Providence receives state A rating
We are pleased to announce that Providence continues to demonstrate its commitment to excellence with the designation of an A grade from the Indiana Department of Education for its students' performance in the 2016-2017 year. The 2016-17 School Accountability Grades were announced earlier this month. Thank you to our students, teachers, staff, and parents for their continued hard work.
Open House coming on November 12
Open House

Save the date for our Open House on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for prospective students of all ages and their families. Invite your neighbors, friends and family!

Providence faculty and staff, student ambassadors, alumni, and Board of Trustees members will be on hand to showcase our beautiful facility and extensive offerings, including the chapel and recently completed Pioneer Athletic Center. Information regarding curriculum, the House Student Leadership Program, technology, performing arts, clubs and organizations, athletics, and financial assistance will be available. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Providence Advancement Office at 812-945-3350.
Students in the news: Research, business and acting
Program gives students taste of business world 
Five students are participating in the Amazing Global Marketplace, a program pairing high school students with mentors from metro Louisville area businesses to encourage their future participation in international careers. The program includes attending regular lessons during BLUE Day sessions and meeting with a local business as a mentor. Last Wednesday, rive of the participants -- seniors  Shawn Fitzpatrick, Jarrett Rowe, Mirashaye Basa and Jack Wagner and junior Mary Short  -- attended a kickoff event at Bellarmine and learned they were partnered with New Albany manufacturer
Samtec.  Read more
Science students take part in research project
Earth/Space class students had an opportunity over fall break to take part in an in-depth study of the ancient flora and fauna at the Falls of the Ohio conducted by Dr. Kate Bulinski, an associate professor of environmental science at Bellarmine University. Juniors Matthew Reger and Jesse Zoeller each spent several hours helping Dr. Bulinski with her paleoecology study locating and measuring various fossils.  Read more

Students work Halloween trail at Louisville Zoo
Photos of some of our students dressed in Halloween costumes have been showing up on social media, not because they are getting a jump start on the holiday but because they are part of the cast for The World's Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo. Each portrays a character in different scenes set up throughout the zoo. Senior Kaleb Dunn is Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, senior Eli Lucas is Spiderman, and senior Mary Claire Natalie plays Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. They interact with children as they walk along the trail through the zoo, commenting on their costumes and posing for pictures.

Earth/Space group visits local cave

A small group of Earth/Space and physics students took part in Indiana Caverns' Stars and Stalactites program last weekend. Activities included observing the sun with a filter and talking about the solar eclipse, touring the caverns on foot and by boat, and later observing the stars and planets. Students attending included juniors Maria Makowsky, Kaden Williams, Hannah Conder, and Harrison Green with chaperones Mr. Bart Makowsky and Mrs. Laura Swessel and her husband.
Upcoming events: Theatre productions, Powder Puff, and Soup Day
Powder Puff is fundraiser for After Prom
The annual Powder Puff game between the junior and senior girls is Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Murphy Stadium. Admission is a minimum donation of $2.00, and all proceeds benefit After Prom.

Soup Day raises money, awareness
Soup Day is an annual event sponsored by the Cafeteria to bring awareness to those who go without food in our area. On Nov. 3, the snack line will be closed, and the cafeteria will offer soup, peanut butter jelly sandwiches, canned fruit, cut celery, carrots, and bread as its meal. The Cafeteria also will host a canned food drive next week as well. Suggested items to donate include canned meat, peanut butter, cereal, and any type of canned fruits and vegetables. House points will be awarded for food donated.

Two theatre performances in November
The Jungle Book, which features the freshman and sophomore Providence Players in the classic tale of Mowgli's adventures in the jungle, will be on stage in the Robinson Auditorium Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and students (K-12) and can be purchased at the door; free admission for children under 5. Deanery teachers get in free. 

Tickets to Godspell, presented by students in the musical theatre production class, are now on sale. The musical retelling of "The Gospel of Matthew" will be presented in the Ray Day Little Theatre Nov. 9-11 at 7:00 p.m. with an additional matinee on Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the school website or by phone (812-945-2538 ext. 254). Seating is limited.
House of Faith wins Guerin Day 

The House of Faith won the Guerin Day competition before Fall Break. The day included an assembly featuring alumnus Justin Campbell '01 followed by a day of friendly competition. The House of Faith won the male obstacle course (freshman Bastian Gaylord), cornhole (senior Claire Hooper and her brother, freshman Nicholas Hooper), and Super Smash Bros video game tournament (senior Zach Willis). Junior Alex Henderson was a finalist in the PHS Got Talent competition playing the piano while senior Andrew Bittenbender of the House of Justice sang.

