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Providence students sing at Great Hall dedication.

With trumpets, hand bells, and hearts full of gratitude, Providence Christian School of Texas opened and dedicated its renovated Great Hall, one of the most significant spaces on the School's campus. Built in 1957 as Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, this 14,000-square-foot historic building is still being used today for Chapel services and much more.  Providence purchased the property in 1999 and proceeded to renovate the campus, but little was done, until now, to update the Great Hall.   As part of its “Building on our Past, Sustaining our Future” capital campaign, renovation to the Great Hall started in June 2017 and will be finished in April 2018, thanks to MYCON, CMA architects, and Providence Board member Syd Hurley who oversaw construction.    

According to Providence Headmaster Jeff Hendricks, “The Great Hall is one of the most important places at our school to teach spiritual formation and character development through worship. Our mission is to cultivate in children a love for what is good, true, and excellent, so it’s essential to provide them an experience of excellence—down to the environment and atmosphere—if we are going to train them to love worshipping God.”

Providence also utilizes the Great Hall for many community events, such as its Book Fair, Open House, guest speakers, theatrical productions, Parents’ Council events, Living History Days, Fine Arts Days, and eighth grade graduation.

In the Great Hall, the following renovations were completed or are in process:

  • More than 100 additional seats were added by restoring the balcony.
  • A new sound and video system, stage lighting, acoustic treatments, and retractable video screen are being installed.
  • Catering kitchen and storage areas for school events have been added.
  • Restrooms have been updated.
  • Exterior walls have been repaired and new, beautiful windows installed.

With the support of current and alumni families, students, grandparents, and foundations, the “Building on our Past, Sustaining our Future” campaign has raised $7 million to date. Campaign Co-chairs were Laura and Tommy McBride. The team included Meredith and Kyle Bebee, Linda and Mark Clifton, Katherine and Billy Diehl, Lacey and Robert Dobrient, Mimi and Ben Herd, Angela and Kelley Kackley, Chamlee and Campbell Lewis, Erin and Scott McNeill, Meredith and Chris Messick, Allison and Sean Moore, Cherry and Scott Morris, Jennifer and Gene Richardson, Kristen and Whit Roberts, Jamie and Jeremy Saylor, Sarah and Thad Smith, Laura and Chris Thomason, Rebecca and Scott Whitaker, Shanin and Bryan Wilburn, and Michele and Greg Young.

The capital campaign funded other substantial renovations throughout Providence's campus, including:

  • A new HVAC system, new windows, new roof, and waterproofing for the Lower School building;
  • A synthetic sport turf surface on the Providence Field, a new scoreboard, bleachers, along with leveling and drainage improvements. 

Serving preschool to 8th grade students, Providence Christian School of Texas provides academically able students with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and excellent, and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  Providence’s core values are faith, family, intellect, virtue, and stewardship.  More information can be found by calling 214.302.2800 or by visiting www.pcstx.org.

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Jeff Hendricks

Providence Christian School of Texas is pleased to announce Jeff Hendricks, current Head of Middle School for Providence, as its new headmaster.  Hendricks will assume his new role in early summer following the retirement of Dr. Tony Jeffrey, who has served as headmaster for 12 years.

 

Search Committee Chair Ben Bell stated, "After a nearly two-year search process, pursuing and engaging potential candidates, interviewing and performing due diligence on a select few, and praying without ceasing, the Providence Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Jeff as our new headmaster.  We reviewed candidates from across the country, but realized the person God intended to lead the next chapter in our school's history was already in our midst.  Jeff's intimate familiarity with our unique mission, his proven character, wisdom, passion for excellence, leadership abilities, and love and heart for the Savior, led the Search Committee and then the Board of Trustees to the confident and happy conclusion that he is the right person to lead Providence in the coming years.  Jeff will preserve and strengthen our legacy, built over more than a quarter century."

 

President of the Board of Trustees Robin Pou said, "Jeff been one of Providence's most outstanding teachers since he joined the faculty in 2005.  Over the past three years he has led the middle school to a new level of excellence.  He has built a culture and experience enjoyed by both students and faculty, and his efforts have furthered the School's mission to prepare students to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  As the parents of three current Providence students, my wife and I see the transformative nature of a Providence education.  We believe that Jeff will continue this legacy as he leads the School into the future for the fulfillment of our ultimate vision."

 

"It is an honor, privilege, and great blessing to serve the Providence community as the new headmaster," said Hendricks.  "The mission and core values of Providence promote the most compelling vision of education that I have encountered.  We have been entrusted with a God-glorifying approach to education that cultivates the heart, imagination, and intellect of gifted children, rooting them deeply in the faith and wisdom passed down through the ages.  My tenure here has deepened my trust in the sovereignty of God, and in that faith I eagerly anticipate what He has in store for Providence in the future."

