This Week at St. Patrick – Week of March 6

Greetings St. Patrick Families!

We are well over 90% of enrollment capacity for the 2023-24 school year.  We now have a waiting list in place for some grade levels. We are expecting to reach 100% capacity very soon. If not already done so, please complete your reenrollment packet(s) by logging into your FACTS Family Portal. Then, click on Apply/Enroll in the left menu and the Enrollment/Reenrollment link. If you have any questions or need assistance with the reenrollment process, please reach out to Emily Aldrich, Director of Admissions.  Do you know a new family who wishes to enroll at St. Patrick?  If so, please direct them to

Shamrockin’ the Coast is all set for Saturday, March 18th at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.  Visit to purchase your tickets – you don’t want to miss this event!  We are counting on each student to sell at least two tickets.  Also, please consider donating items for our virtual auction. Auction items will be prominently displayed throughout the week of Shamrockin’ the Coast. All gifts go to work immediately to strengthen and support our mission and commitment to providing families with an affordable and excellent Catholic education. For additional information, please contact Patrick Miller ’08, Director of Advancement. 

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour. St. Patrick High School will be closed on Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, for our Spring Holiday. Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Wednesday, March 15.

Let’s make it a great week!

Go Irish!

Dr. Matt Buckley

1 John 5:20: We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true — even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Jesus came to reveal God to us. He has given us the most precise picture of what God is like and how God would interact with us. Because of Jesus, we can know God, the only one who is truly genuine. Because we are in Christ, we can share a special bond with the Father and find a new quality of life in him. This is lasting life that won’t end when our bodies die. This is eternal life that begins now (John 5:24), as we walk with him each day, and extends forever (John 3:16-17, 10:25-26). For the eternal and transcendent God to make himself known to us is grace. For him to make himself known to us in Jesus is salvation!

Holy and awesome Father, I know that I will enjoy your presence forever because my life is joined to you through Jesus. I love you for all you have done for me and the terrible price you paid to redeem me from my sins. I love you for creating me and having a plan for my life when no one else knew I was even conceived. Most of all, I love you for being God and choosing to be the kind of Father who wants his children to know and love him. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Barton, Sophie
Brown, Madden
Croal, Lauren
Disotell, Emily
Disotell, Olivia
Edwards, Mary Ellen
Gopffarth, Brady
Kaigler, Wilson
Lindsey, James Elliott
Lott, Christopher
Lyons, Zachary
Mallett, Karsyn
McClain, Samuel
Nicholson, Raelynn
Smith, Kaylin
Sutton, Ava
Switzer, Wallace
Thornton, McKenzie
Whitehead, Nicholas
Williams, Daniel
Mr. Kevin Burdine
Mr. Joseph Rivera

Monday, March 6
AM Showers | 81° | 67° | 31%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
8:30am Logistics Team Meeting
9:30am Varsity Women’s Soccer Board of Supervisors Recognition
2:15pm Leadership Team Meeting – Advancement
3:05pm Robotics Meeting
5pm JH Baseball vs. St. Stanislaus (Away)
5pm Quiz Bowl Meet

Tuesday, March 7
Partly Cloudy | 83° | 66° | 20%

7:45am Student Council Meeting
3:05pm Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Meeting
4pm Tennis vs. Long Beach (Home)
5pm JV Baseball vs. Stone (Away)
5pm JV Softball vs. Jefferson Davis County (Home)
6:30pm Varsity Softball vs. Jefferson Davis County (Home)
7pm Varsity Baseball vs. Stone (Away)

Wednesday, March 8
Partly Cloudy | 81° | 66° | 24%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am Art Honor Society Meeting
3:05pm Choir Practice
3:05pm Key Club Meeting
4pm Tennis vs. West Marion (Home)
5:30pm Faculty/Staff Meeting
6pm Wrestling Team Banquet

