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In partnership with the Archdiocese of Louisville, Mercy is welcoming Dr. Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, a New York Times bestselling author to discuss his book, The Collapse of Parenting, on Tuesday, September 17.

Mercy Academy's National Honor Society is providing free childcare during Dr. Sax's parent presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Children three years of age or older are welcome to attend. No RSVP needed.

Dr. Sax has found that, "Over the past 30 years, a major shift has occurred in American culture: the transfer of authority from parents to children. Activities with same-age peers now commonly displace family activities. Children today often choose what's for supper; they choose which social media they will engage; they often choose their bedtime and sometimes even their school. These factors and related influences have led to children and teenagers to be less resilient, less physically fit, and more likely to become anxious or depressed – and far more fragile – compared with kids from the same demographic 30 years ago."

Mercy Academy is excited to welcome Ryder, a 9-month-old golden doodle and therapy dog to our counseling staff this fall. He is hypoallergenic and able to be pet while he is wearing his vest. Therapy dogs are used to help relieve stress, calm nerves and make people happier. We are so excited to see Ryder in action at Mercy!

Becky Wise Montague '91 Named Next President of Mercy Academy

We are pleased to announce that Becky Wise Montague '91 will serve as the next President for The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy beginning July 1, 2019. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Mrs. Montague as the next President and the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA) Board ratified that decision.

As a 1991 graduate of Mercy Academy, Mrs. Montague is a true woman of Mercy. She credits her love of Catholic social teachings and service to her community to her experience as a Mercy student. Mercy truly feels that with her well-rounded strengths in fundraising, finance and facilities, coupled with her love of Mercy, she is uniquely positioned to lead us.

One of her references said, "Becky is the true definition of a woman of Mercy, she lives the Mercy mission every day." Her most recent role as the Executive Director of the Family Community Clinic has brought her an opportunity to hone her skills as a leader, fundraiser and advocate for those in need.

She is a graduate of Leadership Louisville's Bingham Fellows program, was a recipient of the 2013 Leadership Award from Mercy Academy and was named one of Business First's 20 People to Know in 2015.

Mrs. Montague said she feels "overwhelmingly wonderful" as she accepts this position and feels the support of many as she steps into this new role.

"My leadership style is to be very present, accessible, hands-on and informed. I like to know how people do their job and the things that interest people. I hope to take Mercy from the campus to the community and then bring the community back to the campus."

Mercy Academy Bus Service

Mercy Academy and DeSales High School are teaming up to offer more bus stops for students.

Beginning Fall 2019, Mercy and DeSales will have five bus routes with 26 stops that spread over the greater Louisville area: from Shively to Prospect to J-Town to the Highlands and beyond. One-way and round-trip services are available. The cost for the bus service is $750 per student, per year round trip or $400 one way.

To view bus routes, click here, and to view pick-up/drop-off times, click here.

To enroll in the bus service, please download the 2019-20 Bus Service Parent Agreement Form and turn it in with a $200 non-refundable deposit by Wednesday, May 15.

To reserve your spot, please sign up on the corresponding link below:

Bus 1M: Purple (Prospect)

Bus 2M: Pink (Middletown)

Bus 3M: Blue (Fern Creek/J-Town)

Bus 4D: Green (Dixie Highway)

Bus 5D: Orange (Preston Highway/Bardstown Road)

"This partnership between Mercy and DeSales is truly unique in that it provides transportation access across the Louisville area with over twenty different stops. Louisville families who desire a Catholic high school for their child will be assured that transportation is no longer a barrier." - Sarah Peace, Principal.

If you have questions, please contact Tracy Edgerton at (502) 671-2010 ext. 2213.

Rivals Unite 4 Girls

Monday, March 18 - Thursday, March 21

It's on! Help Mercy win the 2019 #RivalsUnite4Girls challenge!

Click here to donate or Venmo us: @Mercy-Academy. Please be sure to include your full name and graduation year in the memo.

Last year's #RivalsUnite4Girls Challenge raised nearly $243,000 in support of Catholic education for girls. Close to 3,500 Rockets, Jaguars, Toppers and Valkyries gave to their alma mater during this joint alumnae fundraising challenge advancing each school's annual fund.

