MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER
- June 5, 2019
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,
What a wonderful year of accomplishments we celebrate as the school year comes to a close! Our Mercy students have shared their strengths, gifts and talents in so many areas and we are very proud of their successes. From academics to co-curriculars, we thank you for supporting the many activities that allow our students to shine. As we watched our 150 graduating seniors walk across the stage this past Sunday, the impact of a Mercy education was very evident. These young women are prepared to enter the world with the confidence and courage it requires to truly make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. We thank you for partnering with us in developing the spiritual, academic and character formation of your daughter.
We are also thankful for each and every teacher and staff member who supports our students in immeasurable ways. We have special appreciation and prayers for our team members who are now retiring, and are grateful for their many years of service to Mercy: Mrs. Cheryl Corte (Media Center) after 20 years, Mrs. Carol Rife (Art Department) with 19 years, and Mrs. Lisa Schrimscher (Math and Science) with 17 years of service. Each of these women have touched the lives of countless students and they will always be a part of our Mercy family. Thank you for keeping them close in your prayers as they begin their new life adventures.
We are excited to share with you in the fall some of the new developments we are working on, as it is our commitment to continually develop opportunities and experiences for our Mercy students.
On behalf of the Mercy administration and staff we wish you a safe and relaxing summer.
May God's many blessings shine in your path.
The entire Mercy school community convened on May 23 for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2019. From math and science, service and scholarships, Newsprint and Lore yearbook, all were honored for their awesome achievements and a standing ovation to the seniors for a fabulous four years!
Sr. Emily George Award - Shayna Jankowski
Principal's Leadership Award - Madeleine Ballard
Garn Griffin Athletics Award - Libby Bartels
Valedictorian - Casey Stoneback
Salutatorian - Sophie VanderWeele
Did you miss Moving Up?
View this video
of one of our most favorite Mercy traditions!
God Bless the Class of 2019
What a memorable graduation day on June 2nd for the Class of 2019!
150 young Mercy women will soon enter college and go on to make a difference. Congratulations for earning over $13 million in college scholarships and volunteering over 16,000 hours of community service! We are so proud of you and will miss you walking the halls at Mercy.
Click here to view graduate names
THANK YOU to all Mercy Moms for a wonderful school year!
Uniform Donations Needed
Graduating Seniors we need your help! As you clean out your closets, please donate your skirts, blouses, sweaters and quarter zips to our Used Uniform Sale.
Sophomore Class you'll be wearing solid skirts next year! Please bring in your plaid skirts for our Used Uniform Sale.
The Used Uniform Sale is the largest fundraiser for the Mercy Mother's Club and your help is needed to make it a success. Please bring gently used skirts, blouses, sweaters and quarter zips to the Mercy Reception Area by Friday, June 14. We launder all donations and they will be available for purchase at the Used Uniform Sale during Marlin Business Day in August. Date and times coming soon!
Student & Staff Successes
|We are proud to announce the 2019 Mercy Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Lisa Wilson!
Mrs. Wilson goes above and beyond the call of duty in her Biology classroom. The Mercy Teacher of the Year was selected by the student body, fellow faculty and staff, and the administrative team. Always known to share a smile and a dance to brighten up hallways during passing times, Mrs. Lisa Wilson is a determined Biology teacher known for lifting up spirits, believing in her students, and most importantly - teaching students to believe in themselves.
Congratulations to three students from Mercy's Art Department who won awards for their artwork in this year's Farmington Hills Arts Commission 2019 High School Student Art Competition: Camille Compton - Best in Show; Avalon Barr - Honorable Mention; Katherine Wildern - Honorable Mention.
Along with the award winning pieces, additional pieces of art were selected to be exhibited. These include artwork by Katherine Wildern, Katie Kim, Sojourner Posch, Ava Rapp, Selina George, and Faye Storck. The 2019 High School Student Art Competition winners were chosen by the Farmington Area Arts Commissioner and the recipients were honored at the Festival of the Arts Reception and Awards Ceremony held April 12th.
|Counselor of the Year Award
Congratulations Mrs. Holly Markiecki-Bennetts recipient of The Joyce Ivy Foundation 2019 Counselor of the Year Award! "My role as a counselor is to meet students where they are and help them to become the young women they are meant to be." Read more here.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, 12 Mercy forensics students competed at the Grand National Tournament of the National Catholic Forensics League. Over 2000 students and 65 dioceses were represented. Three Mercy students broke to the octofinal round of the tournament, placing them in the top 48 in their category: Sophomore Yasmine Branch in Declamation, junior Caitlin Griffin and senior Avalon Barr in Dramatic Duo. Congratulations also to teacher Ms. Isabelle Moore. We are incredibly proud of this wonderful achievement!
|Way to go, Libby Bartels '19 who was named a winner for 2018-2019 Most Positive Athletes in Michigan!
|Congratulations to Macey Earle '20 who received the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Leadership Award.
|Hats off to Madeline Keuten '20 who participated in the 36th Annual Michigan Regional Chinese Schools Speech Contest and won 1st place for the Chinese as Foreign Language group!
|Leah Caldwell was proud to appear on Local 4 News to help celebrate DETROIT PAL'S 50TH Anniversary!
