MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER -
March 4, 2019
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,
Our President, Dr. Cheryl Kreger and myself just returned from Atlanta, Georgia where we attended the MESA (Mercy Educational Systems of America) Leadership Forum. This annual event allowed us to connect and share ideas with other administrators from within the 56 schools throughout the network, including those from Argentina, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica and the Philippines. During the 2017-2018 school year, over 27,300 students were enrolled in Mercy schools, supported by more than 10,000 faculty and staff. We are fortunate to have the resources and support from this larger community.
While at the MESA conference, the Sisters of Mercy greeted visitors with the hallmark hospitality of the Mercy charism. While we attended these sessions, our wonderful Mercy Mothers Club extended this same welcoming gesture to our parents and teachers for Parent/Teacher Conferences. We offer a huge thank you to our Mothers Club who, in addition to coordinating refreshments for conference visitors, also provided a wonderfully perfect dinner spread for teachers during the break between the afternoon and evening sessions. This generosity and effort is truly appreciated and warmed the hearts of our faculty.
This year's Principal's Pick is targeted to renovate our Marlin shop into a true retail store offering high quality Mercy merchandise. This enhancement provides opportunity to increase branding and marketing visibility throughout the community. Additionally, through a nearly funded generous donation, we will be including a tea room for our students, as a nod to our founder the Venerable Catherine McAuley. This comfortable space featuring a door and window from the original Detroit campus, will offer students an area to relax, connect with friends and enjoy a brief respite from the rigor of a busy schedule.
We are overwhelmingly grateful to the generous donors who committed to these projects, as well as to all who gave their financial support throughout the evening. A special thank you is extended to our organizers who worked so creatively and diligently in coordinating this annual tradition to ensure we continually have the resources to provide our students with the best academic and co-curricular experiences.
Our Algebra I teachers are currently participating in the year long Wayne RESA TIPM3 cohort. Through this series, teachers focus on implementing high leverage instructional practices to engage all students. A TIPM3 coach visits the teacher's classroom as a follow-up after each in-person session to provide observational feedback in support of lesson goals. Many of our science teachers are attending the Van Andel Education Institute Sustained Training Program (VAEI) series. Through these workshops, teachers explore how to further engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based science. Content introduced supports teachers in developing richer questioning techniques and ideas for providing students experiences in data analysis and expansion of claim, evidence, and reasoning.
Additionally, team members supporting our ever evolving technology initiative will be attending an upcoming conference hosted by Apple in Education: Supporting High Schools in Innovation.
At Mercy, it is not just our students who are continually challenged to accept new experiences and become lifelong learners!
Although school strategic plans are continually evolving, the accreditation process for educational institutions requires an on-site review by representatives of the certifying agency every six years. Similar to many schools across the nation, Mercy is accredited through AdvancED. The AdvancED Engagement Review Team will visit Mercy March 26-28 to assess our academic rigor, support programs for all students, and commitment to systemic improvement practices. Aside from our overarching Operational Plan, each of our departments have individual strategic plans with measurable objects that have been defined through the analysis of student achievement data.
We are proud to share with the visiting AdvancED team our many successes, accomplishments and plans for future growth and improvement.
A 2017 National Institute of Health study found that more than one in four high school seniors reported vaping in the last year, and 17% had vaped in the last month. From 2013 to 2014 alone, e-cigarette use among high school and middle school students tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that 50% more teens vape than smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes. Additionally, a recent CNN report indicated a 80% increase
in high school vaping within the last year. There is no doubt this issue is of real concern for parents and school communities alike.
At Mercy, last school year we offered workshops for all students and parents that presented the dangers of vaping. Currently, all sophomore students engage in an in-depth Health class unit on vaping, and plans are in place to include additional resources in the fall. Our teachers and coaches frequently speak to their students about the dangers of e-cigarettes, and I encourage you to
share facts with your daughter as well.
Athletic Leadership Training
Mercy is proudly piloting a student athlete leadership workshop in partnership with the counseling and athletic departments. This unique effort reflects our mission to develop the whole young woman, which includes the experience for our competitive athletes to form healthy relationships and positive interactions within athletic teams. This partnership also involves developing a model for effective relational coaching strategies to support building positive team dynamics.
