PHS receives AP Award
Providence received an Indiana Advanced Placement Award from the Indiana Department of Education in recognition of the success of our most recent graduates on the May AP exams. Mrs. Kerry Gerber represented Providence at the 2019 Indiana AP Recognition Ceremony, which recognizes schools where at least 25 percent of the graduating class cohort earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.
Students perform on community stage
Several of our students had the opportunity to take their theatrical skills to other venues - and some are still performing. Rising junior Mara Holifield is a member of the Greek chorus in Mamma Mia! at Shelby County Community Theater in Shelbyville, Ky. The show opened last weekend and continues July 26-28 and Aug. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets 
are $11-$16. Other students wrapped up their performances, including rising freshman KB Merchant at the New Albany Amphitheatre, rising junior Victor Beeler at the Jeffersonville RiverStage, and several Deanery students and alumni on various local stages. Read more .
School News: Busy summer for staff, students
Summer projects spruce up campus
A number of rehabilitation and construction projects have improved areas on campus. Students will first notice the upgrade to the Cafeteria, which included replacing more than 20,000 square feet of flooring and adding large photos that demonstrate our school mission in faith formation, academics, fine arts, and athletics. The columns also were wrapped with the House names to promote the House Leadership System.

The Larkin Center and the Robinson Auditorium each received digital audio upgrades to replace aging, outdated analog systems that were becoming difficult to maintain. The new systems will include digital wireless components. In the auditorium, the sound system will complement the LED lighting upgrades made in the spring, and in the gym, a sports logo lighting package will allow for the projection of logos and basic animation on the gym floor during sporting events and activities. 

The Larkin Center audio upgrade was supported by a donation by Dolores (Murley) Hoyland '66 in memory of Ronald "Ronnie" Hoyland '62. The Robinson Auditorium audio upgrade was supported by generous theatre patrons.

Also in the Larkin Center, the Girls Basketball and Volleyball locker room received upgrades. New additions included carpet, logo area rugs, and signs showcasing Blue Pride as well as past and present outstanding Pioneer players, coaches, and teams. Both teams paid for the upgrades through fundraising efforts, and coaches Brad Burden and Terri (Blunk) Purichia '90 came up with the designs. Coach Burden and Girls Basketball assistant coaches John Boesing and Jeff Purichia installed the upgrades with the assistance of Mr. Toby Wright, the facilities manager.

In the R.W. Marshall Foundation Providence Athletic Center, the locker rooms are now available for use by the Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer teams. The area includes new lockers, benches, and a folding center partition that allows for separate and secure areas for two different teams to use simultaneously. The partitions feature a white board on each side to allow for instruction inside the locker room. Future projects include the construction of restrooms and shower rooms.

In Murphy Stadium, the construction of the standalone press box is almost complete. The new press box is larger and allows for easier access for media and time/scorekeepers.

On the grounds, a few ailing trees were removed. Efforts to save the two trees beside the flagpole near the entrance and another tree near the former Aquinas Center entrance were not successful, and an arborist recommended their removal.

In addition to the annual summer maintenance of stripping, cleaning, and re-waxing the floors throughout the building, the maintenance crew also completed a thorough cleaning of the Kitchen and Chapel, including tightening the kneelers and refreshing the statues, crucifix, and iconography in the Chapel.
Summer camps wrap up
Several athletic camps and STEM camps helped a couple hundred Deanery children learn new skills and hone and condition well-used ones. These camps also gave these children grades kindergarten to nine an introduction to our high school for a few days. These children played golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, football, and/or volleyball and/or learned science, technology, engineering, and math. 

One STEM Camp group also sought to make a lasting impact. The first through third grade students wrote 73 letters to 29 local businesses asking them to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic. 

