Providence continues to be a Four Star School
For the sixth year in a row, the Indiana Department of Education has named Providence an Indiana Four Star School. Thank you to our teachers, staff, and parents, who set high standards and provide high levels of support for our students, and to our students for their hard work and accomplishments. Providence is one of three local high schools to receive this designation. 
New app easily records, tracks service hours
Students and the organizations and people they serve now have an easy and efficient method for tracking the hours our students volunteer. The application x2VOL offers website and mobile app service hour tracking and service opportunity listings. Students can log their hours, write a brief reflection of the experience, receive digital verification of service, and track their hours by category.  Read more
Students learn about business traditions in India
The Amazing Global Marketplace team continues to prepare for its spring competition with recent presentations from two business people, one from India and one from China. Last week, the group met with a local businessman who is from India and has lived in the United States for eight years. Prior to the meeting, the group studied Indian culture and its business customs.

The presentation last week affirmed their research that business interactions in India are more casual than in China, said seniors Jarrett Rowe and Mirashaye Basa. When conducting business in India, people follow basic rules of respect but do not have strict rituals because of the country's diversity, multiple dialects and caste system. Developing personal relationships with business connections and customers also is important to people doing business in India.

"It's not intimidating like in China," Jarrett said.

The group received a perfect score on its presentations and interactions. This week, the group meets with a businessman born in China. Mirashaye said she learned a lot from the research and presentation - all good preparation for the international business simulation in a few weeks.

"I'm excited to continue, and I look forward to the simulation," she said.
Students undergo Green Dot training
Last week, more than 20 students took part in the latest Green Dot training as they learned about bystander intervention and preventing violence, from bullying to relationship violence. In the five years since the Green Dot training initiative began at Providence, hundreds of students have taken part in the training put on by staff from the Center for Women and Families in Louisville. Green Dot is a violence prevention program based on bystander intervention created by Dr. Dorothy Edwards at the University of Kentucky in the hopes of stopping and preventing violent, aggressive, or bullying behavior, particularly in relationships, as well as changing from a culture that accepts this behavior to a culture that does not.

About 100 current students have received the training, and the Green Dot club works to spread the message of bystander intervention and violence prevention. Sophomore Andrew Henderson took part in the recent training and said he learned to identify when someone is experiencing a form of violence and how to support that person. Senior Hannah Brady said she learned that there are many more forms of violence than she knew about, and she now knows not only how to prevent violence but what to do immediately to comfort someone who has experienced bullying or other types of violence.
The students brainstormed ways to implement their training in the Cafeteria, including reaching out to others to help them feel included and to leave a cell phone or online group chat if others in the group start gossiping. Director of Counseling Jaimie McRae said she appreciates how the training and the follow-up activities make students more aware of inappropriate situations and how to direct, distract and delegate in response to what they encounter.
Student News: Awards, fundraisers and more
Two receive Right to Life award
Seniors Shane Hesse and Ethan Furnish recently received the Right to Life Scholarship for their active involvement in the pro-life ministry. The award was based on pro-life involvement, a pro-life essay, and letters of recommendation. Each received $500.

Students inducted into National Honor Society
On Feb. 25, 29 juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society in a special ceremony, having met the requirements for academic excellence and commitment to service. The new members are Lilly Bivens, Hayden Burke, Hannah Conder, Collin Daugherty, Bryce Drury, Megan Flanagan, Annie Gettelfinger, Harrison Green, Molly Grigg, Joseph Gryboski, Alexandria Henderson, Madison Horlander, Jenna Kaiser, Madison Kruer, Sam Kruer, Nolan McCain, Hanna Mitchell, Ellie Quinkert, Emma Rauck, Ross Reyes, Griffin Rogers, Jacqueline Scott, Zachary Tackett, Anna Thomas, Annmarie Tichy, Cameron Tyler, Brookelyn Williams, and Kaden Williams.

Students enjoy flamenco performance
The Spanish Club sponsored an in-school field trip recently featuring Flamenco Louisville, a professional dance company. The dancers shared the history of flamenco dancing as well as a variety of dances. Students taking French and Spanish attended.

Crayon Drive helps children in need
The House of Spirit last week sponsored a used crayon drive and brought in the most crayons. More than 43 pounds of crayons were donated to the Crayon Initiative, which collects used crayons every year to melt down and be re-formed into new crayons for children in low-income schools and in hospitals. The initiative also aims to reduce the number of crayons in landfills.

Each House received one point per pound of crayons. Humility came in second with nearly 10 pounds, and Courage came in third.

Powder Buff raises funds for Florida school
The House of Loyalty sponsored a Powder Buff volleyball game between the junior and senior boys last week. The juniors (pictured above) won in five sets. Proceeds from the entry fee and a bake sale raised more than $300 to donate to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. House of Loyalty senior executive delegate Marissa Hornung organized the event and coached the senior boys team.
Students attend Pacers STEM Fest
Last month, more than a dozen students attended the Pacers STEM Fest in Indianapolis. The event provided students and families an opportunity to explore various aspects of STEM through hands-on activities and information booths - as well as entry into a Pacers basketball game.

Senior Adam Starr said he enjoyed the chance to learn about different STEM careers and how different companies operate. He also learned more about colleges in the state that offer engineering programs. He plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana and major in electrical engineering.

