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Week of February 10, 2020
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Principal Notes

What's Important this Week at Mercy High School
10 February 2020
 
Dear Families,
 
Despite the fact that it is still the first half of February, daffodil buds are everywhere. My husband’s peach trees have buds, too, and the round fronds of our ferns are beginning to peek out of the ground. Those of us who live by the plant life around us are keeping our fingers crossed that we won’t have a hard frost. We heard, too, that it was 64 degrees in Antarctica over the weekend. On Sunday, we were reminded that we are the salt of the earth. We don’t want to be the salt that loses its taste, just be to thrown out and trampled underfoot. In this particular season, which is off its cycle, we have to maintain our balance. We are to let our lights shine before others, so all can see that our deeds glorify God. (Mt 5: 13 – 16).

A woman who let her light shine, and was hailed as a beacon of hope was Sr. Mary Antona Ebo. Sr. Antona marched in Selma with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and remained active in social justice throughout her entire life. To learn more about Sr, Mary Antona Ebo, please visit https://minutemeditationswithmary.weebly.com/minute-meditations/sr-mary-antona-ebo-selmas-beacon-of-hope.

Congratulations to Mercy’s Varsity Indoor Soccer Team, as they captured their third IAAM A Conference Championship on Saturday! Their 3-2 win was incredibly exciting!

On Monday afternoon, the Class of 2020 will attend the annual Senior Retreat at the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks. Their 100 Days Celebration will be held on Thursday evening in the Dining Hall.

On Tuesday, juniors taking United States History will demonstrate their research during Magic Time, in preparation for the National History Day Competition. This annual contest challenges students to conduct extensive research on a topic of their choice and develop an argument supported by evidence.  Their findings are communicated through exhibits, documentaries, websites, performances, or papers.  The two highest-scoring two entries from each category will compete in the Baltimore City History Day contest and, potentially, beyond.

Mercy’s Dance Department was just accepted into The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA), a program of the National Dance Education Organization that was created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance. Dancers in public and private schools, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education qualify. Students who meet the criteria, including a minimum GPA requirement, can be inducted. Through the NHSDA, students are provided opportunities for mentoring, networking, and leadership development, as well as national and state-level scholarship and award opportunities.  More info can be found at https://www.nhsda-ndeo.org/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=661544.

Save the date! The Class of 2022 will host the International Baccalaureate Personal Projects Fair on February 20, 2020, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Each sophomore chose an area of interest to research and, at the fair, every sophomore will present what she learned. Projects range from animation to brain chemistry to dance, so parents and guardians of sophomores will certainly want to join us to see what your Mercy Girl accomplished as well as what all of her friends learned. It is sure to be an informative night for all!

As you know, we just closed the first semester and your daughter’s report cards have been published on PlusPortals. Congratulations to those who made Honor Roll, with every quarter II B or above, and those who made the Principal’s List, with all quarter grades of A- or above.

Finally . . .

Like Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, our goal is to work for mercy and justice in the world, as a testimony to God’s glory. We celebrate the Class of 2020, our Indoor Varsity Soccer Team, our dancers, those participating in History Day, and all those who made Academic Recognition; we encourage all Mercy Girls to let their lights shine before others, so their good deeds can glorify God.
 
Have a great week, the weather notwithstanding!
 
Sincerely yours,


Jeanne A. Blakeslee
Principal

More Links for
This Week

During this flu season, we are closely watching student and faculty attendance, as well as continually disinfecting public areas. If your daughter is ill, please keep her home. If she has a fever, know that she must be fever-free for 24 hours in order for her to return to school.
On Friday, February 14, our faculty will have a Professional Development Day, focusing on the International Baccalaureate. Students will have a holiday. Monday, February 17 is Presidents’ Day, a school holiday for all.
Club and Organization Meetings this week

Tuesday
Model Diplomats

Wednesday

Student Leadership Board

Thursday
Magic Media Team
Prom Committee
Steering Committees
On Tuesday, first-year Neumann Scholars will visit the Infection Control Department at Good Samaritan Hospital.
The Mothers’ Club will meet at 7:00 pm in the Dining Hall on Tuesday and the Fathers’ Club will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.
Due to the inclement weather on January 18, the Father-Daughter Dinner Dance, Under the Stars, has been moved to February 22. If you have any questions about the rescheduling of the dance, please contact the President of the Fathers Club, Charles Smith at cls321@icloud.com.
The Catherine McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society is offering peer tutoring for any student who would like academic support. A member of the NHS will be available in Room 203A most periods throughout the school day, so students can just drop in for help. If a Mercy Girl would like ongoing support in a particular subject, the NHS can also help with that. She should contact Ms. Courtney Goldbeck to arrange tutoring.
Attention Freshman Parents!  The Freshman class has recently learned all about the Service Learning program during Freshman Seminar.  Please talk with your daughter about the requirements and the information she received in her red Service Learning folder.  All Service Learning information can also be found in the Student/Parent Handbook and on the Mercy website here.
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