Celebrating the Successes of 2020December 31, 2020
While many people would like to forget the year 2020, St. Patrick School would like to look at many of the major accomplishments we had despite the major challenge of educating our students during a pandemic. So, before we ring in 2021, let us look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during […]
While many people would like to forget the year 2020, St. Patrick School would like to look at many of the major accomplishments we had despite the major challenge of educating our students during a pandemic. So, before we ring in 2021, let us look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2020.
It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance, so I have placed them in chronological order instead:
- On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Whitmer ordered all schools closed. St. Patrick School was ready. Our students only missed one day of school as our teachers continued to teach remotely through packets that were sent home and by teaching virtual lessons using Google Classroom.
- On Sunday, June 14, the St. Patrick High School Class of 2020 became one of the first senior classes in the State of Michigan to host an in-person commencement. They are the only senior class in St. Patrick history to have commencement in June, outside, and in a tent.
- At the end of August, St. Patrick School students returned safely to in-person education for the 2020-2021 school year. Our return to school plan was created over the summer months in conjunction with the State of Michigan Return to School Roadmap, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and the Kent and Ionia County Health Departments.
- In September, Mr. Luis Arturo Araujo joined our teaching faculty as the K-12 Art/Technology instructor. Mr. Art brought a great resume to the position, and his positivity and energy is contagious!
- Our school counselor, Mrs. Jenny Garcia, and senior Emma Scheurer, as a part of her senior Capstone Project, created the Mind Over Matter group to work on boosting student morale, to problem-solve any challenges our students face, and to promote mental health awareness, and a positive school culture.
- St. Patrick Elementary School ordered 150 Chromebooks in case elementary students are forced to learn remotely again. Once they arrive in December and are available for use, our schoolwide 1:1 Chromebook initiative will officially be complete. We also purchased the GoGuardian program to monitor student use of Chromebooks to help ensure our students are safe while working online.
- At the beginning of November, Laynie Meredith and Cozette Brown both qualified for the state meet in girls cross country. This is the first time our cross country program has had two runners qualify for the state meet in the same year.
- The varsity football team is currently 9-0 and has advanced to the state semifinal game for the third time in five years. They are awaiting information from the governor and the MHSAA to see if they will be able to finish the season.
- Senior Brice Cook kicked off the giving season by offering to have his head shaved if we raised $500 for Positive Solutions Informed Choices (PSIC). Brice allowed the top donors to shave his head after we raised $987. Not to be outdone, our K-8 students filled 91 shoeboxes as a part of the Shoebox Initiative. Finally, despite having the high school learning remotely, we collected boxes and boxes of canned goods, 219 toys for Toys for Tots, and many diapers and pull ups for PSIC.
- The St. Patrick School Advancement and Development team began The Former Pastors’ Shamrock Endowment Fund with $76,000 from a previous St. Patrick Parish pastor as well as $8,000 in donations from other various benefactors. This endowment will be used for tuition assistance for future generations of Shamrocks.
“We Achieve!” is the third and final part of our mission statement and it is evidenced by this list. Many hours of work by a great number of individuals were completed to make all these events happen throughout 2020. Our students and staff, with great support from our parents and donors have made this year a huge success. We are excited about these accomplishments and are even more excited for the prospect of bigger and better things to come in 2021. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at St. Patrick School!
Advent is a Time to PrepareNovember 27, 2020
While the secular world has already started counting down the days and basically celebrating Christmas, decorating their houses, putting up Christmas trees and doing their Christmas shopping, the Christian world will celebrate its new year with the beginning of Advent on Sunday, November 29. The word Advent derives from Latin, meaning ‘coming’ or ‘arrival.’ Jesus […]
While the secular world has already started counting down the days and basically celebrating Christmas, decorating their houses, putting up Christmas trees and doing their Christmas shopping, the Christian world will celebrate its new year with the beginning of Advent on Sunday, November 29.
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 a sacred time for prayer and quiet reflection as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth.
However, Advent is much more than recalling the humble beginning and birth of our Lord and Savior. We are also preparing for His future coming as we anticipate and look toward Christ’s second coming as judge of the world at the end of time.
