MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER -
October 24, 2018
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,
What a vibrant, energetic school year it is shaping up to be, and much of this is due to the wonderful support of our parents! We offer a huge thank you to our Mothers Club who, in addition to coordinating refreshments at events since the start of the school year, also provided a wonderfully perfect dinner spread for teachers the evening of Parent/Teacher Conferences. This generosity and effort is truly appreciated and warmed the hearts of our faculty.
Speaking of warmth, the Dads Club hosted an impressive bonfire for Spirit Week, complete with music, a food truck, s'mores and an evening filled with Mercy pride. Each year, the Dads Club ensures students have a safe and fun evening with fellow students and friends in celebration of being a Marlin. We are grateful to our families and thank you for all you do for Mercy!
Additionally, the Mercy family continues to grow! On September 25th, English Teacher/Department Chair Mrs. Claudia Taniguchi and her husband Jesse welcomed the birth
of Raphael Dante Taniguchi, weighing in at 6 lbs. 6oz. All is well with both baby and mom, and we thank you for keeping them in your prayers.
One of the greatest pleasures of my role is in visiting the classrooms to gain a better understanding of both the student and staff experience. Recently, I enjoyed cardio-drumming with a Lifetime Fitness Class, talked proofs with an AP Calculus class, and heard iExplore students propose data driven solutions Mercy can enact in support of our Care for the Earth concern. Mercy students are clearly offered unique opportunities and experiences to develop their interests and critical thinking skills!
In preparation for our Spring school re-accreditation review, we will be reaching out to all of our students, parents and staff with the opportunity to participate in a November survey to share opinions about the Mercy experience. Stakeholder feedback is an important component to continuous improvement, and your participation is greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Who to Contact?:
At Mercy, we help students develop skills for self-advocacy, and always encourage a student to first speak directly to her teacher should she need clarification or wish to enter a conversation. However, when a parent feels it is appropriate to intervene, it may not be clear who to contact.
Each academic department has a department chair and an associate principal who supports that department. If ever there is a specific concern about academic performance or an experience a student has in class that can not be self-advocated, it is always requested that the parent first begin with the teacher. Should further discussion be required, the parent would next contact the associate principal supporting the department.
The following provides detail for each department, listing the department chair and the supporting associate principal for that department:
: Mrs. Claudia Taniguchi (interim Mr. Larry Baker)/Mr. Larry Baker
Ms. Susan Smith/Mr. Larry Baker
Mrs. Vicky Kowalski/Ms. Colleen McMaster
: Mrs. Anne MacDougall/Mr. Larry Baker
Ms. Ann Jamieson/Mr. Larry Baker
Dr. Alison Kline-Kator/Ms. Colleen McMaster
: Mrs. Cathy Riley/Ms. Colleen McMaster
Ms. Lisa Robinet/Mr. Larry Baker
: Mrs. Joyce Campbell/Ms. Colleen McMaster
Each year the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA) holds a conference centered on student well being. This year's conference was held in Philadelphia and provided tips for responsible technology use for teens, and strategies for identifying and reducing the impact of stressful situations. Both of these topics are impactful to our students and we will be targeting best practices for education and awareness programs in our school strategic plan.
MI HEARTSafe School:
Mercy has earned certification as an MI HEARTSafe School in recognition of our preparation and readiness for cardiac emergencies, an important achievement to protect the lives of our students, staff and visitors.
Our school has 9 American Heart Association Certified Instructors, 83% of our staff (and growing) are CPR certified, a process to provide CPR training to our coaches, 5 strategically placed AEDs, and a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan. We appreciate our team who has put much effort into this accomplishment, and are very grateful to the partnership we have with the Farmington Hills Fire Department - especially Lt. James Neufeld and Lt. Dan Wecker for all of their support and guidance.
As we round the corner to 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.
The Mercy Girl Effect:
Last month I shared that our students will focus this year on
the concern to Care for the Earth, with efforts supporting the Sisters in Kenya who they are helping women plant indigenous trees. Through Spirit Week activities, students raised $407 from
Staff versus Student Kickball lottery ticket sales and $1,412.70 via Penny Wars. Students raised a grand total of $1,819.70! This effort took a larger community and we thank Mrs.