"They clearly and professionally described the dangers to humans, animals, and the environment based on research and group brainstorming they did in camp," camp instructor Mrs. Laura Swessel said.
Students learn, serve, grow, and pray
Several of our students participated in activities from mission trips to week-long camps. Rising seniors Claire Reyes and Elle O'Bannon participated in Hoosier Girls State, and rising senior Logan Applewhite took part in Hoosier Boys State. The week-long programs immerse rising seniors from around the state in the governmental process. All three were elected to various positions. Rising sophomores Katelynn Clemmons and Sarah Boehm participated in One Bread, One Cup, a five-day liturgical leadership conference at St. Meinrad Seminary. Rising sophomore Amanda Upton and rising junior Beth Wimsatt took part in a Deanery-sponsored mission trip to Campton, Ky., to serve the poor in that community. Beth also was a camp counselor at Camp Marian at the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. And rising senior Andrew Henderson took part in the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar, which is an introduction to the prestigious college. Read more.
Welcome new, returning teachers
Providence welcomes a few new teachers this school year and sees some teachers pick up new roles. Mr. Stuart Book '07 and Mrs. Sarah (Buschemeyer) Koetter '87 return to their alma mater, Mr. Book as a math teacher, and Mrs. Koetter as a returning part-time social studies teacher. Ms. Marisela Belmonte-Olmos is our new Spanish teacher. More information on Mr. Book and Ms. Belmonte-Olmos will come in future issues, and information on our new coaches is in the Sports News section.

Mr. Brad Burden will add enrollment representative to his teaching and coaching duties. He will work with Ms. Debbie Fackler and Mr. Steve Williamson in the President's Office to handle inquiries from prospective students and their families. Mr. Burden said he is looking forward to working with prospective families.

"I am so excited and humbled for this new challenge and opportunity at PHS," Mr. Burden said. I am looking forward to being the face and voice of Providence to the students and families of the New Albany Deanery as they discern their high school decision. We are so blessed at Providence to have the best high school in Southern Indiana. I'm also looking forward to working with all of my colleagues to get the great story of Providence out to our future students and families.

To contact Mr. Burden with enrollment inquiries, please email or call 812.945.2538 ext. 362.
Coaches move from assisting to leading
Brett Bass '12, a former assistant Boys Soccer coach, is now the new Girls Soccer coach. Coach Bass started his duties earlier this month and is preparing his team for the upcoming season.

Coach Bass played soccer at Providence and in college and was an assistant coach for the Boys Soccer program for three years, helping lead the boys' team to three sectional and regional titles and once to state runner-up during that time. He also has coached the SIU girls' soccer U15-U18 program for three years.

Coach Bass is assisted by Ms. Stephanie LeBrun (PHS art teacher), Casey Marlin '12, and Rachel Wells '14. He said he looks forward to "working alongside the other coaches, the players, and the administration in representing Providence on and off the field" as well as helping the players grow in their sport.

"Over the course of this season my goal is to help these ladies reach the goals they set for themselves and the team as a whole," Coach Bass said.

Athletic Director Mickey Golembeski said he looks forward to what Coach Bass can do with the program.

"Coach Bass has all the tools to get the job done and continue to grow the PHS program," Mr. Golembeski said.
Coach Hutchins now head Baseball coach
Coach Scott Hutchins '91, who was an assistant coach under retired coach Scott Hornung '81 for 23 years, is now leading the Baseball program. He will continue to teach chemistry and serve as assistant principal/director of students. Having also played baseball as a student, he is looking forward to the spring season.

"Having been in the program for 27 combined years as a player and a coach, the thing I am most looking forward to is carrying on the outstanding tradition of Providence Baseball," Coach Hutchins said. "We have a very talented group of returning players that are fun to be around, so I am very excited for this opportunity

Sports News: Athletes earn recognition
Cheer team earns multiple awards at camp
The Cheer team had a successful NCA cheer camp in preparation for its cheering and competitive seasons, with members improving their skills and achieving their goals. The team won the top cheer division, Most Spirited award, and the Herkie Award for sportsmanship as well as a bid to nationals in Dallas. As individuals, they each received superior ribbons on their evaluations, and seniors Zoe Libs and Nadia Brooks made the All American team. Nadia also won the NCA Top All American Cheerleader Award for scoring the highest score during tryouts.

Volleyball teams win at Purdue camp
The Volleyball team had another successful weekend at the Purdue Team camp July 19-21, taking 25 players and three coaches. The JV squad finished first in its division of the camp tournament with freshman defensive specialist Alex Kraft earning Best Defender of the White Division and freshman setter Grace Purichia earning White Division MVP. The varsity team went 15-1 for the weekend, losing only to eventual camp winner Mt. Vernon by two points. Senior outside hitter Courtney Glotzbach earned Black Division Best Attacker award for the weekend.

Golfer wins golf tour
Rising senior Kennedy Allender finished fourth in the Junior/Senior Division of the Southern Indiana Golf tour held at Champions Pointe earlier this month. Rising sophomore Abby Shavers competed in the Freshman/Sophomore Division.

