November 2, 2012

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11/03 Saturday SAT Testing at PHS

11/10 NJROTC Veterans Day Parade and Navy Ball

11/06 Election Day – No School – Teacher Workday


11/07 & 11/08 Herff Jones in Mall Area

11/7-9 Winterguard Auditions

11/12 No School – Veterans Day Holiday

11/07 Cheerleading Tryouts Begin

11/21-23 Thanksgiving Break

11/08 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting, 6:30 PM

11/26 Deadline to submit app for ACT accommodations

11/12 Athletic Booster Club Meeting, 6:30 PM

11/13 Winter Sports Athletic Participation Fee Due

11/19 Indoor Track Athletic Participation Fee Due


Dear Parents:

Happy November! Please make sure you are aware of some upcoming teacher workdays / School Holidays which are listed the calendar above. For the next 3 weeks, students have at least one day off per week. This is a great month to work on improving grades because there is more time at home to study and review notes and assignments. Report cards will be issued on November 8 but grades can be seen in Parent Assist now.

I’ve had several questions from students and parents about Measures of Student Learning tests (MSLs). The State is now calling them “Common Exams.” Common exams will be given at the end of the semester and will count for the 25% of the exam grade for selected classes. As we receive information from the State, I will make sure you and our students are informed.

This weekend will be packed with events and opportunities to support our students and our school. The Cross Country teams (both girls and boys) will run in the State Finals on Saturday in Kernersville. The football team will play in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday night at East Forsyth High School. Our men’s soccer team will play in the 2nd round of the state playoffs at Myers Park on Saturday afternoon. And, our Pride of Providence Band will participate in Band Beat on Saturday which is a highly intense competition featuring excellent bands from across the region. Good luck to all and I look forward to reporting about the great results next week.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Harrill


Important Information for Seniors!!!!! Parents Please Read Carefully!!!

Important Dates: Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8 – Herff Jones representatives will be in the Mall Area during both lunches for seniors to place orders for Caps/Gowns/Announcements and Senior Accessories. Graduation Date – To Be Announced.

Graduation packets for Caps/Gowns/Announcements and other Senior Accessories were distributed in Senior English classes earlier this week. If your senior has 2nd Semester English, they can see Mrs. Bowen in Room 117 to pick up the order packet. The deposit required to place your order is $80 or payment in full if the order totals less than $80. Major Credit Cards will be accepted, as well as Cash, Checks, or Money Orders.

Seniors will receive additional information and guidelines closer to graduation. If you have Graduation questions in the meantime, please email Mrs. Bowen at

(Submitted 10/31/12 by Fritzi Bowen, )

Mandatory Parent/Athlete Winter Sports Meeting – Thursday, November 8

Corrected Date - The Mandatory Parent/Athlete Winter Sports Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. (We mistakenly reported this day as Tuesday in the Mews last week). This meeting is for all winter sports except Indoor Track. It will be followed by meetings with teams. Contact Charles Lansing at with any questions.

(Submitted 10/24/12 by Charles Lansing, Athletic Director, )

Visual Arts Department

If you use Cascade Complete in the 85 pack plastic see-through tubs, the Visual Arts Department can use the empty tubs for storage containers. Any color lid is fine.

The Visual Arts Department could also use circle drafting templates (usually green plastic with various sizes of circles) and plastic “box” baby food containers. We love any crafting supplies you no longer want to keep!

(Submitted 10/31/12 by Susan Daisley, )

There is Still Time to Save $$$ on Senior Yearbook Ads!

Now is the time to purchase a Senior Ad for your son or daughter for the 2012-2013 PHS Yearbook. If you purchase an ad by Monday, November 5, you save $25. For instructions to purchase and submit your senior ad and to download the order form, please go to The order form

inadvertently lists last year’s school code – please use school code # 9072392 when ordering your senior ad for school year 2012-13. Space allocated to senior advertisements is limited so reserve your senior's ad today! For questions contact Ms.Elkins at

(Submitted 10/10/12 by Lindsey Elkins,

ACT Testing for Juniors with IEP, 504 Plans or Medical Care Plans

The State of NC will administer the ACT test to all 11th graders on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. This test is free for students and can be used for college reporting. If you have an IEP, 504 plan or medical care plan in place, and you would like accommodations for the ACT test in March, you must request them by filling out an application. The applications for Providence High School must be RECEIVED by ACT by Friday, November 30. These applications CANNOT be individually mailed – they must be returned to Mrs. Thompson for submission. Pick up an application in Room 130 from Mrs. Thompson or in Guidance. They must be signed by a parent/guardian and include all necessary documentation. Please return completed applications to room 130 no later than Monday, November 26.

