APRIL 2017

As we reflect during this Lenten season, we look forward to Holy Week and the celebration of the mystery of the Resurrection of Christ. I am wishing you a blessed and peaceful spring. In November, Pope Francis closed the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The Pope called this extraordinary year because “At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.”  As a school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, we have been doing just that, gazing all the more on mercy and discerning the ways we can more effectively be signs of mercy in the world.  Our new vision of being the Social Advocacy Based Learning school of the Bay Area is our answer to Francis’ call.  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.  

As our dedicated faculty implement SABL in their classes, we will be working toward transforming their classrooms and other spaces around campus to meet the needs of 21st century learners.  Later this Spring we will announce a long-term engagement with an architecture firm and commence work on a comprehensive campus master plan.  As the plan develops we will find ways of keeping you all informed.  It is truly an exciting time here at Mercy.

This September Mercy turns 65 and we are nowhere near retirement!  To celebrate this milestone, we will spend the upcoming school year looking back at our history and ahead to our future.  Stay tuned as we plan the events of the year—we will be sure to invite you.

Mercy High School held its gala event, Get Ready to Set Sail, on March 11, 2017. A special thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers who helped make this event so successful by raising essential funds that help keep Mercy accessible and affordable for our current and future families. Your support of Mercy High School is inspiring. I am especially grateful for the hard work of Karen Pierotti, Gala Chair, our Advancement team, and Joanne Hayes-White ‘82, our San Francisco Fire Chief and Gala Master of Ceremonies.  Gala guests enjoyed true Mercy hospitality while bidding, dining, and dancing at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport!  View photos from the event here. The generosity and stewardship shown at our Gala will help ensure the young women of Mercy graduate with fierce determination to improve their world.

Yours in Mercy,
Scott L. McLarty

Head of School
Chicago the Musical
Spring Musical: Chicago
Come see Mercy's rendition of the musical that's won 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations.
April 1, 7 & 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Technology Day
Join us for the first ever Mercy High School Technology Day—showcasing robotics, 3D printing, video game design, coding and more.
April 5, 2017 | Rist Hall
Calling all filmmakers! Join the annual Mercy High School Film Festival.
Click here to submit an entry.
May 19, 2017 | 6:00-9:00 pm
Athletics Hall of Fame
Let us recognize the athletic achievements of alumnae who made significant contributions to our Athletics Program:
Julie & Rudy Mazzetti
Jasmine Lowe '06
Geralyn Hayes-Forghani '78
Kathy Mooney '70
Laura Stafford Roberts '57
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 5:00-10:00 pm
View our school calendar.
M​ ercy held its Gala, Get Ready to Set Sail, on March 11, 2017. Gala guests enjoyed true Mercy hospitality while bidding, dining, and dancing at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport. The Gala benefitted tuition assistance  raising nearly $120,000!
Mercy Gala Event
Gala Sponsors Nada Barulich, Theresa Barulich Rutledge '80  and Steve Rutledge attending the event.
Mercy Gala Event
​Board Members  Dr. Kim Lucas Benton '80 and  Sr. Carolyn Krohn '65 join emcee for the event, Joanne Hayes-White  '82.
During the last two weeks of March, our Writing, Reading, and Poetry (WRAP) club sponsored a Read-a-Thon of George Orwell’s 1984. The event, publicized via ominous Skipper TV clips, posters, and 1984 bookmarks, generated excitement  throughout the school for this especially relevant book. Faculty, staff, and students spent time during their lunches and after school in the library annex reading and listening to the entire novel. Light refreshments were sold and the WRAP club raised about $70 in donations for the ACLU.
Courage and Spirit
The 10th Annual Paul A. Schwarzbart All-School Assembly and luncheon honored Partisan resistance fighter Mira Shelub, her family and other Bay Area Holocaust survivors. Sponsored by the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools at Mercy High School, the theme of resistance unified the program. Students read selected passages from Mira's
book Never the Last Road: A Partisan's Life and members of Dolce, Intermediate and Chorus B
sang The Partisan Song. A panel of three Holocaust survivors connected their lives in the '30s and '40s with the situations we face now in the world.
In a lively performance at the annual Archdiocesan Choral Festival at Riordan, Ms. Laura Faviani and Dolce drew praises from Brett Allen, Assistant Superintendant at the Archdiocese. He told singers from other Catholic grammar schools that if they kept working at it, they would someday sing like Dolce.
WIM Blood Drive
Eleanor Morgan '17 donated blood at the recent Mercy Blood Drive. The blood drive is an annual event sponsored by the senior Women in Medicine. Our donors include students, faculty, and Mercy families. Thank you to all who participated! 
An exciting new opportunity was made available this school year—Weight Training! Mr. Bethel, Mathematics Department Chair, and Assistant Track and Field Coach, started a strength and conditioning program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program combines weight training with cardiovascular exercise. Both have goals of helping students reach their desired results and instilling in them the benefits of physical workouts so students can take what they learn into their life beyond Mercy High School.
WIM at San Francisco General Hospital
Senior Women in Medicine visited Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for a presentation about HIV/AIDS and a tour of the clinic. Eva Mureithi (clinic nurse manager) and Guy Vandenberg (clinic nurse) spoke about the HIV epidemic in the 1980s, their experiences with patients, and the new treatments available. Prior to the visit, the students watched the video, Life Before the Lifeboat, about San Francisco's response to the start of the epidemic in the '80s, and how the staff at SF General were at the forefront of research and treatment, locally, nationally, and globally.
Robotics Contest
The Robotics Club attended last month's VEX All Girls Robotics Contest in Thousand Oaks, CA. They went on to the playoffs but were knocked out in the first round due to a robot malfunction during play. Their spirits were high in spite of this, and were proud of their robot and the hard work they put into building it. Way to go Jacky Lyons, Hailey Philpott, Fion Li, and Reyna Santos!
Spirit Week Rally
Faculty/Staff play basketball against the Seniors during the Spirit Week Rally on Friday, March 24. Pictured here: Sean Warren and Alenah Brunswick in a jump ball with Cindy Ovares and Iris Wu in the background; Brian Bethel and referee David Greenthal have their backs to us.
Christina Li
Christina Li '13
Met her closest friends at Mount Holyoke

Currently working as an analyst at SPMB, an independent executive search firm in San Francisco, Christina graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Chinese from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. She describes her years at Mount Holyoke as life changing. “Leaving your friends and family for four years is hard but sooo worth it! Attending college in a totally different environment was such a great experience. I met some of my closest friends at Mount Holyoke and many of them live halfway across the world from me.” Christina says that she is so grateful for the support and encouragement she received from Mercy and the Achieve Program. “The guidance I received is incomparable.”   

Quynh Tran
Quynh Tran '16
Cherishes memories from Mercy

Quynh’s four years as a Mercy Skipper were the best four years she can recall. From the last minute study group sleepovers during finals week to the V-day assemblies that never fail to remind how powerful one truly is from within, Mercy was an experience in which Quynh says she will never want to forget and will always cherish. As a cadet and officer candidate at the United States Air Force Academy, Quynh has never failed to reflect on the memories and education she received at Mercy and actively apply them to the daily demands of the Air Force. To Quynh, she got more than just a high school education. Her experience had created a network of strong women she now calls her sisters and was given an opportunity to challenge herself in ways she only dreamed of. As a Political Science major with a French minor, Quynh manages to balance her academic and military education with athletics, as she is an intercollegiate athlete on the Air Force Academy cheer team. 

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