MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER -
January 25, 2019
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,
Welcome to second semester where the activity and energy continues throughout Mercy! Students are meeting new teachers, challenging themselves with new course experiences or delving deeper into content areas. Winter sports and clubs are in full swing, and teachers and staff are busy preparing for our upcoming AdvancED accreditation site visit. I am pleased to share with you the many reasons we have to be proud of our school.
Site Study and Survey Says
This past fall, Mercy commissioned a site study from the CLC Network to obtain an independent evaluation of our academic support structures for the diverse learning profiles and experiences of all students. The resulting CLC report attests to the strength of our community in providing a learning environment that is caring and committed to helping students maximize their academic potential.
The CLC report details our strengths and also provides recommendations for helping to alleviate some of the stress factors associated with high performing schools. Guidance is given on expanding support strategies for students with unique learning styles, and suggested techniques are presented for enhancing classroom engagement.
Thank you to our community members who also participated in the recent AdvancED survey process. Invitations were sent to all current Mercy parents, students, faculty and staff. Survey results overwhelmingly indicate that Mercy is a safe and supportive school where teachers and staff go above and beyond to support student success. Analysis of the stakeholder surveys also support the independent findings of the CLC site study for consistency of engagement in classroom experiences, as well as further development of support structures to address student social/emotional needs.
We look forward to prioritizing, implementing and monitoring these findings into our school strategic plan. We continually assess our curriculum and program offerings, and value the opportunities this report provides.
Positive and healthy teen relationships have many benefits for youth in developing self-esteem, better interpersonal skills, and improved school performance. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in personal relationships. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that 1 in 3 women will be in an abusive relationship and that females ages 16 through 24 are at three times greater risk than the rest of the population. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships have many short and long term lasting negative effects on a developing teen.
In March, our Mercy senior students will participate in an informational workshop focusing on identifying and reacting to potentially negative relationship characteristics that either they personally, or a peer could experience. Our intent is to engage in this important conversation to support students as they prepare to transition to college.
Inclement Weather Reminder
As we are now in the midst of winter weather, please know that Mercy follows the direction of Farmington Public Schools in determining school closure. Our student body is drawn from over 70 different communities, making it difficult to define a closure policy that always supports each region. We respect that you best know the limitations and comfort level of your student driver in the event of winter road conditions, specifically in your area.
Mercy is committed to educating the "whole young woman" in an environment that is inclusive, equitable and representative of our student diversity. We are pleased to share that Mercy was awarded a $5,000 grant from the MESC (Michigan Equitable Services Collaborative) to be used as an opportunity to enhance our racial equity inclusion, conflict resolution, skills for reflection and introspection, and programming in order to fully support our entire student population in maximizing the potential of all to be the leaders our society needs. This grant is possible through a partnership between the Michigan Department of Education and non
public schools in the state.
Mercy was also awarded $2,500 f
rom the Michigan Department of Education FIRST Robotics Grant! This grant supports the efforts of our outstanding robotics program in providing STEM experiences. Over 87% of students involved in First Robotics competitions report being more likely to take challenging science and math courses due to their involvement in this program. Females involved in FIRST have a dramatically increased understanding of STEM compared to their counterparts not involved in the robotics competition. We are proud to support the First Robotics program for our Mercy Riveters!
Called to Serve
Called to Serve
is a required interactive safe environment training program for teens attending area Catholic schools and parishes who wish to volunteer with children. All tenth graders complete the program through their religious studies class in the spring each year. Our ninth graders are informed of this program, yet sometimes are in need of fulfilling this volunteer requirement for select service opportunities prior than it being introduced. Multiple group
workshop sessions are hosted
throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit which students may attend at their convenience. Students are also able to complete this program online through Mercy. Please contact Associate Principal Ms. Colleen McMaster at
for registration or a completion certificate for your service organization.
Lunch and Learn
Our Campus Ministry team continues the Baggott Street Lunch and Learn series with featured speakers centered around the Mercy Critical Concerns. February's guests include a journalist and Carmen and Cesar, asylum seekers from El Salvador who will share their personal experiences.
Mark Your Calendar
Catholic Schools Week kicks of on January 27th to celebrate the many ways Catholic education develops students to learn, lead, serve and succeed. Did you know that with a 99.2% high school graduation rate, Catholic school graduates make 14% more over their lifetime than public school graduates? We celebrate Catholic schools because they truly provide positive impact in the lives of our students!
We are grateful that you are in partnership with us us to support your daughter as she becomes a woman who makes a difference!
May God's Grace and Blessings be in your path,
|All Mercy moms are invited to our next monthly meeting event Thursday, March 14th at 6:30pm in the Media Center.
Save the date for the senior mom farewell dinner Monday, May 6th. More details coming soon.
Have some fun with the Dads Club at the Mercy Hockey game tomorrow,
Saturday, January 26 at 8:00pm at Eddie Edgar Ice Arena in Livonia. Cheer on the Marlins and enjoy some time with your daughter!
Join us at our next monthly event
Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30pm in the Cafe.
Save the Date for the Dads Club Mercy Family Mass & Breakfast on
Sunday, March 24
. More details coming soon.
CONGRATS MDC RAFFLE WINNERS!
Catherine Stanley - $5,000
Student & School Successes
|Jess Mruzik '20 named 2018 -19 Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year
In its 34th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Jess Mruzik of Mercy High School as its 2018-19 Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Mruzik as Michigan's best high school volleyball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced later in January, Mruzik joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners.
The 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter recorded 420 kills and 165 digs this past season, leading the Marlins (52-3) to the Division 1 state semifinals. Mruzik also posted 65 service aces and 50 assists while compiling a kill percentage of .514 and a hitting percentage of .417. The captain of the 2018 USA Volleyball Youth National Team, Mruzik missed 12 matches for Mercy at the beginning of the season while competing at the NORCECA Continental Championships in Honduras. The United States won the tournament and Mruzik was named MVP. Read full press release info here.
Regional Scholastic Art Awards 2019
Congratulations to the 17 students from Mercy's Art Department who won 28 awards in this year's
Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.
Several Mercy students won gold keys (first place) and their pieces will compete in New York for national awards in March. These students are: Avalon Barr (one gold key in drawing), Sophia Bellisario (one gold key in photography), Lili Omilian (one gold key in photography), Sojourner Posch (one gold key in mixed media), Aja Underwood (one gold key in digital art), and Katie Wildern (two gold keys in digital art and one gold key in drawing).
Avalon Barr '19 Drawing - Gold Key; Drawing - Silver Key
Sophia Bellisario '19 Photography - Gold Key
Camille Compton '20 Photography - Silver Key; Photography - Silver Key
Bridget D'Amore '20 Photography - Silver Key
Cassandra Gursin '21 Photography - Silver Key; Photography - Silver Key
Lily Hargrave-Thomas '20 Design - Honorable Mention
Gabrielle Ibrahim '20 Photography - Silver Key
Madeline Keuten '20 Photography - Silver Key
Katie Kim '21 Sculpture - Silver Key
Lili Omilian '20 Photography - Gold Key
Pepiot Posch '20 Drawing - Honorable Mention
Sojourner Posch '19 Mixed Media - Gold Key; Photography - Silver Key
Victoria Schmitz '19 Sculpture - Silver Key
Faye Storck '20 Fashion - Honorable Mention
Aja Underwood '19 Digital Art - Gold Key
Katherine Wildern '19 Digital Art - Gold Key; Drawing - Gold Key; Digital Art - Gold Key; Drawing - Honorable Mention; Digital Art - Honorable Mention; Photography - Honorable Mention; Digital Art - Silver Key; Photography - Silver Key
Alexa Zydeck '21 Digital Art - Honorable Mention
The College for Creative Studies sponsors the Southeastern Michigan Art Region, which, this year, received nearly 6,300 individual entries and 229 senior portfolios from students in Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Jurors selected 1109 individual category works to receive gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards. 16 gold key portfolios were selected from 229 submitted.
Regional winning entries will be on display in the exhibit at the College for Creative Studies, Walter B. Ford II Building from Monday, February 11th - Friday, March 1st. 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 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theater of the Detroit Institute of Arts. To see a list of all this year's winners,
|Youth Mercy Associates
God Bless new Youth Mercy Associates Maggie Dwyer, Isabelle Fanning, Angela Rea, Anna Rimatzki and Alexis Dickie who made her re-commitment at last month's Foundation Day Mass commissioning ceremony.
|Instrumental Solo & Ensemble
Congratulations to the 2019 Solo and Ensemble Festival participants Madeline Patterson, Lili Omilian, Sophie Vanderweele, Samantha Fee, Emily Susitko, Aising Heaphy, Lily Beasley, Sophia Tesic, Isabelle Fanning, Marissa Ernat, and Hana Tourner.
Quiz Bowl concluded its division season schedule with a home meet at Mercy on Thursday, January 10th. At the end of the division season, our Varsity team finished in 7th place--our highest ranking in several years. Our two JV teams placed well, with JV Gold finishing 3rd and JV Maroon finishing 7th. Our Novice teams put up an excellent showing, with Novice Gold in 2nd, Novice White in 4th, and Novice Maroon in 8th. All teams qualified to compete at the Inter-County League finals from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, February 12 at Novi HS. Please come and support the students in this exciting academic competition!
Varsity (7th in division)
*Grace Kruse '20
*Lili Omilian '20
*Colleen Thomson '19
*Rachel Vinarcik '20
Junior Varsity Gold (3rd in division)
*Caitlyn Begosa '22
Olivia Milosevich '21
Juliana Santillan '22
Raquel Segars '21
*Sophia Tesic '21
Junior Varsity Maroon (7th in division)
Anushka Basani '21
Alex Beverly '21
Laura Boesch '21
Makenna Smith '21
*Lydia Walsh '21
Novice Gold (2nd in division)
Emma Dismondy '21
Lauren Fowler '21
Skylar Fusco '21
Chari Gibert '21
Aisling Heaphy '21
Novice White (4th in division)
Lily Fromm '22
Sophia Gabbei '22
Meghana Govindaraj '22
Briana Lapuz '22
Carly Madden '22
Abby Worley '22
Novice Maroon (8th in division)
Jill Grubb '21
Candice Threat '21
Emily Walugembe '21
Christina Wollenhaupt '21
* indicates earned Varsity letter
|Business Professionals of America
Mercy students were among the more than 400 students who competed at the Business Professionals of America Region 6 Leadership Conference on January 4, 2019 at Henry Ford College. The Mercy chapter had multiple students place in several events and took home three 1st place finishes. Students who placed in the top 10 at the conference include:
1st Place Legal Office Procedures: Charlotte Bridges
1st Place Prepared Speech: Aubrey Etue
1st Place Digital Media Production: Erin Mahoney
2nd Place Legal Office Procedures: Peyton Black
4th Place Prepared Speech: Riley Condon
5th Place Legal Office Procedures: Libby Chevalier
5th Place Medical Office Procedures: Gabby Price
6th Place Prepared Speech: Helena Kucera
9th Place Medical Office Procedures: Juliana Petrucci
Bridges, Etue, Mahoney, Black and Condon will compete at the State Leadership Conference which will be held
March 14-17, 2019, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.
Bunco Ladies Night Out Hosted by the Alumnae Association
The Alumnae Association invites all Mercy moms to Bunco!
TONIGHT, Friday, January 25, 2019
Mercy High School
If you can throw dice, you know how to play Bunco!
Sandwiches & snacks
Wine, beer & pop
PRIZES and a whole lot of FUN!
$15 per person. Proceeds support the Senior Class-Alumnae Luncheon.
Register today! Walk-ins welcome.
Catholic Schools Week at Mercy
Next week is Catholic Schools Week, an annual nationwide celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme is
"Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." Each day of the week celebrates various aspects of our Catholic school community. Here are some of the special highlights of activities at Mercy.
You are invited to Mercy High School for our Catholic Schools Week
Tuesday, January 29 at 9:30am in the Auditorium.
Worship with us as we celebrate being a Catholic school and show special appreciation for those living out their vocation as a priest or religious sister.
Daily Theme Activities
Our Mercy school community will be having some fun, daily surprise events to celebrate being a Catholic School. Themes for the day include:
Celebrating Community: A Student Council produced video greeting will be sent to other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.
Celebrating Vocations: Members of Student Council will also be delivering a special thank you to the Sisters of Mercy next door. Plus...Senior Alumnae Luncheon.
Celebrating Staff: Special treats and surprises!
Celebrating the Nation: Student Council will be facilitating a station in the Media Center for students to write thank you notes to veterans. Members of Student Council will take a special thank you treat to the Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments. Student and staff representatives from Mercy will attend the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools Week Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Plus...OPEN HOUSE for prospective families from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Celebrating Students: Students have a Catholic Schools spirit dress day. Tops may be from any Catholic school (grade school, high school, or college), and bottoms may be solid or Catholic school sweats or joggers, jeans, or uniform skirt. Student winners of the Lucky Lunches provided by staff will receive their goodies. All proceeds from Lucky Lunch ticket sales benefit the Mercy Girl Effect efforts to plant trees in Kenya.
