St. Patrick’s turns 85, stronger than ever
By st. patrick’s school staff
ONEIDA — At St. Patrick’s School in Oneida, every school year is special, but this year in particular, the entire school community is especially joyous.
This year marks the 85th anniversary of St. Patrick’s School, and while the occasion has been an opportunity to look back, the real focus has been on the future of the school, which serves families in Madison and Oneida Counties.
“We are so pleased and proud to be celebrating our 85th anniversary this year,” said school principal Peg Brown. “But, we are even more delighted because the outlook for the future of our school is so strong!”
One important element that proves that St. Patrick’s School is stronger than ever is the accomplishment the school realized in the fall when it received full accreditation from the Middle States Association, a prestigious organization that measures how schools worldwide measure up.
To earn Middle States accreditation, a school must successfully complete an arduous process that includes an extensive self study and the school must prove it meets or exceeds 12 specific standards covering every area from academics to long-range planning. Then a team of educators from the Middle States Association spent a week at St. Patrick’s to assess the school and all that it offers to its students.
The panel that visited St. Patrick’s School was very impressed with every aspect of the school and its faculty and staff. Throughout their visit, the panel of educators remarked about what a wonderful school St. Pat’s was. They said they were impressed with the academic programs as well as the loving, nurturing and prayerful environment.
St. Patrick’s School is the only elementary school in Madison County to have earned Middle States accreditation and Brown said the entire school community is so proud to have earned this educational achievement and, she added, the fact that the accreditation came as the school was celebrating its 85th anniversary was a double blessing.
The school celebrated its anniversary with many special activities including a Mass that drew a standing-room only crowd at St. Patrick’s Church and which included all current and many past families. A dinner dance that same weekend brought many alumni and former teachers and principals back to St. Patrick’s.
Brown said the anniversary celebration was a wonderful opportunity to teach the children about the rich history of the school and the sacrifices made by those benefactors over the years who not only built the school but also contributed to its success.
“We are so blessed to continue to have so many people giving of their time, talent, resources and prayers 85 years later,” she said. “With their help and God’s help, St. Patrick’s will be educating children for many more decades to come.”