 

Hendricks joined Providence in 2005, first teaching algebra and then serving as a middle school English and history teacher for many years before being appointed Head of Middle School in 2014.  He has led Providence's capstone Class Eight trip to Virginia, Gettysburg, and Washington, D.C. eight times.  Hendricks was a National Merit Scholar and during high school spent two summers on formative, eight-week mission trips to Uganda and India.  Hendricks attended Gordon College, where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship.  He spent his senior year studying abroad at Oxford University.  Hendricks earned his bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies.  He then completed a Master of English at the University of Dallas.  Hendricks is married to Jessica, who is an educator herself with a degree in deaf education.  She currently teaches pre-primary students at Jubilee Junction preschool at Trinity Fellowship Church in Richardson, which the Hendricks also attend as members.  Jeff and Jessica have three children, the oldest of which is currently a Class One student at Providence.

 

Dr. Jeffrey, retiring Providence headmaster, concluded, "Throughout this process I have been a strong advocate for Jeff's candidacy and gave the Board my unqualified recommendation.  After witnessing his excellence in the classroom for more than a decade, and then his performance in enhancing what was already a fantastic middle school, I know that Jeff is the one specifically called to lead Providence.  I will miss the Providence community after I retire but am thrilled that our School will continue to reach new heights as it is led by such a talented, intelligent, and humble man of God."

 

Since 1989, Providence Christian School of Texas has provided academically able students from preschool to 8th grade with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and excellent, and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  Providence’s core values are faith, family, intellect, counterculturalism, and stewardship. More information about the School can be found by calling 214-302-2800 or by visiting www.pcstx.org.

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On April 20, patriots from America's past and present came to Providence Christian School to help Class Four celebrate American history. There were visitors from the FBI, the Dallas Police Department, and even a drug-sniffing dog, named Jan. Students listened in as two brothers on opposite sides of the Civil War wrote letters home. They also heard presentations by Harriot Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Lucy Holcombe Pickens, and Albert Einstein just to name a few.

 

Students made recruitment posters, went on a scavenger hunt, and decoded a message using Morse code. While dining on hamburgers for lunch, everyone was treated to a concert featuring the Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby. Leading up to Patriot Day, students brought American Patriots back to life to tell their stories.

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On April 6, Providence Class Two students traveled back in time to 1853 and the Oregon Trail.  They packed their bags, loaded their wagons, and donned appropriate costumes for a fun day of re-living history, which included square dancing, games, and other period activities.

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Wearing stunning ancient world costumes, Providence Class Five students enjoyed a day of celebrating the cultures studied in history on March 30.  Egyptian bingo, a mummy race, mosaic making, building both a cereal box Tower of Babel and a sugar cube replica of an ancient structure helped students experience the life of faraway times and places.  After a Mediterranean lunch including chicken, salad, pita bread, and grapes off the vine, four teams competed in the Providence Olympics.  The games consisted of chariot races, throwing the discus and javelin, and a “dress like a Roman” relay.  Through these various hands-on activities, students solidified their knowledge of ancient Mesopotamian cultures.     

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Providence Girls Win Soccer Championship

On February 10, the Providence Patriots girls’ soccer team won the TAPS championship in an exciting game beating Prince of Peace Christian School in penalty kicks. The teams were tied at the end of regulation with a score of 1-1. They then played two overtimes, but no one scored. It went to penalty kicks, and Ryan Bozman, Grace Meyer, and Landry Bozman made their kicks to defeat Prince of Peace with a final score of 4-2.

 

Coach Michele Kappas and Coach Nandi Pryce, both Dallas Theological Seminary students, served as dedicated coaches and mentors for the girls on and off the field. According to Kappas, “Coach Nandi and I are beyond proud of the girls for working hard all season. They treated each other like family; they had immeasurable patience and understanding; and they fought with tenacity in playoffs.”

 

Since 1989, Providence Christian School of Texas has provided academically able students from preschool to 8th grade with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and excellent, and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  Providence’s core values are faith, family, intellect, counterculturalism, and stewardship. More information about the School can be found by calling 214-302-2800 or by visiting www.pcstx.org.

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Providence Class Seven remembers the Alamo.

On November 4, 2015, the Providence Christian School seventh graders embarked on their annual Texas History trip. Their first stop was a visit to the Texas Capitol in Austin where they were captivated by the beautiful and historical architectural features as well as the political atmosphere. Next, the students toured the Texas State Cemetery where they heard an eyewitness account of Chris Kyle's moving funeral procession as well as many other stories of heroes who embody the pride of Texas. The students ended their day in Austin with a river boat cruise where they witnessed a myriad of bats take off in flight. The following day, the students traveled to San Antonio where they were impressed by the magnificence of the natural surroundings in the Natural Caverns. A highlight of their trip was the class visit to the Alamo where they recited “Travis’ Letter” and viewed historical documents which have been preserved by the Daughters of the Republic. The next morning, the students traveled to Gonzales where they visited the jail and old court houses as well as the infamous Come and Take It cannon. The students traveled onto Houston where they received a VIP tour of NASA's Sonny Carter Training Facility for astronauts.  On their final day, the students visited the San Jacinto Museum where they learned about the final battle of the Texas Revolution. Adjacent to the San Jacinto Museum, the students toured the Battleship Texas. The trip provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience and to expand their knowledge of Texas history.

