MERCY MEMO PARENT E-NEWSLETTER - April 4, 2019 
Message from Mrs. Sattler
Dear Mercy Families,

We are excited to share with you some of the very good news we have received over the past few weeks due to the combined efforts of the wonderful Mercy community.
 
We are pleased to announce that our Mercy family continues to grow. On March 17th, Mrs. Margaret-Ann Wommer (English and Social Studies teacher) and her husband Greg welcomed a beautiful baby girl. Victoria Marie weighted in at 21.5" and 7 lbs 1 oz. Mom and baby are doing wonderfully and welcome your prayers as they learn more about each other!

Several weeks ago we participated in an annual Stewardship Review from the Mercy Educational Systems of America (MESA). Last week we received feedback from the MESA review team applauding our detailed strategic planning that allows for our fiscal responsibility and the development of support programs. Specifically mentioned was our commitment to the education and lived expression of the Mercy Charism, supporting the development of the whole young woman.

Last week, we welcomed the AdvancED Engagement Review team over three days for an accreditation process that allowed us to boast of the many strengths of a Mercy education. Visitors interviewed students, parents, faculty, staff, board members and administrators. They visited over 40 classrooms and reviewed supporting documents and artifacts representative of the Mercy experience.

I am pleased to share with you some preliminary findings from the accreditation review team:
  • More than half of the 30 standards evaluated were rated in the highest of categories. This is an impressive accomplishment!
  • Our digital learning score is uniquely high compared to other schools and supports the accolades and achievements earned as an Apple Distinguished School
  • Classroom observations yielded high scores in well managed learning, supportive learning, active learning, high expectations, and digital learning
Noted areas of strength indicated practices that are embedded in our culture, resulting in exceptional scores in:
  • College Readiness
  • Digital Learning
  • Strategic Management and Planning of Resources
  • Clearly Evident Values, Purpose and Culture Reflecting Our Commitment to Developing Self-Reliant, Self-Advocating Students
  • Development of Health and Safety Program
We expect to receive the official report with specific details and suggestions for how we can continue to grow in our academic excellence within the next 4-6 weeks.  As an entire community, across all roles and responsibilities, all contributions make an amazing impact on our continual progress in enhancing the Mercy experience. We truly look forward to this continuous improvement journey in support of each and every Mercy girl.

Finally,  we were notified by that we are recipients of a sizeable safety and security award  from the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant! This grant will allow us to pursue prioritized safety projects to enhance overall campus security.

We are grateful that you are in partnership with us to support your daughter as she becomes a woman who makes a difference!

May you enjoy a Lenten season of personal reflection and spiritual fulfillment,
 
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Patricia Sattler
Principal
Mothers Club
2019-2020 MMC BOARD

Calling all Mercy Moms! The Mercy Mothers Club is looking for moms to join its board for the 2019-20 school year. Freshman and sophomore moms preferred, however all are welcome! Requirements include having a can-do attitude, being committed to making a difference at the school and out in the world, and being open to having some fun as the Moms Club continues its mission of "Leading by Example and Building a Legacy." Board positions begin in fall 2019. Please contact Susan Telang (susan.telang@yahoo.com) or Anne Osmer (anneosmer@gmail.com) if you are interested or have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you on the board!

Save the date for the Senior Mom Farewell Dinner Monday, May 6th. More details coming soon!
Dads Club
The Mercy Dads Club Executive Board invites you to the 2nd Annual Strong Arms of Mercy Initiative.

Thursday April 11, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00 PM
John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub
33338 Grand River
Farmington, MI 48336
$25 Dinner, Cash Bar

Funds collected at this event will equally support:

Yearly Scholarships
Awarded to students under the discretion of the Mercy Tuition Assistance Program.

MDC Endowment
Creation of a $1000 annual scholarship.

Emergency Fund
Supporting a student or family when circumstance warrants the need for the support of Strong Arms.

Kindly RSVP to mercydadsclub@mhsmi.org. Walk-ins welcome.

Unable to attend?
Donate today here and select "Other" in the designation category and include "Strong Arms of Mercy" upon making your contribution.
Heart of Mercy
Mercy High School rejoices for 2019 Heart of Mercy Award recipients Maggie Dwyer '19 and English Teacher Mr. Steve Morgan who live out the values of Human Dignity, Service, Justice, Mercy, and Option for the Poor.

