Open House a success

Thank you to everyone who attended, worked, or recommended someone to attend our Open House. It was a busy day with young students and their families receiving a personal tour through the school. The next step is the High School Placement Exam on Saturday, Dec. 8, for prospective freshman students for the 2019-2020 school year.

If you recommended someone attend the Open House, we ask that you follow up and remind him or her of the placement test. A personal recommendation goes a long way!
Fall musical debuts Thursday
Tomorrow, the fall musical Honk! opens, staged by students in the Musical Theatre Production class. The show runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre, with a matinee performance on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, via email, or by phone at 812-945-2538 x 254. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but seating is limited.

The cast is looking forward to presenting the musical, which is lighthearted but with a strong message. Read more.
House Student Leader Profile: Truth
S eniors Griffin Rogers and Lauren Tomlin have different approaches when it comes to leading the House of Truth as senior executive delegates. But it provides a good balance, Griffin said. Griffin is more reserved and prefers to lead by example, while Lauren is more likely to speak up and call the meeting to order. Both are involved in multiple activities, from athletics to theatre. 
School News: Vocations lunch, Soup Day & more
Students attend Vocations Luncheon
In honor of Vocations Awareness Week, Fr. Eric Augenstein, our former chaplain and now vocations director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, hosted a special lunch to discuss vocations options with some of our students.

Green Dot continues to teach violence prevention
Today,  25 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 six 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. This violence prevention program is 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.

Spanish classes celebrate Day of the Dead
Students taking Spanish learned how to celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. They made projects, ate Pan de Muerto (sweet bread made to celebrate the holiday), and hung photos and told stories of their loved ones who have passed away.

Soup Day benefits three organizations
The Cafeteria recently held its annual Soup Day & Food Drive. Students, faculty, staff, and parents contributed nearly 1,500 canned and other dry-food goods, which were donated to the Center for Lay Ministries and the Haven House Homeless Shelter, both in Jeffersonville. On Soup Day, the Cafeteria served a simple lunch of homemade soups, fruit, and vegetables. Proceeds from the lunch resulted in $1,300, which was divided between the ministry In Heaven's Eyes in New Albany and Haven House. The House of Faith, represented by senior executive delegates Megan Flanagan and Alex Henderson (pictured above with Haven House Executive Director Barbara Anderson), contributed the most canned goods to the food drive.

Senior girls win Powder Puff
The junior and senior girls took part in the annual Powder Puff football game recently. The seniors (pictured above) won in overtime. More importantly, the event resulted in $460 in donations for After Prom.

Sophomores experience new retreat format
The sophomores recently took part in their class retreat, which was a new format than in years past. Instead of social justice activities, the students participated in a daylong retreat at Mount Saint Francis coordinated by NET Ministries, which stands for National Evangelization Teams. These 16 teams are made up of 175 young Catholics aged 18-28 who dedicate nine months to serving with the ministry to lead retreats around the country.

Activities included community building activities, small group sharing, witness talks, and prayer to help the students focus on their place as beloved children of God. And each impacted the students in various ways. Read more.

Faculty/staff hold Chili Cook Off
Last week, the faculty held its annual Chili Cook Off. The winners were Mrs. Sharon Mooney, Mrs. Karen (Popp) Schueler '83, and Mr. Jack Riddle.

German thespian students visit
Last week, our students had the opportunity to interact with 19 European acting students who attend school at Goldberg-Gymnasium (high school) in Sindelfingen, Germany. The visiting students stayed with several Providence host families and attended classes for part of the day over two days last week as well as produced the German play Biedermann and The Fire-Raisers by Max Frisch.

This is the third time a group has visited from Goldberg-Gymnasium, thanks to one of their teachers, Ms. Krista Eichler, a former neighbor of school archivist Mr. Ray Day '57 . Providence was only one of the stops on their visit, which included Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago, and Alabama. PHS was the only local school on their trip. Read more.
Sophomore duo attends leadership conference
Last week, sophomores Landon Kruer and Nicholas Hooper
represented Providence at the annual Archdiocesan Student Leadership Program held at the Fatima Retreat Center in Indianapolis. They joined other sophomores from archdiocesan and Indianapolis Catholic schools in the three-day conference in honing their leadership skills, networking with students from other schools, and solving real-life, practical school-related problems. Read more.
Sports News: Volleyball, Football end impressive seasons. Cheer 2nd at state.
Volleyball undefeated at home, falls at semi-state
By Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia '90

The Lady Pioneers finished the Volleyball season 33-3 and once again competed in Indiana's highest classification, Class 4A, due to the IHSAA's success factor rule despite being native to Class 2A. And for the second year in a row, Providence Volleyball reached the 4A Final Four.

