MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER - December 6, 2018
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,

Welcome to the Advent Season! I hope you find opportunity for peace and reflection during this extraordinarily busy time of the year. As we prepare for closure to the first semester, much has been accomplished at Mercy High School.

I am pleased to share that through an exceptional effort by the Mercy community, a five year operational plan outlining strategic direction and school improvement was recently approved by our Board of Trustees. This plan details support for six identified priorities and was developed in partnership with stakeholder input (students, parents, teachers, support staff, department chairs, administrators, board members and alumnae). Thank you for your participation in survey requests!

We are proud of the many strengths that were identified through this analysis process as being uniquely part of a Mercy education and experience. We are energized to continue our school improvement journey that promotes support for all students with a holistic approach in developing the whole young woman.

I would like to share a few of the recent enhancements that we are working on at Mercy, specifically featuring our Counseling Department. You should now be receiving a monthly digital copy of the Counseling newsletter with important tips for high school success and well being. Also new this year, counselors schedule 1:1 "meet and greets" with their sophomore students to better understand individual student needs and begin building rapport for the next three years.

Students preparing for the the college application process were offered creative drop-in sessions during College Month where personal and customized support was given. 9th grade personality assessments are being put into place to help students begin exploring career paths. Counselors are working on "virtual connections", where students interested in a given career path can participate in online mentoring sessions with successful Mercy alumnae. On deck is a corporate lawyer, a stock market representative, a research scientist, a pharmacist, a lavender farmer and an entrepreneur!

Finally, in response to parent requests, the Counseling Department partnered with Admissions to host a High School Placement Test Workshop. We had 81 students attend! This exceeded expectations and required offering an additional workshop. Kudos to Trish Brown for developing the workshop curriculum and facilitating this effort to attract prospective students to Mercy!

STEM

Our entire freshman class attended the first MiCareerQuest of Southeast Michigan. The event's intent was to provide an interactive introduction for in-demand career opportunities. Industries featured were Health Sciences, Construction, Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing. The field trip was a huge success and received very positive feedback from our students who indicated it opened new doors of thinking about future opportunities.

Health/Safety Update

Now that we are a HeartSafe certified school, we are required to perform at least 2 cardiac/AED drills per year. During the recent Cardiac/AED Drill Week in November, we ran drills involving students in 7 different classrooms. Students in each of these classes participated in important life saving practices. The drill goal is to have an AED attached to the victim in under 3 minutes. We exceeded this goal each time, with an average retrieval time of 1.55 minutes!

Do you have a new driver? The Michigan Department of State requests that Michigan schools assist in distributing the Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist as a free resource intended to assist parents or legal guardians of teens with understanding and following the steps of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). You can access the Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist here.

Inclement Weather Reminder: 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.

Kudos
Grant
Ms. Colleen McMaster, our Associate Principal of Academic Affairs, works diligently to promote STEM opportunities for our students. Ms. McMaster facilitated the MiCareerQuest freshmen experience and is responsible for many of our STEM initiatives. Ms. McMaster is a recipient of the 2018 ASM Detroit Chapter Teacher Scholar Award and a $250 grant to support Mercy STEM programming!

Sports
Our very own Mr. Gary Morris is a recipient of the Top 100 Sportsmanship Award for his coaching leadership with the 2017-2018 Mercy Varsity Basketball team! At the end of each season, MHSAA officials rate the sportsmanship of the school's players, coaches, administrators and fans. We congratulate Coach Morris for being such a great Mercy role model to our athletes, and thank our parents for always being wonderful fans!

Catholic Happenings

Did you participate in the 6-Day Unleash the Gospel Challenge? Over 70,000 people across the Archdiocese of Detroit have already  participated in this activity. This challenge provides the opportunity to hear the message of the Gospel in short 2-minute videos followed by a 3 minute reflection. To sign up simply text GOSPEL to 484848 or visit UTGChallenge.com!

The Archdiocese of Detroit just announced the release of a new podcast series: Open Door Policy with hosts Danielle Center and Fr Steve Pullis. The focus of these podcasts is for guests to share personal testimonies on how they are actively unleashing the Gospel. Tune in every Tuesday! Listen by heading to opendoorpolicy.aod.org

The Michigan Catholic is no longer in distribution, and you can now keep up with news on our local Catholic community through the online Detroit Catholic. You can subscribe either daily, weekly or monthly to the Detroit Catholic here.

