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November 20, 2019 - eVision News
Serving Parents, Alumni, and Friends of Providence High School
 Property acquisition opens new possibilities
By President Steve Williamson

Anyone who has driven by campus recently now has a different view of PHS from Providence Way. With the three apartment buildings and the small office building now demolished, we have an unobstructed view of PHS from a major thoroughfare. Owning the Providence Way apartments has long been a part of the vision of the PHS Master Plan, and the opportunity to purchase the apartments came up quickly this summer.
 
As those plans became a reality, it was determined that razing the structures was the best option. This creates the opportunity to improve our safety profile and enhance our curb appeal. The potential to redefine our perimeter and campus footprint had to be seized.   
 
This additional 1.4 acres will be added to the plans to redesign the front entrance driveway and will link both the practical and aesthetic. At this point, we have only a draft concept by Booker Design Collaborative, a Louisville firm known for its outdoor design projects. We will continue to improve the design with the input of others with school security and the safety of our students and staff a top priority.
 
In time, as we develop the funding and design plans for this project, we will leverage the new acreage to enhance our safety profile and our image on the key thoroughfare that links Clarksville and New Albany.
 
Since we are very happy with the pilasters and fence design that ring our athletic facilities, we hope to sustain that feature throughout the campus. As good neighbors, we hope to advance the project to also enhance the community with sensible and sustainable plans.
 
In the near term, the new parcel will be graded and seeded as weather permits. Please continue to follow PHS for future development plans and activities. Anyone interested in being part of the development efforts is welcome to reach out to Tony Perito and the Advancement Office for more information at (812) 945-3350 or  advancement@providencehigh.net .
More School News
Underclassman scholars excel in art, science, Spanish
The November Scholars are outstanding students in Spanish, science, and visual arts. The Q&A below features the freshman and sophomore scholars. The juniors and seniors were featured in the previous issue. The scholars featured in this issue are as follows:

  • Science: freshman Alcindor Smith and sophomore Chloe Brown
  • Spanish: freshman Jackson Bettler and sophomore Cade Carver
  • Visual Arts: freshman Ana Cabezas and sophomore Maya Paris
Art Club offering ornament workshop
The Art Club is offering a Christmas Ornament Workshop on Dec. 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Participants will make up to five ornaments. Deanery parents, students, and teachers are welcome to attend. The cost is $5 to cover the materials. Please email Mrs. Donna Burden at dburden@providencehigh.net to register.
Deanery sixth graders enjoy fall musical
Sixth grade students from the Deanery schools visited Providence on Monday and Tuesday for a special showing of Little Shop of Horrors . The students enjoyed the show as well as lunch in the cafeteria.
House News: Service projects, events and more
Bonfire to celebrate start of Thanksgiving break
The Houses of Integrity and Justice are hosting a student bonfire on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. to celebrate the start of Thanksgiving break. Students will earn House points for attendance, and the event will include music, snacks, and games. Members of Integrity and Justice are asked to donate snacks for the event.
Students prepare for Advent Angels project
As a school-wide service project, each House is adopting a family identified from various sources and will raise money, shop, and wrap gifts for that family. Several Houses have already started collecting money and will likely shop after Thanksgiving break. Most Houses will deliver the gifts to local parishes for the family to pick up before Christmas.
House of Integrity participates in day of service
Students from the House of Integrity served at the Franciscan Soup Kitchen in Louisville on Saturday. The House plans a second day of service on Dec. 21 from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to help sort items for the agency’s Christmas giveaway. All students are invited to attend, and transportation is provided.
STUDENT PROFILE
Two juniors learn leadership, business skills
Juniors Landon Kruer and Drew Julio t have enjoyed the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and learn about the local business world. The two just completed their semester session with NEXGEN, a youth leadership and civic involvement course sponsored by Leadership Southern Indiana. Next semester, junior Ryley Gunther will participate.
PIONEER SPORTS NEWS
Football makes sectional finals for third time
By Coach Larry Denison '86

With player numbers in the low 30s due to a large graduating class from the previous year and a small incoming freshmen class, many people doubted how competitive the 2019 Providence Football team would be this season. The 12 seniors on this year’s team made sure that the team worked hard to make this year a success.

The team finished the season with a 5-7 record, which was very good considering the level of competition on this season’s schedule. The seven losses came against teams that had a combined record of 62-17. Regular-season victories over Bethlehem (Ky.), Clarksville, and Mitchell, along with a strong run in the playoffs, had the Pioneers playing in the sectional championship game for the third consecutive season. The Pioneers played a very good Triton Central team very tough for most of the game but unfortunately lost in the final quarter.
Cheer places 5th at IASP State
By Coach Christie Evanczyk '09

Cheerleading wrapped up its fall season by advancing out of regionals to finish fifth in the IASP State Championship. The team enjoyed cheering on the Football players through sectional finals as well as supporting the other fall sports teams. The team will now transition into basketball games and preparing for nationals held in Dallas on Feb. 1-2, 2020.
Save the Date: Dance Clinic
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.
Girls Basketball, Volleyball players receive various honors
Senior Natalie Boesing is off to a hot start for the Girls Basketball season. She scored two double-doubles during the Battle at the First Capital Tournament over the weekend. The IndyStar nominated her for a poll of top performers in high school girls basketball for the week. Voting ends today.

