PROVIDENCE ACADEMY NEWSLETTER 1st Quarter â€“ 2019
PHOTO CREDIT Maddie France
“Read Like an Egyptian,” All East Choir, and a Collaborative Mural Project with ETSU
New Baseball Coach, Boy’s Soccer Division III Tournament Champs, and Hudson’s Run for Scholarship
OUR PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE Providence Academy was established as a private Christian school committed to providing a classical and biblically-based education to young people in primary and secondary grade levels. Education at Providence Academy is intended to be inherently different in philosophy and content from the education offered in the state schools. We strive to operate as an extension of the family, under the assumption that the education of young people is the responsibility of parents and their immediate family rather than the responsibility of the state. PA provides a biblically-based curriculum and teaches all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center. In conjunction with the Biblical emphasis, PA strives to follow a “classical” and Christian education, as described in Douglas Wilson’s book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and Dorothy Sayers’ “Lost Tools of Learning” essay.
OBJECTIVES AND STANDARDS
Academic Statistics, Class of 2018 Outstanding Students, and Second Harvest Food Drive
CASTING A VISION
A Look into the Future of Providence Academy, School Additions, New Athletic and Music Programs, Fundraising
Weddings, Graduations, and Many Other Blessings
"EDUCATION IS NOT A SUBJECT, NOR DOES IT DEAL IN SUBJECTS. IT IS INSTEAD A TRANSFER OF A WAY OF LIFE"
by G.K. Chesterton
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Education at Providence Academy is defined as inherently different than public education in philosophy and content. Providence Academy attempts to operate as an extension of the family and to foster spiritual development and a Biblical worldview in the lives of its students. This includes leading students to develop a Biblical understanding of morality and to pursue a life that is governed by the Biblical moral code. The school works in partnership with families to achieve these desired outcomes, which necessitates that both the school and home come under the authority of God for the benefit of the student. At all its levels, programs and teachings, Providence Academy seeks to:
Teach all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Provide a clear model of biblical Christian life through its staff and board (Matthew 22:37-40).
Encourage every child to begin and develop his relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
Emphasize grammar, logic, and rhetoric in all subjects.
Encourage every student to develop a love for learning and to achieve his academic potential.
Provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to attaining these goals.
Encourage all children to pursue a life that is governed by the Biblical moral code.
FROM MR. HOLLAND STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
“WE CAN ONLY SEE FURTHER BECAUSE WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS.”
by Isaac Newton
I’m incredibly honored to be serving as the Head of School at Providence Academy. For the past 25 years, laborers for the kingdom of God have placed our school firmly on the foundation of God’s Truth. God has blessed our school abundantly, but our lofty vantage point also gives us a great responsibility. Many of you have been instrumental in developing Providence’s vision for the future. Thank you! We are still in the planning stages for our comprehensive long range vision, but we have been able to implement several other changes immediately. In January, our new website launched. It is still located at www. providenceacademy.com, but the aesthetics are streamlined, and new communication features will keep our families up to date and facilitate our communication with our larger community. Starting next fall, we will have nearly doubled our AP and dual enrollment offerings. Providence Academy graduates who take advantage of all that is available to them will be able to graduate with nearly 35 hours of college credit. Some of our graduates could even enter college as sophomores! This makes Providence, the best school in the region, also the best value for parents. We also look forward to hosting a mini-camp run by the Tennessee Silverbacks football team on our campus this spring. Because of this partnership, many of our students will be able to play a sport they love while still enjoying the benefits of a smaller tight-knit school community. Though we already stand on the shoulders of the teachers, administrators, board members, and families who have laid the foundation for Providence’s current success, we have many more steps to take as we climb towards new heights of excellence. In each step, we will seek to honor Christ, and we will remain joyful in hope and constant in prayer. I am truly honored to be taking these next steps with all of you. Please remain in prayer as we build on our firm foundations.