Missy Kreucher for all of her help counting the money, and Community Financial Credit Union in Novi for taking in all of the coins!
This year, students are becoming more involved in the process of recycling. Teams are pitching in weekly through their Advisor Group to collect recycling throughout the school. This participation helps to raise awareness of recycling practices and is already generating some creative and thoughtful student ideas in support of protecting the Earth.
I am happy to share with you the many reasons we have to be proud of our school. Thank you for working 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,
Help Needed for Mothers Club Fashion Show 2018
Mercy Moms, we need your help for the upcoming "Perfectly You at all Ages" Fashion & Style event which is quickly approaching next month! Pre-planning and day of event help needed!
Please sign-up and work your contacts to build your team to help make this a successful day.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Timeline of help needed day of is 9:00am - 5:00pm
Show time and start of event is 1:00pm
Mercy High School
Please visit this Sign Up Genius link to get involved:
PERFECTLY YOU AT ALL AGES
Fashion & Style Event Presented by the Mercy Mothers Club
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Mercy High School
Light Fare & Beverages
Make Up, Hair & Clothing Vendors
Fashions for Teens & Moms
HAVEN Women's Shelter Donation Collection
Haven has requested new sheets and new towels for their donations.The Mothers Club will still collect gently used items for donation to another charity, if they are brought to the event.
Adults $40 | Students $30
Don't miss out! Get your ticket today!
RSVP AND PAYMENT REQUIRED BY NOVEMBER 12TH
SAVE THE DATE for the NEW Mercy Holiday Market!
The Mercy Mothers Club is excited to announce a brand new event. Please join us for the Mercy Holiday Market. Come celebrate the season and check off gifts from your holiday shopping list at the same time!
Thursday, December 6, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Mercy High School Media Center
Enjoy a festive night of shopping with wine and refreshments, a gift wrapping table, activities for kids, exciting raffles and more. Gather your friends for a shopping night out and we look forward to seeing you on December 6th!
Business to Business Forum at November Meeting!
All Men of Mercy are invited to the Business to Business Forum Tuesday, November 6 beginning at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. Learn what your fellow Mercy Dads do for a living and enjoy some refreshments. Be sure to bring your business card to share!
All Mercy families should've received raffle tickets in the mail. Please purchase your MDC Raffle $25 tickets today for a chance to win big and support Mercy in the Dads Club yearly raffle.
1st Prize: $5,000
Two 2nd Prize $1,000
Three 3rd Prize: $500
Drawing to be held Friday, December 14, 2018
|Help us welcome even more Mercy girls to our spectacular school! Prospective students can MEET MERCY at Open House, this Sunday, October 28 from 1pm - 3:30pm. Share this video on your social media to help spread the word and invite 7th and 8th graders to tour Mercy and discover what it means to be a part of the Mercy tradition!
Mercy Alumnae and their families are invited to an early open house legacy tour from 12:30pm - 1:00pm. Arrive at the Chapel entrance. General Open House is from 1:00pm - 3:30pm beginning at the Lobby entrance. Now is also the time to encourage seventh and eighth grade girls to
shadow a student
and experience life at Mercy firsthand. Thank you for your support!
Félicitations Madame Campbell!
2018 Barbara Ort-Smith Award Recipient Madame Joyce Smetanka Campbell
Each year, the Executive Board of the Michigan World Language Association nominates candidates for the Barbara Ort-Smith Award. This is the most prestigious award a professional in the field of world languages can receive in the state of Michigan. The award honors those who have shown a strong commitment to the profession, manifesting itself in leadership and the promotion of excellence in world language education. The first recipient of this award was Barbara Ort-Smith in 1988. She served as the first Foreign Language consultant in the state of Michigan.
Joyce Smetanka Campbell received her BA from Michigan State University in French Education and her MA from the University of Michigan in Curriculum Design and Instruction. She is currently Chair of the World Languages Department and senior French language teacher at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As Department Chair, Joyce leads a vibrant team of language professionals offering French, Spanish, and Latin courses at all levels including Advanced Placement courses. In her role as Mercy teacher for 42 years, she has taught an array of French language and culture courses and also serves as Moderator of the French Honor Society and Co-Moderator of the French Club. In addition, Joyce was formerly an adjunct professor at Mercy College in Detroit and an instructor in adult education evening programs at local colleges.