During a normal school year, each Monday we would gather around the Advent wreath in our school gymnasium. We would light the candle for the week and take time to sing, pray, and remember exactly what it is we are preparing for on Christmas Day, when the church begins the season of Christmas.
The Advent wreath serves as a powerful visual reminder of the holiness of the season. It is shaped in a perfect circle to represent the eternity of God. The four candles used, three purple and one pink, mark the Sundays of Advent before Christmas. The purple candles are reminders that this should be a time of prayer and sacrifice to prepare us for the second coming of Christ. On the third Sunday, the pink candle is lit to announce Gaudete Sunday, a Sunday of rejoicing for Christ is coming near.
As you prepare for the coming of Christ on Christmas morning, remember to put time aside to participate in Advent. It is a time for charity and generosity for those in need. Make sure to reserve and put aside special time for extra prayer and reflection. Advent is also a time to fast, focus on one’s own spirituality, and reflect on how we can make ourselves and those around us better, especially during these challenging times. Finally, Advent is a time to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and take a renewed interest in and a focus on the beauty of the Liturgy.
When the final candle is lit on the wreath and Advent comes to a successful completion, it will be time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Christmas season.
St. Patrick School Creates Mind Over Matter CommitteeOctober 22, 2020
Recent studies are showing that with the Covid-19 pandemic, many students are facing increasing issues of anxiety and depression, which unfortunately, had already been growing over the past decade even before the pandemic hit. Being aware of this increase in students struggling with mental health related concerns, St. Patrick School is daring to be different […]
Recent studies are showing that with the Covid-19 pandemic, many students are facing increasing issues of anxiety and depression, which unfortunately, had already been growing over the past decade even before the pandemic hit. Being aware of this increase in students struggling with mental health related concerns, St. Patrick School is daring to be different by creating a new group to face this challenge head on.
Our school counselor, Mrs. Jenny Garcia, working along with senior Emma Scheurer as a part of her senior Capstone project, have created this new group to work on boosting student morale, to problem-solve any challenges our students face, and to promote mental health awareness and a positive school culture.
We have ten high school student representatives and nine middle school students representing our school’s efforts to promote mental health awareness. Our mental health awareness group had the opportunity to create their own name, and they chose to be called the Mind Over Matter (MOM) Committee. The group will meet each Monday during lunch in our parish hall so they can properly social distance. The Mind Over Matter Committee will plan a variety of activities throughout the school year including our second annual Mental Health Awareness Week and other activities for stress relief.
The Mind Over Matter Committee has been brainstorming a number of events for the 2020-2021 school year. The first event will begin this week. Each grade, 6th through 12th, will decorate their hallway section in a fall themed decorating contest. The class that wins the hall decorating contest will get to smash pumpkins to relieve their stress and anxiety.
We are very appreciative to Mrs. Garcia, Emma Scheurer, and our Mind Over Matter Committee student representatives. We are excited to see all the educational, as well as fun and exciting events they are planning throughout the school year.
8-Player Football Continues to Bring Excitement to SPSOctober 14, 2020
Beginning with the 2012 football season, St. Patrick School made a big decision to begin playing 8-player football. It was a move that has provided much excitement to the Portland area as the Shamrock football team has been successful year after year. Because of the success of our program and due to the low […]
Beginning with the 2012 football season, St. Patrick School made a big decision to begin playing 8-player football. It was a move that has provided much excitement to the Portland area as the Shamrock football team has been successful year after year.
Because of the success of our program and due to the low number of 8-player football teams in our area, scheduling has been a challenge for our athletic director and varsity football coach Pat Russman. The Shamrocks have continued to do much travelling, even making several trips to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
While many schools might not be impressed with the amount of distance their football team has to travel, the Shamrock faithful seem to have embraced our many journeys. They take these opportunities to get away with their families for some quality time and to sightsee around our beautiful state.
This past weekend was no different with a two-and-a-half-hour trip to Manistee to play Manistee Catholic Central. Many of our school families chose to stay at hotels in town, camp at an area campground, or stay in a cabin. With Michigan’s colors reaching peak, many were treated to a spectacular display of colors on the drive north.
