News from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy February to all of you!The school year is half over, and, hopefully, the better half is still to come.We began the third quarter/second semester on January 30 and are looking forward to good teaching and good learning throughout this quarter.Many students are performing to the best of their abilities, and they deserve our congratulations.Some need to take corrective action.Thank you for remaining informed of your sons’ and daughters’ progress and for “staying the course” in encouragement and support for your sons and daughters.Visit PowerSchool often and find out the latest information on grades, attendance, and demerit count.

Also, I appreciate your efforts in encouraging the completion of electronic assignments during the snow days we had or may have.Your cooperation is extremely important.

There is something special for each class this month.I invite you to check our web calendar for the full look at the events of February and early March.

  • Our entire student body, along with the faculty and staff, will experience the good lessons of “Hidden Figures,” the movie.We are all grateful for the generosity of the former colleagues of Ms. Glatts.The entire day is free.There will be follow-up assessments.

Our annual canned food drive begins on February 6 and extends to February 27.Thanks for doing as much as you can do to help others.

  • Freshman Items:tuna fish (cans) and canned vegetables
  • Sophomore Items:peanut butter and jelly
  • Junior Items:boxed pasta and sauce
  • Senior Items:small baby food and any type of cereals

Our first time Career Day for freshmen and sophomores is happening on the morning of February 27.The students will hear from four different professionals who will explain their requirements, benefits and job skills.Seniors and juniors will not report that day.The students involved in the day will be dismissed at 11:50 AM.

Ballroom dancing lessons will begin for all freshmen on February 28.Parents and guardians should take note of the date for the finale, April 25.

Meeting for all freshman parents and guardians is planned for March 9 starting at 7PM.This is a vital step in career selection for the class of 2020.

  • Some of our older students and faculty are gearing up for our twelfth Operation Katrina-Matthew trip to Lumberton, North Carolina, to assist in the rebuilding of the area after the flooding of Hurricane Matthew.Some juniors and seniors, along with members of the faculty, will offer a full week of service.Stay tuned for more details on Operation Katrina-Matthew (our 12th service trip).There will be a team-building session on Saturday, March12.The trip happens from April 9 to April 15.
  • Many students continue their community service.Thank you for encouraging the completion of the 10 or 15 required hours.The report card will show the number of hours to date.These hours must be finished by graduation or promotion to the next grade.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 14.There is a shift in the format of the conference day.Typically, these conferences are for failing or underachieving grades and/or behavior or effort concerns.We are extending the concept to a “progress and information” opportunity for parents and guardians.There will be no specific scheduled times as such, rather a more open format.You will receive more information soon.As a starting point got the day, you will have drop-in times from noon to 2:30PM and then drop-in times from 4 to 6:30PM.A letter and school blasts will be mailed to you if Mercy is requesting you and your children’s presence at these meetings.No classes are held this day.Students must come with you to the conference.
  • Of special importance to all of us is Winterfest.For many years now, the Mercy community has joined together to provide a day of fun for our friends with challenges/disabilities.On Saturday, February 25, administrators, faculty, and students will gather with students from other schools to be buddies for the day and to bring joy to our guests.Many companies and individuals help us to make this day possible, and we are grateful to all of these benefactors.Our coins from earlier in the year take care of most of the expenses for the day as well.After many hours of fun and lots of excitement, all of us can recognize the many blessings which God gives to us each day.We give to our friends this day and receive much more in return.This Winterfest day is a big example of Mercy in action, of students and teachers uniting for the joy of others.It is service with many smiles!!!Thank you for allowing your sons and daughters to participate in this worthwhile event.

If you would, I ask that you pass on several pieces of news.If you know any parents of eighth graders, remind them to consider Mercy as a choice for their children and ask them to contact Mrs. Arellano for admission details.The Spring Open House (Sunday, April 23) is designed for sixth and seventh graders or any eighth graders who would like to see MCTHS in action.Your good word to others about Mercy is appreciated.We, at Mercy, count on your support.

In conclusion, may you feel the warmth of God’s love for you and your family members.

Best wishes for peace and happiness,

Sister Susan Walsh

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