Student-athletes recognized
Several student-athletes received recognition from the News & Tribune at the end of the school year for sports in 2018-2019.

At the annual News & Tribune NTSPY Awards, Alex Hughes '19 was named Boys Soccer Player of the Year; rising junior Ali Hornung was named Volleyball Player of the Year, Halli Trinkle '19 was named Girls Tennis Player of the Year and Girls' Player of the Year, rising senior Natalie Boesing was named Girls' Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year; and Volleyball team's defeat of Castle in five sets in the regional final was named Game of the Year.

Other recognition includes:
  • Boys Swim: Tanner Carver '19, Bryce Drury '19, Thomas Gaines '19, Harry Green '19, Sam LaMaster '19, rising junior Kieran Kelly, and rising sophomore Zach Applewhite were named All-Area honorable mention
  • Boys Track & Field: All-Area Team Second Team Chris Heselschwerdt '19 and honorable mention Hayden Burke '19 and Bryce Drury
  • Girls Track & Field: Haley Hall '19, rising seniors Sydney Barron, Kaylee Kaiser, and Avery Stumler, and rising junior Julia Christie All-Area honorable mention
  • Boys Golf: Caleb Popp '19 All-Area Second Team and Frank Caylor '19 honorable mention
Student season passes available
New student season passes available
Beginning in the 2019-2020 sports season, students have two options for affordable season passes. The 20-event student athletic season pass is just $20 and will allow a student entrance to any 20 regular season home fall, winter, or spring games (good for any season). The pass is not good for IHSAA-sponsored events and other tournaments. The unlimited student athletic season pass is $50 and will allow a student entrance to unlimited home games for the school year, with the exclusion of IHSAA and other tournaments. More information will be available prior to the fall 2019 season.
Parent Notes: Ready for the school year
Freshman Orientation, New Parent Welcome
Freshman Orientation: Ignite the Spirit is Monday, Aug. 5, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Incoming freshman students should enter the Main Lobby and proceed to the Larkin Center. Students will get their ID and yearbook photos taken, walk through their schedule, and learn their House assignment as well as enjoy pizza. 

First-time Providence parents are invited to attend the New Parent Welcome Event that coincides with the first hour of the orientation. Parents should enter the Robinson Auditorium, where there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to speak with various administration and staff members, set up cafeteria accounts, purchase school uniforms, and receive assistance with Skyward set up.

Returning student registration
Returning student registration is Monday, Aug. 5. Students should enter via the Student Entrance and proceed to the Administrative Corridor. They will have their student ID and yearbook photos taken and should adhere to the photo guidelines. They also will pick out their lockers and can add to their lunch accounts. Parents should have completed sign-offs and other tasks in Skyward prior to this time. Students should arrive according to the following times:
  • Seniors: 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Juniors: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
  • Sophomores: 11:00-11:50 a.m.
School begins Aug. 7
The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m., and students should be in uniform. See the note below about uniform updates. Parents should follow the drop off and pick up procedures as outlined in the parent letter earlier this month, and students who drive should display their parking permit as required.

Back-to-School Mornings
The first BLUE Day sessions are Aug. 12-13, which are also our Back-to-School Mornings for parents. The first session is at 7:30 a.m., and parents are encouraged to attend. They should be accompanied by their student and can visit with teachers, see the updated Cafeteria, and enjoy light refreshments in the Administrative Corridor (after 8:20).

On BLUE Days, students can meet with their teachers for special help and enrichment. Sessions are at 7:30 a.m. and 7:57 a.m. and are optional unless mandated by the teacher. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays for BLUE Days.

Schedule change requests accepted next week
Students should check their schedules for any missing classes. Students can file schedule change requests, such as errors in the schedule or for a level change, by contacting their school counselor. Counselors will be available July 29-Aug. 1 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The phone number is 812.945.2538 ext. 303. Or email or .

New uniform options
Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, the following changes will be made to the Uniform & Dress Code:
  • Pants: Students will have the option of wearing khaki pants in addition to navy blue and black pants. The style of cotton-twill pants must still adhere to the description in the 2018-2019 Student-Parent Handbook, including no tight or form-fitting pants and no excessive pockets on the pants. Students may purchase these pants at the store of their choosing.
  • Uniform polos: Students will have two options for uniform polos, the current white polo shirt and a new navy blue polo. The current light blue polo will be allowed through the 2021-2022 school year. The uniform polo shirts can be purchased only at RiverCity Workwear.
  • Uniform pullovers: Uniform sweaters are being phased out and replaced with a three-quarter zip pullover in gray or navy blue. The pullovers come in two styles. One is a heavy cotton for colder months, and the other is an Under Armour quick-drying pullover. The uniform pullovers can only be purchased at RiverCity Workwear. Sweaters can be worn through 2021-2022.
The light blue polo and sweaters will be available at RiverCity Workwear at a discounted price until the inventory is depleted.

