Archbishop Thompson visits Providence
Archbishop Charles Thompson dropped in for a surprise visit last week. He had presided at a funeral Mass in Louisville the same morning and decided to stop in here for a brief visit afterward. He toured the school and visited a few classrooms.
Gala celebration next weekend
Our annual Gala Dinner & Auction is less than two weeks away! This year's event is all about fun and games - from Family Feud and Deal or No Deal to Wheel of Fortune. Tickets are $70 per person, and registrations must be mailed by Jan. 13. Or register online through Jan. 17. Parents, check your email for more information.

Speaking of Wheel of Fortune, this year's Wheel features nine items with chances that can be purchased in advance. Only 30 tickets are sold per item, so your odds of winning are very good! Click here to download a description of the Wheel of Fortune items and here for an order form. (Indiana Gaming Law requires payment by cash or check.) Orders must be postmarked by Jan. 16 and received by Jan. 19. Many items sell out before the event, so order now (Family Feasts, Break the Bank and Sunny Sandestin are going quickly)! Attendance at Gala not required.

During this year's Gala, we will be playing two games! First, Family Feud offers participants the chance to form a team of family, friends, coworkers, or parents to play for the grand prize of $1,000. Click here to register your team of five by mail or online (event registration also required). Secondly, Deal or No Deal offers participants the chance to win diamonds from Koerbers Jewelry! Attendance at Gala required to play. 

New this year: A seven-day Royal Caribbean Cruise for two where YOU choose the destination! Pick from Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean or Europe! Chances sold only at Gala, and you must be present to win. So reserve your seat today!

Diamonds, vacations, cold hard cash! If that is not enough, take a look at some of our awesome Silent Auction Items listed below. Watch for easy-to-follow instructions and opportunities to do online bidding coming next week. (Attendance not required for silent auction bidding!)

Have questions ? Email Mrs. Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at or call 812.945.3350 ext. 224. We hope to see you there!

Check out these Silent Auction items:

PHS Boys Basketball vs. New Albany game tickets: Four prime center court seats plus nearby parking at the Burden home, and a copy of A Pioneering Spirit.

Shopping spree at New Albany's ever-popular posh boutique Dress and
Dwell: A private shopping experience with 10-15 of your friends plus wine, appetizers, a 15 percent discount and a $50 gift certificate.

Jennifer Dunn Photography package valued at $395.00: Senior portrait session plus Gift Print Collection.

Murphy Stadium home-side bleachers to be replaced
Thanks to our generous donors, construction of the replacement of the home-side bleachers in Murphy Stadium starts this week. Over the next few weeks, the bleachers will be removed and then recycled. In the coming months, new bleachers will be added, with construction and installation to be completed this spring. Koetter Construction is coordinating the project with other services being provided by RKR Inc. and IMI.
Student news: Homecoming, spring musical, bowling
Winter Homecoming Court announced
The Winter Homecoming Court has been announced and features seniors Clare Hooper, Kirstie Krininger, Mary Clare Natalie, Skylar Richey, Pierce Arvizu, Blake Murphy, Phillip Stoner, and Brogan Welch; juniors Lilly Bivens, Brookelyn Williams, Bryce Drury, and Nolan McCain; sophomores Claire Culwell, Alissa Hughes, Connor Hazen, and Caden Sidebottom; and freshmen Emma Kaelin, Lydia Rush, Kevin Reed, and Nick Sexton. Voting for the king and queen will take place soon, and the winners will be announced on Friday, Jan. 19. The queen will be crowned at the Boys Basketball game vs. Henryville game. (JV plays at 6:00 p.m., varsity at 7:30.)

