Providence St. Mel

PARENT NEWSLETTER

Scroll down to read all of the PSM announcements and accomplishments, and then click on the links above (Important Dates and Reminders, Lower School News, etc.) for more information.

Quarter 2 Announcements are below (Friday, November 17, 2017)

Advanced Placement Accolades

Congratulations to our AP teachers and students - 85% of our students passed their AP exams, compared to 60% in the state of Illinois and 66% globally. If we keep working hard, we can achieve great things! Our average score was a 3.467 on our AP exams. All students who received a 3, 4, or 5 will receive college credit for their coursework.

Karinton Triplett, La'Treil Allen, and Maisa Muhammad got a 5 on their US History AP Exams.

Justin Austin, Jza Phri Jackson, and Ayimoni Muhammad received a 4 on their US History AP exams.

Kendall Allen, Crystal Lilly, Ben Dobbin, Jalen Fox, Jarvis Garrison, Louis Hayag, and Jade Miller each received a 3 on their US History AP exams.


Celebration Dinner

Our annual Celebration Dinner is at Four Seasons on November 30. We are doing a tribute to our tremdnous teachers. Please e-mail Kathryn Dillon at dillonk@psmnow.com for information about tickets.


LOWER SCHOOL ARTISTS ON THE NEWS

We are excited to announce the names of the ABC7 News Weather Sketch Winners for the Fall. The artwork is shown during specific times during the weekday morning weather segments. Congratulations to the following young artists: Kennedy Bosley and Da’Miah Carter.


Writing Recognition

The following 8th graders participated in the national "Letters About Literature" contest sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress earlier this year. They placed and received recognition from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.The following 8th graders won a certificate for their writing:

Honorable Mention

Desean Brown

Titus Ervin

Jordan Green

Reece Johnson

Zaria Primer

Khristian Richmond

Semi-Finalists

Dakota Huff-Brand

Ogechi Onyewuchi


National Honors Society REQUIREMENTS

High School Students can be considered for admission to the National Honor Society in both the spring of their sophomore or junior year. To be considered as a candidate for NHS, a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and achieve a composite ACT score of 23. In addition, candidates must display an ethic of service in their community, strong leadership qualities, and an exemplary character. All candidates meeting these requirements will receive an application in January of the sophomore year, complete an interview process, and undergo faculty and administrative review. Students who are not inducted as sophomores can reapply during their junior year if all requirements are met.

For a lower or middle school student to be considered as a candidate for the National Junior Honor Society, her or she must have a minimum GPA of at least 3.75. In addition, candidates must display an ethic of service in their community, strong leadership qualities, and an exemplary character. All candidates meeting these requirements will receive an application in January, complete an interview process, and undergo faculty and administrative review.

After being unducted into the NHS in April of 2017, sophomore Malissa Lindsey, seventh grader Tituse Ervin, and eighth graders Zaria Primer and Akhirah Muhammad recite the National Honors Society pledge. Photo by Nakeya Harris-Rosenthall.

Chicago Prep All Conference

After playing volleyball this season, Kadeja Love was selected as one of the best players in the conference. She will receive a medal for this achievement. Congratulations, Kadeja!


Music Achievements

Music Competitions

Each fall we send students to the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Music Competitions. Students who earn the highest scores are featured in a festival concert.

The Junior Music Festival, for grades 6-9, was held Saturday, November 4 and included the following PSM students:

In band – Dakota Huff-Brand

In choir – Ajene Cooks, Mario Hoover, Daniel Lee, Ogechi Onyewuchi, Aiden Smith, and Aiyanna Tasker-Lewis

The Senior Music Festival will be held on November 18 and includes the following PSM students:

In the senior choir – La Niece Dennis, Malik Epps, Tia Epps, Jalen Fox, and Kaitlyn Mathis. In the 9th and 10th grade honors choir – Jada Cooper, Richard Harrison, Ezekielus Starr III, and Aiyanna Tasker-Lewis.


Sister Act

Congratulations to the faculty, cast, stage crew, makeup artists, lighting crew, and others who participated in Sister Act. It was a great success!

