May 2015

Keep count. Admit it. You’re counting, and you’re doing so with little recognition. So is your daughter (and any other children in your home). She’s been counting days or maybe hours or even minutes until the school year comes to an official end. She’s been doing the work, the calculations, all along and when this school year can no longer be impacted by anything she does, she’ll redirect that energy to another circumstance; she will continue to keep count.

What is being tallied? For one, the sum total of her mathematical value as a student of the current semester. Her grade point average for this moment in time is of significant importance. It suggests her effort, her achievement, the knowledge she has amassed in a variety of content areas. Go one step farther . . . it computes her worth in the endeavor, what she contributed and what she received. It matters. It identifies. After all, this is a formula with exacting numbers, factual data.

Please re-read the preceding paragraph and, this time, do so knowing this admission: when I composed those thoughts on paper, I did so with tongue firmly planted in my cheek. Yes, your daughter has completed the most recent semester of high school courses. Yes, there will be a final calculation of her current GPA. Yes, this data is collected and tallied. Yes, this sum represents her mathematical value as a student. What??? Her value? Are you going to passively nod and accept such a dangerous premise? I hope not. You know better. To continue the deconstruction of my former comments, please note that whatever the total, the number does not represent her worth in the endeavor. It neither reflects what she contributed in the class nor what she received in return. The computation provides graded work on tests and quizzes, on assignments, papers, and projects. It provides a piece of the picture, but not the picture itself. Do you see the difference? Does she?

There is an important delineation here, and one I think is timely given that we have closed another semester in the journey of high school. Your daughter has heard more than a few times that everything counts. She itemizes. She estimates. In many cases, she concludes that the higher the number, the greater the accomplishment. At times, she laments that she “just missed” the target by a fraction of a percentage. Somehow, the fraction takes on massive significance. Does your daughter see herself as the sum total of her grades? Be mindful here that I am not asking if you see her differently, or love her more or less based upon her grades. Of course you don’t. But how does her personal perception change? Be careful if you answered too quickly that she would never think to equate her worth with the number. You might be surprised.

Keep track. Keep count. Keep score. For quite some time now, the culture has elevated the importance of numbers. It is the only world your daughter knows. At this time of year when she can celebrate the closure of this school year, be sure that percentages and numbers and grade point averages have their appropriate place in the conversation. They deserve acknowledgement for their part in the picture. You do, however, need to take some time to help her fill in the other spaces. And here might be some of the questions you can ask:

  • How do you feel about your experiences?
  • What gave you the greatest satisfaction?
  • What did you learn that surprised you?
  • What one do-over would you like if given the chance?
  • When was a moment that you think I was most proud of you?
  • What accomplishment fell short of the top but still exceeded your expectation?
  • What valuable thing do you know about yourself now that you didn’t know a few months ago?

Enjoy this discussion. I hope these questions prompt many more, and that at least some of the answers become revelations. Your daughter is a different young woman than she was last year at this time. Ask her to introduce herself to you once again. Mark the milestone. There were likely many mistakes that were made along the various paths she took this year. There were also many moments of grace, of diligence, of perseverance, of resilience. Be sure she is able to balance her memory on both sides of that equation. That mathematical tally will be one worth counting.


Mrs. Carolyn Witte, Principal

Mercy Moment of the Month


Sr. Emily George Award ~ Nicole Di PonioScholarship. Leadership. Service. Character. Excellence. The entire Mercy school community convened on May 26tg for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2015. From math and science, service and scholarships, Newsprint and Lore yearbook, all were honored for their awesome achievements and a standing ovation to the seniors for a fabulous four years. Visit these links to see the full list of student awards: grades 9 - 11 and grade 12.

