The staff and I are celebrating the completion of a highly successful year at Providence. Our 25th year quite possibly was our most successful year yet! Academic achievement at Providence remains the highest in CMS. Recently, Charlotte Magazine released its report on the best high schools in the Charlotte region. Providence again ranked #1 -- the highest performing, comprehensive high school in the Charlotte region. This regional ranking further verifies that students at Providence receive an excellent education and are fully prepared for the challenges of college and work.
The 2014 graduating class at Providence earned in excess of $18 million in scholarship money, the highest amount in school history, the highest amount in CMS, and the largest number of scholarships in CMS. It is clear that the quality of education received by Providence students is top-notch. We attribute this continued success to great teamwork between parents, students and our strong staff.
Providence is known for its academic record. In fact, many parents indicate that the tradition of excellence at Providence is the reason they purchased their home in our attendance zone. In addition to academics, though, I want you to know that we placed 2nd in the NC Wells Fargo Cup overall athletic standing for the SoMeck 8 Conference last school year. That is no small feat and indicates a positive trajectory to even greater achievement by our student athletes. I’m very excited about what this coming year will bring.
Looking forward…we are getting excited about the start of another year. We are at the half-way mark of the summer and it’s time to start thinking about events and procedures to start another year. The tradition of excellence that our teachers, students, and families have created cannot be found at any other school. As we gear up for the beginning of the next school year, please know that the staff and I are committed to working very hard for our students. We are in the midst of piecing together the master schedule by using PowerSchool to schedule for the first time.
Providence is a strong school in part because of the tremendous support our parents provide to us, not just in volunteer hours but in monetary support as well. As you think about what you can do to help us, please look into giving financially to our PTSO IMPACT campaign where every dollar will go toward supporting the students at Providence. This year the focus of the IMPACT campaign will be on finishing the up-grade of our Media Center. Imagine how outdated things are after 25 years. What would your house look like with 25 year old carpet and furniture? Our PTSO has raised about half the funds needs to complete refurbish our media center. Your support is a reason Providence remains the top performing school in CMS and I know we can continue to count on you in this endeavor as well!
Back to School Information will be posted on our school website soon (/providenceHS/Pages/Default.aspx). Please begin to check it frequently so you are in the know about the opening of school.
In the meantime, I want to encourage all students (rising 9th – 12thgraders) to visit the online SAT/ACT prep website located at http://www.tcaprep.com/nsg/index.php/members/login/1628136452. This is a free service being provided by CMS and we hear it is a great help to students. Enter your Student ID number as the username. Enter your birthdate (YYYYMMDD) as the password. Students who spend 10-21 hours in test prep and who target their areas of weaknesses can significantly improve SAT/ACT test scores. The summer is a good time to work on honing these skills. Let us know if you have any questions.
I hope you continue to have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in August!