Child Development Class Preschool Program is Full!

UPDATE: The Child Development Class's Preschool Program is full! Watch for more information on Preschool Sessions that will be held in the 2nd semester!

The Child Development Class at Mercy McAuley High School will be hosting a mini Preschool for children ages 2-5 on the following days/times:

  • Friday, November 1 - 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, November 15 - 11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
  • Friday, November 22 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, December 6 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, December 13 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Preschoolers will engage in circle time, free play, craft time, and snack time.  Parents must be able to commit to at least 5 of the 6 sessions and must remain at Mercy McAuley while their child is in the program. 

Our priority is to ensure that the preschool class is a valuable experience for our Mercy McAuley students as well as the preschoolers. To register your preschooler for the class, please complete the registration form found HERE and email it to Mrs. Debbie Brodbeck at  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited.


Fall Play, Alice in Wonderland, is October 25-27

Mercy McAuley's Fall Play, Alice in Wonderland, is October 25 - 27! Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 27. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased online HERE or at the door. All are welcome!

Students, Faculty & Staff Donate 14,529 Feminine Hygiene Products to St. Vincent de Paul

We are very grateful to our students, families, faculty and staff, who donated 14,529 feminine hygiene products to St. Vincent de Paul! Nearly two-thirds of low-income women cannot afford these products, and they are not covered by government assistance programs such as SNAP. Thank you to our students, faculty and staff for serving our community!

Mercy McAuley Launches The Ann Buenger Ardú Program

Mercy McAuley High School is pleased to announce the launch of The Ann Buenger Ardú Program, made possible by The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation. The Ann Buenger Ardú Program will provide transformational opportunities to students who may be facing complex life challenges both inside and outside of school – opportunities that foster holistic personal development, better preparing them for academic success in high school, and ultimately, for college and rich, rewarding lives. The word Ardú is the Irish word for “rise,” which as an acronym in this case defines the program as “Route to Individual Success and Excellence.” The Irish word is a nod to the common Irish heritage of both Ann Buenger and Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

“We are incredibly grateful to The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation for providing Mercy McAuley with the funding to support this very unique, and very necessary program,” says Patty Ragio, President, Mercy McAuley High School. “Ann Buenger’s passion for helping women achieve success is very much aligned with the mission of our foundress, Catherine McAuley. At Mercy McAuley, student success is our top priority, and we know that care for a student’s whole self is necessary for her to be successful. This invaluable program will provide an extra level of care for students, guiding them on their path to personal success.”

“We believe this new and innovative program at Mercy McAuley is well-aligned with Ann’s vision and lifelong passion of supporting and nurturing young women to their fullest potential, while also developing strong future leaders. We are proud to honor Ann by supporting the Ardú Program,” says Alma Helpling, a McAuley alumna and Senior Advisor to The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation.

Over the next few months, Mercy McAuley will work with an expert in the field to define the program’s specific services. A search will also begin for the program’s director, who will be a licensed school social worker or therapist, to enhance the school’s ability to address the increasingly more complex and individualized social and emotional needs of students. The director will guide the program’s students to success during their high school experience in collaboration with teachers, counselors, administrators, intervention specialists and other external resources. A team will be meeting in the coming months to solidify the details and plan for the program’s launch later this academic year.

Pictured above, from L to R:

  • Mike Keating, Board Member, The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation
  • Patty Ragio, President, Mercy McAuley High School
  • Connie Kampschmidt, Principal, Mercy McAuley High School
  • Alma Helpling, Senior Advisor to The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation
Mercy McAuley Students Receive 37 Awards in Harvest Home Fair Art Show!

Congratulations to all the Mercy McAuley students who won awards in the Harvest Home Fair Art Show!

Best of Show

  • Dalal Shalash – Photography
  • Brianna Birkle – Drawing

1st Place

  • Hannah Krieger – Ceramics
  • Marie Specker – Needlepoint
  • Ellie Russo – Mixed Media

2nd Place

  • Hannah Krieger – Painting
  • Marie Specker – Photography & Drawing
  • Ellie Russo – Quilt

3rd Place

  • Anna Melchers – Photography
  • Marie Specker – Ceramics
  • Fiona O’Connell – Digital Drawing (2 awards)
  • Kaiya Batton – Digital Art (2 awards)

Honorable Mention

  • Maura Reilly – Photography (2 awards)
  • Alyssa Rose – Photography (2 awards)
  • Natalie Smith – Photography
  • Markayla Freeman – Photography (2 awards)
  • Samiia Lattimore – Photography
  • Natalie Smith – Photography
  • Dalal Shalash – Photography
  • Marie Specker – Ceramics & Painting
  • Ellie Russo – Drawing
  • Claire Farrow – Drawing
  • Ellie Knight – Drawing (2 awards)
  • Abby Perkins – Painting
  • Julia Peters – Digital Art
  • Ellie Knight – Drawing
  • Vidya Sharma – Drawing
  • Grace Romer – Digital Drawing
  • Kaiya Batton – Digital Art