Working In Mercy
February 20 - 26, 2020

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Human Resources - News & Announcements
Transition Assistance Updates

Mercy is committed to assisting you as we transition toward the closure of the school in June. Below is new information to let you know what is transpiring.

Contact Lorelei, Director of Human Resources, lzermani@mercyhs.org
Head Royce School - Hiring For Diversity Fair

When: Saturday, February 22
​​ Where: Head-Royce School | 4315 Lincoln Avenue | Oakland, CA
  • 10:00 a.m. Doors open/Registration
  • 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Panel of area educators, Q+A opportunity
  • 11:30 a.m.- Noon Lunch available 
  • Noon - 2:30 p.m. Career Fair-school representatives and candidates meet
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. On site interviews by invitation
Head-Royce School (a nationally recognized K-12 independent school) and invites all teachers, administrators and those who are interested in a career in independent schools to attend our job fair.
Highlights:
  • Top independent schools participating from the Northern California area
  • Same-day interviews available
  • Panel discussions/Q&A to learn more about independent schools
  • Network opportunities with schools, expert leaders and others interested in education
  • Free registration for candidates
Take a Look at the Job Vacancy Spreadsheet

Job Vacancy Spreadsheet updates are made on a daily basis. If a listing has included a contact name, please direct your cover letter and resume to the person named.

If you see “ Send cover letter and resume and include "MERCY" on subject line,” please follow that instruction. These are schools and contacts that reached out directly to Lorelei for your resumes, which will be given review priority.

Many of the jobs listed are not yet on their respective websites. Please check this document regularly as it will be updated when new information is received from schools. 
Assistance From Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning can assist you with:
  • Resume development and review
  • Phone consultations
  • Coaching interview responses
  • Portfolio development
  • Letters of recommendation

Recommended Reading:

For Life Long Learning services, contact Wendy Chalk, wdchalk@gmail.com or Steve Ramirez, smramirez3284@gmail.com
Letters of Recommendation

The best letters of recommendation come from people who are:
  • Familiar with your work, and feel strongly positive about it.
  • Have the time to write a letter that will truly impress a hiring manager.
  • Are in a position of authority or otherwise have a reputation that will mean something to the employer. Ideally it would be your direct supervisor/department chairperson, dean, or head of school.

When requesting a Letter of Recommendation from the Dean of Academics, please let Marianne know so she can schedule a visit to your class for the purpose of writing a better letter. 

Read about writing a Recommendation Letter and view Teacher and Staff Recommendation Letter templates.
Profiles are Now Live on Mercy's Website

Mercy, in partnership with Life Long Learning, will continue to collect your self-reported professional information to create your biographies on the Life Long Learning website, LinkedIn Connections Application, and Mercy's website Staff Directory page. Your completed biography for all sites will be available as links for your resume.

Please fill in the Faculty and Staff Bio Form to participate in this service.

If you would like to review or edit already submitted biographical information please contact Theresa.

Contact Theresa, Director of Communications, tpoon@mercyhs.org
All Employees - News & Announcements
Spring Musical:
Mamma Mia!

Dates: Mar. 27, 28, Apr. 3, 4, 5
Time: 7 p.m., 2 p.m. matinee (Apr. 5)
Location: Mercy High School Theatre

Instructions to get your comp tickets:
  1. Go to mercymammamia.eventbrite.com
  2. Select your performance date
  3. Click "Tickets"
  4. Enter the Promotional Code: FACULTY

Claim your tickets at any time. Limit is 2 tickets per employee. Tickets may be passed to other people, however people will only be admitted if their name is on the ticket list or they provide a paper ticket from Eventbrite at the door. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


Contact Bekah, bpaige@mercyhs.org
Josten’s Representative for Class Rings on Campus - Feb. 25

On Tuesday, February 25, our Josten’s representative will be on campus for class ring orders. Alumnae and students can get sized and place orders during lunch.
Lunch Change - Feb. 28

With early dismissal on Friday, February 28 there will be no food service from Epicurean that day. In addition, the cafeteria will be closed during Intersession week March 2 - 6.
One Love Foundation Back at Mercy - Feb. 28

The Wellness Department and Live Well Club continues it's second visit to host workshops about healthy and unhealthy relationships. 

