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Wit's End...notes from the principal
Go see the movie . If that sounds like a direct order, it is. Go see the movie , and not just any movie. Go see the PG rated 2017, live action Beauty and the Beast. Some of you may be thinking, "I have neither small children in my household nor grandchildren nearby, and none come to mind that might be borrowed and taken to the theater." Fear not. The order stands: Go see the movie . If you are still resistant, read on, as I hope I can convince you otherwise.

There are times in life where we can abandon preconceived notions that foster limitations and frankly, just get out of our own way. This is one of those times. This film, a Disney revival of the animated cartoon done beautifully (pardon the pun) 26 years ago, is truly a spectacle worth the price of admission. The timing for its release could not be better. It's still winter. Mornings are still a bit darker than I'd like. Most people have lost count of the numbers of family and friends that have had, still have or are waiting to become infected with some unnamed virus that hangs around for weeks. Local and national news still report the trials and tribulations that face us. It is still possible, but a bit more difficult to keep one's head above water and remain optimistic. Hence, my dictum remains - Go see the movie .

I described the film as a spectacle and I mean that in every sense. It is visually striking. The colors, the sounds, the action, the landscapes - all of it makes an impression, and then there is the music. Oh, the music! Though most of the songs are familiar, the voices and orchestration that bring them to life once again are superb. The sheer number of persons involved in this endeavor is remarkable. Take all of this and add the collective talent of the cast followed by scores of designers, computer wizards, art directors, animators  . . . literally hundreds who added their expertise to the finished product . . . it is really something.

As far as the film's message goes, that too is timely and very important for children of ALL ages to experience. Yes, I am talking to each of you, for the child still lives within you regardless of how many birthdays you've celebrated. I would add my own belief that the child within you is oftentimes screaming to be acknowledged and released. And if you do, there is much to be learned.

Consider the wonderful story, yes, a tale as old as time , where the heroine is self reliant, loyal, sweet, smart, stubborn and curious. What messages lie within the story? Consider these:

Kindness matters.
Learning is lifelong.
Flaws are OK.
Appearances still deceive.
Take good advice that comes your way.
Fears need not stop you.
Patience can produce gain.
Differences should be celebrated.
Some deadlines really cannot be ignored.
Thorns don't make the rose any less a rose.
A cuppy of tea can soothe many a situation.
And finally,  
     See the magic that is around you.
Yes, I could go on, but that's the educator in me. The messages of this film are not just designed for small children. Yes, they'll enjoy the vehicle, but so will you. These sentiments are shared by my husband, like me a film buff but more importantly, someone who doesn't operate in the realm of "Why would I see a kid's movie?" Rather, "Why not?" We both appreciate art, talent, film, music of all kinds and in all forms.

So get a group of family members or friends or co-workers or anyone you can gather together and Go see the movie . I think you might be unexpectedly surprised.

Oh, and lest I forget maybe one of the best messages of this movie:

Girls Rule! Oh, yes they do.

Mrs. Carolyn Witte, principal
Mothers Club
We had a healthy time at our March meeting! Personal Trainer, Angela Harrigan from Lifetime Fitness educated us on how our bodies burn fat for fuel, and gave us some healthy eating tips to incorporate into our busy lives. Thank you to the sophomore class for providing dinner.

Our next meeting is this Monday, April 3 at 6:30pm. Please come join us for dinner, fun and find our what next year will be all about! 
Be sure to check out the Mothers Club home page and calendar for more information about upcoming events and important notes.
Dads Club
Upcoming Meetings
Meet, greet and eat with Mercy Dads at the next Dads Club meeting Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. Save the date to join us for the final Dads Club meeting and dinner of the school year on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30pm which will feature a special "town hall" with Mercy President Dr. Cheryl Kreger!


Father/Daughter Baseball Game

The Dads Club annual Detroit Tigers baseball game is Friday, May 19 at 7:10pm. More details on how to purchase tickets coming soon!
Father/Daughter Golf Outing
Golf with your daughter on Sunday, May 21 for the annual Father / Daughter Golf Outing. Registration info coming soon!

Stay in touch with Dads Club happenings at
Heart of Mercy

Mercy High School rejoices for 2017 Heart of Mercy Award recipients Orchestra Teacher Ms. Marianne Corrigan, Claire Johnston '17 and English Teacher Mr. Mike Gruber who live out the values of Human Dignity, Service, Justice, Mercy, and Option for the Poor. Thank you for being faithful and compassionate people of God who make a difference to everyone in our Mercy family!

Here is just some of what students had to say about these inspirational school leaders:

Ms. Corrigan welcomes everyone into her classes with open arms and gives us all self confidence. She shows the spirit of Mercy and promotes a spirit of hope. She is so supportive of all students activities.

