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Volleyball Report

The girl's 7th/8th volleyball team had their first game of the season Thursday, September 18th.  They faced Queen of All Saints in a very "nail-biting" match.  In the first match of the game, the score was 25-22.  There were many good passes to each girl.  In the second match, the score was 25-21, with Jackie Neely providing the winning serve.  We won!  The girl's first game was a great victory.  There were many great moments in the game.  Come to the next game and cheer St. Patrick School on!  On the team are 8th graders Sammy Devereaux and Jessica Plinovich and 7th graders Emily Krygoske, Anna Long, Jessica Maatouk, Paula Mochen, Reagan Morton, Jackie Neely, Anna Newman, and Taryn Schermer.

Our next home game is Tuesday, September 23rd in the Field House against Notre Dame School of Michigan City.

5:00 p.m- 5th grade

5:45 p.m. - 7th/8th grade

6:30 p.m. - 6th grade

by Lea Hickle

Journalism Club, St. Patrick School


Journalism Club launches

Please know that St. Patrick School has started a Journalism Club for Middle
School Students. At this time eighth graders, Lea Hickle, Mackenzie Wieglos, Nic
Frenzel, Mikaela Genetski, and Julia Miller, are the participants. This club is
open to any eighth, seventh and sixth graders who wish to join. I will be the
faculty member who facilitates the club. If you wish to join, let me know.
The club will attend extracurricular activities of the school such as sporting
events, Science Olympiad, etc., and write a report on the event. The news report
will then be posted on the school website. In some cases, video will also be part
of the report.
For example, last evening (Thursday, Sept. 18th) our girl's volleyball teams (5th
and 6th...7th and 8th) crushed Queen of All Saints. Lea Hickle was present as a
reporter and wrote a short article on the match. This Saturday, Sept. 20th, Julia
Miller will attend our Cross Country Meet and report the results. Her article will
also appear on the school website.
My thought is that this activity will not only create interest in the school's
extracurricular events, but also give these students an experience with a "school
newspaper" that could be fostered in high school and college journalism. In
addition, it will create more interest in the school website and bring school
information to the entire school community.
Again, any middle school students interested in participating, let me know.

-Mr. Rupcich


Did you see it? Were you there??

Just in case you missed Mr Rupcich doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity, here's a link to a video clip of it.  Looks like the kids enjoyed having a little fun with Mr. Rupcich!



Ice Bucket Challenge!!

Mr Rupcich recently wrote: I have been challenged! Lilian Abbett has challenged me to the ALS "ice bucket
challenge." Such ceremonious activity will take place at the flagpole in front of...

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Welcome Back

Welcome Back! The summer certainly flew by! I remember when I was in grade school the summer had a way of lasting “forever.” Clearly, those days are gone. We are very excited about this upcoming school year. And I am not just saying that…. I am happy to announce the addition of three new faculty members. First, Patrick Antone has agreed to come aboard. As some of you may be aware, Patrick was our gym teacher throughout the 2012-2013 school year as he was completing his undergraduate education and acquiring his teaching license. He is now fully licensed and will a fifth grade homeroom teacher along with Emily Strudas. Also, Mr.Antone will head up our physical education program. He has already prepared a full curriculum for grades K-8 which is well thought out and very comprehensive. I believe our students will experience one of the best elementary gym programs in Northwest Indiana. In addition, our fourth grade will also be split consisting of Carol Kalita and Dawn Gymrek. Having four teachers in these two grades allows not only smaller classes and more individualized attention, but also facilitates an interdisciplinary approach that we intend to bring to these grade levels. Each teacher will be able to “teach” in their particular area of expertise and the students will have more exposure to different substantive content and teaching styles. Of course, each student will have their own homeroom in both grades with approximately 15 students in each homeroom. Secondly, David Schuster has also agreed to join the St. Patrick Faculty in the capacity as an assistant /aide. Mr. Schuster has a degree in Physics from Purdue University and will be a tremendous help to Mrs. Hughes with the Science Olympiad Program. His presence will allow Mrs. Hughes to not only expand the program but also delve into more concentrated scientific areas which should produce more learning and perhaps a state trophy. Also, Mrs. Hughes will again teach the Robotics Program which will be taught during school hours. Mr. Schuster will also be involved in that program. Finally, I am pleased to announce that Mrs. McCullough is back on a part-time basis. Ruth and I will team up the Language /Arts program in the Middle School. I am very excited to be working directly with her. I believe that Ruth and I can continue past efforts and expand a curriculum that emphasizes literary analysis, proficiency in writing and grammar, as well as critical thinking and public speaking. Finally, I am very pleased to be working with each and every one of you. I spoke with many of you over the summer about the St. Patrick experience for students, parents and faculty. There were many good ideas, some of which are being implemented as this email is being written. A common theme throughout these summer meetings was “communication.” My father who ran a successful restaurant with 60 employees used to say, “Son, there are two essential things to running a successful business… communication and organization…and the greatest of these is communication.” Let’s communicate!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ice Cream Social, 6:30pm-8pm.


Mr. Richard Rupcich Dean of Students and Family Affairs

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If you are interested in advertising in the school directory and just have not gotten around to it, now is your chance! Please email Tina Raffin at and submit your ad today. Please forward her the information below and mail your check into the school. These directories are a great resource! Parents reference them for class sizes, teacher emails and the school calendar. Please direct any questions to Tina at 219-405-4485

Thank you!

Dear Business Owner,

St. Patrick is now offering advertising space in our school directory. This directory is a valuable resource for all of the parents, students, faculty and staff. Approximately 200 + directories will be sold and will be available at the beginning of the school year.

This is a great way to promote your business and support our school at the same time. Many families use this directory daily. Some families keep one at home and one in the car so this is a great opportunity for increased exposure for your business.

Advertising prices are as follows:

­­­Inside Full Page - $200 (this will be a full page -8 ½ x 11) or a half page available at $100.


Full block - $80 (8½ x 3)

Half block - $40 (4 ¼ x 3)

We are very excited to start working on this immediately. The deadline for advertising will be Aug. 11th. Please use the form below and return ads via email ( and the payment into the school office no later than August 15th.

Questions? Contact Tina at

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Advertising for the 2014-2015 St. Patrick School Directory

Please mail checks with this form and ad (only if it cannot be emailed) to:

St. Patrick School, 640 N. Calumet, Chesterton, IN 46304 ATTN: 2014/2015 Directory

Please email your ad to:

Contact Name:____________________Contact Phone:___________Contact Email:______________

Company Name:_____________________Company Phone:________________________________

Address:________________________City:________________State:_________Zip:___________ __

Please check the advertisement placement (circle the size if given an option):

_____Inside Full Page - $200 (full page – 8 ½ x 11) or half page available (8 ½ x 5 ½ ) at $100.

_____Inside Full Block - $80 (8½ x 3)

_____Inside Half Block - $40 (4 ¼ x 3)


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Please be reminded that registrations were due today, Thursday, August 7, 2014. We will be finalizing information for the school directory on Monday morning, August 11th. In order to ensure that the information in our system is correct and class assignments can be prepared, please return your registration information ASAP (the coral colored family information and the blue student information sheets) along with your payment. These forms were sent home at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

If you have misplaced these forms, please contact the school office.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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