November 2013

Wit's End . . . Notes from the Principal

Saints. What comes to mind at the mention of that word? Possibly one considers men or women in long flowing garments, strolling leisurely around heaven or whatever is conjured up as the afterlife. Saints among us. Well, that notion may confound or even confuse us given that we think only of the deceased as having attained sainthood status.

One very simple definition of a saint satisfies many: “one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue.” In Catholic teaching, all Christians who have attained heaven are considered to be saints. Some, however, who are considered worthy of higher honors gain greater church recognition. Add to this idea, however, the original Christian usage of the term to mean anyone in whom Christ dwells, whether or not in heaven or on earth. * Saints among us? Possibly we should think again.

Earlier this month, actually on the very first day of November, we celebrated the feast of All Saints Day. This day was originally instituted to celebrate the lives of Christian martyrs, but during the persecutions of the Roman Empire, the feast day was named to insure that both known and unknown martyrs would be properly remembered. Pope Gregory III consecrated a chapel to all martyrs in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Pope Gregory IV later ordered the date of celebration to be November 1st for the entire church.

Here at Mercy, we celebrated Mass on this day as a school community. I took note of the fact that the homily focused very much on the idea of saints being among us. How powerful for all of us, but especially young people, to consider the goodness and holiness of themselves and those around them. Acts of true goodness, acts of heroism and virtue happen daily. What a transformative concept! If we accept and believe it to be true, then we can dedicate both energy and effort to notice and appreciate these saints on earth, and dare I say, the moments of saintliness that each of us possess.

In writing today’s reflection, I was reminded of a very powerful film I first saw some six years ago. “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” was an American film released in 2006 and based upon a 2001 memoir written by the director, Dito Montiel. Montiel grew up on the tough, crime infested streets of a New York neighborhood in Queens. He had gotten out; he was one of the lucky ones. His film was based on his real life experiences, and although it begins in current time, it jumps back and forth to 1986 and the tumultuous events that shaped him as an adolescent. His was a neighborhood of danger, danger on the streets and danger in the homes. It was his reality and his “normal” since there was nothing to compare. At the foundation, there was the poverty, but add to that the violence, abuse, gang allegiances and gang vendettas, killings and prison terms. There were also the strong bonds of childhood friendships, confidences shared, aspirations voiced and dashed, a longing for independence, and the wondrous newness of adolescent romance.

Montiel delicately maneuvers between past and present, but begins with an adult Dito, (Robert Downey Jr.) a successful writer in Los Angeles, whose mother urges him to go home and see his ill father, a man from whom he is estranged. Thus begins chronological time mixed with flashbacks some 20 years earlier and events that shaped the young Dito (Shia LaBeouf).

What has this to do with saints? Certainly the film does nothing to support the notion of saints as the valiant, the heroes, and the virtuous among us. It does, however, suggest that our goodness, and even maybe our godliness, can be influenced and quite possibly forged throughout our lives by the actions of others around us whose choices are destructive and horrific. The people in Dito’s past, his youthful comrades, commit or are themselves victims of awful crimes. As Montiel revisits 1986, and then views his past through the lens of adulthood, he concludes that indeed, he had been saved. His life had not gone off the tracks, and his gratitude required expression. Those he had loved, despite their shortcomings, were now joined together with those he despised because of their deeds. All, however, had been his teachers. Saints, not in the traditional sense of the word, but saints nonetheless. For whatever reasons, these persons had unknowingly guided Dito to go elsewhere, to choose right rather than wrong, to strive for something purposeful and meaningful. Their influence was powerful, albeit unintentional.

None of us as parents can protect our children from the experiences around them, the temptations, the tragedies, the poor choices made and the consequences suffered. We can, however, keep reminding them to look for those who do good, those who seem to be able to make the hard choice despite the pressure around them to cave. We can remind them of the saints who walk among them: the noble, the kind, the compassionate, the doggedly optimistic people they encounter. We can tell our children that we believe each of them to be saintly. And finally, we might encourage them to consider looking at the dark element of human behavior, and those who embody it, as persons who can also be instructive to all of us. Not “Do as I do” but rather “Do as I didn’t, or couldn’t.”

