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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St. Patrick School Supports Students and Community with Healthy Kids Grant

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In recent years writing and applying for grants has become a new source of revenue funding in the non-profit world. Many businesses seek to support their community and projects occurring at non-profits by funding grants in areas specific to their business or a cause that reflects the businesses’ values and ideals. To help our school and parish in this process Mrs. Cortney Smith, assisted by Mrs. Heather Hendges-Davis are working with the administration to oversee the writing of grants a...

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Class of 1967 Enjoys 50-Year Class Reunion

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Each September since 2003, the Father Flohe Foundation has hosted a wonderful celebration for the St. Pat’s graduating classes who is celebrating its 50th class reunion. The Class of 1953 was the first class to graduate from St. Pat’s High School, and the first to be honored at this party.


On Saturday, September 9, the Class of 1967 was invited back. On the class composite that sits outside the office, there are pictures showing the 39 members of this class when ...

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Fall Festival is Coming Soon!

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The autumn equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 8, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and coaches. The festival generates over 20% of the sports budget and ensures that our students don’t have to ‘pay to play’.


The Fall Festival will provide food, ...

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St Patrick Athletic Association Update for the 2017/18 season

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The following information has been provided by Mr. Mike Coyne, St. Patrick Athletic Association president for the 2017-18 school year.

The St. Patrick Athletic Association was formed in 1951 to raise the funds necessary to operate Shamrock athletic programs. Today, our mission remains the same. Currently our athletic budget runs over $120,000 per year. In addition to funding our athletic programs, the Athletic Association recruits hundreds of volunteers needed to support both our...

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St. Patrick Elementary Students Attend NED Assembly

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This past Wednesday, St. Patrick elementary students had a unique opportunity to attend a program that has been presented to students in all 50 states and across the world. It is performed in nearly 5,500 schools and encourages nearly 2.5 million kids worldwide each year.


This school-wide character education program, known as “the NED show”, centers around a 45-minute assembly. Its main goal is to make all the students “champions”. During the assembly...

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Updates and news for the new school year

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

St. Patrick School hosted its annual open house this past week and everything is set to begin another successful year. As we begin the 2017-18 school year, we want to provide you with an update on the many initiatives we have been working on. There have been many generous donations and a lot of individuals providing hard work and expertise to make sure St. Patrick School is prepared to meet the needs of our students.


>Technology: Next IT is overseeing our school te...

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PTO Looking for new members

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The St. Patrick School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) closed out a busy year in June by approving $5,000 towards technology improvements for the school. They also approved up to $10,000 in donations to upgrade the school’s whiteboards.


Now they are preparing for next school year with new officers and they are looking for you to help join them in their efforts. We welcome the following individuals to the PTO leadership team:


• Mrs. Jackie Morr...

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Gearing up for a new school year

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The school office is open and ready to go and the final preparations are taking place to make sure everything is ready to go for the 2017-18 school year. There will be a whirlwind of activity as we ensure we get off to a great start at St. Patrick School. The teaching staff will soon be in their classrooms working hard and our fall sports teams will begin practice in anticipation of the upcoming season. St. Patrick is a school which serves the entire Portland community so we want to make you ...

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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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