When I reached the game, I discovered there were at least as many Shamrocks as the hometown crowd, despite the fact it was their homecoming game. This should not have been a surprise to me. Last fall was no different when we had many more fans than our opponents when we travelled to Bellaire for a game. Even when we played as far away as Engadine, our fans outnumbered the home crowd at least four to one.
Right from the onset, we have travelled to places up north such as Engadine, Onekema, and Marquette, and there have also been trips down to some of our southern areas of the state such as St. Joseph. All of these games are viewed as an opportunity to get away, sightsee, learn something new, and spend quality family time while supporting their sons’ endeavors on the football field or their daughters’ endeavors as they cheer on the sidelines.
It has been surprising to note that it is not just parents and our student athletes that make these trips to watch our team play. It is not uncommon to see parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members, alumni, and friends attend the games and cheer on the Shamrocks.
Finally, our school spirit and the sportsmanship of our football players has been noted by many of our opponents over the years. When we went to a game in Engadine early in our 8-player career, one of their fans commented that “the Shamrocks brought more fans to the game than we have people living in our entire county.” The sportsmanship of our players was noted again this week when the coach of MCC posted the following on our Facebook page: “Great game Shamrocks! You played like gentlemen warriors and showed the most class that we have seen in some time. Good luck the rest of the season.”
Eight-player football has been a blessing to St. Patrick School by providing our students and our school families with many unforeseen opportunities as well as much success on and off the field. Over the past eight seasons, our teams have played in the semifinal game on four occasions and twice reached the state championship game. Our teams have also consistently been academic all-state, with multiple top ten finishes as well as placing first in the state one year.
We look forward to the remainder of the 2020 football season and to the many games that lie ahead for our football program, and all the future opportunities this will provide for our students and our school families.
Courses Offered by St. Patrick High SchoolOctober 7, 2020
I am often asked about the courses we offer at St. Patrick High School. We are very blessed to be able to offer a wide range of courses which include a myriad of in-person classes as well as a wide range of courses that are offered online. Like any high school in the State […]
I am often asked about the courses we offer at St. Patrick High School. We are very blessed to be able to offer a wide range of courses which include a myriad of in-person classes as well as a wide range of courses that are offered online.
Like any high school in the State of Michigan, we follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum for our minimum graduation requirements. We have also added several of our own requirements. Students must take four years of math, English, and Theology. They must take three years of science and social studies courses, two years of World Language, and one semester each of health and physical education
Three additional courses we have added which are required for graduation are the Dave Ramsey Personal Finance course, Career Development, and our Capstone Project class. We are one of the few high schools in the State of Michigan that require Personal Finance for graduation. Career Development allows our students the opportunity to research careers they may be interested in and to begin working on skills such as creating a resume and skills needed for a successful interview. The Capstone course provides our seniors with an opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned throughout their high school careers and to leave a lasting legacy of service to our school or community.
Our in-person elective courses include the following: Statistics, AP Calculus, Physics, AP Biology, Human Anatomy, AP U.S. History, Teacher/Library Aide, Peer to Peer Mentor, Yearbook, School to Work Cooperative, and Art II and III. For the first time in many years, we offered Choir as an opportunity for our students for the current school year.
We also have an agreement with Aquinas College where we host some of their courses on our campus during the school day. Students may take courses through Lansing Community College or Montcalm Community College virtually and can also attend on their campus if they prefer. Our students have the opportunity to attend Heartlands Institute of Technology and take any of the courses offered there as well. These include the following: Aviation Technology, Computer Network Administration, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diesel Technology, Health Occupations, Healthcare Foundations, Machine Tool, and Plant and Animal Science. Finally, we have an agreement with Michigan Virtual High School for our students to have the opportunity to take any of the courses they offer.
Our goal is that our seniors will use their final year of high school to get a head start on the training and education they will need after graduation. When they graduate and leave St. Patrick High School, they will have the necessary skills and preparation for whatever vocation and for whatever career they are called to by God.