Principal's Leadership Award ~ Taylor Babcock
Garn Griffin Athletics Award ~ Jenna Lerg and Alexandria Sobczak
Salutatorians ~ Rachel Belans and Molly Murphy
Valedictorian ~ Emily Crowley
Teacher of the Year ~ Mrs. Cindy Richter

2015 Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to Social Studies Teacher Mrs. Cindy Richter on being named the Mercy High School 2015 Teacher of the Year. She is a dedicated, faith filled, compassionate teacher who is an advocate for teens. Here is what some students had to say about Mrs. Richter: "She is both genuine and compassionate. She sets high standards and helps each one of us achieve them. She is very passionate about learning and requires us to speak up, and realize that our opinions matter."

Mrs. Richter has taught at Mercy since 2010 and currently teaches Economics and AP Government & Politics.

Mrs. Richter states, “I am honored to have this award bestowed on me. When I decided to change careers and go into teaching, I wanted to make a difference, but I never realized how much difference I could make. I love teaching and I love teaching at Mercy. The Mercy community is one big family and I am so blessed to have been asked to teach with such a special group of people and young ladies.“


Let's Hear it for the STAFF!

This year we say a heartfelt goodbye to Pastoral Minister Carol Maclennan, Athletic Trainer Nicole Schreiber, Art Teacher Aaron Poris and retiring staff Performing Arts Teacher Kathy Sill and English Teacher Jan Mordenski.

5 Years 10 Years 15 Years
Dr. Cheryl Kreger (President)
Mrs. Margaret Kurpiers (Alumnae Coordinator)
Mrs. Cindy Richter (Social Studies)
Mrs. Cathy Riley (Science)
Mr. Greg Bloch (Physical Plant)
Mrs. Anne Hallberg (Food Service Manager)
Mr. Howard Martin (Bus Driver)
Mrs. Jennifer Stark (Admissions)
Mr. Jan Wampuszyc (Science)
Mrs. Marlene Wojcik (Assistant to President)
Mrs. Kelly Bickes (Foreign Language)
Mr. Christopher Blitz (Database Manager)
Mrs. Lisa Bodin (Math)
Mrs. Jennifer Burek (Counseling)
Mrs. Carol Rife (Art)
Mrs. Carol Shea (Foreign Language)
30 Years 40 Years  
Mrs. Nancy Malinowski (Athletics)
Mr. Gerry Meloche (Science)
Mr. Larry Baker (Associate Principal)
Mrs. Carolyn Witte (Principal)

Here's to these super staff who achieved a milestone in serving Mercy High School!

Student Successes ~ APPLAUSE!! APPLAUSE!!

Read The Best of this year's ART & POETRY Compilation Image Is 2015!

Outstanding poets in the Farmington Libraries Poetry Writing Contest! Congratulations to seniors Megan Haase whose writing won her third place and Madeline Loniewski whose writing merited her an honorable mention. Both of these girls will receive cash prizes from the Farmington Libraries Poetry Writing Contest and both will read from their work at the downtown library later this month.

Yearbook MIPA Awards - At the recent Michigan Interscholastic Press Associate spring conference, the 2014 yearbook staff was recognized in several yearbook categories:

Personality Profile - honorable mention, Elyse Baron
Personality Profile - honorable mention, Christine Edwards
Sidebar Coverage - honorable mention, Kelly Langan
Student Life Spread - honorable mention, Kelly Langan
People Spread - 2nd place, Lore staff
Graphics - 2nd place, Patti Wallace
Theme Development - honorable mention, Lore staff
Cover - honorable mention, Lore staff
Index - 3rd place, Lore staff
Newsprint Awards - Newsprint was awarded the Spartan Award, which is the top award a high school newspaper can receive from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, otherwise known as (MIPA). In addition, the paper's website,, achieved the Gold Award and 16 members of the Newsprint staff won a total of 34 individual awards from MIPA in various writing and design categories.
Grand National Forensics Tournament - Congratulations to the 14 students who qualified and competed at the Grand National Forensics Tournament held over Memorial Weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This national tournament was composed of over 3,000 students and 1,500 judges. Special recognition to Jacqueline Welday and Lucy Devine who broke to the Octofinals and won medals.
Oral Interpretation:
Maureen McGough
Katie Johnstone
Dramatic Duo:
Lucy Devine and Jacqueline Welday
Amelia and Evie Dahmer
Dramatic Performance:
Madeline Flynn
Oratorical Declamation:
Vivienne Greenleaf
Rochelle Chezick
Original Oratory:
Blair Cha
Phoenix Dempster
Edie Jones
Extemporaneous Speaking:
Saveri Nandigama
Catherine Best