Mercy Quiz Bowl sent three students to the Individual Player National Championship Tournament in Chicago on Sunday, April 7. Students competed against the top players from around the country in vigorous rounds of academic competition. Junior Lili Omilian placed 57th in the nation, junior Rachel Vinarcik placed 71st, and freshman Caitlyn Begosa placed 113th. Excellent work, ladies! Tournament results can be viewed here.
Mercy Quiz Bowl students and parents traveled to Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Budapest over Easter Break! Highlights included:
- standing in No Man's Land between East and West Berlin
- strolling the grounds of Potsdam and the Sanssouci Palace
- attending Easter Mass at the Dresden Cathedral
- discovering the underground ruins of medieval Prague
- visiting the Auschwicz-Birkenau concentration camp
- meeting artisans in the Krakow markets
- cruising the Danube River at night
- touring the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest
Latest with Latin
On Saturday, April 13,
Mercy Latin students attended the 69th annual Junior Classical League Spring Conference. Students participated in and took home a plethora
awards in academics (derivatives, vocabulary, Roman life, mythology, and grammar), athletics, costuming, and creative arts. Notably,
Hannah Juday '19
was the only student in the state to receive awards in all 5 academic areas, and
Olivia Fras '19 won the David Levy Memorial Scholarship. Additional awards will be recognized at Honors Convocation.
Very special congratulations go to
Dalia Housey '21
, who was elected
Michigan JCL Secretary/Historian and
Sophia Tesic '21
, who was elected Michigan
. Mercy is proud to have such outstanding representatives from our school overseeing
Gratulamur celebramusque vos, Dalia et Sophia! You can see pictures and watch video at Mercy JCL's facebook page.
This year, Mercy students took the
with over 150,000 students from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. We are pleased to announce awards for the following students, who received
recognition for their outstanding performance in this academic competition.
Mary Katherine Acho Tartoni '22
Meghana Govindaraj '22
Ella Harris '22
Olivia Fras '19
Isabelle Miner '19
Magna Cum Laude
Brenna VanDenBerg '22
Anna Hou '22
Isabella Morganti '21
Elise Sikora '20
Megan Demshuk '20
Silver Medal: Maxima Cum Laude
Lydia Walsh '21
Sarah Hogg '20
Gold Medal: Summa Cum Laude
Sophia Tesic '21
We would particularly like to congratulate
Isabelle Miner '19, who has won
national recognition on the
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, it is Sophia's second consecutive year of this recognition. Congratulations to all students who took the
exam! We are proud of you, ladies!
|Link Leaders 2019 - 2020
Congratulations to the new Link Crew!
French Honor Society
FHS Mercy chapter inducted 13 new members to the National organization on May 1, 2019 at the annual Induction and Awards Ceremony in the evening in the media center. Our new members were inducted with a candle lighting ceremony followed by a recognition of student achievements and presentation of national and state awards. We are also very proud of students who received recognition for their outstanding participation and service this past year. The following second year French students are the newest inductees to our French Honor Society: Marium Asghar; Grace Combs; Skylar Fusco; Elaina Hauncher; Aisling Heaphy; Julia Koon; Michelle Medoza; Gabi Mosey; Rachael Salah; Mary Shah; Isabelle Smith; Caitlin Hill; Sophia Holdwick; Olivia Palm; Suhana Rouf; Caroline Wisely.