Joyce is known for her innovative programs- including courses on French theater, opera, art and architecture, poetry and literature- and is an advocate for technology in language education and was instrumental in the installation of two language labs at Mercy. Of particular note is a program she introduced, Passport to France: An Immersion Experience, which proved to be successful in introducing middle chool students to French as well as Mercy High School. She regularly conducts student field trips to special exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Art and local French restaurants, and she celebrates National French Week every year, focusing on a region of the Francophone world with guest speakers and cultural explorations of cuisine, art, cinema, music, and dance. She believes that such experiences contribute to her students' understanding of the local and global influence of French culture. In addition, Joyce is especially recognized for the high academic standards she establishes and the leadership skills she develops among students, many of whom have pursued successful careers in government, the law, business, and education using the French competence they achieved in her programs. Her efforts were recognized in 2009 when she was honored as Mercy High School's Teacher of the Year.
Joyce's contributions to the profession include her affiliations with the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, the American Association of Teachers of French, the Oakland World Language Advisory Council, the French Institute Alliance Francaise of Michigan, and, most notably, the Michigan World Language Association. She has presided at sessions and made several presentations at MIWLA meetings on project based learning experiences and thematic units of study with a focus on cultural understanding. She was awarded the MIWLA Teacher of the Year Award in 1995 and the Intercultural Student Experiences Language Matters Award in 2009.
Finally, Joyce has worked closely with the American Council on International Studies (ACIS) in Paris and the US in coordinating trips for students and adults to all regions of France and other Francophone countries. She also designed and implemented for ACIS a unique immersion program for American students studying French in Paris during the summer. She truly believes that travel and living and studying abroad lead to a greater understanding of other cultures and a greater sense of our shared humanity.
Student & School Successes
|MSVMA Honors Choir
Congratulations to the following students who were selected by audition to perform with the
MSVMA Regional Honors Choir:
Vanessa Aldstadt '19; Elinor Harrison '20; Kylie Kreucher '19; Kristina Porcalla '20; Cayla Stus '20; Candice Threat '21. They will perform a concert on December 1 at South Lyon HS.
|4Frenzy Fall Fan Choice Awards
Golf: Leah Glover; Gabriella Crepi; Elyse Zurawski; Hannah Juday
Cross Country: Grace Sneckenberger; Katie Kim: Gabriella Pluszczynski; Alexis Dickie
Swim and Dive: Katie Hermann; Clare Jones; Katie Leonard; Shayna Jankowski; Greta Gidley
Volleyball: Charli Atiemo; Genevieve Sale; Emily Susitko
Field Hockey: Bella VanSolkema; Faye Storck; Ally Neary
|Gallup Research Team
Mercy welcomed the Gallup research team for a visit on October 22 -23! Gallup is currently conducting a new, exciting study about innovative and creative approaches in education. The purpose of this study is to identify the characteristics and qualities of innovative and creative learning in schools nationally, in order to help inform policy-makers, leaders and educators. Gallup identified Mercy for our unique and amazing work. They are meeting and interviewing administrators, teachers and students as well as observing classrooms in action to learn more about how our approach to creativity and innovation is making a difference for students.
The Quiz Bowl season is off to a great start!
On Saturday, October 13, Mercy Quiz Bowl attended the Michigan State University Fall Kick-Off Tournament in East Lansing. Our team of Caitlyn Begosa '22, Lili Omilian '20, Sophia Tesic '21, and Rachel Vinarcik '20 had a strong showing against a field of nationally-ranked teams. After 10 rounds of competition, Mercy finished 9th at the state tournament.
Junior Rachel Vinarcik '20
finished 5th overall in a field of 76 competitors
, achieving the highest ranking among all female competitors. You can view
the MSU tournament statistics here
On Saturday, October 20, Mercy Quiz Bowl freshmen and sophomores attended the Detroit Catholic Central Invitational in Novi. Mercy sent two teams: Caitlyn Begosa '22, Emma Dismondy '21, Skylar Fusco '21, and Abby Worley '22; Sophia Gabbei '22, Briana Lapuz '22, Juliana Santillan '22, and Emily Walugembe '21. Mercy teams finished 10th and 16th in the tournament, with freshman Caitlyn Begosa '22 finishing 3rd overall and freshman Juliana Santillan '22 finishing 4th overall, achieving the highest female rankings. You can view the DCC tournament statistics here.
