This Week at St. Patrick – Week of August 22

Dear St. Patrick Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

We begin another excellent week here at St. Patrick!

As I typed the weather forecast in the calendar section below, I could not help but notice that we are expecting thunderstorms every single day this week. For each of us, may this be a reminder that Jesus is always ready to quench our thirst, and may we always turn to Him to be filled and refreshed.

As I was finishing this email for you this weekend, this line from the book of Ezekiel comes to mind: “Wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.”

Did you know that the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest places on earth? It receives an average of only 0.6 inch of rain per year. Some places have not received any rain for more than 400 years. In 2015, however, the desert miraculously bloomed. On a single March day, thunderstorms brought nearly a full inch of rain. Seeds, dried up and dormant for years, exploded in a burst of life and color. The lifeless, dusty, and unappealing land became a place of beauty and fruitfulness. All this because water brought life to barren salty ground.

The prophet Ezekiel uses this image of life-giving water to give us a message of hope: God can bring life to our dead places. We all have dry areas in our life where we need God’s refreshing water, don’t we? Perhaps it’s a broken relationship in which hurts and misunderstandings have left us lonely or drained of love. Maybe our prayer seems dry, and it has been a long time since we have felt close to God. Or maybe someone we love is suffering, and we feel helpless to change anything and hopeless that anything will ever change.

Whatever your desert may be, know that God wants to bring his refreshing water there. Ezekiel saw this water flowing out from the Temple, God’s dwelling place. But St. Paul reminds us that we are all temples of God and that the Holy Spirit already lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). So sit quietly today. Imagine yourself stepping into a refreshing waterfall, and invite the living water of the Spirit to flow over and through you. Ask the Spirit to penetrate your dry areas and revive them. Then wait patiently on the Lord. Give him time, and trust in his love. Just like the Atacama Desert, your dry places can come to life!

So, as we experience the thunderstorms of this week, may we allow Jesus to let His living water flow through the barren parts of our hearts.

Let’s make it a great week, everyone!

Go Irish!
Dr. Matt Buckley

Psalm 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Where can we go when all the walls fall and all the armies crumble and all hope is lost? To the eternal God, who is our Father. He preserved Israel through the most difficult of times, protected the Bible from those who would eradicate it, and has led his Church through troubles and triumphs through the centuries. He will do the same with us until he brings us home to himself.

My Rock, My Hope and My Protector, I thank you for preserving my life. I thank you for hearing my cries for help and healing. I thank you for guiding my feet into ways that have been a blessing. Please, O God, stay close by as I face the stresses and challenges in my life. Through your Spirit, enable me to grow and be an example to others as I pass through life’s storm. In the name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord, I ask it. Amen.

Allen, Jojo
Blosser, Isabel
Davis, Krista
Gavin, Jayne
Gilmore, Dannica
Handler, Donnie
Lin, Jenna
Mitchell, Brooklyn
Owens, George
Rimmer, Nathan
Thriffiley, Kate
Tootle, Katelyn
Weinhofer, Cohen

Monday, August 22
Thunderstorms | 87° | 73° | 70%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
8:15am Seventh Grade Student Council Representative Applications Available
8:30am Logistics Team Meeting
2:15pm Leadership Team Meeting – Advancement
3:05pm Robotics Meeting
5pm JH Volleyball vs. Gautier (Away)

Tuesday, August 23
Thunderstorms | 79° | 74° | 82%

7:45am Student Council Meeting
1pm Junior Class Ring Presentation
3:15pm JH Cheer Practice
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. Greene County (Home)
6pm Bass Fishing Parent and Student Meeting
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Greene County (Home)

Wednesday, August 24
Thunderstorms | 80° | 72° | 88%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
3:05pm SAVE Club Meeting
3:05pm Choir Practice
5pm JH Volleyball vs. Creekbend (Home)
6pm College Financial Aid Informational Session (Juniors and Seniors + Parents)

