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MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER - December 4, 2017
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,

With each new week since having joined the Mercy community, I experience more of the unique traditions, talents and celebratory accomplishments that underscore why a Mercy education makes a difference.

One of the most impressive events recently shared throughout our student body is Ethnic Bazaar. This annual celebration of the diverse music, dance, food, and song is truly a Mercy treasure as we continue to explore the Sisters of Mercy call to this year's theme of Who is Our Neighbor?

The energy at Mercy abounds across athletics where we celebrate our Swim and Dive Team State Champions, to the outstanding performances by our cast and crew of the fall Anne of Green Gables theater production, and the model student programs Mercy shares within the broader community. Our Link Crew program, a student leader project for incoming students who are mentored by upper classwomen to support a successful transition, is stellar. Under the guidance of counselor Mrs. Trish Brown, we share our best practices with other schools; and next fall will host the regional Link Crew conference. The Mercy student iWizards group is recognized by MANS (Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools) as a model student led technology support program. Mr. Larry Baker was invited to present at the December MANS Technology Gathering to other educators interested in establishing student centered technology initiatives.

We are also excited to share the news that our Mercy family has expanded! Math teacher Mrs. Christa Polan and her husband Geoff welcomed their son, Axel Graham Polan into the world on November 5th. Mrs. Erin Somerville (Advancement Office) and her husband John welcomed John Marshall Somerville Jr. on November 10th. Both moms and their babies are happy and healthy!

Academic News
Club Competitions: CyberPatriots is an educational program created by the U.S. Air Force to promote and encourage cybersecurity and other STEM related professions. Kudos to our newly established Mercy CyberPatriot team who competed in their first online Cyber security competition, scoring 170.9 out of a possible 222 points.

The Mercy junior varsity Quiz Bowl team recently won all three games in a competition against Country Day, Brother Rice, and University of Detroit Jesuit. The team is currently undefeated and ranked at the top of their division! Our varsity Quiz Bowl team played three tough games against U of D, Country Day, and Farmington, in a hard fought challenge. Mercy also has two novice Quiz Bowl teams this year, the Maroon team and the Gold team. Both novice teams won two of their three games, and our Mercy Maroon team is in second place within their division.

Final Exams: As we approach the end of the first semester, please encourage your student to pace themselves in preparation of final exams, and to communicate with teachers over any missing work that may still be accepted. Our Final Exam schedule is as follows:

 

Wednesday, December 20

1st hour    8:30 - 9:50 am

2nd hour 10:00 - 11:20 am

Thursday, December 21
3rd hour    8:30 - 9:50 am

4th hour  10:00 - 11:20 am

5th hour  11:30 - 12:50 pm
Friday, December 22

6th hour    8:30 - 9:50 am

7th hour 10:00 - 11:20 am


Health and Safety
CPR Training Update: We are immensely grateful to the Farmington Hills Fire Department for their support in helping us to ensure the health and safety of our students. CPR training is now incorporated into our Health class for all sophomore students. 9 of our staff members have become certified American Heart Association instructors in order to support this student initiative, as well as to CPR train our staff.

Family Emergency Training Opportunity: An unfortunate current reality is the need for immediate medical response in the event of a violent situation, and in-house training will be provided to our staff. The Farmington HIlls Fire Department also encourages all of our families to become empowered to react in the event of a bleeding emergency. Stop the Bleed is a national campaign launched in response to multiple mass casualty events. Local training for the general public is available on Saturday, December 9 at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington HIlls. This free training session is available in four one-hour increments throughout the day. Sessions begin at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, and noon. Visit here to register.

Catholic Identity
All Saints Day Mass: During this all school Mass, we prayed for the deceased members throughout our community. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one this year, please know that you and your family were in our special prayers during the liturgy. At this Mass, we also had the opportunity to bless our many students who exhibit leadership through Link Crew, National Honor Society, Language Honors Society, Clubs, Human Relations Council, Student Government, retreat leaders, pastoral ministers, liturgical ministers and all others who exercise leadership skills.

Our Youth Mercy Associates: During the Immaculate Conception Liturgy on December the 8th we will be holding our annual commitment ceremony of the Youth Mercy Association, honoring a group of students who are dedicated to service, prayer, faith and love. We selected to acknowledge our Youth Mercy Associates on this day to correspond with the Foundation Day of the Sisters of Mercy - who celebrate 190 years this year!

