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PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL 2011-2012
Message from Head of School, Mr. Joe Sciuto Dear Providence Families, Summer vacation is here! Another school year has flown by. PHS will be buzzing all summer with activities – summer school classes, summer drama camp, athletic camps and leagues, and much more. If your child is participating in any of these on-‐campus programs, I know that the program will be challenging, stimulating, and fun. Summer is a great time to start to explore colleges and universities. There are many terrific colleges within 1-‐2 hours of the PHS campus. As you travel this summer, plan to stop at some college campuses either here in Southern California or out of state. Take a walk around the campus, but more importantly, go to the Admissions Office and ask for a tour. Colleges are more than happy to tour around prospective students. Who knows, your child may be walking the halls of their future college or university this summer! Have a safe and family-‐filled summer vacation! Yours in Providence, Joe Sciuto Head of School YOU BELONG HERE.
Class of 2012! Have a great summer!
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Letter from Dean of Students, Mr. Dennis Bullock
Dear Parents, Well, this year is nearly behind us, and—as always—it has proven to be both eventful and fruitful. We are saying goodbye to a wonderful senior class that contributed mightily to PHS’ successes over the past four years; Pioneers in their own right in many ways. They have been a wonderful bunch of students, and are leaving us to become good and productive adults. All of the members of the class of 2012 will be missed. But, part of the nature of a school is regeneration, and thus while we wave a sad goodbye to the class of 2012, we at the same time look forward to the rise of the class of 2013 and offer a hearty greeting to the class of 2016, which will be joining us at PHS soon enough. We have much to look forward to, and some change coming our way—change for the better, of course! One of these changes is of course the uniform, which I have discussed quite a bit over these past few months. The new uniforms give the students a new look (complete with a great deal of variety), but are also designed to re-‐center our community’s appearance. Our uniform parameters will now be clearer, and will allow less—shall we say “creativity”— outside of the scope of the intended uniform code. To assist in this, we have switched to one uniform vendor: Crown Uniform. The PHS Student/Parent Handbook is also going through some modifications—beyond the uniform updates. Many of these are simplifications, and consolidations, of some items into one entry; our goal is a more user-‐ friendly handbook with less ambiguity, and more specificity where needed. The finished product will be available this summer, and I will be sure to point out the major modifications to you at that point. As the end of the year approaches, I want to wish you all a wonderful summer. It is bitter-‐ sweet to see a class of young people, who we’ve gotten to know and come to love as a part of our PHS family, move on into the world; but we know they will make us proud. At the same time, we have much about which to be optimistic as the new school year approaches as we meet new faces in August. God Bless. Dennis Bullock Dean of Students
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From the Desk of the Dean of Studies, Claire Hickey TEXTBOOK TIMELINE BY MONTH Late May -‐Teachers post course textbooks for the next school year -‐Students receive list of courses in which they are enrolled for next school year May/June -‐Follett on campus for Textbook Buyback & Rental Check-‐In Event Senior Book Buyback -‐ Auditorium Patio May 31, 2012 -‐ 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jun 5, 2012 -‐ 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Underclassmen Book Buyback -‐ Quad Jun 14, 2012 -‐ 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Jun 15, 2012 -‐ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mid-‐July -‐Finalized course schedules mailed out -‐Follett/PHS Virtual bookstore opens July 12th If you have questions or would like further clarification about grades, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sophomore Class Needs Your Help! Dear Parents,
Would you like to get a head start on next year’s hours? Well, we are in need of your help! It is a long-‐standing tradition for the Sophomore Class to supply food and refreshments at the Senior Awards Night, which is Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Service hours will be offered to anyone who brings food or drinks for the event. We are looking for fancy cookies and desserts (Porto’s, Paradise Bakery, etc), Fruit platters and cases of water. For every $10 you spend on food you will receive one service hour (you must provide receipt for credit). There is no maximum, so please help as much as you can. Service hours are also available for any parents who set-‐up and serve at the event. Thank you for your time and consideration. E-‐mail: email@example.com Sincerely, Maria Mathias, Sophomore Class Secretary Stella Saitta, Sophomore Class Moderator
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The Parent Board Needs YOU! If you are interested in participating on the 2012-2013 Parent Board, please contact Marla L'Angelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Many positions are open and we'd LOVE to have you. The Parent Board is a working Board; you earn your 40 service hours for the year.