Thursday, August 25
Scattered Thunderstorms | 83° | 72° | 58%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today, and students should dress in their liturgy uniform including blazers and ties.
7:30am Choir Practice
7:45am National Junior Honor Society Meeting
8:30am Makeup School Pictures
9:40am Mass + Campus Ministry Team Commissioning
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
3:05pm Arts and Crafts Meeting
3:30pm Seventh Grade Student Council Representative Applications Due
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. West Marion (Home)
6pm JH Football vs. Magnolia (Away)
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. West Marion (Home)

Friday, August 26
Scattered Thunderstorms | 85° | 72° | 58%

7:45am Science Honor Society Meeting
8:45am Lockdown Drill
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
7:30pm Varsity Football vs. Resurrection (Away)

Saturday, August 27
Scattered Thunderstorms | 86° | 73° | 58%

8am Swim – Coastal Invitational @ Biloxi
8am Interact Club/Key Club – Bridge Walk

Monday | Hot Lunch: country style chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, 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

Tuesday | Hot Lunch: hamburger rice casserole, green beans, 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

Wednesday | Hot Lunch: chicken and cheese quesadilla, santa fe rice, fiesta 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-n-dumplings, green beans, cranberry sauce, 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: cajun barbeque sausage on bun, macaroni and cheese, baked beans; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

We are excited to begin our third full week of school for the 2022-23 school year!  It continues to be an excellent start to our school year!

We thoroughly enjoyed getting to see all of our parents last Wednesday at Meet the Teacher night! Thank you for taking the time to get to know your child’s teachers and a little bit about the courses they are teaching.

Each week, our leadership team reviews all the modules in Canvas and provides feedback to our teachers. If you ever have any questions about your child’s Canvas module, please reach out to us.

Please remind your child of the importance of being fully attentive and focused during their instructional periods so they may receive the most out of what is being presented.

The leadership team has also begun our classroom observations. Observations are used to ensure effective instruction is taking place every day in each class, and that all our students are positively engaged in instruction. At least six teachers are observed each week with each teacher receiving feedback.

All teachers have created a virtual course link which can be found on the syllabus page of their course in Canvas. This is the link students will access when they are meeting with a teacher virtually for outside of class tutoring. Please contact your child’s teacher or look at the tutoring and remediation portion of the syllabus to see when the teacher will be online.

We have implemented our schoolwide discipline plan in accordance with our student handbook. If your child receives a discipline referral, you will always be emailed a copy of the discipline referral with the description of the infraction and the consequences. You will receive an email even if the consequence is a warning. Consequences are listed as “sanctions” on the discipline email. If your child is assigned a detention, you will always be provided a twenty-four hour notice to make arrangements – detention is from 3:05 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. in room 206. ISS is housed in the front office and is during the full school day, 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students who are assigned ISS may not attend or participate in any school activity until they are in good standing which means they have been out of ISS for a full seven periods.

All students should have checked out their textbooks from the library media center as of last Friday, August 19.  These are the books students will keep at home for homework and studying. Students will use a classroom set of books in class so that they do not have to bring their books to and from school.  

All ninth through twelfth grade students should bring their Chromebook, fully charged, to school each day. Students’ laptops are required for use in and out of each of their classes.

We are now in full swing with the 2022-23 school year, with the majority of our clubs and fall sports having already met or played.

Our JH and Varsity Volleyball programs have a big week coming up, with home games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Come out and support our teams!

JH Football begins its season on Thursday at Magnolia. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

Our first regular season Varsity Football game is Friday vs. Resurrection. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and will be played at Gautier High School. Come support your Fighting Irish!

Swim will compete in the Coastal Invitational at the Biloxi Natatorium on Saturday. The team looks to continue building on its strength from last week’s showing!

Please make sure to follow the school calendar for our club listings during the week, as we have many offerings available.

The Bass Fishing meeting was a success with over twenty students and their parents attending. If interested, please make sure you attend this week’s meeting with Mr. Acosta for any further information.

Letterman Jacket and Sweater order forms are due on August 31.  Our Balfour representative will be here to fit students during lunch on that day.

Improvements are currently in the works for the campus through a variety of projects, so please be on the lookout as we continue to strive to make St. Patrick the best that it can be, both on the inside and out.