The following girls will be making their first one year commitment as Youth Mercy Associates:
Kauai Johnson - '18
Madeline Gwinn - '18
Alexis Dickie ' - 20

Making their re-commitment as Youth Mercy Associates, are:
Brooke O'Brien - '18
Sarah Pegler - '18
Danielle McClain - '18

Becoming a Youth Mercy Associate is a year long process with a need to fulfill requirements including planning and leading a prayer service, completing a community service project, reading a book about faith, attending a special faith-filled event, and regularly attending group meetings. Please join us in praying for these young ladies as they model the Mercy values and mission.

Focus: HOPE: Thank you for supporting our Thanksgiving Focus: HOPE Food Drive. Aside from the donated food and supplies, together we donated $4,192.00 for low income seniors in need this holiday season.

Sanctum House: Our very own Farmington Hills based Sisters of Mercy along with other partners in southeast Michigan, opened Sanctum House in November - a refuge for victims of human trafficking. This two-year residential treatment program offers medical and psychological treatment, and an opportunity to better develop basic life skills in order for victims to transform their lives. Additionally sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit, the University of Detroit Mercy, Trinity Health Care, and Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, this program is the first of it's kind in the region dedicated to adult women. Volunteer opportunities and requested donations are listed on the organization's website at sanctumhouse.org.

As you can see, there are many reasons to be proud of our school. As our Mercy students remind us during daily announcements, " it's not what it is, but what it can become." Thank you for allowing us to support your daughter as she becomes a woman who makes a difference!

May God's Grace and Blessings be in your path,
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Patricia Sattler
Principal
Join us for Mass at Mercy
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:15am 
 
You are invited to Mercy High School for our Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Friday, December 8th at 10:15am in the Auditorium. Worship with us as we celebrate this special day and induct our new Youth Mercy Associates.
STATE CHAMPIONS!


CONGRATS SWIM & DIVE TEAM! Mercy won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 Girls Swimming & Diving Championship with an outstanding State meet November 18 at Oakland University. In celebration, we all enjoyed an extended Thanksgiving vacation. Way to go, Marlins!
Mothers Club
Join us for our December Mothers Club Meeting!

TONIGHT! Monday, December 4, 2017
6:30pm
Mercy Media Center

All Mercy moms are invited and encouraged to attend! It will be a quick agenda with plenty of time to mingle and enjoy a holiday meal together. If you signed up for Adopt-A-Family for Lighthouse, please bring your items to the meeting. Remember, they must be unwrapped.

Agenda:
- Collection of Lighthouse Adopt A Family items
- Update on Mercy Mothers Club Spirit Wear
- January blanket-making meeting 

It's a Mercy tradition that each class take a turn hosting our monthly dinner meetings. We appreciate your time and effort (and your delicious food!). Our December theme is "Feliz Navidad" and is hosted by the senior moms. Senior moms please click here for the Sign-Up Genius

Feel free to reach out to the MMC with any questions at mercymomsclub@gmail.com.
Dads Club
MERCY DADS CLUB MONTHLY EVENT

Join other Mercy Dads for some Christmas cheer at our next monthly event Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. We will focus on Christmas gifts for women and decorate the cafeteria. Hope to see you there!

MDC 500 RAFFLE
 
Congrats to the December 1 Early Bird Raffle Drawing Winner Ron Rapson (father of Ryann '18); Designation: Mercyaires.
 
Grand Prize Drawing Friday, December 22
1st Prize $10,000
2nd Prize $3,000
3rd Prize $1,000
 
What could you use the winnings for? Pay off your Christmas bills! Plan a winter break vacation to go skiing or someplace sunny and warm! Great odds...only 500 tickets are sold.

Buy your tickets here!

If you have any questions, please contact mercydadsclub@mhsmi.org. Thank you for your support and good luck.

CHILI COOK-OFF RESULTS
 
Congratulations to the winners of the first annual chili cook-off:
1st - Todd Williams
2nd - Paul Rzepecki
3rd - John Schultz
 
WE NEED YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
 
The Mercy Dads Club supports two major events during the school year -  the Family Bonfire held in the fall and the upcoming Family Liturgy and Breakfast held in late winter. Everyone in the Mercy Community is invited to these events. We ask you to save the date for the Family Liturgy and Mass Sunday, February 11, 2018. More info coming soon.
Mercy Multi-touch Book Now Available 
Mercy is proud to announce our 'Education and Technology at Mercy High School Michigan' Multi-touch book is now available at the iBooks Store!
 