Claire takes time from her own needs to serve others in prayer and her concern is genuine. Love and mercy pour out of her. She is a rock for those who know her and encouraging to all she meets. She shines the light of Christ to the world and is selfless.

Mr. Gruber promotes justice in the world at large for everyone and is always an example of how we are to act and treat others. He gets us to think beyond the books and not only understand literature, but life itself. He makes students feel heard.  
Join us for Mass with Archbishop Vigneron
All parents are invited to Mercy High School for our special Mass with The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop on Thursday, March 30th at 8:45am in the Auditorium. We are so pleased to welcome back Archbishop Vigneron and look forward to him leading us in liturgy, touring the school and speaking to staff and students.  
Go Marlins!

Mercy Ice Hockey defeated Ladywood in overtime to capture the 2017 Division 1 Girls Hockey State Championship. Check out highlights of the game here. Please be advised that no school will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 as a celebration day in honor of the Ice Hockey State Championship win.


Mercy Basketball finished their wonderful season as state semi-finalists after winning both District and Regional Championships. Read more basketball headlines here. And watch this cool spotlight on the team from MLIVE here.

Senior College Athlete Signing Event

Are you signing a National Letter of Intent or committing to play a sport in college?

The Mercy  Athletics Department will be hosting a spring group signing day to celebrate all  athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level. If you already attended the fall signing event, you don't need to be present.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Mercy Gymnasium 
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 if you will attend. Include your name, sport, and college.

Cheer on your Marlins!

Spring sports are underway! Check the athletics calendar and even get driving directions. Our athletes are always making headlines. Read some sports features here.
Good Deeds Day!
Global Health Charities and Mercy High School Join Hands to Help Families on Good Deeds Day 2017 this Saturday, April 2nd from 12pm-3pm.

Sophomores at Mercy High School, employees at Global Health Services Network, and Global Health Charities ambassadors are expected to turn out on Good Deeds Day 2017 to do good for the benefit of others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do a good deed, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively impact the world.
The team will gather at the school to assemble over 1,000 Clean Birth Kits to be distributed to mothers and infants in under resourced countries that lack the most basic necessities for a safe, healthy birth. Over 4.5M infants and 303,000 mothers die each year in childbirth, the majority in developing countries. The majority of these deaths are preventable, with infection a major cause.
Kit materials were donated by Mercy High School students and parents, Our Lady of Sorrows Christian Service Commission, Nurses Choice, and other donors.
Good Deeds Day is a global movement that unites over 75 countries around the world in doing good deeds.Crossing all borders and cultures, thousands of businesses and organizations from more than 75 countries, including MTV Global, ABC Network Studios NYC, NASDAQ, Pope Francis, and many more have taken part. For more information about Good Deeds Day visit:

WHO: Patricia Williams, MS, CHE, Founder and President of Global Health Services Network and Global Health Charities; Susan McAdams, Executive Director of Global Health Charities, and several youth and adult volunteers.
WHAT: GHC Clean Birth Kit Assembly
WHERE: Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, MI
WHEN: Sunday, April 2nd, 12pm-3pm
Student Successes...Applause! Applause!
2017 Val Sal Finalists

Congratulations to the following seniors who were selected as Valedictorian and Salutatorian Finalists for the Class of 2017!

Nicole Belans
Hannah Hamilton
Chiaka Ibe
Elizabeth Janitz
Edith Jones
Samantha Kleedtke
Jordyn Kreucher
Sarah Kurpiers
Marissa Lobbia
Hanaa Saleh
Alexandra Sanderson
Katelynn Smith
Juliana Stoneback
Alissa Sweeney
Sydney Van Acker
Jillian Yassay
Art Awards

Sojourner Posch

Gabriella Pluszczynski
Congratulations to the following Mercy students who won two of the seven awards in the 2017 Festival of the Arts Student Art Awards Competition.

Sojourner Posch, grade 10, photography, teacher - Ms. Smith
Gabriella Pluszczynski, grade 9, photography, teacher - Mrs. Rife

