St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Mr. Hodge's Reflections also appear in the Portland R & O and the Ionia Sentinel Standard nearly every week.

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2017 Spring Sports Wrap Up

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2017 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end. We would like to congratulate all of our teams for their efforts throughout the season. A lot of time and hard work was put forth on the field, track, course, and in the classroom by our student athletes to ensure success.


The Shamrock baseball team won an outright CMAC title, repeated as the district and regional champions, advanced to the Division IV championship game where they were crowned as...

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Capping Off a Successful Year

Posted on June 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s hard to believe but another school year has come and gone! Each year our success is possible because of everyone who lends a hand in making St. Patrick the place it is. We couldn’t do it without you. I hope you know how grateful all of us at St. Patrick School are of your commitment throughout the school year.


On behalf of our pastor Fr. Larry King, pastoral associate Deacon Don Sobolewski, Mrs. Townsend, and myself, we would like to offer many thank youR...

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What's New for Next Year?

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As the school year winds down and we prepare to wrap up another successful one, many individuals have asked me what new items are being planned for the upcoming school year at St. Patrick School. So, what will be new when the bell rings in late August?


Technology: We will have NEXT IT as our information technology provider. They will assist us as we replace our teacher laptops with new devices. We will eliminate our secondary computer lab as our high school student...

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St. Patrick Students Find Success at Heartland

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

There is much talk recently in financial and educational circles about the job and career opportunities in vocational technology fields which have come to traditionally be known as the “trades.” As opportunities in these fields continue to increase, we seek to help our students pursue the education needed to fulfill the demands of these careers. And at St. Patrick they can get started, while in high school, by attending the Heartlands Institute of Technology (H.I.T.), located on t...

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Too Good for Drugs

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the ways we work to keep our students safe is to focus on their long-term health and well-being. One of the threats for young people everywhere is the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Research indicates when substance abuse prevention programs are properly implemented in schools and communities; use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs is reduced.


For many years, St. Patrick students have participated in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) substance ...

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Keeping our children safe

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As the school year wraps up we begin to enter into a summer mode where we’re more relaxed and carefree. However, this can also mean we become more carefree in other areas of our life like paying attention to the safety of students in our community in and around school zones. I would like to work together with you to make sure that safety continues to be a top priority for our students and all students in the Portland area both while school is in session and during the summer months.

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Seniors Put the Scholar in Athlete!

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, April 23, the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC) held its annual Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Eagle Eye Country Club. The banquet, which is held each April, honors seniors from the nine CMAC schools who have maintained a grade point average above 3.40 and who also lettered in two or more varsity sports (at least one in their senior year) in their high school careers.


The Scholar Athlete Banquet is a wonderful celebration, which invites the honored stude...

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NCEA Convention Illumniates Catholic Education

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year during the week following Easter the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) holds its annual convention. The NCEA Convention and Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool through the university level. It is attended by principals, pastors, religious sisters and brothers, school board members, and many others involved in Catholic education on some le...

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Busy End of School Year Ahead

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to believe that we are in the home stretch of the 2016-17 school year! There are a plethora of activities that are scheduled between now and the rest of the school year and I want to take time to share some of them with you. We would love to have you join us; events that are open to the public are bolded.

• April 23: CMAC Scholar Athlete Banquet – At this event, 14 of our 20 seniors will be acknowledged for having a grade point average (GPA) higher than a 3.40 an...

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Shamrock Auction Aiming for Success

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Shamrock Auction was started 15 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School's largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the Athletic Association and the school general fund. The auction has raised over $835,000 since its inception!


This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at the Knights Hall and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Each year, the auction committee chooses a theme for the evening. This year it’s “Prom Night”. ...

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Kindergarten Screening is Just Around the Corner

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It is time to begin preparing for the next school year already, and that means it is time for Kindergarten screening. For many parents, especially those with a child entering school for the first time, this is a time of great excitement, or of great anxiety. We hope you were able to attend our open house that provided a lot of great information; if not, that is okay to. Our experienced staff is prepared to help you through this process.


Kindergarten screening for St. Patrick...

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New Science Curriculum Promotes Investigative Learning

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Patrick Elementary School is excited to begin to use the Battle Creek science program in the fall of 2017. It was time to change our curriculum after using the same model for many years. After researching a few options, we decided that the Battle Creek curriculum was the best fit to carry out our objectives. Money was given to purchase this program at the Shamrock Auction last April and we purchased the first part of the program this year. A special thanks to all those who donated at the ...

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Wrapping Up a Successful Winter Sports Season

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On the evening of Wednesday, March 15, St. Patrick student athletes, their parents, and the winter sports coaching staff gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the annual awards banquet. The purpose was to celebrate a successful winter sports season. This event is graciously hosted by our Athletic Association every year. I personally believe a school’s sports programs and the students involved in those programs should represent the goals and values being taught in the school’...

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Working Together to Build Our Community

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I often get asked “what is the biggest challenge you face as an administrator?” That is a really tough question to answer because there are always different challenges and tasks throughout the school year, some that are constantly reoccurring and some that may come your way for the first time. However, in my experiences over the past nine years, I would say the biggest challenge is trying to get everyone to see the big picture of what is best for the majority of our students and w...

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Catechetical Certification Crucial to Success

Posted on March 9, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this modern era, teachers are forced to wear many hats and take on many responsibilities. In fact, when we think of our children’s teachers, we tend categorize them as either a specialist in the grade they teach or as a specialist in a specific subject area.


In a Catholic school; however, one of the most important areas our teachers specialize in is passing on the Catholic faith. Therefore, they must earn their catechetical certification. At its core the mission of ...

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