Natalie also was named Athlete of the Week by Big X Sports Radio and presented by Sir Dano's Pizza Parlor for scoring a total of 79 points over three games in that tournament. She also was one of two players named IBCA District 3 Subway Player of the Week.

Volleyball players named to All District, All State
Senior Courtney Glotzbach and junior Ali Hornung were among 14 players in Class 4A named first-team All-State recently; along with seniors Maggie Purichia and Ceci Rush , they also were named All-District. Ali also was selected to participate in the Indiana Junior All-Star Classic this Sunday at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Courtney and Ceci were selected to participate in the Indiana All-Star Classic, which starts at 4 p.m.
Seniors sign with Division I schools to play college sports
Senior Courtney Glotzbach signed to continue her volleyball career at Jacksonville (Fla.) State University, where she will join Lexie Libs '17 , who will be a senior next year.
Senior Natalie Boesing signed with Butler University in Indianapolis to play women's tennis.
Senior Ceci Rush signed with the University of Louisville to play women's volleyball.
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.
PARENT CONNECTION
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. 

PHS dialogues with Bellarmine
Mr. Mike Marshall, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communication at Bellarmine University, visited Providence today to continue the dialogue with BU following President Susan Donahue's keynote speech at the ASAP dinner in October. The two schools will explore opportunities to work together and develop a scholarship program for Pioneer alumni attending Bellarmine University. “Since we share a similar vision and mission for Catholic education, working with Bellarmine University is a natural fit for Our Lady of Providence High School,” President Mr. Steve Williamson said .

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.

Exam schedule available
The final exam schedule is now available. Please note: students are dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 18-19.

Skylert testing conducted
PHS recently conducted a test of the SKylert system, which notified parents of school closures due to weather. Any parents who did not receive an alert or want to change how alerts are received should log in to Skyward FAmily Access.

Thanksgiving Break next week
Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 29. We hope our students, faculty, staff, and families have a blessed holiday.
ALUMNI NOTES
Giving Tuesday coming soon
We’re proud to be a part of #GivingTuesday, a global celebration of giving. Show your true Blue Pride by supporting Providence with a gift of time, talent or treasure. You can give financially via the Give Now button on the school website, share your time and talents by volunteering in various capacities at the school, or share your story of how much Providence means to you on social media.
Save the Date: Gala 2020
Mark your calendars for Feb. 1, 2020, and watch your mail for an invitation to the Providence Gala Dinner and Auction. This event, held at Huber Winery & Orchard's Plantation Hall, is an important fundraiser for PHS and a fun night of fellowship. More information will be published in the coming weeks.
Two alumni leading college teams to success
Lexie Libs ’17 , a junior setter for NCAA Division I Jacksonville State University women’s volleyball, helped her team win the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title. The team is 19-9 for the season and seeded No. 1 in the OVC Volleyball Championship. The tournament starts tomorrow with Libs and Jacksonville hosting Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville at 6:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN+.

Purdue University sophomore libero Marissa Hornung ’18 has helped her team reach its D-I No. 16 ranking. She had a perfect defense in this weekend’s sweep of Maryland with a match-high 19 digs. The team has four more Big 10 games, including a sold-out match at home tonight vs. Rutgers. It will air at 7:00 p.m. on BTN+. 
Reunion dates for 2019
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:
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering: Dec. 6, 2019. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1960: Dec. 14, 2019. 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!
The Class of 1970 will celebrate its 50th reunion in 2020. Important dates to remember:
  • 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.
BLUE PRIDE ON DISPLAY
Adopted fans show Blue Pride
Blue Pride isn’t necessarily an alumni-only quality. Last Friday, a group of Canadians lit up Murphy Stadium with their enthusiasm as they adopted the Pioneers as their home team. The men were in town for a trade show representing The Ultimate Deck Shop, a deck supply store in Regina, Saskatchewan.

They were enamored with the phenomena of Friday Night Lights and decided to check it out for themselves. After Googling football games, they landed at Gene Sartini Field.

The group warmed up the crowd on the cold night. They led cheers in the parent and student sections, took a selfie with the cheerleaders, and loudly encouraged the team, which held Triton Central scoreless for three quarters. After the game, the Canadian visitors stayed to welcome the team as the players exited the locker room for the season and thanked them for a great game. Parents commented on Twitter how grateful they were for the spark this random group of visitors gave to the team.  
Biology major has rare opportunity to join leadership class
Patricia Hyndman ’14 , a senior biology major with a minor in sales at Indiana University Southeast, has had had opportunities few adults in healthcare have had. She spent 10 months learning with and from various CEOs and leaders in the healthcare industry through a fellowship with the Health Enterprises Network, an affiliate of Greater Louisville Inc. (otherwise known as the Metro Louisville Chamber of Commerce). 
Coming Events
Nov. 26: Bonfire
Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 : Giving Tuesday
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
Let Us Pray
Thanksgiving Table Prayer
O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.

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