Class of 2019 Awards
Avalon Barr - American Association of Teachers of French Outstanding Senior in French Award, Medal of Excellence Academic Honors in French, Certificate of Service
Katharine Bullock - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Abigail Cataldi - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Brynna Connolly - Michigan Seal of Biliteracy
Nathalie Gijsbers - Academic Honors in French Michigan World Language Association, Outstanding Student in French Award
Alexandra Neary - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Emma Pickett - Academic Honors French Northeast Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Outstanding Student in French Award
Third Year French Awards
Lily Beasley - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Charlotte Bridges - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Lili Omilian - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Rachel Vinarcik - Certificate of Service French Honor Society, French Honor Society Member of the Year Award 2019
2nd Year French Awards
Grace Combs - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
Sophia Holdwick - Certificate of Service French Honor Society
|Spanish Honor Society
On May 1st, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (the
Society) held its annual induction ceremony and awards banquet. It was a beautiful ceremony where we celebrated the many achievements of our members, including 41 new members and 28 graduating seniors. We would like to thank everyone for a wonderful year learning about and celebrating the Spanish language and culture. Congratulations to everyone! ¡Felicitaciones a todas!
The 2018 Lore
"This is Us" was selected for a first-place ranking by the National Scholastic Press Association and silver status by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. In addition, the staff received individual recognition in categories through the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association.
Kathryn Benson - Honorable Mention for Headline Writing
Katie Bullock - Honorable Mention for Headline Writing
Alivia Callaghan - Honorable Mention for Headline Writing
Macey Earle - Honorable Mention for Headline Writing, Honorable Mention for Senior Advertisements
Nicole Garmo - 2nd Place for Senior Advertisements
Katherine Hutter - Honorable Mention for Sports Reporting
Shayna Jankowski - 2nd Place for Senior Advertisements, Honorable Mention for Feature Writing Student Life, Honorable Mention for Club/Performance Photo
Kathryn Leonard - Honorable Mention for Senior Advertising
Elizabeth Lyons - Honorable Mention for Sports Action Photo, Honorable Mention for Sports Feature Photo, Honorable Mention for Division Page
Abigail Najar - Honorable Mention for Academic Writing, Honorable Mention for Division Page
Marshele Parker '18 - 3rd Place for for Club/Performance Photo, Honorable Mention for Organizations Writing, Honorable Mention for Headline Writing, Honorable Mention for Graphics
Gabriella Pluszczynski - Honorable Mention for Headline Writing
Sophie Sawicki '18 - 1st Place for Personality Profile, 3rd Place for Cover, Honorable Mention for Colophon, Honorable Mention for Opening and Closing, Honorable Mention for Division Page
Paige Skorupski - Honorable Mention for Headline Writing
Lore Staff - Honorable Mention for Theme Development
Zobia Wasiullah - 2nd Place for Senior Advertisements
We bid a fond farewell to retiring staff
Mrs. Lisa Schrimscher (Science and Math, 17 years);
Mrs. Carol Rife (Fine Arts, 19 years); and
Mrs. Cheryl Corte (Media Center, 20 years). Thank you for your enthusiasm for education and dedication to the Mercy community!
Mercy Locker Room Demo Day June 15th
! Join the Mercy Community on Saturday, June 15th for a day of hard work and great fun as we overhaul the basement Locker Room and transform it into a training and multi-purpose room.
Having this new training space in the downstairs area will benefit ALL Mercy athletes during off season and in season conditioning and take advantage of unused campus space. This event is spearheaded by the Mercy Track coaching staff and if you can help out in anyway it will be greatly appreciated!
Where: Meet in the Mercy Lobby (facing Middlebelt).
Why: Upgrading school facilities, including creating extra practice, training, and indoor running areas!
How: Removing fixtures from the locker rooms.
There will be food, soft drinks, and prizes! Please bring heavy-duty gloves and shoes, eye protection, and your strongest friends. We will need many hands to remove 1,300 lockers and concrete bases.
If you are not the physical labor type but still want to help, we welcome donations. Go Marlins!
2019-20 general information and request forms now available here:
July 8 - Due date for bus requests. Please return the completed
rider request form
to Mercy with your non-refundable deposit. Deposits will be returned only to those families requesting stops that we are unable to accommodate. If you do not send the deposit, your application for transportation will not be processed.
August 5 - Finalized bus routes emailed with bus rules.
August 16 - iPad orientation and buses begin.
August 19 - Ninth grade orientation.
August 20 - First full day of school all grades.
A minimum of ten (10) riders registered by July 8 is needed in order to maintain the current routes or establish new routes.
One-way and 10-ride passes can be purchased from the Business Office only, no forms are necessary. If using the bus only sporadically, but would still like updates/emergency notifications, please email
Updates and Emergency Notifications will be sent through the Remind App.Text the Route code to 81010 to join.
West Route Code: @cabkkc
East Route Code: @c89827
Email code: @ec3a7d
Mercy Transportation Director
248-476-8020 ext. 1839
Mercy Business Office
248-476-8020 ext. 1880
Mercy Transportation Assistant
248-476-8020 ext. 1810
Farmington/Farmington Hills Residents
Please note that the Farmington/Farmington Hills Public School Transportation system runs on the schedule for their school district.