 

Here are some student reflections about Maggie: "Maggie is a quiet leader. Her actions are an example for all and she is never boastful or attention seeking about all she does. Maggie puts God and others before herself."

Here is what students had to say about Mr. Morgan: "Mr. Morgan exudes positivity. He respects all and makes people feel important. He cares about every student individually and he is kind, genuine, hilarious, dedicated, and supportive."

Thank you, Maggie and Mr. Morgan, for being faithful and compassionate people of God who make a difference to everyone in our Mercy family!
Staff & Student Successes
Let's Hear it for the STAFF

Here's to these super staff who achieved a milestone in years of dedicated service to Mercy High School!
 
5 Years
Sandra Mals (Religious Studies)
Christa Polan (Math)
10 Years
Gary Morris (Social Studies)
Patty Perry (Math)
15 Years
Steve Morgan (English)



20 Years
Cheryl Corte (Media Center)
Ann Jamieson (Physical Educ)
30 Years
Susan Smith (Fine Arts)


Val/Sal Candidates - Hats off to the following seniors who were selected as Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Finalists! This distinction considers not only academic record but also leadership, service and extracurricular involvement.

Madeleine Ballard
Avalon Barr
Caroline Bimberg
Hallie Buckner
Jessica Dillon
Nathalie Gijsbers
Molly Makarewicz
Hannah Mcdermott
IsabelleMiner
Allison Myers
Abigail Najar
Hannah O'Sullivan
Emma Pickett
Francesca Schena
Kylie Scott
Casey Stoneback
Emily Susitko
Christina Thomas
Sophie VanderWeele
National Honor Society




Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Honor Society and commended for exemplary scholarship, character, leadership and service!


College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program - Congratulations to Genesis Gonzales '20 who scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the region. She is invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program administered by College Board.

District Choral Festival - Bravo to the students in Advanced Glee and the Mercyaires who performed at District Choral Festival last month. They earned a First Division Rating, with a perfect sight reading score and will advance to State Choral Festival. 

What a voice! Kylie Kreucher '19 won the Schoolcraft College 2019 Annual Honors Recital for Voice last weekend. She will perform again on April 5 at the Honors Recital at Schoolcraft College.
Go Riveters!



The Riveters Mercy Robotics Team brought home a blue banner with a 1st place finish at the FIRST Robotics Jackson District Event. The Riveters finished with a 11-1-0 record after 80 qualifying matches in 2nd place. They went 2,0, 2-0, 2-0 in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals and beat the 1st place alliance to become the District Event Winner with a 1st place ranking. The team also earned the Engineering Inspiration Award and are currently ranked 13th in the State! Plus...check out this cool video feature about our amazing Robotics Team from "FIRST Robotics Women in Stem powered by DTE."
Nice Work iWizards!



Last month, the iWizards held their annual workshop, with the main purpose to design the curriculum for the new student iPad orientation in August. This year's workshop also included a visit from an Apple executive who demonstrated some new features of the device. The students also spent time documenting Mercy as an Apple Distinguished School and developing an iOS app for Mercy students.
2019 Miss Hockey



Congratulations to Libby Bartels '19 who was named the 2019 Miss Hockey Michigan! Libby also received the prestigious Hobey Baker High School Character Award! The Hobey Baker award honors high school hockey players who exemplify the ideal that "Character Builds Excellence" and recognizes outstanding individual performance on and off the ice.
2019-20 Student Council Officers 



Congratulations to the newly elected Student Council Executive Board Officers for 2019-20:
Macey Earle - Chair
Caitlin Flynn
Gabby Pluszczynski
Suha Qashou
Business Professionals of America



Six members of Mercy's chapter attended the State Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids. Along with competing in events, they attended leadership workshops and a formal dinner and met with more than 2,000 fellow student leaders from across the state of Michigan. The members included juniors Peyton Black and Charlotte Bridges who competed in Legal Office Procedures, freshman Erin Mahoney in Digital Media Production and Riley Condon in Prepared Speech while juniors Brooklynne Bates and Asha Telang served as voting delegates.
French Honor Society Outing



FHS students enjoyed meeting at the My Little Paris Cafe & Bookstore last month. The girls enjoyed authentic french crepes (sweet & savory) while interacting with M Thomas Benadier as he gave historical insight into Paris along with opening his French cafe in downtown Plymouth.
Quiz Bowl

The regular Quiz Bowl season wrapped up with the Inter County League Grand Finale Tournament at Novi High School. Over 500 students competed in this tournament, and we would like to especially thank Mrs. Patricia Sattler for watching our teams compete.