Mrs. Carolyn Witte, Principal

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint


Mercy High School Recognized as Apple Distinguished School

Mercy High School is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013 to 2015 for our integration of technology across the curriculum and school life. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

The selection of Mercy High School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. All ninth graders are required to take a Design Foundations course which teaches multimedia skills in photo, film, animation, and web design. Students collaborate on writing, and edit each other’s work using iOS apps; text, video, and audio recordings. An iWizard student technology team provides training and resources to the school community. Several faculty members present at regional conferences on topics related to instruction using the iPad.

We are proud that at Mercy, students have the opportunity to be technology teachers and program innovators. The multi-touch book submitted with our application will soon be available for all to enjoy through iTunes. Stay tuned for more Apple Distinguished school developments!


Mothers Club

EVENING OF REFLECTION - A TIME FOR PRESENCE - Experiencing the Presence of Christ, Sharing His Presence with each other. Reflect and reconnect with your daughter at the Mother Daughter Evening of Spiritual Reflection Sunday, December 8th at St. Edith Catholic Church in Livonia. $20 per person. Mass begins at 5:00pm with dinner immediately following. Completed reservation form and payment due December 1.

ALL MERCY MOMS are invited to our next Christmas Party meeting, Monday, December 2nd at 6:30pm.


Dads Club

Dads and Daughters Make a Difference - Mercy Dads and Daughters served 102 families while volunteering at Christ Our Shepheard Lutheran Church Food Bank last Sunday. All the staff and regular volunteers were very happy to have extra help, as were the families in need. Dads enjoyed some unique bonding with their daughers serving the community together.

GRAND RAFFLE - Less than a week to get your raffle tickets in and winnings will be distributed on the November 27 drawing date, just in time for Black Friday! For only $100 you can get 6 chances at the Grand Prize of $10,000. This Dads Club raffle benefits all Mercy girls. Donations are made to fund various school functions, clubs, activities and needs. Please join us in celebrating the Mercy experience with your daughters by purchasing the Grand Raffle tickets today!

ANNUAL WREATH AND ROPING SALE - Wreaths are a base of Fraser fir with boxwood, juniper berry, concolor fir and decorated with pine cones and a red ribbon. 24", 28" or 42" Wreaths; 20' or 60' Cedar Roping; and Merry Mix Swag available. You can also support Mercy by purchasing English Gardens Gift Cards for all your other Christmas decoration needs. CLICK HERE for pricing and to pre-order online. Pay for and pick up your items Tuesday & Wednesday November 26 & 27, noon to 3:00pm at the flagpole entrance.

ALL MERCY DADS are invited to join us for our next meeting December 4 at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria.


Focus: HOPE Food Drive

For over 20 years, Mercy has partnered with Focus Hope in supporting the food needs of the marginalized senior citizens residing in the Detroit Metro area. Collectively as a school, Mercy has been the second largest contributor of food and monetary donations next to Ford Motor Company. In essence, our Mercy Community lives out our values by embracing the annual Food Drive to help Focus Hope provide holiday food baskets to those seniors in need.

Once again, this year's voice to our Focus Hope Drive was Mr. Meloche along with committed Focus Hope Reps that account for the necessary food items collected from each advisee group. Several students felt compassionate enough to put together a video to share with each advisee group on the food items we're asked to donate. Our goal each year is to fill Focus Hope's semi truck with the food contributions of our Mercy family. We culminate our Food Drive by attending our Thanksgiving Prayer Service, realizing God blesses our efforts and the sacrifices that have been made for the good of others.

"Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now." ~Saint Teresa of Avila

Please join us at the Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Focus: HOPE Food Drive closing on Monday, November 25th at 10:10am in the Auditorium.