Please click here for the Farmington District Calendar
. As Mercy is not part of the Farmington/Farmington Hills school district, our calendar, as well as our start and release times, are not necessarily in line with those of the public schools. The policies and handbook for the Farmington/Farmington Hills Transportation system are available
. The Farmington Public Bus is available only in the afternoons.
If you would like to use Farmington Transportation,
please fill out this form
and return to
is for residents of Farmington/Farmington Hills ONLY. Someone from Farmington Transportation will then contact you.
PRIVIT System for Forms & Physicals
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 4/15/2019.
Mercy has teamed with
Privit for MHSAA Forms and Physicals. All Mercy Athletic forms and physicals can be done digitally. This will allow you to update from year-to-year with a few clicks.
Please create account under PARENT name, then add student as Member. If you log on to Privit using your phone or tablet, you can take a picture of your physical and add it in right away!
Contact Kate Scalzi at
with any questions.
Reception Area Summer Hours
Please note the following summer hours for the Mercy High School Reception Area.
- June 3 - 28, 2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- CLOSED July 1 - 31, 2019
- August 1 - 13, 2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- August 14 will resume normal hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tennis Regional Champions!
Shout out to
Track & Field for being first place in the state for personal records! Personal records were the central focus of this year's Track & Field team as they laid the foundation for what will hopefully become future elite competition.
NEW SCHOOL RECORD!
Mackenzie Sullivan '21 set a school record and finished 5th in the State in the 400 Meter with a 56.67.
Carolynn Schuring '19 who will continue her athletic career in college at Grand Valley State University for Pompon!
Congratulations to these Catholic League Class of 2019 Scholar Athletes who were honored at the 44th Annual Recognition Dinner!
Maggie Dwyer - Field Hockey;
Francesca Schena - Swimming;
Olivia Evans - Ski (winner);
Sophie VanderWeele - Golf (winner) and Tennis;
Jasmin Hudson - Bowling. Vicky Kowalski received the award as Golf Championship Coach and Mike Kowalski picked up the award for Bowling Championship Coach!
|Spread the word to prospective Mercy girls about our summer sports camps at Mercy! Please visit mhsmi.org/athletics/summer-camps for information and registration forms.
Grades 5 - 9
June 17 - 20, 2019
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Grades 5 - 9
Thursdays - July 11 to August 15, 2019
Grades 9 - 12
New Players: June 17 - 20, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Returning Players: July 15-18, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grades 3 - 5
June 17 -20, 2019
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Grade 6 - 8
June 17 - 20, 2019
3:30pm - 5:30 pm
Grades K - 8
August 17, 2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
Grades 6 - 9
June 24 - 27, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grades 6 - 8
July 22 - 24, 2019
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Grades 9 - 10
July 15 - 17, 2019
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Grades 11 - 12
July 18 - 19, 2019
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Setting - Grades 7 - 12: July 25 - 26, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hitting/Blocking - Grades 7 - 12
July 25 - 26, 2019
1:30pm - 3:00pm
First Contact/Defense/Serving Grades 7 - 12
July 25 - 26, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Performing Arts Productions 2019-20
The Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the Fall Play
You're Only Young Once and the Spring Musical
Beauty and the Beast. We are thrilled to invite you to "Be our Guest" for the 2019-2020 Mercy theater season.
2018-19 Giving Press Proof
|THANK YOU for making a difference for Mercy students! All donations to Mercy truly matter. Whether the gift supports an immediate need or benefits the long term sustainability of our school, your investment strengthens the educational experience for our young Mercy women.
We are proud to highlight some projects supported by donors for 2018-2019:
- Creation of a Tea Room inspired by Catherine McAuley and renovation of the Marlin Shop will enhance the lobby and provide students with a gathering space.
- New scholarship funds and tuition assistance contributions benefit deserving students with a financial need.
- Educational tools for Science and Fine Arts make an immediate impact in the classroom.
- Parking and landscaped area at the athletic fields and tennis courts allow for increased safety of players and closer parking for spectators.
- An increase in Annual Fund contributions provides immediate support for program enhancements and building improvements.
We invite you to review the Press Proof that represents donors who have given between July 1, 2018 through May 1, 2019. To make a correction, please email email@example.com or call 248-893-3538.
- Classroom naming opportunities and Adopt a Seat to honor staff and loved ones.