Blessing of the Bot:
Last Monday, Fr. Paul Graney from Our Lady of Sorrows officiated the Blessing of the Bot for the Riveters, our Mercy robotics team, as the competitive season begins. Our Riveters practice "real-world" engineering as they design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and are given 6 weeks to build and program a robot from scratch to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
The challenge theme this year is Destination: Deep Space. Teams have the option during autonomous mode to drive blind (with use of programming) or use visual feedback to control the robot. Mercy's team has elected to mount a camera to drive the robot during the "sandstorm phase" and use suction cups (utilizing a pneumatics system to create suction) to pick up and transport objects on the field. Mercy competes in District Competitions on March 1-2 and March 22-23 to earn points for states. Go Riveters!
Mercy Kairos Leaders
Our campus minister, Mrs. Judi Griggs-Dennis was approached from within the Archdiocese to work in partnership with campus minister Thane Hall from Brother Rice to create an Archdiocesan Kairos experience. This opportunity is for interested girls enrolled in public and other local Catholic schools not offering a Kairos retreat. Given our strongly established female centric Kairos program, Mercy girls were invited to assume the role of student spiritual leaders! They will share witness talks and facilitate small group discussions and prayer activities. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact in their faith with other Catholic teens within the larger community!
Two service trip experiences are offered this year through our Campus Ministry program. During Easter break, eleven students will be traveling to Kentucky for Habitat for Humanity. New this year is an additional opportunity to travel to Nazareth Farms in West Virginia. This is a unique service immersion trip that focuses on community, simplicity, prayer and service. We are blessed to have such a robust service program that supports the various interests of our students.
Catholic Scholarship Participation
The Live It. Show It. Share It. scholarship contest was designed as part of the Alliance Catholic Credit Union sponsorship of the Catholic High School League. The contest was open to any 8th - 11th grade student planning to attend a Catholic High School League affiliated school for the 2019-2020 school year.
To be eligible students were required to submit a 6-word story and one accompanying photo to the assignment: "Tell us about a time in your life when your Faith had a meaningful impact." 274 students rose to the challenge, with entries from over 50 schools across the Archdiocese of Detroit. Take a look
Remember to mark your calendars for our exciting production of Newsies with performances this weekend March 8-10!!
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 you enjoy a Lenten season of personal reflection and spiritual fulfillment,
Mercy High School's Performing Arts Department cordially invites you to the musical,
Newsies. Set in New York City,
Newsies is based on the 1992 Disney movie which was based on the true story of the Newsboys strike of 1899. When the titan of journalism, Joseph Pulitzer, raises the cost for newsboys to sell "papes," the boys of New York, led by Jack Kelly, "seize the day" and revolt. Jack meets his match in the young journalist, Katherine Plummer, who inspires him to enlarge the strike to include all of the city's down-trodden children in search of justice. As the strike turns into "The Children's Crusade," children from sweatshops, factories, and slaughterhouses join the strike to bring the newspaper industry to a standstill and eventually, to a resolution. The show boasts such tunes as
Santa Fe, Carrying the Banner, King of New York, and the show stopping
Seize the Day.
We have pulled out all the stops to present this high energy Disney musical. The cast of 61 includes young men from Catholic Central, U of D Jesuit, St. Mary's Preparatory, Stevenson High School, Plymouth Christian, Heritage Co-op, and one young boy from Greenhills School. The enormous set pieces, built by 16 girls on stage crew, act as the proverbial "Goliath" to Davey and the Newsboys. The musical numbers, both song and dance, are fast paced and energetic with an extremely talented cast. We are so excited to use the new colored lights which were funded by the Principal's Pick item from last year's Auction. We don't want anyone to miss this spectacular show. We invite you to see this high energy show in hopes that you will "Seize the Day" as you "Watch What Happens."
The show is set for this weekend
Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and children
and may be purchased at the Reception Area or
. Tickets may also be purchased at the Box Office the evening of the performance. We promise you an unforgettable night.
MOMS NIGHT OUT
Mix and mingle with other Mercy moms at the Mothers Club event
March Martinis Night Out
Thursday, March 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Bar Louie Laurel Park Mall. Appetizers provided. Please RSVP to
by March 7. Hope to see you there!
