MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER - May 4, 2018 
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families:
 
At last we have reached spring temperatures and the school is beginning to buzz with end of year activities! Our seniors are preparing for the traditions that await their graduation celebrations, spring sports and clubs are in full swing, and plans are being put into place to ensure our continued academic and enrichment student opportunities for our next school year.
 
We are excited and grateful to share that this summer our stage floor will be renovated and enhanced theater lights put into place. These improvements allow us to maximize our theater potential. Thank you to our generous donors that made this year's Principal's Pick a reality!
 
Academic News
 
Driver's Education : We are entering into partnership with All Star Driver Education to offer Segment 1 and Segment 2 programs on site to our Mercy students. Classes will start May 7 directly after school. More about All Star Driver Education offerings may be found here .
 
Robotics : Thank you to our team mentors who recently supported an event at the FIRST State of Michigan Championship honoring Dean's List candidates. Our Mercy Riveter team is one of two "Super Teams" and will receive $10,000 each year for 5 years from both DTE and Consumer Energy.
 
We are grateful to our mentors and these companies who so willingly support our students. At the event, the Mercy Riveters spent time in discussion with Ms. Patti Poppe (CEO Consumers Energy) and Mr. Shawn Patterson (Chief Learning Officer for DTE Energy). What great exposure for our students to interact in this capacity!
 
Mercy Tech Talk : Do you work within a school district? Mark your calendars for our strongest program yet for the sixth annual Mercy Tech Talk on Friday, November 2, 2018. The keynote speaker will be former NASSP Digital Principal Award winne r, Eric Sheninger . School groups of five or more can reserve an at-cost price of $35 per registrant. Be sure to spread the word!

End of Semester : As we begin rounding the corner towards the end of the school year, students begin to focus on semester grades and preparing for final exams. We encourage you to ask your daughter about any missing work or quizzes/tests that might still be accepted. Ask her to share with you about upcoming projects and deadlines. Teachers are always willing to communicate what is needed for a student to be successful in class, and are additionally available during unscheduled days to offer support.
 
Health and Safety
 
ALICE Training: This year, all Mercy staff received ALICE training, a new strategy for "lockdown" procedures and we are now rolling out the ALICE Plan to students. Students have informally practiced crisis reaction using ALICE strategies within their Adviser Groups. We will soon begin practices with the Farmington Hills Police Department to help students become more familiar with the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate plan. Ask your daughter to share with you what they are learning in support of this new training!
 
Mental Health Awareness Week: This is a busy time of year for our students, and they have been spreading awareness this week on strategies to alleviate stress. Planned activities included discussion on pacing workload, sharing of resources, emphasizing downtime - and we even had therapy dogs available for students to pet!
 
Catholic Identity
Mercy Campus Minister Gathering: Our Mercy Campus Minister Mrs. Judi Griggs-Dennis recently met
with fellow Campus Ministers from other Mercy Schools in St. Louis. The gathering included prayer, conversation and community as the ministers got to know one another and share experiences from their school ministry. The focused discussions dwelled on " how do you balance being Catholic and Mercy " in your school community? Mrs. Griggs-Dennis returned with new  ideas from the great discussions that ensued.  

Habitat for Humanity:
Over Easter break, 12 Mercy students participated in alternative spring break for Habitat for Humanity in Kentucky. Aside from rebuilding a home, students also attended the Women Build workshop, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's Home Improvement where students polished their painting techniques and learned to spackle. Mercy students were so impressive they even made the local news ! A site manager said the Mercy girls came focused and ready to work. Yes, they did - check out this video to see for yourself!
 
Spanish Honor Society Outreach: Thank you to our generous students and families! Through your contributions, the Spanish Honor Society was able to raise over $1,000 to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ¡Muchísimas gracias!
 