Thursday, March 9
Partly Cloudy | 80° | 67° | 24%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today, and students should dress in their liturgy uniform including blazers and ties.
7:30am Choir Practice
7:40am Quiz Bowl Meeting
8:30am Band State Evaluations
9:40am Mass
11:30am Student of the Month Luncheon
3pm Middle School Track @ Ocean Springs Invitational (Ocean Springs, MS)
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
3:05pm Drama Guild Meeting
3:05pm eSports Meeting
3:05pm Mock Trial Meeting
5pm JH Baseball vs. St. Stanislaus (Home)
5pm JH Softball vs. Bay (Away)

Friday, March 10
Scattered Thunderstorms | 79° | 58° | 51%

6:30am Science Olympiad State Competition
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
2:15pm Inclement Weather Drill
3:05pm Film Club Meeting
5pm JV Softball vs. Perry Central (Home)
6pm Varsity Baseball vs. St. Andrews (Home @ PRCC)
6:30pm Varsity Softball vs. Perry Central (Home)

Saturday, March 11
Partly Cloudy | 74° | 51° | 21%

Sailing- Wet & Cool Regatta (Fairhope, AL) (Day 1/2)
9am Women’s South State Powerlifting Meet
10am Softball- St. Patrick Tournament
11am JV Baseball vs. Vancleave (Home)
1pm Varsity Baseball vs. Vancleave (Home)

Sunday, March 12
Scattered Thunderstorms | 69° | 50° | 47%

Sailing- Wet & Cool Regatta (Fairhope, AL) (Day 2/2)
Daylight Saving Time begins

Monday | Hot Lunch: sweet and sour chicken with steamed rice, egg roll, peas and carrotsl; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Tuesday | Hot Lunch: chicken parmesan, green beans, garlic toast; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Wednesday | Hot Lunch: pulled pork sandwich, loaded potato casserole, corn; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, tater tots, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Thursday | Hot Lunch: chicken cheesy rice, peas, roll; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Friday | Hot Lunch: five cheese penne pasta, green beans, garlic toast; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Grill Items: cheese pizza, french fries, fish sandwich, tuna salad on croissant, veggie burger

As we progress through the semester and Spring draws near, we recognize that student efforts can ebb and flow during this time of year.  It is imperative that both parents and teachers are supporting the students to do all of the flowing:

– Give their best efforts with every assignment given by their teachers.
– Be at school and be attentive in every class.
– Follow all school policies that are found in our handbook.
– If you are struggling in a class, see that teacher for remediation.
– Makeup missed work as quickly as possible so as to stay aligned with current standards being taught.
– Ask questions!

As a reminder, Canvas provides students and parents with an ongoing average for each of their courses.  Use this tool to help monitor progress and guidance for areas/courses that need more attention.  Upcoming major grades for each class are posted at the end of each week’s modules, and allow you to plan ahead!

We are four weeks away from our last progress report for the semester, so the time to improve scores and averages in your classes will quickly fly by.  Don’t wait until the couple of weeks before the semester ends to work on getting a handle on academic struggles.  

Lastly, remember that your teachers are here for you and want what is best for your academic experiences.  If there are any issues please do not hesitate to reach out to them and use them as a resource for improvement.


We are moving quickly in March! Let’s take a look a this week’s events:

Monday morning our Women’s Varsity Soccer team will travel to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, where they will be honored with a proclamation for their first state championship! After school there will be a Robotics meeting, Quiz Bowl meet at Long Beach, and our JH Baseball team will travel to St. Stanislaus.

On Tuesday, we will have a Student Council and Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy meetings, and after school Tennis will host Long Beach, while JV and Varsity Baseball travel to Stone. Our JV and Varsity Softball team will host Jefferson Davis County in their first district matchup, beginning at 5pm! Come out and support the Irish!

Wednesday we have Art Honor Society and Key Club have meetings, and Choir will have practice after school. Tennis will host West Marion in the afternoon, and our Wrestling team will have their banquet at 6pm.

Thursday our Choir will practice in the morning, and Quiz Bowl, MathCounts, Drama Guild, eSports, and Mock Trial have meetings. Band will perform in their state evaluations at Biloxi High School, while our Junior High Track team will participate in a meet at Ocean Springs. Thursday evening, the Junior High Baseball team will host St. Stanislaus, while the Junior High Softball team travels to Bay. Go Irish!

