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 November 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Each year around this time I, like many others, spend time reflecting on what I am thankful for. There are many things that come to mind, first and foremost having the opportunity to serve as principal in my home parish and at the school from which I graduated. But, there are several other things that always stand out as well.
I am so appreciative that our school is built on our faith in Christ. Having the freedom to put God first in everything we do is a precious gift. We p...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 3:25 PM||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, one is our annual high school retreat day. It takes place each year around 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 classroom. On Wedn...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 7, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
We have completed a very busy and exciting first marking period and are preparing for many activities that will take place before we reach the end of 2017. Looking ahead, there is no immediate let up in the schedule with many activities scheduled between now and Christmas Break. Here are some of the activities taking place that we would like you to know about and join us for.
• November 16: The St. Patrick School PTO hosts its annual wine tasting fundraiser at the Wago...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
For many years, St. Patrick students have participated annually in an event called “Pay It Forward”. In recent years, it has mostly consisted of raking leaves around the community. After much thought, prayer and brainstorming, this event will be getting an extreme makeover this school year including a new name.
The St. Patrick High School Ambassador Team has spent a great deal of time planning "Thanksliving.” As the name implies, our students will offer tha...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 6, 2017 at 12:25 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|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 »