If you are seeking more information regarding the curriculum for St. Patrick High School, please feel free to contact high school principal Randy Hodge by calling (517)647-7551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To review the St. Patrick High School curriculum, please visit the Diocese of Grand Rapids website at
St. Pat’s Prepares for Safe Return to SchoolAugust 6, 2020
St. Patrick is committed to doing all it can to return our students safely to in-person education for the 2020-2021 school year. We are sharing our return to school plan which has been created in conjunction with the State of Michigan Return to School Roadmap, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and the Kent and Ionia […]
St. Patrick is committed to doing all it can to return our students safely to in-person education for the 2020-2021 school year. We are sharing our return to school plan which has been created in conjunction with the State of Michigan Return to School Roadmap, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and the Kent and Ionia County Health Departments.
While we know every stakeholder will not necessarily agree with every measure and precaution that has been taken, everyone needs to understand these steps are being taken to ensure our students can safely return to in-person learning.
If we are in Phase 3 or lower of the State of Michigan’s reopening plan, we will need to engage our students remotely. This remote learning will not be the same as it was in the spring. All grades will use Canvas, our new learning management system. In grades K-5, teachers will not be sending packets but will have a combination of whole groups and small groups that will meet online at scheduled times throughout the week. Assignments will be downloaded through Canvas. Grades 6-12 will have a weekly schedule that includes scheduled class time and a teacher will be on the other end of the student’s screen. A printer/scanner is highly recommended if we are in phase 3 or lower.
If we are in Phase 3 or lower, we will not have preschool. Once we return to Phase 4 and have preschool, tuition will be paid on a prorated basis.
If we are in Phase 4 or higher, we will host in-person classes at St. Patrick School for grades PS-12. The highlights of our Phase 4 plan include the following (please go to our website at portlandstpats.com to see our Phase 4 and 5 plans):
- It is extremely important that parents complete a wellness check on their student(s) before school each morning. A student who is running a fever or does not feel well needs to stay home for 10 days after their symptoms first appeared and for at least 24 hours with no fever and not taking any fever reducing medication.
- Drop-off and pick-up: Before and after school latchkey drop-off and pick-up will remain the same. For elementary students, parents will pull into the parking lot between the school and the church and drop-off outside the main office door. Students will then proceed directly to their classroom (like we do on rainy days). Elementary after school pick-up will remain the same as it was in the 2019-2020 school year (pick-up location may change for some families). Elementary students may not enter the building until 8:30 a.m. and must be wearing masks upon entering the building. Middle school students will enter and exit at door #7 and high school students will enter and exit at door #8 (please do not park in the bus loading zone). Middle and high school students may not enter the building until 7:15 a.m. and must be wearing a mask upon entry.
- Masks: All staff must wear masks all day unless they are by themselves or eating. K-5 students must wear masks in common areas such as the hallway and bathrooms only, and 6-12 must wear masks all day except when eating.
- PS-8 will be staying in the same classroom throughout the day and teachers will be coming to the classrooms as scheduled. 9-12 will move classroom to classroom. Learning stations will be cleaned and sanitized after each class period.
- Lunch: Hot lunch will be brought to classrooms for students who do not bring a sack lunch, and students will eat in their classrooms. Recess time will still be provided.
- Students will be separated by grade level whenever possible, and preschool, lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will stay in their quadrant of the school whenever possible.
Please let us know by August 10 if your child will not be coming to school for in-person classes and will be doing remote learning so we can get everything set up to ensure they have a solid learning experience. Parents will be committing to remote learning for the first nine weeks. They can continue to make the decision to continue remote learning or switch to in-person at the end of each marking period.
We ask for your patience and support as we face the challenges and restrictions created by COVID-19. We will continue to do everything we possibly can do to ensure the safety of our students and staff. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our plan, please contact preschool through 8th grade principal Mrs. Cortney Smith at email@example.com or high school principal Mr. Randy Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saying Goodbye to the Class of 2020June 15, 2020
When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2020 were in 1st grade. After 12 years with them, we said goodbye on Sunday, June 14. On that day, they entered a new phase of their lives. Our goal at St. Patrick is to ensure […]
When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2020 were in 1st grade. After 12 years with them, we said goodbye on Sunday, June 14. 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. Our goal is that they will continue to serve as living representatives of our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!