French Honor Society

The French Honor Society welcomed 18 new members on May 6, 2015 at an induction ceremony. The 3rd and 4th year members were also recognized for their achievements and honored with special awards sponsored by American Association of Teachers of French, Michigan World Language Association and Northeast Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages.The French Honor Society candidates successfully completed their French cooking projects which included a 5-minute oral presentation on the recipe and the region of France or Francophone country from which it originated. The presentation also included a decorated table decorated in the theme of the French region and a tri-fold poster board displaying other interesting sights and agricultural products indigenous to the area. The projects were evaluated by a panel of upper level French students as well as Madame Campbell and Mr. Gerardi. A reception followed the presentations by a tasting of all the dishes prepared by the candidates.

The Officer Board for 2015-2016 are Taylor Lombard, Jillian Dewitt, Jordyn Kreucher and Carmela Sleva.
The newest members inducted to the French Honor Society are:

Elise Cooper
Summit Dempster
Caitlin Delevie
Claire Frankowski
Michelle Greenwood
Brandi Gulla
Indya Hood
Jordyn Kreucher
Emma Kruse
Sarah Kurpiers
Karina Lloyd
Ciara Lopus
Natalie Masopust
Tomoe Miyazaki
Catherine Sawicky
Alissa Sweeney
Olivia Warner
Ava Zaremski

Music Notes

The 2015-2016 Student CouncilThe Mercy Concert Choir, which is a combined choir made up of students in Advanced Glee and The Mercyaires, went to the MSVMA State Choral Festival and earned an "Excellent" rating! The Mercyaires performed at Cedar Point Choral Festival and received a "Superior" rating, which is the highest score they could get!

The students have spoken, the ballots have been counted, and the 'vote for me' posters pulled down. Time to congratulate these elected officers for the 2015 - 16 school year.

Student Council Officers

President - Kristen Hiser
Vice President - Kaitlin Johnstone
Secretary - Kendall Reid
Treasurer - Salwa Hammoud

Class of 2016

Arin Bell
Natalie Cieslak
Bridget Furlong
Miranda Konja
Sarah Posa

Class of 2017

Emma Easson
Kennedy Kuffner
Saveri Nandigama
Sophia Van Acker
Jasmine Williams

Class of 2018

Isabelle Boji
Catie Coffman
Caroilne McLaren
Brooke O'Brien
Anne Acho Tartoni

HRC - Blair Cha, Anne Marie Giroux, Carmela Sleva, Kerti Zhao

HRC - Ciara Lopus, Brooklyn Rue, Janice Smith, Helen Zheng

HRC - Margaret Ewald, Supreet Nirman, Shannon Seabolt, Anastasia Warner

Tech Talk

Class of 2015- Now that you will no longer be attending school here at Mercy, CLICK HERE for instructions on how to uninstall all of the Mercy related software on your tablet that you will no longer need. Of course, make sure you do this after you no longer need your tablet here at school. It is not required that you remove this software, but it may make it easier to use your tablet in other environments if you plan to do so. Your Google and network login accounts, as well as the contents of your H: drive will be deleted after August 1st, 2015. Your Mercy Google Account will also be deleted after 8/1/2015. All email and any files you have uploaded to your Mercy Google drive will be deleted. If you wish to transfer any of your content here is a link to Google Takeout which will allow you to download a copy of most of your content. Also if you have created any accounts on other sites or cloud based services (Dropbox, Box, etc.) using your Mercy email address you may want to change those accounts to use a personal email address instead.