Head of School, Providence Academy, Johnson City, TN
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EXCITING HAPPENINGS ANNUAL READING WEEK “READ LIKE AN EGYPTIAN”
Our Fine Arts program is on a seven year cycle that covers a different major art movement each school year. This year we are covering Ancient Egypt/Prehistoric. Students have made their own paints and created cave art and are now working on jewelry. Accordingly, this year’s Reading Week was action-packed as we explored our love of the written word and featured Ancient Egypt. The second graders kicked off the celebration with their annual parade around the school, proudly displaying their Caldecott Award book shoebox floats. Secondary drama teacher, Ms. Marilyn Tagert, collaborated with her high school Reader’s Theater class to write a
mystery about the missing Rosetta Stone which the students performed for the elementary library classes. The Reader’s Theater is a great way for the elementary students to engage with our talented older students. An annual highlight to Friday’s assembly is the faculty skit, written each year by Mr. Sherrill Gibson, our elementary music teacher. This year it featured King Tut, Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, Joseph, some grumpy cats, and angry birds. The biggest fun of the week though is seeing all of the elementary students dressed up as their favorite book character. We have some creative kids!
LIBRARIAN SUZY BOMGARDNER
EVERY YEAR, THE STUDENTS RAISE MONEY TO DONATE A CLASS BOOK TO THE LIBRARY. OF THE FOURTEEN ELEMENTARY CLASSES, OUR STUDENTS RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO DONATE TWENTY NEW LIBRARY BOOKS!
ALL EAST CHOIR Congratulations to students Claire Hutchinson, Meridith Smith, and Ashley Tuell for being selected to participate in the All East Honors Choir in Maryville, TN. Students must audition to participate in this choir comprised of members from all over eastern Tennessee. The students spend the weekend performing and learning with other accomplished vocalists at Maryville College. This semester our Men’s, Women’s, and Chamber Ensembles will perform on multiple occasions including the Valentine’s Diner. 04 NEWSLETTER | HAPPENINGS
SEVEN STUDENTS PARTICIPATED WITH ETSU AND LOCAL ARTISTS ON A COMMISSIONED, COLLABORATIVE MURAL PROJECT OF THE JCDA/MAIN STREET DESIGN TEAM AND JOHNSON CITY PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE. PA Mural Artists: Carter Wilson, Chloe Sams, Taylor Reid, Gracen Barnes, Emma Raines, Halle Williams, and Sophie Thomas.
ATHLETIC NEWS MEET JEFF REED
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME.
PA’S NEW BASEBALL COACH
Providence Academy Head of School, Ben Holland, announced the hiring of former Major League Baseball catcher and World Series Champion, Jeff Reed, to lead the baseball program at Providence Academy.
Ben Holland shared, “This is Providence Academy’s 25th anniversary. The Providence foundation is built on a Christ-centered and classical approach to learning, and during the school’s first 25 years, Providence has built an academic reputation that few schools can match. As we look forward to the next 25 years, we want to be just as relevant in sports and the fine arts. With this vision in mind, I am excited to announce that we have hired a man with the character and baseball experience to lead our program to be able to compete with the best - Jeff Reed.” Jeff Reed is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the major leagues for 17 years for the Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Chicago Cubs. He batted lefthanded and threw right-handed. Jeff has been a coach of the Elizabethton Twins and will also continue in that role. In 1988, as a Cincinnati Red, Jeff caught a perfect game pitched by Tom Browning.
RUN FOR SCHOLARSHIP
DIVISION 3 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS!
On December 8, 2018, Glenn Hudson, a former PA maintenance staff member, represented Providence Academy and completed the 41st Annual Kiawah Island Marathon in honor of the need-based scholarship fund. Leading up to the race, families contributed to the fund in honor of his efforts and also bought t-shirts designed by Boomtown and Co. Mr. Hudson refers to all PA students as his kids, and his love was felt by all. The Run for Scholarship! raised over $17,000! Donations are still being accepted in his honor.
The Providence Knights won the Division 3 Championship in the 2018 NACA National Soccer Tournament in Dayton, TN. Josh Gregory scored two goals in each of the first two games. Zach Powell added a goal and two assists. Seth Henley also had one assist. The Knights defeated Liberty 2-1 in a very foggy and wet competitive championship game. Caleb Zepeda had the first goal while Zach Powell continued his consistent penalty kick history earning a point late in the game to give the Knights the victory. Gideon Williams, Ben Jones, and Zach Powell were named to the AllTournament Team. Additionally, Ben Jones was named to the NACA All American Team. The Knights finished the season 17-3-3 and also won the Blue Ridge Classic Championship in September 2018 defeating Mt. Mission 1-0.
