I’m so grateful for our incredible group of seniors here at Providence. We have five young people who are absolutely going to have an impact on the world for Jesus. Several years ago, when we were still in the planning stages for Providence, all of the other schools we talked to thought we were crazy for starting with grades PK – 9th. They thought it would be too much work, and that no 9th graders would want to come. I’m so proud and happy to say that these five students have led our school with graciousness and brave, pioneering spirits. All five did very well on the national PSAT test: Kayla Kemp is a National Merit Semi-Finalist (she is working on her application to be a Finalist – those are named in January); Kiersten McMurry and Gabe Stafford received Commended honors, and Tianna Anderson and Abigail Madrid also scored well on the exam. You can read about the National Merit distinctions in Saturday’s paper.
Good test scores, though, are happily the least of their accomplishments. For example, Tianna (now part-time at Providence) is a talented musical performer and a fantastic writer. Kayla is an advocate for victims of human trafficking. Kiersten and Gabe tutor other students in various subjects, and Abby has received honors for vocal performance for several years now. All of them are earning college credit while still completing their heavy Providence load. I’m so grateful that these young adults and their parents took a chance on something different — something risky — for high school. We are all the better for it!
Seniors Kayla Kemp (left) Kiersten McMurry (middle), and Gabe Stafford (right) act like they’re studying on a very small table for the Temple Daily Telegram photographer.
Preparing for the PSAT
Speaking of PSAT, Rhetoric students in grades 9-11 will be taking the PSAT Wednesday, October 15th at CTCS. For ways to prepare and a checklist of things to bring to the test clickhere .
Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week
Our Fall Parent-Teacher conferences are next week, and most of the appointment times will be after school, Tuesday and Thursday. We will email/post an online sign-up document tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
Touchpoint: Kindergarten Spell to Write and Read Refresher
The Kinder SWR refresher will be Thursday, October 2nd from 9:30-11:30 in room 254. Lisa Almond is leading a class for Kindergarten parents to review important concepts.
Touchpoint: “Sparking Curiosity”
On October 2nd Cindy Blanck and Annette Kemp lead this session for co-teachers at 9:30 in the Chapel. You won’t believe what we’ve got planned!
The winning classroom and house will win an “Ancient Egyptian” themed lunch, with a chance to try the types of foods that people from the ancient world would have eaten. (A menu will be sent home prior to the party.) Bring your trimmed BoxTops in a baggie with your class or house name written in Sharpie, and drop them in the container at the school entrance. Contest ends October 23rd.
The Lamp-post continues below…
Bell County History Museum Archaeology Pits Open!
Saturday, October 4, 11, 18, & 25, 12:00 pm
Every Saturday in October the museum’s archeology pits will be open. Youngsters can explore and discover reproduction artifacts and learn about basic archeology techniques. Volunteers will be on hand to assist. website
Spell to Write and Read: Yes, there is an app for that.
Grammar school parents: there’s a “Phonogram learning app that gets you practicing and mastering the 70 essential phonograms for the SWR “Spell to Write and Read” program” forAndroid and Apple iOS
ProvFit Equipment and Storage Needs
As some of you may have heard, Providence is “beta testing” an after-school fitness program coined “ProvFit,” currently open to 7 th through 12 th grade students and all interested faculty members and coached by Mitch and Mandy Hedderly.
Since this program is just starting out, efforts to procure equipment and secure storage space will be ongoing, but we would like to put the call out to our whole Providence family to see if you can help us “prime the pump.”
Mainly we are looking for fitness equipment donations anyone out there might be willing to make. This does not have to be new stuff; in fact, it can be things that have been crowding your garage for many years now and you finally have a worthwhile way to clear it out! We will evaluate the condition of any donation and determine its safety/ applicability to our program separately. All you need to do is drop it off.
Here is a list of some preferred equipment to give you an idea of the items we would be looking for:
- Weights/ weight sets: plates, bars (Olympic preferred), dumbbells
- Medicine balls (any weight up to 20#)
- Old, leaky basketballs (can be cheaply converted to medicine balls)
- AbMats (curved, padded mats for situps)
- Jump ropes
- Climbing ropes
- Plyo boxes, any height (a.k.a. “jump boxes”)
- A rowing machine (This one’s a long shot, I know, but I had to put it in there.)
- Cattle mats (Yes, you read that correctly.)
We appreciate any help the community may be able to provide in this endeavor. Contingent upon the success of the program, we hope to expand enrollment to an even wider audience in the near future.
Please feel free to contact me at the email address below to arrange for an equipment drop-off.
Mitch Hedderly (P.E., Latin, ProvFit Trainer)