news & updates
September 10, 2020 | Issue 3
School News
Freshmen bond during first retreat experience
Last week, our freshmen participated in a day of reflection with community building activities, small group sharing, faith sharing witness talks from others, and prayer. The activities were held at Providence and facilitated by a group from CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. The students enjoyed their first Providence retreat experience, even with social distancing and mask wearing.
Homecoming activities planned
Next week, PHS will celebrate Fall Homecoming with various activities, starting with dress down days. The week begins with Fan Fanatic Day, in which students can wear a T-shirt that represents their favorite movie character or sports team, Monday for juniors and seniors, Tuesday for freshmen and sophomores. Pajama Day allows students to dress in pajama pants and a PHS spirit wear T-shirt, Wednesday for freshmen and sophomores and Thursday for juniors and seniors. Friday will be a spirit wear day for juniors and seniors.

Instead of a homecoming assembly, students, teachers, and staff will enjoy lunch on the football field. Students are to bring a beach towel on which to sit and eat their lunch, which will be pizza from the Cafeteria. Freshmen and sophomores will have their lunch on Wednesday, and the freshman and sophomore Homecoming Court members will be introduced. On Friday, juniors and seniors will have their lunch, and the junior and senior candidates and court members will be introduced. The king will be announced at this time.

Students have an opportunity to participate in two contests, one a mask decorating contest, and the other a billboard contest between the classes. More details will be in announcements and given at this weeks House Meetings.

The Homecoming Court candidates include:
  • Freshmen: Camila Adams, Reese Carver, Harrison Juliot, and Jacob Harbeson
  • Sophomores: Savanna Gohmann, Erica Voelker, Nathan Julius, and Logan Hutchins
  • Juniors: Abby Shavers, Catherine Pfeiffer, Jake Rodski, and Max Beatty
  • Seniors: Katie Huff, Emma Kaelin, Sophia Hottois, Miranda Harley, David Wall, Evan Scott, Grant Dierking, and Kevin Reed

Due to crowd size limits, the Homecoming Ceremony at halftime will be livestreamed to the school's Facebook, YouTube channel, and website.
Students celebrate class Mass
Due to social distancing requirements, our traditional all-school liturgy instead became a Mass for each class, held in the Robinson Auditorium. The seniors and juniors had their liturgies on Tuesday, and the freshmen and sophomores on Wednesday. The senior Mass is pictured in the banner at the top of this newsletter. Other photos were posted on the school Facebook page.
Fall Show coming up
Walk Two Moons, this year's fall show, will be presented in the Robinson Auditorium Sept. 25-27. Due to social distancing requirements, the audience will be restricted to family and close friends of cast members as well as faculty and staff.
Student Profile
Pioneer Sports News
Football players help local Cub Scouts
When parent Jacque (Wright) Singleton ’97 had a friend ask if her son and his friends could help a local Cub Scout troop with a sports activity, she knew she could count on her son, junior Andrew Singleton, a member of the Pioneer Football team, to help.

Andrew invited his friend and teammate junior Nathan Ross to help, and the two spoke to the Cub Scouts about the requirements of being a high school athlete.

“We got to talk about nutrition and the amount of work we put in a week,” Andrew said. “The kids we worked with thought Nathan and I were giants. I thought my favorite part was being able to play the frisbee game with them.”
Sports Spotlight
Parent Connection
Retakes on Friday
Students unhappy with their original school photo may have it retaken during lunch today for freshmen and sophomores, and Friday for juniors and seniors. An email sent home via Skyward noted that dress clothes could be worn for those having a photo taken but no jeans. However, those days are also Scholarship Spirit Wear days, so students may wear jeans if they pay $1 at the entrance. Students have photos taken should follow the photo dress code guidelines. If students wish to exchange purchased school photos, they should have the complete original packet with them at the time of retakes.
Academic Awards videos online
The 2019-2020 Academic Awards Ceremony were held for each grade level last week. The students who earned a spot on the Honor Roll all four quarters last school had a spirit wear day last week. Those who earned a Final Four T-shirt will have a chance to wear their T-shirts later this month. To see a replay of the seniors’ ceremony, click here; for the juniors, click here;
and for the sophomores, here. For a full list of awards, click here.
PHS Cafe is hiring
The Cafeteria has several positions available in the during the school day. Job duties include food preparation, serving, and clean up in a fun environment – and parents may be eligible to receive a tuition discount. Please contact Mrs. Sarah Gahagen at 812-945-2538, ext. 368, or email sgahagen@providencehigh.net.
Reminder: No early dismissal 9/25
The early dismissal originally scheduled for Sept. 25 has been cancelled due to the Guerin Day activities originally scheduled for that day being rescheduled until April. School will be in session on Sept. 25 on a regular schedule with a 3:00 p.m. dismissal.
Parent Spirit Wear available
RiverCity Workwear now carries Providence spirit wear for parents, grandparents, and alumni as well as a variety of other spirit wear options. To order, click here.
Alumni Notes
Reunion dates, changes for 2020

Several class reunions have been canceled or rescheduled due to safety concerns. Please check the list below. If you don't see your class below, contact Ryan Miller '99 at rmiller@providencehigh.net.

  • 1955: 2020 Quarterly Gathering - Dec. 4, 2020. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1956: Class Gatherings - October 9, 2020. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1960: 60-year reunion now Aug. 21, 2021, Calumet Club in New Albany. Full information will be made available on our class website, www.olp1960.com. Annual mini-reunion brunch Dec. 12, 2020.
  • 1970: Sept. 19, 2020. Contact Kathy Kull at 502.558.0173 or Laura Baker Buehler at 812.923.5260.
  • 1974: Save the date for next year's reunion on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Email ProvidencePioneers1974@gmail.com with questions.
  • 1980: 40 Year Reunion to be rescheduled for spring or summer 2021. Please contact Chris or Ann (Kaiser) Day for details (Chris 812.989.3268 or Ann 502.396.9943).
  • 2011: Planning has begun for 10-year reunion to be held in 2021. For more information or to help plan, contact Clancy Hauber at clancyhauber@gmail.com or 812.987.1729.
'05 alum ordained a transitional deacon

Geoffrey Mooney '05 was ordained a transitional deacon with the Congregation of the Holy Cross this past weekend. He will profess his final vows in the spring. You can read more about Geoffrey's formation in the upcoming Vision magazine later this month.
ASAP Dinner in the works

President Victor Beeler '94 and Advancement & Alumni Relations Manager Ryan Miller '99 are finalizing plans for the upcoming ASAP Dinner later this fall. Watch for more details coming soon.
Blue Pride on Display
Teachers adapt to teaching in 2020
Schools across the country are grappling with how to educate their students while keeping them safe during the pandemic. Locally, most Southern Indiana schools are teaching students in person or using a hybrid schedule, while other states have opted for online learning. The focal point has been students and their health. The teachers and how they are handling their classrooms of new students are an important component in the success of this school year.

This issue, we talk to a few teachers about how they are adapting to the new environment, including two new teachers. Julie Payne ’14 is in her second year of teaching 10th grade special education English in Washington, D.C., as part of the Urban Teachers program, and Kaitlyn Hellinger ’16 is in her first year of teaching second grade at St. Anthony School in Clarksville. Aimee (Hess) McDonnell ’96, who teaches English as a second language at Kenwood Elementary in Louisville, provides an experienced teacher’s point of view.
Coming Events
Sept. 10 & 11: Picture Retakes/Scholarship Spirit Wear Days
Sept. 18: Homecoming
Sept. 25-27: Fall Show
Let Us Pray
Prayer for Peace and Calm
Dear Lord and Father of humankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

By John Greenleaf Whittier