Even if you have already applied and been accepted for accommodations with ACT, you are required to submit page 1 of the application for this State administered ACT Test in March. Email with questions.

(Submitted 10/01/12 by Victoria Thompson,

AP Exams Information

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education has approved funding to cover the costs for half of each AP exam for courses in which a student is enrolled. AP exams cost $89 this year, and students are responsible for paying $45 per AP exam. All exam fees are due no later than February 18, 2013. Fees may be paid online using a credit or debit card at or by going to the CMS website, click on Departments link on the left, and Advanced Placement. You may also pay by check or money order paid to Providence High School. Checks can be turned in to Room 130, or to Mrs. Ritchie in the front office. Please put the student name, ID number and the test(s) to be taken on the check. NO cash is accepted. Questions?

(Submitted 10/01/12 by Victoria Thompson,


Winterguard Auditions

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a competition team, perform in front of crowds and compete against teams from other high schools? Come out to Winterguard auditions. Join the award-winning Providence High School Winterguard!

Auditions are next Wednesday November 7 and Thursday November 8 from 5-8, and Friday November 9 from 3-5 in the mall. Come in athletic wear, with hair pulled back and with a smile! No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

(Submitted 11/1/2012 by Joshua Potter,

It’s not too late …

... to donate to the Student Hunger Drive through Friday, November 9! Providence will be competing against other area high schools to see who can collect the most food, so please donate canned goods to ensure that Providence wins the competition! The student council will be doing a MORNING CARPOOL COLLECTION of canned goods to donate to the Student Hunger Drive. Every morning through Friday, November 9, student council representatives will be in front of the school at the carpool line collecting your donations of canned food.

(Submitted 10/31/12 by Caroline Cedrone,

News from

News from NJROTC

Up next for the NJROTC: marching in the Veterans Day Parade and the Navy Ball, both on Saturday, November 10. The Booster Club is looking for parents to march behind the unit in the parade as a show of support. It will be a fun time for all! Please contact Sue Claire for details ( If you are an NJROTC parent, and you are not receiving Booster Club emails, please contact Leah Jackins at

(Submitted 10/17/12 by Leah Jackins, NJROTC Booster Club,

PHS Speech and Debate Team

Upcoming Tournament Dates:

Saturday, November 17 - The Cougar Classic at Asheville High School

(Submitted 10/12/12 by Nicole Jenkins, Director of Speech and Debate,

National Honor Society News

Service Hours! Habitat ReStore loves having students volunteer! Register online at: and you will receive an email with instructions. No paper NHS forms anymore! Sign in/out on PHS-NHS clipboard at the ReStore, and NHS advisor will receive confirmation of hours. Contact Lauren Gibson, Volunteer Coordinator, at for questions.

(Submitted 10/19/12 by Susan Daisley,


Wash a Dirty Car for a Good Cause

Beginning November 1 and running through November 29, the members of the PHS Orchestra classes will be selling Autobell carwash tickets. The tickets are $14.95 each (the cost of a regular carwash) but 50% will come back to the Orchestra. Work on your holiday list early, for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and gifts for the people who have everything…… Doesn’t everybody need a clean car this year or next?

(Submitted 10/23/12 by Cindy Parsons,

Support Band Boosters

This is the last week to order your Holiday Gift Cards through one of our Band Members! Purchase your gift cards while supporting the PHS Band Boosters! All orders are due by Friday, November 9. If you are not sure what gift card you want, take a look

at our retailers Contact Hope Martin at for further information.

The band boosters continue to support ink and toner cartridge recycling. Any size, shape, and type are acceptable! Please drop your cartridges off in our bin just inside the band room door and we will take care of the rest! If you have any questions feel free to contact Hope Martin at

(Submitted 10/31/12 by Hope Martin,

Providence Tervis Tumblers INVENTORY RUNNING LOW! Place your ORDER for the HOLIDAYS before sold out!

Show your Panther Pride with an exclusive Providence Tervis Tumbler! You may place an order by emailing JoAnn Zendan at We will deliver. Make checks payable to PHS. Please click the following link to learn more.!118&authkey=!AKDRzXRh0T1s3Lo%20%0d.

Panther Men's Soccer appreciates your support of our fundraiser!

