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MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER - January 2017 
Wit's End...notes from the principal
Resolve . "Noun; firm determination to do something."  (Just ask Google, as I did.) Is this a quality you have in abundance? At least something you have in small quantities? If you are at all unsure, I hope it is, and has been easily accessible to you at the moment(s) needed. Here is another one. Resilience . "Noun; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties." Some would refer to it as toughness. Got that? In large quantities or at least at important times?

Can you boast that you have them both, resolve and resilience ? If so, you are among the most fortunate. If not, it is never too late to cultivate the one lacking. Better yet, be sure these two qualities make it on even a short list of the ones you teach your children. It is January. We have a brand new year ahead, a full eleven months untouched, and these two words have floated to the top for me, probably due to some recent experiences.

The new year always brings about talk of resolutions. Add to that, my intent to focus on a particularly positive message in my January column as we not only cross the halfway point of the school year, but also mark the very beginning of a new semester. Thirdly, I am always impressed with the perseverance I see in students. Some suggest that kids have it easy. I couldn't disagree more. Kids, teens specifically, are challenged at every turn. Finally, I add a personal detail. I am a rabid film-goer. I love the movies - all kinds, from all times, and almost all genres. And over the past several weeks, I have seen a number of movies that collectively have hit the same theme: human resolve and human resilience . So let me focus on three recent films that were collectively a timely shot in the arm.

Lion tells the true story of a young boy, five year old Saroo Brierley, who in the mid 1980s is separated from his older brother at a train station in India. Wandering around and unable to locate his brother, he climbs into a train car, falls asleep and awakens far from home, knowing no one and unable to speak the language. Neither his full name nor the name of his city are understandable to others. His sheer survival (remember, he is five years old) is remarkable enough, but after being eventually found by some caring adults, and adopted by an Australian couple, he learns to love his new family but never gives up the longing for his brother, mother, and sister back home. A full 25 years later, Saroo finds his way home. The how of that journey is the remarkable story.

A second film, Hidden Figures, details the stories, again all true, of three African American women who quietly, but steadfastly, challenged the status quo at a time when such choices were risky, at the very least. In the early 1960s, segregation was still state law in the South but civil rights activities were underway. These three women were all employed in the West Area Computers division at Langley Research Center in Virginia. Initially limited by both gender and race, Katherine Goble would break down both barriers to become one of the most prominent mathematicians at NASA, responsible for calculating the trajectories of many space missions. Dorothy Vaughan became the first African American woman to supervise a staff of computer programmers at NASA, initially teaching herself FORTRAN so as not to be replaced by the machine computers of IBM. And finally, Mary Jackson persuaded a white judge to admit her into night classes at the University of Virginia (although segregation of schools was no longer supposed to be permitted) so that she could pursue a degree in engineering. She became NASA's first black, female, aerospace engineer. All women of color, all at the same facility, all working at a time of civil unrest . . . and all incredibly resourceful.

The third film, Patriot's Day, takes a look at a time of great sadness in recent American history. Patriot's Day is celebrated each year in Massachusetts on the third Monday in April and commemorates the first two battles of the Revolutionary War. The biggest celebration on this day is the Boston Marathon. April 15, 2013 began with great excitement, the running of the 116th marathon, but the day would turn dark when just before 3:00 pm two bombs exploded near the finish line, a mere twelve seconds apart.
Three were killed and 264 were injured, more than a dozen losing limbs. The film reminds us of these facts, but the spotlight clearly rests on the countless emerging heroes of the day.

So what was the connection made between these three films and the so-called shot in the arm that they were for me? Without any planning on my part, three movies I chose to see this winter brought about an unanticipated response. Although each one detailed some horrible life events for persons whose names I had never heard before, my reaction was one of joy and humility at the power of human perseverance - namely human resolve and resilience . I felt a wide range of emotions from each story, everything from anger and fear, to wonder and awe. I was truly stunned, time and again, not at the events themselves that occurred, but rather at the responses of these mere mortals.