2019-2020 MMC BOARD
Calling all Mercy Moms! The Mercy Mothers Club is looking for moms to join its board for the 2019-20 school year. Freshman and sophomore moms preferred, however all are welcome! Requirements include having a can-do attitude, being committed to making a difference at the school and out in the world, and being open to having some fun as the Moms Club continues its mission of "Leading by Example and Building a Legacy." Board positions begin in fall 2019. Please contact Susan Telang (email@example.com) or Anne Osmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you on the board!
Save the date for the senior mom farewell dinner Monday, May 6th. More details coming soon.
|Calling all Mercy Dads! Join us at our next monthly meeting event "Doctor, Doctor" tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30pm in the Cafe. Some health professionals will be in attendance to provide good information. Plus...Chef Mike will be preparing a special menu and a group Dads Club picture will be taken, so come on out and we hope to see you tomorrow night!
Save the Date for the Dads Club Mercy Family Mass & Breakfast on
Sunday, March 24. More details coming soon.
Student & School Successes
Congratulations to these wonderful students recognized as 2018-19 Scholastic All-Catholic earlier this year!
2019 Madeleine Ballard
2019 Nathalie Gijsbers
2019 Abigail Najar
2019 Sophie Sass
2019 Kylie Scott
2019 Casey Stoneback
2020 Elizabeth Chevalier
2020 Marissa Ernat
2020 Grace Fadool
2020 Rachel Glowzinski
2020 Katherine Hutter
2020 Madison Konja
2020 Juliana Petrucci
2020 Angela Rea
2020 Isabelle Sawicki
2021 Marium Asghar
2021 Maya Goudeseune
2021 Cassandra Gursin
2021 Aisling Heaphy
2021 Olivia Milosevich
2021 Gabriella Mosey
2021 Gabrielle Pough
2021 Raquel Segars
2021 Mary Shah
2021 Samantha Szelag
2021 Sophia Tesic
2021 Cotter Welch
2021 Alexa Zydeck
|State Honors Choir
Congratulations to the following vocal music students for their participation in State Honors Choir at the Michigan Music Conference: Elinor Harrison; Kylie Kreucher; Cayla Stus and Candice Threat.
In addition, congratulations to Cayla Stus and Kylie Kreucher on being selected for the 2019 All-State Choir! They will be representing Mercy along with the top high school singers in the state at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo this spring.
Farmington Musicale Awards
Bravo, Kylie! On Saturday February 23, Kylie Kreucher won the high school vocalist category of THE FARMINGTON MUSICALE AWARDS FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE. On March 3, Kylie will perform at the Winners Recital and receive her cash prize. The Farmington Musicale is a non-profit organization offering a wide variety of programs open to the general public in addition to hosting financial award opportunities for young aspiring musicians in the Farmington / Farmington Hills community.
Earlier this month the iWizards visited the beautiful new Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit. The students toured the facility and participated in workshops relating to robotics and coding. The gracious hosts sent them back to Mercy with lots of Microsoft swag!
|AP Government Trip to Michigan Court of Appeals
On February 5, 2019, the AP Government and Politics class attended oral arguments at the Michigan Court of Appeals in downtown Detroit. The girls were given a brief overview of the court's role and responsibilities by Hon. Michael Rioardan and Chief Judge Christoper Murray before they sat in on a number of oral arguments. This field trip was a great way to see our judicial system in action. A special thanks to the Michigan Court of Appeals for making this happen.
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|Mercy Auction 2019
Congratulations to Eli Lyons '19 who produced the winning student "We Are Mercy" video which was shown at the Auction on February 23rd. Be sure to check out this delightful piece here. We are Mercy!
QUIZ BOWL On Saturday, February 16, the Mercy quiz bowl team competed at the 16th annual Rube Goldberg tournament at Michigan State University. After 11 rounds of competition, Mercy placed 8th overall with a 6-5 record. Out of 107 individuals, junior Rachel Vinarcik placed 5th overall, earning the highest ranking of any female competitor and scoring 650 points for the team. Junior Lili Omilian placed 25th overall, contributing 320 points. Freshman Juliana Santillan scored 75 points and sophomore Emma Dismondy scored 40 points.