While many events were similar to those of other classes that have come before them at St. Patrick High School, this class had a unique and memorable experience to say the least. The year started off like any normal school year and included our annual Spirit Week and homecoming celebrations, and our football team made it to the state finals with a trip to the Superior Dome in Marquette. Our school year continued to proceed without incident as any regular school year. The Class of 2020 had a great senior trip to Boyne Mountain Resort in February and were looking forward to winding down the school year with prom, senior banquet, graduation Mass, and commencement on the horizon.
Suddenly, the rug was pulled out from underneath them. School was closed for three weeks beginning on March 13 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This eventually led to the cancellation of the remainder of in-person classes and all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. The many traditions and events we take for granted were now looking like they might not happen. Instead, new events were created to give everyone an opportunity to recognize them for all they worked for and achieved.
We had pictures of each student posted on the window of our school, videos of and for the Class of 2020 made, and an awesome parade through our town. Finally, graduation Mass and commencement arrived, albeit with limited attendance and taking place in a tent instead of the church and school gymnasium.
Graduation began with Mass celebrated by our pastor, Reverend Michael Alber, who provided inspiring words during his homily. After Mass, it was time for our first outdoor and live streamed commencement in school history. I began by sharing the major achievements of the Class of 2020 which included the following:
- 13 of the 26 students are members of the National Honor Society.
- 17 were recognized as CMAC Scholar Athletes, meaning they had at least a 3.4 GPA and lettered in at least two sports, one of which was in their senior year.
- Twenty-five out of the 26 have plans to go on to some form of higher education. One is joining the National Evangelization Team (N.E.T.) for a year or two.
- One is discerning her vocation as a religious sister, and one is planning to attend seminary.
- Two have signed a National Letter of Intent to participate in college volleyball.
- Twelve are graduating with honors (3.79 GPA or higher) with six having a weighted 4.0 GPA or higher. Twenty-three have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Bishop David Walkowiak opened our commencement ceremony with prayer and Fr. Mike followed with some thoughts about the Class of 2020. Salutatorian Jeffrey Davlin and valedictorians Tyler Coyne and Bret Weller addressed their classmates, talking about the family atmosphere of St. Patrick School, sharing accomplishments, memories, good times together, and all the possibilities for a great future. Following the speeches, the graduates were called forward to receive their diplomas from Bishop Walkowiak. One by one, they turned their tassel, and the Class of 2020 joined a group of more than 2,200 living Shamrock alumni around the world.
Fr. Mike closed the ceremony with prayer and the Class of 2020 processed out of the tent and into the future. They followed our annual Shamrock tradition of getting a post-graduation class picture on the steps in front of the school gym, and finally, they ended their high school career with the annual tossing of mortar boards (caps). It was an official ending to a great school career by a great group of students.
They are leaving with a rock-solid foundation of values, knowledge, wisdom, and faith. I can say with the utmost certainty that they prayed, they learned, and yes, without a doubt, they achieved. May God bless every one of them and their future endeavors as they move to the next phase of their lives.
Tough Times Don’t LastMay 19, 2020
A Message from the Principal Our high school yearbook advisor asked me to share my thoughts on this school year for a “blurb” in the yearbook. I wanted to share what I wrote to the St. Patrick High School students who were here for the 2019-20 school year. As we started the 2019-20 school […]
A Message from the Principal
Our high school yearbook advisor asked me to share my thoughts on this school year for a “blurb” in the yearbook. I wanted to share what I wrote to the St. Patrick High School students who were here for the 2019-20 school year.
As we started the 2019-20 school year, I reflected on all that had happened throughout the previous school year. We had 16 snow days, a flood, a gas leak, and a power outage day. We had missed so many days of school that year that the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Grand Rapids required us to make up some of those days. I thought to myself, there is no way possible that we can have a crazier school year than the previous one.
Throughout the winter months, we only had one snow day and one two-hour delay. I could not help but think as spring neared that wow, this has really been a tame year with very little adversary. Little did I know what was about to hit. Within one week of having that thought, the governor of our great state issued an Executive Order forcing us to close school for three weeks which ended up leading to closing school for the remainder of the year.