Michigan Catholic May Crowning: The Michigan Catholic invites families from across the Archdiocese of Detroit to attend the Mass for the New Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and then take part in a procession through the closed streets of Greektown as true witnesses to our faith. This event will provide a great opportunity for families to be part of a larger event and also to learn why Pope Francis is creating this new feast day, which will be celebrated for the first time ever on May 21st beginning at 5:30 PM at Old St. Mary's (646 Monroe Street in Greektown).
 
Mercy freshwoman Laura Boesch will participate in the Crowning of Mary. Put on your Mercy spiritwear and join us there!
 
Chaplain Visits: We are grateful for our Mercy Chaplain Fr. Jerry Brzezenski and the time he has spent getting to know us this year. For the 2018-2019 school year, Fr. Jerry will plan to be present on a monthly basis aside from Masses in order to be available to students who may wish to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or simply stop by to visit.
 
Next week we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Mercy teachers and staff have an outstanding commitment to our students and truly work each day to make the difference that defines a Mercy education. We are blessed that each of them choose Mercy High School to be their work family. Please keep our teachers and staff in your prayers so that they may realize the impact their gifts and talents have on our community.
 
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 the warmth of spring bring you renewed energy and wonder in the beauty of this season,
 
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Patricia Sattler
Principal
Mothers Club
Mothers Club Farewell Celebration for Senior Moms 
All Mercy Moms are invited to celebrate the end of the year! Enjoy a catered strolling dinner. See new and familiar faces. Senior moms will be recognized in a special way by their daughters and the Mothers Club.

Monday, May 7, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Mercy High School

Senior moms, please spread the word! Let's get every Mercy senior mom recognized. This will be a fun, delicious event! Orin Jewelers will be there for those who would like to buy their departing seniors (or anyone else) a special Marlin gift. 

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 3 to Anne Osmer at anneosmer@gmail.com and indicate if you are a senior mom.

Teacher Appreciation Week 
This year, the MMC needs your help to say thank you to our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 7 - 11. 
  • Monday: Coffee Bar Day. Please go to MMC Coffee SUG to sign-up for coffee and hot beverage treats.
  • Wednesday: MMC sponsored breakfast for teachers.
  • Friday: Sharing the love with Hershey Kisses .
Uniform Resale Shop is OPEN!
The Used Uniform Resale is important for the MMC to continue the many fun and supportive things we do throughout the year. Please donate your daughter's freshly laundered items at the reception desk.
  • Did you know? The Uniform Resale Shop is open year-round. You don't have to wait until Taking Care of Business Day in August!
Dads Club
Father Daughter Golf Outing

Sunday, June 10 - Fox Hills Strategic Fox
One of the highlights of the year is the Father/Daughter Scramble Golf Outing held at the Par 3 Strategic Fox. This a challenging course for the beginner to experienced golfer. We will play 9 holes of golf and then meet back in the clubhouse for drinks and snacks. Prizes will be awarded for low score and other games. Watch for further details on the event and how to register. If you have any questions or are interested in participating please email Tom Pegler at tpegler@sbcglobal.net.
Teacher of the Year
CONGRATULATIONS 2018 Teacher of the Year Ms. Lisa Robinet!
Students shared that they look forward to classes each day because they feel uniquely valued. Students feel safe and welcome from the minute they step into her classroom, where each voice is heard. Advisees say that Ms. Robinet finds a way to make all students come together in their group to form a family. Co-workers list the many responsibilities and contributions this teacher gives to the Mercy community. Ms. Robinet is described as incredibly dedicated, humorous, loving, real and uniquely spunky!  