This year, Mercy Quiz Bowl fielded 6 teams - more than ever before! At the end of the 6-month season, here are the results:

Varsity: 13th place in the league
JV Gold: 7th place in the league, 3rd place in the East Division 
JV Maroon: 15th place in the league
Novice Gold: 2nd place in the league, 2nd place in the East Division 
Novice White: 8th place in the league
Novice Maroon: 16th place in the league


Back: Coach Mr. Ken Wolffe, Assistant Ms. Emily Wolffe '14, Aisling Heaphy '21, Sophia Tesic '21, Emma Kruse '20, Rachel Vinarcik '20, Emma Dismondy '21, Raquel Segars '21, Emily Walugembe '21, Jill Grubb '21, Laura Boesch '21; Middle: Coach Mrs. Lauren Marquard '06, Skylar Fusco '21, Olivia Milosevich '21, Lily Fromm '22, Meghana Govindaraj '22, Lydia Walsh '21, Makenna Smith '21; Front: Alex Beverly '21, Lili Omilian '20

We celebrated the end of the regular Quiz Bowl season with our annual banquet on March 12 at Nikola's in Southfield. Over 60 people attended, recognizing our students' academic achievements, including Mrs. Patricia Sattler and Mrs. Eleasha Tarplin '94. We especially would like to congratulate the following six students, who earned their varsity letters during the 2018-2019 regular season:


Back: Juliana Santillan '22, Lydia Walsh '21, Sophia Tesic '21, Emma Kruse '20, Coach Mrs. Lauren Marquard '06; Front: Coach Mr. Ken Wolffe, Caitlyn Begosa '22, Emma Dismondy '21

On Saturday, March 30, Mercy Quiz Bowl sent 3 teams to the NAQT State Championship, held at the University of Michigan. Former Coach Mrs. Ann Lusch watched the 3 teams over 11 rounds of play. After extensive competition, Mercy A placed 7th in the state, Mercy B placed 19th, and Mercy C placed 22nd.  Very impressively, junior Rachel Vinarcik finished 7th individually--the highest finish for any Mercy student in recent years--in a field of 100 competitors. We would like to especially congratulate sophomores Christina Wollenhaupt and Raquel Segars, who earned their varsity letters at this tournament!   You can view the tournament statistics here.


 
Back: Aisling Heaphy '21, Sophia Tesic '21, Olivia Milosevich '21, Rachel Vinarcik '20, Juliana Santillan '22, Raquel Segars '21; Front: Grace Kruse '20, Caitlyn Begosa '22, Emma Dismondy '21, Lili Omilian '20, Christina Wollenhaupt '21
Latest with Latin

Mercy students took the  National  Latin  Exam on March 13 with over 150,000 students from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries. Mercy students have traditionally done very well on this exam, and we wish them the best of luck!  BONAM FORTUNAM!



On March 27, a group of Mercy Latin students attended the fifth annual  Copley  Latin Day at the University of Michigan. Students attended a college lecture on "Law for the Romans, Law for Us" from Prof. Bruce Frier, toured the classical features of UM's campus, analyzed ancient Roman papyrus in U of M's Papyrology Lab, and studied (and designed) Roman triumphal arches. The University of Michigan is home to the largest collection of ancient papyri in North America.
 

SWEEPSTAKES DRIVE


NEW THIS YEAR! Online ticket sales available:

BIG NEWS! Thanks, Mercy for bringing in over $50,000 and reaching our first incentive goal day off school on April 17!!

Keep buying and selling tickets through May 1st. All students were given selling information and tickets and are responsible to sell a minimum of 6 books (30 tickets). Detailed student selling information and incentives can be found here.

All drawings will be held at Mercy on May 3, 2019 and the grand prize is $10,000! $5 per ticket or $25 per book. Be sure to take a look at the tickets for all prize information. Plenty of fun selling incentives are in store for this year's drive; including out of uniform privileges (7 books or 35 tickets sold), special giveaways and days off. Our next goal is a big one - $100,000 to be reached by April 15th! Please keep selling so we can reach this incentive goal and earn the day off Friday, May 24th of Memorial Day weekend.