Underclassman Awards Assembly Students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement at the underclassman awards assembly on Friday, May 18th. We would like to especially congratulate those students who received the Providence High School Department Awards. They are recognized for outstanding achievement in a particular subject. Information Science: Adrienne Jimenez (9th), Sam Mouradian, (10th), Denzel Perez (11th) English: Javey Garcia (9th), John Conty (10th), Benjamin Jury (11th) Fine Arts Art: Allison Menendez (9th), Tustin Klinmalai (10th), Eiselle Ty (11th) Music: Lorena Ubillus (9th), Colin Valdacantos (10th), Estelle Glorioso (11th) Drama: Jasmine Trinidad (9th), Parris Calkin (10th), Suzie Soghoyan (11th) World Languages French: Pamela Ortego (9th),Vivian Dang (10th), Kristina Tom (11th) Spanish: Jasmine Trinidad (9th), Mareena Ayad (10th), Jacqueline Solorzano (11th) Latin: Arin Khudaverdyan (9th) Mathematics: David White (9th), John Conty (10th), Amy Lee (11th)
Physical Education: Olivia Menke (9th), Marcus LoVett (9th),Tarn Sangrasert (10th), Matt L’Angelle (11th) Religious Studies: Ruby Cochran (9th), Natalie Kanimian (10th),Caitlin Markey (11th) Science: Pamela Ortego (9th), Mareena Ayad (10th), Kristina Tom (11th) Social Science: Danielle Dominguez (10th), Phylizia Carrillo (11th)
SUMMER READING LIST Providence High School Providence High Schoolâ€™s Summer Reading Program is designed to reinforce our educational mission; namely, to produce lifelong learners who are critical thinkers with a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. To this aim, every student in every grade is required to read a novel over the summer break. Please note that even if students have read the novel before, they will need to re-read it to be properly prepared for the first weeks of school! Each mandatory novel has a study guide to accompany it, which may require that the student write answers directly in the novel, so students will need to purchase personal copies of the novels. Please see the English Department site on the PHS Portal or our public site for the study guides. Read all directions on the study guide to ensure you will receive full credit on the work you do. Study guide answers will be checked during the first week of school. Objective tests will be administered on the summer reading novel as well.
9th Grade Introduction to Genres & Composition (College Prep. & Honors): To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (ISBN# 9780446310789) _________________________________________________________________________________________________
10th Grade World Literature (College Prep. & Honors): The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (ISBN# 9780156030205) _________________________________________________________________________________________________
11th Grade American Literature: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
11th Grade A.P. Language & Composition: Sex and World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, et al. (ISBN# 9780231131827) _________________________________________________________________________________________________
12th Grade British Literature & A.P. British Literature & Composition: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
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Interested in Joining the Academic Decathlon? Providence is putting together an Academic Decathlon team for the 2012-13 school year. We need students from all grades with grade point averages running from 1.5 all the way through 4.0. If you are interested in joining our team you must meet the minimum qualifications: 1. Be willing to attend a 4 week summer class (2.5 hrs. ea. day) to prepare for the fall eliminations. This course will be offered here at PHS during our regular summer school time frame. The cost is $50. 2. Be willing to devote at least three days a week after school until 4:00 PM from Sept-Feb. 3. Pay a competition fee of $100 beginning in late September 4. Attend several practice competitions here on our campus from Sept through Jan. 5. Attend several practice sessions during Christmas break. 6. Being on the Academic Decathlon team means you MAY NOT be involved in fall or winter sports. Nor may you be involved in Choir, Drama, or any after school activity that would interfere or compete with our practice/training schedule. 7. Team members are expected to be at all practice sessions and scrimmages. 8. A team consists of 9 members. We will be holding eliminations in November to determine who will go on to compete in the actual tournament in January 2013. There is a possibility that you could be cut from the team based on performance. If this is not a chance you are willing to take, then you should not apply for team membership. If you feel comfortable with the above nine requirements and would like to be part of our 2012-13 team, contact Mr. Talley by June 8, 2012 email@example.com
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: June 1st Prom, 7pm-Midnight
June 9th Graduation, 4pm
June 4th -11th Elective Course Finals
June 12th- 14th Final Exams End Second Semester
June 5th Senior Retreat Senior Class Awards/Reception, 7pm
June 20th Grades Mailed
June 7th Noon Dismissal for Underclassmen
June 25th Summer School Begins
June 8th Senior Baccalaureate Mass, 7pm
June 29th Summer School Enrollment Deadline