Friday, Feb. 28: Grade-level Workshops 
Students will do their workshops in homeroom, also led by Peer Facilitators

Good news: Mercy SF has been named a One Love Hero School in recognition of our commitment to healthy relationship education through a combination of educational reach, student leadership and ongoing awareness-building activities! Congrats, Mercy!

Contact Yen Hui, Director of Wellness, yhui@mercyhs.org
One Last on Campus Dance! - Feb. 28

ASB is hosting one last dance in Barrett Hall. Thank you to the faculty/staff who volunteered to chaperone this event!

Details: 
  • Theme: Beach Party! 
  • Date: Friday, Feb. 28
  • Time: Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Dance is from 7 - 10 p.m. (No entry after 7:45 p.m., No exits until 9:30 p.m.)
  • Chaperones: Matt E., Liz, Jim, Josh, Marianne, Theresa, Marie, Bekah, Georgia, Margaret, and Sean 

Please check in with Marianne and Josh by 6 p.m.

Contact Raquel, Dean of Students, rolivagomez@mercyhs.org
Intersession Permission Forms & Behavioral Contracts

Please refer to the Intersession Payments spreadsheet to see if your students have turned in their Permission Forms and Behavioral Contracts. They are past due, please remind your students in person or via email to get this in to Pam or turn them in to the main office to be placed in her mailbox. Extra Behavioral Forms are located in the Main Office.  


Contact Pam, Intersession Coordinator, palano@mercyhs.org
Yearbook Pictures Urgently Needed!

Please help the student staff design THE BEST and last Mercy High School Yearbook! 

Please see the list of pictures we need most. We especially needs candids from your classroom.

The final draft needs be submitted before Spring Break if we want to have a yearbook before the end of the year.

Intersession Moderators
Please set a reminder to send photos from your trips and activities to yearbook@mercyh.org, let Theresa know if you want her to come by to snap pictures while you work.

Spring Sports Coaches
Please take pics at your first practice and first game and encourage parents and spectators to do the same!

Please email all pictures to yearbook@mercyhs.org. Thank you so much!

Contact Theresa, Director of Communications, tpoon@mercyhs.org and Raquel, Dean of Students, rolivagomez@mercyhs.org
Working in Mercy Content Deadline - Feb. 25

The next issue will go out on Thursday, February 27 A friendly reminder that this internal newsletter is for non-urgent news and messages. Please submit your items no later than the Tuesday prior to the Thursday publication date through the Share Your News Form. The content deadline for the next Working in Mercy newsletter is Tuesday, February 25 .


Contact Theresa, Director of Communications, tpoon@mercyhs.org
Parent Connect Content Deadline - March 2

The next Parent Connect newsletter will go out on March 4 . Please submit any news you need to share with parents through the Share Your News Form by Monday, March 2.


Contact Theresa, Director of Communications, tpoon@mercyhs.org
Faculty - News & Announcements
Student Shadowing Continues

Students are still shadowing throughout the month. We are trying to keep track of the schedule of shadowing students. Please be aware of large groups of students being absent on particular days when you are scheduling tests.
Co-Curricular Sign Ups
Please check your calendar and sign up for one of the following shifts if you'd previously signed up for the now canceled Battle of the Avenues event: 

Senior Kairos 3-Day Retreat - (4) chaperones needed
  • Friday, Apr. 24 - Sunday, Apr. 26

Prom - (3) chaperones needed
  • Friday, May 1, 6:30 - 11:30 p.m. 


NOTE: You may be assigned to an additional co-curricular duty if you have not signed up for the minimum for the school year. 

Contact Raquel, Dean of Students, rolivagomez@mercyhs.org
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