Outside the Classroom
Providence participates in the Metro Athletic Conference and is a member of the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association (MCSAA) and affiliate member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).
All students K-12 are welcome to participate in Cross Country. The team is coached by Steve and Heather Dernlan. The season lasts from the start of the school year through mid October.
The Providence girl’s volleyball team is coached by Mrs. Ann Stuber. The team plays against various local private schools each fall at the junior high and varsity levels. Interested students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate.
Our basketball teams play against local private and homeschool teams at the Junior High, Junior Varsity and Varsity level. The level of competition depends on the boys and girls currently enrolled and participating in basketball at Providence, and at the schools with which we compete. Currently, basketball is open to students in grades 7-12. Mr. Brien McCarthy coaches boys basketball, with assistance from Mr. Dan Marcotte. Mr. Mike Priest coaches girl’s basketball, with assistance from Mr. Jeffrey Nickel and Mr. Kyle Keating.
Providence students in grades 3-8 are invited to audition for our extra-curricular grammar school choir. Directed by Tori Egger, the goal of the choir is to achieve excellence in vocal music, working together harmoniously in a nurturing community atmosphere.
Upper School Chorus
The Providence upper school chorus is directed by Miss Jodi Kratzer. The choir sings at a variety of school events, blessing our community with beautiful choral music.
Mark Twain Festival
The 6th annual Providence Mark Twain festival will be held on September 26th and 27th, 2013. The festival includes Mark Twain character dress-up days, a frog-jumping contest, and an upper school raft race at Creve Coeur Lake.
Grammar School Festivals
Each class in grades 1 through 6 has a celebration/costume day to bring to life the period of history studied during the school year. The students wear costumes of the period, make crafts, give presentations, and share what they have learned with the school community.
Each student in grades 7 through 12 is assigned to one of four home rooms – Herodotus, Homer, Jerome, or Pythagoras. Providence students meet daily in their home rooms and generally remain with the same home room throughout their time in the Providence upper school. This structure is also used for competitions throughout the year and encourages socialization among the different classes in the upper school.
Each student is assigned a “buddy” from another grade for the school year. Students sit with their buddies during morning assembly for four days a week, building relationships across classes. Generally kindergarteners are paired with younger upper school students and older grammar school students are paired with older upper school students. Buddies also have an opportunity to spend time together at other Providence events.
The Providence Chess Club is in its 11th year. Mr. Brian Ziebarth and Mr. Bob Wilhelm lead the club with help from other parents. Chess club is open to all grade levels and skills. Practices are held each Monday after school after Labor Day until the end of March. The students learn the strategic game of chess while also learning how to win and lose gracefully. Throughout the year the club will participate in several Gateway Chess League sponsored tournaments where team and individual medals and trophies are awarded to the winners.
American Heritage Girls (AHG)
Our troop MO2005 meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Providence from 6:30 – 8:00. The troop Coordinators are Amy Carpenter and Paula Coln. Angie Creed serves as “Shepherd,” Lisa Leach and Cindy Willbrand lead the Pathfinders, and Katie Gordon is the troop’s Charter representative. The AHG website is http://www.ahgonline.org/.
Led by parent Mr. Charles Henrickson, Debate Club is open to all interested students in grades 7-12.
What better way to train students in the art of rhetoric than by producing and performing a play by Shakespeare? Each year students in grades 7 through 12 come together to do just that. They construct the set, block, memorize lines, prepare concessions, and create publicity — all of which culminates in performances on a Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
How long does such a production take? One week. While it is true that lines are assigned early in the school year, and line drills are conducted throughout the winter months, the bulk of the preparation is done in just six days. These are six days of intensive work as students dive headfirst into the culture and spirit of Shakespeare, learning not only the language and vocabulary of Shakespeare, but important tools that will enable them to be successful rhetoricians whatever their vocation.
The Providence upper school has produced the following Shakespeare plays:
As they begin their study of American history, our 6th grade students take an extended historical tour of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, each year.
Biennially, a group of Providence 11th and 12th graders go to Europe together, seeing the sites that were foundational to the Western Civilization they have been studying.
Each fall students in grades 7 through 12 and their teachers take a two-day retreat to a site off campus. Here old friendships are strengthened and new ones are made. Teachers and students have the opportunity to interact in a non-academic setting, forming relationships that will prove invaluable throughout the year.
Each year Providence upper school students elect student representatives and officers. Student Council serves as a student liaison to the Dean and is responsible for planning many social events.
Providence upper school students may volunteer to be a part of our yearbook staff. Responsibilities include photography, copy editing, and page layout.