Admissions Anecdotes

Mercy hosted over 200 families at our annual Fall Open House. Families discovered what makes the Mercy tradition special! They toured the building with students, spoke to our teachers, administrators, coaches, and parents. Many THANKS to the student, parent, staff, and alumnae volunteers who made the day a success! Our next Open House is Sunday, January 26 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. In the meantime, if parents know of a prospective student in your parish or neighborhood, please encourage her to contact the Admissions Office at admissions@mhsmi.org or 248-476-2484 and arrange a day to shadow a student.


National French Week 2013

The French students of Mercy High celebrated National French Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, Nov. 5-11. The students enjoyed crêpe demonstrations, “des tartines” and “des goûters” with the help of parents, Mrs. Stephanie Wilson, Mrs. Nancy Cooper and Mrs. Lauren Hosko who generously volunteered their time to help give the students an enjoyable “degustation”. Mr. Timothy Devine shared his love and passion of all things French by speaking to the students about his experiences in France and explicating the poem/song by Jacques Brel, “Ne me quitte pas”.

National French Week this year focused on the Francophine world. The students enjoyed a presentation of the history of the Cajun settlers in Louisiana followed by Cajun music and dancing provided by the band “Créole du Nord” and dance teacher, Mr. Alan Paul. The students learned to dance the Cajun 2 step, the Cajun Waltz and the Zydeco while wearing their French t-shirts made in class. A special thank you to Mrs. Hulya Petrello for her donation toward hosting this professional band. A Journey to Haiti was also provided to us by two speakers: Mrs. Jocelyn Charles who shared her Haitian family history and personal photos with the students and Mrs. Kathy Oman, member of Trinity Church, who shared a presentation and photos with us about her medical mission trip to Haiti last summer.

The French students were inspired and are joining in a global initiative to help Haitian students rebuild their schools by collecting school supplies for the Bon Samaritiane school near Port-au Prince. The week ended with a grand celebration with 92 students attending a French dinner at Cuisine Restaurant in Detroit. Tout va bien avec le français!

Michigan World Language Association

Madame Joyce S. Campbell attended the Michigan World Language Association Conference in Lansing on November 8th where she presented “Making Cultural Connections through National French Week.” The session discussed the planning and importance of making connections in the school, local and global communities in order to make National French Week come alive for the students and expand their horizons beyond traditional classroom instruction. The session inspired other teachers to connect to resources in their areas to engage students in this national celebration of French language and culture.


Olivia Collins Achieves Gold

Congratulations to Olivia Collins who earned her Gold Award for Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. A national award, with national standards, it represents a girl’s passion, leadership, creativity, and effort to making her community locally or globally, a better place. It is equal to Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts. This recognition is earned by less than 3% of Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. As part of her Gold Award project, she refurbished and redecorated a room at a women and children's domestic violence shelter in Detroit through the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries at the Genesis House 2. Click here to read more about Olivia's Girl Scout Gold Award project. Mercy girls Audrey Jones, Erin Gormley, and Marisa Hardenbergh helped to paint the room.

Upon completion, Olivia and three other Northville Girl Scouts were interviewed about their Gold Award projects by Mitch Albom. This interview was part of a segment for Mitch Albom's "Heart of Detroit" and was accompanied by a live interview on WDIV. Click here to view the segment.


 

Guinness World Record Holder Haley Gold

Senior Haley Gold demonstrated her ability to say and spell words backwards at the Mercy talent show two years ago. After that event, she decided to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "Most Words Spelt Backwards in One Minute." The record at that time was 16 words, held by a woman in the U.K. In June of this year, Haley attempted to break the record and succeeded in correctly spelling 26 words backwards. Unfortunately, in the process of submitting the required evidence, Guinness informed her that the record had recently been broken and was actually 30 words, held by a 25 year-old man in India. Undaunted, Haley made a second attempt on October 7th at the Farmington Hills Library and succeeded in setting the new world record.