Save the Date: Spring musical in April
Mark your calendar for the production of the spring musical Jesus Christ Superstar, which will debut Friday, April 13, and run for a total of six performances ending on April 22. Tickets will go on sale in the spring. The rock opera debuted on Broadway in 1971 and was last performed at Providence in 1995. The timeless classic is based on the Gospels and the last days of Jesus' life as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Bowling Team sends 2 to regionals
At last night's Southern Hills Bowling Conference individual sectional tournament, sophomores Christian Tate and Austin Grantz earned their spots in regionals on Jan. 20 in Evansville after a 
three-man roll-off for the final two positions, which included junior Trey Miller . More on the Bowling  Club's successful season in the next issue.
Senior creates T-Shirt in support of mom
Senior Evan Wallace and his family were shocked last fall when his mother, Melissa, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. He wanted to support her and decided he would create a T-shirt to rally people around his mom and create awareness for the disease.
Fall sports athletes earn postseason honors
A number of our student-athletes were recognized by the News & Tribune recently for their performances during the fall sports season. Among them:
  • Volleyball: Senior Marissa Hornung was named a Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All-Area Team First Team as were seven fellow players. Read more.
  • Boys Tennis: Senior Nick Boesing was named a Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All-Area Team First Team Singles. Two doubles teams also were named to the All-Area Team. Read more.
  • Boys Soccer: Junior Austin Hughes was named a Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All-Area First Team as were six teammates. Read more.
  • Girls Soccer, Girls Golf, Cross Country and Football also had players earning a spot on the All-Area Team. 
Courier Journal has begun releasing its Player of the Year nominees and All-Area Team members. J unior  Kaden Williams was nominated a Courier Journal Football Player of the Year finalist and a member of the
Southern Indiana All-Area Football Team along with seven teammates. Read more.

Additionally, junior Kaleb McCubbins was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Junior All State team as defensive back and received honorable mention in the Associated Press 2A All-State Team at defensive back. Earning a spot on the IFCA Academic All State are seniors Brogan Welch,  Jack Wagner, Aaron Shireman, Caleb Lindquist and  Manny Schmidt.

Girls Basketball player breaks another record
In other sports news, senior Hannah Wolford has broken the school record for free throws made in a career, having surpassed 284 last week. Earlier this season, she was placed in the 1,000 Point Club and over the break became the second all-time leading scorer in school history.
Boys Soccer coach applications accepted
The Athletic Department is accepting applications for a boys' soccer head coach for the 2018-2019 school year. High school coaching experience preferred. Interested candidates should send a letter or email, along with details of their experience and qualifications, to:

Providence High School Athletic Department
"B-Soccer Head Coaching Position"
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, IN 47129

Parent Notes: Deanery Night, registration, and more
Deanery Night coming up
Deanery Night is Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Boys Basketball vs. Silver Creek game, and all Deanery students and families are invited to attend. Watch for the social media contest Best Deanery Mascot to be posted on the school's Facebook page next week, and vote for your favorite Deanery school mascot. The school with the winning mascot will get special seating and free popcorn at the Boys Basketball game on Jan. 23 plus a $100 donation to its athletic department! Additionally, all Deanery grade school students who wear a T-shirt or jersey representing their school to the game will receive a free popcorn.

Boys Basketball vs. New Albany expected to sell out
The Feb. 9 Boys Basketball vs. New Albany game is expected to be a sellout, and parents need to take note that Pioneer Passes, Mass Passes and season passes will not be honored at that game. Students may purchase two tickets through the Athletic Office during school hours through Jan. 19.

No school Monday, Jan. 15
No classes will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Teachers will have a day of professional development.

Spring Break weather make-up days
March 12-16 is reserved for weather make-up days, should Providence have to close for inclement weather and be unable to institute eLearning. The remaining week of Spring Break is March 19-23. Please also reserve May 4 for a weather make-up day, if needed.

Be ready for eLearning
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the PHS eLearning information. The Indiana Department of Education has approved our use of eLearning in the case of inclement weather. Parents will be notified via Skylert should eLearning be implemented due to inclement weather.

