Athletic Program Information and Registration
Athletics are an important part of the total educational experience at Saint Patrick School and an extension of the academic curriculum. Participation in sports contributes to the physical, social, emotional, and moral development of the students. Therefore, the development of student-athletes is an important goal of the Saint Patrick Parish Athletic Association.
The Athletic Association currently administers six athletic activities for students of the School and children in the Parish. All properly enrolled and age-qualified children who express a desire to compete in a sport will be given an opportunity to participate on an inter-parish team.
All athletic programs follow PIAA rules and regulations. To review these rules and regulations, visit the PIAA website.
Soccer Co-Ed (5th – 8th grades)
Volleyball Co-Ed (6th – 8th grades)
Cross Country Co-Ed (7th-8th grades)
Basketball – Boys & Girls teams (3rd – 8th grades)
Cheerleading – Girls (4th – 8th grades)
Track and Field – Boys and Girls teams (3rd – 8th grades)
Meeting dates and times are scheduled one year in advance. Please consult the current school year’s calendar for more information. Activity or club advisers also provide additional details prior to the first meeting date.
- Chess Club (3rd – 8th grades)
- Dungeons & Dragons (6th – 8th grade)
- Math Counts (6th – 8th grades)
- Math 24 Club (4th & 5th grades)
- National History Day (NHD) (7th & 8th grade)
- Quiz Bowl (6th – 8th grades)
- Robotics (6th – 8th grades)
- Science Club (4th – 5th grade)
- Student Council (4th – 8th grade)
- Technology Team (7th & 8th grade)
- Yearbook Club (8th grade)
- Altar Servers (5th – 8th grade)
- Peer Mediation (5th – 8th grade)
- Band (4th – 8th grades)
- Choir (4th – 8th grades)
- Drama (6th – 8th grades)
- Triple Trio (7th & 8th grade)
Technology is an ever-changing part of our school environment. Through fundraising with our annual Race for Education and other donations, we are able to provide our students and teachers with current educational technology tools. To learn more about Saint Patrick School’s current Educational Technology Plan, please view the document here.
Digital Citizenship (Internet Safety & Netiquette)
Internet and network security are a high priority for our school community. Procedures and technology are in place to keep student, faculty and sensitive information safe, while still allowing the free flow of data throughout the school. Saint Patrick School has created an environment safe for learning in this highly interconnected, digital world. A signed Educational Technology and Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy for each student and guardian must be on file in order to use technology on school premises. These forms are available here for your reference.
In addition, all students are taught a Digital Citizenship Curriculum during computer class throughout the school year. These concepts are reinforced by all teachers anytime students use technology anywhere in the school.
The Educational Technology Classroom (Computer Lab)
- Interactive whiteboard and projector
- Computers/Laptops with Windows 7 and 10 Operating Systems
- G Suite (Grades 3 through 8 and staff)
- Microsoft Office 2010
- High-speed Internet, hardwired and wireless throughout the school
- Educational software and online resources that reinforce core subject areas (ILA, Math, Social Studies, Science – STREAM), and keyboarding (typing) tutorials
Educational Technology Throughout the School
Each classroom at Saint Patrick School is equipped with several student computer workstations with secure high-speed Internet access. This allows teachers to enhance their daily lessons with technology and students to have access to computers on days they do not have the opportunity to visit the computer lab classroom.
All K-8 classrooms are also equipped with mounted ceiling projectors and interactive whiteboards. These interactive presentation tools give the teachers a new way of presenting information, as well as adding a creative and exciting element to the classroom.
Over the last few years we have increased the number of mobile technology devices throughout the school. We currently have class sets of 5 iPads used for centers in K through 3 classrooms (new 2016-17); 1 Set of 15 iPads available for sign-out (new 2016-17); 1 mobile laptop cart with 28 Lenovo Windows 10 laptops (new 2015-16); and 1 mobile tablet cart with 26 Lenovo Android Tablets. These mobile devices add additional opportunities to enhance learning.
Incorporating the instruction and use of varied technologies throughout the school is an effective way to keep our students up-to-date on the demands of modern society.
Television Studio and Weather Station
One element of Saint Patrick School that enhances the learning environment is the on-site Television Studio. Built in the summer of 2002, the Clover Studio houses a fully-operational television production studio. Complete with engineering equipment and blue screen technology, the students use the school’s closed-circuit broadcasting system to produce a daily news program.
