St. Patrick Catholic School

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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 Students Participate in the March for Life

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s column is submitted by Junior Anna Schasser who attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. for the second consecutive year.

A group of kids from a small Catholic school gather their forces and prayers and step into action to do what is needed to protect the defenseless. This is the story told, when referring to Portland St. Patrick High School’s trip to the March for Life. The trip was amazing! It was my second year going on the March and ...

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School Board Recognition Month

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Nationwide, January has been designated as School Board Recognition Month. As citizen leaders of St. Patrick School, our board members face complex and demanding challenges. For those who may not be aware, the St. Patrick School Board is a Board of Limited Jurisdiction. With this set up, board members work closely with the administration and assist in the governance of the school. Diocesan policy states, “The Board of Directors shall have as its primary concern the ministry of Catholic...

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In 2019 - See the World Through Someone Else's Eyes

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was in college at Central Michigan University, to enter the program to become a teacher, one had to take a Perceiver Interview and score well. I only scored poorly on one question. I still remember that question. Does one need to have empathy to be a successful teacher? Here I was, a young college student who did not even know what the word meant so I muddled my way through some made up answer that was not correct - as I would learn soon enough.

After the interview, I...

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Celebrating the successes of 2018

Posted on December 24, 2018 at 1:40 PM 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 2019, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2018.

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

1. We were excited that 36 of our high school students made the decision to attend the March for Life in Was...

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St. Patrick School's Christmas Wish List

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 2:20 PM 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 year ends. Below is a wish list of items that we would greatly appreciate receiving donations toward. You may donate by putting cash or a check in the offertory at Mass and writing what you would like to designate your donation toward specifically. You may also drop off a check in the school or parish office (by mail or in person) or donate online ...

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2018 Fall Sports Wrap Up

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

St. Patrick High School wrapped up another successful fall sports season with our annual awards banquet on November 28. The biggest highlight of the season was our girls varsity cross country team which finished number one in the state in Academic All-State. Our football team also finished one win shy of returning to the state championship game losing in the semifinal to Onekema. We would like to congratulate all our teams for their efforts throughout this fall sports season! A lot of time an...

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Advent is a time to Prepare

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

While the secular world has already started celebrating Christmas and counting the days down, decorating their houses, putting up Christmas trees and going to the malls do their Christmas shopping, the Christian World just celebrated its new year with the beginning of Advent.

The word Advent derives from Latin meaning coming or arrival. Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. The Catholic Church's liturgical season of Advent is ...

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Plenty of Reasons to be Thankful

Posted on November 26, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanksgiving break has come and gone offering all of us plenty of time to reflect and count our blessings. As we approach the end of the year, there are plenty of reasons for St. Patrick School to be thankful. Here are a few of the main ones:

• Recently, we found out we were the recipients of a Michigan State Police Safety and Security grant in the amount of $100,000. We appreciate that a parent took the time to apply for this grant which will allow us to provide upgra...

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Teaching our Students about Safety

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Every October, St. Patrick School marks Fire Prevention Month like many other schools in the area. So, over the past few weeks our students have had the opportunity to learn about fire safety as well as what happens in a situation where someone has gone into cardiac arrest. These lessons help prepare the students to do their best to stay safe whether an emergency arises at school or somewhere else.

Many of our teachers discussed fire safety during the first week of October d...

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Spend Time Thanking a Veteran and Listening to their Story

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year, on November 11, the citizens of the United States celebrate Veteran’s Day. On this date and at various times throughout the year, I often hear people thank a veteran for serving our country. While this is a nice gesture, I recommend you take time to go even further then just thanking a veteran.

Since my son has joined the military, I have been surprised at how many veterans have opened up to me to tell me about their time in the service. Now, when I know som...

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The Pro-Life Generation

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Throughout our recent history, many of our students have attended The March for Life in Washington D.C. Almost every student who has attended the March over the years has come back inspired by the event.

As our students continue to be inspired by those who have attended the March before them, the number of students wanting to attend this event continues to grow. Last year, 35 of our students and six chaperones attended. The goal now is to send our entire student body to the ...

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Strategies for raising well-behaved and successful children

Posted on October 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m not sure if it is because I have been an educator for a long time or if it is because I have raised two children, but I often get asked questions about parenting. We have all heard the old adage that children do not come with instructions of how they should be raised which is definitely true and there are no guaranteed strategies that will work with every child, but there are some strategies however, that will increase the odds of raising successful children.

My wi...

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St. Patrick Staff and Students Busy with Activities

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We are into the fall and the end of the 1st marking period is already in sight. While much has been accomplished thus far in the school year, there is no time to relax or rest on our laurels as there are many activities to look forward to before Thanksgiving break. Here are some of the activities that will take place between now and Thanksgiving break at St. Patrick School to make sure you put them into your calendar.

• October 14: St. Patrick School will host our annu...

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St. Patrick School Celebrates Annual Fall Festival

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The autumnal 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 14, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and the coaches. The festival is an important fundraiser which generates over 20% of the athletic budget.

The Fall Festival will provide food, fun, and festivities for the entir...

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Homecoming Tradition Continues at St. Patrick School

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Each fall, school spirit comes alive as students prepare to celebrate our annual spirit week and homecoming. This year would again prove to be a great event as we celebrated our 67th annual homecoming.

Spirit week officially kicks off the Friday before homecoming with many activities centered on the chosen theme. This year's theme was holidays and the first activity was the annual hall decorating contest. Each high school class selected a holiday and decorated their section ...

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