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School Leaders Invited to MESA's Partners in Ministry
Leadership Academy
The MESA office is very pleased to offer a leadership development opportunity this summer at our Partners in Ministry Leadership Academy on July 23 and 24, 2018. The Leadership Academy has been a valuable program supported by the Network for Mercy Education for many years, and MESA is proud to continue this fine tradition. Participants will share in the wisdom of our presenters who come from varied experiences and positions throughout the system. We are also delighted to connect with the Mercy International Center in Dublin as part of our program.

MESA will cover the cost for the program, meals, and one night’s hotel accommodation (Monday, July 23, 2018). Your ministry will be responsible to cover the cost for transportation. 

Please read this information flyer for additional information about the program. To stay true to our mission to reverence the Earth, all materials for the Leadership Academy will be electronic.

Please make sure that participants register BEFORE Friday, June 15, 2018. If someone needs a room on Sunday, July 22 or Tuesday, July 24, Kimberly Baxter, MESA Associate Director for Programs and Services will make that reservation; however, MESA will not cover that cost. The program will begin with lunch on Monday, July 23 at 12:00 noon ET and will end at 12:30 pm ET on Tuesday, July 24. Members of the New Leader Cohort are asked to stay for a meeting from 1:00-3:00 pm ET to share their personal experiences as new leaders this year. 
Sisters Academy of Baltimore
Receives $1M Endowment Gift
Via Baltimore Sun: Sisters Academy of Baltimore, a Catholic middle school in Lansdowne, is honoring Mary Catherine Bunting on Friday afternoon for her $1 million gift toward the school’s endowment campaign.

The recognition for Bunting, a former nun and retired nurse practitioner, will take place during the all-girls school’s annual Sponsor Appreciation Day.

The 70-student academy does not charge tuition. Instead, families pay a monthly fee (currently $30, according to the school’s website) and pledge to be involved in the school community. Costs are fronted by a growing endowment and a group of sponsors that makes four-year commitments of $6,000 to individual students receiving their education at the school.

The one-time gift from Bunting, whose grandfather, Dr. George Avery Bunting, founded the Noxzema Chemical Co., is the largest-single donation the school has received in its 14-year history, according to school president Sister Delia Dowling.
Join the "We Are Still In" Campaign
Mercy schools are invited to sign on to the We Are Still In campaign for climate action led by the Catholic Climate Covenant and to participate in a Mercy survey on environmentally sustainable practices. Please join the U.S. Catholic community in expressing our concern about climate change, and help us collect information on how Mercy institutions are living out that commitment. The Sisters of Mercy will celebrate these examples as well as contribute relevant information to a fall announcement by the Vatican of a worldwide Catholic commitment to addressing climate change. For more information you may contact Marianne Comfort of Mercy’s Institute Justice Team at
Secondary Schools Academy Registration Now Open
The Secondary Schools Academy, formerly the Gateway Catholic Schools Leadership Academy, is an ongoing, national professional development program for current and aspiring presidents, heads of school, and principals at Catholic institutions, as well as those who aspire to be in executive-level leadership in a Catholic school. The Sisters of Mercy is a sponsor of the program.

Registration for the 2018-19 season is now open. This flyer describes the program and contains a tentative schedule of events. More information about the Academy can be found at
Burlingame Speaker Series a Success
On April 11th, Mercy Burlingame and Fusion Academy San Mateo co-hosted a panel of psychotherapists, published authors, and education specialists to speak about the modern stressors our students face. Attendees learned about the latest research and techniques to address overwhelm, 'interrupt' patterns of behavior, and build resilience in the face of academic and social pressures. Parents also received valuable advice on how to model healthy skill sets for youth. The event concluded with an insightful Q&A from Mercy parents and the wider community. 

-- Submitted by Briana Daley
Marketing Communications
Mercy High School Burlingame
Mercy High School San Francisco
We continue with our series of brief school profiles with Mercy High School San Francisco. As always, our goal for these profiles is to support learning from one another. If you see something you want to know more about, get in touch with that school community! All MESA education ministries are listed here:
​Mercy High School, San Francisco, is a 66-year-old all-girls high school operating under the leadership of Head of School Scott McLarty. In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, Mercy educators there work to nurture the growth of the whole person - spiritually, intellectually and morally. This broad emphasis, along with the advantage of a single-gender community, offers students the opportunity to find their voice and experience leadership on a level that prepares them to make a difference in the world. Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates young women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, college preparatory community enlivened by the gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.  

In addition to its challenging academic life, a students’ years at Mercy SF will focus on the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Racism, Nonviolence, Immigration, Women and the Earth. Current students spend on average 106 hours in service each school year. The school boasts a 20:1 faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 20 Honors and AP classes. Its 11,000+ alumni had a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Last year’s graduating class earned $2.5 million in college scholarships.

Learn more about the school by visiting its website and following it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn. The school's bi-annual magazine, Anchor, and its Admissions Viewbook, also offer an intimate portrait of life at Mercy High School San Francisco.
Mercy’s academics expose young women to a rigorous liberal arts, college preparatory program that meets University of California and California State University eligibility requirements. Moreover, additional required coursework promotes character development through an ethical examination of the world. The fine arts program is one of the most diverse in the Bay Area and the athletic and speech programs have received state-level recognition. Mercy's student government has received the highest award from the California Association of Student Councils. Teachers engage students in 85-minute blocks that allow for an immersive learning environment that empowers students to own their educational experience.

Mercy SF is known as the “ Social Advocacy Based Learning School of the Bay Area.” SABL roots project-based learning in the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and their activist spirit to create social advocates in service of the common good. This strengthens the school’s commitment to making Mercy SF an indispensable fixture in San Francisco. SABL starts from a simple but bold question: Are high school students capable of making an important and lasting impact on their world? Then, they make it happen by combining and aligning pedagogy, purpose and principles. 

The school also operates the McAuley Academic Program, which supports students with identified learning differences to become experts in their own learning and effectively advocate for the support needed to access and thrive in Mercy’s curriculum.
Mercy recently launched the Wellness Program to meet the overall well-being of the school community. The program includes holistic education and support to students, families and staff, as well as mental health counseling and resources for additional support. The Wellness Center supports the program as a “safe space” for students to escape stresses of the day and give them a chance to recalibrate themselves. The Center is an “offline/unplugged” zone where students have the opportunity to leave phones at the door to connect with themselves and each other more mindfully. School counselors see the program as a way the bridge the gap between a school's approach to mental health and academic, adding in preventative component of social emotional learning programming.

Becoming a Mercy Girl, or Skipper as Mercy San Francisco students are known, is a competitive process. The school invites prospective students to become a "Skipper ​for a Day" each week during the fall semester. The program includes a campus tour and a personalized visit to classes with a Student Ambassador. Parents also join for a tour and chat with campus leadership. ​Parents who come aboard join the Mercy Parent Association, which supports the healthy growth and development of the school through fostering engagement, supporting parent education, raising funds and nurturing the social life of the parent community. Graduates join an active alumnae community that also supports the school, networks and provides opportunities for current students.
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ism Workshop

Stability Markers, Strategic Planning and Financial Planning
June 11-12, 2018
Chicago, IL
“Partners in Ministry”

Leadership Academy
July 23-24, 2018
Baltimore, MD
Annual Administrator Meeting

October 11, 2018
Merion Station, PA
Mercy 2018 Education Conference

Hosted by Merion Mercy Academy
October 12-13, 2018
Merion Station, PA
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