Our Campus Ministry team launched a Baggott Street Lunch and Learn speaker series! Each speaker will center around one of the Mercy Critical Concerns. This month featured Mr. Ben Falik from Summer in the City, an organization that challenges volunteers to "be the change they wish to see in Detroit". We are excited to continue this speaker series to help our students see responses to Critical Concerns in action.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you the many reasons we have to be proud of our school. We are grateful that you are in partnership with us us to support your daughter as she becomes a woman who makes a difference!

May God's Grace and Blessings be in your path,
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Patricia Sattler
Principal
Mercy Moment
Human Relations Council proudly presented Ethnic Bazaar 2018 "Together We Are" on Friday, November 30th in the Drama Studio. Ethnic Bazaar is a long standing Mercy tradition which highlights our diversity and unity through song, dance, prayer, food, and fashion. Congratulations and thank you to all of our wonderful performers. Together, We Are Mercy! 
Mothers Club
Come Shop with Us TONIGHT, THURSDAY!
 
 
 
The Mercy Mother's Club invites you to join us Thursday, December 6 from 5-8pm in the Media Center for our Mercy Holiday Market event!
 
Check off your holiday shopping list while strolling around 25 vendors with a great variety of unique gift items for everyone on your list. Enjoy delicious refreshments, win great gifts in our holiday raffle and get your find wrapped at our gift wrap station. Don't have a sitter? A kids craft table can keep your kids busy while you shop.  
 
So bring your friends and join us for a festive evening of fun and shopping. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Detroit Rescue Mission's Adopt-a-Family Program.   
Dads Club
MDC RAFFLE

Hurry...only a matter of days before the big drawing! Mercy parents please check your mail for the final opportunity to participate in the Dads Club Raffle. Purchase your MDC Raffle $25 tickets online 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


Student & School Successes
MaxPreps Athlete of the Month Katherine Hutter '20



Wow! Kudos to Katherine Hutter '20 who was named the MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Athlete of the Month! This award is only given to one male and one female athlete a month throughout the entire nation. Katherine is the first student athlete ever awarded from Michigan!

Check out the article "Going the Distance" MaxPreps announcement here.
View video segment about Katherine here.
2018 Wendy's Heisman Competition
Way to go, Francesca Schena '19 was named a School Winner in the 2018 Wendy's High School Heisman competition.

Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalist
Congratulations to Colleen Thomson '19 who was named a Semifinalist in the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program! Students were selected from among 200,000+ applications for outstanding commitment to both their communities and schools.
JCL
Mercy's Latin program is alive and well, and the Junior Classical League hosted its annual Salmagundi fundraiser from November 27-28! Salmagundi was the brainchild of Sr. Marjorie Allen, RSM, longtime Mercy Latin teacher. Students and staff alike stopped by to enjoy one of our famous and delicious chocolate-covered pretzels, purchase a few hand-made Christmas ornaments, and peruse other
student-made crafts & creations--like stress balls, stickers, and customized pins!

 
Quiz Bowl
On Saturday, November 17, Mercy Quiz Bowl traveled to East Lansing to compete in the MSU Harvard Mirror Tournament. Mercy finished 8th out of 24 teams, with a 7-4 record. Junior Rachel Vinarcik finished 6th overall in a field of 110 competitors, earning 580 points for the team and placing highest for any female competitor. Lili Omilian placed 30th overall, earning 220 points for the team. Caitlyn Begosa placed 58th overall, earning 165 points. A special congratulations to freshman Caitlyn Begosa, who earned her varsity letter at this tournament!  You can view all tournament information here: https://stats.neg5.org/t/4rPn3QFqD/msu-harvard-fall-2018/team-standings.

