Academic Challenge Bowl

Academic Challenge Bowl is a question and answer game played between two schools of four players a piece.  Points can be scored by correctly answering questions asked by the moderator.  There are two types of questions: toss-ups which are always worth 10 points and bonuses which are worth 30.  The school with the highest total of points at the end of the match is the winner.  Students in grades 7 & 8 are eligible to participate.  Practices will be held once a week starting in late October.  The regular season begins around December 1 and ends around March 31.  Playoffs follow the regular season.

Art Club

Art Club was formed to give students opportunities to expand their artistic experiences outside of the classroom with like-minded individuals.

Activities are free and held on Thursdays about twice a month from 3-4 pm in one of the three art classrooms, led by an art teachers on a rotating basis. If you like creating art as well as trying new mediums like printmaking, photography, crafts and clay, please join in the fun. The club is open to grades 6-12 and you need not be a current art student. Come once or every time! The last art club is an end of year activity and party.

Check the board by art room 115 for the calendar with dates and locations. Parent Permission Forms are available at the bulletin board display - and also found on the Parent Permission Forms link.

Bluestockings

Bluestockings is a literary organization for female readers, writers and thinkers.  In keeping with the intentions of the original "Blues" from the eighteenth century, we seek to create a circle of inquisitive friends that recognizes the value of good books, expressive writing, meaningful conversation and stimulating company.  We meet twice a month to discuss a relatively short selection from a book in the mode of the Great Books Foundation.  Other highlights during the year include gathering at the Highland Bowl in July to see a performance of a Shakespeare play as well as our annual Christmas Tea at Mrs. Kurzweil's home.  We also take advantage of local cultural opportunities as they are available and affordable.  This club is open to all serious high school readers.

Boxing Club

Members of Mercy’s Boxing Club, which is open to students in grades 6-12, travel to ROC Boxing twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) for an hour-long workout.  The session is 8 weeks long, and several sessions run throughout the year, including summers.  Members work on general conditioning and boxing technique with Coach Dana Chubb. Mrs. Caston is the club moderator.

Campus Ministry Board

Campus Ministry Board, better known as CMB, is one of Mercy’s oldest and dearest clubs. Under the guidance of the Campus Minister, CMB is in charge of all school service projects such as Christmas Baskets and Mission Month. Campus Ministry is divided into two groups, one for 6th - 8th graders and one for 9th - 12th graders.  Each homeroom has elected representatives and at the high school level there is also a leadership team and officers selected through an interview process.

Cornerstone Bingo

Cornerstone Bingo is open to all Juniors and Seniors and reaches out to clients in a halfway house through establishing relationships.  Students go once a week to play Bingo, share snacks, and provide some fun for people who do not have much outside support.  Contact Sister Joan McAteer if you want to participate.

DECA

DECA is a prestigious, international academic club for students interested in developing their leadership abilities within the field of business.  The students meet weekly to prepare for their regional competition, plan community service activities, listen to speakers, and raise funds for their trips.  Each student selects an event she is interested in (ranging from job interview to a 30-page new business idea) and initially competes against students from 15 other area high schools.  Both the Regional and NYS competition are in Rochester and the International competition is located in a different state very year.  See Mr. Hagens, www.newyorkdeca.com or www. deca.org for more information.

Drama Club

The Mercy Drama Club welcomes students in grades 6-12 to participate in all aspects of theatre!  Meetings and events allow members to stay connected and become involved in activities such as acting workshops, set build opportunities, and the annual Children's Theatre performance in which middle school students are the performers and the upperclasswomen are the director, producer and choreographer.  Any student who is interested in acting, directing, or stage crew is encouraged to join the Drama Club.

Dress A Girl Club

Students will fulfill the Dress A Girl mission by making dolls that are given to girls in the USA and around the world along with dresses made by the Dress A Girl Association of Rochester.  The dresses assist in eliminating poverty and show the value of each girl.  In some areas of the world this reduces child trafficing.  For more information, click here.

