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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St. Patrick School Ready to Kick Off the School Year

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A lot of hard work and preparation has been put in this summer by the school administrative, teaching, maintenance and custodial staffs. Now we are on the cusp of the first day of school and it is time to welcome back our school families at our back to school open house.

Our open house is scheduled from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Monday, August 20. We will not have a general gathering this year. Instead, our students along with their family members may stop by any time from 5:30...

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Big Rocks/Little Rocks Program Continues for 2018-19 School Year

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the traditions that students, parents and grandparents all appreciate about St. Patrick School is the Big Rocks/Little Rocks program. The program was established years ago with one focus in mind, Big Rocks, students in grades 6-12, would be partnered with a Little Rock, a student in grades DK-5, as a mentor. This program will continue at St. Patrick School this year.

One of the major components of the Big Rocks/Little Rocks program was that in the past, we had one sch...

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Questions? Ideas? Schedule a Meeting with the Principal

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As preparations are being made for the 2018-19 school year, I would like to share with the community our administrative structure. I will be serving as the sole school administrator while our new pastor, Fr. Mike Alber will serve as the canonical administrator for our school. We will work in conjunction with our school board chaired by Annalise Laumeyer and Melissa Schrauben serving as the vice chair.

Throughout my past 10 years as school administrator at St. Patrick, I̵...

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What's New for 2018-19?

Posted on July 28, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As we gear up for another successful school year, many individuals have asked me what’s new for the upcoming school year at St. Patrick School. So, what will be new when we kick off the new school year on August 21?

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math initiatives continue to grow around the country and the world. We want our students to be ready and prepared to enter the next level after graduation whether it is entering the workforce, attending coll...

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2018 Spring Sports Wrap Up

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2018 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. There were many outstanding individual and team performances and we would like to thank and congratulate our spring sport athletes on another outstanding season.

The varsity ba...

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Another Successful Year Comes to an End!

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments 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.

On behalf of our pastor, Reverend Mike Alber, Pastoral Associate Deacon Don Sobolewski, the St. Patrick School Board and myself, we would like to offer many thank yous for a gre...

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Newest Diocesan Priest

Posted on June 9, 2018 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The most important thing we want our students to learn in their years attending St. Patrick School is how to answer God’s call for their life.

Some of our graduates will be called to attend college and find a specific career, while others may be called to a trade or even to serve our country in the military.  Many of our students will be called to the married life.  And we find particular joy in those called to serve as priests or religious brothers and siste...

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Saying Goodbye to the Class of 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2018 were in third grade. After ten years with them we said goodbye on Sunday, May 20. On that day, they entered a new phase of their lives.


Our goal at St. Patrick is to ensure that when our seniors receive their diplomas on graduation day, they have a rock-solid foundation for a successful life--a life that our Lord has prepared for each one of them. Ou...

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Mothers Day Tea; Always a Special Day

Posted on May 20, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

As we all already know and as the Bible reminds us in Proverbs 31:10 – 30, moms are extremely special! Our St. Patrick School kindergarten students want to ensure their moms know this so every year they host and participate in an extremely special event called the “Mother’s Day Tea.”

Much time, thought, practice and preparation are put in by our kindergarten students each year as they get ready to host the big day. When it finally arrives, they come t...

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Important Tuition Information

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s that time of year again when many families are deciding where to enroll their child for next school year. As an excellent option for many families in Portland and the surrounding area I want to take time to explain how tuition is set at St. Patrick and our plan for next year.

Each year our tuition is set based on several factors including making sure that we can balance our budget. The projected actual cost of educating a K – 12 student for the upcoming scho...

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529 Plans May Now Be Used for Private School Tuition

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Most people are aware that on January 1, 2018, a new federal tax plan went into effect. One of the provisions of this new tax plan is expanding the use of 529 Plans. Originally, a 529 plan was set up as a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. They are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, hence the name. Under the new tax laws, 529 Plans may now be used as a ...

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St. Patrick Seniors Recognized for Hard Work on and Off the Playing Field

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, April 22, 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 have 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 ...

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NCEA Convention Illuminates Catholic Education

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year during the week following Easter the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) holds its annual convention. The 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. The conventi...

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Join Us for Kindergarten Screening

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

It is time to begin preparing for 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, and potentially great anxiety. We hope you were able to attend our open house that provided a lot of great information; if not, that is okay too. Our experienced staff is prepared to help you through this process. Kindergarten screening for St. Patrick School wil...

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Winter Sports Athletes Honored at Banquet

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On Tuesday, March 20, St. Patrick student athletes, their parents, and the winter sports coaching staff gathered at the Knights 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’s curricu...

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