Do you love TRIVIA, TIMBITS, and TEAMWORK? Do you want to earn a Varsity letter? Quiz Bowl is the team for you! Practices are every Tuesday from
Local meets are approximately once a month, with opportunities to travel to Lansing, Chicago, and Atlanta for major tournaments. We are also taking an educational trip to Central Europe over Easter! Students interested in participating in this academic team should contact the Quiz Bowl coach Mrs. Marquard at
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Award
Graduate and AP Spanish student Joelle Joyner '18 won 1st place in the Albricias art competition. Her artwork will be featured on the cover of the magazine Albricias. She also received a
check to celebrate her achievement.
Pink Out Dress Day for Breast Cancer Awareness
PINK OUT this Friday, October 26! Students and staff will come together to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness & Support. This annual
PINK OUT fundraiser at Mercy encourages everyone to pay a $5 (or more) donation to be out of uniform and wear
PINK. Proceeds will go to
Angel Pillow Project; Beaumont Hospital Sharing & Caring; St. Mary Mercy Hospital Marian Women's Center. Students may wear appropriate pink shirt on top, jeans, colored denim, pink sweats, pink PJ pants or their uniform skirt. No leggings, shorts or yoga pants.
Distracted Driving Simulation
|Thank you to The Kiefer Foundation, in partnership with P.E.E.R.S. Foundation, for sponsoring a distracted driving simulation for juniors and seniors on October 9th. We were so pleased to be able to offer this "Eyes on the Road Hands on the Wheel" education program.
In case you missed it...Mercy was featured on WDIV Local 4 for participating in the distracted driving simulation program. Click here to check it out!
Mercy partnered with the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) to celebrate Michigan College Month!
During the month of October, students had opportunities to enter a Trivia Contest every Tuesday and Thursday for a chance to pull something from the College Swag Box. Faculty have been sharing their college journey with students and wearing college gear on Friday. Every Monday and Friday, Mercy counselors are in the cafeteria to help seniors with application questions. Special thanks to Mercy Mothers Club for sponsoring our application help sessions 'What's App-ining."
Join us for Mass at Mercy
We are called to be Saints like those we celebrate today.
You are invited to Mercy High School for our All
Day Mass and Blessing of Student Leaders on
Thursday, November 1 at 10:15am
in the Auditorium. Worship with us as we celebrate this special
and bless our school leaders.
The Mercy Performing Arts Department Presents
Show times are November 9-10 at 7:30pm and November 11 at 2:00pm.
Tickets are $10.00 per person and may be purchased at the Reception Area, by calling the Drama Office at 248-893-3572, or may be purchased at the Box Office the evening of the performance. The Box Office will open 45 minutes before curtain time.
Synopsis: Set in the 1880s in Tuscumbia, Alabama, The Miracle Worker tells the true-life story of the blind, deaf, mute Helen Keller and the young teacher and miracle worker Annie Sullivan who leads Helen out of her dark, silent world. The heart-wrenching story of two of America's most celebrated women depicts the struggle to overcome insurmountable obstacles in life.
Diploma Names - Diplomas are being ordered and the name to be printed on your diploma needs to be confirmed. Please discuss with your parents how you would like your name to appear on your diploma before returning your notification letter. The name on your diploma will also be listed in the official graduation program, however, the name read when you walk across the stage does not have to match the name printed on your diploma. Check the spelling of your name (first, middle, and last). If there are NO corrections, please return your letter with "No Corrections Necessary" written on it. If there are corrections, write clearly the changes you would like directly on your letter and return to the Reception Area
by Friday, October 26, 2018. If this letter is not returned by that date, your name will appear on your diploma as it is shown below. Any late changes to diploma names will require additional cost to process.
Volleyball play-offs and Swim & Dive state meets are about to start and winter sports are just around the corner. Don't miss any Marlin action! Check
athletics calendar here
Presentation for Mercy Athletes, Coaches & Families
Mercy High School presents,
"Fueling Excellence: Performance Nutrition" by Maureen Paulin Stoecklein '91.