Student & School Successes
2018 Optimist Award - Congratulations to Priyanka John who received the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Leadership Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership skills. Priyanka is involved in the Mercy Human Relations Council, Ethnic Bazaar planning, Farmington Diversity Club and played a very strong role in facilitation and planning of the March 14th student awareness event.
Yearbook - The 2017 Lore and its staff were recognized at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association spring conference April 23rd in Lansing. The book itself was recognized with the Spartan award, making it one of the top books in the state of Michigan. In addition, individual awards were given for the following:

1st place for Division Pages - Lore staff
1st place for Cover - Lore staff
1st place for Opening and Closing spreads - Lore staff
1st place for Graduation Advertisements - Lore staff
1st place for Academic Spread - Lore staff
2nd place for Theme Development - Lore staff
2nd place for Graphics - Sophie Sawicki
2nd place for Sports Action Photo - Samantha Schubert
2nd place for Graduation Advertisements - Lore staff
3rd place for Colophon - Jordyn Kreucher '17 
3rd place for School Spirit Photo - Jordyn Kreucher '17
3rd place for Student Life Spread - Claire Murray '17
Honorable Mention for Headline Writing - Marissa Cabrera, Sophie Sawicki and Sydney Swindle '17
Honorable Mention for Headline Writing - Marshele Parker, Claire Murray'17 and Nicole Belans '17
Honorable Mention for Portrait/Personality Photo - Sophie Sawicki
Honorable Mention for Academic Writing - Natalie Zielinski
Honorable Mention for Personality Profile - Marshele Parker
Honorable Mention for Club/Performance Photo - Jordyn Kreucher '17
Honorable Mention for Student Life Spread - Nicole Belans '17
Honorable Mention for Academic Photo - Samantha Schubert '17
Honorable Mention for Sports Feature Photo - Samantha Schubert '17
Honorable Mention for Sports Reporting - Sammy Kleedtke '17
Honorable Mention for Organization Spread - Gabriela Vettorello '17
Honorable Mention for People Spread - Reena Jankowski '17

The 2018 yearbook will soon make its way to Mercy. Any extra copies will be sold for $80 on a first-come basis.
2018-19 Student Government - Thank you to all the candidates for a wonderful election. Congratulations to these newly elected officers!

Student Council Officers
Maddy Ballard - President
Olivia Fras - Vice President
Jasmin Hudson - Treasurer
Eli Lyons - Secretary

Class of 2019
Class Officers
Maggie Dwyer
Jacqueline Hijaouy
Grace Kane
Alley Neary
Christina Thomas
HRC Reps
Tracy Ellison
Olivia Evans
Shayna Jankowski
Priyanka John

Class of 2020
Class Officers
Katherine Broderick
Macey Earle
Caitlin Flynn
Gabby Pluszczynski
Suha Qashou
HRC Reps
Brooklynne Bates
Frannie Lauck
Mia Lollo
Ava McElmeel
Katherine Najor

Class of 2021
Class Officers
Sophia Holdwick
Dalia Housey
Maddie Kenney
Olive Rentz
Sabrina VanAcker
Lexi Zydeck
HRC Reps
Chari Gibert
Anna Jain
Mary Shah
Sophia Tesic
Art & Writing Award Winners - Several of our students placed in the 2018 Kappy Family Anne Frank Art and Writing Competition! This competition is to empower and inspire today's students to lead our world to a better future. The theme was The Power of Hope, and students were asked to reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust and to create a written or artistic response to the following quotation from Anne Frank's diary, "Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and make us strong again."
Congratulations Morgan Lowe: honorable mention (photography); Jessica Dillon: Second Place (non-fiction); Brooklynn Bates: honorable mention (poetry).
State Solo & Ensemble - Congratulations to The Mercyaires for another First Division rating at State Solo & Ensemble Festival. All soloists who performed at State also earned First Division ratings:
Yana Ebbing; Nathalie Gijsbers; Kylie Kreucher; Alana O'Donnell; Anna Sauer; Cayla Stus; Madeline Surowiec. In addition, special recognition to Kylie Kreucher for earning a perfect score on her solo and to 
Alana O'Donnell for being selected as one of 12 soloists in the state of Michigan to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo.

