June 5, 2018 | SEND NEWS ITEMS TO: mesa@sistersofmercy.org
Reminder: Leadership Academy Registration Closing Soon
The MESA office is very pleased to offer a leadership development opportunity this summer at our Partners in Ministry Leadership Academy on July 23 and 24, 2018. The Leadership Academy has been a valuable program supported by the Network for Mercy Education for many years, and MESA is proud to continue this fine tradition. Participants will share in the wisdom of our presenters who come from varied experiences and positions throughout the system. We are also delighted to connect with the Mercy International Center in Dublin as part of our program.

Please read this information flyer for additional information about the program, and register before June 15, 2018.
Register Now for the 2018 Mercy Education Conference
The 2018 Mercy Education Conference will take place Oct. 11-13, 2018. Visit this page for more details, and click here to register.

The Mercy Education Conference Committee has been hard at work to create a conference that will be meaningful and beneficial for all participants. Likewise, the host school, Merion Mercy Academy, has been actively planning many social and faith opportunities in which attendees can engage. The geographic location of our education conference this year lends itself to providing the opportunity for many schools to bring their entire faculties. We are hoping for a record attendance at this event!

The conference brochure contains the information, schedule and links to the registration forms. Please make sure that you and all of your attendees are registered for both the conference and the hotel (if needed) BEFORE Tuesday, September 18, 2018. That is the hotel group rate cut-off date. Additionally, the fee for the conference will be raised by $25.00 for all registrations made after September 18th. On the registration form, there is also a section for heads and assistant heads of school to register for the Administrator meeting on October 11th.

We ask that you submit one check for all participants from your school no later than October 1, 2018.

All materials for the education conference will be in a digital format to promote our Critical Concern for the Earth.

We look forward to welcoming your faculty and staff members to the education conference and to seeing all of you at the Administrator’s meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.
Introducing the New Principal of Our Lady of Mercy School
for Young Women 
The Board of Trustees of Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin (Marty) Kilbridge, Ed.D. as Mercy’s new Principal-Head of School. Dr. Kilbridge will be joining Mercy as the tenth principal in September 2018, taking over the reins from Mr. Terence Quinn, who announced his retirement earlier this year after an illustrious 10 year term as Mercy’s principal and 43 years as an educator. Dr. Kilbridge comes to Mercy from Siena Catholic Academy in Rochester where he has served as principal since 2014.
The months-long search for Mercy’s new principal began with the creation of a Search Committee composed of trustees, parents, faculty, administrators, and Sisters of Mercy. Following the school’s official succession plan as a guiding document, the Committee worked to ensure all constituents were represented in the search process. Input from students, faculty, staff, parents, Sisters of Mercy, and trustees was critical in identifying the values and experience necessary for success in the role.
Dr. Kilbridge was unanimously selected by the Search Committee to serve as Mercy’s new principal. 
Mount St. Mary President to be Inducted into Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame
Congratulations are in order! Mount St. Mary Academy President and CEO Karen Flake was announced this week as a 2018 inductee into The Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of accomplishments and recognizing women across the state of Arkansas. Ms. Flake will be among the seven women and one organization recognized for significant contributions to Arkansas and to their respective fields at the fourth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on August 30 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
MESA Staff Visit Mount St. Mary Academy - Watchung, NJ
Representatives from MESA - Associate Director for Mercy Mission Integration Sr. Regina Ward, RSM; Associate Director for Programs and Services Kimberly Baxter, and Executive Assistant Jamie Landry - attended the closing liturgy and visited Mount Saint Mary Academy classrooms last week. During the liturgy, they were presented with a beautiful quilt (crafted by former biology teacher Anne Maxwell) featuring hearts embellished with our seniors' words of gratitude for a Mercy education.
Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall
This week, we continue with our series of brief school profiles with the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, in Connecticut. Our goal for these profiles is to support learning from one another. So if you see something you want to know more about, get in touch with that school community! All MESA education ministries are listed here: http://mercyedu.org/educational-ministries.
“With the camaraderie of friends and the academic tenacity of faculty, there is nothing—simply nothing—a Lauralton woman can’t achieve.” That is the bold, yet well-founded statement this Mercy school proclaims to potential new students and families. A Lauralton Hall education, they say, is designed to empower a young woman to excel in anything she sets her mind to, to find her own voice and be the bearer of Mercy to those in need.