TOMORROW, Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00pm | Mercy Auditorium
Please join us for this informative session featuring 18-year Firefighter and MLB New York Mets Team Dietitian and Mercy alumna Maureen Paulin Stoeklein '91.
Groundbreaking of New Athletic Parking Lot
We are so grateful to Mercy donors who provided funds to support the creation of a parking lot and landscaped area at the athletic fields and tennis courts.
Connie Demkowicz, Rita Dilworth Lewry '77 and Nancy Auffenberg joined members of Mercy administration for a ground breaking of the new Athletic Fields parking lot on October 2nd. Work is underway to provide parking for all of our Mercy fans. Go Marlins!
College Bound Athlete Event
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 a group signing day to celebrate all
athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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
if you will attend. Please include your name, sport, and college.
Latest & Greatest from the Alumnae Office
117 of our students have mothers or grandmothers who attended Mercy. We celebrated this bond at the annual Alumnae Legacy Dinner on October 17, 2018. Thank you to Cheryl Law Sawicki '90 and her daughter Isabelle Sawicki '20 for sharing heartfelt Mercy memories and to Maria Dietz Scott '87 and Kylie Scott '19 for leading the pinning ceremony.
All in the Mercy community are invited to celebrate the lives of alumnae, staff, family, and friends who have gone before us at the annual Memorial Mass.
November 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Mercy High School Chapel
Informal reception follows Mass
If you are unable to attend, please contact the Alumnae Office with names to be included in our prayers and Book of Remembrance.
Distinguished Alumna 2019
an alumna who makes a difference in her walk of life and exemplifies and supports Mercy's values of Human Dignity, Mercy, Justice, Service, and Option for the Poor.
How do I find out my balance? At this time, we do not use any online system for food purchases. After each transaction at the register, your student will see her declining balance. We try to remind students when they are below $10. It is their responsibility to re-load when appropriate.
Can I find out what my daughter is purchasing? At this time, our system does not track what your student purchases, only the dollar amount. The cards work similar to a gift card at a department store.
What if my ID is lost or damaged? When your ID is lost or damaged, you will need to go to the reception area and request a new one. The new one will have a new number on it. As soon as you get your new card, come to the register and we will transfer the balance from the old card to the new one.
Can a parent request their daughter's balance?
Yes, the easiest way is to email
. You will need to include your daughter's name
and her student ID
and you will receive an email with balance info.
Bring your family for a fun night of Motown music! More ticket and event details coming soon.
SAVE THE DATE for a Motown Concert to support the renovation of the MERCY MARLIN SHOP!
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Featuring the band K-Mo'Soul and Mercy students
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL MERCY AUCTION
Saturday, February 23, 2019
St. Mary's Cultural & Banquet Center - Livonia
Planning is now underway for the upcoming
! Successful auctions always depend on fabulous gifts. Now is the time to start thinking about acquisitions and the ideas are endless from trips to gift certificates. Check out the
auction wish list of suggested donation ideas and ready made gift basket themes
. If every family obtained one gift for the auction, we would have more incredible items than ever before! Please feel free to bring donations to the school by
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
LORE Yearbook & Ads
If you haven't yet reserved your copy of the 2018-2019 Lore, do it today! Yearbooks are $70 and available online at
. Type in code
13826 to be directed to Mercy's page.
Honor your Mercy girl by purchasing a
in the 2018-19 Lore Yearbook. This ad will appear in full color and is offered in a variety of sizes. Payment and ad materials are due
Click here for order form and more info
. Please email
with any questions.
Take 10 at 10
Campus Ministry now 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.
Save the Date for Father Daughter Dance!
Dads and daughters be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 2 at 8pm at Mercy hosted by the junior class. All Mercy Dads, current and future students (at least 10 years old) and alumnae are welcome. Tickets are $30 for each Dad, with no additional cost for his daughter(s). Join us for an evening to remember!
SPIRIT WEEK 2018
Mercy girls showed some real Mercy spirit during Spirit Week 2018 with plenty of field day fun, dress up days, Homecoming, staff vs student kickball game and penny wars. Our hearts were also filled from serving and spreading the spirit of love and compassion on Make a Difference Day! Mercy was featured on the Wayne State University web site along with some medical students who worked with our Barnes and Burras adviser groups at Auntie Na's House. Click here to read about it. We are Mercy!