Fencing Club

General Information:
This club is administered by Linda Fantauzzo, Outreach Coordinator of the Rochester Fencing Club. If you have any questions, please contact Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-353-5087 (cell)

• Classes will be offered in six-week sessions for students in grades 6-12 on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:30 PM at the Rochester Fencing Club. All equipment is provided.
• The club is located 10 minutes from Mercy at 3335 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (590 South to Winton exit). Volunteer parent drivers will provide transportation to the fencing club. Students will meet in the Mercy Gallery at 3 PM for pick up. Parents/guardians will be responsible to pick up their daughter by 5 PM at the club or make arrangements for supervised childcare for an additional fee.
• Class will be taught by Coach Christine Griffith. You can view photos and read the bios of our instructors here: http://rocfencing.com/instructors/
• Classes will begin on the following dates: Session 1: November 8th (registration deadline October 25th)
Session 2: January 10 (registration deadline January 5th)
Session 3: February 28th (registration deadline February 17th)
• See attached calendar for all the dates in each session.
• Cost is $90 for six classes and checks should be made payable directly to “Rochester Fencing Club” and mailed to the club with the attached registration form.
• A minimum of four girls is needed to run the program. No prior experience is necessary and girls can join at any point.
• More information about the sport of fencing and its benefits can be found in the program guide.

French Club

French Club meets at 7:20am once a month. Our activities take place both on and off campus, and they all center on ways of better understanding and enjoying the French way of life. Examples of past activities include visiting the French House @ Nazareth College, watching/discussing French movies, going to a French restaurant, celebrating French holidays, and more. Any high school student who is studying French is both encouraged and welcome to join.

Friends of Rachel

The goal of Friends of Rachel is help to continue the chain reaction of Rachel Joy Scott and to help create an environment that is supportive and safe for everyone.  Activities include random acts of kindness and appreciation days.  The club meets once or twice a month and is open to all members of the Mercy community.  Club activities are enriching and fun, and are centered around giving back to the community. 

Girl Scouts

Did you know Mercy has a Girl Scout troop just for Mercy girls?  We currently have a Cadettes and Senior troop.  We are registering 6-8 graders for the Cadette Troop. For additional information contact Dianne Schmidt-Ciminelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Habitat for Humanity Club

Mercy's Habitat for Humanity Club is open to all interested Mercy High School students - new members are always welcome!  The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30am in Room 104.The purpose of the club is to: 1). Educate club members about the work of Habitat for Humanity, both locally and internationally; 2). Within the Mercy community, educate about poverty and advocate for simple, decent, affordable housing; 3). Conduct fundraisers in support of the local Habitat affiliate; Flower City Habitat for Humanity,  and 4). Offer opportunities for members to help build Habitat homes. Last year, members of Mercy's Habitat Club conducted an all-school assembly, sponsored (or co-sponsored) 5 fundraisers, and participated in 3 "build" days. 

Improv Club

How will performing Improv help?  We develop quicker thinking abilities.  We learn to control our nerves, to increase our thinking, and positive reactions in any situation.  Your college and job interviews will be more successful.  You will learn to read body language, increase self-confidence, and keep building your foundation of knowledge and be proud of who you are.  The best part: Practice all of this while LAUGHING!!!  Web App, click here.  

Jazz Band

Mercy Jazz Band is open to all musicians with at least one year of experience on their instrument.  The Mercy Jazz Band will meet on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm in the OLM large rehearsal room.  The ensemble will perform at Mercy concerts and other public venues throughout the school year.  The Jazz Band will perform several styles of jazz including: swing, rock, latin, funk, and blues.  All different types of instruments are accepted.  No prior jazz experience required.  Come be a part of a community-based ensemble that focuses on basic jazz skills, improvisation skills, and performing jazz standards!

Latin Club

Click here for information.

LEGO League

This international program is designed to encourage and inspire students in science and technology through the use of robotics.  The teams (of 10 Middle School students), build and program a LEGO mind-storming robot to complete a series of missions.  They do a research project and present their findings to judges, while competing against other teams in the area.  The club meets twice a week for a total of 3 hours under the direction of Mrs. Caitlin Lawniczak. 

