July 2021 Newsletter

July 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

August 9th-12th: Fall sports tryouts

August 26th: Meet the teacher, 5:00pm-7:00pm

September 6th: Labor Day, No School

September 29th: College/career Fair, 9:00am-11:00am

Principal’s Corner:

Greetings Eagle Nation! Welcome back to Providence High School, From your Principal, Edwin Ramos!

We faced many trials and tribulations, which challenged us to make necessary changes in the delivery of our curriculum. Through perseverance, family, and community support — we were able to face the adversities placed in front of us and complete a challenging year with success. Success is not measured only by the achievements reached within the school but by how far they succeed after graduation.

As we prepare to enter the school year on Monday, August 2, 2021, we have made significant changes to ensure everyone in the school community becomes successful. We have added various courses, which will challenge our students while maintaining our philosophy of student achievement. We will continue to use the Providence High School’s Vision of a Graduate to direct instruction and engage our students in the various content. We have developed a process where our students will be able to demonstrate their learning by presenting exhibitions. We will continue to build on our belief in the community by inviting family and friends to these exhibitions so our students may showcase their progress to a panel, which may witness and validate their learning, all done through our project-based learning approach.

To ensure our mission and vision is successful, we ask that our community take an investment and interest in our student’s academic life. If you wish to support us as a parent volunteer, participant on the school council or part of the parent-teacher organization (PTO) feel free to contact me at 480-284-5999.

Lastly, in preparation for an in-person learning environment, we plan to continue to follow the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Governor Ducey. We are asking all persons not fully vaccinated to wear a mask when in the school building. Continue to visit the Providence High School website for the most updated information about Governing Board meetings, school council meetings, and participation, athletics, school bus route, etc.


Edwin Ramos


Administrative Assistant: Kim Graham

Reminder, parents need to call the attendance line if a student is going to be absent. Please call 480-284-5999, press one.


Academic Advisor: Ms. Danielle Crawford

Welcome to the 21/22 school year! I am Danielle Crawford, your Academic Advisor. I am so excited to start my second year here at Providence High School. Throughout the year we will work on making sure that you stay on track for graduation, whether you are a Senior or a Freshman. This will be done through various events we are holding at Providence such as the College/Career fair on September 29th.   

We will meet to talk about courses you are interested in and your goals beyond high school.

I can’t wait to meet all of you throughout the year!

Department Updates


English: Ms. Kate Lewis

Hi Parents, 

This is Kate Lewis, the English teacher at Providence High School. I am so excited for this school year. English classes are going to focus on expression and communication skills through a variety of fun assessments. Below is attached the assessments students will get to choose from for each unit. Rubrics will be handed out with each assessment at the start of the unit. All handouts will also be placed on Google Classroom for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, comments, worries, or concerns please email me at katelewis@phsaz.org and I would be happy to help. 

NAME ______________ ENG____

Date________________ Assignment Name___________

 DIRECTIONS: You choose. You decide which assessment you want to complete. You will not be able to do the same assessment again.  Your goal is to communicate your opinion with evidence and analysis through a variety of mediums while improving your visual, audio, reading, and written skills using 21st-century technology.

Pick one:_____________________________

 Assessment Options: Pick one AND present your work on Flipgrid.

1.     5 Paragraph Epic Essay: using the PEAL format, using literary devices and content vocabulary, citing quotes and textual evidence, with a work cited page. 

2.     Music Video: our prompt question: with a written response of your lyrics explaining and using the PEAL format, using literary devices and content vocabulary, citing quotes and textual evidence, with a work cited page.  

3.     5 Song Playlist: comparing the text to your song and how the song applies to the text and answering our main prompt question using literary devices and content vocabulary. You will be using the PEAL format, citing quotes and textual evidence, with a work cited page.  

4.     Movie Poster: drawing/graphic design a poster using the PEAL format, citing quotes and textual evidence, using literary devices and content vocabulary, with a work cited page that answer our main question prompt of the unit. 