   
 
On Saturday, December 1, Mercy sent 2 teams to the annual UM Autumn Classic Tournament in Ann Arbor.  After 10 rounds of academic competition, beginning at 9 am and ending at 5 pm, the Mercy A team of Grace Kruse, Lili Omilian, Sophia Tesic, and Rachel Vinarcik finished 7-3 overall.  Juniors Lili Omilian and Rachel Vinarcik co-captained the team, leading them to an impressive finish. The Mercy B team of Caitlyn Begosa, Emma Dismondy, Lydia Walsh, and Christina Wollenhaupt finished 3-7 overall. Freshman Caitlyn Begosa captained the underclassmen team, in which all members answered questions at the "power" level. Junior Rachel Vinarcik placed 10th individually in a field of approximately 130 competitors from all over the state. A special congratulations to sophomore Sophia Tesic and sophomore Lydia Walsh, who earned their varsity letters at this tournaments! 
 
 
"Gloria" Christmas Concert


Join us for beautiful sounds of the season! The Mercy High School Performing Arts Department presents the "Gloria" Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in the Auditorium. Featuring Glee I, The Mercyaires, Orchestra and select soloists. Tickets are $5.

Join Us for Mass at Mercy
You are invited to Mercy High School for our Foundation Day Mass on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:15am in the Auditorium. Worship with us as we celebrate the Founding of the Sisters of Mercy and induct our new Youth Mercy Associates.
End of the Semester Dates & Policies
Please make note of the following end of the semester dates and policy information.

Monday, December 10 - Test day for any last test/quiz/formal assessment in ANY Science, Physical Education or World Language course. World Language Orals begin.

Tuesday, December 11 - Test day for any last test/quiz/formal assessment in ANY Math, Religious Studies or Performing Arts course.

Wednesday, December 12 - Test day for any last test/quiz/formal assessment in ANY Social Studies, English or Art course.

Tuesday, December 18 - All class assignments, except for Final Exams/Essays/Projects/Presentations, should be graded and posted by midnight for ALL Courses. This is also the last day for Final English papers to be due (by 8am), teachers can request them earlier.

Final Exam Dates/Times

Wednesday, December 19  
1st hour 8:30am - 9:50am
2nd hour 10:00am - 11:20am

Thursday, December 20  
3rd hour 8:30am - 9:50am
4th hour 10:00am - 11:20am
5th hour 11:30am - 12:50pm

Friday, December 21  
6th hour 8:30am - 9:50am
7th hour 10:00am - 11:20am

Final exams are given on the assigned test day and time unless, for serious reasons and under rare circumstances, other arrangements have been made with Administration. Students must initiate that request two weeks before the date by completing and submitting this form to be signed by the parent, verifying the need for a change in test time, accompanied by appropriate documentation (i.e. medical documentation, airline tickets, etc.). The request must be approved by the Associate Principal of Academic Affairs and the teacher involved.

Saturday, December 22 - Friday, January 4 - PowerSchool will be turned off on Saturday, December 22 and turned back on Friday, January 4. The purpose for turning off PowerSchool is to give students and staff a true break over the holiday.

Please note: Staff are not expected to answer emails over the Christmas Holiday. Emails can be sent, but staff are not expected to respond until we return to school on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Thursday, January 10 - First semester grades will be reviewed, double-checked and posted by 9am.

Final Exam/Essays/Project/Presentation Policy
Final Exams/Essays/Projects/Presentations will be weighted 20% of the final grade in ALL classes except for some courses in Performing Arts and Art departments. All Final exams/Essays/Project/Presentations will be a common final assessment (exam, project, paper). This will be implemented in ALL courses. Exams need to be at least 75% the same for all students taking the course. The other 25% can be determined by each individual teacher.
Motown Concert
SAVE THE DATE for a Motown Concert to support the renovation of the MERCY MARLIN SHOP!

Saturday, January 12, 2019
6:30pm
Mercy Auditorium
Tickets $10 per person available online here or at the door.
Featuring the band K-Mo'Soul and Mercy students with a special tribute to Aretha Franklin.



Bring your family for a fun night of Motown music!

Spread the word and share this flyer.
La Semaine Nationale Du Francais
The French students of Mercy High School celebrated National French Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, November 5-9. The theme of this year's celebration was "Mon Français, Mon Avenir" (My French, My Future). The students enjoyed wonderful speakers and enjoyed French cuisine in class as well as in our Mercy café from regions of the French speaking world.  
 