Every school day begins with a 5- to 10- minute news program, including a daily prayer, meeting times for specific events, daily schedule updates, weather and other noteworthy current events. The Television Studio is maintained and managed by the Director of Technology while the daily operation is managed by 7th & 8th grade students who fill the duties of sound/video engineer, script teleprompter, meteorologist, and anchors. A rotating schedule ensures that all interested students have the opportunity to participate in one or more roles in the tv studio.
Each student takes an active role in the production of a news broadcast. Our blue-screen technology allows the students to produce a weather segment that rivals most local news stations. Complete with projected maps and radar (borrowed from Internet sources) and an animated 3-day forecast, the students get a feel for the use of blue screens in the world of television. Conveniently, Saint Patrick School is an Automated Weather Source used by local news stations like ABC27 in Harrisburg. We act as a satellite weather station, which provides real-time meteorological data and statistics. Incorporating this information with our news broadcast provides the students with a real-life educational experience.
Cafeteria – School Lunch Program
Students may bring a lunch to school or purchase a meal in the cafeteria. Milk and water are available for purchase. Monthly menus are available on the school Website. Lunch decisions may be made by students on a day-to-day basis. Metz Culinary Management is our food service provider.
Here are some fun facts about the SPS cafeteria:
- Fresh fruit and veggies are offered every day as part of the meal
- We are now selling Almond Milk for $1.50 and KIND bars for $2.25 ~ ask for this at the food counter
- We only sell “SMART snacks” which are USDA approved
- Parents are able to limit purchases or restrict items ~ send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests
- Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept credit cards for lunch account payments. Other payment options are using your checking account or sending a check in to the office.
- Every parent must set up an online account to link to their student’s account (whether you are paying online or sending a check in.) this is so you can track purchases and set up low balance notification emails. The school will no longer be sending balance reminders.
We now use an automated purchasing and accounting system, Food Service Solutions. Parents are asked to deposit funds into their school lunch account at https://www.myschoolaccount.com/, which is debited as students purchase lunches, drinks or other a la carte items.
Current Lunch Prices (as of 2020-2021 school year): Students: $2.85 Reduced: $0.40 Adults: $3.50
Lunch Duty Volunteers
Each family is expected to help with lunch duty at least three times a year. If your family is having trouble fulfilling this responsibility due to work schedules or other commitments, you may ask aunts, uncles, grandparents or friends to fulfill this duty on your behalf. Each grade is assigned a month, and volunteer requests generally go out from the grade’s homeroom parent, using the “Time To Sign Up” method. Families are welcome to help with more than three shifts a year and are encouraged to watch for any late-breaking openings that tend to arise. Lunch duty is from 10:30 a.m. to noon on a typical day, and involves either helping students purchase items using our computerized lunch program or distributing condiments, as well as wiping down tables between lunch shifts. Two lunch duty helpers are required per day. **Volunteer clearances are not necessary to help with lunch duty.
Service to Others
The following guidelines address our Service to Others program:
1. Students in the 7th and 8th grades will perform 15 hours of service each school year. The hours are to be completed in the trimester they are recorded and will be 5 hours per trimester. Five hours from the previous summer may be carried over into the first trimester of the new school year, e.g. volunteering at vacation bible school.
2. Service opportunities will be discussed with the students. Students should consult with their Religion teacher about opportunities that are not discussed in class.
3. Part of being in a family is to help each other. Therefore, service to others should be focused on helping those outside our family. Chores such as yard work, house cleaning, and babysitting for immediate and extended family members are expected as a contributing member of a family. However, these types of activities (unpaid) for a neighbor or for a community event are acceptable.
4. Volunteering at most non-profit organizations like the Carlisle Area Family Life Center, Project Share, the Salvation Army, etc. are acceptable. Students are encouraged to volunteer at a variety of organizations in order to experience different ministries. Volunteering at a for-profit organization will usually not be acceptable although there may be some exceptions, e.g. the Carlisle hospital, nursing homes. Please check with the religion teacher beforehand.
5. Involvement in the Mass (altar server, choir, usher, etc.) is part of being an involved parishioner. However, one hour per trimester of Mass support can be counted.
6. Most hours that count for Confirmation service hours will also be acceptable for school service to others when consistent with this guidance.
7. Service to others will be documented on a form provided by the religion teacher. You may also download the form here: