October 2009

Mercy High School Monthly Parent E-Newsletter - October 2009
Wit's End . . . notes from the principal

We are completing our second month of the school year and everyone has been extremely busy.Many parents have made multiple trips to campus, the largest group attending the Parent Night on September 24th when approximately 800 of you came to meet and greet teachers and staff.It is noteworthy that such a parent response is atypical for schools, especially secondary schools. The commitment to your daughter’s education is most reflected by your physical presence here at school.She knows that her school experience, in its entirety, is important to you and that you wish to build the significant relationships necessary to support her.Such role modeling is exemplary.

We celebrated Mercy Day with a special liturgy, welcomed new moms with an evening Mass followed by dinner, held a special informative meeting for the parents of seniors, hosted another gathering for Mercy alumnae and their daughters who are current students, and we end this month with parent-teacher conferences.Yes, it is another busy school year, but it is also such a blessing to be so active as a school community with our efforts focused on the success of our young women. Such a blessing is all the more apparent to me today because of some recent travel.

Just this week, I returned from a trip to Belize City, Belize where I attended the annual Mercy Secondary Education Association conference. As many of you know there are more than 40 secondary schools across the nation and around the globe that are sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. As a member of the Executive Board of MSEA for six years, I have worked to continue the tradition of presenting conferences that bring together representatives from these schools so that we may share our experiences, best practices, and common visions as Mercy schools. Conference sites, usually chosen two years in advance, are cities that house one or more Mercy secondary schools. Part of the joy of the conference is that the local faculties and staff can attend a significant educational conference at minimal cost to the school itself.Each year, the conference offers one or more inte rnationally known keynote speakers. The host schools do not pay an individual conference fee for each attendee. In addition, they can showcase their schools and their students. The planning for the annual conference to be held in Belize was quite a stretch when it was suggested a few years ago.It seemed the only possible choice of location that could take us not only to a Mercy school beyond the U.S. borders but also keep us close enough so that representatives from other schools might still participate. In addition to Belize, there are Mercy secondary schools in Argentina, Guam, Honduras, Jamaica, and the Philippines.

The dream was realized.Approximately 50 representatives from schools in the U.S., Argentina, and Guam joined the nearly 100 combined faculty and staff members of Saint Catherine Academy (SCA) from Belize City and Muffles College from Orange Walk Town for this year’s conference. Colleen Rozman and I both attended. The two day workshop featured Louis Mangione, a nationally recognized educator from Seattle, Washington who provided multiple strategies for teaching high school students regardless of learning styles or cultural backgrounds.It was exciting on two levels. Prior to Belize, I had only heard of and read about Mangione’s dynamic presentations, so it was terrific to actively participate.More importantly, however, was the opportunity to interact with the teachers from these two Belizean schools, most of whom have never travelled much beyond the borders of their country and had never before had the occasion to hear a speaker of Mangione’s quality.They were so joyful, so appreciative, and so engaged in everything that was said and in every activity that was offered.

I was deeply moved by this travel experience. Belize is a developing third world country in Central America, with a total population of only 300,000.It is devastatingly poor, has a high crime rate, and lacks many resources. Road quality throughout the country is very bad, the accident rate very high, and medical care limited.And yet, even here, parents want what you and I want for our children – a quality education in a value centered, faith filled environment.SCA, now in its 126th year, and Muffles, in its 56th year, remain the two most desired schools in the country. Even though the Ministry Department of Education in Belize partially subsidizes the religious schools like these Mercy schools, the parents still make enormous sacrifices to come up with the few hundred dollars per year that it will cost them to have the bes t for their child.

Despite the hardship here, every Belizean I met was kind, gracious, and expressed only one concern – my comfort.What a lesson in global consciousness. What a lesson in mercy.I return to a life of ease, comfort, enormous wealth, and boundless opportunity.My prayer is that I somehow remain mindful that what I have is undeserved.May I be thankful for it all.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Carolyn Witte, Principal

Mercy MOMENT of the Month

LET THE SPIRIT MOVE YOU

The spirit of Mercywas alive and kickin' during the long standing student tradition of SPIRIT WEEK.The halls wereenergized with song,spirit,andMercy girls in all their Disney dress up.The Freshwomenare proud to rant and rave, "You wish you were a Freshman," to the rest of the school consideringthey cheered, dressed, raced, andearned themselves a Spirit Week Championship. Sophomores were runners-up, Seniors came in third, and Juniors finished in fourth. We sure GOT SPIRIT! Yes we do!

Mothers Club

We welcome you to Mercy! The2nd annual New Mercy Moms Welcome Mass and Dinnerheld last month was a wonderful and successful evening. 130 mothers enjoyed good food, good conversation, and a glowing reception. THANK YOU to all the gracious Mercy mom hostesses!

