MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER - June 5, 2018 
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,
 
We have come full circle in the school year with final exams completed, student accomplishments recognized through the Honors Convocation Awards and the beautiful graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 at the Detroit Opera House.

What an honor and privilege it is to be the principal of Mercy High School and experience first hand the outstanding opportunities available to our students! The faculty, staff, students and parents at Mercy are incredible people. I am grateful for the prayers, words of support, encouraging smiles and introductions I have received from this welcoming community.

I look forward to the fall when we will be sharing new initiatives with you as we continue to enhance the Mercy experience for each student.

Four of our team members will embark on exciting new adventures in their lives. We wish the best to Mrs. Michele Belwood (Cafe Team), Ms. Olivia Hanna (Advancement/Business Office), Mr. Isy Rodriguez (Finance Director) and Mrs. Dianna Shamus (Counseling).

Although the hallways may be silent over the next two and a half months, Mercy students and families remain in our prayers. May you find renewing energy in the warmth of summer and the restlessness of a slowed pace.
 
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Patricia Sattler
Principal
HONORS CONVOCATION




The entire Mercy school community convened on May 24th for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2018. From math and science, service and scholarships, Newsprint and Lore yearbook, all were honored for their awesome achievements and a standing ovation to the seniors for a fabulous four years!
Sr. Emily George Award - Catie Coffman
Principal's Leadership Award - Mary Doman
Garn Griffin Athletics Award - Katie Minnich and Maddie Rennie
Heart of Mercy Award - Annie Acho Tartoni and Mrs. Vicky Kowalski
Teacher of the Year - Ms. Lisa Robinet
Valedictorian - Anastasia Warner
Salutatorian - Abigail Hembree
Mothers Club
THANK YOU to all Mercy Moms for a wonderful school year! Please be sure to click here to read the latest May issue of the MMC Newsletter for special notes and announcements.

A warm welcome to the new 2018-19 MMC Executive Board:
President: Susan Telang; Co-Vice Presidents: Anne Osmer and Tanisha Robinson; First Treasurer: Susan Black; Second Treasurer: Trisha Martin; Secretary: Michelle Demshuk; Volunteer Coordinator: Cristina Haas

Please note THERE WILL BE NO JUNE MEETING. Have a relaxing summer!
Student & School Successes
West Point Bound!


Congratulations to Hannah Blakey and Megan Hutter who received their Certificate of Appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point. We are so proud of your hard work and dedication!
Congratulations, Mercy Forensics!

Over Memorial Day weekend, because of their excellence at the local level, 11 Mercy girls competed at the Grand National Tournament of the National Catholic Forensics League in Washington DC. These Mercy girls were amongst 66 fellow diocese, 558 schools, and 2,751 competitors. Each and every girl performed beautifully, they are: 

Elly Bryant 
Cayla Stus 
Abby Cataldi 
Avalon Barr
Nathalie Gijsbers 
Sophie Lamphier 
Caitlin Griffin 
Olivia Fras 
Abbey Hembree 
Cara Forfinski and 
Maggie Ewald 
 
Mercy had an exceptionally great weekend because of the fantastic success of three of our competitors. 2 students broke to the octofinal round making them top 48 in the nation. They are, Abbey Hembree in Original Oratory, and Maggie Ewald in Dramatic Performance. One student, Cara Forfinski, broke to the quarterfinal round in Dramatic Performance making her top 24 in the nation. This is an extraordinary accomplishment for all of these students and we are so incredibly proud!
Special Scholarships


THANK YOU to Virginia Minolli '82 and Ray Okonski for presenting scholarships to outstanding Mercy seniors. Ana Warner and Katie Minnich received The Frank Minolli Scholarship which is given to a senior who is interested in STEM. Mr. Okonski awarded scholarships to Rebecca Heaman, Lauren Hunter, Megan Hutter, Supreet Nirman, Lexi Thomas and Ana Warner, honorees in the Hometown Life 2018 Academic Top 6 of Oakland County for their outstanding academic performance and leadership achievements.
Congressional Art Awards


Joelle Joyner '18 won two years in a row at the Congressional Art Competition - 2nd place in 2017 for a pencil portrait, 3rd place this year 2018 for a digital drawing.
iWizards