State Choral Festival -  Advanced Glee and The Mercyaires combined to perform together at State Choral Festival and they earned a First Division rating, with excellent feedback from the adjudicators.
Newsprint Editors 2018-2019 - We are proud to announce the new editors for Newsprint are:
                                                                                                           
Melissa Kurpiers: Editor-in-Chief          
Colleen Thomson: Associate Editor-in-Chief                                 
Skyler Black: Design Editor 
Alley Neary: Photography/Video Editor
Grace Fisher: Copy Editor   
Abbey Roegner: Web Editor    
Sabrina Yono: Social Media Editor
Alyssa Johnston: Promotions Editor
Quiz Bowl in England - Mercy Quiz Bowl students and parents traveled to England over spring break! Highlights included:
  • viewing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London
  • visiting both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
  • walking through the ancient ruins at Stonehenge
  • reading Shakespeare in his birthplace, Stratford
  • reenacting Harry Potter scenes at Oxford College 
  • nighttime shopping in Piccadilly Circus 
  • attending a West End performance of Wicked 
It was both a fun and educational experience for all who traveled! For more information about upcoming travel opportunities with the Quiz Bowl team, please email the coach, Mrs. Lauren Marquard lemarquard@mhsmi.org .
New Link Leaders - Congrats to the following students who were selected as Link Leaders for the 2018-2019 school year:

Bella Aprilliano
BrooklynneBates
Soph Bellisario
Skyler Black
Katherine Broderick
Katie Bullock
Maddy Cachat
Alex Callaghan
Abby Cataldi
Zhane Coleman
Megan Demshuk
Alexis Dickie
Haley Dishman
Alie Drake
Macey Earle
Avery Ellis
Sophie Eriksen
Sol iEvans
Sam Fee
Emma Finelli
Olivia Fras
Genesis Gonzales
Caitlin Griffin
Jacqueline Hijaouy
Shayna Jankowski
Audrey Keais
Courtney   Langan
Katie Leonard
Jackie Lewandowski
Eli Lyons
Madison Martin
Maddie McSweeney
Isabelle Miner
Lexi Morello
Katie Mueller
Ally Myers
Emma Pickett
Gabby Pluszczynski
Suha Qashou
Ava Ruggierello
Isabelle Sawicki
Francesca Schena
Allison Schulz
Kylie Scott
Christina Thomas
Haley Williams
Nyah Williams
Sabrina Yono
¡Felicitaciones! - On April 25th, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (the Spanish Honor Society) held its annual induction ceremony and awards banquet. 37 new members were *inducted and 25 seniors will graduate this year. Pictured are some seniors with their honor cords.

*Elise Almquist
*Leann Alyas
Holly Ashworth
Madeleine Ballard
Victoria Bates
*Elizabeth Chevalier
Catherine Coffman
Jessica Dillon
Ashley D'Souza
*Macey Earle
Tiffany Ellison
*Tracy Ellison
Emily Engler
*Olivia Evans
Emma Finelli
Zoe Fish
*Grace Fisher
*Genesis Gonzales
*Abigail Gowen
*Ceara Guerin
*Lourdes Haddad
Aliya Hakim
Jacqueline Hijaouy
Tara Hohenshil
Lauren Hunter
*Katherine Hutter
Megan Hutter
Isabella Jablonski
*Shayna Jankowski
*Jennifer Jaramillo
*Joelle Joyner
*Grace Kane
*Sarah Kriko
Sophia Lamphier
Jessie Lauck
*Molly Makarewicz
*Alaina Marcuz
*Madison Martin
Celia McGrath
*Alexa Morello
*Abigail Najar
Supreet Nirman
*Hannah O'Sullivan
Caitlin Parsons
Alexia Pez
Sydney Puda
*Gabriella Rapp
*Angela Rea
Alexa Rybicki
*Francesca Schena
*Kylie Scott
*Casey Stoneback
*Lauren Sullivan
*Alexandra Thomas
*Christina Thomas
*Colleen Thomson
*Sophie VanderWeele
Lilian Wagner
*Eva Webber
Olivia Wiegel
*Sabrina Yono
*Kate Zablock
*Natalie Zielinski

FHS - The French Honor Society of Mercy High School welcomed 16 new members at the Annual Induction ceremony and Awards reception held in the Media Center April 25. Mrs. Penny Denomme helped Mme Joyce Campbell and Mme Cheryl Corte prepare for the French reception following the ceremony. The induction ceremony was highlighted by a beautiful candle lighting ceremony, in which the current members welcomed the new members by sharing the flame and reciting the pledge of induction. During the induction, La Marseillaise was also played as the French flag "Le Tricolore"was raised by the members.