Uniforms purchased online and in store
Uniforms can be purchased at RiverCity Workwear, 4020 Earnings Way, New Albany, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Online purchasing also is available. 

New senior portrait information 
A new policy has been put into place for senior yearbook portraits, with a deadline of Dec. 1. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the summer months to have their senior portrait taken. Click here for more info.
Summer reading reminder
All students, including incoming freshmen, have assigned summer reading. Writing assignments for this reading will be due by the second day of English class for freshmen and of theology class for sophomores-seniors. Click here for the assignments.
Register now for Golf Scramble
It's time to register your team for the 21st annual Pioneer Golf Scramble on Thursday, Aug. 22, at Covered Bridge Golf Course. This important fundraiser supports the Annual Student Assistance Program. To register or team or become a sponsor, click here or contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at .
Tennis Alumni Day on Aug. 3
All Providence Tennis alumni are invited to return for Alumni Tennis Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities will include yard games, food, and of course tennis.
A decade with 4-H
Three 2019 graduates received recognition during the recent Clark County 4-H Fair for their 10-year membership in Clark County 4-H: Dylan Seals, Sydney Boggs, and Tyler Upton.

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Reunion planning for 2019
Reunion planning is underway for the class years ending in 4 and 9. If you don't see your class below, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at

2019 reunions:
  • 1955: Quarterly gatherings: Sept. 13, and Dec. 6, 2019. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1956: 2019 Gathering: Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019. Dinner and mingling at the Clarksville Radisson Hotel, 5:00-10:00 p.m. Formal Invites have been mailed.
  • 1964: Sept. 28, 2019,  4:30-?, Clarksville Radisson Hotel. Formal invites sent. For more information contact Noelle Kramer Gohmann.   
  • 1969: 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. Formal invites. See class website or email for more info.
  • 1974: 
    45th Reunion, Sept, 14, 2019, 6:00-11:00 p.m. at the Clark County Conservation Club in Utica. $25 per person in advance/$30 at the door. Invites will be sent soon. For more information contact Diana (Rae) Jenkins at
  • 1979: Sept, 6-7, 2019. Friday: Football tailgate at PHS, Saturday: Tour & Mass at PHS, dinner to follow at Covered Bridge. Formal invites sent. Follow Providence Class of '79 Facebook page for details.
  • 1984: Oct. 4, 2019, at PHS home Football game, and Oct. 5 at Wick's Pizza in New Albany. Please contact Nan (Blunk) Fougerousse for more info.
  • 1999: Aug. 17, 2019. Bourbon Barrel Loft, 7-11 p.m. Formal invites sent. Contact Lisa (Naville) Zwissler for more info.
  • 2009: Planning underway for fall 2019. Contact Whitney Popp Forbis for more info.
  • 2014: July 27, 2019, Huber Orchard & Winery. Email Zach Flanagan or phone 502.777.6516.
Alumni combine service, teaching
It's not unusual for our alumni to develop a lifelong commitment to service, helped in part by the service learning requirement for all Providence students. Most do so in their free time. Some make it their career. Three young alumni are starting their careers by teaching in special programs that help others.
Julie Payne '14 will be teaching in a low-income neighborhood in the Washington, D.C., area in the Urban Teachers program while pursuing her master's degree at Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education, and Sara Gryboski '15 will be teaching middle school STEM in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the Teach for America program. Ashlyn Edwards '15  will be taking her teaching skills abroad, spending a year teaching under a contract with the French government working in schools throughout France. Read more .
July 29: Regular office hours resume
Aug. 5: Orientation and registration
Aug. 7: School begins
Aug. 12: Senior Meeting for graduation information
Aug. 12-13: Back-to-School Mornings
Aug. 20: ACP Parent Info Night
Aug. 22: PHS Golf Scramble
Aug. 25: Academic Recognition Ceremony

Prayer to Begin a School Year

God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin
a new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow;
wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From: Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers via The Catholic Catalogue

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

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