Mercy iPad Package - New Students Only We are now taking orders for the 2015 - 2016 Mercy iPad Package on Mercy's Website. Click here for details and to order your Mercy iPad package.
We Repair Warranty - If you wish to sign up for the We Repair iPad Warranty, forms are due by July 1st. Click here for a registration form. Cost is $75, make checks payable to We Repair.
iPad Buyback - If you wish to participate in the iPad Buyback program drop off will be on Monday, June 22nd here at Mercy. Your current iPad will be shipped to an evaluation site where the value for your trade in will be assessed. Students can then purchase the latest iPad from the Mercy Business Office (Do not order from website). See the Mercy IT Blog for more info.

Host International Students

Mercy High School has partnered with gphomestay, an educational services company that provides quality homestays for international students attending American high schools. Several students are in the program this year and several more are expected to arrive in the fall. Short and long term hosting opportunities are available. Students typically study in the United States with the intention of graduating from an American high school and continuing onto an American college or university.

For parents, it is like an extension to your family, another young person so eager to learn and merge into your family life. I would strongly encourage every parent who is able to explore the possibility of sharing your home with a student from a different country.” – Current host family, Mercy High School.

The thought of hosting an international student can be filled with uncertainties, but as these families attest, the experience turns out to be extremely gratifying. Students come primarily from China to attend American high schools and learn first-hand about our country and culture, while teaching everyone around them about their own culture. Through their school and community, they also have the opportunity to participate in community service.

Each student has brought something unique to our family that has enriched our lives; whether it was different foods, learning of their culture, their participation and excitement of their homestay experience, what they gave us far exceeded what we have done for them.” – Current host family, Mercy High School

In addition to taking part in a life-changing experience and having the opportunity to guide a young international student, host families receive a monthly stipend of $800 to cover any out of pocket costs that arise with having an extra person in your home. Hosts also have ongoing support from a local gphomestay Residential Coordinator. Students will have their own insurance and spending money.

Gphomestay strives to create a sense of community among our host families and international students. If you would like to help us spread the word, there is a $300 referral bonus whenever an approved host family lists your name on their application as their source of referral. A host family does not necessarily need to have a child enrolled at our school.

When I was first asked to host an international student over 10 years ago, I agreed with great trepidation. Now, as I think back over the 20+ students I have hosted, I smile with joy and contentment because of all the learning, joy, and love they have shared with our family. I would strongly encourage every parent who is able to explore the possibility of sharing your home with a student from a different country.” – Current host family, Mercy High School

If you are interested in becoming a host or looking for more information, please visit gphomestay’s website ( and fill out a Host Inquiry Form. You can also contact gphomestay directly at 248-506-2650 (Kesteski Ashlynn, our local staff) or (781)996-0429 (our main line), or

BOOK PURCHASING INFO for the 2015 - 2016 School Year

Follett is Mercy School’s official source for textbooks. Follett partners with Mercy each year to make sure your daughter's textbooks with the right authors in the correct editions are available for purchase. Please bookmark Mercy's Book Purchasing & Selling page for updated book information.

  • Beginning August 1, 2015, visit Follett and choose from money-saving used, rental, and digital textbooks.
  • If you're interested in selling your present books, Follett will buy back your books! Check out Follett's terms and free-shipping.

Journey to Ireland with Mercy!

In celebration of Mercy High School's 70th Anniversary, alumnae, parents and friends are invited to accompany President Dr. Cheryl Kreger on a pilgrimage to Ireland May 9 - 18, 2016. Spend 10 days and 8 nights traveling through Galway, Sneem and Dublin.

Take the Catherine McAuley Walking Tour in Dublin and see the sites of Mercy associated with her life, including the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street. This trip will be a unique opportunity to take in some of Ireland's most important religious sites and attend mass in historic churches as well as learn about life, tradition and music with members of a small Irish village.