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L HIGH SCHOOL STATS
STUDENTS GO ON TO SOME TYPE OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.
STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS GO KNIGHTS!
2018 VALEDICTORIAN Hope Olds was named the Valedictorian of the PA Class of 2018. She is the daughter of Dr. Shelby and Mr. Michael Elswick of Johnson City and Mr. Robert Olds of Johnson City.
TENNESSEE INVESTWRITE COMPETITION WINNER
ACT 26.5 COMPOSITE SCORE
6 NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS 6 NATIONAL MERIT SEMI-FINALISTS 29 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition produced by The Stock Market Game program, adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. Congratulations to Hope Olds for winning first place in the Tennessee competition.
CAROLINE KOSCAK 2018 SALUTATORIAN
Caroline Koscak was named the Salutatorian of the Providence Academy Class of 2018. She is the daughter of Mr. Mark and Mrs. Beth Koscak of Johnson City.
NED MCWHERTER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
Clara Reynolds was selected as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Ned McWherter Scholarship. Clara was one of 70 new recipients chosen out of over 1,800. This is the second year in a row that a PA senior has been chosen for this honor. She is the daughter of Mr. Bobby and Mrs. Rebecca Reynolds of Kingsport.
SECOND HARVEST FOOD DRIVE COMPETITION Providence Academy students won the Second Harvest Food Drive Competition for the Division B Schools with the equivalent of 11,821 pounds of food—over 9,000 pounds more than the 2nd place school. Students in K-12 collected both food and monetary donations to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN. Secondary students participated in the 6th annual Hungry Games during lunch and built structures with the donated items. In November the winning class team of 5th and 12th grades were treated to a pizza party. Photo: Students arranged the collected items into a bed for school mascot, Rusty, to represent the theme, “Say good night to hunger.”
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CASTING A VISION “ABRAHAM, LIF T UP YOUR EYES!”
The original Creator was also the original Vision caster. When the Vision Caster gave Abraham a vision, He started by giving Abraham the big picture impact:
PROVIDENCE ACADEMY’S STATEMENT OF FAITH WE BELIEVE…
the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God, and as such, it is the final authority in faith, life, and standards of education.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21
that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30
Read the rest of the PA Statement of Faith at providenceacademy.com
“THE LORD SAID TO ABRAM, AFTER LOT HAD SEPARATED FROM HIM, ‘LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK FROM THE PLACE WHERE YOU ARE, NORTHWARD AND SOUTHWARD AND EASTWARD AND WESTWARD, FOR ALL THE LAND THAT YOU SEE I WILL GIVE TO YOU AND TO YOUR OFFSPRING FOREVER.’ ” Genesis 13:14
Imagine Abraham when he looked north and south, and east and west. He lifted his eyes to look at the horizon in each direction, and God was saying, “all the land that you see I will give to you.” Can you imagine the excitement that Abraham felt at that moment? That same type of excitement comes to my mind as I think about the updated Providence Academy (PA) vision described on the next spread. At PA our foundation is literally built on the Bible. In fact, there is a Bible buried in the corner footer of our 77,000 square foot facility! Yes, we are Christ-centered school in curriculum and testimony, we have faculty and staff that are Christian (Luke 6:40), and our mission leads us to “equip students to…think and live in a manner which brings glory to God.” This foundation has allowed PA to establish an academic reputation that stands with the absolute best. It is true that the average student in a classical Christian school averages a 26.2 on their ACT, and the average student at PA has an even better average score. When you compare the U.S. national student average of 20.8 on the ACT against the PA academic legacy, you see that PA students receive a 25% leg up on the rest of the students in the country, and this doesn’t even cover the best part. The best part is that the students learn via a Christ-
centered approach that imparts a Christian worldview all day long. The updated vision doesn’t allow us to sit on our laurels. As a school we have three products: academics, fine arts, and athletics. After 25 years of building a solid foundation and reputation in academics, we now look forward to bringing the same level of excellence to the fine arts and athletics. How do we accomplish this goal and still remain under the umbrella of our Christ-centered, classical, and discipleship model? It will take discipline, prayer, improved facilities, growth in enrollment, and improved expertise; and it will take large amounts of money. It is a God-sized vision! Imagine having a fine arts program that rivals anything in the Tri-Cities? Imagine an athletic program that is the regional measuring stick for excellence while continuing to glorify God! Genesis doesn’t share how Abraham felt as he looked at the big picture, but it was certainly an exciting, God-sized vision. The new Providence vision is also an exciting, God-sized vision. The Vision Caster’s next step was to give Abraham the detailed picture of the vision, and this leads us to our May edition of Developing Providence, where we look forward to sharing the detailed view of the new PA vision!