I was amazed at the ease at which our high school staff and our students, working together with the support of our parents so easily transitioned to distance learning. It made me realize what a blessing we have here at St. Patrick School with such great students, teachers, and our school families.
Throughout the shutdown, I came into my office and worked each day. It was easy at first but became more difficult each day as I missed seeing the students in the building. I missed greeting them at the doorway each morning, seeing and talking to them in the hallways and around the school, stopping into the classrooms to see what they were learning, and going to watch them participate in extracurricular activities. I especially missed participating in those annual rites of passage for our senior class as their high school careers come to a successful completion.
Unfortunately, over my 12 years serving as administrator at St. Patrick School, I have come to take all the blessings we have here for granted. The opportunity to work with our students, to work with our school and parish staff, the opportunity we have to pray each day and attend Mass each week. Finally, the wonderful support we have from our school families and our parish community. We have countless blessings to be thankful for and we should always be mindful of them and all that we have.
I look forward to the day that all will return to normal and the teachers and students will once again fill our hallways with laughter, joy, excitement, and an eagerness to see friends, and learn new lessons. I hope and pray for the Class of 2020 as they move on with their lives and begin anew this journey we call life. Thank you to all of our high school students for being the great individuals you are. Thank you, Class of 2020, for great high school careers and for your great leadership.
Tough times don’t last but tough people do. Keep the faith that better days are ahead. We will persevere. We are Shamrocks!
St. Patrick Students Participate in Mental Health Awareness WeekDecember 18, 2019
According to a new study, published by the American Psychological Association, rates of mood disorders, especially anxiety, and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade among adolescents and young adults. Being aware of this increase in mood disorders, St. Patrick School dared to be different this past week and participated in Mental Health […]
According to a new study, published by the American Psychological Association, rates of mood disorders, especially anxiety, and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade among adolescents and young adults. Being aware of this increase in mood disorders, St. Patrick School dared to be different this past week and participated in Mental Health Awareness Week.
Each day of the week had a mental health concern associated with a specific color. Students wore shirts with the designated color each day. There were activities that were designated to go with each day. Here is a breakdown of each day’s color and activities:
On Monday, our students wore blue in recognition of those who struggle with depression. Students participated in a ”take what you need and give what you can” challenge where they were able to take phrases for themselves based on what they need in their life and/or pick an act of kindness to complete.
For Tuesday, students wore red in recognition of those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We held an assembly to discuss mental health and PTSD. Mr. Jim Geisen from the Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness presented to our students. He used the remainder of his time to answer any questions our students had.
The middle and high school split into separate groups to do a “Cross the Line” activity. This helped students gain a visual of the differences and similarities they have with other students and reflect on the theme that every person has their own story.
Wednesday, students wore yellow in recognition of those who struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Students colored an awareness ribbon. Those that finished their drawing turned them in to our school counselor. One lucky winner had a chance to pie a teacher during our culminating activity on Friday.
Our pastor, Fr. Michael J. Alber did a great job of connecting his homily at our weekly high school Mass into our Mental Health Awareness theme. After Mass, our high school students and staff spent 15 minutes in Adoration providing our students an opportunity to pray and give their struggles, concerns and cares over to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to help them mentally focus and prepare for exam week.
For Thursday, students wore green in recognition of those who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Students had the opportunity to make a green braided bracelet or test their OCD tendencies by making a beaded bracelet without a pattern.
Finally, on Friday, students wore pink in recognition of those who struggle with anxiety. This was the day we found out what class had the highest participation throughout our Mental Health Awareness Week. Those classes with the highest participation had student representatives selected that were able to “pie” select teachers who agreed to be models of putting their fears and anxieties aside so students could pie them for a little fun. The freshman had the highest percentage and won 10 pies while the sophomores and juniors tied for second and won four pies each. Alexis Hilliard was the student whose awareness ribbon was chosen so she was also able to pie a staff member of her choice. Finally, students were able to make their own slime during lunch to create a stress/anxiety relief tool. It was a fun and exciting way to end our week.