Get your fill of Fall FASHION at the Mercy Mothers Club FASHION SHOW and BOUTIQUE this Sunday, October 25 from 11:30amto 4:00pm at theDiamond Centerat Rock Financial Showplace. Enjoy lunch, shopping, fabulous clothes, handbags, cosmetics, and raffles. Plus meet hostess Jackie Paige of FOX2 Detroit! CLICK HERE for invitation.

ALL MERCY MOMS are invited to join us for our next meeting Monday, November 2nd at 6:30pm in the Media Center.

Dads Club

CEDAR POINT TRIP is this Saturday, October 24! QUICK, there's still time to ride...CLICK HERE for all the details.

Dosey dough with your daughterat the annual Dads and Daughters BARN DANCE on Saturday, December 4th at Lazy J Ranch in Milford. Event details coming soon!

Don't get your holiday decor yet . . .the Dads Club Wreath & Roping Sale is almost here.

ALL MERCY DADS are encouraged to meet, greet, and eat at our next meeting Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria.

Fall Play - I Remember Mama

Be enraptured and entertained atthe Mercy High School Play "I Remember Mama." It'sthe classic tale of a Norwegian-American immigrant family in 1910San Francisco that is guided by a loving and understanding mother. The story is told through a narrator, the oldest daughter, who, with her two sisters and brother, discovers what family truly means.By John Van Druten and adapted from Kathryn Forbes' Book "Mama's Bank Account."

Tickets are $8 and performances are held in the Mercy High School Auditorium.

  • Friday, November13 ~ 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November14 ~ 8:00pm
  • Sunday, November15 ~ 2:00pm

Student Successes . . . APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Lisa Carlson '10, Lauren Richards '10, and Grace Ward '10 have been named Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of exceptional academic talent.Commended students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition.

Alexis Jakubiak '10 was named an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. She scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2010 National Achievement Program when they took the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Regina Gilmour '10 was selected as a winner in the 2009 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing. NCTE Awards recognize some of the best student writers in the nation.

Let's Hear It For The STAFF

Madame Campbell and Senora Sinutko attended the Michigan World Language Association State Conference in Lansing.Senora Sinutko presided over the presentation"Avez-vous faim?" given by Madame Campbell to teachers from all over Michigan.The presentation topicwas the French 2project which was completed by the French 2 classes last year. The food baskets were displayed and accompanied by a powerpoint presentation along with details of the project. The teachers were awed by the quality ofour French students' projects. C'etait un grand succes!

Mercy TECH TALK

Tablet batteries do require maintenance and management!

The following three links to content on the HP site contain very helpful information on the Lithium-ion batteries that are used in the four tabletmodels currently at Mercy.

Battery cycle life and aging: http://h20239.www2.hp.com/techcenter/battery/battery_basics.htm

Helpful steps to maximize the life of the tablet batteries: http://h20239.www2.hp.com/techcenter/battery/Battery_max.htm

This link provides a downloadof software to automatically test your battery status and a manual method: http://h20239.www2.hp.com/techcenter/battery/battery_ts.htm

The graph illustrates 80% of original capacity after 300 cycles at an operating temperature between 77F and 104F. Higher operating temperatures can result in a 70% or more loss of capacity given the same number of cycles.

Be a Mercy Girl!

Prospective students can MEET MERCY at the Fall Open House Sunday, November8 from 1pm - 4pm. Invite 7th and 8th graders to tour Mercy and discover what it means to be a part of the Mercy family! AND TOUR THE NEWLY RENOVATED SCIENCE FACILITIES!

If someone you know can't make it to the Open House, have them check out our shadow a student program. Contact Admissions Director Maureen Weiss '96 at mpweiss@mhsmi.org or 248.476.2484.

Latest and Greatest from the Alumnae Office

Alumnae and Daughters-A LEGACY of MERCY

Did you know nearly 10% of mothers with daughters currently enrolled at Mercy are alumnae?The Alumnae Association hosted a Mercy Legacy celebration dinner for alumnae mothers and their daughters. 35women gathered to gossip about Mercy styles, spirit, and traditions of yesterday and today. Congratulations to Kathleen Mulcahy Nelson '74 who wasthe Legacy Lottery winner of $1,000 toward tuition!

Memorial Mass

To commemorate the Feast of All Souls Mercy High School remembers our loved ones.

Please join us for Mass to celebrate the lives of Mercy’s deceased alumnae, staff, family, friends, and benefactors on Sunday, November 15th at 12pm in the Mercy Chapel. If you are unable to attend, please contact Jennifer Stark in the Alumnae Office with the names of those family and friends you would like included in our prayers and book of remembrance. An informal reception willfollow in the Advancement office.