Founded in 1905, Lauralton Hall was Connecticut’s first Catholic college-prep school for girls. Located in the center of Milford, Connecticut on a 30-acre campus, Lauralton Hall serves approximately 465 students, grades 9 through 12. It operates under the leadership of President Elizabeth Miller and Principal Cynthia Gallant. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Department of Education.

Learn more about the school by visiting its website and following it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin and Pinterest.
Lauralton Hall offers not only a holistic academic experience that develops the skills necessary for success in college and career, but also a supportive, caring and fun-filled environment that nurtures a young woman’s understanding of herself and others. Faculty and staff are wise role models who help students become the person that God created her to be—spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Their mission at Lauralton Hall is to empower young women to pursue their highest potential through lifelong learning, compassionate service and responsible leadership in our big society.

The school fulfills this mission through a rich tapestry of academics and extra-curricular activities for students. Lauralton Hall is a STEAM school, boasts 37 clubs and organizations, 15 interscholastic athletic teams and numerous Advanced Placement and Honors Courses. The school also participates in the Early College Experience with the University of Connecticut. More than 85 percent of the school's teachers have advanced degrees.
Lauralton Hall emphasizes outreach to community, to alumni, to donors, and to potential new families. With regard to prospective students, for example, in addition to open houses, the school hosts the Shadow Program. Seventh and eighth-grade girls are encouraged to spend a day at Lauralton to visit classes, meet teachers and discuss life at Lauralton with students. Because the shadow program is so popular, space fills up quickly. Eighth-graders are encouraged to visit during the first semester of the school year, and seventh grade students are encouraged to participate during the third quarter.

The result is a student experience second to none, and one that is regularly chronicled in media. Check out these recent graduation pictures published in the Connecticut Post. The school's commencement ceremony was covered by the New Haven Register.) "It is a true joy to witness the charism of the Sisters of Mercy reflected in all the young ladies gracing the hallways of Lauralton Hall," former Board Chair Trudy A. Dickneider once wrote of the school.
Good News & Great Opportunities
  • The Fordham Institute, an education think tank, says in a new report that Catholic schools do a better job of teaching students self-discipline than other private schools or public schools.
  • Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, NY, was profiled in Newsday. Check out the article and video here.
  • Mercy International Association invites all to join them in their World Environment Day 2018 project of planting and nurturing trees.
  • This acclaimed athlete and high academic achiever from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam is headed to Dartmouth.
  • Those in or near Washington, DC, are invited to join the Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern, for hospitality and a discussion of the joys and challenges of being an educator for social justice and peace. The gathering takes place June 8th from 2:30 - 5:30 pm. RSVP here.
  • Congratulations to Hannah Blakey and Megan Hutter, recent graduates of Mercy High School Farmington Hills, MI, who received their Certificate of Appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point!
  • This fun "year in review" video from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is a must-watch! Also read this great write-up on the school's commencement.
  Want to highlight good news from your school? Send a note to mesa@sistersofmercy.org .
Updated Job Listings

We will run employment notices in MESA Flash for two weeks only. After that, you'll find older listings on our Ministry Openings web page. That page contains links to the employment pages of MESA schools.
ism Workshop

Stability Markers, Strategic Planning and Financial Planning
June 11-12, 2018
Chicago, IL
“Partners in Ministry”

Leadership Academy
July 23-24, 2018
Baltimore, MD
Annual Administrator Meeting

October 11, 2018
Merion Station, PA
Mercy 2018 Education Conference

Hosted by Merion Mercy Academy
October 12-13, 2018
Merion Station, PA
Leadership Forum

February 28, 2019
Atlanta, GA
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