Tickets are also available at the Mercy Reception Area or online here ( $0.20 processing fee per ticket online). If your daughter sells tickets online, the purchaser must fill in the sold by portion to receive credit. Please note they will not receive actual hard copy tickets. The ticket stubs will be submitted in purchaser name based on the number purchased.

All proceeds benefit the Mercy General Fund which enables us to cover expenses beyond what tuition allows; including crucial building improvements, educational program enhancements and technology updates. THANK YOU for supporting Mercy High School and our largest student driven fundraiser of the year!

For more information or if you have any questions, visit https://www.mhsmi.org/advancement/sweepstakes-drive or contact the Special Events Office at ggray@mhsmi.org or (248) 893-3535.
Counseling Corner
Class of 2021 PreACT

Coming up on  Thursday, April 11th, sophomore students will be taking the PreACT test here at Mercy. 
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. To learn more about why taking the PreACT is a valuable experience, visit these links:
A few things to keep in mind for test day:
  • Testing room lists will be emailed to students the week prior to testing. 
  • Testing will begin at 8:00 am. Attendance will be taken there. Late students will ONLY be allowed in if the first testing section hasn't started.
  • Testing will run through 4th hour; students will attend 5th-7th hour classes. We suggest that students bring their lunch this day.
  • Students need to bring two #2 pencils and  a calculator.
Please contact your daughter's counselor if you have any questions.

Class of 2019

MANDATORY SENIOR SURVEY:
Starting April 9th, seniors will need to login to Naviance and click the link to the 2019 Senior Survey under the "ABOUT ME" tab. The deadline for completion will be APRIL 29th, the survey cannot be accessed after that date. Here is some information they will need to update in the survey:
  • College Admissions - Decision and both accepted/denied
  • Scholarship Information - Please be sure to include TOTAL amounts of scholarships (for example, enter $12,000 if you're offered $3,000/year)
  • If your daughter receives any type of scholarship, YOU MUST PROVIDE A COPY of the notification(s) to the counseling office as soon as you receive them. Please provide this information whether you plan on attending that particular institution or not. The deadline for submitting this info is April 29th. Hard copies of scholarships are also due then. Scholarships are announced at Honors Convocation, so be sure to submit this info.
  • Seniors must indicate where they need a final transcript sent (all colleges require them before you begin in the fall). If you are truly undecided at this point, just list undecided. However, you will be required to provide that information before graduation.
Seniors will not be able to pick up graduation tickets unless they completed the survey on time, nor will honors be included in the Honors Convocation. There will be a list kept of those who have/have not completed their survey. Thank you for your timeliness and support submitting this important information.

Counseling Department Newsletter

Check out the latest good news from the Counseling Office! Features include: Supporting a Loved One through Depression; College Guidance System Scoir; Mindful Monday and more.


Mercy Counseling Department Staff 
 
Trish Brown (9th grade; Department Chairperson)  
Holly Markiecki-Bennetts (10th - 12th grade; A-G) 
Arpna Hessler (10th - 12th grade; H-O)
Kristen Casey (10th - 12th grade; P-Z)
Jennifer Burek (Support Specialist)
Go Marlins!
Congratulations Hockey STATE CHAMPIONS and Basketball DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!  
 
On March 9th, our Hockey team won the State Championship title! This is the fifth state hockey championship in the last seven years. We congratulate our Hockey team members on this incredible accomplishment! As it is Mercy tradition to award a day off from school in celebration of such a victory, there will be no school Monday, April 29, 2019. School will resume on Tuesday, April 30th following Easter break. 

Spring Sports - Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field are underway. Cheer on your Marlins at upcoming events found here.
 
2019-20 Pompon Team Try Outs at Mercy 
  • Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Pompon Clinic Day 1
  • Friday, April 5, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Pompon Clinic Day 2
  • Saturday, April 6, 10:00am - 2:00pm Try Outs
College Bound Athlete



Congratulations and best of luck to Erica Padula '19 who committed to play soccer at Madonna University!
Tigers CHSL Night at Comerica!
Detroit Tigers Catholic League Night
 
The Detroit Tigers are having a Catholic High School League night on Monday, May 13, 2019 vs. Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m.  
 
