Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on June 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM|
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’s transition to a 1:1 Chromebook program. We will have one Chromebook cart with 30 devices available for middle school use and our elementary school computer lab will be replaced with Chrome Boxes. Thank you to everyone who donated at this year’s Shamrock Auction! Through your generosity we can purchase these devices.
Dual enrollment opportunities: We are looking forward to partnering with Aquinas College in Grand Rapids to provide college courses on our high school campus. They will send an instructor to St. Patrick School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Members of the junior and senior class may take Introduction to Communications in the fall and Public Speaking in the spring. The public or students in area high schools may enroll and attend these courses as well. For more information, please contact our school office (647-7551).
Switching back to the ACT: When the State of Michigan made the switch to the SAT test two years ago, we attempted to make the switch as well. Unfortunately, this hasn’t worked out as we hoped. But, we have made an agreement with ACT and in the spring of 2018 our junior class will again be taking this test.
Senior class electives: One of our recent goals has been to increase the number of electives for our seniors. Along with the Aquinas College courses, our seniors may also enroll in one of the following new elective courses: teacher aide, a study to work cooperative, serving as a peer-to-peer mentor, strength and conditioning, human anatomy and physics. Seniors may still attend Heartlands Institute of Technology, take dual enrollment courses through another college or they may take AP Biology, AP U.S. History or AP calculus.
Increased counseling services: For the past two years, one part-time counselor has served our DK-12 student body. To help our students, we will be bringing in a second part-time counselor which will allow them to have access to a counselor all five days of the week.
Students praying the rosary before funerals: Our school board mission effectiveness committee will be starting a new program where one of our classes will be outside praying the rosary each time St. Patrick Church has a funeral during a school day. The students will be outside as family and friends arrive at the church. We hope this will help ease their pain, suffering and grief knowing there are others praying for them.
St. Patrick School is excited and getting ready for an outstanding 2017-18 school year! We are excited about these new programs and are currently enrolling new students. I encourage you to take a look at our prospective families webpage: http://www.portlandstpats.com/prospective-families and schedule a tour. Welcome Scholarships, along with our “Try Us! You’ll Like Us!” guarantee are available to new families.