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

Swim and Dive Team captured the Oakland County Championship for theFIFTH consecutive year. Golf placed 3rd in Catholic League Championships and were runners-up in the Division 2 State Regional! Making the All-Catholic Golf Team were Maggie Lentz '11 and Brenna Hammond '12. Equestrian galloped their way to a 3rd place finish. Volleyball has been hitting it big and winning weekend tournaments and beat Ladywood twice! Cross Country has run to a bunch of medal placing finishes. Field Hockeywaved their sticks at 3rd place in the division.

Mercyathletessure like to be in the paper! CLICK HERE to read about some of them in all their Marlin glory. Brush up on your Marlin cheers and chants and seeour teams in action!CLICK HERE to view the Athletics Calendar and even get driving directions.

A U C T I O N 2010

Like to Entertain?...Want to Help Mercy’s Auction?...Host a Gift Gathering Party!!
A gift gathering party is a great way to meet new friends and support the Auction at one great event.It can be as formal and fancy or as casual and simple as you would like.The basic idea is to host an event where your guests bring a gift for the auction instead of a dish to pass.Some ideas are “Mother’s Breakfast,” “Casual Night Around the Bonfire,” “Brunch After Mass,” or “A Tailgate Dinner.”The possibilities are endless.Your guests could be from the neighborhood, the Freshwomen class, the Swim Team, or any group you would like.

For more information or help with planning contact Mercy’s Auction Coordinator, Kari Weber, at klweber@mhsmi.organd CLICK HERE for all the AUCTION 2010 action!

MNotes . . . miscellaneous info you need to know!

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING - The National Honor Sociey will offer after school tutoring in all subjects on Wednesdays from 2:45pm - 3:30pm. No sign up required. Encourage your daughter to stop by N12 and get the help theyneed to do better in their classes.Tutoring Dates: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, and 5/26.

LORE Yearbook will be sold November 2 - 5 for $65. It's your opportunity to go green and save some green. The LORE will be printed using recycled paper and in December will be sold for $70. So, don't wait, order yours today!

Senior Parents - Senior ADS for LORE Yearbook are due November 16. Options for messages start at $50. CLICK HERE for more information.

Subscribe to NEWSPRINT, the student voice of Mercy High School! A complete 12 page 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, MI48336-1409. Visit mhsmi.org/newsprint to view past issues.

Ninth Grade News - Frosh parents stay in touch with your daughter's Ninth Grade Counseling News. CLICK HERE to read the October issue from Frosh Counselor Trish Brown.

Snapshot of Mercy

What happens when you take a$5 bill, a pair of jeans, anda can of tuna? You make a difference.Mercy raised $4,000 for Breast Cancer Support Groups on the October 21st Jeans Day. $2,000 will be donated toBeaumont Hospital Sharing and Caring Program and $2,000 to St. Mary Mercy Hospital Marian Women's Center.

AND. . . we also provided 429 cans of tuna, 127 jars of peanut butter, and 133 boxes of cereal for St. Patrick's Senior Center in Detroit. All in a good day's work, Mercy!

If you have a snapshot of Mercy to share, please send to jhearle@mhsmi.org.

Mercy Month Ahead

Event
Date / Time
Location
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Oct22 / 2p - 4p and 6:30p - 8:30p
Lobby, Gym, Cafe
Mothers Club Fall Boutique & Fashion Show Oct25 / 11:30 Diamond Center
Mercy Mothers Club Meeting Nov2/ 6:30p Media Center
MercyDads Club Meeting
Nov 3/ 7p Cafe
OPEN HOUSE Nov8 / 1p - 4p MHS
Focus Hope Food Drive Nov 10 - 23 MHS
Fall Play "I Remember Mama"
Nov13 -14 / 8pm
Nov15 / 2pm
Auditorium
Alumnae Memorial Mass Nov15 / 12pm Chapel
Thanksgiving Prayer Service Nov 23 Auditorium

THANK YOU for taking the time to read the MERCY MEMO. The purpose of this parent newsletter is to inform, enlighten, and entertain.TheNOVEMBER MEMO will be delivered to your inbox by November 19.If you have any questions or want to submit information contact jhearle@mhsmi.org.

Want even more? Click the school year calendarand 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, andbrowse the home page yellow box to link towhat's happening today @ Mercy.

Give to Mercy with just a click at mhsmi.org/donations/. Online donations are safe and secure. All gifts from Mercy parents, alumnae, and friends support the Annual Appeal Fund, strengthen Mercy High School's strong Tuition Assistance Program, and provide for Mercy's long-term future through building the Endowment.