St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!

Located in Portland, Michigan, St. Patrick Catholic School has been educating the minds, bodies, and spirits of its students for over 110 years.  Our school mission statement contains just six words, six powerful words that are a guide for life:  We Pray!  We Learn!  We Achieve!

St. Patrick School is open to all families who are looking for a faith-based education for their children.  For more information about our top-rated preschool through 12th grade academic, athletic, and extra-curricular programs, please visit the Prospective Families page, contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or e-mail Mr. Randy Hodge.


2018 Winter Exam Schedule 
Secondary Schedule (Grades 6-12) 
  • Monday, December 17: Regular full day of school 
  • Tuesday, December 18: 7:30 - 11:07 Regular morning school day schedule 11:37 - 12:09 5th hour class 12:12 - 12:44 6th hour class 12:50 - 2:20 7th Hour Exam 
  • Wednesday, December 19: 7:50 - 9:20 1st Hour Exam 9:30 - 11:00 2nd Hour Exam - No busing at 11 am 
  • Thursday, December 20: 7:50 - 9:20 3rd Hour Exam 9:30 - 11:00 4th Hour Exam - No busing at 11 am 
  • Thursday, December 21: No busing, PPS not in session 7:50 - 9:20 5th Hour Exam 9:30 - 11:00 6th Hour Exam Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:40a on Dec. 21.

11/20)  Job openings at St. Patrick School

(11/20) Happy birthday to Alivia Huhn and Mrs. Khristie Cook today, and to Billy Brown, Amy Hasapis, Lily Kwiecinski, Darren Hengesbach and Mr. Austen who all celebrate their birthdays over Thanksgiving weekend.

(11/20) Attention wreath sellers - Wreath pick up is on Monday the 26th at the Scheurer farm on Peck Lake Road.  Pick up will begin at 7 and end at 9.  

St. Pat's opened their doors on November 19, 1906, to much community fanfare.  According to the Review and Observer, enrollment was 60 students, a number which would have been higher, had the building been ready to open in September.  Because of the late opening, many families waited to enroll their children the following fall.

The two-story block building had four classrooms on the first floor and the upper floor was used as housing for the four sisters who came from Nazareth convent to teach.
(11/19) Happy birthday to Alice Newman.

(11/19)  School newsletter

(11/16) Happy birthday Deacon Don on Saturday, and to Seth Hoppes, Benjamin Smith and Mr. Osbourne on Sunday.

(11/12)  Wagonwheel Fundraiser

On 11/26 and 11/27 the Wagon Wheel is partnering with the SPS Athletic Association to help us raise funds supporting SPS Athletics.  On both days if you present a digital or paper copy of the coupon attached to this email to your server, the Wagon Wheel will donate 20% of your bill back to the SPS Athletic Association.  This applies to dine in or carry out orders.  50/50 tickets will also be sold at the Wagon Wheel both evenings.  Please join us on Monday 11/26 and 11/27 to support this great cause. 

Also please pass along this message to others you know who would like to join us.  This would help us market the event.  You can make copies of this coupon if you wish.  Additional hard copies of the coupons are also available at the school office.

Lastly, we need a small group of volunteers to help with the event.  Click here to sign up.

Note:  On 11/27 our boys basketball team has a home game (varsity begins at 7:30).  All are encouraged to attend the game and come join us after the game at the Wheel to support our team and this event.

(11/12) The NHS is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive.

In the spirit of the holidays remember that if you are eligible, saving lives is as easy as pie. Make it a tradition. Help save lives. Donate blood. The blood drive is Tuesday, November 20th from 10:30 am to 4:45. If you want to know if you are eligible, please see an NHS officer to sign up!

(11/8)  Toys for Tots

The St. Patrick Catholic School chapter of the National Honor Society will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the USMC Reserve's Toys for Tots. Collection boxes will be available through December 14th by the school office entrance, parish hall, latchkey room, and Mr. Smith's room. All toys collected go to children in need in Ionia County.

Our NHS chapter will again be participating in a friendly competition (sponsored by WZZM 13) against other west Michigan schools to collect the most toys. You can watch the morning news broadcast on ABC 13 each day through December 14th to see an update on the competition. On the 14th, students and faculty from St. Pat's will be visiting the studio and appear on the broadcast during the 6:30 programming!

(11/2)  Free Day-Before-Thanksgiving Dinner

Please spread the word---The students of St. Patrick High School will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need of good food or good company on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 4:00-7:00pm in the cafeteria at St. Pat’s school.  If you know anyone who is short on funds or short on friends, please let them know that they are welcome! Please help to spread the word to anyone in the area who would like to join us. There is no cost for the meal. No RSVP required either.  Printable flier.

  • Delivery for any homebound within Portland School District will also be provided. They can call 5172271164 on that day to order.
  • The students will provide a take-home meal at 7:00pm that day with any food still remaining so people can bring an extra meal home to have the next day.
  • If you would like to help with this event, food donations are needed.  A list will be coming out closer to the event when they know what they still need.  They will also need help with serving the food, and welcoming the guests.  Or you can simply invite someone in need and offer to give them a ride.

(11/12)  Scholarship information

Families wishing to apply for scholarships for the 2019-20 school year will need to complete the Smart Aid application. Applications and complete instructions are available by following the links below:

Applications and supporting document deadlines:
  Round 1 of Bishop Scholarship: 12/1/18
  Round 2 of Bishop Scholarship: 2/2/19
  Application Fee: $30.00

The Bishop Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible families. The Smart Aid application must also be submitted for parish awards (no deadline).

Family information from 2018-19 school year was rolled over and is available in Smart Aid 2019-20. If you applied last year and use the same email and password, this part of the application does not have to be filled out again.

This information can also be found on the school website under Prospective Families, Tuition/Scholarship Info or For Parents, Tuition/Scholarship Info.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or the business office at 517-647-6505.

(10/18)    Annual Report  The Executive Committee of the School Board has released the annual report for St. Patrick Catholic School for last school year, 2017-18. The report highlights some of our achievements over the past year and provides important information on the finances of the school. You can read the report here.