 

Margaret Anne Hurley is a Class Seven student at Providence Christian School.

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On December 18, parents, siblings, and friends attended the annual Providence Christmas Chapel at Park Cities Presbyterian Church to celebrate Christmas and mark the end of the fall semester. 

 

This annual worship service is patterned after the “Festival of Nine Carols” designed in 1880 by E.W. Benson, then Bishop of Truro. It is based on ancient sources and is the format for Christmas Eve services worldwide. In 1918, Eric Milner-White adapted this service for use at King’s College, Cambridge, and a revision was made in 1919 for the Church of England.

 

During the prelude, music teachers Barbara Leeman and John Hendricks sang a duet entitled Ever Since the Savior Came.

 

The service began with Once in Royal David’s City, the first verse of which is a solo.  This year’s soloist was Class Seven student, Elizabeth Thompson.  The lessons are read by students, beginning with a Class One student and progressing through each grade. The readings, interspersed with carols, are from the Old and New Testaments and tell the story of the coming and birth of Christ. The Honors Choir sang a carol entitled Still, Still, Still. From the choir loft, the Class Eight boys, along with the Middle School male teachers, sang.

 

Since 1989, Providence Christian School of Texas has provided academically able students from preschool to 8th grade with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and excellent, and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  Providence’s core values are faith, family, intellect, counterculturalism, and stewardship. More information about the School can be found by calling 214-302-2800 or by visiting www.pcstx.org.

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Providence Grandparents' Day Al Cariker, Diane Cariker, Jaime Ferem, Derek Ferem, William Ferem, Jack Ferem

Providence Christian School of Texas held Grandparents’ Day on November 20 at Park Cities Baptist Church.  Students recited Scripture, poems, excerpts from Shakespeare, and historic pieces such as Travis’ letter and parts of the Declaration of Independence.  Students also sang special songs and hymns, and the Handbell Choir performed. These performances were carefully chosen to build student confidence for public speaking, while at the same time, filling their hearts and minds with works that have withstood the test of time.

 

After the service, students showed their grandparents the Fall Projects, which included cooking, sewing, painting, gardening, building projects, and more. These projects showcased the students’ creativity and imagination.

 

In his closing comments, Providence Headmaster Dr. Tony Jeffrey reminded everyone, “Grandparents’ Day is an important tradition for Providence as many grandparents are spiritual and moral examples for their grandchildren. This program helps us honor them with what they have been learning.”

 

Special thanks to Barbara Leeman for directing the music, David Leeman for the piano accompaniment, and John Hendricks for leading the Honors and Handbell Choirs.

Serving preschool to 8th grade students, Providence Christian School of Texas provides academically able students with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and excellent, and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  Providence’s core values are faith, family, intellect, counterculturalism, and stewardship.  More information can be found by calling 469-341-4031 or by visiting www.pcstx.org.

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Football players rush the field for the game.

On October 8, Providence Christian School students started and ended the day on the new athletic field. In the morning, the student body dedicated the new field with prayer; that evening the football team played A+ Academy resulting in a 14-14 tie.

 

The afternoon included a sports pep rally featuring all the fall sports teams: football, girls’ volleyball, and girls’ and boys’ cross country. Coaches announced players’ names and told about their teams, while students and teachers cheered. Led by parents, Brenda Teele and Tara Bozman, the Spirit Squad performed a cheer and a routine to get everyone in the homecoming spirit. Next, three sets of siblings—the Pous, the Peteries, and the Heflins—ran an obstacle course in hopes of winning a day of fun for the younger sibling’s class. In the end, the Heflins won. Another highlight included Providence graduate, Armstrong Simms, who brought the Highland Park High School Drum Line to perform at the rally amidst cheering and hand clapping.

 

The evening’s festivities included a hamburger meal, snow cones, and concessions. While children played, families enjoyed visiting, watching the game, and enjoying being outdoors. A special thanks to Providence Homecoming Co-chairs, Susan Harvey and Laura Thomason.  

 

Since 1989, Providence Christian School of Texas has provided academically able students from preschool to 8th grade with a challenging educational experience designed to help them know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and excellent, and to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.  Providence’s core values are faith, family, intellect, counterculturalism, and stewardship. More information about the School can be found by calling 214-302-2800 or by visiting www.pcstx.org.