Awards will be presented at the Festival of the Arts Awards Ceremony held at the Costick Center on Friday, March 31 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Winning art works will be displayed in the Farmington Hills City Gallery from March 28 until May 1, 2017. This ceremony is part of a three-day celebration of the arts in the Farmington community. Read more at this link - Festival of the Arts. Ceremony tickets are $10 each if purchased prior to March 24. After March 24, tickets will be $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Costick Center or online here. On Saturday, April 1, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, there will be a free workshop and panel discussion for middle school and high school students to explore art focused educational and career opportunities.
State Solo & Ensemble - Wow! Congratulations to Alana O'donnell and Kylie Kreucher whose
duet at State Solo & Ensemble was one of a very select number of vocal ensembles chosen to perform at the 2017 Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) MSVMA Vocal Solo & Ensemble Recital on
Friday, May 19th. This festival honors the finest high school talent in the state of Michigan. What an incredible and significant achievement!  
Fantastic Forensics! On March 18th, the Mercy forensics team competed in their 5th & final regular competition of the season. On April 1st, the girls will compete for the chance to attend the Grand National Tournament in Louisville, KY.  Congratulations to the following girls:  
Oral Interpretation: 
1st Place- Olivia Fras
2nd Place- Avalon Barr
3rd- Regan Castle 
4th- Madison Leake
1st Place: Cara Forfinski 
2nd Place: Maggie Ewald 
3rd Place: Kylie Kreucher
5th Place: Micha Pulick 
Dramatic Duo: 
1st Place: Castle/Jones
2nd Place: Tartan/Pickett
3rd Place: Rapson/Carlson
1st Place: Ghable Bell
2nd Place: Cassandra Hett
4th: Molly Makarewicz
5th: Mia Sooch
6th: Alaina Marcuz 
Original Oratory: 
1st. Abbey Hembree
4th: Isha Ganguli 
5th: Megan Hutter
Extemporaneous Speaking: 
1. Dani McClain 
Latin Student News
On Thursday, March 16, 43 Mercy Latin students participated in the National Latin Exam. Over 150,000 students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries participate in the NLE each year, and we are proud to count our students among them.  In the past, Mercy students have won many national awards and recognitions, and we are hopeful for another strong performance! Bonam fortunam! Good luck!

On Sunday, March 19, Mercy Latin students and families participated in a beautiful Tridentine Mass (Traditional Latin Mass). The Mass was hosted by the Oakland County Latin Mass Association and held at the chapel of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.

(Photo courtesy of OCLMA.)
Distinguished Young Woman of Novi - Big Congratulations to junior Gabriella Petrucci (pictured center) on winning the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Novi! Earlier this month, she competed against five other girls in the categories of interview, scholastics, talent, self-expression and fitness.

In July, she will compete for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan and over $7,000 in college scholarships. Good luck, Gabriella!
Robotics 1st Place Win and headed to States!
The Riveters Robotics Team won their first ever district competition this past weekend at Woodhaven High School. They were selected first out of a field of 40 robots and were paired with team 5053, the Lakers from Lady of the Lakes Catholic School. This is the first Blue Banner in the history of The Riveters and was a thrilling culmination to the regular season. As an added bonus the team was awarded The Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for their superior business plan and execution.

This victory seals a trip to the Michigan State Championship on April 13 - 15 at Saginaw Valley State College and will likely send The Riveters to the World Championship in St. Louis on April 27 - 29 . The Riveters are currently ranked 8th in the State of Michigan out of over 450 teams. Thank you sponsors and supporters of the team that helped us to register and build this year's competition robot. They donated money, time, software, fasteners, aluminum, and a whole lot of support and encouragement for the team.
Business Professionals of America: Nine students attended the Business Professionals of America-Michigan Association State Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids March 16-19. Students attended a variety of workshops, spoke with college representatives from Michigan colleges, and interacted with the more than 2,500 students from chapters around the state of Michigan. Senior Saveri Nandigama presided over the entire conference as the state president for the Michigan Association.

Seniors Bridget Eusebi and Katelynn Smith served as voting delegates, voting on key amendments as well as candidates to the 2017-2018 State Executive Council. 
In addition, junior Supreet Nirman competed in Medical Office Procedures. The nine students: Nandigama, Eusebi, Smith, Nirman, Bri Buchanan, Kate Zablock, Ava Senkowski, Carolina Suero and Sarah Pegler all earned their Statesman award, which recognizes achievement in activities that promote leadership and service.

Nandigama is currently raising funds to attend 
the National Leadership Conference in Orlando May 10-14, where she will serve as the campaign manager for a Michigan student running for national office as well as attend Disney leadership training. If interested in helping Nandigama, please contact Mrs. Hallie Smith, BPA advisor at or 248/893-3579.
Tech Talk & iWizards - See what's been happening with Mercy technology lately at!

