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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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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Lights, Camera, Action for the St. Patrick Drama Club

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

At the end of every school year, our students, parents, and teachers take a survey about how we can improve the academics and programs offered at St. Patrick School. Our survey two years ago revealed a strong desire by many of our school families for the school to offer more non-athletic extracurricular activities. Many families expressed a strong desire to restart the drama club.

With that goal in mind, a group of parents got together and formed a group that has become know...

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Preparing for Lent

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Lent, from the Middle English word Lentum, meaning springtime – the time of lengthening days, is a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, and penitence before Easter. Lent traditionally begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday when the Paschal Fast begins.

Lent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. It is an opportunity to reflect on our lives, p...

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Join Us for Open House

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

As we enter the second semester and begin to think about next year, it’s time to start planning for our littlest Shamrocks. On Thursday, March 2, we will host an open house for our preschool (3 and 4-year-olds), DK/young fives and Kindergarten programs. The open house will begin with an informational meeting in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. followed by the opportunity for parents and children to visit the classrooms.


The main focus of preschool is socia...

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FAQ's About St. Patrick School

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Though Portland St. Patrick School has been here for 110 years, we still find that we are a "well-kept secret" to many families. Did you know that Portland St. Patrick School is the only preschool-grade 12 school in the Diocese of Grand Rapids that is supported by one parish? There are only a handful of these types of schools in the entire state and only about two dozen parish-run high schools around the country, so we are understandably proud of this distinction! Read on to learn more about ...

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Join us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Since 1974, one week every year is designated as Catholic Schools Week nationwide. It always begins the last Sunday of January and runs through the following Saturday. During this week, Catholic school students, parents, and educators in the United States celebrate what makes Catholic Schools unique. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”


This year, there are many reasons to celebrate our own ...

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Athletic Director Duties are Many

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week’s information has been submitted by St. Patrick School Athletic Director Mr. Patrick Russman.

It isn’t a secret that athletic programs at Portland St. Patrick have seen great success over the years, but many people do not understand the planning that goes on behind the scenes to ensure our coaches and student athletes can focus on having a successful season.

This is where the St. Patrick School Athletic Director comes in. The po...

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Top Ten List for 2016

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2017, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2016. The year went so well that our top 10 list includes 11 items.

It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance so I have placed them in chronological order instead.

1. A site team visited St. Patrick School in M...

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St. Patrick Wish List

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year around this time, we are often asked about the current needs of the school since people like to make tax-deductible donations before the tax year officially ends. Below is a wish list of items that we would greatly appreciate receiving donations towards. You may donate in the school or parish office (by mail or in person) or by donating at

• Sponsor ...

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Students show spirit of Christmas

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the committees of our school board is the Mission Effectiveness Committee. Their major function is to suggest ideas that can help the students and staff of St. Patrick School continue to not only grow in their faith, but to experience it first-hand. This Advent season, they decided that it would be great to help in the community-wide Christmas Giving Program, which includes filling shoeboxes full of items for those in need.


The plan was for Big Rocks and ...

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Shamrock Teams Wrap Up Great Fall Season

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2016 St. Patrick School fall sports season has officially come to an end. We would like to congratulate all of our teams for their efforts throughout this fall sports season. A lot of time and hard work was put forth in the gym, on the field and course, and in the classroom by our student athletes.

The varsity volleyball team had a historic season advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. They won our first District title in 25 years and our fi...

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Annual Retreat Day Information

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As a Catholic school, our most important and crucial responsibility is the development of our students' faith. There are many channels that we use to accomplish this. Our annual high school Retreat Day is one of the most important and takes place each year at the beginning of Advent.

Although our Catholic faith is infused into our everyday curriculum, it’s important we allow students to further their spiritual mission and experience God’s work outside the class...

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Conscious Discipline to be used in elementary school

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In August, Mrs. Sherwood, one of our Kindergarten teachers, and I attended a 2-day training at the Ionia ISD on Conscious Discipline. The ideas presented made us both think and reflect on how we could use this type of strategy in the classrooms. After the conference, I purchased the manual to share with the elementary staff and we have been using it to guide our staff meetings, discussing a chapter at a time, a couple of times a month. My hope is that by the end of the school year we have dis...

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College Presentation Night

Posted on November 13, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

For many careers today, a high school education is no longer sufficient. Few would argue that point, yet many students go through high school without a good solid plan for college. College planning can be overwhelming, as families grapple with the realities of academic requirements and costs. In addition, many families wait too long to begin planning. Few eighth graders have college on their minds when they sign up for their first high school classes, and yet, that is exactly when the process...

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