Masterminds

Masterminds is a question and answer game played between two schools of four player apiece. Points can be scored by correctly answering questions asked by the moderator. There are two types of questions: toss- ups which are always worth 10 points and bonuses which are worth 30. The school with the highest total of points at the end of the match is the winner.  Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. There is both a JV and varsity team. Any grade level may participate on varsity; grades 9-11 may play at the JV level.  Mercy competes in the Wednesday league with 5 other schools. We practice on Tuesdays after school from 2:45 - 4:00. The regular season begins in October and ends in April. Playoffs follow the regular season.

Mathcounts

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Math League

Math League is comprised of students enrolled in mathematics courses, from advanced 8th graders through 12th grade, who enjoy mathematics and want to hone their skills in competition with area high schools.  We are among 38 schools from around the county who comprise the Monroe County Math League.  We compete after school, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, at 5 monthly meets from October through February.  In the past three years we have taken one 3rd place and two 2nd place trophies in the Small School Division!  In March, each school sends its top 15 participants to compete for a full day in the All-County Meet.  Top contenders from the county are then invited to represent our county in the All-State meet in April.  Mercy sent a member to the All-State competition for each of the past 3 years!  At Mercy, our team meets every Monday in Room 204 from 7:10 to 7:50am to practice problems on the six topics for that month's upcoming meet.  We always welcome new members, so come check us out on Wednesday mornings, or see Mrs. Facci in Room 204 or Mrs. Lawniczak in Room M-101 for more details.

Melders

"Melders" (Mercy+Elders) is open to all Mercy students and generally meets for an hour after school one day/week.  Students assist in providing enhanced quality of life to the senior Sisters of Mercy and McAuley residents (on the Mercy campus).  Activities include, but are not limited to, assisting with crafts, socials, games, taking walks, and one-on one visits. The students are accompanied by a Mercy parent.  Click here for the Melders Permission Form.

Mercedes

Mercedes, Mercy's prestigious, published literary and art magazine features poetry and prose and represents the various painters, ceramic students, photographers and artists in grades 9-12. Club members meet weekly to experience "the arts" on campus.

Mercy Chamber Orchestra

The Mercy Chamber Orchestra is a new club whose objective is to select, arrange, rehearse, and perform small ensemble music in a friendly and dedicated atmosphere.

- All instruments are welcome.
- There will possibly be peformances out of school.
- Rehearsal times are 5-6pm on Thursdays.
- All events are in the Music Room.
- Suggested completion of a NYSSMA Solofest level 4 piece
- Should have a passion for making music, especially in a small ensemble setting, and an appreciation for all music types.

Mercy Robotics FIRST Team 2340

Mercy Robotics FIRST Team 2340 is open to young women grades 9-12.  Students who are interested in the areas of: web design, electrical, mechanical and software engineering should come and check out the opportunities that are available with FIRST Robotics.  Meetings start in the fall, Mondays 4-6pm, in the basement workshop near the Middle School Gym.  Ms. Barker is the faculty mentor with additional mentors from Xerox, the University of Rochester Laser Lab, and Storm Frog.  Parents and Alumnae who are interested in mentoring are also welcome!  No prior experience is needed!

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial team prepares a fictitious case that is governed by the New York State Bar Association.  The club begins to meet in late November and competitions against other area Mock Trial teams take place in early February.  A team of no more than 12 girls prepares to be attorneys and witnesses for the prosecution and defense of the case.  A local attorney is assigned to each school to help them prepare.  Practices are Monday and Wednesday each week from December to February.  This club is open to all high school students.  The Monroe County winner continues on to regional competition and could ultimately continue on to the State competition in May.  No previous experience is necessary to join.  Only interest and willingness to learn about the law is necessary.

Namaste Yoga Club

Club members meet on specified Tuesday afternoons from 3:05-3:45pm in the 3rd Floor Chapel to practice Yoga led by Mrs. Barbero.  Students must sign up in advance (check wall outside of HS PE Office) as space is limited.  This year we will also meet on Thursday mornings from 7:10-7:40am in the HS Gym.  This is open to anyone, any time and no need to sign up for Thursdays.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat but can borrow an exercise mat from the PE Department before class.  See Mrs. Barbero for schedule of classes.

