Reflections by Randy Hodge
Mr. Hodge's Reflections also appear in the Portland R & O and the Ionia Sentinel Standard nearly every week.
|Posted on October 4, 2017 at 4:40 PM||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, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 21, 2017 at 8:15 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 1:05 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 31, 2017 at 7:30 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 19, 2017 at 7:15 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 12, 2017 at 7:25 AM||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.... Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:10 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 17, 2017 at 11:55 AM||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...Read Full Post »