Photo by James Martin

Science Fair

Attention students in grades 6-9. It’s Science Fair Time at PSM. All students in grades 6-8 will participate. Also, those current 9th graders that placed in their 8th Grade Science Fair will also compete. More information will be coming soon from your child’s science Teacher. Go KNIGHTS!

Aiden Smith explains his project, titled "Spotting a Stroke" during the 2017 PSM Science Fair. Photo by Brian Ward.

Quarter 1 Announcements are below (from Friday, September 22, 2017)

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Welcome to our first Parent-Teacher conferences of the school year. Together with your help, we can provide the ideal learning environment for your child. We hope that our positive outlook is reflected in your son/daughter’s progress report. If not, this is the time to find out the reason and correct the situation. We have a fine faculty who are eager to help guide your child to a very successful school experience.

After picking up your son/daughter’s progress report at the front table, examine the grades. Pay special attention to teachers, counselors or administrators who have requested a conference. Locate those teachers in the appropriate rooms, and make sure you meet with each teacher before you leave for the day. Room locations are printed at the bottom of the report by department. Of course, feel free to meet with any of your son/daughter’s teachers or counselors.

Students in grades 2 through 12 stand with their awards during our Honors Assembly on Tuesday morning.

GOOD GRADES

At our first Honors Assembly, we celebrated the academic accomplishments of our students. At Providence St. Mel, we get excited about good grades! Encourage your child to keep his or her Grade Point Average (GPA) at or above 3.0. Please know that all parents are invited to attend our Honors Assemblies. We will celebrate student accomplishments during this quarter at our next assembly, on Tuesday, November 14 at 8 AM.


SENIOR CHALLENGE

Graduates of last year’s senior class were accepted into impressive colleges with a amazing scholarship amounts. New York University, Macalister, Lawrence, Washington University, Grinnell, Dennison and University of Illinois at Urbana to name a few. There were 27 graduates, and we had almost 5 million dollars in scholarship money.

Class of 2018—we challenge you to reach to the highest goals and we expect greatness from you!


Oxbridge Academic Summer

Three PSM students studied in England this summer as a part of our SOAL (Summer Opportunity of A Lifetime) program. All three of them received A's in all of their courses. Great work!

John Bonds - Harvard Law Program

Malissa Lindsey - Cambridge

Tau Kennebrew - Cambridge


MUSIC EXCELLENCE

The music department of Providence St. Mel competed in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s State Music Solo and Ensemble Contest held on April 8 at Bradley Central Middle School. Providence St. Mel received 12 Division I (superior) ratings, including 6 perfect scores, and 2 Division II (excellent) ratings.

Senior Kai Bosley was part of the group of PSM students chosen to be a part of the Gilder Lehrman Hamilton Education Program last February, where her original vocal composition was selected to be performed on the Hamilton stage. From there she was the only performance asked to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Foundation Dinner. Then last May she was flown out to New York City to perform on Broadway to honor of the producer of Hamilton.

WRITING TALENT

Erik Imathiu-Jones won Finalist designation for the Pegasus Theater Young Playwrights Festival. He received recognition for his writing talent with his play entitled “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” which he submitted as a sophomore contestant. His play was one of ten to be considered by the judges as worthy to produce on stage.

CHICAGO STOCK MARKET GAME

Providence St. Mel won the City of Chicago Stock Market Game once again. We finished 1st out of a total of 200 teams. The winning team was Lawrence Henderson and Nasira Curry-Muhammad. They gave a short presentation at the awards ceremony which was held at the CBOE downtown.

SPANISH EXCELLENCE

Erik Imathiu-Jones achieved "Silver Award" for level 2 Spanish in the National Spanish Exam taken in April 2017

ACT-SO COMPETITION

Sophomore Erik Imathiu-Jones, Dr. Carl Spight, and junior Justin Austin pose at the state level 2017 ACT-SO competition. Both of them won gold medals at the state competition and went on to compete at the National level in Baltimore, MD this past July. Erik also won a Bronze at the NAACP National ACT-SO Competition.