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Mercy's New School Year

July 31, 2018
By Deb Daley

Mercy will welcome on August 10, a freshmen class of 111, who will join the 360 plus student body.    Greeting these new students with signs, cheers and shouts of welcome will be current Student Ambassadors, Student Council representatives, and cheerleaders which is a tradition at the school.    

“Mercy truly reflects the population landscape of Omaha with girls from nearly every residential ZIP code and from all socio-economic levels and ethnicity.  In fact, Mercy has the largest diversity rate of any Omaha area Catholic high school,” said Kristi Walters Wessling ’88, new principal this fall. 

With this increased diversity, especially in the Latina community, the school has hired an English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist.  The ESL Specialist will strategically work with the students, teachers, and parents to ensure success for the future.     

Over the summer the school also renovated its biology, chemistry and physics laboratories and updated its science equipment. The flexible furnishings and fixtures will allow for interactive experimentation and collaboration. Specific enhancements include updated workspace islands, integrated projection systems for knowledge sharing, upgraded gas, water and electrical infrastructure, digital analysis enhancements and improved lighting and ventilation.  

Mercy has integrated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) into its curriculum. Several new courses are also being offered including the Foundations of STEAM, which focuses on critical thinking, experimentation and more.   Mercy also offers 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses for college credit; a new one this year is AP Statistics.

Mercy is the only school in Omaha to ensure every student has access to the comprehensive standardized testing and ACT prep offered through OnToCollege with John Baylor.