You can view the tournament statistics here!
On Saturday, February 23, two Mercy quiz bowl teams competed at the Winter Invitational at the University of Michigan. The Mercy A team consisted of Alex Beverly '21, Emma Dismondy '21, Lili Omilian '20, Raquel Segars '21, and Rachel Vinarcik '20, and the Mercy B team consisted of Caitlyn Begosa '22, Lily Fromm '22, Meghana Govindaraj '22, Juliana Santillan '22, and Christina Wollenhaupt '21.
After 10 rounds of academic competition,
Mercy A finished in 8th place with an impressive 7-3 record
, and Mercy B finished 30th with a 2-8 record.
Out of 148 individuals, junior Rachel Vinarcik placed 14th and junior Lili Omilian placed 16th,
scoring 495 and 485 points for Mercy A, respectively.
Freshman Caitlyn Begosa placed 30th individually
, leading the Mercy B team in scoring 350 points. A special congratulations to freshman Juliana Santillan, who earned her varsity letter at this competition! You can
view all tournament information here
OPEN HOUSE RESCHEDULED DATE! 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 OPEN HOUSE on the new date of Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Mercy Alumnae and their families are invited to an early open house legacy tour from 1:00pm - 1:30pm. Arrive at the Chapel entrance. General Open House is from 1:30pm - 3:00pm 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.
All-Star Drivers Education at Mercy
All Star Driving Education will be providing driver's training classes at Mercy.
Segment 1 begins 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.
|Course Registration 2019-2020
As the registration process for the 2019-2020 is here, we wish to inform you of some important related dates and procedures.
9th, 10th, 11th grade students attended all-class presentations explaining the course selection and registration process. Each student received a packet including Registration Instructions, a Course Selection Form, and her Individual Registration Appointment information.
9th, 10th, 11th grade students are expected to complete the following by today, Monday, March 4th:
- Submit course selection via *Powerschool.
- Turn-in completed and signed by a parent Registration Form to Adviser.
INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION APPOINTMENTS
Each 9th, 10th, & 11th grade student will have an individual appointment day and time scheduled with her Counselor.
- Appointments are 15 minutes long and will be scheduled March 5th through April 5th during the school day.
- This time is used for Counselors to guide students in making appropriate course choices and ensure progression toward graduation.
*In order for students to have access to online registration through PowerSchool, our customization to access a report card is currently turned off. Once registration is complete, the report card feature will return. Please contact Colleen McMaster if you need a copy of your daughter's report card during that time.
AP Course Meetings
Students interested in
AP Courses for the 2019-20 school year will be required to attend an informational
meeting with the
AP Course teacher. At this
meeting, students will learn about the expectations and rigor of the course, to help guide their decision.
AP sessions will be held during Adviser Group time:
AP English: Monday, March 4
AP Science: Tuesday, March 5 (
AP Social Studies: Friday, March 8 (
AP US History,
AP World History)
New This Year - AP Computer Science Principles: Monday, March 11
AP Calculus will arrange a time to speak in current Honors Pre-Calculus classes
AP Languages will arrange a time to speak in all current 3rd level language classes
AP Art will meet with interested students individually
College Information Night for 10th & 11th Grade Families
Please join us for an evening of discussion about the college planning and admissions process. We welcome you and your daughter to attend our annual College Information Night held at Mercy High School on
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Mercy Auditorium. The information presented will help you gain a comprehensive "look" at the college admissions process.
Five college admission representatives from different universities (Central Michigan, Duquense University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Villanova University) will join us in a panel discussion to answer the most commonly asked questions about college planning and admissions. Topics include:
- Best "fit" factors to consider when looking at prospective colleges (location, size, program of study, academic rigor, community, etc.)
- Preparing for the application process
- ACT/SAT tests
- What Michigan's switch to the SAT for their state exam means to students
- Admission Factors (grades, trend in grades, test scores, extracurricular involvement, etc.)
- Essay, resume, and letters of recommendation
- Application timeline
Come learn about the process from the insiders. We encourage all 10th and 11th grade families to attend this important event and look forward to your participation!