This Multi-touch book was submitted with our application to be an Apple Distinguished School. The program required two major application components:
  1. Mercy had to commit to 85% of its teachers becoming Apple Distinguished Teachers
  2. The school had to submit a multi-touch book which addressed five different areas of innovation using technology.
Student & School Successes
Quiz Bowl- Mrs. Lauren Marquard and Mrs. Ann Lusch are coaching the Quiz Bowl team this year, along with parent volunteer Mr. Ken Wolffe (father of Emily Wolffe '14). The first meet of the year was held on November 14, and all teams competed vigorously.  Mercy's JV team is currently undefeated and sitting at the top of their division!  We would like to congratulate all of our competitors, and we wish them best of luck for the rest of the 2017-2018 season!

Varsity 
Yasmine Ayar '18
Mary Dunstone '18
Joelle Joyner '18
Colleen Thomson '19

Junior Varsity
Grace Kruse '20
Morgan Leake '20
Lili Omilian '20
Emilia Puda '20
Rachel Vinarcik '20

Novice
Anushka Basani '21
Alex Beverly '21
Jewel Mansur '21
Olivia Milosevich '21
Hailey Odish '21
Ever Robak '21
Sophia Tesic '21
Lydia Walsh '21
Bravo to the cast and crew of "Anne of Green Gables" for a wonderful fall production!

Read Observer article here.  

On Sunday, November 19th, the Mercy Mimes and Mercyaires entertained at The Rainbow Connection's "Celebration of Dreams" charity event which included a silent auction, a children's fashion show and a gala dinner. The event was held at San Marino Club in Troy. The Rainbow Connection, founded by L. Brooks Patterson in 1980, fulfills the special dreams of Michigan children fighting for their lives.  

Megan Driver '20, Morgan Leake '20, Madison Payne '21, and Nyah Williams '20 along with Mrs. Tarplin attended the Giant Step Teen Conference at Wayne State University. Teens from across southeast Michigan met an array of diverse and interesting peers to learn respect and acceptance.



All Things French
French 2 House Projects from Around the World
Madame Campbell's French 2 students recently decorated her classroom with 40 original design architectural creations of authentic French homes from around the Francophone world. Each student was assigned a region from the French speaking world to research using actual real estate listings from French websites. Once the student found a home they would like to build, its location was found using google earth and google street view. A real estate listing was written by the students in French and shared with members of the class. The homes had to be built, decorated artistically and culturally authentic, with all rooms and furniture labeled in French to reinforce the vocabulary of the lesson. Students used the Tinkercad program and our 3D MakerBot replicator printer in the media center to make at least 1 piece of furniture in the homes. Most homes have many floors and some roofs come off to display the detailed furnishings and interiors of the many rooms included. The homes built by the students are very authentic and demonstrate hours of dedicated hard work which surpassed all expectations. The homes are used in an oral assessment in which the students role play prospective real estate agents and potential buyers using French to negotiate the sale or lease of the property, based on a particular need and situation given in class. This was a fun project and made learning French relevant and functional! Come find your dream home in our Parade of French Homes from around the world from France, Louisiane, Sénégal, Saint-Martin, Québec, Madagascar to Tahiti and French Polynesia.
National French Week
French Week 2017 had two main highlights this year: 85 French students visited Cuisine, a French Restaurant in Detroit, and savored authentic French cuisine prepared for them by Chef Paul. Students enjoyed a choice of salade de betteraves or soupe d'asperges aux noisettes as an entrée followed by either cordon bleu de poulet, truite au four, or aubergine farcie de ratatouille as the plat principal. Of course, the pièce de résistance was the dessert , gateau huile d'olive or sorbet de fraises et framboises. Chef Paul also spoke to the girls about his culinary training in France with the famous French chefs. The French students were accompanied by parents, staff and Mrs. Sattler joined the students for the first time and impressed them with her French! Yes, she speaks French! It was a very enjoyable evening enjoyed by all who attended.
 