The following 2nd and 3rd year French students were proudly inducted after a year of candidacy and participation. We congratulate these new members and wish them success in their continued studies of the French language and culture.

Alex Acosta
Anthonia Ahaiwe
Lily Beasley
Charlotte Bridges
Madison Chechel
Brynna Connolly
Simone Cotton
Reese Faunt
Lydia Giroux
Jenna Kozal
Marina Lamphier
Courtney Langan
Lili Omilian
Emma Pickett
Hana Tourner
Rachel Vinarcik

The induction was followed by the Awards Ceremony in which the following Seniors were honored with National and State Awards:

AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award and Medal of Excellence: Mackenzie Farrow
AATF Senior Excellence in French Award and Medal of Excellence: Sydney Price
Northeast Conference Certificate of Excellence in French Award: Anastasia Warner
Michigan World Language Association Outstanding Student in French Award: Christina Romano
Alliance Française Certificate of Merit in French Award: Hannah Blakey, Abigail Bush and
Maia Conlon

The following Seniors received certificates of Merit for 4.0 in 7 semesters of French:
Maia Conlon, Anastasia Warner

The following 3rd and 4th year members received Certificates for Outstanding Service:
Grace Denomme

The 2018 Mercy French Honor Society Member of the Year was awarded to Mackenzie Farrow.
The 2018 Mercy French Honor Society New Member of the Year was awarded to Alexandra Acosta.

Madame Sattler attended the ceremony where she congratulated the new members and spoke to the members and their parents in French (she is proficient in French) communicating her love of languages and how important they are in the world today!
Business Professionals of America - Four members from Mercy's chapter attended the State Leadership Conference March 15-18 in Grand Rapids. Kaitlyn Zablock finished 17th in Medical Office Procedures and the team of Sarah Pegler, Bri Buchanan and Supreet Nirman finished 13th in Broadcast News Production Team. Zablock also received her Statesman Torch Award, recognizing her for her many leadership and service activities. Along with competing in events the students attended workshops on a number of topics, elected the 2018-2019 State Executive Council and networked with more than 2,000 students from across the state of Michigan.
Latin News - On April 11, a group of Mercy Latin students attended the fourth annual  Copley  Latin Day at the University of Michigan. Students attended a college lecture on "Romulus between Archaeology and Myth" from Prof. Nic Terrenato, toured the classical features of UM's campus, played a mythological game of Apples to Apples, and studied the science of epigraphy (ancient inscriptions). 

This year, Mercy students took the   National   Latin   Exam  with over 143,000 students from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. We are pleased to announce awards for the following students, who received   national  recognition for their outstanding performance in this academic competition.

Cum Laude
Izzy Vassallo '21
Grace Nieto '21
Rachel Glowzinski '20
Bessie Mikula '18

Magna Cum Laude
Isabella Morganti '21
Lydia Walsh '21
Sydney Atkins '20
Elyse Zurawski '20
Isabelle Miner '19
Hallie Buckner '19
Bri Buchanan '18

Silver Medal:  Maxima Cum Laude
Olivia Milosevich '21
Sarah Hogg '20

Gold Medal:  Summa Cum Laude
Sophia Tesic '21

We would particularly like to congratulate Bri Buchanan '18, who has won   national  recognition on the   National   Latin   Exam  for 4 consecutive years. This is a remarkable achievement!  Additionally, Sophia Tesic '21, with her gold medal award, received the highest score in the school. This is the most prestigious award given, and we are so impressed with Sophia's achievement as a freshman.  Congratulations to all students who took the  exam! We are proud of you, ladies!
 