See posts about Apple Teacher Day, Tech Talk Conference, tech spotlight on the Science Department, Mercy Tech Team presentation at the State Conference and a cool iWizard Google Hangout and video message to tech teams abroad.
Counseling Corner
Sophomore Practice ACT

All 10th grade students will be taking the practice ACT (PreACT) test on  Tuesday, April 4th  during the school day. The PreACT test is an excellent practice test for taking the ACT as it typically predicts future ACT scores, and can help with career planning. Learn more about the benefits of the PreACT here

A few things to keep in mind for test day: 
  • Testing will start at 8:00am and students are to report directly to their assigned testing room. Advisers will have testing room lists, as will the reception area and counseling.
  • Late students will ONLY be allowed in for testing if actual testing hasn't started.
  • Students will attend classes after the exam...5th-7th hours. Students are advised to bring a lunch.
  • Remember to bring two sharpened #2 pencils & a calculator with you. A list of approved calculators can be found here.
Counseling in the Classroom

Counselors recently met with sophomore students through their English class. The focus of the sophomore classroom meeting was to introduce the students to the college planning/search features of Naviance Family Connection. Counselors demonstrated various functions of this online college planning tool and had students work along with them on their iPads as they explored things like: how to search for a college based on personal interests; how to learn about a college's admission requirements; how to learn about major offerings at a college; how to know if a college is a good academic fit for a student based upon grades and test scores; how to begin building a "college list" of schools the student is thinking about, and how to build a resume to name a few.

Counselors (10th -12th grade counselors) will meet with freshmen students through their World History class either April 3rd, 5th, or 6th. This meeting will give students an opportunity to learn who their new counselor will be starting in the 10th grade. The focus of the meeting is to help students create their personal account with Naviance Family Connection. Counselors will introduce the students to some of the pre-college planning features of Naviance Family Connection. Some of these resources/tools include the Learning Styles Inventory, and the Strengths Inventory which helps students identify their talents. As the students learn more about themselves in the 9th grade, they can build upon this information with the Career Planning features found in Naviance. 
Advancement News
Wishes Granted!

Take a look at these smiling faces! Thanks to donor support of the Annual Fund; the Math, Performing Arts, English and Religious Studies Departments all had wishes granted.

Check out their new items... 
  • Document Camera for the Math Department
  • Wireless body microphone for the Performing Arts Department
  • Two Blu-ray players for the English Department
  • Whiteboard for the Religious Studies Department
Language Lab Fully Funded

We did it! The Mercy High School Language Lab will have a new look thanks to our successful Crowdfunding campaign and major donor support. Stay tuned for photos of this space.

Mercy Pool - We Need Your Help!

The Mercy High School pool and swim program have a proud and strong tradition including classes through Physical Education and an outstanding Swim and Dive Team. We recognize and celebrate the importance of this legacy to our students, alumnae and Mercy High School.

The Mercy pool is original to the current campus and has been maintained for 53 years. During Christmas break, it was discovered that there were several operational issues with the pool. Due to the severity, the pool has been closed. After professional assessments, we have determined the much needed repairs and cost to make the Mercy pool operational by the 2017 fall season.

Thanks to generous donations made at the Auction and donor support, we raised over half the required funds. We need additional help to finish the project and open the pool! Visit the crowd funding web page here to make your gift today.

Thanks for Visiting Mercy
On February 28th and March 6th, both AP Government classes had the opportunity to speak with two Mercy Alumnae via Google Hangout. Karen Kudelko '03 Senior Staffer for Rep. Elijah Cummings and Amy Nabozny '12 Legislative Correspondent for Sen. Mitch McConnell, both shared their education and career experiences with the classes. Students were able to find out what it is like to work on the Hill and to be involved in the political process. There was also a short Q & A session with both.

On February 28th, both Law in Action classes welcomed Sgt. Steven Richter from the West Bloomfield Police Department to speak to them about criminal law and procedure. The girls enjoyed asking questions and learning more about the how the criminal justice system works.

The Mercy Broadcasting class had a wonderful opportunity to not only hear from a professional in the field, but a Mercy Alumna when Traverse City Reporter, Caroline Powers '11, visited the classroom. She spoke with the girls about her experience as a reporter and her exciting journey in the broadcasting field. She spoke highly of how Mercy High School prepared her to confidently enter college life and the broadcasting field. We learned so much from her! Thanks, Caroline! 

It is always nice to bring real life experiences into the classroom!

BUY! BUY! BUY! SELL! SELL! SELL! The Mercy Student Sweepstakes Drive is underway and runs through April 28th. Students were given selling information and tickets. Each student is responsible to sell 6 books of tickets. $5 per ticket or $25 per book. Plenty of fun prizes and selling incentives are in store for this year's drive. Visit for more info.