Head Coach Terri Purichia's team completed its second-ever undefeated season at home and first since 1989. The Pioneers defeated rival Floyd Central to win their eighth-consecutive sectional championship and defeated Castle,'s No. 16 team in the country, to win their eighth straight regional championship.

Providence was led in offense by sophomore Ali Hornung, who became the first Pioneer to reach 500 kills in a season in program history. Hornung, who was nominated a Courier-Journal Player of the Week recently, was selected First Team All State by the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association. Seniors Hanna Mitchell and Lilly Bivens were selected to the Second Team. Ali, Hanna, Lilly and fellow senior Courtney Glotzbach were also named to the IHSVCA 4A South All-District team.

Those in the graduating senior class finish their volleyball careers with four sectionals, four regionals, one state runner-up finish, and one state championship with an overall record of 141-14, tied for the best four-season record in program history.

Heartbreaker ends Football's nine-game win streak
By Coach Larry Denison '86

The expectations for the 2018 PIoneer Football season were exceptionally high. The team did everything and more to live up to those expectations. The team returned 15 seniors from the 2017 team that went 7-6 and won the school's sixth sectional championship.
Those 15 seniors formed the core nucleus of a team that finished the season with a 9-3 record. 

After losing its first two games to 5A rivals New Albany and Floyd Central, the team went on a nine-game winning streak. The last time a Providence team won that many consecutive games was 35 years ago in 1983.  Along the way were victories over local rivals Silver Creek, Clarksville, and Charlestown as well as Holy Cross, Mitchell, Milan, Linton-Stockton, Switzerland County, and Perry Central. 

The offense, led by seniors Kaden Williams, Kevin Smith, Joe Denis, Bryce Drury, and others, averaged an impressive 29.7 points a game. The defense, led by seniors Smith, James Hoke, Kaleb McCubbins, Nolan McCain, and others, allowed only 15.0 points per game. Although the season came to a sudden end with a tough, heartbreaking loss in the final seconds to Paoli in the sectional championship game, the Providence community should be very proud of this team on having an outstanding season!

Although 15 Seniors are graduating, the 2019 Pioneers have a lot of talented underclassman starters ready to step up next season, including juniors Colin Flake, Alec Fougerousse, Jonah Scott, Bishop Edwards, Peyton Delucio, Brayton Gettelfinger and Chase Aldridge. Returning sophomore starters include Ryley Gunther and Jeremy Gettelfinger, who was named GLICOD player of the week for his 75-yard touchdown run and 69-yard interception return touchdown in the Pioneers' 64-7 win over Switzerland Co. in the sectional quarterfinals.

Cheer nearly wins state
The Cheerleaders had an exciting fall season cheering on the Football team during its nine-game winning streak and supporting the other six fall teams. The girls then capped the season with its own competition. The team hosted a local competition for the second year and then competed in the IASP regional and state competitions. 

At regional, the team qualified to advance to the IASP Indiana Cheer Championship in the Varsity D division. At state, the team came in second place by a mere 0.7 points. The close results were a hard loss for the girls but has them determined to improve their skills and take state next year.

The Cheerleaders are now ready for the winter season, in which they will support the Boys and Girls Basketball teams as well as Wrestling and Swim & Dive.
Winter sports season kicks off this weekend
We have wrapped up the fall season, and the winter athletic season is just beginning. Click here for a link to team schedules. The live Athletic Calendar will be available on the school website soon. 
Parent Notes:  Placement Exam, FAFSA Workshop
Placement Exam for incoming freshmen
The High School Placement Exam is Saturday, Dec. 8. Students should arrive at the Robinson Performing Arts Center by 8:30 a.m. to begin the exam at 9:00 a.m. The exam,  for prospective freshman students for the 2019-2020 school year, concludes by 12:15 p.m.  Students should bring two No. 2 pencils and a check for $15 made payable to Providence High School. Pre-registration is not required.