Click here to read the Farmington Press newspaper article about Haley's Guinness World Record attempt to spell words backwards.

She received her certificate a week ago and is the official Guinness World Record holder for "Most Words Spelt Backwards in One Minute" at 35 words! Mercy is so proud of our WORLD record holder!


Student Successes . . . APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Solo and Ensemble - Mercy orchestra members are participating in 14 events at the Solo and Ensemble Festival. The students participating are Threada Young, Shannon Sheridan, Taylor Hutson, Alia Fuqua, Elise Scarchilli, Lydia Gier, Katy Schubert, Sarah Maxey, Maddy Reckker, Lillian Lebednick, Martina Umoh, Kaela Brown, Nia Boone, Theresa Walle, Shelbi Hines, and Cassidy Connolly. We wish them the best in this music endeavor!


Latin Students at U of M and JCL Fall Assembly

At the end of October, students and parents from the Latin III and IV classes visited the University of Michigan. They attended a Latin seminar on the writings of Julius Caesar, which they have also studied in class at Mercy. The highlight of the visit was the private tour of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which houses over 100,000 ancient and medieval artifacts from Mediterranean and Near Eastern civilizations.

On November 9, 14 Mercy Latin students joined Latin students from all over the state of Michigan in the annual Junior Classical League (JCL) Fall Assembly held at East Kentwood HS. Some of the events the students attended were: a lecture on ancient riddles, athletic competitions, a class on writing letters in Latin, Roman board games, mythology contests, and a leisurely meal. They also had the opportunity to speak with college professors, journalists, and lawyers about the benefits of taking Latin in the 21st century. Congratulations to Katherine Colleran ’17, who won Third Place in the impromptu art competition. Katherine drew a 3D Roman temple.

Students will also attend the JCL Spring Convention at University of Detroit Jesuit HS on March 22, 2014.


Counseling Corner

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION NIGHT

Sophomore, Junior and Senior Parents - We invite and encourage you to attend the College Financial Aid Event held at Mercy High School on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Mercy Auditorium.

This 90 minute workshop is designed to shed light on the financial reality of going to college and help families gain greater understanding of the financial aid process. Presenter, Bob Hoger, a certified college planning specialist, will give an overview of the financial aid process; discuss the different types of aid, which includes scholarships; and will cover how to apply for and receive financial aid. In this informal session, you will also learn:

  • The important questions to ask colleges before your student applies
  • How to maximize your student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants & other forms of gift aid
  • Whether or not it is possible to attend a “private” college for a “public” price
  • Instructions on filing financial aid forms and how to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible for
  • What assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • The financial aid timeline for success – what you should be doing and when

If your child is planning to go to college, do not miss this event! The presentation provides facts that help people overcome their fears and apprehensions about how they will pay for college. Finding as much as you can about financial aid early in this process is going to be a big help.


CBS Radio Field Trip

The Radio and Television Broadcasting class took a field trip to CBS radio and were able to listen in the studio while they were broadcasting the news on the air. The girls took a tour of the station where they saw where 100.3 will be moving in and where the Ticket 97.1 sports radio is housed. In the end, the girls went to 98.7 the Amp, where they were able to speak with the morning show and afternoon show DJs. The Amp gave Mercy High School a shout out and senior, AJ Slaughter, had a chance to speak on the air. All the Mercy students really enjoyed getting to experience the radio industry first hand!

Let Us Pray

Mercy High School wants to join you in prayer. If you have a special prayer request, please use the online prayer intention submission form. It will be added to the Mercy Mothers Prayer Circle as well as copied to the Alumnae Office and Mercy Pastoral Minister.