As I said earlier, I write this particular column in late January. It is somewhat dreary outside today and like many other winters, the weather reports seem to garner more than their fair share of news headlines. This column is intended as a gentle reminder that there is much to celebrate. There are far more joyous actions and reactions by people than there are tragic and hurtful ones. We are surrounded by the courageous, the hardworking, the determined. People in your own families, I would dare to suggest, that even you and each one of your children, have had their heroic moments. When was the last time you celebrated such moments? When was the last time you spoke to your child about something magnificent that you observed them doing? It is not that these moments haven't happened, but rather, these moments haven't gotten our attention. We can quite easily talk of the obstacles each of us face, in all of the ways that the glass appears only half full, but do we spend an equal amount of time showcasing the individual stamina and creativity demonstrated by those around us? I think not. But we can.

Books I read and movies I see often inspire me. That will remain true. What I hope to change is the focus I bring to the unfolding stories happening around me, when the players are the people closest to me. I want my kids, and selfishly yours as well, to notice the resolve and resilience in you, in their siblings, in their friends, and ultimately in themselves. If you can see it in another, you take the first step toward manifesting it yourself.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Carolyn Witte, Principal
Mothers Club
Auction Gift Party & MMC Meeting - Monday, February 6, 2017

Come and join the Mothers Club as we host an Auction Gift Gathering Party at our next meeting Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm. If you donate an Auction gift and bring it to the meeting, your name will be entered into a drawing to win an Auction ticket! 

Plus...you won't want to miss...
  • Guest Speaker Kate Scalzi, Assistant Athletic Director, will give us general information about Mercy Athletics.
  • Mentor group breakouts. Find out second semester updates and conversation.
Be sure to check out the Mothers Club home page and calendar for more information about upcoming events and important notes.
Dads Club
MDC 500 Raffle Winners

1st Prize ($10,000) Aaron Sikora
2nd Prize ($3,000) Maria Conrado
3rd Prize ($1,000) Aaron Sikora

Family Liturgy & Breakfast

All Mercy families are invited to mass and breakfast on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 10:00am at the Mercy Center Chapel across the pond from Mercy High School. Retired Sisters of Mercy will be joining us for this special liturgical event.

Dads Club Meeting

Meet, greet and eat with Mercy Dads at the next Dads Club meeting Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria.
Regional Scholastic Art Awards
Congratulations to the 12 students from Mercy's Art Department who won 13 awards in this year's Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.  
 
Special congratulations to Bianca Seely and Katelynn Smith. They won gold keys (first place) in the individual photography (Bianca) and ceramics (Katelynn) contests. Their pieces will compete in New York for national awards in March.
 
The College for Creative Studies sponsors the Southeastern Michigan Art Region, which, this year, received nearly 6000 individual entries from students in Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Jurors selected 1100 individual category works to receive gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards.
 
Regional winning entries will be on display in the exhibit at the College for Creative Studies, Walter B. Ford II Building from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3rd. Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, noon - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The regional ceremony for Oakland County private schools will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theater of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
 
Elise Almquist - Drawing, Silver Key
Morgan Brietzke - Ceramics and Glass, Silver Key
Gabrielle Byrnes - Painting, Honorable Mention
Evelyn Dahmer - Photography, Silver Key
Mary Elizabeth Dunstone - Photography, Silver Key
Kaitlin McHenry - Painting, Honorable Mention
Bianca Seely - Photography, Gold Key
Yiran Shi - Drawing, Honorable Mention
Katelynn Smith - Ceramics and Glass, Gold Key
Annie Treharne - Fashion, Honorable Mention
Katherine Wildern - Photography, Honorable Mention; Digital Art, Honorable Mention
Jacquelyn Wilson  Photography, Honorable Mention

Winter Open House
 
Mercy students, parents, staff and alumnae: your word of mouth is Mercy's best advertising! Help us spread the word about the benefit of a Mercy education by simply referring a prospective 7th or 8th grader to our upcoming Winter OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Mercy Alumnae and their families are invited to an early open house legacy tour from 6:00pm - 6:30pm. Arrive at the Chapel entrance. General Open House is from 6:30pm - 8:00pm beginning at the Lobby entrance.

Open House is a great opportunity for prospective families to learn more about Mercy. Families will receive a student-guided tour and meet administrators, teachers, parents and alumnae. More information about the admissions process can be found on our website at mhsmi.org/admissions.