Ticket package includes a game ticket, a Detroit Tigers CHSL/High School hat and a donation to the Catholic League Athletics. The hat is maroon, with a gold English D, Mercy Marlins on the back, Mercy logo on one side and the CHSL logo on the other. (Please note the hat is only available with purchase of this special CHSL night game package.) 

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets today.
Tea for Tuition
Mercy High School 15th Annual



Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:00pm-4:30pm
 
JUST IN! $5,000 Tea for Tuition Challenge Grant! We are excited to announce a challenge grant from the Wheeler Family Foundation, Inc. to benefit the 2019 Tea for Tuition. If net proceeds from the event total $35,000 or more, the Wheeler Family Foundation, Inc. will then contribute $5,000. We are grateful for this generous opportunity. There is still time to donate!

We are wrapping up seating arrangements, so if you are considering attending the Tea, please register by Friday, April 5

248-476-3270
2019-20 Financial Aid Program
The Financial Aid process is now underway at Mercy High School. In order to be considered for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year, you must complete and submit the application requirements by the April 30, 2019 deadline.

Please note that Tuition Assistance is awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the successful completion of a FACTS Management Grant and Aid Assessment application. The application may be found at the following website: https://online.factsmgt.com/.

In addition to the FACTS Management application, an essay and cover sheet must be submitted to Mercy High School, Office of the President. Please visit the Mercy web site https://www.mhsmi.org/admissions/financial-aid for more detailed information.

The total amount of tuition assistance distributed each year by Mercy High School is based upon the availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants who have submitted their application by the April 30 deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and considered if and when funds become available.

Please note, if you have received any type of financial aid from Mercy High School in the past, you must reapply each year in order to be considered for renewal for the upcoming school year.

The Archdiocese of Detroit will award tuition assistance grants again this year to Catholic families who qualify. Visit the Archdiocese of Detroit web site here.
Mercy Scholarship Opportunity - Sophomores & Juniors
Mercy Sophomore & Junior Families:
 
The Mary Gregory Memorial Scholarship Foundation is once again offering a scholarship to current sophomores and juniors. This scholarship is available for students entering the 11th or 12th grade at Mercy and will be applied to tuition for the 2019-2020 school year. Information was also emailed to your daughters and is available here on the Mercy web site.  
 
 
Please note this is not a need based scholarship and students who apply will need at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA and a teacher recommendation. The Mary Gregory Memorial Scholarship Foundation offers this scholarship to other high school students as well, but Mary Gregory was a Mercy Alumna and our students do well when they apply. I hope you will consider this opportunity. The Foundation will notify you directly if you are a recipient. 

Please send an email to Marlene Wojcik at mmwojcik@mhsmi.org if your daughter plans to apply. 
Adopt-A-Seat
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 to the Auditorium Renovation Fund, which has been used to update the stage floor, lighting, microphones, etc. 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 see this flyer  or contact Erin Somerville in the Office of Advancement at esomerville@mhsmi.org
for more information and to see available seats.  
MNotes...Miscellaneous Info you Need to Know
LORE Yearbook



They're almost here....and almost gone. The 2019 Lore will arrive in early May and only 40 copies remain unsold. We can't guarantee the publisher will send us any extra copies so don't delay. Contact Mrs. Smith before April 17th to purchase a copy for $70. Any remaining or extra copies will be sold for $80 when the books arrive. You can reach Mrs. Smith at hlsmith@mhsmi.org or 248-893-3579.

Book Buyback
Earn some quick money by selling your school books through our book partner MBS Direct by selecting SELL YOUR TEXTBOOKS under MENU. Click here to simply log in to see how much you can get for your used books, indiciate which books you want to sell, and MBS will give you a return label so you can send the books back for free.

Take 10 at 10
Campus Ministry offers a daily Take 10 at 10 during 3rd hour, student schedule permitting. In addition to deepening our relationship with God and one another, as little as  10-15 minutes of meditation or prayer can improve our health, happiness and concentration. This is a brief ( 10 minute) opportunity for shared prayer in the chapel for a chance to recharge, renew yourself in God during our otherwise busy days. All are welcome!

NHS Tutor Request
The National Honor Society is available and willing to help tutor in many subject areas. All requests are made by filling out an online form available here. It is also accessible for students on the NHS tutoring page in Schoology. Each time a form is submitted, it is for one tutoring session for one subject. If additional help is needed or another tutor request for a different subject, simply submit another form. There is no limit.
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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