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Mercy Olympics

February 16, 2018
By Deb Daley

Mercy got in the spirit of the Winter Olympics with its very own event on Friday, Feb. 16.  The tradition, which takes place every four years, is a unique way to recognize the efforts of athletes worldwide and a way for students to have some fun too. Homeroom classes represented nations.   

Activities included an Opening Ceremony complete with a Parade of Athletes and nations, the Olympic Oath, Prayer and lighting of the torch by a special torch bearer, Sr. Jeanne O’Rourke, RSM.  Then the games began!

Games included :Shots on goal (hockey), speed skating on carpet squares, pairs skating with carpet squares, four-person bobsledding on scooters, two-Person bobsledding on scooters, skeleton on scooters, luge on scooters, biathlon on carpet squares with tossing at targets, moguls on carpet squares with jumps, and cross-country skiing on carpet squares.


Mercy Presents Scholarships

February 15, 2018
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School distributed 21 scholarships worth $68,8000 for four years  to 8th grade students this week. Students earned these scholarships based on results on the Scholarship and Placement Exam given in January.

Administrators from Mercy including the President, Principal, Assistant Principals and Admissions Director visited schools to present the scholarships. Schools visited included:

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Holy Cross

Mary Our Queen

St. Cecilia

St. Columbkille

St. Gerald (2)

St. James Seton (3)

St. Margaret Mary

St. Mary's Bellevue

St. Patrick Elkhorn

St. Pius X/St. Leo (3)

St. Robert

St. Wenceslaus (3)












Play Provides Chance to Bloom

February 07, 2018
By Grace McCormick

The Mercy High School Theatre department has announced its Spring production: The Girls of the Garden Club: A Comedy in Three Acts by John Patrick.  The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, along with a matinee the following Sunday.  Cost of tickets will be $10 for adults, $7 for students (K-12), and $5 for Mercy girls.  They are available at the door.

The play is set in the 70s and features a quirky, vibrant woman with a passion for gardening.  Rhoda Greenleaf, the lead role performed by a senior, longs to be president of the local gardening club. 

However, she is up against the incumbent Lillybelle, so she must think of a plant that will blow away the competition in the Flower Show, where the first-prize winner will become president.  One outrageous idea leads to another, until Rhoda presents the world’s first “talking” flower (simply a plant with a voice box inserted).  Rhoda’s flower causes a lot of twists and turns, including a few choice words spoken by the flower, but the ending is one to be remembered. 

Joshua von Kampen, Theatre teacher/director, is excited to be premiering this unusual play at Mercy.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our students embrace the craziness that a flower-obsessed suburban mom would have,” he says. 

The Girls of the Garden Club is not von Kampen’s typical play choice, but it has many female parts, which he says was his goal as he was searching for a show.

“When you’re looking for a play for an all-girls school, it’s very hard to find parts for all the talented people we have,” von Kampen says.  “But it’s also hard to make sure it is something that is still female-centric, so they’re not just along for the ride. I think this play does that really well.”

In addition, von Kampen was surprised by the number of girls that auditioned for this play compared to those who auditioned last fall.  There are 33 students in the cast, including four boys, one from Mt. Michael and three from Creighton Prep.

This play provides a variety of characters and von Kampen says that it will be a fun way for students to take chances, and just go for it.  He believes his cast will undoubtedly grow and bloom through their characters!


Principal Returning to Florida

February 06, 2018
By Deb Daley

            Mercy High School has announced that Principal Sarah Regan is leaving at the end of this school year to pursue educational opportunities in Florida.  A search committee is being formed to find her successor.

            In her five years at Mercy, Regan has made a significant impact on the school technologically, educationally, strategically, and professionally. 

            As the architect of the school’s Strategic Plan, she facilitated discussions, coordinated input from all stakeholders and developed the plan complete with goals and objectives that guide the mission of the school today.

Under her leaderhip, Mercy has embraced technology at all levels.  Examples include all students carrying iPads, Naviance  being used for college admissions support, the  implementation of  a new Student Information System (SIS), and expanding  use of Renweb to enhance work efficiency and communication.

            Regan also coordinated the development of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) curriculum and adopted formalized lesson planning.  During her time at the  school , an Academic Success Center for students of all ability levels was expanded and she helped to secure the John Baylor “OnToCollege” ACT Prep program for all students in all classes beginning next fall.

            A passionate advocate for education, she has been a principal or assistant principal in high school for more than 22 years. Prior to her Mercy assignment she was Principal at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill, Florida.

            “Sarah has made an indelible imprint on our school and its commitment to superb education.  For that, we are truly grateful. Regan was always committed to advancing the education of our Mercy Girls,” said Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President.

Mat Project for Open Door Mission

January 31, 2018
By Grayce McCormick

Mercy students adopted a service project as part of Catholic Schools Week 2018. The Mission Mats Project is an effort to make mats out of plastic bags to be used at the Open Door Mission. These mats are utilized as cushion or coverage by the homeless who sleep outside and can also be used for overflow beds on busy nights. The project is being done in coordination with residents of Pacific Springs Village (PSV) who have been participating in the Mission Mats Project for some time, but the process is hard on wrists/forearms.

Several residents from PSV came to show students how to create the mats on January 31. Workers sort and flatten the bags to get all the air out (it takes 700-800 bags to make one mat!), then they cut the bags and tie the loops together to make long strands. Then they roll these strands into balls and crochet them into mats!

Although the process takes diligence and patience, the results are worth it. The mats are easily stored, waterproof, insect repellant, and can be washed with a hose. They also have convenient handles.

Students were excited to give back to their community in the spirit of Catholic Schools Week.

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