The French 3 students enjoyed a special field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts to see the fabulous "Monet Framing Life" exhibit thanks to the kindness and generosity of Mrs. Nancy Barr who helped Madame Campbell to organize the day for the students. Mrs. Barr (parent of Avalon (2019) Co-Chief Curator; Dept. Head Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Curator of Photography, arranged the bus transportation for the students, as well as an introduction to the exhibit as well as a docent tour of the other French art work and furnishings in the museum. She also reserved a special room in the museum for the students to enjoy their lunch and share their impressions about the exhibit with each other. The students particularly enjoyed the interactive dinner table of a French meal located in the French section of the museum. The students returned to school and engaged in a discussion of the exhibit from a worksheet prepared by Madame Campbell. It was an enjoyable day and we thank Madame Barr for her willingness to help make it a memorable experience for the students.
Passport to France Program
 
Madame Campbell was just recently notified by Dr. Dan Noren that her presentation at the Michigan World Language Conference on Mercy's Passport to France Program was rated in the top 5 presentations at the State Conference. The session was attended by over 25 teachers from across the State who wanted to learn how to create a successful French Immersion Program in their school or to adapt a portion of the program and make it an individual project for a virtual learning lesson in class. This program is one of a kind and we are proud to have it here at Mercy. It is very popular and a favorite activity of the current French students since they host the middle school students who perhaps shadowed during the school year or attended one of the open houses. The program once again will take place on February 24, 2018. Madame Campbell also traveled to Nashville, Tennessee for the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages as a member of the Michigan Delegation representing teachers in Oakland County.
Auction 2018


Join us at an upcoming Gift Gathering Party! Want a chance to meet new friends, have a fun evening and help support the Mercy Auction all at the same time? Generous and gracious hosts are opening their homes to provide a warm and welcoming opportunity for you to become acquainted with other Marlin parents while collecting donated items for the Auction. Click here for dates and RSVP info.

Donate & Advertise! Successful auctions always depend on fabulous gifts. Check out the auction wish list of suggested donation ideas. If every family obtained one gift for the auction, we would have more items than ever before! Acquisition contracts available online here. Please bring donations to the school by January 31st. Do you have a product or service not conducive for bidding? Advertise! From business card to full page color sizes we have a spot for all. Advertising contracts are available online  here.
 
 
Save the Date! Click here for all things Auction and join us on Saturday, February 24, 2018 for a night of fun, food and friends at St. Mary Cultural Center in Livonia.

Please contact Olivia Hanna in the Special Events Office at 248-893-3535 or ohanna@mhsmi.org with any questions. Thank you for supporting the Mercy High School 39th Annual Auction! 
Latest and Greatest from the Alumnae Office
Accent on Mercy Alumnae Podcasts
 
Catch up with Mercy Alumnae Making a Difference! Mr. Larry Baker, Associate Principal Operations, serves as host of this new and very interesting podcast series!
Check out interviews with Linda Holliday '75, Lynn Margherio '84, Crystal Caruana Sullivan '88, Judi Rosowski Engel '91, Amy Sill Iacobell '93, Kelly Stirling McSweeney '93, Cari Curtiss Marino '95, Brandi Barton '98, Julie Jackoes Koehler '01, Julia Siciliano Trevino '01, Bridget O'Donnell '05, Jennifer Paxton '08, Gabriela Santiago-Romero '10, and Amy Nabozny '12.

Subscribe to " Accent on Mercy Alumnae" on Apple Podcasts so you don't miss upcoming interviews! Thank you to sponsors Jacokes Communications and Mercy Tech Talk.
Download New Mercy Mobile App!
 NOW AVAILABLE for iPhone/iPad and Android!
 
Stay up to date this school year with Mercy on the go! The all-new
Mercy High School MI App allows students, staff, parents, alumnae and supporters quick access to the latest Mercy news, events, activities and announcements. Receive notifications, sign-up for e-newsletters, upload a photo, submit a prayer request, view calendars and connect to Mercy social media. 
 
Please note the previous App version is no longer compatible and should be deleted from your device. Be sure to download this new version of the Mercy App today! You can also search Mercy High School MI in the App store.
 
 
Go Marlins!


CONGRATS to Volleyball who captured the District and Regional Championships and played in the MHSAA Class A semifinals! What an amazing season!