Dr. Daniel Noren, Ferris State University, generously donated his time to speak to all students on Cameroun Africa and engaged the students in interactive activities to learn about the cultural practices and the presence of French in over 26 French speaking countries in Africa. Our resident Chef Mike and Mrs. Hallberg prepared a French African inspired luncheon dish named chicken muamba for the students to experience and taste authentic cuisine.
 
Once again the Cajun band "Créole du Nord" came for a second time to Mercy (previous visit was 2013) and provided all students with a cultural presentation of Cajun history and music. Following this presentation and musical performance, the students were given dance lessons to dance the Cajun two step and the Cajun waltz. The in-school field trip ended with a Cajun lunch of chicken jumbalaya, fried plantains and bananas foster prepared by our wonderful Chef Mike and Mrs. Hallberg of or amazing cafeteria staff. This was certainly a wonderful engaging highlight of French Week this year.
 
Of course, our annual National French Week would not be complete without our authentic French dinner experience at Cuisine restaurant in Detroit. Parents and students were able to relax in a beautiful French ambiance while enjoying a French dinner and yes, French conversation. Chef Paul spoke to the students about his training in Paris as a chef and about the art of French cooking and dining.  
 
The finale of our celebration ended with a crêpe making day and our Principal, Mrs. Sattler and French Club Moderator, Mrs. Corte were the featured chefs helping Madame Campbell to make the crêpes quickly and as efficiently as possible since the students can eat many crêpes in just one class period. Their technique in making the crêpes was PARFAIT!
 
The students were given permission to wear their personally designed t-shirts to proudly display their interest and passion for all things French! It was a wonderful celebration and we thank all our guests who participated in this cultural enrichment experience and those who helped to make our celebration a success!
Archery
Interested in Archery? For the past two spring seasons, many Mercy students have participated in Mercy archery through a wonderful team program with Farmington Hills Parks & Recreation Department. 
 
No experience or equipment is required. Practice/training occurs nearby at Heritage Park, Farmington Hills, and the competition at the end of the program is tiered by experience/ability. Please note that all registration is done directly through the Costick Center next door by walk-in, fax, or mail.
 
Go Marlins!
SWIM & DIVE DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONS
SWIM & DIVE CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Did you know Mercy has been Catholic League Swimming & Diving Champions 51 of the last 52 years?!



VOLLEYBALL DISTRICT AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONS AND STATE SEMIFINALISTS


College Bound Athletes



The Mercy  Athletics Department hosted an event to celebrate all senior athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level. We are so proud of our Marlin college bound athletes! Congratulations to these talented Mercy seniors. Maddie Benoit: Volleyball, Wayne State University; Sarah Cassidy: Softball, Cleary University; Courtney Connolly: Swimming, Howard University; Annette Dombrowski: Swimming, Michigan State University; Ella Loussia: Volleyball, Canisius College; Alexa Morello: Soccer, Fordham University; Sarah Smolinski: Soccer, Grand Valley State University; Emily Susitko: Volleyball, Hillsdale College.
Counseling Newsletter
Check out the latest good news from the Counseling Office! Features include: "Take Five"; "Bringing Love into the Conversation" Advent reflection from Mrs. Bennetts; second semester change requests; Cocoa & Cram group study event and more.




Mercy Counseling Department Staff 
 
Trish Brown (9th grade; Department Chairperson)  
Holly Markiecki-Bennetts (10th - 12th grade; A-G *Please note correct email is hbennetts@mhsmi.org.) 
Arpna Hessler (10th - 12th grade; H-O)
Kristen Casey (10th - 12th grade; P-Z)
Jennifer Burek (Support Specialist)
Latest & Greatest from the Alumnae Office
It's Time for Bunco!

Bunco Ladies Night Out is a casual, fun-filled Friday evening. Grab a few friends and head to Mercy to play this easy dice game. If you've never played Bunco, we will teach you onsite. It's easy to learn, and we always have a great time rolling for a reason!

Friday, January 25, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mercy High School Cafeteria
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Please arrive by 7:00 pm
Game begins at 7:15 pm
Registration information coming soon to https://www.mhsmi.org/alumnae/bunco-night

Senior Class-Alumnae Luncheon

Alumna-mothers are invited to participate in a special Sisterhood Luncheon for the Class of 2019, scheduled during Catholic Schools Week.



Tuesday, January 29, 2019
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Glen Oaks
30500 W 13 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Registration required.