It is not too late for your name to appear in our Annual Report! You can help future generations of compassionate women leaders by
giving to Mercy today
. Please make your gift by June 30th to be recognized in the fall Annual Report. Visit
, call 248-893-3538, or mail your check to the Mercy High School Advancement Office.
Make a Difference for Mercy Golf Outing
| Golf Fore Mercy!
Monday, September 30, 2019
MEADOWBROOK COUNTRY CLUB
8am Registration | 9am Shotgun Start
Sponsor! Donate! Golf!
Registration coming soon.
18-hole scramble, cart, driving range, contests, prizes, breakfast and lunch.
Event proceeds support Tuition Assistance and Athletics.
|Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of the Mercy legacy by adopting a seat in our Auditorium. You can take pride in knowing that your gift will benefit many future generations of Mercy girls.
Each seat requires a minimum $200 donation which will help to maintain our beautiful 1,200 seat Auditorium. Our current project will enhance the auditorium sound system to improve quality and clarity. Seats may be purchased in honor of or in memory of any loved one. Your desired inscription will be permanently affixed to the available seat of your choice. This is a great graduation gift for your Mercy senior!
Please visit our Adopt a Seat Webpage for more information and to see available seats. You may also contact Erin Somerville in the Office of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-893-3582.
Mercy High School has an exciting opportunity to offer an Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles course for the 2019-2020 school year. This introductory class is based on the award-winning University of California Berkeley CS10 course and is adapted specifically for high schools.
We are investing in our students by partnering with Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS to build and grow our CS program. There are more than 500,000 open computer science positions without qualified talent to fill them across all industries. We are working to help ensure Mercy students have exposure to STEM career options.
Action We're Taking
Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS is a program that recruits, mentors, and places passionate technology professionals into high school classrooms as volunteer instructors. These volunteers bring real-time subject matter expertise into the classroom and will partner with our technology teacher, Mr. Chris Janusch, to teach this course. TEALS provides training for both parties, rigorous curricula, and opportunities for students to continue their education outside of the classroom.
As a TEALS partner school, Mercy commits to assist with volunteer recruitment from the computer science and software engineering industries to identify technology professionals interested in team-teaching this course with a certified Mercy teacher.
This class will be
scheduled during our first course period to permit our volunteers to attend their jobs.
How You Can Help
If you or someone you know works in the computer science or software engineering field and would be interested in making a difference in our students' future success, please contact Chris Janusch at email@example.com. You can read more about TEALS on their website at
We are so pleased for the multiple seating arrangements it provides for our Mercy girls to chat, study, collaborate and enjoy.
|Fun with Fox 2 and Fisher Unitech
Thank you Fisher Unitech and Fox 2 News Detroit for hosting Mercy students Elyse Zurawski '20, Jessica Dillon '19 and Reese Faunt '20.
They learned about the practical application of 3D printing and Fisher Unitech's upcoming summer camp. Plus, they were able to apply their Riveters Robotics knowledge to the program!
View segment here
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
|Class of 2019 - Please note that on August 1, 2019 your Mercy Google account will be deleted. This means all email and any files you have uploaded to your Mercy Google drive will be deleted. If you wish to transfer any of your content here is a link to Google Takeout which will allow you to download a copy of most of your content and upload it to a personal Google account. Also if you have created any accounts on other sites or cloud based services (Dropbox, Box, Apple etc.) using your Mercy email address you will have to change those accounts to use a personal email address instead before August 1st, 2019.
Class of 2020 SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS - Seniors need to have their photographs taken at a Prestige studio by September 14 to appear in the yearbook and the 2020 class composite. In addition, seniors will need to select their pose by October 3. Check the Prestige mailing for coupon offers to contact the nearest Prestige location.
2019 - 2020 LORE - The Lore will be available for purchase beginning August 1st at yearbookbordercenter.com and typing 13826 to be directed to Mercy's page. The cost will be $60 until August 20 when it will increase to $70. In addition to yearbooks, accessories and ads will be available at the site. Yearbooks can also be pre-ordered for $60 at Marlin Business Day.
- A directory for carpool interest will be sent out via email to all Mercy families in late June. If you would like to opt out of this
list, please email
- Fall sports email registration deadline
- Tryouts and fall sports begin
- New Student Technology Orientation
- Class of 2023 Orientation with Link Crew
- First full day of school all grades and Opening Day Mass
September 28 - Reunion 2019
September 30 - Mercy Golf Outing
September 30 to October 4 - Spirit Week
October 6 - Homecoming Dance
Book Buyback -
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- 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
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