The iWizards will be making a poster presentation at ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago on Sunday, June 24. This is the largest ed tech conference in the world. They will be sharing information about their global projects. Representing the iWizards will be Genesis Gonzalez, Alyssa Johnston, Anna Sauer, and their moderator Mr. Larry Baker.
Kylie Kreucher '19 was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from the Birmingham Area Panhellenic Council to be used for a summer enrichment program. Kylie be attending the ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong workshop at the University of Minnesota. In the ArtSong program, high school voice students concentrate on solo classical vocal skills within the art song repertoire. The curriculum is focused on vocal technique, diction and language, repertoire, acting for singers, and performance and audition skills in addition to guest master classes and workshops on various musical topics and college/conservatory auditions.
Congratulations to Danielle McClain '18 who won the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the State of Michigan and will be traveling to St. Louis to compete at the World Championships later this month.
Crowning Our Lady


On Monday, May 21, Mercy students and staff joined hundreds throughout the area in celebration of the new feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. The Mass took place at historic Old St. Mary's in Greektown, where Laura Boesch '21 crowned Our Lady, accompanied by Makenna Smith '21. It was a beautiful Mass, and Mercy is so honored that our students were chosen to represent all Catholic schools for this tradition.

Group picture front row: Laura Boesch '21, Anna Boesch '23, Mrs. Judi Griggs-Dennis, Mrs. Hallie Smith, Makenna Smith '21. Back row: Dr. Kristine Daley, Mrs. Lauren Marquard, Mrs. Ann Lusch, Mrs. Patricia Sattler.
PRIVIT System for Forms & Physicals
All incoming 9th graders, transfer students, athletes, and those taking a PE class will need a physical performed and signed (by an MD, DO, PA, or NP) on or after 4/15/2018. Mercy has teamed with Privit for MHSAA Forms and Physicals. All Mercy Athletic forms and physicals can be done digitally. This will allow you to update from year-to-year with a few clicks.
Tip: Please create account under PARENT name, then add student as Member. Having trouble scanning and uploading? You can do it right from your phone! Try Adobe's Scan App.

Contact Kate Scalzi at kmscalzi@mhsmi.org with any questions.
Way to go, MARLINS!
Lacrosse Regional Champions! Tennis Regional Champions! Softball CHSL Runners-Up! Shout out to Track & Field athletes Hannah Blakey '18 All State, 8th in 300m Hurdles new school record with a time of 44.89 and Mackenzie Sullivan '21 who finished 10th in 400m with a time of 58.38.
Summer Camps at Mercy
Robotics
Have fun with Mercy's Robotics Team this summer! Robotics will meet June through August on Mondays  6:30-9:00pm at Mercy, starting June 4. No obligation, just show up to build and program nice robots. Enter the building using the door opposite the Reception Area and simply follow the signs. Hope to see you there!
 
Basketball
Basketball holds a summer camp for grades 5 - 9 on June 18 - 21 from 12pm-3pm. Click here for info and registration.
 
Field Hockey
Field Hockey holds a summer camp for grades 9-12 on June 20-22 from 6pm-8pm. Click here for info and registration.
 
Volleyball
Volleyball hosts an all-skills camp and position specific camp. Details are listed in table below. Click here for info and registration.

All Skills Camps Position Specific Camps
Grades 5-6: July 19-20, 6-8 pm
July 19-20 for Grades 7-12
Grades 7-8: July 9-11, 4-8 pm Setting: 12-1:30 pm
Grades 9-10: July 9-11, 11 am-3pm Hitting/Blocking: 1:30-3 pm
Grades 11-12, July 12-13, 4-8 pm First Contact/Defense/Serving: 3-5 pm

Please visit mhsmi.org/athletics for information and registration forms.
Ireland 2019
Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage and Tour
Dublin, Ireland
July 15 - 26, 2019

The Young Mercy Leaders program began in 2011 with the visit of Mercy secondary school and college students from around the world to Mercy International Centre. There they discovered together the riches of the Mercy story and were able to return to their daily lives better equipped to be leaders in their schools and world.

The program was such a success that it is now being offered annually with secondary school and college programs being offered separately in alternate years. In 2019, the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage for secondary school students will be held again in Dublin, Ireland at Mercy International Centre Tuesday, July 16th through Friday, July 19th, 2019.

In our Foundress Catherine McAuley's time, the building that is now Mercy International Centre, Baggot Street, Dublin, was a thriving centre of education and training and it is wonderful that for these 4 days, the voices of young people from Mercy schools around the world, will once again echo through the corridors and rooms. "Our hope is that Catherine McAuley will become a living presence in the lives of those who participate in this pilgrimage" says Breege Donohoe RSM, a member of the 2013 planning committee. We are pleased to be able to again offer to our students this opportunity to experience the summer 2019 Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage. Visit www.mercyworld.org.