Students who missed school picture day will retake their photos this Thursday, August 25. Those who would like to purchase a photo package may do so at this link. For the “online code” field, please enter your child’s lunch ID number.

We are excited about our second annual Grandparents Day Breakfast coming up on September 9. If you would like your grandparents to attend, please register here.

The St. Patrick Varsity Football Team was featured on WXXV 25 for their 25 Teams in 25 Days segment.

We are gearing up for our College and Career Fair on September 14. If you are interested in setting up a vendor booth please contact Mrs. Williams or Mrs. Wilkinson to RSVP your space.

📸 Photo Gallery: Schoolwide Mass on Thursday, August 18

St. Patrick juniors, seniors, and parents are invited to our College Financial Aid Information Session this Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. A representative from Get 2 College, Mollie McCarroll, will join us to discuss college planning, financial aid options, and scholarship eligibility requirements.

Students and parents may wonder about the role that ACT scores play in college admissions. There are many reasons students should always put forth their best effort on the ACT test. Several of the reasons are discussed below.  According to the ACT website and various college admissions experts, higher education institutions use scores to help predict overall academic success of a prospective student and to address other factors needed during admissions and enrollments, such as:

  • Admissions decisions: ACT scores, high school grades, out-of-class accomplishments, and future plans help admissions officials identify applicants who can benefit most from their programs.

  • Course placement: Colleges take into account individual strengths and weaknesses as they place students in first-year courses. A student’s results on the ACT, academic background, and high school grades might be used to determine if advanced or remedial courses would be most appropriate for the student.

  • Scholarships and loans: Some scholarship and loan agencies may use results from the ACT information to identify qualified candidates. The student’s ACT score report, along with high school grades and other activities, help the agencies evaluate applications for scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial assistance.

Many of you have already answered the call to advance our mission in special ways, and we are grateful.

We are excited to launch our 2022-23 Luck of the Irish Raffle presented by C.F. Gollott & Son, our school-wide fall fundraiser! The Luck of the Irish Raffle supports all of our athletic teams and student activities at St. Patrick Catholic High School. This fundraiser takes the place of all individual sport and club fundraising.

Instead of each athletic team and extracurricular program raising their own funds, creating many different fundraisers at the school, St. Patrick focuses on two unified fundraising efforts to keep the cost of tuition as low as possible – our Luck of the Irish Raffle and Shamrockin’ the Coast. As one of only two fundraisers, monies raised through the Luck of the Irish Raffle are a critical supplement to ensure students at St. Patrick have uniforms, transportation, materials, and the equipment they need to be successful in athletics and extracurricular activities.

Every student and staff member who sells a booklet of tickets (10 tickets total) will be allowed to dress in spirit wear (St. Patrick shirt, jeans, and any closed-toe shoes) every Friday throughout the school year.

Our goal for the 2022-23 school year is to raise $150,000 through the Luck of the Irish Raffle. To accomplish this goal, we are counting on each student to sell at least 1 booklet of tickets (10 total tickets). When you sell a booklet, your hard work provides resources for over 50 different programs at St. Patrick.

Check your mailbox for raffle tickets this week. Get a head start and sell your tickets online. You may find the link to Luck of the Irish Raffle tickets here: Buy or Sell Luck of the Irish Raffle Tickets.

Have you joined the St. Patrick Gold Club yet?  Members of the Gold Club are some of our biggest fans and supporters of the Irish Fund. When you join the Gold Club, you give to ensure students at St. Patrick Catholic High School have all they need to be successful in our athletic programs and extracurricular activities.  As we continue to support champions, we know you’ll be at the tailgate and in the bleachers cheering on our student-athletes!  You may find the link to the Gold Club membership form here: Join the Irish Fund’s Gold Club.

Become a strategic partner – we are still accepting stadium sign sponsorships! Fall program ad orders have closed.  Our annual sports and activities program and stadium sign advertisements offer a great opportunity to advertise businesses, spotlight family and alumni legacies, or honor a student-athlete with a special message. The money raised from these ads and signage benefit all of our student-athletes at St. Patrick. Student-athletes and parents may find the link to the athletic ads and stadium signage form here: Athletic Program and Stadium Signage Form.