(Submitted 10/23/12 by JoAnn Zendan,


Duke-UNC Chapel Hill Robertson Scholars Program selects 18 incoming students from Duke and 18 from Chapel Hill as prestigious Robertson Scholars who will receive 4-year scholarships valued at up to $200,000. Duke Scholars receive full tuition, while UNC Scholars receive full tuition and living expenses. For more information on this scholarship and others, please click on

(Submitted 10/31/12 by Sabrina Garrett,


Parents of 9th graders

There will be one more chance for Freshmen to get their Naviance Family Connection login information. Freshmen who did not receive their Naviance forms during the last homeroom will receive them during the next homeroom on Thursday, November 8. Parents - ask your children to show you how to use their Naviance

accounts (look for the lime green sheet with instructions). We encourage all students to set up their Naviance accounts now so they can:

 Take career assessments and explore potential careers

 Explore colleges and track transcript and college recommendation requests

 Receive important updates from the Counseling Department (parents can receive them too)

 See your cumulative, weighted GPA (10 – 12 graders)


Juniors – it’s time to start thinking about taking college entrance exams. Colleges will accept either SAT or ACT scores and many “superscore” them, meaning they will take the highest score from each section from different tests. For information on test dates, where to register, and the difference between the ACT and SAT, visit our web page Note that all juniors will be taking the ACT during the school day on Tuesday, March 5. (It is free to students and can be sent to colleges!).

(Submitted 10/31/12 by Sharon Walker,


PHS Athletic Department Website –

Corrected Date - Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting– The Mandatory Parent/Athlete Winter Sports Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. (We mistakenly reported this day as Tuesday in the Mews last week). This meeting is for all winter sports except Indoor Track. It will be followed by meetings with teams. Contact Charles Lansing at with any questions.

Winter Sports Athletic Participation Fee – The Athletic Participation Fee for winter sports is due no later than Tuesday, November 13, for all sports excluding Indoor Track. The fee for Indoor Track will be due Monday, November 19. All fees must be paid by check or money order to Ms. Ritchie in the school office or online by the due date or the athlete will be removed from the team until the fee is paid. After the due date, all fees must be paid online.

Athletic Booster Club Board Vacancy – The Athletic Booster Club Board has a vacancy for a Volunteer Coordinator. Please contact Booster Club President, Debbie Rieger at for additional information.


(Dates and Times are Subject to Change)

Friday, November 2

Football vs. East Forsyth, 1st Round of Playoffs, Kernersville, NC

Saturday, November 3

Cross Country State Meet at Beeson Park in Kernersville, NC

Men’s Soccer vs. Myers Park, 2nd Round of Playoffs [AWAY] 5:00 PM


Men’s Basketball – For information, please select this link or go to the Athletic website and click on the Basketball tab. This link can also be accessed from the main PHS website by selecting Coach Lowery’s name under Faculty and Staff.

Women’s Basketball – Information on Women’s Basketball is available at the following link: For questions or additional information, please contact Coach Bill Smith at

Cheerleading – Basketball Cheerleading can be a truly rewarding experience! We are searching for spirited girls who would like the chance to represent Providence High School! We are looking for girls with personality and dance ability! Basketball Cheerleading is a wonderful opportunity to boost your college resume as well as build friendships with your new teammates!

The schedule has been restructured to cheering all home games and Friday games. (Most weeks it is just one game per week.) Only a few weeks have two games! Please contact Coach Toth at if you have any questions regarding the schedule or requirements. It's not too late! Tryouts are Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8, in the mall area! Go Panthers!

Men’s Cross Country – The Men’s Cross Country team won the 4A West Regional Cross Country Championship this past Saturday at McAlpine Park. This was the first regional championship since 1995!! Leading the way for the Panthers with a 1st place finish was Wyatt Maxey. Joe Sullivan placed 8th, Dylan Cohen 14th, Umang Damani 15th & Tanner Sutter 16th!! The boys are currently ranked 7th in the 4A state rankings. The Men’s Cross Country team will compete in the State Finals on Saturday, November 3, at Beeson Park in Kernersville, NC. Please see the Men’s Cross Country website, for additional information.

Women’s Cross Country – The Lady Panthers conquered 1st place at the 4A Regional meet last Saturday at McAlpine! Providence scored 55 points placing (3rd) Bianca Bishop, (8th) Grace Sullivan, (9th) Kayla Glova, (16th) Gina Daniel, (19th ) Helen Griffith, (23) Millie Lennard, and (26) Meghan Glova. Your support is appreciated at the state finals this Saturday, November 3, at Beeson Park in Kernersville, NC. Claire Strickler and Kayce Ransone are alternates for the state meet. The entire team has contributed to the amazing outcome this season!