The inclusive travel package is offered through Corporate Travel Service. We hope you can join Mercy in Ireland for this trip of a lifetime!

Click here to read through the itinerary brochure and trip details.

Click here to book your trip online.

Uniforms 2015 - 2016

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, Mercy will be using Educational Outfitters in Farmington as our exclusive uniform vendor. Uniforms may be purchased in the store as well as online. Online ordering link will be available in May 2015 and posted on our web site here:

The kilt colors and accessories for the 2015-2016 school year will be as follows:

  • Class of 2019 - blue / green plaid skirt, navy blue quarter-zip and sweater
  • Class of 2018 - blue / maroon plaid skirt, maroon quarter-zip and sweater
  • Class of 2017 - solid black skirt, black quarter-zip and sweater
  • Class of 2016 - solid gray skirt, gray or white quarter-zip and gray sweater

There will be a new uniform item offered for the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the banded white blouse, there will be a banded white polo. Students will have the option to wear either the blouse or the polo. The polo will be available in long and short sleeve.

Kilts, blouses, polos, and sweaters must be purchased from Educational Outfitters. Quarter-zips must be purchased from the Marlin Shop.

Click here for more information and online ordering link will be posted soon!

Educational Outfitters
23317 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington, MI 48336

Give me an M, give me an E, give me an R, give me a C, give me a Y

More Mercy Seniors Sign Sports Scholarships!

2015-2016 Athletic InformationCongratulations to two more senior athletes who signed scholarships to play a sport in college: Kayley Beauregard – Ice Hockey, UMASS; Samantha Dickie – Swimming, Northern Michigan University

Summer Camps at Mercy

Basketball June 22 - 25
Field Hockey June 15 -18
Soccer July 6 - 9
Volleyball All Skills 6th-8th Grades: July 13-15; 9th Grade: July 20-22; 10th-12th Grades July 21-23; Position Specific 7th-12th grades July 27-28

Physical and Fall Registration Information

All 2015-16 Athletes will need the COMPLETED MHSAA Physical, performed on or after April 15, 2015, and the three Mercy Athletics forms.The Mercy Athletic Code of Conduct is available here. The MHSAA Physical and Athletic Forms must be turned in to Mercy before or during the registration periods. You cannot try-out on the first day of the season unless your physical and forms were turned in before or during the registration period. View the MHSAA 2015-16 Calendar here.

*NEW FOR 2015 -2016: All eligible Athletes will need a wristband for the 1st day of Try-Outs! The wristband will be given when the MHSAA Physical & Mercy Athletic Forms are turned in. Please contact for further information. Be sure to visit for updates and 2015-2016 Sports Season date information.

Fall 2015 Registration Fall 2015 Try-Out Start Dates
In person: Aug. 6, 9am - 1pm in the gym. Bring completed MHSAA Physical & Mercy Athletic Forms.
Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball
August 12, 2015
Try-Out times will be on the Athletic Calendar and Team Pages as available. Please be prepared to attend ALL try-out sessions.

Join us in Petoskey this June!

All Mercy parents are invited to mix and mingle with Mercy President Cheryl Delaney Kreger '66 and connect with Mercy friends at the Alumnae & Friends Reception.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Stafford's Perry Hotel
100 Lewis Street, Petoskey, MI 49770

Complimentary appetizers, beer and wine.
Casual attire.

RSVP by June 10 to or 248-893-3582.


PICTURE DAY - School picture day will be August 17th. Photographers will be available from 9-11:30 and 2-5 p.m with freshmen taking their photos from 11:30-12:50. More information will be provided closer to this date.

CLASS of 2016 Portraits - Seniors must have their yearbook photo taken at Prestige Portraits to be pictured in the yearbook and the class composite. Parents should have received a mailing from Prestige with special offers. If you did not receive the letter, please contact your local Prestige location for information. Seniors must be photographed by August 29th.