Director of Development, Providence Academy, Johnson City, TN
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THE VISION For the past 25 years, Providence Academy has been one of the strongest, Christian schools in the region. All of our students have gone on to pursue post-secondary education with 95% going directly to a four-year college. Our students have represented Providence at some of the finest institutions—Duke, Yale, West Point, Vanderbilt, US Naval Academy. In 25 years we have had 350 students graduate, 29 National Merit commended students, 6 National Merit semifinalists and finalists, and 24 Governor’s School participants. Our students have been Roan Scholars, Niswonger Scholars, UT Haslam Scholars and more! We currently have 19 active middle school and high school sports teams, and over 20 of our graduates have played at the collegiate level. Additionally we offer a thriving visual arts program with welldeveloped drama and choral programs in the middle and high school. We also offer a uniquely classical and integrated art, music, and library program for elementary students. We’re grateful for these past 25 years, but now we are ready to make what is already great even better by expanding the aperture in the areas of academics, athletics, and fine arts, as well as expanding our facilities to meet the needs of all of our students.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A
WE HAVE REACHED OUR
FUNDRAISING GOAL $280,000 Currently about 21% of our kids are on scholarship. That’s almost 100 kids who receive assistance from this need-based scholarship fund.
MEMORIAL GIFTS TO PROVIDENCE ACADEMY in loving memory of:
Linda Beaver | Mary Grizzle | Mark F. Koscak | Wanda Koscak 08 NEWSLETTER | VISION
THE FUTURE OF SPORTS AT PROVIDENCE ACADEMY
PRE-KINDERGARTEN As our campus grows, we want to be able to offer a first-class Christian Pre-K program that will prepare students for entry into our Kindergarten program.
K4 Program Junior Kindergarten-- another year of social, emotional, and academic development.
COLLEGE PREPARATION We want to continue to develop our dual enrollment and AP courses via partnerships with other universities allowing our students to attain nearly 35 hours of college credit. Our current program culminates in a 40 page thesis project and presentation. We would like to designate that as an Honors Track and to offer another option for students that although still rigorous, not as strenuous as the Honors Track would outline.
New weight training facility
Partnership with Tennessee Silverbacks to offer football here on campus Partnership with community youth leagues to allow practices and games to happen on our campus
THE FUTURE OF MUSIC With the desire to both expand our music program and preserve afterschool family time, PA is looking to offer additional music classes and lessons.
Strings and percussion program Strings/Piano lessons throughout the day
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ALUMNI UPDATES Steven Blackburn (’04), Andrew Connors (’05), and Morgan Street Weeks (’05) - first children of PA alumni start school at PA! Finn Blackburn and Lane Weeks are in 1st grade, and Reese Connors is in Kindergarten. Tyler Clendenon (’06) completed his five years of military service requirement for West Point and separated from the US Army in 2016 as a Captain. He is currently working for a software sales company in the Washington, DC area where he lives with his wife, Megan, in Alexandria, VA. Tyler was recently accepted to Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, where he is studying part-time towards his Master’s Degree in business. Caroline Boccarossa (’10) graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in December 2017. She began working as a middle school SpeechLanguage Pathologist for the Gwinnett County School District in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2018. Elizabeth Stillwell (’13): Duke University awarded Elizabeth a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Portuguese and Latin America. She will graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Library Science and Information Systems and a Latin American Studies Graduate Certificate.
Andrew Kanel (’12) graduated from the University of Tennessee in December of 2016 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Since then, he has enrolled in law school at The University of Akron and is scheduled to finish in December of 2019. Andrew became registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent in January. He spent last summer working as a law clerk for Fay Sharpe LLP, an intellectual property law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, and is continuing part time in this role during the school year. Jacolby Darr (’14) is studying mechanical engineering at Tennessee Tech. He recently completed an internship at Mullican Flooring. Billie Henard (’14) graduated from Emory and Henry College in May 2018. Bethany Jewett (’15) was an intern in the Knowledge Department at OSI Soft, LLC this summer. Since she did such a great job, she was also offered a part time job during the school year. One of the many jobs she does is posting updates to external customer facing websites. She has been a great example with her attitude, work ethic, and strong Christian faith.