National Honor Society

NHS is a club that encourages the students to continue in excellence and enhance their dedication to service, leadership, scholarship and character.  Membership is by invitation only.  Students meet monthly to work on service, fundraising and the annual induction ceremony and are required to commit 10 hours of service for Mercy and 20 hours for outreach projects.

Odyssey of the Mind

This club is for students in grades 7&8.  Odyssey of the Mind is an international challenge that encourages students to work as teams and use problem-solving skills to complete puzzles and projects.  The teams meet once a week on the late afternoon/early evening and closer to competition will meet more frequently.  Parents and coaches moderate this club.

Passport to Understanding

Mercy has always encouraged students to reach out and help others. Since its inception 11 years ago, the goal of the program has been to educate young women in the Mercy tradition of service instilled in us through the work of Catherine McAuley.  Passport to Understanding provides community service opportunities for interested high school students to learn about and help serve the needs of others in our Rochester community as well as provide week long service trips nationally and internationally.  There are many ways to serve the community through Passport, including baking cookies for those in Hospice care, tutoring children at School #4, helping children with Autism accomplish gymnastic activities through Autism Up, playing games and completing odds-and-end tasks for the elderly, cooking breakfast and dinner for families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House, making crafts with homeless children at The Sanctuary House, cooking and baking for homeless women and their children at the Bethany House, traveling to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia and Haiti for week-long service trips during February breaks.  Volunteer opportunities are open to High School students and their families and are posted on the Passport to Understanding website.  Join OLMPassport Google Classroom, Code: kl7m14

President’s Cabinet

The purpose of the group is for the President of Mercy to get students' perspectives on issues important to the school.  This body does not make decisions, but shares insights on a variety of topics.  In the past group members have discussed; Mercy’s ad campaign Mercy Builds Strength, allocation of budget dollars, ways to welcome transferring Nazareth students, effectiveness of orientation and most important qualities to look for when hiring teachers.  Membership is open to all and meetings are listed in the Parent Weekly Update and over the PA.

The Quill

The Quill is a student run newspaper that comes out every 2-3 months averaging 4-5 issues per year. This club is open to anyone with an interest in writing, journalism, or photography and also offers a chance for students to help with layout and design or social media. Joining offers a great chance for students to discover unknown talents and learn more about their school.  The group meets once a month to assign articles. To join just attend one of the Quill’s monthly meetings.

Run Club

Run Club is open to all students in all grade levels.  This is a fun club where you "Run when you can, walk when you have to."  Our goals are to have fun, get fit, and make friends, all while training to run a 5K.  We have a Fall session and a Spring session.  We meet 1-3x each week, but are flexible as to how many times you want to come.  It's up to you!  See Mrs. Barbero for details.

Science Club

Science Club combines all of the exciting aspects of the four school sciences and rolls it into one awesome club. Not only do we help the environment by participating in clean sweeps and planting flowers for May Day, we also take many field trips including Seneca Park Zoo, the Buffalo Zoo, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and many more. We compete in Envirothon, an ecology style national competition. When we aren't busy traveling around, we can be found on the third floor conducting cool experiments. This year we hope to  add more service aspects to our club by volunteering at local animal shelters.  Not sure what's going on? Check our bulletin board on the third floor outside the Science Office. We are always looking for new members! See Mrs. Plummer if you are interested.

Ski Club

Mercy’s Ski Club members travel together by bus on six consecutive Friday nights, beginning the first week back from break in January.  Bristol Mountain is our destination for skiing and snowboarding, with lessons included in the package.  Rentals are available and your club pass is good for every Friday night during the operating season.  We sponsor a pizza party before the last night in the reserved upstairs room of Sunset Lodge.  Girls of every grade and experience level are welcome to join.  Registration begins in September with all information, forms and directions being found on this page.  Mrs. O'Brien-Kiely is the Ski Club moderator. 