The girls’ and boys’ team (who also won first place with 55 points (1 9 14 15 16 27 44) will be attending the meet together. Great job guys! Both teams look forward to continuing the winning streak and bringing home the trophies on Saturday! Good luck to Coaches Zu, Costa and Touranjoe! The ladies’ team website is

Football – The Varsity Team played a fantastic game against Ardrey Kell last Friday night and defeated Ardrey Kell at home with a final score of 31-17! Touchdowns were scored by Devin Johnson, Austin Proehl, Brian Mattar and John Weekley. It was a great way to finish the regular season, and the Providence Panthers Football Team is headed to the playoffs! The Panthers will travel to Kernersville, NC, on Friday evening, November 2, to take on East Forsyth. Go Panthers!! For additional football information, please select the following link:

Women’s Golf – Men’s Golf finished their season 6 – 2, second in the conference. Please contact Coach Church for additional information or any questions at

Men’s Lacrosse – Players interested in Men’s Lacrosse should select the following link ( and print and complete the forms on this page. For questions or additional information on PHS Men’s Lacrosse, please contact Rob Horrigan at or Doug Homan at Parents interested in volunteering should contact Randy Spence at or access the PHS Lacrosse Volunteer Website at

Women's Lacrosse – Captains practices are finished until December 1. Look for an email and Mews update around mid-November about times and specifics. Also, our first fundraiser has arrived! It's a great program, it's a "Discount Card". Please pick up 10 cards each from Ms.Elkins in Room 209. The card is used like a credit card that gives discounts. Each player who is interested in playing this Spring must sell 10 cards. Some of the funds raised will go towards our team pack/practice shorts. Each player (JV and Varsity) MUST sell their 10 cards (cost is $20). Please read the information carefully when you pick up your cards. Your money is due Friday, November 30, to Ms.Elkins, which gives you a month!

Coach Kerri will need volunteers for helping out with youth lacrosse on Sundays, starting Sunday, November 18, 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Please let me know if you can help. You can receive community service credits for this.

Panther Rugby –Basic skills training has begun. Practice is open to new players and is every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 PM on the Lower Practice Field. Bring shorts, cleats, mouth guard and water.

All Forms are due. Please visit our Website, For the latest club news and info, check our Facebook Page, If you are interested in joining the best, most fun and exciting sport club at Providence, send us an email at

Men’s Soccer – The Men's Soccer Team won their first round playoff game against West Forsyth 1-0. West Forsyth was seeded #2 in their conference after tying for first. Michael Gallucci scored the lone goal while the team outshot them 22 to 3. Matthew Jegier had the shutout. The second round game is at Myers Park on Saturday at 5:00 PM. For information on Men’s Soccer, please select the following link: For any questions, please email Coach T. Long at

Swim and Dive – Swim & Dive practice has started. Our team is huge, talented, and excited. We should do quite well this year. A few dates to remember: Saturday, November 10, are required time trials for all non-year round swimmers. (9:00 AM at the PHS pool) and PHS is hosting a swim clinic for all high school teams on Saturday, November 17, ( 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon at the PHS Pool). Our team members can choose to participate by either taking the clinic to improve their skills or helping to lead the clinic and help other swimmers improve.

Women's Tennis – Please contact Coach Robby Edge at for information regarding Women’s Tennis. The Women’s Tennis website is http://tennis/

Women’s Volleyball – Our Panthers Volleyball team had a great season, making it all the way to the state quarterfinals! Congratulations and thank you to these amazing young ladies who represented our school so well.

Wrestling – All interested students are invited to wrestling workouts every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Workouts will begin at 2:45 PM and end by 4:15 PM. Please see Coach Lansing in Room 213 with questions or contact him via email at Additional information may be found on the Wrestling website at – New for 2012/2013:

2011/2012 was a big year for Providence Sports Photo. We shot and edited over 50,000 photos last year at over 250 events including Prom and Graduation.

There are several new services this year which include:

1. A new Private Gallery structure that will include free unlimited downloads, a CD of originals, and discounts on prints purchased from your gallery.

2. A new Private Gallery subscription, called The Senior Experience, will capture images of your senior student throughout the school year

3. A new Photo Lab, Bay Photo, is the standard for all galleries at No local lab can match their image quality.

Please visit or Like Providence Sports Photo on Facebook to stay up to date on our offerings. Also feel free to email Rusty Transou at or call 704-578-8967 with any questions or requests.


Athletic Booster Club Meetings – The next Athletic Booster Club meeting will be held on Monday, November 12, at 6:30 PM, in the classroom directly across the hall from the office. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Debbie Rieger, Athletic Booster Club President, at with any questions or for additional information.

Athletic Booster Club Membership – Please help the Athletic Department by joining the Athletic Booster Club. Season passes for your entire family or an individual are included in the Family or Individual Membership prices. For additional information, see the following link: Membership Form or contact Mary Beth Heidt at

Spirit Wear – Providence Spirit Wear items will be available during the Winter Sports Meeting on Thursday, November 8. Support your school’s athletic programs by purchasing spirit wear items! Sweatshirts are $25, long sleeved T-shirts are $20, short sleeved T-shirts are $15 and hats are $15. This year look for stadium cushions, car flags and blankets too! Online shopping coming soon!