YEARBOOK ADS - It's not too early to start planning your parent ad. Ads will be due November 6 and all materials must be turned in with payment. Ad order forms will be available in August.

2016 YEARBOOKS - Mark your calendars now! Guarantee your daughter's copy by ordering the yearbook early and save money as well. Yearbooks start at $60. Staff will be taking orders at the Used Book Sale in August as well as October 5-9 in school for $60. Online purchasing via will soon be available. Yearbook prices will increase in November and December.

Counseling Corner

CLASS of 2016 FALL COLLEGE APPLICATION MEETING - The Counseling Office suggests your daughter begin over this summer familiarizing herself with college applications that she plans to complete. From our experience, we know that students will have many questions about the application process once they start looking at the actual forms and the application requirements listed on the college's website. A separate informational email will be sent to junior students regarding the Common Application Essay Questions for the Class of 2016 and things to consider when asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation.

Every year we hold a mandatory meeting with seniors to walk them through the "how to's" of completing their applications. We will also be explaining how students will use Naviance to make application and transcript requests. Please save the date for the mandatory senior college information meeting Thursday, August 27th. The meeting will take place during the school day from 8:00 - 9:20 AM in the Mercy Auditorium. Parents are invited to attend this presentation. In addition, we will be offering informal opportunities for students and parents to drop in and meet with the counselors to answer and assist with college application related questions on Wednesdays during the month of September. Exact dates and times will be shared at a later date.

Time to Celebrate!

It’s a Reunion Weekend and an Anniversary Celebration all in one! We invite all in the Mercy community to join us.


For more information, visit

Make a Difference for Mercy Golf Outing!


Monday, September 28, 2015

8:00 am Registration ~ 9:00 am Shotgun Start ~ 2:00 pm Lunch
Western Golf and Country Club ~ Redford, MI

Sponsor! Sponsorship opportunities range from $200 to $5,000.

Donate! Donations of golfer prizes or gifts are welcome.

Golf! Online registration coming soon! $150 per golfer and includes breakfast, cart & green fees, two drink tickets, lunch and invaluable networking with the Mercy community.

Last year 130 Mercy supporters golfed to benefit Tuition Assistance and Athletics at Mercy! Don't miss your chance to connect with other Mercy families - reserve your spot today!

MNotes . . . miscellaneous info you need to know!

MOSAIC MAGAZINE - The Spring 2015 issue of the Mercy Mosaic Magazine is in the mail! Look for features on Robotics, Alumnae Class Notes and our 70th Anniversary celebration.

CAR POOL - The Mercy Car Pool List is emailed to all families in mid-June. If you wish to remove your family's information from the listing, please email Maureen Weiss at

Sweepstakes Winners - The Sweepstakes Drive was a huge success and all winning tickets were selected, click here to see this year's winners.

Mercy Mobile APP - Stay up to date with Mercy on the go! The Mercy High School mobile App is ready for download to your smartphone or mobile device. Simply search "Mercy High School" in your App store.

Mark your calendar for these important start dates and meetings for next school year. Be sure to visit often to browse the entire academic school life calendar.Looking Ahead to the 2015 - 2016 School Year

Event Date Location
New Student and Transfer Student Tech Intro August 14 MHS
Freshwoman Welcome Day August 17 MHS

Classes Begin All Students
Opening School Mass

August 18 MHS
Senior College Information Meeting

August 27

NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Weekend) Sept 4 - 7  
70th Anniversary & Grand Reunion Weekend Sept 25 - 27 MHS
Make a Difference for Mercy Golf Outing Sept 28 Western Golf & Country Club

The MEMO will return to your inbox in September. If you have any questions or want to submit information 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, view past issues of the MEMO newsletter, and browse the home page links to see what's happening at Mercy.

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Mercy High School, a Catholic college preparatory school immersed in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, educates and inspires young women of diverse backgrounds to lead and serve with compassion.