If you know of a future Mercy girl in your parish or neighborhood, please encourage her to contact the Admissions Office at admissions@mhsmi.org and arrange a day to shadow a student.
Auction 2017


**NEW LOCATION! Farmington Hills Manor**
23666 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

The 38th Annual Mercy Auction is only weeks away and there are lots of exciting things happening to make this a successful event!

Auction Items Needed

The Auction Committee is still  looking for some additional larger scale items such as:
  • Vacation/Resort Property - Have a property to share? Share your cottage or condo up north, in Florida, Vail, etc...
  • Fine Jewelry
  • Tickets to concerts; sporting events; theater
  • Electronics
  • Golf Foursomes
  • Gift Certificates to high end restaurants

Please use the sign-up genius link below to help on various committees to make this year's Auction a reality. Display, bid monitors, baskets, item assistance and more needed. Does anyone have access to a large moving truck? We are in need of a large truck(s) to transport all of the auction items to Farmington Manor. Contact Olivia Hanna at ohanna@mhsmi.org.

signupgenius.com/go/20f0949a4ad2aa1ff2-auction
  
 
Last call to Advertise
 
Do you have a product or service not conducive for bidding? Advertise! Advertising contracts are available online here.

ATTEND!

Join us on Saturday, February 18th for a night of fun, food and friends. Get your early bird special offer tickets for $100 each by January 31st!  

We will be using mobile bidding for the Silent Auction portion of the evening! Please complete information on RSVP card or register online at mercyhs.preclickbid.com.

Click here for all things auction. Please do not hesitate to contact Olivia Hanna in the Special Events Office at 248-893-3535 or ohanna@mhsmi.org with any questions, suggestions or to volunteer.
Go Marlins!
Winter Sports Still Going Strong

Basketball is on a winning streak. Bowling had a high game series of 894 game and moved on to be placed 12th in playoffs at the Oakland County Championships. Lilian Lebednick, varsity bowler for three years, is the Oakland County runner-up with a high game of 242 and a high series of 612. Figure Skating has captured some nice place and point finishes. Ice Hockey is going strong with plenty of wins. Ski team enjoyed a ski camp at Schuss. Pompon performed during the Piston's halftime show, their reward for first place honors in a Palace competition. Click here to check out Pom in action.

Spring Sports Registration ( Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, & *Track & Field)

All students must email kmscalzi@mhsmi.org during the spring sports registration period February 13 - 27 and have a current MHSAA physical on file as well as submit athletic forms. Click here for MHSAA Physical and  Mercy Athletic FormsClick here for MHSAA's concussion education information. To be valid for the 2016-17 School Year,  MHSAA Physicals must be performed and dated on or after 4/15/2016. Try-out times will be on the  Athletic Calendar and Team Pages as available. Please be prepared to attend ALL try-out sessions.

Cheer on your Marlins!

  
Check the athletics calendar and even get driving directions. Our athletes are always making headlines. Read some sports features here.
Student Successes...Applause! Applause!
HONOR ROLL - To qualify, students must earn a minimum 3.2 GPA for reported current semester.
Click here to view/download honor roll students for first semester fall 2016.

MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award Finalist -
Congratulations to Sarah Kurpiers '17 who was announced as a Finalist in the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Awards. To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Students also were asked to respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
 
Vocal Music
- Kylie Kreucher '19 performed with the SSAA State Honors Choir at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids January 19-21. She was selected from the top singers in our region to perform at the State level. Congratulations, Kylie! The Mercyaires will perform at District Solo & Ensemble Festival on January 27 at Detroit Country Day HS. Good luck, Mercyaires!

Orchestra - Congratulations to the orchestra students who participated at the District IV Solo and Ensemble Festival at Brighton High School January 13th.
 
The following students received Division I rating for their performances: Ellie Janitz, violin solo; Sophie Vanderweele and Emily Susitko, cello duet; Kathryn Wolf and Cinya Hou, violin duet; Lydia Gier and Maddy Reckkart, flute and clarinet duet; Kathryn Wolf, violin solo; Elise Scarchilli, Samantha Schubert and Lydia Gier; flute trio; Kathryn Wolf, Cinya Hou, Mackenzie Farrow and Sophie Vanderweele, string quartet; Marissa Ernat, piano solo. These students will go on to the state solo and ensemble.
 