BOCCAROSSA WEDDING Chris Boccarossa (’12) graduated in electrical engineering from Union University. He has been working as a Level I Engineer for Logical Systems, LLC in Jackson, Tennessee. Chris was married October 1, 2017, to his college sweetheart, Sara Clarke Mason. Sara Clarke is a Staff Associate at Young life of Jackson.
Caleb Sprouse (’15) received the Outstanding Senior Award in Biology at the Milligan College Awards Convocation on April 26, 2018.
Jenna Grace Hill (’13) graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication in May 2018.
Jonathan Boccarossa (’14) graduated on May 25, 2018, from the United States Naval Academy with a double major in electrical and computer engineering. President Donald J. Trump was the commencement speaker.
NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATE JONATHAN BOCCAROSSA
He commissioned into the Navy as an Ensign and began his first tour of duty as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in July 2018.
NEW ‘FARMER’ BLESSING Ashleigh (Gobble) (’09) and Jackson Farmer (’09) welcomed their new baby girl, Keziah Wood Farmer, on January 13, 2018. She weighed 6 lb., 15 oz. and was 20 inches long.
SEND ALUMNI UPDATES AND PICTURES TO PADEV@PROVIDENCEACADEMY.COM. 10 NEWSLETTER | ALUMNI
THANK YOU SPONSORS
THANKS TO OUR NEW FIVE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERS JOHNSON CITY KUBOTA
Matthew and Lydia Jones are the parents of three children (Gracie, a PA 9th grader, and pre-school twins, Eli and Luke) and own Johnson City Kubota, Greene County Kubota, and Mountain Kubota of Boone. They currently have many Kubota machines available and stock a well-rounded inventory of implements, attachments, and parts. For more information, call 423-928-8882 or visit johnsoncitykubota.com.
Dr. Jason Cunningham and Dr. Angela Cameron have two children at Providence Academy. Andrew is in the 8th grade and Alexis is in the 4th grade. Jason (D.D.S.) is the proprietor of A+Extractions which provides low cost extractions and dentures for the underserved population. For more information, call (423) 232-7343 or visit aplusextractions.com.
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WHY CHOOSE PA KINDERGARTEN: Did you know that most children will spend about 15,000 hours in school over the course of 13 years….15,000! As a former school counselor and a mother of four, I know that Kindergarten is a crucial year that sets the pace for how kids will spend their time academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Living in Hamblen County when my son Ragan (soon to be 5) came along, I had heard nothing but amazing things about Providence Academy, but sadly that was just too far to drive! When my husband’s work transferred him to the Tri-Cities area this summer, I began my search for Ragan’s school. I visited websites, social media pages, took tours, and polled all of my friends in the area. Providence still rose to the top and was clearly the only option for my family. Here are the top seven reasons why I’ll be starting my son at Providence Academy:
1. BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION AND INTEGRATION
In a world where children are bombarded with non-Christian messages, Providence students begin every morning with the Bible.
2. AS A PARENT, I HAVE A VOICE.
My children are my blessing and heritage, and I have been entrusted with raising, shaping, and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom.
3. PA SHARES MY VALUES.
I want to be confident that the beliefs and values of the people spending all day with my son align with my own.
4. THE KIDS AT PROVIDENCE SEEM TO ACTUALLY LOVE LEARNING.
I love that Providence “goes with the grain” of how God created my fun little man to be—full of energy and curiosity.
5. THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG THE FACULTY, STAFF, AND FAMILIES! I have felt so inspired to be a better mom, friend, and follower of Christ, but I’ve also just had fun!
6. THE TEACHERS ARE QUALIFIED, GODLY, AND LOVING.
I know that when he starts, he will get to see and experience the love of Christ daily, not only in the Bible but also in the lives of his teachers.
7. PA IS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN I THOUGHT.
During my exploration, I found that their Kindergarten program is less expensive than most daycares or preschools in the area.
Providence Academy Newsletter Spring 2019