Online registration for 2018-2019 school year
This week, our counselors are visiting students in their classrooms to prepare them for the 2018-2019 registration process. Parent online registration via Skyward Family Access, which requires a $100 registration fee, should be done by Jan. 21 so that students may complete online course registration with their counselor Jan. 22-24. Detailed instructions were included in the letter Principal Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger '74 emailed last week.

New courses 2018-2019
Students will have some new course offerings to choose from for next school year. New or renamed courses include:
  • AP English Literature & Composition will replace ACP English 12. In 2018-2019, juniors and seniors will take AP English Literature & Composition. Starting 2019-2020, juniors will take AP English Literature & Composition 11 and seniors will take AP Language and Composition 12.
  • Photography (grades 10-12) will enable students to create photos, films, and videos utilizing a variety of digital tools and processes. Requires a digital camera - point & shoot or preferably DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera).
  • Computer Science I (grades 10-12) will have a focus on computer programming, mobile development, and artificial intelligence/robotics.
  • Introduction to Engineering (grades 10-12) will enable students to become familiar with the engineering design process.
  • Ethnic Studies (grades 10-12) will focus on particular ethnic groups, and use a comparative approach to study patterns of cultural development, immigration, and assimilation, as well as the contributions of specific ethnic or cultural groups.
  • Indiana Studies (grades 10-12) uses Indiana history as a basis for understanding current policies, practices, and state legislative procedures.
  • AP World History (grade 11) will replace Honors World History
  • French III and Spanish III (grades 10-12) have been added to the World Language offerings.
  • Math class name changes: PreCalculus will be known as PreCalculus and Trigonometry (grades 11-12) and Honors PreCalculus as Honors PreCalculus and Trigonometry (grades 10-12); Advanced Modeling will become Quantitative Reasoning (grades 11-12).
  • Advanced PE will be open to juniors as well as seniors.
  • Biology II: Anatomy will be called Anatomy and Physiology (grades 10-12) and be offered every other school year.
Incoming freshman registration
Registration conferences for incoming freshmen for the 2018-2019 school year will be held in the Robinson Auditorium lobby on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. according to last name. The weather make-up should it be needed is Feb. 8. More information on the registration process will be sent later this week.
Reunion planning for 2018
  • 1968: Save the Date: 50th reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. The Golden Graduation Ceremony and Dinner will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at PHS.
Alumni Night this Friday
The Providence Alumni Association invites all alumni, especially those from the boys' and the girls' basketball programs, to attend a special reception on Alumni Night on Friday. The night starts in the Alumni Suite (off the home-side balcony) with a reception for all alumni from 6:30-7:30. The basketball players will receive special seating and be recognized at halftime of the Boys Basketball game vs. Rock Creek.

Ray Day '57 and Charlie Jenkins '57 will be signing copies of their book on the history of PHS basketball during halftime. Game time: 7:30 p.m. 

Special thanks to Zaxby's (Jerry Ayres '03) and Stumlers Catering (Debbie Stumler Gregory '81), who will provide some of the food for the reception.

Basketball alumni, please RSVP to or call Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at 812.945-3350 ext. 224.
Check out the Summer Camp 2018 info
Looking for summer camp opportunities for your children this summer? Check out the PHS Summer Camp offerings. Click here to view.
Medical service trips lead to new perspective
Ryan Albers '09, on the left in the photo,  has served on three medical service trips, including two as a student pharmacist, but what he learned is as valuable as the care given to the patients who live in desperate poverty. While he did gain experience in clinical care, the most long-lasting lesson was an epiphany into the meaning of being poor in spirit as expressed in the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12). Read more .
Jan. 12 - Alumni Night at Boys Basketball game
Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day; No classes
Jan. 19 - Homecoming
Jan. 20
- PHS Gala, Huber's Orchard & Winery
Jan. 21 - Deadline for parents grades 9-11 to complete online portion of registration
Jan. 23 - Deanery Night at Boys Basketball game

New Year's Prayer

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

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

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