The Mercy Mothers Prayer Group is an informal group which meets every Monday from 1:30 - 2:30 in the Mercy High Chapel, excluding days off and early dismissal. The Prayer Group recites the Rosary and The Chaplet of Divine Mercy as we lift in prayer specific intentions submitted online and those placed in the prayer box located at the reception area of the school. Please join the Mercy Mothers as they facilitate prayers for blessings and protection upon the faculty and staff of the school, students, the Sisters of Mercy, as well as all Mercy families and alumnae. If you have any questions please contact: Debbie Tisdel cdtisdel@yahoo.com.

 


BOOK NOTES from Library Media Specialist Mrs. Katy Koskela

Last month you saw a view of the Library Media Center website, with its myriad of resources available to your daughters. However, it's not only your daughters that might be interested in what can be accessed. Do you have a hobby, interest, passion or need? Check out the GALE databases and find books, magazines, compiled information to further your investigation. Here are a few possibilities. Remember, you need the password for home access...as a reminder, see last month's Book Notes!

Biography and Genealogy Master Index Biography and Genealogy Master Index
This database is a first stop index tool for learning where to look for biographical material on people from all time periods, geographical locations and fields of endeavor. Biography and Genealogy Master Index indexes any print product that includes biographical information on multiple persons. It also acts as an index to other indexes.
ChiltonLibrary.com ChiltonLibrary.com
ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.
Culinary Arts Collection Culinary Arts Collection
The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
Gale LegalForms Gale LegalForms
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

A U C T I O N 2014

There is less than three months until the annual auction! A lot is happening with the auction and there are a lot of ways to be involved!

Tuition Raffle tickets were mailed the beginning of November. For every 5 tickets you sell you are entered into a raffle for two free raffle tickets (a $250 value)! Don’t delay, sell your tickets today!

There are several gift gathering parties coming up in the next couple of months throughout Metro Detroit including Plymouth, Wixom, and Grosse Pointe. Find out more information about gift gathering parties here.

Auction acquisitions are in full swing and we need all hands on deck to get great items for this very important event. Remember, no item too big, no item too small, we are Mercy High School, we take it all! Need an idea for an acquisition? Look here to view the auction wish list. And remember…you don’t personally have to donate the item. Ask a local restaurant, spa, beauty shop, or retailer that you frequently patron and ask them to donate!

Advertising opportunities are still available for the auction and there are ads for both Mercy families as well as businesses. Advertising contracts are available here and ads are due by January 15th.

Take a look at our web page for information about volunteering and for acquisition ideas.

Catalog Volunteers Needed! We are looking for several dedicated volunteers available during school hours to input and catalog auction donations.

For more information contact Mercy's Special Events Coordinator, Lindsay Weismiller, at lmweismiller@mhsmi.org and CLICK HERE for all things AUCTION. WE ARE MERCY!!


Give Me a M, Give Me an E, Give Me a R, Give Me a C, Give Me a Y!

Attention Senior 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 Thursday, December 5 from 2:45pm to 3:30pm in the Mercy Gymnasium. You’re welcome and encouraged to invite your family and coaches. Please wear your college shirt. We will take individual and group photos. Light refreshments will be served. Notify Kate Scalzi at kmscalzi@mhsmi.org if you will attend. Include your name, sport, and college. Don’t worry if you don’t know if or where you might be playing; another signing day will be held in the late winter and/or spring for more Mercy college-bound athletes.

VIEW THIS VIDEO - Click here to check out a play from the Mercy vs. Ladywood Volleyball game.TEAM ACCOLADES - Volleyball captured the DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP! Swim and Dive won their 23rd consecutive CHSL championship and are headed to the Division 1 State Finals this weekend! Congrats to senior Marlin divers Erica Allor and Christine Peterson who qualified for States.

Mercy athletes are always making headlines! CLICK HERE to read some of the recent sports stories featured in the news.

It's beginning to look a lot like Basketball, Bowling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Skiing and Pompon, everywhere you go. Check out the winter sports schedule available online and support your Mercy teams! There are even directions. Please help fill the stands with Mercy cheer and come by the Marlin Shop to score some Mercy gear.