Stations of the Cross offered each Friday
Each Friday after school during Lent in the Chapel, a different House leads the Stations of the Cross. Justice, Truth and Loyalty have led the prayers so far.
Seniors prepping for two spring musicals
Preparing for the spring musical takes months of rehearsals to learn choreography and lyrics. It's hard work for the entire cast, especially the leads. Seniors Andrew Bittenbender and Kaleb Dunn are committed to putting on a quality spring musical here - and at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville. Andrew is reprising his role of Jean Valjean in SHA's production of Les Miserables, which debuts this weekend. Kaleb is Javier, Valjean's nemesis. In the PHS production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew will portray Judas, and Kaleb, Caiaphas.
Sports News: Winter sports end, player honored
Boys Basketball graduates five seniors
By Coach Rob Murawski

The 2017-18 Boys Basketball season came to end last Wednesday night with a loss to Clarksville in one of the toughest 2A sectionals in the state. The Pioneers finished the season 9-15. They will lose five seniors: Blake Murphy, Cullen Ebert, Trey Beatty, Reece Libs and Nick Boesing. We are excited for next year as we started one freshman, one sophomore and one junior. The future looks bright for the Pioneers.

Cheerleaders have good season
By Coach Christie Evanczyk '09

The cheerleaders ended their season with the Boys Basketball team. The team had a very strong season led by three strong seniors, Harrison Moyer, Jessica Lancaster, and Emma Huff. The team placed second in state competition and eighth at nationals in the small intermediate varsity division.

The cheerleaders have enjoyed cheering on our fall and winter sports and will start their season back up in May with tryouts. We wish our three seniors the best of luck at college, and we will miss you!

Girls Basketball's Wolford receives additional honors
Senior Hannah Wolford has been named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Senior/Small School All- State first team and a District 4 All-Star by the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association.

Football team holding mulch sale
The Football team is hosting its annual mulch sale. The deadline to order is March 28, and pickup is April 7. Delivery and spreading of the mulch can be arranged. Click here for an order form.
Parent Notes: Spring break, senior moms info
Friday a Scholarship Spirit Wear Day
Friday will be the Scholarship Spirit Wear Day for the month of March. Students may wear approved spirit wear with a $1 donation, to be paid in the student entrance.

Grades posted Friday
Watch your email Friday for a parent letter and notification that Third Quarter grades are posted in Skyward.

Spring break office hours
The administrative offices will be open March 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 12:30 on Friday during spring break. The offices will be closed the second week of the break. Classes will resume on March 26. It will be an "A Day" on a BLUE Day schedule. We hope all our students, faculty, staff, and families have a safe, fun, and relaxing break.

Early dismissal on Good Friday
This is a reminder that dismissal on Friday, March 30, will be at 2:15 p.m. so that students, faculty, and staff may join their families at their parish Good Friday services.

Scholarships available to incoming freshmen
Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships. The Dale Durham Performing Arts Scholarship offers a $1,000 award to an incoming freshman interested in performing arts. Click here for the application. Essay and teacher recommendations required. The deadline is Friday.

The Providence Alumni Association Scholarship provides a free iPad (or the equivalent in tuition credit) to six incoming freshmen. Click here for more information. The application also requires an essay and teacher recommendation. Deadline is March 26, 2018.

Senior/Moms Lunch on April 8
All seniors and their mothers are invited to the Senior/Mother Luncheon on Sunday, April 8, from 1-3 p.m. at the Calumet Club in New Albany. Invitations have been mailed and are due March 28.

Spring musical tickets on sale
Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar are on sale via the school website and by calling (812) 945-2538 ext. 301. Tickets are $15 for show dates April 14 (7 p.m.), April 15 (2 p.m.), April 19 (7 p.m.), April 20 (7 p.m.) and April 22 (2 p.m.). Premiere Night is Friday, April 13, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the transformed Koetter Gym featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the premiere are $40 each.
Reunion planning for 2018
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary.
    Dates: March 9, June 8, Sept. 14, and Dec. 7, 2018
    Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick with questions
  • 1968: Golden Graduation Ceremony & Dinner April 14 at PHS. Invitations have been mailed.  50th reunion in September 2018. Details to come.
  • 1973: Oct. 12 Sheraton Louisville; Oct. 13 The Levee at the River House, Louisville. Save the date cards have been sent.
  • 1988: July 28, 2018. For more info, check class Facebook page or email Cinnamon La Hue-Grubs.
  • Reunion planners needed for the following classes: 1993, 2003, and 2008.
Save the Date: Easter Egg Hunt
Alumni and Deanery families with young children are invited to the annual Providence Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. The free event includes photos with the Easter Bunny and other activities in the cafeteria (former Activity Center) beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the Easter egg hunt on the front field at 10:15 a.m. In case of steady rain, the event will be canceled. The event is sponsored by the Providence Girls Soccer team.
PHS to offer kids' Bowling Clinic
Does your child like to bowl, or would he or she like to learn how? Sign your children grades kindergarten through eighth up for the Bowling Clinic, held at Blackiston Bowl in Clarksville on four Sunday afternoons starting April 15. Cost is $32. Click here for more information.
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.
Grad from '05 receives Medal of Valor
Kevin Pickerrell '05, a patrolman with the Louisville Metro Police Department, knows it wasn't just by chance that he was in the right place at the right time to save a woman from drowning last summer. God played a role in making sure he was available. And he responded as any first responder would, he said, wading into the water to render aid. He never expected any accolades for doing his duty, but he is grateful for the Medal of Valor and Distinguished Life Saving Award he received last week. Read more
March 6-9: Senior Retreat
March 12-23: Spring Break
March 30: Good Friday, 2:15 dismissal
March 31: Easter Egg Hunt
April 1: Easter Sunday
April 8: Senior/Mother Luncheon

A Prayer for Lent

O gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a spiritual life, both thinking and doing everything to please You. For You, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies; and to You we render glory, together with Your eternal Father, and with Your all holy, life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and forever. 

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

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