We need your help! The fourth annual Rivals Unite 4 Girls Challenge begins Monday, March 18 and ends Thursday, March 21. Your donation is a great way to show your Mercy pride. No gift is too small.

The Rivals Unite 4 Girls Challenge is measured by the number of alumnae who give, not the dollar amount raised. Last year, we received amazing support with 17.12% of our alumnae giving to Mercy, falling short of winning the golden pig by just 0.51% (that's only 28 donors)!

Let's bring the golden pig back home to Mercy this year, Jaguars and Missiles! Your donation goes directly to our tuition assistance program, which aids over 30% of our student body. Your gift truly makes a difference.

Once a Mercy girl, always a Mercy girl!

"Many years ago, Mercy introduced me to a way of life where women became empowered to get things done within a faith community of service. It demonstrated to me that women carry influence and live in peace and harmony when they sacrifice and work together.

Education today must prepare women to cope with a rapidly changing environment. Very little good can be accomplished without the use of money. Contributions to your Alma Mater pay it forward for future generations.It's a whole hearted win, win, win, win opportunity."

-Sister Corinne Burt '52

H.O.M.E. (Hands-On Mercy Experience)

Experience real-life education during H.O.M.E. (Hands-On Mercy Experience)! Open to sixth and seventh grade families.

Thursday, March 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Actively participate in two hands-on sessions.
  • Enjoy a conversation with current Mercy students, and learn from their experiences.
  • Sample a delicious, world famous (at least in our world) Mercy cookie.

Parents Included!

  • Tour our 24-acre, state-of-the-art campus, including our STEM Innovation Center.
  • Learn from Mercy educators how we prepare your daughter for real life.

Click here to register.

If you have questions, please contact Paige Stewart at (502) 671-2021.

Drama Productions

Mercy Theatre's spring play is The Coward.

You can purchase tickets at https://www.showtix4u.com/events/15248?fbclid=IwAR...

Students and Seniors, $10
General Admission, $15

Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2:30 p.m.

President Search

The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, a Catholic high school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, seeks a leader to be its next president, effective June 1, 2019, following the retirement of its current president after 25 years as head of school.

Founded in 1885, Mercy is deeply rooted in the values and traditions of the Sisters of Mercy. It is widely known, most recently, as the first STEM-accredited all-girls school in the country. Mercy takes pride in its individualized, family-like atmosphere with an ability to bring excellent results to a diverse population with varied aspirations. Students receive a powerful learning experience in a wide variety of high-performing areas. As a college preparatory school with an award-winning visual and performing arts program, a nationally recognized service learning and leadership program, and championship sports in a variety of areas, students receive an exceptional well-rounded education which prepares them as highly creative, critical thinkers for the 21stCentury.


  • An active Catholic with the ability to advance the mission and values of Mercy moving into the future
  • Proven track record of developing and advancing the growth and success of an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders in a unified vision
  • Demonstrated integration of strategic, operational and financial management skills
  • Previous success in building mutually beneficial relationships with the philanthropic, corporate and nonprofit sectors
  • Successful completion of an advanced degree

A detailed role description can be found here. Please submit resume and cover letter to presidentsearch@mercyjaguars.com.

Benefit Off Broadway

Saturday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.

On February 9, Mercy will host our annual Benefit Off Broadway. This event features live and silent auctions, dinner, a Wheel of Chance, a $25,000 capital prize drawing and the opening of the treasure chest.

This year, our theme is Famous Couples! Tickets are $85 each. Please contact Leslie Hibdon if you would like to purchase tickets.

To preview items on our Wheel of Chance, click here.

To preview our program, which includes live auction items, click here.

For information about sponsorships, volunteering or the event in general, please contact Valerie Alexander Downs '99 at (502) 671-2021.

Placement Test

Saturday, January 12

For those who were unable to take the high school placement test original test, a make-up test is offered this Saturday, January 12.

The high school placement test is the nationally standardized test that is given by all the Catholic high schools in Louisville. It is required for admission to Mercy Academy. Only eighth-graders are permitted to take the test.

For more information please call Paige Stewart at (502) 671-2021.

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