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
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 2019, 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
Alumna-mothers are invited to participate in a special Sisterhood Luncheon for the Class of 2019.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
30500 W 13 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Please consider attending this luncheon to answer questions about life after high school in relation to college, careers, and more. Alumnae truly enjoyed meeting students and other graduates at last year's event! (
Note: If you are the mother of a senior, you will not necessarily be seated with your daughter, because one of the goals of the event is to encourage networking.
We Are Mercy!
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, January 31, 2019.
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 email@example.com and arrange a day to shadow a student.
The Annual Father Daughter Dance is a time honored Mercy tradition. All Mercy students, alumnae and fathers/father figures are invited to attend this historic event hosted by the Junior Class.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mercy High School
$40 per father and daughter(s)
*Includes one father, all daughters attending and processing fee.
The theme for this year's dance is
Game Night, so in addition to dancing, come ready to play fun and familiar games and so much more.
We hope to see you Saturday, February 2nd ready to boogie!
Mercy students and staff members joined with hundreds of thousands of others in Washington, D.C. January 18, 2018, for the 46th Annual March for Life.
Marchers walked from the National Mall to the Supreme Court to peacefully
protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in
50 states, for any reason. Watch a timelapse video of the March here.
Prior to the March, students attended the Youth Rally and Mass at the Capital One Center and the rally at the National Mall, which featured a number of speakers including Vice President Mike Pence and
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
. Mercy students and staff joined hundreds of other students from the Archdiocese of Detroit,
carrying the banner with Fr. Stephen Pullis.
After the March, Mercy students were photographed and interviewed in the
Read the article here
A special thank you to
Mrs. Lauren Marquard and
Mrs. Hallie Smith for organizing the trip and serving as bus captains, along with parent volunteers Mrs. Marge Burns, Mrs. Jodi Fadool, and Mrs. Heather Krill. Students in attendance were:
Mary Katherine Acho Tartoni, Bella Aprilliano, Madelyn Bahoora, Taylor Bahoora, Alaina Beshi, Laura Boesch, Anna Burns, Caroline Carlson, Libby Chevalier, Samantha Dompierre, Maggie Dwyer, Mallory Evatz, Grace Fadool, Michaela Fitzsimons, Silvia Gonzalez, Ceara Guerin, Lourdes Haddad, Kaity Hamzey, Lily Hargrave-Thomas, Olivia Lafrate, Madeline Kenney, Chloe Kilano, Lauren Krill, Helena Kucera, Keni Lavigne, Sofia Mansoor, Bianca Marcon, Mary Katherine McGreevy, Francesca Petrucci, Juliana Petrucci, Daniela Piccirilli, Lauren Piziali, Mary Katherine Powers, Morgan Rood, Reagan Rose, Aly Rybicki, Grace Shalall, Abby Shaw, Makenna Smith, Emma Snead, and Haley Williams.
Thank you for being women who make a difference, advocating for the Mercy values of Human Dignity and Justice!
Load $200 or more on your Student ID card by February 1, 2019 and get an extra 10% bonus per $100!
Please note if you already sent in the required amount for the incentive ($200 or more) during January, your student has received her incentive amount on her card.
How it Works:
Bring a check for $200 and get $220 loaded onto your student ID card.
Bring a check for $300 and get $330 loaded onto your student ID card.
And so on....
The entire amount must be loaded in one transaction and amounts must be loaded in $100 increments.
All-Star Drivers Education at Mercy
All Star Driving Education will be providing driver's training classes at Mercy.
Segment 1 will begin on Monday, March 4. Class will meet Monday - Thursday for 3 weeks, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in S-23.
Segment 2 will meet on Monday, March 25, Tuesday, March 26, and Monday, April 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in S-23.
Class of 2019
Please note the following important information for all seniors regarding College Applications, Admissions Decisions and Scholarship Reporting. All seniors received this information via email.