Please call Mr. Dave Smith at (812) 945-3350 or email with any questions regarding tuition, CHOICE Scholarships, or financial aid. PHS will work with each family to make a Catholic education accessible and affordable.

FAFSA Workshop next week
The FAFSA Workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 12, in the Library from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students and parents should enter through the student entrance by the Chapel. The director of financial aid at Ivy Tech will be present to help with the completion of the FAFSA and with questions. Senior students and their parents are invited to attend and to complete the FAFSA and/or have their questions answered. 

Seniors/parents should have their 2017 tax forms available for reference when completing the FAFSA. Please contact Mrs. Emily Losey at in the Guidance Office with any questions.
1000 point club members to be recognized
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Providence will unveil a new 1000 Point Scorers board in the Larkin Center. All alumni are invited, particularly those whose names are on the board: Hannah Wolford '18, Claire Rauck '17, Luke Fitzgerald '07, Keevan Miller '06, Sara Gavin '03, Alanna Burke '90, Tom Gohmann '91, David Ernstberger '80, Robert "Bobby" Murphy '70, and Roger Howard '55.

These outstanding basketball alumni will be recognized prior to tipoff of the varsity Girls Basketball game vs. Pekin Eastern. Game time is 6:00 p.m. for JV, 7:30 for varsity. Tickets are $5 each and $3 for PHS students with a school ID.
First senior retreat next week
The first Senior Retreat of the school year is Nov. 13-16. Contact Campus Minister Mrs. Leah (Cissell) Kelly '05 at for more information.
Save the Date: Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa will be celebrated on Sat., Dec. 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. This fun and free event is open to all Deanery children up to age 9 and will feature photos with Santa, Christmas music, crafts, and snacks with a performance by the Popcorn Players at 9:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Providence Girls Soccer and the Popcorn Players. Reservations are not required. For information contact the PHS Admissions Office at 812-945-3350 or
Reunion planning for 2018
Reunion planning is complete for the class years ending in 3 and 8, but there are events planned for other years. To ensure you receive reunion information in a timely manner, please update your contact info here.
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering at Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2018. No RSVP necessary. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions.
  • 1960: Annual mini-reunion brunch will be on  Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Orange Clover Copper Room. Details will be on  class web page and  Facebook page.
  • 1962: Dec. 1, 2018 Covered Bridge. Class Gathering. Contact Sharon Kleehamer at or 812.246.2233 
Save the date for 2019 reunions:
  • 1969: 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. Golden Diploma Dinner at Providence March 2, 2019.
  • 1979: Sept, 6-7, 2019. Follow Providence Class of '79 Facebook page for details.
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019.
History of Providence basketball available
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during school hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping. The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Alumnus starts think tank to help chaplains
As a freshman at Indiana University, Michael Skaggs '05, Ph.D., could not have envisioned himself in the career he is in now as founder and executive director of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. His goal then was to have a successful business career. He soon switched from business to history, earning his bachelor's degree with a focus on Modern Europe. He followed that with a master's in history (Modern Britain) from the University of Louisville and the University of Notre Dame, followed by his doctorate in the history of 20th-Century American religion, also from Notre Dame. Now he helps bring researchers, working chaplains, and educators together to improve the field of chaplaincy. Read more.
Nov. 8-11: Honk! , Ray Day Little Theatre
Nov. 9: Second Quarter Progress Reports
Nov. 9: Scholarship Spirit Wear Day
Nov. 12: FAFSA Workshop, Library
Nov. 13-16: First Senior Retreat
Nov. 21-23: Thanksgiving holiday

Prayer for Youth

We offer to you, Loving God, the gifts and needs of youth.

Bless them with your guiding grace as they face the challenges and opportunities in their lives.

Touch their hearts with the gentleness of your love, that they may know they are valued and valuable beings.

Send your spirit of hope to their lives, that they may believe in themselves and know they are needed in this world.

Grace them with the gift of joy that they may celebrate life through laughter and tears alike.

Guide us, as we continue to grow in appreciation of the many gifts of young people, in the ministry opportunities we offer to them, in the journey of faith we walk with them, in our shared mission as a community called to discipleship in the world.

We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

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

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