Sophomore Regan Elias of the House of Courage won the talent competition by singing and playing the piano. Senior Emma Wade of the House of Truth was a finalist and sang and played the ukulele, and senior Eli Lucas of the House of Courage also was a finalist, performing a soliloquy from Julius Caesar. A band made up of seniors Nathan Smith and Stephen Schroering of the House of Truth and sophomore Logan Applewhite of the House of Justice received honorable mention and also performed at an all-school assembly for the finals. Seniors Skylar Richey and Brogan Welch of the House of Truth were the winning duo in the obstacle relay event at the end of the day.
Duo serves children in need over Fall Break
Seniors Katie Baker and Natalie Gallegos traveled to an exotic location over Fall Break, but it wasn't a vacation. The duo spent a week on a mission trip to San Juan, Guatemala, serving with the nonprofit organization Orphan's Heart. This was their second mission trip to the center, and this time they took with them three pallets of baby items donated by students last month. Read more
Three teams in postseason events this weekend
Volleyball wins first 4A regional
The success factor rule has not slowed down the Pioneer Volleyball team. After winning the 2A state title, the team won the 3A title and was 3A state runner up last year. On Oct. 14, the team became the first in the state to win 2A, 3A and 4A sectional titles. Then, last weekend it became the first in the state to win 2A, 3A and 4A regional titles, all in consecutive seasons. The No. 3 ranked team now advances to its first class 4A semi-state on Saturday at Jasper High School at 6 p.m. vs. No. 2 ranked Avon. A pep session will be held in the Jasper High School parking lot at 5:00 Saturday prior to the game. All fans are welcome.

At regionals last Saturday, the team defeated Bloomington South in the morning match with scores of 25-18, 26-24, and 25-13. The evening matchup with No. 7 Center Grove was a thriller with the game going into four sets: 25-18, 25-27, 25-18, 25-21.

The team is ranked No. 6 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings and the only Indiana team in that poll's Top 10. In the MaxPreps Computer Ranking, the team is No. 7, two spots behind Yorktown.

Football to host sectional semifinal
The Football team beat Perry Central 48-15 last Friday to advance to the sectional semifinal and will host Mitchell on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6. In related news, Football running back junior
Kaden Williams was named the Courier-Journal Southern Indiana Athlete of the Week Award earlier this month for scoring four second-half touchdowns in a win over Mitchell.

C heer in regional competition
The Cheer team hosted a successful competition last weekend featuring cheer squads of various ages from around the region. On Saturday evening, the team will compete in the IASP Regional at Greenfield High School. The team's goal is to earn a berth at the IASP State Championship on Nov. 4.
New softball coach announced

Welcome to new Softball head coach Kenny Janes, pictured above at right with girls interested in playing softball at PHS. Coach Janes has a wealth of experience coaching softball at all levels, including middle school, high school, and AAU. Most recently, he was varsity assistant, junior varsity, and freshman head coach at Butler High School in Louisville, from 2012 to 2017. Previously, he was the softball coach for Johnson Traditional Middle School in Louisville for three years.

Coach Janes also is the coach of The Louisville Stunners 16A elite fast pitch softball team, which won the 2017 WFC National and the 14U Championship in Myrtle Beach this summer. He has coached competitive travel softball for seven years and has had 12 players go on to play at the college level. Additionally, Coach Janes has had more than 20 years' experience as a baseball umpire at the high school and college level.
Coach Janes said he looks forward to leading the Providence softball program. "I'm looking forward to building the program up to compete at a higher level," he said.

Athletic Director Mickey Golembeski said that Coach Janes has much to offer the Providence softball program. "We are excited to have Kenny Janes come on board," he said. "I believe he will make a strategic difference in moving our softball program forward. He is player-oriented and will focus on teaching fundamentals and game-sense. Our student-athletes will reap the benefits and rewards from his experience."

President Steve Williamson also sees many opportunities for the program under Janes' leadership. "With Coach Janes joining the coaching staff at Providence, he brings not only tactical game management expertise but also the ability to create a strategic vision for Pioneer Softball," he said. "With a core of returning varsity letter-winners and an on-campus facility, Coach Janes has the talent and the tools needed to restart the Pioneers and return the program to a highly competitive posture."

Coach Janes is married to Julia (Derloshon) Janes '87, and they have four children ages 13 to 26. He works full-time for Nelco Inc., a job he has held for 32 years.
Fall sports teams wrap up successful seasons
Boys Tennis seniors have record number of wins
The 2017 Boys Tennis team ended its season ranked No. 26 in the state and No. 4 in District 8 with a 15-6 record as sectional runners-up. The doubles team of senior Adam Starr and junior Carson Carrico
then represented Providence in the doubles sectional, ending the season with a 20-3 record. Read more

Cross Country runners advance in postseason
The boys' Cross Country team came in sixth place as a team at sectionals. Juniors Thomas Gaines and Tyler Upton and sophomore Alex Perkinson qualified for regionals. Sophomore Natalie Boesing represented the girls' team and was among the top runners at sectional and regional and made her second consecutive trip to the Brown County Semi-State. Read more

Girls Soccer wins sectional
Girls Soccer finished its season with a record of 13-6-1 and its 10th sectional championship. Six players received Academic All-State recognition. Read more

Boys Soccer ends season at semi-state
Boys Soccer finished the season with a record of 12-7-3 with its sixth straight sectional title and second consecutive regional title. The team played a close game at semi-state but lost to No. 1 Covenant Christian 2-0. Read more
Parent Notes: Unity Ceremony, Progress Reports, senior parent reminders and more
Sophomore Unity Ceremony
Sophomore parents are invited to attend the Sophomore Unity Ceremony on Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Robinson Auditorium. Class rings ordered from Herff Jones will be blessed and given to students. Students may also turn in another ring to be blessed. All sophomores will receive a Unity Pin representing their House.