WOW Writing for Juniors
WOW Writing has extended a free course (value $39.00) regarding the college essay to Mercy families. This one-hour video course simplifies the writing process, while giving students the confidence they need to write genuine, meaningful essays.
WOW is a member of both the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling and regularly presents at both conferences. This workshop will help debunk many of the college application essay myths and provide insight and structure on the process of writing. WOW makes writing easier.
Class of 2019
PROMOTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
: Mercy and U of D have partnered to provide "The Escalation Workshop" experience to our young women and men to equip them with the necessary tools to navigate relationships as they transition to college. Seniors will be participating in a workshop called The Escalation Workshop with the senior class from University of Detroit Jesuit. The Escalation Workshop will take place on
Monday, March 11, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m
Click here to read email notification
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.
Hockey Catholic League Champions! Congratulations
Bowling Catholic League Champions!
Spring Sports - Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field begin Monday, March 11, 2019. All students must register to firstname.lastname@example.org and have completed a Privit account and physical on file.
2019-20 Dance Team Try Outs at Mercy
- Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Dance Team Mandatory Parent Meeting Cafe
- Wednesday, March 27,6:30 - 8:30pm Try Out Day 1 Gym
- Thursday, March 28, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Try Out Day 2 Gym
2019-20 Pompon Team Try Outs at Mercy
- Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm - 7:30pm Pompon Parent and Team Meeting
- Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Pompon Clinic Day 1
- Friday, April 5, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Pompon Clinic Day 2
- Saturday, April 6, 10:00am - 2:00pm Try Outs
Attention Senior Athletes and Parents!
Are you signing a National Letter of Intent or committing to play a sport in college? The Mercy Athletics Department will be hosting another group signing day to celebrate all athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level. (If you already attended the December event, you don't need to be present.)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
2:45pm - 3:30pm
You're welcome and encouraged to invite your family and coaches. Please wear your college shirt. We will take individual and group photos. Light refreshments will be served. Notify Ms. Kate Scalzi at email@example.com if you will attend. Please include your name, sport, and college.
What a Fun Father-Daughter Dance!
The 2019 Father Daughter Dance was a great success! More than 250 current and former Mercy students and their Father figures attended at the Mercy Gym on Sat. Feb. 2. We played games, danced, and enjoyed "Family Feud" hosted by the Junior Class officers. Congratulations to Maggie McLogan for winning the essay contest!
We are happy to share that more that $4000 was raised for the Class of 2020 activities and events. Special thanks to the Mercy Dads club for their support and to all the student, parent and staff helpers and attendees who made this a wonderful evening at Mercy!
|A new maroon polo in both short sleeve and long sleeve and a black sweater vest are being introduced as part of the Mercy uniform this semester. These items are available at Educational Outfitters now!
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Mercy High School 15th Annual
Sunday, April 14, 2019
All Mercy moms are invited to Tea for Tuition! Please join us for a lovely afternoon with delicious food, enticing hot and cold teas, and Mercy spirit. Of special note will be the
Distinguished Alumna Award Presentation to Aisa Villarosa '04
. We will offer silent auction and raffle items, a table decorating contest, and an opportunity to make a gift to support tuition assistance.
Ways to Participate
- Host a table.
- Donate a gift basket or gift card. Dining, shopping, entertainment, home and garden, fashion, and beauty items are always popular. Details here!
- Explore sponsorship opportunities.
- Be an AbsenTea donor
2019-20 Financial Aid Program
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.
The Financial Aid process is now underway at Mercy High School. In order to be considered for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year, you must complete and submit the application requirements by the
April 30, 2019 deadline.
Please note that Tuition Assistance is awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the successful completion of a FACTS Management Grant and Aid Assessment application. The application may be found at the following website:
The total amount of tuition assistance distributed each year by Mercy High School is based upon the availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants who have submitted their application by the April 30 deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and considered if and when funds become available.
Please note, if you have received any type of financial aid from Mercy High School in the past, you must reapply each year in order to be considered for renewal for the upcoming school year.
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 60 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
to be directed to Mercy's page. Yearbooks can also be purchased through Mrs. Hallie Smith - cash, credit card or checks made out to Mercy.
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.