Providence Hall Junior High


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Welcome Franklin

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Happy Sunday Patriots,

Can you believe we are just one short week away from Fall break?!

We hope that you will use this time to rest and recharge doing all of the things that bring you joy hopefully including catching up on some much-needed sleep.

In a world of 12-hour workdays, raising teenagers, teaching at the U of U, and the extensive time commitments of football (AKA Greenbay Packers season), I could think of nothing more reasonable and wise than to get a new puppy.

So in the spirit of bad decisions that rivel my AquaNet-glued 80's bangs and the purchase of a teal blue Chevy Cavalier with fluorescent pink pinstriping...I have found myself hypnotized by the chocolate-brown eyes and curly, cloudy soft black hair of a puppy named Frank or Franklin D. Roosevelt when he is making decisions that warrant the use of his full name.

Patriots...the Summers have adopted a lot of adult dogs over our 23-year marriage, but only one of those dogs was a puppy, and we have had a 21-year gap in the joys and commitments of raising a puppy. Franklin is a mix between St. Bernese (St. Bernard/Bernese Mountain Dog) and a Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever/Poodle), which is a deadly mix of wicked smart, 1/9th naughty, and perfectly precious.

Getting a new puppy got me thinking about making commitments and the dedication that it often takes to see a commitment through as promised. For some of you, that means heading to sports practice and games right after school, then coming home to complete your homework and chores, and then going to bed to do it all over again the next day.

For some of you, it means trying out for a part in a play or preparing for a concert, which means you commit to memorizing music and lines and agree to spend hours after school and even weekends rehearsing for the big show.

For others, it looks like committing to taking classes that are just a step above the rigor you are accustomed too, and the time commitment to complete the class with the grades you want. It often means that the A's and B's that were once easy, may now look like C's, but you committed to stretching, and with stretching we see growth.

As we head into the end of this first quarter, I challenge us all to stay "All In" with whatever endeavors we have committed to. I encourage you to be willing to do and try hard things that get you out of your comfort zone and force you to question your goals and decisions (decisions like getting a puppy at the ripe old age of 42). When things get hard, dig in and do the work, because I promise you, there is absolutely nothing you can not achieve when you are willing to put in the work.

This week as you see Mrs. Summers trying to keep her eyes open from being up all night with Mr. Franklin, maybe offer a high five, or give me a shout-out that just like you guys, I can do hard things.

Get ready for an overload of Franklin stories and pictures, and if I am feeling extra brave,

he may even stop by to say hello to all of his favorite Patriots.

As always Patriots...

You are loved!

Mrs. Summers

Mrs. Turley

Mr. Hawkins

No Fuss Fundraiser Starts Tomorrow


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Help Us To Celebrate Our Providence Hall Veterans

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A Day of Veterans Celebration

On November 11th at 1:45 we welcome any and all Veterans to come to PHJH to celebrate your service to our country. We will be honoring our Veterans with a special recognition assembly Our celebration will include:

  • A short assembly where we will hear one of our very own PHJH veterans share a short speech about how his service impacted his life.
  • Recognition of each branch of service.
  • Presenting of the colors from the Providence Hall JROTC.
  • National Anthem by the Providence Hall choir.
  • All staff and students in best dress.
  • A special thank you treat and whole school clap out for our Veterans.

Please consider joining us for this event. If you or ANY of your family members have ever served in our military, we would love to take a moment to show our gratitude for your service.

If you can attend, please complete this short form so we can make sure to have enough seating and treats.

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Remember No School Oct. 18th-22nd

Do You Know Your Student's Personal SRI and SMI Growth Goals?

Parents, our PHJH Patriots are working hard to raise their SMI and SRI reading and math growth goals. If at least 80% of our students meet or exceed the personal growth goals that they set, we will be having a HUGE glow in the dark dance to celebrate their hard work and dedication to personal improvement. Please see the infographics below to see ways you can support your student's goals at home.



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On October 25th, acclaimed writer Josh Allen will be visiting Providence Hall. His books, OUT TO GET YOU: 13 TALES OF WEIRDNESS AND WOE and ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM, have been recommended by The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The American Library Association, The Horn Book, and more!

If you’re interested, you can preorder Josh’s books at, and when Josh arrives, he’ll deliver signed, personalized copies to your child.

This is a great opportunity to get our students excited about books and reading! We’re looking forward to having Josh visit!

Help Us Move The Lunch Line Faster

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Dear Friends,

We have discovered that when we are serving lunch. Our lunch lines are moving slower than a sloth in the middle of winter stuck in ice. We are working to improve our timing and noticed that most of our students are not using their student ID's or PBIS cards. This is making us ask students two or three times for their lunch numbers which is causing our lines to take twice as long as they should. When most of the students use their cards, our wait time for lunch is only 5-7 min long. Which allows them about 20-25 minutes to eat and socialize.

We are asking if you would please speak with your students and help them remember to bring their cards to school each day. Please explain why it's so important for them to have them. I want to give each and every student ample time to eat and socialize with their friends since lunchtime is really the only time of day they have during school to do this.

Due to our staffing shortage, we have been forced to close the Snack Shack for the time being. As soon as we can fill our open position we will be able to reopen the snack shack.

We are hoping we can fill this position soon.

Shout Out To Nutrition Services

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In the month of September our food service team served:

6,164 breakfast which has an average daily participation rate of 78

22,535 lunches which has an average daily participation of 356

We increased our breakfast participation by 21 students.

14% of our enrollment are participating at breakfast

62% of our enrollment are participating at lunch

We Have Some Youth Small Hoodies For Sale

2022 Youth Small Only 20.00

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2021 Youth Small Only 10.00

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Congratulations To Our PHJH Boys Soccer League Champions

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to coach Bird and Coach Pontiff for their dedication and amazing leadership to our team this year. WAY TO GO BOYS!!!

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Theater Is Getting A Little Scary And The Kids LOVE it!!!

Out Enjoying Some Beautiful Fall Weather During Lunch

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