House of Honesty Grandparents Mass
The eighth grade class is hosting the House of Honesty Grandparents Mass on Friday. Grandparents or special older adult are invited to attend Mass with their eighth grader in the Chapel at 11:30 a.m.

Progress Reports
Second Quarter Progress Reports will be posted in Skyward on Friday, Nov. 10.

Senior Portraits and Baby Ads deadlines
All seniors are required to have their yearbook portrait taken by Nov. 15 either at Whyland's or Lifetouch studios. If you have not already set an appointment, senior parents should do so immediately in order to meet the deadline.

Senior parents also may purchase Baby Ads and Display Ads in the yearbook. Please click here for an order form. Deadline for ads is Dec. 16.

Next Coffee with the Counselors is Nov. 7
Parents are encouraged to attend the upcoming Coffee with the Counselors session during BLUE Days, from 7:30-8:00 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Fr. Mike Counseling Center. The topic is bullying prevention with a guest speaker from the Center for Women & Families. Parents should sign in at the Main Office and proceed to the counseling office on the second floor.
Reunion planning for 2017
Below is a brief listing of reunion info. Comprehensive reunion information can be found by clicking  here .
  • 1955 - Quarterly gatherings: Dec. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; Clarion Hotel in Clarksville.
  • 1960: Dec. 9, New location: Orange Clover, Jeffersonville, mini-reunion brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • 1962 - Dec. 2, New location: Covered Bridge - Brunch buffet 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Info will be mailed.
  • 1967 - Oct. 27-28, Covered Bridge and The Exchange. Invitations have been sent.
  • 2002 - Nov. 11, The Barn on Old Hill Road, Floyds Knobs. Invitations have been sent. Check class Facebook page.
  • 2012 - Nov. 25, Valley View Golf Club. RSVP via class Facebook page.
Corrected date for Gala
Due to a scheduling conflict, the date of the annual Gala Dinner & Auction has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Please mark your calendars for this fun event. You won't want to miss this year's game show-inspired fundraiser held at Huber's Orchard & Winery!
Thank you for your support of ASAP 
Thank you very much to our generous supporters who attended the ASAP Dinner last Tuesday at Huber's Orchard and Winery. A special thank you to our Musical Theatre Production class for entertaining our guests with a selection from Godspell and to Father Eric Augenstein for his insightful and uplifting presentation on the tradition and legacy of Catholic education in our area.

 Contributions from the evening and from donors unable to attend bring the total raised to $70,000 thus far for student financial aid. Gifts to the fund are accepted through June 2018.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to help all families that seek assistance in obtaining a Providence education for their son or daughter. If you have yet to make a gift to ASAP, you can do so by clicking here or by sending it to the Advancement Office at Providence. Thank you again to all our donors! We are most grateful for your support.
Jenkins and Day compile history of PHS basketball
Charlie Jenkins '57 with the help of Ray Day '57 has chronicled the history of Providence boys' and girls' basketball in the book A Pioneering Spirit. Copies are on sale in the Main Office during school hours (7:30-4 p.m. weekdays). Cost is $20 via cash or a check payable to Charlie Jenkins. Book signings will take place at PHS at the first home basketball games of the season. Profits will be donated to PHS. More info on how the duo compiled this history will be in a later eVision.

Brothers finish pilgrimage in Spain
Since the release of the 2011 film The Way starring Martin Sheen, more and more Americans have been drawn to walk the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James. The tradition actually began in the early 800s after the discovery of what is believed to be the tomb of the apostle James, now entombed in Santiago de Compostela in Spain at the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. From that time, people have been inspired to many miles to the saint's tomb. Jerry Jacobi '73 and two of his brothers, P aul '81 and Joe '68, were similarly inspired. They broke their 500-mile pilgrimage into three trips, hiking 12 days of each time. Last month, they took the third and final leg. Read more
Oct. 27 - Junior High Grandparents Mass
Oct. 30 - Powder Puff game, Murphy Stadium, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 - Deanery Science Fair
Nov. 4 - Jungle Book, Robinson Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 - Jungle Book, Robinson Auditorium, 2 p.m.
Nov. 8 - Sophomore Unity Ceremony
Nov. 9 - Godspell debuts in the Ray Day Little Theatre, 7 p.m.

Prayer in Praise of the Saints

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.

~Unknown author, 10th century

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

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