Latest and Greatest from the Alumnae Office

BUNCO LADIES NIGHT OUT

Mercy moms, alumnae, staff and friends are invited to play Bunco on Friday, January 24 from 7:00 -9:00pm in the cafeteria. If you can throw dice, you know how to play Bunco! Join us even if you’ve never played the game. We’ll teach you in no time.

Pizza and snacks ~ Drinks (wine, beer, pop & coffee) ~ Prizes ~ Chances to win

$15 per person. Proceeds support tuition assistance.

Click here to register or contact alumnaeoffice@mhsmi.org or 248.476.3270. Hosted by the Alumnae Association.


Home Stay Program Opportunity for Mercy Families

Green Planet's home stay program has partnered with Mercy High School and is offering an incredible opportunity to families in Farmington Hills and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in making a positive impact on the life of an international student and live wihtin 30 minutes of Farmington Hills, you may want to consider becoming a host family.

Host families will receive a monthly stipend of $800 and have access to 24/7 support from local Residential Coordinators who can help with coordinating meeting your student upon arrival, keeping you connected with the school community, and mediating issues if they arise. Students come with their own insurance and spending money and stay for the academic year. Do you know someone who might be interested in hosting a student? For every approved host family that lists you as a reference on their application, you will be rewarded a $150 referral bonus.


Shop. Give. Make a Difference.

If you are ordering gifts online, go to ONECAUSE FIRST. Hundreds of online merchants like Nordstrom, Lands End, Amazon, and more will give Mercy a nice percentage from every item you purchase. Simply register your information and select Mercy High School (ID 130214).

If you are out and about Christmas shopping at Target or picking up some tasty holiday fare at Gordon Foods, Meijer, or Hiller's, please be sure to designate MERCY. Click to register at target.com/tcoe, Meijer.com/MCRmember, gfsmarketplace.com.

Hiller's Club is a new reward program available, simply follow the steps below to start earning dollars for Mercy:

  • Obtain a Hiller's Club card from your favorite Hiller's Market and register your card at hillers.com. Each time you shop at Hiller's, have the cashier scan your Hiller's club card to earn points. Points are available for use for 60 days.
  • Login to your Hiller's Club Account. Once your personal Welcome screen appears, click on the words "points available." The next screen to open has on it My Rewards, Community Rewards, Fuel Rewards. There is a drop down box under community rewards, open it and locate Mercy high school - click on Mercy High School.Next to the community rewards recipient you've selected there is another drop down box for you to select the amount of points you want to donate. Click on the point amount you would like to donate. It converts the points to the dollar amount of money you are donating to the school. Click redeem.

Click here for more rewards program information.


MNotes . . . miscellaneous info you need to know!

Have you read MOSAIC? The Fall/Winter issue of the MOSAIC Mercy High School Magazine was mailed this month. If you have stories to share, please contact the Alumnae Office or Julie Earle at jhearle@mhsmi.org.

Christmas Concert - The Mercy Music Department is proud to announce the Christmas Concert, Songs of Comfort & Joy, which will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00pm. The concert will feature Glee I, Advanced Glee The Mercyaires and the Mercy Orchestra. In keeping with tradition, the concert will conclude with The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah and alumnae are invited to join in singing on stage. The stage will be beautifully decorated with poinsettias the Tri-M Music Honors Society is selling as a fundraiser. These festive plants come from a Michigan poinsettia farm and are available in red, pink, and white for $18. Please contact Mrs. Rebekah Ferguson at rjferguson@mhsmi.org to place an order by December 10. Plants can be picked up on stage after the concert.

Mercy Ethnic Bazaar 2013 will be held December 4th (2nd-6th hour) in the Drama Studio. Enjoy dance, poetry, fashion, song, prayer, art, food, music, and more!

