioneer fans can access the winter sports schedule in various ways. Athletic events are posted on the school calendar and updated as changes are announced. PDF versions are posted on the website at the beginning of the season but are not updated.
The Girls Basketball season is in full swing with the team’s next game on Saturday at Borden High School. This issue, we profile two players: sophomore Brooklyn Nolot and junior Lauren Castleberry . Lauren has been playing for 13 years having first started playing on Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s biddy ball team, and Brooklynn also has played most of her life, having started before starting school and through elementary and middle school. Click Read More to read their Q&As.
Placement exam Dec. 14
The High School Placement Exam for incoming freshmen will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Students should arrive at the Robinson Performing Arts Center by 8:45 a.m. and bring two No. 2 pencils and a check for $15 made payable to Providence High School. Pre-registration is not required. Please contact the Admissions Office at 812-945-3350 or admissions@providencehigh.net with any questions regarding enrollment. 

Exams begin next week
Final exams are next week. There will be no BLUE Days on Monday or Tuesday, so testing begins at 8:00 a.m. Please note: students are dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 18-19. Students should be picked up no later than 2:00 p.m. on these days. Friday, Dec. 20, is a Snow Make-up Day, if needed.

Sports over the Break
Click here for a calendar of athletic events scheduled over the break.

STEM Club registration is open
Registration is now open for the PHS STEM Club. Students grades one through nine will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The club is broken down into three grade-level-based groups and meets five times beginning in January 2020. Cost is $20 per child.

Christmas Dance Dec. 19
PHS students are invited to attend the Christmas Dance on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the Guidance Office and during all lunches for $10. A dance ticket also includes admission into the Girls Basketball game that night vs. New Albany. Dress is semi-formal, tickets must be purchased in advance, and students must show a PHS ID to enter.

Christmas Break next week
Christmas Break is Friday, Dec. 20, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. We hope our students, faculty, staff, and families have a blessed Christmas and New Year.
Gala 2020 invitations coming soon
Please join us on Feb. 1, the night before the "Big Game," for dinner, dancing, fellowship, and fundraising at the 2020 Providence Gala! Be on the lookout for formal invites in the coming weeks. The event will be held at Huber Orchard & Winery from 6:00 p.m. until midnight.
Thank you for your support on Giving Tuesday
Thank you to our alumni, family and friends who supported Providence on Giving Tuesday -- and throughout the year. Your generosity is appreciated.
Reunion dates for 2020
Reunion planning season is starting for the class years ending in 5 and 10. If you don't see your class below, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at rstumler@providencehigh.net

2019 reunions:
  • 1960: Dec. 14, 2019. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Annual mini-reunion brunch, Orange Clover Kitchen in Jeffersonville. 60th reunion is scheduled for Aug. 22, 2020, Calumet Club in New Albany. Information for both events will be added to our Facebook page and class website as plans are finalized.

2020 reunions. Contact Ronda Stumler to start your planning now!
  • 1955: 2020 Quarterly Gatherings - March 13, June 12, Sept. 11, and Dec. 4, 2020. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1958: 2020 Luncheon Gathering: June 19, 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. For more information, contact Mimi Paris at 812.246.1020.
  • 1970: Golden Diploma Event compliments of PHS on March 7, 2020. Contact Ronda Stumler for details at rstumler@providencehigh.net or 812.945.3350 ext 224. 1970 Class Reunion given by and for the class on Sept. 19, 2020. Contact Kathy Kull at 502.558.0173 or Laura Baker Buehler at 812.923.5260.
Hornung, Boilermakers head to NCAA Sweet 16
Marissa Hornung ’18 , a Purdue University sophomore, is having a great season as libero for the school’s women’s volleyball team. In the final two weeks of the regular season, she repeated as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Her accomplishments over those two weeks included a total 46 digs in wins over No. 22 Michigan and Michigan State, including a career high 29 in the Michigan matchup. She also was named to the Academic All-Big Ten.

The team earned a Top 16-seed for the NCAA Tournament, giving Purdue the opportunity to host the opening round, during which the No. 14 Boilermakers beat Wright State and No. 16 Marquette. On Friday, Hornung and her team head to Texas to face No. Baylor at noon on ESPNU.

Read more for a Q&A with Hornung. 
Coming Events
Dec. 14: Placement Exam
Dec. 15: Christmas Showcase
Dec. 16-19: Final Exams
Dec. 19: Christmas Dance
Dec. 20: Faculty In-service/Snow Makeup Day
Dec. 20-Jan. 1: Christmas Break
Jan. 2: Classes resume on A Day schedule
Jan. 4: Placement Test make-up date
Jan. 6: First semester grades posted
Jan. 20 : Faculty In-service; No classes
Let Us Pray
Advent Prayer (for Week 2)
Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

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