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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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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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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