Please consider attending this luncheon to answer questions about life after high school in relation to college, careers, and more. Alumnae truly enjoyed meeting students and other graduates at last year's event! (Note: If you are the mother of a senior, you will not necessarily be seated with your daughter, because one of the goals of the event is to encourage networking.)

Register today!
Decking the Halls at McAuley Center
Every December a group of Mercy Associates, Youth Mercy Associates and Mercy students join the sisters at McAuley Center to get ready for Christmas. This year the decorating event was held on December 1st. There are plenty of trees to decorate throughout the "house" with lots of lights and ornaments to hang and even a tiny village and toy train to assemble.

Batches of Sr. Joan Francis' peanut brittle were made by Mercy Associate Colleen Connolly and Youth Mercy Associate Anna Rimatzki '22 while Sr. Bernadette and Sr. Anne Marie wait anxiously to sample. Mercy High Seniors Maggie Dwyer YMA, Maddy Cachet and Allison Myers baked Christmas Cookies to enjoy after the afternoon community Advent Prayer led by Mercy Associate and YMA Coordinator, Mrs Judi Griggs-Dennis. What a great way to enjoy the holiday season!
Father Daughter DANCE!
Save the Date for Father Daughter Dance Saturday, February 2, 2019!


 

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. Online ticket sales coming soon.
40th Annual Auction


SAVE THE DATE to join us on Saturday, February 23, 2019 for an elegant evening of fun, food, friends and fundraising for Mercy at the "Cheers to 40 Years" Annual Auction.
 
Donate - Successful auctions always depend on fabulous gifts. Acquisition contracts available online here. Please bring donations to the school by January 31st.
 
Be a Sponsor & Advertise - NEW OPPORTUNITIES THIS YEAR! Various levels of sponsorship participation including ClickBid, Auction tickets, online listings and signage Auction evening. Sponsorship contracts are available online here.
 
Join us at an upcoming Gift Gathering Party! Want a chance to meet new friends, have a fun evening and help support the Mercy Auction all at the same time? Generous and gracious hosts will be opening their homes to provide a warm and welcoming opportunity for you to become acquainted with other Marlin parents while collecting donated items for the Auction. Click here for upcoming dates and info.
 
Help Needed ! Consider lending your time and talents to help before and during the Auction. Please contact Gina Gray in the Special Events Office at 248-893-3535 or ggray@mhsmi.org with any questions.
 
Thank you for supporting the  Mercy High School 40th Annual Auction!
Advancing Mercy
Support Mercy!
Think of Mercy when you are considering your end-of-year charitable contributions. Gifts to the Annual Fund have an immediate impact for Mercy students and support specialized academic programs, highly trained faculty and campus upgrades. Click here to make a contribution to support Mercy.

Amazonsmile
Purchase with purpose. Shop for Christmas gifts at  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2501739 and Amazon will donate to Mercy High School, Michigan.

Gift of Stock
To make a gift of stock to Mercy High School, please contact the Advancement Office at 248-893-3538 with the following information: Your name and contact information; the name of the company/stock, ticker symbol, number of shares and approximate date of transfer. This information will allow us to identify you with the transfer and have the proceeds directed to the appropriate Mercy High School fund. Follow the instructions here:  https://www.mhsmi.org/advancement/ways-give.
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
MOSAIC in your Mailbox
Be sure to read the latest issue of Mercy Mosaic Magazine hitting mailboxes now! Features include the 2017-18 Annual Report; Madame Campbell award; Mercy Moments; Alumnae Class Notes and more.

LORE Yearbook
If you haven't yet reserved your copy of the 2018-2019 Lore, do it today! Yearbooks are $70 and available online at  www.yearbookordercenter.com . Type in code 13826 to be directed to Mercy's page.

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.
Snapshot of Mercy
Focus: HOPE Food Drive
 
 
 
Values in action! Mercy joined hearts and hands to help provide food and donations to Metro Detroit senior citizens in need for our annual Focus: HOPE food drive. We give thanks for our 30+ year partnership with Focus: HOPE and are proud to be their largest food donor during the holiday season.
If you have any questions or want to submit information for the Mercy MEMO, please contact jhearle@mhsmi.org . 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.
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