Festival of One Acts
Come see Mercy students direct and act in 9 one act plays on Saturday, May 5th in the Drama Studio. Tickets are $5 for the whole day. The plays begin at 11am and run throughout the day.
 
Directors in Show Order
Amaka Ezuruonye
Kylie Kreucher*
Julia Hominga
Alana O'Donnell*
Frankie Bellisario
Cecelia Williams
Julia Twigg*
Maggie Ewald*
Cara Forfinski*
 
*Denotes the International Thespian Society
Physicals Offered at Mercy
Henry Ford Health System MHSAA physicals will be offered to current and incoming Mercy High School students and athletes. They will be held in the gymnasium at Mercy on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 5pm-7pm. The cost for each physical is $20 or $25 with ECG, payable by cash or check made out to Henry Ford Health System.

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. Physicals performed at Mercy will be scanned and uploaded to your Privit account after you create.
All Star Drivers Education at Mercy
All Star Driver Education & Driving School will be providing driver's training classes at Mercy. The session will begin on Monday, May 7. Class will meet Monday through Thursday for 3 weeks from 3:00pm-5:00pm in S-23. (05/07, 05/08, 05/09, 05/10, 05/14, 05/15, 05/16, 05/17, 05/21, 05/22, 05/23, 05/24) Promo materials are in the Counseling Office, Media Center, and Reception Area.

You can follow All Star Driving School on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/allstarde/ to learn all about their great specials.

Register online at https://www.allstardrivereducation.com/ or call 800-967-7719.
 
Use code: ONLINE815 for a $10 discount.
Alternative Spring Break Reflection by Gabby Byrnes '18

On Easter Sunday of 2018, 12 seniors at Mercy High School and 3 adult chaperones embarked on a week-long mission trip to Kentucky. I was one of those 12. For me, Mercy's alternative spring break was a good opportunity to get my service hours in and a change of pace from the growing monotony of school, work, and extracurricular activities. Little did I know it would become one of the best experience's of my life.

On the first day of spring break, we were pushed straight into work. It was cold, windy, cloudy, muddy. The day was every imaginable form of miserable. Some of us tied bandana's around our ears, because our helmets couldn't fit over our hats properly. But we were all fairly cheerful, in that bitingly teenage way, trading jibes and bantering back and forth with one another. I spent half of that first day working on sub flooring, and the next half up on the roof. By the end of the day, we were all sore, tired, and hungry. But then, we met Rebecca Willis for the first time.

Rebecca Willis is the homeowner of the habitat home we were building. She is a single mother of two children, and a generous and loving neighbor to all. Rebecca, to all of us, is an example of being the change you wish to see in the world. I didn't get an opportunity to speak with her in depth, but her cheerfulness and steady presence always lifted my spirits.

Throughout the week, I got to spend most of my time on the roof, and I was surprised at how rewarding the work was. When talking to one of my roommates, we agreed that this was the most fun we'd had on spring break. I'd been so scared I would regret my choice to go on alternative spring break, but I didn't. In fact, it awakened in me, and most of the girls who went, a sense of purpose and empowerment. We were able to touch someones life in a positive way, and cause direct change in the world around us. It is something none of us will forget.

Thank you to all who served on Alternative Spring Break!
Gabby Byrnes 
Mary Dunstone 
Zoe Fish 
Cara Forfinski 
Emma Horvath 
Jasmine Kaltenbach 
Brooke Madak 
Alana O'Donnell 
Sydney Puda 
Clarisa Russenberger 
Ana Warner 
Cece Williams 
Chaperones: Sara Dennis-Dolan, Joanie Forfinski and Mrs. Judi Dennis 

Check out the video diary made by Clarisa Russenberger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omDR0vQdut0&feature=youtu.be. 
College Bound Athletes

More seniors from the Class of 2018 are headed to continue their athletic career in college! A big CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK to these senior college bound athletes: Jenna Bratke, Synchronized Skating - Adrian College; Isabella Dugas, Basketball - St. Mary's College; Emily Engler, Soccer - Valparaiso University; Corinne Fereshetian, Synchronized Skating - Adrian College; Kristin Jackson, Tennis - Fayetteville State University; Caitlin Jefferson, Volleyball - Wesleyan; Chloe Russo, Soccer - Jacksonville State University; Jenna Schluter, Soccer - Valparaiso University; Sara Swaneck, Cheerleading/Stunt - Alma College. 
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.