MIVCA Honors
All-State: First Team
Jess Mruzik
All-State: Third Team
Lauren Hunter
All-Region
Logan Beyer
Lauren Hunter
Jess Mruzik


Cheer on all your Marlins sports teams! Check the athletics calendar and even get driving directions. Our athletes are always making headlines. Read some sports features here.
College Bound Athletes
What an achievement to play a sport at the college level! Big CONGRATULATIONS to our senior college bound Marlin athletes: Brooke Madak - Basketball, Siena Heights; Anna Dixon - Softball, Hillsdale; Alexa Rybicki - Diving, University of Pennsylvania; Mya Loniewski - Swimming, University of Maryland (Baltimore Cty); Kendall Goit - Swimming, University of Pittsburgh; Katie Minnich - Swimming, University of Michigan . Good luck, girls!
 
Winter sports are underway and spring registration is soon to follow, so please submit your athletic forms and physicals digitally. This will allow you to update from year-to-year with a few clicks. 


Having trouble scanning and uploading? You can do it right from your phone!  Try Adobe's Scan App.

If you completed your Privit Profile already, you are set until the 2018-19 school year! If you already turned in a paper physical, it will be uploaded to your account. If you have any questions, please kmscalzi@mhsmi.org.
Archery Team
Registration going on now for Archery!
 
Want to try archery? Last year, 43 students participated on Mercy's archery team. There are no cuts and beginners are welcome! This is run through the city of Farmington Hills, so please note that you should mail, fax, or walk-in your registration to the Costick Center located next door to the Mercy High School campus. All archery activity is conducted at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills. Click here for all the registration information.  
Christmas Concert
Mercy Performing Arts Department will host their annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm in the Auditorium. Join us for some wonderful sounds of the season featuring Glee, the Mercyaires & Orchestra. Tickets $5.
LORE
LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK ADS! The LORE Yearbook Staff is busy editing pages and you still have an opportunity to reserve an ad for your daughter! This is an excellent way to offer congratulations and to recognize your daughter's efforts in high school with a personal message. Ads can either be purchased and designed at yearbookordercenter.com using code 13826 or sent to the Lore staff using the ad order form PDF found here. We extended the deadline and all ad materials and payment are due by December 8. Questions? Please e-mail the yearbook staff at mercylore@mhsmi.org.  
 
Order your copy of LORE - If you haven't yet reserved what is sure to be another prize-winning yearbook, do it today. We will be finalizing our book order with the publisher soon. Make sure your daughter is guaranteed a record of not only her memories but the stories of all students who walk Mercy's halls. Yearbooks are $70 and available online at yearbookordercenter.com. Type in code 13826 to be directed to Mercy's page. Yearbooks can also be purchased through Mrs. Hallie Smith.
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
Semester Dates & Policies - All students and parents received an email with pertinent dates, details, deadlines for the end of the semester. Please click here for all the info.

Senior Parents - The Class of 2018 receives a lot of information in regards to upcoming activities, events, and deadlines. Stay connected to the Class of 2018 web page for all the info: mhsmi.org/mercy-life/student-activities/class-2018.

MOSAIC in your Mailbox - The Fall 2017 issue of the Mercy Mosaic magazine is in the mail and posted online here. Be sure to check out features on the Legacy of Mercy, 2016-17 Honor Roll of Donors, student written articles about Mrs. Sattler and Fr. Jerry and other Mercy moments.

AmazonSmile Program - You can contribute to Mercy every time you shop at Amazon. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Mercy High School whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Click here to get started.  

Father / Daughter DANCE - Dads and daughters be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Daddy & Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8pm at Mercy hosted by the junior class. New this year...it will be open to alumnae and their dads as well!  Tickets will be available for purchase soon online as well as at school. Contact Mrs. Perry, paperry@mhsmi.org, or Mrs. Shea, cashea@mhsmi.org, with questions.

Student Directory - Please note that the student directory of Mercy families is available for parents in PowerSchool. After login, please see the line link at top which reads, " Click here to access the student directory."
Snapshot of Mercy
Ethnic Bazaar 2017
Ethnic Bazaar is long-standing Mercy tradition which highlights the diversity of Mercy through song, dance, poetry, prayer, food, and fashion. Everyone at Mercy takes pleasure in this special day to honor, educate, and incorporate different ethnicities. Human Relations Council proudly presented Ethnic Bazaar "We are the World" on November 17th. The Drama Studio was packed with cheering students and proud parents watching the wonderful performances. #WeAreMercy
If you have any questions or want to submit information for the Mercy MEMO, please contact jhearle@mhsmi.org. Want even more? Click the school year calendar and the Mercy web site. And don't miss all of the latest Mercy In The News articles. Check out the current announcements and browse the home page links to see what's happening at Mercy.
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