In the week following the Pilgrimage itself we will explore the beautiful country of Ireland. Our tour will be guided by Irish Catholic tour escort and storyteller Batt Burns and will include stops in Knock, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Sneem, Killarney and many more of Ireland's most treasured places. While in Batt's hometown of Sneem we will work with their local Youth Ministry Group on a service project and will spend the evening with the locals enjoying traditional Irish music and dancing. Batt may even have a story of two to share.

When we make our way back to Dublin making a stop at Blarney Castle on the way. We will close with the Catherine McAuley Walking Tour of Dublin where we can experience more richly the Mercy story by exploring many landmarks of importance in the life of Catherine and the history of the Sisters of Mercy. We will explore more of the rich history of Dublin.

CLICK HERE for travel brochure.
 
Here is a link to the Mercy International Centre web-site's Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage page: http://www.mercyworld.org/the_centre/index.cfm?loadref=250  In it you will find information about the Pilgrimage and see pictures from previous years. We last attended, as a school, in 2015. We are very excited to be able to offer this experience to our students! 
Detroit River Cruise
Madame Campbell's French 3 students joined other French teachers and students in the Detroit metro area for a History of Detroit River Cruise aboard the Diamond Belle boat on May 14, 2018. The bilingual cruise was sponsored by the Alliance Francaise and narrated in French and English, by organizer and member, Mr. John Cooper.

The cruise sailed up the Detroit side of the river and returned down the Canadian side of the river. The French history of Detroit included a detailed narration of the landing of M. Cadillac on the shores of what is now Hart Plaza. We also passed by the church of Sainte Anne just below the Ambassador Bridge where the 2nd annual French festival will take place at the end of this September.

We all returned to Mercy with a greater knowledge of the origins of Detroit, which is a French name of "narrow straits".
Make a Difference for Mercy Golf Outing
Golf Fore Mercy!

Monday, September 17, 2018

*Celebrating 40 Years of the Mercy Golf Team*

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
New for this year! GOLDEN FOX COURSE
Owned by Mercy Alumnae Kathy Kul Aznavorian '64 & Sandy Dul Mily '74

8am Registration | 9am Shotgun Start
 
Sponsor! Donate! Golf!
 
18-hole scramble, cart, driving range, contests, prizes, breakfast and lunch.
Event proceeds support Tuition Assistance and Athletics.
Staging a Comeback
Renovations in the Auditorium are beginning thanks to generous donors. Microphones are in, partial lighting has been ordered and the stage floor installation is underway! If you made a contribution to support the Auditorium renovation, you will be invited to a blessing of the stage during Mass the first day of school. Stay tuned!
 
Help us reach the goal to secure all auditorium and performing arts needs. Interested in owning a piece of the stage? $100 donors can receive a small piece of the stage floor and $1,000 donors can receive a larger piece. Stage pieces available during Reunion 2018 on September 29th.

MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
Carpool Directory - A directory for carpool interest will be sent out via email to all Mercy families in late June. If you would like to opt out of this carpool list, please email admissions@mhsmi.org.

SAVE THE DATES - Stay connected to https://www.mhsmi.org/other/school-calendar for more 2018-19 school life dates which will be available and posted later this summer.

August 1 - Fall sports email registration deadline
August 8 - Tryouts and fall sports begin
August 17 - New Student Technology Orientation
August 20 - Class of 2022 Orientation with Link Crew
August 21 - First full day of school all grades and Opening Day Mass
September 17 - Make a Difference for Mercy Golf Outing
September 29 - Reunion 2018

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.  
God Bless the Class of 2018




What a memorable graduation day on June 3rd for the Class of 2018!

168 young Mercy women will soon enter college and go on to make a difference. Congratulations for earning over $16 million in college scholarships and volunteering over 19,000 hours of community service! We are so proud of you and will miss you walking the halls at Mercy.

If you have any graduation snapshots, please send to jhearle@mhsmi.org.
Download Mercy Mobile App!
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Stay up to date this school year with Mercy on the go! The 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 older App version is no longer compatible and should be deleted from your device. Be sure to download this version of the Mercy App today! You can also search Mercy High School MI in the App store.
 
 
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