The following students received Division 2 rating for their performances: Lydia Gier, Charlotte Syke and Lili Omilian, flute trio; Ellie Janitz and Courtney Weaver, violin duet; Sarah Maxey, clarinet solo; Sophie Vanderweele, cello solo; Isabelle Fanning and Lili Omilian, flute duet; Hannah Blakey and Peyton Babb, violin duet; Lilian Lebednick, trombone solo; Sarah Maxey, Maddy Reckker, Carolynn Shuring and Lilian Lebednick, wind ensemble.

Fabulous Forensics - The Mercy Forensics team competed on Saturday, January 21 in their first tournament of the season at University of Detroit Jesuit High School. The team performed exceptionally well and was awarded the following ribbons: 

In Oratorical Declamation: 
1st place: Ghable Bell 
2nd place: Sarah Kriko 
3rd Place: Molly Makarewicz 
4th Place Tie: Sabrina Yono and Abby Cataldi 
6th place: Hannah Juday 

In Original Oratory: 
1st place: Abigail Hembree 
2nd place: Isha Ganguli 
5th place: Kathryn Wolf 

In Extemporaneous Speaking: 
1st place: Saveri Nandigama 
2nd place: Dani McClain 

In Oral Interpretation: 
1st place: Olivia Fras 

In Dramatic Duo: 
1st place Tie: Ryann Rapson/Amelia Carlson and Avalon Barr/Nathalie Gijsbers 
3rd place: Caitlin Parsons/Supreet Nirman 

In Dramatic Performance: 
1st place: Cara Forfinski

Business Professionals of America - Mercy members were among the 700 students who competed at the Region 6 Regional Leadership Conference on January 6, 2017, at Henry Ford Community College. Saveri Nandigama presided over the conference as the state president. The following students placed in the top 10 in their events:

1st place Human Resource Management - Jill Yassay
4th place Medical Office Procedures - Supreet Nirman
5th Small Business Management Team - Bri Buchanan, Supreet Nirman, Sarah Pegler
7th place Prepared Speech - Ava Senkowski
7th place Economic Research Team - Brooke O'Brien, Kylie Ritchie and Sophie Sawicki
10th place Legal Office Procedures - Peyton Black

In addition, the following students received their Diplomat Torch Award, recognizing their involvement in activities that promote leadership, service, patriotism, friendship and knowledge:

Mariam Khadr
Courtney Langan
Supreet Nirman
Brook O'Brien
Sarah Pegler
Ava Senkowski
Carolyn Suero
Kate Zablock
Let's Hear it for the STAFF!
Congratulations to art teacher and art department chairperson Ms. Susan Smith who was named Serra Chevrolet Teacher of the Month! Check out this feature on State Champs Network.
Class of 2020 Parents
Freshwomen parents are cordially invited to Breakfast with President Dr. Cheryl Kreger '66. We hope you will join us to celebrate Catholic Schools Week at one of these special opportunities to learn about Mercy's history and hear about our plans for the future.

Thursday, February 2 at 8am
 - OR -
Friday, February 3 at 8am

Please RSVP to esomerville@mhsmi.org or 248-893-3582.
iWizards Host Successful iCreate
The Mercy iWizards work year round planning activities for potential students and incoming students. The iWizards also work together to make technology more accessible and enjoyable for current students and staff. Every member has a voice and plays a role in each event and idea.

The iCreate event is aimed towards 7th and 8th grade girls who have an interest in using an iPad creatively. Girls may bring their own iPad or borrow one from Mercy. At this event the girls attend two one-hour hands-on workshops.One team of iWizards presents some concepts of photo design, allows the students to take photos and then edit them in Photogene. They then make an iMovie using the photos.

The second group is guided through the process of drawing with ArtRage. They then animate their drawings with Animation Creator HD.

