News from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the name of the faculty, staff, and administration of Mercy Career and Technical High School, I wish all of you a holy and happy New Year.May your days be filled with special blessings.Throughout this year of 2018 and beyond, may God bless you and your families with joy and peace!

As the calendar turns to 2018, I am very conscious of our seniors, the Class of 2018.This is a milestone year for the parents and guardians of the seniors as well.Let’s walk the days until June 9 and be on the “same page” in guiding the seniors with wise decision-making, both now and in the future.Sister Barbara has been and will be connecting with your sons and daughters about post-graduation plans.Mark June 8 on your calendar as well.It is Awards Day for the seniors, and you are welcome to attend the morning ceremony.If there is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to contact us.A happy and successful 2018 for you and the Class of 2018!

Mark your calendar for some family events in the coming year.Our Parent Appreciation Night (Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo) is March 22, 2018.Stay tuned for information on the Awards Banquet this year.We are working on details and will get back to you shortly. Consider joining us for these and other school events.

In fact, January is an important month as we approach the end of the second quarter on January 26.I want to thank the parents and guardians who came to Conference Day on December 7.In addition, I am grateful that so many of you are utilizing PowerSchool specifically to check second-quarter progress.Thank you for seeing to the necessary corrections.Many students do a great job with assignments, but some, not so great.Study and home assignments, along with class participation, are major ingredients for good grades in both the quarter and the semester.I am looking forward to graduating every senior and promoting every freshman, sophomore, and junior without summer school.Good school days in January can help that cause tremendously.

Speaking of PowerSchool, this program sends email alerts weekly if you have your correct email within your personal information section.It will provide updates on the current grade in each subject and attendance information.I want to remind you that you should log into PowerSchool periodically to view the Discipline Log to see any demerits and/or times “sent out of class.”Fortunately, a good number of students have shown wonderful cooperation with their teachers.Thanks for checking.

Hopefully, you are receiving my SchoolMessenger phone calls.I will be using this system to alert you on wintery weather days in addition to the usual method of radio, television, and website. Our school number is 246.If you are not receiving these calls, please do one of two things.Check PowerSchool listing of phone numbers and amend if necessary, or contact Mrs. Heisler with your two numbers.

When Mercy is closed, teachers will be sending assignments for the students to do.Learning is open on-line.This system is new for the freshmen, but it is “old hat” for the rest of the students.Students should be consulting Google Classroom for assignments.Teachers will be telling their students when they will be available online to answer questions. Thanks for your cooperation in seeing that your children are prepared to do their assignments by 8:00 PM.Doing all assignments indicates that your children were present and learning.

Parents and Guardians of Grade 9 students, please mark your calendar and plan to attend the mandatory CTE Selection Evening on Wednesday. January 10 at 7PM.The evening should conclude between 8:30 – 8:45PM.During this evening, you will be able to see the two career areas and hear the important details from our Career and Technical Instructors.Each family must be represented.Students are not to come.All of this is happening to prepare for the start of the Second Semester (January 29) and the beginning of career training.The paper for the decision of the “first-choice” will be given out on the evening of January 10.

Stay tuned for information about tuition assistance for the 18-19 school year.Applications must happen each year.Know that you can apply for tuition assistance even if you did not receive it for this current year.Hopefully, all is going well with your sons or daughters.Please remind your sons or daughters to keep up with the requirements to qualify again for tuition assistance.Deadlines are extremely important.Contact Mr. Donahue in Admissions with any questions.

We are busy enrolling the Class of 2022, the new grade 9, for September 2018.If you know friends, neighbors, or family members with children in grade 8, please spread the good word about the education here at Mercy.In addition, you may know some families who are looking for a new high school.Mercy can admit sophomores as well as freshmen even though the career and technical education now begins in Second Semester grade 9.Acceptance of new juniors and seniors depends on prior career and technical training and matching academic course work.Encourage the parents or guardians you know to get in touch with the Admissions Office.

Once again, thank you for entrusting your children to our care.We join you in the education of your sons and daughters and consider this partnership a privilege.

Peace and blessings in 2018,

Sister Susan Walsh

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