Cocoa & Cram - Scheduled just before final exams, Cocoa & Cram is a free, group study gathering with bottomless hot chocolate, for 9th graders. Link Leaders will lead study activities for Math, World History, Spanish, French, Latin, Theology, and Biology. This activity is Monday, December 16th, 2:45-4:00 in the Mercy Cafeteria.

Yearbooks: If you haven't purchased your daughter's yearbook yet, time is running out. We only order a few yearbooks over what has been purchased. Order now to avoid the tears later. Yearbooks will be sold before and after school Dec. 2-6 for $70. This is the last time yearbooks will be sold in school. Additional options such as personalized nameplates are available by purchasing your yearbook at www.yearbookordercenter.com and using order #13826. Last year the yearbook sold out and many students were unable to purchase a yearbook.

2013-2014 MERCY STUDENT DIRECTORY IS ONLINE! The student directory is accessible to all parents and students online through PowerSchool. Login to PowerSchool and click on the STUDENT DIRECTORY icon. You can look at individual listings or the whole school. Please note if your daughter's entry is not displayed, a request was completed for address or phone number information to NOT be included in the student directory. The program used to post the directory pulls directly from the database and does not allow for individual record modification.

After School Tutoring - NHS tutoring will be held in N12 from 2:45-3:30 on the following dates for the first semester: November 26; December 4, 11, 16, 17. Second semester dates will be released in January. Students can get help in any subject. If it is a 1:40 dismissal, tutoring is from 1:45-2:30.

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.

Subscribe to NEWSPRINT, the student voice of Mercy High School! It is a complete 24-page tabloid-format newspaper filled with everything from school news to world events, exciting features, sports, and entertainment. Newsprint is the source that links the Mercy community to the rest of the world. Support the staff of talented young Mercy women and enjoy informative and entertaining features by purchasing a subscription to this award-winning, student produced paper. Newsprint is distributed to students at school but it can also be delivered directly to your home or place of work. The price is $12 for the year (6 issues). Please send your name, preferred mailing address and email, along with a check payable to Mercy High School to Ms. Lynn Waldsmith, Newsprint Advisor Mercy High School, 29300 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336-1409. Visit mhsmi.org/newsprint to view past issues. Don't forget to click NEWSPRINT online website newsprintnow.net where you can stay up to date on Marlin news and read work by Mercy students 24/7.


Snapshot of Mercy

English teachers Mrs. Jan Mordenski and Ms. Abby Youngerman gave students really cool class experiences. Last week, Mrs. Mordenski's poetry students teleconferenced with Illinois poet laureate, Kevin Stein. The girls heard him read and asked interesting questions. Earlier in the month, Ms. Youngerman kicked off Romeo and Juliet with a stage combat lesson provided to the girls by University of Michigan theater student and Mercy alumna, Emily Shimskey '11. If you have a snapshot of Mercy to share, please send to jhearle@mhsmi.org.

Mercy Month Ahead

Event Date / Time Location
Thanksgiving Prayer Service Nov 25 / 10:10am Auditorium
Christmas Gift Drive Dec 2 - 6 MHS
Mercy MOMS Meeting Dec 2 / 6:30pm Media Center
Mercy DADS Meeting Dec 3 / 7pm Cafeteria
Ethnic Bazaar Dec 4 / 2nd - 6th Hours Drama Studio
Senior Athlete College Committment Event Dec 5 / 2:45pm Gym
Mother Daughter Evening of Reflection Dec 8 / 4:30pm Registration St. Edith
Foundation Day Mass Dec 12 Auditorium
Adviser Group Parties and Christmas Celebration Dec 13 MHS
Christmas Concert Songs of Comfort & Joy Dec 15 / 2pm Auditorium
Cocoa & Cram Dec 16 / 3pm Cafeteria
EXAMS Dec 18 (1,2); Dec 19 (3,4,5) Dec 20 (6,7) MHS
Christmas Dance and Vacation Begins Dec 20  
Classes Resume - Second Semester Begins Jan 6 MHS

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