Friday, Science Olympiad will compete in the state competition in Hattiesburg throughout the day, and Film Club will meet after school. JV and Varsity Softball hosts Perry Central in the evening, while Varsity Baseball plays St. Andrew’s at Pearl River Community College.

On Saturday, Sailing will participate in the Wet and Cool Regatta in Fairhope, AL, while the Women’s Powerlifting team hosts the 3A South State Championships at St. Patrick. Throughout the day also, the Varsity Softball team will host the St. Patrick Tournament, and the JV and Varsity Baseball team hosts Vancleave, beginning at 11am.

During the Spring Holiday next Monday and Tuesday, our Junior High Softball team will travel to North Woolmarket, our Men’s Golf team will participate in the Spud Invitational at Sunkist CC, Varsity Softball will travel to OLA, and the JV and Varsity Baseball team will host Jefferson Davis County in their first district contest.

Let’s have a great week and enjoy your Spring Holiday!

Last Week’s Results:

2/27 JH Baseball vs. Stone- St. Patrick 4-3
2/27 JH Softball vs. Stone- Stone 15-0
2/28 Varsity Track @ Pirate Relays- Girls 1st; Boys 2nd
2/28 JV Softball vs. Vancleave- Vancleave 7-3
2/28 Varsity Softball vs. Vancleave- Vancleave 9-6
3/1 Tennis vs. Resurrection- Resurrection 4-3
3/1 JV Baseball vs. Picayune- St. Patrick 10-2
3/1 JV Softball vs. Long Beach- Long Beach 6-2
3/1 Varsity Softball vs. Long Beach- St. Patrick 5-2
3/1 Varsity Baseball vs. Picayune- St. Patrick 4-0
3/2 JH Baseball vs. Stone- St. Patrick 8-3
3/2 JH Softball vs. Pass Christian- Pass Christian 8-1/15-0
3/3 JV Softball vs. Gautier- St. Patrick 12-0
3/3 Varsity Baseball vs. McGill-Toolen- St. Patrick 10-0
3/3 Varsity Softball vs. Gautier- St. Patrick 15-3
3/4  Men’s South State Powerlifting- 5th out of 16
3/4  Varsity Baseball vs. St. Michael- St. Patrick 6-1
3/4  First Tech Challenge State Championship- State Runner-Up (Highest Score on Record)

Congratulations to Donnie Handler on being named WXXV’s Student-Athlete of the Week. Read more here.

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th Grade LEGO Robotics Team.  Advancing to State, our team representatives were Aidan Cloud, Nicholas Gruich, Brooklyn Guymon and Camryn Britt. The team received 1st Place in Robot Performance with the highest score in the state! Watch more here.

Congratulations to this year’s Star Students and Star Teachers. Thomas Owen chose Mr. Creel as his Star Teacher and Caleb Powell chose Mrs. Tavel as his Star Teacher.


3-17: Southernettes
3-24: Biloxi Chamber of Commerce
3-24: Gulfport Chamber of Commerce
3-24: Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
3-24: Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce
3-24: USCCB Religious Essay Contest–open to juniors and seniors
3-27: La Belle Fleurs
3-31: Friends of the Ocean Springs Library
3-31: Regions Bank
3-31: Harrison County Farm Bureau
3-31: Keesler African American Heritage Essay Contest
3-31: Bleuer
3-31: HELP Grant
4–1:  George Sekul
5–5:  Civic League of Gulfport

Through Ochsner Healthy Schools and a collaboration with the Childhood Development Center, Ochsner Healthy Schools is pleased to invite you to a wonderful educational series.  The attached flyer contains a 12 part webinar series offered by the Ochsner Boh Center for Childhood Development to celebrate autism acceptance. The series is designed for parents with neurodivergent children, but can also be helpful for teachers or school employees who want to learn more about helpful strategies to support students.

The entire series is free and open to all. Please join virtually. The registration links are live here.


We are getting close to Shamrockin’ the Coast! The silent auction opens at noon on Sunday, March 12. Please kindly submit your silent auction item by the end of day on Wednesday, March 8. This will give our staff ample time to photograph your item and place it on the auction website. We look forward to hosting you on March 18 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Go Irish!