Each year at the half-way mark, I like to reflect on the State of the School; what is working and what adjustments need to be made for the reminder of the school year. As student achievement continues to be our top priority, I’m proud to report that our parents are getting their money’s worth at Providence. Here are just a few of the accolades earned by Providence students during 1st semester:
• PHS ranked the top school in the Charlotte region in SAT scores
• Nine students were named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists and will compete for $2500 scholarships (1 more than last year)
• Fifteen students were recognized as Governor’s School nominees (5 more than last year).
Providence has remained the highest performing school in CMS and is nationally ranked as a top-achieving high school. We have heard from a number of our graduates who are now freshmen in college and they state how well they are doing academically because Providence prepared them. They are making great grades, are prepared to study and write, and are much more successful than some of their colleagues. The emails and notes they send us are music to our ears because it means their hard work at Providence is paying off.
Students have experienced new state tests this fall and we are still waiting on most of those results. That has presented a challenge for our teachers as they want to reflect and adjust the instruction for second semester as necessary to make sure students are properly equipped, especially since the new tests count as part of the student’s grade. I will continue to keep you informed about this as principals receive updated information.
At Providence, all three A’s are strong: academics, the arts, and athletics. We are proud of the efforts of our fall and winter athletes and continue to work on improvements as we head into the spring season. Our arts program is top-notch. Students can find their niche and a family-like atmosphere which makes our large school seem smaller.
We thank our parent community and especially our PTSO which helps us keep the focus on academics. We are raising money this year to refurbish our 25 year old media center. You should drop in and see it! It looks like a scene from “Back to the Future” – the 1985 part of “Back to the Future.” We appreciate your efforts in fundraising and hope to be able to complete the media center project by the end of the year.
Thank you to all of our parents for your monetary donations to Providence and for volunteering at our school. Strong parental support is and will continue to be a critical component of academic excellence at Providence High School.
Best wishes for a great 2nd semester,
Principal, Providence HS