Week of May 11, 2020
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Principal Notes

What's Important this Week at Mercy High School
11 May 2020
Dear Families,
During the time between Easter and Pentecost, we read one account after another from the Acts of the Apostles, describing the enthusiasm and energy of the early disciples as they spread the message of Jesus to so many others. Mostly confined to our homes now, it is an odd time to be pondering that excitement and wonder of the members of the early church. The Gospel this Sunday (John 14: 1–12) begins with Jesus saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” It is important to keep our faith centered now, especially in the midst of this global challenge, and one that schools are especially feeling so deeply.
I wanted to update you about how we have decided to conclude the year academically. Before our campus was closed and we began Mercy Online, we were able to complete three-quarters of the school year in person, which was very fortunate. All of the last quarter of the year is being conducted online. We are keenly aware that the transition to online learning came swiftly. All end-of-year assessments will be held within classes, and their format will be determined by each department, as appropriate to the class. There will be no formal exams.
As you know, AP exams are scheduled May 11-22. Students will not attend their classes on the day that they have an AP exam. After AP exams, juniors will resume their AP classes, and seniors will not. The full schedule is in the sidebar.
The last day of classes for seniors will be May 21. The end of the quarter for most freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be June 4. Students whose grades are not consistent with their typical achievement or have a significant number of missing assignments will be required to attend classes June 5–10. Students who are included in this extra resource will be referred by their teachers and will receive specific instructions.
As we have every year, we will have reading and academic practice over the summer. Information about your summer assignments will be available to you later in the school year and will also be posted on our website.
I know that you all are aware of the news that our good friend and friendly rival, the Institute of Notre Dame, will be closing at the end of this school year. We extend our heartfelt condolences to our colleagues who are alumnae from IND, and our colleagues who have worked there previously. And to all of our families who have friends at IND, please extend loving grace to them. Their hearts are broken, and ours are broken for them.
It is important for all students to work with their advisers to submit their course selections for next year. There are some classes that are especially popular, and the students who submit their requests to their advisers earlier than later are more likely to have access to their first choices. Current sophomores and juniors have already passed the course selection deadline. The deadline for current freshmen is the end of this week.
This week we will have elections for all officers of the Student Council for 2020-2021. On Tuesday during Magic Time, we will have advisee meetings, during which Mercy Girls will be able to hear the speeches of all those who are running. It is wonderful that so many student leaders are for running for these major offices:
Tickets for President/Vice-President:
Samantha Whitlock
21/Autumn Costley 21
Leandra Williams
21/Madison Clark 21
Vice-President of Communications:
Emily LeBrun
Karmen Pompey
Emma Clapp
Rosiejo Genzola
Rashawna Lang
Hannah Sitther
Camila Tapia
If your daughter is volunteering or is involved in service for your community during the COVID-19 crisis, we want to hear about it. Please send whatever service your daughter is doing to We want to celebrate the good work of our Mercy community and also give others a chance to join in the effort.

Finally . . .

In her Suscipe, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley has the line, “take from my heart all painful anxiety.” She clearly had in her head and her heart both the joy and wonder of the early disciples and an awareness of the difficulties and pain of the world. Her prayer is helpful to us now:
My God, I am yours for time and eternity.
Teach me to cast myself entirely into the arms of your loving Providence with the most lively, unlimited confidence in your compassionate, tender pity. Grant me, O most merciful Redeemer, that whatever you ordain or permit may be acceptable to me. Take from my heart all painful anxiety; suffer nothing to sadden me but sin, nothing to delight me but the hope of coming to the possession of You, my God and my all, in your everlasting kingdom.

I hope you have a good week!
Sincerely yours,

Jeanne A. Blakeslee
Club and Organization Meetings:
Club and organization meetings rescheduled as virtual meetings will be posted on PlusPortals.

More Links and Information
for This Week

In addition to our new Mercy Online web page, we will continue to update our COVID-19 Response and Resources page with helpful resources and each communication from our Leadership Team.
Our Student Services Team, including our Counselors, Learning Specialist, and College Counselor, are all available to support your daughters. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with them, as you would if we were on campus.
This week and next, Mercy Girls will be taking AP exams. This year all exams are online, and students need to claim their e-ticket from College Board one day in advance of the test, and they must log into the exam site 30 minutes prior to the exam starting. All students in exams have been given instructions by their teachers and Dr. Wharton. Good luck, Mercy Girls, on your exams!
Tuesday, May 12-2:00 pm
Calculus AB and BC

Wednesday, May 13-2:00 pm
English Literature and Composition

Friday, May 15-2:00 pm
United States History

Monday, May 18-2:00 pm

Tuesday, May 19-2:00 pm

Wednesday, May 20-2:00 pm
English Language and Composition

Friday, May 22-4:00 pm
Spanish Language and Composition

Catholic Charities would welcome our support. Click here for a list of their in-kind needs, including simple items like prepared casseroles.
We have several alumnae who work for the Maryland Department of Public Health; they are in need of washable face masks that cover the nose and the mouth. If you or anyone you know would be interested in working on a project like creating face masks from cloth items that are around the house, please be in touch with Ms. Becky Hogg at
Looking forward to summer and a return to normal activity? So is Magic Nation Athletics! There's more room to PLAY at Mercy, and we have expanded our 2020 athletic summer camp offerings, which now include:
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball I
  • Volleyball II
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer I
  • Soccer II
Registration is now OPEN!
Just announced! Mercy High School will host a NEW Dance Camp this summer for rising 6th-9th graders. Read more and help us spread the word!
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