There was not a parking space to be had anywhere near the Provencal school as a capacity crowd of several hundred students, parents and family members filled the school’s gym for the Panther’s open house Thursday, Aug. 4. First year Principal Diana Curtis introduced her 34 faculty members and spoke about the upcoming year. Ms. Curtis is an experienced principal who comes to the Natchitoches system from Desoto parish. This year’s student body is over 500 strong.
There is no reason for student learning and growth to stop with the final bell. Students will have sports such as baseball, softball, football and basketball as well as cheerleading from which to choose. Provencal also boasts a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Association Chapter and 4-H Club.
The Journal is always glad to see young men and women who are alumni of our schools come back to teach in their home communities. Standout NCHS and NSU varsity softball player Kayla O’Bannon has come home to Natchitoches Parish after starting her career teaching in Rapides Parish. She will be teaching PE and coaching. Welcome home Ms. O’Bannon!
Provencal is also instituting a music program. Unfortunately, they are starting almost entirely from scratch as the school has but a few instruments for the students. Let us help start something good! If you have a musical instrument that needs a new home, please call principal Curtis at 318-472-6174 ext. 400. The instrument will be put to good use!
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes the young men and women of Provencal Elementary and Junior High every success in the upcoming year. We look forward to seeing the results of your hard work in and out of the classroom. Helping students find and develop new skills may open up a new world to them and is part and parcel of the educational process. Go Panthers!