A very big thank you to senior Olivia Fogarty and our school counselor Mrs. Jenny Garcia for planning and leading our Mental Health Awareness Week activities. Also, a special thank you to all of the staff members who agreed to have a pie in their face. It was a great stress reliever for all as students get ready to take their exams, continue to celebrate and Advent and prepare for Christmas.
2019 Spring Sports Wrap UpJune 18, 2019
The 2019 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 2019 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. We would like to thank and congratulate our spring sport athletes on another outstanding season.
The varsity baseball team had a strong season this year going 27-5, winning the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, being ranked number 1 in the polls all season in Division IV, winning the Kris Popp Invitational and beating Dewitt in the Lansing Area Diamond Classic. Individual honors for our baseball team include:
- Brandon Scheurer: 1st team CMAC, All District, All Region, Academic All State and has signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Saginaw Valley State University
- Nathan Lehnert: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Ryan Lay: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Evan Schrauben: 1st team CMAC
- Sam Mauren: 2nd team CMAC
- Seth Hoppes: 2nd team CMAC
- Devin Fedewa: 2nd team CMAC
- Connor Cross: 2nd team CMAC, All District
- Alex Kissane: Honorable Mention CMAC, Academic All District
- Chase Fitzsimmons: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Bret Weller: Academic All State
- Riley Kissane: Academic All District
- Zach Spitzley: Academic All District
The varsity softball team showed much improvement this season and caught many opponents by surprise. They finished with a record of 22-12, third place in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, won the Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Invitational and finished as runner up at the Kris Popp Invitational. Individual awards include:
- Summer Russman: 1st team CMAC, All District, Academic All State and has been invited to play in the Lansing Area All Star game
- Samantha Teachworth: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Lydia Meredith: 2nd team CMAC
- Carly Scheurer: Honorable Mention CMAC, All District
- Ally Florian: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Aurora Beckhold: Honorable Mention CMAC
The boys track team had a successful season with a third place finishes at the Webberville and Portland Invitational, while competing with only seven athletes on the team. Individual honors include:
- Paul Cook: Athlete of the Meet for the Portland Invitational; All-Region 300H (regional champ), 110H, 4×400; All-CMAC 300H (1st team), 110H (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 300H (7th place); State Finalist 300H (12th place); school records in the 300H and 4×400
- John Schneider: All-Region 300H, 110H, 4×400; All-CMAC 300H (honorable mention); school record in the 4×400
- Tyler Coyne: All-Region 4×400; school record in the 4×400
- Ned Smith: All-Region 4×400; school record in the 4×400
The girls track team continues to improve and find success; winning the Webberville Invitational, finishing 4th at the Regional Meet and finishing 11th at State Finals. Individual honors include:
- Annie Gunderman: Athlete of the Meet for the Webberville Invitational and Portland Invitational; All-Region 400 (regional champ), 200, 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC 400 (2nd team), 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention), 4×800 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 400 (3rd place), 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 400 (State Champion – All-State), 200 (All-State 6th place), 4×400 (9th place); Academic All-State 200 & 400; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic; school records in the 800 and 4×800
- Leah Cook: All-Region Long Jump (regional champ), 400 (regional runner-up), 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC long jump (2nd team), 400 (honorable mention), 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 400 (7th place), 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 400 (All-State 6th place), Long Jump (11th place), 4×400 (9th place); Academic All-State 400, Long Jump, 4×400; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Jenna Pung: All-Region 300H, 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 4×400 (9th place); Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Marlie Bengel: All-Region 4×400; All-CMAC 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 4×400 (9th place); Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Veronica White: All-Region 4×800; All-CMAC 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Leah Kissane: All-Region 4×800; All-CMAC 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Tessa Lawson: All-Region 4×200, 4×800; All-CMAC 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800
- Cordelia FoxElster: All-Region 4×800
Together, the girls and boys teams earned 142 medals.
As a Catholic School, we expect our student athletes to represent us in a positive manner, bringing Christ to everything they do, and make us proud with their sportsmanship. Without a doubt, they have done so and represented our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve! to their fullest, God-given potential.