Both workshops allow sharing through Air Drop and Apple TV projection. After an hour the groups switch. 21 students attended this year. Thank you, Mercy iWizards and Mr. Baker, for another awesome iCreate workshop!
Catholic Schools Week 2017


MASS


You are invited to Mercy High School for our Catholic Schools Week Mass Wednesday, February 1 at 10:15am in the Auditorium. Worship with us as we celebrate being a Catholic school. Catholic Schools Week 2017 observes the theme of " Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service." 

Honor an Educator

Help us recognize an outstanding educator during Catholic Schools Week! Express your appreciation for those at Mercy who have made a difference in your life! Visit mhsmi.org/donate to make a gift and leave a message of gratitude to the teacher you wish to honor in the comment section. During Catholic Schools Week 2017, we will surprise them with your words of appreciation. Your Tribute Gift will help our Annual Fund which supports campus operating costs, tuition assistance, scholarships, specialized academic programs and highly trained faculty and teaching staff.

Senior Class Alumnae Luncheon

 
On February 1st, the Class of 2017 will gather with Mercy High School alumnae for a special sisterhood luncheon at Glen Oaks Country Club from 12pm-2pm. This event promises to be a wonderful opportunity for seniors to meet alumnae from many walks of life and ask them questions about college, careers, and more. Bus transportation will be provided. Professional dress is required (e.g., dress, suit, skirt, or dress pants). All seniors must submit signed permission slip found on our web site here. Mercy High School Alumna is a title you get to carry with you for life! More info here.

Legacy moms! If you are a Mercy alumna mom, please consider attending this special sisterhood luncheon to welcome the senior class into the ranks of the Alumnae Association! Register online here.
Counseling Corner
Save the Date...College Information Night- The College Information Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7PM. The information presented is geared toward sophomore and junior students and their parents.

Junior Parents College Planning Meeting - We would like to extend a thank you to junior students and their parents for giving us the opportunity over the past several months to meet with families to discuss the college planning process. We value this individual time spent with each family and getting to personally know your daughter's needs, wishes, and goals. We look forward to continuing our work with the girls as they move through the college search and application process.

10th & 11th Grade Understanding Your PSAT Scores - 10th and 11th grade students took the PSAT/NMSQT October 2016. Student score reports became available online in late December 2016. Students were notified by email from the College Board that they can visit studentscores.collegeboard.org to create a College Board account and get their full PSAT/NMSQT score report. Additionally, the Counseling Office recently received paper copies of the score reports. Students were sent an email communication from our office on January 24th instructing them to pick-up their individual score report in the Counseling Office. An explanation of how to read and understand the score report was also included in this communication and can also be found here to assist you and your daughter with understanding the PSAT results.
Shop for Mercy
Shop. Buy. Do what you always do, but designate Mercy High School to receive a percentage of your purchases. You can contribute to Mercy every time you shop at Amazon, Target and Kroger. Spread the word and pass it along to family and friends.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases
to Mercy High School whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.
 
target.com* Organization code 8423
(*click on Community - then Take Charge of Education)
 
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info You Need to Know
LORE Yearbook - Although the year is half over, the memories can all be found in the 2017 Lore. Check out this sneak peek yearbook page!

Order your copy at www.yearbookordercenter.com and use the code 13826. Cost is $70.

New Archery Team - Interested in archery? This spring, for the first time, Mercy students may join an archery team. The program begins March 15th and will be run by Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation at their wonderful facility Riley Archery Range in Heritage Park. An informational meeting will be held in the Mercy Cafeteria tonight, Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 PM. CLICK HERE for informational brochure and registration form.

JUNIOR RETREAT -
The junior class will now have a one day retreat experience to be held during the school day. The entire class will be required to attend this important retreat together. We will be holding this retreat on Thursday, February 9th at Mercy Center which is located next door, directly to the east of Mercy High School. We will meet here at Mercy High School and walk over to the Mercy Center. Your daughter will leave for the retreat at the beginning of school day and return to Mercy by sign-out on the same day. Click here for more junior retreat day info.
Snapshot of Mercy


Abby Kozaczynski, Meredith Murphy, and Talene Nercesian find electricity to be a hair-raising experience in Practical Physics. If you have a snapshot of Mercy to share, please send to jhearle@mhsmi.org.
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.