All drawings will be held at Mercy on May 15, 2017 and the grand prize is $10,000! Be sure to take a look at the tickets with the prize information. Get your Mercy Sweepstakes ticket for your chance to win big! Purchase from a Mercy student, stop by the Mercy Reception Area, or contact Olivia Hanna at or 248-893-3535. Thank you for supporting Mercy High School.
Latest & Greatest from the Alumnae Office
Mercy High School 13th Annual

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tea for Tuition - a meaningful tradition!

All Mercy moms are invited to Tea! 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 Sheri Johnson Crawley '90.

Over the past 12 years, this event has raised over $190,000 to help more than 100 Mercy girls in need of financial assistance. We will offer silent auction and raffle items, a table decorating contest, and an opportunity to make a gift to Mercy.

Ways to Participate
For more information, visit or contact or 248-476-3270.
View this Video!
Check out another wonderful "We are Mercy" video by Cayla Stus '20!

Stay tuned for more student produced features with the "We are Mercy" theme!

Attention Class of 2017 Parents!
Mercy seniors are busy and plenty of exciting events are coming up! Please stay connected to the Class of 2017 web page at for important forms, deadlines and information.
  • End of Year Promise Due - All seniors must complete and sign the end of year promise by Friday, March 31.
  • Prom tickets will be on sale from Monday April 3 - Wednesday April 12 before or after school at the snack bar in the cafeteria. End of year promise must be submitted in order to purchase prom tickets. Tickets are $75 a person, $150 a couple. 
  • Senior Sayings for Graduation are due Tuesday, April 11. As the girls receive their diploma and walk across the stage at Graduation, a saying of their choice will be read. Please read requirements and other details here
  • Memory DVD Orders Due April 25th!
2017 - 2018 Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Program
Mercy High School is grateful to 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.

The Financial Aid application period for the 2017-2018 school year is now in progress. For details and forms, please visit The deadline for submitting applications is April 7, 2017. The Archdiocese of Detroit also offers a tuition assistance program. Visit for details.
Uniform Info 2017-18
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the uniform will be simplified. The kilt patterns, blouses, and polos will remain the same. The sweater and quarter-zip color options will change. All grades will wear the same color black sweaters (cardigan and v-neck) and quarter-zips. This change was made because the other quarter-zip colors were becoming difficult to obtain. Students who have already purchased maroon or gray sweaters and maroon or white quarter-zips may still wear those colors, but, those colors will no longer be available for purchase.

The uniform for 2017-18 will be as follows:

Class of 2018
 - gray kilt; gray or black sweaters; gray, white, or black quarter-zip
Class of 2019 - black kilt; black sweaters or quarter-zip  
Class of 2020 - blue plaid kilt; maroon or black sweaters or quarter-zip
Class of 2021 - green plaid kilt: black sweaters or quarter-zip

Kilts, blouses, polos, and sweaters (cardigan and v-neck) must be purchased from  Educational Outfitters. Quarter-zips must be purchased from  Lands' End.
23317 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington, MI 48336
Mercy's Preferred School ID # is 900181215
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info You Need to Know
DAY OFF April 24 - Please be advised that no school will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017
as a celebration day in honor of the Ice Hockey State Championship win.
Physicals & Heart Screenings - Get your physical for the 2017-18 school year performed by Henry Ford team physicians here at Mercy on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Heart screening available. $20 for regular, $25 with EKG. For incoming Mercy 9th graders & current Mercy 9-11th graders. 
Notice regarding vision screening - Michigan Public Health Code, Act 368, requires parents to ensure completion of vision screening for ninth graders or in conjunction with drivers training. Oakland County Health Division offers free vision screening by appointment at the North Oakland Health Center and South Oakland Health Center locations. Parents can call (248) 424-7070 to schedule an appointment. Parents may also choose to have their child tested at their own optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Symposium - Catholic organizations have been asked to share the following event information: There will be a Human Trafficking Symposium by Pearls of Great Price Coalition held on Friday, May 12 from 8am-4pm at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church, 555 S. Lilley Rd in Canton. Click here for more information and tickets
Future School Year Dates - Click here for an outline of upcoming school year dates that was sent to all parents via email for your reference. A more detailed calendar for next school year 2017-18 will be available later this semester.

Yearbook: The yearbook staff is putting the finishing touches on the 2017 Lore. If you haven't purchased yours yet, make sure to order it at and select 13826 for Mercy's page. Not sure if you've ordered one? Check this list here. New this year -  purchase of a yearbook also includes a digital version of the yearbook you can carry with you anywhere!
Snapshot of Mercy
Our very own Mercy Mimes entertained at the Detroit Institute of Arts on the afternoon of March 17th. They posed with the DIA Executive Director Salvador Salort-Pons and imitated Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural.   
If you have any questions or want to submit information for the Mercy MEMO, please contact . 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.