COLLEGE ADMISSION DECISIONS
: By now, many seniors have been receiving admissions decisions from the college(s) applied to, and some may even begin to receive scholarship notifications as well. As your daughter receives decisions, please encourage her to update the status of her applications in
SCHOLARSHIPS RECEIVED: If your daughter receives any type of scholarship, YOU MUST PROVIDE A COPY of the notification(s) to the counseling office as soon as you receive them. Please provide this information whether you plan on attending that particular institution or not. The deadline for submitting this info is April 30th. Hard copies of scholarships are also due then. Scholarships are announced at Honors Convocation, so be sure to submit this info.
AP Exams are being ordered for May. All AP students received pertinent information about ordering of AP exams.
If your daughter is currently enrolled in an AP class an AP exam will be ordered for you and charged to your tuition account.
AP exam costs $94. If you have an approved "late testing date" conflict with the exam date your AP is scheduled please contact Colleen McMaster at
immediately. If your daughter would like to take
AP exams, please email
by January 31, 2019. Payment at the Business Office is expected for an exam to be ordered. The Business Office accepts checks or credit cards. AP Bulletins with important dates and information will be handed out in AP classes.
READ JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER HERE
Check out the
latest good news
from the Counseling Office! Features include: New Year Resolutions; Gap Year; College Deferrals; and Mindful Mondays.
Mercy Counseling Department Staff
Attend Auction 2019
You're invited to the 40th Annual Live and Silent Auction "Cheers to 40 Years"
Benefitting the Young Women of Mercy High School
Saturday, February 23, 2019
5:00 P.M. Liturgical Celebration
Basilica of St. Mary, 18200 Merriman Rd, Livonia
6:00 P.M. Hors D'oeuvres and Silent Auction
Saint Mary's Cultural & Banquet Center,18100 Merriman Rd, Livonia
8:00 P.M. Dinner and Live Auction
Cocktail Attire | Valet Parking
Purchase your Auction tickets today
Take advantage of special early bird pricing of $100 per person
until January 31st
. Kindly RSVP by February 4, 2019.
All Mercy families received Auction Tuition Raffle Tickets in the mail. Each $25 ticket enters you for a chance to win FREE TUITION for the 2019-2020 school year or $8,000 cash. Second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Return your tickets to the Advancement Office today and/or buy online here.
Donate an Item
Be a Sponsor
Consider lending your time and talents to help before and during the Auction. Please contact Gina Gray in the Special Events Office at 248-893-3535 or
with any questions.
Rehearsals for our spring production of Newsies are well underway and we could not be more excited for you to come see our show! Our cast has been working hard in rehearsal as they drill their dance steps, learn their music, and perfect their New York accents! We hope that you "seize the day" and join us March 8-10th for a truly unforgettable Mercy production!
2019-20 Financial Aid Program
|The Mercy High School Financial Aid program for the 2019-2020 school year is now in progress. Please visit Mercy's website mhsmi.org/admissions/financial-aid for further information. The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2019.
The Mercy High School Financial Aid program consists of tuition assistance and named scholarships. Financial aid is awarded annually by the Mercy High School Financial Aid Committee on the basis of financial need as determined by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment (FACTS). Families must apply for Financial Aid each new school year.
The Archdiocese of Detroit will award tuition assistance grants again this year to Catholic families who qualify. Visit the Archdiocese of Detroit web site here.
Mercy High School is grateful for the donors who have generously created a legacy that will enable us to continue to offer learning opportunities to students who are in need of financial help through the Circle of Mercy Named Scholarship and Tuition Assistance programs.
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
If you haven't yet reserved what is sure to be another prize-winning yearbook, do it today. We have less than 100 copies left to sell so make sure your daughter is guaranteed one. Not sure you've purchased
Check the list here
. Yearbooks are $70 and available online at
. Type in code
13826 to be directed to Mercy's page. Yearbooks can also be purchased through Mrs. Hallie Smith.
Take 10 at 10
Campus Ministry offers a daily
Take 10 at 10 during 3rd hour, student schedule permitting. In addition to deepening our relationship with God and one another, as little as
10-15 minutes of meditation or prayer can improve our health, happiness and concentration. This is a brief (
10 minute) opportunity for shared prayer in the chapel for a chance to recharge, renew yourself in God during our otherwise busy days. All are welcome!
NHS Tutor Request
The National Honor Society is available and willing to help tutor in many subject areas. All requests are made by filling out an
online form available here
. It is also accessible for students on the NHS tutoring page in Schoology. Each time a form is submitted, it is for one tutoring session for one subject. If additional help is needed or another tutor request for a different subject, simply submit another form. There is no limit.