5.     Boardgame: Create a board game using literary devices and content vocabulary to navigate through the story to answer our main prompt while using the PEAL format, citing quotes and textual evidence, with a work cited page that answers our main question prompt of the unit.

6.     Graphic Novel: Answering our main prompt for the unit, using the PEAL format, citing quotes and textual evidence, using literary devices and content vocabulary, with a work cited page to show your work.

Oral Presentation: You will be asked to present your work privately on Flipgrid (It’s Snapchat for school). I am the only one who will see your work. Volunteers and Volun-told will be asked to present in class. Those that would prefer to present privately to me will come for tutoring to present.

All work will be used for our Exposition in December and in May instead of final exams. All rubrics will be given when the assignment is given in class.


Science: Ms. Raven Pantke

Hello, my name is Miss Pantke and I will be your student’s science teacher this year. I will be teaching biology, anatomy and physiology, and forensics. I am so excited to start my new teaching career in Arizona with you all, as I have just moved here from the midwest. I look forward to getting to know and working with both the guardians and students of Providence High School this upcoming school year! Go Eagles!  

School supply list:

composition notebook (biology only- can be bought at dollar stores)

folder or binder- whichever helps the student organize best (biology, anatomy, and forensics)


History: Mr. Adam Gilpatrick

“Hello everyone! My name is Mr. Gilpatrick. I am 26 years old and from a small Western Massachusetts town named Granby. I graduated from UMass Amherst with both my Bachelor’s of Arts in History & Masters of Education. My specialties of focus in History were Islamic and Mongolian History. In my free time, I enjoy going on bike rides, playing basketball or soccer, and hiking! My door is always open, feel free to stop by anytime.”


Mathematics: Ms. Xaviera Bennaly

Hi, my name is Xaviera Benally and I will be your Math teacher this school year at Providence High. My goal for this year is to help my students understand and apply math to the real world as well as make it enjoyable. When I am not in school, I enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Running, and going to concerts/festivals.

Professional background:

I attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. I have been teaching for a few years in different areas in Arizona, but mostly with Title 1 schools. 

Educational Philosophy:

Everyone has the right to learn whether it be mistakes, lessons, goals, etc. We can only keep trying to move forward from when we have reached the bottom if we put our minds to it.


Financial Literacy/Computer Science/Edgenuity: Ms. Tonya Moss

Hello! I am the new GED and Financial Literacy teacher, Tonya Moss. I am from S. CA and am loving the wonderful and welcoming people of Arizona. I have a lot of fun activities and concepts planned for the upcoming school year and I cannot wait to meet our amazing students!


Art: Ms. Summer Sennerton

I am Summer Stennerson the Fine Arts teacher for Providence High School. I received my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University. I am a former preschool teacher. I am a mixed media artist and have been featured in numerous art shows and galleries. I am excited to delve into the school year and help the students of Providence to create and showcase their talents not solely in the school but in the community as well. 


Special Education: 

Providence High School will continue to utilize STEPs as our special education platform and liaison. We will continue to provide the necessary accommodations and modifications for all our students and especially those with Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504s to ensure individual student success.


What’s New in Athletics:

And in much awaited anticipation, our gymnasium is ready and functional to accommodate the various physical education classes such as weight lifting, badminton, pickleball, archery, etc. In addition, we have fully opened our athletic program and added a few others:


Fall sports: flag football, girls’ volleyball

Winter sports: Boys’ and girls’ basketball

Spring sports: cross-country, boys’ volleyball


We will begin to hold tryouts for these sports on Monday, August 9, 2021, through Thursday, August 12, 2021. These tryouts will occur after school from 3:30 p.m. 


With a new school year comes a new athletic program and student-athlete expectations, please refer to the Providence High School Student Handbook.


In addition, we ask for parent involvement to increase and support our student-athletes and their program.

For the most updated information on Providence’s athletics refer to the athletic calendar.

For more information, feel free to contact Providence High School at 480-284-5999.


If you have any questions or concerns. email us!