We will be holding an informational meeting with our representative from Corporate Travel for parents whose daughters may be interested in joining us for this once in a lifetime, Mercy immersion experience!
The first meeting to be held on Mon. May14th 2018 at 6:30p in the Media Center.

At that time we will be able to provide you with all the trip details and answer all of your questions. CLICK HERE for travel brochure for you to look over prior to the meeting.

Below is a link to the Mercy International Centre web-site's Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage page. In it you will find information about the Pilgrimage and see pictures from previous years. (We last attended, as a school, in 2015)

http://www.mercyworld.org/the_centre/index.cfm?loadref=250
We are very excited to be able to offer this experience to our students and look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meeting.  
Advancing Mercy
Let Mercy send your Mom or Grandma a Mother's Day greeting!

Honor or remember your mother or a special woman in your life this Mother's Day by making a gift in her honor or memory. Please respond by Friday, May 4 at mhsmi.org/donate with your donation in her name. One of these lovely cards will be mailed to her with a personalized message from you.  

It's a great way to say thank you and to support Catholic education at the same time. To ensure timely delivery, please include their mailing address in the comment box in the tribute section of our donation page.  

Staging a Comeback

Mr. and Mrs. Sill and the Mercy Performing Arts staff encourage you to help the Mercy Auditorium stage a comeback! Auditorium needs include the replacement of the stage floor, wireless microphones and auditorium lighting.

Partial funds have been raised at the Auction and from donations made by parents, alumnae and friends. We are off to a great start, but much more is still needed to make the necessary repairs and upgrades. 

Visit our crowdfunding site to help stage a comeback! Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and will make an immediate impact on this very important project. Click here to donate!
Thank You!

Thank you to Michigan Fuels for the $500 grant to support Mercy's Math and Science Departments! We appreciate your support! More information about Michigan Fuels can be found at https://www.michiganfuels.com/.
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
Class of 2018 - Seniors and parents please stay tuned to your email and end of the year exam days, papers, grades, Prom, Baccalaureate, Graduation, SANP,  and more event information is available on the Class of 2018 web page here: https://www.mhsmi.org/mercy-life/student-activities/class-2018.

End of the Semester Dates 
Tuesday, May 15 - Oral finals for World Language classes begin
Thursday, May 17 - Last day for testing for ALL 9th-11th classes
Thursday, May 24 - Mercy Day of Celebration / Honors Convocation 
Tuesday, May 29 - Final day to turn in all English papers and all grades posted for all assignments except final projects, papers, etc (9-11)
Wednesday, May 30 - Friday, June 1 - Final Exams (9-11)
Thursday, June 7 - Final Grades posted (9-11) at 9am

Mercy Bus Transportation Survey - We welcome and appreciate your feedback regarding bus transportation services as we plan for the 2018-19 school year. All families interested in a Mercy High School bus route are encouraged to complete the online survey found here. Thank you!

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.  

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."
Spring Concert
Mercy High School Performing Arts Department presents "Sounds of Spring" Concert on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. The Spring Concert showcases the work of Advanced Glee, Mercyaires, and Orchestra during second semester. Admission is $5.
Snapshot of Mercy


What a memorable May Crowning Mass held May 1st honoring Our Patroness, Mary, Our Lady of Mercy. Thank you Mercy mothers, grandmothers and alumnae for celebrating with us! We are Mercy!
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.
 
 
If you have 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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