2016-17 OLM Ski Club Info

2016-17 OLM Ski Club Permission Form

2016-17 OLM Ski Club Bus Order Form

2016-17 OLM Ski Club Student Parent Guide

Directions to Bristol Mountain Online Store

Spanish Club

El Club de Español: The Spanish Club is a place where students who enjoy Spanish class can practice their Spanish and expand their knowledge of Hispanic cultures. The club meets on a weekly basis and the students experience a wide variety of activities ranging from watching episodes of authentic Spanish television, playing board games in Spanish (Scrabble is a favorite), making authentic crafts (piñatas, maracas), writing letters to pen pals in Spanish, and of course, food. Come and join us!

Speech and Debate Team

The Speech and Debate Team is proud to be entering its second year here at Mercy. With a focus on the development of public speaking skills, our team is actively welcoming new members entering grades 9 through 12.  A wide variety of events is offered ranging from Lincoln-Douglas debate to Dramtic Interpretation, making it truly possible for us to say that there is an event for everybody!  We offer a flexible and personalized practice schedule which includes team practices, individual work, and collaboration with McQuaid's highly successful team. Though we are a relatively new organization, we have met with recognition and widespread success on the highly competitive regional, state, and even national levels.  Speech and Debate is a wonderful option for anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills along with all those with a passion for politics, law, and drama.

Student Council

The Mercy Student Council meets every Monday morning to plan and organize fun student activities. Whether it is organizing Spirit Week in September of planning the famouse Winter Formal, Student Council works hand in hand with the teachers and administration to make each school year a success. Students for this club are elected for a two year position.

Triathlon Club

This club is designed to introduce students to the emerging sport of Triathlons.  Triathlons consist of three events (in order): swimming, cycling and running.  Students will train for running and cycling here at Mercy and train for swimming mostly on their own off site.  Our goal is to compete in Indoor Triathlons in the Spring and possibly Outdoor Youth Triathlons in the Summer.  Students can train to compete as an individual or for one strength as part of a team.  The Triathlon Club is open to all students in grades 6-12.  See Ms. Barbero for details.

Veritas

Veritas is Mercy’s yearbook. It chronicles the students, faculty, and multitude of activities that occur during the school year.  Students in grades 9–12 are invited to participate. There is a General Staff and an Editorial staff. General staff members select pictures, write captions and copy, and create layouts. The Editorial Staff oversees the overall creation of the yearbook. The group meets every Tuesday during the school year, beginning in September and ending in April. At the meetings, students receive assignments that they must complete in a timely manner. Students can work on their assignments before school, during study halls, or after school.

The Voice of Mercy Middle

The Voice of Mercy Middle, or more often referred to as “The Voice,” was first started in 2015 by Mrs. Good and it is Mercy’s Middle School Literary Magazine. The Voice publishes pieces of poetry, artwork, prose and short stories created by Mercy middle school students. All middle school students are encouraged to submit their work in order to be considered for publication. Any middle school student is also welcome to become a member of the magazine staff. The staff members of the club meet once a week, usually on Mondays, for 45 minutes to an hour to read, discuss, review, and edit prospective pieces for the magazine. The staff members ultimately decide which pieces are accepted and included in the final publication of the magazine. The staff members may also help writers edit and resubmit their pieces. The Voice published its first edition during the 2015-2016 school year and was very proud of the resulting magazine which was full of incredible artwork, poetry, and prose from a variety of middle school students. The Voice will be working toward its second edition during the 2016-2017 school year.

Youth and Government

The New York State YMCA Youth & Government program provides high school teens the opportunity to learn about the democratic process. Students from across the state prepare during the year for the annual conference in Albany, New York where they conduct a mock government. Students take on the roles of attorneys, lobbyists, reporters, and legislators. They learn parliamentary procedure, debate techniques, and strengthen their oral and written communication skills and leadership abilities. Youth & Government is a great way for students to explore politics, government, law and journalism.
 
The district conference is held every January in Rochester at City Hall, and the State Conference in Albany at the Capitol Building is held every year the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. It costs approximately $300 to attend the state conference and includes transportation, meals and hotel accommodations. The club does hold two fundraisers to help off-set the conference cost.
 
Member Responsibilities: Attend meetings every other Thursday before school, as well as the bi-monthly Saturday meetings at the downtown YMCA, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and actively participate in a chosen role (legislator, attorney, etc.).
 
http://www.rochesterymca.org/youthandgovernment/ is the related web page.